Friday, October 18, 2013

RHS Photographer of the Year 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The closing date for this year’s RHS Photographic Competition is fast approaching. Those aged 18 or over are invited to submit images in the following categories: plants, gardens, details, wildlife, people and seasons. Entries from those aged 18 and under are invited in the Young Photographer and Children’s Photographer categories. The entry fee for adults is £6 per image (£5 for RHS members). Interested photographers need to submit their entries before the 1st November in order to be in with a chance of winning the coveted title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2013 and the top prize of £1000.

Lomography Experimental Lens Kit for Micro Four Thirds

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lomography has launched a 3-piece experimental lens kit for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The kit includes a fish-eye lens, a 12mm ultra-wideangle lens and a 24mm (48mm equivalent) standard lens. The complete kit is available for £79.

Hoya PROND Neutral Density Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenko Tokina USA has announced the new Hoya PROND line of neutral density filters with ACCU-ND technology. This technology yields a truly neutral colour balance that will not add any noticeable colour cast to your images. Now you can set your white balance once and have the same colour balance even if you need to change filters due to changes in lighting, or for creative effect. The series provides 9 filters from 2-stop to 10-stop light reduction.

ZeissImages 2013 Photo Contest Now Open

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2013 ZeissImages.com photo contest is now open for entries. This years theme will be "Ordinary Life". A semi documentary theme where the objective is to capture an ordinary moment in someone's day that becomes an extraordinary photo for everyone to view. This could be a scene from someone struggling to get by day to day or the thrill of a child blowing out a candle on a birthday cake. The photo just needs to portray real events in life that when viewed as a photograph are memorable. Any submitted entry must be photographed with a Zeiss lens. This means smart phones with built in Zeiss lenses are acceptable as are point and shoot cameras, dslr's, rangefinder cameras etc. To submit your photos, you must be a registered member of Zeissimages.com and upload your photos into the category "2013 Contest."

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 50 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

These sample images were taken at a press event held by Panasonic UK at The Hospital, Covent Garden, London.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera, including the black and orange versions, the new 12-32mm collapsible lens, and the optional hand grip.

Panasonic GM1 v Sony RX100

Mark Goldstein
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You can change the lens on one of these cameras - but can you tell which one?!

We've directly compared the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera with the popular Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 compact.

The new Panasonic GM1 is tiny, so small in fact that it clearly rivals the Sony RX100 compact camera in terms of size, both with and without the new 12-32mm lens fitted.

No wonder Panasonic intend to market the Lumix DMC-GM1 as a competitor in the premium compact sector, as well as against other mid-range mirrorless models...

Panasonic 15mm and 35-100mm GM Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic have today unveiled three lenses for their new GM-series mirrorless cameras.

In addition to the 12-32mm lens announced alongside the GM1 camera, Panasonic are also developing the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. and an as yet unnamed 35-100mm lens.

There are no details yet on pricing or availability of either the 15mm or 35-100mm lenses.

Sony A7R Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 46 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony A7R compact system camera, including the full ISO range. These sample images were taken at a press event held by Sony UK at City Hall, London.

Please note that the sample images were taken using a pre-production Sony A7R camera, and are therefore not completely representative of the final shipping product.

Sony A7 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 31 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony A7 compact system camera, including the full ISO range. These sample images were taken at a press event held by Sony UK at City Hall, London.

Please note that the sample images were taken using a pre-production Sony A7 camera, and are therefore not completely representative of the final shipping product.

Official Nikon D5300 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has published five full-resolution sample images captured with the new Nikon D5300 digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of lenses including the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G and the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; these Nikon D5300 samples were all shot at low sensitivity settings such as ISO 100/21°and ISO 200/24°. You can download the official Nikon D5300 sample photos from the website below.

Website: Nikon D5300 Samples

Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has announced the development of a new Micro Four Thirds lens called the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. According to the company, this 30mm equivalent prime lens will feature "sophisticated exterior that matches the stylish design of the world’s smallest Lumix GM digital single lens mirrorless camera." Detailed specifications, availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Panasonic GM1 is a tiny Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, 1036K-dot touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other highlights include a completely silent electronic shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000s, focus peaking, pop-up flash and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Panasonic Lumix GM1 comes bundled with the new Lumix G VARIO12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 Asph. MEG O.I.S. pancake zoom lens. The kit will be available from December, priced at around £629 / $750. The lens will also be sold separately for $350. An auxiliary grip for the Panasonic GM1 will be available for £89 / $100.

Nikon D5300 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D5300 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera, a new rival for the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens.

Nikon D5300

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D5300 is a new mid-range DSLR camera. Nikon’s new DX-format D-SLR features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, EXPEED 4 image processing engine, 3.2 inch vari-angle screen, ISO 10-25,600, 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors, and Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p.

The Nikon D5300 will be avilable in black, grey and red for £729.99 / $799.95 / €899.00 body only,  £829.99 / €1029.00 with the 18-55mm VR lens, and $1,399.95 with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Sales start on 14th November 2013.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality. The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance.

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G costs £1,599.99 / $1,699.95 / €1,949.00 and will be available from 31st October 2013.

Benro S6 Video Monopod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Benro has launched its new S6 Video Monopod, a 3-leg folding base monopod combined with Benro's S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity. This heavy duty S6 Video Monopod provides a 13.2 lb payload capacity as well as a 4-step counterbalance that is necessary when working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod. Equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8" thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters. The new Benro S6 Video Monopod is available now in both flip leg lock (A48FBS6) and twist leg lock (A48TBS6). Suggested retail price is $249.

New Professional Camera Bags from Manfrotto

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has announced its latest professional bags collection for photographers. Comprising 16 camera bags in five styles, the new collection features a Camera Protection System (CPS), which provides protection where it is most needed – at the centre of the bag. This is usually where the camera body and the most valuable lens are stored but, in many traditional bag designs, is also the area most likely to be damaged if the bag is dropped or mishandled, because of all the surrounding gear (lenses, flashes, clamps, spare bodies) crushing the centre. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers at the centre of Professional bags which dampen shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact, thus providing the superior protection a photographer would expect. For more information about the Professional bags series, visit the website below.

Manfrotto Launches Advanced Camera Bags Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has unveiled its brand-new Advanced collection of 21 camera bags in six styles, designed for passionate photographers. The bags in the Advanced collection - which comprises six bag types including shoulder bags, holsters, slings and three different kinds of backpack - feature hard-wearing fabrics, superior construction quality, and an elegant design. Tripod holders, dividers, pockets and rain covers are all designed with great attention to the photographer’s needs, both in terms of practicality and portability. For more information on the Advanced bags series, visit the website below.