Monday, August 5, 2013

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 30 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to using social networks, a free article on the top ten Lightroom shortcuts, a review of the Photopills app, a tutorial on using auto ISO, a review of the book "Burmes Light" by David Hay, the second part of the article "The art of macro and close-up photography," a test of graduated neutral density filters, and much more. Some of these articles are free but do note that the full contents of the magazine are available to subscribers only

Website: Landscape Photography Magazine

CEWE Photobook Named Number One on The Gadget Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Channel 5’s The Gadget Show has crowned CEWE Photobook number one in its 2013 photo book review. In the test, ten brands were compared like for like before the panel decided on the first, second and third place. Sarah Brockhusrt, marketing manager at CEWE, comments: “We are absolutely thrilled that CEWE Photobook has been recognised in such a prestigious manner on prime time show The Gadget Show. We pride ourselves on producing high quality hand-finished books which are simple to create and the judges were clearly impressed with this."

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Now Shipping

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Via one of its online forums, Blackmagic Design has announced that its Pocket Cinema Camera is now shipping. "There are some new features in the software for the Pocket Cinema Camera," says Blackmagic's CEO Grant Petty. "You can now focus by pushing the focus button when using an active MFT lens. This makes it very easy to accurately focus. The focus peaking feature is still there and you enable it by double pressing the focus button. The focus zoom feature is enabled by double pressing the OK button." The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is available for $995. Meanwhile the suggested retail price of its bigger brother, the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera, has been reduced to $1,995.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Becomes More Affordable

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Blackmagic Design has reduced the suggested retail price of its Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Announced in April 2012, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes features such as 13 stops of dynamic range, built-in high-bandwidth SSD recorder, open file format support, colour correction with full version of DaVinci Resolve and a built in capacitive touch-screen with metadata entry. Other highlights include sensor cooling, built in high-speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output and a passive Micro Four Thirds or Canon EF lens mount. The sensor is capable of capturing both 2.5K and Full HD footage at frame rates of 24, 25, 29.97 and 30fps. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera now carries a suggested retail price of $1,995, down from the original SRP of $2,995.

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 19

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 18 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David considers the different and fun opportunities of shooting infrared, and his Field Trial presents Part 1 of an exploration into the creative potential of using super wide-angle lenses. In Behind the Lens, David shares Part 2 of his diary recording his recent advertising job for Canon in Patagonia. And for Stepping Back he recalls a trip to Ireland, shooting the Round Tower at Glendalough with a pack of Celtic photographers. The magazine also includes two educational videos and a Guest Feature written by Lucie Debelkova. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

X-Rite Announces Three Free August Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has unveiled its schedule of free August 2013 webinars. The first session, entitled Photography That Makes a Difference, will commence at 1pm EDT on 13th August. The second one, Colour Management for the Rest of Us, starts on 19th August, at 1pm EDT; while the third online seminar, Cataloging in Lightroom: Organising Your Images for Travel, is scheduled for 27th August, 1pm EDT. Click through / read on for the details.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Nikon Coolpix S9500 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix S9500 is an affordable, full-featured travel-zoom compact camera. Featuring a 22x zoom lens with a focal range of 25-550mm, the slimline Coolpix S9500 has a 18 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch OLED screen and boasts GPS tracking and wi-fi connectivity. Read our detailed Nikon Coolpix S9500 review now...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Samyang 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang has announced a new lens for VDSLR cameras. The Samyang 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS cinema lens is a wide-angle, bright lens for cameras equipped with an APS-C sensor. Its optics comprise of 13 elements arranged in 11 groups, including an ED lens element, aspherical element and hybrid-aspherical lens element. Like all other Samyang models, all lens elements are covered with anti-reflection UMC coatings to ensure good light transmission. The lens will be released in the following mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E (pictured), Canon M, Fujifilm X and MFT. The suggested retail price £449.99 including VAT.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 45 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 compact camera.

These photos were taken on a Panasonic DMC-FZ72 running final production firmware at a press event held at Longleat Safari Park, United Kingdom.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

We have compiled a gallery of 22 hands-on photos of the new Panasonic DMC-FZ72 (also known as the FZ70), which boasts a staggering 60x optical zoom lens with a focal range of 20-1200mm.

Panasonic LUMIX GX7 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 55 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix GX7 compact system camera.

These photos were taken on a Panasonic GX7 running pre-production firmware at a press event held at Longleat Safari Park, United Kingdom. We've included the full ISO range from 200-25,600.

Panasonic LUMIX GX7 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix GX7 compact system camera camera looks like in the flesh?

We have compiled an extensive gallery of 70 hands-on photos of the exciting new Panasonic GX7, including the silver and back versions, a selection of different lenses, and a side-by-side comparison with the original GF1 camera.

Panasonic LUMIX GX7

Mark Goldstein
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The new Panasonic LUMIX GX7 is a new compact system camera that features the world’s first built-in 90-degree tilt-able Live View Finder. The 16 megapixel Panasonic GX7 also offers a 1040K-dot tiltable touch-screen LCD monitor, Full HD 1920 x 1080 50p movie recording, in-body image stabilization (the first Panasonic CSC to offer this), 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 5fps burst shooting, low-light focusing down to -4 EV, focus peaking, ISO range of 125-25600, silent Mode for street photography, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, all housed in a classically styled magnesium alloy frame. In the UK, the Panasonic GX7 will cost £819 body-only, £899 for the 14-42mm kit, or £999 for the 20mm kit.

LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2

Mark Goldstein
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The LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 from Panasonic is the fastest ever Micro Four Thirds lens. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be advised - according to Panasonic's lens roadmap, the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm F1.2 is schduled for release in 2013 or later, along with a 150mm f2.8 lens.

Sigma Mount Conversion Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma today announced a new, fee-based service that will enable the company’s Global Vision lens owners to change their lens mounts for use on different camera systems. Starting on 2nd September, Global Vision lens owners can request the Mount Conversion Service to convert their current Sport, Contemporary or Art SLR lenses to their choice of a Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon mount. Current, applicable full-frame lenses include the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS Sport and 35mm F1.4 DG Art; APS-C crop sensor lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS Macro Contemporary and 18-35mm F1.8 DC Art. Global Vision category lenses for CSCs (including the 19mm F2.8 DN Art, 30mm F2.8 DN Art and 60mm F2.8 DN Art) can be updated to either a Micro Four Thirds MFT or Sony E- mount. All lenses that undergo the Mount Conversion Service will be covered under warranty for six months following the update.

The Sony Alpha NEX-6: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Sony Alpha NEX-6: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard is a new title from Rocky Nook. This book guides the reader through the camera features with step-by-step instructions for setting menu commands, and explains how, when, and why these adjustments are needed. The informative text is illustrated with screenshots and example images throughout, making it easy to follow along. The 328-page volume is available for $34.95

Adobe Announces New Single App Plan for CC for Teams

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today announced a new version of its Creative Cloud (CC) service that enables creative teams to purchase membership of a single desktop application, such as Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC or any of the entire collection of CC desktop applications. With this new move, Adobe now offers two team plans for Creative Cloud: the complete option that delivers 14 Adobe desktop applications and sophisticated, cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities; or the new single app plan that includes access to one desktop application along with 20GB of storage. The latter is available for a suggested retail price of £22.23 per user per month. Existing customers with CS3 or later are eligible for single app membership at a suggested retail price of £14.29 per user per month. Customers can pre-order beginning today, with product availability expected 15th August.

ACR 8.2 RC and Lightroom 5.2 RC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has posted version 8.2 of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) for Adobe Photoshop CC and CS6 and version 5.2 of Lightroom as Release Candidates. These updates add support for the Casio Exilim EX-ZR800, Fujifilm X-M1 (pictured), Finepix HS22EXR, Finepix HS35EXR, Finepix S205EXR, Finepix F805EXR and Sony DSC-RX1R cameras, and preliminary support for the Canon EOS 70D dSLR and Phase One IQ260 digital back. Both programs additionally benefit from a range of new Sony and GoPro lens profiles that enable software-based lens aberration and distortion correction. The new Release Candidates also incorporate a number of feature enhancements and bug fixes.

Source: Adobe Lightroom Journal

LightRight

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ColorRight has just announced the LightRight, a dual-purpose lighting solution for pro photographers and videographers. Billed as "the first Pro video light & flash diffuser combo," LightRight is the thinnest and lightest pro LED light currently available to order. “Until now, photographers and videographers had to choose whether to shoot with their external flash, or with an LED light panel. Carrying and using two separate units in the field was cumbersome at best,” said Drew Strickland, President of ColorRight. “LightRight LED products give people the ability to use their flash and a video light simultaneously." The ColorRight LightRight video light and flash diffuser also features a one-touch dimmer and on / off switch, 1800mah rechargeable li-ion battery, protective battery case, and AC power cord. The LightRight will sell for $99, along with a PRO Kit that includes an optional tripod mounting plate and mini tripod plus a more robust 2800mah battery for $149. ColorRight has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for commercialisation. If you would like to make a contribution, visit the website below.

AOC Introduces New IPS Monitor Family

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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AOC has introduced a new generation of AH-IPS and IPS 3D monitors. Ranging from 21.5″ to 23″ and 27″, there are six models in the line-up, boasting an ultra-slim borderless design, outstanding colour reproduction and wide viewing angles. All of them are Full HD monitors that utilise mercury-free WLED backlights. Depending on the individual model, users can connect multiple signal sources simultaneously via D-Sub,DVI-D, HDCP-compatible HDMI, an integrated DisplayPort or even MHL. The new AOC monitors are available now at RRPs ranging from £ 129 to £ 249.