Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sigma DP2 Quattro Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Sigma DP2 Quattro camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sigma DP2 Quattro is a high-end compact camera with a new Foveon X3 Quattro image sensor and a 30mm f/2.8 fixed lens.

CASE Remote

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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CASE Remote - formerly known as CASE - is a light, small, easy-to-use and smart wireless camera controller, which enables you to wirelessly control DSLR camera from your mobile devices. Developed by CheeringTech, CASE Remote slots into your camera's hot-shoe and offers remote live view, touch focus, exposure control, interval shooting and wireless file transfer. The second round of financing is currently ongoing on IndieGoGo. "The purpose of this campaign is to give many of you who missed out on the first one the chance to hop in, and to give original backers a way to add funds for shipping or choose additional perks," the company says. You can check out the project's IndieGoGo page by following the link below.

Website: CASE Remote on IndieGoGo

MPortable

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new MPortable is billed as the world first portable wireless SSD (solid state drive) designed with photographers in mind. Built to withstand "severe shaking and dropping," the MPortable drive is capable of automatically transmitting photos from a connected camera and supports various image file types including most raw image file formats. "With write speeds of 200MB/second and read speeds of 400MB/second, the MPortable [SSD] easily outperforms virtually all USB flash disk technologies used by photographers," says Bond Wong, an engineer working for MAJC IT, the Zhuhai, China-based company that developed the device. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's IndieGoGo page.

iPatch Case

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The iPatch Case is a smartphone case with an integrated lens cap for the built-in camera. "Before iPatch, the only way to protect your always-on camera was with a piece of tape. Not exactly high-tech," the inventors say. "Our case blocks the camera but not the all-important sensors on your phone. You’ll notice a tiny opening on the front iPatch cover – that allows for the phone’s proximity and light sensors to remain fully functional while completely blacking out the camera." The comercial launch of the iPatch Case is financed through a crowdfunding campaign on HeadFunder.

Facetune for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Lightricks has announced Facetune for Android, an app that promises to enable every smartphone user to transform everyday mugshots into high-end portraits. “The tremendous success and rave reviews with Facetune for iOS (4.8 stars out of 5 on the App store over thousands of reviews) led to countless requests for the app from Android users,” says Zeev Farbman, Lightricks' CEO. “Today, we are just as excited to release this product to Android as our users are to receive it, and we are eagerly awaiting their reaction." Facetune for Android is offered at the introductory price of $2.99 and available worldwide exclusively on the Google Play Store.

Where in the World is Your ColorChecker Passport?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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X-Rite today launched a photographic competition, challenging photographers all over the world to capture their ColorChecker Passport in some of the locations they will be visiting during the summer holiday season. The “Where in the World is Your ColorChecker Passport” photo contest runs until 15th September, with weekly judging taking place every Thursday. The weekly pirizes include X-Rite products such as the critically acclaimed ColorMunki Display, i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Photo. At the end of the competition, X-Rite Coloratti and world-renowned portrait photographer Greg Gorman will select one final winner. The winner will have the opportunity to have a personal conversation with Greg to choose a signed 13” x 19” print of one of Greg’s masterpieces. Entries can be submitted via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ColorCheckerContest as well as that of the location of the shot, for example #greatwallofchina.

Fujifilm Updates X-Mount Lens Roadmap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fujifilm has released a new roadmap for its X-mount lenses. The updated chart includes one new lens (the Fujinon XF90mm f/2 R), whilst a previously announced but hitherto unnamed ultra-wide angle lens has now been confirmed as the Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R. Additionally, the company has changed the release dates for three lenses that we have already seen on earlier editions of the roadmap. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, which is now scheduled to hit the shops at the end of this year. This will be Fujifilm’s second weather resistant lens designed to partner its X-T1 camera. The Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2.8 R WR, on the other hand, has been pushed back to 2015 Q1. The still unspecified "super tele photo zoom lens" is now being promised to arrive at the end of that year.

Pentax K-3 Prestige Gunmetal Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has just launched a Prestige edition of the Pentax K-3 digital SLR camera. The K-3 Prestige features a stylish, high grade, gunmetal gray shade and comes complete with a detachable BG-5 battery grip designed exclusively for the K-3. The Pentax K-3 Prestige Gunmetal Edition* will be made available in a limited quantity with only 2,000 units being offered worldwide. Shipments start in August 2014. The camera will be available for £1,099/$1399.95.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nikon D810 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon D810 is a brand new 36 megapixel full-frame sensor DSLR camera with no optical low pass filter. The D810 also offers 1080/60p HD video, a 3.2-inch LCD screen, an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and 5fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon D810 review to find out if it can emulate the success of the previous D800/E cameras...

Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours: The Complete Digital Photography Course by David Fairman is a new title from Over The Rainbow Productions. The author is a renowned photographer and film director whose bold, innovative style has seen his work exhibited in major galleries around the world and sold over 55,000 copies in poster format. Take Great Digital Pictures in 24 Hours features a unique and engaging LAP learning system to help the reader develop the skills quickly and effectively. Readers will Learn over 300 professional techniques, Appreciate stunning images from over 70 of the world’s top photographers, and Practice with whatever camera they own. The book sells for £32.50.

Akvis NatureArt 6.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 6.0 of its NatureArt software for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds new presets to the Sun and Frost effects, improves performance under 64-bit versions of Windows, adds an option for Dropbox users to share their images directly from the program with no loss of quality, brings support for several new raw file formats, and fixes bugs. Additionally, the plug-in variant gains compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Registered users of NatureArt can upgrade to version 6.0 for free.

Xara Designer Pro X10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara has announced a new release of Xara Designer Pro. Billed as the ultimate all-in-one creative software that provides all the tools for: illustration, photo editing, web graphics and desktop publishing; Xara Designer Pro X10 supports multi-core processors for faster performance, and provides tools that might typically be required by professional designers such as PANTONE, CMYK, colour separations and PDF/X. Bundled with this release is a new Photoshop plug-in called PhotoLooks from Red Giant (previously sold by Red Giant for $199) for users wishing to intensify the mood of their photo via various colour and lighting effects or adding a popular film look from soft lighting to Hollywood drama. The plug-in includes over 100 presets inspired by real commercial projects, from wedding vignettes to popular cinematic looks. Xara Designer Pro X10 costs £249 with upgrades from £79.

BosStrap Side Slide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BosStrap has just released a new product called the BosStrap Side Slide. Featuring a 1"-wide shoulder strap which hangs vertically off your right or your left shoulder, the BosStrap Side Slide connects to a camera strap lug rather than the tripod socket;t and includes a fully detachable, across-the-chest strap which prevents it from moving off your shoulder.  By adding a second Side Slide, two cameras can be worn, one on each shoulder, or the Side Slide can be worn while using a conventional neck strap for carrying a second camera. The BosStrap Side Slide is now available from BosStrap at an introductory price of $59.95.

The Notion of Family

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Notion of Family by rising photographer and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier is a new title published by the Aperture Foundation. Offering an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania; this 156-page volume includes 100 duotone images and 32 four-color video stills. "With The Notion of Family, Frazier knowingly acknowledges and expands upon the traditions of classic black-and-white documentary photography, enlisting the participation of her family—and her mother in particular," the publisher says. Available from September, the book sells for $60/£40.

Blackmagic Camera 1.8.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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Blackmagic Design has released version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, which adds 3 new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The new formats include ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy. This update gives customers using Blackmagic Design cameras the ability to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Selecting the type of ProRes format for recording can be set via the on-screen menus and all ProRes types can be played back instantly. The. Camera 1.8.2 update is available now free of charge from the website below.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nikon D810 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with a full production version of the new Nikon D810 DSLR camera, including the entire ISO range.

The Nikon D810 is a 36.3 megapixel full-frame DSLR with no optical low pass filter, an ISO range of 32-51,200, 1080/60p video recording, a 1299K-dot 3-inch LCD monitor and 5fps continuous shooting.

Booq Cobra Pack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Booq today launched the latest addition to their elegant Cobra collection, the Cobra pack. Cobra pack’s 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellent coating keeps items safe from the elements outside, while a smooth quilted lining ensures items stay protected inside. The main compartment features two open pockets and a slip pocket. A zippered mesh window pocket keeps passports, tickets and important items accessible and secure. The separate, densely padded laptop compartment provides quick access to a 15-17” laptop and features a  YKK water resistant back zipper opening. The Cobra pack is now shipping and is available for $295 at the website below.

AOC u3477Pqu

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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AOC has announced a new UltraWide QHD screen in 21:9 format. The AOC u3477Pqu is a 34" monitor with a 3440x1440-pixel IPS panel and various connectivity options including USB 2.0 and 3.0, DisplayPort and an integrated HDMI port with MHL functionality. Thanks to the Real 8-bit +FRC arrangement, more than 1 billion colours can be reproduced on the screen. Equally noteworthy are the picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture features, which allow watching images simultaneously from different sources.. The model will be available as of September 2014 at an MSRP of 499 GBP.

Sony Launches World’s First Floating Gallery

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sony unveiled the world’s first offshore gallery on the Southwark Lake today to mark the official launch of two new high-zoom cameras – the HX60V (read review) and the HX400V (read review). The work of ‘Where’s Wally’ creator Martin Handford appeared to float on the London lake where passers-by were encouraged to try to find the hidden Wallys in the artwork using the high zoom cameras 20m away on the shore, with  the quickest entrant winning the painting and camera. “We wanted to bring a bit of fun to the park experience this summer so we have partnered up with ‘Where’s Wally’ creators to make the ultimate family treasure hunt," Claire Beard, Product Manager for DSC, Sony UK said. "With the world’s first offshore gallery we hope to create the most interesting Wally search to date. Park goers will need to use the 50x optical zoom of the new HX400V to unearth the king of hide and seek.”

Lomography Cine200 Tungsten Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has released a limited-stock, ISO200/24° Tungsten balanced film. The Lomography Cine200 Tungsten is a colour negative film that was originally developed for motion picture production. "The great news is that we have now figured out a procedure for treating Tungsten Motion Picture Film so that it can be used in 35mm film cameras," Lomography says. " It can be processed normally in C-41 chemicals, just like standard colour negative film." There are only 4000 rolls available, so hurry up if you'd like to give it a try!