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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1.2.1 Firmware Available

Canon has released a new firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. Version 1.2.1 - which was first announced in October 2012 - incorporates no less than 15 improvements and fixes including uncompressed HDMI output, auto-focus capability with lens-teleconverter combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8, improved focus acquisition when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist light, lens compensation data for the EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens, improved communication with the WFT-E7 wireless file transmitter, and much more. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

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Sony Launches New Accessories for HDR-AS15 Action Cam

Sony has launched a new range of accessories for its HDR-AS15 Action Cam. These include the AKA-WM1 wrist mount strap, the AKA-SM1 surfboard mount, the AKA-FL1 float - which prevents the Action Cam from plummeting into the depths if you drop the camera while swimming -, the ADP-BH1 ball head, the AKA-SF1 skeleton frame - which is claimed to be ideal for secure tripod mounting - and the AKA-DM1 dog harness. There’s also a new firmware update that powers up Action Cam with extra features and a new High Frame Rate mode. The new range of sports-focused mounting accessories and firmware update for the HDR-AS15 Action Cam Full HD video camera are available from June.

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Image Centric Media Launches New Business Model

Image Centric Media has launched a new business model that promises to increase the revenue of photographers. Key features of the business model include: unplugging middlemen to redirect revenue to the photographers; revenue sharing that extends to advertising, services, and content licensing; and a marketing machine that aligns and multiplies the influence of member photographers. The company operates multiple branded websites and a stock agency where members set the price and get 60% of the revenue. Click through for the details.

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Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Getty Images has extended the deadline for entries for the 2013 Grants for Editorial Photography until 10th May. The Grants for Editorial Photography were created in 2004 to provide emerging and established photographers with the means, creative freedom and collaborative editorial guidance to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance. Previous grant recipients include Bharat Choudhary for “The Silence of ‘Others’,”  Paolo Marchetti for “FEVER – The Awakening of European Fascism,” Sebastian Liste for “The Brazilian Far West” and Kosuke Okahara for “Fragments/Fukushima.” 

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Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch

Wacom today announced that it is bringing touch control to its Cintiq 22HD interactive pen display. Combining multi-touch with Wacom’s renowned pen technology, the new Cintiq 22HD touch offers a 21.5" Full HD display, an ergonomic rotating stand and 16 customisable ExpressKeys. Multi-touch is supported in Windows 7/8 and Mac OS as well as in touch savvy applications such as Corel’s latest Painter 12.2 update and Autodesk’s Mudbox and Sketchbook Pro. The Cintiq 22HD touch is priced at £1899.99 including VAT.

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Transcend Ultimate 1000x CF Memory Cards

Transcend has unveiled its next-generation 1000x Compact Flash cards designed specifically to meet the demands of professional photographers and video DSLR filmmakers. Transcend’s “Ultimate” series 1000x Compact Flash cards implement the CompactFlash revision 6.0 specification and operate in UDMA transfer mode 7, the fastest interface speed available for CF cards. Fully compliant with the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-20) and boasting read/write transfer rates of up to 160MB/120MB per second, these cards are ideal for fast-action burst mode shooting. Transcend’s 1000x Compact Flash cards are now available in 16GB (US$99), 32GB (US$199), 64GB (US$379) and 128GB (US$699) capacities.

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PNY SSD, SDHC Card and HDMI Cable Winner

PNY Technologies is offering one lucky person the chance to win a number of prizes to inject some speed into your workflow: a XLR8 Pro 120Go SSD, Pro Elite Plus 16GB SDHC and a 3in1 HDMI Cable.

The lucky winner is Justin Roush. Congratulations!

PNY manufactures imaging solutions, and its XLR8 Pro SSD range is built especially for multimedia enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers. SSDs allow seriously quick data transfers and therefore an optimised workflow. The XLR8 Pro SSD series boasts a 2.5” SATA III, 6Gbps interface, supports 128-bit AES encryption and is powered by the SandForce 2281 controller, offering up to 550MB/s sequential read speeds, 520MB/s sequential write speeds and 85,000 random read/write IOPS.

The PNY Pro Elite Plus offers read speeds of 95 MB/s and write speeds of 90 MB/s - perfect for photographers who take full advantage of their camera’s burst mode. Certified Class 10 and UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), the cards are also ideal for full-HD video; even in the most extreme conditions.

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olloclip Contest Winners

We’re giving away three olloclip 3-in-1s for the iPhone 5!

The lucky winners are Patricia Halliday, Barb Robertson and Michael Wheeler. Congratulations!

The olloclip is a unique quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S/5. It features three lenses — fisheye, wide-angle and macro — in one small, convenient package that fits easily in a pocket and in the palm of the hand. The olloclip connects to the iPhone in seconds, allowing the user to instantly and easily capture photographic images and use various photographic effects.  The iPhone’s camera auto focuses normally through the olloclip and selecting a lens is as simple as flipping it over.  The olloclip for iPhone 4/4S retails for £59.99 and for iPhone 5 retails for £69.99. Both products are available in the Apple store.

Created by Patrick O’Neill and his designer, Chong Pak, olloclip has attracted a legion of passionate users in less than two years, not to mention distribution through Apple retail stores in the UK and internationally and through leading online retailers. More products under the olloclip brand moniker are now in development. More info is available on the official olloclip website http://www.olloclip.com/

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“McCullin” Documentary Winners

We’re giving away 10 copies of the “McCullin” documentary on either DVD or Blu-ray.

The lucky winners are Carol Mears, Heather Knotts, wilbur brown, John McDonald, Hannah ONeill, Debbie Bond, Daniel Madore, Janelle Morte, Lisa Parker, and CHEN YI LEE. Congratulations!

Celebrated photographer Don McCullin worked for The Sunday Times from 1966 to 1983, at a time when the newspaper was widely recognised as being at the cutting edge of international investigative photo-journalism. During that period he covered wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent: from civil war in Cyprus, the war in Vietnam and the man-made famine in Biafra to the plight of the homeless in swinging sixties London.

This new documentary from the producers of the award-winning SENNA and directed by Jacqui Morris / David Morris uses rich, detailed archive footage and incredible in-depth interviews to reveal the truth behind McCullin’s hard-hitting and controversial images, piecing together his remarkable story in truly breathtaking style.

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Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder PRO Winners

MindGems Inc. is giving away 10 licenses of Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder PRO (VSDIF) exclusively to our readers.

The lucky winners are Hong Ho, reza rezaie golghand, Ales Veluscek, Inga Andersen, mark trnavsky, Kenneth Baillie, Slavko Todorov, Philip Greenwood, Keith Wolstenholme and
Kieran Symons
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VSDIF is rated the best duplicate image finder on major photography and software magazines and technology web sites.

What is so special about Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder?
As the name already suggests this tool can find duplicate and similar images based on content analysis regardless of the image format, size, dimensions, colors and other image attributes. What this means is that even if you have copies of the same image with modifications applied like color correction, crop, retouching, change of file format or watermarks it will still be identified as a duplicate of its original image. This is a task that a standard duplicate file finders cano not handle. The tool supports more than 100 common image formats including Photoshop PSD, plus over 300 RAW camera formats.

The main three benefits from using this tool are:

- Organize your image collection
- Save valuable disk space by removing duplicate images
- Search for similar images inside your image collection by loading a sample image

Processing large image collections is extremely fast using the new cache system. The tool will analyze the image data and collect it in a cache that will be reused in consequential scans. The cache system checks the images for modifications. This means that if a photo is edited it will be re-processed automatically and the updated version will be used for the comparison. The “Image Search” functionality can find images similar to a sample photo. Combining the Image Search with the cache system VSDIF can scan 10 000 images in seconds. A FREE demo is available for download at the company’s web site.

MindGems Inc. provides also a Duplicate MP3 Finder tool that works in a similar way for audio files and the popular FREE Duplicate File Finder and Folder Size tools that will help with the disk cleanup process.

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