Friday, March 27, 2015

NatGeo and Manfrotto Present New Mediterranean Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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National Geographic and Manfrotto have launched a sporty new line of photography backpacks, totes and holsters. The Mediterranean Collection offers 7 different models including small and medium backpacks, shoulder bags, a medium holster and a medium sling bag. Each bag is ergonomically designed for photographers to travel in comfort, whilst maintaining easy access to their gear. The Mediterranean collection is available from £64.95.

Transcend Releases Industrial-Grade Wide-Temperature SDHC/microSDHC Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has launched a new range of wide-temperature SDHC and microSDHC memory cards. Compliant with SD Specification Version 3.01, Transcend's MLC-based SDHC memory cards boast 20MB/s and an extra large 32GB capacity. The cards can operate effectively between -40°C to 85°C and are ideal for use in cameras with demanding performance and capacity requirements. Available in capacities of up to 32GB, these Class 10 cards feature built-in Error Correction Code that helps detect and correct potential transfer errors.

TurnsPro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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TurnsPro is a time lapse camera mount designed to create panning time lapse videos or movies with your phone, DSLR or action camera. With an industry standard screw fitting in the base to securely attach the unit to any tripod of your choosing and a similar screw on the top, thereby allowing a wide range of cameras to can be fitted to take footage. GoPros, action cams and compact cameras easily fit on TurnsPro and even a DSLR with a smallish lens has been used (the suggested maximum weight is 1kg, however with a separate mounting cradle the mechanism is rated to 1.5kg as long as the camera is balanced). In addition, a mobile phone mount is included which will securely hold your smart phone or tablet in place. The device allows the user to select the speed and direction of rotation. TurnsPro is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

Panasonic Launches Three Spring Promotions

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Panasonic UK has launched three promotions on its imaging products. Running until 2nd June, the deals include a cashback offer and two value-added promotions. You can claim upto £200 (€250) cashback on Panasonic’s 4K imaging products including the HC-X1000, HC-WX970, HC-VX87 and HX-A500 camcorders as well as the LX100, GH4 (pictured) and FZ1000 cameras. Additionally, the company is extending warranty on selected camera and camcorder models up to 5 years. Thirdly, you can claim a free selfie stick with the purchase of selected Lumix cameras including the Lumix GF7, TZ57 and SZ10.

Phase One iXU 180

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One Industrial have announced the Phase One iXU 180, which is billed as the world’s smallest 80 MP medium format aerial camera. Weighing in at less than 950 grams, the iXU 180 can be used as a standalone photogrammetric camera, or as part of an array of multiple cameras. The Phase One iXU 180 is compatible with leaf shutter lenses from Schneider Kreuznach (28 mm, 55 mm, 80 mm, 110 mm, 150 mm and 240 mm). The camera is easily integrated into new or existing setups with its USB 3.0 connectivity for storage and control, and direct communication to GPS/IMU systems. The camera will start shipping mid-April.

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 76 sample JPEGs taken with the new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens.

The EF 11-24mm f/4L is the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens, and retails for £2799.99 / $2999.99.

Nikon D7200 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 99 sample JPEGs taken with the new Nikon D7200 DSLR camera and the 18-105mm kit lens.

We've included an ISO sequence from 100 to 104,400, so that you can see exactly what the D7200 is capable of.

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A is a fast wide-angle prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Amazon Cloud Drive Launches Unlimited Cloud Storage

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites

Amazon has announced unlimited cloud storage with Amazon Cloud Drive. The Unlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year) allows users to store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices. Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files. The Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year) eanbles anyone to stoe an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.

Manfrotto Lumie Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has just launched its new Lumie series of portable LED lights. They feature super bright surface mount LED technology and superior colour accuracy (>92% CRI), and each Lumie LED kit comes with a snap-fit filter mount as well as a variety of CTO and diffusing filters. In addition to the standard filters, there are Portrait, Classic and Multicolour kits as well as a friction-based ballhead that enables 360° pan orientation and up to 35° in any other direction. The series comprises three units that differ in their power output and the number of LEDs they contain. The Lumie Play has 3 diodes, offers 220 lux of illumination and costs £44.95. The Lumie Art (6 LEDs, 440 lux) is available for £69.95. The Lumie Muse (8 LEDs, 550 lux) is £99.95.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sony Release Firmware Updates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has released a firmware update for a number of its compact system cameras including the A7, A7R (pictured), A7S, A7 II and A6000. The new upgrade adds support for theSEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL35F14Z and SEL90M28G lenses. You can download the update for your camera from the website below.

Website: Sony UK

Light Science & Magic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Focal Press has published the fifth edition of Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. Featuring photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, this book speaks to photographers of varying levels. It provides invaluable information on how to light the most difficult subjects, such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and portraits. The 382-page paperback is available for $44.95 / £28.99.

Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photographer’s Guide to the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) by Alexander White is a new title from White Knight Press. Providing a complete guide to the use of this advanced compact camera, the 242-page book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to capture excellent images and video sequences with the D-Lux. Containing more than 350 colour photographs showing the camera’s controls, display screens, and menus; the book includes examples of photographs taken using the creative settings of the camera, including the Photo Style settings; the Filter button picture effects, and the movie recording mode. The book is available now for $9.99 in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats.

Light Blue 5.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Light Blue, business management software designed specifically for photographers, has launched a new online contract signing service. The new release is an addition to Light Blue Software’s online services. Every subscriber will be able to send contracts to clients, and receive an electronically signed copy back from them. “As a photographer, it’s important you have a proper contract with your clients, but when a client tells you that they want to confirm a booking you want to make the process as quick and painless as possible,” Light Blue founder Tom Catchesides says. “We’ve designed the online contract signing services in Light Blue to be powerful, but really simple to use, so once you’ve got a template set up you send your contract out to them in just a few clicks. It’s all part of our commitment to building really useful software that’ll help streamline business admin and let photographers spend more time out taking pictures.”

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Review

Amy Davies
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a tough water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera. The XP80 offers a 16.4 million pixel 1/2.3 inch BSI-CMOS sensor, built-in wi-fi, 10fps burst shooting, 1080i HD movies, a 5x zoom lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Read our Fujifilm FinePix XP80 review now...

Canon Celebrates 12th Year as Number One in ILC Market

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Canon is celebrating a 12th year as the global number one within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market. Canon’s run as market leader began in 2003 owing to the launch of the company’s first truly affordable dSLR, the EOS 300D. Since then, Canon has launched a host of interchangeable-lens cameras, including the EOS-1D series for professional users, and the EOS 5D series. More recently, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which boasts the world’s highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera plus the EOS 760D and EOS 750Do entry-level digital SLRs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Akvis Points

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has announced a new software which turns images into pointillistic paintings. This painting technique is characterised by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. The new Akvis Points program includes ready-to-use presets for the pointillism effect, and it is also possible to add a signature, an inscription or a copyright watermark to the picture. The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10. A home license of the program is available for $49.

PhotoScissors 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX, the company famed for its BatchInpaint, FolderIco, Inpaint, iResizer and PhotoSticher applications, has released PhotoScissors 2.0.Targeting users who don’t want to learn secrets of retouching, PhotoScissors makes background removal easy: the user marks foreground and background zones in the image and immediately sees the results, which can then be fine-tuned with a few mouse gestures. Version 2.0 provides a number of improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for much neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option quickly applies a transparent shadow to the picture, and the new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time. The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is $19.99. PhotoScissors is available both for Windows and Mac OS.

Photo Challenge - #LeicaSpring

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Leica Fotopark, an online image hosting and sharing service offered by Leica Camera, has announced a spring themed photo challenge. Photographers are encouraged to upload their brightest, liveliest and most idyllic spring pictures to the Leica Fotopark website between 30 March and 12 April 2015 and tag them with #LeicaSpring. Once the submission period is closed, the images will be rated and three winning photos will be chosen and displayed in the Leica Store in Wetzlar. In addition, the overall winner will receive a 90x60cm print of his/her photo mounted on acrylic glass.

Nikon Coolpix P610 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 56 sample images and a movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P610 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P610 is a 16 megapixel superzoom camera featuring a massive 60x zoom lens equivalent to 24-1440mm, a tilt-swivel screen and an eye-level EVF.