Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Phottix Juno Transceiver Flash

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Juno is a powerful yet easy-to-use manual hot shoe flash featuring a built-in Phottix Ares II Transceiver. Other highlights include a zooming flash head with a focal length coverage of 20-200mm, a guide number of 58, a Canon compatible HV Battery Port, and full-to-1/128th power adjustments in 1/3 steps. A command dial makes power changes fast and easy. The new Phottix Juno will come in four configurations, the flash itself, two Phottix Juno and Ares II Trigger combos, and the Phottix Juno "Ready to Go" Kit, which includes the Phottix Juno flash, a Phottix Ares II Flash Trigger Transmitter, a Phottix P190 MK II Light Stand, a Phottix Double-Small Folding Shoot-Through Umbrella, a Phottix Varos Pro S Multi-Function Flash Shoe Umbrella Holder and a Phottix Gear Bag. The Phottix Juno flash sells for $130.00, the Juno+Ares II combos start at $149.99, and the Phottix Juno "ready to Go" Kit is available for $239.99.

The Phottix Juno is a powerful yet easy-to-use manual hot shoe flash featuring a built-in Phottix Ares II Transceiver. Other highlights include a zooming flash head with a focal length coverage of 20-200mm, a guide number of 58, a Canon compatible HV Battery Port, and full-to-1/128th power adjustments in 1/…

Canon Expands Explorers of Light Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Canon U.S.A. today announced the addition of photographers Barbara Davidson and Terrell Lloyd to their Explorers of Light ambassador programme. Barbara Davidson is a three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-award winning photojournalist best known for her work on victims of gang abuse in Los Angeles. As a long-time photographer at the Los Angeles Times, Barbara spent much of the past decade photographing women and children trapped in a culture of poverty and guns. Terrell Lloyd is known for his experience shooting professional and college sports. He is currently employed by the San Francisco 49ers as their full-time lead team photographer and managing all of the organization’s photography services. Both Barbara Davidson and Terrell Lloyd will be on hand at the Canon Booth (#121) at PhotoPlus Expo 2017, October 26-28 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Canon U.S.A. today announced the addition of photographers Barbara Davidson and Terrell Lloyd to their Explorers of Light ambassador programme. Barbara Davidson is a three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-award winning photojournalist best known for her work on victims of gang abuse in Los Angeles. As a long-time photographer at the…

Lee Reverse ND Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lee Filters have announced a new range of Reverse ND grads. "Landscape photographers have always been drawn to the quality of light at the beginning and end of the day, but shooting during those precious seconds when the sun itself hovers above the horizon can be a tricky affair," the company said in a statement. "Controlling the exposure so that the sun is correctly exposed and balanced with the rest of the image has, in the past, meant using a very strong traditional neutral-density graduated filter, with the result being that the sky at the top of the frame appears darker than is entirely natural." Reverse ND filters solve this problem by being most dense in the centre area, rather than at the top. This allows the photographer to precisely control exposure as the sun sits on the horizon, ensuring it is balanced with the remainder of the frame. The new Lee Reverse ND grads offer an extremely smooth and gradual transition between the dyed and clear areas of the frame. Available for the Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems, in strengths of 0.6, 0.9 and 1.2 ND (which equates to two, three and four stops respectively, and relates to the density in the centre area), Lee's Reverse ND filters are available from £81.80+VAT.

Lee Filters have announced a new range of Reverse ND grads. "Landscape photographers have always been drawn to the quality of light at the beginning and end of the day, but shooting during those precious seconds when the sun itself hovers above the horizon can be a tricky affair," the…

Adobe Lightroom CC Cloud Photography Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe have just announced the all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC cloud- based photography service. Featuring a streamlined user interface, Lightroom CC enables image editing in full resolution across mobile, desktop, and the web. With Lightroom CC, photographers can make edits on one device and automatically synchronise their changes everywhere. Additionally, Lightroom CC has scalable storage options for safe and secure back up of full resolution photos including raw files. Plus, Adobe Sensei’s machine learning technology automatically applies searchable keywords to objects in photographs, making organisation in Lightroom CC easier than ever. The all-new Lightroom CC is available across three photography plans: the Creative Cloud Photography plan with 1 TB includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Photoshop CC, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 1 TB of cloud storage (£16.64/month excl. VAT), but Lightroom CC has also been added to the existing Creative Cloud Photography plan with an additional 20 GB of storage to help users get started on the new service. This plan remains at £8.32/month excl. VAT. Finally, the all-new Lightroom CC plan addresses the needs of photographers who want a cloud-based photography service for editing, organising, storing and sharing their photos from wherever they are, and includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 1 TB of cloud storage (£8.32/month excl. VAT).

Adobe have just announced the all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC cloud- based photography service. Featuring a streamlined user interface, Lightroom CC enables image editing in full resolution across mobile, desktop, and the web. With Lightroom CC, photographers can make edits on one device and automatically synchronise their changes everywhere. Additionally…

Manfrotto Element Big Tripod Review

Tim Coleman
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The Manfrotto Element Big Tripod is one of a new range of smart traveller tripods, featuring a compact and sturdy construction, three leg-angle positions, twist lock mechanism, and an aluminium ball head. Read our review of the flagship Manfrotto Element Big Carbon tripod now...

Canon EOS M100 Review

Tim Coleman
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The Canon EOS M100 is a new compact system camera aimed at beginners. The M100 offers 24.2 megapixel resolution, Bluetooth connectivity, full HD 1080p high-definition video, a 180-degree tilting LCD and a touch-screen interface. Read our expert Canon EOS M100 review now...

Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss today officially announced their new Milvus 1.4/25 Distagon lens. Developed for full-frame Canon and Nikon cameras, this 25mm lens is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography and journalistic applications. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any colour fringes,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at Zeiss. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.” The large, 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing, whilst the metal housing offers protective seals against dust and dirt, making the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25 a real all-weather lens. Thanks to the de-click function in the the Nikon-mount version, the aperture can be adjusted continuously, which is great news for videographers. The Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25 retails for £1,999 including VAT (RRP) and will be available from December 2017.

Zeiss today officially announced their new Milvus 1.4/25 Distagon lens. Developed for full-frame Canon and Nikon cameras, this 25mm lens is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography and journalistic applications. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any colour fringes,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at Zeiss. “The finest…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Remembering Rhinos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events , Books
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Powerful images of rhino taken by some of the world’s top wildlife photographers will be unveiled at a free London exhibition and an evening of talks by leading conservationists, as the much-anticipated Remembering Rhinos book is launched this month. The beautiful photographic book is a follow-up to the hugely successful Remembering Elephants project, which last year raised over £135k for international wildlife charity Born Free’s elephant conservation work. It has gained widespread support from a host of celebrities including Russell Crowe, Chris Martin, Joanna Lumley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Holden, Emilia Fox, Caity Lotz, and Katherine Jenkins, who posed with their copy of the book as part of a social media campaign on World Rhino Day. The exhibition will be open 10am – 5pm each day until Saturday 11th November at La Galleria Pall Mall (5b Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, London, SW1Y 4UY) – an opportunity to view the exquisite imagery, and purchase limited edition prints and copies of the book.

Powerful images of rhino taken by some of the world’s top wildlife photographers will be unveiled at a free London exhibition and an evening of talks by leading conservationists, as the much-anticipated Remembering Rhinos book is launched this month. The beautiful photographic book is a follow-up to the hugely successful…

MeFOTO Launch Sister Company MeVIDEO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MeFOTO today announced the launch of MeVIDEO, a new sister company focusing on the film and video market with a travel video tripod available now on Kickstarter. The MeVIDEO GlobeTrotter tripod features reverse folding legs to allow for a more compact folded form that makes it perfect for travelling, an Integrated Levelling Platform for precise, intuitive positioning of your camera on the centre column without needing to adjust legs, and a Removable Flat Base Head offering ratchet-style metal adjustment knobs for levelling. Available in anodised aluminium and carbon fibre versions, the tripod converts easily to a monopod - simply unscrew the centre column and combine with the padded leg. MeVIDEO launched their Kickstarter campaign today, with the goal of raising $50,000. Backers will receive a discounted rate of $349 for the aluminium and $499 for the carbon fibre model.

MeFOTO today announced the launch of MeVIDEO, a new sister company focusing on the film and video market with a travel video tripod available now on Kickstarter. The MeVIDEO GlobeTrotter tripod features reverse folding legs to allow for a more compact folded form that makes it perfect for travelling, an…

Matt Hulse Wins Felix Schoeller Photo Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The presentation of the prizes of this year’s Felix Schoeller Photo Award took place on 14 October in the Museum of Cultural History in Osnabrück, Germany. The winners in the individual categories were Rodrigo Illescas (Portrait), Saskia Boelsums (Landscape/Nature), Mario Brand (Architecture/Industry), Alain Schroeder (Photojournalism/Editorial) and Matt Hulse (Free Choice/Conceptional Photography). Each of these winners received a cash prize of €2,000. As the highlight of the event, photographer Matt Hulse was invited to take the stage for a second time. He was presented with the Felix Schoeller Photo Award in Gold and an additional cash prize of 10,000 euros for his extraordinary project titled ‘Sniper’. The 150 photographs by the category winners and the winner of the Emerging Photographer Award can be seen in the Museum of Cultural History/Museum Quarter in Osnabrück until 25 February 2018.

The presentation of the prizes of this year’s Felix Schoeller Photo Award took place on 14 October in the Museum of Cultural History in Osnabrück, Germany. The winners in the individual categories were Rodrigo Illescas (Portrait), Saskia Boelsums (Landscape/Nature), Mario Brand (Architecture/Industry), Alain Schroeder (Photojournalism/Editorial) and Matt Hulse (Free Choice/Conceptional…

Canon Produces 90 Millionth EOS Camera and 130 Millionth EF Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses
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Canon today announced they have reached two major production milestones — a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV (pictured) was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the company’s 130 millionth interchangeable lens. Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for film AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.

Canon today announced they have reached two major production milestones — a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV (pictured) was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became…

Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 is a specialised soft-focus telephoto lens for Leica M-mount cameras. Its focal length of 90 mm is suitable for photography in a multitude of scenarios and is as good as predestined for capturing portraits with a uniquely aesthetic atmosphere that cannot be reproduced in digital postprocessing. The optical formula comprises 4 elements in 3 groups and 20-bladed iris diaphragm diaphragm that allows the lens to deliver a unique bokeh with perfectly round rendition of point light sources. The soft look of the Thambar is the result of intentionally accepted under-correction of spherical aberration. This under-correction increases towards the edges of the optical system with the consequence that not only the depth of focus, but also the degree of softening can be precisely controlled by means of the stepless aperture setting. The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 will be on sale from mid-November 2017 for £5,095.

The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 is a specialised soft-focus telephoto lens for Leica M-mount cameras. Its focal length of 90 mm is suitable for photography in a multitude of scenarios and is as good as predestined for capturing portraits with a uniquely aesthetic atmosphere that cannot be reproduced in digital postprocessing…

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR is a wide-standard zoom lens for the GFX 50S mirrorless medium format camera. Is this a must-buy lens for all GFX owners? Find out now by reading our Fujifilm GF 32-64mm review...

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken a full production version of the new Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a full production version of the new Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone. The Mate 10 Pro is a new flagship smartphone with built-in artifical intelligence, dual cameras, f/1.6 lenses and Raw file support.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pholio Challenges Google Photos with AI-powered Private Search

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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In partnership with academics from the University of Oxford, a London start-up has condensed the power of cloud based visual search technology to the size of a book. The Pholio device, which can safely store or access your media all in one place, allows an incredible level of search and discovery across your photos and home videos. The software in Pholio automatically checks all images in your collections against 20,000 in-built search terms, from ‘birthday’ to ‘christmas’ and ‘house renovation’.  By keying a relevant search term into a browser on a connected TV screen, tablet, phone or laptop at home, families can search for all sorts of things in their own photo collections – from day trips to Bangor to bungee jumps in Niagara. What's more, the technology within the Pholio box will evolve for individuals based on their specific interests and collections - each box will end up understanding different things depending on its owner. The basic Pholio device can store up to 500 gigabytes of data, whilst Pholio Pro offers a storage capacity of 2TB. Prices start at £199.

In partnership with academics from the University of Oxford, a London start-up has condensed the power of cloud based visual search technology to the size of a book. The Pholio device, which can safely store or access your media all in one place, allows an incredible level of search and…

Get Hands-on with Fujinon's MK Lenses for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Hireacamera and Fujinon have joined forces to offer photographers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Cine Zoom lenses in Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. This free, ticket-only event, on Monday the 30th of October at Hireacamera’s London base Cherryduck Studios (12-18 Sampson Street, London E1W 1NA), will allow you to get a feel for the MK lenses and experience the quality of image they produce. There will be five 60-minute sessions at 09.30am / 11.00am / 12.30pm / 2.30pm / 4.00pm. Reservations are essential.

Hireacamera and Fujinon have joined forces to offer photographers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Cine Zoom lenses in Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. This free, ticket-only event, on Monday the 30th of October at Hireacamera’s London…

Huawei Mate 10 Pro First Impressions

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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We've spent some time getting to know the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, so check out our first impressions of Huawei's new flagship smartphone...

We've spent some time getting to know the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, so check out our first impressions of Huawei's new flagship smartphone...

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone.

Want to see exactly what the new Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone.

New Features for DxO ONE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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DxO have just announced a major update to the DxO ONE connected camera. Available immediately and free of charge, version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS app offers the first pro-quality multi-camera solution for Facebook Live and a new time-lapse option featuring exclusive Auto Ramping technology. Additionally, the DxO ONE ecosystem of accessories now includes an external Battery Pack that doubles the camera’s battery life as well as a Cable Back Door for the device’s waterproof case. The Battery Pack will be available for $59,99 | £49.99 | €59,90. The Cable Back Door will come with any purchase of a waterproof Outdoor Shell from DxO’s online store. Last but not least, a brand new DxO ONE for Android app will be offered in the coming weeks via an “Early Access” programme that is open to all. It will allow users to preview the DxO ONE Android and receiving regular updates with the latest application features.

DxO have just announced a major update to the DxO ONE connected camera. Available immediately and free of charge, version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS app offers the first pro-quality multi-camera solution for Facebook Live and a new time-lapse option featuring exclusive Auto Ramping technology. Additionally, the DxO ONE…