Friday, January 30, 2015

The Photography Show Super Stage Line-Up Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Photography Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham from 21 -24 March, has annoounced its lineup of speakers for the show's Super Stage theatre. Over four days, the Super Stage will host a diverse group of photographers including Tom Stoddart, Martin Parr, Mary Ellen Mark, Tim Flach, Simon Norfolk, Susan Meiselas, Michael Kenna, Lynsey Addario and Don McCullin. Click through / read on for more information.

Rogue FlashBender 2 XL PRO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging has launched the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System. “The idea behind the original FlashBender XL Pro Kit was to create a larger light source with studio-style control while retaining the portability and easy setup fundamental to all the FlashBenders,” said Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging. “With the FlashBender 2 XL Pro, we worked hard to decrease the weight of the original XL Pro as well as to further refine its attachment design. The new FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector is 20% lighter. We know that every bit of weight reduction is welcome for location shooters. We also know that photographers will be excited by the inclusion of the new XL Pro Strip Grid attachment in the XL Pro System. Combining diffusion fabric with a black fabric grid, the XL Pro Strip Grid provides precise rim and edge lighting control. It attaches quickly to the front of the XL Pro Reflector and is compatible with the original XL Pro Reflector design.” The FlashBender XL Pro Lighting System is sized to fit a 15" laptop compartment or lay flat to allow more room for lenses and other essential equipment in the gear bag. The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System retails for $99.95.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has posted a firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. Version 1.3.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  • Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View using a wide-angle (single focal length or zoom) lens.
  • Fixes the incorrect indications on the English and Russian menu screens (Note: the Russian menu is not available for Japanese models).

Website: Canon

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.7 and EOS-1D C Firmware Version 1.3.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released firmware updates for its EOS-1D X (pictured) and EOS-1D C dSLR cameras. The new version (for both models) improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View using a wide-angle lens, and fixes various bugs. Note that the firmware upgrade for the EOS-1D C can only be obtained by sending the camera to a Canon Regional Competence Centre (RCC) or taken to an authorised Canon Repair Centre.

Website: Canon

NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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NEC Display Solutions Europe has launched the NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor, a professional 31.5-inch Ultra HD display with 3840x2160 pixels. This new reference monitor has a 14-bit adjustable LUT, a 10-bit panel, wide colour gamut capability covering 99% of AdobeRGB, Digital Uniformity Control and a 3D LUT to emulate print colour spaces. “The NEC 31.5-inch SpectraView® Reference display sets a new industry benchmark and users that rely on colour-critical displays will benefit from the continuous improvement in this benchmark. This latest display incorporates many exacting requirements to provide complete colour confidence as well as crucial productivity gains,” said Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe. The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is available from February 2015.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 42 sample images taken with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 compact camera/smartphone.

The Panasonic Lumix CM1 is a 20 megapixel compact camera and an Android smartphone.

Leica X-E (Typ 102) Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 33 sample images taken with the Leica X-E (Typ 102) compact camera.

The Leica X-E (Typ 102) is a premium compact camera with a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and 24mm f/2.8 zoom lens (35mm equivalent).

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 full-size sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD lens mounted on an X-T1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD is a new fast portrait lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 84mm in 35mm terms.

Sony A7S Captures UK Night Shift Workers

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To bring to light the efforts of workers who keep the British economy going 24 hours a day, news photographer David Hedges used the Sony A7S to capture a series of low-light documentary-style images showcasing this ‘hidden’ UK workforce. The images depict a range of night workers spanning the length and breadth of the country; including railway engineers in Bristol, guards at Hampton Court Palace and a fruit-and-vegetable seller at Borough Market. “Being a news photographer, you have to be able to capture scenes and moments quickly – and generally the set up and lighting is completely beyond your control," Hedges said. “Having a camera which can perform well in low light such as the Sony A7S opens up so many more creative options for the photographer."

Canon Adds New Features to irista

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Canon has added new updates to its cloud-based image management service, irista. The new features include one-touch photo book creation, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom integration and full access to irista's functionality on tablet devices. The irista updates are accompanied by a pricing refresh for the subscription tiers, which increases the storage options at all levels. The updated free tier now offers 15GB of cloud storage space, with full functionality. Thoses with larger image libraries can now get 200GB and 500GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.

‘Light Works’ Launches International Year of Light

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Organised by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) with support from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Light Works is a new exhibition celebrating the International Year of Light. Curated by RPS Fellow Gary Evans, Light Works is a virtual journey through the electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves.  It uses 50 images to explore ways of looking into our own bodies and the world around us. The exhibition is on public display until 6 February in the Burlington House Courtyard of the Royal Academy, before starting its tour to Belfast, Edinburgh and other UK cities.

Calumet UK Refurbishes Flagship Store, Launches New Blog

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Calumet has just completed works on its flagship store on Drummond Street in London. The refurbishment includes a new store layout with displays to demonstrate various photographic products from all the leading brands. There is a digital workflow zone, a studio lighting showcase and a dedicated used equipment area, as well as two brand new touch-and-try zones from Manfrotto and Wacom. In addition to this, Calumet now offers a price match promise.  Customers have seven days to claim the difference, should they find the same product cheaper in another UK retailer. Online, Calumet customers can now enjoy reading the all new blog. Led by professional portrait photographer, Rory Lewis, the blog delivers the latest on equipment and techniques from his shoots as well as purpose testing of Calumet’s comprehensive collection of professional equipment, tuition tips and hands-on experiences of the latest kit.

Case Logic Turns 30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Case Logic celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stylish tablet folio, smartphone lens cases and the Reflexion Cross Body Bag. The adaptable Surefit Rotating Universal Folio fits any 9-10” tablet and features a unique standing support that provides 360 degree rotation allowing dual viewing and typing angles. Designed for iPhoneographers, the Smartphone Lens Cases provide safe and organised storage for up to four conversion lenses and easily fit into your jacket pocket or purse. Finally, the Reflexion Cross Body Bag (pictured) accommodates an SLR camera, two additional lenses or flash, plus an iPad and accessories.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lomo Instant Review

Amy Davies
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Born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Lomo Instant is the most advanced instant camera on the planet. Using the widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the Lomo Instant offers advanced features like manual aperture control, a built-in flash, and a bulb mode for long exposures. Read our Lomo Instant review now...

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro is a new fast telephoto zoom lens from Olympus for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering a 80-300mm focal length, constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, fast and near-silent focusing, and a manual focus clutch, read our in-depth Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro review to find out if it's the best Micro Four Thirds telephoto lens...

AKVIS Draw 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS ha released AKVIS Draw V.2.0, an application which converts photos into pencil sketches and line art pictures. This update adds real-time effects previews to the 64 bit version, expands raw image file support, adds the Pencil tool to the After tab, improves upon the Text tab, adds a 'Show Original' option to the tools' parameters, fixes minor bugs, adds Dropbox to the list of the publishing services and official support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. All registered users of AKVIS Draw can upgrade to the new version for free.

DxO OpticsPro 10.2, FilmPack 5.1 and ViewPoint 2.5.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO has released DxO OpticsPro v10.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.2. The updates add support for the Sony A7 II, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, the Pentax K-S1, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The DxO Optics Modules database benefits form the addition of 291 new camera/lens combinations. DxO OpticsPro v10.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.2 are now available in the DxO online store.

UK Pricing Announced for Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Intro2020 has announced the UK price and availability of the Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens. Featuring an optical construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements used throughout the optical system, the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is billed as the world's first full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will go on sale on 16th February, at a recommended retail price of £949.99.

Phottix Indra 500 TTL Now Available in the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Phottix Indra 500 TTL studio light is now available in the United Kingdom. Offering a new level of power for photographers on the move, the 500Ws Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light features through-the-lens flash exposure control with Canon and Nikon cameras, high-speed sync, manual power adjustment in 1/3EV increments, wireless radio control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems, and a maximum recycle time of 2 seconds. The Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light is priced at £699.99 (head-only), £929.99 (AC Adapter Kit) and £999.99 (Battery Adapter Kit).

AOP Student Awards to Open Soon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Association of Photographers (AOP) has announced its Student Awards photography competition is to launch on 20 February 2015. The Awards will be open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography as a part. There will four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer. The briefs will be announced when the Awards launch. This year, London prolab and art printer, theprintspace are to partner the AOP for the Awards. The deadline for entries is 30 April 2015.