Friday, December 2, 2016

Macphun Announce Touch Bar Support in Luminar Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have unveiled that Luminar, their first all-in-one photo editor (read review), now supports Apple’s new MacBook Pro Touch Bar. When Luminar is launched on a new MacBook Pro, users will have a core set of controls on the Touch Bar which will allow them to compare images and add a new filter, as well as access key tools such as Crop, Noise Reduction, Erasing, Clone & Stamp and Transform. When using a specific tool, the Touch Bar for Luminar will feature controllers for this specific tool. In addition to the introduction of support for Touch Bar, this update to Luminar also brings improved performance, updated support for raw image files, speed improvement, and bug fixes.

Macphun have unveiled that Luminar, their first all-in-one photo editor (read review), now supports Apple’s new MacBook Pro Touch Bar. When Luminar is launched on a new MacBook Pro, users will have a core set of controls on the Touch Bar which will allow them to compare...

World Press Photo Contests Now Open

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The World Press Photo Foundation invites all professional visual journalists worldwide to participate in the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest and the 7th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. The annual photo competition, which has been running since 1955, rewards photographers for the best single-exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. The Digital Storytelling Contest (previously known as the Multimedia Contest) rewards those producing the best forms of visual journalism enabled by digital technologies and the spread of the Internet. The contest is open to digital storytellers, visual journalists and producers, with submissions that include the work of a professional visual journalist. The contest has four categories and is judged online. The 2017 Photo Contest requires registration before 6 January 2017 12.00 CET and submissions can be entered until 11 January 2017 12.00. The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest is 6 January 2017 12.00.

The World Press Photo Foundation invites all professional visual journalists worldwide to participate in the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest and the 7th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest. The annual photo competition, which has been running since 1955, rewards photographers for the best single-exposure pictures contributing to the...

Langly Messenger Tote & Crossbody Camera Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Langly has announced two brand new camera bags. The Langly Messenger Tote ($180, pictured) is an everyday carryallthat doubles as an camera bag and features six exterior pockets, EVA foam, and removable inserts. The Fidlock Slider magnetic snap buckle is a clever and functional alternative to traditional clips. The Messenger Tote can carry a camera, 3-4 extra lenses, personal items and a 15" laptop. The Langly Crossbody camera bag ($145) also features Fidlock magnetic snaps, six exterior pockets and a removable camera insert, and accommodates a camera, 1-2 extra lenses and small personal items. Both new bags are available in black and Coyote colourways.

Langly has announced two brand new camera bags. The Langly Messenger Tote ($180, pictured) is an everyday carryallthat doubles as an camera bag and features six exterior pockets, EVA foam, and removable inserts. The Fidlock Slider magnetic snap buckle is a clever and functional alternative to traditional clips. The Messenger...

Metz M400 Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Metz mecablitz M400 flash, which was announced in the run-up to Photokina 2016, is now available in the United Kingdom in Canon, Nikon, Micro FourThirds, Pentax, Sony and Fuji fittings. Powered by four AAA sized NiMH, alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries, the Metz mecablitz M400 has a zoom-swivel head covering a FOV range matching that of a full-frame 24-105mm lens, with a guide number of 40 (in metres at ISO 100/21°) at the 105mm position. Depending on your camera, the mecablitz M400 with master and slave mode also offers wireless TTL flash functionality. The M400 comes with an adjustable LED video/modelling light, bounce card and integrated wide-angle diffuser. Other highlights include high-speed flash synchronisation, second-curtain sync and red-eye reduction. The flash is available for £121.99 including value-added tax.

The new Metz mecablitz M400 flash, which was announced in the run-up to Photokina 2016, is now available in the United Kingdom in Canon, Nikon, Micro FourThirds, Pentax, Sony and Fuji fittings. Powered by four AAA sized NiMH, alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries, the Metz mecablitz M400 has a zoom-swivel head covering...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the brand new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a professional telephoto zoom lens that's lighter and more portable than its predecessor.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art lens.

The Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art is a new professional ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/4.

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 lens.

The Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 is a new manual focus telephoto lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless full-frame cameras.

Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 lens.

The Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 is a new manual focus telephoto lens for full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Capture One Pro 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10.  This update brings faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction, while an enhanced proof mode allows for onscreen profiling, which takes the guesswork out of the raw conversion process. Additionally, users can now access Capture One Pro directly through a Tangent panel system. This fully integrated panel is literally a new interface into image editing, allowing fast, multiple input commands simultaneously, while viewing the master monitor as the editor "feels" input into the application. A new camera focus tool module has been added to facilitate tethered shooting, which will be especially useful for product, still life, macro, and Cultural Heritage photography projects. Last but not least, Phase One have added support for a number of new cameras including the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ll, Sony RX100M5, Sony A6500 and Sony A99M2. "We have developed Capture One Pro 10 to greatly improve users' experience so they can achieve the results they want much faster and with greater confidence," said James Johnson, software product manager, Phase One. "Image adjustment options are now at a whole new level. We believe that with this release, we are delivering the most powerful, responsive, and user customizable image processor available." New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 10 for €279/$299. Owners of Capture One Pro 8 and 9 may upgrade for €/$99. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 9 after 1 November 2016, Phase One are offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee.

Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10.  This update brings faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction, while an enhanced proof mode allows for onscreen profiling, which takes the guesswork out...

Fujifilm X-A10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-A10 is a new entry-level compact system camera with an APS-sized 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Fujifilm X lens mount and a 180-degree slide-and-tilt type LCD for facilitating selfies. The camera's grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking a selfie, you can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial found directly below your index finger to minimise camera shake. Rotating the tilting LCD upward by 180 degrees activates the Eye Detection AF to automatically adjust the focus on the subject’s eyes.  The slide-and-tilt mechanism enables the screen to be fully visible even when it is tilted by 180°. The use of two Command Dials means you only need a thumb to quickly adjust aperture, shutter speed and exposure settings. Frequently used functions such as white balance, continuous shooting and the self-timer can be assigned to standalone function buttons, eliminating the need to dive into the camera's menu. The dedicated Video Recording button on the rear plate enables users to easily record Full HD movies. The X-A10 offers a total of six Film Simulation modes, namely the true-to-life colours of PROVIA (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colours of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of ASTIA (soft), the documentary-style deep colours and soft shades of CLASSIC CHROME, as well as Monochrome and Sepia. Battery life is rated at approx. 410 frames on a single charge. The Fujifilm X-A10 with XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II kit will be available from January 2017 with a Suggested Retail Price of £499.

The Fujifilm X-A10 is a new entry-level compact system camera with an APS-sized 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Fujifilm X lens mount and a 180-degree slide-and-tilt type LCD for facilitating selfies. The camera's grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking a selfie, you can focus and...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Slik LITE Travel Series Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Slik LITE Travel Series are the first tripods to incorporate an integrated, removable LED torch in the centre column, to illuminate your camera bag while shooting at night. The line-up includes 5 models; 3 are manufactured from high-quality aluminium and 2 from lightweight 8-layer carbon fibre. The patent-pending Rapid Flip Mechanism locks allow the legs to invert 180° for more compact storage and transportation, making it easy to stow the tripods in a carry-on suitcase or backpack. All models feature a gearless, detachable and invertible centre column that separates to convert to a short column for low-angle photography, plus they come complete with ball and socket head, rubber feet and a carry case. Prices start at £121.99.

The new Slik LITE Travel Series are the first tripods to incorporate an integrated, removable LED torch in the centre column, to illuminate your camera bag while shooting at night. The line-up includes 5 models; 3 are manufactured from high-quality aluminium and 2 from lightweight 8-layer carbon fibre. The patent-pending Rapid Flip Mechanism...

Filter Forge 6 Review

Amy Davies | Software Reviews
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Filter Forge 6 is a powerful Photoshop plugin that generates textures, creates visual effects, enhances photos, and processes images. The main new feature in ths release is full 64-bit version to offer gains in performance and stability. Read our Filter Forge 6 review to find out if it's worth a look...

Nikon Coolpix A900 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Nikon Coolpix A900 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix A900 is a slim super-zoom compact camera that features a 35x zoom lens, a tilting 3-inch LCD display and a 20-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor.

Handevision Announce Availability of Full-Frame Iberit Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Handevision have announced the imminent launch of their full-frame Iberit lenses. The line-up includes a 24mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 75mm lens; each with a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Jointly developed by Kipon and IB/E Optics, the lenses are available in Sony E, Leica M, Leica SL and Fujifilm X-mount versions. The four primes will start shipping on 5 December 2016, and will be joined by a 90mm f/2.4 lens in January 2017.

Handevision have announced the imminent launch of their full-frame Iberit lenses. The line-up includes a 24mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 75mm lens; each with a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Jointly developed by Kipon and IB/E Optics, the lenses are available in Sony E, Leica M, Leica SL...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Cullmann Products Set to Launch in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Intro2020 have announced the upcoming launch of two new Cullmann tripod ranges, several new photo bags, LED video lights and a flashgun. The Mundo tripod (£179.99) features an integrated monopod, so it is ideal for landscape, portrait or architectural photography as a tripod, or a monopod for sports and action photography. The Neomax mini travel tripods (£59.99 to £79.99) offer fast operation, high stability and low weight. Each Neomax tripod features an aluminium ball head with camera quick release system, robust feet and comes complete with a tripod case. The new Stockholm bags (£44.99 to £89.99) include a daypack and four shoulder bags in various sizes. The design of the Stockholm series is simple, clean and without frills. All bags come in a cool grey polyester material, which is water repellent and abrasion resistant. Additionally, there are 5 sizes of CUlight LED video lights (£49.99 to £299.99); 3 x daylight and 2 x bi-colour lights, plus a Cullmann flashgun, the CUlight FR60 (£249.99). Besides the high guide number of 60, TTL functions for Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras, a zoom range from 20 – 200mm as well as a USB port for firmware updates, the highlight of the CUlight FR60 is the integrated radio remote control, which works over a distance of 100m, and does not require a line-of-sight link. The CUlight FR60 flash can therefore be installed at exactly the locations where it can provide the best possible illumination. These new products are set to arrive in the UK in early January 2017.

Intro2020 have announced the upcoming launch of two new Cullmann tripod ranges, several new photo bags, LED video lights and a flashgun. The Mundo tripod (£179.99) features an integrated monopod, so it is ideal for landscape, portrait or architectural photography as a tripod, or a monopod for sports and action...

Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Fluntro today released Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7, an iOS app that displays EXIF metadata and includes the Exif Viewer Photos Extension and the iMessage App Extension. In this version, users can customise the UI, re-order and hide EXIF tags and remove unwanted metadata. The app also supports 3D Touch on iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (or newer 3D Touch enabled devices). Exif Viewer includes shortcuts to access Favorites, Photo Streams, Albums, and All Photos quickly. Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7 is available for $0.99 on iTunes.

Fluntro today released Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7, an iOS app that displays EXIF metadata and includes the Exif Viewer Photos Extension and the iMessage App Extension. In this version, users can customise the UI, re-order and hide EXIF tags and remove unwanted metadata. The app also supports 3D Touch on...

Competition - Win Panda Gold Protection!

Mark Goldstein
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We've teamed up with Panda Security to give-away a copy of Panda Gold Protection to 10 lucky winners!

Panda Gold Protection delivers maximum security and premium services for all your devices. The antivirus software does everything you need to protect your smart device, your data and family from all types of online threats, even the yet undiscovered ones. The product allows you to surf, shop and play online with complete peace of mind. Panda Gold Protection protects your online world and keeps you informed. Owning this products means you will always have a Panda security expert on hand, who if needed will be able to connect to your computer and battle all threats and malware in the event of an infection.

Store all your important documents securely and enjoy your time knowing your information is private. You can also delete files securely, so that they cannot be restored even with forensic tools or hacking techniques. The password manager is user friendly and allows you to manage all your online access by simply remembering one master password. You will never forget a password again! Panda Gold protection also offers parental control – it gives your kids with the freedom to safely use the Internet while preventing them from visiting places you don’t want them to be as well as flagging any inappropriate behaviour.

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We've teamed up with Panda Security to give-away a copy of Panda Gold Protection to 10 lucky winners! Panda Gold Protection delivers maximum security and premium services for all your devices. The antivirus software does everything you need to protect your smart device, your data and family from all types...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Insta360 Air Clip-on Smartphone Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras
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Insta360 today launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Insta360 Air, a clip-on smartphone camera that captures immersive 360-degree HD images and videos that can be livestreamed or shared instantly. Exclusively designed for Android devices. the Insta360 Air features an advanced 210-degree dual fish-eye-lens and real-time image stitching. The smartphone app also features image and video editing tools. Compared with conventional 360° cameras, the Insta360 Air is lightweight and ultra portable. Designed as an extension of the smartphone rather than a bulky add-on, the device can also be used as a 360 webcam which users connect to laptops via the multifunctional extension cable to capture 360-degree video or livestream for longer periods of time. Insta360 Air will be available on Indiegogo InDemand for $99. The Insta360 Air's RRP is $119 and will be available on Amazon and Insta360’s official online store once the campaign finishes.

Insta360 today launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Insta360 Air, a clip-on smartphone camera that captures immersive 360-degree HD images and videos that can be livestreamed or shared instantly. Exclusively designed for Android devices. the Insta360 Air features an advanced 210-degree dual fish-eye-lens and real-time image stitching. The smartphone...

Manfrotto Befree Color

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto have launched a fresh set of lightweight and compact tripods for travel photography. The new Befree Color tripods are available in four new colour combinations: Red, Grey, Blue and Green. Reliably supporting a payload of 4kg, and extending to a height of 144cm; these tripods fold down to a mere 41cm and weigh only 1.4kg. The Befree Color tripod is available for £139.95.

Manfrotto have launched a fresh set of lightweight and compact tripods for travel photography. The new Befree Color tripods are available in four new colour combinations: Red, Grey, Blue and Green. Reliably supporting a payload of 4kg, and extending to a height of 144cm; these tripods fold down to a...

Lume Cube Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Lume Cube - a powerful and ultra-portable LED lighting tool that's controlled by a free smartphone app - is now available in the United Kingdom. Opening new creative possibilities for photographers and videographers, the Lume Cube is a compact and versatile LED light for capturing both stills and movies, and is compatible with camera phones, action cams as well as more traditional digital cameras. Measuring only one-and-a-half inches, the water resistant Lume Cube produces up to 1,500 lumens of light in either video mode, for a continuous light source, or in strobe mode. Encased in a durable casing built for action and made to fit your lifestyle, the Lume Cube can be attached to any tripod or camera accessory thanks to the standard ¼ inch mount thread. Available in single (£89.99), twin (£169.99) and quad (£329.99) packs, the Lume Cube can also be outfitted with a number of accessory mounts, starting at £19.

The Lume Cube - a powerful and ultra-portable LED lighting tool that's controlled by a free smartphone app - is now available in the United Kingdom. Opening new creative possibilities for photographers and videographers, the Lume Cube is a compact and versatile LED light for capturing both stills and...