Friday, December 9, 2016

Zoner Photo Studio X Winter Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoer has released the first major update to Zoner Photo Studio X. The Editor now offers deeper work with layers and masks, and several old functions are back in an improved form. Additionally, the Develop module has a new radial filter and an advanced noise removal algorithm. All of the new ZPS X features now come in the form of a prepaid yearly subscription license for a fee of $95.88.

Zoer has released the first major update to Zoner Photo Studio X. The Editor now offers deeper work with layers and masks, and several old functions are back in an improved form. Additionally, the Develop module has a new radial filter and an advanced noise removal algorithm. All of the...

ExoLens PRO for iPhone 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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ExoLens has announced the availability of the ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the Apple iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such as external video light) and key ring loop. Available now, the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle Kit ($199.95) with Optics by Zeiss includes a Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens, which provides virtually no distortion and exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, resulting in an image quality that is unmatched by any other iPhone accessory lens. The ExoLens PRO Telephoto Kit with Optics by Zeiss, also available now, features a Zeiss Mutar 2.0x Asph T* Telephoto lens, and sells for $249.95.

ExoLens has announced the availability of the ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the Apple iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such...

Affinity Photo Goes for Windows Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Affinity Photo is now available to buy for Windows. The software offers raw image processing, PSD import and export, 16-bit-per-channel editing, colour management,camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, high-end controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing. Other features include andvanced HDR exposure blending, a novel way to edit 360-degree images, tone mapping, batch processing, focus stacking and macros. In addition to the brand new Windows version, Serif have also released Affinity Photo 1.5 for Mac, which represents the biggest single update to the app since it was launched over a year ago. Both versions are available for $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99 until 22 December 2016. The usual price will be $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99. Existing owners of the Mac version can download the 1.5 update free of charge.

Affinity Photo is now available to buy for Windows. The software offers raw image processing, PSD import and export, 16-bit-per-channel editing, colour management,camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, high-end controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing. Other features include...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. This update adds support for the Canon EOS M5, Fujifilm XA3, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Nikon D5600, Olympus EM1 Mark II (preliminary), Olympus PEN EPL8, Panasonic LUMIX DMCFZ2500 (DMCFZ2000 and DMCFZH1), Pentax K70 (pictured), Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE 6500), Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA99M2) and Sony DSCRX100 Mark V cameras, and dozens of new camera-lens profiles. Creative Cloud users can select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. This update adds support for the Canon EOS M5, Fujifilm XA3, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Nikon D5600, Olympus EM1 Mark II (preliminary), Olympus PEN EPL8, Panasonic...

Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 is a very fast short telephoto prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Samyang 85mm f/1.2 is a manual-focus lens comprised of 10 elements arranged in 7 groups. Retailing for £899 / $999, read our in-depth Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 review...

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 is now available. This version introduces a new view mode witin the Develop Module called Reference View, which allows you to compare 2 different images in order to make them visually consistent. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar or setting the white balance appropriately in mixed lighting conditions. Additionally, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 adds support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS M5, Fujifilm X-A3, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Nikon D5600, Olympus E-M1 Mark II (preliminary), Olympus PEN E-PL8, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1), Pentax K-70, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE­-6500). Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2) and Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V cameras, plus tethered shooting support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV SLR. Creative Cloud users can select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 is now available. This version introduces a new view mode witin the Develop Module called Reference View, which allows you to compare 2 different images in order to make them visually consistent. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar or...

Lightroom for iOS 2.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released version 2.6 of Lightroom 2.6. This update brings a new Edit interface, a new info section, a new capture interface with a brand new professional mode, bug fixes and improvements. The company has also added new functionality such as the often requested ability to add in titles, captions, and copyright from mobile devices. You can download Lightroom for iOS from the iTunes App Store.

Adobe has released version 2.6 of Lightroom 2.6. This update brings a new Edit interface, a new info section, a new capture interface with a brand new professional mode, bug fixes and improvements. The company has also added new functionality such as the often requested ability to add in titles, captions, and...

Olympus E-PL8 Review

Amy Davies
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The Olympus E-PL8 is a new entry-level compact system camera. The EPL8 boasts a 3 inch 180-degree tilting LCD display, full 1080p HD movies, and an extensive range of creative filters. Read our in-depth Olympus E-PL8 review to find out if it's worth the $649 / £499 asking price...

Meyer-Optik Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meyer-Optik USA has announced the 50mm f0.95 II lens designed for use on full-frame compact system cameras with a Sony E-Mount. The optical formula comprises ten elements in seven groups and a near-circular iris diaphragm with fifteen steel aperture blades. The clickless aperture ring and smooth focus control operate in near silence, making this lens especially attractive for videographers. Weighing in at 680 grams, the manual-focus Meyer-Optik Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 II has a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m (19.7") and takes 67mm screw-mount filters. The lens is expected to begin shipping in January at an estimated retail price of $2,999.

Meyer-Optik USA has announced the 50mm f0.95 II lens designed for use on full-frame compact system cameras with a Sony E-Mount. The optical formula comprises ten elements in seven groups and a near-circular iris diaphragm with fifteen steel aperture blades. The clickless aperture ring and smooth focus control operate in...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 59

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 59 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month’s Behind the Lens article and accompanying Video Blog, David presents the second instalment of his recent trip to Ontario, Canada, this time exploring the unique photo opportunities he discovered around Charlton Lake in the autumn. Then in this month’s Field Trial he puts the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L III lens through its paces, considering his options as he scrutinizes the possibilities of this wide-angle zoom. For How It’s Done, David takes us on a shoot on a seasonally frosty morning, and he also presents two of his Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos. Donote that the full contents of Chasing the Light Online Magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. However, non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Issue 59 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month’s Behind the Lens article and accompanying Video Blog, David presents the second instalment of his recent trip to Ontario, Canada, this time exploring the unique photo opportunities he discovered around Charlton...

Camslinger Streetomatic+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Camslinger Streetomatic+ by CosySpeed is billed as "the fastest camera bag of the World." Providing quick, one-handed access to your camera, the Camslinger Streetomatic+ can be worn at the hip or over your shoulder. The quick-access, comfortable way of wearing and the protection against rain and bumps makes the Camslinger Streetomatic+ the perfect bag for street and travel photographers. Capable of accommodating an SLR as large as Canon's 5D series, the Camslinger Streetomatic+ is available for €/$129.99.

The new Camslinger Streetomatic+ by CosySpeed is billed as "the fastest camera bag of the World." Providing quick, one-handed access to your camera, the Camslinger Streetomatic+ can be worn at the hip or over your shoulder. The quick-access, comfortable way of wearing and the protection against rain and bumps makes...

WD Extends Warranty Period for new My Passport, My Passport for Mac & My Book

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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As of 2nd December, WD extended the warranty period for the new My Passport, My Passport for Mac and My Book drives from two to three years.This change applies to those who purchased a model with a 2-year warranty imprinted on the packaging. For more information, visit the website below.

As of 2nd December, WD extended the warranty period for the new My Passport, My Passport for Mac and My Book drives from two to three years.This change applies to those who purchased a model with a 2-year warranty imprinted on the packaging. For more information, visit the website...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BenQ SW320 Monitor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BenQ today launched the 31.5" SW320 UHD monitor featuring a true 10-bit IPS panel, hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage and a 14-bit 3D look-up table. The Gamut Duo feature allows users to view content side-by-side in various colour spaces on one screen. The Hotkey Puck can assign colour spaces to preset buttons and switch between them quickly and conveniently. HDR has been introduced to offer higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images, and to allow professionals to display true-to-life video with the same accurate colour and detail it was captured with. The Technocolor colour certified monitor has its own SD memory card slot and offers fast USB 3.0 connectivity. The BenQ SW320 is available for £1,245.60 including VAT.

BenQ today launched the 31.5" SW320 UHD monitor featuring a true 10-bit IPS panel, hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage and a 14-bit 3D look-up table. The Gamut Duo feature allows users to view content side-by-side in various colour spaces on one screen. The Hotkey Puck can assign colour spaces...

Lomo’Instant Automat Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The new Lomo'Instant Automat instant film camera is now available for purchase. The Lomo'Instant Automat features a 35mm (eq.) lens with a 43mm filter thread, a simple 3-step zone-focusing system, a built-in flash with a guide number of 9 (in metres), an LED frame counter, unlimited multiple exposures, automatic shutter speed and aperture settings, and an exposure area of 62mm x 46mm. Pricing for the Lomo’Instant Automat starts at £129/€149/$149.

The new Lomo'Instant Automat instant film camera is now available for purchase. The Lomo'Instant Automat features a 35mm (eq.) lens with a 43mm filter thread, a simple 3-step zone-focusing system, a built-in flash with a guide number of 9 (in metres), an LED frame counter, unlimited multiple exposures, automatic...

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

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a brand new professional telephoto zoom lens for full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras. Read our Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR review to find out if it's really worth the £2649.99 / $2799.95 asking price...

Ricoh Debuts Keenai Photo Management Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Ricoh Innovations today launched Keenai, a smart photo management service that keeps digital memories safe and organised. Available immediately in eight languages on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Windows Phone, Keenai is billed as the only photo service that connects all your devices and cameras, and unifies all your photos and videos for viewing and sharing on any device. Offering automatic cloud backup of unlimited, original-resolution photos and videos, Keenai enables sharing of stories as gorgeous albums that combine photos, videos and even 360° images. Albums can be privately shared with friends and family via email or shared links, and accessed via any web browser. “Consumers are struggling to keep track of all the photos and videos they capture using the different devices they own,” said Toshinori Arita, senior vice president, Ricoh Innovations. “Keenai provides a smart solution to this problem, and is designed so that non-technical people can gain control of all their photos, share them with friends and family, and feel confident that their memories are safe.” Members start with a free trial of 30 days. Thereafter, membership costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year.

Ricoh Innovations today launched Keenai, a smart photo management service that keeps digital memories safe and organised. Available immediately in eight languages on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Windows Phone, Keenai is billed as the only photo service that connects all your devices and cameras, and unifies all your photos...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Infltr 2.5 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Infltr 2.5 is the first iOS camera app to enable iPhone and iPad users to apply millions of filters to their photos in Apple’s Messages app. Additionally, infltr can also apply photo-style filtering to iPhone videos and Live Photos. Users can change the filter throughout their recording, scroll through the finished video to find moments to filter, or for the first time ever, actually play the video and change the filter at the same time. Available in 22 languages and priced at £2.29, infltr today boasts over seven million filters. “Using the same old filters as everyone else won’t cut it with today’s creative consumers but unless you are a professional, there are very few tools that work easily, effectively and effortlessly to create beautiful moving images that you can proudly share with your fans and followers,” says infltr founder Philippe Levieux. “IThat’s where infltr comes in. We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with an iPhone. We are filtering stills, video and Live Photos using cutting-edge software, working with the very latest Apple camera technology. With the new version of infltr, we are making our millions of filters available for iMessage, Live Photos and Video in real time, so that iPhone users can create beautiful filtered videos, easily and instantly.”

Infltr 2.5 is the first iOS camera app to enable iPhone and iPad users to apply millions of filters to their photos in Apple’s Messages app. Additionally, infltr can also apply photo-style filtering to iPhone videos and Live Photos. Users can change the filter throughout their recording, scroll through...

Kodak Ektra Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Kodak Ektra smartphone is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom. Announced on 20th October, the Kodak Ektra Smartphone (see sample images) offers a 21-megapixel fast-focus rear camera and a lens with an aperture of f2.0, plus an industry-leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with PDAF and f2.2 aperture. The Kodak Ektra smartphone is priced at £449.

The Kodak Ektra smartphone is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom. Announced on 20th October, the Kodak Ektra Smartphone (see sample images) offers a 21-megapixel fast-focus rear camera and a lens with an aperture of f2.0, plus an industry-leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with PDAF and f2.2 aperture....

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 is a new short telelphoto prime lens designed specifically for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Read our in-depth Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 review to find out if it's worth the $1399 / £1199 / €1399 asking price...

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!

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We've teamed up with Panda Security to give-away a copy of Panda Gold Protection to 10 lucky winners! The 10 winners are: Bahaa Icu, vikas sharma, Akshay Kumar, Hady Labna, Sonia Kumar, Dariusz, Veer Jandyal, Pardeep Gupta, Mesut Yaver, deathsmear. Panda Gold Protection delivers maximum security and premium services...