Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fujifilm Summer Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji have announced a new summer promotion. The Fujifilm X-T1 (pictured) is now available to buy with £75 cashback. Those that purchase the X-T1 in a kit with the Fujinon XF18-135mm will also receive a free vertical battery grip worth £179.99. Photographers wishing to expand their range of XF lenses can also get £75 cashback when purchasing a lens. Those who buy two XF lenses are entitled to a cashback of £225. Three lenses will give you £375 cashback and if you decide to buy 4 XF lenses you’ll get £525 back. For 5 or more lenses you’ll get an additional £150 cashback, per lens. For terms and conditions, visit the website below.

Takeway Clampod T1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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A versatile new device has been introduced into the UK and Ireland by Kenro which allows you to securely fix a camera, phone, flash or tablet to a variety of objects. Designed to firmly hold most photo and lighting devices in place, the Clampod T1 is supplied with its own ball head with quick release mechanism (load capacity 3kg), or users may use their own if required. The T1 can be fixed to a variety of solid objects including handlebars, surfboards, sports equipment, cars, tree branches, railings, etc., allowing photos, video footage or selfies from any angle. Not only does the clamp mechanism provide a very stable platform, the removable base forms a tripod-like stand to allow the unit to sit on flat and angled surfaces. Adding to its usefulness, any flash or lighting device that has a standard 1/4 inch tripod thread can be connected, enabling very versatile illumination for photo shoots. With immediate availability, the Takeway Clampod T1 has an SRP of £59.94.

Toshiba Updates Exceria Pro SD Card Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba Europe has refreshed its Exceria Pro range of high-end SD cards.t. Now available in Europe in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB, the new UHS-II compliant cards deliver some of the highest read / write speeds of any SD cards on the market. The 64GB, 32GB and 16GB Exceria Pro cards achieve maximum read speeds of 260 MB/s and maximum write speeds of 240 MB/s. The 128GB card supports maximum read speeds of 260 MB/s and maximum write speeds of 150 MB/s.

Fujifilm X-T10 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 59 sample images taken with a full production version of the brand new Fujifilm X-T10 compact system camera.

We're currently testing the X-T10 with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens. We've also included the entire ISO range from 100 to 51200.

Nikon D750 Firmware Update C1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have posted a new firmware update for the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera. Version C1.02, which improves the overall reliability of the camera, can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Nikon Download Center

Monday, May 25, 2015

Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The brand new Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the world's first Leica M lens to combine a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and a focal length of 28mm. The optical construction incorporates 10 elements in 7 groups, one of which is aspherical with curvature that deviates from the typical spherical form and contributes significantly to the very compact size of the lens. The focusing system features a floating element to guarantee constantly high imaging performance at close focusing distances. Three cemented elements and seven lenses with anomalous partial dispersions guarantee the extremely effective colour correction of the lens. Contrast gradation is uniform and consistent from infinity to the minimum focusing distance and is maintained with almost no loss of performance across the entire image field, the company claims. Weighing in at 440 grams, the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. ships with an all-metal lens hood, and sells for £3,975. Availability is slated for June.

Pixeluvo for Linux

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Linux version of Pixeluvo, a new professional-grade imaging suite developed by Andy Gill, is now available to purchase. Using a full range of colour transform filters, Pixeluvo allows users to transform the entire look of an image. Curves and levels adjustmentss offer users complete control while colour temperature, shadows, midtones and highlights can easily be adjusted to create the perfect balance. “With Pixeluvo there is absolutely no reason why part-time photographers should have to feel at a disadvantage to their full-time counterparts,” Andy says. “The software offers all the advanced features and functions of Photoshop, yet without the complex interface and sky-high price tag.” To find out more about the benefits of the software and download a free trial, visit the website below.

A Lightroom Workflow for Better Landscape Photographs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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A Lightroom Workflow for Better Landscape Photographs is a free ebook written by British photographer and photography instructor Robert Rhead. Broken down to 7 main chapters, the book offers 44 pages of Lightroom tips and screenshots, and is illustrated with Robert's beautiful photographs. It can be downloaded without any kind of sign up or registration. Simply visit the download page at the website below.

Website: Robert Rhead Photography

Friday, May 22, 2015

Meyer Optik USA Opens New Office

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Net SE, the company which took ownership of the Meyer Optik Görlitz brand name in 2014, has opened a new subsidiary, Meyer Optik USA, headquartered in Atlanta. The new office will support the distribution of Meyer Optik Görlitz products in the United States. It will also spearhead the relaunch of the legendary Trioplan f2.8/100 lens, which will contain fifteen steel diaphragm blades, resulting in a circular aperture. The original Trioplan was constructed in 1916 and is recognised for its classic ‘soap bubble’ bokeh. The first remanufactured Trioplan f2.8/100, due to be announced in June 2015, will fit Canon, Fuji, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon, and Sony-E camera mounts. To sign up for updates, visit the website below.

Calumet UK Welcomes the Canon Roadshow 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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alumet UK are inviting photography enthusiasts to get their hands on the latest Canon products during the Canon Roadshow 2015. From 10am-11am, and 2pm-3pm, renowned photographer David Clapp will be demonstrating the new Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R with images to show the capabilities of the camera and its generous pixel count. He will also be taking a look at new lenses such as the 11-24mm and the 16-35mm F4 IS, which are making big waves in the industry. Then, from 11am-12pm and 3pm-4pm, Canon Explorer Danny Green will be giving a talk and hosting a Q&A session. The first event will take place on Wednesday 27 May in London, The second one will be held on Thursday 25 June in Glasgow, while the third roadshow event will be on Friday 26 June in Edinburgh.

Sliders for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Sliders is a new mobile app that converts any iOS device into a digital photo frame. Besides turning your own Flickr photostream into an easy-to-use slideshow, Sliders can display photos that match keywords specified by the user, displaying a rich selection of thematic photos on your device. "With Sliders, an iPad that’s sitting in a corner, waiting to be used, is turned into a gorgeous picture frame," says developer Babak Fakhamzadeh. Sliders is now available for free on the iTunes App Store. After 1st July, the price of the app will be $0.99.

Impossible Invites Photographers to Virtual Factory Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible is inviting photographers around the world to join them on a virtual tour of their factory via the new video streaming app, Periscope. Located in Enschede, Netherlands the iconic factory was the last standing Polaroid factory, with Impossible obtaining it in 2008 to begin their own journey to save instant film. The live virtual tour, which begins today at 12:30pm BST, will give an insight to key film development processes and a glimpse into how Impossible instant films are made. In order to join the tour you need to download the Periscope app and give @Impossible_HQ a follow on Twitter. The streams will be available on Impossible's Periscope feed for 24 hours for those who missed the live stream.

Graduate Photographers Award 2015 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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10 recently graduated photographers have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Graduate Photographers Award.: Sebastian Bruno, Jack Carvosso, Sophie Green, Robin Lambert, Henna Mattila, Harry Mitchell, Milo Newman, Kate Nolan, Sunil Shah and Miriam Stanke have won mentoring from a Magnum photographer, a portfolio review event with the nomination panel and a slideshow of their work being presented today from 6.30 – 7.30pm at Photo London.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tamron Rolls Out #WithMyTamron Social Media Initiative

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron USA has introduced its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favourite Tamron lenses, tag them with #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter and Instagram accounts. Tamron staff will select the best images to appear on the Tamron USA website, and users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media.

Macphun Slashes Prices of Pro Apps

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have announced a Whitsun weekend special offer. By visiting the website below and entering the special promo code ‘spring 10,' users can get a £7 discount off Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Focus Pro, Snapheal Pro and the CreativeKit+ bundle. The promotion runs until 26 May 2015.

Ricoh Europe Announces Cashback Offers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have announced their summer cashback offers. Running from 21st May – 1st August, the promotion enables consumers to receive £75/€100 cashback on the Pentax K-3, and £40/€50 on the Pentax K-S2 and K-50. For further information on the promotion, visit the website below.

Sigma DP3 Quattro Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma DP3 Quattro is a new serious compact camera featuring an intriguing 39 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon and a fixed 75mm equivalent macro lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8. Read our in-depth Sigma DP3 Quattro review to find out what this unique camera is capable of...

Nikon UK Announce Summer Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK today launched their newest promotion, offering up to £60 cashback on selected dSLRs, lenses and flashes. The offer will run from 21 May 2015 – 26 August 2015 and all claims must be received by 30 September 2015 in order to qualify. Eligible products include the Nikon D3300, D 5200, D5300 and D5500 (pictured) digital SLR cameras, four AF-S DX Nikkor zooms, plus the Nikon SB-500 and SB-300 speedlights. For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, visit the website below.

X-Rite/Adobe Bundle Now Includes Lightroom CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite have announced that their offer of a one year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2 now includes the new Lightroom CC as part of the bundle. “This update to Lightroom CC, included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, means that anyone purchasing the ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro is getting the latest and most up to date imaging tools in one exceptional value package” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” In addition, the i1Display Pro comes with the option to receive a 15% discount on the one-year membership.

Nikon UK Announces New Ambassadors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Nikon UK have announced the appointment of three new photographers to its Ambassador line-up, Leon Neal, David Yarrow and Jeremy Walker. Leon Neal is a news photographer with a wealth of experience, and a staff photographer for AFP News. Leon started his career at The Times and has since built up a vast collection of news and press images. David Yarrow decided to pursue his passion for photography after a successful career in finance. Since turning his lens on the natural world, David has built an unrivalled reputation for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes and endangered animals. Jeremy Walker is an award-winning professional photographer specialising in landscape and location photography from around the world. Leon, David, and Jeremy join current Nikon Ambassadors to complete this year’s line-up: Kate Hopewell-Smith – lifestyle photographer with a love of capturing images of people, Bob Martin – multi-award winning sports photographer specialising in shooting action and editorial pictures.