Friday, August 18, 2017

Canon Wins Three EISA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Canon has been awarded three accolades from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 5D Mark IV (pictured) has been named ‘EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018’, the EOS 77D has been awarded ‘EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018’ and the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM has won the ‘EISA Professional DSLR Lens 2017-2018’ title. “Canon has a long-standing reputation within the industry for delivering high-quality products that enable users to tell the best story of their lives through unlocking their creative shooting potential with the support, reliability and consistency needed,” commented Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “Feedback on our products through award recognition such as EISA, is paramount as we strive to produce pioneering and class-leading solutions that enable photographers around the world to discover, capture and share their own unique stories through photography.”

Canon has been awarded three accolades from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 5D Mark IV (pictured) has been named ‘EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018’, the EOS 77D has been awarded ‘EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018’ and the Canon EF 16-35mm F2....

Nikon D7500 Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D7500 (read review) has won the European Prosumer D-SLR Camera 2017-2018 award, presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)..Upon presenting the award, the Association commented: "The D7500 is an advanced D-SLR camera that packs much of the innovation of the acclaimed D500 into a lightweight, robust and more affordable body. Using the same 20.9 million pixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range as the D500, the D7500 is a capable and versatile tool in the hands of a passionate photographer. With a burst speed of 8 frames per second and Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system it is well suited to capturing fast action. Thanks to Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, transferring images to a smart device is fast and seamless."

The Nikon D7500 (read review) has won the European Prosumer D-SLR Camera 2017-2018 award, presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)..Upon presenting the award, the Association commented: "The D7500 is an advanced D-SLR camera that packs much of the innovation of the acclaimed D500 into a lightweight,...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel have released Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate, the latest version of their flagship video editing software that's been redesigned to offer an easier-to-use and more creative video editing environment. New features include a redesigned graphical user interface, wide-angle lens correction, Paint Effects, Morph Transitions, a 3D title editor and a host of premium video effects from NewBlueFX, including selective focus, colour, and tint. "With a smarter and beautifully redesigned UI, Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate offers a unique video editing environment where professional-inspired tools don't need to be complicated or hard to learn. If you're looking for a more powerful video editor where you can grow your skills, Pinnacle Studio takes you closer to pro, without the expense or complications. And if you're already familiar with the Pinnacle Studio environment, you'll be blown away by the speed, simplicity, and control of your new workflow," said Michel Yavercovski, Senior Director of Product Management for Pinnacle. Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate is available now in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. The suggested retail price of Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate is $129.95 / €129.95 / £114.95.

Corel have released Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate, the latest version of their flagship video editing software that's been redesigned to offer an easier-to-use and more creative video editing environment. New features include a redesigned graphical user interface, wide-angle lens correction, Paint Effects, Morph Transitions, a 3D title editor and a...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Samsung Portable SSD T5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung have launched the Samsung Portable SSD T5, built with Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-NAND technology. Delivering speeds of up to 540 MB/s, the new T5 is designed especially for content creators, business and IT professionals as well as mainstream consumers to give instant, easy access to data. Also, the T5 is smaller than an average business card at 74 x 57.3 x 10.5 millimetres and incredibly lightweight at a mere 51 grams, comfortably fitting in the palm of your hand. The aluminium exterior comes in two distinct metal finishes – Deep Black (1TB and 2TB models) and Alluring Blue (250GB and 500GB models). With no moving parts and a shock-resistant internal frame, the T5 offers users peace of mind as it can withstand accidental drops of up to 2 metres. The Samsung Portable SSD Software for PCs and Macs based on the AES 256-bit hardware data encryption makes it easy to configure security settings and receive the latest firmware and software updates. A mobile app is also available for Android smartphones and tablets for even further convenience. In addition, the T5 includes two connection cables – USB-C to C and USB-C to A – for enhanced compatibility across numerous devices. The T5 comes with a three-year limited warranty and will be priced from $129.99 for the 250GB model.

Samsung have launched the Samsung Portable SSD T5, built with Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-NAND technology. Delivering speeds of up to 540 MB/s, the new T5 is designed especially for content creators, business and IT professionals as well as mainstream consumers to give instant, easy access to data. Also,...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Review

Tim Coleman
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The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D is an ultra-wide-angle lens for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras that promises close to zero distortion. Can it deliver on that bold promise? Read our expert Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D review to find out...

Aurora HDR 2018 Coming to Mac and Windows This September

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun today announced the upcoming release of Aurora HDR 2018, a one-stop solution for HDR photography. Aurora HDR, co-developed with the renowned HDR photo grapher Trey Ratcliff, Aurora HDR became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and reached 1.7 million downloads since its launch in November 2015. In less than 2 years over 100 million photos have been edited in Aurora HDR and 72% of current users have made Aurora HDR their primary HDR photo editor, switching from other software. “Since the launch of Aurora HDR, Macphun has released more than 10 updates containing tons of new features and improved performance, ” commented Trey Ratcliff. “Today, I'm very excited to announce the launch of Aurora HDR 2018. It's completely new, significantly faster and has even more powerful tools. Plus the BIG news is that it's now available for Microsoft Windows as well.” New features in Aurora 2018 include a Lens Correction filter, an improved graphical user interface, significant speed enhancements, and much more. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the application's home page.

Macphun today announced the upcoming release of Aurora HDR 2018, a one-stop solution for HDR photography. Aurora HDR, co-developed with the renowned HDR photo grapher Trey Ratcliff, Aurora HDR became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and reached 1.7 million downloads since its launch in November 2015. In less than 2...

Canon IXUS 190 Review

Amy Davies
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The Canon IXUS 190 is a new stylish and super-slim compact camera. The Canon IXUS 190 features a 20 megapixel sensor, 10x zoom lens, 3-inch LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and 720p HD movie recording. Read our in-depth Canon IXUS 190 review to find out if it can compete with the all-conquering smartphone...

Win a Shoulderpod G1 Smartphone Grip!

Mark Goldstein
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We've teamed up with Manfrotto to give away a Shoulderpod G1 to five lucky winners!

The winners are: Kristy Leanne Brown, Melanie Yaffie, Timothy Millar, Mark Barber and Hairial Witherington. Congratulations!

The Shoulderpod G1 is a strong and reliable grip that can mount your smartphone onto a tripod. It is fully adjustable meaning it can mount any smartphone with or without a case, and also works as a portable stand for holding your phone when you are travelling. The wide rubber pads and thumbscrew make it ultra secure, and the rubber pads fit your smartphone without scratching it. The Shoulderpod Grip features a universal tripod ¼” screw connection to allow it to be mounted on any tripod or rig. The Shoulderpod G1 is a pro-grade tool built to last a lifetime. For more information please see www.manfrotto.co.uk/shoulderpod

We've teamed up with Manfrotto to give away a Shoulderpod G1 to five lucky winners! The winners are: Kristy Leanne Brown, Melanie Yaffie, Timothy Millar, Mark Barber and Hairial Witherington. Congratulations! The Shoulderpod G1 is a strong and reliable grip that can mount your smartphone onto a tripod....

Instant Stories: Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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The Photographers’ Gallery has announced a new exhibition offering a rare opportunity to see the personal and previously unseen Polaroid work of Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Wim Wenders. Whilst his larger photographic works are well known, this is the first time he has shown a selection of the many thousands of Polaroid photographs taken, both on and off location, between the early 1970s and mid 80s. The exhibition Instant Stories presents over 200 of Wenders’ Polaroids encompassing portraits of cast and crew, friends and family, behind-the scenes, still-lives, street-photography and landscapes. Alongside diary-like impressions and homages to his artistic inspirations, including Fassbinder and Warhol, the small format images take us on a literal and metaphoric journey through Europe and the US. From his first trip to New York, his fascination with American TV, views from rooftops,, shop-fronts, roads, cars and many other visual recordings, Wenders’ Polaroids reflect a distinctive and lyrical vision -  at once both intimate and portentous. The exhibition will also feature a selection of moving images from his films, reflecting moments in Wenders’ canon, where Polaroid cameras and still photographs form a vital part of the narrative, such as the photo-obsessed protagonist in ‘Alice in the Cities’ (1974). The Photographers' Gallery is located at 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW.

The Photographers’ Gallery has announced a new exhibition offering a rare opportunity to see the personal and previously unseen Polaroid work of Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Wim Wenders. Whilst his larger photographic works are well known, this is the first time he has shown a selection of the many thousands of...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beautiful Together Exhibition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Adorama will partner with renowned photographer Tamara Lackey to host an exclusive, one-night-only gallery event at the Union Square Ballroom in Manhattan to support the work of non-profit organisation, Beautiful Together. "Join Adorama and Tamara Lackey to see some of the recent projects Beautiful Together has taken on with the help of generous supporters, such as building an orphan prevention care center or a disaster relief center," the company says. "Tour the gallery of Tamara Lackey’s moving imagery of children whose lives have been deeply affected and changed with the help of Beautiful Together and hear from Tamara about the inspiring work still to be done for this worthy cause." Free to attend, the gallery event will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 17th. Guests can purchase prints, products and gear during the event to support Beautiful Together, all while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. The exhibition will take place at Union Square Ballroom, 27 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003.

Adorama will partner with renowned photographer Tamara Lackey to host an exclusive, one-night-only gallery event at the Union Square Ballroom in Manhattan to support the work of non-profit organisation, Beautiful Together. "Join Adorama and Tamara Lackey to see some of the recent projects Beautiful Together has taken on with the...

The Best of English Views

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Focus Clinics have collaborated with photographers from all over England to create The Best of English Views directly through the eyes of its residents. From Yorkshire to Essex, and Norfolk to Cornwall, they From Yorkshire to Essex, and Norfolk to Cornwall, we asked each of the photographers to contribute an image of the landscape from their county that they feel captures it in its best light. The Great British countryside dominates the photographic contribution - 24 of the photographs feature the woodlands, countryside or rivers of that are scattered throughout England. Other iconic scenery captured within the piece has another focus; England’s historic coastline. But the shocking thing is, that the majority of Brits cannot see these views without glasses or contact lenses. Over two million people in the UK are currently living with sight loss. With The Best of English Views, Focus Clinics want to raise awareness of eye health in the UK and to encourage the population to regularly undergo thorough eye teststo catch prevalent sight-stealing conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma before it’s too late.

Focus Clinics have collaborated with photographers from all over England to create The Best of English Views directly through the eyes of its residents. From Yorkshire to Essex, and Norfolk to Cornwall, they From Yorkshire to Essex, and Norfolk to Cornwall, we asked each of the photographers to contribute an...

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Review

Amy Davies
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The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is a dedicated macro lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. Offering a maximum magnification of 1.0x and built-in macro lights, is the innovative EF-S 35mm lens worth its modest asking price? Read our in-depth Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM review to find out...

Leica TL2 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Leica TL2 is an incredibly stylish mirrorless camera, offering a massive 3.7-inch touchscreen display, 20fps burst shooting, 24 megapixels and 4K video recording. But is it a case of style over substance? Read our in-depth Leica TL2 review now to find out...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Venus Optics have announced the World’s widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony full frame E-mount cameras, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have successfully minimized the weight of the lens to around 500g (~1.1 pounds) and 8cm long. The optical fromula comprises 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion glass elements. Unusually for an ultra-wide lens, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D has a flat front surface and a 72mm filter thread so polarisers ND grads and other filters can be mounted easily. Additionally, the lens is specially designed with an aperture switch which allows users to quickly switch between click-less and clicked aperture. This added feature will be extremely useful for videographers. The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics and their authorised resellers. The recommended retail price id $849.

Venus Optics have announced the World’s widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony full frame E-mount cameras, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have successfully minimized the weight of the lens to around 500g (~1.1 pounds) and 8cm long. The optical fromula comprises 12...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sigma “Total Solar Eclipse” Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Sigma Corporation of America today announced its “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion that features instant rebates for the following Sigma Global Vision telephoto lenses and mount converter: the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Sports lens models, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens, and the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony E-mount camera systems. The new Sigma instant rebate programme pays homage to the rare total solar eclipse phenomenon taking place on 21 August 2017. Sigma customers will receive a $200 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens (normally $1,999 USD) and a $100 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (normally $1,089 USD). Sigma customers will also receive a $50 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (normally $799 USD). The promotion features an additional $100 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony E-mount, full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras (normally $249 USD) when purchased with either of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 or the 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens models. The “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion ends on 21 August 2017.

Sigma Corporation of America today announced its “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion that features instant rebates for the following Sigma Global Vision telephoto lenses and mount converter: the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Sports lens models, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS...

Sirui NT-1005X Travel Tripod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Sirui NT-1005X is a compact travel tripod that features an integrated monopod, the Sirui E-10 ball-head and an extendable centre column. From its collapsed length of just 36cm to its fully extended height of 148.3cm, and weighing in at only 1.44kg (E-10 head included), the NT-10005X features non-slip twist locks that open the leg sections with just half a turn, non-slip foam rubber leg-grips, a reversible mounting screw and a stabilising load hook. The integrated monopod is easily removed from the main tripod and can reach a working height of 154cm (including E-10 ball-head) by attaching the NT-1005X’s removable centre column. Sirui's E-10 ball-head, included with the NT-1005X, has a load capacity of 8kg, making it ideal for using mirrorless cameras and small DSLRs, and features a spirit level, 360º panning and a safety lock mechanism. The Sirui NT-1005X is available for £179.99.

The new Sirui NT-1005X is a compact travel tripod that features an integrated monopod, the Sirui E-10 ball-head and an extendable centre column. From its collapsed length of just 36cm to its fully extended height of 148.3cm, and weighing in at only 1.44kg (E-10 head included), the NT-10005X...

LG V30 to Feature All-Glass F1.6 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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LG has announced it will incorporate an F1.6 aperture glass lens in the dual camera of its upcoming V30 flagship smartphone. LG’s first F1.6 lens is also the largest aperture among existing smartphone cameras, delivering 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens. The glass Crystal Clear Lens also delivers greater light-collecting ability than a plastic lens as well as better colour reproduction. “LG boasts an unrivalled heritage in smartphone photography and our decision to adopt glass in the V30 camera is specifically because this has traditionally been the realm of DSLRs,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications. “For the users for whom the V series was designed, this kind of innovation is significant.” Additionally, the camera in the V30 cuts edge distortion by a third compared to the V20 when capturing wide angle shots, making it ideal for group selfies, spacious interiors and expansive landscapes.

LG has announced it will incorporate an F1.6 aperture glass lens in the dual camera of its upcoming V30 flagship smartphone. LG’s first F1.6 lens is also the largest aperture among existing smartphone cameras, delivering 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens. The glass...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Manfrotto Present 360° Virtual Reality Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today unveiled the brand new 360° Virtual Reality range, which includes bases, accessories and extension booms that make it easier to create 360-degree videos and photos. Manfrotto VR bases provide reliably stable support and are compact enough not to show in 360° shots. They guarantee the stability photographers and videographers need to get a few metres off the ground and are available in a variety of sizes and materials to suit individual creative requirements. The company’s VR accessories range makes 360° shooting quicker and easier. Last but not least, Manfrotto’s VR boom extensions maximise camera height when required. They can be connected to all the bases in the Manfrotto VR range, enabling users to achieve a wide variety of heights. Prices range from £29.95 to £634.95.

Manfrotto today unveiled the brand new 360° Virtual Reality range, which includes bases, accessories and extension booms that make it easier to create 360-degree videos and photos. Manfrotto VR bases provide reliably stable support and are compact enough not to show in 360° shots. They guarantee the stability photographers and...

UK Pricing Announced for Canon Selphy CP1300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon UK today revealed the recommended retail price and expected availability of their new Selphy CP1300 wireless compact photo printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled printer can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery, to print the perfect photos. The Selphy CP1300’s Party Shuffle Print function is designed to allow Wi-Fi connected users to connect multiple compatible mobile devices to the same Selphy CP1300 unit for everyone to enjoy creating a print layout made of combined images from family and friends. Images are now displayed on a reader-friendly 3.2” tilt-type LCD monitor, while image searching is improved with the ability to filter by date and browse by page rather than one image at a time. The Selphy CP1300 printer will be available from September 2017 in Black, White and Pink with an RRP of £129.99/ €164.99.

Canon UK today revealed the recommended retail price and expected availability of their new Selphy CP1300 wireless compact photo printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled printer can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery, to print the perfect photos. The Selphy CP1300’s Party Shuffle...

PaintShop Pro 2018

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today released PaintShop Pro 2018, a complete photo editing and graphic design suite that promises more speed, flexibility, and creativity than ever before. This latest version offers shorter launch times, a simplified graphical user interface with a new Dual Workspace Environment, customisable toolbars, improved Crop, Text, Selection, Clone Brush, Gradient Fill, Eraser and Dropper tools, ten new colour palettes, thirty new brushes, thirty new gradients, thirty new textures and fifteen new patterns. Choose PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate includes a collection of add-ons including Painter Essentials 5, Perfectly Clear 3 SE and After Shot 3. Also introduced today, the Photo Video Bundle brings together PaintShop Pro 2018 and VideoStudio Pro X10 for a complete photo, design, and video editing package. PaintShop Pro 2018 & PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese. Suggested retail pricing (SRP) for PaintShop Pro 2018 is $79.99 / €69.99 / £69.99 / $99 AUD. SRP for PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate is $99.99 / €89.99 / £89.99/ $129 AUD. SRP for PaintShop Pro 2018 and Video Studio X10 bundle is $159.99 / €139.99 / £139.99/ $199 AUD.

Corel today released PaintShop Pro 2018, a complete photo editing and graphic design suite that promises more speed, flexibility, and creativity than ever before. This latest version offers shorter launch times, a simplified graphical user interface with a new Dual Workspace Environment, customisable toolbars, improved Crop, Text, Selection, Clone Brush, Gradient...