Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback

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Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olloclip have just added the all-new Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus to their product lineup. Featuring an Ultra-Wide and a Telephoto lens, the Active Lens works on both the front and rear facing cameras and clips on and off the iPhone in seconds without the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket. Included are three wearable pendants to keep the olloclip Active Lens easily accessible on a keychain, backpack, handbag ‑ or anywhere within reach. “Size matters.  The real challenge is introduced when innovating quality optics in a compact and lightweight form factor,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “That’s why at olloclip, we've created a collection of beautifully designed, easy-to-use mobile lens systems with no oversized, heavy lenses or the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket ‑ just the way a mobile photographer would expect it.” Active Lens retails for £89.99 and is now available for pre-order on the website below.

Xara Web Designer 11 Premium

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara have released version 11 of their Web Designer Premium application. The software comes with the beta version of cloud.xara which is billed as an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of a Xara website using a web browser on any computer or tablet. It also includes a flexible new widget for creating slideshows, which can be useful for photographers. Xara Web Designer 11 Premium retails for £69.99 / €99.99 / $99.99.

Nikon Coolpix L840 Review

Jack Baker
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The Nikon Coolpix L840 is an affordable super-zoom compact camera with a 38x zoom lens. The 16 megapixel bridge-style Nikon L840 has a tilting 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p movies, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and it uses AA batteries. Read our Nikon Coolpix L840 review to find out if this is the right super zoom compact camera for you...

Booq Python Catch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Booq have unveiled their newest addition to the photography-oriented Python collection: the Python catch. Its unconventional design features rugged, sustainable material, customisable organisation and enough space to accommodate two SLR cameras, up to four lenses and a 15" laptop. The Python catch’s main compartment features three primary densely padded dividers and four padded subdividers that users can configure to fit their gear of choice. The interior flap offers transparent pockets so users can store accessories without losing track of them. For extensive outdoor conditions, a rain cover with reflective elements provides protection and visibility in low light situations. The Python catch is available now for $295.

Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Kit Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Flash Kit is now available for purchase in the UK in both Canon and Nikon fittings. The flash kit is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System (NAS) flash guns. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 36 full-size sample images taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Lensbaby Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 manual-focus portrait and macro lens for DSLR cameras.

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 21 full-size sample images taken with the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC is a fast short telephoto prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 25 full-size sample images taken with the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC is a fast standard prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

LG G4c

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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LG have officially launched the LG G4c smartphone. As the smaller sibling of the LG G4, the 5", 720p  LG G4c features an 8-megapixel rear camera module with flash, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits. Other popular LG exclusives such as Gesture Shot, Glance View and Knock Code are also included. The LG G4c is scheduled to launch in key strategic markets in the weeks to come – with the UK release date in June. Prices and participating carriers will be announced locally at the time of availability.