Friday, February 5, 2016

Nikon D500 Launch Pushed Back to April 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon Japan have announced that the launch of the Nikon D500 DX-format digital SLR camera has been postponed. Originally scheduled to be available in March, the camera and an assortment of accessories - including the WT-7 wireless transmitter, the MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack, the CF-DC8 semi soft case and more - are now expected to hit the shelves in "late April."

Adobe Adds 100,000 4K Video Assets to Adobe Stock

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Adobe has announced the addition of 100,000 native 4K video assets to Adobe Stock. Available for licensing on, these videos can also be searched and purchased directly from the Creative Cloud Libraries panel in Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC and from there dragged directly into an open project. These new 4K assets are available today for $199.99. HD versions of the 4K clips are available for $79.99.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 Review

Amy Davies
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80 is a new travel-zoom compact camera for 2016. The 18-megapixel TZ80 (also known as the Panasonic ZS60) offers a 30x wide-angle zoom lens, 4K video recording, lens control ring, RAW file format, focus peaking, touchscreen control and an electronic viewfinder. Read our in-depth Panasonic TZ80 review now...

Samyang Xeen 14mm T3.1 and 35mm T1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have announced two new full-frame video lenses including the Samyang Xeen 14mm T3.1 and Xeen 35mm T1.5. The lenses are available in five different mounts - PL, EF, F, E, and MFT - and with two different focus scales (metric and imperial). The Xeen 14mm and 35mm lenses will be globally available in early March. The recommended retail price of each lens is £1599.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Leica T Firmware Update 1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica today released a firmware update for the Leica T compact system camera. Version 1.5 adds a new feature called Wi-Fi DIRECT, which enables users to set up their own mobile hotspot and transfer pictures via a wireless link between the camera and the Leica T iOS app. The connection speed to known networks has also been improved.

Thule and Case Logic at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Case Logic will unveil the brand new Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack as well as the latest additions to the Reflexion Collection at The Photography Show 2016. Designed with unique fold-out camera storage and protective flap, the Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack allows quick access to camera gear as well as a separate upper compartment for personal items. Also on show will be two new shoulder bags from the Case Logic Reflexion collection, designed with an innovative wide mouth opening design that allows easy accessibility and visibility. Thule and Case Logic will be exhibiting their full camera bag ranges at the Swains stand (G61).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Plustek OpticFilm 135 Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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Plustek have announced the UK launch of their new OpticFilm 135 film scanner. Offering a motorised film transport system and a maximum input resolution of 3,600ppi; the Plustek OpticFilm 135 comes with Plustek’s new QuickScan Plus utility which allows users to apply a variety of automatic image enhancement tools as well as preset filters and effects. Users can also upload images directly to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Picasa. With a special, separately sold film holder, the scanner is also capable of digitising panoramic images – up to 120mm across - shot on 35mm film. Available now, the Plustek OpticFilm 135 is priced at £245.00 plus VAT.

Sony A6300

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A6300 is a new mirrorless camera featuring the world’s fastest AF speed and highest number of AF points, plus a newly developed 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and 4K video recording. The A6300 boasts 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.

The α6300 will be available in Europe from March 2016 priced at approximately €1,250 body only and €1,400 with SELP1650 lens. The α6300 will also be available as a kit with the SEL1670Z lens in April 2016, priced at approximately €2,250.

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8, 85mm F1.4 and 70-200mm F2.8 G Master Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Sony today introduced their flagship G Master brand of interchangeable lenses. The new brand includes three new E-mount full frame lenses including a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom.

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Standard Zoom and 85mm F1.4 GM Telephoto prime lenses will be available in Europe in March 2016 priced at approximately €2,400 (SEL2470GM) and €2,000 (SEL85F14GM).

The new 70-200mm F2.8 GM Telephoto Zoom Lens and its compatible 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters will be available in Europe in May 2016 with pricing still to be confirmed.

Phase One Introduces 100-megapixel A-Series IQ3 Camera System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One today introduced the A-series IQ3 100MP medium format camera system. Developed in collaboration with ALPA, the A-series IQ3 100MP joins existing Phase One A-series models offering both precision integration with the ALPA platform and complete compatibility with the Phase One XF camera system. Based on the ALPA 12TC camera body, each model comes with the 35mm Rodenstock Alpar lens. Two optional lenses are available, including the ultra-wide 23mm, and the all-round 70mm, ALPA HR Alpagon. Shipping immediately, the A-series IQ3 100MP Camera System is available for $56,000.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 49

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 49 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 kicks off with the first instalment of his two-part travelogue to Western Australia. Next in the Low Down, he continues his mini series on new inspirations by considering his lifelong passion for photographing food around the world. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott explores artistic interpretation as he answers the question: when is bad exposure good? Meanwhile, in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker provides his readers with a welcome introduction to his approach to his stunning black and white photography. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light Online Magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

DS1 Dual Shot Camera Mount System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Dual Shot (DS1) is a camera mount that houses both a GoPro and practically any DSLR camera. Currently seeking funding on IndieGoGo, the DS1 features a detachable three-axis stabilizer with a rechargeable battery that can be mounted to bike helmets or any other mount, a DSLR camera style mounting bracket which is adjustable to move forward and backwards, and a tilt control button for GoPro. The GoPro stabilizer charges the camera while attached. “Editing and shooting action sports in particular becomes a lot easier when combining cuts from a close up to a wide shot in the middle of action” explains Anthony Panayotaros, Dual Shot creator. “Filming weddings, sports, personal home videos becomes cinematic when combining wide shots and close ups as it’s actually happening... Creating your own movies is so much easier and fun to edit with the DS1.” Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's IndieGoGo page.

Official Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon have posted nine full-resolution sample images and a reduced-size sample video recorded with the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera. Taken with a variety of lenses including the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM; the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II sample photos were captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 - ISO 25,600.

Website: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Sample Images & Movies

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Preview

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Just in time for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera is a brand new flagship DSLR camera. Outwardly the EOS-1D X Mark II looks very similar to its 4-year-old predecessor, but inside it boasts a lot of cutting-edge features. These include a brand new 20.2 megapixel full-frame sensor with an on-chip analog to digital convertor, 14fps continuous shooting with full auto-focus and metering and up to 170 RAW file buffer (16 fps in Live View mode) and an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-409,600.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a new flagship DSLR camera that's capable of shooting 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode. With the new CFast 2.0 card capability, the camera can deliver a burst of unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images in continuous high speed shooting. The EOS 1D X Mark II features a new 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors, 4K video capture up to 60p and an ISO range of 100 to 51200 (expandable from 50 up to 409600).

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II will be available in the UK in May for £5199.99 body-only.

In the USA, the estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Phottix Odin II TTL Trigger Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Odin II TTL flash trigger is now available for purchase. Introduced at Photokina 2014, the Odin II features 32 channels and supports up to five groups. The Odin II UI and control system has been overhauled making it faster and easier to use. An AF Assist light has been added for improved focusing when used in low-light conditions. Additionally, the, the Odin II offers photographers a way to personalise their Odins and prevent triggering from other units. By entering a 4 digit ID number, a photographer's Odin II receivers will only trigger by transmitters using the same ID. The Odin II for Canon is available now in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and United Arab Emirates. The Odin II for Nikon will be available a few weeks later. The Sony version will be introduced in late spring.

Leica SL (Typ 601) Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new compact system camera for professionals, offering a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, 4K video recording, 11fps burst shooting, a class-leading EVF, fast auto-focusing and a 3-inch touchscreen. Read our in-depth Leica SL (Typ 601) review now...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Adobe Theatre Returns to The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Adobe Theatre will return for the second year at The Photography Show, held at NEC Birmingham, 19-22 March 2016. Thirty-minute sessions are planned for the theatre across the four-day event, exploring the various ways in which photographers can process and edit their photos. "We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase what the modern day photographer needs to know, covering all aspects of a photographic journey," says Adobe Principal Solutions Consultant Richard Curtis. "We’ll share tips on how to add value to the image capture within your camera, image editing techniques and best practices at the computer, as well as many options to publish your work to the internet and across your social channels."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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The Societies have announced the overall winners of their photography competition. Chris Chambers from West Yorkshire was awarded the Photographer of the Year title during the Awards Dinner at the Societies' annual convention. In addition to receiving his trophy Chris also walked away with a Fujifilm XT1 Camera with XF56 1.2 Lens and a fully paid ticket to the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas with a flight and 5 nights accommodation to the value of £3,200.

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* is a premium wide-angle prime lens for Canon and Nikon 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The manual-focus Otus 28mm lens offers a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, 9 aperture blades, and superlative build quality. Read our Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* review now...