Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Canon Announce Five New Maxify Printers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon today introduced five next-generation Maxify wireless inkjet printers. The MAXIFY MB5420, MB5120, MB2720, MB2120 and iB4120 printers offer improved functionality, such as increased print speeds, management information base (MIB) support, and select models offer larger LCD screens. Each printer also features cloud printing capabilities. “Since the launch of the MAXIFY brand of printers, Canon has been unwaveringly committed to supporting small and home office business professionals with products and services they need to improve the workflow for their business,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “The new generation of MAXIFY printers further solidifies this commitment with the incorporation of feature sets that are specifically designed to help the business owner nurture and grow their business.” Click through / read on for the details.

Canon today introduced five next-generation Maxify wireless inkjet printers. The MAXIFY MB5420, MB5120, MB2720, MB2120 and iB4120 printers offer improved functionality, such as increased print speeds, management information base (MIB) support, and select models offer larger LCD screens. Each printer also features cloud printing capabilities. “Since the launch of...

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Silver Version

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. This lens is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this quality is also maintained at close shooting distances. Eight lens elements are employed to achieve this outstanding optical performance. Three of the lenses are made from glass types with anomalous partial dispersion or apochromatic correction, and two have a high refractive index. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. (silver anodised) is scheduled to be available at the end of this month at a suggested retail price of £5,900.

Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. This lens is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this quality...

Robert White’s Camera Collection to Go Under Hammer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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A treasure trove of photographic memorabilia from brands including Leica and Nikon, will be offered as part of the Robert White Collection Sale, taking place at Bonhams on 19 September 2016. Jon Baddeley, Bonhams Global Director of Collectors’ Sales, said: “As one would expect from a man who made cameras and photography his life’s work, the pieces collected by Robert White are rare, of immense quality, and are of historical significance. From the Leicavit MP, no. 294 – which is in completely original condition to how it was made some 50 years ago – to a Leica III that comes complete with a very large wooden dummy model for shop displays in the early 1930s. Robert certainly had an eye for quality.” Further lots featured in the sale include a black Leica M2 with matching lens, estimated at £5,000-6,000; a black M3 no.993634, estimated at £1,800-2,200, and various modern Leica M anniversary cameras with matching lenses. The sale is set to raise more than £2 million for charity.

A treasure trove of photographic memorabilia from brands including Leica and Nikon, will be offered as part of the Robert White Collection Sale, taking place at Bonhams on 19 September 2016. Jon Baddeley, Bonhams Global Director of Collectors’ Sales, said: “As one would expect from a man who made cameras...

LumeJet Launch Unique Photographic Print Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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LumeJet Print Technologies have just launched their online printing service. Offering a range of printing sizes up to and including one metre (39”) long panorama prints, as well as premium-quality lay-flat photo books via partners, LumeJet are promising to deliver a faithful reproduction in print of what a photographer has graded on their display. Additionally LumeJet’s innovative photonic print technology, designed and developed in the UK, produces ultra-high quality printed output on traditional silver halide papers by using a brand new RGB, digital print head. “This true 400dpi continuous tone resolution, with much reduced flare and pixel cross talk, has been emphatically endorsed by a number of professional photographers that we have shown our print output to so far,” says Paul Anson, Co-Founder of LumeJet. “Some have commented that it is the highest quality photo print they have ever seen, and I believe this is now the breakthrough moment for LumeJet. By offering our breathtaking quality and high-end professional services through a convenient web platform, we can ensure that creative photo artists can bring their work to life, from anywhere, without compromise.”

LumeJet Print Technologies have just launched their online printing service. Offering a range of printing sizes up to and including one metre (39”) long panorama prints, as well as premium-quality lay-flat photo books via partners, LumeJet are promising to deliver a faithful reproduction in print of what a photographer...

Henry Carroll: Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll, a new title from Laurence King Publishing, is due to be released at the end of this week. Designed to help people get creative with their camera, this book is a unique new photo journal featuring over 100 fun and thought-provoking photo prompts that will guide users through the fundamentals of creative photography. The 128-page paperback is priced at £12.95.

Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll, a new title from Laurence King Publishing, is due to be released at the end of this week. Designed to help people get creative with their camera, this book is a unique new photo journal featuring over 100 fun...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Magix Camera MX 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have updated their free Camera MX app to Version 4.0. Now available on the Google Play Store, Magix Camera MX 4.0 features many real-time effects including more than 20 filters and 3 effects packages, such as HDR, Lomo, Mirror, Kaleidoscope, Distortion, Overlays, Textures, and many more. With the revamped Live Shot function, Android users can now take live photos: in addition to a static image, the last moments leading up to the image are saved with a photo. This allows you to go back to your recording and save single images, or see the photo as an animated clip and share it with friends. Camera MX also offers extensive optimisation options to put the final touches to your photos and videos, including cropping, brightness, contrast, saturation, and colour temperature.

Magix have updated their free Camera MX app to Version 4.0. Now available on the Google Play Store, Magix Camera MX 4.0 features many real-time effects including more than 20 filters and 3 effects packages, such as HDR, Lomo, Mirror, Kaleidoscope, Distortion, Overlays, Textures, and many more. With the revamped Live Shot function, Android...

Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 is a new full-frame video-cine telephoto lens available in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro FourThirds fit. Featuring a maximum aperture of T2.2, the Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens comes with two different focus scales, displaying distances in either imperial or metric units. The lens has a click-less aperture ring and a near-circular iris diaphragm with 11 blades. The Samyang, XEEN 135mm T2.2 will be globally available in August, at a recommended retail price of £1799.99/€2200.00. Samyang has announced the release of a total of five lenses throughout five weeks as a 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbuster campaign. The other four lenses will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 is a new full-frame video-cine telephoto lens available in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro FourThirds fit. Featuring a maximum aperture of T2.2, the Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens comes with two different focus scales, displaying distances in either imperial or metric units. The lens...

Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is a new telezoom lens for the Phase One XF Camera System. Supporting flash sync speeds of up to 1/1,600s; the Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens is promising to deliver edge-to-edge coverage of full frame 645 format. Used on a Phase One XF 100MP system, the lens is capable of taking full advantage of the sensor's resolution, while the new built-in electronics permit individual focus calibration. Additionally, the lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Zoom is shipping now, priced at €5,490/$5,990.

The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is a new telezoom lens for the Phase One XF Camera System. Supporting flash sync speeds of up to 1/1,600s; the Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens is promising to deliver edge-to-edge coverage of full frame 645 format. Used...

Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Phase One today revealed the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Blue Ring zoom lens for the Phase One XF 100MP system. The lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The built-in leaf shutter supports flash synchronisation up to 1/1600s.  The new built-in electronics permit individual focus calibration when used with the Phase One XF Camera System. The Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mmLS f/4.0-5.6 Zoom is expected to ship by August 1, 2016, at na MSRP of €7,990 / $8,990.

Phase One today revealed the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Blue Ring zoom lens for the Phase One XF 100MP system. The lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The built-in leaf shutter supports flash...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Red Bull Illume Winners to be Announced in Chicago

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Film
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The winners of the Red Bull Illume sports photography competition will be revealed to the world at the Red Bull Illume 2016 Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago on 28th September. The event will be held at The Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a short stroll to Millennium Park where the images will be unveiled for the very first stop of the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour. The Top 55 images will all be displayed on life-sized 2x2m light boxes – showcasing the work in the glory it deserves. The exhibition will stay in Chicago until 9 October 2016 before the Red Bull Illume Exhibit Tour moves on to its next stop.

The winners of the Red Bull Illume sports photography competition will be revealed to the world at the Red Bull Illume 2016 Winner Award Ceremony in Chicago on 28th September. The event will be held at The Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a short stroll to Millennium Park where the...

Impossible Instant Nights

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Film
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‘Impossible Instant Nights’ is a monthly event dedicated to all things instant photography, hosted at London gallery and members club Lights of Soho (35 Brewer Street, W1F 0RX). “These evenings provide an open inclusive forum for anyone with an interest in instant photography to share ideas and inspiration, while learning from experts in the field,” said Oskar Smolokowski, Impossible’s CEO. “We’re planning talks and workshops covering all aspects of the art form, based on a series of ever-changing themes.” The first event in the series takes place on Thursday, July 21st, with a talk by photographer Ray Liu. Ray will talk about how he created a series of stunning light trail shots when he took his Impossible I-1 instant film camera to the streets of London at night. Do note that places are limited, and advance registration is required.

‘Impossible Instant Nights’ is a monthly event dedicated to all things instant photography, hosted at London gallery and members club Lights of Soho (35 Brewer Street, W1F 0RX). “These evenings provide an open inclusive forum for anyone with an interest in instant photography to share ideas and...

MindShift Gear Updates Three Moose Peterson Outdoor Photography Backpacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift Gear has updated the three classic Moose Peterson backpacks. Designed for wildlife and safari photographers, the backpacks can carry up to three DSLR camera bodies with telephoto lenses attached. The Moose Peterson MP-1, MP-3 and MP-7 2.0 backpacks also feature the same innovative “Moose Ear” flaps that close automatically, protecting camera gear from dust and debris common in wildlife photography. And because nature photographers often travel to remote locations, the packs are designed to meet airline carry on requirements, and even fit in the overhead compartment of the smallest regional jets. “Moose Peterson backpacks are renowned for serving the needs of traveling photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “It has been a joy collaborating with him on bringing these classic designs back to the marketplace. While their design and materials have been enhanced, the designs of all three backpacks retain Moose’s original vision.” The MP-1 2.0 sells for $349.99, the MP-3 2.0 costs $279.99 and the MP-7 2.0 is priced at $199.99.

Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift Gear has updated the three classic Moose Peterson backpacks. Designed for wildlife and safari photographers, the backpacks can carry up to three DSLR camera bodies with telephoto lenses attached. The Moose Peterson MP-1, MP-3 and MP-7 2.0 backpacks also feature the...

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE is a fast and affordable standard prime lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. Priced at £449, is the Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE worth considering? Read our Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE review to find out...

Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Magnum and LensCulture Photography Award. Single-image winners include Ofir Barak (Street Photography), Hannah Modigh (Portrait), Valery Melnikov (Photojournalism), Asger Ladefoged (Open), Kyle Weeks (Fine Art), and Cris Toala Olivares (Documentary). Series winners include Dougie Wallace (Stree Photography), Jens Juul (Portrait), Sandra Hoyn (Photojournalism), Julián Barón García (Open), Mauricio Lima (Documentary) and Aaron Hardin (Fine Art). You can view all the winning images and photo essays at the website below.

Twelve international photographers have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Magnum and LensCulture Photography Award. Single-image winners include Ofir Barak (Street Photography), Hannah Modigh (Portrait), Valery Melnikov (Photojournalism), Asger Ladefoged (Open), Kyle Weeks (Fine Art), and Cris Toala Olivares (Documentary). Series winners include Dougie Wallace (Stree Photography), Jens...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nikon D500 Firmware Update C1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have issued a firmware update for the Nikon D500 digital SLR camera. Version C1.02 addresses an issue that sometimes caused errors with certain UHS-II SD memory cards. "As we were able to confirm that these were read errors arising not in the camera but in the cards themselves, we addressed the issue with a work-around that switches temporarily to UHS-I mode when a card-side error occurs in UHS-II mode," the company said in a statement. "The camera switches back to UHS-II mode when turned off and then on again or when the standby timer restarts. Card-side read errors may still occur after the update, albeit very infrequently." Yiou can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Nikon D500 Firmware

Nikon have issued a firmware update for the Nikon D500 digital SLR camera. Version C1.02 addresses an issue that sometimes caused errors with certain UHS-II SD memory cards. "As we were able to confirm that these were read errors arising not in the camera but in the cards themselves, we...

Canon Connect Station

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Canon today announced its new Canon Connect Station mobile application for the Canon Connect Station CS100 device. The new app makes it easy to connect to the CS100 device from a compatible smartphone or tablet. Users simply connect to the same wireless network and open up the Canon Connect Station app to start browsing, uploading, and downloading images. They can also drag-and-drop images from their computer or select multiple images at a time. The application can save over 1,000 images at one time and easily identifies previously saved and stored photos, helping to eliminate duplicates stored on the Canon Connect Station CS100 device. Additionally, users can now edit album names and add comments using the mobile app. The new Canon Connect Station Mobile Application is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Canon today announced its new Canon Connect Station mobile application for the Canon Connect Station CS100 device. The new app makes it easy to connect to the CS100 device from a compatible smartphone or tablet. Users simply connect to the same wireless network and open up the Canon Connect Station...

DJI Zenmuse Z3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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DJI today announced the Zenmuse Z3, DJI’s first aerial zoom camera optimised for still photography. Incorporating a 3.5x zoom lens (plus a 2x digital zoom function), the DJI Zenmuse Z3 is compatible with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600 drones and uses the company’s dedicated HD video downlink, Lightbridge and Lightbridge 2, providing up to 3.1 miles of HD transmission range. Weighing in at 263g, the Zenmuse Z3 has a 22-77mm (eq.) f/2.8-5.2 lens and features the same 1/2.3"-type Sony sensor that's found on the DJI Phantom 4. It can shoot still images at 12 megapixels with additional Adobe DNG Raw Support for maximum editing options in post- production. The camera also records video at up to 30 FPS in 4K resolution. Flight time with the Zenmuse Z3 is up to 19 minutes on the Inspire 1. Pilots can extend flight time up to 30 minutes with the dual-battery-equipped M100 and up to 39 minutes with the M600. Available soon, the DJI Zenmuse Z3 is priced at $1,000.

DJI today announced the Zenmuse Z3, DJI’s first aerial zoom camera optimised for still photography. Incorporating a 3.5x zoom lens (plus a 2x digital zoom function), the DJI Zenmuse Z3 is compatible with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600 drones and uses the company’s dedicated HD video...

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE lens mounted on an A7R II camera.

Please note that the sample images were taken using a full production Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE lens, and are therefore representative of the final shipping product.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TetherBoost Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tether Tools today introduced the new TetherBoost Pro System, billed as "the first streamlined solution for common USB 3.0 tether connection challenges." The TetherBoost Pro System alleviates a common problem among USB 3.0 camera and digital back users who frequently experience dropped tethering connections or are unable to get a tethered connection started at all. The core issue is that computer manufacturers, often in an attempt to be as efficient with power as possible, are either under-powering or dynamically-powering their USB 3.0 ports. The TetherBoost Pro regulates the power from a computer to DSLRs and digital backs, eliminating these limitations and allowing a tethered connection to operate up to full USB3 speeds for connections from 15 to 65 feet without any loss in signal. To achieve this distance, multiple TetherBoost Pro devices can be added to base USB and active extension cables. Included in the TetherBoost Pro kit is a JerkStopper Extension Lock, an effective locking device that keeps cable ends protected from frustrating disconnects, damage, and electrical hazards. The JerkStopper Extension Lock comes with two included rubber washers that waterproof your connection, further protecting your connection and holding the cable in place. The TetherBoost Pro System is now available at the website below.

Tether Tools today introduced the new TetherBoost Pro System, billed as "the first streamlined solution for common USB 3.0 tether connection challenges." The TetherBoost Pro System alleviates a common problem among USB 3.0 camera and digital back users who frequently experience dropped tethering connections or are unable to get a tethered connection...

AKVIS Refocus 6.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS have just released Refocus 6.0, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. This release brings a time-saving batch processing feature, a modernised graphical user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

AKVIS have just released Refocus 6.0, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. This release brings a time-saving batch processing feature, a modernised graphical user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements. The...