Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX80 Preview

Amy Davies | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has introduced a new compact system camera which sits in between the GX(single digit) and the GF ranges in terms of who it is aimed at.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 features a 16 million pixel sensor and a Venus Engine was has been tweaked to work specifically in this camera. For the first time in a G series camera, the optical low pass filter has been removed which boosts the sensor’s capability to record fine detail.

As with several other Lumix cameras recently released, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 features the ability to record 4K video which also facilitates 4K photo modes.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX80

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX80 is a new interchangeable lens camera that combines modern design and 4K performance. The GX80 (also known as the GX85 in some regions) offers a range of innovative features, including 4K PHOTO and 5-Axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabiliser), plus a sturdy ergonomic grip. The LUMIX DMC-GX80 features a 16 megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter. The Panasonic DMC-GX80 is available in Black, Silver and Tan and will be available from May 9th 2016.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tamron Mobile Learning Center 2016 Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses
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Tamron USA announced that its new Mobile Learning Center Tour will commence on 14th April in Fairfield, NJ. The new fully-equipped and customised Tamron vehicle will travel around the USA through December 2016, making over 70 official stops at authorised Tamron retailers. The Tamron vehicle will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education to help people with their photography questions, see the latest in Tamron products, and provide valuable tips and tricks on subjects attendees frequently photograph. Each day will feature team members leading free seminars under the Tamron Mobile Learning Tent - "Travel & Nature Techniques," "The Art of Macro," and "Light Like a Pro." Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras so that after each seminar, they can try out Tamron lenses on subjects such as birds of prey or other animals brought to the event by local conservationists and sanctuaries.

Think Tank Retrospective 6 Shoulder Bag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo have just released a new addition to their Retrospective camera shoulder bag line. The Retrospective 6 fits a DSLR or gripped DSLR with short lens attached, one to two additional lenses and an 8” tablet or flash in the front pocket, or one to two Compact System Cameras with lenses attached, one to four extra lenses and an 8” tablet or flash in the front pocket. Weighing in at 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg), the Retrospective 6, is now available in Sandstone, Black, and Pinestone, priced at $154.75. In addition, the existing Retrospective 5, Retrospective 5 Leather, Retrospective 7, Retrospective 7 Leather, Retrospective 10, Retrospective 20, Retrospective 30, and Retrospective 30 Leather are also available in the new Sandstone colour.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Think Tank Photo Production Manager 50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo has released the largest rolling photography equipment case on the market. Designed to hold an immense amount of gear, including lighting equipment and large light modifiers, one photographer will now be able to transport what it used to take up to at least two assistants. “Pro photographers usually travel by car or van to where they are going to shoot,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and Lead Designer. “Once a shoot is completed the set needs to be torn down and moved to the next location. Often times, there can be a time crunch where all the gear has to be loaded quickly. Carrying these bags up and down stairs and over rough terrain can be very cumbersome and often takes two people. The Production Manager 50 makes this time-sensitive, cumbersome process easier and quicker.” The Think Tank Photo Production Manager 50 is available for $599.75.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Case Logic has launched a new Compact DSLR Backpack. The unique fold-out camera storage has dedicated loading for an SLR camera plus two accessories whilst side zippered pockets store an extra battery, cables, lens cap, or small accessories. The Compact DSLR Backpack also boasts a dedicated padded iPad compartment with handy side opening for easy access. Available in Black, Indigo and Anthracite, the backpack sells for £34.99.

Ricoh Theta Developers Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Ricoh have announced their second annual developers contest. The competition is looking for new apps and gadgets that utilise the Ricoh Theta camera, which takes 360°, fully spherical images or videos in one capture. Winners of the contest will receive a trip to Tokyo, Japan, for the awards ceremony and the first prize winner will be awarded a cash prize of one million yen. Applicants have until 31st August 2016 to submit their final app and gadget designs.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Philips 275P4VYKEB

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MMD, and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, has announced a new display with UltraClear 5K resolution. Offering no less than 14.7 megapixels(5,120 x 2,880), the Philips 275P4VYKEB displaypacks four times as many pixels as Quad HDand over 50 percent more than Ultra HD. The new 27" display is also equipped with PerfectKolor Technology, which ensures factory-calibrated 99% Adobe RGB and100% sRGB colour space coverageand one billion colours. Thanks to 12-bit internal processing, colours are re-created smoothly and naturally, without gradations or the nuisance of banding effects. With advanced PLS technology, the display also features extra-wide viewing angles of 178 degrees. The new Philips 275P4VYKEB display, with an RRP of £1,169.99, will be available at the beginning of April.
 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WonderPana FreeArc XL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox has announced the Wonderpana FreeArc XL - a comprehensive filter system for the Canon 11-24mm lens. Its aircraft-grade aluminium alloy lens collar allows photographers to attach a custom series of 186mm filter options including neutral density filters and polarisers. Additionally, photographers can add the WonderPana WP80 Filter Brackets to the WonderPana FreeArc XL to mount one or two square graduated filters at the same time as a round filter. Measuring 200mm x 260mm, the WonderPana FreeArc XL's square filters are the largest commercially available in the industry today. The WonderPana FreeArc XL retails for $229.95.

Canon Celebrates 13th Consecutive Year of No. 1 Share of ILC Market

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Canon is celebrating its 13th year at number one in the interchangeable-lens digital camera market. The success story began in 2003 with the introduction of the EOS 300D, the first affordable digital SLR camera that combined a competitive price with a compact, lightweight design and captured the top global market share upon release. The entire EOS series is supported by Canon’s extensive EF lens collection, with production surpassing the 110 million unit mark in June 2015, and currently comprises a total of 98 models.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

80 at 80

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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80 at 80 is an exhibition of 80 portraits by Olympus Visionary John Nassari. Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Olympus cameras, the photos give a glimpse inside one of London's most celebrated 5-star hotels. Shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the photographs will be exhibited for the first time on 15 April 2016 in the Ballroom of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park at an exclusive invite-only, one-night showing; before travelling to the Art Bermondsey Project Space for public view from 3-7 May 2016. The exhibition is free to view and will be open 11am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday, Saturday 11am to 4pm.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sony today launched the Cyber-shot RX10 III bridge camera featuring a 1"-type 20.1-megapixel imager and a 24-600mm (eq.) f/2.4-4 lens. Other highlights include a silent shutter, Fast Intelligent AF, an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 million dots, 4K video capture at upto 100Mb/s, 1000fps movie recording for super-slow-motion playback, plus Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The Optical SteadyShot algorithm has been optimised for the lens design of the RX10 III and delivers up to 4.5 stops of image stabilisation. Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72cm at a fully extended 600mm(0.49x maximum magnification), the new lens is capable of producing highly detailed tele-macro images. The aperture unit has nine blades that are designed to create a near-perfect circle in the f/2.4 to f/11 aperture range. The Sony RX10 III will be available in the UK from April priced at £1,250.

Sony FE 50mm F1.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony have announced a new full-frame standard prime for their E-mount camera system. Weighing in at 192 grams, the lightweight FE 50mm F1.8 lens features a new optical design with an aspherical element that effectively compensates for all forms of aberration, plus a circular aperture diagram. The new FE 50mm f/1.8 prime lens will be available in April for £240.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Review

Jack Baker
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The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM is a relatively lightweight and compact telephoto prime lens for sports and wildlife photographers. Read our in-depth Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM review complete with full-size sample images...

Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony today introduced the FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS telezoom for their E-mount camera system. The longest reaching E-mount lens to date, the new FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS features an optical design including four aspherical glass elements, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and Sony’s Nano AR coating. The new telezoom also boasts near-macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of less than 3 feet and a maximum magnification of 0.31x. The lens offers Sony's built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation system and a linear actuator that allows it to achieve fast, smooth and quiet autofocus and is also dust and moisture resistant to ensure reliable operation in harsh outdoor conditions. The new FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS telezoom will be available in April for £1,150.

HTC One (A9) Review

Amy Davies
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The HTC One (A9) is a premium Android smartphone that looks uncannily like the Apple iPhone. The HTC A9 offers a conventional 13 megapixel sensor, 5-inch AMOLED screen, RAW file support and a MicroSD card slot. Read our HTC One (A9) review to find out if it beat the most popular smartphone in the World...

Ricoh Theta S Review

Jack Baker | Accessory Reviews
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The Ricoh Theta S camera takes a 360 x 180-degree spherical 14.4 megapixel photo or video with just one click of a button. The Theta S uses two lenses to captures the scene around, above and below you, and then automatically stitches everything together, plus it offers remote camera control via built-in Wi-Fi. Read our Ricoh Theta S review now...

Friday, March 25, 2016

DJI’s 3rd Developer Challenge Receives Record Number of Proposals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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DJI has received a record 130 proposals for its third annual DJI Developer Challenge, and has advanced 25 developer teams to the second round of the competition. The teams will be given DJI hardware and software to begin turning their ideas into reality through further challenges, until 10 finalists are chosen to demonstrate their applications in a public competition in August. They will also receive DJI’s flagship Matrice 100 aerial platform and a Zenmuse X3 camera. The 2016 DJI Developer Challenge asks teams to develop a search-and-rescue application that launches a drone from a moving Ford F-150 pickup truck, surveys the survivors and obstacles in a disaster site, compiles and transmits the information back to the in-vehicle communications system, SYNC 3, in real time, then lands safely in the bed of the moving truck.

HEXO+ Comes to Europe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Squadrone System has announced the European launch of its HEXO+ autonomous drone. The HEXO+ flight system can take off, follow and frame its user while filming with predetermined camera movements, and safely land. These processes are entirely automated and simply initiated with the HEXO+ smartphone application. This allows users to capture the moment hands-free, as no bulky remote control is needed. Compatible with most GoPro camera models, the HEXO+ has a maximum speed of 45 mph and an operating altitude of up to 16,000ft. HEXO+ is currently available to purchase for €999.

Google Offers Nik Collection for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Google's Nik Collection of photography plug-ins is now available for free. Compatible with a number of desktop photo editing applications including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, the Nik Collection includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. Those who purchased the Nik Collection in 2016 will receive a full refund.