Thursday, January 26, 2017

YongNuo YN600EX-RT II Flash Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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YongNuo have released the YongNuo YN600EX-RT II radio-controlled flash. First announced in November 2016, the YN600EX-RT II is compatible with Canon's wireless radio RT system and can work in tandem with the Canon 600EX II-RT and the Canon 430EX III-RT flash units, as a master or slave. Additionally, it supports the optical wireless TTL exposure metering and triggering systems of both Canon and Nikon; a major improvement over the original YongNuo YN600EX-RT model. Like its predecessor, the new flash has a zoomable tilt-swivel head, a guide number of 60 (in metres at ISO 100/21°) at the 200mm flash head setting and a USB port for firmware updates. It offers high-speed flash synchronisation up to a shutter speed of 1/8000s, recycle times as fast as 2 seconds after a full discharge (with fresh batteries), and support for an external power supply. The YongNuo YN600EX-RT II is available now for $114.95 on Amazon.

YongNuo have released the YongNuo YN600EX-RT II radio-controlled flash. First announced in November 2016, the YN600EX-RT II is compatible with Canon's wireless radio RT system and can work in tandem with the Canon 600EX II-RT and the Canon 430EX III-RT flash units, as a master or slave. Additionally,...

Official Pentax KP Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have released 9 high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax KP digital SLR camera. Taken with a variety of lenses including the HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW, the HD PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited, the HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8 WR and the HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mmF2.8-4ED Limited DC WR, these Pentax KP samples were captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 3,200.

Website: Ricoh Japan - Official Pentax KP Sample Images

Ricoh have released 9 high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax KP digital SLR camera. Taken with a variety of lenses including the HD PENTAX-D FA★70-200mmF2.8ED DC AW, the HD PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited, the HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mmF3.5-5.6ED DC WR, the smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 10...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pentax KP

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax KP is a new digital SLR camera with a high-sensitivity 24.32-megapixel sensor, integrated Wi-Fi, 7fps burst shooting and a 5-axis "Shake Reduction II" image stabilisation system. Key highlights inlcude a new-generation APS-C-sized CMOS imager, a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 819200, a mechanical shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000s, a 27-point AF system with 25 cross-type focus points, an electronic shutter with a top shutter speed of 1/24000s, a compact, retro-looking camera body, a tiltable 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 921K dots, and a pentaprism finder with ~100% frame coverage and 0.95x magnification. Additionally, the Pentax KP features the Pixel Shift Resolution System, a super-resolution technology which captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesising them into a single composite image. The new Pentax KP will go on sale at the end of February, priced at £1,099.99/$1,099.95.

The Pentax KP is a new digital SLR camera with a high-sensitivity 24.32-megapixel sensor, integrated Wi-Fi, 7fps burst shooting and a 5-axis "Shake Reduction II" image stabilisation system. Key highlights inlcude a new-generation APS-C-sized CMOS imager, a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 819200, a mechanical shutter with a maximum shutter speed...

SpiderLight Camera Holster System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Spider Holster's newest product, the SpiderLight, is a camera holster system designed for compact system cameras. Lightweight, durable and versatile; the SpiderLight’s camera holster slips onto any belt. In its lower position, the Spider Holster's two-position lock secures your camera each time it’s placed in the holster. In the upper position, the lock disengages for quick and easy access to your camera. Additionally, SpiderLight is available in a Backpacker Kit ($125) giving users the ability to holster the camera on any backpack or messenger bag strap. The Backpacker kit is also compatible with GoPro accessories and cameras.

Spider Holster's newest product, the SpiderLight, is a camera holster system designed for compact system cameras. Lightweight, durable and versatile; the SpiderLight’s camera holster slips onto any belt. In its lower position, the Spider Holster's two-position lock secures your camera each time it’s placed...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

HDRtist NX 1.0 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ohanaware have just released their latest high-dynamic-range imaging software, HDRtist NX. Featuring brand new technology and functionality that Ohanaware have been refining in the last 7 years, HDRtist NX is the third installment in the HDRtist series of applications that Ohanaware started back in 2009. This version boasts 128-bit image processing utilising multi-core processors and accelerated graphics hardware, a next-generation user interface, a large live editor with split view, providing near-real-time performance while the images are being edited, 1-click Styles, and much more. HDRtist NX is available from the Ohanaware website and the Apple Mac App Store.

Ohanaware have just released their latest high-dynamic-range imaging software, HDRtist NX. Featuring brand new technology and functionality that Ohanaware have been refining in the last 7 years, HDRtist NX is the third installment in the HDRtist series of applications that Ohanaware started back in 2009. This version boasts 128-bit image processing utilising...

Hasselblad Masters 2018 Competition Opens for Entries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Hasselblad has announced the call for entries for its renowned Masters competition for 2018. This year’s competition is bigger than ever with 11 categories, including the brand new ‘Aerial’ sector that pays tribute to Hasselblad’s history of aerial photography. Photographers looking to enter the competition have until 10 June 2017 to submit three images in the Aerial, Fine Art, Landscape, Wedding, Portrait, Fashion/Beauty, Product, Architecture, Wildlife, Project//21 and Street/Urban categories. Winners will not only receive the coveted accolade but will take home a state-of-the-art medium-format Hasselblad camera and have their work published in the Hasselblad Masters commemorative book. Hasselblad CMO, Johan Åhlen said “After the overwhelming response we received to the 2016 Hasselblad Masters, we’re excited to see what’s in store this year. The quality of entries in previous years has been simply outstanding and we’re immensely proud to continue to inspire and empower talented photographers across the globe. Our Masters become part of the Hasselblad family and we want to equip them with everything they need to make their mark on high-end photography.” As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

Hasselblad has announced the call for entries for its renowned Masters competition for 2018. This year’s competition is bigger than ever with 11 categories, including the brand new ‘Aerial’ sector that pays tribute to Hasselblad’s history of aerial photography. Photographers looking to enter the competition have...

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 is a modern version of the classic "soap bubble" lens from 1916. Does it still have a place in the 21st century? Find out by reading our Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 review...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Coptrz Gains Civil Aviation Authority Accreditation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, General
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Coptrz, the world’s first company offering continuous personal development to drone pilots, has been awarded the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status. This entitles the company to deliver CAA-approved training to potential drone pilots, including both a theory and a practical test. “Basic training is just the beginning,” says managing director Steve Coulson. “We believe that one certificate doesn’t set you up to be a drone pilot. That’s why we also offer training on all aspects of running a business: marketing, pricing strategy, making money from drones, and using specific software packages, plus specific jobs - such as surveying, 3D mapping, or using a drone to inspect the inside of a tank or a cellular tower.”

Coptrz, the world’s first company offering continuous personal development to drone pilots, has been awarded the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status. This entitles the company to deliver CAA-approved training to potential drone pilots, including both a theory and a practical test. ...

Friday, January 20, 2017

Calumet Launch Open Day Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Open Day Competition, run by Calumet Photographic, is challenging photographers to submit creative and captivating pictures that encapsulate a unique moment in time. People can vote for their favourite shot on Calumet's Facebook page, which will be used on all invitations and promotional materials for Calumet’s Spring Capture More Open Days. The winner will also receive £250 worth of Calumet Gift cards to spend on equipment. “Launching a competition like this, gives us the perfect opportunity to see the talent and originality out there,” says Jon Warner, Managing Director of Calumet Photographic. “Our Open Days are hugely important to our customers, so what better way to show them how much we appreciate their loyalty than by asking them to be a part of them?” The deadline for entries is 23 February 2017.

The Open Day Competition, run by Calumet Photographic, is challenging photographers to submit creative and captivating pictures that encapsulate a unique moment in time. People can vote for their favourite shot on Calumet's Facebook page, which will be used on all invitations and promotional materials for Calumet&rsquo...

Fotospeed Academy Announces Printing Masterclass with Joe Cornish

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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The Fotospeed Academy today announced a new workshop with leading landscape photographer Joe Cornish. In his printing masterclass Interpreting your Image (13th February), Cornish will help intermediate to advanced photographers and printers discover the craft of interpreting their images and developing their unique printing style. Based in Lacock, Wiltshire, the masterclass - which will provide a brief overview of the printing basics and essentials before turning to unorthodox tips and tricks used by professionals to bring their images to life - is priced at £275.

The Fotospeed Academy today announced a new workshop with leading landscape photographer Joe Cornish. In his printing masterclass Interpreting your Image (13th February), Cornish will help intermediate to advanced photographers and printers discover the craft of interpreting their images and developing their unique printing style. Based in Lacock, Wiltshire,...

Fujifilm GFX 50S Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a pre-production version of the brand new Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera, using the new 63mm f/2.8, 32-64mm f/4, and 120mm f/4 macro lenses.

Nightless Night Photography Workshop

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Nightless Night International Photography Workshop, held for the second time in Finnish Lapland, is looking for two photography and social media enthusiasts to win a trip to the event next summer. The three-day Photography Workshop will lead participants through three stages designed to make use of those extra hours and the endless daylight the Midnight Sun has to offer. The workshop takes place in the far North of Finnish Lapland, in Saariselkä and its surroundings on 30 June - 2 July 2017. “The registration to the event started in December, but now we are looking for two photography and social media enthusiasts with a desire to travel and outdoor life to win a trip to the Photography Workshop. We are really waiting for inspiring stories and applicants”, says coordinator Johanna Alatorvinen. Interested photographers have until 28th February to apply by filling in the application form on the Nightless Night website.

The Nightless Night International Photography Workshop, held for the second time in Finnish Lapland, is looking for two photography and social media enthusiasts to win a trip to the event next summer. The three-day Photography Workshop will lead participants through three stages designed to make use of those extra...

Fujifilm X100F Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a full production version of the brand new Fujifilm X100F premium compact camera.

Fujifilm X-T20 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a full production version of the brand new Fujifilm X-T20 compact system camera.

Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Fujifilm GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a pre-production version of the brand new Fujifilm GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR lens, mounted on the Fujifilm GFX 50s camera.

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a pre-production version of the brand new Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR lens, mounted on the Fujifilm X-T20 camera.

Leica M10 Preview: Digital Meets Analog

Amy Davies | Digital
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The M10 is the latest digital rangefinder from German manufacturer, Leica.

It features a 24MP full-frame sensor, an updated MAESTRO II processor, and an improved viewfinder. It uses the rangefinder technique of focusing - and is therefore manual focus only.

Following on from the M (Typ 240), the camera is already available to buy, and costs £5,600 (body only).

The M10 is the latest digital rangefinder from German manufacturer, Leica. It features a 24MP full-frame sensor, an updated MAESTRO II processor, and an improved viewfinder. It uses the rangefinder technique of focusing - and is therefore manual focus only. Following on from the M (Typ 240), the camera is already...

Leica M10 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with a full production version of the new Leica M10 digital rangefinder camera, including the full ISO range.