Monday, May 11, 2015

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 61 sample images taken with the new Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lens.

The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is a 10x super-zoom lens for the Sony A-series full-frame compact system camera range.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon have unveiled a new 50mm lens. The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM features Canon's proprietary STM stepping motor technology and supports the manufacturer's EOS Movie Servo AF function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording. Boasting an improved exterior design, including a new focus ring placement, it provides photographers with the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever, at just 1.5 inches in length. In addition, this new lens uses a metal mount providing additional stability and ruggedness compared to its predecessor. The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of £129.99/€189.99/$125.99.

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Version 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has announced that it will release a free firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pictured). Version 4.00 introduces a new AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects, improved focus accuracy and Eye Detection AF. Additionally, the firmware update adds an Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode while maintaining the conventional AF speed. The optimised algorithm also delivers a more natural and smooth AF action during movie recording. The new firmware will be available from the end of June.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Manfrotto Fluid Video Monopods Family

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

Manfrotto today launched their new Fluid Video Monopods Family. This product range features a world-first patented system that uses the innovative fluid cartridge incorporated into the base, allowing judder-free panoramic rotation not achievable with regular monopods. Consisting of four supports, the whole Fluid Video Monopod Family is priced from £94.95.

Manfrotto Follow Focus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today announced the launch of their new zero backlash follow focus. This piece of video equipment allows the operator to select a focus range between two points, thanks to its hard stops. Its mount is compatible with 15mm/0.59” rods, and it is supplied with one 50 tooth/0.8 module drive wheel, one ø35 mm friction wheel, one gear ring to be fitted around the lens, two marking disks that enables the operator to mark focal reference points and one 3mm Allen Key. The videographer can change not only the gearbox direction but also the follow focus’ position when it is mounted on the rods: this way the device can be used with different lenses. The zero backlash mechanism means that the operator can pull a very precise focus with essentially any interchangeable-lens camera without the vibrations and uncertain results caused by manual direct focus. The Manfrotto Follow Focus is now available for £519.95.

QromaScan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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QromaScan is a smartphone-based photo "scanning" solution that digitises and tags prints in one step using voice recognition. Users simply place their iPhone on top of Qroma Scan's LED illuminated lightbox, and use a natural language phrase the tell the innovative QromaScan app the date, location and people in their photos. By sliding photos into the lightbox, the QromaScan app dials in the best visual settings and captures the image with the appropriate metadata. Photos are automatically organised using metadata tags that are recognised by external applications such as Adobe Lightroom. QromaScan is available for preorder now on Kicksrtarter

Elinchrom Partners with MAC Group

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MAC Group will be taking on the sales, marketing, distribution and service for Elinchrom in the United States. “There were many factors that made our decision easy,” said Chris Whittle, Elinchrom President. “The previous success MAC Group accomplished when building a lighting company into a world class brand could be a marketing case study at Harvard. The superb relationships MAC Group has built among dealers and influencers, and their commitment to marketing, brand building, education and content made MAC Group’s team simply feel like a perfect fit for us.”

Triggertrap Adds “Wearables” Mode to Mobile App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Triggertrap has unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for its Triggertrap Mobile app, photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera. This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Support for Apple Watch will be added to the app in the coming weeks. The update is available to download on the iOS app store, and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

PicsArt Launch App Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PicsArt, the largest mobile creative community, has announced an update that enables users to collaborate on work via Facebook and generate timelapse videos that showcase their unique editing techniques. “We believe PicsArt provides users with the best tools to express themselves and now we are giving them more ways to share that expression,” said PicsArt’s founder, Hovhannes Avoyan. “Everyday our users are creating expressively heartfelt work with PicsArt’s tools. We want to make sure we are also giving them equally expressive ways to share that work.” PicsArt’s latest iOS and Android app update also brings enhanced social features that make collaborating and giving feedback more immediate and fluid. A new “Open” button on images makes sharing and commenting on artwork easier than ever. PicsArt users are also able to "like" images by double-tapping them and stay updated with pop-up notifications that alert users of new work from their favourite artists.

Iridient Developer 3.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.2. This update adds support for the Nikon 1 J5, the Olympus TG-4 and Stylus 1S, the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), the Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, 8000D), EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) and the EOS M3. Additionally, it includes further improvements to the v3 noise reduction introduced in version 3. Both Luminance and Colour noise reduction adjustments in particular are now much more effective with some forms of noise, especially when strongly increasing shadow brightness and with high ISO images. The maximum strength of noise reduction has also been increased to give smoother, lower noise output when set to high levels while still retaining good detail and colour fidelity.

Macphun Snapselect Free this Week on the Mac App Store

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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SnapSelect (read review) is now free on the Mac App Store, for just one week. Usually priced at £15.99, Snapselect is an easy-to-use app that makes choosing your best images from hundreds or thousands taken super simple and very fast. Starting by importing photos from your photos folder, library or external drive, Snapselect uses patented image recognition technology to automatically group similar images and duplicates, as well as sort all photos by the time they were taken for convenient viewing. You can easily browse through images, compare one photo to another, separate bad images from great images, and instantly export the best picks to a custom folder, library and popular photo editing apps, or share via Facebook, Twitter & other social networks. “SnapSelect is already helping thousands of people who want to be able to select their best images quickly and easily,” Paul Muzok, CEO of Macphun says. “This special promotion, limited for just a few days is great way of helping many more. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how simple Macphun’s apps for photography are to use.”

Synology DS1515+ NAS Server Unboxing

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Synology DS1515+ NAS server has just arrived with us for testing. This is a fast 5-bay NAS drive that's suited to the small studio or photographer with a large archive. Before we bring you our full Synology DS1515+ review, here's a look at what's in the box and the installation process...

Canon EOS 5DS R Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 96 JPEG and 70 Raw images taken with the new Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR camera.

Due to go on sale in June, the Canon EOS 5DS R is a 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera with a 50.6 megapixel sensor and low-pass filter effect cancellation.

Canon EOS 760D Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 33 JPEG and 20 Raw images taken with the new Canon EOS 760D DSLR camera.

The Canon EOS 760D is an APS-C digital SLR camera with a 24.2 megapixel sensor, customisable 19-point autofocus system and DIGIC 6 processor.

Nest Vantage M10 ad M20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nest has announced two new professional cine/video tripods. The Nest Vantage M10 and M20 both feature aluminium double-tube extension legs for greater load capacity and greater torsion stability, and adjustable rotating clamp locks which turn 90 degrees around a centre axis, with variable tension. Both the Vantage M10 and M20 come with a 360-degree continuous, fluid dampened pan head. A padded carrying case is also supplied as standard. Both tripods have a maximum load capacity of 5kg. The Vantage M10 folds down to 760mm and extends to 1575mm, whereas the M20 has a maximum height of 1920mm. Pricing is £149.99 for the M10 and £199.99 for the M20.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

X-Rite and Mylio Deliver First Photography App with Colour Management

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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X-Rite has today announced that MyLO will be integrating X-Rite ColorTRUE into Mylio, its mobile app, to deliver the first true colour-managed mobile photo editing solution. With the integration of X-Rite ColorTRUE into the Mylio photo management environment, colours in photos will appear the same regardless of the device on which they are viewed, and colour-managed photo editing will now be available to everyone on their mobile devices as well as their desktops in the Apple and Windows environments. Talking about ColorTRUE and the importance of mobile colour accuracy, Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at X-Rite Photo Europe said. “We are seeing photo and video editing applications offer their users a seamless integration between desktop and mobile devices. It’s exciting and reflects the way photographers are now working. The truth is however, editing photos on your tablet without having a colour profile could well render all of that work incorrect or damaging. We are calling on all photo editing solutions to integrate the ColorTRUE app into their development, so that their users benefit from accurate colour as they shift from desktop to mobile devices.”

Sony to Sponsor PAGB Inter Federation Cup

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Sony today announced a sponsorship of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s Inter Federation Cup exhibition and competition. The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) co-ordinates specific activities for photographic clubs through 15 geographical regions known as ‘Federations’. The PAGB Sony Inter Federation Cup will be open to all of the PAGB’s 15 Federations – each group will hold its own competition where they will shortlist 30 - 40 entries to submit to the national final. All of the finalist’s work will be shown at an exhibition that will open in Kent in July, move to the West Midlands in October and Wales in November.

SWPP Announces Winners of Monochrome Portraiture Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) has announced the winner and runners up of their recent Monochrome Portraiture photo competition. Kati Fichtelmann from Manchester has won 12 months Digital membership to the Society. “Kati’s image delivers the theme of the competition perfectly, a beautiful portrait with a pleasing monochromatic feel,” says CEO Phil Jones. The Runners-up Martin Leckie and Angela Adams have both won 6 months membership to the SWPP organisation, respectively.

Tamron Announce 2015 Photography eBook Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Tamron have announced their 2015 eBook series. The first book is "Road Trip Across the Southwest," a gorgeous pictorial journey with photographer Ken Hubbard through the mountains, tufa towers, and slot canyons of the American Southwest. In this edition, Hubbard and fellow Tech Team colleague André Costantini take the Tamron Tailgate Tour van on a side trip to test-drive the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC lens, the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation (pictured). The second eBook, "Sports Photography: A Guide to Camera Setup and Exposure" with Tamron Pro Photographer, Jillian Bell, was also posted last week. Four more eBooks are in the works and will be posted in May, June, July/August and September.

Canon Europe Launch City Guide Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Canon today launched a series of downloadable and app-based city guides that offer fresh and unique perspectives of six cities across Europe - London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam. The introduction of the city guides is part of Canon’s continuing ‘Come and See’ brand campaign, the latest iteration of which features two freeclimbers who explore cities around the world from unique perspectives and breathtaking vantage points. The city guide series offer a more everyday look at cities, inviting people to take a fresh look at familiar landscapes and encouraging the discovery of hidden locations from unexpected angles. “In a world full of fascinating stories, breath-taking views and hidden gems, it’s natural that in the hustle and bustle of life we overlook and at times take our surroundings for granted," says Nigel Taylor, Consumer Imaging Marketing Communications Director, Canon Europe. "At Canon, we want to help consumers enjoy cities across Europe in all their unique glory. We hope that people will relish the opportunity to seek out new perspectives and in turn capture that beauty on camera or video to cherish forever.” All six city guides are now available to download via Canon’s dedicated 'Come and See' website.