Friday, October 30, 2015
Manfrotto has announced Lastolite By Manfrotto, a co-branding project that will involve Lastolite’s entire range of products. This project kicks off with the launch of the Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 mini softbox (£49.99, pictured) and three new collapsible perspective backgrounds (£169.99) - Stone Steps/Winter Trees, Stone Archway/Grecian Steps and Evening Street/Ivy Archway. The light and easy-to-use Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 is an improved version of the existing Ezybox Speed-Lite. Featuring removable internal and external diffusers, the Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 is suitable for on- and off camera use and weighs approximately 30% less than its predecessor. A new silicone strap and ratchet knob allows users to customise the fitting according to their specific flash unit, ensuring a secure fit.
The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a bridge super-zoom camera with a massive 50x zoom lens. The Canon SX530 also offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX530 HS review now...
The Lomographic Society has launched two limited-edition Diana film cameras. The Diana F+ Cortina is a medium format camera, whilst the Diana Mini Monte Rosa is a 35mm snapper that can shoot both 24x24mm square-format and 18x24mm half-frame images on standard 35mm film. Both new models have been inspired by beautiful snowy landscapes and "the adrenaline rush of winter sports," the company says. The Diana F+ Corinta sells for £89, while the Diana Mini Monte Rosa will set you back £99. Both models are available from the Lomography Online Shop.
Nikon have released a firmware update for the Nikon D810 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version C1.10 adds an external recording control option to the setup menu. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol, selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. The firmware upgrade also incorporates various bug fixes and modifications to certain help texts.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Colour Confidence today announced the UK and European availability of the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit. Specifically designed for small flashguns typically used with compact system cameras - such as the Nikon SB500, the Nissin i40 and the Olympus FL-600R -, the new FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit includes a FlashBender 2 Micro Shapeable Reflector and a Micro Diffusion Panel. The kit has been optimised to handle the light output from smaller flash units. The Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit is available for £39.95
Leica has issued a firmware update for the Leica T (Typ 701) compact system camera. Version 1.4 significantly improves the responsiveness of the camera, particularly in Live View mode, which now starts up in a fraction of a second. The Leica T’s AF speed has been doubled, and the camera's touchscreen-based functions now boast significantly shorter response times. The upgrade also adds compatiblity with the manufacturer's new full-frme SL lenses.
Tenba has introduced a new collection of canvas and leather bags outfitted with Tenba’s exclusive Quiet Velcro strips. Made from soft cotton canvas with full grain leather trim, Cooper materials have been carefully selected for their balance of style, strength and light weight. The peach-wax cotton canvas exterior has been specially coated to provide excellent water repellency, and it has been backed with an ultra light silicone-coated ripstop nylon liner. Cooper bags come in four sizes to fit everything from compact system cameras with an iPad mini, up to large SLRs with a 15-inch laptop. The Cooper 13 Slim is a unique configuration, built to protect a pro mirrorless camera system and still allow space for video accessories like microphones and a sound recorder. Pricing starts at $169.95 for the smallest model.
Ahead of our full review, here are 99 sample images taken with the Canon PowerShot G5 X camera.
The Canon PowerShot G5 X is a new compact camera with an 20 megapixel 1-inch sensor and a 4.2x f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens.
Ahead of our full review, here are 99 sample images taken with the Canon EOS M10 camera.
The Canon EOS M10 is a new compact system camera with an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor.
Ahead of our full review, here are 41 sample images taken with the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5DS R body.
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is a fast wide-angle prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Available in two sizes, the Rival photo backpack is the flagship product in Ikigai's new camera bag line. In addition to its sleek looks and functionality, the Rival’s innovative defining feature and ‘inner strength’ is its removable, configurable camera cell. This provides added protection for your camera gear and allows you to easily switch backpacks without having to unpack and reload your equipment. The Medium Rival ($299.99/£269.99) and Large Rival ($349.99/£299.99) are available online and from select camera retailers.
Daniel ‘Danny’ Kleinman, title sequence designer for the James Bond series and director of Sony’s recent ‘Made for Bond’ advert has shared his tips for capturing action sequences. The ad follows a tense chase across London’s South Bank as Moneypenny fights off mysterious villains to deliver Bond’s Xperia Z5 phone (pictured). Danny advises budding action film makers to film on at least two cameras, rehearse the action at half speed if possible, get reaction shots, use the right kit and double check that everyone is happy with their roles in the action and understands the cues.
Photographs taken by actor Peter Sellers have gone on display in a unique retrospective exhibition to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign. Curated by Sellers’ daughter, Sarah, and Sarah’s daughter Emily, Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera comprises 50 rare images either taken by the artist himself, or which relate to his photographic career. The week-long exhibition, which runs until Sunday 1st November, includes images of some of the most famous faces of the 60s and 70s including Nanette Newman, Ringo Starr, Liza Minnelli, Sophia Loren, Tessa Dahl and Charles Aznavour, as well as photographs of the Royal Family. Many of these images will be on sale in an online auction as well as a limited-edition photographic catalogue.
SanDisk has recognised the new LG V10 as the first smartphone to meet SanDisk’s guidelines for ‘Extreme Photo-Imaging Capabilities’ (EPIC). SanDisk EPIC is a SanDisk led marketing initiative which strives to foster and proliferate the incorporation of high-quality imaging capabilities in mobile devices. In meeting the SanDisk EPIC guidelines for smartphones, the LG V10 offers a variety of advanced video and photography capabilities, including, among others, multi-shot image capture in raw format and 4K Ultra HD video recording and playback. “An increasing number of our customers rely on their smartphone as their primary device to capture their memories in both photos and video. So, it was critically important to us to give the LG V10 truly exceptional imaging capabilities. We are thrilled for our LG V10 to be the first smartphone to meet SanDisk’s EPIC guidelines,” said Dr. Ramchan Woo, vice president of LG mobile communications.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Aerial Photography and Videography Using Drones by Eric Cheng is a new field guide that includes everything a new pilot needs to know to safely and proficiently capture still images and video from the air. Cheng is known for his thought leadership in the drone industry and spent nearly two years as Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer and creators of the Phantom quadcopter. “I am asked many times every day what drone to buy, and how to get started in aerial imagery. There’s a lot of confusion out there.” Cheng said. “I wrote this book to address that confusion. The content took me many years in the field to learn - it’s full of useful and pragmatic advice about storytelling using drones in the air.”
SkyPixel has announced the world’s premier drone photography competition. The 2015 SkyPixel Photo Contest invites both budding and professional aerial photographers to enter a selection of their best work. The competition is split into two groups, Professional and Enthusiast, each with their own awards for the following categories: Beauty, Unique Dronies, and Drones in Use, aimed at showcasing drones in the air, in addition to an overall Grand Prize. Judging the competition is a jury comprised of esteemed photographers and drone users including Sudhir Shivaram, Manish Mamtani, Greg Girard, Matt Waite and Wang Jianjun. The winners will be announced on 7 January 2016.
Ahead of our full Olympus Stylus 1s review, we've provided 35 JPEG/RAW sample images and a 1080p HD movie for you to download and take a closer look at.
The Olympus Stylus 1s is an advanced superzoom compact with a 1/1.7-type 12-megapixel sensor, fully retractable 28-300mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens and a 1.44-million-dot EVF.
AEE Technology has announced the newest edition of its action camera: the S40 Pro. Featuring a bright red casing, the AEE S40 Pro is one of the lightest on the market and comes with a 16-megapixel sensor, 130-degree lens and a built-in 1250 mAh lithium-ion battery. Capable of recording Full HD movies at 30 frames per second, the camera can also capture time-lapse videos, shooting at 1, 2, 5, 10 and 30 second intervals. The camera is available for purchase directly through AEE and Amazon for $150.
The Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 is a brand new standard prime lens for Canon and Nikon 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The manual-focus-only Milvus 50mm offers a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, 9 aperture blades, and superlative build quality including weatherproofing. Read our Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 review now...
The Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 is a brand new short-telephoto prime lens for Canon and Nikon 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The manual-focus-only Milvus 85mm offers a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, 9 aperture blades, and superlative build quality including weatherproofing. Read our Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 review now...