Monday, July 13, 2015

Canon PowerShot G3 X Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a prosumer super-zoom camera with a 1-inch image sensor and 25x zoom lens. The G3 X also offers built-in wi-fi/NFC connectivity, 1080p HD video at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3.2 inch tilting touchscreen LCD, lens control ring, RAW files and a full range of manual shooting modes. Read our Canon PowerShot G3 X review to find out if this is the best superzoom camera that money can buy...

Calumet Student Award: Finalists Exhibition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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The inaugural Calumet Photographic Student Photographer of the Year competition has received more than a thousand entries, attracting some of Britain’s best young photographers. Now, the winning and shortlisted images are going on a UK tour, exhibiting in Calumet Photographic shops across the United Kingdom. Edinburgh College student Oliver Henderson’s winning photo will take pride of place in the exhibition. His image of a woman in a red dress under a spotlight on a rooftop, set against an industrial background (above), scooped the title and the £11,000 prize bundle of photographic equipment. His photo will be accompanied by the nine finalist entries from Maria Karpova, University of the Arts London; Sioned Evans, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David; Joe Till, Walsall College; Monty Cholmeley, Oundle School, Katarzyna Janicka-Wojtowicz, Ieva Vaitkuviene, Jolanta Ziarnik, Thomas Craner-Buckley and Jack Visser. The tour has now started at the Bristol store; the exhibition will be in place until Friday 24th July, when it will move to other Calumet stores. Click through / read on for the exact dates and locations.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rankin to Judge New Photography Collaboration

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Pearson and Talenthouse are offering photographers around the world a rare opportunity to have their photography judged by British celebrity photographer Rankin. Photographers are being invited to capture the magic of learning and education through striking and memorable imagery. Selected entrants will be awarded a cash bursary for each photograph chosen for Pearson’s official photo library, and have their work credited and showcased across Pearson’s official channels. Additionally, a select number of photographers will be offered career opportunities with the potential to continue to work on paid projects for upcoming Pearson projects. Entrants have until 18 August at 6pm GMT to submit their ideas through the website below.

Phottix Joins MAC Group

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Phottix has joined the MAC Group, a sales and marketing company representing an array of imaging brands in the US. "Phottix is the new standard for cutting-edge innovation and excellence in photographic TTL lighting triggering accessories," said Jan Lederman, MAC Group President. "Together, we are committed to changing the industry and making TTL flash solutions easy and accessible to everyone."

Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Nikon today revealed the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015. "Fukushima Flowers" by Katsuhiro Noguchi of Japan has won the Grand Prize in the photograph category and "One" by Chris Rudz of Poland has received the Grand Prize in the video category. “The winning images might have been overlooked as they speak so quietly about one of the colossal events of the last decade,” judge Stephen Mayes commented. “But their intricate beauty pulls the viewer closer, demanding deeper study. Using the descriptive detail of the photographic process, the images describe nothing, but instead offer a meditation, first visually and then intellectually and finally emotionally as their significance emerges. And the lasting emotion is of hope plucked from the very earth that betrayed its inhabitants in 2011.” A further 107 winners will be announced on the Nikon Photo Contest website and all award-winning works will be exhibited in Japan.

Nikon Issues Service Advisory to D750 Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has issued a service advisory to users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera (pictured). According to the company the shutter in some Nikon D750 cameras manufactured in October and November of 2014 does not function normally, sometimes resulting in shading of a portion of images. To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, visit the website below and enter its serial number as instructed. If necessary, contact your nearest Nikon service centre or, if living in the UK, create a Free Service Returns Request.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Photocrati Fund Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers

Photocrati have named Ed Kashi as the 2014-2015 Photocrati Fund Fellow for his work documenting the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among sugar cane workers in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. Called a silent killer, the disease is often not identified until kidney failure is imminent. Research presently indicates harsh working conditions combined with severe heat, dehydration and environmental toxins likely contribute to the rising death toll. With this grant, Kashi plans to further his documentary work in partnership with local NGOs such as La Isla Foundation to raise awareness, and to improve available support for families of suffering sugar cane workers. Second Place goes to documentary and travel photographer, Jacob Maentz for his ongoing work on The Forgotten Ten (Katutubong Filipino Project). Third Place goes to renowned photographer Paula Bronstein for her ongoing work The Forgotten Frontline: Women in Afghanistan. Fourth Place goest to humanitarian photographer Anna Boyaizis for her project, Second Wave, which covers the Jane Goodall Institute’s innovative peer education programme in Uganda. This important programme focuses on improving girls’ lives through education and support for HIV prevention, feminine hygiene and reproductive health issues.

Lytro ILLUM 2.0 and Lytro Desktop 4.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Lytro have released their newest updates for the ILLUM light-field camera. Lytro ILLUM 2.0 includes a new design and user interface with full screen views and improved focus aids, full living picture playback interaction in-camera, as well as an improved auto focus that is up to three times faster. Lytro Desktop 4.3 provides faster processing and more outputs including 3D lenticular prints and stereoscopic side-by-side 3D animations, which can be used with virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

Two New Leaf Shutter Lenses from Schneider Kreuznach

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider Kreuznach have released two new leaf shutter lenses for medium-format cameras. The Schneider Kreuznach 35mm LS f3.5 ultra-wide lens has an angle of view of 89° when mounted to a 645 format camera body, making it equivalent to a 22mm lens in a 35mm system. The optical formula comprises 11 elements in 8 groups. The Schneider Kreuznach 120mm LS Macro offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1, allowing users to capture a subject as small as 56x42mm on a standard 645 format camera. This lens is constructed of 9 elements in 8 groups, and offers a minimum focus distance of 37cm / 1.3ft. Both lenses allow photographers to use flash sync speeds up to 1/1600s.

Affinity Photo for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif's professional image editing app for the Mac, Affinity Photo, is now available on the Mac App Store at a special introductory price of $39.99 / €39.99 / £29.99. Originally launched as a public beta in February, Affinity Photo (read review) offers raw image processing, PSD import and export, 16-bit-per-channel editing, colour management,camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, high-end controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing. “The performance of the product is what we are most proud of,” said Tony Brightman, head of Affinity development. “We take full advantage of all the latest... technologies like OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics. What this means to the user is whether it’s a 100 megapixel image or a complex composition with 1000s of layers, you can still pan and zoom at 60fps and see live views of all adjustments, brushes, blend modes and filters with no compromise." Do note that after 23 July 2015, the price will be raised to $49.99 / €49.99 / £39.99.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Canon Produce 110 Millionth EF Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company’s 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens. Over the past 28 years, since the launch of the company’s proprietary EF lenses and EOS SLR cameras in March 1987, Canon has developed a wide range of innovative technologies and world’s firsts, such as the lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabiliser (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. Recent innovations have seen the EF range extend into new fields, with the launch of the company’s EF Cinema lenses for digital cinematography in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for its compact system camera, the EOS M, in September 2012. More recently, Canon’s EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (pictured) became the world’s widest rectilinear zoom lens for 35mm full-frame cameras.

Lensbaby Announce New Creative Mobile Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Responding to customer demand to provide more lenses for mobile phones, Lensbaby have announced a new Creative Mobile Kit featuring the LM-20 and LM-30 lenses, a new magnetic kickstand, an iPhone Mount and an improved iOS app for iPhone 5 and up. The new LM-20 lens is designed for LM-10 shooters that desire a larger sweet spot of focus, surrounded by subtle, gradually increasing blur. Lensbaby's new LM-30 creates images with a sharp centre image surrounded by reflections. Shooters can use the lens to transform interesting details into intriguing, abstract patterns, create a surreal mood or make a unique visual frame within a photo. The included kickstand is great for options such as taking a timed selfie, hands free viewing of photos or videos and propping up the phone on a desktop or airplane. The improved iOS app makes it easy to move the sweet spot of focus in both still and video mode. Photographers can also lock exposure and white balance, adjust sharpness, and more. The Creative Mobile Kit is available for $89.95, while the original LM-10 costs $59.95

Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT is a new system flash featuring a built-in radio receiver for wireless TTL operation. Other improvements - compared to earlier models of the 430EX range - include shorter recycling times and quicker firing, as well as a marked reduction in size and weight. The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT also includes an SCF-E2 Colour Filter which helps balance colour temperature when shooting in incandescent lighting, an SBA-E2 Bounce Adapter that helps soften light while helping suppress shadows, a built-in Catchlight panel, illuminated dot-matrix LCD, new control dial, light distribution options, multi-camera sync shooting, and remote shutter release. The guide number is 43/141 at ISO 100 (in metres/feet, respectively). Auto zooming from 24-105mm, Hi-Speed Sync and Second-curtain Sync round off the features list. The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT is available for an estimated retail price of £249.99/€349.99/$299.99..

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Carmignac Photojournalism Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The theme of the 7th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is Libya, a North African country that is experiencing an unprecedented political, military and humanitarian crisis. The Carmignac Photojournalism Award has resolved to support a photojournalist in the implementation, production and dissemination of an in-depth project on this country from which we now receive little to no images. The Jury of the 7th Edition of the Award, chaired by Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers' Gallery (London), will meet on 13th November 2015 in Paris. The Panel comprises Reza, Patrick Baz, Janine di Giovanni, Thierry Grillet, Mikko Takkunen, plus the winner of the 6th Carmignac Photojournalism Award whose name will be revealed in September. Photographers must submit their applications before Sunday 11th October 2015 at 12am (GMT) via the online application process.

The Societies Launch July Photographic Competitions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Societies - including the Society of International Wildlife Photographers, the Society of International Commercial and Industrial Photographers, the Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers, the Society of International Sport & Leisure Photographers and the Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers - have launched five photo competitions for the month of July. These include a panoramic photography contest, a "people watching" competition, a boudoir photography contest, an aerial photo competition and a sports photography contest looking for images that depict decisive moments in sports. Click through / scroll down for the complete list.

Lumenati CS1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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A Denver-based startup called Lumenati is is launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of what they call "the world's first cinematic smartcase." The Lumenati CS1 "cinematic smartcase" will combine the technological features of a digital device (film-free shooting, instant sharing and an editing app) with the cool design, ergonomic ease and "natural narrative" of a classic Super 8 motion picture camera. The lightweight, portable unit allows anyone to frame and film a steady, stable shot with the pull of an intuitive trigger. A cold shoe allows filmmakers to attach lights, microphones and extra handles for sport shooting. The low-light, real-time viewfinder allows WYSIWYG capabilities even in bright light, a feature that is elusive to modern mobile devices. Conversion lenses can be swapped to shoot in wide angle, fisheye and telephoto. Going live on 13 July 2015, the campaign will enable early birds to buy the Lumenati CS1 at a 20% discount.

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 55 sample JPEG photos and 55 raw images taken with a full-production version of the brand new Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) rangefinder camera.

Priced at £5,750, the Leica M Monochrom is a black-and-white only, full-frame digital rangefinder camera.

Sigma DP0 Quattro Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Sigma DP0 Quattro camera.

The Sigma DP0 Quattro is a high-end compact camera with a new Foveon X3 Quattro image sensor and a 21mm f/4 fixed lens.

Monday, July 6, 2015

GoPro HERO4 Session

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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GoPro have announced HERO4 Session, which is billed as the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. Fifty percent smaller and forty percent lighter than GoPro’s HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing, and features simple one-button interface. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote. The new action cam captures 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with 8-megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99

shootLDN 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Hasselblad has revealed its plans for this year's free shootLDN autumn imaging show. Originally established by Hasselblad USA in New York six years ago, the ‘Shoot’ event concept is an exciting, informative and inspiring event based on the premise of building a photographic community. The company's UK branch has now brought the ‘Shoot’ concept to London, labelled as ‘shootLDN’, following on from not only the original NYC events, but from other ‘Shoot’ events that have also previously been held in cities such as Los Angeles, Paris and Amsterdam. And for the first-time the interactive imaging forum (October 8/9) will be held in conjunction with The Association of Photographers who will use the shootLDN venue to host their annual awards exhibition and ceremony. Both shootLDN and the AOP Awards will still be regarded as separate events and maintain their own brand identities, but the two events have been arranged to coincide on the same dates at the same venue, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL London, with adjoining rooms to join the events together. The Hasselblad seminar speaker list already includes Charlie Waite,, Tim Flach, Sean Conboy, David Stanbury, Nicola Selby and Karl Taylor. Event partners for the 2015 shootLDN show include: broncolor; Epson; AOP; EIZO; G-Technology; Metro Imaging; HardSoft Computers; Pro Centre; Lux-S; Linhof Studio; BeExposed; Datacolor; Professional Photo Magazine and Old Truman Brewery.