Friday, February 27, 2015

Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced a new version of the Nissin Di700 flash, which features a built-in radio receiver allowing it to be wirelessly triggered via the also-new Nissin Commander Air1 TTL command unit. The Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System flash units in up to 3 groups. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94, with the flash and commander unit also being available separately for £209.94 and £59.94, respectively. The Di700A and Air1 are available in Canon and Nikon fits in March, with a Sony version due in May.

Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 55 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

Phottix Indra360 TTL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Phottix has revealed a new TTL-enabled mains flash called the Indra360 TTL Studio Light. Providing 360Ws of power, high speed sync, TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic modes, wireless power control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems and a modelling light; the Phottix Indra360 TTL is ideal for any photographer that needs to move fast and stay portable. The flash and Indra360 Battery Pack are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The MSRP is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Konost to Launch Full-Frame Digital Rangefinder Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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A start-up called Konost is planning to launch a new kind of interchangeable-lens digital rangefinder camera with a 20-megapixel 35mm full-frame image sensor. "The Konost camera is unique in that instead of using rotating mirrors and prisms in the rangefinder mechanism, it uses a secondary image sensor and image processing algorithms to display the rangefinder patch in the viewfinder," the company says. "This allows the camera to be all-digital, decreasing manufacturing costs, and does not require high maintenance or re-callibration." In addition to capturing 20.0-megapixel stills, the Konost FF can also record videos at 30fps at full resolution. The company is also developing the Konost AP, a 12-megapixel interchangeable-lens rangefinder camera with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, and the Konost Junior, a 10.8-megapixel, JPEG-only compact with a 1" imager and a 35mm (eq) f/2 lens. The Konost FF and the Konost AP are expected to hit the shelves in 2016, while the Konost Junior could arrive before the end of this year.

Website: Konost

Impossible Color 600 & SX-70 Round Frame Instant FIlms

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible have released four new colour films for Polaroid 600 and Polaroid SX-70 instant cameras. The new film frames your images ‘in the round’ within the borders of a Polaroid-format instant photo, rather than the classic square, making it well-suited to portraiture and still-life photography. Based on a limited-run Polaroid instant film produced in Europe a decade ago, round frame film was re-introduced by Impossible in a B&W 600 version, late last year. Pricing for the colour version starts at €21 for a single pack.

New WD MyCloud NAS Systems Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD today expanded its suite of network attached storage solutions with four new products. The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems offering fast read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity. The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel Atom dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the Linux-based WD My Cloud operating system. For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from raw images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors and WD Red drives that can be configured using multiple RAID options. The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners in March. Click through / scroll down for detailed pricing information.

Corel VideoStudio Pro / Ultimate X8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today introduced its VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 video editing packages. “VideoStudio is already known for delivering unmatched usability and power. With the new X8, we’re doing even more to help you bring your vision and stories to life. New effects provide opportunities to experiment and explore. Smarter features, a more intuitive UI, and enhanced performance make it easier to build your movies. VideoStudio X8 lets you work faster while focusing on the creative parts of your project,” said Michel Yavercovski, Director of Product Management for Corel video products. VideoStudio Ultimate X8 includes all the power of VideoStudio Pro X8, plus a collection of advanced special effects with plug-ins from proDAD, Boris Graffiti and NewBlue, providing over $500 in additional value. VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Traditional Chinese. Suggested retail pricing of VideoStudio Pro X8 is $79.99 / €69.99/ £59.99, VideoStudio Ultimate X8 is $99.99 / €89.99/ £79.99.

Hasselblad Signs Agreement with C.R.Kennedy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Hasselblad has announced a new aerial imaging camera equipment alliance with Australian importer C.R.Kennedy. The arrangement, described as 'a pioneering strategic partnership for all aerial imaging solutions' by Hasselblad, is expected to expand the market for the company's professional H5D aerial camera (pictured) and other high-end capture portfolio products.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR is a fast professional standard zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 24-84mm in 35mm terms, a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, weather-sealing, 0.06 second auto-focusing and an aperture ring, is the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 the perfect partner for the X-T1 camera? Read our Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR review to find out...

Shortlist Revealed for Sony World Photography Awards 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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The shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth competitions of the Sony World Photography Awards have been announced. Those in the awards’ 13 Professional categories will now compete for a $25,000 prize and the coveted L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year title. The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners plus the Open Photographer of the Year, who receives a $5,000 prize, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday 23 April. The winning and shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. Click through / scroll down for the shortlists.

RNI All Films 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Really Nice Images have released RNI All Films 3.0. This edition adds a new Analogue Softness feature, which is designed to eliminate any visual differences between high-resolution digital photos and genuine film images. Additionally, this major update brings more than 170 new film presets plus enhanced colour accuracy and improved skin tones. RNI All Films 3.0 is available for Lightroom 4 / 5 / CC and for ACR for Photoshop 6 / CC. The package is priced at $122 and contains 5 "sub-packages": Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Existing RNI All Films customers are entitled to a 50% discount.

G-Technology at BVE Expo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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G-Technology are displaying their latest products at BVE Expo 2015. These include the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and the also new G-RAID with USB 3.0 only (pictured). Featuring an internal RAID controller, solid all-aluminum enclosure, and quiet cooling fan technology, both solutions come with two removable, 7,200RPM enterprise-class hard drives for improved reliability. With transfer rates up to 440MB/s, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 easily supports multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows, the company says. Additionally, G-Technology are showcasing the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 and G-DRIVE ev RaW drives that boast features like watertight drive compartments and drop-resistance. BVE is currently ongoing at Excel London, and G-Technology's booth is located in Hall N18, stand M12.

FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Competitions
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The third FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award is now open for entry. Books can be entered in one of eight categories including Reportage, Portrait, Landscape, Nature photography, Nudes, Monographs, Commercial and self-published books. A single copy of each book must be sent by no later than 14 March 2015 to Adriano Scognamillo, via Bontempi,  2/a, 06122  Perugia-Italy. The entry fee for each book is 40,00 euros (60,00 € - for non-EU applicants). One winner will be chosen for each category and the winner will receive a diploma and a ceramic plate. One book from all the entries will be chosen as FEP Best Photographic Book 2015 and will receive the EUROPEAN BOOK PRIZE.

WCS Announces Camera Trap Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is looking for your camera trap images for an assignment on its Wild View Photo Blog. The Wild View editorial team will review and select submissions based on appeal, composition, originality, and technical quality. A group of chosen shots for this assignment will be posted on Wild View. You may enter up to two photographs in the competition. The winner of the assignment chosen by Wild View Photo Blog and WCS social media readers will receive a Patagonia Black Hole Backpack. The submission deadline is 23 March 2015.

Spider Monkey Rain Cover

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Spider Camera Holster have launched their new Spider Monkey Rain Cover. Lightweight and compact, the unique Spider Monkey Rain Cover attaches to the Spider Monkey Accessory Clip, which clips to the user’s own belt as well as all of Spider Holster’s belts and Lens Pouches. With a push of a finger, the rain cover detaches from the belt and offers users immediate gear protection from the elements. The Spider Monkey rain cover slips easily over any professional camera with plenty of room for lenses up to 70-200/2.8. It also features an elastic band so users can fully enclose their camera, allowing for maximum protection from rain, snow or sleet. The Spider Monkey Rain Cover carries an MSRP of $25.

Olympus E-M1 Firmware Update 3.0 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have issued a firware upgrade for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Preannounced at the beginning of February, Firmware Version 3.0  increases the maximum continuous shooting speed from 6.5fps to 9fps with auto focus maintained. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using C-AF Sequential H mode. Additionally, the new firmware adds support for Version 2.5 of the OI Share smartphone app You can update your camera's firmware using the free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Epson SureColor SC-P600 Unboxing

Mark Goldstein
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With printing amongst consumers in sharp decline, it's not often that we see a new photo printer these days. So it's with some excitement that the new prosumer Epson SureColor SC-P600 printer has arrived with us for testing. Before we bring you our full SC-P600 review, here's a look at what's in the box and the installation process...

Affinity Photo Review

Amy Davies
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Affinity Photo from Serif is a brand new photo editing software program that is taking aim at the market leader, Adobe Photoshop. Currently available as a free Beta download, can Affinity Photo really beat Photoshop at its own game? Read our Affinity Photo review to find out...

UK Pricing Revealed for Sigma 24mm and 150-600mm | C Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma UK today revealed the recommended retail prices and availability of their 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lenses. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A lens will have an RRP of £799.99 and be available in March in Canon and Sigma fit, with the Nikon version arriving in April. The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens will have an RRP of £1,199.99, becoming available in March in Sigma mount. The Canon variant will go on sale in April, with the Nikon version being launched in May.

PNY Memory Card Readers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY offers users a range of memory card readers including a wireless media reader (£49.99, pictured). This portable wireless storage device is compatible with Apple and Android devices, and allows users to easily share, stream and save their media content while on the move. Ssimply plug in your storage device (USB flash drive, SD card or microSD memory card) to access all your files on your mobile device via a secure Wi-Fi connection. The company also offers users a High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader (£14.99), a multi-slot digital hub that combines access to content from multiple USB flash drives, USB 2.0 devices and flash cards on one convenient device (£9.99), a portable All in One USB 2.0 Card reader with a retractable cable (£9.99) and a standard USB 2.0 Card Reader (£6.99) that supports several popular formats and features an LED indicator for safe card removal.