Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hasselblad Announces Two New Promotions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Hasselblad has announced two new promotions for those wishing to buy the CMOS-powered Hassleblad H5D-50c medium-fomat camera. The first offer enables you to purchase either the H5D-50c / H5D-50c with Wi-Fi for €20,900 / €21,400 and get the HCD 28mm lens plus the HC 2.8/80mm lens for free. The second promotion allows current medium-format camera owners to trade in their gear for an H5D-50c (also including the Wi-Fi version) and receive a €1,500 discount on any one Hasselblad lens or a €3,200 discount on any two Hasselblad lenses of their choice.

DxO ONE Launches in Europe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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DxO have just announced the availability of the DxO ONE camera in 10 European countries. Launching in October 2015, the DxO ONE is an incredibly compact, yet surprisingly sophisticated camera that connects directly to your iPhone and iPad to let you instantly share high-resolution images with your family, friends and followers. Its fast f/1.8 prime lens (32mm equivalent) is paired to a relatively big, 1"-type sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels.As a fully connected camera, the DxO ONE enables users to receive continuous app and firmware enhancements via automatic App Store updates. In just the past two months, the team at DxO added manual focus, EV bias in auto, paired program mode, max ISO / max Speed, and more. Before the year is out, DxO ONE users can expect to receive a host of new features, such as high-speed raw burst, horizon level, advanced viewfinder and detailed EXIF displays. The camera will be available at a price of £449 (VAT included) in the United Kingdom, and at the price of €599 in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and in Switzerland.

Monday, August 31, 2015

GoPro Release New Trim + Share Feature

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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GoPro have released a new feature that allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPac, HERO4 Silver , and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed file directly back onto the memory card, adjacent to the rest of the video files for later sharing. The in-app functionality will allow for instant saving to your camera roll and very precise trimming from all Wi-Fi enabled GoPro cameras.

Official Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon China have published half a dozen full-resolution sample images captured with their new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. The  Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM is the world’s first lens to boast the company's exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics technology, which utilises organic material newly developed by Canon to achieve a higher level of chromatic aberration correction than other existing technologies. The molecular design of BR Optics refracts blue light to a greater degree than other existing optical technologies including UD glass, Super UD glass and Fluorite, to control colour fringing as effectively as possible.In addition to BR Optics, the new lens incorporates two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens also features Canon’s proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements to help combat flare and ghosting.

Website: Canon China

Fujifilm Adds Windows 10 Support to Seven X-Series Cameras

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Having issued a Windows 10 compatibility announcement at the beginning of this month, Fujifilm now released firmware updates for seven X-series compacts and CSCs. These include the Fujifilm X100S, X100T (pictured), X20, X30, X-Pro1, XQ2 and X-E2 models. Similar firmware upgrades for other Fuji cameras are planned to be released later this year.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Instagram Embraces Landscape and Portrait Formats

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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In its most important move since the company' acquisition by Facebook, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape formats, in addition to the much loved/hated square. "Square format has been and always will be part of who we are," the company said in a statement. "That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram... We’re especially excited about what this update means for video... which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever." Instagram has also announced that from now on, all filters will work on all types of media, with intensity adjustments now available on videos as well as stills.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Serif Release Free 10-Day Trial for Affinity Photo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif have announced a free trial version of their new professional, Mac-only image editing software; Affinity Photo. "Since its launch this summer Affinity Photo became Editors’ Choice and a main feature in the Mac App Store, 5-star rated by customers, and #1 photography app in over 100 countries," Affinity Product Manager Dale Cook told PhotographyBLOG. "Affinity Photo’s award-winning innovation and incredible performance is free to try in full for 10 days — all adjustments, filters, tools, features, importers, exporters, and file saving work with no restrictions or watermarks."

Canon UK Announce New Promotion

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As Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving customers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when they buy a selected Canon product. The offer runs until 31st October 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or ROI retailers. Eligible products include the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), EOS 750D and EOS 760D digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera, the PowerShot G7 X, SX60 and SX710 compacts, and the PIXMA MG7550, PIXMA MG6650 and SELPHY CP910 printers. Customers purchasing one of these products will also receive a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Replica Ball.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Lumix DMC-FZ330 (also known as the FZ300) is Panasonic's latest super-zoom compact camera. Stand-out features of the weather-proof FZ330 include a 24x zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout the 25-600mm range, 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S + system, 4K movie recording, high-resolution LCD touchscreen and EVF, fast auto-focusing, 12fps burst shooting, RAW file support and a 12 megapixel MOS image sensor. Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 review now...

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The  Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM is a new moderate wide-angle lens for 35mm full-frame SLR cameras. This is the world’s first lens to boast the company's exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics technology, which utilises organic material newly developed by Canon to achieve a higher level of chromatic aberration correction than other existing technologies. The molecular design of BR Optics refracts blue light to a greater degree than other existing optical technologies including UD glass, Super UD glass and Fluorite, to control colour fringing as effectively as possible.In addition to BR Optics, the new lens incorporates two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens also features Canon’s proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements to help combat flare and ghosting. The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is scheduled to be available in October 2015, for an estimated retail price of£1799.99 / €2499.99 / $1,799.00.

Canon EOS M3 Goes to America

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon have announced the upcoming US launch of their EOS M3 compact system camera. The company's third CSC has an 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, a touch-screen interface, Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, Full 1080p HD Movie mode, ISO 100-12800, a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot LCD monitor that tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, 4.2fps burst shooting, 14-bit RAW support, built-in pop-up flash and a flash hot-shoe. The Canon EOS M3 will go on sale in the US in early October for an estimated retail price of $679.99. An EOS M3 EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens kit will be available in the customer’s choice of black or white for an estimated retail price of $799.99. Additionally, a two-lens kit featuring the EOS M3 digital camera with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens will be on sale for an estimated retail price of $1,049.00.

Canon Develops Blue Spectrum Refractive Lens Element

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses

Canon today announced that they have developed Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR), a new optical element that corrects chromatic aberrations at an extremely high level. Offering characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, the BR optical element is making its debut in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ILPOTY 2015 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the 2nd International Landscape Photographer of the Year (ILPOTY) competition have been announced. The overall winner (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Luke Austin from Australia. Luke uses a Nikon D800E with the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, 45mm f2.8 Tilt Shift and 70-200mm f4 lenses, and an assortment of Feisol Pro and Tournament series tripods. The runner-up International Landscape Photographer of the Year is Ricardo Da Cunha from Australia..

Canon CJ12ex4.3B Portable Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has announced the CJ12ex4.3B portable 4K 2/3-inch broadcast lens, the world’s first 4K wide-angle lens for use with 4K broadcast cameras featuring 2/3"-type imagers. Designed as a portable wide-angle 12x zoom lens, the CJ12ex4.3B supports framing of scenes containing large amounts of image detail. The form factor for production shooters will be very similar to shooting with Canon's HD lenses in size, weight and controls. Its light weight of 4lbs, 10oz. and compact size make it ideal for shoulder-mounted Electronic News Gathering applications. “With a 96.3 degree angle of view, our best-in-class wide-angle lens will allow broadcasters to capture more of the scene in stunning 4K quality,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. A built-in 2x extender allows more telephoto operation without sacrificing 4K image quality. The CJ12ex4.3B portable broadcast lens is scheduled to be available in December.

Olympus Global Open Photo Contest 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Olympus Global Open Photo Contest is accepting entries through to 05:00 am GMT on Friday 20 November. Entries are invited in four categories which are offered under five thematic headings: Life (“Birth”), Future (“Places to Preserve”), People (“Smiles”), and Technical (“Macro” and “Art”). Up to 5 entries per theme can be submitted, and entrants are free to amend entry descriptions, take down entries or add fresh photos at any time during the competition period. The total value of the prizes on offer is approximately €30,000.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art is a fast wide-angle zoom lens for DSLR cameras. Retailing for £949 / $999, read our expert Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM review to find out if it's as good as the 24mm and 35mm Art prime lenses...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Win A 24mm Sigma Art Lens with Wilkinson Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Lenses
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Wilkinson Cameras have launched a competition to win the latest Sigma 24mm f1.4 DF HSM I Art lens worth £699. To enter, all you have to do is visit Wilkinson Cameras' Facebook page and answer a simple question.One lucky winner will be taking home this Sigma lens, in their choice of either Canon or Nikon fit. Two runners up will win a year’s free membership to The Guild of Photographers, each worth up to £120 each.

Creating Powerful Wedding & Portrait Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite are hosting a free webinar in conjunction with DxO. Award-winning professional photographer Mark Lawrence will deliver a lecture demonstrating how he uses DxO and X-Rite software alongside Adobe Lightroom to create powerful wedding and portrait photos. Walking attendees through his workflow of editing of fashion and wedding photography using the various modules of DxO Optics Pro, Mark will highlight the main differences between DxO's application and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The online seminar is free to attend but advance registration is required.

Sony A7R II with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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We've just tested the brand new Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens.

Here are 53 JPEG and 53 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens and the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark IV).

Auto-focusing is supported on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens, and it's very fast indeed (certainly as fast on mounting the same lens on the Canon EOS 5DS R).

Sony A7R II with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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We've just tested the brand new Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Here are 49 JPEG and 49 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens and the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark IV).

Auto-focusing is supported on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens, and it's very fast indeed (certainly as fast on mounting the same lens on the Canon EOS 5DS R).