Thursday, July 20, 2017

Spirituality in Photography Award 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Spirituality in Photography Award 2017 is a competition open to everyone seeking to take photographs with spiritual depth. All entrants will have their photographs displayed on http://www.spiritualityinphotography.com/ and shared via social media. A panel of judges – including London-based photographers Jay Rowden and Georgie Lord - will select what they believe to be the best entry to win the Spirituality in Photography Award, and a prize of £50 of Darton, Longman and Todd books. Each entrant is asked to submit a photograph which demonstrates spiritual insight or inspiration. The image may be accompanied by a caption of no more than 100 characters, but no further explanation. Photos of children aged less than 16 years old will only be accepted for entry if the consent form is accompanied by a letter of agreement for the child’s image to be published, signed by the child’s legal parent or guardian. The closing date for entries is 31st August and the winner will be announced by 30th September. Entry is limited to three photographs per person.

The Spirituality in Photography Award 2017 is a competition open to everyone seeking to take photographs with spiritual depth. All entrants will have their photographs displayed on http://www.spiritualityinphotography.com/ and shared via social media. A panel of judges – including London-based photographers Jay Rowden and Georgie Lord - will...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Canon Selphy CP1300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon today announced the Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled printer can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery, to print the perfect photos. The Selphy CP1300’s Party Shuffle Print function is designed to allow Wi-Fi connected users to connect multiple compatible mobile devices to the same Selphy CP1300 unit for everyone to enjoy creating a print layout made of combined images from family and friends. Images are now displayed on a reader-friendly 3.2” tilt-type LCD monitor, while image searching is improved with the ability to filter by date and browse by page rather than one image at a time. The Selphy printer has a suggested retail price of $129.99 and is offered in black and white models.

Canon today announced the Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled printer can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery, to print the perfect photos. The Selphy CP1300’s Party Shuffle Print function is designed to allow Wi-Fi connected users to...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reinventing the Emil Busch Glaukar 91mm f/3.1 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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More than 100 years after the Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 was introduced, two top German photographers have reinvented this classic as a modern portrait lens. Fashion photographer Benedikt Ernst and portrait photographer Firat Bagdu have partnered with optical engineer Wolfdieter Prenzel for this project, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Glaukar 97mm f/3.1 into the modern age. The new Glaukar 3.1 will have the same brass appearance and silhouette as the original but will be constructed from high-end aluminium with a brass-like finish, which ensures the durability and mechanical precision of a modern lens. And while the new lens will look very much like the classic, the inside has been redesigned by Prenzel, completely from scratch to meet today’s high-tech demands. Planned for release in Canon, Fujifilm, Leica M and T, MFT and Sony fit, the new Glaukar 91mm f/3.1 will be manufactured in Wetzlar, Germany.

More than 100 years after the Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 was introduced, two top German photographers have reinvented this classic as a modern portrait lens. Fashion photographer Benedikt Ernst and portrait photographer Firat Bagdu have partnered with optical engineer Wolfdieter Prenzel for this project, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Win a Shoulderpod G1 Smartphone Grip!

Mark Goldstein
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We've teamed up with Manfrotto to give away a Shoulderpod G1 to five lucky winners!

The Shoulderpod G1 is a strong and reliable grip that can mount your smartphone onto a tripod. It is fully adjustable meaning it can mount any smartphone with or without a case, and also works as a portable stand for holding your phone when you are travelling. The wide rubber pads and thumbscrew make it ultra secure, and the rubber pads fit your smartphone without scratching it. The Shoulderpod Grip features a universal tripod ¼” screw connection to allow it to be mounted on any tripod or rig. The Shoulderpod G1 is a pro-grade tool built to last a lifetime. For more information please see www.manfrotto.co.uk/shoulderpod

We've teamed up with Manfrotto to give away a Shoulderpod G1 to five lucky winners! The Shoulderpod G1 is a strong and reliable grip that can mount your smartphone onto a tripod. It is fully adjustable meaning it can mount any smartphone with or without a case, and...

Datacolor Announce Spyder5ELITE+ Summer Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Datacolor are offering all display calibration owners the opportunity to upgrade to SypderELITE+ for a fraction of the price this summer. From July 17th to August 31st 2017, users can save £1301 on the Spyder5ELITE package, which will include a Spyder5ELITE+ software upgrade and a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan membership. Photographers looking to upgrade their colour calibration device can take advantage of the promotion by submitting the serial number for their display calibration device at the website below.

Datacolor are offering all display calibration owners the opportunity to upgrade to SypderELITE+ for a fraction of the price this summer. From July 17th to August 31st 2017, users can save £1301 on the Spyder5ELITE package, which will include a Spyder5ELITE+ software upgrade and a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud...

SIRUI P-204S Monopod Review

Tim Coleman | Accessory Reviews
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The SIRUI P-204S is a 4-section aluminum monopod with 3 fold-down feet for additional stability. Is this the best monopod on the market? Find out by reading our SIRUI P-204S Monopod review...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sigma Announce US Pricing for 14mm and 135mm T2 Cine Prime Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Just a few days after a similar announcement by Sigma UK, Sigma Corporation of America has revealed pricing for the Sigma 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime lenses. Based on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art announced earlier this year, these two new lenses are aimed at professional videographers. Available in PL, Canon EF and Sony E mounts, each new lens carries an MSRP of $4,999. The two lenses will also be available as a set, complete with a carrying case, for $10,499. Videographers can also buy the entire Sigma Cine Prime lens series, comprising seven lenses and two cases, for $24,799.

Just a few days after a similar announcement by Sigma UK, Sigma Corporation of America has revealed pricing for the Sigma 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime lenses. Based on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art announced earlier this...

CamFi Release Free Bullet Time Effect Build Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CamFi have announced the release of CamFi Matrix Time, which makes it easier for photographers to build a bullet time effect by using CamFi. “The bullet time effect is known from its use in the Matrix movies,” said Mark Ma, CamFi CEO. “But it was not cheap to build such a shooting system. This release of CamFi Matrix Time significantly lowers the cost of the whole shooting system. It’s free for all CamFi users.” This Windows-based application allows the user to control multiple cameras simultaneously via WiFi or Ethernet. CamFi Matrix can be useful in a number of scenarios, such as 3D modelling, Virtual Reality, panoramic photography, event photography, wedding photography and more.

CamFi have announced the release of CamFi Matrix Time, which makes it easier for photographers to build a bullet time effect by using CamFi. “The bullet time effect is known from its use in the Matrix movies,” said Mark Ma, CamFi CEO. “But it was not cheap...

DJI Joins ARPAS-UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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DJI has has joined ARPAS-UK, the professional trade association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in the United Kingdom. Perran Bonner, Chairman of ARPAS, comments: “ARPAS-UK is delighted to welcome DJI as one of ARPAS-UK’s newest members. We welcome organisations and individuals working in every aspect of the drone industry, from manufacturing and distribution to operations, training and consultancy. We strongly believe that, with DJI as an active member, we will be able to help fulfil the needs of all our members and the markets in which they work.”

DJI has has joined ARPAS-UK, the professional trade association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in the United Kingdom. Perran Bonner, Chairman of ARPAS, comments: “ARPAS-UK is delighted to welcome DJI as one of ARPAS-UK’s newest members. We welcome organisations and individuals working in every aspect of the...

Tenba Launch Updated Roadie Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tenba has launched an updated and remodelled Tenba Roadie Collection. Including the Roadie Roller 18” & 21” models, plus the new Roller 21” Hybrid & 21“ Air Case, the Roadie range is designed to provide travelling photographers with the very best protection for their kit, while sporting durable and discreet styling to keep valuable camera and video equipment safe and secure. Each bag also features a built-in locking mechanism for the main compartment and braided steel cable with padlock to secure the bag should you need to leave it unattended. The Air Case is shippable, checkable and un-crushable patented multi-layered shell offering the protection of a hard case at a fraction of the weight. Sizes vary within the range to accommodate several camera bodies, lenses and laptops up to, and including, 17”. A versatile padded camera insert (in each model apart from the 18” Roller) allows a camera and 2-3 lenses to be carried independently – and used within another bag of choice. Click through / read on for the details.

Tenba has launched an updated and remodelled Tenba Roadie Collection. Including the Roadie Roller 18” & 21” models, plus the new Roller 21” Hybrid & 21“ Air Case, the Roadie range is designed to provide travelling photographers with the very best protection for their kit, while sporting durable and discreet...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

PocketWizard MultiMAX II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LPA Design today unveiled the PocketWizard MultiMAX II transceiver. Billed as the most versatile, reliable and predictably compatible radio on the market, the MultiMAX II offers a number of new features including 20 ControlTL channels - in addition to 32 standard rado channels -, Manual Power Control and an improved blue backlit LCD screen that provides better contrast for improved viewing in dimly lit studios or on-site locations. The key pad is brighter too, allowing photographers to easily change settings on the fly. Its 344 MHz frequency sets it apart from 2.4 GHz noise in crowded venues. “Professional photographers have clamored for years to bring back the MultiMAX. We listened and we responded by making a great radio even better and offering it at a lower price. The MultiMAX II Transceiver is and remains the only radio on the market that performs special PocketWizard features including Infinite Intervalometer, SpeedCycler and Ultra Long Range. It is the most reliable Transceiver on the market for capturing life’s most amazing moments, states Karen Marshall, CEO of LPA Design. The MultiMAX II will be available at retail and on line in the US and Canada starting 17 July 2017. The retail price will be $229 in the US and $309 in Canada.

LPA Design today unveiled the PocketWizard MultiMAX II transceiver. Billed as the most versatile, reliable and predictably compatible radio on the market, the MultiMAX II offers a number of new features including 20 ControlTL channels - in addition to 32 standard rado channels -, Manual Power Control and an improved blue backlit...

Macphun Luminar for Windows Beta

Mark Goldstein | Software
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Macphun today launched the free public beta of its award-winning photo editor Luminar for Windows. The public beta is free of charge and already matches some of the most important features of Luminar. The public beta of Luminar for Windows will be updated regularly leading to a full cross-platform release late in 2017.

Macphun today launched the free public beta of its award-winning photo editor Luminar for Windows. The public beta is free of charge and already matches some of the most important features of Luminar. The public beta of Luminar for Windows will be updated regularly leading to a full...

ALPAKA Shift Pack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Australian startup ALPAKA has announced it is returning to Kickstarter with its latest creation, the Shift Pack. This innovative photo bag features a main roll-top compartment that quickly expands from a daily commuter to a larger travel pack. This largest compartment also features a reach-in vertically-oriented front zipper for a stylish touch and functional appeal. “The Shift Pack was designed around its name; it’s a comfortable, accessible pack that can quickly transition from the routine morning commute, to a lunchtime gym session and still be ready to hop a late flight for that last-minute vacation deal,” said Ramiro Gomez, cofounder of ALPAKA. “Following the overwhelming support we saw for our first product, the 7ven Messenger, we couldn’t wait to get back to the design table to tackle our first backpack, and now that the Shift Pack is finally here we wanted the Kickstarter community to have the first chance to purchase this new design.” With backpacker packages starting at $159.00 USD, the Shift Pack Kickstarter campaign will run for 44 days.

Australian startup ALPAKA has announced it is returning to Kickstarter with its latest creation, the Shift Pack. This innovative photo bag features a main roll-top compartment that quickly expands from a daily commuter to a larger travel pack. This largest compartment also features a reach-in vertically-oriented front zipper for a...

Exposar Becomes First Agency to Install StyleShoots Live

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Amsterdam-based Exposar is the first content production agency to acquire and install StyleShoots Live, a new robotic photo and video machine that records footage without needing a camera crew. With only one user needed to operate the studio using the included iPad Pro interface, the system automatically cuts and edits videos ready for social media and e-commerce within minutes. “We’ve partnered with StyleShoots to make sure we have the most advanced photo and video creation technology in the industry. Our clients demand both creativity and speed without the loss of quality. This will always be our priority - and StyleShoots is the only solution we found that can actually help us achieve this,” says Norbert Brenninkmeijer, founder and CEO of Exposar. StyleShoots Live has evolved from the original StyleShoots concept, which was an iPad controlled all-in-one photo studio that shot, cut out and exported product images in just thirty seconds.

Amsterdam-based Exposar is the first content production agency to acquire and install StyleShoots Live, a new robotic photo and video machine that records footage without needing a camera crew. With only one user needed to operate the studio using the included iPad Pro interface, the system automatically cuts and edits...

Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic & Sony Dominate US Photo Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global

Research and Markets have announced the addition of the "Photography Equipment Market in the US 2017-2021" report to their offering. The analysts forecast the photography equipment market in the US to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.53% from 2017-2021. Research and Markets think growth will be driven by personalised digital cameras, product innovation and enhanced features. Key vendors include Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony.

Research and Markets have announced the addition of the "Photography Equipment Market in the US 2017-2021" report to their offering. The analysts forecast the photography equipment market in the US to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.53% from 2017-2021. Research and Markets think growth will be driven by...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Polaroid Introduce Lightweight Camera Bag Line

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Polaroid have announced seven new camera bags including attractively priced compact bags for mirrorless cameras, roomy backpack styles for DSLR kits and fast-access sling bags. Perfect for stowing smaller, mirrorless cameras, the Polaroid JOZ 20 zoom photo pack ($14.99) and the Polaroid JOZ 25 zoom photo pack bags ($16.99) are ideal for photographers who are looking for lightweight options to protect their gear. The Polaroid JOZ 20 zoom photo pack holds either a mirrorless camera with a lens attached or a compact camera with a fixed-mount zoom lens, while the Polaroid JOZ 25 zoom photo pack accommodates a compact DSLR camera with a 3 ½” lens attached. For photographers looking for a little more space for their gear while out-and-about, Polaroid offers the Polaroid JOZ 45 DSLR camera bag ($10.40) and the Polaroid JOZ 36 mirrorless / compact DSLR camera bag ($21.99). The Polaroid JOZ 76 ($42.99) photo sling pack accommodates a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a lens attached, an extra lens and a host of accessories, the sling is complete with a side door that allows for fast access to equipment when the bag is swung around to the front. Polaroid have also launched two photo backpacks, the Polaroid JOZ 81 ($39.99), which fits a DSLR camera and attached lens, as well as two to three extra lenses, flash and accessories; and the Polaroid JOZ 83 ($41.99), which can house a DSLR with a lens attached, three to four additional lenses, a flash, tablet and a host of accessories.

Polaroid have announced seven new camera bags including attractively priced compact bags for mirrorless cameras, roomy backpack styles for DSLR kits and fast-access sling bags. Perfect for stowing smaller, mirrorless cameras, the Polaroid JOZ 20 zoom photo pack ($14.99) and the Polaroid JOZ 25 zoom photo pack bags ($16.99) are ideal for photographers who...

Fantasea Launch “Enhancement Products” for UW Housings

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea have launched a selection of products designed to upgrade underwater housings. These include the UMG-02 LCD Magnifier ($219.95), which provides underwater photographers with an enlarged, clear, bright and sharp view of their camera's LCD screen; and the Fantasea Moisture Detector ($59.95), which includes an alarm unit and a moisture sensor unit, connected by a thin wire. The alarm unit is installed on any of the housing side panels using a double-sided installation sticker, included in the package. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Fantasea have launched a selection of products designed to upgrade underwater housings. These include the UMG-02 LCD Magnifier ($219.95), which provides underwater photographers with an enlarged, clear, bright and sharp view of their camera's LCD screen; and the Fantasea Moisture Detector ($59.95), which includes an alarm unit and a moisture sensor...

Canon Opens Professional Technology & Support Centre in Burbank

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Canon today officially opened its doors to its newest Professional Technology & Support Centre in Burbank, California. Facility highlights include enhanced on-site repair capabilities, industry standard 4K projection and DI capabilities, a fully equipped multi-purpose room, an immersive product showroom, an image lab for in-depth camera and lens testing and a workflow lab for software training and NLE workflows. “Since our 2011 launch of Cinema EOS, Canon has been steadfastly committed to exceeding the high expectations of our professional clients in the production community,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our new Burbank location represents the culmination of our commitment to listen to our clients, understand their needs and provide them with what they need to bring their artistic and passion projects to life. As Canon continues on its journey to support the production community and evolve with changes in this industry, our mission is now clearer than ever, to be a resource and a beacon for industry professionals.”

Canon today officially opened its doors to its newest Professional Technology & Support Centre in Burbank, California. Facility highlights include enhanced on-site repair capabilities, industry standard 4K projection and DI capabilities, a fully equipped multi-purpose room, an immersive product showroom, an image lab for in-depth camera and lens testing and...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Benro ‘Combination’ Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Benro has launched a pair of carbon fibre tripods designed to provide heavy weight support for professional SLR cameras with long lenses. Based on the original Benro Combination tripods, the remodelled legs now feature the favoured ‘twist’ leg locks, rather than the lever leg locks on the earlier version. Ideal for wildlife and landscape photographers and film-makers alike, the tripods are extremely well specified, with key features including 8-layer carbon fibre tubes and magnesium alloy castings are lightweight, stable and offer excellent shock absorption, a flat mount platform for head, or supplied with levelling 75mm bowl for video use and a ballast hook for added stability. The tripods are available with three- or four-section legs and three feet options: ‘big’ foot, traditional rubber foot, or stainless spiked feet. The 3-section model (£400) has a maximum height of 150cm and folds down to 67.5cm, whilst the 4-section variant (£410) offers a maximum height of 152cm and a folded length of 57cm. Both models boast a maximum load capacity of 18kg.

Benro has launched a pair of carbon fibre tripods designed to provide heavy weight support for professional SLR cameras with long lenses. Based on the original Benro Combination tripods, the remodelled legs now feature the favoured ‘twist’ leg locks, rather than the lever leg locks on the earlier...

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED is a new professional ultra-wide-angle lens. Aimed mainly at full-frame DSLR users, but also compatible with DX bodies where it provides a focal range of 42mm, the Nikon 28mm f/1.4 is ideal for professional photojournalists and landscape photographers. Read our in-depth Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED review complete with full-size sample images.