Friday, December 2, 2016

Metz M400 Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Metz mecablitz M400 flash, which was announced in the run-up to Photokina 2016, is now available in the United Kingdom in Canon, Nikon, Micro FourThirds, Pentax, Sony and Fuji fittings. Powered by four AAA sized NiMH, alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries, the Metz mecablitz M400 has a zoom-swivel head covering a FOV range matching that of a full-frame 24-105mm lens, with a guide number of 40 (in metres at ISO 100/21°) at the 105mm position. Depending on your camera, the mecablitz M400 with master and slave mode also offers wireless TTL flash functionality. The M400 comes with an adjustable LED video/modelling light, bounce card and integrated wide-angle diffuser. Other highlights include high-speed flash synchronisation, second-curtain sync and red-eye reduction. The flash is available for £121.99 including value-added tax.

The new Metz mecablitz M400 flash, which was announced in the run-up to Photokina 2016, is now available in the United Kingdom in Canon, Nikon, Micro FourThirds, Pentax, Sony and Fuji fittings. Powered by four AAA sized NiMH, alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries, the Metz mecablitz M400 has a zoom-swivel head covering...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the brand new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a professional telephoto zoom lens that's lighter and more portable than its predecessor.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art lens.

The Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art is a new professional ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/4.

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 lens.

The Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 is a new manual focus telephoto lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless full-frame cameras.

Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 lens.

The Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 is a new manual focus telephoto lens for full-frame DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Capture One Pro 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10.  This update brings faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction, while an enhanced proof mode allows for onscreen profiling, which takes the guesswork out of the raw conversion process. Additionally, users can now access Capture One Pro directly through a Tangent panel system. This fully integrated panel is literally a new interface into image editing, allowing fast, multiple input commands simultaneously, while viewing the master monitor as the editor "feels" input into the application. A new camera focus tool module has been added to facilitate tethered shooting, which will be especially useful for product, still life, macro, and Cultural Heritage photography projects. Last but not least, Phase One have added support for a number of new cameras including the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ll, Sony RX100M5, Sony A6500 and Sony A99M2. "We have developed Capture One Pro 10 to greatly improve users' experience so they can achieve the results they want much faster and with greater confidence," said James Johnson, software product manager, Phase One. "Image adjustment options are now at a whole new level. We believe that with this release, we are delivering the most powerful, responsive, and user customizable image processor available." New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 10 for €279/$299. Owners of Capture One Pro 8 and 9 may upgrade for €/$99. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 9 after 1 November 2016, Phase One are offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee.

Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10.  This update brings faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction, while an enhanced proof mode allows for onscreen profiling, which takes the guesswork out...

Fujifilm X-A10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-A10 is a new entry-level compact system camera with an APS-sized 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Fujifilm X lens mount and a 180-degree slide-and-tilt type LCD for facilitating selfies. The camera's grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking a selfie, you can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial found directly below your index finger to minimise camera shake. Rotating the tilting LCD upward by 180 degrees activates the Eye Detection AF to automatically adjust the focus on the subject’s eyes.  The slide-and-tilt mechanism enables the screen to be fully visible even when it is tilted by 180°. The use of two Command Dials means you only need a thumb to quickly adjust aperture, shutter speed and exposure settings. Frequently used functions such as white balance, continuous shooting and the self-timer can be assigned to standalone function buttons, eliminating the need to dive into the camera's menu. The dedicated Video Recording button on the rear plate enables users to easily record Full HD movies. The X-A10 offers a total of six Film Simulation modes, namely the true-to-life colours of PROVIA (standard), the vibrant tones and saturated colours of Velvia (vivid), the soft tones of ASTIA (soft), the documentary-style deep colours and soft shades of CLASSIC CHROME, as well as Monochrome and Sepia. Battery life is rated at approx. 410 frames on a single charge. The Fujifilm X-A10 with XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II kit will be available from January 2017 with a Suggested Retail Price of £499.

The Fujifilm X-A10 is a new entry-level compact system camera with an APS-sized 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Fujifilm X lens mount and a 180-degree slide-and-tilt type LCD for facilitating selfies. The camera's grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking a selfie, you can focus and...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Slik LITE Travel Series Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Slik LITE Travel Series are the first tripods to incorporate an integrated, removable LED torch in the centre column, to illuminate your camera bag while shooting at night. The line-up includes 5 models; 3 are manufactured from high-quality aluminium and 2 from lightweight 8-layer carbon fibre. The patent-pending Rapid Flip Mechanism locks allow the legs to invert 180° for more compact storage and transportation, making it easy to stow the tripods in a carry-on suitcase or backpack. All models feature a gearless, detachable and invertible centre column that separates to convert to a short column for low-angle photography, plus they come complete with ball and socket head, rubber feet and a carry case. Prices start at £121.99.

The new Slik LITE Travel Series are the first tripods to incorporate an integrated, removable LED torch in the centre column, to illuminate your camera bag while shooting at night. The line-up includes 5 models; 3 are manufactured from high-quality aluminium and 2 from lightweight 8-layer carbon fibre. The patent-pending Rapid Flip Mechanism...

Filter Forge 6 Review

Amy Davies | Software Reviews
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Filter Forge 6 is a powerful Photoshop plugin that generates textures, creates visual effects, enhances photos, and processes images. The main new feature in ths release is full 64-bit version to offer gains in performance and stability. Read our Filter Forge 6 review to find out if it's worth a look...

Nikon Coolpix A900 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Nikon Coolpix A900 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix A900 is a slim super-zoom compact camera that features a 35x zoom lens, a tilting 3-inch LCD display and a 20-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor.

Handevision Announce Availability of Full-Frame Iberit Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Handevision have announced the imminent launch of their full-frame Iberit lenses. The line-up includes a 24mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 75mm lens; each with a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Jointly developed by Kipon and IB/E Optics, the lenses are available in Sony E, Leica M, Leica SL and Fujifilm X-mount versions. The four primes will start shipping on 5 December 2016, and will be joined by a 90mm f/2.4 lens in January 2017.

Handevision have announced the imminent launch of their full-frame Iberit lenses. The line-up includes a 24mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 75mm lens; each with a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Jointly developed by Kipon and IB/E Optics, the lenses are available in Sony E, Leica M, Leica SL...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Cullmann Products Set to Launch in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Intro2020 have announced the upcoming launch of two new Cullmann tripod ranges, several new photo bags, LED video lights and a flashgun. The Mundo tripod (£179.99) features an integrated monopod, so it is ideal for landscape, portrait or architectural photography as a tripod, or a monopod for sports and action photography. The Neomax mini travel tripods (£59.99 to £79.99) offer fast operation, high stability and low weight. Each Neomax tripod features an aluminium ball head with camera quick release system, robust feet and comes complete with a tripod case. The new Stockholm bags (£44.99 to £89.99) include a daypack and four shoulder bags in various sizes. The design of the Stockholm series is simple, clean and without frills. All bags come in a cool grey polyester material, which is water repellent and abrasion resistant. Additionally, there are 5 sizes of CUlight LED video lights (£49.99 to £299.99); 3 x daylight and 2 x bi-colour lights, plus a Cullmann flashgun, the CUlight FR60 (£249.99). Besides the high guide number of 60, TTL functions for Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras, a zoom range from 20 – 200mm as well as a USB port for firmware updates, the highlight of the CUlight FR60 is the integrated radio remote control, which works over a distance of 100m, and does not require a line-of-sight link. The CUlight FR60 flash can therefore be installed at exactly the locations where it can provide the best possible illumination. These new products are set to arrive in the UK in early January 2017.

Intro2020 have announced the upcoming launch of two new Cullmann tripod ranges, several new photo bags, LED video lights and a flashgun. The Mundo tripod (£179.99) features an integrated monopod, so it is ideal for landscape, portrait or architectural photography as a tripod, or a monopod for sports and action...

Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Fluntro today released Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7, an iOS app that displays EXIF metadata and includes the Exif Viewer Photos Extension and the iMessage App Extension. In this version, users can customise the UI, re-order and hide EXIF tags and remove unwanted metadata. The app also supports 3D Touch on iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (or newer 3D Touch enabled devices). Exif Viewer includes shortcuts to access Favorites, Photo Streams, Albums, and All Photos quickly. Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7 is available for $0.99 on iTunes.

Fluntro today released Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7, an iOS app that displays EXIF metadata and includes the Exif Viewer Photos Extension and the iMessage App Extension. In this version, users can customise the UI, re-order and hide EXIF tags and remove unwanted metadata. The app also supports 3D Touch on...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Insta360 Air Clip-on Smartphone Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras
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Insta360 today launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Insta360 Air, a clip-on smartphone camera that captures immersive 360-degree HD images and videos that can be livestreamed or shared instantly. Exclusively designed for Android devices. the Insta360 Air features an advanced 210-degree dual fish-eye-lens and real-time image stitching. The smartphone app also features image and video editing tools. Compared with conventional 360° cameras, the Insta360 Air is lightweight and ultra portable. Designed as an extension of the smartphone rather than a bulky add-on, the device can also be used as a 360 webcam which users connect to laptops via the multifunctional extension cable to capture 360-degree video or livestream for longer periods of time. Insta360 Air will be available on Indiegogo InDemand for $99. The Insta360 Air's RRP is $119 and will be available on Amazon and Insta360’s official online store once the campaign finishes.

Insta360 today launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Insta360 Air, a clip-on smartphone camera that captures immersive 360-degree HD images and videos that can be livestreamed or shared instantly. Exclusively designed for Android devices. the Insta360 Air features an advanced 210-degree dual fish-eye-lens and real-time image stitching. The smartphone...

Manfrotto Befree Color

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto have launched a fresh set of lightweight and compact tripods for travel photography. The new Befree Color tripods are available in four new colour combinations: Red, Grey, Blue and Green. Reliably supporting a payload of 4kg, and extending to a height of 144cm; these tripods fold down to a mere 41cm and weigh only 1.4kg. The Befree Color tripod is available for £139.95.

Manfrotto have launched a fresh set of lightweight and compact tripods for travel photography. The new Befree Color tripods are available in four new colour combinations: Red, Grey, Blue and Green. Reliably supporting a payload of 4kg, and extending to a height of 144cm; these tripods fold down to a...

Lume Cube Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Lume Cube - a powerful and ultra-portable LED lighting tool that's controlled by a free smartphone app - is now available in the United Kingdom. Opening new creative possibilities for photographers and videographers, the Lume Cube is a compact and versatile LED light for capturing both stills and movies, and is compatible with camera phones, action cams as well as more traditional digital cameras. Measuring only one-and-a-half inches, the water resistant Lume Cube produces up to 1,500 lumens of light in either video mode, for a continuous light source, or in strobe mode. Encased in a durable casing built for action and made to fit your lifestyle, the Lume Cube can be attached to any tripod or camera accessory thanks to the standard ¼ inch mount thread. Available in single (£89.99), twin (£169.99) and quad (£329.99) packs, the Lume Cube can also be outfitted with a number of accessory mounts, starting at £19.

The Lume Cube - a powerful and ultra-portable LED lighting tool that's controlled by a free smartphone app - is now available in the United Kingdom. Opening new creative possibilities for photographers and videographers, the Lume Cube is a compact and versatile LED light for capturing both stills and...

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro Review

Mark Goldstein
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The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro is a new travel zoom lens from Olympus for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering a 24-200mm focal length, constant f/4 maximum aperture, fast and near-silent focusing and a manual focus clutch, read our in-depth Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro review to find out if it's the perfect travel partner for the flagship OM-D E-M1 II camera...

Black Friday Deals at Park Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 in the UK promise to be the biggest shopping days of the year, with deals, bundles, offers, freebies, giveaways and low prices from all leading retailers.

Whether you’re in the market for the perfect Christmas gift for the photographer in your life, or you’ve been saving up for that big new DSLR camera purchase, there’s going to be an offer for you.

Park Cameras will have a record number of free giveaways, Black Friday offers, deals and lower-than-ever prices for you this year – and the best part is that they’ll all be available both in store and online! 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 in the UK promise to be the biggest shopping days of the year, with deals, bundles, offers, freebies, giveaways and low prices from all leading retailers. Whether you’re in the market for the perfect Christmas gift for the photographer in your life, or...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Canon EOS M5 Hits Stores Across the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon’s new flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, is now available in the United Kingdom. This camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The EOS M5 also has a DIGIC 7 processor, DSLR-level AF speed and accuracy, 9fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 60p movies. The Canon EOS M5 (RRP £1,049.99/€1,299.99) is available body only or paired with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens (RRP £1,149.99/€1,499.99). From December, the camera will also be available with the new all-purpose EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens (RRP £1,399.99/ €1,799.99).

Canon’s new flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5, is now available in the United Kingdom. This camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The EOS M5 also has a DIGIC 7 processor, DSLR-level AF speed and accuracy, 9fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 60p...

Fujifilm UK Double their Cashback for Black Friday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji UK have announced they are doubling the cashback on their winter promotion for the Black Friday weekend. This means they are offering up to £250 cashback on selected X Series cameras and lenses. These include the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF56mm APD (pictured), XF16-55mm and XF50-140mm lenses, and more. For the full list of qualifying products, visit the website below.

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Fuji UK have announced they are doubling the cashback on their winter promotion for the Black Friday weekend. This means they are offering up to £250 cashback on selected X Series cameras and lenses. These include the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF56mm APD (pictured), XF16-5...