Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens.

Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mkomazi Wild Dog

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Leica UK will host a new exhibition by wildlife photographers Olly & Suzi, entitled Mkomazi Wild Dog, at Leica Mayfair from 24 February until 10 March 2017. In this exhibition, Olly & Suzi will show for the first time their photography of the endangered African wild dogs at Mkomazi National Park, Tanzania. They photographed these elusive creatures for 20 years capturing them on Leica M-Series film cameras. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from 24 February - 10 March 2017, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 - 18.00 at Leica Mayfair, 27 Bruton Place, London.

Leica UK will host a new exhibition by wildlife photographers Olly & Suzi, entitled Mkomazi Wild Dog, at Leica Mayfair from 24 February until 10 March 2017. In this exhibition, Olly & Suzi will show for the first time their photography of the endangered African wild dogs at Mkomazi National Park, Tanzania. They...

Leica M10 Firmware Version 1.3.4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica Camera has released a firmware update for the Leica M10 digital rangefinder camera. This updateadds numerous improvements to the camera’s handling. These include optimised colour-coding of the status bar for SD memory cards and battery level, which now change from green to yellow to red as the battery charge level reduces or the card becomes full. The ‘Favourites Menu’ has also been revised: up to 15 menu entries can now be created and a second Favourites page opens after adding more than seven entries. Furthermore, the main menu can now be opened by pressing the Menu button in the Favourites Menu. The same button can also be used for page-by-page scrolling. An additional new feature enables the selection of the target display for automatic review on the monitor screen. The menu entry now offers the alternatives ‘Auto’, ‘EVF’ or ‘Display’ as target options, while ‘Edit Favourites’ allows the activation of direct access to ‘M-ISO’ as a Favourites Menu item. The firmware update also brings a further significant reduction in the lag (dark screen) between exposure and display when taking pictures in Live View mode.

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Leica Camera has released a firmware update for the Leica M10 digital rangefinder camera. This updateadds numerous improvements to the camera’s handling. These include optimised colour-coding of the status bar for SD memory cards and battery level, which now change from green to yellow to red as the...

WildlifePhoto Photography Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the WildlifePhoto.com 2016 Photo Competition have just been unveiled. Dillon Anderson, a photographer from New Zealand has won the title of Photographer of the Year and a Zambian safari worth $12,000. His portrait of a nocturnal Margay Cat, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest (reprinted above), is a technically challenging photograph of an extremely elusive subject. Will Burrard-Lucas, judge and professional wildlife photographer, said: “Dillon’s photograph captures a strong sense of the cat in its shadowy rainforest habitat. The backlighting has picked out the vegetation on the log and the outline of the cat beautifully. The strong composition and eye contact complete the image.” In addition to the overall winner, there were two further category winners who each received an F-stop camera bag and a Camtraptions camera trap sensor. Tracey Jennings won the Habitats and Landscapes category with her underwater photograph of a Puffadder shyshark in the kelp forest in South Africa, whilst Greg Lecoeur won the Animal Behaviour category with his image of gannets and common dolphins feeding on sardines.

The winners of the WildlifePhoto.com 2016 Photo Competition have just been unveiled. Dillon Anderson, a photographer from New Zealand has won the title of Photographer of the Year and a Zambian safari worth $12,000. His portrait of a nocturnal Margay Cat, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest (reprinted above), is a technically...

Complete Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Complete Photography: Understand Cameras to Take, Edit and Share Better Photos by Chris Gatchum is a new title from Ilex Press. Focused on improving pictures, this book offers clear explanations in everyday language, and carefully selected examples to illustrate every point. Readers can learn how to compose a shot for visual impact, focus it to attract the viewer’s eye, and expose it so every detail is captured. Available from 9th March, the 400-page paperback is priced at £16.99.

Complete Photography: Understand Cameras to Take, Edit and Share Better Photos by Chris Gatchum is a new title from Ilex Press. Focused on improving pictures, this book offers clear explanations in everyday language, and carefully selected examples to illustrate every point. Readers can learn how to compose a shot for...

Canon EOS 77D Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 77D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 77D DSLR camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 77D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 77D DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 800D Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 800D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 800D DSLR camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 800D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 800D DSLR camera.

Canon EOS M6 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M6 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M6 compact system camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M6 compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M6 compact system camera.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EVF-DC2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder.

Canon Remote Controller BR-E1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras
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A gallery of hands-on photos of the Canon Remote Controller BR-E1.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon Remote Controller BR-E1 looks like in the flesh?

A gallery of hands-on photos of the Canon Remote Controller BR-E1. Want to see exactly what the new Canon Remote Controller BR-E1 looks like in the flesh?

Canon EOS 77D, Canon EOS 800D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and Remote Controller BR-E1

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has introduced two new DSLR cameras to the EOS family – the EOS 77D and EOS 800D (also known as the EOS Rebel T7i). Combining leading imaging technologies, including a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor, the EOS 77D offers high-end performance and full control and is ideal if you’re looking to upgrade your kit and refine your skills, while the EOS 800D is great way to start your first DSLR journey. Alongside the cameras, Canon welcomes the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – the smallest non-retractable DSLR kit lens of its focal range – as well as the Remote Controller BR-E1, perfect for remote capture with no line of sight up to 5m away.

The EOS 77D will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £829.99 / €1,079.99 / $899.99. The EOS 800D / Rebel T7i will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £779.99 / €1,019.99 / $1499.99. The EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £219.99 / $249.99.

Canon has introduced two new DSLR cameras to the EOS family – the EOS 77D and EOS 800D (also known as the EOS Rebel T7i). Combining leading imaging technologies, including a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor, the EOS 77D offers high-end performance and full...

Canon EOS M6

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Canon EOS M6 is a new mirrorless camera that packs high-end Canon features into a compact body. Incorporating the very latest photography technology, including a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7, the EOS M6 offers DSLR speeds and quality in a compact body you can carry everywhere. The Canon  EOS M6 will be available from April 2017 with an RRP of £729.99 / €989.99 / $779.99 body only.

The Canon EOS M6 is a new mirrorless camera that packs high-end Canon features into a compact body. Incorporating the very latest photography technology, including a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7, the EOS M6 offers DSLR speeds and quality in a compact...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo have updated their Airport Helipak backpack for the DJI Phantom. Accommodating a DJI Phantom 4 (or a similarly sized drone), a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more; the Airport Helipak V2.0 is carry-on compatible for both US domestic and international airline travel. The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort while trekking into remote areas. The Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak V2.0 for DJI Phantom is available for $199.75.

Think Tank Photo have updated their Airport Helipak backpack for the DJI Phantom. Accommodating a DJI Phantom 4 (or a similarly sized drone), a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more; the Airport Helipak V2.0 is carry-on compatible for both US domestic and international airline...

Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff V2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo’s updated Airport TakeOff V2.0 rolling backpack is 15% lighter than its predecessor. “The Airport TakeOff V2.0 features a custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminim tubing for added strength and durability, making it easier to roll down the street,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “A newly added tablet carry in the laptop pocket and dedicated smart phone pocket in the front flap insure photographers’ tools are easily accessible and at the ready.” Sized to meet the needs of the travelling professional, the Airport TakeOff V2.0 fits most US domestic and international airline carry-on requirements. The Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff V2.0 bg will be available for $369.75.

Think Tank Photo’s updated Airport TakeOff V2.0 rolling backpack is 15% lighter than its predecessor. “The Airport TakeOff V2.0 features a custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminim tubing for added strength and durability, making it easier to roll down the street,” said Doug Murdoch,...

Think Tank Photo Announce “Signature” Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Signature Series from Think Tank  Photo is a modernised version of the classic shoulder bag. Available in two sizes, the bags feature a modern fabric that is durable yet soft to the touch. The Signature 10 accommodates a standard-size DSLR or CSC with 3–4 prime lenses and accessories, plus a 10" tablet. The larger Signature 13 (pictured) fits one standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached plus 2–3 additional lenses and a 13" laptop. THe Signature 10 will be available for $249, whilst the Signature 13 will retail for 279.

The new Signature Series from Think Tank  Photo is a modernised version of the classic shoulder bag. Available in two sizes, the bags feature a modern fabric that is durable yet soft to the touch. The Signature 10 accommodates a standard-size DSLR or CSC with 3–4 prime lenses and accessories,...

X-Rite Announces Special Bundle Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite Photo Europe has announced a special seasonal bundle offering the Color Confidence GrafiLite free with all purchases of the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo (pictured). GrafiLite is a desktop daylight simulation device that complements the ColorMunki perfectly. It allows photographers to view prints and colour swatches in simulated daylight, indoors, regardless of time of day or the light conditions present. This limited time offer, which runs until 31st March 2017, delivers a saving of over £61.

X-Rite Photo Europe has announced a special seasonal bundle offering the Color Confidence GrafiLite free with all purchases of the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo (pictured). GrafiLite is a desktop daylight simulation device that complements the ColorMunki perfectly. It allows photographers to view prints and colour swatches in simulated daylight, indoors, regardless...

Monday, February 13, 2017

World Press Photo 2017 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the 60th World Press Photo Contest have just been announced. This year, the competition drew entries from around the world: 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, New Zealand, Turkey, UK, and USA. The overall winner is Burhan Özbilici, a staff photographer for The Associated Press. Özbilici’s picture – which also won first prize in the Spot News Stories category – shows how Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov at an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey, on 19 December 2016. “It was a very very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the picture of the Year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times,” says Mary F. Calvert, a member of the jury. “Every time it came on the screen you almost had to move back because it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomizes the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.” You can view the World Press Photo of the Year, as well as the category winners and runners-up, at the website below.

The winners of the 60th World Press Photo Contest have just been announced. This year, the competition drew entries from around the world: 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary,...

RawTherapee 5.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 5 of RawTherapee is now available for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. This update adds support for 32-bit TIFF files, a Lockable Colour Picker, two new tools (Retinex and Wavelets), automated chroma noise reduction, a new Inspect tab, print soft-proofing support, two new exposure tone curves, monitor profile and rendering intent support, and much more. The Mac and Windows versions are downloadable from the RawTherapee project's website, whilst Linux users can get it via their package manager.

Version 5 of RawTherapee is now available for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. This update adds support for 32-bit TIFF files, a Lockable Colour Picker, two new tools (Retinex and Wavelets), automated chroma noise reduction, a new Inspect tab, print soft-proofing support, two new exposure tone curves, monitor profile and rendering...