Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a new flagship DSLR camera that's capable of shooting 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode. With the new CFast 2.0 card capability, the camera can deliver a burst of unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images in continuous high speed shooting. The EOS 1D X Mark II features a new 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors, 4K video capture up to 60p and an ISO range of 100 to 51200 (expandable from 50 up to 409600).

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II will be available in the UK in May for £5199.99 body-only.

In the USA, the estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Phottix Odin II TTL Trigger Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Odin II TTL flash trigger is now available for purchase. Introduced at Photokina 2014, the Odin II features 32 channels and supports up to five groups. The Odin II UI and control system has been overhauled making it faster and easier to use. An AF Assist light has been added for improved focusing when used in low-light conditions. Additionally, the, the Odin II offers photographers a way to personalise their Odins and prevent triggering from other units. By entering a 4 digit ID number, a photographer's Odin II receivers will only trigger by transmitters using the same ID. The Odin II for Canon is available now in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and United Arab Emirates. The Odin II for Nikon will be available a few weeks later. The Sony version will be introduced in late spring.

Leica SL (Typ 601) Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new compact system camera for professionals, offering a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, 4K video recording, 11fps burst shooting, a class-leading EVF, fast auto-focusing and a 3-inch touchscreen. Read our in-depth Leica SL (Typ 601) review now...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Adobe Theatre Returns to The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Adobe Theatre will return for the second year at The Photography Show, held at NEC Birmingham, 19-22 March 2016. Thirty-minute sessions are planned for the theatre across the four-day event, exploring the various ways in which photographers can process and edit their photos. "We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase what the modern day photographer needs to know, covering all aspects of a photographic journey," says Adobe Principal Solutions Consultant Richard Curtis. "We’ll share tips on how to add value to the image capture within your camera, image editing techniques and best practices at the computer, as well as many options to publish your work to the internet and across your social channels."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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The Societies have announced the overall winners of their photography competition. Chris Chambers from West Yorkshire was awarded the Photographer of the Year title during the Awards Dinner at the Societies' annual convention. In addition to receiving his trophy Chris also walked away with a Fujifilm XT1 Camera with XF56 1.2 Lens and a fully paid ticket to the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas with a flight and 5 nights accommodation to the value of £3,200.

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* is a premium wide-angle prime lens for Canon and Nikon 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The manual-focus Otus 28mm lens offers a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, 9 aperture blades, and superlative build quality. Read our Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* review now...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sony USB CA1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sony have launched a new USB Type-C standard pen drive. The USB 3.1 Gen1 CA1-series utilises dual connectors, including Type-C and A, combining up to 130MB/s transfer speed with durability and design. Ideal for storing photos, music, videos and other data on-the-go, thenew USB CA1 will be available from February 2016 in 16/32/64GB capacities.

Olympus PEN-F Official Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Olympus have released 20 official sample images taken with the Olympus PEN-F compact system camera, taken by Olympus UK Visionary R.Cleveland Aaron.

Click through to see the gallery of full-size JPEG photos.

Olympus PEN-F Preview

Gavin Stoker | Compact System Camera
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‘A masterpiece for creating your own masterpiece’ is the confident pitch for the latest Micro Four Thirds compact system camera from Olympus: the Pen-F.  Rather than replace the formerly range topping E-P5 in the Pen line up however, Olympus suggested to Photography Blog at its London preview that the new rangefinder-styled camera – if successful – should form a new, independent strand on its own.

Olympus PEN-F

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN-F is the most powerful ever PEN and one of the most beautiful system cameras Olympus has ever produced. The PEN-F inherits much state-of-the-art optical technology from Olympus’ larger, high-end OM-D camera family, including its world’s best 5-axis Image Stabilisation system (worth some 5 EV stops when shooting at low ISO), a 50-Megapixel high resolution shot capability, and a built-in electronic viewfinder with a real-time preview of settings adjustments.

The Olympus PEN-F is available in black or silver from end- February 2016. PEN-F body only £999.99, PEN-F and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1-3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake lens kit £1099.99, PEN-F and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 lens kit £1199.99.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Manfrotto 190Go! Carbon Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto UK have announced the extension of the 190go! range with a new lightweight and compact carbon fibre tripod. Now available in carbon fibre, the 190Go! Carbon is 18% lighter than the current 190 range. When the tripod is closed it measures only 45cm (17.70") and weighs just 1.67kg. The 90° column and the leg angle selectors enable photographers to get low down to the ground, reaching a minimum height of 7cm (2.5"). The 190Go! also includes an Easy Link attachment in the top casting which enables instant connection between the tripod and a variety of accessories, including LED lights, reflectors and other pieces of gear. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hahnemühle FineArt Panoramic Papers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hahnemühle have added two panoramic formats to their FineArt Photo Rag papers. The matte-coated Photo Rag 308 and the high-gloss Photo Rag Baryta are now available in 21x59,4cm (8.27"x23.386") size. The moderate 21cm width of these papers ensures that most LTR size fine art printers will accommodate this format.

Lomo Instant Wide Review

Amy Davies
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The new Lomo Instant Wide uses Fuji Instax Wide film, which is twice as wide as Instax Mini film. The Lomo Instant Wide offers advanced features like three different shooting modes,a fully programmatic shutter, a built-in flash, and unlimited multiple exposures. Read our Lomo Instant Wide review now...

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Xara Photo & Graphics Designer 11 is an affordable creative design and photo editing software application. Xara claims that it's "simply the most advanced photo and graphics editing tool available, for the money" - read our in-depth Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 review now to find out if that's true...

Zoner Photo Studio 18 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Zoner Photo Studio 18 is an all-in-one photo editor, covering everything from downloading onto your computer to editing and sharing, all in one place. Can it compete with the likes of Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements? Read our Zoner Photo Studio 18 review to find out.

Alien Skin Exposure X Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Exposure X is a digital imaging app that helps photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos. Exposure X streamlines routine tasks and gives photographers a rich set of software tools for developing beautiful photos. Read our Alien Skin Exposure X review to find out if it deserves a place in your photography workflow...

Friday, January 22, 2016

Official Nikon D5 4K Sample Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon Europe have released a 4K sample video recorded with the new Nikon D5 digital SLR camera. Entitled 'My Nebraska,' this 5-minute short film was directed by Nikon Ambassador Bill Frakes. Click through / scroll down to watch the movie.

Sigma Announce Pricing for Water Repellent Ceramic Protector

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sigma have announced availability and pricing information for the Sigma Water Repellent Ceramic Protector filter. With many applications in aerospace and other industries, glass ceramic is an extremely tough type of crystallised glass that serves as the foundation for Clear Glass Ceramic. While featuring the high transmittance required of optical devices, this advanced new material combines greater hardness than chemically strengthened glass and greater flexibility than sapphire crystal glass. These qualities make Clear Glass Ceramic the ideal material for protective lens filters. The Sigma Water Repellent Ceramic Protector filter is offered in the most popular filter thread sizes, and is compatible with all lenses that accept front filter threads that are 67mm-105mm diameters. The product is available now, priced from $130-$441 depending on the corresponding lens size.

Final Cut: The Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Tokyo

Mark Goldstein
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We're signing off our coverage of the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera by sharing the best, fully post-processed images from our short stay in Tokyo.

These photos have been selected, cropped and edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, with the black and white conversions made using Google Nik Silver Efex Pro. Note that we had to use the JPG files, rather than Raw, as Lightroom doesn't support the X-Pro2 yet.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Awards are returning for the 36th time this year. Opening for entries on 1 March 2016, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) with an additional value of €10,000. Photographers interested in taking part can submit their applications and photographic projects online, with a closing date of 15 April 2016. The recipients of this year’s Awards will be honoured at an official prize-giving ceremony in Germany.