Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nikon D4S Firmware Update 1.20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has posted a firmware update for its professional Nikon D4S digital SLR camera. Version 1.20 adds full support for the SB-500 flash unit, improves AWB consistency and removes the limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst when a continuous-release mode is selected in M and S modes. The new firmware also changes how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between portrait and landscape orientation, and fixes bugs. Click through / read on for the details.

Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer Now Available Globally

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The Polaroid Zip, one of the smallest and lightest portable printers ever made, is now available worldwide. Connecting wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet, the Polaroid Zip mobile printer allows users to instantly print 2x3-inch colour photos from virtually any image on their Apple or Android device. Approximately the size of a smartphone, the Polaroid Zip weighs just 186g (.41lbs) and can be taken anywhere. The device measures 2.91” x 4.72”, just less than one inch thick and boasts a striking high-gloss finish augmented by the iconic Polaroid logo. Despite its wealth of features, the only physical control is a power button which has been seamlessly integrated into the unit’s simple design. The Polaroid Zip mobile printer features a free app for iOS and Android and connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC. The Polaroid Zip is currently available for $129.99 in the US at Photojojo.com and online at B&H Photo, and internationally on Amazon.

Canon PowerShot N2 Review

Jack Baker
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Designed to lure people away from using their smartphones as a camera, the Canon PowerShot N2 has a unique square design and innovative control system. Can it take on and beat the mighty smart phone? Find out in our in-depth Canon Powershot N2 review...

ReaConverter 7 Lite

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ReaConverter 7 Lite is a free version of ReaConverter, ReaSoft's batch image conversion and editing program for Windows. The Lite edition supports 5 most popular formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF both for reading and for writing, and all editing options of the full version including colour and position alteration, watermarks, retouching and other features. The full version supports over 400 image file formats and offers a range of automated functions not found in ReaConverter 7 Lite.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nikon Coolpix AW130 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the Nikon Coolpix AW130 camera.

The Nikon Coolpix AW130 is a new tough camera featuring a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom lens, built-in wif-fi, NFC and GPS, and a 3-inch OLED monitor.

Olympus TG-860 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the Olympus TG-860 camera.

The Olympus TG-860 is a brand new tough camera featuring a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 21-105mm ultra-wide zoom lens, built-in wif-fi and GPS, and a 180-degree flip LCD monitor.

Nest Hiker Bags Now Available in the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joining the existing Explorer and Athena ranges, the new Hiker line-up from Nest includes three shoulder bags and two backpacks. All of these bags are available in a camouflage 600D waterproof nylon version as well as a black 210D waterproof rip-stop nylon edition which has a stylish patterned finish. The Hiker 10, 20 and 30 shoulder bags offer an integrated padded shoulder strap and rain cover. The Nest Hiker 100 backpack has two sections, one for camera gear and one for everyday items. The Hiker 200 is a dedicated photo backpack with a separate compartment for a 15" notebook. Pricing starts at £49.99 for the shoulder bags and £99.99 for the backpacks.

Yongnuo YN35mm F2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Yongnuo has announced a new full-frame 35mm prime with auto focus. The Canon-mount Yongnuo YN35mm F2 lens has a minimum focus distance of 25cm, and a maximum magnification of 0.23x. The optical construction features 7 elements in 5 groups and an iris diaphragm witrh 7 rounded blades. The lens takes 52mm filters, and will be available from Yongnuo's Amazon and eBay stores.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Review

Jack Baker
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The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a new travel-zoom camera with an 18x zoom lens. The Canon SX610 offers 20 megapixels, a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX610 HS review...

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. This is a subscription-based desktop application that boasts a number of new features including HDR Merge, Panorama Merge, Face Recognition, advanced video slideshows and various performance/GPU enhancements. Automatically synced with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their catalogue of photos across a full range of iOS and Android devices. This release includes a major enhancement for Android with DNG raw file support on compatible Lollipop-enabled devices. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (£8.57/$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, Web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). All products are also available as part of Creative Cloud complete plan.

Replichrome III: Archive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Totally Rad! announced today the launch of Replichrome III: Archive, a new collection of presets for Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw. While Replichrome I and II concentrated on modern and semi-available films, Replichrome III: Archive introduces photographers to 22 different films and 183 different presets, based on rare, expired, discontinued and eclectic films from across the world. “With Replichrome III, we wanted to give photographers a palette of choices that they wouldn’t have access to anywhere else,” said Doug Boutwell, CEO of Totally Rad! Inc. “We tracked down these expired and outdated films for years, and recreated the vintage looks with Replichrome III: Archive. Offering more unique choices than ever, if photographers are looking for timeworn, perfectly weird and rare, dramatic looking film, then Replichrome III is for them. We’re excited to offer emulations of this kind, which can’t be found on the market today.” Replichrome I and II are available now for $99 each. For a limited time, Replichrome III: Archive will be available at a discounted price of $69.

Monday, April 20, 2015

RPS Announces Four New Bursaries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has announced four bursaries to help students and other photographers to realise projects across the still and moving image. These include the Joan Wakelin Bursary, the Short Film Award, the Postgraduate Bursary and two Environmental Awareness bursaries. Click through / read on for more information.

Manfrotto Takeover Dealer Events 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Manfrotto are running a series of pop-up events across Britain in April and May. At these events, Manfrotto will be your local photographic store for one day offering customers the chance to come along to free photography talks, take advantage of special discounts and exclusive offers plus free demonstrations and the chance to view all of their latest products. Click through / scroll down for a list of dates and locations.

Event Photography Awards Winners Revealed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the Event Photography Awards 2015 were announced at a cocktail party in the Barbican’s Garden Room. Professional photographer Miles Willis scored a double win for his artful capture ‘Portrait of a flyman at Hackney Empire’, taking home both the ‘Behind the Scenes’ category title and the overall accolade of ‘Best Event Photograph of the Year 2015’. Amateur talent Ocean Belcher, from New Zealand, transported judges to a passionate rendezvous between two lovers at a party, as they found themselves lost in the music surrounding them. Her image was named winner of the ‘Music Events’ category. Other winners on the night included Antony Alexandrou in ‘Private Events & Weddings’, Martin James in ‘Corporate Events’ and in ‘Experiential & Trade Shows’, and Steve Fleming in the ‘Sporting Events’ category, who wowed judges with the grueling drama and beautiful scenery captured in his photograph of two cyclists tackling The Fred Whitton Challenge in the Yorkshire Dales (above). All the winning photographs will be displayed, with the help of sponsor Perton Signs, at Square Meal’s Venues & Events Live exhibition at Old Billingsgate in September 2015.

Broncolor FT System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Broncolor has launched the new FT System, an advanced addition to the existing family of Broncolor continuous lights and Para products. The Broncolor Para is a true parabolic light bank that provides focus and the control to create a sculpted soft and beautiful effect not possible with a simple umbrella or reflector. As part of the Broncolor family, the new Para HR (Heat Resistant) reflectors support the most powerful lighting options and the new Para FT (Focusing Tube) lamphead design allows the use of HMIs, tungsten heads and strobe heads in parabolic light banks that can be setup in just minutes.The broncolor HMI FT1600 is dimmable, and provides constant colour at all times. New heat-resistant materials make it possible for both the 88 HR and 133 HR Paras to handle the high output from the new HMI 1600W FT and 2000W tungsten-halogen light sources. The new Para 88 HR and Para 133 HR kits will be available in June 2015. The complete broncolor FT System will be shipping September.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hama Traveller Premium Mono 170

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hama has added the new Traveller Premium Mono 170 monopod to its product range. Like its sister product, the Traveller Premium 144 Ball tripod, the monopod features an extremely light and sturdy aluminium design and screw clamps for quickly locking the leg at the required length. The Hama Traveller Premium Mono 170 has a minimum height of 45cm and can be extended to 170cm. The maximum load capacity is 8kg, making the monopod well suited for larger cameras and lenses. The Hama Traveller Premium Mono 170 is available for €69.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Firmware Update 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have issued a firmware update for their OM-D E-M5 Mark II compact system camera. According to the company, Version 1.1 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:

  • Audio can be faded out of movie files created with My Clips editing.
  • Speed at which information is displayed when the camera is turned on has been improved.
  • The issue of noise appearing in images captured while shooting with High Res Shot has been corrected.

You can install the firmware upgrade via the Digital Camera Updater utility.

Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. is a new portrait lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering an 85mm focal length, fast and near-silent focusing, image stabilisation and a bright maximum aperture of f/1.7, this short telephoto lens is perfect for head and shoulder portraits. Read our Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. review to find out if it's a must-have for all Micro Four Thirds users...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Optics have announced the full-frame Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2, an ultra-bright short telephoto lens ideal for portraiture. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE mounts (with the Sony A and Pentax K editions coming later this year), the Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 has a circular aperture with 11 diaphragm blades, and incorporates 9 elements in 6 groups, including 2 extra-low-dispersion elements and 4 high-refractive-index elements. "Manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially well-suited to video applications," the company says. The lens weighs 921 grams, takes 77mm filters, and focuses down to 1m. The Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 is available for $799.

Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Service Advisory

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon has posted a service advisory concerning the Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR telephoto lens. The company has confirmed that when the lens is used with the D800, D800E or D810 cameras, images captured at shutter speeds of around 1/125 s with the VR (NORMAL or SPORT) function enabled sometimes exhibit noticeable blur. To reduce the occurrence of this, Nikon will offer a service for updating the lens firmware. D800, D800E and D810 users who are concerned about this issue may take or send their lens to an Nikon Service Centre, where their lens firmware will be updated free of charge. Note that firmware for lenses with a serial number of 205101 or later have already been updated.