Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Review

Jack Baker
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The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is a brand new ultra-wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Read our Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 review to find out if it's worth the £1189 / $1499 asking price...

Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang has announced the upcoming release of the full-frame Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE auto-focus UWA lens for Sony E mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical glass elements and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. On a full-frame camera body, the Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE lens offers an angle of view of 113.9 degrees, making it the widest rectilinear lens designed for Sony E-mount cameras. The lens is compatible with both phase-detect and contrast-detect AF systems. The Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE will be globally available from September, priced at €699.

Samyang has announced the upcoming release of the full-frame Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE auto-focus UWA lens for Sony E mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical glass elements and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. On a full-frame camera body, the Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens (read review) has won the EISA Award for 'European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.' Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements, the award-winning lens is constructed with Tamron’s new SP design, incorporating a new look and feel which includes larger and more tactile switches, together with Tamron’s Moisture-Resistant Construction. VC (Vibration Compensation) is also included in the lens design to help reduce camera shake making it easy to take handheld photographs in low light. USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) focusing is also a key part in delivering sharp and precise focus every time, with full-time manual override for extra creative control.

The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens (read review) has won the EISA Award for 'European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.' Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD ...

Sigma Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens (see our full-resolution sample images) has won the “EISA EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017” Award. Equivalent to a 75-150mm lens in 35mm terms, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM features an internal zoom mechanism and an aperture diaphragm with nine rounded blades. Weighing in at 1,490 grams; the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM has an optical construction comprising 21 lens elements in 15 groups and a minimum focus distance of 95cm. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma fit.

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens (see our full-resolution sample images) has won the “EISA EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017” Award. Equivalent to a 75-150mm lens in 35mm terms, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM features an internal zoom mechanism and an aperture...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Chris Steele-Perkins: The Teds

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Events, Photographers
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The Teds, a series of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, will be exhibited in the UK for the first time in nearly 40 years at Magnum Print Room, London, from 21 September – 28 October 2016. Iconic vintage prints from Steele-Perkins’ series documenting the uniquely British youth culture of the Teds will be shown alongside eight previously unseen photographs from his archive, and a platinum print of the cover image from his landmark book, The Teds, first published in 1979. The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a new, re-designed version of this book by Dewi Lewis (£25).

The Teds, a series of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, will be exhibited in the UK for the first time in nearly 40 years at Magnum Print Room, London, from 21 September – 28 October 2016. Iconic vintage prints from Steele-Perkins’ series documenting the uniquely British youth culture of the Teds will be shown...

Fotospeed Presents Foto Fest 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Fotospeed have announced Foto Fest 2016, a free festival taking place on 3-4 September 2016 at The Pound Art Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire. Billed as "a celebration of photography and printing," Foto Fest 2016 features events for photographers of all backgrounds and interests. Entry to Foto Fest 2016 is free but for an additional £25 for a single day, or £45 for the weekend, you will be given entry to Fotospeed Presents – an opportunity to hear the event’s guests talk further about their work, covering everything from wildlife and sports, fine art nudes, to panoramic and street photography. Photographers speaking at Fotospeed Presents include Mike Birbeck, Andy Beel and Bob Ryan, Colin Westgate, Chrissie Westgate, Tom Mason, Anne Sutcliffe, Derek Doar, Tony Dudley and Joe Cornish.

Fotospeed have announced Foto Fest 2016, a free festival taking place on 3-4 September 2016 at The Pound Art Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire. Billed as "a celebration of photography and printing," Foto Fest 2016 features events for photographers of all backgrounds and interests. Entry to Foto Fest 2016 is free but for an additional £25...

X-Rite at Photokina

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events
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XP Distribution, the specialist distributor for X-Rite’s range of colour management products aimed at photographers and filmmakers, has announced its attendance at Photokina 2016. X-Rite will return to Hall 4.1, Stand J029 from 20th to 25th September, to demonstrate solutions for achieving accurate colour in both photo and filmmaking workflows. The company's experts will be on hand throughout the event to offer visitors colour workflow advice on everything from capturing to viewing colour, all the way through edit and print. In addition, X-Rite will be showcasing their full range of colour management products including ColorChecker Passport Photo, ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Video; ColorMunki Photo, ColorMunki Smile and ColorMunki Display, as well as i1Display Pro. As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the ColorChecker Classic, visitors to the X-Rite stand can enter a giveaway to win a five-day, all-inclusive workshop with Frank Doorhof in the Netherlands, worth approximately £5,000.

XP Distribution, the specialist distributor for X-Rite’s range of colour management products aimed at photographers and filmmakers, has announced its attendance at Photokina 2016. X-Rite will return to Hall 4.1, Stand J029 from 20th to 25th September, to demonstrate solutions for achieving accurate colour in both photo and filmmaking workflows....

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens mounted on the Canon EOS 80D camera.

Cascable Review

Amy Davies | Software Reviews
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Cascable is a remote control app for Apple devices that works with 50 different Wi-Fi enabled cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. It provides full remote control over your camera, as well as copying and exporting full resolution photos, including raw files. Is Cascable a viable alternative to the free apps from the camera manufacturers? Read our in-depth Cascable review to find out...

Cascable 2.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cascable, an iOS-based remote control app that works with a number of Wi-FI capable cameras, has just been updated to version 2.0. Now supporting 50 models of camera from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus, Cascable enablesfull remote control as well as copying and exporting full resolution photos, including raw files. The basic edition of Cascable 2.0 is available for free from the iTunes App Store, with Pro feature packs being available at $9.99 each.

Cascable, an iOS-based remote control app that works with a number of Wi-FI capable cameras, has just been updated to version 2.0. Now supporting 50 models of camera from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus, Cascable enablesfull remote control as well as copying and exporting full resolution photos, including raw files. The basic...

Matt Stuart: All That Life Can Afford

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Events
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“All that Life can Afford” is a new solo show featuring the photography of street photographer Matt Stuart. Hosted by East London's theprintspace gallery, the free-to-attend “All that Life can Afford” exhibition features images selected from Stuart’s extensive archive of photos, captured during the 20 years he’s been shooting in the genre. His pictures are full of clever juxtapositions of comedy, wit, and masterfully timed moments, cutting through the urban noise, ebbs and flows of human traffic to reveal witty, tender, magical moments which are gone as quickly as they appeared. The exhibition, which runs from 19th – 26th August, is accompanied by Matt’s first book : All That Life Can Afford (£30), published February 2016 by the Plague Press.

“All that Life can Afford” is a new solo show featuring the photography of street photographer Matt Stuart. Hosted by East London's theprintspace gallery, the free-to-attend “All that Life can Afford” exhibition features images selected from Stuart’s extensive archive of photos,...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Calumet Launch Student Photographer of the Year 2016 Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Calumet have announced their second Student Photographer of the Year competition to celebrate World Photo Day, which takes place on 19th August. All UK students are invited to submit a single photo of their best work along with up to 20 words explaining their chosen image. People who join Calumet’s Student Membership can submit an additional two images to the competition, with the scheme costing £25 and members receive free gifts worth over £150. Images need to be no larger than 2MB. The overall winner will be presented with their award at Calumet’s ‘Encounter More Open Days’ taking place in October and November across the company’s eight stores. The closing day for entries is 14 October 2016.

Calumet have announced their second Student Photographer of the Year competition to celebrate World Photo Day, which takes place on 19th August. All UK students are invited to submit a single photo of their best work along with up to 20 words explaining their chosen image. People who join Calumet&rsquo...

Summer of Fun at The O2 Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The O2 is inviting budding photographers to enter a competition for the chance to be an official photographer for an upcoming event at the venue. To get involved, simply head over to The O2 to enjoy one of the many fun and unique things to do, take a picture of your experience and share it on Instagram using #SummerOfFun and @theO2london. The deadline for entries is 22 August 2016. The prize will be a meal for four at one of the restaurants at The O2 to the value of £100 and a climb Up at The O2 for four people.

The O2 is inviting budding photographers to enter a competition for the chance to be an official photographer for an upcoming event at the venue. To get involved, simply head over to The O2 to enjoy one of the many fun and unique things to do, take a picture of...

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with a final production version of the brand new Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Macphun Unveils Sneak Peek of New Features in Aurora HDR 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have revealed a sneak peek at Aurora HDR 2017, which introduces a number of new tools and improvements including batch processing, reworked Tone Mapping and Bracket Merging technologies, a Polarise Filter, plus new presets created by HDR professionals. Additionally, the rendering of raw files will now be much faster. Aurora 2017 will officially launch on 29th September, and will be available for pre-order from 14th September.

Macphun have revealed a sneak peek at Aurora HDR 2017, which introduces a number of new tools and improvements including batch processing, reworked Tone Mapping and Bracket Merging technologies, a Polarise Filter, plus new presets created by HDR professionals. Additionally, the rendering of raw files will now be much faster. Aurora 2017...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Panasonic at the Olympics

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic have announced that their Lumix GX80 compact system camera will be used by official photographer, Warren Little, to capture images at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Having worked for Getty Images for 18 years, Warren is now covering the games with the GX80 and a selection of Lumix G lenses suitable for capturing a wide range of scenes. The camera features a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, 5-axis Dual Image Stabilisation and Panasonic’s 4K Photo technology, which lets you take a complete 4K video of an event and then select a single still frame from the footage. Images taken by Warren using the GX80 will be showcased on Panasonic’s social media platforms and across Panasonic’s website

Panasonic have announced that their Lumix GX80 compact system camera will be used by official photographer, Warren Little, to capture images at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Having worked for Getty Images for 18 years, Warren is now covering the games with the GX80 and a selection of Lumix G lenses...

Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have just introduced a new ultra-bright, ultra-wide manual-focus prime lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Featuring an optical construction comprising 13 elements in 12 groups - including 3 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements - and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC offers an angle of view of 94.8° and a close-focus point of 20cm/8". The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FourThirds and Micro FourThirds fit; at a recommended retail price of €499.00.

Samyang have just introduced a new ultra-bright, ultra-wide manual-focus prime lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Featuring an optical construction comprising 13 elements in 12 groups - including 3 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements - and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC offers an angle of...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hama Launch “Uni” 3-in-1 Lens Set for Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13 mm. The new three-in-one set is available for €12.99.

Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13...

Sony A6300 Firmware Update 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony have issued a firmware update for the Sony A6300 compact system camera. According to the company, Version 1.10 "improves stability in picture shooting mode by optimizing temperature control" - i.e. addresses the camera's widely reported overheating issue - and improves overall operational stability. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

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Sony have issued a firmware update for the Sony A6300 compact system camera. According to the company, Version 1.10 "improves stability in picture shooting mode by optimizing temperature control" - i.e. addresses the camera's widely reported overheating issue - and improves overall operational stability. You can download the firmware...

Canon Professional Services at the Olympics

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon’s team of over 70technicians and support staff will be in Brazil for nearly a month to support professional photographers and broadcasters covering the Summer Olympics. “Canon is proud to offer professional photographers and broadcasters high quality image-making solutions that are thoughtfully designed and versatile so that they can capture sharp, clear, detailed images and video,” said Elizabeth Pratt, director, Professional Client Development and Support, Canon U.S.A. “Knowing that iconic images will be captured, seen and shared by people around the world really drives Canon to provide professionals with not only high quality equipment but the customer support they need to help ensure they never miss a beat if anything happens to their equipment.”

Canon’s team of over 70technicians and support staff will be in Brazil for nearly a month to support professional photographers and broadcasters covering the Summer Olympics. “Canon is proud to offer professional photographers and broadcasters high quality image-making solutions that are thoughtfully designed and versatile so that...