Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fantasea FG9X Housing Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has launched the new FG9X underwater housing for the Canon PowerShot G9 X camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labeled controls and features a new touch-screen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the camera's touch-sensitive screen. Depth rated to 60 metres, the Fantasea FG9X offers a moisture detector, double O-ring protection and an M67 thread on its lens port. The Fantasea FG9X housing is now available for $400.

Fantasea Line has launched the new FG9X underwater housing for the Canon PowerShot G9 X camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labeled controls and features a new touch-screen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the camera's touch-sensitive screen. Depth rated...

Corel AfterShot Pro 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel have released AfterShot Pro 3, which adds an all-new highlight recovery algorithm, comprehensive watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities. "Collectively, we’re now capturing trillions of photos each year. Photographers need a simpler and more agile way to manage and edit their photos," said Greg Wood, Senior Director of Photo Products at Corel. "AfterShot Pro 3 is a faster and more affordable solution for photographers looking for high-quality results. It doesn’t lock you into catalogues or a subscription and is focused on photographers' common need: great images in less time.” AfterShot Pro 3 is available now for Windows, Mac OS and Linux for £69.99/€89.99 and existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of £49.99/€69.99.

Corel have released AfterShot Pro 3, which adds an all-new highlight recovery algorithm, comprehensive watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities. "Collectively, we’re now capturing trillions of photos each year. Photographers need a simpler and more agile way to manage and edit their photos," said...

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Review

Amy Davies
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The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is a brand new flagship DSLR camera for professionals. Aimed at sports, press and nature photographers, the 20 megapixel 1DX Mark II builds on the success of the previous 1D X camera with a wealth of improvements, including 4K video recording, a new 20.2 megapixel sensor, 16fps continuous shooting and an expanded ISO range. Can the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II justify its £5,199.99 / $5,999.95 price-tag? Find out by reading our in-depth Canon EOS 1D X Mark II review...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 52

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 52 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. This month David Noton kicks off with a Field Trial to evaluate the new Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. David also starts a new series entitled Photo Essentials, which is designed to refresh our basic photo skills – the first instalment begins a detailed exploration of camera settings. He then starts a new occasional series Location Report, this time giving readers his thoughts on Iceland as a photo destination. In Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott rediscovers polarising filters, whilst for this month’s edition of the Pipeline, we join Ben Pipe on his recent visit to Seville where he shot the Semana Santa festivities.Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light Online Magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. However non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Issue 52 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. This month David Noton kicks off with a Field Trial to evaluate the new Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. David also starts a new series entitled Photo Essentials, which is designed to refresh our basic photo...

Canon Launches Search for the Next “Rebel With A Cause”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Canon U.S.A. is continuing its Rebel With A Cause campaign by launching a contest to find the next individual to "challenge the status quo in positive ways to further their passion, belief, or cause." Participants are encouraged to submit a photo or video essay to share what makes them a Rebel With A Cause. One Grand Prize Winner will be presented with the opportunity to have their cause brought to life with their own documentary production, similar to those of previous Rebels Nik Wallenda and Swizz Beatz. In addition, they will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR camera and lens package, $10,000 in cash prizes to support their cause, as well as press and media exposure. The deadline for entries is 17th June.

Canon U.S.A. is continuing its Rebel With A Cause campaign by launching a contest to find the next individual to "challenge the status quo in positive ways to further their passion, belief, or cause." Participants are encouraged to submit a photo or video essay to share what makes...

Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD Memory Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung has unveiled its newest memory card globally – the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. Offering the highest capacity for a microSD card in its class, the Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD memory card delivers fast speeds of up to 95MB/s and an expanded memory storage for use in premium smartphones and tablets, 360-degree video recorders, action cameras, and drones. Samsung will offer the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card with a limited 10-year warranty in more than 50 countries, including the USA, Europe, China, and other regions starting in June 2016.

Samsung has unveiled its newest memory card globally – the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. Offering the highest capacity for a microSD card in its class, the Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD memory card delivers fast speeds of up to 95MB/s and an expanded memory storage for use in...

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today announced the PowerShot SX620 HS, a compact superzoom camera with a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 25x optical zoom. Other highlights include Full HD movie capture with Dynamic Image Stabilisation, a range of creative effects and filters, as well as WiFi and NFC. For direct uploads and new ways of sharing, the PowerShot SX620 HS is also compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS will be available from June with an RRP of £219.99/€299.99.

Canon today announced the PowerShot SX620 HS, a compact superzoom camera with a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 25x optical zoom. Other highlights include Full HD movie capture with Dynamic Image Stabilisation, a range of creative effects and filters, as well as WiFi and NFC. For direct uploads and new ways...

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is the world’s first autofocus lens which is capable of focusing at both infinity and at 1.2x magnification. With a close-focus point of 13mm, the lens may cast its own shadow on the subject, but counters this with a built-in Macro Lite, which can be controlled by a switch letting you change the lighting intensity and direction on one or both sides. Giving you the flexibility to shoot handheld without camera shake, Canon’s optical Image Stabiliser also corrects angular camera shake, usually seen when shooting macro. For smooth movies, near silent focusing from the lens’s STM removes the worry of noise interruption as you shift focus. The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is available from June with an RRP of £289.99/€389.99.

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is the world’s first autofocus lens which is capable of focusing at both infinity and at 1.2x magnification. With a close-focus point of 13mm, the lens may cast its own shadow on the subject, but counters this with a built-in...

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT & DM-E1 Stereo Microphone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Canon today announced two new accessories for the EOS system – the Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash (£549.99/€749.99, pictured) and the DM-E1 Directional Stereo Microphone (£279.99 / € 389.99). Firing up to 50% more flashes continuously compared with its predecessor, and a 100% increase when used with the new CP-E4N battery pack; the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT has an improved heat measure technology which prevents overheating and allows longer bursts of flashes. A guide number of 60m at ISO 100 allows you to creatively light your subject over a wide range of distances and large areas, ideal for capturing the whole congregation at a wedding. Thanks to a wide lens coverage, from 20mm to 200mm, or to 14mm via the built-in adapter, photographers can easily control how light is spread across a subject. The radio control function provides further creative freedom. The DM-E1 is a compact stereo directional microphone featuring a classic shotgun design with three directional sound pick-up modes. Switching to the 90- and 120-degree modes provides stereo sound for sources that are spread over wider areas, such as an orchestra in a concert hall. Both new accessories will become available next month.

Canon today announced two new accessories for the EOS system – the Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash (£549.99/€749.99, pictured) and the DM-E1 Directional Stereo Microphone (£279.99 / € 389.99). Firing up to 50% more flashes continuously compared with its predecessor, and a 100% increase when used with the new CP-E4N battery pack; the...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sony A68 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A68 is a new mid-range interchangeable lens camera with a class-leading autofocus system featuring 79-points with 15 cross-sensors and 40% frame coverage. The A68 also offers a 24.2 megapixel sensor, 8fps burst shooting, 1080p Full HD movies, high-resolution OLED viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, and an ISO range of 50-25,600. Read our in-depth Sony A68 review now, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW files...

Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Now available to purchase, the Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack can be used as a camera backpack, a laptop backpack, or just as a protective camera case. Featuring the Manfrotto Protection System, the lower part of the bag is dedicated to holding photographic equipment, and will hold a professional SLR camera body with up to 3 lenses. The front pocket can store a 13” laptop, A4 documents, 10” tablet and small book and can be opened separately without affecting your camera equipment. The side pocket is suitable for a notebook and water bottle and the upper compartment can contain other documents and personal items. The camera compartment is completely removable, meaning the bag can be transformed into a spacious daypack. The Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack is available at £119.95.

Now available to purchase, the Manfrotto Advanced Rear Backpack can be used as a camera backpack, a laptop backpack, or just as a protective camera case. Featuring the Manfrotto Protection System, the lower part of the bag is dedicated to holding photographic equipment, and will hold a professional...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pentax K-1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new K-1 is the long-awaited full-frame DSLR camera from Pentax, based around a 36.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. Is this the best ever Pentax DSLR? Read our in-depth Pentax K-1 review to find out...

COPTRZ Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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COPTRZ is a brand new venture specialising in the sale and hire of drones. "COPTRZ are able to deliver a unique bespoke service: whether a production company needs to buy a drone, take training, or hire a commercial drone pilot - or all three! - we're able to help create a package that suits any budget," the company says. "UAVs such as the DJI Phantom 4 are not only affordable, but carry high definition cameras that rival any traditional stills or video equipment. Wide angles and panoramic views make for stunning landscape shots, and the possibilities available thanks to the versatility of drones is almost endless."

COPTRZ is a brand new venture specialising in the sale and hire of drones. "COPTRZ are able to deliver a unique bespoke service: whether a production company needs to buy a drone, take training, or hire a commercial drone pilot - or all three! - we're able to help...

A Lightroom Workflow which Works for the Pros

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers, Software
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X-Rite Coloratti Kevin Mullins will host a free webinar guiding you through how you can create an Adobe Lightroom workflow which works for professionals. "If Lightroom is your chosen imaging application, having a robust workflow should be important, whoever you are," Kevin says. "This webinar will give you a thorough understanding of the application from importing, through to using smart collections to help editing, colour correction and monochrome work." Taking place on Thursday, 19th May from 5:30pm, the one-hour webinar is free to attend but advance registration is required.

X-Rite Coloratti Kevin Mullins will host a free webinar guiding you through how you can create an Adobe Lightroom workflow which works for professionals. "If Lightroom is your chosen imaging application, having a robust workflow should be important, whoever you are," Kevin says. "This webinar will give you a thorough...

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images and videos taken with the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera with a 20.2 megapixel sensor that can shoot at 14 fps with AF / AE tracking.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Peak Design Unveils Everyday Messenger 13

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Peak Design have unveiled The Everyday Messenger 13 camera bag. The new compact bag promises to deliver the same design and functionality as the original Everyday Messenger (renamed The Everyday Messenger 15), but scaled down to fit smaller loads (13-inch laptop, compact system camera kits) and smaller body frames. “The response to the original Everyday Messenger Bag was unprecedented,” commented Peak Design Founder and President Peter Dering, “To say fans loved it is an understatement. But we also knew that a smaller version would be well received by mirrorless camera enthusiasts and anyone of smaller stature. We’re very excited to offer a 13-inch version.”

Peak Design have unveiled The Everyday Messenger 13 camera bag. The new compact bag promises to deliver the same design and functionality as the original Everyday Messenger (renamed The Everyday Messenger 15), but scaled down to fit smaller loads (13-inch laptop, compact system camera kits) and smaller body frames. “The response...

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art for Pentax

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lomography have decided to make their Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens available for Pentax K-mount cameras. Funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital cameras. Originally planned for release in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts only, the lens will now also be manufactured in Pentax fit.The Daguerreotype Achromat Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with a variety of depth-of-field and bokeh effects. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is available through Kickstarter.

Lomography have decided to make their Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens available for Pentax K-mount cameras. Funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue...

Leica SL Voted Best Premium Camera at 2016 TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Leica SL mirrorless camera system has been honoured as ‘Best Premium Camera’ in the 2016 TIPA Awards. Featuring a full-frame, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and matching system components, ranging from lenses to an electronic viewfinder, the Leica SL can capture full-resolution stills at rates of up to 11fps and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The presentation of the 2016 TIPA Awards, now in their 26th year, will take place on 20 September during the Photokina exhibition in Cologne, Germany.

The Leica SL mirrorless camera system has been honoured as ‘Best Premium Camera’ in the 2016 TIPA Awards. Featuring a full-frame, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and matching system components, ranging from lenses to an electronic viewfinder, the Leica SL can capture full-resolution stills at rates of up to 11fps...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Leica Partners with Photo London 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Leica has become an Official Partner of the second Photo London fair, which takes place from 19-22 May 2016 at Somerset House. As part of this special collaboration, which sees Leica partnering with Photo London for the first time, the company will present an outstanding body of international photography entitled ‘Alex Webb: Selections’, which incorporates a collection of powerful, intense colour street photographs by the renowned Magnum photographer. ‘Selections’ represents an assembly of some of Webb’s most notable and celebrated work, captured around the world on Leica M series cameras. The exhibition will take place in the Navy Board Room at Somerset House. Alex Webb commented, “This work comes out of the singular obsession that I have had in my photographic life — working in intense vibrant colour, largely in the tropics. I am excited that this collection of images will be presented at Photo London, in conjunction with Leica.”

Leica has become an Official Partner of the second Photo London fair, which takes place from 19-22 May 2016 at Somerset House. As part of this special collaboration, which sees Leica partnering with Photo London for the first time, the company will present an outstanding body of international photography entitled &lsquo...

Mitchell Kanashkevich Joins Lumix Ambassador Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Documentary and travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich has joined the Panasonic Lumix Ambassador programme. Mitchell describes himself as 'a tirelessly curious world wanderer and a travel/documentary photographer.' whose main interest is in people, "I’m especially fascinated by surviving, evolving ancient traditions. People working in unique, challenging conditions and those who live in close bond with nature. The stories I’m drawn to are generally those that I come across on the road, by chance. They’re outside of what the mass media generally shows us about our planet. I want my images to provide just a tiny bit of a window into those worlds, those lives which don’t get much, if any coverage." Along with his fellow ambassadors Mitchell will be helping to inspire avid photographers and videographers to benefit from all the functions and features of Panasonic’s Lumix range of cameras.

Documentary and travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich has joined the Panasonic Lumix Ambassador programme. Mitchell describes himself as 'a tirelessly curious world wanderer and a travel/documentary photographer.' whose main interest is in people, "I’m especially fascinated by surviving, evolving ancient traditions. People working in unique, challenging conditions...