Friday, May 15, 2015

Daniel Blau Announces Young Photographers’ Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Daniel Blau gallery has announced the 3rd edition of its annual Young Photographers’ Competition, 5 UNDER 30. In this photography contest, 5winning photographers aged under 30 will be selected to participate in a group exhibition organised and publicised by the gallery. All photographers aged 29 and under on the submission closing date of June 2nd 2015 are eligible to apply. As always we recommend that you read the contest guidelines before entering your work.

Sigma dp0 Quattro Price and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Sigma has announced the suggested retail price of the new Sigma dp0 Quattro large-sensor compact camera. Featuring a 14mm F4 lens (equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm camera) and a Foveon sensor, the Sigma dp0 will become available in the UK towards the end of June, priced at £899.99 inclusive of VAT.

Transcend Releases New JetFlash Drives

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has launched a range of 256GB and 128GB capacity USB 3.0 flash drives. The series includes the high-speed 256GB JetFlash 780, the rugged 128GB JetFlash 810, the classic JetFlash700/730 and the capless JetFlash 790K/790W. The JetFlash 780 offers amazing transfer speeds of up to 210MB/s, allowing users to transfer and share files quicker than ever before. Additionally, the top-tier MLC NAND flash chips inside provide consistent long-life durability. Transcend's JetFlash 780 flash drives are offered from 8GB to 256GB capacities; the JetFlash 810 and JetFlash 790K/790W series from 8GB to 128GB and the JetFlash 700/730 are available from 4GB to 128GB capacities.

Win an i1 Display Pro & ColorChecker Passport Bundle!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Win a fantastic i1 Display Pro & ColorChecker Passport bundle!

i1 Display Pro & ColorChecker Passport bundle - Take control of your colour in camera and on screen.

The i1DisplayPro is the ultimate solution for the most demanding photographers looking for on screen colour accuracy. Photographers know that calibrated and profiled display is a critical element in an efficient digital workflow. Nobody wants to spend hours at their monitor perfecting images or video only to find that their display wasn’t accurately representing their digital files. What you see on your monitor (or projector) has to match your digital file or you will never be happy with the result, no matter how much time you devote to perfecting it.

ColorChecker Passport is a powerful 'capture to edit' colour solution for any photographer looking for more accurate, consistent colour and creative flexibility ColorChecker Passport combines three photographic targets into one pocket size protective, self-standing case that adjusts to any scene. Together with the included camera calibration software, it allows you to capture a scene accurately and then creatively edit it.

In addition, to complete the ultimate photographic workflow this bundle also comes with the option to purchase a 1 year Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan for just £86 (15% discount).

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pixeluvo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

Former Sony games developer, Andy Gill has released an innovative new photo editing tool called Pixeluvo. Using a full range of colour transform filters, Pixeluvo allows users to transform the entire look of an image. Curves and levels adjustmentss offer editors complete control while temperature, shadows, midtones and highlights can be adjusted to create the perfect balance. “With Pixeluvo there is absolutely no reason why part-time photographers should have to feel at a disadvantage to their full-time counterparts,” Andy says. “The software offers all the advanced features and functions of Photoshop, yet without the complex interface and sky-high price tag.” Pixeluvo is available for both Linux and Windows. To find out more about the benefits of the software and download a free trial, visit the website below.

Miggo Returns to Kickstarter with AGUA

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Miggo, a new company established by a group of people who had worked together at KATA Bags and Manfrotto, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to introduce "AGUA," a new line of weather-resistant camera cases. The IPX3-standard storm-resistant cases allow you to comfortably carry your camera close to your body in any weather your expensive gear - and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot. The camera is attached to the bag with quick-release buckles, including a failsafe connection. This solution eliminates the need for the original camera strap because the AGUA's strap is used to carry the camera itself. You can sign up to be notified about the launch of the Kickstarter campaign at the website below:

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4: The Unoffficial Quintessential Guide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard is a new title from Rocky Nook. This book teaches readers about controlling basic camera functions, acheving a range of artistic effects using various camera settings effects using various camera settings, navigating the menus, using the GH4 in its video mode and expanding the camera’s use by mounting it on a telescope. The 384-page softcover goes far beyond the manufacturer's manual to include richly illustrated pages and example images throughout, helping to guide the reader through every important camera function and setting with an easy-to-understand approach. The printed version sells for $39.95, and an eBook edition is available for $19.99.

Benro SystemMove

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Benro have announced the addition of SystemMove, which includes a range of camera movement tools. One of these is the Benro MoveUp4 travel jib, which features a folding design making it compact and well suited for traveling. It can support up to 8.8 lb and has a vertical reach of 6 feet. Threaded mounting points allow you to attach a monitor arm to view your shot live while operating from the back of the jib. Benro's SystemMove line-up also includes a family of camera sliders family of camera sliders ranging from an entry-level single rail option up to the fully featured carbon-fibre rail MoveOver12, which can support just above 26lbs. The MoveOver12 is also available in a kit, which comes equipped with two Travel Flat tripods, two Leveling Bases, one S8 flat base video head, one carbon-fibre

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* is a premium standard prime lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The manual-focus Loxia 50mm offers a fast f/2 maximum aperture, 10 aperture blades, superlative build quality, and an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video use. Read our Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* review now...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Radian 2 Wireless Time-Lapse Device

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Alpine Labs have returned to Kickstarter for the launch of the Radian 2 their second-generation motion time-lapse device. The original Radian enabled users to create still, panning, and tilting shots. The Radian 2 adds Bluetooth wireless connectivity so users can control camera settings from iOS and Android devices on the fly as well as a linear adapter to use both the original Radian and Radian 2 for linear motion. After connecting an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to the Radian 2, the USB connection from the Radian 2 to the camera passes commands to the camera to enable users to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings without touching the camera or the device. The platform is modular and enables you to add Radians as your ambition (and budget) grows – you can now program up to three synchronized Radians at once to seamlessly combine panning, tilting and sliding. If the stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign is reached, Alpine Labs aims to add functionality to the app that allow you to compile a preview of the time-lapse on your phone as the lapse is being shot. The company plans to deliver all Kickstarter units during October 2015.

5 New Talents for Broncolor Gen NEXT

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photographers
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In its second edition, the photography competition Gen NEXT has found another five young talents who will be supported by the Swiss flash systems manufacturer, broncolor, for the next three years. As Gen NEXT ambassadors, Gonzaga Manso, Lauri Laukkanen, Anita Anti, Cristina Otero and Yulia Gorbachenko each receive broncolor equipment to the value of $24,000. Furthermore, they are presented with the opportunity to showcase their work through broncolor’s worldwide channels as well as the project's blog. Click through / read on for more information on the winners.

Photo Portal 1.1 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Arrikon have released Photo Portal 1.1 for iPad and iPhone. The app enables you to access your entire computer photo library from the comfort of your favourite sofa, or from anywhere outside your home, using Wi‑Fi or 3G on your iPad or iPhone. Version 1.1 adds a new "Sort" option to the Settings menu, modifies the cache limit and enables users to hide the Status Toolbar. Photo Portal is available on iTunes for $4.99.

Drivers in the 1980s

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Drivers in the 1980s by Chris Dorley-Brown is a new title from Hoxton Mini Press. On a hot morning in Hackney, 1987, photographer Chris Dorley-Brown set out to record the privitisation of Rolls Royce in the city. En-route he became fascinated by the faces of frustration and boredom from drivers on the gridlocked roads triggered by the sell-off. Almost 30 years later, these seemingly mundane portraits, published for the first time, capture a unique period in Britain’s history. The colours, the haircuts, the clothes and expressions recall a particular time and mood from Thatcher’s Britain. Each photo is accompanied by a description of the cars, many of which are now iconic: the Ford Capri, Cortina Mk 4, Mini Metro, the Ford Sierra. This is a humorous and unusual snapshot of a unique period in Britain’s history. The standard hardback edition is available for £12.95, whilst a Collector's Edition, signed by the photographer, can be yours for £45.

Nest Falconer Backpacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nest have introduced a new range of backpacks designed for photographers who need to carry large amounts of equipment including long fast lenses attached to the camera body. The range consists of two bags called the Falconer EB600 Pro and EB800 Pro. Designed specifically to accommodate a large pro DSLR with up to a 600mm prime lens attached, the Falconer EB600 Pro (£129.99) fits a pro DSLR with super telephoto lens attached and offers direct access to your gear via the front zipped main section with the dropdown integrating several pockets for small accessory storage. The larger EB800 Pro (£149.99) can accommodate a large pro DSLR with up to a 800mm prime lens attached.Essentials such a flashguns, filters etc. can be stored in the generous proportioned side (velcro closers) pockets and front pocket (zipped). The interior is made of 210D none-scratch nylon with YKK self-healing high-quality zips providing smooth zipping and snag free use.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Canon PERSTEXT

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Canon Japan announced today that it has released its English version of PERSTEXT, a free iOS application that provides users with a new way of having fun with their photos. The app lets you insert dynamic text into saved images, which can then be shared with friends and family via popular social networks. The application also makes it possible to insert text that appears as if it had been written on the floor or the ground, and provides support for AirPrint-enabled inkjet printers so you can easily print out the images you create. PERSTEXT is available now on iTunes.

Tenba Packlite Travel Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tenba's new Packlite Travel Bags are billed as the world's first packable, self-stowing camera bags. "Every photographer and filmmaker has been there; you're carrying two cameras and six lenses in a large bag, and you wonder, 'How can I dump most of this and just carry a camera with two lenses?" says Peter Waisnor, Vice President of Tenba. "Packlite Travel Bags give you that option, without taking up any space or adding weight to your larger bag." Packlite bags provide an innovative solution to carrying large camera systems by providing a compact bag that can easily be pulled out separately. With four sizes to choose from, Packlite bags can carry a wide range of items. Prices start at $19.95.

Sigma DP3 Quattro Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Sigma DP3 Quattro camera.

The Sigma DP3 Quattro is a high-end compact camera with a new Foveon X3 Quattro image sensor and a 50mm f/2.8 fixed lens.

Braun Jumper II ActionCam

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro has announced an updated version of the Braun Jumper ActionCam. This affordable action camera shoots 8-megapixel stills and 1080p/30fps video footage, and includes an underwater housing that allows the camera to operate at a depth of up to 30m. The images and videos captured with the camera can be viewed on an integrated 1.77in LCD screen. The suggested retail price is £63.12 including VAT. "This is an easy to operate, no fuss ActionCam that will ideally suit those coming into this market for the first time," says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director. "With such a great price point this is also set to make a superb gift."

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 44 full-size sample images taken with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile 4x telephoto zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.

Official Olympus 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus Japan have released five full-resolution sample photos taken with their M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO ultra-wide zoom lens. Shot with the manufacturer's OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 II compact system cameras, the officialr M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO sample images were captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO1000/31°. You can download the files from the website below.

Website: Olympus Japan