Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Samsung NX1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images and movies taken with the exciting new Samsung NX1 compact system camera.

The weather-sealed Samsung NX1 has a 28MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, 15fps continuous shooting, auto-focus system with 205 Phase Detection AF points, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS lens mounted on a Samsung NX1 body.

The Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS is a new premium telephoto zoom for Samsung NX compact system cameras, providing an effective focal range of 77-231mm in 35mm terms.

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR is a new professional telephoto zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal range of 76-213mm in 35mm terms, 5 stops of built-in image stabilisation, weather-proofing, fast and quiet auto-focusing and an aperture ring, is the new 50-140mm f/2.8 lens a worthy addition to the XF family? Read our in-depth Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR review to find out...

Olloclip Celebrates New Website Launch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Olloclip has officially launched its new website, designed to serve as a social hub for the mobile photography industry. The new website offers an integrated European web store which allows olloclip lenses to be shipped directly from within Europe. This allows local European customers to save up to 25% on their purchase and benefit from fast delivery within 48 hours from placing their order. “The olloclip brand was built on the idea of minimalism and ease of use while pushing the lines of innovation. Our mission is to continually extend the parameters of what is possible in mobile photography, but our website up to now did not reflect that,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder.  “There was a need to simplify the shopping experience while efficiently telling our brand story in an engaging and meaningful way. While the revamped site itself doesn’t introduce any new programming innovations, it is more responsive and visually appealing and functions easily on everything from a smartphone to a computer.”

Sony World Photography Awards Judges Revealed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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With just over one month remaining for photographers to enter the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Organisation has announced the Honorary Judging Committee for this year’s Professional competition. The jury comprises of industry leaders inducing: Joanna Milter, Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine (USA), Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, VICE Magazine (USA), Enrica Viganó, Curator and Writer (Italy), Xingxin Guo, Vice Director of New Media Department of Photo Center of Xinhua News Agency and Editor-in-Chief of CICPHOTO (China), Oliver Schmitt, Photo Editor, Spiegel Online (Germany), Maria Pieri, Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller, (UK) and Sasha Erwitt, Picture Editor (USA). Entries to the Open and Youth competitions of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will close on 5th January 2015, followed by the deadline for the Professional competition on 8th January. All competitions are free to enter via the website below.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new silver edition of the Fujfilm X-T1 adds a more durable coating, ultra-fast electronic shutter, Natural Live View function, and a Classic Chrome film simulation mode to one of the year's most popular mirrorless cameras. Read our Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver review to find out if this new edition is another hit for Fujifilm...

Aries Blackbird X10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama today announced the availability of the brand new Aries Blackbird X10, a professional, remotely controlled aerial quadcopter that captures photos and movies from up to 1,500 feet. With its on-board camera, the Blackbird X10 is capable of recording up to 1080P/30fps Full HD video as well as 16-megapixel still images. The drone features integrated flight and camera control, 6-axis gyro stability, GPS accuracy, advanced intelligent flight control systems, a weather-protected build, and a wide, stable landing base. Perfect for advanced hobbyist or professional photographers and cinematographers, the Aries Blackbird X10 features simple and flexible operating controls and a flight time of up to 25 minutes per charge. The Aries Blackbird X10 is available now for $799, exclusively from Adorama.

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 Shortlist Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The shortlist for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 has been announced. This year’s selection showcases a diversity of photographic approaches, which include video and object/text based works and encompass social documentary, portraiture and contemporary art photography. The shortlisted artists include Nikolai Bakharev for his exhibition at the 55th Biennale of Art in Venice, Zanele Muholi for her publication Faces and Phases 2006 – 2014, Viviane Sassen for her exhibition Umbra at Nederlands Fotomuseum, and Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse for their publication Ponte City. For more information, visit the website below.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Olympus 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 27 sample images taken with the Olympus 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap lens.

The Olympus 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap is a unique, ultra-slim 18mm equivalent fisheye lens with a 140° angle of view for the Micro Four thirds system.

Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 33 sample images taken with the Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap lens.

The Olympus 15mm f/8.0 Body Cap is a unique, ultra-slim 30mm equivalent lens for the Micro Four thirds system.

Casio EX-MR1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Casio Exilim EX-MR1 is a new 14-megapixel compact camera featuring a 21mm equivalent lens hidden behind a large mirror whose unique coating allows light to pass through to the lens. When looking into this mirror, the user can easily take a self–portrait with just a press of the shutter button. Of course, you can also use the Casio EX-MR1 in a more conventional way, by composing your photos on the 2.7" rear screen. Other highlights include face detection, Full HD movie recording and Wi-Fi. The camera is compatible with the EXILIM Link smartphone app, which enables users to view and share their images on their favourite social networks. The Casio Exilim EX-MR1 will be available in green, pink and white. Pricing to be confirmed.

Hänska X Impossible

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Instant film manufacturer Impossible and handbag designer Nora Hänska have teamed up to create a modern, stylish, adaptable solution to travelling with your  Polaroid camera. The Hänska X Impossible collaboration was born from a shared desire to create something useful yet beautiful for the everyday urban instant photographer. This first bag has been designed to safely store a Polaroid 600-type camera or Impossible Instant Lab and up to four packs of Impossible film. The body of the bag is made with high-grade aryl, a water-repellent fabric used to construct boat sails. The Hänska x Impossible is available now from the Impossible shop and selected retailers for €100.

Transcend 256GB SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 SDXC Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has launched a range of UHS-I Speed Class 3 SDXC memory cards. With a wide range of capacities from 64GB to 256GB, Transcend's UHS-I U3 cards make extended video recording sessions possible thanks to the use of the exFAT file system that allows users to exceed the 4GB size per file limit of FAT32. The largest-capacity 256GB SDXC UHS-I U3 card can store more than 40,000 high-resolution JPEG images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), over 16,000 raw image files (based on 14MB file size), or a full 16 hours of 4K video footage (4096x2160 35Mb/s H.264 AVC compression). The new memory cards are capable of reaching read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DxO OpticsPro v10.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have just launched DxO OpticsPro v10.1. The program is now compatible with Lightroom and other third-party software’s star ranking systems, has improved the speed at which it displays its visual presets in Windows, and has enriched its DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint plugins. This update also allows DxO OpticsPro 10 to support the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X (pictured), the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC- ZS40, and the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

PSKiss releases Faces & Places Colour DNG Profiles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PSKiss hsd released its Faces & Places Colour DNG profiles for Lightroom and Photoshop. The new profiles include Dark Skin 2, Lights On, Man's World, Vintage 2, Tanned Bride and Vivid Landscape 2. The Faces & Places pack, which is part of the growing PSKiss Looks Series, is available for $14.90 per camera.

Phase One Launches Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Phase One has launched a photo contest that asks entrants to submit one photo illustrating their concept: “What the world’s best [__________] is made of.” The competition is open throughout December, one entry per person. In January, ten finalists will be announced, and their work will be featured on Phase One social media sites. From the 10 finalists, a panel of three judges, including pro photographers Tim Kemple, Michael Woloszynowicz and Paul Reiffer, will make the final selection, and the winner - will receive a Phase One IQ250 medium format camera system to use for one month - will be announced during the first week of February.

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 35

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 35 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month's Behind the Lens feature and Video Blog, David continues the account of his trip to California in September, which includes bears, cubs, giant trees, and a waterfall dunking. For The Low Down, he starts a new mini series on the topic of Exposure; in this piece he starts right at the beginning with metering. And for this month’s How It’s Done, David explains how he captured the full expanse of La Grotte Sarrazine in a vertical panorama during his recent trip to the Jura. Guest contributors include Ross Hoddinott, Chris Weston and Jonathan Andrew. Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Camera Caddy II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Camera Caddy II is a new a tripod mounted gear bag that holds extra gear for quick access and stabilises your tripod. Compared to the first-generation Camera Caddy, the new version features deeper pockets, easier-to-use slider buckles, additional colours and a centreclip to hang extra weight when the pockets are full of gear. The Camera Caddy is now available in 5 colours including Silver, Black/Silver, Yellow, Lime Green and Universal Camouflage. The recommended retail price is $44.95 but the Camera Caddy II is now available at an inttroductory price of $35.00.

Philips BDM4065UC Monitor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MMD has added a new 40" UHD monitor to its line-up of Philips 4K Ultra HD displays. Offering four times the pixel count of Full HD, the massive Philips BDM4065UC display provides plenty of room to spread out on, so users can navigate multiple applications and windows simultaneously. The display features true 8-bit colour per channel and a refresh rate of 60 Hertz, while the VA panel technology ensures exceptional contrast. Moreover, the ultra-narrow bezel design makes it possible to place two 40-inch displays side by side without the distraction of physical bezels. The DisplayPort 1.2 digital PC-to-Display link supports data transfer speeds of up to 10.8 Gbps, for faster imaging and zero-latency refresh rates. Also upping the connectivity choices are MHL support for enjoying mobile content on the big screen (while charging the mobile device at the same time), superfast USB 3.0, and HDMI 1.4. The new Philips 40-inch BDM4065UC display is now available at a suggested retail price of £549.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tonality Pro Review

Jon Canfield | Software Reviews
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Tonality Pro is a new black and white software program aimed at professional photographers. Offering native RAW processing with 16-bit support, over 150 one-click presets and support for multiple layers, is this the best b&w conversion software? Read our in-depth Tonality Pro review now to find out...