Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GPF International Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Guernsey Photography Festival (GPF) and Raven Russia Ltd have launched a major international photography competition with a prize of £5000 and an opportunity to exhibit at the next Guernsey Photography Festival. The contest is open to all photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, and there is no set theme. “We are delighted to be able to support this competition,” says Glynn Hirsch CEO of Raven Russia. “The Guernsey Photography Festival is now an established event that has national and international recognition. This prize will help raise the island’s profile abroad and will further cement Guernsey’s place as a centre of excellence for business and cultural activities. We are proud to be a part of it.” The entry fee is £15 per project. Entries must be received no later than 15 June 2015.

ioSafe Solo G3 Special Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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In celebration of World Backup Day, ioSafe has announced a special offer on its Solo G3 external hard drive. Featuring fanless FloSafe Vent Design for near-silent operation, the ioSafe Solo G3 is waterproof to 10m and protects data from loss in temperatures up to 1550°F for up to half an hour. Visit ioSafe to get 15% off the 3TB version plus a free upgrade to the 3 year Data Recovery Service until 15 April 2015.

Capture One Pro 8.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One Pro 8.2. This update adds support for the Fujifilm X-A2, Nikon D5500, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Samsung NX1 cameras and eleven lenses (one from Nikon, one from Sigma and nine from Zeiss), plus offers a new Colour Balance tool. Capture One Pro 8.2 is a free update to existing Capture One Pro 8 customers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sony FE 28mm F2, FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Sony are showcasing the new FE 28mm F2, FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA at this year's Photography Show. We grabbed some hands-on shots of the three new lenses (there wasn't a 90mm sample) and the two convertor lenses for the 28mm lens that were also recently announced.

Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic are showing samples of the brand new Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro lenses to the press at The Photography Show. The Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 in particular has to be seen to be believed - it really is a tiny prime lens that's perfectly matched to the GM-series of cameras.

X-Rite Team Up with Adobe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite are offering a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, worth £102, with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2. “When working in Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC or both, photographers need the confidence that they are seeing an accurate representation of their image. They need the reassurance that the adjustments they are making in these powerful applications will appear correctly on screen and in print,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” For more information, visit the website below.

Sigma dp0 Quattro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sigma are showing the Sigma dp0 Quattro compact camera for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show. The Sigma dp0 Quattro is a new compact camera with the Foveon X3 direct image sensor and a 21mm f/4 lens. Here are some hands-on photos of the new dp0 Quattro and the 150-600mm Contemporary lens that is also making its UK debut at the show.

Pentax Full Frame DSLR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh are exhibiting the Pentax full-frame DSLR mockup at the Photograph Show in Birmingham, UK. Scheduled for launch by the end of 2015, a very early prototype of the new full frame K-mount DSLR is being shown under glass. No additional details were forthcoming from the tight-lipped Ricoh staff...

Fantasea Line FG7X Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has announced the availability of the FG7X underwater housing for the Canon PowerShot G7 X digital compact camera. Manufactured to the highest professional standards, the Fantasea Line FG7X housing provides access to all camera essential functions with ergonomically designed and labelled controls. The FG7X has been successfully depth tested to 80 metres (240ft.) and is certified to a maximum depth of 60m (200ft.), which is well beyond the 40m (130ft.) dive limit of most compact housings. The FG7X was designed to be compatible with a complete accessory system including wide-angle and macro lenses, color correction filters, flashes, video lights and all necessary adaptors and connectors. The housing is now available and accepting orders.

Ashampoo Snap 8 for WIndows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ashampoo Snap 8 is a desktop application that enables users to capture, edit and share screen contents either as single images or videos. This version comes with basic OCR/text recognition allowing users to convert e-mail addresses and text from photos, scanned documents or PDF files into editable computer text. Another addition is the picture-in-picture feature that includes output from your webcam in users' videos. The new capture controls allow you to pause your videos, add effects or apply timer-based time restrictions. The software is priced at £24.99, but you can currently purchase it for a discounted price of £12.49.

Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Wapping Project Bankside (Top Floor, Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London) has announced Estonian photographer, Alexander Gronsky’s first exhibition with the gallery. Gronsky’s Pastoral series of large format photographs of Moscow’s suburban areas are reminiscent of the arcadian images created by 19th century landscape painters and he reconstructs them in a way that jars with the romantic representations of a bygone era. Also included in the exhibition are three works from Gronsky’s Reconstruction series that documents reenactments of historic Russian battles whilst simultaneously rendering them anachronistic with the inclusion of onlookers into the frame. The exhibition will be on show from 14 April - 29 May 2015.

Leica at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Leica Camera UK are displaying their current line-up of products, including the Leica M-P and M-A, at The Photography Show. The company is offering visitors to their stand in Hall 5 an exclusive ‘complimentary 48 Hour test drive’ at participating dealers nationwide, normally £80. In the booth, Leica experts are on hand to demonstrate visitors the latest from Leica and answer any questions.Today's programme includes a demonstration by Wayne Johns, a conversation with Richard Seymour, and an opportunity to try out the Leica S-Sytem in a studio setting, with a professional model. Click through / scroll down for the detailed schedule.

Friday, March 20, 2015

NEC Europe Launches SpectraView II Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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NEC Display Solutions Europe has released its new SpectraView II calibration software for PA series desktop monitors. “The importance and benefit of colour accuracy and colour management is connected with the rise of large format display applications in which image content branding and corporate identities increasingly need to be respected,” says Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe. “Additionally, high-end photography is no longer limited to the professional studio, as ‘prosumers’ also seek more life-like results from their displays. We are delighted to welcome SpectraView II software to the European market, with full confidence that it will continue the success seen in North America.” The NEC MultiSync PA-SV2 Desktop Display Series will ship with the SpectraView II calibration program aas standard. The suggested retail price for SpectraView II software as a standalone product is €89.

Adobe Camera Raw 8.8 & DNG Converter 8.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released the final version of ACR 8.8 and DNG Converter 8.8. This update adds raw image file support for the Casio EX-ZR3500, the Canon EOS 750D and 760D, the Fujifilm X-A2 and XQ2. the Hasselblad Stellar II, the Nikon D5500, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, the Panasonic GF7 and the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. It also adds several new lens profiles and bug fixes.

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Service Pack 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel has released an update to PaintShop Pro X7. Service Pack 2 adds support for raw files generated by the Canon EOS 7D MarkII, PowerShot G7X and PowerShot SX60HS, the Fujifilm S1, X100T and X30, the Nikon D750, D810, 1 J4 and 1 S2, the Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) and V-LUX (Typ 114), the Olympus E-PL7, the Pentax K-S1, the Panasonic CM1, LX100, FZ1000, GH4 and the GM5, the Samsung NX3000 and NX1, plus the Sony ILCA-A77M2, A7M2, and A7S. The update also brings a wealth of feature enhancements and bug fixes.

CineBags CB 26 GP Bunker

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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California-based camera bag manufacturers CineBags have introduced their latest design, the CB26 GP Bunker. Designed for GoPro cameras and accessories, the CineBags CB 26 GP Bunker has a padded carry handle, removable shoulder strap, exterior pouches with over-sized zippers and a padded laptop compartment. The new CB26 GP Bunker will officially be introduced at the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas and is available from B&H, AbelCine, Adorama, Express Video Supply, Studio Depot, Filmtools, and Amazon.
 

MAC Group Europe Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Modelled after its American parent company, MAC Group US, the new MAC Group Europe unit will bring the same unique line of products to the EU. "We believe in the old-fashioned way of selling, people-to-people," says MAC Group president Jan Lederman. "So our new sales team will be bringing that message, face-to-face, with our European dealers." Leading the foray into this territory from the company's new Wolverhampton headquarters will be Managing Director Nigel Fielden, who previously spent many years overseeing the European market for Lowepro and Manfrotto. The group's current brand portfolio includes Benro, Induro, MeFOTO, Tenba and Vü.

Tiffen at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events
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This year, Tiffen will be showcasing a large variety of brands that fall under the Tiffen umbrella, including Lowel Lighting, Steadicam, Domke and Tiffen filters, at The Photography Show. “Tiffen believe that today’s photographers are becoming increasingly creative and are thirsty for the knowledge and believe The Photography Show have addressed this need by offering invaluable talks, seminars and training sessions for visitors whilst they search for the best price on products and accessories to help them achieve such content". Daniel Waite, International Sales Manager Tiffen International Ltd says. “Tiffen have organised a number of such sessions with Damien Demolder, who will be hosting 45 minute presentations with the full range of XLE filters. These will take place, free of charge on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday from 2:30pm on the Tiffen stand - H61." The Photography Show will be taking place from tomorrow until 24th March at the Birmingham NEC.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Manfrotto 190 go!

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today launched the 190 go!, a new product in the 190 tripod series. The 190 go! is the lightest and most compact 190 in the aluminium range, weighing just 1.7kg. Folding down to 45cm in length, the 190 go! is extremely compact, allowing more room for extra gear. Despite its compact size, the 190 go! extends out to a maximum height of 146cm. The new twist locking system allows the easy opening and closure of all sections at once with a single hand. The twist lock system adds to the 190 go!’s slim line profile making it even more portable. The 190 go! is available now and priced at £159.95.

BPI News Photography Show ‘Consumer’ Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The British Photography Industry News, a monthly trade magazine edited by regular PhotographyBLOG contributor Gavin Stoker, is celebrating the launch of The Photography Show with a one-off special consumer edition. With a print run of 6000, the magazine is being given away for free across the four days of the show. The electronic version, which includes a useful floorplan, is available online allowing you to plan your visit ahead of time.

Website: BPI News