Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olloclip have just added the all-new Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus to their product lineup. Featuring an Ultra-Wide and a Telephoto lens, the Active Lens works on both the front and rear facing cameras and clips on and off the iPhone in seconds without the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket. Included are three wearable pendants to keep the olloclip Active Lens easily accessible on a keychain, backpack, handbag ‑ or anywhere within reach. “Size matters.  The real challenge is introduced when innovating quality optics in a compact and lightweight form factor,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “That’s why at olloclip, we've created a collection of beautifully designed, easy-to-use mobile lens systems with no oversized, heavy lenses or the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket ‑ just the way a mobile photographer would expect it.” Active Lens retails for £89.99 and is now available for pre-order on the website below.

Xara Web Designer 11 Premium

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara have released version 11 of their Web Designer Premium application. The software comes with the beta version of cloud.xara which is billed as an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of a Xara website using a web browser on any computer or tablet. It also includes a flexible new widget for creating slideshows, which can be useful for photographers. Xara Web Designer 11 Premium retails for £69.99 / €99.99 / $99.99.

Nikon Coolpix L840 Review

Jack Baker
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The Nikon Coolpix L840 is an affordable super-zoom compact camera with a 38x zoom lens. The 16 megapixel bridge-style Nikon L840 has a tilting 3-inch LCD screen, 1080p movies, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and it uses AA batteries. Read our Nikon Coolpix L840 review to find out if this is the right super zoom compact camera for you...

Booq Python Catch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Booq have unveiled their newest addition to the photography-oriented Python collection: the Python catch. Its unconventional design features rugged, sustainable material, customisable organisation and enough space to accommodate two SLR cameras, up to four lenses and a 15" laptop. The Python catch’s main compartment features three primary densely padded dividers and four padded subdividers that users can configure to fit their gear of choice. The interior flap offers transparent pockets so users can store accessories without losing track of them. For extensive outdoor conditions, a rain cover with reflective elements provides protection and visibility in low light situations. The Python catch is available now for $295.

Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Kit Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Flash Kit is now available for purchase in the UK in both Canon and Nikon fittings. The flash kit is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System (NAS) flash guns. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94.

Lensbaby Velvet 56 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 36 full-size sample images taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Lensbaby Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 manual-focus portrait and macro lens for DSLR cameras.

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 21 full-size sample images taken with the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC is a fast short telephoto prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 25 full-size sample images taken with the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body.

The Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC is a fast standard prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

LG G4c

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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LG have officially launched the LG G4c smartphone. As the smaller sibling of the LG G4, the 5", 720p  LG G4c features an 8-megapixel rear camera module with flash, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits. Other popular LG exclusives such as Gesture Shot, Glance View and Knock Code are also included. The LG G4c is scheduled to launch in key strategic markets in the weeks to come – with the UK release date in June. Prices and participating carriers will be announced locally at the time of availability.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 99 full-size sample images and a 4K video clip taken with a pre-production version of the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 compact system camera and 3 lenses - the 14-140mm kit lens, 30mm macro and 42.5mm portrait.

The Panasonic DMC-LUMIX DMC-G7 is a new mid-range compact system camera that features 4K video shooting. The LUMIX DMC-G7 also offers a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, fast and accurate Auto Focus (AF) system (0.07 seconds), 8fps burst shooting, 1/32000th top shutter speed, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Calumet Academy Announces June Workshops

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Calumet UK has announced a range of workshops for the month of June. All seminars and workshops are individually priced and students can take advantage of a discounted rate. John Gallo will be hosting a 2-part event entitled "Mastering Street Photography - Photojournalism as an Art Form" on 11-12 June in Bristol. Victor Aberdeen will hold free colour management workshops in Calumet Photographic's London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol stores. Jon Gray will lead a creattive Hollywood beauty and fashion lighting masterclass on the 13th, at Calumet London. Last but not least, the company's Birmingham shop will be home tp an art nude photography workshopwith Rory Lewis. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Clip 2 Wearable Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Narrative’s tiny, automatic Clip 2 camera - which features wireless connectivity and versatile mounting options - is now available for pre-order. Those who order their Clip 2 before 31st May will receive their Clip 2 first with free shipping and an exclusive Narrative Clip skin to customise the camera for optimised wearability. Each pre-order customer also has a chance to win a “Golden Ticket,” a free round-trip ticket to visit a loved one by answering the question, ‘who would you like to reconnect with and why?’ The winner will be selected after pre-order closes and will be able to capture the special experience on the new Clip 2 camera. Pre-orders can be made at the Narrative website for $199.

Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P610

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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White Knight Press has released its newest camera guide book, Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P610: Getting the Most from Nikon’s Superzoom Digital Camera. Explaining topics such as autofocus, manual focus, aperture priority, shutter priority, HDR imaging, sensitivity and flash modes; this book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to use the camera’s many shooting options to get the results they want. Furthermore, it also includes a discussion of techniques for using the camera’s phenomenal zoom lens, with a 35mm-equivalent maximum focal length of 1440mm, to full advantage. The book also discusses the camera’s features for image transfer and remote control through the P610’s built-in wireless network, as well as its features for geotagging your photos. The paperback version is available now for $24.95 from Amazon, while the eBook editions can be downloaded from the website below for $9.99.

Samsung NX1 Firmware Update 1.30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have posted a firmware update for the professional grade Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.30 incorporates no less than 19 new features, enhancements and bug fixes. These include major improvements to AF operation in low light, spot light and backlight, a brand new Zone AF mode, various movie mode enhancements, and much more. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

RPS Makes Model Release Form Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Citing "increased public concerns over privacy and the need for photographers to protect themselves and the people they photograph," The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has produced a generic model release form which it has made freely available for all photographers to download. "A model release form specifies how pictures can be used and is there to protect both the photographer and his/her subjects," the Society said in a statement. "Properly completed a signed form will protect the photographer in the event of any future claim." You can download the form from the website below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the DMC-GH4 camera.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 compact system camera integrates 4K video recording capability and a variety of 4K Photo functions. The LUMIX DMC-G7 records  QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 at 25p (50Hz) or 24p in MP4 with full-time auto-focusing. The 4K Photo function allows you to extract an 8-megapixel still, and three 4K Photo functions are newly integrated into the LUMIX DMC-G7: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst.

Other key features include a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO 25600, ultra-high speed AF of just 0.07 sec, Wi-Fi connectivity, high-speed dual OLED Live View Finder, and a 3-inch 1040K-dot Free-Angle touch screen display.

The LUMIX G7 will be available from mid-June in the UK.

DMC-G7HEB-K in black - £849
DMC-G7KEB-K in black - £679
DMC-G7EB-K in black - £599
DMC-G7WEB-S in silver sold at Jessops - £779
DMC-G7KEB-S in silver sold at Jessops - £679

‘My World’ Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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PicHit.Me have announced a photography competition in collaboration with Microsoft and Shutterstock. The contest runs under the theme "My World" and the prizes include a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, a Lumia 1520 smartphone, Shutterstock portfolio reviews, and much more. There is a bonus cash prize of $200 for the five photographers that upload the most photos (being at least 25 photographs) that are correctly tagged and have the most overall likes. To participate, the photographers need to upload their entries to the website below.

X-Rite Announce Prize Draw Winner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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X-Rite Photo Europe has announced the winner of its European prize draw to win a photographic trip to Iceland. Paola Chartroux from Italy (above) will enjoy a photographic workshop travelling across Iceland, with opportunities to capture the country’s stunning landscape and receive tuition from a world-leading photographic team. Focus on Nature, who will deliver the tour, is run by X-Rite Coloratti Einar Erlendsson. He commented: “Paola is about to go on a journey that I hope she will never forget... The workshops are steered by local Icelandic experts and world-renowned photographers, and the landscapes on offer range from the vast to the miniscule, but all an ocean away from anything she will have been able to capture before.” Paola's journey will be documented by X-Rite on the website below.

LG G4 Availability Confirmed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The new LG G4 smartphone will begin rolling out this week to consumers in key markets around the world. Featuring a 1/2.6"-type sixteen-megapixel sensor, an f/1.8 lens and an external white balance sensor, the LG G4 offers raw photo capture, and a wide range of manual adjustments including shutter speed, focus and ISO sensitivity, as well as optical image stabilisation, laser auto focus and a live histogram. Starting in Hong Kong, the G4 will follow with rollouts in Turkey, Russia and Singapore, eventually including most of Europe, North America, CIS, Southeast Asia, Middle East/Africa and South/Central America. It will arrive in the UK on 28th May.