Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RNI All Films 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Really Nice Images have released RNI All Films 3.0. This edition adds a new Analogue Softness feature, which is designed to eliminate any visual differences between high-resolution digital photos and genuine film images. Additionally, this major update brings more than 170 new film presets plus enhanced colour accuracy and improved skin tones. RNI All Films 3.0 is available for Lightroom 4 / 5 / CC and for ACR for Photoshop 6 / CC. The package is priced at $122 and contains 5 "sub-packages": Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Existing RNI All Films customers are entitled to a 50% discount.

G-Technology at BVE Expo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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G-Technology are displaying their latest products at BVE Expo 2015. These include the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and the also new G-RAID with USB 3.0 only (pictured). Featuring an internal RAID controller, solid all-aluminum enclosure, and quiet cooling fan technology, both solutions come with two removable, 7,200RPM enterprise-class hard drives for improved reliability. With transfer rates up to 440MB/s, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 easily supports multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows, the company says. Additionally, G-Technology are showcasing the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 and G-DRIVE ev RaW drives that boast features like watertight drive compartments and drop-resistance. BVE is currently ongoing at Excel London, and G-Technology's booth is located in Hall N18, stand M12.

FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Competitions
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The third FEP European Photo Book of the Year Award is now open for entry. Books can be entered in one of eight categories including Reportage, Portrait, Landscape, Nature photography, Nudes, Monographs, Commercial and self-published books. A single copy of each book must be sent by no later than 14 March 2015 to Adriano Scognamillo, via Bontempi,  2/a, 06122  Perugia-Italy. The entry fee for each book is 40,00 euros (60,00 € - for non-EU applicants). One winner will be chosen for each category and the winner will receive a diploma and a ceramic plate. One book from all the entries will be chosen as FEP Best Photographic Book 2015 and will receive the EUROPEAN BOOK PRIZE.

WCS Announces Camera Trap Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is looking for your camera trap images for an assignment on its Wild View Photo Blog. The Wild View editorial team will review and select submissions based on appeal, composition, originality, and technical quality. A group of chosen shots for this assignment will be posted on Wild View. You may enter up to two photographs in the competition. The winner of the assignment chosen by Wild View Photo Blog and WCS social media readers will receive a Patagonia Black Hole Backpack. The submission deadline is 23 March 2015.

Spider Monkey Rain Cover

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Spider Camera Holster have launched their new Spider Monkey Rain Cover. Lightweight and compact, the unique Spider Monkey Rain Cover attaches to the Spider Monkey Accessory Clip, which clips to the user’s own belt as well as all of Spider Holster’s belts and Lens Pouches. With a push of a finger, the rain cover detaches from the belt and offers users immediate gear protection from the elements. The Spider Monkey rain cover slips easily over any professional camera with plenty of room for lenses up to 70-200/2.8. It also features an elastic band so users can fully enclose their camera, allowing for maximum protection from rain, snow or sleet. The Spider Monkey Rain Cover carries an MSRP of $25.

Olympus E-M1 Firmware Update 3.0 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have issued a firware upgrade for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Preannounced at the beginning of February, Firmware Version 3.0  increases the maximum continuous shooting speed from 6.5fps to 9fps with auto focus maintained. With this update, AF tracking performance is improved when using C-AF Sequential H mode. Additionally, the new firmware adds support for Version 2.5 of the OI Share smartphone app You can update your camera's firmware using the free Digital Camera Updater utility.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Epson SureColor SC-P600 Unboxing

Mark Goldstein
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With printing amongst consumers in sharp decline, it's not often that we see a new photo printer these days. So it's with some excitement that the new prosumer Epson SureColor SC-P600 printer has arrived with us for testing. Before we bring you our full SC-P600 review, here's a look at what's in the box and the installation process...

Affinity Photo Review

Amy Davies
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Affinity Photo from Serif is a brand new photo editing software program that is taking aim at the market leader, Adobe Photoshop. Currently available as a free Beta download, can Affinity Photo really beat Photoshop at its own game? Read our Affinity Photo review to find out...

UK Pricing Revealed for Sigma 24mm and 150-600mm | C Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma UK today revealed the recommended retail prices and availability of their 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lenses. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A lens will have an RRP of £799.99 and be available in March in Canon and Sigma fit, with the Nikon version arriving in April. The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens will have an RRP of £1,199.99, becoming available in March in Sigma mount. The Canon variant will go on sale in April, with the Nikon version being launched in May.

PNY Memory Card Readers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY offers users a range of memory card readers including a wireless media reader (£49.99, pictured). This portable wireless storage device is compatible with Apple and Android devices, and allows users to easily share, stream and save their media content while on the move. Ssimply plug in your storage device (USB flash drive, SD card or microSD memory card) to access all your files on your mobile device via a secure Wi-Fi connection. The company also offers users a High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader (£14.99), a multi-slot digital hub that combines access to content from multiple USB flash drives, USB 2.0 devices and flash cards on one convenient device (£9.99), a portable All in One USB 2.0 Card reader with a retractable cable (£9.99) and a standard USB 2.0 Card Reader (£6.99) that supports several popular formats and features an LED indicator for safe card removal.

Philips BDM3470UP UltraWide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MMD, the brand license partner for Philips Monitors, today added a new AH-IPS LED monitor to its line-up of Philips UltraWide displays. The 34" Philips BDM3470UP monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21:9, SmartUniformity, HDMI and MHL support as well as USB3, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectivity. The new Philips 34-inch BDM3470UP display is available now for a price of £749.

X-Rite ColorMunki Display with Free Macphun Intensify Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite has teamed up with Macphun Software to offer a free copy of Macphun Intensify Pro, worth £45/€55, with special bundles of ColorMunki Display. “Using ColorMunki Display to create an accurate on screen image, enables photographers to edit with confidence, save time and money on repeated editing and printing and ensures consistency of results across a photographic workflow,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director, X-Rite Photo Europe. “With the accuracy in place, the addition of Macphun Intensify Pro gives Mac users a set of powerful controls to enhance the detail, structure, clarity and texture in an image.” Available across Europe, the offer runs from now until 21 March 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Leica X (Typ 113) Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Leica X (Typ 113) is a new professional compact camera, offering a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080p HD video recording, fast f/1.7 35mm lens, 5fps burst shooting and a 3-inch screen. Read our in-depth Leica X (Typ 113) review to find out if this mini-M hits the mark.

Panasonic Lumix G 45mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has unveiled two new Micro Four Thirds lenses. The Lumix G 45mm f/1.7 Power O.I.S. is an 85mm equivalent short telephoto lens with optical image stabilisation and 240fps Drive Auto Focus. The lens will become available in May in black and silver versions. The Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 Macro Mega O.I.S. (pictured), whose development was announced back in 2014, is a stabilised macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. This lens will also go on sale in May. Pricing - for both lenses - has yet to be communicated.

New Sizes Available for Marumi Lens Protect & UV Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the immediate availability of a number of new sizes for Marumi's Lens Protect and UV filters. The company's Exus range of Lens Protect Filters has been expanded with another three sizes: 39mm, 86mm and 95mm, giving a total of 16 thread sizes. The Marumi DHG Super Lens Protect Filters also have another two sizes to extend the range: 105mm and 127mm. Other new Marumi filters include 82mm, 86mm and 95mm in the Standard DHG UV Range and 82mm, 86mm and 95mm in the 'Super' DHG UV Range.

Bamboo Paper 2.5.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Wacom have released a new version of Bamboo Paper. This iPad app, together with the new Wacom stylus firmware update, considerably improves the precision of the smart styli (Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2) through better offset correction.. When setting up the app and configuring their stylus, users can now choose from six different wrist positions. These reflect the most common positions of the hand while writing and sketching. Bamboo Paper is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Faith Luvipod

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Inspired Photo Gear has launched the Faith Luvipod, a secure system to mount your smartphone or tablet to any tripod or light stand. Spring-loaded and fully adjustable for devices ranging from 120 mm to 220 mm, the Faith Luvipod will safely hold iPhones, iPad mini and even full sized iPads, android devices or field monitors. The stylish accessory can be attached to any light stand, tripod, magic arm, clamp etc. that employs a 1/4-20 inch standard tripod screw fitting, although for larger tablets and field monitors you’ll need to purchase the separately sold Faith stand. The Faith Luvipod is available for £19.99 ($33.68) with shipping available worldwide and will be premiering at The Photography Show next month on stand D131.

AOP Launches 2015 Student Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Association of Photographers (AOP) has opened the doors on its 2015 Student Awards. This year the AOP has partnered with innovative London prolab and art printer theprintspace who will be hosting the Awards ceremony and exhibition this summer. Iconic London studio, Holborn Studios, will provide a day's free studio hire including a professional lighting set-up for the overall winner. Further prizes will be announced shortly. The Awards carry four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer. THese include Social media: Animal conservation, Product shots: Sense, Brand Image: Charity and Sunday supplement cover. The Awards are open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography (this may not necessarily be a full-time photography course). The deadline for entries is 30th April.

Braun Master ActionCam II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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has announced an updated version of its Braun Master Action Camera. Version II offers faster speed, better battery life, HD Slow Motion, Time Lapse and image stabilisation. Footage is captured via the Panasonic 16MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor and ultra-sharp glass f/2.8 lens. The camera is waterproof down to 60m with its special housing (included), and comes with built-in stereo microphones and a 2in LCD screen. The suggested retail price is £249.95 for the camera and a wide range of bundled accessories.

Joby UltraPlate 208

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby has added a new Arca-Swiss compatible accessory to its Pro Series photographic tools. Designed to be portable, practical and versatile, the Joby UltraPlate 208 (£26), also available in a bundle with the Joby Hnad Grip (£43 kit price), is an extended quick-release plate that includes eight ¼-20" mounting holes. It works with the JOBY Ballhead X and other Arca-Swiss compatible tripods. Eight mounting holes can support a wide array of gear: a DLSR, action camera such as GoPro, JOBY GorillaPod Arm or Locking Arm, flash unit, microphone or even a smartphone when paired with a JOBY GripTight Mount. The UltraPlate 208 is crafted of high-quality, machined aluminium for long-lasting strength.