Friday, July 7, 2017

Novo MVS-01 Monopod Stand

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Novo MVS-01 Monopod Stand is a universal three legged stand that connects directly to the bottom of any monopod that features a 1/4" mount. To attach the stand to the monopod, users simply unscrew the foot and spike at the base of the monopod and replace it by screwing in the MVS-01 Monopod Stand. To remove, push the silver release button on each leg and unscrew or leave it on and fold back the legs so the stand can then be carried as part of the monopod and is always ready for use. Additionally, it can also be used as a table top mini tripod due to a swivel and panning mini head that also locks when used as a monopod stand.

The Novo MVS-01 Monopod Stand is a universal three legged stand that connects directly to the bottom of any monopod that features a 1/4" mount. To attach the stand to the monopod, users simply unscrew the foot and spike at the base of the monopod and replace it...

Novo Excel Pro Circular Polariser Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The advanced Novo Excel Pro Circular Polariser boasts nano multi-coatings and additional specialised coatings to provide a water and oil repellent, scratch resistance surface. Featuring an ultra-slim black almite frame, at just 7mm, helping to avoid any vignetting on ultra wide angle lenses. The special multi-coated optics ensure optimum image quality, minimising unwanted optical artefacts such as ghosting and internal reflections, and maximising light transmission. Additionally, the Novo Excel Pro Circular Polarisers offer a light loss of only 1.3 stops. The filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 86mm.

The advanced Novo Excel Pro Circular Polariser boasts nano multi-coatings and additional specialised coatings to provide a water and oil repellent, scratch resistance surface. Featuring an ultra-slim black almite frame, at just 7mm, helping to avoid any vignetting on ultra wide angle lenses. The special multi-coated optics ensure optimum image...

Novo Excel Pro UV Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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UK Optics have annpunced the Novo Excel Pro UV filters. These water- and oil-repellent, scratch resistant, nano multi-coated filters are manufactured from 'Super White' German Schott glass, thus offering a light transmission greater than 99.3%. The new Novo Excel Pro UV filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 86mm.

UK Optics have annpunced the Novo Excel Pro UV filters. These water- and oil-repellent, scratch resistant, nano multi-coated filters are manufactured from 'Super White' German Schott glass, thus offering a light transmission greater than 99.3%. The new Novo Excel Pro UV filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 86mm.

New Auction House Opens in London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Flints Auctioneers specialising in cameras, scientific & medical instruments as well as early technology has now opened for business in London. The new auction house will hold at least four Fine sales a year offering cameras from the earliest wet plate examples through to modern 35mm ones, and antique scientific and medical instruments. In addition, three annual Collectors sales will offer more affordable pieces as well as group lots. The auctions will be held in London at Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA.

Flints Auctioneers specialising in cameras, scientific & medical instruments as well as early technology has now opened for business in London. The new auction house will hold at least four Fine sales a year offering cameras from the earliest wet plate examples through to modern 35mm ones, and antique scientific...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fantasea Line Launch New Underwater Lighting Products

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line have introduced a selection of products designed to enhance lighting of underwater images and videos, including LED Strobe Triggers, Fiber Optic Cables and a powerful video light. Featuring an ergonomic design and a built-in YS connector, the Radiant 3000F Video Light (pictured) offers a variety of operation modes, which make the light suitable to light a wide range of classic and creative compositions. Operation modes include flood light (100 degrees), spot light (15 degrees), red light, Ultra Violet (UV) & Blue light and two flashing modes (constant and SOS) that can serve for signaling / SOS purposes. Depth rated to 100 metres/330 feet, the Radiant 3000F makes use of 3 powerful LEDs for red light, 4 LEDs for UV & blue light, one X-PL LED for spot light and a new Cob (chip-on-board) LED array for flood light, which provides an impressively bright, wide and even beam. The FA-1 LED Strobe Trigger and the FA-2 LED Strobe Trigger  trigger underwater strobes and flashes to fire in sync with the camera using fiber optic cables, such as the Fiber Optic Cable A1 and the Fiber Optic Cable B2. Click through / read on for the details.

Fantasea Line have introduced a selection of products designed to enhance lighting of underwater images and videos, including LED Strobe Triggers, Fiber Optic Cables and a powerful video light. Featuring an ergonomic design and a built-in YS connector, the Radiant 3000F Video Light (pictured) offers a variety of operation...

Historic Photographer of the Year Awards Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The first Historic Photographer of the Year Awards is now open to amateur and professional photographers around the world. Celebrating the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards is a joint venture between two cultural brands, Trip Historic, the leading online travel guide to the world’s historic sites, and History Hit which brings unique content and insight from some of the UK’s best known historians and academics. Judging all entries will be a panel of experts including broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, All About History Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Hoare and David Gilbert, Chair of Creative United. Commenting on the Awards, Dan Snow said: “‘All of us on the panel of judges want to be wowed! We want to see images that astonish, evoke emotion and inspire people to visit new, exciting and fascinating places, not just in the UK but all over the world. The best advice I can give is that your shots should be original, beautiful and unique. Above all, we want you to tell the story of the world’s ancient landmarks through your sensational photography.” By taking part, photographers will get the chance to win a prize of £2,500 and have their winning image showcased across the media.

The first Historic Photographer of the Year Awards is now open to amateur and professional photographers around the world. Celebrating the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards is a joint venture between two cultural brands, Trip Historic, the leading...

Nikon D7500 Review

Amy Davies
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The Nikon D7500 is a new prosumer DSLR camera, succeeding the D7200 model from 2013. Coming across like a mini D500, the weather-proof D7500 features a 20.9 megapixel DX image sensor, 51-point autofocusing system, wi-fi, bluetooth and NFC connectivity, 8fps burst shooting, a tilting touch-sensitive screen and 4K video recording. Read our Nikon D7500 review to find out if it's the right camera for you...

Nikon Coolpix B700 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Nikon Coolpix B700 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a whopping 60x zoom lens. Retailing for around $499 / £359, the 20 megapixel Nikon B700 comes complete with built-in wi-fi connectivity, manual control, Raw support, a 3-inch tilting screen and 4K movie recording. Read our Nikon Coolpix B700 review to find out if this superzoom camera is worth a look...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Canon Unveil New Urban Art Exhibition in London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Canon today unveiled an exciting new urban art exhibition at London’s Pop Brixton as part of a Europe-wide initiative that highlights the importance of photojournalism in telling the stories that need to be told. The exhibition documents the trials and tribulations of being a Grime artist in London, a genre enjoying a breakout period following its recent success scooping a Mercury Prize in September. The story was captured on the EOS 5D Mark IV, by Reuters award-winning photojournalist, Paul Hackett. To bring the images to life, Canon has teamed up with art installation group, Remain Different. Through their work, Paul’s unique story is shared with the public by incorporating his powerful imagery with Pop Brixton’s unique architecture including shipping containers, concrete arches and staircases.. The exhibition is on display from 5th –  16th July.

Canon today unveiled an exciting new urban art exhibition at London’s Pop Brixton as part of a Europe-wide initiative that highlights the importance of photojournalism in telling the stories that need to be told. The exhibition documents the trials and tribulations of being a Grime artist in London,...

Irix Edge Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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TH Swiss have announced the official launch of their Irix Edge series of screw-in filters, including UV & Protector, Circular Polariser and ND filters with various densities. The Irix Edge UV & Protector (€76) filter offers extraordinary light transmission thanks to its high-quality optical glass and multi-layer anti-reflective coating. Its additional waterproof Nano coating helps keeping the glass surface free of stains and water droplets. Irix UV filter also provides decent protection of the front lens under extreme circumstances. The Irix Edge Circular Polariser (€105) reduces reflections from non-metallic surfaces, emphasizes details and increases colour density of the pictures. Thanks to the slim and ultralight aluminium frame with knurled edges, filter is easy to operate through filter window and causes no vignetting on the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. Last but not least, the Irix Edge ND filters (€115-€117) are available in 3-stop, 5-stop, 7-stop and 10-stop versions.

TH Swiss have announced the official launch of their Irix Edge series of screw-in filters, including UV & Protector, Circular Polariser and ND filters with various densities. The Irix Edge UV & Protector (€76) filter offers extraordinary light transmission thanks to its high-quality optical glass and multi-layer anti-reflective coating. Its...

LockCircle PRO M.95 Syste for Zeiss Otus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LockCircle have announced their PRO M.95 system - a kit of 95mm three Front Mount Cinema Standard adapter rings - for the Zeiss Otus 28/55/85mm lenses. The PRO M.95 adapter rings are CNC machined from billet aluminium and anodised to match the lenses' surface finish. The kit also includes graphic coded front and rear caps. The PRO M.95 system is available now at prices starting from $149 + shipping.

LockCircle have announced their PRO M.95 system - a kit of 95mm three Front Mount Cinema Standard adapter rings - for the Zeiss Otus 28/55/85mm lenses. The PRO M.95 adapter rings are CNC machined from billet aluminium and anodised to match the lenses' surface finish. The kit also includes graphic...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art is an exciting new professional standard zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Retailing for £1399 / $1299, can the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 compete with the equivalent lenses from Canon and Nikon? Read our Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art review to find out...

Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of the Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition. A photo by Michelle Howell from West Yorkshire, England was chosen as the overall winner. Shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 F004N lens, the winning image (reprinted above) is a macro shot of an Argentinean Ornate Horned Frog, taken in a reflection pool. Phil Jones, the Societies CEO said, “June's competition did not disappoint with the quality of images entered. Michelle's image of the horned frog captured the theme of the competition brilliantly.’’ Runners-up include Sheri Emerson from Newfoundland, Canada and Stuart Walker from Essex, England

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of the Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition. A photo by Michelle Howell from West Yorkshire, England was chosen as the overall winner. Shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size sample images (JPEG and Raw) taken with the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5DS R body.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art is a new stabilised standard zoom lens for full-frame cameras.

Desqueeze 1.5 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Independent developer Alexey Khutorschikov has announced Desqueeze 1.5, an important update to his iPhone app that lets users re-format, re-size and de-squeeze a batch of photos and videos using presets or custom size up to 8192x8192 pixels and 4K, respectively. This update brings a number of improvements including a more streamlined graphical user interface, the ability to create, edit and use Templates, as well as enhanced stability and sharing options. Desqueeze 1.5 is available free of charge through the App Store in the Photo and Video category. Certain features require an upgrade to the PRO version, which is available as in-app purchase for $2.99.

Independent developer Alexey Khutorschikov has announced Desqueeze 1.5, an important update to his iPhone app that lets users re-format, re-size and de-squeeze a batch of photos and videos using presets or custom size up to 8192x8192 pixels and 4K, respectively. This update brings a number of improvements including a more streamlined...

Sony A9 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A9 is a lightning-fast full-frame compact system camera that is clearly taking aim at the Nikon and Canon DSLR competition. Is this the best professional action camera on the market? Read our Sony A9 review to find out...

Billingham Leisure Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Billingham have launched a new range of elegant travel bags. Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability and protection from the elements. The new Billingham Leisure Collection includes the Weekender and Overnighter bags and the Thomas briefcase/laptop bag. Each bag features solid brass fittings and is offered in a selection of classic colours with complementary leather tones, including Sage & Chocolate, Black & Tan, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black. Designed for fast and efficient packing, the Weekender (£225) can be fully unzipped through its entire length using the strong double pullers, and the clever turnover top allows the sides to be peeled backwards completely to create the widest possible opening. Slightly smaller than the Weekender, and ideal for a short break or even as a smart gym or work bag, the compact Overnighter (£185) provides generous capacity for everyday essentials. Last but not least, the padded Thomas briefcase (£225) features multiple interior pockets to organise a host of accessories, and has been designed to accommodate most 15” laptops. All bags are available now from authorised Billingham stockists.

Billingham have launched a new range of elegant travel bags. Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability and protection from the elements. The new Billingham Leisure Collection includes the Weekender and Overnighter bags and...

Friday, June 30, 2017

PhotoCross Sling Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear have announced the launch of their new PhotoCross sling bags. Built to withstand the elements yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field, these bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a compact system camera body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops. The bags are available in two colour, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.

MindShift Gear have announced the launch of their new PhotoCross sling bags. Built to withstand the elements yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field, these bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature...

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a brand new professional zoom lens for full-frame cameras. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provide rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (a full 5 stops of image stabilisation according to CIPA standards). The use of specialised, high-quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today’s high-pixel-density cameras. The optical formula comprises 17 elements in 12 groups including 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Tamron’s exclusive eBAND Coating substantially curbs ghosting and flare, while a protective Fluorine Coating on the front element provides added convenience. The new lens also benefits from a moisture resistant construction a locking lens hood. In the UK, the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 will be available in July, pricing to be announced. In the USA, the Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September priced at $1199.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a brand new professional zoom lens for full-frame cameras. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provide rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (a full 5 stops of image...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Akvis Refocus 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis today released Refocus 8.0, an application designed to improve the sharpness of out of focus images and apply lens blur effects to your photos. This update adds the ability to save and load custom presets and improves on the Crop tool. Additionally, the Batch Processing feature is now available for all editing modes. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and macOS 10.12, and is available as a standalone application and as a plugin to a photo editor. Prices start at $39.

Akvis today released Refocus 8.0, an application designed to improve the sharpness of out of focus images and apply lens blur effects to your photos. This update adds the ability to save and load custom presets and improves on the Crop tool. Additionally, the Batch Processing feature is now available for...