Monday, February 13, 2017

Nikon Axes DL Series Compacts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has announced the cancellation of all three DL series premium compact cameras. Announced almost exactly a year ago the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 cameras, all of which which featured 20.8-megapixel CX-sized sensors and fixed-mount lenses, were originally scheduled to hit the shelves in June 2016 but were postponed due to issues with the integrated circuit for image processing. Nikon now says that "sales of the DL series will be canceled due to concerns regarding their profitability."

Nikon has announced the cancellation of all three DL series premium compact cameras. Announced almost exactly a year ago the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 cameras, all of which which featured 20.8-megapixel CX-sized sensors and fixed-mount lenses, were originally...

Friday, February 10, 2017

Nissin Air10s

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Nissin A10s is a new 2.4Ghz wireless TTL flash commander for Fujifilm, Sony, Micro Four Thirds, Canon and Nikon cameras. The simple and clear dial layout with colour LCD display allows the user to seamlessly and quickly control a large group of Nissin flashguns anywhere from a dark indoor studio, to a bright outdoor environment. The device’s range has been greatly extended (when compared to older models) to a maximum distance of 100 metres, and the TTL Mode, high speed sync (FP sync) supporting up to 1/8000 High-speed shutter speed, rear curtain, and other functionalities can be controlled remotely. Additionally, the Air10s has been equipped with a Micro SD card slot that allows users to update the device's firmware. Availability is slated for April, with pricing to be confirmed.

The Nissin A10s is a new 2.4Ghz wireless TTL flash commander for Fujifilm, Sony, Micro Four Thirds, Canon and Nikon cameras. The simple and clear dial layout with colour LCD display allows the user to seamlessly and quickly control a large group of Nissin flashguns anywhere from a dark...

Manfrotto Acquires Xume Adapters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has announced the acquisition of Xume Adapters, a US-based company offering a range of quick-release adapters that allow photographers to attach lens caps and filters to their lenses quickly and with great precision. Utilising a magnetic solution that securely locks filters onto lenses, Manfrotto Xume accessories are safe for the lenses' focus mechanism, media cards, drives or other electronics. The strong magnetic attachment will keep the filter firmly in place – and ready to instantly swap out when a different filter is needed. Manfrotto Xumes adapters are available in 8 Sizes: 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm; 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm. The new Xume Adapter range will be distributed directly by Manfrotto Distribution, Manfrotto online shops and authorised distributors.

Manfrotto has announced the acquisition of Xume Adapters, a US-based company offering a range of quick-release adapters that allow photographers to attach lens caps and filters to their lenses quickly and with great precision. Utilising a magnetic solution that securely locks filters onto lenses, Manfrotto Xume accessories are safe for...

Leica Launch New Camera-Lens Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica are now offering a new range of configurable camera and lens sets featuring the Leica M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240) and M Monochrom (Typ 246) models. Each of these cameras can be combined with nearly any Leica M-Lens from the current portfolio – a total of 19 M-Lenses – to create a customised set. An overview of the available configurations can be viewed at the website below.

Leica are now offering a new range of configurable camera and lens sets featuring the Leica M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240) and M Monochrom (Typ 246) models. Each of these cameras can be combined with nearly any Leica M-Lens from the current portfolio – a total of 19 M-Lenses – to create a...

Fujifilm X-A3 Review

Amy Davies
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The Fujifilm X-A3 is the most affordable Fujifilm compact system camera in their extensive range, but is it any good? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-A3 review now to find out...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fotodiox Pro Announces New FlapJack LED Edgelights

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox Pro has announced two new addition to its award-winning line of FlapJack LED Edgelights: the Studio XL and the 1.5x1.5. The Studio XL is a 30” LED Edgelight - the largest, softest light Fotodiox has ever produced. It offers manual and DMX control over brightness level and colour temperature. Larger than a typical LED panel, the FlapJack 1.5x1.5 features manual and remote control over brightness and colour temperature, while the integrated barndoors allow you to shape and direct light for even more creative control. Click through / read on for the details.

Fotodiox Pro has announced two new addition to its award-winning line of FlapJack LED Edgelights: the Studio XL and the 1.5x1.5. The Studio XL is a 30” LED Edgelight - the largest, softest light Fotodiox has ever produced. It offers manual and DMX control over brightness level and colour temperature....

Jessops Open Second Store in Central London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Tomorrow, Jessops will open their second store in the centre of London. Jessops on New Oxford Street will mark the opening of the company's 56th high-street branch, bringing a wider choice of cameras, expert advice and specialist photography services to the capital. “The location of our New Oxford Street store builds on the success of our existing flagship London store,” says Neil Old, CEO of Jessops. “There is a lot of exciting redevelopment in this part of London with an estimated 200,000 passengers passing through the new Tottenham Court Road station when it is completed later this year. This will allow us to offer our leading service and products to a wide audience of potential photographers.” The new shop will be located at 102 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HB. The first 30 customers on Friday morning will receive 100 free prints.

Tomorrow, Jessops will open their second store in the centre of London. Jessops on New Oxford Street will mark the opening of the company's 56th high-street branch, bringing a wider choice of cameras, expert advice and specialist photography services to the capital. “The location of our New Oxford...

Fujifilm X-A3 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Fujifilm X-A3 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

Affinity launches free trials for Windows users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Free trial versions of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are now available for Windows users. The ‘try before you buy’ offer follows the launch of the two products on Windows late last year, and means potential customers will be able to spend ten days testing the software before committing to a purchase. “Even though we offer a no-strings refund policy for 14 days, trial versions for Windows have been a popular request and we know there’s still a huge market out there of people who want a professional graphics or photo editor for a one-time cost with no expensive ongoing payments," says Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Serif.

Free trial versions of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are now available for Windows users. The ‘try before you buy’ offer follows the launch of the two products on Windows late last year, and means potential customers will be able to spend ten days testing the software...

Exploring Ultraviolet Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Exploring Ultraviolet Photography: Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR by David Prutchi is a new title from Amherst Media. In this book, the author shows readers how to select equipment that allows them to capture otherworldly ultraviolet images. Readers will learn how to use filters that block visible light and prevent infrared light leaks and will discover how complementing or overpowering sunlight with artificial UV light sources can help them create more powerful photographs. The 128-page paperback will go on sale on 25th February, priced at £33.99

Exploring Ultraviolet Photography: Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR by David Prutchi is a new title from Amherst Media. In this book, the author shows readers how to select equipment that allows them to capture otherworldly ultraviolet images. Readers will learn how to use...

Panasonic Develops New Sensor Technology

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Panasonic has developed a new technology, enabling electrical control of the near infrared (NIR) light sensitivity of the same pixel in an organic CMOS image sensor. This technology allows for switchning between modes of colour imaging and NIR imaging frame by frame, without the mechanical IR cut filter required for conventional image sensors. The sensitivity of all the pixels in the image sensor, which has directly stacked organic films, is simultaneously controlled by changing the applied voltage to the organic films. This technology also enables global shutter operation, the company says. Panasonic will present some part of these technologies at the international academic conference: ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuit Conference) 2017.

Panasonic has developed a new technology, enabling electrical control of the near infrared (NIR) light sensitivity of the same pixel in an organic CMOS image sensor. This technology allows for switchning between modes of colour imaging and NIR imaging frame by frame, without the mechanical IR cut filter required for...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Photo London 2017 Participating Galleries Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Photo London has announced the list of participating galleries for the third edition of the Fair, taking place 18 – 21 May 2017 at Somerset House (pictured). Building on the success of the previous two editions, Photo London 2017 will showcase the best in contemporary photography to a growing international audience of collectors and enthusiasts. The 86 galleries exhibiting in 2017 were selected by an expert Curatorial Committee led by Philippe Garner, Former Director at Christie’s and International Head of Photographs and 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design at Christie’s. As a result of their work, the third edition of the Fair includes galleries from 17 different countries: Austria; Australia; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Canada, Chile, France; Germany; Iceland; Italy; Japan; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; UK and USA. To its established mix of galleries featuring all forms of photography from the dawn of the medium to the present day, Photo London has this year added a number of leading contemporary galleries including Victoria Miro, Sprüth Magers and Alison Jacques Gallery. Photo London 2017 also features an expanded 'Discovery' section – a showcase for emerging galleries, publishers and artists, curated for the first time by Art Consultant and Curator Tristan Lund. The 2017 Discovery galleries include Cob Gallery (London), BERG Contemporary (Reykjavík), EUQINOMprojects (San Francisco) and Rubber Factory (New York), and the section will feature works by some of the world's leading young artists including Asger Carlsen, Waheeda Malullah, Thomas Albdorf, and Laura Pannack.

Photo London has announced the list of participating galleries for the third edition of the Fair, taking place 18 – 21 May 2017 at Somerset House (pictured). Building on the success of the previous two editions, Photo London 2017 will showcase the best in contemporary photography to a growing international audience of collectors and...

75% of Photographers Use Canon Gear at Super Bowl

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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According to Canon U.S.A., an estimated 75 percent of the photographers covering the Big Game between the teams from New England and Atlanta used Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses in the Houston stadium. “It’s an honor to see yet another major sporting event where the country’s most talented and acclaimed sports photographers captured exciting moments with Canon equipment. These images will be seen by millions of people around the world and will forever be etched in sports history. We understand there are many equipment options for professional photographers and Canon is honoured to serve these professionals and provide assurances that both our products and support live up to the requirements and expectations of our devoted customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A.

According to Canon U.S.A., an estimated 75 percent of the photographers covering the Big Game between the teams from New England and Atlanta used Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses in the Houston stadium. “It’s an honor to see yet another major sporting event where...

Zeiss at BVE 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses
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At BVE 2017, Zeiss will be showcasing a wide variety of cinematography and photography lenses, paired with a number of market leading cameras such as the RED Epic-W 8K, Sony FS7 and ARRI Amira. These will include the new Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3, the company's range of Cinema Zoom CZ.2 lenses and Compact Prime CP.2 lenses, as well as the Otus, Milvus, Batis, Loxia and Touit family of lenses designed for Canon, Nikon, Sony E and Fuji X-mount camera systems. In addition to displaying their products, Zeiss will be giving visitors to the stand the chance to enter a competition to win a brand new ExoLens Pro Wide-Angle lens for their smartphones.

At BVE 2017, Zeiss will be showcasing a wide variety of cinematography and photography lenses, paired with a number of market leading cameras such as the RED Epic-W 8K, Sony FS7 and ARRI Amira. These will include the new Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3, the company's range of Cinema Zoom CZ.2 lenses...

Richard Billingham to Shoot his First Feature Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Turner-prize nominated and Deutsche Börse Prize winning photographer Richard Billingham has started filming his first feature, Ray & Liz. Billingham shot to fame in 1996 wit his groundbreaking photographic series ‘Ray's a Laugh’, extraordinary images of family life in his childhood home, a tower block in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands. ‘Ray's a Laugh’ was exhibited internationally and featured in the pivotal show, Sensation (1997) at The Royal Academy of Arts. He has continued to photograph his family, and presented a major new body of work in 2010. His current film project has been developed over five years with Producer Jacqui Davies. Working with cinematographer Daniel Landin (Under The Skin), Richard Billingham returns to the striking series of photographs that he captured of his family during Thatcher-era Britain to tell a universal story of everyday conflicts, loneliness, love and loss. Filming commenced on the three-week shoot on 30 January 2017, with a variety of Black Country locations in and around Cradley Heath and Dudley.

Turner-prize nominated and Deutsche Börse Prize winning photographer Richard Billingham has started filming his first feature, Ray & Liz. Billingham shot to fame in 1996 wit his groundbreaking photographic series ‘Ray's a Laugh’, extraordinary images of family life in his childhood home, a tower block in...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sony HVL-F45RM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Sony HVL-F45RM is a radio-controlled flash unit with a guide number of 45 (in metres at ISO 100/21°). The radio capabilities of the HVL-F45RM allow it to be used as a transmitter or a receiver at up to 30m (approximately 98 feet). Additionally, unlike optical flash systems, radio-control flashes do not require a direct line-of-sight between components to function properly, while also minimising any impact that bright sunlight has on signal transmission and control. The Sony HVL-F45RM flash has a battery life of up to 210 bursts, and can tilt up to 150° vertically, a complete 360° horizontally and up to 8° downward. A new large, bright and highly visible LCD display, an LED light, dust and moisture resistant design; and a revamped menu system round off the list of features. Available from March, the Sony HVL-F45RM flash unit will be priced at approximately £420.

The new Sony HVL-F45RM is a radio-controlled flash unit with a guide number of 45 (in metres at ISO 100/21°). The radio capabilities of the HVL-F45RM allow it to be used as a transmitter or a receiver at up to 30m (approximately 98 feet). Additionally, unlike optical flash...

Sony FE 85mm F1.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 is a new mid-telephoto prime lens for full-frame Sony cameras. The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customised and assigned together with functions in the camera body like the popular Eye-AF feature. There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant. The Sony FE 85mm F1.8 will be priced at approximately £550. Availability is slated for March 2017.

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 is a new mid-telephoto prime lens for full-frame Sony cameras. The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button...

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is a new mid- telephoto prime lens with a unique STF (Smooth Trans Focus) design. Built to produce a truly unique and beautiful bokeh while maintaining the high standard of resolution that is showcased throughout Sony’s line-up of flagship G Master series lenses, the FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS features a newly designed 11-bladed aperture and a unique optical apodization lens element. Similar to a neutral density filter that increases in density towards the edges, the apodization element creates beautiful transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image, making for exceptionally soft, smooth bokeh that adds depth and dimensionality. This allows the subjects to stand out against beautifully defocused elements in both the foreground and background, producing an image that is naturally pleasing to the eye, the company says. Additionally, the new 100mm lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF, and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures fast and accurate auto focus performance. Priced at approximately £1700, the lens also offers up to 0.25x magnification with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, a customisable focus hold button, AF/MF switch and aperture ring.

The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is a new mid- telephoto prime lens with a unique STF (Smooth Trans Focus) design. Built to produce a truly unique and beautiful bokeh while maintaining the high standard of resolution that is showcased throughout Sony’s line-up of flagship G...

Sony A6500 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A6500 is the latest high-end compact system camera with an APS-C size sensor. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, is the A6500 the best Sony APS-C camera yet? Read our Sony A6500 review to find out...

Magnum Photos Announce 70th Anniversary Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, General, Global
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This year, Magnum Photos will celebrate 70 years of contribution to photography with the launch of a global public events, exhibition and new content programme. Centred on the three themes of community, witnessing history and Magnum Photos Now, the special anniversary programme will explore the institution and photographer personalities of then and now, central to past and current visual culture. Throughout the year, the website will feature defining images and visual stories from the past seven decades of Magnum including founding member Robert Capa’s iconic documentation of the D.Day landings in Omaha Beach, 1944, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1947 record of the independence of India and Stuart Franklin’s first-hand account of the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989. Magnum photographers will also take on an ambitious new visual project, Magnum Retold, to mark the occasion. This will see Magnum’s contemporary photographers reshoot some of the agency’s most seminal stories, reworked to reflect the changing world we live in today.

Click through / scroll down for a list of key events.

This year, Magnum Photos will celebrate 70 years of contribution to photography with the launch of a global public events, exhibition and new content programme. Centred on the three themes of community, witnessing history and Magnum Photos Now, the special anniversary programme will explore the institution and photographer personalities of then...