Friday, December 23, 2016

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Review

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The Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art is a new, affordable ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, boasting an incredibly wide focal length of 12mm and a constant f/4 aperture. Read our in-depth Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art review now, complete with full-size sample images.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Magic Hour VR Photography Simulator

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

London-based design studio Wolf in Motion has unveiled Magic Hour, a VR photography simulator for taking "dream-like" pictures. Magic Hour's VR camera has similar characteristics to those of a high-end camera and offers full control on exposure, aperture ratio, shutter speed, focal length, ISO and white balance. It can optically reproduce the physics of any camera or lens but also easily go beyond the realm of the possible. Magic Hour's hand-crafted digital playground offers countless photographic opportunities from wildlife encounters to painting light with the stars. While experienced photographers will have fun experimenting in ways they have never been able to with a physical camera, newcomers will be able to learn the technical aspects of photography through a rewarding interactive experience.:"The arrival of consumer VR has unlocked exciting new opportunities in training and education," says Charlie Fuller, founding partner at Wolf in Motion. "Magic Hour is one of the first of such products, letting players experiment with a manual control camera before they've ever held a real one in their hands." Magic Hour is available now on Steam VR.

London-based design studio Wolf in Motion has unveiled Magic Hour, a VR photography simulator for taking "dream-like" pictures. Magic Hour's VR camera has similar characteristics to those of a high-end camera and offers full control on exposure, aperture ratio, shutter speed, focal length, ISO and white balance. It can...

PocketWizard Pink Plus III to Benefit TuTu Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, has announced that it will donate 10% of the sale price of each Pink Plus III Bonus Bundle 3 sold to The TuTu Project of the Carey Foundation. The mission of The TuTu Project is to raise funds for women, men and their families to ease the financial burdens that come with breast cancer diagnosis. “A self-portrait enthusiast who had previously transformed himself in several series of artistic images, Bob started the TuTu project on their trip east when they moved to Brooklyn, NY. Initially it was a means of self-therapy to deal with the changes the move brought into his life. After surgery and starting chemo, we found that it was a great way to ease the stress and add levity to the craziness that had become our life”, states Linda. Thus the Tutu Project was born, with all proceeds from the prints and other products (t-shirts, postcards) going to the non-profit Carey Foundation. This allowed them to self-publish a book titled “Ballerina” which included many of Bob’s self-portraits taken on location around the United States with the help of PocketWizard Plus III radios.

LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, has announced that it will donate 10% of the sale price of each Pink Plus III Bonus Bundle 3 sold to The TuTu Project of the Carey Foundation. The mission of The TuTu Project is to raise funds for women, men and their families to...

Nikon Coolpix A900 Review

Amy Davies
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The Nikon Coolpix A900 is a new travel-zoom compact camera with a 35x zoom lens. Retailing for around $399 / £369, the 20 megapixel Nikon A900 comes complete with built-in wi-fi connectivity, a 3-inch tilting screen and 4K UHD movie recording. Read our Nikon Coolpix A900 review to find out if this travel camera is worth considering...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Photolemur for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Photolemur for Mac is billed as the World’s first fully automatic photo enhancement solution built on artificial intelligence AI). Unlike many other image enhancement tools, Photolemur doesn’t have any hard coded filters - rather, it applies specific enhancements to each image. Powered by new technology which recognises objects, faces, trees, sky, foliage and more, Photolemur differentiates between portraits, landscapes and macro photographs and applies the right enhancements for those pictures. As you bring in more images, every saved or shared photo builds a database of successful enhancements, and every non-saved image goes into an unsuccessful database. This ensures that all future enhancements are built on a record of success. Photolemur is constantly learning what you like and don’t like. Photolemur is available for pre order for $29 from the website below.

Photolemur for Mac is billed as the World’s first fully automatic photo enhancement solution built on artificial intelligence AI). Unlike many other image enhancement tools, Photolemur doesn’t have any hard coded filters - rather, it applies specific enhancements to each image. Powered by new technology which...

Camslinger Outdoor Camera Bag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cosyspeed has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the commercialisation of its new Camslinger Outdoor Camera Bag. Designed for quick, one-handed access, the Camslinger Outdoor bag is worn around the hip or over the shoulder. The quick-access, comfortable way of wearing and the protection against rain and bumps makes the Camslinger Outdoor a great choice for activee photographers. The bag is made from water resistant, durable and robust  Nylon 900D fabrics, and features a magnetic closure to provide quick but safe operation. The Camslinger Outdoor was developed in cooperation with climber and photographer Stephan Wiesner. During the crowd-funding campaign, the Camslinger Outdoor Blue S. Wiesner Edition will be available for $79.

Cosyspeed has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the commercialisation of its new Camslinger Outdoor Camera Bag. Designed for quick, one-handed access, the Camslinger Outdoor bag is worn around the hip or over the shoulder. The quick-access, comfortable way of wearing and the protection against rain and bumps makes...

FotoQuote Mobile for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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FotoQuote, an image pricing application by Cradoc fotoSoftware, is now available for iPhone and iPad use. “We are so excited about the new fotoQuote Mobile that we are including it for free with every fotoQuote order placed between now and the end of the year,” said fotoQuote creator, Cradoc Bagshaw. “We want everyone who has fotoQuote Pro 7 to be given the opportunity to also benefit from the mobile version.” fotoQuote Pro 7.0 itself retails for $149.99 with a limited time introductory offer of $129.99. FotoQuote orders placed before the end of the year will include the fotoQuote Mobile version at no additional cost.

FotoQuote, an image pricing application by Cradoc fotoSoftware, is now available for iPhone and iPad use. “We are so excited about the new fotoQuote Mobile that we are including it for free with every fotoQuote order placed between now and the end of the year,” said fotoQuote...

Sony Cyber-shot HX350

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 50x optical zoom lens. Other key features of the Sony HX350 include a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 20.4 effective megapixels, Full HD video including 24p mode, Optical SteadyShot, manual ring for smooth adjustment of zoom/focus, high-contrast electronic viewfinder and 7.5cm (3.0-type) LCD with 921k dot resolution. The price and availability of the Sony Cyber-shot HX350 are still to be announced.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX350 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 50x optical zoom lens. Other key features of the Sony HX350 include a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 20.4 effective megapixels, Full HD video including 24p mode, Optical SteadyShot, manual ring for smooth adjustment of...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Riviera Classic Tripod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cokin and OmegaBrandess have announced their first tripod to adopt the look of current retro cameras. Although traditional in its approach, the new Riviera Classic nevertheless provides all the features of a modern tripod: telescopic sections, reversible central column, multi-actions head, ergonomic wooden tightening handle, lockable angles and more. Every detail has been carefully thought out, right down to the tightening dials of the Riviera Classic, inspired by the ones found on retro cameras. Made of knurled aluminium, they offer an excellent grasp in order to precisely adjust sections and central column. Weighing in at 1.54kg, the tripod offers a a maximum load capacity of 5kg, and carries a recommended retail price of $399.99.

Cokin and OmegaBrandess have announced their first tripod to adopt the look of current retro cameras. Although traditional in its approach, the new Riviera Classic nevertheless provides all the features of a modern tripod: telescopic sections, reversible central column, multi-actions head, ergonomic wooden tightening handle, lockable angles and more. Every...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Optics has released a new compact super macro lens for full-frame cameras. Boasting a maximum reproduction ratio of 4.5:1, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens comprises 6 elements in 4 groups, and weighs in at 230 grams. The all-manual lens features a minimum working distance of 0.2m, and comes in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts. The Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens is now available to purchase, priced at $199.

Zhongyi Optics has released a new compact super macro lens for full-frame cameras. Boasting a maximum reproduction ratio of 4.5:1, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens comprises 6 elements in 4 groups, and weighs in at 230 grams. The all-manual lens features a minimum working distance of 0.2m, and comes in...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Macphun Luminar Pluto Update Goes Live

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun has released a new update to Luminar, its first all-in-one photo editor. The Pluto update brings batch processing, a new Dehaze filter that can quickly fix hazy photos in a snap, an also-new Golden hour filter that adds a warm-toned sunlight effect to your photos (see illustration above), and the opportunity to include textures inside your presets. Additionally, the company has enhanced the colour temperature filter with quick presets and an eye-dropper tool for choosing precisely what tones to reference.

Macphun has released a new update to Luminar, its first all-in-one photo editor. The Pluto update brings batch processing, a new Dehaze filter that can quickly fix hazy photos in a snap, an also-new Golden hour filter that adds a warm-toned sunlight effect to your photos (see illustration above),...

YI to Demonstrate New Action Camera and Drone at CES 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras

YI Technolgy has announced plans to unveil the YI 4K+ at CES 2017, the first action camera to capture 4K photos and videos at 60 frames per second. The company also plans to fly the YI Erida drone, the world’s fastest tricopter, for the first time live in the US. “2016 has been a whirlwind of product launches including several new action and home security cameras, the YI Erida drone, our first mirrorless camera the YI M1, as well as an exciting partnership with Google to develop a virtual reality camera rig,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology. “CES 2017 is an important milestone for us as we look to demonstrate our full product line and reveal novelty solutions. As a challenger brand in the changing imaging technology market, we are constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries and set new standards for the global industry.”

YI Technolgy has announced plans to unveil the YI 4K+ at CES 2017, the first action camera to capture 4K photos and videos at 60 frames per second. The company also plans to fly the YI Erida drone, the world’s fastest tricopter, for the first time live in the US. ...

Mirrorless Mover Collection Now Available in Three New Colours

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo have just enhanced their Mirrorless Mover camera bag collection by offering three new colourways: Pewter, Dark Blue, and Deep Red. The collection is available in five sizes; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one compact system camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which will accommodate a camera, lenses, accessories and an iPad. “The new colourways are about personal expression and quality,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “These bags use metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high-quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated camera systems.”

Think Tank Photo have just enhanced their Mirrorless Mover camera bag collection by offering three new colourways: Pewter, Dark Blue, and Deep Red. The collection is available in five sizes; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one compact system camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 V

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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White Knight Press has just released the Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 V. This publication, by Alexander White, is a complete guide to the operation of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V camera. Using a tutorial-like approach, the book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to take still images and record video with the RX100 V, and explains when and why to use the camera’s many features. Featuring nearly 500 colour photographs that illustrate the camera’s controls, display screens, and menus, the 246-page volume provides details about the camera’s automatic and advanced shooting modes as well as its menu options for shooting, playback, setup, and using Wi-Fi connections with in-camera apps. Additionally, the book provides detailed information about recording 4K video to an external video recorder using the “clean” video output from the camera’s HDMI port. The paperback version is available now for $24.95/£21.95. The book is also available in PDF format and in downloadable versions for Kindle, Nook and iPad.

White Knight Press has just released the Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 V. This publication, by Alexander White, is a complete guide to the operation of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V camera. Using a tutorial-like approach, the book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to...

Canon Pixma TS5020, TS6020,  TS8020 and TS9020

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon announced today four new Pixma TS-series Wireless Inkjet All-In-One printers. The Pixma TS5020 ($99.99, pictured) has a 3" screen, an off-screen directional pad and start/stop buttons. The TS6020 ($149.99) offers a 3" touchscreen and a set of off-screen buttons. Both are available in black, white and grey. The Pixma TS8020 ($179.99) comes with a 4.3-inch touch panel and is available in black, white, red, and brown. The TS9020 ($199.99) has a 5" touchscreen and is offered in two-tone red/black and white/black. All models support Apple's AirPrint technology. The Pixma TS9020 and TS8020 models are also able to print directly through NFC via Android devices

Canon announced today four new Pixma TS-series Wireless Inkjet All-In-One printers. The Pixma TS5020 ($99.99, pictured) has a 3" screen, an off-screen directional pad and start/stop buttons. The TS6020 ($149.99) offers a 3" touchscreen and a set of off-screen buttons. Both are available in black, white and grey. The Pixma TS8020 ($179.99) comes with...

Sony A99 II Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images and videos taken with the new Sony A99 II single lens translucent (SLT) camera.

The Sony A99 II is a 42-megapixel full-frame camera with 4K video recording.

Olympus to Support UAL Students

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Olympus and the Art Bermondsey Project Space support the next generation of photographers from the University of the Arts, London. January 2017 will see the first annual Olympus Photography Award given to current UAL students. Responding to the theme Site/In Situ, students were asked to submit work in three categories: Print, Projection and Multimedia and the winner of each category will receive a camera from Olympus. The selected 30 finalists will exhibit work that places the artistic process in relation to the surroundings where students develop their skills and research and will showcase the many ways in which practitioners are using photography today. The exhibition runs 17th – 28th January, Tuesday-Saturday 11.00 – 18.00.

Olympus and the Art Bermondsey Project Space support the next generation of photographers from the University of the Arts, London. January 2017 will see the first annual Olympus Photography Award given to current UAL students. Responding to the theme Site/In Situ, students were asked to submit work in three categories:...

Canon Selphy CP1200 Review

Amy Davies | Printer Reviews
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The Canon Selphy CP1200 is a wireless compact photo printer. Key features include an optional direct-attachable battery, Wi-Fi button, and the ability to print 54 photos per charge. Does the Canon Selphy CP1200 make a great stocking filler? Find out by reading our Canon Selphy CP1200 review...

Sony A6500 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images and videos taken with the new Sony A6500 compact system camera.

The Sony A6500 is a 24-megapixel APS-C compact system camera with 4K video recording.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winning images in the 2016 international Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards have just been revealed. Joel Santos has become the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the awards' 14-year history, beating photographers from 123 countries to take the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016. His winning entry features a portfolio depicting traditional fishing in Ghana and – in another first for TPOTY – an aerial portfolio captured using a drone, giving a bird’s eye view of one of the hottest places in the world, Ethiopia's Danakil Depression. In addition to the significant international exposure that comes with winning TPOTY, Joel Santos receives £4,000, a selection of StaaG luxury leather travel goods and sterling silver accessories (worth over £1250), £500 to spend on the Páramo clothing of his choice, and a Plastic Sandwich personalized leather portfolio case. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 is 14-year old Darpan Basak from India, 18-year old Courtney Moore (USA) won Young TPOTY 15-18 and Ankit Kumar (India) won Young TPOTY 14 and Under.  Basak receives £500, Photo Iconic photography tuition and a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio case. Each Young TPOTY age group winner receives £250 plus Photo Iconic photography tuition.

The winning images in the 2016 international Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards have just been revealed. Joel Santos has become the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the awards' 14-year history, beating photographers from 123 countries to take the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016. His winning entry features a...