Thursday, November 17, 2016

ViewSonic VP2468 Review

Amy Davies | Accessory Reviews
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The ViewSonic VP2468 is a a professional 24-inch Full HD IPS monitor, which offers 99% sRGB colour coverage and Delta E reproduction. Is this the perfect monitor for photographers? Read our ViewSonic VP2468 review to find out...

Affinity Designer Now Available for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Windows version of Affinity Designer is now available to purchase. Designed to work on 64-bit Windows 7 and above, Affinity Designer is part of a trio of professional-quality design software tools, alongside Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher. Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of developer Serif, says: “When we launched Affinity Designer [for Mac] we never expected the impact it has made. Seeing it so widely adopted by designers around the world – and all the incredible work people are creating with it – has been such a rewarding experience for the team here.” To celebrate the launch, Affinity Designer for Windows can be bought for a discount price of $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99 until 24th November.

The Windows version of Affinity Designer is now available to purchase. Designed to work on 64-bit Windows 7 and above, Affinity Designer is part of a trio of professional-quality design software tools, alongside Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher. Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of developer Serif, says: “When we launched Affinity...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wacom Cintiq Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Wacom today announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro line of creative pen displays. Available in 13.3” and 15.6” sizes, the new Cintiq Pro wraps the "most natural and precise pen performance to date" into a sleek, thin and portable form factor. Paramount to the Cintiq Pro experience is the new Pro Pen 2, offering four times greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen. Both Cintiq Pro models also feature multi-touch for easy and fast navigation as well as the ability to pinch, zoom and rotate photos. The Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 and 16 are compatible with both Macs and PCs and feature full HD (1920x1080) and ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution respectively. Both Cintiq Pro configurations deliver vivid colours, the 13-inch model providing 87 percent Adobe RGB and the 16-inch, 94 percent. Priced at $999.95 USD, the Cintiq Pro 13 is expected to be available at the beginning of December. The Cintiq Pro 16, $1499.95 USD, is intended to be available in February.

Wacom today announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro line of creative pen displays. Available in 13.3” and 15.6” sizes, the new Cintiq Pro wraps the "most natural and precise pen performance to date" into a sleek, thin and portable form factor. Paramount to the Cintiq Pro experience is the new Pro...

Canon Kicks Off #TagYoureIt Instagram Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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 In celebration of the release of the new Canon EOS M5 compact system camera (pictured), Canon have announced the launch of the #TagYoureIt collaborative Instagram campaign. Actress and blogger Jamie Chung and 12 participating photographers will be faced with completing spontaneous photo challenges from now through the end of the year. Throughout the campaign, Jamie and each participating photographer will be tagged and challenged by another influencer in the #TagYoureIt programme to complete their photo challenge within 24-hours. The game of #TagYoureIt continues when the previous individual tags the next participant on Instagram. The campaign will extend through December and can be tracked on Instagram using #TagYoureIt. Participating influencers will be challenging their fans to answer a challenge of their own for a chance to get reposted or get a special shout out.

 In celebration of the release of the new Canon EOS M5 compact system camera (pictured), Canon have announced the launch of the #TagYoureIt collaborative Instagram campaign. Actress and blogger Jamie Chung and 12 participating photographers will be faced with completing spontaneous photo challenges from now through the end of the...

DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras
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DJI have announced two new drones for professional photographers and videographers. The new DJI Inspire 2 has a top speed of 67 mph and takes only 4 seconds to accelerate to 50 mph. With the new dual battery system, flight time is up to 27 minutes. A new forward-facing camera offers the pilot the best flight view for operating the master controller, while the camera operator receives a separate feed from the professional Zenmuse camera mounted on the main gimbal. The Inspire 2 supports the brand-new Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras and will support additional cameras in the future. The UK retail price of the Inspire 2 aircraft is be £3059. The Inspire 2 Combo, which includes one Inspire 2 aircraft, one Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes License Key, is available for £6398. Customers who order the Inspire 2 Combo before 1 January 2017 can enjoy a special price of £6269. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro (pictured) offers a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor with almost 12 stops of dynamic range, and a mechanical shutter that eliminates rolling shutter distortion in fast-moving scenes. Phantom 4 Pro can capture slow-motion 4K video up to 60 fps at a maximum bitrate of 100 mbps. In addition, the Phantom 4 Pro offers H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bitrate. Phantom 4 Pro’s UK retail price is £1,589 with a standard controller. The Phantom 4 Pro+, which includes a Phantom 4 Pro aircraft, and a high luminance display remote controller, will be available at £1819. These products will begin shipping one week after launch.

DJI have announced two new drones for professional photographers and videographers. The new DJI Inspire 2 has a top speed of 67 mph and takes only 4 seconds to accelerate to 50 mph. With the new dual battery system, flight time is up to 27 minutes. A new forward-facing camera offers the pilot the best...

British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Canon UK have partnered with the Red Cross for the third year to run the British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards photography competition. The awards ceremony, held at the Palace of Westminster on 15th November, included an exhibition of shortlisted photographs on the theme ‘Making a difference matters’. The competition, open to anyone under the age of 26, invited young people to capture moments showing community or charitable work. Caitlyn Gallagher, 17, from Elgin in Scotland won the 17 and under category with her photo taken on her last day of volunteering at a school in Nepal (above). Azraa Muthy, 24 from Epsom in Surrey won the 17-25 category with a photo showing a Syrian refugee girl in Lebanon. Muthy was struck by the contrast between her own childhood photos, and the expressions and experiences of the children who had fled the conflict and face an uncertain future. The judges commented: “The child’s eyes drew us to this image. They really stand out against the surroundings. It’s an image you keep looking at and noticing new things like the mountains in the background. The composition is perfect.” The two winners each received a Canon EOS 700D plus a lens, to help them to continue to develop their passion for photography.

Canon UK have partnered with the Red Cross for the third year to run the British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards photography competition. The awards ceremony, held at the Palace of Westminster on 15th November, included an exhibition of shortlisted photographs on the theme ‘Making a difference matters’....

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Datacolor Teams Up with Adobe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Datacolor today announced that they will be partnering with Adobe to offer customers who purchase a qualifying Spyder product the opportunity to receive a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan trial. In conjunction with Adobe’s Affinity Partner programme, Datacolor customers will receive promotion redemption instructions upon purchase and activation of qualifying Spyder colour calibration tools, which include Datacolor’s Spyder5EXPRESS (pictured), Spyder5PRO, Spyder5ELITE, Spyder5STUDIO, Spyder5CAPTURE PRO and SpyderPRINT products. “We are always looking for innovative ways to provide our customers with the optimal photography workflow, from capture to print.” said Stefan Zrenner, Director Global Sales & Marketing Imaging, Datacolor. “We’re excited to announce this partner promotion with Adobe, as the seamless integration between our industry-leading color calibration products and Adobe’s world-renowned photography tools will allow our customers to exercise total creative control over their images.”

Datacolor today announced that they will be partnering with Adobe to offer customers who purchase a qualifying Spyder product the opportunity to receive a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan trial. In conjunction with Adobe’s Affinity Partner programme, Datacolor customers will receive promotion redemption instructions upon purchase and...

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM is a fast short telephoto prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The 85mm f/1.4 features 14 optical elements in 12 groups and a HSM focusing system which provides quiet, smooth and fast autofocus with full-time manual focus override. Retailing for £1099 / $1199, read our expert Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM review to find out if it's the ultimate 85mm lens...

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Red Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica have announced the first-ever special-edition Leica lens in a red anodised finish. Renowned for being the World's sharpest standard lens, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is recognised for its exceptional imaging performance, outstanding reproduction of fine details, and high  contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image frame at maximum aperture. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this is also maintained at close shooting distances. Three of the eight lens elements emplozed are made from glass with high anomalous partial dispersion for apochromatic correction, and two have a particularly high refractive index.  The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f.2 ASPH. in red anodised finish is scheduled to be available from 9 December 2016, at a suggested retail price of £7,575 including VAT.

Leica have announced the first-ever special-edition Leica lens in a red anodised finish. Renowned for being the World's sharpest standard lens, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is recognised for its exceptional imaging performance, outstanding reproduction of fine details, and high  contrast rendition from corner to...

Winners of Photo Competition Inspire Disabled Community

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Scott Sinden, who is living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Brian Adam, a limb amputee, are among the winners of this year’s Disabled Photographers’ Society’s (DPS) annual competition. Scott’s winning image (above) was of a solitary poppy, which he captured in front of a sunset. Taking a picture so low to the ground was particularly challenging for the budding photographer due to the deterioration of his muscles, which is a symptom of MND. Brian, who is 72, uses crutches to move around but does not let that hold him back when it comes to his photography. His winning image entitled My First Paddle, was a close up of an avocet chick taken in Norfolk. Altogether, there were more than 150 entries and the winners were presented with a certificate and medal at an awards ceremony which took place at Calumet Photographic’s London store on Drummond Street. Some of the shots will form part of the DPS Exhibition, which will be displayed in store until Friday, 25th November.

Scott Sinden, who is living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Brian Adam, a limb amputee, are among the winners of this year’s Disabled Photographers’ Society’s (DPS) annual competition. Scott’s winning image (above) was of a solitary poppy, which he...

slimRAW Version 1.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 1.7 of slimRAW, a fast CinemaDNG compressor which saves storage space and reduces storage bandwidth requirements for CinemaDNG raw video production, is now available to download. This update adds the ability to downscale CinemaDNG raw video to half its original resolution: slimRAW can now produce 2K CinemaDNG from 4K CinemaDNG, 2.3K from 4.6K, and so on. Together with the previously available raw compression functionality, this allows huge data size reductions (up to 20:1 or more) and facilitates a raw proxy workflow for high resolution CinemaDNG production. slimRAW is available for Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X.

Version 1.7 of slimRAW, a fast CinemaDNG compressor which saves storage space and reduces storage bandwidth requirements for CinemaDNG raw video production, is now available to download. This update adds the ability to downscale CinemaDNG raw video to half its original resolution: slimRAW can now produce 2K CinemaDNG from ...

Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation have announced the winners of the 2016 edition of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Libyan Sugar by Michael Christopher Brown (Twin Palms) is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. The selection for Photography Catalogue of the Year is Wojciech Zamecznik: Photo-graphics by Karolina Puchała-Rojek and Karolina Ziębinńska-Lewandowska (Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii). ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern (MACK) is the winner of PhotoBook of the Year. A Jurors’ Special Mention is also given to Taking Stock of Power: An Other View of the Berlin Wall by Annett Gröschner and Arwed Messmer (Hatje Cantz). A final jury at Paris Photo selected this year’s winners: Paul Graham (Photographer), Jens Hoffmann (Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs, Jewish Museum, New York), Agnès Sire (Director, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson), Katja Stuke (Artist and Designer, BöhmKobayashi, Düsseldorf), and Thomas Zander (Gallerist).

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation have announced the winners of the 2016 edition of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Libyan Sugar by Michael Christopher Brown (Twin Palms) is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. The selection for Photography Catalogue...

Glasgow Photography Crawl

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Glasgow’s first ever Photography Crawl - celebrating an exhibition by Emma Latimer - is taking place in Shawlands on the south side of Glasgow on Saturday 19 November. The photography on display focuses on old historic buildings which are now home to popular pubs. Photography Crawl participants will have the chance to learn a bit about the history of each building housing the pub, while enjoying some drinks. The official Photography Crawl event is taking place at 6pm on Saturday 19 November and is free to join.

Glasgow’s first ever Photography Crawl - celebrating an exhibition by Emma Latimer - is taking place in Shawlands on the south side of Glasgow on Saturday 19 November. The photography on display focuses on old historic buildings which are now home to popular pubs. ...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Leica Opens Enlarged Flagship Store in Mayfair

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Leica UK has today announced the transformation of its Mayfair flagship store in historic Bruton Place. The expanded retail space enables photography enthusiasts of all levels to discover the entire Leica range, from professionals looking for a point of difference, to those wishing to explore their creativity with the Leica Q, or simply looking for Leica’s fun new instant camera. Vijay Sebastian, manager, Leica Store Mayfair, commented, “We are excited to have made our retail destination even more special for our customers. As well as accommodating our growing portfolio, this unique space ensures that visitors can experience the brand – and our full range of iconic products – in a beautiful, engaging environment, with plenty of room to test products thoroughly, and, at the same time, receive advice from our expert team. Leica stores are communal places where photographers and Leica owners with similar interests can share their experience and knowledge. We look forward to welcoming the first visitors to our store.” Leica Store Mayfair is located at 27 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NQ.

Leica UK has today announced the transformation of its Mayfair flagship store in historic Bruton Place. The expanded retail space enables photography enthusiasts of all levels to discover the entire Leica range, from professionals looking for a point of difference, to those wishing to explore their creativity with the Leica...

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 58

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 58 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month’s Behind the Lens article and accompanying Video Blog, David shares his travelogue that sees him journeying from Quebec into Ontario, relishing the photo opportunities that the area’s various parks have to offer. Then in this month’s Field Trial he reviews the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Meanwhile for Nikon users, this month Ross Hoddinott uses his Hangout feature to test-drive the Nikon D500, giving us his thoughts on this camera’s performance. David also presents two of his Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light Online Magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. However, non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Issue 58 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month’s Behind the Lens article and accompanying Video Blog, David shares his travelogue that sees him journeying from Quebec into Ontario, relishing the photo opportunities that the area’s various parks...

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Seagate has announced the launch of Backup Plus Portable 5TB external hard drive. Billed as the World's largest-capacity mobile storage solution, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive is the first device to ship with the new BarraCuda platter technology, and offers quick file transfers with USB 3.0 connectivity, a sleek 20.5mm form factor and customisable backup options with Seagate Dashboard software. The Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive will be available this month for an MSRP of $189.99 in black, silver, red and blue colour options.

Seagate has announced the launch of Backup Plus Portable 5TB external hard drive. Billed as the World's largest-capacity mobile storage solution, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive is the first device to ship with the new BarraCuda platter technology, and offers quick file transfers with USB 3.0 connectivity,...

DJI Matrice 600 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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DJI has updated the capabilities of its largest drone series by introducing the new Matrice 600 Pro. Offering improved flight performance, a more powerful battery charging system and better loading capacity; the DJI Matrice 600 Pro’s A3 Pro flight controller comes with triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three sets of GNSS units, which enhances precision control while improving overall safety. Vibration damping balls have been added to the flight controller’s redundant IMU module and main controller, absorbing more shake and reducing more noise. The DJI Matrice 600 Pro is compatible with DJI’s Zenmuse camera series, the Ronin-MX gimbal and DJI Focus. It effortlessly supports a payload of 6kg, meaning it can carry a range of cameras from Micro Four Thirds CSCs to the Red Epic.

DJI has updated the capabilities of its largest drone series by introducing the new Matrice 600 Pro. Offering improved flight performance, a more powerful battery charging system and better loading capacity; the DJI Matrice 600 Pro’s A3 Pro flight controller comes with triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sony PXV-FS7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Sony is expanding its FS Series Super 35mm professional family with the addition of the new FS7 II camcorder. Featuring Electronic Variable ND technology, a lever lock type E-mount, and a new mechanical design for faster and easier set-up, the Sony PXV-FS7 II camcorder uses a Super 35 type sensor and takes Sony E-mount lenses (as well as A-mount lenses via an adapter). Variable ND mode (clear + 2~7 stop range, in seamless transition steps up to 1/128) allows the user to vary the density of the ND filter during shooting and to transition seamlessly between steps. This also ensures an optimum motion delivery by maintaining desired shutter speed. The FS7 II's lever lock type E-mount gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don't need to be removed, saving time during a production. a production. The camcorder supports the XQD memory card format, designed for capturing and transferring high-bandwidth, high resolution files. The Sony FS7 II is planned to be available in January 2017. Pricing to be confirmed.

Sony is expanding its FS Series Super 35mm professional family with the addition of the new FS7 II camcorder. Featuring Electronic Variable ND technology, a lever lock type E-mount, and a new mechanical design for faster and easier set-up, the Sony PXV-FS7 II camcorder uses a Super 35 type sensor and...

Canon U.S.A. Launch Grey Version of EOS Rebel T6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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A new grey edition of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera has cropped up in Canon's online store. The camera features a brown faux-leather finish on its hand-grip, and comes complete with a black EF-S 18-55mm lens and a grey 'EOS DIGITAL' neckstrap. The kit is available for $549.99.

A new grey edition of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera has cropped up in Canon's online store. The camera features a brown faux-leather finish on its hand-grip, and comes complete with a black EF-S 18-55mm lens and a grey 'EOS DIGITAL' neckstrap. The kit is available...

Industry’s First 48-Megapixel Global-Shutter FF Sensor Supports 8K Video Recording

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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CMOSIS - the company that supplied Leica with sensors for their Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera - have launched the CMV50000, an industry-first global-shutter full-frame (36.43 x 27.62 mm) CMOS imager offering a resolution of 48 megapixels and 8K movie recording at 30 frames per second. Featuring 4.6-µm sized pixels using a patented 8-transistor pixel architecture to offer low noise and excellent electronic shutter efficiency, the CMV50000 operates at 30fps with a 12-bit pixel depth at full resolution or a binned 4K mode, and at up to 60 frames/s with pixel subsampling to 4K resolution. Its pixels offer 64dB optical dynamic range at full resolution and up to 68dB in binned 4K mode, and the imager benefits from the implementation of sophisticated new, on-chip noise-reduction circuitry such as black level clamping to enable it to capture high quality images under low-light conditions. A High-Dynamic Range mode is supported by an odd/even row dual-exposure operation. Priced at €3,450, this sensor is unlikely to crop up in consumer-grade digital cameras - it's mostly aimed at high-speed machine-vision systems, as well as TV broadcasting and high-end security cameras - but it's possible that the technology will eventually trickle down to the professional DSLR/CSC segment.

CMOSIS - the company that supplied Leica with sensors for their Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera - have launched the CMV50000, an industry-first global-shutter full-frame (36.43 x 27.62 mm) CMOS imager offering a resolution of 48 megapixels and 8K movie recording at 30 frames per second. Featuring 4.6-µm sized pixels using...