Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Official Olympus 8mm 1:1.8 PRO Fisheye Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus Japan have posted five high-resolution sample images shot using the brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED Fisheye 8mm 1:1.8 PRO lens. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and E-M1 compact system cameras, these sample photos were captured at a variety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO800/30°. You can download the official M.Zuiko Digital ED Fisheye 8mm 1:1.8 PRO samples from the website below.

Website: Olympus Japan

Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* is a premium moderate wide-angle prime lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The manual-focus Loxia 35mm offers a fast f/2 maximum aperture, 10 aperture blades, superlative build quality, and an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video use. Read our Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* review now...

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye f:1.8 PRO is the World’s first fisheye lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The optical construction features 17 lens elements in 15 groups to diminish peripheral chromatic and comatic aberration (including 1 aspherical, 3 Super ED, 2 ED, 1 Super HR and 2 HR elements). The super-large aperture and the cutting-edge thin ZERO coating ensure photographers top-notch optical performance in any conditions, especially in low light. The 2.5-cm minimum focusing distance (measured from end of the lens) and maximum magnification of x0.2 make it a logical choice for nature photographers with a passion for quirky perspectives and eye-catching bokeh. For underwater specialists, it likewise opens up exciting new opportunities – it’s compatible with a range of accessories via the new underwater lens port PPO-EP02. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO is priced at £799.99 and available at all major UK retailers from June 2015.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO is a new professional-grade ultra-wide zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. It weighs just over half as much as equivalent f:2.8 aperture rivals, and features 14 elements in 11 groups. Like the other lenses in the M.Zuiko PRO family, this 14-28mm equivalent zoom is fully weatherproof – thanks to 11 separate seals – and lets you get just 7.5cm from your subject (measured from the end of the lens), which is about 20% closer than equivalent rivals. It’s also packed with practical PRO features, such as the manual focus clutch that lets you instantly switch from AF to MF by pulling the focus ring toward the camera body. There’s also an L-Fn button on the base of the lens that lets you make changes in an instant with your thumb. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO is priced at £999.99, and available at all major UK retailers from June 2015.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition is a new compact system camera that pays homage to the titanium-clad Olympus OM-3Ti film SLR released in 1994. The beautifully redesigned E-M5 Mark II will be available in a distinctively retro, titanium-tinted body that evokes the golden age of the original Olympus OM series, a period that laid the foundations for the flagship Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras of today. In addition to the titanium colour, the Limited Edition differs from the regular model with a special OM-D-branded leather strap, an owner’s card bearing a quote from the legendary OM designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, and a premium-stitched leather case for the card. A number between one and 7,000 will appear on the other side of the card, as only 7,000 of these cameras are due to be made. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition will be available from June 2015 priced at £999.99. A kit with the all-round zoom M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens will also be available for £1349.99.

Monday, May 11, 2015

MindShift Gear Adds Higher Volume rotation180° Horizon Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating photo backpack. Featuring an integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials, the rotation180° Horizon backpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. “The rotation180º Horizon backpack is an essential addition to our award-winning rotation backpack series,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “Its 34 llitres of capacity and its ability to hold a laptop, a 10” tablet, and up to a 3 liter hydration reservoir provide the dimensions and features for which outdoor adventurers have been clamoring. It employs the same patented technology that won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award.” MindShift Gear's rotation180° Horizon backpack is available for $259.99.

olloCase for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The olloCase is a slim, protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that allows a seamless integration with olloclip's add-on conversion lenses. “We want olloCase to embody the pure functionality of our olloclip photo lenses — and to eliminate the need for moving parts, while still providing the style and protection consumers are looking for,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “This new case is a significant improvement over our previous version. It improves speed and removes any unnecessary obstacles between a user and the photos or videos they want to shoot.” olloCase retails for £24.99 and is available in two colours -- matte clear with dark gray bumper and matte smoke with black bumper.

Braun Champion II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro has announced an updated version of its Braun Champion ActionCam. Featuring a 2-inch TFT display, longer battery life (up to 150 minutes), 130-degree lens and Wi-Fi functionality, the camera shoots Full HD (1920x1080p/30fps) movies and 5-megapixel stills. A waterproof housing is included with the kit, which is depth rated for 55 metres. The recommended retail price of the Braun Champion II ActionCam is £117 including VAT.

Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample images taken with the new Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* lens.

The Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* is a fast wide-angle prime lens for the Sony A-series full-frame compact system camera range.

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 32 sample images taken with the new Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* lens.

The Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* is a fast standard prime lens for the Sony A-series full-frame compact system camera range.

Sony FE 28mm f/2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 34 sample images taken with the new Sony FE 28mm f/2 lens.

The Sony FE 28mm f/2 is a wide-angle prime lens for the Sony A-series full-frame compact system camera range.

Official Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon China has posted four high-resolution sample photographs taken with the brand new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. Captured with a variety of APS-C and 35mm full-frame bodies, these Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM samples demonstrate what the lens is capable of when used wide open (and slightly stopped down). You can download the official EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sample images from the website below.

Website: Canon China

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 61 sample images taken with the new Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lens.

The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS is a 10x super-zoom lens for the Sony A-series full-frame compact system camera range.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon have unveiled a new 50mm lens. The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM features Canon's proprietary STM stepping motor technology and supports the manufacturer's EOS Movie Servo AF function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording. Boasting an improved exterior design, including a new focus ring placement, it provides photographers with the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever, at just 1.5 inches in length. In addition, this new lens uses a metal mount providing additional stability and ruggedness compared to its predecessor. The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of £129.99/€189.99/$125.99.

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Version 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has announced that it will release a free firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pictured). Version 4.00 introduces a new AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects, improved focus accuracy and Eye Detection AF. Additionally, the firmware update adds an Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode while maintaining the conventional AF speed. The optimised algorithm also delivers a more natural and smooth AF action during movie recording. The new firmware will be available from the end of June.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Manfrotto Fluid Video Monopods Family

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

Manfrotto today launched their new Fluid Video Monopods Family. This product range features a world-first patented system that uses the innovative fluid cartridge incorporated into the base, allowing judder-free panoramic rotation not achievable with regular monopods. Consisting of four supports, the whole Fluid Video Monopod Family is priced from £94.95.

Manfrotto Follow Focus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today announced the launch of their new zero backlash follow focus. This piece of video equipment allows the operator to select a focus range between two points, thanks to its hard stops. Its mount is compatible with 15mm/0.59” rods, and it is supplied with one 50 tooth/0.8 module drive wheel, one ø35 mm friction wheel, one gear ring to be fitted around the lens, two marking disks that enables the operator to mark focal reference points and one 3mm Allen Key. The videographer can change not only the gearbox direction but also the follow focus’ position when it is mounted on the rods: this way the device can be used with different lenses. The zero backlash mechanism means that the operator can pull a very precise focus with essentially any interchangeable-lens camera without the vibrations and uncertain results caused by manual direct focus. The Manfrotto Follow Focus is now available for £519.95.

QromaScan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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QromaScan is a smartphone-based photo "scanning" solution that digitises and tags prints in one step using voice recognition. Users simply place their iPhone on top of Qroma Scan's LED illuminated lightbox, and use a natural language phrase the tell the innovative QromaScan app the date, location and people in their photos. By sliding photos into the lightbox, the QromaScan app dials in the best visual settings and captures the image with the appropriate metadata. Photos are automatically organised using metadata tags that are recognised by external applications such as Adobe Lightroom. QromaScan is available for preorder now on Kicksrtarter

Elinchrom Partners with MAC Group

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MAC Group will be taking on the sales, marketing, distribution and service for Elinchrom in the United States. “There were many factors that made our decision easy,” said Chris Whittle, Elinchrom President. “The previous success MAC Group accomplished when building a lighting company into a world class brand could be a marketing case study at Harvard. The superb relationships MAC Group has built among dealers and influencers, and their commitment to marketing, brand building, education and content made MAC Group’s team simply feel like a perfect fit for us.”

Triggertrap Adds “Wearables” Mode to Mobile App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Triggertrap has unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for its Triggertrap Mobile app, photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera. This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Support for Apple Watch will be added to the app in the coming weeks. The update is available to download on the iOS app store, and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.