Thursday, March 9, 2017

PopSpot Focusable Fresnel LED Light

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox Pro has announced the PopSpot Focusable Fresnel LED light. Roughly the size of a soda can, the PopSpot allows photographers and videographers to focus its powerful beam for a high precision, strong contrast and dramatic shadows. “The problem with most Fresnel lights is they’re typically quite bulky, heavy and fragile, and they get screaming hot to the touch,” said Bohus Blahut, marketing director for Fotodiox Pro. “But our new PopSpot Focusable Fresnel does away with those pitfalls by combining power and control in a form factor about the size of a pop can. A simple twist focuses the PopSpot's output from a 55° to 25° beam angle, and removable barn doors offer further control of the shape and direction of the light. We’ve even included a slot for a slide-in tungsten filter.” The PopSpot Focusable Fresnel LED light is available now in three configurations: the PopSpot Focusable Fresnel, the PopSpot Focusable Fresnel + Battery Module, and the PopSpot Focusable Fresnel 3-Light Kit with Rolling Carrying Case.

Fotodiox Pro has announced the PopSpot Focusable Fresnel LED light. Roughly the size of a soda can, the PopSpot allows photographers and videographers to focus its powerful beam for a high precision, strong contrast and dramatic shadows. “The problem with most Fresnel lights is they’re typically quite...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.9 is now available. This version adds support for the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, the Casio EX-ZR3200, the Fujifilm GFX 50S. X100F, X-A10 and X-T20, the Leica M10, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Panasonic FZ80, GF9, GH5 and TZ82 cameras and the Phase One IQ3 100MP digital back. Additionally, the new update includes a number of new camera-lens profiles and 21 bug fixes.

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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.9 is now available. This version adds support for the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, the Casio EX-ZR3200, the Fujifilm GFX 50S. X100F, X-A10 and X-T20, the Leica M10, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Panasonic FZ80, GF9, GH5 and TZ82 cameras and the Phase One...

Datacolor at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events
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Datacolor will be showcasing their range of colour management solutions at The Photography Show, taking place from 18-21 March 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham. Located at stand A117, Datacolor will be hosting a range of talks at regular intervals throughout the exhibition, giving attendees the opportunity to hear from professional guest speakers each day, and ask questions in their open question session. Click through / read on for more details about Datacolor's products and what to expect at the Photography Show.

Datacolor will be showcasing their range of colour management solutions at The Photography Show, taking place from 18-21 March 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham. Located at stand A117, Datacolor will be hosting a range of talks at regular intervals throughout the exhibition, giving attendees the opportunity to hear from...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Adobe Camera Raw 9.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released ACR 9.9, adding support for raw files generated by the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, the Casio EX-ZR3200, the Fujifilm X100F (pictured), X-T20, X-A10 and GFX 50S, the Leica M10, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Panasonic FZ80, GF9, GH5 and TZ82 cameras, and the Phase One IQ3 100MP digital back. The new update also expands the lens profile library, and fixes bugs.

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Adobe today released ACR 9.9, adding support for raw files generated by the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, the Casio EX-ZR3200, the Fujifilm X100F (pictured), X-T20, X-A10 and GFX 50S, the Leica M10, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Panasonic FZ80, GF9, GH5 and TZ82 cameras, and the...

Cage Kinetics XT2 by LockCircle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LockCircle have launched the new new Cage Kinetics XT2 cinematic cage, which is designed to fit like a glove around the Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera. Featuring the exclusive LockCircle “Asymmetrical Design Approach” for right-handed camera control, the Cage Kinetics XT2 integrates the MicroPort micro HDMI / USB 3.0 connectors locking and the popular LockPort (micro to full-size HDMI and micro to full-size USB 3.0 output), for serious protection while shooting in rough production enviroments. Several 1/4”-20 (79!) and 3/8” (3) threads are available for multiple accessories and professional heavy-duty mounting. The Cage Kinetics XT2 baseplate has a Meta-Block mount for Metabones and IMS-Block for IMS-Mounts for monolithic locking. Designed and manufactured in Italy, the LockCircle Cage Kinetics XT2 weighs in at 300 grams, and has several threads to mount the (AC) tape measurement titanium hook. Availability is slated for late April.

LockCircle have launched the new new Cage Kinetics XT2 cinematic cage, which is designed to fit like a glove around the Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera. Featuring the exclusive LockCircle “Asymmetrical Design Approach” for right-handed camera control, the Cage Kinetics XT2 integrates the MicroPort micro HDMI / USB 3.0 connectors...

Canon Celebrate 30th Anniversary of their EOS System

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Canon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Electro Optical System (EOS), which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories. The system debuted in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera and EF lenses, making EOS cameras the World’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system, representing a new generation of auto focus SLR cameras. Currently, the EOS system, including the Cinema EOS system, comprises 24 models with a selection of 97 EF lenses. To mark this milestone, Canon is displaying a range of cameras and lenses from the EOS archive on its stand at The Photography Show, including the EOS 650 and the EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM, the world’s longest focal length and largest aperture lens. Visit Canon on stand D141/E131 at The Photography Show from 18th – 21st March at the NEC in Birmingham.

Canon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Electro Optical System (EOS), which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories. The system debuted in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera and EF lenses, making EOS cameras the World’s...

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a truly pocketable compact camera with a large 1-inch image sensor and 3x zoom lens. The G9 X Mark II also offers continuous shooting speed of 8.2fps in raw shooting mode, built-in wi-fi, NFC and now Bluetooth connectivity, 1080p HD video at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch touchscreen LCD, and a full range of manual shooting modes. Read the World's first online Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II review now...

2017 Hasselblad Experience Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Hasselblad has announced the 2017 Hasselblad Experience workshop series. Hosted by a selection of top photographers, guests will have access to a range of professional Hasselblad equipment during the trips including the X1D and all existing lenses. Whether guests are new to photography or established photographers, they will learn a variety of techniques to develop their skills, and perfect their shooting and composition while visiting some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Click through / scroll down for the fullHasselblad Experience schedule.

Hasselblad has announced the 2017 Hasselblad Experience workshop series. Hosted by a selection of top photographers, guests will have access to a range of professional Hasselblad equipment during the trips including the X1D and all existing lenses. Whether guests are new to photography or established photographers, they will learn...

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lightroom Mobile Update Adds Raw HDR Capture Mode

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Software
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Adobe have released an update to Lightroom Mobile, bringing raw HDR image capture to select Android and iOS devices.  These updates, version 2.7 for iOS and version 2.3 for Android, are available for free. "Previously, capturing an image in HDR either meant using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, capturing multiple exposures, copying to your computer, and then merging in an application like Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, or Lightroom," says Josh Haftel, Senior Product Manager at Adobe. "Alternatively, you could capture an HDR JPEG on your phone, though those images normally used only two shots and often failed to capture the full range of tonality in difficult lighting scenarios. By capturing three raw shots and merging on the phone, you get a greatly increased dynamic range with the ability to edit and share right away." This new functionality is currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and the Apple iPhone SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus and iPad Pro 9.7.

Adobe have released an update to Lightroom Mobile, bringing raw HDR image capture to select Android and iOS devices.  These updates, version 2.7 for iOS and version 2.3 for Android, are available for free. "Previously, capturing an image in HDR either meant using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, capturing multiple...

Fujifilm X-T20 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The brand new Fujifilm X-T20 is a mid-range compact system camera that inherits most of the key features of the flagship X-T2 model. Does the X-T20 cut too many corners to hit its more aggressive £799 / $899 price-tag? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T20 review to find out...

Iridient Developer 3.1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.1.4, a raw file conversion and photo processing application for Mac OS X. This update brings support for the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II and EOS M6, the Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F. and X-A10, the Panasonic GH5 and FZ80, the Pentax KP, the Leica M10 and the Sigma sd Quattro H. The company also launched Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 beta 3 for both Mac OS and Windows, adding support for the Fujifilm GFX50S, X-T20 and X100F.

Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.1.4, a raw file conversion and photo processing application for Mac OS X. This update brings support for the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II and EOS M6, the Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F. and X-A10, the Panasonic GH5 and FZ80, the Pentax KP,...

Leica Announce New, Premium Accessories from COOPH and Gitzo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Leica have unveiled a number of new accessories including the Leica Rope Straps - a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH - as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing ropes, and feature trim elements made from Italian leather. These straps are durable yet elegant accessoriesoffering a safe and comfortable carrying sulution for cameras and binoculars. They are available in four colours – Fire, Glowing Red, Night and Oasis, in two different lengths, and with a choice of metal split ring or nylon connectors. The new Gitzo tripods include the Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 and GT3542L carbon-fibre models, the GT4543LS Systematic Tripod and the Gitzo GH2720QR and GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Heads.

Leica have unveiled a number of new accessories including the Leica Rope Straps - a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH - as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Aurelius Acquire Wex Photographic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global

Aurelius Equity Opportunities have acquired Wex Photographic from Barclays. Following the deal, Wex will be merged with Calumet Photographic, a multi-channel photographic retailer acquired by Aurelius in June 2016. Servicing half a million customers across the UK, Wex is the country’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, with an annual turnover of €84 million. The integration with Calumet will offer significant strategic benefits to both companies with scope to couple Wex’s online expertise with Calumet’s pan-European in-store experience.

Aurelius Equity Opportunities have acquired Wex Photographic from Barclays. Following the deal, Wex will be merged with Calumet Photographic, a multi-channel photographic retailer acquired by Aurelius in June 2016. Servicing half a million customers across the UK, Wex is the country’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, with an annual...

Sebastião Salgado at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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One of the world’s greatest living photographers, Sebastião Salgado, has been confirmed to speak on the Super Stage at The Photography Show, on Tuesday, 21st March at 11am. ‘A morning with Salgado’, brought to the show by Canon and The Royal Photographic Society, will offer photography professionals and enthusiasts a rare insight into the award-winning Brazilian photographer’s powerful documentation of communities around the world. Salgado will also take part in a Q&A with photographer Clive Booth on Canon’s Live Stage at 2pm on the same day. Tickets for Salgado’s Super Stage session are priced at £20.

One of the world’s greatest living photographers, Sebastião Salgado, has been confirmed to speak on the Super Stage at The Photography Show, on Tuesday, 21st March at 11am. ‘A morning with Salgado’, brought to the show by Canon and The Royal Photographic Society, will...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have issued a firmware update for their OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera. According to the company, firmware version 1.1 improves the "stability of raw file formation". Users can update their camera's firmware using the Olympus Digital Camera Updater utility.

Olympus have issued a firmware update for their OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera. According to the company, firmware version 1.1 improves the "stability of raw file formation". Users can update their camera's firmware using the Olympus Digital Camera Updater utility.

Sigma EF-630 Flash for Canon and Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Canon and Nikon versions of the Sigma EF-630 flashgun are scheduled to start shipping later this month. First announced in 2016 (and already available for Sigma cameras), the EF-630 is a multifunctional clip-on type flash designed to work with today's advanced digital SLR cameras. Featuring a zoomable tilt-swivel head with a zoom coverage of 24-200mm, the Sigma EF-630 offers wireless TTL exposure control as well as high-speed sync, rear-curtain sync and modelling flash functions. Photographers can update the unit's firmware via the optional Flash USB Dock FD-11. The recommended retail price of the Sigma EF-630 is $379.

The Canon and Nikon versions of the Sigma EF-630 flashgun are scheduled to start shipping later this month. First announced in 2016 (and already available for Sigma cameras), the EF-630 is a multifunctional clip-on type flash designed to work with today's advanced digital SLR cameras. Featuring a zoomable tilt-swivel head...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

National Geographic Australia Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new National Geographic Australia Collection is inspired by the ochre-pigmented sands and soils of The Australian Outback, and the dazzling blue seas that hem the continent’s beautiful coasts. The interior fabric of the collection’s camera bags features a colourful eucalyptus-leaf print evocative of Australia’s forest canopies. The durable, deftly crafted internal compartment design features the renowned Manfrotto Protection System. The National Geographic Australia Collection includes five different products, including the NG Australia camera and laptop backpack for DSLRs/CSCs, the NG Australia 3 way camera backpack for DSLRs, the NG Australia Camera Holster for CSCs and two NG Australia camera messengers for Compact System Cameras. Click through / read on for the details.

The new National Geographic Australia Collection is inspired by the ochre-pigmented sands and soils of The Australian Outback, and the dazzling blue seas that hem the continent’s beautiful coasts. The interior fabric of the collection’s camera bags features a colourful eucalyptus-leaf print evocative of Australia&rsquo...

Fantasea FG9X for Canon G9 X Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has announced that its FG9X underwater housing is fully compatible with the new Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labelled controls and features a new touchscreen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the camera's touch-sensitive screen. Depth rated to 60 metres, the Fantasea FG9X offers a moisture detector, double O-ring protection and an M67 thread on its lens port. The Fantasea FG9X housing is available for $399.95.

Fantasea Line has announced that its FG9X underwater housing is fully compatible with the new Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labelled controls and features a new touchscreen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the...

Irix 11mm f/4 Pricing and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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TH Swiss have officially announced the launch of the Irix 11mm f/4 lens. First unveiled at Photokina, the Irix 11mm f/4 is an extremely wide full frame rectalinear lens with an angle of view of 126°. It employs 4 high-refractive lens elements, 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical elements to guarantee very low distortion, as low as 3.13%, which makes Irix 11mm f/4.0 lens unique in its class. The special Blackstone version of the lens has engraved UV light reactive markings enable easy operation in low light conditions to facilitate the perfect photo. The Irix 11mm f/4.0 will be available to buy during The Photography Show in Birmingham (18-21 March 2017) priced at €635 (Firefly edition) / €865 (Blackstone version).

TH Swiss have officially announced the launch of the Irix 11mm f/4 lens. First unveiled at Photokina, the Irix 11mm f/4 is an extremely wide full frame rectalinear lens with an angle of view of 126°. It employs 4 high-refractive lens elements, 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical elements to...

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample JPEG and RAW images and some movies taken with the new Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a premium compact camera with a 1-inch 20 megapixel image sensor, 28-82mm (eq.) f/2-4.9 lens, and a DIGIC 7 processor.