Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of the Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition. A photo by Michelle Howell from West Yorkshire, England was chosen as the overall winner. Shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 F004N lens, the winning image (reprinted above) is a macro shot of an Argentinean Ornate Horned Frog, taken in a reflection pool. Phil Jones, the Societies CEO said, “June's competition did not disappoint with the quality of images entered. Michelle's image of the horned frog captured the theme of the competition brilliantly.’’ Runners-up include Sheri Emerson from Newfoundland, Canada and Stuart Walker from Essex, England

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have announced the winners of the Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition. A photo by Michelle Howell from West Yorkshire, England was chosen as the overall winner. Shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some full-size sample images (JPEG and Raw) taken with the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5DS R body.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art is a new stabilised standard zoom lens for full-frame cameras.

Desqueeze 1.5 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Independent developer Alexey Khutorschikov has announced Desqueeze 1.5, an important update to his iPhone app that lets users re-format, re-size and de-squeeze a batch of photos and videos using presets or custom size up to 8192x8192 pixels and 4K, respectively. This update brings a number of improvements including a more streamlined graphical user interface, the ability to create, edit and use Templates, as well as enhanced stability and sharing options. Desqueeze 1.5 is available free of charge through the App Store in the Photo and Video category. Certain features require an upgrade to the PRO version, which is available as in-app purchase for $2.99.

Independent developer Alexey Khutorschikov has announced Desqueeze 1.5, an important update to his iPhone app that lets users re-format, re-size and de-squeeze a batch of photos and videos using presets or custom size up to 8192x8192 pixels and 4K, respectively. This update brings a number of improvements including a more streamlined...

Sony A9 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A9 is a lightning-fast full-frame compact system camera that is clearly taking aim at the Nikon and Canon DSLR competition. Is this the best professional action camera on the market? Read our Sony A9 review to find out...

Billingham Leisure Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Billingham have launched a new range of elegant travel bags. Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability and protection from the elements. The new Billingham Leisure Collection includes the Weekender and Overnighter bags and the Thomas briefcase/laptop bag. Each bag features solid brass fittings and is offered in a selection of classic colours with complementary leather tones, including Sage & Chocolate, Black & Tan, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black. Designed for fast and efficient packing, the Weekender (£225) can be fully unzipped through its entire length using the strong double pullers, and the clever turnover top allows the sides to be peeled backwards completely to create the widest possible opening. Slightly smaller than the Weekender, and ideal for a short break or even as a smart gym or work bag, the compact Overnighter (£185) provides generous capacity for everyday essentials. Last but not least, the padded Thomas briefcase (£225) features multiple interior pockets to organise a host of accessories, and has been designed to accommodate most 15” laptops. All bags are available now from authorised Billingham stockists.

Billingham have launched a new range of elegant travel bags. Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability and protection from the elements. The new Billingham Leisure Collection includes the Weekender and Overnighter bags and...

Friday, June 30, 2017

PhotoCross Sling Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear have announced the launch of their new PhotoCross sling bags. Built to withstand the elements yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field, these bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a compact system camera body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops. The bags are available in two colour, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.

MindShift Gear have announced the launch of their new PhotoCross sling bags. Built to withstand the elements yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field, these bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature...

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a brand new professional zoom lens for full-frame cameras. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provide rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (a full 5 stops of image stabilisation according to CIPA standards). The use of specialised, high-quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today’s high-pixel-density cameras. The optical formula comprises 17 elements in 12 groups including 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Tamron’s exclusive eBAND Coating substantially curbs ghosting and flare, while a protective Fluorine Coating on the front element provides added convenience. The new lens also benefits from a moisture resistant construction a locking lens hood. In the UK, the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 will be available in July, pricing to be announced. In the USA, the Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September priced at $1199.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a brand new professional zoom lens for full-frame cameras. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provide rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (a full 5 stops of image...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Akvis Refocus 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis today released Refocus 8.0, an application designed to improve the sharpness of out of focus images and apply lens blur effects to your photos. This update adds the ability to save and load custom presets and improves on the Crop tool. Additionally, the Batch Processing feature is now available for all editing modes. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and macOS 10.12, and is available as a standalone application and as a plugin to a photo editor. Prices start at $39.

Akvis today released Refocus 8.0, an application designed to improve the sharpness of out of focus images and apply lens blur effects to your photos. This update adds the ability to save and load custom presets and improves on the Crop tool. Additionally, the Batch Processing feature is now available for...

Official Canon EOS 6D Mark II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon have published 11 high-resolution sample images and a reduced-resolution sample movie captured with their new EOS 6D Mark II full-frame digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of Canon EF lenses including the EF85mm f/1.2L II USM, the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, the EF35mm f/1.4L II USM, the EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM, the EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM, the EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM and the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM; these Canon EOS 6D Mark II samples were shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 800.

Website: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Sample Images & Sample Movie

Canon have published 11 high-resolution sample images and a reduced-resolution sample movie captured with their new EOS 6D Mark II full-frame digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of Canon EF lenses including the EF85mm f/1.2L II USM, the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, the EF3...

Official Canon EOS 200D Sample Images and Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon Japan have released nine high-resolution sample photos and a reduced-resolution sample movie captured with the new Canon EOS 200D digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of Canon lenses including the EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, the EF50mm f/1.8 STM, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM and the EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, the Canon EOS 200D sample images were shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 3,200.

Website: Canon EOS 200D Sample Images

Canon Japan have released nine high-resolution sample photos and a reduced-resolution sample movie captured with the new Canon EOS 200D digital SLR camera. Taken using a variety of Canon lenses including the EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, the EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, the EF50mm...

Canon Fires Summer DSLR Salvo

Gavin Stoker | Digital SLR Cameras
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Following the launch of Canon's Live for the Story advert and marketing campaign targeting a new ‘millennial’ audience last month – and for which there wasn’t a camera in sight  – the photo giant is back to targeting its core users with two new DSLRs. Arriving in July are the enthusiast targeted EOS 6D Mark II, and the beginner friendly EOS 200D.

Photography Blog was at the London preview to bring you this report…

Following the launch of Canon's Live for the Story advert and marketing campaign targeting a new ‘millennial’ audience last month – and for which there wasn’t a camera in sight  – the photo giant is back to targeting its core users with two...

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Hands-on Photos

Gavin Stoker | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 200D Hands-on Photos

Gavin Stoker | Digital SLR Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 200D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 200D DSLR camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 200D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 200D DSLR camera.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the latest generation full frame DSLR camera. The EOS 6D Mark II features a ​full frame 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, 45 point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be available in July 2017 with an RRP of  £1,999.99 / €2,499.99 body only. The EOS 6D Mark II can also be purchased with an EF 24-105 STM kit with an RRP of £2,379.99 / €2,944.99

In the USA, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera is scheduled to be available in late July 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1,999.00 for body only, $3,099.00 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II lens and $2,599.00 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the latest generation full frame DSLR camera. The EOS 6D Mark II features a ​full frame 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, 45 point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be available in...

Canon EOS 200D

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS 200D is the world’s lightest DSLR with the world’s fastest auto-focusing system. The new EOS 200D (also known as the EOS Rebel SL2) is billed as the perfect replacement for the avid smartphone photographer looking to step up to their first camera.

The Canon EOS 200D will be available in July 2017 with an RRP of £579.99 / €719.99 body only. The EOS 200D can also be purchased with an EF 18-55mm kit with an RRP of £679.99 / €839.99

In the USA, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is scheduled to be available in late July 2017 for a retail price of $549.99 for body only and $699.99 with the Canon EF-S 18-55m f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

The Canon EOS 200D is the world’s lightest DSLR with the world’s fastest auto-focusing system. The new EOS 200D (also known as the EOS Rebel SL2) is billed as the perfect replacement for the avid smartphone photographer looking to step up to their...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WD My Passport Ultra Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Western Digital today expanded their line of WD branded My Passport portable drives with the redesigned My Passport Ultra drive. In addition to a new metallic look, the drive offers intuitive WD Discovery software to help consumers easily back up photos, videos and important documents shared and created across multiple social networks, cloud services and devices. In addition, the My Passport Ultra drive features 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security software built in to help keep private content secure. With a personalised password, users can activate hardware encryption and data protection. Available in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB versions, the My Passport Ultra drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $79.99/£82.99 (for the 1TB edition).

Western Digital today expanded their line of WD branded My Passport portable drives with the redesigned My Passport Ultra drive. In addition to a new metallic look, the drive offers intuitive WD Discovery software to help consumers easily back up photos, videos and important documents shared and created across multiple...

Lee Filters Announce ProGlass INRD Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lee Filters have just launched a new line of professional-grade neutral density filters. The new ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the LEE Filters Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems. The filters, which are manufactured from 2mm-thick, optically flat glass, are available not only in strengths of two (0.6ND), three (0.9ND), four (1.2ND) and six (1.8ND) stops, but also in ultra-long 10 (3ND) and 15-stop (4.5ND) versions. Not only this, but all filters in the range – whatever their strength – are designed to be free of colour casts, with extremely accurate stop values, ensuring consistency in all shooting conditions and allowing for absolute precision when exposing images. In addition, filters in the ProGlass IRND range are designed to block both infrared and ultraviolet pollution. Prices start at £132.00 plus VAT.

Lee Filters have just launched a new line of professional-grade neutral density filters. The new ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the...

Olympus PEN E-PL8 Wins Red Dot Design Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN E-PL8 has just won a Red Dot Design Award with its combination of form and function. Awarding the title Red Dot Award Winner 2017, the international Red Dot jury of 40 design experts stated that “the compact and lightweight PEN E-PL8 is a prime example of retro design, high grade materials and state-of-the-art technology all in one.” To further compliment the camera, Olympus commissioned high profile Berlin fashion designer Malaika Raiss to create some beautiful accessories including specially designed straps and bags. “Women are amongst the most prolific and creative visual online content creators,” says Tanja Mehler, European Marketing Manager for Olympus PEN. “They can for example appreciate the E-PL8 camera as a way to expand their creative power if they are moving up from a phone because along with its quality, it is easy to use. Or they can appreciate how small and easy-to-carry it is compared to a conventional DSLR. What was missing were good looking accessories to go with it.”

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 has just won a Red Dot Design Award with its combination of form and function. Awarding the title Red Dot Award Winner 2017, the international Red Dot jury of 40 design experts stated that “the compact and lightweight PEN E-PL8 is a prime example of retro design,...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lensbaby Velvet 85

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby's new Velvet 85 lens is now available for preorder. Manufactured in Canon EF, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony A and Sony E mounts; the Lensbaby Velvet 85 delivers a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures, and beautifully sharp but subtly unique, film-like images as you stop down. Building on the strengths of the existing Velvet 56 lens, the Velvet 85 is said to combine "lustrous skin tones with the added compression and sublime bokeh of high-quality 85mm portrait lenses." This manual-focus lens has a minimum focus distance of 9.5 inches, enabling close-up photography. The optical formula comprises 4 elements in 3 groups and a 12-bladed diaphragm. The maximum aperture is f/1.8 and the lens takes 67mm filters. The Lensbaby Velvet 85 is priced at $499.95 and will begin shipping on 11th July.

Lensbaby's new Velvet 85 lens is now available for preorder. Manufactured in Canon EF, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony A and Sony E mounts; the Lensbaby Velvet 85 delivers a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures, and beautifully sharp but subtly unique, film-like...

Manfrotto Summer Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto are running a series of activities over the summer months to help you capture the best of summer. These include weekly competitions - simply upload you photo to the competition being hosted on Manfrotto Facebook page and include the hashtag - #ManfrottoSummerReady – to be in with the chance of winning a PIXI mini tripod each week - and a new promotional offer running on selected products across the Manfrotto and Lastolite by Manfrotto ranges. The offer spans a range of products from tripods to bags and is available from all authorised Manfrotto dealers in the UK. Click through / read on for the details.

Manfrotto are running a series of activities over the summer months to help you capture the best of summer. These include weekly competitions - simply upload you photo to the competition being hosted on Manfrotto Facebook page and include the hashtag - #ManfrottoSummerReady – to be in with the chance...