Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nikon D850 Coming Soon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have announced the development of their newest full-frame digital SLR camera, the Nikon D850. "The D850 follows on from the D810, which was highly praised for its extremely sharp and clear rendering, and rich tone characteristics," the company said in a statement. "The D850 will be a powerful new full-frame FX-format digital SLR camera, engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users over the years, who demand the very best from their camera equipment." Nikon have also released a 4K teaser video entitled "Hercules Rising," shot entirely on the new camera. Click through / scroll down to watch the movie.

Nikon have announced the development of their newest full-frame digital SLR camera, the Nikon D850. "The D850 follows on from the D810, which was highly praised for its extremely sharp and clear rendering, and rich tone characteristics," the company said in a statement. "The D850 will be a powerful new...

Mastering the Creative Workflow Masterclass

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Sponsored by Calumet, the Mastering the Creative Workflow masterclass recently took place at Pinewood Studios to offer professional and budding photographers and filmmakers the ultimate creative experience. The one day event was hosted by professional filmmaker and X-Rite Coloratti, Ollie Kenchington and professional photographer and BenQ Ambassador, Adrian Weinbrecht. Run in partnership with X-Rite, BenQ, Rogue Photographic Design and Rotolight, the workshop gave visitors an insight into how creative professionals make use of colour management solutions and professional lighting tools for their everyday projects. The day consisted of four sessions. Click through / scroll down to watch the sessions back.

Sponsored by Calumet, the Mastering the Creative Workflow masterclass recently took place at Pinewood Studios to offer professional and budding photographers and filmmakers the ultimate creative experience. The one day event was hosted by professional filmmaker and X-Rite Coloratti, Ollie Kenchington and professional photographer and BenQ Ambassador, Adrian Weinbrecht. Run...

Monday, July 24, 2017

BenQ Instagram Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Competitions
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To celebrate the launch of their new Instagram page, BenQ are offering one lucky follower the chance to win their SW2700PT monitor, worth £594. Designed to effortlessly and accurately showcase the creative vision of professional photographers, the SW2700PT is packed full of image enhancing features such as hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage and a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS panel. To be in with a chance of winning a brand-new BenQ SW2700PT monitor, simply follow @inspiration_by_benq on Instagram by Monday 31st July 2017.

To celebrate the launch of their new Instagram page, BenQ are offering one lucky follower the chance to win their SW2700PT monitor, worth £594. Designed to effortlessly and accurately showcase the creative vision of professional photographers, the SW2700PT is packed full of image enhancing features such as hardware...

Canon UK Launch World Press Photo VR Experience

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Digital
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Canon today announced the UK launch of a World Press Photo virtual reality experience. In a bid to inspire a wider photography audience, users can explore the 45 best images of 2017 – and their incredible stories – at any time. The World Press Photo VR app is available for free download in the Oculus Store. Created by the makers of Canon’s photography management platform, irista, those who engage with the VR experience will see the winning photos displayed in a virtual gallery that evolves based on each users’ individual interaction with the photos. The unique VR experience, which provides a deeper insight into the stories behind the images, is narrated by Stuart Franklin, chair of the 2017 World Press Photo Content general jury.

Canon today announced the UK launch of a World Press Photo virtual reality experience. In a bid to inspire a wider photography audience, users can explore the 45 best images of 2017 – and their incredible stories – at any time. The World Press Photo VR app is available for free download...

Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 80D body.

The Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD is a brand new ultra-telephoto zoom lens designed for APS-C DSLR cameras.

LBS Photography Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The London Business School Photography Club has launched the LBS Photography Awards in partnership with Canon. Billed as "the first photography competition aimed at exploring how the way we do business transforms our lives, the environment and communities across the globe," the LBS Photography Awards accept submissions in three categories: Environment, Energy and Resources; Community Engagement and Human Development. The organisers are looking for photo stories that will inspire and promote projects with significant community, human or environmental impact. The submission deadline is 31st October. The best and most powerful images will be showcased in an exhibition in January 2018 at the London Business School, along with a series of talks and networking sessions.

The London Business School Photography Club has launched the LBS Photography Awards in partnership with Canon. Billed as "the first photography competition aimed at exploring how the way we do business transforms our lives, the environment and communities across the globe," the LBS Photography Awards accept submissions in three categories:...

Canon EOS 200D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is Canon's smallest and lightest DSLR camera. Aimed mainly at beginners, the EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 is also an attractive proposition for experienced photographers looking for a more compact body. Find out if it can satisfy both by reading our Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 review...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon have unveiled their latest professional large-format inkjet printer - the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000. At 60-inches wide, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is the largest 12-ink printer on the market today. “With the introduction of our largest model, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000, we round out our full line of high quality PRO Series printers,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PRO Series now offers an expansive lineup of large-format inkjet solutions and sizes for a broad range of applications in the photo, fine art, proofing and graphics market segments.” The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is expected to be available in August 2017 with an MSRP of $11,995.

Canon have unveiled their latest professional large-format inkjet printer - the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000. At 60-inches wide, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is the largest 12-ink printer on the market today. “With the introduction of our largest model, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000, we round out our full line of high quality PRO...

Fuji Relaunches Fujifilm Masterpiece Award Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Fuji North America today announced the relaunch of the long-standing Fujifilm sponsored Masterpiece Award on August 1, 2017. The Fujifilm 2017 Masterpiece Award will be awarded to a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member residing in the USA and Canada in each of three separate categories – wedding, portrait and illustrative - whose work best represents the specific category of photography. Honoured photographers will be named in a national press release to be issued by Fujifilm. In addition, the Fujifilm 2017 Masterpiece Award recipients will receive a crystal glass trophy, a certificate of award, and a lapel pin.

Fuji North America today announced the relaunch of the long-standing Fujifilm sponsored Masterpiece Award on August 1, 2017. The Fujifilm 2017 Masterpiece Award will be awarded to a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member residing in the USA and Canada in each of three separate categories – wedding, portrait and illustrative - whose...

Canon EOS 200D Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images and videos taken with the Canon EOS 200D DSLR camera (also known as the EOS Rebel SL2).

The Canon EOS 200D is the world’s lightest APS-C DSLR camera with the world’s fastest Live View auto-focus system.

Alien Skin Software Announces Summer Sale

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Alien Skin Software has announced its summer sale. All products in the company's online store are available at a 40% discount through July 24th. This includes the Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2, Alien Skin's non-destructive raw photo editor, plus four additional software products - Blow Up, Snap Art, Eye Candy 7 and the Exposure X2 Bundle.

Alien Skin Software has announced its summer sale. All products in the company's online store are available at a 40% discount through July 24th. This includes the Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2, Alien Skin's non-destructive raw photo editor, plus four additional software products - Blow Up, Snap Art,...

Win a Manfrotto Backpack, BeFree Tripod and Xume Adapter!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Photography Blog have teamed up with Manfrotto to offer two lucky readers the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

1st Prize - Manfrotto Manhattan Mover 50 backpack and BeFree Color aluminium travel tripod

2nd Prize – Manfrotto XUME filter adapter (size of your choice)

UPDATE: The two lucky winners are Frances Sunshine Hopkins (1st Prize) and Miguel Costa (2nd Prize). Congratulations!

Photography Blog have teamed up with Manfrotto to offer two lucky readers the chance to win some fantastic prizes. 1st Prize - Manfrotto Manhattan Mover 50 backpack and BeFree Color aluminium travel tripod 2nd Prize – Manfrotto XUME filter adapter (size of your choice) UPDATE: The two lucky...

Vanguard VEO 2 Tripod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Vanguard have just introduced the second generation of their VEO travel tripod line - VEO 2. With an emphasis on lightweight, durable construction and slim silhouettes, VEO 2 is tailor-made for travel photographers. Weighing even less than its predecessor and featuring all new materials - including a new carbon fibre technology - VEO 2 is available in 12 different configurations which include either aluminium or carbon fibre legs, a choice of 4 or 5 leg sections, 3 different colourways, and a choice between a ball head or a pan head. Vanguard’s patented rapid center column rotation feature allows the VEO tripod to fold into a super compact travel size
in seconds. Vanguard’s new VEO 2 tripods employ the same rotating centre column feature for excellent out-and-about functionality, however VEO 2 is even faster because it features advanced quarter turn twist-locks with definite open and shut positions for ultra-fast leg extension. The extra strong leg locks enable the Vanguard VEO 2 to offer a maximum load capacity of up to 8kg. To round out the VEO Collection, Vanguard has also designed all new VEO Discover bags, meant to perfectly complement the tripods. With innovative tripod carrying systems, the VEO Discover messenger bags and backpacks/slings allow photographers to pack their compact VEO 2 tripod as a carry-on.

Vanguard have just introduced the second generation of their VEO travel tripod line - VEO 2. With an emphasis on lightweight, durable construction and slim silhouettes, VEO 2 is tailor-made for travel photographers. Weighing even less than its predecessor and featuring all new materials - including a new carbon fibre technology -...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 77D camera.

The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is a macro lens for DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors with a Macro Lite built-in to the end of the lens.

Cokin Adapter Ring for Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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OmegaBrandess have announced Cokin’s developement of an adapter ring specifically designed for the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens. As the lens has a built-in hood and a round shaped front element without a thread, it used to be impossible to use filters - such as neutral density, graduated neutral density and circular polarisers - on this lens. After extensive development and testing, Cokin engineers have come up with a solution. The main component of the new accessory is positioned around the lens body, then attached to the adapter ring with screws. The XL size (X-PRO Series) filter-holder (included in the kit) is then attached to the ring, leaving two slots available for filters. The XL filter-holder is compatible with CREATIVE filters, and neutral density (ND and GND) glass filters from the NUANCES range.

OmegaBrandess have announced Cokin’s developement of an adapter ring specifically designed for the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens. As the lens has a built-in hood and a round shaped front element without a thread, it used to be impossible to use filters - such as...

Manfrotto Pixi Pano360 Review

Tim Coleman | Accessory Reviews
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The Manfrotto Pixi Pano360 is a remotely controlled motorized head for cameras and smartphones. The Pixi Pano360 promises to make it extremely quick and easy to shoot time-lapse video and panoramas - read our Pixi Pano360 review to find out if it lives up to the hype...

Anyone can upgrade their calibration tool and save money - thanks to Datacolor

Mark Goldstein
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As a photographer, we know that your colours matter to you. Having the latest technology is the best way to ensure that your display is always showing you exactly what you need to be seeing during post-production. That’s why Datacolor are offering you the chance to upgrade your display calibration device to the Spyder5ELITE+ for the fraction of the price you would pay buying outright.

As a photographer, we know that your colours matter to you. Having the latest technology is the best way to ensure that your display is always showing you exactly what you need to be seeing during post-production. That’s why Datacolor are offering you the chance to upgrade your...

Spirituality in Photography Award 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Spirituality in Photography Award 2017 is a competition open to everyone seeking to take photographs with spiritual depth. All entrants will have their photographs displayed on http://www.spiritualityinphotography.com/ and shared via social media. A panel of judges – including London-based photographers Jay Rowden and Georgie Lord - will select what they believe to be the best entry to win the Spirituality in Photography Award, and a prize of £50 of Darton, Longman and Todd books. Each entrant is asked to submit a photograph which demonstrates spiritual insight or inspiration. The image may be accompanied by a caption of no more than 100 characters, but no further explanation. Photos of children aged less than 16 years old will only be accepted for entry if the consent form is accompanied by a letter of agreement for the child’s image to be published, signed by the child’s legal parent or guardian. The closing date for entries is 31st August and the winner will be announced by 30th September. Entry is limited to three photographs per person.

The Spirituality in Photography Award 2017 is a competition open to everyone seeking to take photographs with spiritual depth. All entrants will have their photographs displayed on http://www.spiritualityinphotography.com/ and shared via social media. A panel of judges – including London-based photographers Jay Rowden and Georgie Lord - will...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Canon Selphy CP1300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon today announced the Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled printer can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery, to print the perfect photos. The Selphy CP1300’s Party Shuffle Print function is designed to allow Wi-Fi connected users to connect multiple compatible mobile devices to the same Selphy CP1300 unit for everyone to enjoy creating a print layout made of combined images from family and friends. Images are now displayed on a reader-friendly 3.2” tilt-type LCD monitor, while image searching is improved with the ability to filter by date and browse by page rather than one image at a time. The Selphy printer has a suggested retail price of $129.99 and is offered in black and white models.

Canon today announced the Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi-enabled printer can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery, to print the perfect photos. The Selphy CP1300’s Party Shuffle Print function is designed to allow Wi-Fi connected users to...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reinventing the Emil Busch Glaukar 91mm f/3.1 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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More than 100 years after the Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 was introduced, two top German photographers have reinvented this classic as a modern portrait lens. Fashion photographer Benedikt Ernst and portrait photographer Firat Bagdu have partnered with optical engineer Wolfdieter Prenzel for this project, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the Glaukar 97mm f/3.1 into the modern age. The new Glaukar 3.1 will have the same brass appearance and silhouette as the original but will be constructed from high-end aluminium with a brass-like finish, which ensures the durability and mechanical precision of a modern lens. And while the new lens will look very much like the classic, the inside has been redesigned by Prenzel, completely from scratch to meet today’s high-tech demands. Planned for release in Canon, Fujifilm, Leica M and T, MFT and Sony fit, the new Glaukar 91mm f/3.1 will be manufactured in Wetzlar, Germany.

More than 100 years after the Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 was introduced, two top German photographers have reinvented this classic as a modern portrait lens. Fashion photographer Benedikt Ernst and portrait photographer Firat Bagdu have partnered with optical engineer Wolfdieter Prenzel for this project, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to...