Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Win a Samsung 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA Lens!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Samsung to give away a fantastic 60mm F2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA Lens (Black) worth £500!

The lucky winner is Dimitris Tsanaktsidis. Congratulations!

Here’s a lens ready for its close-up: the Samsung 60mm macro lens. It comes equipped with a supersonic actuator for fast, silent and precise auto focusing — perfect for the amateur entomologist looking to capture an amazing image of a fluttering butterfly. And thanks to its internal focusing system, the lens barrel remains fixed. So you can get right up close to your tiny little subjects without startling them and capture stunning details that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Leica X Edition Moncler

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Leica X Edition Moncler is a new special-edition model limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. Finished with a premium leather trim in a triple-colour scheme of blue, white and red, as an homage to the French origins of clothing company Moncler, this silver version of the Leica X comes complete with a matching camera strap in genuine leather bearing the inscription Leica & Moncler to highlight the collaboration between the two brands. The technical specifications of the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ are identical to those of the standard production model of the new Leica X camera. The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ is now available from Leica authorised dealers at an RRP of £1,952 - a reference to the year Moncler was founded.

Robots for Your Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Robots for Your Photos is a new service aimed at photographers, which automates the photo-sharing process across multiple social media platforms. The service basically takes care of the most boring tasks by automatically uploading your photographs to various photo servers and online galleries (such as Flickr, Facebook, 500px etc.) and publishing each photo at the optimal time of day to ensure it’s seen by the highest possible number of viewers. "Monitoring the reaction to your published photos closely is part of our job," the company says. "We therefore know quite precisely what is the best time for you to publish in order to get the most feedback. And that is when we always publish - at the best times." Moreover, Robots for Your Photos collects all likes, favourites and comments from all services and presents them all in one place. Note that the project is still in the development phase - but you can sign up now to be among the first to try the service once it's launched.

Steadicam Solo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen has announced the Steadicam SOLO camera stabiliser and monopod. Billed as "the most versatile Steadicam available today," the SOLO features a three-axis gimbal design, ergonomic foam handle and grips, a quick-release camera mounting plate, push-on lock, push button release, positive positioning clamping, standard ¼-20 and ⅜-16 camera mounting, and simple dual knob fore-aft vernier adjustment. The maximum load capacity is 4.53kg. The SOLO is available as an upgradeable hand-held camera stabiliser or as a complete system with sled, arm and vest, shipping early 2015. UK customers can get hands on the SOLO by heading to the Jessops flagship store on London’s Oxford Street.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Win 50 Double-sided Gloss Business Cards!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Goodprint to give away 50 double-sided gloss business cards to 5 lucky winners!

Goodprint is an online printing company dedicated to helping businesses spread the word about what they do. We offer templates to help you create beautifully-made business cards, letterheads, compliment slips, postcards and labels, or you can upload your own designs. We’re very passionate about print, and work to create stand-out designs that are easy-to-use.

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Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a tiny new prime lens for EOS cameras with APS-C sensors. Attractively priced at £179 / $199, is the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM a must-buy for Canon shooters? We tested the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM on the new EOS 7D Mark II to find out...

Special Offer: 50% Off Damien Lovegrove Photography Training Videos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Photographers
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Renowned photographer and lighting guru Damien Lovegrove has announced a 50% discount on his photography training videos. The videos available in this limited-time offer cover everything from getting the most from natural light portraits to lighting winter weddings. Damien’s Lightroom tutorial will give your images that extra punch, and his advanced portrait lighting techniques set the standard for even the most experienced of photographers. To benefit from the 50% discount, add the video to your basket and apply the coupon code lovepb before final checkout. The offer is available until 28 February 2015.

Get Colourful with Manfrotto

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto's BeFree, Pixi, Pocket and Compact Light tripods are now available in a variety of colours. Offering a maximum load capacity of 4kg and a maximum height of 144cm, the Befree tripod comes in white, red, pink and black. The Pixi - a mini tripod for compact system cameras - is available in white, red, pink and black. The Pocket series(pictured) can be purchased in pink, red, white, black, blue, grey and purple versions. Finally, the Manfrotto Compact Light tripods come in black, white, red and pink colours.

Fantasea Line FRX100 III Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has released the FRX100 III Housing for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III digital compact camera. Providing access to all camera-essential functions with ergonomically designed and labelled controls, the Fantasea FRX100 III has been successfully depth tested to 80m and is certified to a maximum depth of 60m. Additionally, the FRX100 III is shock resistant and protects the camera from water, sand, dust, frost and other damaging elements. The new underwater house is available for $789.95.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lensbaby Circular Fisheye Lens Now Available in New Mounts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby has released new versions of its 5.8mm Circular Fisheye lens. The company now offers the product in Sony A and E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Pentax K, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. This all-manual lens has built-in aperture control ranging from f/3.5-22 and can focus from 1/4" in front of the lens to infinity. Thanks to its 185° angle of view, the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens can "look" slightly behind itself. Available now, the lens retails for $299.95.

Samsung NX Mini Firmware Version 01.08

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX Mini compact system camera. According to the company, version 01.08 brings "improved Wi-Fi connection." You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung

Seasonal Snaps Photo Contest Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the 'Seasonal Snaps' photography competition organised by the New Forest National Park Authority have been announced. The contest attracted over 4,300 votes across 222 photos between 6 and 20 November, and the winners were chosen by a public vote on the National Park Authority’s Facebook page. Alan Sutton, from Pennington, near Lymington, won the main prize for his picture of a stag among bracken named ‘the roar of the wild’ (above). Second prize went to Karen Woodward, Sandy Bemister came third and in fourth place was Linda Lucas-Kenny.

Sony Announces UK Pricing for Alpha 7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony UK has announced the recommended retail price of the new, full-frame Sony Alpha A7 II compact system camera. Billed as the world's first 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis image stabilisation, the Sony Alpha-7 II has a new front dial, an enlarged right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities than its predecessor, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. In the US, the Sony Alpha-7 II will be available for £1,500 (body only) and £1,700 with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Win 1000Gb of Memory Cards!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Sergio Bonagamba has been chosen as the lucky winner! Congratulations!

We’ve teamed up with online photography supplies and electronic store, 7DayShop for a 1 terabyte SD Card and Micro SD Card product bundle giveaway featuring:

7 x 128Gb Cards
1 x 64Gb Card
1 x 32Gb Card
1 x 8xGb Card

Worth a total value of £250 for one lucky winner!

Founded in 1998, 7dayshop has become an established household brand and online retailer of photography, electronics and computer accessories.  

7DayShop’s dedicated team of professional buyers source the highest quality products at the most competitive prices for well over a million happy customers. 7DayShop also manufacture own-branded SD memory cards, batteries, ink cartridges, photography accessories and equipment and many other gadgets, household electronic devices and accessories.

Win a Michron Time-Lapse Photography Device!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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The 5 lucky winners are Samsul Arifin, Simon Slavik, Tomislav Buza, Leanne Lunn and Rob. Congratulations!

We’ve teamed up with Alpine Labs to give away a smartphone-programmable Michron time-lapse device to 5 lucky winners!

The Michron provides an affordable entry point for enthusiast photographers into stationary time-lapse photography.

It connects to the majority of DSLR and mirrorless cameras and are programmed by a simple smartphone interface that enables the user to walk away with their smartphone after programming. This leaves the user free to play with their smartphone while the camera captures the time-lapse footage.

To find out more about Alpine Labs, visit http://alpinelaboratories.com/ 

Win a Vanguard Alta CA AGH Tripod!

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The lucky winner is Aris Garinis. Congratulations!

We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta CA AGH tripod, worth $180!

The Vanguard Alta CA 234AGH tripod kit is designed to meet the requirements of any enthusiast photographer, especially those wanting a great combination of portability and stability with a pistol grip head.

This aluminium tripod kit is extremely lightweight at under 1.7kg and the legs have four sections that enable it to fold down to just over 57cm, making it extremely portable. Despite this it still features an unrivalled loading capacity of 5kg and extends to just below 1.6m making it extremely versatile.

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens.

The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is an incredibly versatile ultra-zoom lens for Nikon cropped-sensor DSLR cameras.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review

Mark Goldstein
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The long-awaited Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR has finally arrived, boasting improvements to virtually every aspect of its popular predecessor, the 5-year-old 7D. Can an APS-C sensor DSLR camera still compete in the fast-changing photography market? Read our detailed Canon EOS 7D Mark II review to find out...

Lumu Photo 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Lumulabs have released a major update to its free Lumu Photo app, which is designed to work with the Lumu light meter. The app has a completely new reflected light meter mode, which enables it to use the iPhone's camera as an exposure meter. To celebrate the launch of this update, the Lumu light meter hardware is now available at a 30% discount through the website below.

Website: Lumulabs Shop

Ricoh Announces Interest-Free Credit on the Pentax 645Z

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Ricoh Imaging Europe has announced details of its new interest-free credit offer on the Pentax 645Z camera and Pentax medium-format lenses. The offer is valid from now until 10 January 2015, and you can claim 12 months interest free credit when you spend a minimum of £5,000 on lenses, 18 months credit when you shell out at least £10,000, or 24 months if you spend a minimum of £15,000 on the Pentax 645Z and lenses. These offers are available exclusively at Park Cameras, Clifton Cameras, Calumet Photo and The Flash Centre (20% deposit required).