Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sony A6300 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 55 JPEG images taken with the new Sony A6300 compact system camera.

The Sony A6300 is a 24-megapixel APS-C compact system camera with 4K video recording.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Review

Vincent Oliver | Printer Reviews
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The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is a new A2 / 17-inch, 12-ink printer aimed primarily at photographers. Boasting the distinctive red line that's found on Canon's L-range of professional camera lenses, does the Canon PRO-1000 deliver similar quality? Find out now by reading our in-depth Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 review...

Zeiss Lens Gear Rings

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Available in four different sizes, the new Zeiss Lens Gear Rings make the acclaimed Zeiss Loxia, Milvus and Otus lenses compatible with follow focus systems. Made of premium aluminium with a hardened surface coating, the Zeiss Lens Gear Rings slide onto the relevant lens and attached to the focus ring of the lens simply by turning the two counteracting rings. “This means the ZEISS Lens Gears can be attached in a flash – and you don’t even need any tools to do so,” explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses. “They fit on the different lenses of various diameters precisely and securely.” The ZEISS Lens Gears are supplied with a rubber-covered band, the GumGum, which features an adhesive surface. This means the inner diameter can be reduced accordingly, thus supporting other lens sizes. The GumGum also protects against scratches and other damage to the focus ring of the lens. Available from 21 April 2016, the new Zeiss Lens Gear Rings are priced from €150-€180 including VAT.

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime 18mm T2.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider-Kreuznach has added a new ultra-wide-angle lens to its range of FF-Prime lenses. The design of the Xenon 18mm FF-Prime features a specially developed internal focusing mechanism and a T2.4 maximum aperture. The minimum focus distance is 0.4m (measured from the sensor plane). The T2.4/18mm FF-Prime will be available in the 4th quarter of 2016, priced at €5,498+VAT.

Canon Wins Five Honours at 2016 TIPA Awards

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Canon has been awarded five accolades by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The "Best Professional/High-Res DSLR" title went to the Canon EOS 5DS / 5DSR (pictured), while the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has been named the year's "Best Photo/Video Professional Camera." The Canon IXUS 285 HS has won the "Easy Compact Camera" category, and the Canon PowerShot G5 X has received the "Best Expert Compact Camera" award. Last but not least, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 has been selected as the world's best photo printer.

Panasonic Scoops Three TIPA Awards

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The Technical Image Press Association today presented Panasonic with three TIPA awards. The Lumix DMC-FZ330 was named ‘Best Superzoom Camera,’ the the Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH. normal prime (for the Micro Four Thirds system, pictured) has won the title ‘Best CSC Entry Level Lens,’ while the Panasonic HC-VXF990 has received the accolade for Best Camcorder.

Canon EOS 1300D Review

Jack Baker
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The EOS 1300D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T6 in North America) is Canon's new DSLR camera for beginners. The Canon 1300D / Rebel T6 offers built-in wi-fi connectivity, an 18 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, 1080p movies, 63-zone metering, and a 9-point auto-focus system. Read the World's first Canon EOS 1300D / Rebel T6 review now...

Panasonic Announce New UX Series of 4K Camcorders

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Panasonic have announced the development of their new UX series of 4K handheld camcorders, and the immediate availability of the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder and AK-UC3000 4K studio camera. The VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder inherits the high-quality Super 35mm sensor found in the award-winning VariCam 35, and delivers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log. Weighing just under six pounds and having superior capability to similar sized cameras, the VariCam LT is available in four kits, with suggested list prices ranging from $18,000 to $30,200. The new UX series of professional 4K camcorders are currently under development and scheduled for release in autumn. The AG-UX180 is a premium model and features a 1"-type MOS sensor, 20x optical zoom, 60p UHD recording; dual codec recording, IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. Variable frame rate recording in 1080p is also planned. The AG-UX90 is the standard model and features a 1"-type MOS sensor, 15x optical zoom and UHD 30p recording. The suggested list prices of the UX180 are expected to be under $4,000, and the UX90 under $3,000.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Official Irix 15mm f/2.4 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Irix have released thirteen high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone and Firefly lenses. Captured with high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D810, many of these official Irix 15mm f/2.4 samples demonstrate excellent border-to-border sharpness, a high resolving power, good flare control and relatively low levels of barrel distortion. You can download the sample images from the website below.

Website: Irix on Flickr

Nikon D5 Review

Amy Davies
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The Nikon D5 is a brand new flagship DSLR camera for professionals. Aimed at sports, press and nature photographers, the 20 megapixel D5 builds on the success of the previous D4s camera with a wealth of improvements, including a new 20.8 megapixel sensor, 4K video recording, touch-screen control, and an expanded ISO range. Can the Nikon D5 justify its £5,199.99 / $6,499.95 price-tag? Find out by reading our in-depth Nikon D5 review...

Sigma Wins 3 TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art (pictured) and 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lenses have received TIPA awards. The 50-100mm f/1.8 lens has been named "Best Telephoto Zoom," the 24-35mm has won the title "Best Wide-angle Zoom" and the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art prime has been chosen as this year's best professional DSLR lens.

Polaroid SelfieDisc IR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Polaroid SelfieDisc IR remote shutter control accessory for SLR cameras allows photographers to remotely snap a photo as well as start and stop video recordings. The compact button design attaches to the front of most Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony SLR cameras and offers extended remote shutter control via the Polaroid SelfieDisc Android/iOS app. Available as a free download, the app photographers control over their camera’s timer and shutter delay, allowing them to manage time-lapse and stop-motion animation photoshoots via a smartphone or tablet. The Polaroid SelfieDisc is now available from Amazon for $29.99.

Ilford Wins TIPA Award for Best Inkjet Photo Paper

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Ilford GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Gloss paper has received a TIPA award in the inkjet photo paper category. The TIPA panel particularly liked the fact that the GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Gloss was reminiscent of a traditional fibre-based darkroom paper and was ideal for reproducing black-and-white prints. In previous years, the GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk, GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl and Gloss and GALERIE Prestige Mono Silk papers have also been awarded this accolade.

Wex London Lens Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Wex Photographic is hosting its inaugural Wex London Lens Show within a three-storey Victorian warehouse venue on Saturday, 30 April 2016. Visitors to this free event will see demonstrations of the latest in lens technology from all the leading brands and can participate in a range of interactive experiences led by industry professionals, from workshops and photo walks to seminars and studio set-ups. “We are delighted to announce our first London Lens Show,” said Louis Wahl, Chief Customer Officer at Wex Photographic. “This is going to be a unique, full-day event for photographers and videographers of all skill levels, taking place at a spectacular venue beside Tower Bridge.” The event will take place at 47-49 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3LP from 10am to 4.30pm.

Tamron Wins Two TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced that two of its lenses have been presented awards at the “TIPA Awards 2016” ceremony hosted by the Technical Image Press Association. The Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (pictured) has been named "Best DSLR Prime Lens of the Year," whilst the Tamron18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC has won the title "Best Entry-Level DSLR Lens."

Friday, April 15, 2016

Lexar microSD Reader

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lexar have announced the Lexar microSD Reader, which features a Lightning connector for quick transfer of files to an iPhone or iPad. “Users who are looking to capture more content in real time while on the move can find it challenging to manage that content, especially in an iOS device,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Shooters can now take advantage of the large screens and connectivity of their iOS devices by editing and uploading content captured on their action sports and aerial cameras wirelessly. Users no longer need to wait until they’re back in front of their main computer at home or in the office to upload content captured on-the-go.”

Think Tank Photo to Release New Video Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo are set to release seven strong soft-sided video cases. The largest, the Video Rig 24 rolling case ($519.75, pictured), holds a fully assembled 24” video rig and features inset channel aluminium tubing for added strength and durability. The mid-sized bag, the Video Transport 20 ($429.75), holds a video camera body, four to six lenses (detached), shotgun microphone, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve. The smallest, the Video Workhorse 19 shoulder bag ($229.75), holds a professional camcorder or video cameras up to 19” and features striated aluminium and arched twinwall reinforced struts to create a collapse-proof lid.

Leica SL Firmware Update 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica have released the newest firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 2.0 includes numerous new features and improvements: the autofocus system has been revised and optimised, offering even faster focusing, higher precision and optimized subject tracking. A further improvement increases the number of AF focusing points available for the single point AF setting to 529. The update also features direct exposure compensation controlled by the top dial and the click wheel on the back of the camera in the three automatic exposure modes: P, T and A, as well as an extended range of shutter speeds. Further improvements include updates to the JPG quality, white balance, the video menu, Auto ISO options and the focus peaking function, while images in DNG format can now be magnified for better evaluation. The camera is also compatible with all Leica flash units and an update to the app allows the use of the optimized functions. Registered camera users can log in to the Leica Owner’s Area to download the new firmware.

Fotodiox Launch New FlapJack LED Lights & CamDolly Cinema System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox have announced that three new products will be launching from the show floor at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas: the Flapjack LED Ring Light ($359.95), the FlapJack LED Wand ($349.95) and the CamDolly Cinema System ($3,995.00, pictured). Billed as the industry’s first truly portable and modular dolly system for professional-grade video and film equipment, the CamDolly Cinema System includes everything a filmmaker needs to build five different dolly modes, or "protocols" – each designed to create a specific type of shot.. A single person can move all of the system's components to a shooting location with ease, and assemble the CamDolly into one of its five protocols in under 15 minutes. The constant-source FlapJack LED Ring Light is compatible with 15mm and 19mm rail systems or any ¼-20 thread mount runs on industry standard Sony NP-F style batteries or AC power, and comes with a custom-fitted travel case. The FlapJack LED Wand comes with a pistol grip handle that allows the user to more easily position the light for various shots, or even perform artistic light painting for long-exposure shooting. Like the Ring Light, the Wand is fully adjustable between Daylight and Tungsten colour temperatures and comes with a custom-fitted travel case. All three products will be available from 16 April 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meyer-Optik Trioplan f2.9/50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meyer Optik Görlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the launch of the Trioplan f2.9/50 lens. The new 2016 Trioplan f2.9/50 offers creative photographers the most versatile Trioplan yet with a built in front element that provides a macro capability of 1:4 and the brand’s famous 'soap bubble' bokeh. The new Kickstarter project takes the legendary Trioplan 50 design and updates it with state-of the art materials and handmade manufacturing capabilities. Backers will be able to fund the lens and get it at an extraordinary low price, starting at $449. Meyer-Optic expects the lens to retail for $1,299 once Kickstarter fulfillment is completed next winter. The Trioplan 50 will be available for both mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Leica brands.