Friday, June 9, 2017

Historic Leica Rarities to Go under Hammer in Vienna

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events, Film
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Several rare Leica cameras and accessories will be auctioned off tomorrow at the 31st Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. These include a very early Leica I with an Elmax lens, a black-paint Leica M3 from one of the first series from 1959, a Leica MP-292 and a 1944 vintage ‘Rundbild’ outfit for 360° photography, complete with a matching tripod. Amongst the ‘Leica Copies’ is the extremely rare WICA (Wiener Camera) from 1948 with a starting price of $2,250 and an estimated hammer price of between $3,900 and $4,250. Bids can be placed online, on the phone, by fax or in person in the WestLicht auction rooms at Westbahnstrasse 40.

Several rare Leica cameras and accessories will be auctioned off tomorrow at the 31st Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. These include a very early Leica I with an Elmax lens, a black-paint Leica M3 from one of the first series from 1959, a Leica MP-292 and a 1944 vintage ‘Rundbild...

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Review

Amy Davies
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The Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR is a small, affordable, weather-resistant , moderately wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal range of 35mm in 35mm terms, is the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR a worthy addition to the XF lens range? Read our Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR review to find out...

Detu Twin 360° Camera Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Detu Twin dual-lens 360° camera, previewed at CES 2017, is now available to purchase. The slimline camera is ultra lightweight and allows you to upload 360° videos and photos straight to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Configured with dual back to back optical F2.0 fisheye lenses, the Detu Twin produces 360-degree, 30fps videos with a resolution of 3040x1520 pixels. The Detu 360 camera app, available for iOS or Android stitches all footage from each individual source, automatically and in real time. The Twin will also livestream to YouTube and Facebook. The camera is available for $228 on Amazon.

The Detu Twin dual-lens 360° camera, previewed at CES 2017, is now available to purchase. The slimline camera is ultra lightweight and allows you to upload 360° videos and photos straight to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Configured with dual back to back optical F2.0 fisheye lenses, the Detu Twin produces 360-degree, 3...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tenba Updates Roadie Line of Rolling Cases

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tenba has updated its Roadie line of rolling cases including a new checkable, uncrushable flagship model. Tenba Roadies are sleek, discrete cases that include some key “industry first” features like a removable camera insert, an exterior pocket for a portable battery. Roadies were designed with a high-end luggage aesthetic to ensure they look professional yet don’t draw unwanted attention to the gear inside. One model in the Roadie Collection, the Roadie Air Case Roller 21, utilises Tenba's patented layered wall construction to provide the protection of a hard-shell case at a fraction of the weight. It can withstand more than 400 pounds stacked on top, so it will ensure equipment protection when the case needs to be checked unexpectedly, like when airline overhead space has filled up, or when flying on a small regional jet.

Tenba has updated its Roadie line of rolling cases including a new checkable, uncrushable flagship model. Tenba Roadies are sleek, discrete cases that include some key “industry first” features like a removable camera insert, an exterior pocket for a portable battery. Roadies were designed with a high-end luggage...

BenQ Launch ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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To celebrate the new SW320 monitor, BenQ have launched the new ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ promotion that will offer one lucky winner a 6 day, all-expenses paid photo trip to Venice, Italy. The trip is worth approximately £4,000 and will take place from 8th – 13th July 2018. The photo adventure is designed not only to guide the winner through the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but will enable them to mentally visualise a scene before capturing the perfect moment. To be in with a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime prize, entrants simply need to fill out a short form on the company's website. Featuring a true 10-bit IPS panel, hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage and a 14-bit 3D look-up table, the 31.5" SW320 UHD monitor comes with BenQ’s Palette Master Elements software for hardware calibration. The Gamut Duo feature allows users to view content side-by-side in various colour spaces on one screen. The Hotkey Puck can assign colour spaces to preset buttons and switch between them quickly and conveniently. HDR has been introduced to offer higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images, and to allow professionals to display true-to-life video with the same accurate colour and detail it was captured with. The Technocolor colour certified monitor has its own SD memory card slot and offers fast USB 3.0 connectivity. The BenQ SW320 is available for £1,245.60 including VAT.

To celebrate the new SW320 monitor, BenQ have launched the new ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ promotion that will offer one lucky winner a 6 day, all-expenses paid photo trip to Venice, Italy. The trip is worth approximately £4,000 and will take place from 8th – 13th July 2018. The...

Leica M Monochrom “Jim Marshall Set”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica have unveiled a limited-edition Leica M Monochrom set in homage to Jim Marshall, the first and only photographer to be honoured with Grammy’s Trustee Award. There will be only 50 “Jim Marshall Sets” worldwide, which include the new brass plated Leica M Monochrom with a special “Laiton” finish - which provides a unique matte quality and a one-of-a-kind appearance for each set - and an inscription of Jim Marshall’s autograph, as well as a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, a Jim Marshall Limited Edition Estate print of “Thelonious Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1964” and a special, numbered edition and estate embossed copy of the book Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival. To celebrate the launch of the “Jim Marshall Set”, the Leica Gallery Los Angeles will exhibit a selection of prints from Jim Marshall’s Jazz Festival series, chronicling the jazz festivals at Newport and Monterey during the 1960s. The exhibit will run from June 15th through July 31st.

Leica have unveiled a limited-edition Leica M Monochrom set in homage to Jim Marshall, the first and only photographer to be honoured with Grammy’s Trustee Award. There will be only 50 “Jim Marshall Sets” worldwide, which include the new brass plated Leica M Monochrom with a special ...

Meyer-Optik to Revive Historic Lydith 30mm Art Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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German lens maker Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the historic Lydith 30mm f/3.5 art lens back to life. Designed in the late 1950s and introduced to the market in 1964, the modern version of the Lydith will be updated with high-performance lens coatings and a short minimum focusing distance of 16cm. It will use high-quality Schott and O’Hara glass and its 12 aperture blades will produce a soft, dreamy background and foreground bokeh with a very sharp centre of focus. Meyer-Optik has dubbed it “the embracing bokeh,” which inspired the theme of the current Kickstarter campaign as a lens that can capture the magic moment. The Lydith is expected to ship in March 2018 and will be available in Canon, Fujifilm, Leica M, Leica SL, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony fit.

German lens maker Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the historic Lydith 30mm f/3.5 art lens back to life. Designed in the late 1950s and introduced to the market in 1964, the modern version of the Lydith will be updated with high-performance lens coatings and a short minimum focusing...

Hireacamera.com Introduces New London ‘Click and Collect’ Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Hireacamera.com has launched its all-new ‘Click and Collect’ service for photographers, filmmakers and creatives working in London. As part of an expansion of services offered by Hireacamera, it will now be possible to collect and return hired equipment to their new London base at Cherryduck Studios in Wapping. James Vellacott, Managing Director of Cherryduck said “We’re thrilled to kickstart the London Click and Collect service with Hireacamera and look forward to welcoming more photographers, filmmakers and creatives through the doors at Cherryduck.” With over 21,000 sq ft of creative space, Cherryduck Studios is a one-stop shop for video and stills content, featuring 6 studio spaces and a team of creatives, directors, editors, animators and camera operators all under one roof delivering everything you need to tell your story. Which is why Hirecamera has chosen Cherryduck to deliver its very first Live Broadcast, next week on Thursday the 15th of June. During this first foray into Live video, Hireacamera's MD, Guy Thatcher, and pro photographer David Newton will be sharing their experiences from the recent Hireacamera US Road Trip and giving their verdict on gear they used, including the Fujifilm GFX 50S, Panasonic LUMIX GH5 and a whole host of accessories.

Hireacamera.com has launched its all-new ‘Click and Collect’ service for photographers, filmmakers and creatives working in London. As part of an expansion of services offered by Hireacamera, it will now be possible to collect and return hired equipment to their new London base at Cherryduck Studios in...

Canon EOS 800D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i DSLR camera is positioned between the cheaper EOS 1300D and more expensive EOS 77D, attempting to offer most of the same features as the 77D in a more beginner-friendly design. Find out if it succeeds by reading our expert Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i review...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Canon Unveils New “Canon See Impossible” Videos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon U.S.A. has released two new “Canon See Impossible” videos. Available for viewing now on the Canon U.S.A. website, these two new movies – “See Beyond Darkness” and “See the Light” – showcase the capabilities of Canon imaging technology in extremely low-light conditions. In “See Beyond Darkness,” the impossible assignment for Director of Photography Andy Casagrande was to record images of a rare biofluorescent turtle found only in the remote, unspoiled reefs of the Solomon Islands. The low-light capabilities of Canon’s ME20F-SH Multipurpose Camera and EOS-1D X DSLR camera enabled researchers to capture vivid images without disturbing the natural environment. In “See the Light,” Canon’s technology captured the beauty of bioluminescent creatures under the sea, the grandeur of the extremely difficult-to-photograph Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), and the wonder of the earth from far above it. The technology used by Canon to create these videos takes viewers to seemingly impossible dark places that were previously beyond what the human eye could see and technology could perceive.

Canon U.S.A. has released two new “Canon See Impossible” videos. Available for viewing now on the Canon U.S.A. website, these two new movies – “See Beyond Darkness” and “See the Light” – showcase the capabilities of Canon imaging technology in...

Benro ProAngel Family

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Benro have announced the ProAngel, an ultra-lightweight and compact family of travel tripods and monopods for photographers on the go. Ideal for nearly any camera from smartphones (Series 0 tripod,) and compact system cameras (Series 1 & 2 tripods), to full frame DSLRs (Series 3 & 4 tripods), ProAngel tripods are portable enough to fit inside most small and medium sized bags. Utilizing an advanced single leg locking mechanism, all the tripod’s leg sections open with a single twist. This makes ProAngel lighter and decreases set up time considerably when compared to traditional tripods. Height can be set to any position and secure locking only requires a simple half turn. The two-section telescoping center column provides additional height when needed and has a standard 3/8"-16 thread to attach a photo tripod head. Available in kits with a reliable B1 Ballhead, ProAngel is also offered to photographers in unkitted tripod and monopod options. For transportation and storage, every ProAngel includes a protective bag with a carrying strap. The monopods are priced from $49-$59, while the tripods can be yours for $99-$249 depending on the model.

Benro have announced the ProAngel, an ultra-lightweight and compact family of travel tripods and monopods for photographers on the go. Ideal for nearly any camera from smartphones (Series 0 tripod,) and compact system cameras (Series 1 & 2 tripods), to full frame DSLRs (Series 3 & 4 tripods), ProAngel tripods are portable enough to...

Photolemur Review (April 2017)

Amy Davies | Software Reviews
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Photolemur is an automated photo enhancement software app for Mac and Windows. This new version, released at the end of April 2017, features a streamlined user interface and a subscription-based pricing model. Read our Photolemur review now...

X-Rite Offers 25% Discount to Photography Students

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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XP Distribution today announced it is offering a 25% discount to students on all X-Rite colour management products. X-Rite’s complete range of colour management devices delivers solutions to every creative level, from the entry level ColorMunki Smile, intermediate level ColorMunki Display and professional level i1Display Pro. X-Rite also supplies the industry-standard ColorChecker charts for photo and video, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year. In order for students to claim their discount, they will need to visit the promotion's website, fill in details and upload a scan or photo of student ID card or similar document, wait for their discount code to arrive via email, and then use this discount code when buying X-Rite equipment.

XP Distribution today announced it is offering a 25% discount to students on all X-Rite colour management products. X-Rite’s complete range of colour management devices delivers solutions to every creative level, from the entry level ColorMunki Smile, intermediate level ColorMunki Display and professional level i1Display Pro. X-Rite also...

Canon IXUS 185 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Canon IXUS 185 is an affordable, stylish and super-slim compact camera. The Canon IXUS 185 offers 20 megapixels, a 10x zoom lens, a 3-inch LCD screen and 720p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon IXUS 185 review now...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Apple iPad Pro 10.5”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple has unveiled an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring a new display with ProMotion technology and a 64-bit A10X Fusion CPU. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 per cent to fit into a compact package that still weighs just one pound. The redesigned Retina display in iPad Pro features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate viewing experience. A wide colour gamut enables iPad Pro to deliver digital cinema-standard colours. The A10X Fusion chip provides performance that is faster than most PC laptops shipping today, so tackling complex tasks like editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games feels effortless. A six-core CPU and 12-core GPU deliver up to 30 per cent faster CPU performance and 40 per cent faster graphics performance than the A9X chip, while delivering all-day battery life. The iPad Pro features the same advanced front and back-facing cameras as iPhone 7, including a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. A new full-sized Smart Keyboard has been custom designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold and starts at £619 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and £749 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space grey and gold and starts at £769 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and £899 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Apple has unveiled an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring a new display with ProMotion technology and a 64-bit A10X Fusion CPU. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 per cent to fit into a compact package that still weighs just one...

Apple iMac Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple have previewed their new iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users. Billed as the most powerful Mac ever made, the iMac Pro features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of GPU performance. iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. For the first time ever on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking. The new iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999.

Apple have previewed their new iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users. Billed as the most powerful Mac ever made, the iMac Pro features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of GPU performance. iMac Pro also supports...

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a full production version of the Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR lens, mounted on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera.

Apple Updates iMac Line

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple has updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays. The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation. Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac, which also features a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics. SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster. The updated iMac is available to buy in Apple Stores starting on Wednesday, June 7.

Apple has updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays. The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as...

Picktorial 3 Review

Tim Coleman | Software Reviews
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Picktorial 3 is a non-destructive raw photo editor for MacOS. Targeted at photographers looking for a powerful Aperture replacement, Picktorial 3 offers native support for browsing Aperture libraries. Read our Picktorial 3 review now to find out if it's worth considering.

Affinity Photo for iPad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif has released an iPad version of Affinity Photo. Billed as the first fully-featured, truly professional photo editing tool to arrive on Apple’s tablet, Affinity Photo for iPad is tailored to harness the power of the iPad’s hardware and touch capabilities. The app offers a complete suite of retouching tools including dodge, burn, clone, blemish, patch and red eye tools; plus super accurate selections and a comprehensive range of non-destructive adjustments such as Levels, Curves, Black and White, White Balance, HSL, Shadows and Highlights. Compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch, Affinity Photo for iPad is priced at an introductory discount of more than 30% - £19.99 / $19.99 / €21,99 from the App Store.

Serif has released an iPad version of Affinity Photo. Billed as the first fully-featured, truly professional photo editing tool to arrive on Apple’s tablet, Affinity Photo for iPad is tailored to harness the power of the iPad’s hardware and touch capabilities. The app offers a complete...