Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Huawei P9 Review

Amy Davies
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The new Huawei P9 smartphone has been co-developed with none other than Leica, and promises to "reinvent smartphone photography" - a bold claim indeed. The P9 offers photographers a 12 megapixel sensor, not one, but two lenses (one colour, one monochrome), a fully manual shooting mode, 1080p movie recording, and a powerful 3000mAh battery. Is the Huawei P9 a dream ticket for keen photographers? Find out by reading our in-depth Huawei P9 review...

Transcend StoreJet Cloud 110 and StoreJet Cloud 210

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has launched  its brand new StoreJet Cloud 110 and StoreJet Cloud 210 Personal Cloud Storage products. Allowing users to access all of their data wherever they might be - while storing it all at home -, Transcend’s StoreJet Cloud offers a centralised 4TB and 8TB storage capacity, automatic data backup, fast transfer speeds and media streaming. With a stable Internet connection, users can freely access all personal files stored on their StoreJet Cloud through Transcend’s exclusive StoreJet Cloud web link and iOS or Android app. Transcend’s StoreJet Cloud also allows multiple personal accounts to be created by family members and friends. Each account is individually maintained and securely protected. StoreJet Cloud also offers a one-touch backup function when a USB flash drive or external hard drive is connected to the rear USB 3.0 port. For Mac users, StoreJet Cloud works with Apple Time Machine, enabling fast and easy backup.

Transcend has launched  its brand new StoreJet Cloud 110 and StoreJet Cloud 210 Personal Cloud Storage products. Allowing users to access all of their data wherever they might be - while storing it all at home -, Transcend’s StoreJet Cloud offers a centralised 4TB and 8TB storage capacity, automatic...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) is the third version of Tamron's classic macro lens. Read our Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) review to find out if this is the best one yet...

AKVIS SmartMask 8.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS have announced the release of AKVIS SmartMask 8.0 for Windows and Mac. This edition adds support for Ultra HD 4K & 5K monitors. Thanks to new technologies, the interface details, texts and icons scale correctly even on super high resolution monitors. Version.8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought the product in the last 12 months. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Corel PaintShop Pro.

AKVIS have announced the release of AKVIS SmartMask 8.0 for Windows and Mac. This edition adds support for Ultra HD 4K & 5K monitors. Thanks to new technologies, the interface details, texts and icons scale correctly even on super high resolution monitors. Version.8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Brian May Launches OWL VR Smart Phone Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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World-famous guitarist and lifelong stereoscopy enthusiast Brian May has announced the upcoming launch of a virtual reality and 3D stereo image viewer designed for smartphone users. The new OWL VR Smart Phone Kit takes the existing OWL Stereo Viewer and, through use of a simple but ingenious adaptor, enables its use with a smartphone not only to view online 3D images, but also those taken by the user. Manufactured from high-grade polypropylene and fully collapsible to a thin flat configuration, the OWL is supplied ready for use in seconds. Its carefully positioned high-quality lenses, plus fully adjustable focus, present every user with the ideal optical geometry for perfect viewing of side-by-side 3D photos. The OWL Smart Phone VR Kit will be available from mid-June for £25.

World-famous guitarist and lifelong stereoscopy enthusiast Brian May has announced the upcoming launch of a virtual reality and 3D stereo image viewer designed for smartphone users. The new OWL VR Smart Phone Kit takes the existing OWL Stereo Viewer and, through use of a simple but ingenious...

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is the new kit lens for the EOS 80D camera. Is it just a throw-away lens that you should upgrade as soon as possible, or is it actually worth using? We've tested the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM on the EOS 80D to find out...

Western Digital Buys SanDisk

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Western Digital Technologies have completed the acquisition of SanDisk. “Today is a significant day in the history of Western Digital,” said Steve Milligan, CEO. “We are delighted to welcome SanDisk into the Western Digital family. This transformational combination creates a media-agnostic leader in storage technology with a robust portfolio of products and solutions that will address a wide range of applications in almost all of the world’s computing and mobile devices.” Under the terms of the transaction, each outstanding share of SanDisk common stock was converted into the right to receive $67.50 per share in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock. Steve Milligan will continue to serve as chief executive officer of Western Digital. Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk, will serve as a member of the Western Digital Board of Directors.

Western Digital Technologies have completed the acquisition of SanDisk. “Today is a significant day in the history of Western Digital,” said Steve Milligan, CEO. “We are delighted to welcome SanDisk into the Western Digital family. This transformational combination creates a media-agnostic leader in storage technology with a...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Canon EOS 80D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera refines the innovative Dual-Pixel CMOS AF system of its predecessor whilst upgrading the processor, sensor, auto-focusing and metering systems. Read our in-depth Canon EOS 80D review to find out if it can still compete in 2016...

Content-Aware Crop Coming Soon to Photoshop CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe are offering a sneak peek into a new feature called Content-Aware Crop, coming to Photoshop CC later this year. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your photo and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate that image. This enables users to straighten images without having to give up any of their pixels. Click through / scroll down for a video demonstration.

Adobe are offering a sneak peek into a new feature called Content-Aware Crop, coming to Photoshop CC later this year. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your photo and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate...

Magix Video Easy HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have released a new version of Video easy HD, a beginner-level application for editing video footage. The software's native 64-bit architecture and H.264 support lets you import, edit and export videos faster than ever before, and the latest version of Video easy HD lets you edit video footage in resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD. Using the automatic image optimisation and backlight correction features, users can enhance colour, brightness and contrast and make one-click adjustments to lighting. You can burn videos to DVD or Blu-ray Disc, upload directly to YouTube and Facebook from within the program or save them on your hard drive. The new version of Video easy HD is now available in stores and online, priced at £29.99.

Magix have released a new version of Video easy HD, a beginner-level application for editing video footage. The software's native 64-bit architecture and H.264 support lets you import, edit and export videos faster than ever before, and the latest version of Video easy HD lets you edit video footage...

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM is a new flagship standard zoom lens for professional photographers. Read our in-depth Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM review to find out if it's worth the $2199 / £1800 asking price...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PolarPro to Offer Modules for OtterBox uniVERSE Case System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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PolarPro, a manufacturer of professional-grade accessories for action cameras, drones and smartphones; has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer 7 accessory modules as part of the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. Designed for the latest iPhone 6 models, the protective OtterBox case offers the ability to expand the iPhone’s features with swappable modules, each of which attach seamlessly to the case using a slotted rail. One of the seven accessory modules offered by PolarPro is a multi-coated clip-on fish-eye conversion lens ($29.99) compatible with both front- and rear-facing cameras, which attaches directly to the OtterBox uniVERSE case. A snap-on lens cap safeguards the lens when not in use.

PolarPro, a manufacturer of professional-grade accessories for action cameras, drones and smartphones; has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer 7 accessory modules as part of the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. Designed for the latest iPhone 6 models, the protective OtterBox case offers the ability to expand the iPhone’s...

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara has released Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365, which comes with a new Update Guarantee that provides regular updates during the year. Additionally, the new release provides a number of new photo tools and SmartShapes, and significant text enhancements. Charles Moir, Managing Director said “Xara Photo & Graphic Designer has evolved into being a supremely capable non-destructive photo editor... Photo editing now includes the ability to paint enhancements or effects onto images, new pre-set filter effects, new ways of cutting images out of backgrounds and more. This really is the greatest version of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer we've ever released.” Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 is available for £49.99. Upgrades from v11 to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 cost £24.99.

Xara has released Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365, which comes with a new Update Guarantee that provides regular updates during the year. Additionally, the new release provides a number of new photo tools and SmartShapes, and significant text enhancements. Charles Moir, Managing Director said “Xara Photo & Graphic Designer...

Leica Oskar Barnack Award Returns to Germany

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Leica has revealed that the presentation of the Leica Oscar Barnack Award 2016 will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 28th September. The Award's return to Germany brings the competition back to the birthplace of its namesake - Oskar Barnack, the inventor of the ‘Ur-Leica.’ Approximately 3,200 photographers from a total of 108 countries submitted entries to the 2016 Award - almost twice as many entrants as in the previous year, with a record number of submissions. The portfolios of the twelve finalists in the categories ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ and ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ will be publicly announced on 15 June 2016 on the Award's website.

Leica has revealed that the presentation of the Leica Oscar Barnack Award 2016 will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 28th September. The Award's return to Germany brings the competition back to the birthplace of its namesake - Oskar Barnack, the inventor of the ‘Ur-Leica.’ Approximately 3,200 photographers...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Get 95% Off Macphun Creative XXL Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Macphun has launched a new Creative XXL Kit – a bundle of 6 powerful photo editing applications: Noiseless, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, Focus and FX Photo Studio, combined with more than 40 various e-books, training materials and photo-related apps. The standard value of all the contents in the package stands around £1715/$2000 but you can now purchase them all for only £110/$129. Do note that this is a time-limited offer, expiring on 31st May.

Macphun has launched a new Creative XXL Kit – a bundle of 6 powerful photo editing applications: Noiseless, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, Focus and FX Photo Studio, combined with more than 40 various e-books, training materials and photo-related apps. The standard value of all the contents in the package stands around £1715/$2000...

Capture One Pro 9.1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One has released an update to Capture One Pro 9. Version 9.1.2, which is free to all Capture One Pro 9 license owners and Capture One Pro subscribers, adds support for the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, EOS 1300D and EOS 80D, the Nikon D5 and the Panasonic G70 cameras; as well as the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:3.5 and M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO, the Zeiss Loxia 2/35, Loxia 2/50, Loxia 2.8/21, Touit 2.8/12, Touit 1.8/32, Touit 2.8/50 and Batis 2.8/18, the Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f3.5-5.6, and the Rodenstock HR Digaron-SW 5.6/90 mm/Aerial and ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/90mm lenses.

Phase One has released an update to Capture One Pro 9. Version 9.1.2, which is free to all Capture One Pro 9 license owners and Capture One Pro subscribers, adds support for the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, EOS 1300D and EOS 80D, the Nikon D5 and the Panasonic G70 cameras; as well...

Aurora HDR Pro 1.2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have announced an update to Aurora HDR Pro, their latest Macintosh software co-developed with Trey Ratcliff. The features of Version 1.2.2 include added support for raw files generated by the Canon 80D, 1300D and 1DX Mk II, the Leica M (Typ 262), the Nikon D5, the Olympus SH3 and Pen F, the Panasonic GX80/85, TZ80/81/85/ZS60 and TZ100/101/ZS100, the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Sony A68, ILCE6300, RX1R II and RX10 III, the DxO ONE Digital Camera and the Fuji X-Pro2. The update also bringsa number of performance improvements. Aurora HDR Pro is available for $99.99.

Macphun have announced an update to Aurora HDR Pro, their latest Macintosh software co-developed with Trey Ratcliff. The features of Version 1.2.2 include added support for raw files generated by the Canon 80D, 1300D and 1DX Mk II, the Leica M (Typ 262), the Nikon D5, the Olympus SH3 and Pen F,...

Lensbaby Circular 180+ Lens for GoPro Hero Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Lensbaby today announced limited early availability of the Circular 180+ lens for use with GoPro Hero cameras through Kickstarter. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree field of view, wider than the human eye can see. “I wanted a lens that would give me the perspective of our Circular Fisheye lens for DSLRs in a small, rugged package so I wouldn’t have to worry about my gear when I’m in the wild,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-Founder and CCO. “A good circular fisheye, and this is a great one, makes adventures more adventurous. GoPro shooters are all about exploration, making this the perfect Go-Pro add-on.” Lensbaby’s goal is to raise at least $30,000 through this campaign to help fund lens production and to guarantee availability by this August.

Lensbaby today announced limited early availability of the Circular 180+ lens for use with GoPro Hero cameras through Kickstarter. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree field of view, wider than the human eye can see. “I wanted a lens that...

Olympus Tough TG-Tracker

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Olympus have unveiled a new rugged action camera that adds tracking data to help improve your performance. The new Olympus TG-Tracker has a 1/2.3"-type 7.2-megapixel imager capable to record 4K footage, a detachable grip, a 14mm (eq.) f/2 ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-axis image stabilisation and a 1.5" flip-out LCD monitor. It is shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres, crushproof to a weight of 100kg, dustproof, freezeproof down to -10°C and waterproof down to a depth of 30 metres. Underwater, the camera automatically adjusts white balance and other settings, and there is an up to 60-lumen spotlight for shooting when it would otherwise be too dark. And unlike products with regular geotagging, the TG-Tracker can sense acceleration, altitude or depth and temperature as well as direction of movement – in addition to latitude and longitude. This gives extreme sports enthusiasts a much fuller picture of where they were, what was happening and how they were performing at the moment any given image was captured. The Olympus Tough TG-Tracker will become available next month, priced at £279.99/$349.99/€349.00.

Olympus have unveiled a new rugged action camera that adds tracking data to help improve your performance. The new Olympus TG-Tracker has a 1/2.3"-type 7.2-megapixel imager capable to record 4K footage, a detachable grip, a 14mm (eq.) f/2 ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-axis image stabilisation and a 1.5" flip-out LCD monitor. It is...

Monday, May 23, 2016

How to Create Powerful and Impactful Travel Portraits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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On Thursday, 9th June, ravel and cultural documentary photographer, Jacob James will host a free webinar delivering advice on how to take your travel portraits to the next level. From capture to post processing, learning how to use light, contrast, composition and colour will help you create powerful and impactful portraits. “All too often photographers get caught up in capturing interesting people and forget complementing that with what they know about light, backgrounds, and colour,” says Jacob. “This webinar is perfect for people who want to learn how to use all the skills a photographer has at his/her disposal to create powerful portraits that complement or contrast their subject to help tell a story”. Sponsored by Wilkinson Cameras, the webinar is free to attend but advance registration is required.

On Thursday, 9th June, ravel and cultural documentary photographer, Jacob James will host a free webinar delivering advice on how to take your travel portraits to the next level. From capture to post processing, learning how to use light, contrast, composition and colour will help you create powerful and impactful...