Friday, August 7, 2015
We've just tested the brand new Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA prime lens.
Here are 24 JPEG and 24 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens.
We've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Here are 37 JPEG and 37 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson have launched five all-in-one printers featuring large ink reservoirs that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink. The WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank All-in-One ($1,199), the WorkForce ET-4500 EcoTank All-in-One ($429) and the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One ($499) are targeted at small and medium enterprises, whereas the Expression ET-2550 EcoTank All-in-One ($399) and the Expression ET-2500 EcoTank All-in-One ($379) are aimed at home users. The ET-2550 (pictured) features a 1.44” colour LCD screen, PC-free photo printing with a built-in memory card slot and Wi-Fi Direct technology.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
We've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 lens.
Here are 52 JPEG and 52 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 lens.
We've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 lens.
Here are 34 JPEG and 34 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 lens.
We've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens.
Here are 44 JPEG and 44 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens.
We've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the brand new Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 prime lens.
Here are 65 JPEG and 65 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens.
Fujifilm and Nikon are planning to examine the compatibility of their digital cameras and applications with Windows 10. Specifically, Fuji are testing their X series cameras and all FinePix models launched since 2010, plus a suite of computer programs including MyFinePix Studio, PC AutoSave, the Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows, and RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX. Nikon are planning to check the compatibility of 13 software applications and codecs (see below).
Calumet UK has announced a range of seminars and workshops for the month of September. All of these mini-courses are individually priced and students can take advantage of a discounted rate. Expert photographer Mark Prime will be hosting a one-day workshop entitled "Photo Editing: Processing Your Images for the Perfect Finish" on 5 and 23 September 2015 in Manchester. Andy Ashbury will hold an Auto Focus Masterclass in Calumet Photographic's Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol stores on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of September respectively. Rory Lewis will leas a Portraiture Masterclass on 12th Seotember in London. Last but not least, the company's London shop will be home to a seminar entitled "How to Make Money from Stock Photography," with Martin Norris. Click through / scroll down for the details.
Ricoh has announced that Brett Harkness, one of the UK’s most sought after photographers, has joined the company's ranks as its latest ambassador. Brett is renowned for his original, fun and cutting-edge approach to all that he photographs – making him the ideal partner for Ricoh's flagship Pentax 645Z medium-format digital SLR camera. “I am very much looking forward to pushing the Pentax 645Z to its limits and beyond,” Brett Harkness said. “It is the perfect camera for most applications and allows me to produce images that simply take my breath away. It is easy to handle, with beautiful lenses to match that give me crisp images every time.” With a reputation for tailored, artistic photography, editorial and location portraiture, Brett utilises venue, setting, lighting, colour, mood and scenery in his shoots, which are regularly featured in the media. He has a rare talent for capturing people at their best through his unobtrusive reportage style, mixed with a strong fashion eye.
Toshiba today announced the development of the world’s first 16-die stacked NAND flash memory utilising Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology. Claimed to provide the ideal solution for low latency, high bandwidth and high IOPS/Watt in flash storage applications - including high-end enterprise SSDs -, this new flash memory achieves an I/O data rate of over 1Gbps. The prototype will be shown at Flash Memory Summit 2015, to be held from 11-13 August in Santa Clara.
FXHOME have released version 7 of PhotoKey Pro, the industry-leading green screen editor for photographers. Featuring the most powerful automatic chroma key tool available, PhotoKey 7 Pro instantly analyses and removes the green screen before replacing it with a new background, allowing you to easily create composites. In Version 7, a new spill simulation system accurately replaces unwanted light spill from your green screen with natural ambient lighting from your new background, whilst the new client preview window enables photographers to show off a full-screen, live preview of their work on a second monitor. The update also adds raw image file support, intelligent keying, Retina screen compatibility, FTP export and various hot folder enhancements. PhotoKey 7 Pro is available for both Mac and Windows, priced at $299.
Tamron have just released the new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens. Billed as the World's lightest superzoom lens in its class, the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC weighs in at a mere 400 grams, allowing for greater portability than any of its predecessors. Featuring 16 elements in 14 groups, the 18-200mm VC uses an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to minimise chromatic aberrations, and boasts the manufacturer's Vibration Compensation technology, which allows photographers to take sharp hand-held shots at shutter speeds that are critically slow for the focal length used. The suggested retaill price is £169.99 / $249.00.
Phase One Industrial has introduced the iXU-R camera series for aerial applications. Available in 80 MP, 60MP and 60MP achromatic versions, these cameras feature interchangeable 40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm Phase One Rodenstock lenses equipped with central leaf shutters that can be quickly changed in the field. The Phase One iXU-R systems have been designed to address the aerial data acquisition market's needs for a small, lightweight camera with the high resolution of a medium format system, plus high-performance optics, flexibility to fit into small places and Phase One's fastest 80 MP platform. Cameras are easily integrated into new or existing setups with USB 3.0 connectivity for control and storage via the Phase One iX Capture application. For more details, visit the website below.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Fotodiox has added five new bi-colour models to its innovative FlapJack LED Edgelight series. “The world of imaging is in constant flux, and it’s our goal to continually improve our ideas,” said Bohuš Blahut, filmmaker and marketing director for Fotodiox. “We’re particularly proud of the design of the FlapJack LED Edgelights, and when our customers told us they wanted these in bi-colour, we listened." A perfect solution for filling in shadows, giving glamour portraits a beautiful glow or expertly lighting run-and-gun video shoots, the five newest models of bi-color FlapJack LED Edgelights have a fully adjustable color temperature between 3200K and 5500K. Each model of single-colour and bi-colour FlapJack LED Edgelight comes complete with a lithium-ion battery, battery charger, AC adapter, car adapter and mounting ballhead – all in a fitted case with a handle. Prices start at $179.95.
DJI today released their most affordable video drone to date - the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. Designed specifically for first-time pilots, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard includes intelligent flight functions that make cinematic shots easy to capture. Using a standard Wi-Fi connection, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard allows pilots to see what their camera sees in near real time in HD, capture photos, start / stop record for video and adjust camera settings all from the updated DJI Go app. With a newly designed and integrated camera, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard records up to 2.7k HD video at 30fps using a 94-degree distortion-free lens. The camera also shoots still images at 12 megapixels in both DNG raw and JPEG formats. The remote controller (also pictured above) is an updated version of DJI’s previous Phantom 2 Vision+ controller, with an integrated Wi-Fi range extender and wheel to angle the camera. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is immediately available for purchase at £649 / €919 / $799.
We've shot some sample videos with the Sony A7R II at all of the available settings, from 4K, then AVCHD, through to MP4. All of the A7R II sample videos were shot hand-held using the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 lens with APS-C/Super 35mm set to On.
OGIO will showcase and launch its newly designed collection of action camera bags at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015. The new range includes the Hogo, Backstage and Access, three varieties "carefully designed to offer the utmost in protection, comfort and organisation." The Hogo ($40) is a soft case with top charger storage area, front e-reader pocket, and zip stash pocket; fitting up to three cameras. The Baclstage ($200) is a larger bag with front padded easy access pockets to store camera, remote or housings, dual side pockets with compressions traps, tablet/hydration ready main compartment, ventilated air mesh back panel and adjustable yoke shoulder harness. The Access ($90) is a mid-sized adventure backpack with multiple storage compartments, an additional adjustable and removable storage compartment, laptop sleeve with dual zippered pockets, a ventilated air mesh back panel and a zip stash pocket. All three models are available now thorugh the website below.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 is a brand new wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for Sony full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Read our Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 review to find out if it's worth the $1299 / £979 / €1149 asking price...
Photo Productions are offering a large discount for new professional customers. "ForAugust 2015 we're giving a huge 30% off every single album - and that's in addition to the usual 15% trade discount, and a further 10% discount if you want to provide your own design," the company says. Open to professional photographers only, the offer is valid on all eight sizes of their Premium Photobooks, and expires on 11.59pm on 31st August.