Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Impossible B&W SX-70 Hard Color

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible has just released a new instant film for Polaroid SX-70 type cameras. The B&W SX-70 Hard Color is the latest in a series of Impossible Special and Limited Edition instant films that offer not just alternatives to the classic, white, square frame made famous by Polaroid – Impossible has created films with black, silver, gold, multiple colors, and tropical and animal skin prints – but also different coloured film emulsions, including sepia, cyan and magenta.The Polaroid SX-70 format is now 42 years old but according to Creed O’Hanlon, the Berlin-based CEO of Impossible CEO, it still relevant and exciting: “Analogue black and white film photography is being rediscovered by a younger generation who are captivated by the magical physicality – and authenticity – of a monochrome picture that develops within a few minutes in the palm of your hand.”

“Canon See Impossible”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Global, Websites
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Canon USA has launched its "Canon See Impossible" campaign, a branding effort aimed to inspire customers to see impossible with Canon products. As part of the companywide marketing initiative, the Japanese brand has rolled out a new logo accompanied by a 3-D visual of an expanding box (pictured), symbolising Canon’s desire to "break the boundaries of what is possible." Additionally, the company has set up a new microsite housing consumer, professional, and commercial stories of inspiration, imagination, and innovative end-user applications of Canon imaging technology. “As a technology-based brand, Canon is constantly challenged to empower its customers in today’s high-tech and fast-paced world in which new apps and innovations are launching every single day,” said Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO, Canon USA. “With imagination and customer focus at the core of the Canon business model, ‘Canon See Impossible’ will highlight the combined technological innovation and human ingenuity that makes the impossible possible. Our new rallying cry will extract creative thinking from a place of isolation, encourage exploration of the unknown, and showcase our creativity as it impacts the real world with limitless possibilities.”

Phase One Introduces Free 5-Year Warranty Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One has launched a complimentary five-year warranty programme and also a five-year uptime guarantee programme for selected camera systems. Customers who purchase new Phase One IQ2 camera systems will receive a free five-year warranty on all key camera system components, including: camera body, lenses and digital backs. The five-year uptime guarantee programme consists of free loaner units being made available should the camera, lense(s) or digital back(s) need to be repaired under terms of this warranty.  "We're excited to offer these great new five-year warranty and uptime guarantee programs on all new IQ2 camera system purchases,” said Franck Roussel Rasmussen, Director Product Management, Phase One. "It's a fitting match when the world's most demanding photographers invest in the world’s best camera systems.”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Unboxing

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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We've just received a full production version of the exciting new Panasonic LX100 premium compact camera. Before we start reviewing the LX100 in earnest, here's a quick look at exactly what's in the box. Reading like a serious enthuiast's wish-list, the Panasonic LX100 features a Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, 24-75mm F1.7-F2.8 Leica lens, Live View Finder (LVF) with 2764K-dot resolution, 11 fps continuous shooting, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Sony A5100 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 48 sample JPEG images taken with the new Sony A5100 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony A5100 is the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, built-in flash and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Magix Movie Edit Pro 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix has released Movie Edit Pro 2015 (£59.99), Movie Edit Pro 2015 Plus (£79.99) and Movie Edit Pro 2015 Premium (£99.99). New features include native 64-bit support, a completely redesigned interface and a new Movie Wizard. In addition, the program now features a new audio tool and an option to wirelessly transfer mobile video projects from the upcoming Android app Movie Edit Touch via WLAN. The new Movie Wizard allows users to select specific templates from a variety of styles and categories and give their videos a unique look. The Plus and Premium versions also offer the full version of NewBlue Titler EX for creating impressive titles, captions and closing credits in just a few steps.

Profoto Launches Six New Umbrellas

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Profoto is expanding its assortment of umbrellas with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolically shaped. This combination of size and shape creates a more focused and directed light than what you might expect from an umbrella of this size. The smallest new Profoto umbrella is called Profoto Umbrella Deep S. It has a diameter of 85 cm (33 in) and is available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent). The medium version is called Profoto Umbrella Deep M. It has a diameter of 105 cm (41 in) and is also available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent). Optional diffusers are available for the silver and the white versions. An optional backpanel is available for the translucent version, which practically converts the umbrella into a softbox.

Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 RC & DNG Converter 8.7 RC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has posted ACR 8.7 and Adobe DNG converter 8.7 as "release candidates." These updates add support for raw image files generated by the Nikon D750, Casio EX-100PRO, Fujifilm X30, Leaf Credo 50, Leica V-Lux (Typ 114, pictured), Panasonic DMC-GM1S, Sony ILCE-5100 and Sony ILCE-QX1; and lens profiles for 16 Sony, Tokina, SLR Magic, Pentax, Voigtländer and Leica lenses.

Website: Adobe

Friday, October 3, 2014

Official Canon EOS 7D Mark II Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon Japan has published 13 high-resolution sample photos and a pair of sample movies captured with the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera. Shot using a variety of EF and EF-S lenses, these Canon EOS 7D Mark II samples were taken at sensitvity settings ranging from ISO100 to ISO6400.

Website: Canon Japan

X-Rite European Prize Draw

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has launched a European prize draw in association with X-Rite Coloratti Einar Erlendsson, offering photographers a photographic workshop travelling across Iceland. The prize includes an all-inclusive, eight-day trip to the country, including return flights to Reykjavík from European locations, training and advice from a world leading photographic trainer, and great opportunities to capture Iceland’s stunning landscape. The promotion is for European residents only, and runsuntil 31st March 2015.To enter, no purchase is necessary, simply complete the form at the website below.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Nikon D750 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon D750 is a brand new full-frame DSLR camera aiming to occupy the middle ground between the D610 and D810 models. The D750 features a 24.3 megapixel FX sensor, 1080p/60fps HD video, ISO range of 50-51200, 51-point AF system, 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen, and built-in wi-fi. Read our in-depth Nikon D750 review now...

Chasing the Light eZine Issue #33

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 33 of David Noton's Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month's Video Blog, David reminisces on the glorious summer he has spent photographing his home patch of Dorset. He also concludes his Low Down mini series on printing, first by considering our options for hanging prints, and then by testing a range of papers and feeding through his results to reach some conclusions on the best paper choice for the job.  In The Storyteller, Chris Weston finishes off his two-part Bear Necessities series by contemplating the challenge he set himself when he embarked on his latest trip to the Katmai peninsula  Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 40 sample images taken with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens mounted on a Nikon Df body.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens offers the broadest focal length range in Nikon's super-telephoto zoom line-up.

Life Framer Photography Prize Edition 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The second edition of the Life Framer photography prize has just been launched. Life Framer is an international photography prize designed to source and showcase outstanding photography from amateur, emerging and established photographers. Entrants can win various cash prizes and have their work exhibited in London, Paris and Los Angeles. The judging panel is comprised of 12 world-renowned photographers and industry leaders. The submission deadline is 31 October 2014. For more information, visit the website below.

Drobo Mini 8TB

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Connected Data has just launched its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle. Featuring four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. Connecting via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, the Drobo Mini is aImed at photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards on location. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999.

RPS Journal Prints Previously Unseen Photos by Steve McCurry

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Previously unseen images from Steve McCurry have been published for the first time in The Royal Photographic Society’s RPS Journal.  McCurry’s images show scenes from Myanmar, China, Turkey and Ethiopia and accompany an in-depth interview with Steve McCurry in the October issue of The RPS Journal, which goes out exclusively to Royal Photographic Society members.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample images taken with the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 1100D.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is an ultrawide-to-wide zoom for DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors, offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-29mm.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a smartphone with a a 10x optical zoom, 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Full HD video, and a Xenon Flash.

Nikon D750 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Nikon have provided 5 official sample images taken with the new D750 DSLR camera.

Update: We've now received a final-production Nikon D750 for review, and have uploaded 54 sample images including the full ISO range from 100-51,200.

Click through to download the full-size D750 images.

Fujifilm Hails A New Golden Era for Silver Halide Paper

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Owing to growing demand from photographers, Fujifilm has pledged to boost its R&D investment in silver halide paper technology. “We’re seeing that inkjet- dominated clouds still have very substantial silver linings," Peter Wigington, Fujifilm Photo Imaging Group marketing manager said. "Despite the highly successful evolution of inkjet options, the 150 year-long tradition of silver halide paper still remains a first choice for many of today’s professional photographers who seek the ultimate in quality output.” To cope with growing demand, the company now plans to increase production at its Tilburg, Holland manufacturing site