Thursday, July 16, 2015

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ330

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ330 is a new super-zoom camera with a LEICA DC lens boasting an F2.8 aperture throughout its 25-600mm zoom range. With the new addition of Panasonic’s latest 4K technologies, the DMC-FZ330 will put 4K shooting in the palm of your hand. The LUMIX DMC-FZ330’s 12-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and new Venus Engine maximise the sensitivity and speed of image processing. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ330 will be available in August for £499.99.

Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic is developing the LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens. Offering an effective focal range of 200-800mm in 35mm terms, this is the first LEICA DG zoom lens in the lineup. The LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 will have a splash/dust-proof design, POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), and excels in size and weight. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price of the LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 are yet to be advised.

Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F1.7

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic is developing a LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 single focal length lens. This lens is a 50mm (35 mm camera equivalent) single focal length lens with large diameter. Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price of the Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 are yet to be advised.

Panasonic Developing “Post Focus” Technology

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Panasonic is developing a new technological function called ‘Post Focus’ which enables photographers to select alternative parts of the image they want to be in-focus with easy one touch operation. The function has been developed by further innovating via Panasonic’s existing 4K Photo technology and not only prevents out-of-focus misshots but also offers greater creative freedom in all areas of photography.

Bridges of Paris

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Bridges of Paris is a new large-format photography book by photojournalist Michael Saint James. Boasting over 350 original images of Paris and the bridges that lay at its heart, the book features glorious portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Themes explored in the book include Paris bridges as destinations, the history of Paris as told by the bridges, experiencing a ‘Parisian State of Mind,’ and much more. “My passion for Paris and my art compelled me to spend a full year living in the city. I was able to develop an intimate relationship with the culture, people and bridges that Paris has to offer,” says Saint James. “I hope my book helps people experience a new culture with an open mind.” The 280-page hardback is available for $85 from Amazon.

Canon Partners with Red Cross for Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions

Canon have partnered with the British Red Cross for this year’s Humanitarian Citizenship Awards photography competition. “Our competition theme this year is ‘Celebrating your community’. Often, humanitarian action starts at the heart of communities, and we are asking young people to reflect this in their photography,” said Robin Wells, youth development co-ordinator at the British Red Cross. “Through this theme, we want to encourage young people to celebrate their own communities, and the contributions made by communities and individuals within them.” There are two age categories, 17 and under, and 18 to 25. The overall winners in both categories will each receive an EOS 760D plus lens. The British Red Cross is accepting entries at the website below.

Toshiba Release New 16-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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Toshiba today announced “T4KC3”, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for tablet- and smartphone camera modules. This 1/2.7"-type chip has a pixel pitch of 1.12 microns, and allows 30fps recording at full resolution. Phase-Detection Auto-Focus achieves quick focusing, and makes it easier for mobile devices to capture high quality images and movies, the company says. “T4KC3” also incorporates Toshiba’s Bright Mode technology, which boosts image brightness up to four times and enables HD video capture at 240fps equivalent, and supports high dynamic range imaging. Additionally the new sensor incorporates 16Kbit OTP (one-time programmable memory), which can store lens shading correction data for four conditions at maximum, such as indoors and outdoors, daylight and sunset. Sample shipments are scheduled to start in September this year.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Manfrotto Friction Arms

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto have launched the new Friction Arms Range, enriching its line-up of arms for photography and videography. Ideal for professional and advanced enthusiasts, these four new small-sized friction arms are available in two sizes; 15cm and 24cm. The range offers updated features, including an anti-rotation system, which keeps the equipment securely interlocked. This distinctive feature is available using Manfrotto friction arms in combination with the Manfrotto Nano Clamp 386B-1 and with the “Easylink” connection of the Manfrotto 190 series and Manfrotto 055 series. Made of high robust aluminium which ensures durability, the arms can carry a payload up to 3kg. Prices start at £64.95.

Night Photography and Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark, 2nd Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Night Photography and Light Painting: Finding Your Way in the Dark, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive reference book by Lance Keimig. This new edition presents the practical techniques of shooting at night alongside theory and history, illustrated with clear, concise examples, charts and images. From urban night photography to photographing the landscape by starlight or moonlight, from painting your subject with light to creating a subject with light, this book provides a complete guide to digital night photography and light painting. The paperback version is available for £21.99 / $34.95.

Calumet Launch Foldable LCD Viewfinder Loupe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Calumet UK have launched a professional LCD viewfinder loupe designed for use with all DSLRs that have a screen size of 3 or 3.2 inches, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D810. Giving photographers a clear, magnified view of the DSLR’s LCD screen, the Calumet Foldable LCD Viewfinder offers three times magnification and the dioptre allows for lens focus adjustment. The integrated rubber eyecup provides a hood view of the display and is adjustable; simply flip up the eyepiece to switch to standard live view. The viewfinder loupe comes with a quick release mounting plate which simply clips onto the camera’s mounting plate. The Calumet Foldable LCD Viewfinder (£125) is available in store and online now.

‘Create more’ with Wacom Intuos Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Wacom today launched their first global promotion campaign - ‘Create more’. Targeting both professionals and experienced enthusiasts in the photography and illustration fields, Wacom offer a range range of high-quality content and downloads including free tutorials from professional artists on their website. From July 15th until December 31st artists can also benefit from a special value pack with free software and additional offers upon purchasing an Intuos Pro pen tablet. The ‘Create more’ campaign features eleven internationally recognised artists from around the world. Among them are Miss Led, an award-winning illustrator from London (pictured), Ben von Wong, a visual engineer and photographer from Canada, the Australian Illustrator Guy Shields, the German motion designer Robert Hranitzky, and Natalie Shau from Lithuania, who combines photography and illustration.

LPA Design to Sell PocketWizards Directly to US Dealers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, have started selling direct to USA dealers. “As we transition to our new sales and marketing approach, we are excited by the possibilities of working more directly with our Dealers and building closer relationships with the community of PocketWizard photographers,” said Heather Ambrose, Marketing Manager at LPA Design. “We’ve had a great partnership with the MAC Group over the past 14 years, as they’ve been integral in building the PocketWizard brand in the US market. We wish them continued success in the future.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PhotoFast Releases i-FlashDrive MAX USB 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Taiwan based PhotoFast has announced the US availability of i-FlashDrive MAX, the World's smallest "Made-For-iOS" USB 3.0 flash drive, and the i-FlashDrive ONE app. Built with a Lightning connection, i-FlashDrive MAX can be plugged directly into iOS devices using USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, enabling anyone to quickly access, transfer and store hundreds of photos, videos and other files. The i-FlashDrive MAX USB 3.0 models come in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB capacities, with retail prices beginning at $79.99. Both i-FlashDrive MAX and the i-FlashDrive ONE app offer enhanced security features, including an app and accessory USB lock and supported Touch ID.

Douglas Kirkland: A Life In Pictures

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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This Thursday, celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland will hold a free presentation at the Crest Theatre in Los Angeles, showing images from his career that started in the 1950s. He will speak about the techniques he employs, about the approach to his work and the importance of the relationship he creates with his subjects as well as his continuing involvement with the latest evolving technology. In addition, he will do a short demonstration introducing the Canon EOS 5DS and 5DSR cameras to the audience. The event is free to attend but you need to sign up in advance.

Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 62 full-size sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR mounted on an X-T1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is a new fast portrait lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 135mm in 35mm terms.

Lumenati CS1 Fundraising Campaign Goes Live on Kickstarter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lumenati have launched their Kickstarter campaign for the CS1 "cinematic smartcase" which combines the technological features of a digital device (film-free shooting, instant sharing and an editing app) with the cool design, ergonomic ease and "natural narrative" of a classic Super 8 motion picture camera. The lightweight, portable unit allows anyone to frame and film a steady, stable shot with the pull of an intuitive trigger. A cold shoe allows filmmakers to attach lights, microphones and extra handles for sport shooting. The low-light, real-time viewfinder allows WYSIWYG capabilities even in bright light, a feature that is elusive to modern mobile devices. Conversion lenses can be swapped to shoot in wide angle, fisheye and telephoto. The fundraising campaign is now live on the website below.

SanDisk iNAND 7232

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SanDisk has launched te iNAND 7232 embedded flash drive for connected mobile devices. Available in capacities up to 128GB, the SanDisk iNAND 7232 solution enables manufacturers to introduce smartphones, tablets and other connected devices that feature ample storage to meet the needs of increasing consumer content while providing next-generation digital photography capabilities, the company says. The SanDisk iNAND 7232 boasts sequential write speeds of up to 150MB/s, a 25 percent increase from the previous generation product. This helps with 4K Ultra HD video capture, quick downloading via 802.11ac/802.11ad and raw image capture, and also enhances the performance of multi-camera and depth-sensors. Samples of the SanDisk iNAND 7232 are currently available to original equipment manufacturers in capacities of 32GB to 128GB.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Canon at IBC2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon Europe will be demonstrating its professional 4K workflow at IBC2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Canon stand will include dedicated areas for live capture, providing visitors with the opportunity to get hands on with Canon’s 4K and Full HD product range through a series of shooting scenarios, review and editing processes. A variety of live demonstrations including cinema shooting and documentary shooting will also be available to visitors. Canon’s IBC stand can be found at Hall 11, stand E50.

Fujifilm Announce Discontinuations, Price Hikes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm are retiring some of their 220, 120 and 135 format films and plan on raising the prices of a number of their remaining film products. SKUs destined for discontinuation include five-packs of Velvia 50, Velvia 100, Provia 100F and Fujicolor PRO 160NS in 220 format; Provia 400X in 135 and 120 formats; and Velvia 100F in 4"x5" and 8"x10" sheets. Some of these products will be withdrawn from the market in December 2015, while others will be retired during 2016-2017 (see website below for details). Meanwhile, several remaining film stocks and disposable film cameras will see a price hike of ~20% on average.

Website: Fujifilm Japan

Sony Action Cam Partners with Tony Hawk

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Sony Action Cam will be partnering with Tony Hawk and his Birdhouse Skateboard team for their ‘European Vacation 2015’ tour. The Tour offers Europe-based fans the opportunity to see the legendary Tony Hawk in action alongside some of the world’s best skateboarders including David Loy, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Staab, Clive Dixon, Ben Raybourn, Shawn Hale and Clint Walker. The team will be using the latest action cams from Sony to capture first-person POV footage including 4K video from the new X1000VR. They will be visiting some of the top skateparks in Europe and will be sharing their videos through both the Birdhouse and Sony social media channels. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of dates and locations.