Friday, July 11, 2014

Nikon 1 J4 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon 1 J4 is the latest mid-range model in Nikon's compact system camera line-up. The J4 offers 18 megapixels, 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocusing, Full HD 60p video capture and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 J4 review now...

Eclipse Lens Hood

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Oncore Designs have unveiled a new line of innovative lens hoods that work with the GoPro Hero3 and GoPro Hero 3+. Made with ABS plastic, the Eclipse Lens Hood is designed to fit securely over the lens of the GoPro Hero 3/3+ in medium and narrow settings. The range currently comprises two models: the Eclipse Lens Hood 1 (ELH1, $24.99) and the Eclipse Lens Hood 3+H (ELH3+H, $30.00). The ELH1 is designed to place directly onto the GoPro Hero 3 or 3+ lenses without a housing case. The ELH3+H attaches securely to GoPro 3+ Housing cases and includes a Velcro strap for additional security. Both lens hoods accept 37mm lens filters for added flexibility. The Eclipse Lens Hoods are currently being sold in all Southern California Samy’s Camera locations as well as Samy’s Camera’s online store.

PicsArt Lets Users Create Videos That Capture Step-by-Step Editing Process

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The PicsArt mobile photo editing and drawing app now features a built-in video feature that allows users to generate and post videos that capture their editing process. "The new feature is a great tool not only for sharing the process of creating art but also for creating interactive and comprehensive infographics, presentations, fun trendy animations, video messages to other users, and much more," the company says. PicsArt is a free and full-featured photo editing and drawing mobile app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. For more on PicsArt, its community of users, and samples of their work, visit the website below.

Iridient Developer 2.4.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Version 2.4.3 of Iridient Developer. This update includes support for 8 new cameras including the Nikon D810 and 1 S2, the Sony A7S, the Pentax: 645Z, the Panasonic: DMC-FZ1000, the Kinefinity KineMINI 4K, KineRAW Mini and KineRAW S35; support for Nikon sRAW format and several bug fixes and improvements. This release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012

DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 & DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have launched DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7. These two upgrades allow both applications to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. The upgrade to DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack license on or after 1 March 2013. The upgrade to DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after 1 August 2013.

Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has launched an Advanced Travel Backpack designed for travellers. The backpack is divided in two main compartments: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom section.  An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod. Alternatively, if you choose not to use the external pocket the Travel Backpack also features adjustable hanging straps on the front. The Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack is available now and priced at £109.95.

DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 for Mac and Windows. This update adds support for the new Sony Alpha A7S (Elite Edition only - pictured) and for four other cameras: the Sony DSC-RX100 III and SLT-A77 II, the Nikon 1 J4, and the Samsung NX30. Additionally, it gains 376 new Optics Modules offering support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for many Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras..

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nikon 1 J4 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 45 sample images and a Full HD movie taken with the new Nikon 1 J4 compact system camera.

There's also an ISO sequence from 160 to 12800 so that you can see exactly what the Nikon J4's new 18 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor is capable of.

Nikon 1 S2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 45 sample images and a Full HD movie taken with the new Nikon 1 S2 compact system camera.

There's also an ISO sequence from 200 to 12800 so that you can see exactly what the Nikon S2's new 14 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor is capable of.

Point101 Launches New Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Fine art and photography printer Point101 has launched its new website. The site, which features Point101’s industry-leading image upload and room preview systems, has been refined and streamlined to give visitors a more enjoyable browsing experience, the company says. s “We’re delighted to have launched such an intuitive, engaging revamp of Point101” said Kerry Keays, director of Point101. “We’ve updated our products. We’ve cleared the site of clutter. Our clients have been asking for features — we’ve added them. Now, we can do our products justice, with all new product photography and large images as a central part of the site."

Digitalab Brings Death Valley to Life

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Newcastle-based pro lab Digitalab is set to stage a unique six week exhibition of latest work from multi-award-winning Tim Wallace. The lab will display around thirty images shot by Wallace using just one Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera and one 14mm lens in Darwin, an abandoned ‘ghost town’ in the hostile Death Valley desert.: “The sheer scale and beauty of the Death Valley wilderness has always held a fascination for me and the idea of a photographic expedition to an abandoned town in its very heart was irresistible," Tim Wallacce says. "Darwin is a very long way off the beaten track and it actually took two trips to even find it.” The Wallace exhibition prints will be galleried on Fujifilm’s Crystal Archive paper, and will go on sale when the exhibition opens on 7th August. Digitalab's F Stop Gallery is located at 8 Stepney Bank, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2PW.

Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Switronix has announced newr power solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. Delivering 6 times more power than the battery supplied with the camera, the Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70 Battery Pack is a 77Wh, 14.8V Lithium-ion battery designed to extend HD recording time for the GH4. The PowerBase-70 mounts under the camera and doubles as a grip, or can be attached to a camera support via its 1/4"-20 release plate or V-mount. Wired as a 14.8V battery pack, it can provide extended power for up to two additional 12VDC devices such as lights, monitors or HD converters as well as other devices requiring lower voltage. Other GH4-compatible Switronixnovelties include the Bolt 220 LED light, the JetPack X XLR power pack and the P-Tap Regulation Cable that enables users to power the GH4 camera off of any P-Tap power source.

Singh-Ray Filters Launch New Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Singh-Ray Filters have just launched a new website showcasing close to 1000 photographs by over 50 major landscape photographers, including Art Wolfe, Ian Plant, Brenda Tharp, Tony Sweet, Jack Graham, Don Smith, Tom Till, George Lepp, Nevada Wier and Gary Hart. “Our new site celebrates the amazing work of photographers who use our products, in addition to being a site where you can find out about and purchase our filters and accessories," says founder Bob Singh. "Our blog will also include frequent posts by photographers who will share tips and techniques about their photography and how they use filters.”

Akvis SmartMask 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 5 of SmartMask, an image selection and masking application for Windows and Mac OS X. Available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor, the software is especially useful when you need to create photo collages with numerous objects from different images that don’t have clearly defined edges and fade into a background. This latest update fixes minor bugs; adds a Share option that lets you quickly publish images on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; increases the maximum size of the Eraser and History Brush tools; optimises the performance of the Magic Brush; adds support for additional raw image file formats (standalone version) and compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014 (plug-in version). Registered users can upgrade to the new version for free.

Eyefi Compiles List of Top 30 Most Socially Influential Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Eyefi has announced its first-ever list of the top 30 most socially influential photographers with the greatest online impact and engagement. The list was compiled using a broad range of influencer discovery and engagement tools to identify the top performance marketing leaders, including; Twitter, Traackr, Little Bird, Group High, Google and a collection of top marketing lists identified by insiders. All candidates were carefully vetted for their topical expertise and scored based on measures such as social footprint, popularity among and citations by industry insiders, retweet frequency and related factors. The top five most socially influential photographers include Jeremy Cowart, Joe McNally, Peter Klesken, Chase Jarvis and Adam Bouska.

X-Rite Extends Cashback Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has announced the extension of their cashback offer until 30 September 2014. Those who buy an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (pictured) at the same time as either X-Rite ColorMunki Display or X-Rite i1Display Pro can claim £30 cashback - meaning that with a retail price of £83 the ColorChecker Passport can effectively be purchased for just £53. Note that all claims must be received by the Friday 14 November 2014 in order to qualify.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is the first ever weather-resistant lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 27-206mm in 35mm terms, 5 stops of built-in image stabilisation, a compact and lightweight design and an aperture ring, is the new 18-135mm lens a worthy addition to the XF family? Read our Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR review to find out...

Olympus PEN E-PL6 Expression Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has announced the UK launch of the previously Japan-only PEN E-PL6 compact system camera. This exquisitely designed, small and lightweight camera boasts an all-metal finish and comes bundled with the world’s slimmest pancake zoom lens for go-anywhere creativity. Other key highlights include a 16-megapixel MOS sensor, TruePic VI image processor, a large, tiltable and swivelling high-res LCD touchscreen, Full HD movies, interval shooting and a useful electronic level gauge. Together with the FlashAir card and pancake lens, the Olympus E-PL6 will be available in beautifully designed packaging from mid-July 2014, for £429.

Macphun Software Launches New Range of Imaging Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun has announced the UK launch of a new range of imaging software specifically developed for the professional photographer. Exclusively distributed by Color Confidence, the product range is available as an electronic download or on a 4GB SD card. The lineup includes Snapheal Pro (£29.99), Intensify Pro (£44.99) and Focus 2 Pro (£29.99). Each application runs as standalone or as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Macphun also offer a Creative Kit (£59.99), which includes Snapheal Pro and Intensify Pro, and Creative Kit Plus (£74.99), which includes all three products.

LightRocket Expands Cloud Storage for Members

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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LightRocket, an online photo platform targeting professional photographers and serious enthusiasts, now offers its members up to five times more default cloud storage and expanded 100GB storage units. "Our goal is to make photographers' and visual artists' lives easier and more profitable by simplifying the process of backing up, managing, promoting and selling one's work," explained LightRocket CEO and Co-Founder Peter Charlesworth. "If you make just one sale from LightRocket, you'll probably cover the cost of your subscription for years." The company is currently running an introductory promotion, offering an initial year of 'premium' membership (including 100GB of cloud storage) for $49. New members can try the service free for 30 days.