Monday, November 7, 2016

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO lens, mounted on the equally new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO is a versatile travel zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens, mounted on the equally new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO is a very fast standard prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Adobe Showcases Innovation Coming to Creative Cloud, Announces Partnership with Reuters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global, Software
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Adobe showcased next-generation Creative Cloud innovation, including a new breed of applications in experience design, photography and 3D compositing, as well as new developments brewing in the company’s research labs, at Adobe MAX 2016. A new Mac release of Adobe Experience Design CC (XD), the first all-in-one tool for designing, prototyping and sharing user experiences for website and mobile apps, is now available with two highly anticipated features - Layers and Symbols support. First made popular in Adobe’s flagship design tools Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, XD reimagines Layers and Symbols to address the specific needs of user experience designers. The next release of Adobe Premiere Pro CC includes auto-aware virtual reality that seamlessly detects and applies the correct setting to stereoscopic and monoscopic media. First introduced at IBC, updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects CC and Prelude CC will also include a Beta of Team Projects that allows teams and enterprise customers to co-edit and collaborate on Creative Cloud projects. Adobe is also releasing a new Cinema 4D renderer in After Effects that will speed up efficiency and quality of 3D content generation. Additionally, Adobe announced a partnership with Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, to bring Reuters video and photography to Adobe Stock’s new editorial collection. Available through Adobe Creative Cloud, creatives will be able to access Reuters editorial content including Reuters photos covering news, sports and entertainment events, and Reuters video footage covering all major events across the globe.

Adobe showcased next-generation Creative Cloud innovation, including a new breed of applications in experience design, photography and 3D compositing, as well as new developments brewing in the company’s research labs, at Adobe MAX 2016. A new Mac release of Adobe Experience Design CC (XD), the first all-in-one tool for...

Manfrotto Launches Christmas Giveaway

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto is running a special giveaway for the festive period. Available on selected products across the Manfrotto and Lastolite by Manfrotto range, the offer is available from all qualifying Manfrotto dealers in the UK. Under the terms of the promotion, customers are eligible for a free gift when buying certain products. This offer is valid from 1st November 2016 – 24th December 2016.

Manfrotto is running a special giveaway for the festive period. Available on selected products across the Manfrotto and Lastolite by Manfrotto range, the offer is available from all qualifying Manfrotto dealers in the UK. Under the terms of the promotion, customers are eligible for a free gift when buying certain...

Apple iPhone 7 Review

Amy Davies
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The Apple iPhone 7 is the newest version of the most popular smartphone in the world, offering photographers 12 megapixel resolution, an f/1.8 28mm lens with optical image stabilisation, and 4K video recording. Read our in-depth Apple iPhone 7 review, complete with full-size sample images, test shots, videos and more...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gary Fong Bounce Panel for Sony A6000/A6300/A6500

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gary Fong has today introduced the new Bounce Panel pop-up flash diffuser for Sony’s smallest mirrorless camera line. This unique hot-shoe mounted diffuser elevates and disperses the pop-up flash, resulting in softer light on the subject, reducing the harsh side-shadows and hot-spots that pop-up flashes often create.The Bounce Panel boasts two different colour options (available as a set). The Half Cloud Panel is for more efficient use, and neutral tones ideally suited for event candids. The Amber Panel is designed to mimic the warmth of a setting sun or the colour temperature of tungsten lighting for proper balance. The Bounce Panel is available for $19.95.

Gary Fong has today introduced the new Bounce Panel pop-up flash diffuser for Sony’s smallest mirrorless camera line. This unique hot-shoe mounted diffuser elevates and disperses the pop-up flash, resulting in softer light on the subject, reducing the harsh side-shadows and hot-spots that pop-up flashes often create.The...

Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit

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Leica today announced that its Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) camera will be available in a set with added accessories at a special price starting mid-November. The new Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit includes the camera with the additional functionality of an auto lens cap – which allows photographers to power the camera on, shoot pictures, and then power off without the need to remove the cap – and an exclusive red carrying strap made from the finest quality cotton. Just in time for the season, the Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit comes in attractive packaging with a winter theme. The kit will become available later this month, at a recommended retail price of £920/$1,145.

Leica today announced that its Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) camera will be available in a set with added accessories at a special price starting mid-November. The new Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit includes the camera with the additional functionality of an auto lens cap – which allows photographers to power the camera...

Olympus STF-8 Macro Flash

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olympus has announced the recommended retail price of the new STF-8 Macro Flash. Billed as the World's first dust-, splash- and freezeproof macro twin flash, the Olympus STF-8 is designed for a perfect output to match macro shooting, with a guide number of 8.5 when both heads are fired, and 6 when firing one head. The output ratio of left and right flash head (A/B) can be set from 1:8 to 8:1 through two dials on the control panel. In addition to high-precision TTL flash exposure control, the output can be fine-tuned for manual flash firing within 1/1 to 1/128. Remote firing from the front of the control section is compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system that communicates via infrared light. The separately sold clip-on flash (FL-900R) and other large flashes for background light can be used for multi-unit lighting. The Olympus STF-8 Macro Flash is priced at £449.99 and available from December 2016.

Olympus has announced the recommended retail price of the new STF-8 Macro Flash. Billed as the World's first dust-, splash- and freezeproof macro twin flash, the Olympus STF-8 is designed for a perfect output to match macro shooting, with a guide number of 8.5 when both heads are fired,...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 is a flagship super-zoom compact camera, offering a large 1-inch image sensor with 20 megapixels, 4K video recording, and a 20x zoom lens with a 26-480mm focal range. Priced at £1099.99 / $1199.99, read our expert Panasonic FZ2000 review to find out if this is the ultimate do-it-all camera...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MacPhun Luminar Review

Amy Davies | Software Reviews
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MacPhun Luminar is a brand new photo editor for Mac users. Designed to be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it, is Luminar the best photo editor for every photographer, regardless of their editing ability? Read our expert MacPhun Luminar review to find out...

Macphun Luminar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Luminar, Macphun’s first all-in-one photo editor, is now available for pre-order. Introducing a brand new personal darkroom approach to photo editing, Luminar addresses the many varied needs of photographers of all levels through an innovative user experience which adapts to the capabilities and knowledge of the user. Personalised workspaces, a bevy of creative filters, image correction tools, layers & masking, and extensive file import/export capabilities make Luminar a compelling solution for anyone interested in editing photos on a Mac. The pre-ordering period runs from 2-17 November 2016.

Luminar, Macphun’s first all-in-one photo editor, is now available for pre-order. Introducing a brand new personal darkroom approach to photo editing, Luminar addresses the many varied needs of photographers of all levels through an innovative user experience which adapts to the capabilities and knowledge of the user. Personalised...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Pricing & Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have announced the recommended retail price of their flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera. Equippedwith a 20.4-megapixel sensor, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIreaches sequential speeds of 18fps with continuous auto focus enabled, and 60fps in S-AF mode. A completely new on-chip, phase-detection AF system offers 121 all cross-type AF points and a high-speed algorithm powered by the new TruePic VIII AF processor. With an EVF that offers a response rate of barely 6ms and a smooth frame rate of 120 fps, it’s easy to keep up with fast-moving subjects. Additionally, the innovative Pro Capture shooting mode on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II exploits the virtual elimination of shutter lag by recording up to 14 sequential frames before the shutter release is fully pressed. The redesigned 5-axis image stabiliser now offers a6.5-stop advantage when paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm1:4.0 IS PRO lens. In addition to capturing 20-megapixel stills, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can record 4K movies at 24fps and 30fps and a bit rate of 102Mbps/237Mbps. The camera body will be available from December, priced at £1849.99/$1,999.95. A kit including the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens will be available for £2399.99.

Olympus have announced the recommended retail price of their flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera. Equippedwith a 20.4-megapixel sensor, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIreaches sequential speeds of 18fps with continuous auto focus enabled, and 60fps in S-AF mode. A completely new on-chip, phase-detection AF system offers 121 all cross-type...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Iridient Developer 3.1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released version 3.1.2 of Iridient Developer, a raw file conversion and photo processing application for Mac OS X. This update brings support for the Hasselblad X1D-50c, H6D-50c, H6D-100c, True Zoom, Flextight X5 and Flextight X1; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Fujifilm X-A3, the Panasonic FZ2000 (DMC-FZ2500) and the Yi M1; and resolves an issue with potential overcorrection in the extreme corners with the automatic lens vignetting correction used for Fujifilm X models. This release also restores support for the the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 and the Mamiya ZD. The update is free for all users who have purchased a new or upgraded license after 20 September 2014.

Iridient Digital has released version 3.1.2 of Iridient Developer, a raw file conversion and photo processing application for Mac OS X. This update brings support for the Hasselblad X1D-50c, H6D-50c, H6D-100c, True Zoom, Flextight X5 and Flextight X1; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL...

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Review

Amy Davies
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The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is an ultra-zoom lens for Nikon and Canon APS-C DSLR cameras. Crucially offering built-in image stabilisation, the Sigma 18-200mm offers an effective focal range of 28-300mm and a minimum focusing distance of 14.7 inches. Read our Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM review to find out if it's too much of a compromise or not...

Tenba Messenger DNA 10 and Messenger DNA 15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tenba have announced the addition of two new sizes to their DNA Messenger bag range. The Tenba Messenger DNA 10 (£99) is designed to stylishly carry and protect a compact system camera, 2-3 lenses and a small tablet, while the Messenger DNA 15 Slim (£120) is capable of carrying a mirrorless or DSLR camera with 4-6 lenses, as well as a 15" laptop or large tablet. Available now from all good photo retailers, both bags come in a choice of colours including Graphite, Olive, Cobalt and Dark Copper.

Tenba have announced the addition of two new sizes to their DNA Messenger bag range. The Tenba Messenger DNA 10 (£99) is designed to stylishly carry and protect a compact system camera, 2-3 lenses and a small tablet, while the Messenger DNA 15 Slim (£120) is capable of carrying a mirrorless or...

Nikon Coolpix B500 Review

Amy Davies
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The Nikon Coolpix B500 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 40x zoom lens. Retailing for around $299 / £219, the 20 megapixel Nikon B500 comes complete with built-in wi-fi connectivity, a 3-inch tilting screen and 1080p HD movie recording. Read our Nikon Coolpix B500 review to find out if this super-zoom camera is worth considering...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition Now Open

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition is open for entries until 11.30am GMT, Thursday 15 December 2016. There's a range of categories, from to surprising animal behaviour. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, images are selected for their originality, artistry and technical complexity.  Joining the panel this year are photographer Daniel Beltrá, wildlife photojournalist Britta Jaschinski, National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Mattias Klum, wildlife photographer Jasper Doest and wildlife writer Rosamund Kidman Cox. Entrants get the chance to take centre stage at an awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London in the newly unveiled Hintze Hall where a vast blue whale skeleton will be on display. They will also see their image tour across the world and reach an audience of millions in the annual exhibition. Award-winning images will also be published in a limited edition hardcover book, which is translated and sold across the world.

The 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition is open for entries until 11.30am GMT, Thursday 15 December 2016. There's a range of categories, from to surprising animal behaviour. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, images are selected for their originality, artistry and technical complexity.  Joining...

Impossible I-1 Review

Amy Davies
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The brand new Impossible I-1 is the first new camera system in over twenty years for the original Polaroid photo format. Read our Impossible I-1 review now to find out what it offers...

Nikon Coolpix B500 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Nikon Coolpix B500 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix B500 is a superzoom camera with a 40x zoom lens, 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, tilting 920k-dot 3-inch LCD screen and 1080p video.

Genuine Moments Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Forces Mutual, a not-for-profit financial services company committed to improving the lives of the UK Armed Forces, has launched the Genuine Moments photography competition for photography enthusiasts in the military family to win almost £4,000 in prizes. Themes for entries include Everyday life on duty, Everyday life working with the UK Armed Forces personnel, R&R on base, My life as part of the military family and Animals in the military. Eligible photographers include serving members of the UK Armed Forces, civilian contractors, children aged under 16 with one or more parent or sibling who is a fulltime or reserve member of the UK Armed Forces and family members of serving UK Armed Forces. Entries must be submitted before 30 November 2016 to be in with a chance of winning nearly £4,000 in prizes including £750 photography vouchers to the overall winner and a further 13 category prizes ranging from £50 Amazon vouchers to £300 photography vouchers.

Forces Mutual, a not-for-profit financial services company committed to improving the lives of the UK Armed Forces, has launched the Genuine Moments photography competition for photography enthusiasts in the military family to win almost £4,000 in prizes. Themes for entries include Everyday life on duty, Everyday life working with the...