Thursday, June 18, 2015

Macphun Tonality Gets Major Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun today announced a major update to their black and white photo editing software, Tonality. The application, which uses a proprietary 16-bit raw processing engine, advanced imaging algorithms and a comprehensive set of unique digital darkroom features, now sports a new Luminosity Mask control for creating even more dramatic photos, and brings support for Photos for Mac, the latest version of Lightroom CC and a number of new raw image file formats. As with the original version, Tonality is offered in a standard version sold exclusively from the Mac App Store (SRP: £13.49; introductory price: £9.99) and a “Pro” version (SRP: £49.99; introductory price: £39.99) sold on the company’s website. The Pro version offers advanced features and the ability to run as either a standalone or as a plug-in to host applications such as Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. Photographers who originally purchased the standard version of Tonality should launch the Mac App Store and choose “Updates” to automatically get the new software. Users of the Pro version should launch the standalone Pro app and choose the menu item Tonality Pro > Check for Updates to automatically get the new software.

DxO ONE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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DxO today introduced the DxO ONE, a smartphone-controlled, raw-capable camera module featuring a 1"-type sensor and a 32mm (eq.) f/1.8 lens with a 6-bladed aperture diaphragm. The 20.2-megapixel DxO ONE is a premium camera that attaches to your iPhone or iPad via the Lightning connector, turning the smartphone/tablet display into the camera’s viewfinder. A free iOS app enables control of the individual settings on the DxO ONE camera, including aperture, shutter speed (from 15s to 1/8000s), and ISO (from 100 to 51200). In addition to an Auto mode, the DxO ONE app offers various capture modes, including multiple Scene modes, Speed, Aperture Priority, or full Manual mode – and the user interface automatically adapts to the selected mode for a unique user experience. For the ultimate in noise-free image quality – even in very low light – users can choose to capture images in DxO’s new SuperRAW format. A SuperRAW file is the result of 4 raw frames captured in quick succession. When the DxO ONE camera is connected to a Mac or PC, the DxO Connect companion software automatically merges the four images together using the very latest in spatial and temporal noise reduction. The DxO ONE also records videos at 1080p/30fps or 720p/120fps, and swivels ±60° enabling creative perspectives. The DxO ONE is available for pre-order at £499, with delivery planned for Q4 2015.

Canon PowerShot G3 X Interview

Mark Goldstein
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Photography Blog recently sat down with Canon UK’s Product Intelligence Professional David Parry to hear more about the features of the new Canon PowerShot G3 X camera, due out in mid July.

Canon PowerShot G3 X Hands-on Photos

Gavin Stoker | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G3 X compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G3 X compact camera, which features a large 1.0-type CMOS sensor and a 25x optical zoom with an effective focal length of 24-600mm.

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Canon PowerShot G3 X is Canon’s first superzoom compact camera to feature a 1.0-type back-illuminated 20.2 MP CMOS sensor. Other key features of the Canon G3 X include a 25x, 9 blade f,/2.8-5.6 aperture zoom lens, continuous shooting at 5.9 shots a second, Full HD movies with variable frame rates from 24p up to 60p, a 3.2” tilt touch screen, dust and drip-proof body, and wi-fi and NFC connectivity. The Canon PowerShot G3 X retails for £799 / $999.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ricoh GR II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Ricoh GR II is a new compact camera with an APS-C sized 16-megapixel imager, 18.3mm f/2.8 lens, Wi-Fi and NFC. Providing a range of smartphone-support functions, including wireless image transfer and remote shooting; the Ricoh GR II comes with an improved white balance algorithm and enhanced noise management, as well as new creative tools including six effect modes and wireless flash support.The GR II’s high-speed AF system captures a subject in focus in a mere 0.2 seconds,thanks to the optimisation of its lens drive mechanism and AF algorithm and the high-speed readout of image data obtained by the image sensor.

MeFOTO Introduces World’s First Colour-Customisable Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MeFOTO has launched a new BYOT (Build Your Own Tripod) service for its RoadTrip Travel Tripod. Now, photo enthusiasts can choose from an array of 12 colours to design a unique tripod that reflects their individual style. The MeFOTO Build Your Own Tripod lets you design a unique, creative tool in the colour of your choice. The BYOT service is available now and starts at $249 (which includes free shipping) in the US only.

Lasersoft Adds Printer Calibration to SilverFast

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers, Scanners, Software
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Lasersoft has announced a new, paid upgrade for its SilverFast software, which incorporates a printer calibration tool. The ICC printer calibration utilises a flatbed scanner, whose colours are first adjusted with SilverFast’s patented auto IT8 calibration method, as a measuring device for profiling the printer. Users simply print a test chart using their printer and scan this chart with their IT8 calibrated scanner. SilverFast then calculates an ICC profile for their printer and the paper and ink combination. Those who already have SilverFast 8.5 for their scanner can purchase the upgrade for $99.

Think Tank Photo Release Trifecta Backpacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo’s new Trifecta backpacks are specifically designed for the working pro’s three workhorse lenses: their ultra-wide, mid-range, and telephoto zooms. The Trifecta 8 Mirrorless Backpack accommodates a medium to large compact system camera with lens attached, 2–5 additional lenses, up to an 8” tablet, plus personal gear. The Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack fits a standard size SLR body with lens attached, 2–4 additional lenses, up to a 10” tablet, plus personal gear. Both backpacks sling for side access from both the left and right. The rear panel opening offers complete access to gear. The additional top compartment fits lunch or other essentials, while the included tripod attachment strap secures a tripod to the front panel. BOth models include a seam-sealed rain cover.

Sony Release Firmware Updates for Four E-Mount Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony have issued firmware upgrades for their A6000 (pictured), A7S, A7R and A7 compact system camera models. Available now as free download from the Sony website, firmware version 2.00 reduces the time between switching on the camera to viewing a picture on the LCD screen or OLED viewfinder by 30%, and enables high bit-rate movie recording at 50p/25p in PAL and 60p/30p/24p in NTSC in XAVC S format. You can download the updates from the website below.

Olympus Stylus 1s Soon Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus Stulus 1s, a premium compact that was first announced as a Japan-only model back in October, will soon be available in the UK. Essentially an evolutionary upgrade to the venerable Stylus 1 (read review), the Sylus 1s features a new step-zoom function, a smaller auto focus target, plus focus peaking and interval shooting functionality. It is powered by a BLS-50 battery that provides enough power to take 450 shots according to CIPA standards. Most of the other technical specifications - including the 1/1.7-type 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, the 28-300mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens, the 7fps continuous shooting mode, the ISO 100-12800 sensitivity range and the 1.04-million-dot, 3" touchscreen - are unchanged versus the Stylus 1. The new Stylus 1s comes with the latest Stylus 1 firmware, which adds compatibility with wide-angle converters to deliver greater focal range with constant brightness, starting with the impressive wide-angle potential of 22.4mm (in 35mm terms). The Stylus 1s premium compact goes on sale from early summer for £429.99.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Adobe Announce Updates to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today announced major updates to Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC; as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, which is billed as "the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document," and a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and web site designers. Additionally, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots. The company also shipped Adobe Stock, the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process. When adding Adobe Stock to any paid yearly Creative Cloud membership plan, creatives can save up to 33% over purchasing stock content separately. Adobe also announced they will offer industry-leading rates to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.

SoloCam

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The SoloCam is a new tool that promises to "change the concept of selfie sticks as we know them." According to inventor Benny Goldstein, the SoloCam strives to upgrade the features of the old selfie stick, allowing everyday users to make quality videos using a high-definition microphone, a joystick controlling the stick's functions and a designated app featuring a teleprompter, karaoke, special effects and additional features that'll be revealed only on the day of the launch itself - 22nd June. The SoloCam is priced at $49.

Adobe Stock Launches Worldwide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Adobe today launched Adobe Stock, which is billed as "the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the content creation process and the tools creatives use every day." Available through Adobe Creative Cloud, this new service is a curated collection of 40 million images, which is deeply integrated into the latest releases of Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Designers can launch Adobe Stock directly within CC desktop software, add watermarked images to their Creative Cloud Libraries, and then access and work with images across multiple desktop tools. When they are ready to license the image for finished work, they can do it directly within the desktop software they are working in. Thanks to Creative Cloud’s CreativeSync technology, all edits made on a watermarked image are automatically applied to the newly licensed image, saving hours of potential rework. Pricing for Creative Cloud individual and team customers is £7.19 incl VAT for a single image; £23.99 per month for 10 images monthly (with rollover of unused images); and £143.99 incl VAT per month for 750 images monthly. Separate pricing is available for Adobe Stock customers who are not Creative Cloud members. Adobe also announced it will offer industry-leading rates, to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.

Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R II, RX10 II and RX100 IV cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R II, RX10 II and RX100 IV cameras.

Eyefi Integrates GoPro and Olympus Cameras

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Eyefi announced today that its Mobi Pro photography solution now integrates both GoPro and Olympus Wi-Fi cameras. With Eyefi, photos from these cameras are instantly transferred and automatically organised alongside the ones from their smartphones. “No one uses just one device for taking pictures anymore,” said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. “We understand that photographers want to choose any camera... and still have instant access to all their photos all together in a single collection without having to go home, upload them into a computer and manually merge each one. We’re giving photographers the flexibility and convenience to share images from all their cameras and the insight to discover more about their photos.” Eyefi apps and cloud service automatically organise these images and make it easier than ever to find and discover more about them. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera solution is available to all Eyefi Cloud members as part of their £3.49/$4.99/monthly subscription service. Non-Eyefi Cloud customers can purchase it through the Eyefi Mobi app on their phone or tablet for £3.49/$4.99. This feature is currently available for Android devices and is planned for iOS devices later this year. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera connectivity is available for use with GoPro Hero+ LCD, Hero 3, GoPro Hero 4 and Olympus Stylus 1, Olympus PEN E-P5, Olympus Stylus TG- 860, and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.

Canon EOS 5Ds Review

Mark Goldstein
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The EOS 5Ds DSLR camera has finally arrived, boasting a massive 50 megapixel sensor and proven design. Does the brand new Canon 5Ds offer high enough image quality to justify its £2999 / $3699 asking price? Read our detailed Canon EOS 5Ds review with full-size JPEG, Raw and video samples to find out...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hasselblad Lusso

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Hasselblad Lusso is a new full-frame, E-mount compact system camera based on Sony's A7R model. While the headline specifications are the same - including the 36.4-megapixel sensor, the 2,359,296-dot EVF, and the 3-inch 921,600-dot tiltable rear display, among others -, the Hasselblad version boasts an ergonomically sculpted wooden hand-grip and redesigned, "Lunar-style" controls. The Chinese edition of the Hasselblad website has an entire section dedicated to the Hasselblad Lusso, and you can also download the camera's English-language instruction manual as a PDF. The Lusso will be available in a bundle with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, delivered in a luxurious box. The kit is already available in Hong Kong at a price of HK$40,000 (~US$5,160).

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Triggertrap Mobile Adds Apple Watch Support

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Triggertrap have released a new version of their Triggertrap Mobile app, enabling users to trigger their dSLR camera from an Apple Watch. The update applies to the recently introduced 'Wearables' mode, which originally offered support for Pebble smartwatches only; and allows photographers to trigger the cable release modes, long exposure modes, and timelapse modes from their wrist. The Apple Watch app also features a customisable trigger delay of up to 10 seconds. The company has also rolled out a new version of Triggertrap Timelapse Pro. This update brings Apple Watch triggering to the modular timelapse app. Both updates are available to download on the iTunes App Store.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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We've just tested the new 50-megapixel Canon EOS 5Ds with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, shooting candid street portraits in Covent Garden, London.

Here are 80 JPEG and 42 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR camera with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.