Monday, March 6, 2017

Fujifilm X-T20 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The brand new Fujifilm X-T20 is a mid-range compact system camera that inherits most of the key features of the flagship X-T2 model. Does the X-T20 cut too many corners to hit its more aggressive £799 / $899 price-tag? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T20 review to find out...

Iridient Developer 3.1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.1.4, a raw file conversion and photo processing application for Mac OS X. This update brings support for the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II and EOS M6, the Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F. and X-A10, the Panasonic GH5 and FZ80, the Pentax KP, the Leica M10 and the Sigma sd Quattro H. The company also launched Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 beta 3 for both Mac OS and Windows, adding support for the Fujifilm GFX50S, X-T20 and X100F.

Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.1.4, a raw file conversion and photo processing application for Mac OS X. This update brings support for the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II and EOS M6, the Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F. and X-A10, the Panasonic GH5 and FZ80, the Pentax KP,...

Leica Announce New, Premium Accessories from COOPH and Gitzo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Leica have unveiled a number of new accessories including the Leica Rope Straps - a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH - as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing ropes, and feature trim elements made from Italian leather. These straps are durable yet elegant accessoriesoffering a safe and comfortable carrying sulution for cameras and binoculars. They are available in four colours – Fire, Glowing Red, Night and Oasis, in two different lengths, and with a choice of metal split ring or nylon connectors. The new Gitzo tripods include the Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 and GT3542L carbon-fibre models, the GT4543LS Systematic Tripod and the Gitzo GH2720QR and GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Heads.

Leica have unveiled a number of new accessories including the Leica Rope Straps - a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH - as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Aurelius Acquire Wex Photographic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global

Aurelius Equity Opportunities have acquired Wex Photographic from Barclays. Following the deal, Wex will be merged with Calumet Photographic, a multi-channel photographic retailer acquired by Aurelius in June 2016. Servicing half a million customers across the UK, Wex is the country’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, with an annual turnover of €84 million. The integration with Calumet will offer significant strategic benefits to both companies with scope to couple Wex’s online expertise with Calumet’s pan-European in-store experience.

Aurelius Equity Opportunities have acquired Wex Photographic from Barclays. Following the deal, Wex will be merged with Calumet Photographic, a multi-channel photographic retailer acquired by Aurelius in June 2016. Servicing half a million customers across the UK, Wex is the country’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, with an annual...

Sebastião Salgado at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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One of the world’s greatest living photographers, Sebastião Salgado, has been confirmed to speak on the Super Stage at The Photography Show, on Tuesday, 21st March at 11am. ‘A morning with Salgado’, brought to the show by Canon and The Royal Photographic Society, will offer photography professionals and enthusiasts a rare insight into the award-winning Brazilian photographer’s powerful documentation of communities around the world. Salgado will also take part in a Q&A with photographer Clive Booth on Canon’s Live Stage at 2pm on the same day. Tickets for Salgado’s Super Stage session are priced at £20.

One of the world’s greatest living photographers, Sebastião Salgado, has been confirmed to speak on the Super Stage at The Photography Show, on Tuesday, 21st March at 11am. ‘A morning with Salgado’, brought to the show by Canon and The Royal Photographic Society, will...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus have issued a firmware update for their OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera. According to the company, firmware version 1.1 improves the "stability of raw file formation". Users can update their camera's firmware using the Olympus Digital Camera Updater utility.

Olympus have issued a firmware update for their OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera. According to the company, firmware version 1.1 improves the "stability of raw file formation". Users can update their camera's firmware using the Olympus Digital Camera Updater utility.

Sigma EF-630 Flash for Canon and Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Canon and Nikon versions of the Sigma EF-630 flashgun are scheduled to start shipping later this month. First announced in 2016 (and already available for Sigma cameras), the EF-630 is a multifunctional clip-on type flash designed to work with today's advanced digital SLR cameras. Featuring a zoomable tilt-swivel head with a zoom coverage of 24-200mm, the Sigma EF-630 offers wireless TTL exposure control as well as high-speed sync, rear-curtain sync and modelling flash functions. Photographers can update the unit's firmware via the optional Flash USB Dock FD-11. The recommended retail price of the Sigma EF-630 is $379.

The Canon and Nikon versions of the Sigma EF-630 flashgun are scheduled to start shipping later this month. First announced in 2016 (and already available for Sigma cameras), the EF-630 is a multifunctional clip-on type flash designed to work with today's advanced digital SLR cameras. Featuring a zoomable tilt-swivel head...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

National Geographic Australia Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new National Geographic Australia Collection is inspired by the ochre-pigmented sands and soils of The Australian Outback, and the dazzling blue seas that hem the continent’s beautiful coasts. The interior fabric of the collection’s camera bags features a colourful eucalyptus-leaf print evocative of Australia’s forest canopies. The durable, deftly crafted internal compartment design features the renowned Manfrotto Protection System. The National Geographic Australia Collection includes five different products, including the NG Australia camera and laptop backpack for DSLRs/CSCs, the NG Australia 3 way camera backpack for DSLRs, the NG Australia Camera Holster for CSCs and two NG Australia camera messengers for Compact System Cameras. Click through / read on for the details.

The new National Geographic Australia Collection is inspired by the ochre-pigmented sands and soils of The Australian Outback, and the dazzling blue seas that hem the continent’s beautiful coasts. The interior fabric of the collection’s camera bags features a colourful eucalyptus-leaf print evocative of Australia&rsquo...

Fantasea FG9X for Canon G9 X Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea Line has announced that its FG9X underwater housing is fully compatible with the new Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labelled controls and features a new touchscreen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the camera's touch-sensitive screen. Depth rated to 60 metres, the Fantasea FG9X offers a moisture detector, double O-ring protection and an M67 thread on its lens port. The Fantasea FG9X housing is available for $399.95.

Fantasea Line has announced that its FG9X underwater housing is fully compatible with the new Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labelled controls and features a new touchscreen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the...

Irix 11mm f/4 Pricing and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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TH Swiss have officially announced the launch of the Irix 11mm f/4 lens. First unveiled at Photokina, the Irix 11mm f/4 is an extremely wide full frame rectalinear lens with an angle of view of 126°. It employs 4 high-refractive lens elements, 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical elements to guarantee very low distortion, as low as 3.13%, which makes Irix 11mm f/4.0 lens unique in its class. The special Blackstone version of the lens has engraved UV light reactive markings enable easy operation in low light conditions to facilitate the perfect photo. The Irix 11mm f/4.0 will be available to buy during The Photography Show in Birmingham (18-21 March 2017) priced at €635 (Firefly edition) / €865 (Blackstone version).

TH Swiss have officially announced the launch of the Irix 11mm f/4 lens. First unveiled at Photokina, the Irix 11mm f/4 is an extremely wide full frame rectalinear lens with an angle of view of 126°. It employs 4 high-refractive lens elements, 2 ED lenses and 3 aspherical elements to...

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample JPEG and RAW images and some movies taken with the new Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a premium compact camera with a 1-inch 20 megapixel image sensor, 28-82mm (eq.) f/2-4.9 lens, and a DIGIC 7 processor.

Elinchrom ELB 1200

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Elinchrom have just introduced the ELB 1200, the next evolution in battery-powered, on-location lighting. Weighing only 9.5 lb (4.3 kg), the ELB 1200 has been completely redesigned to meet the needs of photographers needing a combination of performance and portability. Featuring a lightweight, shock resistant case and oversized cable connections for easier operating while wearing gloves, the ELB 1200 is expected to hit the shelves in the middle of 2017. (Pricing to be confirmed.) Elinchrom also announced three new flash heads - Action, Hi-Sync, and Pro - for use with the ELB 1200. Whether if it's for all-around general use with the Pro Head, acquiring shorter flash durations with the Action Head, or using the Hi-Sync head to reach 1/8000s shutter speed, photographers not only can choose the head that best fits their application, they can also select from Elinchrom's range of light-shaping tools to achieve their creative vision.

Elinchrom have just introduced the ELB 1200, the next evolution in battery-powered, on-location lighting. Weighing only 9.5 lb (4.3 kg), the ELB 1200 has been completely redesigned to meet the needs of photographers needing a combination of performance and portability. Featuring a lightweight, shock resistant case and oversized cable connections for easier operating while...

Fujifilm X-T20 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with a full production version of the brand new Fujifilm X-T20 compact system camera.

Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Review

Amy Davies
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The Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II is the latest affordable standard zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 24-76mm in 35mm terms, built-in image stabilisation, a compact and lightweight design, and fast and quiet auto-focusing, is the Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II worth considering? Read our Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II review to find out...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fotospeed at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Fotospeed will be exhibiting at stand G21 at The Photography Show held in the Birmingham NEC from 19-21 March. Highlinghts include a series of free talks from leading photographers on a range of subjects, an exhibitiondisplaying every winning photograph from Fotospeed's#fsprintmonday Twitter competition over the last year, plus a chance to check out the company's range of media, including their new and innovative square paper line-up. Toby Herlinger, Sales & Marketing Director at Fotospeed, says, “At Fotospeed, we’re committed to encouraging photographers to print their images. That’s why it makes sense to us to get images out of social media and give unusually shaped images an easy way of getting printed.” Fotospeed’s stand will be showcasing the full range of square papers, available in finishes Platinum Etching, Platinum Baryta, and award-winning finish PF Lustre 275.

Fotospeed will be exhibiting at stand G21 at The Photography Show held in the Birmingham NEC from 19-21 March. Highlinghts include a series of free talks from leading photographers on a range of subjects, an exhibitiondisplaying every winning photograph from Fotospeed's#fsprintmonday Twitter competition over the last year,...

Nikon D5600 Firmware Version C 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D5600 digital SLR camera. Version C 1.01 fixes an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Nikon D5600 Firmware Update C 1.01

Nikon have released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D5600 digital SLR camera. Version C 1.01 fixes an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app. You can download the firmware update from the website below. Website: Nikon D5600 Firmware Update C 1.01

Nikon D3400 Firmware Update C 1.11

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have issued a firmware update for the Nikon D3400 digital SLR camera. Version C 1.11 fixes an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Nikon D3400 Firmware Version C 1.11

Nikon have issued a firmware update for the Nikon D3400 digital SLR camera. Version C 1.11 fixes an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Nikon D3400 Firmware Version C 1.11

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Phottix Ares II Flash Trigger Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Ares II radio flash trigger is now available for purchase. The transmitter and receiver system boasts the latest technology and is perfect for manual shooting with studio lights or hot shoe flashes. The Ares II offers a working range of 150 metres (almost 500 feet), 16 channels and a Digital ID function for secure triggering - no one can trigger your flashes unless using your four-digit Digital ID code. Both the transmitter and the receiver are available for $54.95.

The Phottix Ares II radio flash trigger is now available for purchase. The transmitter and receiver system boasts the latest technology and is perfect for manual shooting with studio lights or hot shoe flashes. The Ares II offers a working range of 150 metres (almost 500 feet), 16 channels and a Digital ID...

Sony F5 vs FS7 - Which is Better?

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras
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Both of these camcorders shoot 4K video, but which is the better buy? Find out the key differences between the Sony FS5 and the Sony FS7 by reading our handy guide.

Both of these camcorders shoot 4K video, but which is the better buy? Find out the key differences between the Sony FS5 and the Sony FS7 by reading our handy guide.

Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II lens, mounted on an X-A3 body.

The Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is the new lightweight kit lens for the X-A3.