Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Canon EOS C100 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon today announced the Canon EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, the Canon EOS C100 Mark II boasts a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS imager, a large-size detachable eyecup, a 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel electronic viewfinder and an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel. The new hinge design ─ which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface ─ opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release. The Canon EOS C100 Mark II is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Sample Images

Gavin Stoker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is the World’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with an integrated viewfinder.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot G7 X is a prosumer compact camera with a 1-inch image sensor and fast 4.2x zoom lens. The G7 X also offers built-in wi-fi/NFC connectivity, 1080p HD video at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD, lens control ring, RAW files and a full range of manual shooting modes. Read our Canon PowerShot G7 X review to find out if it can beat the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III...

Creatic for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DeliX Software has released a new iOS app called Creatic, which gives users the ability to adorn their photos with unique effects and textures, save the workspace as a Creation or upload it to the Creatic website. The program includes more than 120+ textures and filters created by photographers, including light leak, lens flares, gradients and ten different blending modes. Creatic is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Digital Splash Returns

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Now in its 6th year, Digital Splash - which is hosted by Wilkinson Cameras – will see a selection of the UK’s best photographers descend on Preston. Lancashire, for a celebration of all things photography related. Headlining the show this year is world famous landscape and travel photographer, Colin Prior, alongside Andrea Denniss, Damian McGillicuddy, Matt Hart and Catherine Connor. Brand new for this year is the F-Stop Stage – which will host a range of free talks on subjects including the use of flash and studio lighting, colour management systems and the use of filters – (hosted by Lee Filters). This year, Digital Splash will take place on Sunday 9th November (10am to 5pm) at the University of Central Lancashire. The event is free to attend and tickets for the seminars are just £6 – available to purchase online at the website below.

Macphun Updates Intensify

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun today announced an update to its most popular photographic app, Intensify. Compatible with the latest public betas of Yosemite, the latest release offers enhanced raw image file processing as well as a number of performance improvements. Also, Intensify is now available in Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Brazilian and Portuguese. Existing Intensify and intensify Pro users can upgrade immediately at the website below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Samsung S 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung S 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS is a new premium standard zoom lens for Samsung's NX system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 24-75mm in 35mm terms, the Samsung 16-50mm lens boasts a fast constant aperture of f/2.0, fast and quiet auto-focusing, quality construction and weather sealing. Read our in-depth Samsung S 16-50mm f/2-2.8 ED OIS review, complete with 54 sample images, to find out if it's a must-have lens for Samsung photographers...

Kúla Bebe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Iceland-based Kúla Inventions have announced Kúla Bebe, a new product that will enable 3D photography with smartphones. Comprising four high-precision mirrors, Kúla Bebe is easily attached to and detached from the phone's lens and comes with Kúla’s Cinema-Box for immediate 3D viewing on the smartphone display. The company is launching the product tomorrow on Kickstarter, along with an improved version of the Kúla Deeper 3D photography attachment for DSLR cameras. Kúla’s image processing software Kúlacode can export images and videos captured with Kúla Deeper and Bebe to multiple 3D formats including 3D TV, stereoscopic (for CinemaBox, StereoViewer, Oculus Rift and more), anaglyph (red/cyan), crosseye and wigglegram. The company aims to raise $40.000 through the Kickstarter campaign.

Impossible Cyan 600 and Magenta 600 Monochrome

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Impossible Cyan 600 and Magenta 600 Monochrome are the first in a new series of Impossible monochrome films. “We have been experiencing a huge demand for films that take users out of the ‘norm’ of the classic square, white frame everyone recognises as a ‘Polaroid’,." says Creed O’Hanlon, Impossible’s Chief Executive Officer. "Impossible photographers like to push the boundaries of their creativity and we try to support them with a range of different instant film materials." Impossible Cyan 600 Monochrome and Magenta 600 Monochrome can be shot in any Polaroid 600-type camera or Impossible’s own Instant Lab. The films will be available on Wednesday 22nd October, from the Impossible Online Shop and selected resellers worldwide.

LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 Film

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has unveiled the LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film. Now available to pre-order with a quantity of only 5,000 from the first batch, the LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 film comes in 35mm and 120 formats and retails in 5, 10, 15 or 20 packs. "Following on from our hugely successful LomoChrome Purple film, this colour negative film will bathe your photos in lustrous tones – turning lighter colors into varying shades of blues from aqua to cobalt, transforming greens into deep emerald shades and changing a crystal clear sea into a golden hue," the company says. You can preorder the film through the website below.

Tiffen ImageMaker

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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The Tiffen Company has launched Tiffen ImageMaker, a community-oriented social media hub site. ImageMaker allows visitors to explore some of the world’s most beautiful locations, get a sneak peek of how Tiffen products are created and produced in its U.S. manufacturing facilities,and v view Tiffen’s featured picks from images shared on Instagram. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Canon PowerShot G7 X Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot G7 X compact camera.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X is a premium compact camera with a 1-inch 20 megapixel image sensor and fast f/1.8-2.8 24-100mm zoom lens with a nine-bladed lens aperture.

Red Giant Offload

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Red Giant has  released Offload, a brand new standalone application for reliable backup of footage in the field. Unlike a typical footage “copy and paste” backup operation, Offload gives users clear visual assurances that their footage has been safely copied. The user interface features progress indicators as well as footage thumbnails, and offers file verification notices so that users are assured that their work has been safely transferred to disk. Users can also opt to make an additional, automated backup of their footage. "When your work sits on a tiny, plastic camera card, anything can happen, on location or in transit," said Shooter Suite Product Manager Randon Morford. "Too often, shooters discover that their footage has been lost through a corrupted offload process or through damaged hardware. Red Giant Offload eliminates the stress that every filmmaker goes through between shooting and delivery - it gives you the peace of mind that your footage was safely copied with the added benefit of automating an additional backup." Red Giant Offload is now available for $49. For current Shooter Suite owners (v.12.5), Offload now comes as a free addition.

AutoBracket for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

AutoBracket is a new app that brings AE bracketing to iPads and iPhones. Users can shoot 3 photos in rapid succession, each at a different exposure setting. On the Apple  iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus and the newer iPads, you can precisely set the bracketing intervals via a bracket slider, view a colour-coded histogram, merge the three exposures to capture much higherluminosity range, and adjust exposure and focus independently of each other. AutoBravket is available for $1.99 on iTunes.

Aperture Importer for Lightroom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

Adobe has released a new Lightroom add-on called Aperture Importer. As the name suggests, this plugin enables Aperture (and iPhoto) users to import their libraries - including data such as flags, geotags, ratings, keywords and more - to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Note that colour labels, stacks, and face tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords.

Website: Adobe

Manfrotto Light Modifiers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has introduced a range of light modifiers. The collection include twelve products: a series of reflectors and diffusers, a series of softboxes to use on camera and off camera, a duo umbrella and a background support system.  Manfrotto reflectors and diffusers are triple stitched, guaranteeing durability and dependability. They all collapse to a third of their original size and are sold with their own carry case.  Manfrotto softboxes are available in different sizes and can be used on and off camera. The Duo Umbrella is a dual functional product that can be used as a shoot through or to bounce light onto the subject. Translucent white fabric ensures the light passing through the umbrella is diffused to a softer light. Alternatively, the removable black covering on the outside of the umbrella ensures all the light is bounced back onto the subject. Manfrotto softboxes are available in different sizes and can be used on and off camera. The Duo Umbrella is a dual functional product that can be used as a shoot through or to bounce light onto the subject. Translucent white fabric ensures the light passing through the umbrella is diffused to a softer light. Alternatively, the removable black covering on the outside of the umbrella ensures all the light is bounced back onto the subject.

Apple iMac with 27” Retina 5K Display

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple has launched a new 27-inch iMac with a 5K "Retina" display. Billed as the world's highest-resolution computer screen, the new iMac's integrated 5K monitor can display 14.7-megapixel (5120x2880-pixel) photos at native resolution. "To improve the contrast ratio, iMac with Retina 5K display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle," the company says. "In addition, every iMac with Retina 5K display is calibrated using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers to ensure precise and accurate colour." The new iMac comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, and for the first time can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz. Itc can also be configured with up to 32GB of memory, a 3TB Fusion Drive, or up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. In addition, iMac with Retina 5K display includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each.  The basic configuration is available for $2,499 

Apple iPad Mini 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Apple iPad Mini 3 is a new 7.9" tablet with a 5-megapixel primary camera, a 326ppi display and a fingerprint sensor. From a photographer's point of view, the iPad Mini 3 is essentially identical to its predecessor: it has the same iSight camera module with a five-element f/2.4 lens, geotagging, HDR exposure blending, timer and panorama modes, and Full HD movie recording capabilities; and the same 2048x1536-pixel IPS panel as the iPad Mini 2. Pricing for the new tablet starts at $399.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 62 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD is a super-zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 68 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III lens, mounted on a Pansonic Lumix GX7 camera.

The Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III is a super-zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras.