Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Panasonic Announces Christmas Cashback Promotion

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Panasonic UK has announced its Christmas 2014 cashback offer. Included in this promotion is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera (with a cashback amount of £100 / €120), the Lumix DMC-TZ60 travel compact, and the HC-V550 camcorder (each with a cashback amount of £30 / €35). This promotion will run to 12th January 2015. To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at the website below. The last date for registration will be 27th February 2015.

Photographic Composition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photographic Composition by Albrecht Rissler is a new title from Rocky Nook. Illustrated with 250 beautiful photographs, this book presents the most important concepts of image design, including perspective, form, contrast, the effects of various aspect ratios, proportion and harmony, and much more. "[The] book's impressive images are in black-and-white, intentionally removing the distraction of colour and making it easy to focus on compositional elements and form," the publisher says. The 192-page softcover is available for $39.95.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a new ultra-wide zoom lens for EOS cameras with APS-C sensors. Attractively priced at £299 / $299, is it too cheap for its own good, or is it a logical addition to your camera kit? We've tested the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM on the EOS 1200D to find out...

Vanguard Alta Pro AB100 Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta Pro AB100 tripod, worth $250!

Steven has been randomly chosen as the lucky winner - congratulations!

The Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH 100 ball head are an impressive pair. Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability. Additional tripod features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, aluminum alloy legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, quick-flip leg locks, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains. Its SBH-100 fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and has smooth locking knobs,and an outstanding loading capacity.

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Official Canon Video Teases High-Zoom Premium Compact

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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In an official video released by its Netherlands branch, Canon is hinting at the upcoming release of a new high-zoom, large-sensor premium compact camera. No further details are available but those who speak Dutch can sign up to be notified of the product launch.

Ferrania to Resume Film Production

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Film manufacturer Ferrania is in the process of building a new factory in northern Italy. Two years ago, the company ceased production of all photographic film due to plummeting demand. Now they have embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the resumption of operations. "We have created an ambitious new factory design that will allow us to produce enough film, at a reasonable price, to meet worldwide demand," the company says. "We have already rescued tons of equipment (quite literally) from the old Ferrania buildings - but we need more and we are out of time. The buildings will be destroyed at the end of this year." The campaign has already surpassed its target but you can still pledge to back the project and receive various rewards - rolls of 35mm, 120 format, Super 8 and 16mm motion picture film - in exchange.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji UK have announced a new promotion: those who buy a Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera now can pick up a Fujinon XF18mm f/2R and XF27mm f/2.8 R for free. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: Fujifilm United Kingdom

Magix Movie Edit Touch for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have announced their first video editing app for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Magix Movie Edit Touch allows you to instantly cut, optimize and share self-made videos anywhere. You can either make videos directly with your Android end-device or import them from an SD card. After importing, you can remove unwanted scenes, trim video clips and add background music in just a few clicks. The app is available now as a freedownload from the Google Play Store. The Premium edition adds automated brightness/contrast/saturation optimisation; filter eefects such as Lomo, Tilt-Shift, HDR, Pop Art and Black/White; a title editor and the ability to save and export videos in Full HD - all for $1.99.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED is a new ultra-wide-angle prime lens. Aimed mainly at full-frame DSLR users, but also compatible with DX bodies where it provides a focal range of 30mm, the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 is a relatively compact, lightweight lens. Read our in-depth Nikon Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED review complete with full-size sample images...

Olympus E-PL7 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Olympus E-PL7 is a new compact system camera aimed at the discerning fashionista. Also known as the PEN Lite, the EPL7 boasts a 3 inch 180-degree tilting LCD display, full 1080p HD movies, and an extensive range of creative filters. Read our in-depth Olympus E-PL7 review to find out if it offers both substance and style...

#FutureofCities

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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In collaboration with Panos Pictures and the World Photography Organisation, the nine-month social documentary initiative, #FutureofCities, launches today under Sony's Global Imaging Ambassadors programme. With over a dozen photo commissions, this project explores how cities around the world are evolving and coping with the large-scale migrations of people from suburban and rural areas into urban environments. Primary areas for reporting include China, the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil, with additional stories from Africa, Asia and Northern Europe. The initiative will also call on non-Panos photographers to participate from within the Sony and WPO communities, as well as encourage the general public to post their own photos on social media responding to the brief by tagging #FutureofCities. Click through / scroll down for more information.

Lomography Cine400 Tungsten

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has introduced a limited-edition Tungsten film. Available in 135 (35mm) format, the Lomography Cine400 Tungsten film is an ISO400/27° Tungsten-balanced colour negative film made from authentic cine material. "If you loved the Lomography Cine200 Tungsten Film, you’ll love this even more – the high ISO means it’s suitable for various lighting conditions," the company says. "This emulsion yields excellent grain, smooth gradation, remarkable shadow details and natural skin tone." There are only 4000 rolls available, and the price is £9.90 per 36-exposure roll.

Website: Lomography Online Shop

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blackmagic Camera Utility 1.9.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Blackmagic Design has released an update to its Blackmagic Camera utility, bringing in-camera formatting to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (pictured). The new disk formatting feature allows customers to format SSDs and SD cards in-camera so they don’t need to use a computer to prepare disks for recording. This new disk formatting feature is unique because unlike computers that format disks for general storage use, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera can format disks optimised for high-performance video use. When formatting the camera confirms the brand of disk and other disks parameters and then formats for highest speed video data recording and playback for that specific type of disk, the company says. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Sigma USB Dock Firmware Update 1.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sigma has posted a firmware update for its USB dock. Version 1.02 adds compatibility with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C014 lenses. Do note that you will need Sigma Optimization Po 1.2 to perform the upgrade.

Website: Sigma

Piccure+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Intelligent Imaging Solutions have released its piccure+ software, billed as "a revolution in computational photography." Designed to improve the quality of photos taken with both high-quality and consumer-grade lenses, piccure+ can apparently "determine the optical aberrations from the image itself," the company says. “The advances in computational photography will have a dramatic impact on image formation in general. Image formation will no longer be just an optical process, instead it will be a combination of both optical and computational processes. The boundaries between software and hardware will become blurred,” says Prof. Dr. Hanns Ruder, CEO of IIS. “This development will allow cheaper, lighter, and smaller optical systems. We made the first radical step in this direction with piccure+." The software is now available as a standalone application with powerful batch processing and raw image file support, priced at €109.

HTC RE

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HTC has announced its first dedicated digital camera, called RE. Featuring a 1/2.33"-type 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/2.8 lens with an angle of view of 146°, the HTC RE has an unusual shape and no viewfinder, LCD screen or physical controls except for a shutter release - however, it can be remote controlled wirelessly with most smartphones. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the RE camera can also record Full HD videos at 30 frames per second and 720p HD movie clips at up to 120fps. Other highlights include time-lapse photography, Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi connectivity and waterproofing (to 1m underwater, out of the box). RE’s built-in grip sensor instantly activates the camera as it’s picked up, eliminating the need for a power button. HTC's first camera will be available in the US from late October, with other markets following later.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a premium compact camera like no other. The LX100 features a large Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, fast 24-75mm lens, class-leading electronic viewfinder, all in a camera that you can fit in a jacket pocket. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review with sample JPEG, RAW and video files to find out just what this exciting new camera is capable of...

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS is a versatile lens for Sony E-mount cameras, offering a 6x zoom range, constant f/4 aperture and power zoom functionality. Is it a worthwhile upgrade from the standard kit lens that ships with your camera? Read our Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS review to find out...

Fujifilm UK to Close its E6 Processing Lab

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm UK is to close its Leeds-based E6 slide processing facility next month. This ceasing of E6 processing operations was planned a year in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them developed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers are only valid up to the closing date of 1st November 2014. Note, however, that Leeds-based professional laboratory CC Imaging will carry on developing transparency films as normal, just not under the 'Fujifilm Processing Laboratory' brand.

Think Tank Photo Quadcopter Divider Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo has introduced its Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit, which allows you to convert a separately sold Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack into a customised quadcopter carrying bag. "On point with the new era of photographic possibilities and needs, the adjustable dividers offer multi-compartment convenience to hold every key component and accessories of a quadcopter plus supplies for the day’s outing," the company says. "With its durable and changeable storage dividers, all of their gear and personal items are safe, organized, and at the ready." Designed to fit the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter plus accessories, the Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit is available for $34.75 via the website below.