Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Canon Updates EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued an update to its product advisory concerning an LCD illumination issue affecting its EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. The company describes the problem as follows: if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. The phenomenon may occur in cameras whose serial number starts with "0" and the sixth digit is either "1" or "2"

Monday, June 23, 2014

Olympus SH-1 Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Olympus SH-1 is a gorgeous retro travel-zoom compact camera, featuring a 24x lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 1080p HD video recording, 5-axis image stabilisation, 11fps burst shooting, wi-fi connectivity and a 3 inch LCD touchscreen. Read the World's first Olympus SH-1 review to find out if this is the right travel-zoom camera for you...

Lowepro Dashpoint AVC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 1 and Dashpoint AVC 2 cases have been developed specifically for action cameras. "Ideal for adventurous locations the Lowepro Dashpoint AVC keeps all your gear safe and secure and helps protect against the environment and whatever you might throw at it," the company says. A lightweight composite shell construction provides high-impact-resistant protection – with a built in quick-grab handle for easy carrying and dual zipper opening for fast access. The stackable design also makes cases easy to store at home, in luggage or on location. The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 1 (£26) is suitable for one action video camera plus accessories, and weighs in at only 0.3kg. The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 2 (£30) accommodates two action cams complete with accessories.

Lowepro Upgrades Toploader Zoom AW Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has released an updated and redesigned edition of its popular Toploader Zoom AW series. Available in 3 sizes, the Lowepro Toploader Zoom AW series bags are now lighter in weight, and feature a brand new mesh pocket and built-in key fob as well as new zippers with newly designed zipper pulls, which are easy to grip even in cold or wet conditions. Prices start at £30.

PhotoMatte for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PhotoMatte by Plum Amazing is a new layout and graphics editor for Macintosh. With this app, you can easily create collages and montages courtesy of a host of built-in templates, backgrounds, frames, effects and more. The program also includes 15 integrated video tutorials to help you get going. PhotoMatte for Mac sells for $30, with a free trial version available.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tamron AF 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron AF 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a new 18.8x wide-angle ultra-zoom lens for Nikon and Canon APS-C DSLRs. Crucially offering built-in image stabilisation, the Tamron 18-270mm offers an effective focal range of 24-450mm, replacing at least three lenses in your camera bag. Read our Tamron AF 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD review to find out if it's too much of a compromise or not...

Final Call for IGPOTY ‘Macro’ Art Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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International Garden Photographer of the Year is reminding interested photographers that entries for its Competition 8 "Macro" close on 30th  June. There’s a £500 cash prize for the winner, plus the opportunity for their image to be featured in the IGPOTY book and also the exhibition, which tours the UK and worldwide including Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, plus venues across Europe and venues as far afield as Sydney, Australia. International Garden Photographer of the Year has a top prize of £5000 cash for the overall competition and images entered in any of the special art projects can still be entered separately into the main annual competition.

TeoreX iResizer 2.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX has released a new version of its intelligent resizing utility iResizer. Version 2.5 brings built-in aspect ratio presets for easier conversion of images to printer-friendly formats, optimised memory usage and a number of usability improvements. Users can now pick a destination aspect ratio, select the image elements they want to preserve, click a button - and watch the photo transform magically into a format that fills the target paper size completely while all important elements of the image remain intact. The program is available for Windows XP or higher and for Max OS X 10.7 or higher for $19.99.

Nikon Sponsors Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Nikon has announced its sponsorship of a photography exhibition titled, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. Hosted at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the exhibition will present more than 400 original photographs taken between 1961 and 1967 by Dennis Hopper, the American actor, film director, and artist. The photographs were personally selected and edited by Hopper for his first major exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center in Texas in 1970, and the vintage prints were only re-discovered after his death in 2010. Jeremy Gilbert, Group Marketing Manager at Nikon UK, comments: “Hopper shot some fantastic images that reflected a personal perspective of an interesting period in history. Knowing that Hopper shot his work on a Nikon camera, with no formal training is truly inspirational and we look forward to celebrating his work with support of the exhibition this summer.” Te exhibition will run from Thursday 26 June – Sunday 19 October 2014.

Transcend 1TB ESD400 Portable SSD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend today introduced the ESD400, its latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive (SSD). Featuring storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB, transfer speeds of up to 410MB/s read and 380MB/s write, and an extra durable and compact design, ESD400 SSDs are best suited for consumers demanding massive storage space and high-speed data transfer. The ESD400 USB 3.0 Portable SSD is equipped with a next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. With USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, the ESD400 ensures that users will be able to move files between computers that do not support SuperSpeed USB 3.0. Transcend’s ESD400 Portable SSDs are available in 128GB ($109), 256GB ($189), 512GB ($349) and 1TB ($699) capacities, and all models carry Transcend’s three-year limited warranty.

Canon Launches Digital Photo Professional 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Canon has announced the upcoming launch of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0. The latest version of DPP - available for download at the end of this mont - has been updated with a number of new features and enhancements, These include faster, real-time adjustments, better integration with EOS Utility, movie playback support, improved raw file workflow, enhanced highlight recovery, and much more. A new colour adjustment palette allows hue, saturation and luminance adjustment for eight individual colour gamuts, enabling the user to adjust one specific colour in isolation without affecting the image as a whole. For those photographers with dual monitors, DPP now allows a secondary monitor to be used as the preview window on the primary display. Do note that DPP 4.0 will be compatible only with 64-bit operating systems.

Gura Gear Acquires Tamrac Brand

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale of the brand and assets of Tamrac to Gura Gear. Tamrac, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalised later this month. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac's assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tokina AT-X 12-28mm F4 Pro DX Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tokina AT-X 12-28mm F4 Pro DX is an affordable wide-angle lens for APS-C DSLR users. Incredibly well-built, the Tokina 12-28mm is a good match for larger cameras like the Canon EOS 7D that we tested it with. Read our Tokina AT-X 12-28mm F4 Pro DX Review to find out if it's worth considering instead of the Canon and Nikon alternatives.

Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD is a new superzoom lens for full-frame cameras, featuring a Piezo Drive AF motor, moisture-resistant construction, and a more compact build than its immediate predecessor. Headline features include optical vibration compensation, advanced anti-reflection coating, four low-dispersion elements, three molded glass aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element, one extra-refractive-index glass element and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass. The lens will be available in the U.S. in both Canon and Nikon mount on June 26, 2014 at $849.

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron today announced the price and availability of its 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III superzoom lens for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Originally released for Sony mount in 2011, this 29-320mm equivalent lens employs two (Low Dispersion) elements, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one XR (high refractive index) element, and one Hybrid Aspherical element to reduce aberrations "to a bare minimum" as Tamron put it. The lens also has optical vibration compensation and a stepping motor adopted for the AF drive, a construction that accommodates contrast-detect auto focus and movie shooting. This feature also supports the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function, which allows the user to make fine manual adjustments after initially focusing by AF. The Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon will be available in the US starting 26 June 2014 priced at $499.

Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron announced the price and availability of its first superzoom lens designed for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras. Employing one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element, Tamron's new 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III lens is housed in a compact body with a filter diameter of just 52mm. The metal lens barrel exterior is available in two colours: black and silver, providing the most popular colour options to match high end cameras. The Tamron 14-150mm Di III will be available in the USA starting June 26, 2014 at $589.

Adobe Sketch, Line and Photoshop Mix

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Adobe has unveiled a new suite of mobile apps and complementary hardware that connect Adobe Creative Cloud to your iPad. Adobe Sketch is a social sketching iPad app for free-form drawing, Adobe Line is the world’s first iPad app for precision drawing and drafting, while Photoshop Mix is billed as the most precise app for compositing and masking on iPad. Photoshop Mix also offers powerful cloud-based imaging technology on iPad for the first time, including Upright, Content Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction. It offers non-destructive photo enhancements, selections, the ability to cut-out and mix images, and the ability to open and save PSD files. In addition to these apps, the company also released an iPhone version of Lightroom Mobile, and a couple of hardware devices including Adobe Ink, a digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a digital ruler. These devices work in tandem with Adobe Sketch and Adobe Line.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH is a new wide-angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds compact camera system. Sporting the exclusive Leica name. the Panasonic 15mm lens is tiny in both size and weight, yet offers a fast maximum aperture of f/1.7 complete with a manual aperture ring. Read our Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH review to find out if it's worth adding to your kit-bag...

Adobe Releases New Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together - for £8.78/$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 as well as Lightroom’s mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Unlike the similar but limited-time special offers introduced last year, this subscription includes only 2GB of cloud storage (rather than 20GB).

Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia is an upcoming retrospective of colour experiments and developments in Russian photography over the course of a century. Primrose will feature over 140 works, many never before seen in the UK, spanning the 1860s through to the 1980s. These will be arranged in five chronological sections, each looking at different periods and the ir prevailing photographic aesthetics. The exhibition will include works by Dmitri Baltermants, Sergei Mikhailovich, Prokudin-Gorsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Ivan Shagin, and Boris Mikhailov among others. Primrose will open on 1st August in The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW. Admission is free.