Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Win a Vanguard Alta CA AGH Tripod!

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We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta CA AGH tripod, worth $180!

The Vanguard Alta CA 234AGH tripod kit is designed to meet the requirements of any enthusiast photographer, especially those wanting a great combination of portability and stability with a pistol grip head.

This aluminium tripod kit is extremely lightweight at under 1.7kg and the legs have four sections that enable it to fold down to just over 57cm, making it extremely portable. Despite this it still features an unrivalled loading capacity of 5kg and extends to just below 1.6m making it extremely versatile.

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OmegaBrandess Acquires GigaaPan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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OmegaBrandess has announced the acquisition of the assets of the Gigapan hardware division of Gigapan Systems. Gigapan, which was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of successful research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University, manufactures Gigapan EPIC Robotic Mounts. Part of a fully integrated solution, the Gigapan EPIC and EPIC 100 are compatible with a broad range of point-and-shoot cameras and small DSLRs to capture Gigapans, quickly and accurately. The EPIC Pro is designed to work with DSLR cameras and larger lenses, features advanced technology to deliver stunning performance and precision. OmegaBrandess is now in the process of transitioning the operation to their facility in Hampstead, MD where they plan to be in full production as soon as possible.

Bowens to Launch LED Light Cube in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Bowens has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for the LED Light Cube, billed as the world’s first high-end, portable and interlocking LED flash and constant light source. Australian developers and manufacturers IC12 say the unit’s zero recycling time outperforms any camera or radio trigger in the market today. “The key Light Cube features are unique in the marketplace right now,” said Nathan Oxley, Managing Director at IC12. “We developed this product after documenting photographers’ ongoing and very real frustrations with their hardware limitations. Our engineers worked for fifteen months to deliver this hybrid light, which now enables both photographers and videographers to capture their moments without concerns about flash recycling times.” The new LED Light Cube will be available for £430 excl. tax.

Canon Winter Cashback

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Canon UK has just launched its winter cashback offer, which enables you to receive up to £80 cashback on a selected range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and printers. The offer runs from 29st October 2014 to 21st January 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Click through / scroll down for a list of all eligible cameras, lenses, printers and accessories.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Epson SureColor P600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Epson today announced the Epson SureColor P600 13-inch photo printer. Designed for creative professionals, fine artists and advanced amateur and pro photographers, the SureColor P600 combines an advanced MicroPiezo AMC printhead with next-generation Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks driven by enhanced AccuPhoto HD imaging technology to produce exhibition-quality black-and-white prints with "never before seen" pigment black density and "stunningly vivid" colour prints. The Epson SureColor P600 also offers new ease-of use features and capabilities, such as a 3.5-inch tilting colour LCD and a variety of connectivity options including USB, Wireless n, Wi-Fi Direct and Ethernet. Currently on display at PhotoPlus Expo, the new printer will be available for purchase in Q1 2015 through authorised resellers for $799.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 Small Business Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today released CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition. “Marketing is key to the success of any small business, but it doesn’t have to break the bank,” said Gérard Métrailler, Vice President, Product Management, CorelDRAW. “CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition gives business owners an easy and affordable way to create their own professional marketing collateral and grow their business while minimising costs.” The suite provides access to three full licences of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 with a single purchase. It is priced at £699 (excl. VAT) and is available in both a box and download version at the website below.

Samsung EVO 16GB and 32GB Memory Card Twin Packs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung announced today that it is now shipping its EVO 16GB and 32GB memory cards in twin packs. There are four new twin packs available in time for Christmas, including the EVO Micro SD Twin Pack 32GB (£44.95), the EVO Micro SD Twin Pack 16GB (£28.95), the EVO SD Twin Pack 32 GB  (£47.95) and the EVO SD Twin Pack 16GB (£28.95). Both EVO cards boast Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) Grade 1 level performance and offer read speeds of up to 48MB/s.

Vanguard Reveals New Products at PhotoPlus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Vanguard are showcasing their latest award-winning products at the annual PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. Their latest tripods, heads and bags are currently on display at the Javits Convention Center (booth #1045) in New York City. The newest additions include the Havana, Oslo, Sedona and Reno bags, and the Alta CA and Espod CX series tripods. Click through / scroll down for more information.

Gary Fong Launch Studio-To-Go Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gary Fong have today introduced their Studio-To-Go range, which is exclusive to the Gary Fong e-store. There are four Studio-To-Go Kits to choose from, each offering the ability to create dramatic studio-like lighting effects in practically any location. These include the Studio-To-Go Wedding & Event Kit, the Studio-To-Go Portrait Kit, the Studio-To-Go Fashion & Commercial Kit and the Studio-To-Go Flash Kit. “The new Studio-To-Go systems are the most complete kits we’ve ever offered. The contents of each were carefully tested and selected to closely replicate the compact systems I use when traveling all over the world photographing and teaching lighting,” Gary Fong said. “Each Kit is supported with countless tutorials to help users master the many techniques. The ultimate goal is to give photographers the confidence to control the light versus the light controlling the photographer.” The Studio-To-Go Wedding & Event Kit is available for $423.95, a $100 savings versus purchasing products separately. The Studio-To-Go Portrait Kit is available for $529.95, a $130 savings. The Studio-To-Go Fashion & Commercial Kit is available for $544.95, a $150 savings. The Studio-To-Go Flash Kit is available for $1021.95, a $250 savings.

Ricoh Theta M15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh have announced the Ricoh Theta M15, a 360-degree camera with built-in Wi-Fi and video recording capabilities. The new model can capture up to 3 minutes of spheircal video footage with no stitch lines. Just like its predecessor, the new Ricoh Theta M15 can also record 360° stills, which can then be shared on the theta360° website. The new camera will be available in a variety of colours from 14th November, priced at £269.99.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fujifilm X100T Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 75 sample images and a 1080p movie taken with a production version of the new Fujifilm X100T camera. We've included the entire ISO range from 100 to 51200.

Successor to the X100S, the Fujifilm X100T has a 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor with on-chip phase detection and a 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/2 lens. The X100T also boasts a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD monitor, a completely silent electronic shutter that is capable of exposures up to 1/32,000sec, and an advanced hybrid viewfinder featuring real-time parallax correction and an electronic rangefinder.

Win 1000Gb of Memory Cards!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with online photography supplies and electronic store, 7DayShop for a 1 terabyte SD Card and Micro SD Card product bundle giveaway featuring:

7 x 128Gb Cards
1 x 64Gb Card
1 x 32Gb Card
1 x 8xGb Card

Worth a total value of £250 for one lucky winner!

Founded in 1998, 7dayshop has become an established household brand and online retailer of photography, electronics and computer accessories.  

7DayShop’s dedicated team of professional buyers source the highest quality products at the most competitive prices for well over a million happy customers. 7DayShop also manufacture own-branded SD memory cards, batteries, ink cartridges, photography accessories and equipment and many other gadgets, household electronic devices and accessories. 

Enter this competition by following 7DayShop and Photography Blog on Facebook and Twitter or by entering your email address.

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Win a Michron Time-Lapse Photography Device!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with Alpine Labs to give away a smartphone-programmable Michron time-lapse device to 5 lucky winners!

The Michron provides an affordable entry point for enthusiast photographers into stationary time-lapse photography.

It connects to the majority of DSLR and mirrorless cameras and are programmed by a simple smartphone interface that enables the user to walk away with their smartphone after programming. This leaves the user free to play with their smartphone while the camera captures the time-lapse footage.

To find out more about Alpine Labs, visit http://alpinelaboratories.com/

Enter this competition by following Alpine Labs and Photography Blog on Facebook and Twitter.

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Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Outdoor Photographer of the Year (OPOTY) 2014 Competition is now open for entry. This year, there are 6 categories including "Light on the Land," "Wildlife Insight," "Light the Adventure," "At the Water's Edge," "Small World" and "Under Exposed." There is an £8 fee for entry into each category. You can enter as many categories as you like, but each entrant is limited to eight images per category per entry fee – you can enter a category more than once if you wish to submit more than eight images to a category. Photographers aged 18 or under can enter their pictures in the "Young OPOTY 2014" contest free of charge. The closing date for entries is 14th December. The overall winner of OPOTY 2014 will be off to the Arctic on the Fjällräven Polar dog sled expedition in spring 2015. As always we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work. Photograph: At The Water's Edge by David Baker

South West Coast Path Photographic Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The organisers are reminding interested photographers that there is still time to enter this year’s South West Coast Path photo contest. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter their best pictures of the Coast Path in this annual photo competition, which closes on 31 December 2014. Prizes include a One Night Luxury Spa Break at Carbis Bay Hotel & Spa, Cornwall and a gift voucher towards products from the website of the contest's professional judge, David Noton.

Macphun Marketplace Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun Software have launched the Macphun Marketplace, and with it, a selection of creative preset and texture packs from some of the world’s leading photographers. Designed to work within Macphun Intensify Pro and Macphun Tonality Pro, these packs promise to give photographers the chance to achieve a similar look and feel in their images as some of finest photographers in the world. “The great photographers often become synonymous with a specific genre or style of photography,” said Paul Muzok, CEO of Macphun. While we can’t teach everyone to recreate those images overnight, implementing a preset or texture from one of your favourite or inspirational photographers can give you that look and feel straight away. “The features in Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro are designed to give the user more creative enhancements than ever before, and these preset packs enhance that capability, all in a simple click.” Preset packs are priced at $5 for 5 and $10 for 10. New sets of presets and textures will be available each month on the Macphun Marketplace along with helpful training materials.

Canon EOS 6D Discontinued?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon Watch reports that Amazon UK now has the Canon EOS 6D listed as "discontinued by the manufacturer." This applies to the body-only configuration as well as the single-zoom kit that comprises the EOS 6D camera and EF 24-105mm f4L USM lens. On the other hand, Amazon US still has the camera listed as current, making us wonder if the company's UK branch simply made a mistake.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD is a new 10.7x wide-angle ultra-zoom lens for Nikon, Canon and Sony 35mm full-frame DSLRs. Offering built-in image stabilisation and splash-proof construction, the Tamron 28-300mm effectively replaces at least three lenses in your camera bag. Read our Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD review to find out if it's worth seriously considering as a do-it-all lens...

CameraPeddler Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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CameraPeddler.com is a new online marketplace designed for photographers. Developed by Jorge Torralba - the man behind ZeissImages.com, JustNEX.com and other photo related sites -, CameraPeddler.com offers the ability to focus strictly on photographic equipment from individuals and trustworthy reliable dealers. "The intent was to develop a site where buyers and sellers can trust each other and feel comfortable with the transactions they engage in while utilising the features of the site," Jorge says. Click through / scroll down for more information.

FinDAC Creates Urban Art Time Lapse

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Autographer has created a three-day timelapse of FinDAC at work on one of his signature pieces of urban art in London. It is the latest entry in Autographer’s Behind the Scenes series — an ongoing project designed to showcase never-before-seen views on some of the best alternative artists’ work. The video was made using four Autographer devices, two of which were mounted overlooking the work and two worn by FinDAC himself, offering a unique perspective of the process. “Organised through a mutual friend and coinciding with the one year anniversary of their business opening my latest project was painting the DayTrue external wall in Maida Vale," FinDAC says. "We wanted to capture the whole thing as a time-lapse, so it was great that Autographer helped out with this." Click through / scroll down see the time-lapse video.