Monday, September 15, 2014

Samsung NX1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung NX1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung NX1 compact system camera.

Samsung 50-150mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens.

Samsung NX1 and 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS Lens

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The Samsung NX1 is a new compact system camera designed for the expert photographer. Boasting fantastic image quality, remarkable fast AF system and ease of use, the Samsung NX1 features best in class 15FPS continuous AF shooting, a unique Auto Focus (AF) System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points, a 28MP APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor for superior image quality, a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body, and 4K video recording. The Samsung NX1 will cost £1299 body-only, release date to be confirmed.

Samsung have also announced the new 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens, a high end, premium telephoto lens perfectly matched with the NX1. Price and availability to be confirmed.

Win a Vanguard Alta Pro AB100!

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

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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Vanguard Alta Pro AB100

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Vanguard Alta Pro AB100 combines the Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH-100 ball head, providing unmatched stability and flexibility and enabling more shooting angles than ever before.

Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1, Firmware 2.0 Upgrade, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, 1.4x Teleconvertor

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Olympus has announced a silver OM-D E-M1, version 2.0 firmware upgrade, super-fast 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens and 1.4x teleconverter booster. The 2.0 firmware upgrade delivers tethered shooting, on-camera Digital Shift and Live Composite. The extremely fast M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO (80-300mm*) is available with a booster for ultra-high zoom photography: the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter.

The silver Olympus E-M1 upgrade goes on sale in early October – at £1099.99 for the body only, or £1799.99 in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The new 40-150mm PRO zoom lens and 1.4x Teleconverter both follow in early November. The Olympus 40-150mm lens will cost £1299.99 with the 1.4x teleconverter priced at £299.99. Alternatively, they will be available together for £1499.99.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm Black

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 lens is now available in a classic black metal finish. The black Olympus 12mm lens will be available from late September for £739.99.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7 Lenses

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Zhongyi Optics have announced two new lenses, the 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7, for mirrorless cameras. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens features an incredibly fast aperture of f/1.2, making it ideally suited for low-light conditions shooting, greater control over selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Lens is a fast prime wide-angle lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it ideally suited for everyday shooting applications. The recommended retail price of the 42.5mm f/1.2 is $359 and the 24mm f/1.7 is $289.

Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light offers a new level of power for photographers on the move. Use TTL to shoot during fast moving events like weddings. Shoot on-location, under the harsh sun and control ambient light with high speed sync. Shoot wide-open with shutter speeds up to 1/8000s. The built-in Phottix Odin Receiver for Canon and Nikon makes the Indra500 TTL easy to control and trigger.

The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Indra Battery Pack and Indra AC Adapter will be available in October 2014. A Indra 500 TTL Light and Battery Set will be priced at $1295 USD.

Epson Expression Photo XP-860

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014, Printers
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The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 printer delivers ultra-powerful performance in an ultra-slim design. Ideal for families and photo enthusiasts, the Expression Photo XP-860 outputs stunning, professional-quality photos with smooth gradations and amazing skin tones – up to 8" x 10" borderless – with six-color Claria Photo HD Inks. It also comes equipped with Epson Connect for the ability to access, print and scan documents, photos, emails, and web pages from a tablet, smartphone or computer. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 ($299.99) is now available via select photo and other specialty retailers.

Profoto Air Remote TTL-N

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The Profoto Air Remote TTL-N allows Nikon shooters to do TTL metering with the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Air Remote TTL-N is a small, wireless radio transmitter that attaches to the Nikon camera’s hotshoe. Attaching the unit enables TTL metering with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N can also be used to manually control and sync the B1 or any other Profoto flash with Air built-in. Air Remote TTL-N is sold separately. The recommended sales price is €295 / $395. The already released Air Remote TTL-C has the same price.

Lowepro Updates Professional Trekker Series

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Lowepro has unveiled the newest generation of its beloved expedition backpacks from the Professional Collection: the Trekker Series. "Trekker is our largest capacity backpack line, so our number one goal in refreshing the design was to improve the premium suspension system and offer a best-in-class solution for carrying a heavy load," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. The new Pro Trekker 650 AW ($429.95), Pro Trekker 450 AW ($379.95) and Lens Trekker 600 AW III ($299.95) offer improved comfort, superior protection and a versatile organization system.

Lowepro ProTactic Professional Camera Backpack

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Lowepro ProTactic Series is a groundbreaking, professional camera backpack. These packs are built for photojournalists, documentary photographers and urban shooters who rely on mission-critical access and on-the-fly versatility to get them behind the lines and into the action. "From the design table to field testing, ProTactic has generated more energy and excitement internally than any other product I've been involved with," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. "We can't wait to see where photographers take it and how they'll set it up." The Pro Tactic 450 AW costs $249.95 and the ProTactic 350 AW $199.95.

Lowepro Toploader Pro

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The Lowepro Toploader Pro is a new compact and flexible toploading camera bag. Sports, event and active photographers will benefit from the updated features, including four wearing options. "We looked at how people carry and work with their bags and designed a flexibility strap and harness system that lets photographers wear it four ways," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. The Toploader Pro 75 AW II costs $99.95 and the Toploader Pro 70 AW II $89.95.

Lowepro Hardside Series

Mark Goldstein
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The Lowepro Hardside Series is a game-changing line of impact-protective, hard case solutions. Tested to a rating of IP67, which translates to 100% protection against the ingress of dust and sand, and makes it watertight for at least 30 minutes under 15cm to 1m of water, these hardworking cases double up on protection and versatility with a tough outer shell of formed ABS resin and a removable, soft-sided insert with a padded divider system. The Hardside 400 Photo retials for $249.95, the Hardside 300 Photo £199.95, and the Hardside 200 Video $169.95.

JOBY Professional Photographer Accessories

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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JOBY has unveiled four versatile, durable and compact accessories for professional photographers that help improve workflow and increase efficiency. The Pro Sling Strap ($69.95) is a low profile, high-strength camera strap designed for professional DSLRs with zoom lenses and battery grips. The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate ($49.95) is a useful combination of a streamlined hand strap and universal quick-release plate. GorillaPod Focus + Ballhead X ($149.95) is the strongest and largest GorillaPod, designed with the professional photographer in mind. The Flash Clamp & Locking Arm ($39.95) helps transform everyday objects into lighting assistants.

JOBY Suction Cup & Locking Arm and Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The JOBY Suction Cup & Locking Arm and Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm are two new accessories for GoPro and action cam shooters. Scheduled to launch in November, they deliver fast set-ups, unique perspectives and provide the ultimate hold on all kinds of smooth surfaces. The Suction Cup & Locking Arm will retail for $39.95, while the Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm will cost $29.95.

Friday, September 12, 2014

G-Speed Studio XL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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G-Technology today announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL, which holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200rpm hard drives. Offfering up to 1,350MB/s performance in RAID 0, the G-Speed Studio XL Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a high-quality, black enclosure with integrated cooling technology. It also supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to boost storage speeds. The G-Speed Studio XL will be available in November in capacities of 24TB for $3,599.95, 32TB for $4,599.95, 40TB for $5,499.95, 48TB for $5,999.95 and 64TB for $6,999.95.

Nikon Remote Camera System

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Nikon will exhibit its remote camera system at IBC and Photokina 2014. Developed by Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) as professional equipment for the imaging industry, this remote camera system uses Nikon’s digital camera and imaging solutions and MRMC’s robotic heads. Nikon has been working with MRMC in the UK for some time, allowing professional photographers to use remote systems set up at major sporting events such as Wimbledon and The Open Golf Championship, as well as at some of the world’s other big sporting events. Earlier this year the partners installed a bespoke remote set-up using Nikon DSLR cameras in the London Live studio, the first 24-hour entertainment TV channel dedicated to London. The studio operates a fully automated set-up using the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 cameras and a nine axis, state of the art, custom-made robotic arm to produce the desired full-frame 35mm cinematic effect.

Nikon European Film Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Nikon today announced the inaugural Nikon European Film Festival in association with Raindance and Asia Argento (pictured). The contest challenges enthusiasts and film professionals alike to create a short film of up to 140 seconds in length around the theme ‘A Different Perspective’. Asia Argento, Chair of the Jury for the Nikon European Film Festival and award winning Italian actress and director commented “I’m thrilled to be part of the Nikon European Film Festival and look forward to judging the incredibly well-thought out creatives that the short, 140 second format demands. Modern technology has opened up filmmaking to more people than ever before and Nikon, inspiring established and breakthrough talents alike, is an increasingly influential part of this development.” The Grand Prix winner as selected by the judges will receive a Nikon D810 and an all-expenses-paid, one week networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. Click through / read on for the details.