Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual by Rico Pfirstinger is a new title from Rocky Nook. Providing experience-based information for owners of the Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera, this new book focuses on insights that you won’t find in the manual, skipping tedious explanations of basic camera functions and operations. Instead, Rico cuts to the chase and provides readers with a plethora of tips and practical instructions that will enable them to fully explore the capabilities of the X-E2. The 130-page ebook is available from the website below, priced at $16.95.

Manfrotto Befree Carbon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today launched Befree Carbon, a new product in the Befree range of tripods. The carbon fibre version, devoted to hobbyists who love to travel, is now lighter but still fast to set up and intuitive to use, the company says. Its weight is only 1.1kg and its foldable legs, packed tightly, reach a folded length of just 40cm, thanks to an exclusive mechanism and to the ballhead's compact Quick Release Adapter. It can be comfortably carried everywhere thanks to its extra cushioned carry bag that protects it from any unintentional damage. The Manfrotto Befree Carbon tripod is available now for £279.95.

Toshiba Canvio Alu

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba today announced the Canvio Alu portable hard drive, which features a shock sensor as well as USB 3.0 and ramp loading technologies. Available in black or silver, the Canvio Alu boasts a compact design, encased in a stylish aluminium chassis for high durability. It comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. and features intuitive NTI software to automatically back up and restore up to 2TB of your files and folders. The new Canvio Alu will be available for purchase from September, with a price starting at £43.00.

Color Confidence Announce Active Colour Training Dates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Color Confidence has announced dates for two Active Colour Training events designed to teach photographers about colour management. The next event will take place in Manchester on 25 September, followed by a training session in Birmingham on 19 November 2014. Each event will feature 8 exhibitors including X-Rite, NEC, DxO, EIZO, Macphun Software, Epson, TECCO and Manfrotto; a keynote speech from Richard Curtis, Principal Solutions Consultant at Adobe; and the opportunity to enter into a competition to win an all-expenses-paid photo week in Iceland. There will also be special offers and discounts on the day. The events are each priced at £25. This is refundable on purchase of a product on the day. The price also includes lunch and refreshments. To register for either event, visit the website below.

HDRinstant Version 1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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HDRlog has released the first update to hte standalone version of its HDRinstant software. Version 1 brings new features such as a tool to help you choose the sharpest image, user tone-mapping presets, image sharpening and adjustment tools. The innovative technology behind the program allows the user to create an HDR image from video footage, and its anti-ghosting capability removes motion blur when creating HDR images from several frames. After importing your video clip, you can extract as many images as possible, then select your favorite frame. HDRinstant will stack the frames and apply a special morphing algorithm to build the final HDR photograph.  The Mac and Windows versions can be downloaded from the website below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sony Asia Pacific has introduced a new digital camera that looks like a perfume bottle. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 has a 1/2.3"-type, 19.2-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS imager, a 21mm (eq.) f/2 lens mounted on a 180-degree swivel to facilitate the capture of self-portraits, and a large high-definition, high-contrast, 3.3 Type OLED screen with approximately 1,299k dots. Key highlights include a Beauty Effect mode, Flick Touch Shutter, NFC, Wi-Fi and remote shooting via a compatible smartphone or tablet computer. The Cyber-shot DSC-KW11 comes in four colours (White, Pink, Green and Violet) and will be available in Asia Pacific from October 2014 onwards. Currently, there is no word on US/EU availability and pricing.

Pickture Reaches 100,000 Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pickture, a photographic contest app for Android and iOS, has now reached over 100,000 Instagrammers through a series of collaborations. Initially released to a key group of high-volume Instagram users, the intuitive app activates the capabilities of Instagram to provide users with a platform to share their images, be immersed inphotography and have the chance to win a range of prizes. Pickture adopts a multi-platform approach by putting winners in the spotlight both within the app and on its own Instagram account. This provides users a chance to not only be rewarded for their images through prizes, but also with a chance to build their network of followers as they are exposed to a wide audience. Through celebrating the winners, Pickture also enables users to connect with and discover others who hold the same creative interests. You can download the app from the website below.

Chicago Portraits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Chicago Portraits is a new book featuring an assortment of photographic portraits compiled from the Chicago Tribune’s vast historical archives. The photos are a mix of black and white and full-colour, drawn from the early 1900s to the present day. Notable subjects include Jim Belushi, Oprah Winfrey, Studs Terkel, Rev. Jesse Jackson, John Malkovich, Harold Washington, Walter Payton, Billy Corgan, Vince Vaughn, Gillian Flynn, Tavi Gevinson, John C. Reilly, Tracy Letts, members of the Chicago Blackhawks, Barack and Michelle Obama, and many more. The 288-page volume will go on sale on 15 September, priced at $35.

Canon Pixma iP110

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The Canon Pixma iP110 is a slim, single-function printer that produces quality prints, from clear crisp documents to vibrant photos, fast. Replacing the current Pixma iP100. the iP1110 comes with a range of new connectivity features, including Wi-Fi and cloud printing. Compatible with Google Cloud Print and Apple Air Print, the Canon Pixma iP110 supports Canon’s Pixma Printing Solutions app. The iP110 prints at up to 9600dpi resolution, with print speeds of 5.8ipm for colour and 9.0ipm for mono prints, and produces a 4x6 borderless photo in approximately 53 seconds. The printer will be available from October 2014 with an RRP of  £279.99/€329.99.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1 Camera Winner

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We've teamed up with CameraWorld to give away a fantastic Fujifilm X-T1 camera with a 18‑55mm f2.8‑4 LM R OIS lens!

The lucky winner is Jackson Anderson. Congratulations!

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CanoScan LiDE 120 and LiDE 220

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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In addition to the new Pixma all-in-one printers, Canon has also announced a refresh to its CanoScan range with two new devices, LiDE 120 and LiDE 220. The CanoScan LiDE 120 (£69.99/€79.99) is a stylish LiDE scanner that replaces the current LiDE 110. Thanks to a CIS sensor, it delivers a scan resolution of 2400x4800dpi and produces an A4 300dpi scan in 16 seconds. Replacing the LiDE 210, the CanoScan LiDE 220 (£89.99/€109.99) includes an additional fifth EZ button, which provides users with the ability to create a multipage PDF document without returning to their PC. The device delivers scans with a resolution of 4800x4800dpi, thanks to the CIS sensor, and can produce an A4 300dpi scan in 10 seconds. Both models will be available in September.

Light Architect Magazine Presents “Euphoria”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Light Architect Magazine has announced its 'Euphoria' photography competition. The theme is deliberately open to interpretation. "To us, Euphoria stands for a manifesto for optimism in photography," the editors say. "The contest will be open until September the 6th, 2014 when we will select 10 to 15 portfolios to be featured in our paper edition. Photographers may also win a lifelong premium account with Infinit and an online gallery on LeBook.com." For more information, visit the website below.

Leica Camera UK Announces M Part-Exchange Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica Camera UK is offering existing Leica M owners the opportunity to part-exchange their current M body for the Leica M (Typ 240). “We are really excited to be able to offer this M part-exchange to our Leica M owners,” says Jason Heward, General Manager at Leica Camera. “Our owners have been requesting this service for some time and it’s great that we are finally able to meet this need. This year marks 60 years of Leica M photography, so whether it’s inspiring M analogue users to go digital, or simply upgrading to the latest digital M, we hope that it provides a good opportunity for photographers considering the M (Typ 240).”

Cactus V6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Cactus V6 is the world's first non-TTL wireless trigger that works on any camera with a standard hot-shoe or PC sync port to remotely control the power output of Canon, Nikon and Pentax’s system flashes – all at the same time. The nifty radio trigger can adjust power levels in 0.1EV increments - even if your flash does not offer that option -, and offers a well-thought user interface that allows easyt multi-group power output control for up to four groups of flashguns. "We have profiled more than 30 popular flash models across a wide range of brands so that the V6 can precisely control their output levels," the company says. "With this unique feature, photographers can remotely control the flash power of various flash models, even of different brands." The V6 can directly control a Cactus RF60 set to Slave mode using RF60’s built-in radio transceiver. Besides controlling power remotely in single and multiple groups, the V6 can also adjust the zoom level of the RF60 easily by pressing the adjustment wheel and swap control between power and zoom. The Cactus V6 transceiver is available for $59.95.

Samsung UD970

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung has introduced its first-ever professional ultra-high-definition monitor, called the Samsung UD970. Each UD970 monitor undergoes rigorous calibration in the factory, enabling smooth, precise colour gradation, as well as clear colour in grayscale and white balance. The factory-calibrated engine delivers uniform, consistent colour across the entire screen with a 16-bit look-up table (LUT). The result is that the UD970 maintains smoother gradation that adjusts the colour without reduction so that it maximises the monitor’s capabilities. The monitor’s unique hardware calibration technology provides a best-in-class colour precision and accuracy of ΔE≤ 1.0, the company says. A quad-window picture-by-picture (PBP) function supports up to four FHD windows on one screen simultaneously, while a dual windows PBP function enables the monitor to be connected to two PCs and have two individual native resolutions showing. A separate picture-in-picture (PiP) 2.0 function displays a separate PiP content feed on screen. The 31.5-inch UD970 has a 10-bit panel capable of displaying over 1 billion colours, and covers 99.5% of the Adobe RGB colour space.

Casio Exilim EX-ZR50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Casio has announced a new, Wi-Fi enabled digital compact camera with 10x optical zoom. The 16.1-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-ZR50 has a 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor, an optically stabilised 25-250mm equivalent lens, a 5cm macro mode, a 921,000-dot, 3" rear display that tilts upward by up to 180°, and Full HD video recording capabilities. The camera will be available from 12 September 2014 at an estimated retail price of 40,000 yen (£235/$385).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Canon Pixma MG7520, MG6620 and MG5620

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon has added 3 new wireless AiO models to its Pixma range of inkjet printers. The top-of-the-line Canon Pixma MG7520 (£189.99/€229.99/$199.99, pictured) features advanced media handling with a dual front tray, direct disc printing and six individual ink tanks producing output at a maximum color resolution of 9600x2400dpi. Sporting a compact footprint, the printer has a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen with the Canon Intelligent Touch System for easy viewing and navigating of menus and images. New to this model is PIXMA Touch & Print (Active NFC), which allows users with compatible Android mobile devices that are registered with PPS to simply open the PPS app, touch the NFC Tag on the top of the printer while viewing the picture, and begin printing without the need for Wi-Fi. The Canon Pixma MG6620 (£139.99/€169.99/$149.99) features a Passive NFC version of PIXMA Touch & Print technology, with similar functionality as Active NFC except that both the mobile device and printer will have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order to print. The Pixma MG5620 (£99.99/€119.99/$99.99) utilises five individual ink tanks, four of which are colour and photo-dedicated while there is a separate pigment black ink dedicated to text. The 2.5-inch touchscreen allows easy access to printer functions including PIXMA Cloud Link and Google Cloud Print

Metz Announce US Pricing for Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Metz USA have revealed the suggested retail price of their new Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital flash unit. Announced two weeks ago, the Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital features a zoomable tilt-swivel head and a secondary flash tube for on-axis fill. The guide number is 64 in metres at ISO 100 at the 200mm flash head position (translating into a GN of 43 @ 50mm). Key highlights include a new large, auto-rotating, full-colour touchscreen; HSS, servo, automatic and TTL flash modes; 1st and 2nd-curtain synchronisation; a modelling light and a newly-developed motorised zoom mechanism that makes the mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital capable of properly illuminating focal lengths ranging from 24 to 200mm. The flash also incorporates a new RAPID function, enabling photographers to shorten recycle times in fast paced situations. The US MSRP is $499.99.

Website: Metz

Hasselblad H5D-200c MS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Via its official Instagram channel (!), Hasselblad has introduced a new multi-shot camera called the Hasselblad H5D-200c Multi-Shot. Just like the existing Hasselblad H4D-200MS, the new camera has a 50-megapixel sensor and utilises Hasselblad’s patented piezo frame module, which captures a series of shots of the same subject and combines them into a 200-megapixel file. The main difference is the Hasselblad H5D-200c MS has a CMOS chip instead of a CCD, which offers a much wider sensitivity range and exposure times as long as 12 minutes. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Leica M-P

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has today announced a new digital rangefinder camera. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the new Leica M-P (not to be confused with the Leica MP film camera) offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features. According to Leica, the ‘P’ in the product name indicates the "particularly discreet and enduring design concept with which the Leica M-P joins the line of Leica M-Cameras." Instead of the red Leica logo, the M-P is graced only with a "discreetly classical" Leica script, making it "noticeably unnoticeable," the company says. The full-frame, 24-megapixel Leica M-P features a 2GB buffer (upgraded from 1GB on the Leica M), a sapphire glass LCD cover and a frame selection lever with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be projected into the viewfinder to simulate subject framing. The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for the focal lengths 28 and 90mm, 35 and 135mm or 50 and 75mm. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $7949.95.