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Friday, April 29, 2016

London’s Air Ambulance Launches Photo Contest

London’s Air Ambulance has launched a photography competition calling on the public to submit photos of its iconic helicopters and rapid-response car fleet to fill its 2017 Charity Calendar. “We receive so many fantastic photos from members of the public who kindly donate them for the charity’s use,” says Mark Davies, Director of Development at London’s Air Ambulance. “This competition is now a great opportunity for people to showcase their work more widely, while at the same time raising money.” Photographers have until Friday, 22nd July to enter their work, and the best photos will be picked by a judging panel made up of London’s Air Ambulance staff. To be eligible, all photos must have been taken in 2016 and must be submitted via e-mail. Money raised from the sale of the calendar will help the charity, which delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London.

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Pictar Plus for iPhone 6 Plus

As their Kickstarter campaign for the Pictar Camera Grip has reached its stretch goal of $150,000; Miggo have decided to offer an additional, dedicated Pictar model for the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus smartphones. Billed as "probably the best iPhone camera-grip ever built," Pictar brings SLR-style controls - such as a physical shutter release and an exposure compensation wheel - as well as a tripod socket, a "smart wheel" and a zoom ring, to Apple's flagship smartphones.The new accessory is designed to communicate with the iPhone via a dedicated camera app which unlocks key features inaccessible on the native app to iPhone users. Each of the physical controls found on Pictar drive a specific function or setting and does so using high-frequency dual tone sounds. Each physical control is assigned a specific tone, and with each turn of a dial, press of a button or turn of a wheel, Pictar emits a sound that – when detected by the app – generates a corresponding action. The high-frequency dual tone (18,500 – 20,000 khz) is inaudible to the human ear and significantly increases battery life when compared to Bluetooth connectivity. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to Pictar's Kickstarter project page.

Manfrotto TwistGrip

Manfrotto has launched a new universal smartphone clamp. Devised for everyone who has embraced smartphone photography as a way of life, the Manfrotto TwistGrip is a high-quality aluminium accessory featuring a ¼” thread adapter to connect to any photographic support and cold-shoe lighting connection to allow integration with an LED light.The clamp’s twist movement and locking knob secure the smartphone in the right position in a just a few easy steps, so it stays safe, regardless of the shooting perspective.TwistGrip is priced at £39.95 and will be available from Apple UK and Manfrotto UK.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Leica has officially announced the Leica M-D digital rangefinder camera - the first serial production model of the digital M family to be made without an LCD screen. The standard location of the display on the back of the camera is taken by a very retro looking ISO sensitivity setting dial. "Concentrating entirely on the key parameters required for photography: shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity, the Leica M-D focuses the user on the most essential aspect – the picture they are taking – and brings back the anticipation of discovering the results later in the process, as when shooting with film," the company said in a statement. The Leica M-D features a 24-megapixel CMOS full-frame sensor, and supports neither video recording nor Live View. Exposures are captured exclusively as raw data in DNG format, enabling photographers to apply the required adjustments in post-processing. The barely audible shutter of the Leica M-D ensures the camera is inconspicuous when shooting: an invaluable advantage in scenarios where the photographer wishes to remain unobtrusive. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is particularly quiet in single-exposure mode. The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is scheduled to be available from Leica stores and authorised Leica dealers in the UK in May 2016, at a suggested retail price of £4,650 including VAT.

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Tamron Lenses Selected As Winners Of Two Design Awards

Tamron has announced that its SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) have now won the "iF Design Award 2016" and the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016." Established in 1953 and conferred by Industry Forum Design (iF), the iF Design Award covers the 7 categories of "Product", "Packaging", "Communication", "Interior Architecture", "The disciplines of Architecture", "Service design", and "Professional Concept." The "Red Dot Design Award" is an international award established in 1955 and conferred by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The award comprises 3 categories including "Product Design", "Communication Design", and "Design Concept."

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Sigma MC-11 Lens Mount Converter Now Available in the US

Sigma Corporation of America has announced the immediate availability of its new Global Vision MC-11 Lens Mount Converter. Retailing for an MSRP of $249, the new MC-11 gives Sony E-mount camera users access to 15 high-performance Sigma Canon Mount (EF) and Sigma Mount (SA) Global Vision lenses. The converter features an internal control data system that automatically optimizes performance of AF drive, aperture control and other critical lens functions such as brightness and correct transverse chromatic aberration, distortion and more. The integrated flocking helps prevent internal reflections and reduction in lens performance, whilst the built-in MC-11 LED display lets users know if the attached Sigma lens is compatible and if it needs to be updated. The Sigma lens can be updated from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock.

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New Leica M-D (Typ 262) Appears at UK Retailer

London-based Leica specialists Red Dot Camera are listing the as-yet-unannounced Leica M-D (Typ 262) for £4,650 (including VAT)  on their website. The 24-megapixel Leica M-D, billed as "the purest form of the manual digital rangefinder," forgoes the - otherwise ubiquitous - LCD screen and other "extras" we have come to take granted in a modern digital camera, such as video recording and WiFi. The camera's spartan rear plate features only the viewfinder eyepiece, a thumb-operated control wheel and a very retro-looking ISO speed dial with markings from ISO 200 to ISO 6,400, in 1/3-stop increments. The lack of an LCD screen means users will have to make do without live view, image playback and a menu system - just like in the film era. Meanwhile, a German Leica specialist has shared the camera's retail price in euros (€5,995 including VAT and shipping - within Germany, we presume) and a few additional specifications. Accroding to Leica Boutique Dresden, the camera has a 23.9x35.8mm sensor with 5976x3992 pixels and records images in losslessly compressed raw DNG format. The camera supports 6-bit encoding for M-mount lenses from 16mm to 135mm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CameraBag Cinema

Nevercenter today released CameraBag Cinema, a new tool for 4K+ video filtering, colour correction, and film emulation for Mac. Key features include advanced curve-based colour and light adjustments, more than 200 fully adjustable presets, dozens of motion and still film stock emulations, tile-based adjustments, batch processing capabilities, and much more. CameraBag Cinema is priced at $99, with a significant launch sale of 40% off, so early adopters can get it for just $59.

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Polaroid LED Lights

The Polaroid LED camera/camcorder video lighting line is now available for purchase. The range includes the Polaroid 350 ultra-high-powered, dual-colour LED video light wih barndoors ($159.99, pictured), the Polaroid 312 ($139.95) and Polaroid 144 ($99.95) camcorder LED lights and the flashgun-mountable Polaroid 102 LED dimmable video light ($39.95). All four products are available from Amazon.

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Macphun Release Filters for Photos

Macphun have just released a new free app, Filters for Photos. The new software works as a Photos for Mac extension as well as standalone software; it gives users the ability to add sketch, analogue vintage, and many other filters to their photos in a single click. Available exclusively from the MacPhun Store, Filters for Photos introduces 30 creative filters from sketch to oil painting, vintage to rainbow palette. Users can adjust and tweak every filter, plus apply the filters to a certain part of the photo, quickly export their creations to other photo editors, or share via social media and e-mail.

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