Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Birmingham Photographic Expo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Digital Imaging Show has announced a new three-day event to be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in October 2014. Starting on 4th October, the new Birmingham photographic expo boasts over 20 speakers, 72 hours of Masterclasses and a free-to-attend two-day Trade Show. Over 40 leading photographic companies will be exhibiting and attendees can get hands-on with the latest products from top manufacturers. For more information on The Digital Imaging Show’s Birmingham photographic expo, visit the website below.

USB Type-C Connector Ready for Production

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the completion of the USB Type-C specification that defines the next-generation USB connector. This new cable and connector supports USB performance at SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W. Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector include an entirely new design with reversible plug orientation and cable direction and support for scalable power charging. The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.); however, the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow consumers to use the new connector with their existing products.

Photokina Action Zone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Koelnmesse GmbH has announced a new attraction for photokina 2014, called the Photokina Action Zone, which enables attendees to put the newest action cameras through their paces. There are three special fun attractions on offer: sky-shooting entails “adrenalin junkies” having themselves catapulted high above the exhibition area; Aqua Zorbing (pictured) allows visitors to compete against other action fans while stuck inside a well-padded, water-filled ball; while the bull-riding attraction enables them to find out how steady they are in the saddle, while capturing everything on camera. The Photokina Action Zone is sponsored by Google and SanDisk.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Samsung NX3000 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung NX3000 compact system camera.

The Samsung NX3000 has a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 3-inch flip-up Screen, 5fps continuous shooting, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Olympus Tough TG-3 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a new water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera for 2014. Boasting a fast f2.0 aperture high-speed lens, the 16 megapixel TG-3 also offers built-in wi-fi and GPS connectivity, 1080p HD movies, a 4x zoom lens and a 3 inch OLED screen. Read our Olympus Tough TG-3 review to find out what this all-action camera is capable of...

Manfrotto Presents the Off Road Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has launched its new Off Road collection. The new range features two new products; a pair of walking sticks with camera attachment and a lightweight tripod. The Off Road photographic walking sticks (£79.95) are some of the lightest poles in the market and have been designed for passionate hikers who wish to carry photographic equipment with them wherever they go. One of the pole’s features a rotating camera attachment on top, allowing the stick to easily convert into a monopod whilst walking. The monopod stick can carry a payload up to 2.5kg/5.51lbs with a max height of 132.5cm. The Off Road tripod (£119.95, pictured) is the lightest tripod in the Manfrotto range, weighing just 650gr/1.43lbs. The tripod has a diameter of just 5cm and is easily portable with a closed length of 55.5cm yet max height of 122cm. The ball head is made of aluminium and holds a payload up to 2.5kg/5.51lbs.

Post Photos Stored on your Computer Directly to Instagram

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Younity today announced the ability to publish any photo stored on a computer directly to Instagram via the younity iOS app. Until now, Instagram users could only publish photos to the social network if those photos were stored on their smartphones. This release enables users to easily publish any photo, stored on any computer they own, directly to their Instagram account from their iPhone or iPad. "Posting old or remote photos to Instagram is easy," the company said. "Once younity is installed on your computers, it will discover all the photos stored on those computers and external hard drives. Then, simply open younity on your mobile device, browse to any photo you’ve ever taken and select the Post to Instagram button."

British Life Photography Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The British Life Photography Awards is now open for entries. Covering everything from; street life, rural life, portraiture and a special award for the best documentary feature, the awards celebrate British life and culture, whilst also highlighting the relevance and importance of photography to raise awareness and inform. With an overall prize fund worth over £10,000 sponsored by Sony, winners and commended entrants will have their work displayed in a national touring exhibition and book published by Ilex Press. The closing date for entries is 20th September. For more information, visit the website below.

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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MXcamera has announced The Dark Knight, a Pro version of the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens. The new lens features improved lens coating, a smaller 58mm filter thread and a new bayonet lens hood to minimise flare. For more information, visit MXcamera's Facebook page.

SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SanDisk have released their high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive that delivers exceptional performance in a tiny form factor. "As a leader in the flash storage space, our goal has always been to deliver the best, most reliable products," said Philippe Willams, director of product marketing, SanDisk. "While there are other USB 3.0 products on the market, SanDisk's Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive offers consumers superior performance and impressive capacity in an extremely compact design." Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for $39.99, $69.99 and $109.99 respectively; the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive provides up to 130MB/s read speeds, features SanDisk SecureAccess software to keep private files safe with password protection and 128-bit encryption, and includes a year’s subscription to RescuePRO software to recover lost or corrupted files.

Forever Announces New Pricing for Permanent Cloud Storage

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Photo sharing company Forever has announced new pricing for its cloud storage service. The company is now offering 10 gigabytes of permanent sharable storage for a monthly fee of $4, with the 100GB option costing $11 per month. Beyond just sharable storage, these monthly subscriptions include toll-free telephone support, access to all Forever apps across multiple hardware and software platforms, ownership of a custom subdomain (usually based on the member’s name) and inclusion in the Forever Guarantee. Forever's monthly “subscription to own” packages are paid over 120 months. A 40% discount is offered to those who prefer to make an up-front, one-time payment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lomography Konstruktor F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Konstruktor, a do-it-yourself 35mm film camera from Lomography, is now available with a PC sync terminal. "For flash photography, all you need to do is add the Konstruktor Flash Accessory Kit which includes a Hot-Shoe Adaptor for use with any hot shoe flash, PC to Fritz the Blitz Flash Adaptor Cable and a DIY Flash bracket plus a flash to your new hand crafted camera," the company says. The Lomography Konstruktor F camera is available for £33.00, with the Konstruktor F flash accesory kit costing £16.90.

Julie Blackmon: Homegrown

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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From 4 September - 26 October 2014, the The Photographers' Gallery will be hosting Homegrown, the debut UK exhibition by celebrated American artist Julie Blackmon. Following her previously acclaimed series Domestic Vacations (2008), Homegrown(2009 - 2014) continues to explore Blackmon’s interest with both the harmony and disarray of everyday life. Informed by her personal experiences, Blackmon’s photographs are dominated by vibrant colours, graphic features and patterns. "The stress, chaos and need to simultaneously escape and connect are issues that I investigate in this body of work," Blackmon said. "Caught in a swirl of soccer practices, play dates and work we must still create the space to find ourselves. These issues as well as generational shifts in parenting styles are what I try and explore in these photographs." The gallery is located at 16-18 Ramilliers Street, London.

Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital is the new, top-of-the-range flash unit from Metz, featuring 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 Canon and Nikon versions are already available for £375, with versions for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax and Sony expected to hit the shelves after Photokina 2014.

swivelCard

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The swivelCard is a new type of "smart" business card, which was developed with professional photographers in mind. Made of regular paper, this revolutionary card doubles as a USB drive when folded in a certain way, and provides a link to your online portfolio when inserted into a USB port on your computer. What's more, a nifty analytics system allows you to access helpful information about your cards and how they are being used through a back-end software interface. Plus, remote access to your swivelCard gives you many opportunities to continue interacting with the card's recipient. "With the back-end interface you'll be able to log in to your account and remotely make changes to the destination," the inventors say. "This can be done individually for each specific card." For more information, visit the project's Kickstarter page.

PPA International Photographic Competition Results Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has announced the results of its international photographic competition. A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total entries from August 4-7 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection — the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the “Loan Collection” book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press. To view full results of the contest, head to the website below.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fujifilm FinePix XP70 Review

Jack Baker
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP70 is a tough water, freeze, shock and dust proof 16 megapixel compact camera. The XP70 also offers built-in wi-fi, 10fps burst shooting, 1080i HD movies, a 5x zoom lens and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Read our expert Fujifilm FinePix XP70 review now...

New PicStop Competition: Cities

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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PicStop has launched a new photographycompetition. The theme of the contest is “Cities” and each entrant may submit up to three photos, complete with titles and descriptions. Images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 300 kilobytes in size. The deadline for entries is 3 October 2014. The first prize is a Thomas Cook City Break Travel Voucher worth £399. As always we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.

Website: PicStop

Leica Summicron-S 2/100mm ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Leica Summicron-S 2/100 mm ASPH. is a fast short telephoto lens for the Leica S system. Designed for portrait, glamour and available-light photography, the Leica Summicron-S 2/100 mm ASPH. features 7 elements in 5 groups and a maximum aperture of f/2. The dust- and splashproof lens has a close-focus point of 70cm and weighs in at 910g. Available from mid-September, the Leica Summicron-S 2/100 mm ASPH. has an RRP of €6,500.

Via Photoscala

David Levene: Eyewitness

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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From Wednesday, 2 September until Sunday, 26 October 2014, the new flagship Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road will host a free exhibition of images by Guardian photographer David Levene. The Guardian’s pioneering Eyewitness series was revolutionary when it was introduced in full colour across the centre spread of the newspaper in 2005. Now the only daily print photo feature of this size in the British press, the hugely popular Eyewitness series continues showcase some of the world’s best news photography. Levene has had over 120 photographs featured in the daily slot, and has now chosen ten of his favourites for this exhibition. Each photograph has been blown up to over 1.5m across, allowing viewers to experience these images on a scale at which they have never been seen before. This will be the second exhibition in The Gallery at Foyles, located on the fifth floor of the new Foyles bookshop at 107 Charing Cross Road, and curated by Futurecity to celebrate ‘the word’ in all its forms.