Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

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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.

Canon Takes its Imaging Solutions to PhotoPlus Expo 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon will demonstrate its latest digital camera optics and printer lineup, including the recently announced EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera (pictured) at PhotoPlus Expo 2014. Visitors to the Canon booth can try the powerful new EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full line of Canon EOS and Cinema EOS cameras, EF and CN-E lenses, Canon’s professional and consumer camcorders, and the latest in PowerShot cameras including the new PowerShot G7 X. Canon will continue its Live Learning Stage educational series with a combination of lectures and live photo shoots featuring professional photographers, videographers and Canon Explorers of Light. Professionals such as Scott Kelby, Alex Buono, Peter Read Miller, Adam Jones and Michele Celentano will discuss and demonstrate their personal expertise and share their experience with audiences. Canon will also host demonstrations of portrait lighting using Canon’s Speedlite system, time lapse video shooting, 4K video for still-frame output to Pixma Pro 100 and imagePROGRAF iPF6400 printers, and an EOS 7D Mark II demonstration. PhotoPlus Expo 2014 will take place from 30th October to 1st November in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Pixelmator for iPad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator for iPad, an image editor featuring advanced editing tools such as layers, non-destructive layer styles and a collection of professional-grade selection tools. "We are super excited to introduce a powerful, fast, yet very easy-to-use image editor that has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance images on iPad. It looks amazing, and it's a real iOS 8 app," said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. "We think everyone, creators at home and professional image editors, will find Pixelmator for iPad incredibly useful, capable and fun." Pixelmator is $4.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Tamron Produces 5 Millionth High-power Zoom Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron announced that it had produced a total of 5 million high-power zoom lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras as of September 30, 2014. Ever since Tamron released the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical, the company has continued to develop innovative high-power zoom lenses, supporting digital SLR cameras, incorporating VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanisms, and implementing the PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic motor. At present, Tamron has a wide lineup of high-power zoom lenses supporting various camera formats. In particular, during 2014, the company has released the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016) for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras with a world-first*2 18.8x zoom, the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010) supporting full-frame digital SLR cameras, and the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (Model C001) for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sony A7S Used to Capture Stunning Astrophotography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Photographer Andrew Whyte used the Sony A7S to capture a series of stunning images at some of the 92 Dark Sky Sites and parks across the United Kingdom. Andrew, who specialises in long-exposure photography, used the Sony A7S on a series of overnight shoots in Northumberland National Park and the Brecon Beacons (one of only five areas in the world granted International Dark Sky Reserve status). “As a long-exposure photographer, I’m always searching for equipment which renders great detail while allowing me the largest range of creative potential. I’ve been truly blown away by the image quality I can capture in low light using the Sony A7S," Whyte says. "The shots are incredibly low noise, and the camera’s sensitivity opens up so many possibilities for the photographer.”

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review

Jack Baker
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The new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS super-zoom camera has an astonishing 65x lens with a massive focal range of 21-1365mm. The Canon SX60 HS also offers a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, 6.4fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and full 1080p HD movies. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review to find out if it's the ultimate do-it-all camera...

Pronto Fast Charge Battery Pack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Power Practical has launched a Kickstarter campaign to hekp fund the commercialisation of its Pronto fast-charge battery pack. The Pronto comes in two flavours - the 4500mAh Pronto 5 can store enough power to charge 3 iPhones within one hour, whereas the 13,500mAh offers dual high-power 2.4 A USB ports and includes a 12V adapter, allowing you to charge larger devices such as laptops, DSLR cameras, and drone batteries. The Pronto 5 will be available for $59, while the Pronto 12 will retail for $99. For more details head to the project's Kickstarter page.

Pinnacle Studio 18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pinnacle have released Pinnacle Studio 18, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate. Now offering native 64-bit performance and enhanced productivity, the Pinnacle Studio 18 product family offers a faster, more responsive movie-making experience. With Pinacle Studio 18 Plus, you can record directly from your screen — including system audio and microphone sound — to add dynamic content to movies and demo videos with Live Screen Capture. For users looking for maximum video editing power, Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate also offers new 4K Ultra HD Smart Encoding, support for XAVC S (HD and 4K HD), enhanced Live Screen Capture and valuable extras from NewBlue. Suggested retail pricing of Pinnacle Studio 18 is $59.95 / €59.95/ £49.95, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus is $99.95 / €99.95/ £79.95 and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate is $129.95 / €129.95/ £99.95.

Photography as Meditation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Photography as Meditation by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, the author explores an approach to artistic photography based on Japanese Zen Philosophy, and shows how important it is to engage with your own awareness to act creatively. "Photographing busy scenes, especially, requires an inner calm that enables you to have intuition for the right moment and to compose a well-balanced image amidst the chaos," the publisher says. The 256-page softback is available for $39.95.