Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Photography Blog Accessory of the Year Award 2018

Mark Goldstein | Photography Blog , Accessories

We're revealing our favourite products from 2018 in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2018.

The Accessory of the Year 2018 award goes to the BenQ SW271 monitor.

“...if you’re a photographer or videographer who is looking for a large-screen with superb image quality, then it would make for a great investment. Photographers in particular should enjoy the fantastic colour accuracy and high level of detail that the monitor provides.”

Read our full BenQ SW271 review.

Congratulations to BenQ!

Honorable mentions go to the Billingham Hadley Small Pro and the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT.

We're revealing our favourite products from 2018 in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2018. The Accessory of the Year 2018 award goes to the BenQ SW271 monitor. “...if you’re a photographer or videographer who is looking for a large-screen with superb…

Voigtlander 110mm F2.5 Macro APO Lanthar Review

Mark Goldstein

The Voigtlander 110mm F2.5 Macro APO Lanthar is a true 1:1 macro lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The manual-focus Voigtlander 110mm F2.5 also features 10 aperture blades for better bokeh, superlative build quality, an aperture ring and a 35cm / 13.7" minimum focus distance. Read our Voigtlander 110mm F2.5 Macro APO Lanthar review now...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Available Now for 595 Euros

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses

The new Irix 150mm f / 2.8 Macro 1: 1 is the most compact and lightest macro telephoto lens in its class.

The new Irix 150mm f / 2.8 Macro 1: 1 is the most compact and lightest macro telephoto lens in its class.

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount Review

Mark Goldstein

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount is a very fast moderate wide-angle prime lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. Priced at £649.99 / $899.99, read our Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount review to find out if it's the best 35mm lens for Sony shooters...

Monday, December 10, 2018

Kipon Elegant Full-frame Lenses for Nikon Z mount and Canon R Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses

Kipon are the world's first third-party manufacturer to release new lenses for the Nikon Z and Canon R full-frame mirrorless camera systems. The new Kipon Elegant range of lenses will feature 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm f/2.4 optics.

Kipon are the world's first third-party manufacturer to release new lenses for the Nikon Z and Canon R full-frame mirrorless camera systems. The new Kipon Elegant range of lenses will feature 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm f/2.4 optics.

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Price Announced

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Sigma today announced the pricing and availability of the highly anticipated flagship Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports telephoto zoom lens.

Sigma today announced the pricing and availability of the highly anticipated flagship Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports telephoto zoom lens.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount Review

Mark Goldstein

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount is a very fast standard prime lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. Priced at £599.99 / $949.99, read our Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount review to find out if it's the best 50mm lens for Sony shooters...

Friday, December 7, 2018

Leica CL ‘Street Kit’

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera

Leica Camera have unveiled the Leica CL ‘Street Kit’ for photographers of all skill levels seeking a compact yet high-performance system camera and lens. The kit includes the small and versatile Leica CL system camera and a Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. lens, which together form a set ideal for photographers who covet intuitive handling, iconic industrial design and the storied Leica Look.

The lightweight kit is perfect for travel and daily excursions, and comes outfitted in classic anodized black finish with an ergonomically designed handgrip, premium black leather carrying strap and convenient second camera battery.

The Leica CL ‘Street Kit’ is available beginning today at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers for $4,195.

Leica Camera have unveiled the Leica CL ‘Street Kit’ for photographers of all skill levels seeking a compact yet high-performance system camera and lens. The kit includes the small and versatile Leica CL system camera and a Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. lens, which together form a set ideal…

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Review

Mark Goldstein

The new Canon PowerShot SX70 HS super-zoom camera features a 65x zoom lens with a massive focal range of 21-1365mm, a new 20 megapixel image sensor, Digic 8 processor, 4K video recording, 10fps burst shooting, 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, and built-in wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Read our Canon SX70 HS review now to discover if this is the ultimate all-rounder camera...

Metz Mecablitz M360 Flashgun for Mirrorless and DSLR

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

The New Metz Mecablitz M360 is a compact, fully-featured TTL flash that offers intuitive operation for mirrorless and DSLR camera users.

The New Metz Mecablitz M360 is a compact, fully-featured TTL flash that offers intuitive operation for mirrorless and DSLR camera users.

Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 Full-Frame Lens Now Shipping

Mark Goldstein | Lenses

Sigma has announced that its anticipated cine lens – Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF – will begin shipping in December 2018 for $3,499.00, with the option to purchase a fully luminous version (FL) for $4,499.00.

Sigma has announced that its anticipated cine lens – Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF – will begin shipping in December 2018 for $3,499.00, with the option to purchase a fully luminous version (FL) for $4,499.00.

Velbon UT-3AR Travel Tripod

Mark Goldstein | Accessories

The Velbon UT-3AR Travel Tripod weighs just 787g, yet is capable of supporting up to 3kg of camera gear, making it ideal for use when travelling with mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

The Velbon UT-3AR Travel Tripod weighs just 787g, yet is capable of supporting up to 3kg of camera gear, making it ideal for use when travelling with mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

Hasselblad Phocus 3.4

Mark Goldstein | Software

Phocus 3.4 brings additions to both tethered shooting and image adjustment workflows, ensuring users of Hasselblad H and X Camera Systems can achieve their full creative potential.

Phocus 3.4 brings additions to both tethered shooting and image adjustment workflows, ensuring users of Hasselblad H and X Camera Systems can achieve their full creative potential.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Pre-order Luminar 3 with Libraries Now!

Mark Goldstein | Software

Skylum have just announced that pre-orders for Luminar 3 with Libraries are now open!

You can now pre-order Luminar 3 with Libraries along with additional bonuses for just $49/£43 using the coupon code "PHOTOBLOG".

Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for just $39 using the coupon code "PHOTOBLOG".

Current users of Luminar 2018 will be able to update for free.

Note that the full price after the Luminar 3 with Libraries release on December 18th will be US$69/£53.

Skylum have just announced that pre-orders for Luminar 3 with Libraries are now open!You can now pre-order Luminar 3 with Libraries along with additional bonuses for just $49/£43 using the coupon code "PHOTOBLOG".Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for just $39 using the coupon code "PHOTOBLOG".Current users of Luminar…

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-Mount Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-Mount lens mounted on a Sony A7R III body. The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-Mount is a fast wide-angle prime lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-Mount Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-Mount lens mounted on a Sony A7R III body. The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Sony E-Mount is a fast standard prime lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the new Canon PowerShot SX70 HS super-zoom camera, including the full ISO range. The Canon SX70 HS is a 20 megapixel compact camera with a 65x zoom lens, equivalent to a focal range of 21-1365mm.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Nokia 8.1 Value Flagship Smartphone

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones

The new Nokia 8.1 smartphone has a highly sensitive, industry-leading camera sensor, ZEISS Optics and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

The Nokia 8.1 is available in three colour combinations, Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, Iron/Steel, from 14th January 2019 and will retail for an average price of £379.99.

In addition to the launch of the Nokia 8.1, HMD Global are pleased to also announce the Nokia 3.1 Plus will be joining the Nokia smartphone portfolio, available in Blue for £169.99, and the Nokia 5.1 Plus will become available, in Blue and Black for £199.99, from the 14th January 2019.

The new Nokia 8.1 smartphone has a highly sensitive, industry-leading camera sensor, ZEISS Optics and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).The Nokia 8.1 is available in three colour combinations, Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, Iron/Steel, from 14th January 2019 and will retail for an average price of £379.99.In addition to the launch of the Nokia…

Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD Review

Mark Goldstein

Interested in buying a 70-200mm telephoto zoom that doesn't break either your back or your bank?! Then take a look at the Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens, which only weighs 860g and only costs £699 / $799. Read our Tamron 70-210mm f4 review to find out if it's cut too many corners or not...

Insta360 Launches Exclusive ONE X Apple Bundle

Mark Goldstein | Digital

Insta360 announced today that its flagship 360-degree action camera, the Insta360 ONE X, is now available at Apple.com as part of an exclusive camera bundle.

Insta360 announced today that its flagship 360-degree action camera, the Insta360 ONE X, is now available at Apple.com as part of an exclusive camera bundle.