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Published: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:10:16 +0000

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Manfrotto Expands NX and Street Bag Collections

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Manfrotto has added five new models to the Manfrotto NX and Street Bag Collections. The new models in the Street selection include the Sling/Waist  pack (£59.95), which holds a premium CSC or entry-level DSLR with standard zoom lens attached and two additional lenses. This carrying solution is also perfect for a DJI Mavic Pro drone with remote control and small accessories. The Street Pouch (£19.95) is a highly versatile solution that safely holds a CSC with lens attached and up to 2 additional lenses, depending on size, or an entry-level DSLR with standard zoom lens attached. The Street Strap (£9.95) is billed as the most lightweight solution for carrying a premium or standard CSC, and features a lens cap (up to 58 mm) or extra battery holder. There are also two new models in the NX collection, including the NX CSC backpack (£59.95) - a highly comfortable solution for carrying a premium CSC with a standard zoom lens attached and up to three additional lenses - and the NX CSC Messenger (£39.95), which holds a standard CSC with standard lens attached and two additional lenses.

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CameraWorld Open New Store in Stevenage

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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CameraWorld have announced the opening of a new store in the market town of Stevenage. The shop, located on the Old Town High Street, is stocked with all the major names in photography: Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and many more. 

In addition to equipment CameraWorld also offer a full range of services including passport and ID photos taken and sensors cleaned by in-store professionals.

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Jessops Now Offer 30-Day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan Membership

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Jessops now offers a 30-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan membership with selected purchases including all cameras, camcorders, lenses, drones and Jessops Academy courses. Jessops Academy aims to help you get the most out of your camera and offer you a range of photographic opportunities through a selection of courses, workshops, experiences and trips. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan is a subscription-based service that gives users access to the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom as well as the Adobe Spark web app and a number of mobile apps and services.

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Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Review

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:30:00 +0000

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The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a fast standard zoom lens for Nikon and Canon full-frame DSLR shooters. Crucially offering built-in image stabilisation worth up to a claimed 5 stops of shutter speed, the Tamron 24-70mm is also weather-sealed and cheaper than the Big Two. Read our Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 review to find out if it's the best standard zoom for full-frame users.

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Fujifilm X-E3 Official Presentation

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:20:00 +0000

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Fujifilm have recently announced the Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera. We attended the launch event in London, UK. Here are the X-E3 presentation slides that were shown, which give a lot more detail about this new camera.

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Fujifilm X-E3 and X-E2s Comparison Photos

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-E3 camera looks like compared to the previous X-E2s camera?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-E3 camera alongside the older X-E2s camera.

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Fujifilm X-E3 Hands-on Photos

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:10:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-E3 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of both the black and silver versions of the Fujifilm X-E3 camera.

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Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR Hands-on Photos

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens.

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Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Hands-on Photos

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens.

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Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR Sample Images

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:30:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images (JPG and Raw) taken with a pre-production version of the new Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens mounted on a GFX 50S body. The Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR is a classic 36mm equivalent lens for the G-mount GFX camera system.

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Oprema Jena Launches Campaign to Revive Biotar 58/f2

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:00:00 +0000

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German lens maker Oprema Jena has launched a campaign today on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to resurrect the Biotar 58mm f2, promising to faithfully recreate the original lens’ optics down to its unique 17-aperture-blade design. The Biotar 58mm is Oprema Jena’s second lens project, following its successful Kickstarter campaign to revive the Biotar 75mm f1.5. The Biotar 58 should be ready for the market in October 2018 at an expected retail price of $1,999.

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Techart EF-GFX Adapter

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Techart has unveiled the World’s first autofocus adapter for Canon EF lenses and the Fujifilm GFX 50S camera. The Techart EF-GFX adapter provides autofocus function as well as in-body aperture control for using Canon EF-mount lenses on the Fujifilm GFX body. It currently supports AF-S mode for shooting, and in-lens image stabilisation where applicable. Focal length and aperture data will also be communicated to the body via the adapter. Priced at $499, the Techart Canon EF – Fujifilm GFX Autofocus Adapter is now available for preorder at the website below.

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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Lensbaby have announced the launch of the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic, an 80mm f/2.8 tilting lens designed for portrait photographers or anyone looking for selective focus at longer focal lengths. By bending the depth of field around photographers’ subjects, the Sweet 80 achieves Lensbaby’s classic “sweet spot” effect of sharp focus on the subject while the surrounding area fills with compelling streaky bokeh. The new optic features an internal 12-blade aperture which can be stopped down all the way to f/16. The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic will be available for purchase in early October 2017 for $379.95. For those who already own an Optic Swap compatible Lensbaby lens body, the Sweet 80 Optic will be available separately for $199.95.

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Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR Hands-on Photos

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:30:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens.

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Fujifilm X-E3 Sample Images

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:30:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images (JPG and Raw) taken with the brand new Fujifilm X-E3 compact system camera. The Fujifilm X-E3 is a a rangefinder style, ultra-compact mirrorless camera with Bluetooth connectivity and a touchscreen interface.

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Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR Hands-on Photos

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens.

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Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Sample Images

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:30:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images (JPG and Raw) taken with a pre-production version of the new Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro mounted on an X-T2 body. The Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is a new fast 1:1 macro lens for the X-system, offering a field of view equivalent to 120mm in 35mm terms.

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Profoto A1

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Billed as the World's smallest studio light, the Profoto A1 is actually a hotshoe-mountable 76Ws flash with a round head, high-speed synchronisation and a recycling time of 1.2sec. Thanks to a smart magnetic mount built into the head, light shaping tools and modifiers can be clicked on and off quickly and easily. The flash also has a zoom function that allows you to make fine adjustments to the spread of light by simply twisting the zoom ring on the head, and for accuracy it has a built-in modelling light. The user interface is simple and intuitive with a large high-contrast display at its centre. The A1 has its own Li-ion high capacity battery built-in which lasts up to four times longer than AA batteries with no performance fade. The flash is available in Canon and Nikon versions (with a Sony variant coming in 2018), and offers AirTTL and Air Remote compatibility for off-camera use. The Profoto A1 can be preordered for $995.

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BenQ SW271 4K UHD 27" Monitor

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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BenQ today launched the SW271, a 4K UHD 27” monitor offering industry-standard HDR10 support and advanced colour performance for photographers. Covering 99% of Adobe RGB, and 100% of both sRGB and Rec. 709, the SW271 delivers Delta E ≦ 2 performance with its 10-bit IPS panel and advanced 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT). In addition, Technicolor Colour Certified has been installed to meet strict colour accuracy standards used in Hollywood and entertainment media. SW271’s colour characteristics can be customised via hardware calibration with X-Rite or Datacolor calibrators and BenQ Palette Master Element calibration software. Equipped with USB Type-Cconnectivity, the SW271 requires a single cable for calibration and video transmission. The BenQ SW271 monitor also features an SD card reader, USB 3.1, USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and DisplayPort 1.4 ports.

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Foto Fest 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Earlier this month, Fotospeed were back with Foto Fest 2017, their celebration of photography and printing. Print enthusiasts from around the country joined Fotospeed and four leading photographers at The Edge at The University of Bath on the 10th of September, for a series of talks which gave insight into the stories behind their most famous shots. Attendees were also joined by leading photography brands such as Kaiser, Canon, Panasonic, and Lee Filters. Toby Herlinger, Sales and Marketing Director at Fotospeed, said ‘We’re delighted that Foto Fest 2017 has once again been a success after our first event in 2016. We feel it’s very important that we take every opportunity to promote the importance of printing and to help bring together and inspire photographers who share this passion. We’re already really looking forward to 2018 and seeing how far we can take Foto Fest and inspire more people to print their photography”.

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Tenba Air Case Attaché

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Tenba have launched their new Air Case Attaché cases, which provide the strength and rigidity of a hard case at a fraction of the weight.Air Cases are shippable and airline checkable, so they deliver the same safety as a hard case, but with smoother, steadier performance and better usability and when travelling. They also solve many of the common issues with plastic hard cases by having stronger, smoother rolling wheels, more customisable interior layouts with softer padding, rolling luggage handles that extend to a more comfortable walking height, zippered interior pockets to organise cables and smaller accessories, and much more.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:45:00 +0000

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The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is an evolutionary upgrade of 2015's E-M10 II camera, principally adding 4K video recording, the latest TruePic VIII processor, 121 AF points, 8.6fps continuous shooting and a revised control layout and menu system. Find out how it performs in our Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review, complete with full-size sample photos (JPG and Raw), test shots, videos and more...

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Gary Fong SnootSkin for Lightsphere Collapsible

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Gary Fong has introduced the new SnootSkin, which instantly converts the Lightsphere Collapsible light shaper into a snoot. The black lining of the SnootSkin blocks light from spilling through the sides of the flash, allowing light to be isolated and directed precisely. For more precise spot lighting, a grid insert is included for an even tighter beam. The system is designed to hold colour inserts inside a built-in slot that holds up to five colours. These can be combined to create a wide palette of colour choices. The current available colours are Red, Green, Blue, and Warming Filters in full CTO and half CTO.  The optional colour kit also includes an 18% grey tab for precise custom white balance. Prices start at $59.95.

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Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Review

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

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The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is currently the fastest wide-angle prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras, making it ideal for astro-photography. Read our expert Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art review to find out if it's as good as it looks on paper...

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OWC Now Shipping Their Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:01:00 +0000

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The new OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, which features no less than 13 connection ports, is shipping now. The dock

takes full advantage of the cutting-edge performance of Thunderbolt 3 technology with throughput up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth and allows users to realize the maximum utility of Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macs. The 13 ports offer the capability to charge mobile devices, connect one 5K or two 4K displays, add external storage (including legacy devices such as FireWire drives), import photos and videos from SD cards, access wired networks via Gigabit Ethernet, and enjoy audio – all through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can be the foundation of a perfect custom display setup, providing the ability to drive the latest- generation 5K displays, two 4K displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays with the Mini DisplayPort (mDP) with DisplayPort++ support, and additional Thunderbolt 3 port.

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Zoner Photo Studio X Autumn 2017 Update

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +0000

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The Zoner Photo Studio X autumn update offers a unique retouching brush whose abilities highly surpass other editors´ similar tools. This brush is the first in the World to enable combining multiple masks as well as multiple strokes within one mask. Each individual stroke, meanwhile can be edited or deleted at any time without reducing the image’s quality. The Editor module has also gained new features. Users can now apply basic edits to colours, overall exposure, and exposure levels and curves within separate adjustment layers that they can then edit at any time. The autumn update also adds a new Video tool plus pressure support for graphics tablets.


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ImageRights Launches Copyright Registration Service

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30:00 +0000

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ImageRights is launching a dedicated copyright registration service. For the first time, any photographer or agency can register their images with the United States Copyright Office through ImageRights. (Previously, only members had access to the service.) The application is quick, taking only a couple of minutes, simple with a high-tech software that automatically fills out the form, and most importantly accurate. With error checking technology, users can be assured their applications were filled out with all necessary information to protect images if an infringement claim is ever needed to be pursued. “We strongly believe in photographers and agencies registering their images with the US Copyright Office and wanted to make our service readily available to all,” said Joe G. Naylor, President and CEO of ImageRights. “If the USCO form is not submitted the right way or the correct documentation of your work is not kept on file, photographers can be left vulnerable when pursuing an infringement claim. With our services they are 100% protected.”

Photographers and agencies can register their images with the US Copyright Office for $99 plus the Copyright Office filing fee.


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Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000

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Tamron today announced the new, moisture resistant Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Canon and Nikon dSLRs. This image-stabilised, full-frame telephoto zoom lens features an ultrasonic AF motor, wide and ribbed zoom and focus rings, an AF/MF switch, a distance scale sheltered behind a clear plastic window, and a zoom lock switch that prevents zoom creep during transport. The optical design includes 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron’s original eBAND Coating for superior anti-reflection performance. The 100-400mm is fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4X tele converter that multiplies the lens’s focal length, and the Tamron TAP-in Consolewhich enables lens customisations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more. Additionally, an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount is available as an optional accessory. Availability and pricing will be communicated at a later date.

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Lishui Photography Festival

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:30:00 +0000

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The 8th Lishui Photography Festival will take place from 11 to 15 November 2017 in the city of Lishui, China. Created in 2004 by the Lishui City Council and the China Photographers Association, the Lishui Photography Festival has become a biennial event from its second edition, in 2005, and has continued to grow over the years. Designed as a unique platform in China, the Lishui Photography Festival seeks to bring together all of the actors from the photography community: photographers, exhibition curators, editors, collectors, suppliers of photography equipment, etc. This year’s ambitious programme includes about forty exhibitions, an international seminar, screenings, debates, conferences, portfolio evaluations, workshops and a photography supplies fair, as well as an exhibition and auction of vintage cameras from the 19th and 20th centuries, an auction of photographic artworks and a photo books fair. Click through / read on for the details.

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Adobe Reveals Advancements to Creative Cloud Video Tools

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000

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Adobe has revealed advancements to its industry-leading Adobe Creative Cloud video tools and services to be showcased at IBC 2017. 

The company will highlight the latest innovations in virtual reality, animation, motion graphics, editing, collaboration and Adobe Stock - all available later this year. The new capabilities coming later this year to Adobe Creative Cloud for video include motion graphics templates, Character Animator, VR video creation, Team Projects and Adobe Audition. Many of these features are powered by Adobe Sensei, the company’s artificial intelligence and machine learning framework. Adobe will preview these advancements at Stand 7.G27 in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center and at 140 partner booths from September 15-19 at IBC.

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G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile SSD R-Series

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Western Digital today announced  the new G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile SSD R-Series  device, the fastest G-Technology portable SSD to date. Offering the latest-generation USB-C connectivity and transfer speeds up to 560MB/s, the G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series device is built using hand-picked components to withstand tough conditions in the field and provides a rugged solution you can trust. In addition, it will have an International Protection Rating of 67 (IP67) for water and dust resistance and has been tested to withstand up to a 3-metre drop on a carpeted concrete floor and 1000 lbs of pressure. The G-DRIVE mobile SSD R-Series device offers a 5-year limited warranty and will be available at select G-technology resellers around the world this year with up to 2TB capacities. The U.S. MSRP will be $699.95 for 2TB, $379.95 1TB, and $199.95 500GB, USD, respectively.

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Magix Updates Movie Edit Pro

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Magix has released an updated version of Movie Edit Pro, which promises up to 5x faster video editing, smoother display for up to 4K resolution and a comprehensive range of effects. Additionally, users can now work with 4 of the most-requested plug-ins: NewBlue ColorFast 2, NewBlue Elements Overlay, iZotope RX Elements & HitFilm Movie Essentials. The latest effect plug-ins are included in the Premium version and are available in the two other versions at a special price. Also included are picture-in-picture effects, split screens, high-quality sound optimisation and original film effects. Movie Edit Pro is now available online and in stores worldwide, priced from £59.99.

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Innova Art Relaunches in China

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Innova Art – the first UK-based inkjet media specialist founded this century – is relaunching its brand in China. The move reintroduces to the Chinese print market a range of digital fine art and photo media originally introduced to the market via Innova’s private label service more than ten years ago. At the forefront of the Innova Art relaunch is the Editions range, comprising two category-busting photo papers and four cotton rag papers, including two produced in partnership with the famous Italian paper mill, Fabriano. Additionally, the Fine Art and Photo Art ranges will also be introduced to the Chinese market. Interested photographers can visit the Innova Art stand at the Pingyao International Photography Festival 2017, September 19-25.

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Nikon D850 Review

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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The Nikon D850 is a brand new 45.7 megapixel full-frame BSI sensor DSLR camera with no optical low pass filter. The D850 also offers 4K video recording, a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen, 153-point AF system, an optical viewfinder with 0.75x magnification, 7fps burst shooting and 1,840 shot battery life. Read our in-depth Nikon D850 review to find out if this is the best all-round DSLR camera on the market...

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Polaroid OneStep 2

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Today marks the launch of Polaroid Originals – a new brand dedicated to analogue instant photography. The first product in this new range is a new analogue instant camera called named the Polaroid OneStep 2. Successor to the original Polaroid OneStep, the One Step 2 offers a built-in flash, easy USB charging, long-lasting battery and a self-timer. The camera is available for pre-order, pricedat £109.99.

Polaroid Originals simultaneously introduces a new generation of original format instant film, with colour, black & white, and a range of special editions to choose from. It is available for modern analogue instant cameras like the OneStep 2, as well as for key vintage Polaroid camera formats. New I-type film for the OneStep 2 is priced at £14.99 with eight pictures per pack. Film for vintage formats – the Polaroid SX-70, 600 and Spectra – is priced from £17.99.

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Alien Skin Exposure 3

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:26:00 +0000

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Alien Skin Software have announced the upcoming release of Exposure X3, the latest version of their non-destructive raw photo editor and organiser. This edition will bring new colour and B&W toning enhancements that give photographers greater control over their image adjustments. Powerful new organising tools include virtual copies for editing multiple variations of a single photo, without taking up additional disk space. Exposure’s intuitive keywords interface enables photographers to add descriptive metadata to their photo, making it easy to organize photos around themes and to create keyword sets. The advanced collections tools help them quickly and easily group their images, no matter where they appear on their computer. Exposure X3 will be released in Q3 of 2017, priced at $149.

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Western Digital Ships 12TB WD Gold Hard Drives

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:06:00 +0000

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Western Digital has expanded its WD Gold hard drive lineup to include a 12TB capacity model, designed to address demanding Big Data workloads. The new drives have a reliability rating (2.5 million hours MTBF) that is among the highest in WD’s hard drive portfolio. The drives utilise Western Digital’s 4th generation HelioSeal technology, which seals helium in the drive to help provide exceptional capacity, reliability and power efficiency. The new WD Gold 12TB hard drives feature a five-year limited warranty, and are available now through select distributors, priced at $521.99.

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Aurora HDR 2018 Review

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Aurora HDR 2018 is the new and improved version of Macphun’s award winning HDR photo editing software. Jon Canfield takes a look at the new features in our in-depth Aurora HDR 2018 review...

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Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Sample Images

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:55:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera. The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art is a new ultra-wide-angle prime lens for full-frame cameras.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Sample Images

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:30:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III compact system camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a new entry-level mirrorless camera that features a 16 megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and 4K video recording.

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Canon Develops MM100-WS Multi-Purpose Module Camera

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:44:00 +0000

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Canon is developing a new Multi-Purpose Module Camera, the MM100-WS. Measuring approximately 1.57"x1.57"x0.85", the multi-purpose module camera has a highly customisable body designed to accommodate various module solutions, and features a high-level of dust and moisture resistance and durability needed for a wide range of applications. In addition, the camera is capable of capturing images in low-light environments with as little as 1 lux of illumination. The Canon MM100-WS Multi-Purpose Camera will be on display in the Canon booth at IBC, SEECAT and Inter BEE 2017.

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Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:15:00 +0000

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The Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is based on a new CMOS sensor designed to capture color as perceived by the human eye. Developed by Sony and Phase One, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back incorporates new Bayer Filter color technology to render color more authentically than ever. The suggested price for the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is $44,990 USD.

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Phase One XF Camera System Feature Update #4

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:10:00 +0000

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Phase One today announced the fourth major feature update for its XF Camera System. This update emphasizes autofocus control and precision, further enhancing the ever-evolving XF Camera System.

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Apple iPhone X

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:02:00 +0000

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Apple today unveiled their iPhone X smartphone, featuring an 5.8" edge-to-edge Super Retina OLED display with a resolution of 1125x2436 pixels. The dustproof and water resistant device makes do without a Home button, and uses Face ID technology to recognise the user, unlock the phone, gain access to secure apps and authenticate purchases via Apple Pay. Face ID utilises a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by an A11 Bionic chip to accurately map and recognise a face. The new 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID features wide colour capture, auto image stabilisation and precise exposure control, and brings Portrait mode to the front camera for enhanced selfies with a simulated shallow depth-of-field effect. The iPhone X also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilisation. The ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera joins an improved ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera for superior low-light performance. An improved Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide colour capture, faster autofocus in low light and better HDR photos. A new quad-LED True Tone Flash offers better light uniformity and includes Slow Sync, resulting in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds. Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting on both the front and rear cameras brings "dramatic studio lighting effects" to the iPhone and allows customers to capture portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles. The Apple iPhone X will be available in silver and space grey in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999.

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Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:00:00 +0000

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Apple today revealed their new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones. The new models are powered by a six-core Apple A11 Bionic CPU and offer an improved 12-megapixel camera with a larger and faster sensor, and a new colour filter array. A new Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide colour capture, faster auto focus in low light and better HDR photos, while a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync results in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds. The new camera also delivers what Apple calls " the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone" with improved video stabilisation, 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. The iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras and introduces Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, bringing "dramatic studio lighting effects" to the iPhone, allowing customers to capture portraits with a simulated shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles. It uses the dual cameras and the Apple-designed image signal processor to recognise the scene, create a depth map and separate the subject from the background. Machine learning is then used to create facial landmarks and add lighting over contours of the face, all happening in real time. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in space gray, silver and an all-new gold finish in increased 64GB and 256GB capacity models starting at $699.

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Canon XF405, XF400 and Vixia GX10

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Canon today announced three new additions to the company’s video camcorder lineup: the XF405 4K UHD Video Camcorder, the XF400 4K UHD Video Camcorder and the Vixia GX10 4K UHD Video Camcorder. The Canon XF405 and XF400 are both ideal for applications like broadcast interviews, documentaries and weddings. Designed with advanced amateurs and hobbyists in mind, the VIXIA GX10 4K UHD Video Camcorder provides the same image quality as the Canon XF405 and XF400. All three models feature a newly developed 15x optical zoom lens (35 mm film equivalent: 25.5mm–382.5mm), to support 4K recording, alongside a 1"-type CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC DV 6 image-processing platform, to produce stunning 4K/60p recording across the entire zoom range. All three camcorders provide users with fast, highly accurate focusing through intuitive touch-panel operations and feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The Canon XF405 4K UHD video camcorder, the XF400 4K UHD video camcorder and the Vixia GX10 4K UHD video camcorder are scheduled to be available in November 2017 for estimated retail prices of $3499.001, $2999.001 and $2499.00, respectively.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Sony today announced the new flagship model in its Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV featuring the World's fastest focus acquisition time. Featuring the World’s fastesti AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points, and a versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens; the Sony RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1"-type 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor. Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony’s line of α interchangeable-lens cameras. Other AF improvements in the new RX10 IV camera include an enhanced version of the manufacturer's Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter. The AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations. Furthermore, the new RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for the Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation; and an approximately 2.35M dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder. Also capable of shooting 4K video, the Sony RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant, and Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible. The camera will ship in October for approximately £1,800/€2000.

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Nikon D850 Sample Images

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images (JPG and Raw) taken with a final production version of the Nikon D850 DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

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New Panoramic Backgrounds from Lastolite

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:07:00 +0000

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Lastolite By Manfrotto has launched the new Panoramic Background in Granite and Limestone. Built around a three-panel collapsible lightweight aluminium framework, the Panoramic background is completely self-supporting so there is no need for additional stands and crossbars. The stretchable cover fabric ensures a flat, crease free surface at all times. Unlike other large seamless background solutions, the 4m wide Panoramic collapses down to an impressive 100cm x 30cm x 35cm size, making it very easy to transport. The new themed covers bring textured surfaces to the range, complementing the existing black, white and Chromakey Green solid colour surfaces. Granite offers a stone texture effect with a full range of grey tones and a dark vignette around the edges, whilst Limestone is much lighter, offering a subtle range of mid to light greys giving the effect of a Limestone surface. The Granite and Limestone Panoramic Background has an RRP of £600.

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Nikon D850 Noise Performance

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:30:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full Nikon D850 review, we thought we'd share our ISO noise test results so that you can see just what the 46 megapixel full-frame D850 is capable of throughout its complete ISO range.

The base sensitivity of the Nikon D850 is ISO 64 but you can go down to ISO 32 (L1.0) if you wish. At the other end of the scale, the highest native sensitivity of the Nikon D850 is ISO 25600, but two boosted settings, ISO 51200 and ISO 102400, are also available.

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Akvis ArtSuite 12.0

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Akvis have updated their ArtSuite application to Version 12.0. This release adds a new Passe-Partout frame, a Presets panel with ready-to-use Akvis frame presets, an improved Halftone effect, and some bug fixes. The standalone version also adds support for a number of new raw image file formats.

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Kodak Printomatic Instant-Print Camera

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Kodak and its licensee, C+A Global, today unveiled the Kodak Printomatic instant-print camera that effortlessly captures and instantly prints high-quality full-colour photos right from the camera body. The Kodak Printomatic features a 10-megapixel sensor, a built-in flash and an integrated battery, alongside a 2”x3” photo printer. “The Kodak Printomatic is a contemporary camera with a wonderful balance of digital and analog technology,” says Steven Overman, President of Kodak’s Consumer and Film Division and Kodak Chief Marketing Officer. “It’s an accessible device for anybody who wants to create a lasting memory in a tangible, colourful way.” Available from late September, the Kodak Printomatic is priced at $69.99. The camera comes with a USB cable, a Quick Start Guide, a 10-pack of Kodak ZINK Photo Paper and a microSD memory card.

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Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II Review

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:30:00 +0000

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The Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II is an affordable telephoto zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. The Fujifilm 50-230mm lens has a focal range of 76-350mm in 35mm terms, 3.5 stops of built-in image stabilisation, a compact and lightweight design, and fast and quiet auto-focusing. Read our Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II review to find out if this lens can out-perform its budget price-tag...

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Kodak Wireless Photo Printer Mini

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Prinics have announced the availability of the portable Kodak Photo Printer Mini through their North American distributor, C+A Global. Retailing for just $99.99 and available for purchase on Amazon, the easy-to-use mobile printer comes in black, white or gold models. The Kodak Photo Printer Mini supports iOS devices via Wi-Fi connection and Android devices via Wi-Fi or NFC One Touch. Through advanced fade-proof dye printing technology, the printer produces quick-drying black and white or colour 2.1x3.4” photos that will last up to 10 years thanks to humidity- and fingerprint-resistant properties.

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Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II Sample Images

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:56:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II lens mounted on the Fujifilm X-E2S camera.

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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Review

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:30:00 +0000

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The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is an affordable telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR camera. Read our Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM review to find out if this is all the telephoto lens that you actually need...

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Sigma Rear Filter Holder FHR-11

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Sigma have announced a paid service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon. The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 will be available in the UK towards the end of September for a Suggested Retail Price of £34.99 including VAT. The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 and installation service by Sigma Imaging UK is £59.99 including VAT.

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Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Review

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is is the first ever fisheye zoom lens for full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras. Read our expert Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED review to find out if it can justify its £1299 / $1299 price-tag...

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Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Review

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +0000

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The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is currently the widest-angle rectilinear lens for the Micro Four Thirds camera system, offering a field of view equivalent to 15mm in 35mm terms. Is it a must-have lens for Micro Four Thirds users? Read our expert Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT review to find out...

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Wonders of Wildlife Photography Competition Winners Announced

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) has announced the winners of the Wonders of Wildlife photography competition. Malcolm Blackburn from Derbyshire, England was chosen as the winner for his image entitled Zebras at Dawn. "It was taken just after 6:00 am after a dry spell which produced the dust in the shot," Malcolm says. "It was taken on my Canon 5D Mk3 and the Canon 100-400mm Mk2 lens at 400mm. Exposure was 1/500 at f8 and 640 ISO.’’ The runners-up include Ian Stone from Kent and Lawrence Eagling from County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70/TZ90

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:45:00 +0000

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The Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70/TZ90 by Alexander S. White is a new title from White Knight Press. A follow-up to the author’s earlier guides, the Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70/TZ90 explains all operations, features, menus, and controls of the camera in clear language, providing guidance not only about how to accomplish various tasks with the camera, but when and why to use certain features. The book includes a full discussion of the video recording abilities of the ZS70 camera, which offers manual control of exposure and focus during movie recording, and provides ultra-high definition 4K recording of motion pictures. It also explains the camera’s features for extracting still images from 4K video and using the Post Focus and Focus Stacking features to produce sharply focused images after a shooting session. The book is available for $9.99 in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats. The paperback version is available for $24.95.

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Sony VENICE System

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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Sony have just unveiled VENICE, their first full-frame digital motion picture camera system. The camera combines a newly developed 36x24mm full-frame sensor and compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including anamorphic, Super 35mm and full-frame PL mount for a greater range of expressive freedom with shallow depth of field. The lens mount can also be changed to handle E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter, wider and more characteristic lenses. A new colour management system and wide colour gamut gives users more control and greater freedom to work with images during grading and post-production. VENICE also has more than 15 stops of latitude to handle challenging lighting situations. Additionally, it is the film industry's first camera with a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system. The VENICE CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018.

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Fujifilm X-E3

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:07:00 +0000

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The Fujifilm X-E3 is a rangefinder style, ultra-compact mirrorless camera which boasts outstanding image quality and enhanced handling. The X-E3 utlises a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine. The Fujifilm X-E3 will be available from September 2017 in Black and Silver, with an RRP as follows:

X-E3 body £849

X-E3 + 23mmF2 kit £1149

X-E3 + 18-55 kit £1249

X-E3 Case £74.99

X-E3 Metal Hand Grip £119.00

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Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:06:00 +0000

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The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR lens will be released in November 2017. The Fujinon GF 45mmF2.8 R WR is a highly versatile wide angle lens with a focal length equivalent to 36mm (on a 35mm format) and maximum F2.8 aperture. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design (weighing only 490g), this lens is ideal for street and documentary photography. The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR lens will be available in November 2017, with an RRP of £1699.

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Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:05:00 +0000

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The Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens for the X Series range. This lens features a focal length equivalent to 122mm (on a 35mm format), a maximum aperture of F2.8. The lens supports hand-held shooting thanks to a powerful image stabilizer and ultra-lightweight design. The Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro will be available in November 2017, with an RRP of £1249.

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Fujifilm X Raw Studio

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:04:00 +0000

Fujifilm X Raw Studio is a brand new RAW conversion system. Fujifilm X Raw Studio enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality. Exceptional image quality is retained, as the X Raw Studio system utilizes the X Processor Pro in the camera instead of the CPU in the computer. This new software is due to be available from late November 2017.

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Fujifilm Updates X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:03:00 +0000

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Free upgrades for the Fujifilm X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 cameras will soon be released in November and December 2017.  These updates will provide support for “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”, improve studio flash controller usability compatibility, introduce a new AF tracking algorithm and include other functional and operational updates

The firmware updates are due as follows:

Late November : X-T2, X-T20

Late December : X-Pro2, X100F

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Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR and GF 1.4X TC WR

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:02:00 +0000

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Fujifilm has added the GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens and GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter to the G Mount lens roadmap. The GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR is a telephoto prime lens with a focal length equivalent to 198mm. The GF 1.4X TC WR is a high-performance teleconverter capable of multiplying the focal length by 1.4x.

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Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR and XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:01:00 +0000

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Fujifilm has added the XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR and XF 200mmF2 R LM OIS WR lenses to the latest X Mount lens roadmap. In addition, the release date of the “MK Series for X Mount version” will now be 2018 rather than 2017, as previously communicated.

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Fujifilm and Magnum Photos Explore "Home"

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Fujifilm is collaborating with Magnum Photos on a major new project exploring the subject of "HOME". An exhibition of the work will tour to seven cities around the world starting in March 2018, and be accompanied by a photobook.

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Ricoh WG-50 Review

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +0000

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The Ricoh WG-50 is a new shock, freeze, dust, water and crush proof compact camera. The Ricoh WG-50 offers a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 5x zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen, Full HD movie recording and built-in macro lights. Read our expert Ricoh WG-50 review now...

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Meike MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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Meike have unveiled the manual-focus MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Canon, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony cameras. Weighing in at 500 grams, the Meike MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro lens offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1.5 and a minimum focus distance of 25cm, and also doubles as a medium telephoto prime. The optical formula comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, with nano-technology multi-layer coating. The suggested retail price is $299.99.

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FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2018

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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The FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2018 competition is now open for entries. Open to all professional photographers who are registered and resident in a European country, the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards offer nine main categories including Commercial, Fashion, Illustration/DigitalArt, Landscape, Portrait, Reportage/Photojournalism, Sports, Wildlife and Wedding. A special section is also open for European young photographers, assistants and photographic students up to 30 years of age. The submission deadline is 7th January 2018.

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Hasselblad X1D Field Kit

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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Hasselblad have just unveiled the new X1D Field Kit, which offers excellent value with an all-encompassing package tailored for photographers who are seeking both robust protection and easily transportable equipment. The package includes the Hasselblad X1D-50c camera body, 3 XCD lenses (30mm, 45mm, and 90mm), 2 camera batteries, a cleaning cloth, a LensPen, a dust blower, a shoulder strap, a wrist strap, a USB cable and a Pelican carrying case. The X1D Field Kit retails at £13, 250 / €14,900 / $17,495 excluding VAT and is now available to pre-order. Shipping is expected to commence on 20th September.

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YI 4K+ Action Camera Review

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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The YI 4K+ Action Camera is the only action camera on the market that can shoot 4K video at 60fps. Is this enough to consider it instead of a GoPro? Find out by reading our YI 4K+ Action Camera review...

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Reveal the Real You

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Huawei has joined forces with youth culture magazine, Dazed, to create a photography initiative that is designed to unlock the potential of future talent. ‘Reveal the Real You’; is a community-led photo project that will see three collaborators awarded a £10,000 bursary to donate to the community cause of their choice. Andrew Garrihy; Huawei Europe, CMO said: “The photography capabilities on our phones allow anyone to take thought provoking images. Putting that power in people’s hands, has given everyone a platform to tell their story and help others understand more about their passions and beliefs through images. Reveal the Real You is simply an extension of what people do every day. We want to give inspired, committed people the opportunity to make a difference in their local community; give them a platform to get their voice heard and make things they never thought possible happen.” People interested in entering simply need to share a few sentences on their chosen community and 3 – 5 relevant images from their photography portfolio and as Reveal the Real You gathers momentum it will culminate in a shortlist of twenty photographers being given Huawei P10 smartphones to document their stories. For more information, visit the website below.

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Broncolor Litepipe P

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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The broncolor Litepipe P is an innovative and highly variable light shaper. The five components can be assembled in less than a minute, without the use of any tools. The centrepiece of the construction is the tube-shaped diffuser, which delivers a homogeneous light and can be rolled up for transport. The two counter-reflectors included (textile covers with alu reflex coating; 1 narrow, 1 wider) can be used flexibly – the visible light-section can be changed steplessly, whilst the Litepipe P can also act as a natural ambient light when the counter-reflectors are not used.

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Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Review

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:30:00 +0000

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The new Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The FE 12-24mm F4 offers a constant F4 maximum aperture, 7-blade diaphragm, and dust and moisture resistance. Read our Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G review to find out just what this exciting new lens is capable of...

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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The new EOS 6D Mark II is Canon's latest 35mm full-frame DSLR camera. Positioned as a more affordable alternative to the EOS 5D Mark IV, the EOS 6D Mark II features 26.2 megapixels, latest DIGIC 7 processor, 45 point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Read our expert Canon EOS 6D Mark II review now...

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UK's First Sony PRO Support Centre Opens for Business

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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The first UK walk-in service centre for Sony professional camera users is now officially open at Fixation HQ (250 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5RD). Plans for the pioneering Sony PRO Support Service centre were announced in June at a special joint presentation by Yosuke Aoki, Sony Europe Digital Imaging Vice President and David Garratt, CEO at Wex Group (Fixation’s parent company) - with a planned a target opening date of September 1st. “We are delighted to announce we have met that deadline pledge. This is a truly groundbreaking partnership with Sony - and a very important development for Fixation,” David Garratt said. “Now the growing numbers of Sony professional camera shooters can simply drop their kit off at Fixation for service and support rather than having to despatch it to the Sony plant in Wales.”

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Leica Camera AG Appoints Matthias Harsch as CEO

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:45:00 +0000

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Matthias Harsch has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera. A Leica Board Member, Harsch has been responsible for Sales, Retail and Marketing & Corporate Communications since April 2017. Prior to being named CEO of Leica Camera, Harsch led a successful turnaround as the CEO of LOEWE AG, spent a number of years at the helm of the Bizerba Group as a director and served as a partner at Candidus Management Consulting.

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World Press Photo Exhibition Returns to Southbank Centre

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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The 2017 World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for the 21st year from 3–20 November 2017. The free exhibition brings together 152 winning photographs from the annual World Press Photo Awards, showcasing some of the most powerful, emotional and often disturbing press images of the year. This year’s winners were drawn from a bank of 80,408 images taken by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries. The subjects of the images on display are widely varied including documentation from rallies protesting police brutality, reports from war-torn terrains and striking images selected from nature and sports editorial.

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WD My Cloud Home

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +0000

Western Digital have launched My Cloud Home, billed as "a new personal cloud storage solution that empowers consumers to take control of their often-scattered digital content." With the My Cloud Home solution, consumers can easily aggregate all of their photos, videos and files from their smart phones, computers, USB storage, cloud and social media accounts in one central place. Additionally, , there is a dual-drive personal cloud option. The My Cloud Home Duo solution provides all the functionality of My Cloud Home, plus a dual-drive configuration set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1) to automatically duplicate content onto a second drive for extra peace of mind. The My Cloud Home solution has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) in the U.K. of £159.99 2TB, £199.99 4TB, £249.99 6TB and £319.99 8TB. My Cloud Home Duo has a MSRP in the U.K. of £319.99 4TB, £389.99 8TB, £539.99 12TB, and £659.99 16TB. Attendees of the annual IFA 2017 Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin, September 1-6, can visit the WD booth #112 in Hall 17 of the Berlin ExpoCenter for a demo. [...]



DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0000

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DJI have intorduced a new Obsidian version of their Phantom 4 Pro drone. For professionals who demand excellence while capturing images and video for a commercial client or documenting a wedding, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a large 1” CMOS sensor and a 4K 60fps recording capability. In addition, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian offers H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at a maximum bit-rate of 100mbps. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian will retail for 1,589 GBP (1,699 EUR) and will be available later this month.

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DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:30:00 +0000

DJI have unveiled their new Mavic Pro Platinum drone. Taking all of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum offers a significantly reduced flying noise (4 decibels within one metre) and an 11% improvement in battery life for a flight time of 30 minutes per charge. The increased flight time and quieter operation has been achieved by integrating new electronic speed controllers and freshly designed propellers which are also compatible with the current Mavic Pro. Furthermore, pilots of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum benefit from a portable, powerful and easy-to-use camera drone that features a 4K stabilised camera, 4.3 mile (7km) range, innovative FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49ft (15m) away and a range of intelligent flight modes. With a retail price of 1,119 GBP (1,299 EUR), the Mavic Pro Platinum is now available for pre-order and will begin shipping later this month. [...]



Ricoh Theta V

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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Ricoh today launched the new Ricoh Theta V spherical camera, which supports features that include 360° 4K video capture, immersive spatial audio recording, and high-speed image transfer. Successor to the Theta S, the Ricoh Theta V uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs on an open-source Android operating system. The camera can shoot 4K 360° video smoothly at 30 frames per second at a resolution of 3840x1920 pixels, records high-quality sound compatible with 360° spatial audio, and offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity. Available from the end of September, the Ricoh Theta V carries a recommended retail price of £399.99.

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Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 Now Available Worldwide

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

JK Imaging, the worldwide licensee for Kodak Pixpro Digital Cameras and Devices, today announced the worldwide availability of its new VR camera, the 4KVR360, which is also known as the ORBIT360 in the US. The 4KVR360 adopts a minimalist approach to an all-in-one 360° VR camera, with two 4K fixed focus lenses housed on either side of the futuristic camera body. The lenses are designed to work in tandem, to capture full 360° 4K Video and easily upload 360° content to Facebook and YouTube via the camera’s Smart Device App. “The decision to continue expanding our award winning 360° VR camera line up with the new Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 was a natural progression,” said Mariame Cisse, Marketing Director for JK Imaging Ltd., Europe. “We are committed to the interactive 360° video format and want to give yet another option to consumers when it comes to choosing a quality 360° VR camera based on their specific needs.” The 4KVR360 will feature a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and use a Micro SD card (up to 128GB) to record 360° content. The 4KVR360 camera will incorporate Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity compatibility for Smart device APPs to control and view the camera remotely. Kodak Pixpro’s 4KVR360 camera is available now in the UK via Currys, priced at £419.99. [...]



Sony RX0

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Sony today announced a new type of camera called the RX0. The ultra-compact, water-, crush- and shockproof Sony RX0 houses a 1"-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmore RS CMOS sensor and features a Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm (eq.) f/4 lens to deliver high-resolution raw and JPEG images and 4K videos. For still photography, you can use shutter speeds of up to 1/32,000th of a second and shoot at up to 16fps. For videographers who want to incorporate super slow-motion footage, the RX0 offers the opportunity to shoot at up to 1000 frames per second. For production flexibility, you can use 4K clean HDMI output to record uncompressed video to an external recorder. Sony’s wireless radio commander, the FA-WRC1M can be used to trigger up to fifteen RX0s. A wireless multi-camera shooting solution capable of connecting further RX0 units when an access point is used is currently being developed and will be released in January 2018 via a firmware update. To maximise the potential of RX0, a host of new accessories to support new ways of shooting have also been launched. These include the VCT-CGR1 Cage for increased system flexibility, the MPK-HSR1 Housing, enabling the RX0 to be taken down to depths of up to 100 metres underwater, the CPT-R1 Cable Protector, VF-SPR1 Spare Lens Protector, VFA-305R1 Filter Adapter Kit which includes a filter adapter, lens hood and MC protector,NP-BJ1 Rechargeable Battery Pack and ACC-TRDCJ Accessory Kit. The RX0 will start to ship in Europe in October 2017, priced at approximately €850. [...]



SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC UHS-I Card

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Western Digital today announced their 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card the World’s highest-capacity microSD card for use in mobile devices. “Mobile devices have become the epicentre of our lives, and consumers are now accustomed to using their smartphones for anything from entertainment to business. We are collecting and sharing massive amounts of data on smartphones, drones, tablets, PCs, laptops and more.  We anticipate that storage needs will only continue to grow as people continue to expect more sophisticated features on their devices and desire higher quality content,” says Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president, IDC. “We estimate mobile device users worldwide will install over 150 billion applications alone this year, which require a ton of memory on all of our favourite devices.” Featuringt transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card and will be available at a UK MSRP of £224.99. [...]



LG V30

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Today, LG officially announced their new V30 smartphone, which features two rear camera modules. One of them boasts a 16-megapixel sensor coupled to an all-glass f/1.6 lens with a diagonal angle of view of 71° (roughly equivalent to a 30mm lens on a 35mm camera), whilst the other has a 13-megapixel imager mated to an f/1.9 UWA lens with a 120° angle of view. LG’s first F1.6 lens is also the largest aperture among existing smartphone cameras, delivering 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens. The glass lens also delivers greater light-collecting ability than a plastic lens as well as better colour reproduction. The main camera is supported by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus. The LG V30 also offers a 6" OLED displey with an aspect ratio of 2:1 and a resolution of 2880x1440 pixels. Visitors to IFA 2017 are encouraged to stop by LG’s booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin to see the LG V30 for themselves. [...]



Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Hands-on Review

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:02:00 +0000

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Travel Photography the Focus for New Third Generation Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

A compact, lightweight interchangeable lens camera suitable for travel photography, yet one with chunky rounded buttons and a larger grip. That’s the ‘best of both worlds’ promise from Olympus that arrives in the shape of its third generation E-M10.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Hands-on Photos

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:01:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III compact system camera.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0000

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a new compact system camera featuring a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, 121-point contrast-detect AF system, 4K video recording, a 2.36M-dot OLED EVF and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The camera also boasts the latest TruePic Vlll image processor, lifted straight from the flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and Olympus’ class-leading 5-axis Image Stabilisation system. The revised, intuitive mode dial provides easy access to four camera assist shooting modes, while built-in WiFi enables instant sharing and remote control shooting. The camera is capable of achieving sequential shooting speeds of up to 8.6fps with S-AF when using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ lens. The body-only configuration will be available from mid-September for £629.99/$649.99. You will also be able to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens for £649.99, or the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake lens for £699.99/$799.99. [...]



Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Review

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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The new Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is a fast wide-angle zoom lens for Sony's 35mm full-frame E-mount camera system. The FE 16-35mm F2.8 offers a constant F2.8 maximum aperture, 11-blade aperture, dust and moisture resistance, and a complex optical formula. Is this lens the ultimate wide-angle partner for your A9/A7/A7R/A7S camera? Read our Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM review to find out...

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Polaroid: The Missing Manual

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Polaroid: The Missing Manual - The Complete Creative Guide by Rhiannon Adam is a new title from Thames & Hudson. This highly accessible and intuitive book offers a complete overview of the tools and methods of instant photography. The first part of the book covers the technology of instant photography - including a chronological history of each camera/film format, user manuals, and buying guides. The second section, “Creative Techniques”, contains twenty-eight creative guides, introducing ways to take your instant photography further. These cover almost every method of instant image manipulation. The final part of the book features an extensive resources directory, containing an exhaustive index of every contemporary and historical instant film type, a store and suppliers guide, artists index, and large further reading section. The 240-page hardcover will be available from October, priced at £19.95. [...]



Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Service Ver.2.0

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:45:00 +0000

Panasonic today announced a major firmware update for their GH5 compact system camera. The new firmware enables GH5 tethered shooting via USB, using the “LUMIX Tether” PC software. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via a USB. It lets you view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products, etc where continuous confirmation is required. The firmware also improves AF performance, faster shooting in 4K Photo and 6K Photo modes, an additional ALL-Intra-I Video Recording mode, 4K HDR video recording, various enhancements to the Anamorphic video recording mode and the in-body image stabiliser, and much more. The firmware upgrade will be available from the end of next month. [...]



Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Review

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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The new Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS is a premium super-telephoto zoom lens for the Sony Alpha full-frame compact system camera range. Read our expert Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS review to find out if this lens is an essential purchase for Sony Alpha full-frame owners...

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Lomo'Instant Square

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

 Lomography are launching a Kickstarter campaign for their new Lomo'Instant Square camera. Billed as the very first analogue instant camera to produce Instax square pictures, the Lomo'Instant Square features a 95mm glass lens for super sharp photos and an advanced automatic mode that takes care of everything from shutter speed to flash output — and a smart zone-focusing system that makes focusing easy. It also has a remote control shutter release for group shots and creative shooting. The Lomo'Instant Square features a compact foldable design, constructed with bellows, as a tribute to classic models that defined the golden era of instant photography. It comes in five colourways: a sleek black edition, a crisp white edition, an elegant brown leather edition, a stylish red leather edition, and a colourful eye-catching edition exclusive to Kickstarter backers. It will retail at prices starting from $199, but Kickstarter backers will save up to 35% on the planned retail price. [...]



Canon EOS 6D Mark II Sample Images

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II features a ​full frame 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, 45 point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.

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Official Canon EOS M100 Sample Images

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Canon Japan have released 7 high-resolution sample images captured with their new EOS M100 compact system camera. Taken with a variety of lenses including the Canon EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, EF-M28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM, EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM; these Canon EOS M100 samples were shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 400/27°. Website: Canon Japan - Official Canon EOS M100 Sample Pictures [...]