Showing posts from April, 2009

Ricoh launches website for the CX1

I like the CX1, not only is it well made and responsive, the picture quality is up there with the best of them. So it comes as little surprise to see Ricoh have announced the launch of the CX1 website. Go take a look here.
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Hahnemühle announce sponsorship of Redman-Holmes Exhibition.

Hahnemühle UK are sponsoring the forthcoming Redman-Holmes Exhibition in Mayfair, read the press release (in full):

Redman-Holmes Exhibition.

A fascinating exhibition is about to open in a top gallery in London’s fashionable Pall Mall, which will feature the collaborative work of photographer Paul Redman and artist David Holmes.

When they devised the concept several years ago, Paul and David had already decided that one of the main aims was to intrigue and, hopefully, to enchant the beholder with immaculately executed, but often enigmatic, images of the world around us.

This combination of talents allows a broad spectrum of work to be tackled, almost without limit other than to the extent of the imagination. That which you would think you could paint but can’t, and that which you would think you could photograph but can’t, has now been combined into an effect only achievable by combining the two skills.

Subjects range from flowers and insects through affectionate twists to familiar landsc…

Phase One releases Capture One 4.8

As well as formally introducing the P 40+ digital back tomorrow, Phase One will also be announcing the availability of Capture One 4.8 (note the update will not be available until tomorrow 10 am EST):
COPENHAGEN, April 30, 2009 – The latest update to Phase One Capture One 4 is localized for Chinese (simplified), Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Swedish languages. This version supports the new Phase One P 40+ announced today (including tethered support) and also the Olympus E-620.

Image quality improvements include: enhancements for the Phase One P 65+, the Leica D-LUX 4; color enhancements for Olympus E-30 and generally improved colors for editing JPEG and TIFF files.

Capture One 4.8 is available now and comes in three versions: 4.8, 4.8 PRO and 4.8 DB. Capture One 4.8 is a free service release to existing Capture One 4.x owners.
Existing customers with a Capture One 3.x license can upgrade to a similar version of Capture One 4.8 at no extra co…

Phase One Launches P 40+ with Sensor+

Although the official launch is tomorrow and the Phase One web site will be live at 10 am EST with the details, the DJP has been given an advanced preview of the new P40+ specs:

Medium format camera quality plus hand-held flexibility in one system
COPENHAGEN, April 30, 2009 -- Phase One, the leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced immediate availability of the Phase One P 40+ -- the company’s second Sensor+ enabled digital camera back/camera system.

Like the P 65+ introduced last year, this new system offers two separate image-capture modes. In normal mode, the P 40+ delivers full 40 megapixel captures for high-quality image details. And when shooting conditions demand, a photographer can push a button and instantly switch from 40 megapixels to 10 megapixels, gaining a four-fold increase in light sensitivity (ISO to 3200), and a capture rate of up to 1.8 frames per second --an ideal performance for hand-held and/or low-light conditions.


Canon EOS 5D MkII back in stock at B&H

Anyone having trouble finding the Canon EOS 5D Mk II in stock could do worse than run New York dealer B&H by for a price. They're quoting $2,699.95 plus free shipping (in the US). Follow this (shameless) link to order yours and support this site at the same time.

Retailer Red Dot Cameras reveals price on white Leica M8

Specialist UK Leica dealer Red Dot Cameras has announced the price of the limited edition white Leica M8. The special edition model is priced at a cool £5900 (inc VAT) and comes complete with a chrome finish 28mm f/2.8 ELMARIT (equivalent to a focal length of 35mm, in 35mm film terms).
For more details see the retailer's site here.

Nikon D5000 at Jessops, 1st May

While the Nikon D5000 is available in the States and elsewhere, seems like we in the UK will have to wait a little longer to get our hands on the the new Nikon.

Nikon UK press release

The new Nikon D5000 hits the shelves at Jessops’ new flagship London Store

Be amongst the first to view Nikon’s latest digital SLR, the D5000, at the newly refurbished flagship Jessops store, when the new Nikon model goes on sale for the first time on Friday 1st May 2009.

To celebrate the on sale launch of the hotly anticipated new camera, the Nikon team will be visiting Jessops’ New Oxford Street store on 1st - 2nd May 2009 to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of the new camera as well as answer any technical questions. A programme of free Nikon led seminars will also be running throughout the two day event, please see schedule below:

Seminar programme
Getting the best out of D-Movie
Friday 1st May: 4.00pm and Saturday 2nd May: 3.00pm

Creative lighting demonstration (D90 & SB-600)
Friday 1st May: 2.30…

Nikon chip maker Renesas to merge with NEC Electronics

Renesas are rumored to be the makers of the CMOS imager in the Nikon D3 and D700 (pictured above)

Nikon's principal chip supplier for the full-frame 12-megapixel D3 and D700 DSLRs, Renesas Technology Corp, agreed to a merger with NEC Electronics Corp this week, prompting the DJP and likely other industry pundits to consider the implications for the company, which has seen market share improve in the influential pro-sector currently dominated by rival Canon.
Although it has never been confirmed by Nikon, it's thought Renesas fabricate the 35mm format CMOS imager that has been responsible for the turnaround in the camera makers fortunes in the ultra-competitive press and agency markets, in which the Japan based company once prevailed. Nikon UK has so far declined to comment on the news.

Source Bloomberg

NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. agreed Monday to merge in a deal that may create Japan's largest chip maker.

The terms including ownership ratio should be agr…

Panasonic GH1 with directional mic

Panasonic's little Lumix GH1 stills and HD video hybrid promises to whet the appetite of a lot of imaging creatives when it's launched at the end of May. Although we reported the GH1 had a mic socket for an optional directional mic when the new Lumix was announced, Panasonic has kindly forwarded a photo clearly showing the complete setup.

(UPDATE: We'll have more details, including sample shots and video clips after the press event in May).

Further details can be found here.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS review

Maintaining the similar SLR like styling and high ratio 20x zoom of its predecessor, the popular S5 IS model, Canon’s new PowerShot SX1 IS adds several innovative features to the mix. Most notably, the SX1 IS is one of the first compacts to feature a new proprietary 10-megapixel CMOS sensor. It’s the same small 1/2.3-inch type (6.2x4.6mm) as that found in their other compacts, but the switch to CMOS may help reduce noise levels.

Also attractive is the promise of a fast 4fps burst rate, full HD (1080p) video clips for up to 30 minutes with stereo sound. And that’s not forgetting the 20x zoom, boasting a 28-560mm range in 35mm terms, all within a small and reasonably lightweight package.

As if that wasn’t enough, the SX1 IS has a flip-out and rotating 2.8-inch widescreen format TFT and Canon has recently added a Raw file capture option, though early adopters can now download a firmware update (version 2.0) and the necessary DPP processing software to bring theirs up to the current spec…

Topaz Labs announce v2 upgrade for Simplify

Topaz Labs has announced an upgrade of Topaz Simplify, an art-orientated photo-conversion plug-in for Photoshop. Read the full press release, below.

Press release:

Our creative image simplification plug-in Topaz Simplify just upgraded to v2 and now includes significant performance upgrades, new user interface improvements, and many other extra features suggested by our amazing customers. This upgrade is free for existing Topaz Simplify customers and is available for both Mac and Windows.

Note that Simplify v2 uses a new license key so your old key will not work. To get your free upgrade key and complete upgrade instructions, visit the following webpage:

Topaz Simplify also has more useful applications than it may let on. In addition to just straight-up photo to art conversion, it can also serve to spice up backgrounds, create underpaintings for digital art conversions, and add a subtle and natural pop to photos. To see some neat samples, …

Canon Week at Calumet

Calumet UK are having a Canon promotional week from 27-30 April. As well as hosting several Canon-based seminars, the retailer is offering some very special pricing incentives on a raft of Canon gear.

The top-of-the-range 21MP Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III, for instance, sees a huge reduction of £3600 from the RRP. Click here for further details.

Phase One ready to launch 'ground breaking' product

Phase One are holding demonstration days on Thursday May 14th and Friday May 15th at Holborn Studios, London. Registration is required, for both days:
Thursday May 14th
Friday May 15th

As well as having the new P65+ (60.5-megapixel) medium format back on show (see above), Phase One say they're set to launch a 'ground breaking product'. We'll let you know more details when we have them.

I'm also pleased to see from the company's April newsletter, Canadian photographer Walter Borchenko will be giving a presentation and guide through the new features of Capture One PRO v4.7.1 including the support for JPEG/TIFF files, the new proprietary .EIP format and working with multiple sessions.

We had the good fortune to meet Walter this year at Focus, and discovered we share the same exuberance for the Arca Swiss Cube (as well as C1 PRO of course).
I was sent a Cube by the UK distributor, but unfortunately there wasn't space to review it in the British Journal of Photograph…

Phillip Jones Griffiths 'Recollections' exhibition Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl

This will be the first exhibition of 'Recollections' to be held in Griffiths' native Wales, after travelling from a six month exhibition in a Liverpool museum. Many of the photographs featured will be of Wales and Liverpool, as well as the rest of Britain in the 1950s-70s, as seen in his book 'Recollections.'

The exhibition opens Saturday 2nd May

Bodelwyddan Castle
LL18 5YA

Trolley books have very kindly sent me a copy of Recollections to review, and hope to post it in the following week.

Trolley books event TODAY in Seoul, South Korea

Trolley Books have been invited to the newly opened PLATOON KUNSTHALLE in Seoul. Trolley are proud to present there a new library of Trolley books and an evening of slideshow projections. This follows last year's invitation to Platoon's european headquarters in Berlin. Platoon are responsible for creating numerous diverse cultural and communication projects.

Gitzo launch steel Ocean Traveler tripod

Gitzo has developed the world’s first stainless steel tripod casting, and integrated the technology into its massively popular Traveler series to produce the new Ocean Traveler.

The new Gitzo Ocean Traveler is available now in the UK at RRP £799.95 inc VAT. The street price is likely to a be little lower. More details can be found at the distributor's site.
If you're reading this on the other side of the Atlantic, B&H (whom I've bought from in the past, and received outstanding service) have a wide range of Gitzo tripods, including one of my personal favorites, but the Ocean Traveller isn't listed as yet.

Visible Dust add new Zeeion cleaner

Visible Dust is pleased to announce the launch of Zeeion, a new anti-static non-contact dust removal device for DSLR cameras. Designed for DSLR users at all levels, the new Zeeion compliments Visible Dust’s famous Arctic Butterfly in the “dust removal” segment of the simple 3 stage sensor cleaning workflow (1: Check with a Sensor Loupe, 2: Remove dry/sharp dust 3: Wet Clean).

The new Visible Dust Zeeion is available now at RRP £39.95. For more details check out their website.

Adobe invites partners to participate in new Photoshop Marketplace

Press release:
Adobe today introduced Photoshop Marketplace to its partners and community leaders. Photoshop Marketplace is a centralised resource on where Adobe customers can find the latest Photoshop related resources, tools, services and events. In this initial phase, partners are encouraged to populate Photoshop Marketplace with product-related content that they can update and maintain themselves. With Photoshop Marketplace, Adobe aims to connect its customers to the expansive ecosystem that has formed around Photoshop. Users will now have one central location to explore the resources available to them, including links to Photoshop communities, events, education resources, plug-ins, extensions and more. Photoshop Marketplace will also foster interaction among customers visiting the site. Users can add community ratings and reviews, providing them with a place to share recommendations and comment on particularly useful tools. At this time, Adobe encourages partners and commun…

Hahnemühle Anniversary Photo Award

In the year Sir Walter Raleigh was mounting a expedition to colonize what was to become Virginia in the United States, the Relliehäusische Papiermühle company was making paper in a town called Relliehausen near Dassel in Solling, Germany.

Today, some 425 years later, that company is better known as Hahnemühle, and is one of the leading manufacturers (if not the leading manufacturer) of Digital Fine Art (DFA) papers out there.

To celebrate their anniversary, Hahnemühle has announced a photographic competition with a prize fund totaling €36,000 (in non-cash prizes), and exposure for the takers of the 40-best images, which will be exhibited in the ‘photo capitals’ of the world.

For more information, including the entry form and requirements visit the Hahnemühle site here.

Marc Riboud receives Lifetime Achievement award at Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA), Cannes

Marc Riboud, the celebrated Life photographer and former president of Magnum Photos, received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award from former Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt at the Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes, Thursday 16th April 2009.

Riboud captured one of the most poignant anti-war photos of the Vietnam conflict, namely that of protestor Jan Rose Kasmir standing with a flower in her hands in front of rifle-wielding troops at the Pentagon, Washington DC.

Updated 28/5/09, more photos added:

Riboud (right) about to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from former fellow Magnum photographer Erwitt.

Riboud, seen here to the right, after receiving his award from Erwitt (left, at podium). The 600 attendees gave 85-year old Riboud a standing ovation.

TASCHEN at the London Book Fair 2009

TASCHEN is at The London Book Fair, the leading spring book publishing and rights trading event, this week, Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 April. The company will be presenting an exciting list of future titles to the trade, covering art, photography, design, architecture, sex, travel, cinema and pop culture.
Taschen can be found at Stand H905, April 20, 2009 - April 22, 2009 Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA,United Kingdom

Edvard Koinberg: Herbarium Amoris. Floral Romance

Taschen today announce Herbarium Amoris by Edvard Koinberg.
Press release:

The notion of plant sexuality was initiated by Swedish botanist and physician Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778). Working with his collection of over 20,000 specimens, Linnaeus grouped flowers and plants in a Calendarium Florae, and systematically classified plant species by the number and arrangement of their reproductive parts, drawing direct parallels with human sexual organs. Highly controversial at the time, the assertion that a plant’s stamens and pistils mirror human genitalia resulted in a 'sexual revolution' in plant taxonomy.
Swedish photographer Edvard Koinberg creates a modern visual counterpart to Linnaeus’s work, approaching the subject with equal passion and dedication. Having cultivated several hundred plants in his country house, Koinberg photographs each delicate bloom in his studio under perfect lighting conditions, depicting the life cycle of various flora as they bud, flourish and wane, resulti…

Carl Zeiss extends Cooperation with Sony

Carl Zeiss extends Cooperation with Sony
13 years of successful partnership to proceed

OBERKOCHEN / Germany – 15. April 2009. Carl Zeiss today announced that its Camera Lens Division will extend their successful collaboration with Sony Corporation for a further 5 years. Taking full advantages of their competence both companies agreed to cooperate even closer in developing and commercializing new imaging devices in the future.

You can find the complete text here.

Topaz Adjust 3 for Mac released

Topaz Adjust 3 has just been released for Mac as a free upgrade to the popular Photoshop creative exposure plug-in Topaz Adjust. The announcement comes after the release of the Windows version in March, here.
For more information including the methodology for the update, please visit Topaz labs.

Annabel Williams training days announced

Annabel Williams' CPT (training) team have announced a few days in May that will help those looking to start off in the business on the right foot. While times are tough right now, there are opportunities, if you know where to look.

Press release:
Change your life with the A to Z of Photography and Business from the Annabel Williams Team!

26-29th May 2009

Give your photography a kick-start with this fabulous course from the expert team at Contemporary Photographic Training (CPT). This intensive four day training course will quite literally teach you everything you need to know about photography – including getting started in business and marketing, brand building, three live shoots with a range of models, digital workflow and how to sell you images. If you want to avoid mistakes and are determined to make your mark in the photographic lifestyle market, then this is the seminar for you.
You will also learn how to attract the right clients and create a complete photographic experience to…

Nikon unwraps new 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DX zoom

Nikon has announced a new 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DX zoom, the equivalent to a 16-35mm (in 35mm terms), and will retail from the 1st May at $899.95/£799.99/€972.

Press release:

TOKYO –Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras. Compact and lightweight, this ultra wide-angle 2.4x zoom DX NIKKOR features a focal length range of 10 to 24mm, whose picture angle of 109°-61° is equivalent to a focal length of 15 to 36mm in FX- and 35mm format cameras.

This lens is suitable for diverse scenes from restrictive interiors, architecture and panoramic landscapes to a creatively exaggerated perspective. The newly developed optical system features two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements for truly outstanding optical quality, producing stunning images. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) incorporated in the lens body offers fast, smooth and nearly silent AF operation, providing photog…

Nikon add second DSLR with HD video Nikon D5000

Nikon has taken the wraps off its second DSLR to feature HD video. The new 12.3-megapixel D5000 adopts the D90's HD 720p video, features a 2.7-inch articulated screen (230k dot) and has a body only price of $729.99/£719.99/€878. With the 18-55mm VR starter lens that rises to $849.95/£799.99/€972.

Read the full press release:
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the newest addition to its family of quality DX-format digital SLRs, the D5000. With a robust feature set and simple operability backed by Nikon’s superlative technology, the D5000 is the ideal choice for both entry-level digital SLR users and those looking for an upgrade to raise their level of photographic expression.

The D5000 features a versatile Vari-angle LCD monitor that can be viewed in normal position flush against the camera back, or swung out and rotated and/or tilted. This unequaled freedom of movement adds a unique level of creativity to Live View shooting, allowing easy viewing from virtually any pers…

Pentax 15mm f/4 ED Al Limited available now

The digital only Pentax 15mm f/4 Limited announced on our site here is in stock at B&H. Like others in the range, on a APS-C DSLR, the angle of view changes due to the smaller sensor size. It becomes the equivalent of a 23mm f/4, and well over due for Pentax users by all accounts. That's not to criticize at all, Pentax are to be applauded for their range of primes, but a new wide-angle is sure to be high the list of priorities for Pentax shooters. It also promises to be quite a performer, if the superb little 35mm f/2.8 macro I have in for review is anything to go by. Kind of slipped in (to stock) under my radar though.

Olympus update firmware for E3

Olympus (Japan) has just announced a firmware update for the pro-grade E3 DSLR. It's said to further improve AF performance, but further details, including how to perform the upgrade, can be found at the maker's site here.

Pentax K20D Titan and olive K-m for Japan only?

I like cameras that stand out from the crowd, and while I reckon the white version of Pentax K-m was a stretch for most people, I think it's far more agreeable in olive green (above).
Pentax has also announced a titanium color (I would say chrome) K20D, pictured below. That's the good news, the bad is that both appear to be limited to a 1000 units in all and are for domestic consumption (i.e. to be sold in Japan) only. For more pictures and info (in Japanese only) please visit here.

Trek-Tech announce TrekPod Go Pro Hiking pole

Hiking poles are an essential item for walking in the mountains, not only saving your knees and ankles, but also by helping to maintain your balance with a heavy backpack or when trekking with your camera gear. Combining a hiking pole and monopod isn't a new idea but Trek-Tech have announced TrekPod Go Pro, an aluminium pole boasting both a mini ball head with quick-release mount and collapsable stabilizing legs.

Press release:

JP Distribution is pleased to announce the TrekPod Go Pro from Trek-Tech which is available with immediate effect.

The TrekPod Go Pro is a photographer’s multi-tool that goes from monopod to tripod in seconds and can even be used as a hiking staff. The lightweight, (just over 790g) height-adjustable TrekPod Go Pro comes with a quick-release MagMount Pro system for attaching a camera or optical device. The MagMount Pro lets you instantly attach almost any camera, spotting scope or other device that uses the industry standard ¼ inch mounting thread. Once you’…

Apple Updates Xserve with Twice the Performance

Features Next Generation Architecture and Intel “Nehalem” Xeon Processors

CUPERTINO, California—April 7, 2009—Apple® today announced an updated Xserve® that delivers up to twice the performance of the previous system.* Using Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and a next generation system architecture, the 1U rack-optimised Xserve delivers up to an 89 percent improvement in performance per watt.** Xserve is available with up to two 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon processors and industry-leading storage options that include a low-power solid state drive (SSD) and up to 3TB of internal storage. Starting at £2,399 (inc. VAT), Xserve includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS® X Server version 10.5 Leopard®.

“The Xserve is the best workgroup server for our education, business and creative customers,” said David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing. “With up to twice the performance, better power efficiency and an innovative SSD drive option, this is the best Xserve we’ve ev…

Wacom demos Intuous 4 at TFC Birmingham

This Thursday, 9th April, Wacom will be invading the Birmingham branch with a day of demos, tutorials and hands on with the new Intuos 4 range of graphics tablets. Come along and try them out, we think you'll be amazed at how much more productive you can be using one of these. Check out for more details.

Following last years hugely successfull day, we're [TFC] running another Equestrian Photography Workshop. On may 20th at the World Horse Walfare in Snetterton, Norfolk, Steve Dawe will be doing a really hands-on session where you'll get loads of opportunity to shoot horses in lots of situations, as well as grooms and riders. It's sure to be another fun day and a bargain at £60, including lunch! Go to for more information and to book.

That's all for now, but keep an eye out, as we'll soon be releasing information on a very special series of outdoo…

Nik Software updates Silver Efex Pro for Lightroom

Nik Software Announces Silver Efex Pro™ Update for
Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2

Award-winning Silver Efex Pro now compatible with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Hamburg, April 8th 2009 - Nik Software announces today that Silver Efex Pro, its popular digital photographic plug-in offering the most advanced, complete, and straightforward black-and-white solution, is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and higher. The update is available now as a free download to current owners of Silver Efex Pro.
“With Silver Efex Pro now joining Viveza and Color Efex Pro for Lightroom, three of our most
powerful products offer photographers even more efficient ways to apply image enhancements
seamlessly within Lightroom,” said Michael J. Slater president and CEO of Nik Software. “Our goal is to provide compatibility with popular photo applications such as Lightroom. Offering these free updates for Lightroom enables our users to continue their workflow using their favorite plug-in products regardless …

Lastolite launch new, improved Camera Bracket

JP Distribution, distributor for Lastolite announces a new camera bracket for portable flashguns.

The new Lastolite 2408 camera bracket allows the camera to be flipped between vertical and horizontal while retaining the flash position. The handle is extendable and has the option of hotshoe or spigot fixing.

The 2408 is the ideal partner for the Ezybox Hotshoe and the new range of Off Camera Cords.
More information can be found at the maker's site here.

Tom Mackie announces New England workshop

The American Dream – Fabulous Photography in the Fall with Tom Mackie
April 6 2009 – Tom Mackie Images, a leader in photography and photographic training is pleased to introduce to its training and workshop portfolio a new landscape and architectural event on 5th – 14th October 2009. Taking place in Tom’s native USA this event will enable you to capture one of America’s finest photographic locations – New England.
This unique event brings together colour, architecture, coastline, wildlife, mountains and much more – there really is something for everyone. Tom will be working and supporting the group with knowledge and super cool ideas for imaginative images.

Discovering with Tom how to capture natural, innovative images on location you will learn how to achieve the type of images normally associated with travel magazines and front cover shots.

“This event will appeal to anyone interested in creating stunning photography that is exciting and full of vibrant colour.

“However, New England is…