Showing posts from September, 2011

Canon looks for best beginner in Europe

Canon announced yesterday the EOS Adventure competition. Along with a chance to win a spectacular adventure in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve with wildlife photography experts, Jonathan and Angela Scott, ‘The Big Cat People’, participants can learn tips and tricks from a number of Canon professionals. For more information please read the press release below. Canon searches for best beginner photographer in EuropeOnce in a lifetime photography adventure prize on offer Canon links up with photography experts to create specialist photography tutorials United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland – Budding photographers from across Europe could win a once in a lifetime photography adventure at the same time as learning more about DSLR photography this Autumn, thanks to the photography experts at Canon. The Canon EOS Adventure is a pan-European campaign created to both educate and inspire DSLR beginners to take their photography to the next level.  Keen snappers will be able to visit the E…

Nik Software rolls out Color Efex 4

Announced a few days ago on the 7th September, Nik Software has today launched Color Efex Pro 4, the latest version of the popular filter effects plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. The full version with 55 filters is available now for 199.95 Euros, or Select version with 26 filters is available for 99.95 Euros. The upgrade from version 2.0 or 3.0 costs 99.95 Euros (unless you bought v3.0 after the 7th August then it's free to upgrade). Sample Images Bleach Bypass, copyright Martin Grahame-Dunn.More information can be found here. You can download the demo here, or buy from here.US readers preferring to buy from a reseller can buy from our affiliate retailer Adorama here.

Hasselblad Masters 2012 finalists' images showcased

Press release:
Hundreds of photographers, assistants, students and imaging creatives descended on Hasselblad’s London photo-studio last week as the prestigious international Hasselblad Masters Finalists Program 2012 was launched.

A selection of shortlisted images adorned the studio walls as Hasselblad Masters from previous years awards mingled with some of the 2012 competition finalists during ten hours of Open Day events - including ‘how to’ studio shoots with live models and an exclusive social evening where aspirational photographers joined internationally renowned experts to discuss their ambitions and the future of the industry.

Chris Russell-Fish, Hasselblad UK MD and global sales and marketing director said: “The Masters is a celebrated and highly influential photographic competition. It can change lives and careers. Claudio Napolitano, who became a Hasselblad Master in the portrait category two years ago, described his win as a ‘life changing moment – like winning a Nobel Prize’.…

Lowepro announce DSLR Video Fastpack AW Series

Lowepro has introduced a new series of backpacks aimed at multimedia journalists. As well as space for a laptop and camera equipment, the new Video Fastpack AW series has a second, dedicated compartment for audio equipment including headphones, field recorder and microphone. Available in three sizes, the Fastpack series are available now starting at $64.95, increasing to $124.95. Buy from Adorama here (with free shipping). Adorama has a special on the smaller 150 AW version here at just $49.95, with free shipping.Press release: New from Lowepro – DSLR Video Fastpack AW Series          October 2011A flexible, purpose-built backpack designed to help multimedia photographers protect and carry a wide range of camera, video and laptop equipment as they capture rich content.Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronic devices, expands its top-selling and award-winning Fastpack series with the release of the DSLR Video Fastpack AW series. Th…

LensCoat for $120k Canon lens

I always like to see how products are made, it helps me appreciate their value. Take a look at this video shot for LensCoat as they prepare a cover for one of the most esoteric of lenses, the Canon 1200mm f/5.6. The lens is no longer made, but I'm sure if you want to order one, Canon may reconsider. Alternatively, B&H will sell you one, pre-owned for $120K (now sold). The making of a LensCoat for the Canon Ef 1200mm f5.6 L USM Lens from LensCoat on Vimeo.

Nikon adds new mirrorless camera system to range

After months rumours and denials, Nikon has added a new mirrorless system to the range. The two bodies, the J1 and V1 (pictured above) adopt an 10-megapixel CMOS with a 2.7x 'crop factor', when compared with a full-frame 35mm sensor. This new format, dubbed CX by Nikon is smaller in size than the Olympus/Panasonic mFT cameras (with their 2x crop factor format), allowing for smaller lenses and bodies but this will ineveitably be the expense of image quality at high ISOs for a given resolution. I'm sure it's  reasonable at 10MP but what sort of product cycle will this have? It's got to be yearly in this segment and that doesn't bode well.

Four new lenses have also been introduced, the 10mm (27mm equivalent) f/2.8 'pancake' shown above, plus three VR enabled zooms : 10-30mm, 30-110mm and 10-100mm PD (power-driven zoom). An F-mount converter, FT1 allowing AF with Nikon F mount (AF-S and AF-I) lenses has also been announced.

Pre-order from Adorama V1 c/w …

Adobe release Photoshop Elements 10, Premiere Elements 10, bundle

Adobe has today announced Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 for Windows and Mac. Both are available immediately priced at £79 inc VAT each, while the bundle is priced at £119. For more information please see the press release for the bundle below: Press release

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 BundleBringing Intelligent Photo - and Video-Editing with Intuitive Organising Power to Windows and Mac Customers
London, UK — Sept. 20, 2011 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere® Elements 10 bundle for Windows® and Mac, the newest version of Adobe’s award-winning, Number. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software*. This milestone release celebrates 10 years of bringing powerful, easy-to-use technology to consumers. Available as standalone products (see separate press releases) or as a single retail package, the Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elemen…

Canon out ultra-high sensitivity CMOS sensor

Canon develop ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, which makes possible wide field-of-view video recording of meteors with equivalent apparent magnitude of 10.  Canon Inc have announced an ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor which has been developed to enable the video recording across a wide 3.3° x 3.3° field of view with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10.The sensor has a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm, and is the world's largest* surface area for a CMOS sensor.  It has been installed in the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo's Kiso Observatory in Japan.For more details please see here:

Five Photographers shortlisted for Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011


For the first time ever, five photographers have been shortlisted for the £12,000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the prize is sponsored by international law firm Taylor Wessing.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 will showcase the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. Selected anonymously from an open competition, the diversity of styles reflects the international mix of entrants as well as the range of approaches to the portrait genre, encompassing editorial, advertising and fine art images. The judges have selected 60 portraits for the exhibition from over 6,000 submissions entered by 2,506 photographers. The exhibition will run from 10 N…

X-Rite announce rebate on i1 Publish upgrade

X-Rite Announces &#8364100/85£ Rebate Promotion for i1Publish Upgrade

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 15, 2011 X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced a &#8364100/85£ cash back promotion for X-Rite customers who want to upgrade their i1Match, ProfileMaker or MonacoPROFILER software to i1Publish which contains the next generation i1Profiler color management software.  i1Profiler delivers an entirely new, flexible user defined experience to generate the highest quality ICC profiles for unrivaled color accuracy.

Fully supporting the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system, the latest version of i1Publish is a fully-featured ICC profiling solution that includes i1Profiler software, ColorChecker Camera Calibration software, PANTONE Color Manager software…

ThinkTank Photo announce Modular, Skin system sale

ThinkTank Photo has announced a 20-percent discount currently on Modular and Skin system pouches. The US based pro gear bag maker will also throw in a free item at checkout, either Pixel Pocket Rocket, Cable Management 10, or Security tag. However, for a limited period you can also select a LARGE Lens Drop In, RU Thirsty, Whip it Out, Skin 50, Skin 75 Pop Down, Skin Double Wide, Skin Strobe, or a Skin Chimp Cage. The sale starts immediately, but it's not clear when the sale ends.For more information, or to buy, please visit our affiliate shop* here or the site at* It won't cost you extra, and it will help fund the running of the site)

Tokina roll out AT-X 17-35mm f/4 Pro FX for home market

Tokina Japan has added a 'compact' AT-X 17-35mm f/4 Pro FX model to its line up. It's the second AT-X Pro FX (full-frame) lens in its range after the press-orientated 16-28mm f/2.8 released earlier in the year. It will be available in Canon mount first, with Nikon (unusually) to follow later this month. Although it's said to be compact, the lens takes unusually large (82mm diameter) filters to prevent vignetting presumably, but it still weighs 600g and measures 94.5x89mm. There's no word on price or availability from European or American distributors at the time of posting. The second and tenth elements are aspherical (precision moulded), while the eighth and eleventh are SD (low-dispersion). The rear-most also appears to be aspherical. These MTF charts show the 17-35mm to be a good performer., especially centrally at 17mm, though the edges drop dramatically. Better overall (average) performance can be achieved at 35mm.

Panasonic expands and updates HD lens line up

Panasonic has announced today the expansion of the HD range of lenses - those that are capable of tracking focus and operating with low noise levels during HD video capture - akin to the MSC designation of certain Olympus' PEN lenses. Seven lenses have been added retrospectively to the HD range, while four (the first four in the list below), we're assuming, require a firmware update to meet this standard (we're currently awaiting confirmation from Panasonic on this). In addition to the reduction in noise levels, Panasonic say the v 1.1 firmware update also improves OIS performance during video capture. It's also good to see Panasonic letting go of the nonsensical naming convention in favour of the tradtional method using focal length and maximum aperture. Panasonic Announces the Expansion of HD Lens* Line-up and the Firmware Update Program for the Interchangeable Lenses of LUMIX G Micro SystemPanasonic has set a new standard for the camera’s performance of auto focus a…

Gura Gear out Chobe 19-24L

Earlier this month, and under our radar, Gura Gear announced the Chobe 19-24L shoulder bag. After the success of the Kiboko (30L) back-pack, this new bag promises to be a versatile addition to the range. As well as accommodating a 15-inch laptop, a couple of pro DSLR bodies and lenses the Chobe can be expanded to include an over-night change of clothes. The bag is constructed of lightweight but tough Sailcloth (a kind of heavy-duty ripstop), features a removable padded inner and has a 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects. It's available for pre-order now at $349 plus shipping.For more information please visit: www.guragear.comEditorial comment:While the Kiboko was outstanding (I reviewed one for BJP) this is a much tougher segment to crack, as there are very strong rivals in the form of ThinkTank Photo's Urban Disguise 60 and LowePro's Pro Roller Attache, to name but two (also reviewed). The Chobe promises to be light in weight though (well under 4 lbs with the in…

Carl Zeiss to offer UV and Polarizer filters in 77mm

Carl Zeiss is to add 77mm diameter circular polarizer and UV filters to their existing range. The company will also add 52 mm, 55 mm and 62 mm sizes in September with 43 mm and 46 mm as UV filters and 95mm in both types in January 2012. There are no prices available at the time of posting. UPDATE: Like the maker's range of lenses for DSLRs these filters are made for Carl Zeiss, but they're not made by Cosina in this instance (or was it even likely), but by a well-known filter maker with "years of experience", according to my contact at Zeiss? That'll be either B+W or perhaps Heliopan, though the filters won't simply be re-branded but made to CZ's standards. One particularly attractive feature for many potential purchasers will be the T* coating, as it's known as being the best in the business.Buy from Adorama Camera (they're only showing UV filters presently). For more information please visit;

Is there a need for Sony DSLRs now there's the NEX-7?

I wrote a while back that the then new NEX-3 and NEX-5 'missed the mark', slightly. And I'm still of that opinion as they use the APS-C format sensor - the same used in their DSLRs. While it gives Sony a better ROI I can't see the advantage over a DSLR to the end user. Why run two systems with different mounts? The majority of the lenses are going to have to be the same size. While it's true they can avoid the larger retro-focus designs for shorter focal lengths, Sony seems intent on producing new cameras, with barely any thought to lenses. What's needed are more primes, more pancake designs, and now that they've introduced the NEX-7 (shown above) with a built-in finder, as I suggested they ought to do (I'm not taking any credit), they could really start to appeal to professional users. Indeed, there's no real reason why Sony couldn't drop the Alpha range entirely, providing the EVF was good enough, especially as the NEX mount looks large enoug…

TheAppWhisperer Now Writing For DPReview

Lots of things have been going on behind the scenes of our sister site and finally we can reveal one of the many exciting ventures. TheAppWhisperer is also writing for, all about photography apps, whether that's on iOS or Android platforms.This exicting new project will help ensure gains the maximum exposure possible, DPReview receives over 8 million unique visitors per month and all our articles will carry a link back to us as well as a bio and soon, even more. Don't miss our latest article that's just gone live at DPReview - it's quite a definitive article as an overview of the photography app market. Just click here to be redirected.

Fuji roll out X10

Fuji are sure to steal a large slice of the high-end compact market with this new addition, if looks are anything to go by. Uncharacteristically, we've not heard from the UK PR firm handling this announcement, so we've no word as yet on price or availability, though this US press release mentions November 2011. It looks like Fuji has adopted the same rear layout as the X100 - the rotary dial on the rear requires absolute finger-tip precision, and there's still no direct control of ISO. I would of preferred to see the EV compensation dial as an ISO dial but, hey, that's just me. It's hard to say if the second 'command dial' on the rear is a proper dial or just a rocker switch - it looks like the latter, and I would imagine it's programmable so you will most likely be able to select ISO from here, a la Ricoh GXR et al. Press release:FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES THE NEW PREMIUM COMPACT FUJIFILM X10 DIGITAL CAMERA: LARGE SENSOR, BRIGHT LENS AND WIDE OPTICAL VIEW FIN…

Samsung to add NX200 to the range

Press release:Premium Style Meets Professional Performance
Capture memorable images in the best picture quality with the Samsung NX200London, UK - September 1, 2011 – Today at IFA 2011,Samsung Electronics, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announces the launch of the new NX200, a new compact system camera that delivers professional standard photography. The NX200 guarantees an easy experience that lets you unleash your creativity to its full. It features premium functions such as a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, high speed capture (including 100ms Advanced Auto Focus), wide range ISO (100-12800), HD movie recording, and Samsung’s unique i-Function lens. With high-performance features built into a compact premium metallic design, with the NX200 you no longer have to choose between style and quality images.

The Samsung NX200 is the perfect combination of design and professional performance, delivering DSLRquality imaging in a camera that is compact …

Olympus adds teleconverter to XZ-1 range

Olympus has announced a 1.7x tele-conversion lens for the excellent XZ-1 compact. The TCON-17X (above) must be attached using the CLA-12 adapter (shown below) and will turn the 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 of the XZ-1 into the equivalent of a 48-190mm with no loss of lens speed. It's too early to say if the adapter can be used to add filters (without using the teleconverter) but it looks too short given the lens' extension. Update: Olympus claim ithe adapter can be used with 55mm filters (a polariser, for example, or even a square filter system such as those from Cokin or LEE).The TCON-17X tele conversion lens is available for £149.99 and the CLA-12 adapter for £39.99, both from September 2011.Press release:Game-changing Olympus XZ-1 gets tele conversion lens

Accessories boost high-quality magnification by 1.7xOlympus’ multi award-winning XZ-1 compact camera just got even better, with the launch of a powerful and bright new tele conversion lens and adapter. The TCON-17X adds outstanding…