Nicole Gomes Appointed NPS Ambassador

The NPS are proud to announce the appointment of Nicole Gomes as NPS Ambassador.

Nicole has rocketed to the top of the tree at a very young age and has already made quite a name for herself – at just 20 Nicole has a first class honours degree in photography and has already been snapped up by Manfrotto as an ambassador (and of course the NPS!)

Nicole has already given talks at The Photography Show in Birmingham and is a name to watch out for.

Nicole is an Ambassador for The NPS promoting the society worldwide.

Hasselblad CFV-50c CMOS Back For V System

Hasselblad is set to launch a new ‘back to the future’ CMOS sensor-based digital back, targeting its legions of dedicated V System photographers worldwide.

The new CFV-50c, which will have an €11,000 price tag, is engineered to work on almost every V camera made by the company since 1957.

The state-of-the-art back boasts the same feature-rich functionality and performance level as the acclaimed H5D-50c camera, providing V System users with a unique opportunity to benefit from latest digital capture technology, including outstanding ISO capability.

The announcement comes as Hasselblad underpins its sharp focus on core customers in the medium format sector.

Ian Rawcliffe, Hasselblad CEO said: “We have experienced a substantial resurgence of interest in our iconic V cameras – users love the traditional ergonomics and the unique appearance.

Our research has shown that although we no longer manufacture V models, there is a big demand from our dedicated V System users who want to be able to continue to use their classic cameras but also desire access to our latest technology. The new CFV-50c, with its supreme image quality, is our response to that demand. Photographers using V System vintage cameras can now realise the true potential for these definitive capture devices.”

He added: “This new unit is just part of our ongoing product development strategy. We have produced V Systems for over fifty years and now customers can really benefit from Hasselblad advanced digital engineering know-how with the CFV-50c.”

CFV-50c Key Features:

  • CMOS sensor with ISO values up to 6400 provides lower noise levels, guaranteeing crisp clean images and picture-perfect colours.
  • Long exposures with clean, noise-free images.
  • Simple operation: no external cables required. (The CFV is the only digital back to offer this for V cameras)
  • Live Video in Phocus in colour: Plus much higher frame rate than earlier CCD-based CFV backs.
  • Larger LCD screen with higher resolution.
  • New menu system and button layout.
  • Ninety degree viewfinders. Now photographers can use the PM90 and PME90 viewfinders. (Easier portrait or vertical shooting)
  • 12.5 MPixel JPEG option (in addition to the RAW file).
  • New programmable button – a shortcut to a photographer’s most frequently used function.
  • Classic Hasselblad square crop option.
  • Remote control option from Phocus using a 500EL-type or 503CW with winder.

For more information, take a look at the Hasselblad website.

DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 Update

DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 for Mac and Windows.

This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to offer support for the new Sony α7s (Elite Edition only) and for four other cameras: the Sony DSC-RX100 III and SLT-A77 II, the Nikon 1 J4, and the Samsung NX30 (both Standard and Elite Editions).

DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 has been enriched with new DxO Optics Modules: 376 camera/lens combinations round out the library, offering support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for many Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras.

DxO Optics Modules contain all the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens so as to permit DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality. More than 19,000 camera/lens combinations are available today.

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.5.1 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photoresellers at a special discount until 15 July 2014:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: £79 instead of £119
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: £159 instead of £239

A fully-functional free trial version of DxO Optics Pro 9, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website.

Olympus Launch PEN E-PL6 MFT Camera

Olympus has launched a new slim and powerful PEN camera, the E-PL6, in the UK.

The latest in the line of PEN cameras comes equipped with a Wi-Fi capable FlashAir SD card and a class best, super slim interchangeable electronic pancake lens in the ‘Expression Kit’ package.

The camera has a 16.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and a large, tiltable swiveling high resolution LCD touchscreen allowing you to frame selfies and other shots easily.

The camera will be available from mid July for an SRP of £429. For more information take a look at the Olympus website.

From Olympus:

P for Personality

For anyone who likes to express themselves and their own sense of style,the Expression Kit is the camera-lens-card combination of choice. The allmetalE-PL6 has the feel-cool factor that comes from renowned PEN’s trademark design and adds a contemporary design icon to any outfit. Like every PEN, it’s built to feel great – and look beautiful – in your hands. For a camera of this calibre, it’s also light and compact, so it will fit easily in most hand bags, even with the supplied lens attached. In fact, the lens is exactly what makes this the most portable PEN yet.

Enhancing your creative options are 12 striking Art Filters and 6 Art Effects to choose from ensuring the E-PL6 has the potential to spread some serious envy online, with one-touch, one-of-a-kind clips and shots.

E for Excellence

The E-PL6 is compatible with a wide range of Micro Four Thirds specialist lenses made by the M.ZUIKO experts, and the Expression Kit includes one of their latest achievements. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm*** 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens is the world’s slimmest in this category. TheM.ZUIKO signature is unmistakeable – in the startling size of the lens, the quiet motor, and the quality of the images it captures.Speed, power and portability are key to spontaneous, individual and stylish photography – and the PEN E-PL6 has all three in abundance. In combination with any Micro Four Thirds lens and the powerful TruePic VI image processor, super-quick start-up and autofocus mean the camera reacts as fast as you think, even in low light. It delivers 16.1-Megapixel stills and 1080 Full HD movies with the consistently rich gradation, low noise and wide dynamic range that compacts and smartphones can’t hope to achieve.

When these images are shared, the difference in quality is even more striking: Post a picture of a moving subject shot in poor light on a smartphone, then count the likes. There’s no better argument for the PENand its versatile ISO settings.

The E-PL6 has a raft of new PEN features to help you quickly adjust settings, frame your shot, and capture a remarkable image. For example,Level Gauge overlays a grid on the LCD when there’s no horizon as a reference. Interval shooting for stills stitches together stop-motion videos while Small AF Target Mode makes it easy to focus on tiny parts of the subject, then magnify these for more precise focusing. Short Release TimeLag Mode combines with Fast AF to reduce the delay that can otherwise make it difficult to accurately capture fast-moving subjects.

N for Network

The E-PL6 is all about shooting and showing, and that includes posting your oeuvre online. The supplied FlashAir WiFi card lets you quickly transfer photos and videos to your smartphone via the Olympus Image Share app, then effortlessly on to social media sites. The large and tiltable 3-inch monitor swivels up and right round so it’s visible from the front of the camera, giving you the flexibility to frame a whole new class of selfie – or other shots from unusual angles.

The PEN E-PL6 comes in a black or white body and is compatible with a variety of accessories that customise the look. For example, a matching grip. Together with the FlashAir card and pancake lens, it will be available in beautifully designed packaging.

The NPS Image Competition

It’s here!

The National Photographic Society has launched it’s monthly image competition.

Entry is currently open to anyone from anywhere in the world and at no cost.

The National Photographic Society is one of the fastest growing photographic associations in the world and the monthly image competition has been a much requested feature for some time now.

For more information visit the website at www.thenps.com

A little news……..

SSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHH – its still supposed to be a secret!!!
There have been some heavy hints about things happening with Olympus and Damian McGillicuddy training in the near future, many of you have noticed the example posts of Damian’s work in the forums on FaceBook etc.
Perhaps its time to let the cat partially out of the bag.  Lots of organisations ask for revenue or funding from manufacturers and at the NPS we are nothing if not progressive and forward thinking… so we asked Olympus for expertise instead of simple cash!
Now Damian McGillicuddy is quite literally world renowned and second to none as both a judge, trainer and a photographer –  we asked Olympus to loan us their Principal photographer and educator to help within the NPS.
Olympus, through Damian and his colleagues, will be having a big hand in helping the mentoring and training side of the NPS come the end of August and there will even be Olympus training academies up and down the country for the NPS membership to attend – a big commitment to the photographic industry from the progressive and industry centric people at Olympus.  Damian will be taking the title of Head of Training and Qualifications at The NPS which we are extremely excited and honoured about.
If you want to see just what you are in store for we can even give you a subsidised sneak peak.  Olympus and Damian have squeezed an extra date in to their next “BIG shoot experience”, now it is this Saturday – the 12th and its short notice… BUT if you want to attend to learn from the man the popular photographic press refer to as the “lighting wizard” mail me directly and I’ll give you a discount code for a further 15% of as an NPS member benefit.
I know places are limited so don’t delay this is done on a first come first served basis… you can see the sort of thing you are in for here on Damian’s blog, there’s even a behind the scenes video, so check it out:

Nikon D810 36.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Announced

Nikon has announced the new Nikon D810, designed to replace the Nikon D800 and D810, it features a newly developed 36.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, without the optical low pass filter (OLPF), improved continuous shooting at 5fps at full resolution, improved video recording at 1080p, 60fps, along with an extended ISO range going from ISO32 to ISO51200. The Nikon D810 will be available from 17 July priced at £2699.99 body only.

Nikon D810 Key Features

  • New 36.3mp Full-Frame FX CMOS sensor without OLPF
  • 5fps full-frame continuous shooting, upto 7fps DX cropped
  • ISO64-12800, expands to ISO32-51200
  • 51 AF points, with new group area AF (as per D4s)
  • FullHD 1080-50p-60p advanced movie recording
  • Quieter shutter, 200,000 shutter life rating
  • 100% optical viewfinder
  • 1229k dot 3.2inch RBGW screen
  • NEF-S 9mp raw recording
  • Magnesium alloy weather sealed body

From Nikon: London, UK, 26th June 2014 – Nikon today introduces the D810, the new high-resolution master that’s ready for anything. From delicate textures to high-speed movement, this astonishingly versatile 36.3-megapixel camera will exceed every expectation.

D810 Top (Custom)
Offering incomparable image quality, high-speed performance, and Full HD video flexibility, the completely redesigned D810 surpasses its predecessor to deliver a new benchmark for high-resolution shooting. Its all-new FX-format sensor, ultra-wide ISO range, and EXPEED 4 image processor deliver unprecedented sharpness, impressive tonality, and reduced noise across all sensitivities. Flagship AF performance, a burst rate of up to 7 fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p enable any scene to be captured with rigorous precision, and Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing and optimisation flexibility. In the studio or on location, this is the ultimate imaging machine for serious photographers who want to realise their vision in exquisite detail.

Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager for D-SLR products at Nikon UK says: “Feedback from professional photographers has been integral to the development of this product, upping the game of high resolution photography.”

He adds: “Significant increases in speed and ISO versatility, along with new features that minimise the camera’s internal vibrations during shooting for incredible stability, make the Nikon D810 the ultimate tool for visionary photographers working across a broad range of genres.”

D810 Back (Custom)
High-resolution master

Taking creative freedom to a whole new level, the D810 opens up spectacular new possibilities for high-resolution shooting. The camera’s brand new FX-format sensor offers a class-leading count of 36.3 megapixels, and is designed without an optical low-pass filter to deliver the ultimate in image detail in both stills and movies. In a first for a D-SLR, the D810’s ultra-wide native ISO range starts at ISO 64 for cleaner, better-defined images when shooting in bright light, and you can shoot at up to ISO 12800, or extend the range from 32 to 51200 ISO equivalent. Equipped with the same EXPEED 4 image processing engine as used in the flagship D4S, the D810’s overall performance gets a significant boost: image rendering and ISO capability is vastly improved in both stills and video, with sophisticated new algorithms enabling remarkable clarity and enhanced gradation with a tangible sense of depth across the entire sensitivity range.

High-speed fidelity: fast, powerful, and ready for anything

Engineered to excel in any environment, the D810’s powerful high-speed capabilities deliver exceptional versatility, ensuring you can capture even the quickest, most unpredictable subjects in a big way. Faster continuous shooting speeds and the flagship Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system enable precise, uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps, plus the camera can shoot 15.3-MP images at up to 7 fps in DX crop mode. Nikon’s new Group Area AF mode offers fast acquisition and improved background isolation when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background. A new shutter/mirror box mechanism reduces image shake for a steady viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting, and you can activate the new electronic front-curtain shutter to minimise internal vibrations and reduce the risk of micro-blur in subtle details. For faster image transfer and smoother post-production, Nikon’s RAW Size S file format delivers richly graded 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files.

Cinematic movie-making freedom

Shooting movie footage on a camera as powerful as the Nikon D810 is an enriching and liberating experience. A powerful and flexible tool that will satisfy even the most demanding cinematographers, the D810 records Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p frame rates with markedly reduced noise, moiré, and false colour. The camera offers FX and DX sensor crop formats as well as clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder. You can set sensitivity from ISO 64 all the way up to ISO 51200 equivalent in M mode, and the auto ISO function lets you configure the maximum ISO settings you want to work with. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and flicker when filming at high sensitivities. Zebra mode shows you on the camera monitor exactly where highlights are blown. Superior audio control improves sound recording and offers greater overall flexibility: a stereo microphone input and an audio out let you fine-tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording, you can select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone.

Creative flexibility

No matter which kind of photography you focus on, the D810 will perfectly realise your creative vision. Whether shooting stills or video, Nikon’s newly introduced second-generation Picture Control System provides invaluable tools for before and after the shoot by offering total control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, clarity, and saturation. For the ultimate freedom in post-production, the new Flat setting will retain all the details and preserve rich tonal information in both highlights and shadows; the new Clarity setting lets you precisely adjust contrast and differentiate fine structures. When shooting, the camera’s 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot colour-tune monitor lets you push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal workflow preference. The new Live View split-screen zoom makes it possible to check levelling and sharpness with complete precision and is ideal for architectural or product shot photography. Additional creative capabilities include unlimited continuous shooting that lets you capture countless JPEGs and produce spectacular light-trail photography.

Total Digital Imaging System

Augmenting the D810’s spectacular imaging potential is the full power of Nikon’s total imaging system. The highest calibre optics are vital for such a high-megapixel camera and Nikon’s wide range of NIKKOR lenses will draw out the full potential of the D810’s 36.3-megapixel sensor with ease. With their exceptionally high resolving power, NIKKOR lenses meet the demands of photographers in every field. Also fully compatible with Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System, the D810 works with a range of versatile Nikon Speedlights for creative flash photography on- or off-camera.

Summary of key features:

  • New 36.3-MP FX-format sensor: offers the ultimate in image detail and excellent cropping flexibility.
  • Ultra-wide light sensitivity: ISO range of 64–12800, extendable from 32–51200 ISO equivalent.
  • Up to 7 fps burst rate: uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps. 15.3-MP images at up to 7 fps in DX crop mode.
  • EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level.
  • Flagship AF performance: Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F).
  • Group Area AF mode: fast acquisition and improved background isolation even in challenging lighting conditions.
  • Multi-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 50p/60p. Access the full light sensitivity range, from ISO 64, while filming, and control shutter speed, aperture, and audio levels, too.
  • RAW Size S: delivers richly graded 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that enable faster image transfer and smoother post-production.
  • Picture Control 2.0: ease post-production with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; fine-adjust detail with Clarity.
  • Ultra-sharp: new shutter/mirror box architecture and electronic front-curtain features ensure the sharpest possible results.
  • Colour-tune monitor: anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD monitor. Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction.
  • Live View split-screen zoom: check levelling and sharpness with complete precision. Accessed via the camera’s ‘i’ button.
  • Fast durable shutter: Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter unit with 52 ms shutter lag, standard life cycle rating of 200,000 releases, and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30 s, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s.
  • Unlimited continuous shooting: capture countless JPEGs and produce spectacular light-trail photography.
  • High-capacity EL-15a battery: ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh (7.0V). Capture up to 1,200 still images1 on a single charge.
  • Storage media: two card slots for a smooth shooting experience. One CF card slot for high-speed UDMA 7 cards, and one SD card slot for high-speed, high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.
  • Durable magnesium alloy body: extensive weather and dust sealing ensure the D810 is moisture and dust resistant.
  • Wired and wireless connection: supports Ethernet and wireless LAN. To connect, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens For Canon EOS M

Tamron has announced the Canon mount of the 18-200mm high power zoom lens, exclusively for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors.

Tamron’s first high-power zoom lens designed exclusively for Canon’s EOS-M mirrorless camera series has a refined design and superior performance and is the smart choice for exploring your expanding world. This extraordinary all-in-one zoom lens covers practically any shooting situation you’ll ever encounter with your mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (also known as Compact System Cameras). Light, compact, and exquisitely designed, the lens covers the full focal-length range from 18mm wide-angle to 200mm long telephoto (27–300mm equivalent in the 35mm format).

The lens has a suggested retail price of £389.99 and is available from July 2014. For more information take a look at the Intro 2020 website.

Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Lens

Tamron has introduced an innovative all-in-one zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras.

The Tamron 14-150mm is a compact zoom lens that combines extreme versatility and exceptional image quality. This latest lens from Tamron is digitally optimized for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and is available in both a Black and a Silver finish. This new lens (equivalent to 28-300mm in the 35mm and full frame formats) is a 10.7x zoom and weights only 285g, making it an ideal all-in-one zoom lens for travel, family and creative photography.

Optical Design

The optical design of this lens includes one LD (Low Dispersion glass element), two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element. This formula reduces aberrations to a bare minimum to achieve exceptional image quality.

Stepping Motor for quick and quiet auto-focusing

The stepping motor’s actuator allows precise control of angular rotation, and since it drives the focusing mechanism directly without any intermediary reduction gear, it is also exceptionally quiet. These features give the lens a seamless, fluid auto-focusing action when shooting video.

 The lens will be available for an SRP of £389.99 from July 2014. For more information, take a look at the Intro 2020 website.

Lowepro Announces New Bag Ranges

Lowepro has announced two new bag ranges, the Toploader Zoom AW, which is an upgrade to an existing bag range and the Dashpoint AVC, for action video cameras.

The Toploader Zoom AW has been redesigned to introduce a number of improvements:

  • Lighter weight
  • New zippers with newly designed grippy zipper pulls
  • Mesh pocket with key fob in front pocket
  • All weather cover built in

The range has 3 sizes, with the biggest size fitting a DSLR with attached 70-200mm lens, and prices range from £30 to £45.

The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC is available in two sizes. It features a lightweight composite shell, for high impact resistant protection. The cases feature removable dividers and a quick grab handle for easy carrying. It has a stackable design for easy storage.

The Dashpoint AVC1 will hold 1 action video camera with accessories and retails for £26, while the Dashpoint AVC holds 2 action cameras with accessories and retails for £30.

For more information on both of these new ranges, take a look at the Lowepro website.