Phase One Capture One Pro 8.2 Released

Phase One today released Capture One Pro 8.2 with more tools. Capture One Pro is renowned for its optimal raw file conversion and intuitive image editing for more productive workflows.

“Capture One Pro 8.2 marks the next step in Phase One’s continuous effort in delivering high quality tools for professional photographers,” said Jeppe Skjerning, Product Manager, Phase One. “The market needs are always evolving, and this release meets the increasing demand for creating beautiful images easier; delivering files faster and utilizing hardware better.”

A new Colour Balance Tool offers the most advanced color grading solutions of any RAW converter. With the new 3-Way Colour Balance, no knowledge of colour blending or third party plug-ins are required to create beautifully colour graded images. Colour tone changes can be made in the shadows, the highlights or the mid-tones, giving the user a quick and powerful way to create beautiful images.

Instead of manipulating RGB channels of Levels and Curves, the new Colour Balance Tool offers an equally powerful solution. Brightness values are better preserved in the shadows and highlights by using this method.

To take advantage of newer, higher resolution 4k monitors, the maximum resolution of image previews has increased from 2880 to 5120 pixels. High quality previews are available immediately as images are added to a Capture One Catalog or Session, to facilitate fast browsing and scrolling through thumbnails.

Added Camera Support:

  • Nikon D5500 (both file and tethered support)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Samsung NX1
  • Fujifilm X-A2

Added Lens Support:

  • Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/3.5/18mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/2.8/21mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/2.8/15mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/2/28mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/3.5/18mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/3.5/18mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/2.8/25mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/2/25mm ZF.2
  • Zeiss Distagon T* f/2.8/25mm ZF.2
  • Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM

    Capture One Pro 8.2 is a free update to existing Capture One Pro 8 customers; owners of previous versions of Capture One Pro may upgrade for $99. New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 8.2 for $299. Subscriptions to Capture One Pro 8 are also available.

Manfrotto 190 Go! Light And Compact Tripod

Manfrotto has announced the 190 go! aluminium tripod, completing the 190 hobbyist and professional range.

This tripod is still fast to set up and stable, as well as being the lightest and most compact 190 tripod in the aluminium range, weighing just 1.7kg. The tripod also folds down to 45cm in length.

The 190 go! extends to a maximum height of 146cm, and has a new twist locking system allowing for easy opening and closure of all sections at once. There is also a 90 degree column mechanism which stays hidden inside the top casting until it is needed.

The 190 go! is available now and is priced at £159.95.

DxO OpticsPro v10.3 Software Update

DxO has announced OpticsPro Version 10.3, with added support for the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and Olympus PEN E-PL7 cameras.

With this update, the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7 benefit from DxO OpticsPro’s 10’s numerous tailor-made corrections.

The DxO Optics Modules library benefits from the addition of 422 new camera/lens combinations, thus providing support for such lens manufacturers as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. It also provides support for other third-party brand lenses such as Tamron, Tokina, and Sigma for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, and Sony cameras.

Thanks to its five laboratories located throughout Europe, DxO has the measuring capacity to ensure an even more sustained rhythm for producing DxO Optics Modules. More than 23,000 camera/lens combinations are currently available.

DxO OpticsPro v10.3’s tools have been optimized both to simplify photographers’ workflow and to boost productivity. A new search engine has been added to the Source Browser to help users easily find and load any folder available on the operating system by simply typing its name.

The OS X version also offers a new drag-and-drop feature that allows photographers to directly open a folder by dragging it into the Image Browser, providing quicker access to images. The correction tools have been revisited, now adding greater finesse and ease to DxO OpticsPro. The Horizon slider now makes small rotations easier to perform, and the Dust tool is also easier to use.

DxO OpticsPro v10.3, DxO FilmPack v5.1.1, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.3 are now available in the DxO online store and at photo resellers at a special discount until March 31 2015.

New Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 Card

Lexar has  announced the immediate availability of the Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card with transfer speeds of up to 510MB.

The Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card is available in capacities up to 256GB, includes the latest version of Image Rescue software, comes with a limited lifetime warranty and has MSRPs of £874.99 (256GB), £525.99 (128GB), £289.99 (64GB), and £142.99 (32GB). For more information about Lexar products, visit the Lexar website.

David Parkinson – In Focus

For our next In Focus, we speak to David Parkinson – MD at the award winning Wilkinson Cameras, a fine example of an independent photo retailer – with customer focused vision teamed with good old fashioned values!

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February Competition Results

The results of the February 2015 competition have been announced and can be found here

Congratulations to all of the winners!

The Print Foundry Review

The Print Foundry are one of the sponsors of The NPS so after a factory visit by a couple of our staff in January we asked Stephen Waller (our main product reviewer) to pen a few words about their products.

The Print Foundry are making a name for themselves when it comes to mounting and framing of photographers images, in a relatively short time they have built a reputation for producing fine quality products at a price point that offers great value for money.

Its all too easy to be drawn by price when it comes to producing your art, but when the finish says everything about your business you need a company who are going to take as much care with the end product as you would.

Based in Croydon, London, the business specialises in producing fine art prints, they also mount onto acrylic or aluminium, produce canvas’ and frame using a number of contemporary mouldings

Having used the Print Foundry since their early days I was well aware on the standard of their work and was more than happy to take a look at some of their more recent products.

Within a few days of sending my images I was greeted by the sight of a delivery driver bringing some parcels to my door. As is usual with Print Foundry products these were packed well…VERY WELL packed. A few careful minutes with a sharp Stanley knife and the corrugated cardboard and packing tape was off, leaving a number of sharp white inner boxes. Inside these there was more packaging around the products, by way of protective corners and foam wrap. You would have to try hard to damage any of these in transit!

Personally I love images mounted or printed onto acrylic, so it was predictable that it was the two acrylic products that caught my eye first.

The Tray Framed HD Acrylic is essentially a 5mm acrylic sheet which has the image bonded to the reverse. A thin sheet of foamex is then affixed to the back, before everything is mounted within a modern sharp frame.

It all looks very nice and the acrylic appears to be floating in air within the frame. On the back a single serrated hanger is more than enough to keep the acrylic on a screw on the wall.

Specification

  • 5mm Crystal clear Plexiglas
  • Facemounted with the highest grade fine art adhesive
  • Hi-definition 12 colour printing
  • Certified for 100+ years
  • Supplied in a white presentation box
  • Bespoke sizes up to 2m in length

Next up was the HD Acrylic Orb. These are circular pieces of acrylic with a diamond and flame polished edge. Again the print is bonded to the back of the acrylic and protected with a thin layer of Foamex. Round the back the example I received was sporting an aluminium sub-frame with a single screw hanger (wooden sub-frames are standard) and when hung the orb gives the impression of floating from the wall.

HD Acrylic Orbs are available in 10, 20, 30, 40 inch stock sizes, with custom sizes an option. With the right image they make a unique and striking piece of art.

Specification

  • 5mm Crystal clear Plexiglas
  • Facemounted with optically clear adhesive
  • Diamond & flame polished edges
  • Supplied with a white wooden subframe (solid aluminium subframe option)
  • Hi-definition 12 colour printing
  • Certified for 100+ years
  • Supplied in a white presentation box

For those who don’t like the really shiny appearance of acrylic an Aluminium Mounted Print may be the answer. These have, as the name suggests, your print mounted onto a 2mm thick piece of aluminium, which is then sealed with either a matte or gloss film. The one I received had a matte finish and although on initial inspection (in my opinion) it didn’t stand up against the acrylic pieces, I have warmed to it and it does look very nice floating on the wall. The flat matte finish does of course avoid any reflections so this could be seen as a benefit for some.

Specification

  • 2mm Solid aluminium sheet Sealed with a matte or ultra gloss film
  • Brushed edges for a cleaner finish
  • Supplied with white wooden subframe (Solid aluminium subframe optional)
  • Hi-definition 12 colour printing
  • Supplied in a white presentation box
  • Bespoke sizes up to 3m in length Standard production

Prints on canvas have been about for some time but The Print Foundry have taken things a stage further by adding the option of frames around the outside to freshen up the look. The Deep Framed Canvas is a 450gsm non yellowing canvas set within 45mm deep exhibition pro stretcher bars. These are available in black or white and give the canvas an all together more substantial look. Its kind of the best of both worlds in that it is a canvas but also a framed piece of art.

Specification

  • 450gsm Fine art canvas OBA Free (No yellowing over time)
  • 45mm deep exhibition pro stretcher bars Double tensioning wedges
  • Deep Frame in smooth black or white
  • Hi-definition 12 colour giclée printing
  • Fine art UV varnish for added protection and light fastness (no need for glass)
  • Archival certified for 100+ years
  • Professionally framed and finished Supplied in a white presentation box
  • Bespoke sizes up to 2m in length

Another idea on the framed canvas theme is the Classic Framed Canvas. This is a printed canvas bonded onto a flat art board and then framed in a matte finished black or white frame. With the canvas on a flat board there is no chance of the canvas stretching with time and for some this may be considered an advantage.

Specification

  • 450gsm Fine art canvas OBA Free (No yellowing over time)
  • Bonded onto non acidic art board.
  • 12 colour giclée printing Fine art UV varnish for added protection and light fastness (no need for glass) Archival certified for 100+ years
  • Professionally framed and finished Supplied in a white presentation box
  • Bespoke sizes up to 2m in length

All these display options offer something that is just that bit different to what’s available elsewhere and could really lift your images to the next level.

The Print Foundry are one of the NPS competition sponsors. View their website at www.theprintfoundry.co.uk

Stephen Waller – NPS Product Reviewer

Konost To Launch World’s First True Digital Rangefinder

A new start-up company called Konost is looking to launch what they call the world’s first true digital rangefinder camera.

Their first camera, which is still under development, will be the Konost FF, a 35mm full frame 20 megapixel True Digital Range Finder camera. It will have an optical viewfinder with electronically displayed framelines and a rangefinder focusing patch.

The beauty of the camera is its simplicity they say, with only four fundamental controls: aperture, shutter speed, focus and ISO. It’s a minimalistic camera stripped of any unnecessary features.

The difference between the Konost True Rangefinder and the Leica series of rangefinder cameras, for example, is that the Konost will use a system powered by a secondary image sensor rather than a series of prisms and mirrors as used in more traditional systems. It will work with image overlay focusing instead of optically focusing, meaning focus will be achieved for a point in the scene when the two images overlap. This can be adjusted by focusing the lens, causing the secondary image to move.

Konost is also creating an AP model with 12 megapixel APS-C sensor and a junior model with 1 inch 10.8 megapixel sensor. All 3 models look set to feature an SD slot, spot average metering, manual exposure and aperture priority with a shutter speed range of 1 second to 1/4000s as well as optical viewfinders, electronic displays and a hotshoe mount.

Both the full frame and APS-C models will be made from aluminium alloy and have RAW capture, a Leica M lens mount, and ISO from 100-6400.

No details of pricing has been announced as yet, and there is a target launch date for the full frame and APS-C models in early 2016. For more information, take a look at the Konost website.

Sigma Announce UK Price For 24mm f/1.4 And 150-600mm

Sigma has announced the pricing and availability of two new lenses, an Art series 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM and a Contemporary series 150-600mm DG OS HSM, first announced at CP+ in Japan.

The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A lens will have an RRP of £799.99 including VAT.

Delivery is expected as follows:

  • Sigma and Canon mount: March
  • Nikon mount: April
  • Sony mount: TBA

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens will have an RRP of £1,199.99

Delivery is expected as follows:

  • Canon mount: March
  • Sigma mount: April
  • Nikon mount: May
  • Sony mount: TBA

 

The Art 24mm f/1.4 is a large aperture wide angle lens that can deliver high level artistic expression. Sigma claim the lens has the highest optical performance in tis class, and achieves astonishing rendering performance even in the corners with ultra-high resolution. It will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The lens also has excellent correction of sagittal coma flare, with an optimized power layout positioning aspherical lens elements at the rear and adjusting the incidence angle of the light source, enabling high rendering performance even from the widest aperture. Sigma say this makes it perfect for astronomical photography and shooting illuminations.

There is also excellent correction of chromatic aberration, minimised distortion, high peripheral brightness along with a design that minimises flare and ghosting.

The Contemporary 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM is a lightweight hyper telephoto zoom lens featuring high usability and outstanding optical performance. It will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The lens has a special emphasis on its optical performance by incorporation of 1 FLD and 3 SLD glass elements, optimization of lens power distribution and minimized chromatic aberration of magnification. An issue for hyper-telephoto lenses in particular at the telephoto end, optical aberrations have been minimized throughout the zoom range. Dust and splash-proof to facilitate photography in the field and featuring a detachable tripod socket for more convenient handheld photography, this lens is a lightweight high-performance model.

The 150-600mm also has Intelligent OS, featuring an acceleration sensor to ensure high precision. 2 OS modes are available: Mode 1 for general photography and Mode 2 for motor sports and other applications requiring panning. In Mode 2, the acceleration sensor teams up with the Intelligent OS and its updated stabilization algorithm to deliver effective stabilization while you move the camera horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—regardless of the position of the lens. This feature helps ensure effective panning and outstanding capture of moving subjects. There is also quieter and faster Optimised AF.

It also features a zoom lock that can be set at any focal length, allowing stable shooting when the lens is positioned upwards or downwards. There is also a weter and oil repellent coating on the front of the lens allowing water to be wiped away easily and prevents oil and fat from sticking to the surface.

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