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30 November

Nikon Software Updates Vision 2009

Nikon UK has announced software updates are now available to download for the following programmes: Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro 2. For information and instructions about how to download the updates please visit the links below:

Capture NX2.2.3 Updater - Windows please click here

Capture NX2.2.3 Updater - Mac please click here 

Camera Control Pro 2.7.0 Updater - Windows please click here

Camera Control Pro 2.7.0 Updater -Mac please click here

Vision 2009

Great to see so many people coming from often very great distance to take advantage of Vision 2009 at the Islington Business Design Centre. Full points again to Carmarthen College and Nottingham Trent University, who are always at Vision in force, and a special welcome to all our new subscribers - your first issue will be going in the post today. f2 Editor David Land as usual spent the entire day looking at portfolios and came away having met several freelances with a story to tell and a folio to match. Two will be finding their way into f2 Freelance over the coming months.

November 24

Vision at the Islington Business Design Centre

- this Friday - 27 November 10am - 5pm

Vision 2009 promises to be the bumper event we always expect. Lead speakers this year are  Magnum photographers Martin Parr and Eugene Richards along with internationally respected wildlife photographer Steve Bloom.

Aside from the lecture series, probably most popular among the major attractions at Vision are the portfolio reviews with top London and international picture editors and art directors. Portfolio Review at Vision 2009 is now sold out according to the official web site. The Vision fringe however continues apace: f2 Freelance Editor David Land will be reviewing portfolios all day free of charge in the trade show on a first come first served basis. You will find him on the Royal Photographic Society stand in the morning and on our own f2 Freelance stand in the afternoon. As ever he will be available to offer support for those starting out as well as being interested to see folios from photographers already working in the industry. See you there!! For more information about Vision 2009 please click here

October 26

Fujifilm denies discontinuation of B/W Instant film

Fujifilm Professional has moved quickly to dispel rumours that the company is about to withdraw production of its popular black and white instant film. Fujifilm's Senior Product Manager for Professional Film, Russ Gunn, explained the announcement: “It was brought to our attention that a number of websites were carrying 'news' of the discontinuation of some of Fujifilm's instant film. I would like to confirm that all current formats of FP-100B and FP-3000B black and white instant film and FP-100C colour instant film will remain in production and we have no plans to discontinue any of them." For full details on the Fujifilm range visit www.fujifilm.co.uk/professional

October 20

Canon launches EOS1D MkIV

Canon has introduced the EOS1D Mk IV. A successor to the EOS1D Mk3 the Mk4 is primarily intended for action, sports, news and wildlife photographers working in fast paced high pressure situations and features a new 16.1MP APS-H CMOS sensor. The camera also includes a new 45-point auto focus system, with 39 f/2.8 sensitive cross-type points. Canon state the new system provides consistent AF on static or moving subjects, no matter which AF point is being used. All 45 AF points are user selectable with the AF points towards the edge of the frame now offering identical levels of performance to those in the centre. Dual Digic 4 processors allow continuous, high-resolution image capture at up to 10 frames per second, as well as delivering the widest ISO range ever to feature in a Canon camera.

As well as the expected range of manual and automatic AF control options a new Spot AF feature which, used with lenses featuring an AF Stop button, offers a more precise focus area. Memory storage is both CF and Secure Digital/SDHC. Extreme low-light performance is also delivered in the form of an ISO range from 100-12,800, with extended ISO ranges from a low of 50 to 102,400 – the highest ISO ever offered by a Canon SLR. In movie mode the camera has the ability to capture 1080p High Definition (HD) video at 30, 25 and 24fps and 720p footage at 60 and 50fps.  As well as complete compatibility with PAL, NTSC and native 1080/24p cinematic frame rates, the EOS 1D MARK IV offers full manual exposure, providing film makers and photographers with control over depth of field. The EOS 1D Mark IV is promised to be in the shops at the end of December 2009 priced at £4499.00 RRP inc. VAT. Further information from www.canon.co.uk

October 14

Nikon launches D3S

Nikon has announced the D3S. Built upon the Nikon D3, the D3S greatly enhances low light photography and offers new creative options for multi-media movie shooting. The D3S has a re-designed 12.1 effective megapixel image sensor, featuring a large pixel pitch, with a completely modified inner structure, allowing the D3S to capture images under extremely low lighting conditions. As well as a seven stop ISO range, 200 – 12,800, the D3S also offers three additional ISO boost levels, up to a somewhat staggering ISO equivalent of 102,400. Movies are captured at 720p/ 24fps in motion JPEG with stereo sound capability  when using the input jack. The file format enables a unique ‘Save Selected’ frame option that enables the user to shoot video freely, secure in the knowledge that a still image of a key moment can be transmitted as well. Autofocus is completely configurable to set up, but extremely simple to use: employing Nikon’s 51-point AF system, with 15 cross points, for fast tracking of moving subjects. The D3S contrast detection AF system has also been tuned to provide autofocus support during movie capture and Live View. Also included in the D3S is a new image sensor cleaning function that generates vibrations at four different frequencies to reduce the impact of static dust collection on the optical low pass filter of the image sensor, which has been implemented without impacting on the 100% viewfinder coverage expected from a top end professional camera. Also as would be expected in a top end camera the D3S is built to withstand extreme temperatures and humidity, in this instance by means of a weather-sealed durable magnesium construction. The D3S will be available from December at RRP: £4199.99 For more information please click here

September 4

Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS

The Sigma Corporation has launched the 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS, a compact optically stabilised zoom for full frame and APS-C format cameras. The OS function offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible and for Sony and Pentax mount, the built-in OS function can be used even if the camera body is equipped with an anti-shake function. The lens also includes a low dispersion glass element. Overall length is 126.5mm (5.0”), maximum diameter of 76.5mm (3.0”) and the lens weighs in at just 610g. Minimum focusing distance is 150cm (59.1”) throughout the entire zoom range, filter size is 62mm and available fittings are Sigma AF, Nikon AF, Canon AF, Pentax AF, Sony AF. SRP £399.99 For more information please visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

September 1

Canon announces the EOS 7D Digital SLR

Canon today announced the EOS 7D Digital SLR. The camera incorporates a new 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, Dual “DIGIC 4” processors, an ISO range expandable to 12,800 and continuous shooting at 8 frames per second. The EOS 7D includes a 19-point cross-type AF sensor, offering a range of manual and automatic settings including Zone and Spot AF to track and capture subjects quickly and accurately.  AF settings are highly customisable, allowing for rapid reaction to changes in the scene and different AF points can be set for vertical or horizontal orientation, allowing automatic switching between landscape and portrait shots without touching a button. The EOS 7D also incorporates a new “focus colour luminance” metering system which intelligently measures focus, colour and luminance, across 63 zones.  Complimenting the 19 AF points, the dual layer sensor is able to gather information from each distinct zone to obtain a more accurate and consistent exposure. Also featured is an intelligent viewfinder offering 100 per cent frame coverage. The EOS 7D is also the first EOS to introduce a dual-axis electronic level, in the viewfinder and on the LCD, indicating both pitch and roll angles.  This feature is particularly useful when used in conjunction with a Tilt and Shift lens to level the camera. Amid a wealth of features the EOS 7D also includes a useful integrated speedlite transmitter and an extensively upgraded built-in flash, which includes a manual control option, and wider flash coverage to cover focal lengths to 15mm. The EOS 7D will be available from early October 2009 priced at £1699.99 RRP inc. VAT. For more information please visit www.canon.co.uk

Nikon introduces D5000 price reductions

Nikon today annouced price reductions on the D5000 digital SLR camera and D5000+18-55mm VR kit. As of today the D5000 body only drops by £100.00 from £719.99 to £619.99 RRP and the D5000+18-55mm VR kit drops from £799.99 to £689.99 For more information on the NIkon D5000 SLR please click here

National Media Museum £20,000 Photography Bursary

Emerging photographers seeking support for their work have until 25 September to apply for a bursary of up to £20,000 from the National Media Museum. The bursaries help talented photographers produce existing projects or a new body of work and provide support for them to develop and enhance their practice and profile. We English, the latest work of one previous winner, Simon Roberts, produced with the help of a £7,000 award from the scheme will be exhibited at the Museum in March 2010. Projects must be completed within one year of awards being made. Successful applicants are expected to work independently, but will receive support and guidance from Museum staff if required.

Applicants must provide a brief written synopsis of their proposal together with their CV, an example of their work, and application form. Applications are invited from all nationalities providing they are resident in the UK at the time of the award. To download an application form please click here 

The sponsors working in partnership with the Museum are: Michael G Wilson (Chairman of the Trustees of the National Media Museum), Zelda Cheatle (WMG Photography Advisor and Curator), Simon Crocker (Chairman of The John Kobal Foundation), Pierre Brahm (Chairman of the BRAHM and Henry & James Property Group), James Hyman (James Hyman Gallery)

August 12

Hasselblad studio events

Hasselblad is inviting photographers to try its latest kit at a series of Studioday events. Billed strictly as "Drop in and try" days the promise is "No seminars, no lectures, no salesmen. Just a day getting your hands on the best image sensors, lenses and software". To book your free place, click here or call 020 8731 3250.

ProCentre extends Free Heads Offer

The Pro Centre's Free Head when you buy a Profotobattery pack offer has been extended until 31 August. For more details please click here

July 29

Nikon launches D300S

Nikon UK has announced the D300S. The spec for the new model includes HD movie capability, a faster frame advance rate of 7fps as well as dual CF and SD memory card slots, with options to manage how the camera records data to them.. The D300s is built upon the popular D300, incorporating the same DX-format 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, professional 51-point autofocus system and EXPEED image processing in a discrete compact body. RRP for the D300S body only is £1499.99 and the camera will be available in the UK from 28th August 2009. Further information from www.nikon.co.uk


July 27                                                                                       

Ricoh announces GR DIGITAL III

Ricoh today announced the release of the GR DIGITAL III camera, successor to the GR DIGITAL II. The GR DIGITAL III builds on the considerable reputation of the previous model while introducing a new image processing engine incorporating increased noise reduction technology, a new CCD, and a new F1.9 f6.0mm GR lens (equivalent to 28 mm for 35 mm film cameras) offering faster shutters speeds than on previous models and also improved macro performance. Ricoh states performance has also been enhanced in areas of quick shooting and operability. Bespoke options introduced with the GR DIGITAL II such as fine tuning of shutter release button sensitivity and AE/AWB, will also be available for the GR DIGITAL III and the new model will be available in the UK from the middle of August at £529.99 inc VAT. For more information please go to www.ricohpmmc.com

July 16

Viewbook PhotoStory Call For Entries

Viewbook PhotoStory, a new contemporary photography contest opened for submissions on 1 July. The competition challenges documentary and conceptual photographers around the world to create compelling stories with a linear series of photographs in an online gallery. Photographers can submit their series free of charge using a 60 day, no obligation, Viewbook Pro account. Stories will be judged by an international jury inlcuding of Marcel Feil, curator of FOAM museum, Lauren Heinz, editor Foto8, and Alison Zavos, editor Featureshoot.com and all entries will be available for view on the Viewbook PhotoStory website. For more information and to submit, please visit viewbookphotostory.com

July 15

New gold medal award for International Garden Photographer of the year 2010

The Royal Photographic Society and International Garden Photographer of the Year are joining forces to create a new award for the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition 2010. The award for the Best Portfolio will be known as the Royal Photographic Society award for Best Garden Portfolio. The winner will receive a Gold Medal. Runners up will receive silver and bronze medals. The winning folio will also receive a £2,000 cash prize and a free year’s RPS membership.

The 2010 competition is now open at www.igpoty.com. There are seven categories, plus awards for single images as well as portfolios. The 2009 exhibition is currently on show at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew until September 13th 2009. After this date it will be at Kew’s country garden, Wakehurst Place, Sussex. More information on the Royal Photographic Society from www.rps.org

July 6

Arles Festival - opening week 7-12 July

2009 is the 40th anniversary of Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie, which runs 7th July to 13th September. Opening week, in which the great and the good of the art, editorial, and documentary photography from across the globe traditionally gather in Arles takes place from 7th to 12th July when photography envelopes the ancient town. Principal Exhibitor for the 40th anniversary year is Nan Goldin, whose guest exhibitors include David Armstrong, Duane Michals, Brian Griffin, Martin Parr and Joan Fontcuberta. In a special event for the  40 YEARS OF RENCONTRES there will also be exhibitions by Willy Ronis, Robert Delpire, Jean-Claude Lemagny and, original founder of Les Rencontres, Lucien Clergue. As ever just about every free wall in Arles will also include some form or shape of official or fringe photographic exhibition. Here at f2 Freelance we're very pleased to be taking part in the annual Arles portfolio review for another year and looking forward to meeting old friends, and making new ones, over the course of opening week

For more details please visit www.rencontres-arles.com

Calumet ‘Flash Wheels’ seminar day

Calumet has launched “Flash Wheels” a seminar day, to be held at the Land Rover Experience near Liverpool on Friday October 30, with top car photographer Tim Wallace. The event, which is supported by Nikon, Hasselblad, Profoto, Lowepro, Giotto’s and Epson, will offer professional and aspiring professional car shooters a chance to learn the basics of quality automotive photography both in the seminar room and on location. Wallace works with many blue-chip names in the industry, including Aston Martin, Jaguar and Vitesse Supercars and will demonstrate how to capture stunning car images both static form and in action on off-road tracks. Delegates will also need to be reasonably fit as there is some steep gradient walking involved.  Flash Wheels seminar day (10am to 5pm) is £150 including VAT, a ‘goody bag’ and lunch. Epson will also supply one free finished digital print to each photographer at the end of the day. For more details visit the Calumet website at www.calumetphoto.co.uk or book at any Calumet branch nationwide.

July 1

Nikon Launches D5000 Cashback Scheme

Nikon UK is celebrating 50 years of its pioneering F-Mount lens system by offering up to £75 cashback on D5000 and lens combination purchases, until 31st August 2009. Customers are entitled to claim £50.00 cashback on purchases of a D5000 single lens kit (camera body plus any single AF-S NIKKOR lens) and £75.00 on a D5000 twin lens kit (camera body plus any two AF-S NIKKOR lenses). The promotion runs from the 1st July 2009 until the 31st August 2009 (inclusive), and all claims must arrive by 30th September in order to qualify. For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit: www.nikon.co.uk/cashback

Photovision Roadshow - Windsor

It was great to see such a good turn-out for the first Photovision Roadshow at Royal Windsor Racecourse yesterday. Despite it's having been the hottest day of the year so far the F2 stand was busy most of the day and it was good to be able to look at several readers portfolios


June 29

Photovision Road Show Windsor Tuesday June 30

The very popular Photovision Road Shows make their first visit to Windsor tomorrow (Tuesday June 30) F2 Freelance will be in attendance and, as ever, keen to review delegate portfolios, so don't forget your folio. The show takes place at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor Berks SL4 5JJ - to get to the event by car leave the M4 at junction 6 signposted Slough Central,Windsor A332, Eton. Take the first left following the A332 to Windsor. For further details about Photovision Roadshows please click here

June 23

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2009

Take a view, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, is the brainchild of internationally respected landscape photographer Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers. The competition offers a total prize fund exceeding £20,000, plus an eight-week exhibition at the National Theatre and the publication of a full colour book of Best Entries. For more details please click here

June 16

Digital Photo and Imaging Show 18 & 19 June

London’s leading professional photography show and knowledge-based conference: The Digital Photo and Imaging Show  takes place at the Business Design Centre, in London (nearest Tube Angel) this Thursday and Friday (18th June - 10am until 6pm and Friday 19th June - 10am until 5pm). DPI’s exhibition area includes industry leaders in the photographic market such as Hasselblad, Nikon, Adobe, Broncolor, Profoto, Apple Solutions Experts, HP, Wacom and is supported by leading associations  and magazines. Hasselblad will be running an H3D Studio day during DPI show.  Photographers will be able to handle the latest Hasselblad Cameras in a live shoot, capturing images and then processing them through Phocus Software – for both PC and Mac. The Adobe Theatre will run 45-minute presentations by some of the best Adobe presenters in Europe. The Apple Solutions Experts’ Hands-on Theatre in association with DPI will be providing an opportunity to learn the power of photography on the Mac. The Apple software range provides incredible tools for managing your photographic assets.  Speakers taking part in the BJ P Lecture Programme include seminars from Lisa Pritchard, Nadav Kander, Brian Griffin and David Alan Harvey and a live interactive debate on both days. DPI featured speaker is Guy Gowan, who has manipulated images since the first digital scanning devices were developed and amassed a wealth of experience during his 25 years working at the cutting edge of technology in the creative industry around the globe. Manufacturers’ Seminars featuring Adobe, Apple, HP, Nikon and OnOne will be 40-minute sessions on the latest products as well as the opportunity to meet the speakers again inside the exhibition area for a more hands-on experience. Editorial staff from F2 Freelance will be at the show on both days and reviewing folios, so don’t forget to bring your book!

Entry to the DPI show is free if you register online by June 17th or £10 on the door. To register, and for more details, visit www.dpishow.com

June 2

Ian Parry Scholarship 2009 - call for entries

Ian Parry was a 24 year old photojournalist who died while on assignment for the Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. The Scholarship was set up by Ian’s friends and family in order to build something positive from such a tragic death. A competition is held each year for photographers who are either attending a full-time recognised photography course or who are 24 years old and under. The first prize is 3,000 GB Pounds towards an assignment, to be published in the Sunday Times Magazine, and automatic acceptance onto the final list of nominees for the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. Runners up awarded highly commended and commended will each receive 500 GB Pounds.

Entrants must submit:  

A digital portfolio of 12 images via FTP, following Ian Parry guidelines

An application form

A brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the award

All applications must be digital. The FTP instructions and application form are available from www.ianparry.org Submission deadline Wednesday 24th June. The Ian Parry 2009 jury is so far confirmed as: Don McCullin Patron, Tom Stoddart Trustee, Eugene Richards and Ian’s family. Judging will be held on the 3rd July. The Ian Parry Exhibition 2009 will again take place in London at the Getty Images Gallery, running for one week from the 5th August 2009. Key sponsors for Ian Parry 2009 are The Sunday Times, Getty Images and Canon.

Digital Photo & Imaging Show – London - 18 & 19 June
Back for its 2nd year the DPI Show is bigger, better and still FREE* to attend for those who pre-register at www.dpishow.com/tickets.asp

The DPI Show 2009 sets out to build on the reputation justly acquired in it’s opening year of providing a genuine knowledge centre for Professional Photographers and those working towards a career in the industry.
Topping the bill in the BJP Insight seminar series for 2009 is internationally respected portrait, fine art and advertising photographer Nadav Kander www.nadavkander.com and Veteran travel and documentary photographer, David Alan Harvey.

Meanwhile on the hands on side of the event The Adobe Theatre will run 45-minute presentations providing all the latest tips and tricks for Photoshop CS4, Lightroom and other CS4 software components offering sound advice on best practice, while the Apple Solutions’ Experts Hands-on Theatre, in association with DPI, will provide an opportunity to learn the power of Aperture from Apple.
*The DPI show is FREE to attend if you pre-register online at www.dpishow.com/tickets.asp  (tickets cost 12 GB Pounds on the door for those who have not pre-registered)

Guardian/RPS Joan Wakelin Bursary - call for entries

Published today across the centre spread in The Guardian newspaper is the winner of the 2008 Guardian/RPS Joan Wakelin Bursary winner Jackie Dewe Mathews www.jackiedewemathews.com . An audio-slideshow of Mathews series can be viewed by clicking here Ghosts: Albinism in Tanzania

The Guardian / Royal Photographic Society Joan Wakelin Award each year offers a bursary of £2,000 for the production of an overseas photo essay. Entry for the bursary is free of charge and open to all photographers. To apply for the award photographers should submit up to 12 images evidencing their approach to the medium along with a proposal for their chosen photo essay by 31 July 2009. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview early in September, and the winning photo essay will be published by Guardian News and Media and Royal Photographic Society Journal next spring. To download an entry form please click: entry form PDF

May 27

Canon Enables Manual Video Exposure on EOS5D MkII

Canon announced today it will release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II allowing users to manually control exposure when shooting video. The new controls include  Full aperture selection, ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1 and shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second. The new firmware will be available for download from 2 June 2009 on Canon Europe’s support web site which can be accessed from www.canon.co.uk

May 14

Sigma DP2 now available in UK

Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd has announced that the DP2 compact digital camera is now available in the UK shops at an SRP of £599.99. The DP2 will be selling alongside the Sigma DP1 and offers new features such as a 24.2 mm (equivalent to 41mm on 35mm) f/2.8 lens and a faster, TRUE II, processing engine. The DP1 and DP2 remain the only compact digital cameras to feature an APS-C sized Foveon image sensor allowing SLR quality images from a pocket size camera. Since the DP2’s announcement at Photokina 2008, several new features have been added to the camera including 3200 ISO and a Quick Set button allowing users fast access to the eight most commonly used camera options. A new, improved version of Sigma PhotoPro software is bundled with the camera which will also open Foveon’s RAW images from previous Sigma digital cameras. Full details on the DP2 can be found at www.sigma-dp.com/DP2

May 7

AOP OPEN 2009 - call for entries

The Association of Photographers 2009 AOP OPEN is literally that: open to all photographers, be they professional, student or enthusiast. Run and endorsed by the Association of Photographers, the aim of the Open is to showcase outstanding individual images and acknowledge excellence in photography through a diversity of styles and subject matter. There are no categories or themes in this competition so the choice of entry is entirely up to the photographer. 2009 is the tenth anniversary of the AOP OPEN which each year attracts a world wide entry. Images will be judged by 5 of the creative industry’s most respected professionals and the selected images will be exhibited in the AOP Gallery from 5th to 28th August and published in the accompanying catalogue. The prizes will be presented at the gala evening at the AOP Gallery in London on 6th August, and will be presented to the Overall Winner plus Judges’ Choice selections and Public Choice winner. The deadline for online entries is midnight 17th May 2009 and there is a 12 GB Pound fee per image entered on line. More details from www.the-awards.com

Correction: f2 Freelance April/May 2009, Vol 3, No 1

In our review of the Canon EOS 50D (f2 April/May, vol 3, no 1, pp58-60) we stated that the camera takes SD memory cards. This is incorrect and the camera actually uses Compact Flash cards. We apologise for any confusion caused.

April 30

Fujifilm Distinctions Awards goes global

For 2009 Fujifilm Professional has opened its Distinctions Awards to worldwide submission. The Awards has an open brief and is open to any photographer - professional, enthusiast or student. The only stipulation is that submissions must have been originated on film from Fujifilm's range of professional or consumer films. Images are scanned and then submitted via the Distinctions website, www.fujifilmdistinctions.co.uk - the closing date for entries is 1 September 2009. Entry is free and photographers can submit as many images as they like. The judging panel for this year's competition is Camilla Brown from The Photographers' Gallery, Aidan Sullivan from Getty Images, Photographer Simon Roberts, and Jerry Deeney from Fujifilm Professional. The overall winner will receive £1,000. The second placed photographer will receive £500 and third place will receive £250. The top three images, plus a selection of Merit winners will feature in an Autumn exhibition to held at Bayeux in London's West End. For further details on the Fujifilm range of Professional film visit, www.fujifilm.co.uk/professional

April 29

Nikon Training Courses - Spring 09 

Nikon have announced a series of training course scheduled over the coming months including: 

D90: a practical based course that will demonstrate the features and benefits of the D90, including High Definition video mode and camera settings to maximise still images. Available Dates: June 4 Kingston; June 24 Kingston

D3/D3x/D700: designed for users wishing to understand the technology behind Nikon’s cameras and utilise the range of features found in Nikon’s newest professional Digital SLR cameras. Available Dates: May 23 Bristol; June 9 Kingston

John Clements’ Speedlight Intermediate Level 2 Course:  Master multiple Speedlight photography with this intermediate level course. It is presented by one of the most experienced and respected users of the system combining theory with the genuinely practical. June 1 Kingston

Business of Wedding Photography – Oswin/Walton: Award-winning photographers Julie Oswin AMPA and Steve Walton FMPA will guide you through the process of building and running a successful Wedding Photography business. They will offer a personal insight into the skills and techniques they have used to become one of the country's leading wedding photographers. The course will cover two days and includes lunch. September 14 Kingston

Nikon Software and Workflow Course Level 1: The Capture NX2 Software training course will give delegates a basic understanding of Nikon's image editing software, a tool which helps photographers get the most from their NEF, JPEG or TIFF images. The course will also provide an overview of the Nikon Transfer and Nikon View packages which make up Nikon's Software suite.  June 10 Kingston

Courses with Multi-award winning photographer Uzair Kharawala: Business and Beyond Seminar: presents this day long seminar examining how to be creative in photography and in business, by being one step ahead of your competitors May 14 Stockley Park

Portraits for Profit Workshop: Tap into the lucrative ‘Lifestyle Portraiture’ market, join award winning photographer Oz on his hands-on workshop which focuses on the techniques for producing highly creative images on location. This course has been designed for a maximum group size of eight delegates. June 18 Kingston

Equestrian Event Photography: an action-packed training day on Equestrian photography. Learn how to shoot "saleable" Show Jumping and Dressage images with expert guidance at an equestrian farm in Oxfordshire. July 7 Slade Farm Oxfordshire

Places are limited and early booking is advised. For more information and pricing please visit: www.nikon.co.uk/training

April 25

Arles Photography Festival 2009

2009 is the 40th anniversary of Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie, which runs 7th July to 13th September. Opening week, in which the great and the good of the art, editorial, and documentary photography from across the globe traditionally gather in Arles takes place from 7th to 12th July when photography envelopes the ancient town. Principal Exhibitor for the 40th anniversary year is Nan Goldin, whose guest exhibitors include David Armstrong, Duane Michals, Brian Griffin, Martin Parr and Joan Fontcuberta. In a special event for the  40 YEARS OF RENCONTRES there will also be exhibitions by Willy Ronis, Robert Delpire, Jean-Claude Lemagny and, original founder of Les Rencontres, Lucien Clergue. As ever just about every free wall in Arles will also include some form or shape of official or fringe photographic exhibition.

Arles welcomes everyone with a passion for photography and for the fourth consecutive year the Rencontres d'Arles are organising portfolio sessions allowing emerging photographers to benefit from the advice of international publishers, curators, museum directors, agency heads, gallerists, collectors, critics, photo editors and leading photographers and even, in some cases, to obtain concrete offers of exhibitions or publication. In the course of a 20-minute discussion they are given a critical assessment, together with advice and contacts that may be useful in terms of their practice and the dissemination of their work. Photo Folio Review is for all photographers, whatever their approach, method or branch of the medium and registration is open now on the Rencontres d'Arles website at photofolio@rencontres-arles.com / www.rencontres-arles.com

A couple of words to the wise. Arles is a very small Roman town with a finite number of hotel rooms and opening week attracts thousands of visitors. So if you are intending to visit Rencontres D’Arles in opening week 2009 check out the web site for hotel contact details and book absolutely as soon as you can. Finally Arles in every way is about photography whether you are attending formal portfolio review or not you are bound to end up talking about your work with kindred souls you have until then never met: so whatever the current restrictions on bucket shop airline baggage don't forget your folio

April 24

Brian Griffin's new Blurb book

Brian Griffin is the latest well known photographer to launch a short run new book, The White Glove, through Blurb.com. He comments: "This is my project on Flint Michigan and its auto industry. Essentially the photography centres upon my 10 day stay at UAW Local 651, made possible through the kindness and generosity of Art Reyes its president, staff and union members." For more information and to order please click here The White Glove

To keep up to date with Brian Griffin's work please click here www.briangriffin.co.uk

To produce your own book on Blurb.com or see what other gems are available please visit www.blurb.com

April 20

TIPA Awards announced

Nikon continues to blaze the Digital SLR success trail: winning 2009 TIPA awards for Best D-SLR Advanced  for the D90 and Best D-SLR Professional for the D3x. TIPA, or Technical Image Press Association, is Europe’s leading image press association. Its awards are chosen by 29 European photographic magazines in 13 countries and given to products that the jury consider to be the very best in their category in terms of overall quality, performance and benefit for the defined end-user. There’s also little surprise to see that the long awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark II also found a hit with the judges who awarded it Best D-SLR Expert in 2009. Canon also scooped the prizes for Best Expert Compact, for PowerShot G10, and Best Professional Lens for the TS-E 17mm f/4L.  Also featured in this year’s TIPA Awards is Profoto’s new D1, series which took the Best Compact Flash System award. Best Studio Generator went to the Broncolor Scoro A4S and the Data Robotics Drobo is named the Best Storage Backup System while Best Medium Format D-System goes to the Hasselblad H3DII-50. For a full breakdown on the 2009 TIPA Awards please visit www.tipa.com

April 14

Nikon launches AF-S DX 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED

Nikon UK has announced the introduction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED lens, a DX-format ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. The new lens offers a picture angle equivalent to a focal length of 15 to 36 mm in FX/35mm format, with a fast and quiet, ring-type, silent wave autofocus motor. An internal focusing system ensures the lens barrel length does not change while focusing and filter size is 77mm. The  10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G will be on sale May 1st at RRP: £799.99 / €972.00 More information about Nikon products from www.nikon.co.uk

April 7

JESSOPS announce EOS1Ds MkIII price cut

UK retailer Jessops has this afternoon announced a price reduction for the flagship Canon EOS1Ds MkIII (Body only) to 4338 GB Pounds plus VAT. More information from www.jessopsbusiness.com

April 6

freshfacedandwildeyed09 at The Photographer's Gallery - call for entries

Applications are now open for the second annual recent visual arts graduates exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery. The show presents the most dynamic new photographic work from across the UK. For more information and online applications visit www.photonet.org.uk/freshfacedandwildeyed09 between 3 – 19 April 2009.

£15,000 Jeff Vickers FRPS/Genix Imaging Bursary

- call for entries

The Royal Photographic Society’s Jeff Vickers FRPS / Genix Imaging Bursary aims to inspire and encourage talented young photographers to excel in their field. The Bursary, worth £15,000 over three years, is open to anyone under the age of 30 either already working in commercial photography, or students at a college or university who demonstrate a flair for imaging and creativity, and a true commitment to building a career as a professional photographer. For further information please visit www.rps.org/bursaries/Jeff-Vickers-Genix-Imaging-Bursary

2 April

Spicer Hallfield Calls In Administrators

Spicer Hallfield, the Bucks-based presentation solutions company has appointed administrators to find a purchaser for the business. Mike Smith, the current owner, said in a statement today “The worldwide banking crisis has created critical financial challenges for the company. Despite offering further injection of shareholder investment we have unfortunately been unable to reach agreement with the bank on additional lending facilities. Sadly, in these circumstances the directors have no option other than to appoint administrators to find a buyer – in the meantime it is business as can normally be expected under these circumstances.” Spicer Hallfield CEO John Wyatt is working with administrators, MCR, to keep the business running day to day during the search for a potential buyer.

25 March

Canon launches EOS 500D

Canon this morning announced the EOS 500D a 15.1MP, APS-C format, digital SLR which continues its roll-out of full HD 1080P video into Digital SLR cameras. The camera also features Canon’s Digic 4 processor and ISO sensitivity up to 3200, expandable to 12800, promising photographers the opportunity to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. A built-in HDMI connection allows easy review of images and movie clips on any compatible HDTV and, as would be expected, the EOS500D also features the EOS integrated cleaning system. The EOS 500D (body only) will  be available from early May 2009 priced at £869.99 / €999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Also announced this morning is the entry level Speedlite 270EX. Replacing the current 220EX, the Speedlite 270EX is aimed at photographers wanting to expand their flash photography beyond the built in flash and those who want a small: pocketable flash unit to complement their EOS-1D or EOS 5D series, offering more power than usual for its class and size, as well as a zoom and bounce head. The Speedlite 270EX will be available from early May 2009 priced at £149.99 / €169.99 RRP inc. VAT. For further information on Canon products please visit www.canon.co.uk      

Tamron launches 60mm macro for APS-C

Tamron has launched the SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II MACRO for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors. The lens covers an equivalent angle of view of 93mm when converted to the 35mm format and has a fast maximum aperture of F/2.0. Maximum magnification ratio is  1:1, with a minimum working distance of 100mm (3.94in.). The SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II MACRO is expected to be made available in mounts for Canon, Nikon (with built-in AF motor) and Sony.

Price and launch dates to be announced: further information from www.tamron.co.uk

Nikon updates View NX and Nikon Transfer

Nikon has released software updates which takes ViewNX to version 1.3.0 and Nikon Transfer to 1.4.0. Please visit the links below for information about the improvements to the software and instructions on installing the updates.

ViewNX 1.3.0 Full Version for Windows:


ViewNX 1.3.0 Full Version for Macintosh


Nikon Transfer 1.4.0 Full Version for Windows


Nikon Transfer 1.4.0 Full Version for Macintosh


20 March

Alamy.com off line for maintenance this weekend

Alamy.com have announced the web site will be taken off line for a short period during the night-time this weekend. This will be between 03.00am and 08.00am on Sunday 22nd March (USA EST Saturday 11pm - 4am Sunday).

Alamy apologise for the inconvenience and have left the following contact numbers in case of problems: UK/ROW: +44 (0)1235 844600 USA: +1 866 671 7305 - toll free Canada: +1 866 331 4914 - toll free Email: sales@alamy.com Alamy are open from 08.30 - 23.00 GMT.

17 March

Sennheiser shotgun microphone for EOS5D MkII on show at Calumet's Canon Week

The continuing expansion of broadband sees rapidly increasing freelance opportunities for the sale of moving as well as still images. In an interview with Guardian picture editor Roger Tooth, to be published in the April/May issue of F2 Freelance Photographer, Editor David Land discovered that the newspaper recently purchased a series of Canon EOS5D MkII camera bodies specifically on account of its HD video capability. The onset of HD video also seems to be gathering speed on the accessories market with Calumet this week announcing the arrival of an EOS5D MkII compatible Sennheiser shotgun microphone for improving sound quality in urban the surroundings where freelances shoot most. More information on the Sennheiser shotgun microphone and Calumet’s Canon Week from www.calumetphoto.co.uk

12 March

Fujifilm streamlines film range

Fujifilm Professional is stopping production of two of its slower moving lines of film. The specialist duplicating film, Fujichrome CDU II, will be discontinued from April, followed by tungsten balanced Fujichrome T64 Professional in July. Fujifilm is also ceasing to produce of 24 exposure rolls of Neopan 400 135, but the high-speed black and white film will continue to be available in 36 exposures and 120. For further details on the Fujifilm range of professional film visit www.fujifilm.co.uk

8 March

Canon moves to fix DSLR errors

Canon moves to fix EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III auto-focus and "Err 99" errors

Canon has learned that some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III users have been experiencing problems with the accuracy of their cameras' auto-focus: the digital SLR cameras focus becoming soft if an AF point other than the centre AF point is used. Canon have announced that free accuracy checks and adjustments will be provided to affected products. For the full Canon announcement and to access a registration page for accuracy check and adjustment please click here Canon auto-focus error page

Canon has also discovered that abnormal mirror operation occurs in some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras. In affected cameras the mirror does not operate even if the shutter button is pressed, and the following message "Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to <OFF> and <ON> again or re-install the battery" appears frequently on the camera’s LCD monitor. Free repairs will be provided to affected products. For the full Canon announcement and to access a registration page please click here: Canon Err99 error page

In both instances Canon says prior registration and appointment is preferred before sending your camera for service. After you have submitted the form you will be contacted by a representative of a Canon Service Centre within one week for a service appointment. Any cameras received without a pre-registration and appointment will be serviced at the earliest possible opportunity.


3 March

Sigma launches new zooms

Sigma has announced three new lenses. The 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM replaces the current F4-5.6 model: providing f3.5 across the zoom’s entire range and an ultra wide 102.4 degree angle of view. The 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM replaces the current f3.5–5.6 optic and the 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM supersedes the previous 55-200mm zoom. As would be expected all three lenses now incorporate the Sigma’s hyper sonic motor technology, as well as full manual focusing capability. The 18-50mm standard zoom and 50-200mm  telephoto also include optical stabilisation. The new lenses are expected to be in the shops in six to eight weeks and prices have yet to be announced. More information on the Sigma lens range from www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

27 February

Bowens upgrades Gemini lighting range

Bowens has announced a complete redesign and upgrade of its popular Gemini monolight range. Entry-level Gemini 200 and 400 units are soon to be complimented by the launch of the ‘extra power and precision’ Gemini ‘R’ and Gemini PRO models. Bowens marketing director, Robert Cook, comments that the range has been forged in the shadow of a recession to offer cutting edge technology at a range of cost options: effectively simplifying lighting set-up challenges for today’s photographers.

Key features include: Full TravelPak compatibility offering the user a mains or battery powered monolight system that fulfils a ‘shoot anywhere’ brief, precision ‘tenth of a stop’ accuracy on new twin-dial controls on remote control and Pro units, and a cross-platform compatible plug-in radio trigger module option with Pocket Wizard, Pulsar and Litelink wireless triggering compatibility.  The new Gemini ’R’ will be available this spring in 250 or 500 Ws sizes ( 250 ‘R’ head: £349.99 (incl VAT):  500 ‘R’ head: £415.90 (incl VAT). Kits start from £894.99 incl VAT) Further information from Bowens online at www.bowens.co.uk

20 February

NIKON announces second price increase

Nikon UK this morning announced it will be introducing a second price increase on the 1st March 2009 across a range of Imaging and Optics products. The price increase is due to the continuing relative weakness of Sterling and the strength of the Yen. The good news however is that Nikon’s statement includes the announcement that selected digital SLRs and the popular COOLPIX camera series will not see an increase as a part of this readjustment. Individual digital SLR models excluded from the increase are not identified. Nikon will be launching an updated Recommended Retail Price list at www.nikon.co.uk from 1st March 2009.

19 February

£15,000 Jeff Vickers FRPS/Genix Imaging Bursary

- call for entries

The Royal Photographic Society’s Jeff Vickers FRPS / Genix Imaging Bursary aims to inspire and encourage talented young photographers to excel in their field. The Bursary, worth £15,000 over three years, is open to anyone under the age of 30 either already working in commercial photography, or students at a college or university who demonstrate a flair for imaging and creativity, and a true commitment to building a career as a professional photographer. For further information please visit www.rps.org/bursaries/Jeff-Vickers-Genix-Imaging-Bursary

18 February

Canon extends tilt and shift lens range

Focus-On-Imaging Birmingham NEC 22-25 February

Canon tilt and shift lenses

Canon has this morning further developed its range of tilt and shift lenses with the launch of an ultra-wide angle 17mm and a new 24mm. At 17mm, the TS-E 17mm f/4L becomes the widest view tilt and shift lens available in 35m format and as a result offers increased opportunities for a variety of specialities. The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is an upgrade to the current TS-E 24mm f/3.5L, which now includes Canon’s patented sub-wavelength structure coating (SWC) designed to minimise the ghosting and flare sometimes caused by internal reflections. The TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II also feature multiple UD elements to reduce chromatic aberration. Tilt and shift are ± 6.5° tilt and ±12mm shift for the TS-E 17mm f/4L and ± 8.5° tilt and ±12mm shift for the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II. In both cases, as would be expected the tilt and shift mechanism rotates +/-90° allowing shift in any direction and tilt in any direction relative to the shift. Both optics will be available from May 2009. United Kingdom RRP for the TS-E 17mm f/4L is £2749.99 / €3049.99 with the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II priced at £2399.99 / €2659.99 RRP, in both instances including VAT.

For further information please visit www.canon.co.uk

Focus-On-Imaging Birmingham

2009 is the 20th Anniversary for Focus-On-Imaging at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. As in the past Focus promises to be a bumper event with loads of opportunities to both try and buy the very latest kit, as well as attend lectures and workshops across a great breadth of photographic specialities. For Focus 2009 f2 Freelance Photographer magazine will be joining our friends from The Bureau of Freelance Photographers and based at the BFP stand (Hall 9 Stand K1). f2 Freelance Editor David Land will be at Focus all day on Tuesday 24th February and Publisher Simon James will be at the event for the full four days. Both will be happy to review portfolios and discuss the business side of freelancing.

Focus-On-Imaging occupies halls 9 & 10 of the NEC and is open 10am - 6pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and 10am - 5pm Wednesday 25 February

For more information on Focus please click here www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk

17 February

EKTAR 100 launched in 120 Format

KODAK Professional EKTAR 100 fine-grain colour negative film, first announced announced at Photokina in October 2008 and until now only available in 35mm format, has now been launched in 120 format and will be available in the UK from April. More information from www.kodak.com

13 February

Anthony Suau wins World Press Photo of the Year 2008

American national Suau wins the award for his black-and-white image, taken in March 2008, as part of a story commissioned by Time magazine, of an armed officer of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department moving through a home in Cleveland, Ohio, following eviction as a result of mortgage foreclosure. Police officers are required to ensure that houses repossessed for this reason are clear of weapons, and that the residents have moved out. Suau will receive a cash prize of €10,000 from World Press Photo at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on 3rd May. In addition Canon Europe, a global corporate sponsor of World Press Photo since 1992, will provide Anthony Suau with an EOS 5D Mark II camera. Suau’s story as a whole went on to win second prize in the Daily Life category of the contest. More details, and a full list of winners, from www.worldpressphoto.org

Good news also for the World Press Awards competition in the announcement that TNT, a global corporate sponsor of World Press Photo since January 2003, has extended its sponsorship for a further three years

9 February

Nikon launches 35MM F1.8 DX format prime lens

Nikon has this morning announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, wide aperture DX NIKKOR lens. The fast maximum aperture lens incorporates Nikkor’s ring type silent wave motor within a compact, lightweight design including a non-rotating front element and filter mount. When mounted on a DX-format SLR, the 44° picture angle is the 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3 meters (0.98 ft) and has a filter size of 52mm. RRP is £199.99 with a predicted date for arrival in the shops of 6th March. Further information from www.nikon.co.uk

8 February

Smith's snow covered pier storms ahead

Here at f2 Freelance we’re frequently obliged to agree it’s very difficult indeed to build a career as a landscape photographer in today’s digital world. The perceived wisdom has it that it's actually possible to generate income from landscape imagery, but you either have to be very canny with your meta-tags in digital libraries, or start out assisting one of the select band of advertising photographers who also holds a reputation as a location specialist. So it’s great to be able to foreground this month’s featured Starting Out photographer in f2 Freelance, Toby Smith, for whom the perceived wisdom appears to hold no fears. It’s not our general policy to use this section of the web site to plug a feature in the magazine; but Smith’s taking full advantage of opportunity, in this instance the weather, is an example to us all. In discussing the shoot he comments that while much of “the rest of Britain saw the snow as an excuse to stay at home. I found myself thinking snow chains and landscape.” The resulting image of night time snow on Brighton’s derelict West Pier has so far achieved the main double page spread in The Guardian newspaper, on Friday 6th February, appears again today, across two pages, in the Review section of The Sunday Times. Full interview with Toby Smith in the February/March f2 Freelance Photographer.

Click here to view Toby Smith's Pier picture

Toby Smith's exhibition Light After Dark can be seen at the Tenderpixel Gallery, 10 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4HE February 13-24th

5 February

Nikon seminars at Focus-on-Imaging

Nikon UK is gearing up for its annual appearance at Focus-on-Imaging at the NEC, Birmingham later this month.

Visitors to the Nikon Stand at Focus-on-Imaging (D40, Hall 9) can expect an exciting seminar program including Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin, movie photographer Alex Bailey, who is featured in the February/March issue of F2 Freelance, travel photographer Steve Davey, wildlife photographer Andy Rouse, and Charley Boorman, who with his team of three travelled the world By Any Means with Nikon cameras. Nikon’s complete range of products, including the flagship the D3X, will also be on the stand along with an expert team on hand throughout the event to answer your questions. More information from www.nikon.co.uk

Focus on Imaging this year takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 22-25th February – professional registration at www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk/registration.htm

2 February

Canon launches EOS Professional Network

Canon today announced the launch of the EOS Professional Network (EPN) across the UK & Ireland.  The Network will consist of EOS Professional Centres and EOS Professional Stockists. EOS Professional Centres and Stockists will have specialist trained staff able to demonstrate Canon’s unique workflow solution from capture through to print on PIXMA inkjet and large format printers using Canon’s range of premium papers and inks. The EPN will hold a wide range of Canon imaging products including EOS system, DPP software, lenses, projectors and scanners, and stage regular demonstration days and pro events. In addition, EOS Professional Centres will offer photographers the chance to try Canon professional kit within a dedicated studio with professional lighting.

Centres will also hold a full range of rental stock and members of Canon Professional Services (CPS) will be able to use EOS Professional Centres to drop off and collect kit for repair or sensor clean. For more information and a current list of EOS Professional Centres please visit: www.canon.co.uk/eospro-network

26 January

Last chance to enter International Garden Photography competition

There are just five days left for entries to the current International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, which closes on 31 January 2009 at 24.00 GMT. Entries can be made via the IGPOTY web site and there are substantial prizes to be won including £5,000 for the best overall single image, which is accompanied by the title "International Garden Photographer of the Year." The best overall portfolio - sponsored by Calumet  - attracts a prize of £3,000. This is the second time the event has been held and IGPOTY today announced this year’s competition opens for entries on 1st March 2009 with a closing date of 30th November 2009. More information and competition rules from www.igpoty.com

McCullin & McCurry at Travellers' Tales Festival

The weekend of 28 February - 1 March 2009 sees  the Travellers' Tales Festival, a get-together of some of the world's greatest travel writers, photographers and film-makers at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Included in the line-up are both Don McCullin and Steve McCurry neither of whom need an introduction. Further details and tickets from www.travellerstalesfestival.com

19 January

16th Annual European Publishers Award

The European Publishers Award for Photography, now in its 16th year, is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography. Sponsors this year are Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and the 2009 Jury will be hosted in Rome by this years project leader Peliti Associati. The European Publishers Award for Photography competition is a unique collaboration between six European Publishers – Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (United Kingdom), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain) and Peliti Associati (Italy). Entrants must submit a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country and in their own language, resulting in perhaps the most extensive cultural collaboration currently existing in Europe. The winning book will be published in autumn 2009. For more detail please visit


16-18 January

SWPP 2009 Convention, Novotel London West

Apologies for the last minute announcement but for the next three days we’re very pleased to be attending the SWPP 2009 Convention at the Novotel London West, 1, Shortlands, London, Hammersmith W6 8DR  (nearest tube Hammersmith). The show opens at 10.00 am this morning, 16th January, and continues through Sunday 18th, with a host of master classes and seminars as well as two very full floors of trade stands covering just about everything photographic for the working professional. Hope to see you there and don’t forget the folio! Entrance to the trade show is free and seminar tickets are available at the event. Full convention and seminar details from www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

15 January

Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM                        Sigma UK has launched the SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM. This light, very compact, 18-250mm, optically stabilised zoom weighs in at 630g with a 13.8 times zoom ratio, four special low dispersion glass elements and three aspherical elements. Minimum focusing distance is 45cm (17.7 inches) at all focal lengths and a maximum magnification ratio of 1: 3.4. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making it suitable for use with circular polarising filters and the supplied petal-type hood. Minimum Aperture F22 Angle of View 69.3°- 5.7° Filter size 72mm, available fittings: Sigma AF, Nikon AF, Canon AF, Pentax AF, Sony AF SRP £559.99 For more information please visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

14 January

NIKON UK extends Winter Cashback Offer

Nikon UK today announced an extension of its winter cash back promotion offering customers up to £50 back on purchases of Nikon D60 digital SLR camera kits until 31st March 2009. The cash back offer is available on all lens combinations purchased between 17th November and 31st March 2009 (inclusive). Details from www.nikon.co.uk/cashback

Deadline extended for Scotrail Press Photography Awards

SCOTRAIL have extended the deadline for entries to the First ScotRail Press Photography Awards awards until 5PM on Monday 19th January.  Staff, freelance, trainee and student photographers working in Scotland now have an extra few days of grace to dig out their best pix and safely upload them onto the systemTo check out the rules of entry and information about the categories please click here www.scottishppa.com


13 January

Bowens Maxilite Kit offer

In a New Year Offer from Bowens purchasers of the Bowens Esprit Gemini 500Ws two-head lighting kit, buying at Calumet, can also buy the Maxilite barndoor, filter and gel holder kit (BW6652) at a reduced rate of £78.25 ex VAT, saving over £94 ex VAT-  offer available until 31st January 2009 Details from www.calumetphoto.co.uk/item/BW4305UK&t=CM02&a=CM02/


Calumet Prospec Memory cards

Calumet today also announced new 16Gb memory cards in both SD and Compact Flash for their Prospec range. The 16GB SD card has transfer speeds topping at 22.5 MB/s. With UDMA technology, the CF card delivers speeds up to 45 MB/s. Both perform smoothly in temperatures as low as -13° F and as high as 185° F. All ProSpec cards are backed by a Calumet’s Hassle-Free Warranty. More information and prices from www.calumetphoto.co.uk/store/prospecnew?t=CM02&a=CM02

Olympus E-30 D-SLR and promotions

Good news for Olympus users. Olympus this morning announced that UK delivery on the E-30 D-SLR will be early February and offered a series of incentives to E-system users. New purchasers of an E-30 D-SLR who sign up on-line before 28 February can receive a free Olympus E-system swing bag. For more details on this offer and other current incentives from Olympus please click here  www.olympus-europa.com/promotion

12 January

NIKON UK price increase announced

Nikon UK today announced a price increase across its range of imaging and optics products. Stating the increase comes as the result of volatile exchange rate conditions, Nikon says pricing will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis. To view Nikon's recommended retail price list please click here

8 January

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

Sigma this morning launched the 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, a compact large aperture standard zoom lens, which for the present will be sold alongside the current Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG. As well as incorporating a hyper sonic motor to ensure quiet and high speed auto focus the lens also features full manual focusing capability, extra low dispersion glass, two special low dispersion glass elements and three aspherical lenses. Minimum aperture is f22, minimum focusing distance 38cm, and the zoom has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.3. Weighing in at 790 grams the zoom has an 82mm filter size and is available in Sigma AF, Nikon AF, Canon AF, Pentax AF and Sony AF fittings at a highly competitive SRP of £799.99. More information from www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

Samsung 24mm Ultra-wide compact

Staying on the subject of wide angle Samsung this morning announced the WB500 digital compact featuring both a 10x optical zoom and 24mm ultra wide lens, a potentially highly useful pocket camera for the working freelance. The 10 mega pixel WB500 also includes Dual Image Stabilisation, both optical and digital image stabilisation, HD movie capture, and Samsung's new "Smart Scene Recognition" technology, featuring 11 optimized picture pre-settings such as Portrait, Night portrait, Macro and Macro Colour. Face detection and a new “Blink Detection Mode”, where the camera will take a series of shots when closed eyes are detected complete the package at an as yet to be confirmed price point of £299.00. More information from www.samsungcamera.co.uk


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