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Monday, 17 December 2012

Superb New Epson Printers


Epson’s printer range have built an enviable reputation with their combination of speed and quality. Three new models have just arrived in store and are attracting plenty of interest.

Expression Premium XP-605 - An affordable 3 in 1 with Wi-Fi

The Epson Expression Premium XP-605 is a versatile 3 in 1 device that can print, copy and scan. Beneath the compact exterior, the printer houses a 5 ink system using individual ink tanks. Providing maximum economy, these tanks can be replaced separately, so for landscape photographers who use lots of cyan, they need only replace the cyan tank, once it is depleted. The dye based inks for colour and black provide vibrant, punchy images with a wide colour gamut, whilst the additional pigment black ink tank ensures letters and correspondence are printed with crisp black text.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Canon EOS-1D X review by Will Cheung

Announced in late 2011, Canon’s flagship has taken a little time to come to market. So has the wait been worth it? Very probably. Words & pictures Will Cheung.

A flagship, whether it’s in a car, TV or hotel brand, has to be outstanding. It’s meant to be the pinnacle of what can be achieved and while it might be very expensive, it shows that the brand is worth buying into and there’s something to aspire to. A mediocre flagship is pointless.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Canon EOS 1DX Autofocus Review Part II - Fine tuning AI Servo by Garry Ridsdale ARPS

Swiss AF Eurocopter, Switzerland.
Auto AF. Canon EOS 1D X & 800mm f/5.6
Handheld. 1/30 sec @f/11, ISO 100.
Continuing from Part I which looked at the AF Area, Part II considers fine tuning AI Servo.

Fine Tuning AI Servo
Canon has introduced example settings as a result of apparent misunderstandings and complexities on previous bodies.  While the 6 case studies could be useful actually understanding what each of them are doing goes a long way in telling the camera what you are pointing it at (remember the camera has no idea!) 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Canon EOS 1DX Autofocus Review Part I - The AF Area, AF Points and Layout by Garry Ridsdale ARPS


RAF Typhoon low level in Wales.
Centre AF Point with 4 point expansion.
1D X & 800mm f/5.6, tripod and gimbal head. 
1/1250sec @f/5.6, ISO 640.  
Introduction
In February Canon announced a new flagship DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D X. Eagerly anticipated, stock eventually began to arrive in the UK following the Olympic Games and I took delivery of one from Park Cameras in September. Quite simply it is the best Digital SLR I have owned to date. It brings together the speed of the Canon EOS Mk IV with the full frame capabilities of the Canon EOS 1Ds, together with a host of updates including the Auto Focus (AF).

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Canon PIXMA PRO Printer Guide

Prints Charming
One of the best features of modern digital cameras is their high pixel count. Not only do they capture incredible detailed images, they also lend themselves to making large prints. If you’re only making occasional or small sized prints, then you’re missing out on some of that detail and the opportunity to really showcase your work.

Canon’s PIXMA Pro range of inkjet printers are the perfect companion to any digital camera, delivering stunning prints in seconds whilst providing you with full control of the output.

With the latest additions to the range having just arrived in the store, let’s take a quick look at the line-up to help you find your perfect PIXMA, the printers your images deserve.

Christmas Gift Guide - Under £150


In the final part of our festive gift guide we’re looking at gift ideas for under £150.

Three Legged Friend
How about a new tripod? Some shots are impossible to achieve without a steady hand. Using a tripod makes things quick and easy. They’re compact, lightweight and take only seconds to set up. Whether it’s an amazing sunset or a long exposure your tripod can keep things steady so you don’t have to. Macro photography and nature subjects will all benefit from using a tripod, whilst you can also expand your creativity by capturing scenes from unusual heights and angles, capturing new perspectives.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas Gift Guide - under £100


In part two of our festive gift guide we’re looking at gift ideas for under £100.

Carbon Fibre Beauty
Restrictions on the amount and size of luggage that can be carried when travelling - particularly by air, mean that many photographers find themselves with a dilemma about which equipment they take with them. Unfortunately tripods, due to their sometimes bulky nature end up being left at home, but Giottos has created a range of tripods that will meet the needs of the travelling photographer.