Welcome to our weekly photography news round-up, with the stories that matter to serious photographers.
Olympus PEN E-PL6 set for UK release
Olympus has announced the UK release of the Pen E-PL6, a small and lightweight compact system camera that ships with the M Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake lens.
Compared to the older E-PL5, the newer camera features a minimum ISO setting of 100 and interval shooting of between one second to 24 hours, for up to 99 shots.
The camera also ships with a FlashAir SD card, for easy Wi-Fi transmission. The Pen E-PL6 goes onsale mid-July for £429.99 (or the equivalent in other currencies).
DxO Optics Pro update
DxO Labs has announced Optics Pro v9.5.1 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade means the popular image-editing software can now support new Sony α7s (Elite Edition only) and the Sony DSC-RX100 III and SLT-A77 II, the Nikon 1 J4, and the Samsung NX30 (both Standard and Elite Editions).
Iconic WWII Leica up for auction
Think of the most famous images from Word War Two, and Yevgeni Khaldei’s ‘Raising a Flag over the Reichstag’ will soon come to mind. Top auction house Bonhams is selling the Leica camera that Khaldei used to take the image, soon after the fall of the Reichstag on May 2, 1945.
“It is a great privilege to be selling a camera with such evocative associations,” said Bonham’s Jon Baddeley. “Raising a Flag over the Reichstag is a defining image of victory over evil which affected people deeply at the time and has continued to resonate for later generations.”
The image is actually a re-staging of a moment two days earlier, when Red Army soldiers flew the flag over the building before being repulsed by the German defenders. The Leica goes onsale at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30th November and is expected to fetch between £230,000-340,000.
NME music competition open for entries
Into music photography? NME’s Music Photography Awards 2014 is now open open for entries. Entries are invited from both professional and amateur photographers, and the winner in the pro category will walk away with the Nikon D610 and 24-85mm lens. For winners in the amateur categories of live, portrait, festivals, and under-18s, there’s the chance to win the Nikon D5300.
Most socially influential photographers revealed
Eyefi has revealed what it claims are the 30 most “socially influential” photographers with the greatest online impact and engagement. According to the company, the study identifies the photographers that are influencing the vast online community of both amateur and professional photographers.
“People are constantly capturing and sharing their most special moments. We estimate that more than 2 billion photos are taken every day worldwide,” said Alan Bullock of InfoTrends.
“Photos are essential to the way we communicate as a society and how we represent ourselves to others.” The top five most socially influential photographers include Jeremy Cowart, Joe McNally, Peter Klesken, Chase Jarvis and Adam Bouska.
Leica M-Monochrom reviewed
Fans of black and white photography should definitely check out TechRadar’s authoritative review of the Leica M-Monochrom, an eagerly anticipated, stripped back, black-and-white digital camera for mono purists. It even offers attractive digital grain but what are the downsides, apart from the £6k price tag?
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