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Fujifilm Launches Digital X Magazine

21 Nov

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FUJIFILM has launched  a  unique  digital magazine to help X-series users across  the world get even more from their cameras, lenses and accessories. The  free  magazine is available in six languages and can be viewed through web browsers and both iOS and Android devices for a truly universal appeal.

Every  issue  of  Fujifilm  X  Magazine  is 100 per cent interactive, which enables  users to swipe through images, watch videos and explore cameras in detail  providing  a fully immersive experience that’s only possible with a digital  magazine. In addition to the interactive functionality, each issue will  contain inspirational photographs and interviews from X-series users, advice  on how to get more from X-series cameras, plus equipment tests, the very latest news and fantastic competitions to win high-value prizes.
Highlights  from  the  launch  issue  include  an  interview  with  fashion photographer  and  X-Pro1  user  Alex  Lambrechts, how to get more from the Fujifilm  Film  Simulation  modes and a gallery of stunning portrait images from X-series users around the world.

Fujifilm X Magazine is available now in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian. The X Magazine can be viewed online here: http://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/products/digital-cameras/fujifilm-x-magazine/

It  can  also be downloaded for free to a tablet or smartphone by searching for ‘Fujifilm X Magazine’ in the Apple Newsstand or Google Play store.

 
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Canon Japan Announces EOS Kiss X7 White Edition

15 Nov

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Canon Japan has announced a white-grey edition of its EOS Kiss X7 (a.k.a. 100D and Rebel SL1) digital SLR camera. The first-ever white SLR from Canon is complemented by a 18-55mm STM and 40mm f/2.8 STM lens sporting the same colour scheme. Availability is slated for 28 November 2013.

 
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Marc Marquez Is 2013 MotoGP World Champion

10 Nov

Photo: Dorna Communications

MARC MARRQUEZ clinched the 2013 MotoGP title after finishing 3rd in the Valencia race behind teammate Dani Pedrosa and winner Jorge Lorenzo. Having already made himself the youngest premier class race winner and pole-sitter as well as registering numerous other records, Marquez now becomes the youngest ever World Champion and takes the mantle away from Freddie Spencer.

At the same time, the 20-year-old from Cervera, Catalunya becomes the first rookie World Champion for 35 years, following in the footsteps of Kenny Roberts from 1978.

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Lorenzo made his plan clear over the opening laps. Having shot through into the lead, the title winner of 2010 and 2012 attempted to slow the pace as last year’s victor Pedrosa ran second from Marquez, Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing). Having avoided incidents on a selection of occasions, tipping point came on Lap 10 as Pedrosa overhauled Lorenzo but was instantly pushed wide at Doohan corner, leaving Marquez in the lead. The overtaking maneuver is being reviewed by Race Direction and a decision will be made post-race.

Lorenzo retook the top spot just a lap later, while Bautista pressured Rossi before dropping to fifth and the recovering Pedrosa rose to third before being waved through by Marquez on the 26th tour. By this point, knowing Marquez would still become World Champion, Lorenzo put the power down to win for the eighth time this year (two more victories than Marquez) by almost four seconds. Pedrosa collected his 13th rostrum of the season, with Marquez sealing the world title in a comfortable third.

Elsewhere, Rossi signed off his partnership with long-time Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess in fourth place, ahead of Bautista as LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished sixth from Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith and Ducati Team trio Nicky Hayden (in his last race for the Italian marque), Andrea Dovizioso and Michele Pirro. Aleix Espargaro finished 11th in the last event to feature the CRT label, while Cal Crutchlow crashed out of his final Grand Prix with the Tech3 outfit.

Six riders failed to make the finish: Damian Cudlin (PBM), Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project), Yonny Hernandez (Ignite Pramac Racing), Randy de Puniet (Power Electronics Aspar), Andrea Iannone (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and the aforementioned Crutchlow, while Remus Racing Team wildcard Martin Bauer successfully completed the distance on his second MotoGP™ appearance.

Attention now turns to pre-season testing in Valencia, starting on Monday and to be streamed live and interactively on motogp.com. The 2014 campaign will kick-off in Qatar on Sunday 23 March, with Marc Marquez heading to the Losail International Circuit as the 26th premier class World Champion.

1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
5 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda
6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda
7 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati
10 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART
12 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens FTR
13 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki
14 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project Ioda-Suter
15 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens FTR
17 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
18 Luca Scassa Cardion AB Motoracing ART
19 Bryan Staring Go&Fun Honda Gresini FTR Honda
 
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Honda CTX700 and CTX700N

10 Nov

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HONDA has teased out another pair of unique motorcycles, which will formally go-down as 2014 model year machines. Available in Spring 2013. The 2014 Honda CTX700 (above) & 2014 Honda CTX700N (below) use the same 670cc parallel-twin engine found in the NC700 series, which was an engine designed to be a sensible and practical urban power plant for city bikers.

Building something that looks the cross between a street-standard and a cruiser, Honda is offering ABS brakes and an automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as an available $1,000 option. The hope is clearly that the Honda CTX700N & Honda CTX700 will be an approachable and affordable motorcycle for new motorcyclists.

A closer look at the CTX700N and its fairing-less design, you can see many of Honda’s other design elements shining through from other machines. Meanwhile, the faired CTX700 takes cues from its bigger sports-tourer cousin, the Honda Gold Wing F6B, but with a smaller and lighter package.

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Valencia Pole Record for Marquez Ahead of Title Showdown

09 Nov

Photo: Dorna Communications

WORLD Championship leader and rookie sensation Marc Marquez registered a superb new pole record of 1’30.237 in the final stages of Q2 at Valencia, putting himself ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa on the grid for Sunday’s title deciding race.

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World Champion Lorenzo broke Pedrosa’s pole record of 1’30.844s from 2012 with a 1’30.645 lap on his first attempt, but was troubled by engine problems with his number one bike and eventually he finished 0.34s behind Marquez in second, on bike two. Completing the front row is that man Pedrosa, and like Valentino Rossi – who qualified fourth, 0.7s off pole – he could have a big say in the title battle on Sunday if he can get in front of Lorenzo or Marquez in the race.

The likes of Cal Crutchlow, on his last weekend with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, and colleague Bradley Smith, are unlikely to fight for victory at the final round but they will try to challenge for top five or even podium positions. They both qualified within a second of Marquez on row two.

Heading the third row is GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista who crashed out but walked away unhurt. He starts just ahead of LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. For his final appearance on a Ducati Nicky Hayden qualified tenth. Meanwhile, Italians Andrea Iannone and Danilo Petrucci were the two riders to make it through from Q1, but could not challenge the top 10.

The best of the rest from Q1 were Hector Barbera, Aleix Espargaro and Claudio Corti who will therefore line up on the fifth row.

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.237
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:30.577
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.663
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:30.920
5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:31.113
6 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:31.201
7 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1:31.594
8 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1:31.638
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.718
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.870
11 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.963
12 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project Ioda-Suter 1:33.116
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens FTR 1:32.773
14 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:32.807
15 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:32.961
16 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.966
17 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:33.203
 
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Canon Unveils the DP-V3010 4K Monitor

09 Nov

CANON-based videographers shooting movies with the company’s Cinema EOS C500 and EOS-1D C should be rejoicing with the introduction of the DP-V3010 4K Monitor, as it will enable them to view their 4K footage as well as the edited final version (unless they have been downsized to Full HD) at its high resolution glory.

The Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display measures 30 inches wide diagonally by 7.4 inches deep to help minimize space requirements and provides a 2000:1 DCI-compliant contrast ratio, uniform brightness, very wide viewing angles in all four directions, internal colour calibration and additional advanced features. Designed for use in colour-grading, digital intermediate (DI), CGI/animation/visual effects (VFX), and editing/finishing suites, as well as digital imaging technician (DIT) workstations on production stages and on-location “video villages,” the Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display provides full-screen 4096 x 2560 resolution with extremely high levels of colour accuracy and fidelity.

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The DP-V3010 4K Reference Display features a 16:10 aspect ratio for the display of video signal information essential to VFX creation. With a tightly packed “pixel pitch” of 157.5æm, the Canon DP-V3010 4K Display provides high-accuracy tonal gradations between darkest and brightest areas, with 1024 shades in each colour channel. The technology enabling such performance is a new and proprietary display engine developed by Canon that helps maximize colour accuracy and brightness uniformity. The actual panel employed by the DP-V3010 4K Display is an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD with full array RGB LED scanning backlight technology that delivers excellent colour accuracy, and crisp video imagery without the perception of motion blurring between frames. By featuring an IPS LCD panel with polarizing and filtering film layers to prevent changes in colour and contrast, the DP-V3010 4K Reference Display enables image viewing within a wide viewing angle, top to bottom and left to right.

The Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display is compatible with the five major colour gamut standards – SMPTE-C, EBU, ITU-R BT.709, DCI, and Adobe RGB – as well as conforming to DCI standards for 4K display. These DCI standards include a 2000:1 contrast ratio, which the DP-V3010 4K Reference Display evidences in its faithful reproduction of detail in the shadows and accurate highlights. This high contrast accuracy is essential for critical assessment and mastering of high dynamic range cinematic imagery.

Also supported by the Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display is the ASC CDL (American Society of Cinematographers Colour Decision List) format. The display controller provided with the DP-V3010 4K Display includes a dedicated CDL button. Colour settings made at the shooting location can be stored on a USB flash drive and imported into the user’s colour-grading system, which can then relay colour correction parameters directly to the DP-V3010 4K Display in the ASC CDL format using slope, offset, power, and saturation parameter adjustments to the overall RGB image and/or separately to the individual R, G, and B channels.

The importation of LUT (Look Up Table) data created by third-party colour-grading systems is also supported by the DP-V3010 4K Reference Display. The Display allows both 1D and 3D LUTs to be easily imported by operating the menus of the unit itself. This enables accurate colour matching between displays and the ability to import customized “looks” created in third-party applications. In this way, the unique colours and gradations intended by producers can be easily reproduced.

Ready to support the wide dynamic range of Canon Log gamma video data recorded by the popular Canon EOS C500 and EOS C300 Cinema cameras, the Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display also comes pre-installed with the Cinema EOS Canon Log viewing LUT allowing those cameras to be integrated with the DP-V3010 4K Display for linear conversion and display in real time. Furthermore, using 1D/3D-LUT data, the display will be able to provide support for ACES proxy output from Canon’s EOS C500 digital cinema camera.

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Each Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display undergoes high-precision calibration before shipment to help ensure high colour uniformity between all units. Colour accuracy is further improved by the Canon DP-V3010 4K Display’s control system, which continuously monitors internal conditions of the display which might affect colour, uniformity and performance accuracy, like heat or aging of internal components and make corrections to help ensure long-term image stability and exceptional colour consistency.

External calibration of the Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display can be performed without the need for a dedicated PC application through the use of a third-party spectro radiometer. Use of such an external sensor allows users of the DP-V3010 Display to maintain factory calibration settings as well as help adjustment for specific display applications or account for variations in ambient lighting.

The DP-V3010 Display features an easy-to-navigate on-screen display that can be controlled using the included display controller. Built-in carrying handles allow the display to be easily transported and positioned on top of a desk or a counter, or attached to a VESA-compliant bracket for easy wall or rack mounting. The accompanying display controller is designed to be used as both a desktop control device or to be rack-mounted for easy integration into suites, control rooms or mobile vehicle applications, such as HD sports production trucks.

Markers, time code display and test patterns are provided within the Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display. A variety of markers (aspect, safety zone, grid, and centre) and test patterns (pluge, grayscale [20%], white, five-step, ramp, colour bars, and black) are also built into the DP-V3010 Display.

The Canon DP-V3010 4K Reference Display is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2014 for a suggested list price of US$40,000!

 
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ASUS Unveils Transformer Book T100

09 Nov

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FOR those looking for a high performance hybrid laptop-cum-tablet, ASUS’ latest Transformer Book T100, which is available now, can be considered.

The Transformer Book T100 is a compact ultraportable laptop powered by the Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor (the T100 is the first machine with this new processor!). This slim & durable ultraportable features a 10.1-inch HD display that can be used as a lightweight standalone Windows 8.1 tablet.

 
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AMD Launches Radeon R7 and R9 Graphics Cards for Gamers

08 Nov

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THE AMD Radeon R7 and R9 Series of graphics cards are new GPUs meant for a new era in gaming, and should please those gamers who demand such a powerful option for their gaming addiction.

Featuring the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy – which is AMD’s approach to give gamers a consistent gaming experience on the PC at the comfort of their own living room, study room or over the cloud. The 4 pillars f the Unified Gaming Strategy – console, cloud, content and client, come together with the introduction of Mantle.

With mantle, games like DICE’s “Battlefied 4” will be empowered with the ability to speak the native language of the Graphics Core Next architecture, presenting a deeper level of hardware optimisation no other graphics card manufacturer could match. With the introduction of the Mantle, AMD has solidifies its position as the leading provider of fast and efficient game development platforms (but gamers will still prefer NVIDIA’s graphics cards when it comes to performance).

 
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HRC Launches RCV1000R MotoGP “Open” Production Racer

07 Nov

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Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) unveiled its RCV1000R for 2014 Today in Valencia, Honda Racing Corporation introduced the Honda RCV1000R prototype machine to be used from 2014 in the MotoGP “Open” Class (prototype machines with Magneti Marelli hardware and software, 24 litre tank and 12 engines per season). The goal of this new machine, which will be sold and not leased to the teams, is to compete in MotoGP with a reasonable budget.

Together with HRC Executive Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto, Project leader, Tomonori Sato, presented the final machine to the World’s media, in anticipation of it’s first outing with the customer teams next Monday at the post-race Valencia test. The RCV1000R chassis is based on the current RC213V prototype bike, as is the engine – a 90º V4 producing over 175KW of power at 16,000rpm, utilising spring valves and a traditional gear box. The bike will be delivered with Öhlins suspension and Nissin brakes.

Four riders will race on the RCV1000R in 2014, Nicky Hayden and TBC second rider (Aspar Team), Scott Redding (Honda Gresini Team) and Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Team). HRC test rider and two-time World Champion, Casey Stoner, has already tested the RCV1000R and provided positive feedback to HRC engineers. Two machines will be available for the three day test that will begin on Monday.

 
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Nikon Malaysia Launches Df, D610, D5300 and AW1

07 Nov

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Nikon Malaysia has today launched its latest line-up of digital cameras comprising of the new Df, D610, D5300 and Series 1 AW1. The first 3 are DSLRs and the AW1 is a mirrorless model.

Present at the launch were the Managing Director for both Nikon Malaysia and Singapore, Noriaki Yamaguchi, Nikon Malaysia’s general manager David Ng, marketing manager Hon and NPS Manager for Malaysia, Mahfooz NR.

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The Nikon DF was the one grabbing the most attention from the Malaysian media, with very few people keen to know more about the D610 and D5300. Only the female members of the media were keen on the D5300 while a few were visibly upset at Nikon’s apathy towards users of the D600 with the introduction of the new D610, which formed part of the Q & A after the launch.

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The Nikon Df has an RRP of RM8,900 for the body alone and RM9,700 with the AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens.

 
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