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  • 2014-12-26 12:00:00

    Update: This competition is now closed!

     

    Were you lucky enough to get some new kit this Christmas? Get creative with your new gear and share your festive photos for your chance to win a bundle of photography treats! We will be picking and sharing our favourite photos throughout the competition and one overall one overall winner will be selected once the competition has closed.

     

    To enter, just follow these steps:

    • Take your photo on whatever device you choose. DSLR, point and shoot camera, phone: it’s up to you!
    • Share on either Twitter or Instagram and make sure you photo is visible publicly.
    • Tell us what’s in the photo, use the hashtag #mpbchristmaskit and tag @mpbcom in the description. Please be sure to tag us as your entry may not be accepted otherwise!
    • Take a look at the other entries by searching the hashtag!

     

    Entries will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday 31st December when the competition will close. A winner will be announced on Friday 2nd January!

    Please make sure you read the rules before entering. We can't wait to see your photos!

     

     

    The Rules

    Entrants: Our competitions are open to residents of the European Union, aged 18 years or over, except for employees of MPB Photographic, their families or anyone else associated with the particular competition.

    Quantity of entries: You may submit up to 1 image per day.

    Image eligibility:

    • Images that have won or been in the running for any previous competition may not be submitted.
    • Only images uploaded within the competition entry period will be eligible. This means older images with the hashtag #mpbchristmascamera applied retrospectively will not be accepted.
    • Entries deemed to be obscene or offensive will be rejected.

    Image copyright: Entries must be your own (you own the rights to the image) and must not have been used commercially. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that any images they submit are taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe any laws or the copyright of any third party. Entries will be accepted at the discretion of MPB and MPB reserve the right to request original image files to ensure ownership of an image.

    Reproduction rights and your copyright: Copyright in all images submitted for MPB competitions remains with the respective entrants. However, by participating in a competition, each entrant grants MPB permission to use their entry in promotional material connected with that and any other competition run by MPB. Should an entrant wish for their entry to be removed, a request should be submitted to showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk and the image will be removed as soon as possible. MPB will not be held responsible for any third party sharing of entries through social media.

    Entry:

    • Images should be submitted with all the required details through the means stated.
    • MPB cannot take responsibility for entries not received due to errors made during submission by the entrant or for faults in a third party service, eg. Twitter, which may prevent an entry from being submitted.
    • All information detailing how to enter our competitions forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all the rules are accepted as final and the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • Only six entries per person in total. Late, ineligible, defaced or corrupt images will not be accepted.


    Digital manipulation: You may use digital manipulation which emulates darkroom techniques to optimise an image. You may also use filters and frames provided by Instagram and third party apps. It is important that the content and context of the original image remains intact. As such, you may crop and image but may not add or remove key elements of the composition. Entries will be accepted at the discretion of MPB and MPB reserve the right to request original image files to ensure the integrity of an image.

    Judging: One winner will be selected by MPB. Winners will be contacted within 7 days.

    Prizes: Prizes are non-transferable and no cash equivalent will be offered. MPB reserve the right to change the prize to a comparable alternative due to unforeseen circumstances. Prizes not claimed within 3 months of the notification date will be forfeit.

    The rules: MPB reserve the right to alter these terms and conditions at any time. Revised rules will be posted in this section and it is the entrant's responsibility to review this section. Any breach of these rules by the entrant may result in their entry becoming void. If a breach has occurred but is discovered after a prize is awarded, MPB may request the return of the prize.

    Christmas Kit Photo Competition!

    Christmas Kit Photo Competition!

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  • 2014-12-23 12:00:00

    Update: This competition is now closed!

     

    It's the final round of our mystery item competition and there is a final stocking up for grabs, brimming with photography treats! Can you identify the item for a chance to win?

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    We want to see if you can identify our mystery item using your only your powers of deduction and few clues. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is let us know what you think it is!

     

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    How to Enter

    Once you think you know the answer send us a private message on Facebook or email us at showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk with the following details:

     

    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Postal address (the address we will send the prize to if you win)
    • Your answer. We will be looking for the complete model title!

     

    Please be aware that entries submitted in the comments section will not be accepted!

    The competition will close at midnight on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 with a winner selected at random from the correct entries on Wednesday 24th. Remember, it’s best not to share your answers as this will reduce your chance of winning and you may be disqualified if you do so!

     

     

     

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    • Only ONE entry will be accepted per household, and per person.
    • Our competitions are open to residents of the European Union, aged 18 years or over, except for employees of MPB Photographic, their families or anyone else associated with the particular competition.
    • All information detailing how to enter our competitions forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • All entries should be submitted via email to showcase(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk or via private message on Facebook.
    • Prizes are non-transferable and have no alternative cash value.
    • Winners will be contacted within 7 working days of the competition closing date. Prizes not claimed within 3 calendar months of winning date will be forfeit.
    • MPB Photographic retains the right to alter these Terms and Conditions at any time.
    • English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
    Guess the Mystery Item - Part 3!

    Guess the Mystery Item - Part 3!

    A final chance to win a stocking full of treats!... Read More

  • 2014-12-21 12:00:00

    Update: This competition is now closed!

     

    Lots of you had a guess at the identity of our first mystery item. Stay tuned, we will be revealing it's identity and the winner tomorrow! In the meantime, here's a secondchance to guess the kit to win a stocking brimming with photography goodness!

    mpb-christmas-stocking-prize

    We want to see if you can identify our mystery item using your only your powers of deduction and few clues. We’ll be sharing hints on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout Sunday and Monday. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is let us know what you think it is!

     

    mpb-mystery-item-competition

     

    How to Enter

    Once you think you know the answer send us a private message on Facebook or email us at showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk with the following details:

     

    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Postal address (the address we will send the prize to if you win)
    • Your answer. We will be looking for the complete model title!

     

    Please be aware that entries submitted in the comments section will not be accepted!

    The competition will close at midnight on Monday 22nd December 2014 with a winner selected at random from the correct entries on Tuesday 23rd. Remember, it’s best not to share your answers as this will reduce your chance of winning and you may be disqualified if you do so!

     

     

     

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    • Only ONE entry will be accepted per household, and per person.
    • Our competitions are open to residents of the European Union, aged 18 years or over, except for employees of MPB Photographic, their families or anyone else associated with the particular competition.
    • All information detailing how to enter our competitions forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • All entries should be submitted via email to showcase(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk or via private message on Facebook.
    • Prizes are non-transferable and have no alternative cash value.
    • Winners will be contacted within 7 working days of the competition closing date. Prizes not claimed within 3 calendar months of winning date will be forfeit.
    • MPB Photographic retains the right to alter these Terms and Conditions at any time.
    • English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
    Guess the Mystery Item - Part 2!

    Guess the Mystery Item - Part 2!

    Another chance to win by identifying the mystery kit!... Read More

  • 2014-12-18 12:00:00

    Update: This competition is now closed!

     

    Christmas is just a week away and we have another stocking bursting with photography treats up for grabs in today’s competition!

    mpb-christmas-stocking-prize

    In a test of your kit knowledge, we want to see if you can identify our mystery item using your only your powers of deduction and few clues. We’ll be sharing hints on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the day. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is let us know what you think it is!

    mystery-item-silhouette

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    How to Enter

    Once you think you know the answer send us a private message on Facebook or email us at showcase[at]mpbphotographic.co.uk with the following details:

     

    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Postal address (the address we will send the prize to if you win)
    • Your answer. We will be looking for the complete model title!

     

    Please be aware that entries submitted in the comments section will not be accepted!

    The competition will close at midnight on Friday 19th December 2014 with a winner selected at random from the correct entries on Monday 22nd. Remember, it’s best not to share your answers as this will reduce your chance of winning and you may be disqualified if you do so!

     

     

     

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    • Only ONE entry will be accepted per household, and per person.
    • Our competitions are open to residents of the European Union, aged 18 years or over, except for employees of MPB Photographic, their families or anyone else associated with the particular competition.
    • All information detailing how to enter our competitions forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • All entries should be submitted via email to showcase(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk or via private message on Facebook.
    • Prizes are non-transferable and have no alternative cash value.
    • Winners will be contacted within 7 working days of the competition closing date. Prizes not claimed within 3 calendar months of winning date will be forfeit.
    • MPB Photographic retains the right to alter these Terms and Conditions at any time.
    • English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.
    Guess the Mystery Item - Part 1!

    Guess the Mystery Item - Part 1!

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The Latest from the Industry

  • 2015-01-23 12:00:00

    Study Shows Photography is Attractive

     

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    Good news! Taking artistic photos makes you more attractive according to a study carried out at the University of Pennsylvania. Ranked 7th out of a possible 43 “creative behaviours”, that’s just one more reason we should all keep taking photos!

     

     

    Insightful New Nikon Ads

     

     

    Nikon and The Telegraph have teamed up to share a new ad campaign featuring four different photographers and their favourite Nikon gear. Rosaline Shahnavaz, Dylan Thomas, Tom Miles and David Gilliver give insights into their creative processes, favoured kit and inspirations in these short films.

     

     

    Photos, Paintings and Plagiarism

     

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    An interesting case for photographers and artists more widely, Belgian painter Luc Tuymans has this week been found guilty of plagiarism having drawn “inspiration” from an photography by Katrijn van Giel.

     

     

    Commercial Imagery Workflow

     

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    Professional retoucher Ashot Gevorkyan recently created a series of animated GIFs to show the work that goes in transforming an original photo into a finished commercial image.

     

     

    Rescued WWII Photos

     

     

    Creating an archive from images found on rescued rolls of undeveloped film, The Rescued Film Project has recently developed 31 rolls of previously unseen photos from World War II. The results are fascinating!

     

    What are your thoughts on these? Or is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments or on Faceook and Twitter!

    Best of the Week!

    Best of the Week!

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  • 2015-01-02 12:00:00

    If 2014 has taught us nothing else, it’s that mirrorless is not going away. With a number of high profile system switches, it is becoming more difficult for the major manufacturers like Canon and Nikon to disregard demand.

    For many, there is no escaping the strengths of swift autofocus and accuracy of an optical viewfinder found in a DSLR. But convenient in size and with advances in sensor technology and improving lens options, mirrorless is increasingly becoming a feasible and even preferred option for some types of photography. Whatever your preference, many are expecting interesting things from mirrorless in 2015. Here are the rumours brewing so far!

     

     

    Panasonic

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    Many are expecting Panasonic to begin 2015 by announcing an update to the GX7, most likely in time for CP+. Although set below the GH line, it’s expected that the camera will be 4K ready. Other details are hard to come by currently but there won’t be long to wait for these if the announcement arrives by February as expected.

    In another move which will no doubt please current users, Panasonic have been developing an optical viewfinder for mirrorless systems. It may not make an appearance on the GX7 replacement, as yet there’s been no clear indication as to when or if the technology will be used, but it’s an area that will no doubt be of interest if mirrorless is to truly compete with DSLRs.

     

     

    Olympus

    A firm rumour from the Olympus camp for 2015 is that the E-M5II is well and truly on the way. Recently registered in Taiwan, a necessity for products which will use wifi, the follow up to the E-M5 is expected to use sensor shift shooting technology to produce 40mp images. Although, reports suggest that 4K video will not feature which would no doubt disappoint some users.

    More broadly speaking, Olympus look set to continue improving their sensor technology and expanding their current range of cameras and lenses this year. Full frame sensors don’t appear to be on the agenda yet, however.

     

     

    Fuji

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    There are a few things that Fuji will not be doing in 2015. In a recent interview with DC.watch, they confirmed that they were not looking to investigate full frame and medium format sensors in the short term. They will, however, be focusing on high resolution APS-C sensors and no doubt continuing to work on their organic sensor, a joint venture with Panasonic.

    In terms of actual product releases, the X-Pro 1 is expected to get an update by mid 2015 with dual SD slot, articulated screen and 24mp ASP-C sensor rumoured. Fuji Rumors also predicts that the X-A1 or X-M1 could see a replacement early this year, possibly in time for CES or CP+. Unfortunately details on spec are few and far between but with any luck there won’t be long to wait for an official announcement! 

     

     

    Sony

    2014 has been a good year for Sony and there’s no reason to doubt that 2015 won’t be the same. With some unconventional but exciting technologies in the workings, including a curved sensors and active-pixel colour sampling technology, Sony look set to make a big impact again this year.

    Previous rumours have suggested that there could be a full frame camera capable of recording 8K video on the way from Sony. Whilst originally expected in time for the 2016 Olympics, it will be interesting to see how or if this rumour develops this year.

    In the shorter term, Mirrorless Rumors suggests that two new E mount cameras are on the way: the A7000 and A9. Both are expected to include Sony’s new 5 axis stabilisation system with announcements early this year. Of particular interest is the A9 which will be positioned above the A7 series, with a reported 50mp full frame sensor. 

     

     

    Canon & Nikon

    In recent interviews with DC.watch both Canon and Nikon indicated that they were looking more seriously at mirrorless technology.

    Nikon have recently filed a patent for a new 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens, suggesting that a new system may be in the works. However, whilst these patents show promise, it is yet to be seen how quickly a new camera and lenses may reach the market. 

    Among rumours which suggest possible use of Sony’s sensor technology, it also appears that Canon have plans to make more serious moves into mirrorless in 2015. It seems fairly clear that a new EOS M camera is on the way, most likely with a new design. Whether this will be full frame or have a high pixel count is up for debate, however.

    With both Canon and Nikon having received criticism for resisting mirrorless previously, 2015 may be the year they make their move.

     

     

    What are your thoughts on mirrorless and what do you hope to see from this sector in 2015? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

     

    Sources: Mirrorless RumorsPetaPixelCanonWatchNikon RumorsFuji RumorsPhoto Rumors, DC.watch.

    Mirrorless Rumours for 2015

    Mirrorless Rumours for 2015

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  • 2015-01-01 12:00:00

    We’ve seen an array of kit from Nikon this year, from the D4s, D810 and D750 to a revamp of its telephoto lens series. 2015 promises to be an interesting year for photography with the further advancement of mirrorless and video but just what can we expect from Nikon this coming year?

     

     

    More Mirrorless?

    Mirrorless has made a big impression this year and Nikon seems to be responding with one of its more recent patents for a new 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens. Having previously downplayed the potential of large sensor compact system cameras, it will be interesting to see how Nikon respond to a now undeniable increase in interest.

     

     

    D7100 Replacement

    The D7100 has now been available for approaching 2 years and rumours about its replacement have been doing the rounds for a while now. Expected to be called the D7200 and a predicted announcement at or around CES here are some of the potential key features so far:

     

    • 24mp APS-C sensor
    • Articulated screen
    • Expeed 4 processor
    • 51 AF points
    • Built in wifi
    • 6fps

     

     

    D5300 Replacement 

    With the D5100, D5200 and D5300 released roughly annually since 2011 many are expecting a follow up in 2015. Current rumours suggest that we could see an announcement later this month to coincide with CES. Concrete details of specifications are hard to come by but an APS-C sensor and touch screen seem like sure bets.

     

     

    Fluorine Coated 300mm

     

     

    Long rumoured but finally set to make an entrance this year is the AF-S 300mm f/4 FL VR, the latest of Nikon’s telephoto lenses to get an impressive fluorine coat. If you’ve not seen it in action, take a look at the video above to see effective it is as keeping dust and dirt at bay. 

     

    What are you expecting from Nikon in 2015? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

     

    Source: Nikon RumorsMirrorless RumorsNorthlight.

     

    4 Things to Expect from Nikon in 2015

    4 Things to Expect from Nikon in 2015

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  • 2014-12-31 12:00:00

    This year has been an important one for Canon with the arrival of two long awaited pieces of kit, the 7D II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM, as well as a number of other cameras and lenses across its range. It’s also been a year that’s seen continued shifts in the world of photography with a surge in the popularity of mirrorless, increased interest in 4k video and growing rumours in the area of digital medium format. So what can we expect from Canon in 2015?

     

     

    High Megapixel Count Camera

    Canon Rumors reports that 2015 could see the release of a 50mp camera from Canon. Not likely to be in the 1D series, could this be a follow up to the 6D or something new altogether? Some earlier speculation from Canon Rumors has indicated that there may be a couple of variants (one with a low pass filter, one without) aligning it with Nikon’s D800, D800e and D810.

     

     

    700D Replacement?

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    Between 2008 and 2013, Canon very regularly updated their entry level DSLR range with a new camera announced in the first quarter of each year. However, the 700D is now approaching 2 years old and seems very likely to be replaced in 2015.

     

     

    Sony Sensors in Canon Cameras

    Moonlight | Sony A7s ISO test from Carbon Studios on Vimeo

    Sony’s sensor technology has been a real talking point this year. As we’ve seen, the low light performance of the a7s is phenomenal. The video above was shot in moonlight alone, for example. Now with curved sensors and ‘active-pixel colour sampling’ sensors in the works it’s not a wonder that Canon might want a piece of that pie. Both Canon Rumors and Northlight have received information to suggest that it may happen but how and when this might be is a little more unclear. Given Sony’s advancements in 2014, maybe 2015 will be the year!

     

     

    More 4K

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    As technology gets faster and storage larger we’re seeing a much more 4K video functionality. 2015 is poised to see a whole lot more with Canon rumoured to be working on several new cameras across a few of it’s ranges.

    Firstly in the cinema range, the C300 is due to see an upgrade with full 4K capabilities. Touted to be a bigger upgrade than the C100 II many are expecting plenty more features, although it’s unclear at this stage what they will be.

    The EOS range could also see a further reach into 4K. Whether this will take the form of a new 5D with much improved video capabilities or an upgrade to the 1DC is yet to be seen.

    Finally, many are expecting a 4K fixed lens camcorder. There are a few more specifics floating around for this one: a 1” sensor is on the cards, as well as a form factor not dissimilar to the C100 but smaller.

     

     

    What would you like to see from Canon in 2015? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter and Facebook!

     

    Sources: Canon RumorsCanon WatchNorthlight

    4 Things to Expect from Canon in 2015

    4 Things to Expect from Canon in 2015

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