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  • 2014-04-14 12:00:00

    The MPB Easter Egg Hunt 2014

    Win 50 worth of camera accessories!

    We're giving away three special prize baskets packed with £50 worth of brand new camera accessories this Easter in our first Easter Egg Hunt!

    All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is search the MPB website for the six hidden Easter Egg Codes. Once you've found all six, either send them to us by email at showcase(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk, or private message them to us via our Facebook page. You must include your name, email and address (which we'll send the prize to if you win) in order for your entry to be accepted. Please note that only one entry per address will be accepted.

    The deadline for entries is 12 AM (midnight) on Tuesday 22nd April 2014. Three winners will be selected at random from all correct entries submitted before this time.

    To get you on your way, and so you know what to look for, here is the first code:

    01:YA

    We'll be providing clues throughout the week via our social media pages in case you get stuck!

    Good hunting

    The MPB Easter Egg Hunt 2014

    The MPB Easter Egg Hunt 2014

    Win a basket full of Photography goodies worth £50 by finding the six Easter Egg Codes hidden around the site!... Read More

  • 2013-12-04 12:00:00

    As Christmas is fast approaching, it's time to kick off the second annual MPB Christmas Candy Cane Hunt, in which twelve codes are hidden around the site for you to find! Five codes are already up to be discovered, and we'll be adding the rest over the coming days (one on each weekday until next Friday). All codes will up by the 13th, and you have until Wednesday 18th December at 5:00 PM to find all of the codes and send them to us for a chance to win! If you're having trouble, don't worry - we'll be providing clues via our social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) to help you out. You should check out our social media pages anyway, since you'll find one of the codes there!

    Three prize winners will be selected at random from those who give us all of the codes correctly by the deadline, so if you find them all, don't share the answers as it will reduce your chances of getting a prize.

    Each prize winner will receive a special MPB stocking filled with goodies - and we aren't talking socks and lollies that look vaguely like reindeer here, we're talking over £50's worth of fantastic photography accessories!

    Once you've found all twelve codes, email them along with your name and address (so we know where to send the prize) to showcase(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk (or send them via a private message on Facebook). You don't need to tell us where you found each code. Please note that only one person per address is eligible to win a prize.

    To get you started, and so you know what you're looking for, here is the first code:

    01:FR

     

    Good hunting!

    The MPB Christmas Candy Cane Hunt II

    The MPB Christmas Candy Cane Hunt II

    Win a stocking full of photography goodies in our second annual Candy Cane Hunt!... Read More

  • 2013-06-14 12:00:00

    Troubleshooting Problems

    Steps to resolving the most common equipment issues


    Every now and then we receive queries from customers regarding using their new equipment. Many of these queries are very easily resolved by simply following some straightforward steps. Below we have compiled a list of the most frequently encountered issues and how best to go about solving these.

    Q. My camera is not autofocussing
    Reset the custom functions on the camera
    Restore the factory settings
    Make sure the lens is set to AF
    Check which AF points are selected
    Nikon- Check the lens you are using is compatible with the camera (check our lens compatibilty chart)

    Q. I cannot write to/access my memory card 
    Format the card within the camera but back up images first!

    Q. The image quality is poor
    Check the ISO settings
    Shoot in good light
    Check shutter speed is fast enough to hand hold, over /125th

    Q. Shots are blurry
    Check the ISO settings
    Use a smaller aperture
    Check the shutter speed is ast enough to hand hold, over /125th
    Try using a tripod

    Q. I cannot access 'live view'
    Consult manual for which button triggers live view, this is different on different models
    Reset custom functions
    Check camera does offer live view, as many older model DSLRs do not include this

    Q. There are dark marks on my images
    All cameras will collect small specs of dust on the sensor over time, if this becomes noticeable you may need to clean your sensor.
    This is a very delicate procedure and should only be attempted with care and the correct equipment, users unfamiliar with the process may wish to seek professional assistance. Incorrect procedure can cause permanent damage to your camera.

    For further guidance and information on how to perform any of the above procedures please consult the product manual which should be readily available online as a PDF.
    Download a manual from Nikon

     

    Download a manual from Canon

     

     

    Guide to sending sample images/ test shooting


    If for any reason you are still encountering issues with the quality of your images after following the steps above we may ask you to send us a selection of test images. From seeing these we hope to be able to advise on how best to resolve any problem you are having as quickly as possible.

    Make sure there is good light, preferably outside during the day
    Set ISO to 100
    MSet shutter speed to /125th or faster
    Use aperture at f/5.6 or narrower
    Shoot through the viewfinder rather than using 'live view'
    Select a suitable subject in the main part of the frame. For example a person or object centre frame, well separated from the background.
    To test for dust/marks on the sensor, select a very narrow aperture and shoot a bright sunlit sky or brightly lit wall.

    If you are still encountering any problems at all please do not hesitate in contacting us for further help and advice regarding your purchase, either by phone on 0845 459 0101 or email sales(at)mpbphotographic.co.uk

     


     

     
    Troubleshooting Problems

    Troubleshooting Problems

    A quick step by step guide to resolving the most common equipment issues.... Read More

  • 2013-06-14 12:00:00
     


    Miniclick Photography talks

    Miniclick Meets.... Murray Ballard



    Back in March we told you about our exciting new collaboration with Brighton's very own Miniclick Photography talks and how MPB will be sharing interview content from these events with you. This month in the second instalment as we chat to photographer Murray Ballard.

    Murray Ballard is a Brighton based photographer who graduated from the cities editorial photography BA in 2007. His work has been published internationally in a range of publications including The Guardian, 8 and GQ and in 2011 BJP recognised him as an 'emerging photographer to note'.

    In this interview we talk to Murray about his on going project, 'The Prospect of Immortality' which examines the world of Cryonics, a process used to freeze the body immediately after death in the hope that in the future scientific advances will allow it to be brought back to life. The project combines portraits of those engaged in the process as well as technical aspects and individual stories from those involved, all from a completely objective viewpoint. So far the project is the result of a six-year international investigation into the subject, beginning in a small village in Sussex and taking Ballard on a journey to the labs of Arizona and to Russia. This sensitive and considerate project offers a human dimension to an often very impersonal and controversial process, allowing the viewer to make up his or her mind on a highly contentious issue.



    'Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality'
    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality' 2006-2012


    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality'
    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality' 2006-2012


    'Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality'
    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality' 2006-2012


    'Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality'
    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality' 2006-2012


    'Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality'
    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality' 2006-2012


    'Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality'
    Murray Ballard: 'The Prospect of Immortality' 2006-2012
    To see more in the series


    To find out more about Murray Ballard and see more of his work, have a look at the website www.murrayballard.com

     

     

     


     

     
     
    Miniclick Meets... Murray Ballard

    Miniclick Meets... Murray Ballard

    The second instalment in our series of short photographer interviews in collaboration with Brighton's Miniclick photography talks.... Read More

The Latest from the Industry

  • 2013-08-23 12:00:00

    There has been much speculation recently on what's coming next from Canon - here are the top three rumours we've heard:

     

    Canon EOS 7D Mk II

    A successor to the 7D in the works...

     

    A successor is in development for The 7D, currently the highest level 1.6x crop sensor camera in Canon's lineup. Expected to be released in 2014, there has been much talk about the camera's possible features, a finalised list of which has not yet been announced.

    The rumoured specs for the 7D II (from Northlight) are as follows:

    • ~24MP sensor
    • New AF system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III
    • Dual Pixel AF
    • ISO 100-2560
    • 10-12 fps Frame Rate
    • 'High grade' weather sealing
    • Dual Digic V+ processor
    • Single card slot
    • WiFi & GPS
    • Innovative video features
    • Price around $2000
    • Very good ISO performance

     

    Source: Northlight

     

    A New EOS M

    There will reportedly be two new camera bodies announced in this range; one similar to the existing EOS M, and one more higher-end mirrorless camera. Although an announcement date hasn't been set in stone, at least one of these cameras will be available before Christmas. Two new lenses, a zoom telephoto and a macro, are slated for release but there is currently no information on when this will be.

    Source: Canon Rumors

     

    Canon to enter the medium format market?

    Rumours have been circulating for some time now about Canon potentially moving into digital medium format cameras. Following a decline in the compact camera market, it would make sense for the company to turn their attention to the higher end of the spectrum, and Northlight has been told they've been investing significantly in a major European MF digital camera manufacturer.

     

    There's nothing concrete as yet, but it's looking more and more likely that we'll see a Canon branded MF range in the future.

    Source: Northlight

     

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    Sources:
    Northlight
    Canon Rumors

    What's Next for Canon? Our Top 3 Rumours

    What's Next for Canon? Our Top 3 Rumours

    A round up of the latest news and rumour... Read More

  • 2013-02-26 12:00:00
    Focus on Imaging

    Birmingham NEC- 3rd-6th March 2013

    Focus on Imaging is Europe's largest annual imaging event covering everything from image capture through to printing, framing and beyond. More than 200 of the worlds leading manufacturers and suppliers from Hasselblad to Kodak, Canon to Ilford, will be showing off their current ranges of equipment by hosting workshops, giving talks and performing live demonstrations. The event is guaranteed to include all the very latest digital cameras, lenses and accessories; often giving visitors the chance to try them out for themselves, gain free advice and chat with professionals.

     

     

    This years Focus on Imaging event came to a close last night after four days of demonstrations, talks, workshops and a great deal of shopping. Some have said that this year the show featured fewer big name camera announcements than expected but there was still plenty of gear to check out and try out. Here is a brief roundup of some of the stars of this years show

    Nikon D7100 Nikon officially announced the release of the D7100 around two weeks ago and thus the camera was bound to attract a lot of the attention at this years show. With the opportunity to try out the new 24MP mid-range DSLR (which is quite an upgrade from its predecessor the D7000) the conclusions from visitors have been clearly very positive and it looks to become the brands new ‘flagship DX model’. Featuring improved speed, focussing and ISO speed, the lightweight and compact D7100 is a highly versatile DSLR whatever you’re shooting.

    RRP: £1099 Availability: We are hoping to have the D7100 in stock by the end of March 2013 for both straight purchase and part exchange.
    Nikon D7100
    Nikon COOLPIX A Nikon’s launch of the Coolpix A at the show was a big hit. The first compact camera to have a DX sensor, (in fact the same sensor as the D7000) and also feature the same screen that is found on the D4 and D800 this is a small, slim camera but for serious photographers. With a fixed 18.5 f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) it can shoot 4fps, has easy manual focus but is very solidly built. One of the highlights of the 2013 show.
    RRP: £999 Availability: End of March 2013
    Nikon Coolpix A
    Hasselblad H5D Another big new camera attracting a huge amount of attention at the focus event was the Hasselblad H5D. Visitors were given the chance to have a go on this serious top end camera, which I think I can safely say most of us can only dream about owning. An upgrade from the H4D it has a more compact body, a faster processor, a much improved and more accurate auto focussing system as well as Hasselblad’s legendary image quality.
    RRP: From £15000 Availability: We do not stock Hasselblad equipment however the H5D series are on general sale now.
    Hasselblad H5D
    Fuji X100S Officially announced back in January at CES, the new Fuji X100S features the same design as the X100, (announced two years previously at Focus) however Fuji claim it has more than twenty improvements. It still has the same retro look body design but includes a newly developed X-TRANS CMOS II sensor, upgraded auto focus (which was a criticism of the X100) and full HD video capability. A beauty of a premium compact digital camera.
    RRP: £1149 Availability: End of March 2013

    Fuji X100S
    Sigma DP3 MERILL Sigma’s DP3 Merrill is the latest in their series of compact cameras incorporating the 46 MP Foveon X3 direct image sensor. Featuring a fixed 50mm f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 75mm in 35mm format) it offers high levels of optical performance, exceptional image quality and is great for all shooting situations.
    RRP: £799 Availability: On sale now
    Sigma DP3 Merrill

    Focus on Imaging 2013

    Focus on Imaging 2013

    All the latest news and announcements from this years Focus on Imaging event... Read More

  • 2012-10-01 12:00:00

    Brighton Photo Biennial 2012: Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space

     

    Brightons acclaimed and renowned international photography festival returns to the city next month for a four week long programme of exciting and innovative events in a handful of venues across the city centre. Between October 6th and November 4th this vibrant and dynamic place will once again become host to numerous exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, new commissions and artist talks all expanding far beyond the limits of gallery walls and geared towards appealing to a wide range of audiences. Now in its fifth edition, this years biennial programme is shaping up to be even bigger and more exciting than that of 2010 which saw record numbers of visitors from across the globe. As with previous years there is an importance on showcasing new and emerging photographers together with acclaimed ones and consequently BPB is able to demonstrate an eclectic and effective mix of contemporary photography.


    The 2010 biennial, New Documents, curated by the renowned and award winning photographer Martin Parr, was praised for being fresh and distinctive and Parr was held partially accountable for having re branded the BPB from a smaller scale and lesser funded festival to one of the largest, most contemporary and best attended in the world. The programme was celebrated for being the worlds first frame free photography festival, praised for its diversity of venues (including an exhibition held in the three storey derelict co op building) and commended for its unusual commissions informed and inspired by the diverse communities and contexts of Brighton and Hove. In turn, the success of the 2010 BPB greatly impacted on the public’s imagination of how photography can be viewed from varying perspectives and the possibilities in what it can achieve.

     

    This years BPB has solely been curated by the influential photography journal Photoworks who are based here in Brighton. At the heart of this years theme, Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space, is the use of photography as not only a means of understanding our surroundings but how it can be used as a tool in helping to shape them. A wide range of photographic practises will examine how photography is used as an agent of change and the possibilities the medium holds in altering how we view the world around us. The 2012 programme of events demonstrates that this years exhibitions and commisions will highlight pressing and topical issues dealing with current global economic conditions, international protest and revolution, and explore the affect these are having on our urban environment and our everyday way of life. The themes being dealt with are often controversial which reflects the biennials ethos of prokoking debate, inspiring new thinking, and always promising to capture a new spirit and direction in contemporary photography and the diversity of this years work is as always, bound to cause a certain level of discussion. Whether the photographs have been taken by an established photographer, a recent find or a member of the general public with an interest in the medium, the work displayed and what it represents will follow the customary biennial ethos and cause debate, however more imporatantly is that these artists will make visual their thoughts, concepts and ideas and thus creating a thought provoking response to current difficulties that are in one way or another, impacting each of us.

     

      

    Expected highlights include:

     

    Julian Germain- No Olho da Rua: Fabica Gallery

     

    A collaborative project along with Patricia Azevedo, Murilo Godoy and the street children from Belo Horizonte in Brazil.

     

    Beginning in 1995, Germain offered children living on the streets of Brazil the opportunity to express themselves through photography by giving each of them a camera to document their lives. The images document a period of economic expansion in Brazil and how this affected those that were socially and ecnomically excluded from the apparent rise in wealth and the changes that occured to the urban landscape. The result is an expressive and vast archive of photographs produced over seventeen years that has become not only a testament to ability of the children who took the photographs but also a truthful and intimate document of the way they live their lives. The photographs were originally put on display on the streets of Belo Horizonte in order to place the subjects in the public eye and at the centre of their community.

    Artists talk: Monday 22nd October 6-8pm, Fabrica

     

     

    Lulu Ash- Urban Farming in London and Havana: Brighton Train Station

     

    A photo essay by Lulu Ash commissioned by Fotodocument; this project highlights environmental issues surrounding capital growth in both London and Havana. It considers a food growing initiative in London which focusses on biodiversity and growing organic crops on plots of derelict land in the city, whilst in Havana Lulu's work documents a thriving organic community space in the heart of Cuba which has been transformed from a derelict urban space into a thriving self sufficient project beneficial and essential to the Havana community.

    Artist talk: Sunday 28th October 2.30-4pm, Jury's Inn

     

    To find out more please visit www.bpb.org.

    Brighton Photo Biennial 2012: Agents of Change

    Brighton Photo Biennial 2012: Agents of Change

    With the Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 opening on October 6th, we will be keeping you updated throughout with updates and reviews of event... Read More

  • 2012-09-21 12:00:00

    Photokina 2012: Cologne... the story so far

    The largest global trade fair for the imaging industry, Photokina, takes place every two years in Cologne, Germany. This year has already seen some great announcements from the big brands names, including Canon, Carl Zeiss, Leica, Hasselblad and Olympus.

    Android Compacts

    There were many Compact and Compact Systems Cameras announcements including cameras that are to are to run an Android operating system. This is no doubt in order to combat the ever-increasing dominance of smart phone use by the consumer photographer. Years ago we saw the camera invade the world of mobile communication, and now as the cameras on our phones get better and better, compact manufacturers need to find a way to sell the idea of owning a separate camera to the consumer. No easy task. Will the introduction of cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S800C and the Samsung Galaxy Camera, be able to give a lease of life to the compact camera industry?

    Samsung Galaxy Camera

    Nikon Coolpix S800C

    Sony NEX-6

    With Sony's NEX-5N barely a few weeks old, it has already been surpassed by the NEX-6. A new CSC camera with built in electronic view finder, covering 100% of the frame with a resolution of 2.36 million dots. Whilst the camera itself is not full frame, sporting instead a 16.1-megapixel APS-HD CMOS sensor, it does have 99 phase detection AF points on the sensor. The NEX-6 is WiFi connected, allowing you to add functionality to the camera by downloading apps, though not Instagram! Alongside this, Sony have announced three new lenses to keep the NEX-6 company: the 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6, which shrinks down to just 3cm when powered down; an 18mm f/1.8; and a 10-18 super wide lens. All three lenses feature built in OSS.

    Read more...

    Sony NEX-6

    Leica M and M-E

    Two new rangefinder cameras from Leica

    • Leica M
    • Leica M-E

    Read more....

    Canon EOS 6D

    And the big announcement, had to be Canon's unveiling of the EOS 6D, hailed as Canon's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR. The 6D will feature built in wireless capabilities allowing for fast and easy file transfer, native GPS for geotagging photos, and a newly designed 20.2MP CMOS sensor. This latest addition to the EOS line will also contain a revamped AF system consisting of 11 points, able to focus down to EV-3, which according to Canon is the equivalent of moonlight. There is a plethora of modes to choose from as well, in cluding Contrast Detect, Phase Detect Multi-area Selective single-point Single, Continuous, Face Detection and Live View.

    Read more....

    Canon 6D

    Canon EOS 6D

    Canon Powershots

    Canon revealed three new additions to its Powershot line:

    • Powershot G15
    • S110
    • SX50 HS

    Read more....

    Hasselblad Lunar

    A unique and decadent release from Hasselblad, with a grip of gold.

    Read more....

    There have been far to many announcements and developments to enumerate in one article, but some other notable revealations include:

     

    For more announcements and product revelations, please click here.

    Have you been at the Photokina convention? Any insider knowledge? Let us know your thoughts, either by leaving a comment below, or getting in touch on Google+ or Twitter.

    Photokina 2012

    Photokina 2012

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