Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Owing to growing demand from photographers, Fujifilm has pledged to boost its R&D investment in silver halide paper technology. “We’re seeing that inkjet- dominated clouds still have very substantial silver linings," Peter Wigington, Fujifilm Photo Imaging Group marketing manager said. "Despite the highly successful evolution of inkjet options, the 150 year-long tradition of silver halide paper still remains a first choice for many of today’s professional photographers who seek the ultimate in quality output.” To cope with growing demand, the company now plans to increase production at its Tilburg, Holland manufacturing site
Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD docking solution for both Mac and Windows computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. With eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2, the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four additional Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not connected to the dock. The dock is available for pre-order today at belkin.com and is planned to be available at Apple stores in October for an MSRP of £249.99. Additionally the new Thunderbolt Express Dock will be available in November through other retail stores.
Fantasea Line has announced the upcoming launch of the FRX100 III underwater housing for the Sony RX100 III digital compact camera. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 III housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction, ergonomic design and double O-ring protection. Free extras include a hand-strap, moisture detector and port cover. The Fantasea FRX100 III underwater housing will be available from November.
British photographer Martin Parr is unveiling a unique collection of images depicting the eating habits of Britain in collaboration with leading food brand Birds Eye. Parr was commissioned by Birds Eye to produce a unique snapshot of what makes up the typical, modern mealtime in Britain. The exhibition entitled 'A Birds Eye View' features 30 brand new photographs depicting mealtimes in regions including Kent, Cornwall, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Merseyside, London and Birmingham. The exhibition will open for one day only on Wednesday 1st October at the Pics Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PE.
Olympus has released the free Olympus Capture application, which enables tethered shooting with the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Available in Mac and Windows versions, Olympus Capture allows E-M1 users to remotely control their cameras, giving them access to exposure, focus, depth-of-field preview, ISO sensitivity and white balance, among other settings. You can even control up to four wirelessly synced flash units directly from the program. Photos taken using Olympus Capture can easily be imported into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Capture One Pro for post-processing. The Olympus Capture software can be downloaded from the website below (do note that you need to have Firmware Version 2.0 installed on your OM-D E-M1 for tethered shooting).
Website: Get Olympus Capture
Canon has released a firmware update for eleven Pixma printers. The new version adds a security option to the Remote UI menu to set an administrator password in order to protect your printer settings from being changed by unauthorised people. The company recommends that you install the update and set up a password if your printer is connected to a network. The affected models include the Pixma MG7120, MG6420, MG5520, MG5522, MG3520, MG3522, MX532, MX472, MX479, iX6820 and iP8720 (pictured).
Source: Canon U.S.A.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Zoner Photo Studio 17 is now available in the US. Zoner’s latest version of this complete photo editing and management software package offers several exciting new features including Home Sharing, an easy and seamless way to share memories on your TV, PC and smartphone; the new and improved Cartoon and Lens Flare tools, a much more efficient photo management interface and more robust tools for working with raw files. Among the improvements is a new Automatic button that streamlines working with the histogram and colours – one click now reveals the optimal settings. Zoner Photo Studio 17 also now reflects all changes in the raw conversion module in pictures’ previews in the Manager and Viewer. Working with large photo collections is now significantly faster and smoother courtesy of the program’s Smarter Catalog and an improved Side Panel in the Manager. Zoner Photo Studio 17 is available now for $89. Upgrades from older versions are priced at $49.
Alpine Labs and Vivo Labs have formally merged to "better support the time-lapse photography community." The move will bring the smartphone-programmable Michron (pictured) and Radian time-lapse photography products together and combine the capabilities and staff members of the two organisations. “Everyone at Alpine Labs is very excited by the possibilities this merger will give us to better serve photographers interested in time-lapse photography,” said Greg Horváth, President of Alpine Labs. “Both Alpine Labs and Vivo Labs share a common mission to make time-lapse photography easy and accessible to photographers of all experience levels. The marketing and product development teams of both companies already know each other well, and this merger will enable us to unlock the full potential of those relationships.”
Three new GoPros have been announced - the HERO4 Black, HERO4 Silver, and entry-level HERO. HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP $499 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP $399. HERO4 Black captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps. HERO4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as HERO4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120.
Ahead of our full review, here are 27 photos taken with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens mounted on a Nikon Df body.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens is a versatile, affordable wide-angle to standard view FX-format zoom lens.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is a waterproof smartphone that features a lot of cutting-edge camera technologies. The Xperia Z2 has a 20 megapixel sensor, 27mm fixed lens with fast f/2 aperture, 4K and 1080p video, sweep panoramas, a range of picture effects and Timeshift burst shooting. Read our in-depth Sony Xperia Z2 review now...
Phase One Industrial today announced the Phase One iXA-R camera platform and the iX Controller (pictured). The new 80 MP, 60 MP and Achromatic iXA-R cameras share many of the same features as the iXA aerial cameras, including focal plane and central leaf shutters, optional Forward Motion Compensation, scalability to form multi-camera arrays, as well as easy integration with popular flight management systems and GPS/IMU receivers. Phase One iXA-R cameras expand the iXA lens range by adding three new dedicated lenses with focal lengths of 40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm. The Phase One iXA 180-R (including one of three lenses) has a list price of $67000 / €50000. The enhanced lenses are designed and built by Rodenstock. Each lens/shutter combination is adapted for aerial photography and offers low distortion, high MTF and excellent contrast. The iX Controller ($7000 / €5300), a fanless PC with a small footprint, uses a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and is easily integrated into any aircraft. The cameras and iX Controller will start shipping 1 November 2014.
Rift Labs have announced a new high-quality diffuser for the KICK light, which was launched earlier this year and features a portable rechargeable 400 lumen LED panel. Created in response to user requests, the new KICK diffuser creates a softer light with minimal light loss and comes with a micro lens surface 40-degree diffusion front plate for maximum light transmission. In order to emit as much light as possible, the inside of the impact resistant hard shell is coated with a hyper-white material, which reflects 98% of the light and provides the same reflection for all wavelengths. For more information, visit the website below.
Epson today announced the SpectroProofer-UVS, a new in-line spectrophotometer for its 17", 24" and 44" Epson Stylus Pro printers. The new SpectroProofer-UVS models support the M1 measurement illumination standard and are UV selectable between M1 and M2. Current SpectroProofer owners have the option to upgrade to the new ILS30EP component of SpectroProofer-UVS models to ensure full compatibility with the latest industry standards. The new SpectroProofer-UVS will be shipping in late-October 2014.
Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon Coolpix A large-sensor compact camera. According to the company, version C:1.12 resolves an issue that sometimes prevented appropriate exposure control with interval timer photography. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Nikon Knowledge Base
Canon and Stella McCartney have announced an exclusive collaboration unveiling the limited-edition Linda camera bag. Named after Stella’s mother and specially designed for the Canon EOS 100D White, the bag is crafted with an innovative Eco Alter Nappa leather alternative which uses natural vegetable oil coating that is less harmful to the environment. A limited run of 1,000 bags will be produced and will only be available as a special package with the Canon EOS 100D White digital SLR camera. Within the UK, the package will be available from Harrods and Selfridges for £1,200.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Pentax 645Z medium-format digital SLR camera. Version 1.10 adds support for the new Image Transmitter 2 tethering application and improves overall stability. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Ricoh Japan
Bowens has launched an exclusive five-strong range of flash heads for its Creo Generator system. The special effect flash heads include two new long penlights (from £900); two new long strip lights (from £1,749) and a 250mm diameter Fresnel spot light (£2,879). Robert Cook, Bowens marketing director said: “These innovative, precision-engineered and high-spec accessories offer supreme quality and will provide fashion and commercial photographers – and even automotive photographers - with a wide range of creative lighting opportunities using our Creo high performance power packs."
Limelite has launched two new LED-based Studiolite products. Developed for broadcast video and photographic applications,the SLED4 (£865 plus VAT) and SLED8 (£1250 plus VAT) provide users with four or eight flicker-free, state of the art linear tubes of LEDs. “These LED-based Studiolites are another first for Limelite," Tim Haskell, Limelite business development manager said. "They create a soft, wide beam of beautifully even light that wraps around the subject to produce extremely flattering illumination." The new models also feature a wide range of optional accessories and modifiers including grids; Barn Doors and filter frames.
Fotodiox Pro have announced their newest concept in LED lighting: the FlapJack LED Edgelight series. Designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to set up, the FlapJacks produce soft, even light that is ideal for impromptu interviews, portraiture, food- and product photography. Rather than using forward-facing LEDs common in conventional panels, the FlapJacks’ LEDs are mounted around their outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material to produce bounced light. Their compact design makes it easy to mount them to light stands, tabletop tripods, light clamps or even a camera’s accessory shoe. For more information, visit the wbsite below.