Category: Accessories

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Epson Scoops Two TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Printers
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The Technical Image Press Association has recognised two Epson products in the prestigious 2014 TIPA Awards. The winning Epson products this year were the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (pictured), which was named “Best Photo Printer,” and the Epson EH-TW7200, which won the award for “Best Photo Projector.” Mark Reynolds, director of consumer sales, Epson UK, commented, “TIPA members are all experts in the field and therefore select products according to the strictest standards. The panel has a huge variety of choice so we are very proud to learn that Epson products have once again been selected for these much valued awards.”

Fujifilm X100S Firmware Version 1.20

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Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X100S and Fujifilm X100S Black cameras. Version 1.20 adds support for the TCL-X100 teleconverter. In practice, this means that the 'Wide Conversion Lens' menu item - whose selectable settings were On and Off - has been changed to 'Conversion Lens,' and now offers Wide, Tele and Off settings. When "Tele" is selected, the size of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder will switch to showing the shooting area for the tele conversion lens.

Website: X100S / X100S Black Firmware Update Ver.1.20

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thunder T11

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SP/ Silicon Power today released the Thunder T11 external solid state drive. Marketed as the lightest and smallest Thunderbolt SSD in the market, the Thunder T11 promises read speeds of up to 380 megabytes per second and write speeds of up to 340MB/s. Thunder T11 is now available in 120GB and 240GB with two colour options, silver and blue.

Wacom Wins iF and Red Dot Awards

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Wacom’s Cintiq Companion (pictured) and the Intuos Pen & Touch S Tablet have both been awarded two of the highest accolades in the design industry this year - an iF Design Award and a prestigious Red Dot award. Hartmut Woerrlein, Director Global Product Management at Wacom, commented: “We are extremely proud that two of our products have won such well known design awards. Wacom continues to manufacture products for a more creative world, that combine technological innovation with outstanding design and these accolades confirm that we are creating the right tools for creative people.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Official Fujinon TCL-X100 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Fujifilm has posted 7 high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Fujinon TCL-X100 teleconverter mounted on a Fuji X100 camera. Depicting a variety of subjects ranging from flowers to landscapes to people, these TCL-X100 samples were captured at sensitivity settings extending from ISO 200 to ISO 1000.

Website: TCL-X100 Sample Images

Toshiba to Launch World’s Fastest microSD Cards

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Toshiba is set to launch what it calls the world's fastest microSD cards. Compliant with UHS-II, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20, the new memory cards deliver a maximum read speed of 260 MB per second and a maximum write speed of 240MB/sec. Compared to Toshiba’s current microSDHC EXCERIA MUH-A032G card, the write speed is improved approximately 8 times, while the read speed is improved approximately 2.7 times. The new memory cards will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OnaBags Launch New Camera Bags

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Onabags today launched three new camera bags and a leather camera strap. The Astoria camera and laptop messenger bag ($359) is designed to accommodate a 13" laptop, 1-2 full-frame DSLR cameras, 3-5 lenses and small personal items. The Capri ($269) is a tote bag designed to protect a camera, up to three lenses and small personal items. The Leather Capri ($349) is a chic, understated camera tote designed to protect your camera, up to three lenses and small personal items. Finally, the Presidio camera strap ($99) is handcrafted with an Italian-tanned leather neckline that is padded with soft neoprene. The Presidio camera strap is most comfortably worn crossbody and is designed for use with camera kits weighing up to 6 pounds.

Fujifilm Launches New X-T1 Accessories

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Fuji has launched five new accessories for the Fujifilm X-T1 comapct system camera. The new range includes two handgrips, the MHG-XT Large (pictured) and MHG-XT Small; the GB-001 camera grip strap (which is compatible with a number of other X series Fujifilm cameras in addtition to the X-T1); the EC-XT extended eyecup; and the CVR-XT cover kit, which contains three covers – one for the sync terminal, another for the hot shoe and another for the vertical battery grip terminal ensuring users can easily replace any of these covers if lost. Availability is slated for late May. Pricing to be confirmed.

Fujifilm TCL-X100

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The Fujifilm TCL-X100 is a new 1.4x tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the Fujifilm X100 and X100S cameras. Converting the focal length of the lens from 23mm to 32mm (approximately 50mm in 35mm terms), the Fujifilm TCL-X100 employs a 4-element construction featuring Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for superior contrast. Once mounted to the camera; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the Fujifilm X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must be updated with the latest firmware (X100 : ver2.10 or later / X100S : ver1.20 or later), which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button. The Fujifilm TCL-X100 retains the lens's maximum aperture of f/2. Availability is slated for May 2014. The UK SRP will be issued closer to the availability date.

Sony QX10 and QX100 Firmware Update 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Sony has issued a firmware update for its DSC-QX10 and QX100 camera-lens modules. Version 3.00 enables users to focus with a half-press (and take a photo with a full-press) of the shutter release, and improves upon the "NFC One-touch connection." Note that this requires PlayMemories Mobile app version 4.2 or later.

Website: Sony UK

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BallPod

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The award-winning BallPod is a colourful, tactile alternative to a traditional tripod. BallPod is the size of an orange and weighs just 298g, making it ideal to take on every adventure no matter how challenging the terrain is. The smooth silicone shell can quickly be moulded into any shape by hand, much like a stressball, and BallPod fits to all standard cameras, smartphone adapters and small video cameras. Priced at £20, BallPod is available to purchase from selected photography outlets throughout the UK.

SpyderHD Now Available in the US

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Datacolor's SpyderHD calibration suite is now available to purchase in the United States. Introduced a week ago in Europe, SpyderHD is a complete workflow solution including the Spyder4 ELITE HD integrated display calibration application, the innovative SpyderWEB (a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens), the SpyderCHECK colour reference and gray card system and the portable SpyderCUBE (which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references). The Datacolor SpyderHD package is available for $349.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photojojo Now Carries Luxi Diffusion Dome

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You can now buy Luxi, a small diffusion dome that turns your iPhone 5 into an incident light meter, from Photojojo's online store. Available for $30, Luxi helps you determine the best settings for your SLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures regardless of your subject's reflectance.

Website: Photojojo

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fujifilm WP-XQ1

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Fuji has revealed an officialunderwater housingfor the Fujifilm XQ1 digital compact camera. The Fujifilm WP-XQ1 Underwater Housing allows you to use the XQ1 camera at depths up to 40m. Built from Transparent Polycarbonate the sturdy housing not only protects the camera but allows you to use all its controls whilst underwater. With built in Wireless Image Transfer you don’t even need to take the camera out of the housing to transfer your images to smartphone or tablet, so you can start sharing your shots as soon as you come up to the surface. The WP-XQ1 housing can be yours for £249.95 / $329.99. An XQ1 dive kit will be available in the UK through the network of Authorised Fujifilm Dive centres nationwide.

Nikon SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight

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The Nikon SB-N10 is an underwater flash unit compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1 and new Nikon 1 J4 compact system cameras. This speedlight can be attached directly to the AW1 or the Nikon WP-N3 waterproof case, which is compatible with the J4. Powered by 4 AA sized batteries, the Nikon SB-N10 has a guide number of 28 in metres at ISO 100/21° and is depth rated for 100m.

Nikon WP-N3 Waterproof Case

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The Nikon WP-N3 is a new underwater case for the Nikon 1 J4 compact system camera. Depth rated for 45m, the Nikon WP-N3 is designed to accommodate the Nikon 1 J4 with the 1 Nikkor VR 10–30mm PD-ZOOM lens or the 1 Nikkor 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lens attached. Comfortable to grip, even when you’re wearing gloves, key camera controls remain easy to access. When used with the Underwater Speedlight SB-N10, underwater flash photography is also possible. Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Four New Simply Elegant Products from IT Supplies

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IT Supplies have announced four new additions to their Simply Elegant private label collection: Metallic Canvas, Fiber Gold 310, Premium Luster, and Photo Panel Displays. The Metallic Canvas joins the range of five metallic papers from Simply Elegant, whilst the Fiber Gold 310 baryta product can be embraced as a replacement product for past Ilford baryta users, the company says. Premium Luster boasts the best properties of non-glare paper selections, has a clean, bright white finish. Finally, the Photo Panel Displays are rigid, adhesive-faced panels with black edging, ready to receive an image by simply peeling away the release liner to adhere the print to the panel face. Three sizes are available: 5 x 7”, 8 x 10” and 11 x 17”, and are sold individually or in packs of 10, with prices starting at $7.99.

G-RAID Sudio and G-Speed Studio

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G-Technology has announced the first products in its new Studio line – the G-RAID Studio and G-Speed Studio. The G-RAID Studio is a high-performance storage system with hardware RAID. User-selectable in RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD, the G-RAID Studio features Thunderbolt 2 technology and has transfer rates up to 360MB/s for editing high-resolution photos or multiple streams of compressed 2K and 4K projects. The G-RAID Studio ships with two removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives for total capacities up to 12TB. The G-RAID Studio will be available in May for an MSRP of $1,299.95 for 12TB, $849.95 for 8TB and $699.95 for 6TB.  The G-Speed Studio with hardware RAID is a four-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution that supports user-selectable RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. Shipping with four removable enterprise-class hard drives, the G-Speed Studio will be available in May for an MSRP of $3,599.95 for 24TB, $2,699.95 for 16TB and $2,199.95 for 12TB.

G-Drive ev SSD

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G-Technology has announced the latest additions to its Evolution Series family – the G-Drive ev SSD and the 500GB G-Drive ev external drive modules. Offered in a capacity of 512GB, the G-Drive ev SSD (£374.95) is capable of delivering transfer speeds up to 480MB/s when paired with the Evolution Series G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt. The G-Drive ev 500GB is a 7,200-rpm portable hard drive offering upto 125MB/s transfer rates via USB 3.0, and is available for £74.95.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Datacolor SpyderHD Calibration Suite

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Datacolor has announced SpyderHD, a new flagship colour calibration suite for photographers. Designed to colour manage photo workflows, from scene, camera and editing, to final output; SpyderHD includes the Spyder4 ELITE HD integrated display calibration application and the innovative SpyderWEB, a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens. In addition to display calibration offerings, SpyderHD consists of two important camera solutions: the SpyderCHECK colour reference and gray card system and the portable SpyderCUBE, which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references. SpyderHD is available immediately for £229.