Friday, May 29, 2015
Nest has just announced the new Odyssey photo bag range. These products combine a rolling bag with a removeable backpack, and feature a generous main section as well as several pockets for small accessory storage. The Odyssey 10 will take two pro camera bodies plus 5 to 6 lenses and a flashgun and the Odyssey 20 provides enough space for two pro camera bodies pus 6 to 8 lenses and a flash. Available in August, the Odyssey collection has SRPs of £179.99 (Odyssey 10) and £209.99 (Odyssey 20).
The iKlip Grip is a new multi-functional video stand with Bluetooth shutter for smartphones and compact video cameras. It can be used as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In all configurations it can securely hold any smartphone with a screen size from 3.5" to 6" — even when the device is in a protective carrying case. iKlip Grip also features a standard mounting system for connecting small action cams and compact digital cameras. Additionally, the iKlip Grip comes with a 17.5” / 45 cm detachable telescopic extension arm. This gives users an easy way to position their device from 10” to 22” (25 to 55 cm) away — high above the crowd for optimal video and audio recording. The iKlip Grip is available for an introductory price of $/€59.99.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
ExpoImaging today highlighted the recent improvements to the patented ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter. "With the original ExpoDisc, we invented the digital white balance filter and established it in the market as the premium white balance tool by individually testing and certifying every ExpoDisc,” said Erik Sowder, CEO at ExpoImaging. “Now ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable warming gels and an improved mounting design.” Each ExpoDisc 2.0 is individually calibrated by hand, for neutrality and an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. Priced at £33.29, the ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter is available to purchase through leading photography retailers across the United Kingdom.
The Westcott Ice Light 2 LED light is now available in the UK. The new Ice Light 2 is engineered with patented new LED technology offering 1,740 lumens of daylight-balanced light while maintaining a compact housing. Unlike traditional LED panels, the Ice Light has a built-in diffuser that is custom-designed to protect the LEDs and provide a 73° beam angle. Daylight-balanced at 5500K and rated for 50,000 hours with a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 96, the Ice Light 2 provides flicker-free output and stable light consistency. The redesigned handle offers a dedicated on/off power slider with an 18-step range and a light output memory which remembers your last power setting between uses. Battery indicator displays the current battery level using illuminated blue lights. Both ends of the Ice Light 2 include 1/4"-20 thread`s to mount to a light stand, tilter bracket or tripod. The Ice Light 2 is available for £549.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
WD today introduced its redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. "With more photos being taken than ever before, it's critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere," said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. "The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colors and WD Grip Pack." My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have MSRPs ranging from $79.99 up to $199.99 depending on capacity.
Nova today launched Multiple Nova Support - a new, inventive way to create mobile lighting studios on-the-go. Using the new Nova Camera 1.2 app, photographers can connect and control up to ten Nova Bluetooth Flash devices from one iPhone. Similar to how a professional indoor studio uses multiple sources of light in different positions and at different angles, using multiple Novas enables iPhone photographers to control shadow and experiment with directional lighting effects. “We wanted to put iPhone owners in the driver’s seat so they can create and capture their vision anytime and anywhere by using more than one lighting source,” said Jaimie Walnes, Founder of Nova. “iPhone owners can now create outdoor lighting studios whether they’re at the top of a skyscraper or out on the street. It will be very exciting to see the creativity that will emerge from using this new capability.” To accompany the launch of Multiple Nova Support, the ‘Mint Nova Studio 4 Pack’ is available for $177.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A versatile new device has been introduced into the UK and Ireland by Kenro which allows you to securely fix a camera, phone, flash or tablet to a variety of objects. Designed to firmly hold most photo and lighting devices in place, the Clampod T1 is supplied with its own ball head with quick release mechanism (load capacity 3kg), or users may use their own if required. The T1 can be fixed to a variety of solid objects including handlebars, surfboards, sports equipment, cars, tree branches, railings, etc., allowing photos, video footage or selfies from any angle. Not only does the clamp mechanism provide a very stable platform, the removable base forms a tripod-like stand to allow the unit to sit on flat and angled surfaces. Adding to its usefulness, any flash or lighting device that has a standard 1/4 inch tripod thread can be connected, enabling very versatile illumination for photo shoots. With immediate availability, the Takeway Clampod T1 has an SRP of £59.94.
Toshiba Europe has refreshed its Exceria Pro range of high-end SD cards.t. Now available in Europe in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB, the new UHS-II compliant cards deliver some of the highest read / write speeds of any SD cards on the market. The 64GB, 32GB and 16GB Exceria Pro cards achieve maximum read speeds of 260 MB/s and maximum write speeds of 240 MB/s. The 128GB card supports maximum read speeds of 260 MB/s and maximum write speeds of 150 MB/s.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Nikon UK today launched their newest promotion, offering up to £60 cashback on selected dSLRs, lenses and flashes. The offer will run from 21 May 2015 – 26 August 2015 and all claims must be received by 30 September 2015 in order to qualify. Eligible products include the Nikon D3300, D 5200, D5300 and D5500 (pictured) digital SLR cameras, four AF-S DX Nikkor zooms, plus the Nikon SB-500 and SB-300 speedlights. For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, visit the website below.
X-Rite have announced that their offer of a one year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2 now includes the new Lightroom CC as part of the bundle. “This update to Lightroom CC, included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, means that anyone purchasing the ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro is getting the latest and most up to date imaging tools in one exceptional value package” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” In addition, the i1Display Pro comes with the option to receive a 15% discount on the one-year membership.
Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Olloclip have just added the all-new Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus to their product lineup. Featuring an Ultra-Wide and a Telephoto lens, the Active Lens works on both the front and rear facing cameras and clips on and off the iPhone in seconds without the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket. Included are three wearable pendants to keep the olloclip Active Lens easily accessible on a keychain, backpack, handbag ‑ or anywhere within reach. “Size matters. The real challenge is introduced when innovating quality optics in a compact and lightweight form factor,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “That’s why at olloclip, we've created a collection of beautifully designed, easy-to-use mobile lens systems with no oversized, heavy lenses or the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket ‑ just the way a mobile photographer would expect it.” Active Lens retails for £89.99 and is now available for pre-order on the website below.
Booq have unveiled their newest addition to the photography-oriented Python collection: the Python catch. Its unconventional design features rugged, sustainable material, customisable organisation and enough space to accommodate two SLR cameras, up to four lenses and a 15" laptop. The Python catch’s main compartment features three primary densely padded dividers and four padded subdividers that users can configure to fit their gear of choice. The interior flap offers transparent pockets so users can store accessories without losing track of them. For extensive outdoor conditions, a rain cover with reflective elements provides protection and visibility in low light situations. The Python catch is available now for $295.
The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Flash Kit is now available for purchase in the UK in both Canon and Nikon fittings. The flash kit is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System (NAS) flash guns. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Transcend has launched a range of 256GB and 128GB capacity USB 3.0 flash drives. The series includes the high-speed 256GB JetFlash 780, the rugged 128GB JetFlash 810, the classic JetFlash700/730 and the capless JetFlash 790K/790W. The JetFlash 780 offers amazing transfer speeds of up to 210MB/s, allowing users to transfer and share files quicker than ever before. Additionally, the top-tier MLC NAND flash chips inside provide consistent long-life durability. Transcend's JetFlash 780 flash drives are offered from 8GB to 256GB capacities; the JetFlash 810 and JetFlash 790K/790W series from 8GB to 128GB and the JetFlash 700/730 are available from 4GB to 128GB capacities.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Miggo, a new company established by a group of people who had worked together at KATA Bags and Manfrotto, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to introduce "AGUA," a new line of weather-resistant camera cases. The IPX3-standard storm-resistant cases allow you to comfortably carry your camera close to your body in any weather your expensive gear - and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot. The camera is attached to the bag with quick-release buckles, including a failsafe connection. This solution eliminates the need for the original camera strap because the AGUA's strap is used to carry the camera itself. You can sign up to be notified about the launch of the Kickstarter campaign at the website below:
Benro have announced the addition of SystemMove, which includes a range of camera movement tools. One of these is the Benro MoveUp4 travel jib, which features a folding design making it compact and well suited for traveling. It can support up to 8.8 lb and has a vertical reach of 6 feet. Threaded mounting points allow you to attach a monitor arm to view your shot live while operating from the back of the jib. Benro's SystemMove line-up also includes a family of camera sliders family of camera sliders ranging from an entry-level single rail option up to the fully featured carbon-fibre rail MoveOver12, which can support just above 26lbs. The MoveOver12 is also available in a kit, which comes equipped with two Travel Flat tripods, two Leveling Bases, one S8 flat base video head, one carbon-fibre
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Alpine Labs have returned to Kickstarter for the launch of the Radian 2 their second-generation motion time-lapse device. The original Radian enabled users to create still, panning, and tilting shots. The Radian 2 adds Bluetooth wireless connectivity so users can control camera settings from iOS and Android devices on the fly as well as a linear adapter to use both the original Radian and Radian 2 for linear motion. After connecting an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to the Radian 2, the USB connection from the Radian 2 to the camera passes commands to the camera to enable users to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings without touching the camera or the device. The platform is modular and enables you to add Radians as your ambition (and budget) grows – you can now program up to three synchronized Radians at once to seamlessly combine panning, tilting and sliding. If the stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign is reached, Alpine Labs aims to add functionality to the app that allow you to compile a preview of the time-lapse on your phone as the lapse is being shot. The company plans to deliver all Kickstarter units during October 2015.
In its second edition, the photography competition Gen NEXT has found another five young talents who will be supported by the Swiss flash systems manufacturer, broncolor, for the next three years. As Gen NEXT ambassadors, Gonzaga Manso, Lauri Laukkanen, Anita Anti, Cristina Otero and Yulia Gorbachenko each receive broncolor equipment to the value of $24,000. Furthermore, they are presented with the opportunity to showcase their work through broncolor’s worldwide channels as well as the project's blog. Click through / read on for more information on the winners.
Nest have introduced a new range of backpacks designed for photographers who need to carry large amounts of equipment including long fast lenses attached to the camera body. The range consists of two bags called the Falconer EB600 Pro and EB800 Pro. Designed specifically to accommodate a large pro DSLR with up to a 600mm prime lens attached, the Falconer EB600 Pro (£129.99) fits a pro DSLR with super telephoto lens attached and offers direct access to your gear via the front zipped main section with the dropdown integrating several pockets for small accessory storage. The larger EB800 Pro (£149.99) can accommodate a large pro DSLR with up to a 800mm prime lens attached.Essentials such a flashguns, filters etc. can be stored in the generous proportioned side (velcro closers) pockets and front pocket (zipped). The interior is made of 210D none-scratch nylon with YKK self-healing high-quality zips providing smooth zipping and snag free use.