Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Tiffen's new Domke Next Generation camera bag line, which was introduced at CES 2014, is now available in the USA. The new range includes the Journalist Series ($269.95 - $349.95), the Adventurer Series ($159.95), the Metropolitan Series ($229.95 - $379.95) and Viewfinder Series ($249.95 - $289.95). Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colours. Shooters can customise their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets photographers organise bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators. For more information, including model dimensions and specs, materials, colors and pricing, visit the website below.
Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of Benro products, has announced a new Video Monopod Kit. This new Benro Video Monopod Kit is supplied complete with the S4 Head which has an ergonomic pan bar handle, while the folding 3-leg base ensures stable support for video gear. Supplied complete with a durable carrying case with strap for ease of transportation, the Benro Video Monopod Kit is available for £203.40.
Monday, September 1, 2014
The new Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA adapter features an advanced 5-element / 4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass for improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting. Like the original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2012, the Speed Booster ULTRA allows various full-frame lenses to be mounted on certain compact system camera bodies and has a magnification of 0.71x, so it effectively reduces the crop factor of cameras with APS-C sized sensors - such as Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras - from 1.5x to 1.07x. According to Metabones, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms. Pricing starts at $449.
Kenro, has announced that the Nissin i40 - 'love mini' compact flash gun is now also available for FourThirds and new hot shoe style Sony cameras. With an auto adjust zoom ranging from 24mm-105mm and a built-in diffuser giving 16mm lens coverage, the Nissin i40l is also equipped with a LED video light providing 9 steps of output level adjustment. Other features include a guide number of 40 at 105mm, high-speed synchronization (supporting up to 1/8,000 seconds shutter speed), wireless TTL mode and the ability to tilt the head horizontally 180° to right and left and up 90°. The flash is powered by 4 x AA batteries and has an SRP of £204.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The Booq Boa Flow Graphite bag is now available in the UK.The bag's weatherproof ballistic nylon exterior is equipped with water-repellent coating to endure even the most hazardous weather conditions. To keep you fully covered, a rain cover with reflective elements makes you visible in low light conditions. A malleable interior compartment allows you to enhance or collapse the main and bottom compartment, making room for a DSLR, large headphones and other necessities. A back laptop compartment has been densely padded to fit up to a 17” MacBook or PC, meanwhile a plethora of exterior pockets keep all other fundamentals safely tucked away and easily accessible.Boa flow is available now for £200.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Tiffen Company has announced the availability of the Steadicam Curve for GoPro, both online and in stores. The Steadicam Curve for GoPro is a stealth camera stabilising system engineered for the rigours of extreme sports and events. Compact enough to fit in your back pocket, the new Steadicam Curve weighs in at 1/2lb with an ergonomic design for one-handed, smooth video capture. Steadicam CURVE for GoProis available today for $99.95.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Hama has introduced a duo of photo backpacks. The smaller model, the Hama Lismore 130, is actually a casual shoulder bag that can be quickly turned into a practical backpack. The bigger Lismore 170 can only be used as a backpack - however, it offers more than enough room for a larger SLR camera and accessories. The Lismore 130 will be available for €69.99, whilst the Lismore 170 will cost €119.00.
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted several new educational resources for videographers. These include, among other videos, an entire series of tutorials explaining how to use the top features of the XF200 and XF205 HD camcorders. The series discusses several key benefits of the cameras, including the optics and zoom range, how to quickly access features, and understanding all the tools that help control image quality, such as Wide DR gamma, waveform monitor and dynamic range. Another new video walks viewers through the new RC-V100 Remote Control Unit, which enables users to remotely control the manufacturer's XF Series professional HD camcorders and Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras.
Toshiba has announced “T4KA7”, a 1/2.4"-type, 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which enables 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets. With a 1.12 micrometer pixel size contributing to a smaller chip size, the. new imager offers a much improved frame rate of 22fps, 1.8 times faster than that of Toshiba’s previous 20-megapixel sensor. Mass production is scheduled to start in February 2015.
Hama has announced a new camera bag range. The Citytour line includes three shoulder bags and a waist bag, designed for compact digital cameras. Even the smallest bag in the series has a soft fleece lining to prevent scratches and features two adjustable and removable interior dividers, guaranteeing that everything has its place in the bag. The shoulder bags additionally feature a padded compartment for tablet computers. One of them, the Hama Citytour 140 (pictured), doubles as a photo backpack and features a removable inner compartment for additional flexibility. The bags are priced from €29,99 to €69.99.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Manfrotto today launched Befree Carbon, a new product in the Befree range of tripods. The carbon fibre version, devoted to hobbyists who love to travel, is now lighter but still fast to set up and intuitive to use, the company says. Its weight is only 1.1kg and its foldable legs, packed tightly, reach a folded length of just 40cm, thanks to an exclusive mechanism and to the ballhead's compact Quick Release Adapter. It can be comfortably carried everywhere thanks to its extra cushioned carry bag that protects it from any unintentional damage. The Manfrotto Befree Carbon tripod is available now for £279.95.
Toshiba today announced the Canvio Alu portable hard drive, which features a shock sensor as well as USB 3.0 and ramp loading technologies. Available in black or silver, the Canvio Alu boasts a compact design, encased in a stylish aluminium chassis for high durability. It comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. and features intuitive NTI software to automatically back up and restore up to 2TB of your files and folders. The new Canvio Alu will be available for purchase from September, with a price starting at £43.00.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Cactus V6 is the world's first non-TTL wireless trigger that works on any camera with a standard hot-shoe or PC sync port to remotely control the power output of Canon, Nikon and Pentax’s system flashes – all at the same time. The nifty radio trigger can adjust power levels in 0.1EV increments - even if your flash does not offer that option -, and offers a well-thought user interface that allows easyt multi-group power output control for up to four groups of flashguns. "We have profiled more than 30 popular flash models across a wide range of brands so that the V6 can precisely control their output levels," the company says. "With this unique feature, photographers can remotely control the flash power of various flash models, even of different brands." The V6 can directly control a Cactus RF60 set to Slave mode using RF60’s built-in radio transceiver. Besides controlling power remotely in single and multiple groups, the V6 can also adjust the zoom level of the RF60 easily by pressing the adjustment wheel and swap control between power and zoom. The Cactus V6 transceiver is available for $59.95.
Samsung has introduced its first-ever professional ultra-high-definition monitor, called the Samsung UD970. Each UD970 monitor undergoes rigorous calibration in the factory, enabling smooth, precise colour gradation, as well as clear colour in grayscale and white balance. The factory-calibrated engine delivers uniform, consistent colour across the entire screen with a 16-bit look-up table (LUT). The result is that the UD970 maintains smoother gradation that adjusts the colour without reduction so that it maximises the monitor’s capabilities. The monitor’s unique hardware calibration technology provides a best-in-class colour precision and accuracy of ΔE≤ 1.0, the company says. A quad-window picture-by-picture (PBP) function supports up to four FHD windows on one screen simultaneously, while a dual windows PBP function enables the monitor to be connected to two PCs and have two individual native resolutions showing. A separate picture-in-picture (PiP) 2.0 function displays a separate PiP content feed on screen. The 31.5-inch UD970 has a 10-bit panel capable of displaying over 1 billion colours, and covers 99.5% of the Adobe RGB colour space.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Metz USA have revealed the suggested retail price of their new Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital flash unit. Announced two weeks ago, the Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital features a zoomable tilt-swivel head and a secondary flash tube for on-axis fill. The guide number is 64 in metres at ISO 100 at the 200mm flash head position (translating into a GN of 43 @ 50mm). Key highlights include a new large, auto-rotating, full-colour touchscreen; HSS, servo, automatic and TTL flash modes; 1st and 2nd-curtain synchronisation; a modelling light and a newly-developed motorised zoom mechanism that makes the mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital capable of properly illuminating focal lengths ranging from 24 to 200mm. The flash also incorporates a new RAPID function, enabling photographers to shorten recycle times in fast paced situations. The US MSRP is $499.99.
Monday, August 18, 2014
The CAMS Pro is a new camera strap system that makes it more comfortable to shoot with a vertical grip on a DSLR and telephoto lenses. The CAMS Pro line is aimed at the Event, Sport, and enthusiast photographer with the goal of providing the most comfortable and convenient way to carry, shoot, and mount a Pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens. Early bird pricing is available with the standard pricing for a Pro Sling Strap and Camera Plate set at $95, the upgrade kit at $60, and the Pro Lens Plate at $45.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The RC-V100 Remote Controller, which enables users to remotely control the manufacturer's XF Series professional HD camcorders and Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras, is now available for purchase. In addition to basic controls - start/stop, shutter/gain adjustments, zoom/focus/iris parameters, custom picture values, white balance, black gamma and more – the new remote can be used to adjust various menu settings. It also features illuminated pushbuttons with audible feedback to confirm each setting change. A SETUP mode lets you customise a number of key rotary controls, as well as user procedures and operating modes. The RC-V100 is powered from the connected camcorder via a 15-foot cable. A USB port enables the unit’s firmware to be updated to support future remote-control functions. The RC-V100 is priced at $2,999.
Adorama has launched the Flashpoint RoveLight 600Ws monolight. The compact Flashpoint RoveLight ($589.95) features a 22-step range of accurate regulated power from full to 1/128th power (7 stops in 1/3-stop increments), and can be controlled via the rear console or the included wireless controller. The self-contained strobe includes an interchangeable, high-energy 6600mAh lithium battery, rendering it capable of 500+ full power flash bursts on a single charge. The unit’s handy built-in LED modeling lamp conserves the battery’s energy reserve and also includes a special timer for auto shutoff when not in use. Extra lithium batteries are available separately. The RoveLight 600 package ($600.00) includes a Bowens mount for more reflector and light modifier compatibility.
Joby has released its Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ as a standalone accessory. Providing photographers with a universal quick-release plate which enables them to mount their camera to any tripod, plus attach an additional camera strap, the Joby Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ has two additional 1/4"-20 screw mounts, and allows access to the battery compartment on your DSLR camera. This means that you can enjoy one universal plate to which you can attach other styles of tripod plate and camera strap at the same time – enabling you to use both, without the need to ever remove either. The new JOBY Pro Series UltraPlate is priced at £18 and will be available to purchase from early Autumn.
Manfrotto's Pro Light photo bag collection is now available in the United States. The new bags feature Manfrotto’s CPS (Camera Protection System) which has been specifically engineered to provide maximum protection at the core of the bag by using 3D shock absorbing foam to give the highest level of safety and resistance. The collection also features Manfrotto'sAdvanced Harness System and gecko EVA foam harness straps which allow the Pro Light bags to be extremely comfortable to wear. Furthermore, the anatomic shape is designed to perfectly fit the body of the camera, while the removable waist strap ensures stability. Manfrotto’s Pro Light Bags Collection includes a total of 28 product SKUs, including holsters, photo backpacks, video backpacks, rolling organisers, video cases, and accessories such as element covers and camera straps. The bags are available now at retailers nationwide, and range in price from $44.00 to $550.00.