Monday, September 29, 2014
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.”
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.
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
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.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Killspencer has launched the new Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection. The range includes the Killspencer Precision Pocket camera bag itself ($750), which ismade out of premium leather and features a black bullhide leather flap and taupe leather interior; the Killspencer Precision Pocket Camera Bucket (starting at $120), which fits a Leica T compact system camera (but can be custom ordered to fit any camera); two lens pouches ($69 and $89); an SD memory card carrier (available as in-store custom order only,starting at $150) and a detachable accessory case ($79). A bridle leather and paracord riveted and hand-threaded camera strap is also available for $89.
JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of the Special Edition BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap, designed and created for women, by women. For every sale of these special limited edition straps sold $10 will go directly to The Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation to benefit breast cancer patients. Available now, the BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap has a suggested retail price of £75.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Spider Camera Holster have announced the launch of their first ever Tilt crowdfunding campaign for their newest product, the SpiderPro Hand Strap. “Over the years, our loyal customers have regularly sent us feedback on what they desire in a hand strap. We listened, and we’ve come up with a strap design that fits our customer’s needs while also meeting Spider Holster’s rigorous product standards,” said Shai Eynav, founder and president of Spider Holster. “We’re incredibly excited to be this close to making the SpiderPro Hand Strap a reality, and this Tilt campaign will make it possible for us to begin putting them in our customers’ hands as early as the 2014 holiday season.” The campaign has just started, but the company has already raised more than $20,000 of their $50,000 goal. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Tilt page for more information.
Pompidoo has announced the Amsterdam Camera Bag as part of the Pompidoo Homme (PH) collection. Made of premium, aged and distressed leather, the PH Amsterdam boasts vintage-looking nickel hardware accents and can hold an SLR camera with lens attached and one or two additional lenses / flashes, a tablet or small laptop, as well as your phone, wallet, memory cards and other personal items. The Pompidoo Honme Amsterdam is available for $447.70 through the website below.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Metz has announced a compact LED panel for smartphone and tablet photographers. Fitting into the headphone jack of your smart device, the new mecalight LED 72smart lighting panel features a swivelling base and provides up to 72 Lux of illuminance for mobile photographers. The tiny video light has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which means it can also be used off-camera for more creative lighting angles. Using a button on the back, the light function can be set to 3 levels: full output, reduced output, and flashing. The Metz mecalight LED 72smart will be available in five colours: black, white, pink, green and blue. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight look like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight.
Want to see exactly what the new Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash look like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Sigma LVF-01 loupe looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma LVF-01 loupe.
Want to see exactly what the new EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 monitors look like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 monitors.
Want to see exactly what the new Manfrotto Offroad Collection looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Manfrotto Offroad Collection.
Announced last month, the Manfrotto Offroad Collection comprises a range of colourful bags and walking sticks with a camera attachment, and a light-weight tripod.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Toshiba EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards are focused on continuous shooting and full HD (including 4K resolution) video. Great for professional DSLR photographers, videographers and content creators who demand high-performance tools, these EXCERIA SD cards offer faster write speeds than Class 10 SD cards, have greater mobile storage capacity (up to 128GB1) than other EXCERIA products and include UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)2 support for 4K2K video recording and playback. The EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards (128GB model available in January 2015) are available for purchase at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us/storage for $59.99 MSRP for the 16GB model, $99.99 MSRP for the 32GB model and $179.99 for the 64GB model.
The Think Tank Photo Production Manager 40 is a professional-strength, high-capacity rolling gear case designed for professional photographers. It is the most convenient way to safely transport a large amount of lighting equipment. Creative professionals will appreciate the superior design of this large roller with room for multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and light-stands.
Think Tank Photo is releasing a limited edition version of its most popular rolling carry-on camera case, the Airport International LE Classic. Crafted with genuine, full-grain leather accents and panels, this classic version represents everything the Think Tank brand is known for: premium quality, innovative design and long-lasting durability. Designed to complement Think Tank’s all-new Urban Disguise Classic shoulder bags series, together, these two bags make a beautiful set of matching cases that meet international airline carry-on standards.