Category: Accessories

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CarryOn Jib

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ProAm USA has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of its latest innovation, the CarryOn Jib. Billed as the most compact, yet full-sized crane on the market, the ProAm USA CarryOn Jib features a 360-degree, lockable bearing base with built-in bubble level to provide smooth, fluid motion. Every joint features oil impregnated brass bearings to ensure smooth rotations. The crane’s coated steel cables that connect to the camera platform provide automatic leveling, while the platform can be swapped out for an optional 75 mm bowl mount. The CarryOn Jib Kickstarter campaign offers a number of varying donation levels, from a supportive $5 donation to the $799 level, which gets generous backers the four-section eight-foot CarryOn Jib with bag, quick-release plate, sandbag, tripod and full 7” HDMI LCD kit.

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Apple today updated its MacBook Pro with Retina display with faster processors and double the memory in both entry-level configurations. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of £1,999 / $2,499. Apple today also lowered the starting price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro by £100 to £899 / $1,099.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pompidoo Lima Bag

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The new Lima from Pompidoo is a mid-sized camera bag for a modern woman-photographer or a keen amateur. Available in three vibrant colours – Aqua Dreams, Fiesta Dreams and Nougat Dreams –  the Lima bag can hold up to 1.8kg of weight and one of the following gear sets: a compact camera; a CSC or a mid-sized dSLR camera with lens attached; and one additional lens. Pompidoo Lima bags are available from €199.

Lastolite Introduces Out-Of-Focus Background

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Lastolite has just intoduced the Out of Focus Background range. Lastolite Out of Focus backgrounds enable photographers to create the out of focus look instantly whether in the studio or in a client’s home, regardless of the aperture of the lens used. The Out of Focus Backgrounds are available in two reversible options, Summer Foliage & City Lights (pictured) or Autumn Foliage & Seascape. Measuring 1.2m x 1.5m (4’ x 5’) the Lastolite Out of Focus backgrounds are available now and priced at £118.95.

Ilford Inkjet Media Set to Return to Market

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Chugai Photo Chemical Co. Ltd of Tokyo, Japan and C. R. Kennedy & Company Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Australia, are planning to relaunch a range of Ilford branded inkjet papers. The two companies purchased the Ilford trademarks and associated assets related to consumables for inkjet printing and other coated products after Ilford Imaging Switzerland had gone bankrupt last year. The soon-to-be-relaunched product range, which consists of a large proportion of the previous Ilford inkjet media line-up, will continue to be exclusively distributed in the United Kingdom by Tetenal. Chugai and C. R. Kennedy have established a joint venture called Ilford Imaging Europe, which is tasked with managing the relaunch and supplying distributors with Ilford products. Do note that this company is not to be confused with Ilford Photo, a UK-based firm that produces black-and-white photographic film, papers and chemicals.

Hoya EVO Antistatic Filter Series

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Kenko Tokina USA has announced a new series of Hoya filters featuring an antistatic coating. Acting like a force field around the filter to repel dust, the hardened, antistatic layer is water-repellent, stain- and scratch-resistant, and cleans easily when smudges or fingerprints are introduced to the surface. The Hoya EVO Antistatic filters utilise a lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminium frame to house the glass. This one-piece design allows the filter to maintain perfect parallel alignment to the sensor plane for maximum sharpness, while the low-profile frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses. The Hoya EVO Antistatic series of filters consist of a Protector, UV, and Circular Polarizer in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. These filters are intended solely for the USA distribution.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CASE Remote

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CASE Remote - formerly known as CASE - is a light, small, easy-to-use and smart wireless camera controller, which enables you to wirelessly control DSLR camera from your mobile devices. Developed by CheeringTech, CASE Remote slots into your camera's hot-shoe and offers remote live view, touch focus, exposure control, interval shooting and wireless file transfer. The second round of financing is currently ongoing on IndieGoGo. "The purpose of this campaign is to give many of you who missed out on the first one the chance to hop in, and to give original backers a way to add funds for shipping or choose additional perks," the company says. You can check out the project's IndieGoGo page by following the link below.

Website: CASE Remote on IndieGoGo

MPortable

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The new MPortable is billed as the world first portable wireless SSD (solid state drive) designed with photographers in mind. Built to withstand "severe shaking and dropping," the MPortable drive is capable of automatically transmitting photos from a connected camera and supports various image file types including most raw image file formats. "With write speeds of 200MB/second and read speeds of 400MB/second, the MPortable [SSD] easily outperforms virtually all USB flash disk technologies used by photographers," says Bond Wong, an engineer working for MAJC IT, the Zhuhai, China-based company that developed the device. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's IndieGoGo page.

iPatch Case

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The iPatch Case is a smartphone case with an integrated lens cap for the built-in camera. "Before iPatch, the only way to protect your always-on camera was with a piece of tape. Not exactly high-tech," the inventors say. "Our case blocks the camera but not the all-important sensors on your phone. You’ll notice a tiny opening on the front iPatch cover – that allows for the phone’s proximity and light sensors to remain fully functional while completely blacking out the camera." The comercial launch of the iPatch Case is financed through a crowdfunding campaign on HeadFunder.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BosStrap Side Slide

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BosStrap has just released a new product called the BosStrap Side Slide. Featuring a 1"-wide shoulder strap which hangs vertically off your right or your left shoulder, the BosStrap Side Slide connects to a camera strap lug rather than the tripod socket;t and includes a fully detachable, across-the-chest strap which prevents it from moving off your shoulder.  By adding a second Side Slide, two cameras can be worn, one on each shoulder, or the Side Slide can be worn while using a conventional neck strap for carrying a second camera. The BosStrap Side Slide is now available from BosStrap at an introductory price of $59.95.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Booq Cobra Pack

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Booq today launched the latest addition to their elegant Cobra collection, the Cobra pack. Cobra pack’s 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with water-repellent coating keeps items safe from the elements outside, while a smooth quilted lining ensures items stay protected inside. The main compartment features two open pockets and a slip pocket. A zippered mesh window pocket keeps passports, tickets and important items accessible and secure. The separate, densely padded laptop compartment provides quick access to a 15-17” laptop and features a  YKK water resistant back zipper opening. The Cobra pack is now shipping and is available for $295 at the website below.

AOC u3477Pqu

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AOC has announced a new UltraWide QHD screen in 21:9 format. The AOC u3477Pqu is a 34" monitor with a 3440x1440-pixel IPS panel and various connectivity options including USB 2.0 and 3.0, DisplayPort and an integrated HDMI port with MHL functionality. Thanks to the Real 8-bit +FRC arrangement, more than 1 billion colours can be reproduced on the screen. Equally noteworthy are the picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture features, which allow watching images simultaneously from different sources.. The model will be available as of September 2014 at an MSRP of 499 GBP.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Manfrotto 535 Tripod

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Manfrotto has launched  the new Manfrotto 535 aluminium single-tube leg tripod and related systems. The tripod features four leg sections for maximum compactness and a 75/60mm half bowl for quick levelling. The new 535-aluminum tripod can also be purchased in a bundle with the 500, 502 and 504 Bridging Video Heads. The tripod retails for £269.95 and kits are priced from £437.95. Also available is the MVT535HH single-tube leg Hi-Hat, a simple yet sturdy solution both for ground level shooting, table tripod application and slider support (£203.95).

Friday, July 18, 2014

PocketWizard Retires MultiMAX

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PocketWizard today announced that its venerable MultiMAX radio transceiver is being retired with immediate effect. The PocketWizard Plus lll radio carries on the primary features of the MultiMAX, like 32 channels, Quad-Zone Triggering, Long Range Mode, and Auto-Relay and is fully compatible with the MultiMAX and the entire PocketWizard line, the company says. PocketWizard will honour warranties and perform customer repairs for the "next few years." If warranty repairs are unable to be performed due to parts depletion, the company will make "reasonable efforts" to help photographers maintain PocketWizard compatibility by offering an alternative product at a "special value." MultiMAX specific accessories like PW-CC (Confirmation Cable) and PW-AC-MX (AC Adapter for older 6-pin radios) will no longer be produced, but may still be available at retailers.

MIOPS

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The new MIOPS is a smartphone-controlled high-speed camera trigger developed by the same people who invented the Nero Trigger. Financed through a Kickstarter campaign, MIOPS delivers all of the features required for high-speed photography in a single unit and provides advanced features via a total integration with popular smartphone platforms. "MIOPS is not the first trigger in the market, but it is going to be the best one," the inventors claim. " You can control MIOPS with your smart-phone over Bluetooth. You can adjust the settings using dedicated smartphone application and send them to MIOPS with a simple click on your phone.You can either use MIOPS for basic functions like high-speed and lightning photography, but you can also let [it] perform complex scenarios like combining different modes in the same setup."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Phottix Mitros+ for Sony Now Available

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Phottix has released the Sony/Minolta version of its Mitros+ TTL flash, which features built-in radio triggering and power control functions. Unlike optical or infrared flash syncing solutions, radio triggering does not require direct line of sight and tends to work well indoors and out, at night and in broad daylight, over relatively long distances. The Mitros+ offers all of these triggering modes plus a 3.5mm sync port. As to basic flash functionality, the PhottixMitros+ has a guide number of 58 (in metres), high-speed and second-curtain synchronisation modes, a zoomable tilt-swivel flash head with 24-105mm coverage (14mm with a wide-angle diffuser), an AF assist light and a quick flash mode. Three sets of flash and function information can be saved in the Mitros+’s memory and be quickly recalled when needed. The Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash for Sony will start to ship to Phottix retailers this week.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Reflecta Visilux Studio Kit Accessories

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Kenro has announced a range of accessories for the Reflecta Visilux Studio Lighting kits. The Visilux Studio Lighting Kit 180 and the Visilux Studio Lighting Kit 300 were launched earlier this year and now a range of additional accessories is available including an 84cm silver umbrella, a snoot, a white shoot-through umbrella, a barndoor set with coloured filters, a 50x70cm softbox, wireless flash triggers, spare modelling lamps and flash tubes and a padded carry bag. Prices start from £10.74 including VAT.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Eclipse Lens Hood

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Oncore Designs have unveiled a new line of innovative lens hoods that work with the GoPro Hero3 and GoPro Hero 3+. Made with ABS plastic, the Eclipse Lens Hood is designed to fit securely over the lens of the GoPro Hero 3/3+ in medium and narrow settings. The range currently comprises two models: the Eclipse Lens Hood 1 (ELH1, $24.99) and the Eclipse Lens Hood 3+H (ELH3+H, $30.00). The ELH1 is designed to place directly onto the GoPro Hero 3 or 3+ lenses without a housing case. The ELH3+H attaches securely to GoPro 3+ Housing cases and includes a Velcro strap for additional security. Both lens hoods accept 37mm lens filters for added flexibility. The Eclipse Lens Hoods are currently being sold in all Southern California Samy’s Camera locations as well as Samy’s Camera’s online store.

Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack

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Manfrotto has launched an Advanced Travel Backpack designed for travellers. The backpack is divided in two main compartments: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom section.  An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod. Alternatively, if you choose not to use the external pocket the Travel Backpack also features adjustable hanging straps on the front. The Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack is available now and priced at £109.95.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70

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Switronix has announced newr power solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. Delivering 6 times more power than the battery supplied with the camera, the Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70 Battery Pack is a 77Wh, 14.8V Lithium-ion battery designed to extend HD recording time for the GH4. The PowerBase-70 mounts under the camera and doubles as a grip, or can be attached to a camera support via its 1/4"-20 release plate or V-mount. Wired as a 14.8V battery pack, it can provide extended power for up to two additional 12VDC devices such as lights, monitors or HD converters as well as other devices requiring lower voltage. Other GH4-compatible Switronixnovelties include the Bolt 220 LED light, the JetPack X XLR power pack and the P-Tap Regulation Cable that enables users to power the GH4 camera off of any P-Tap power source.