Category: Accessories

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

retroFlex-S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Redrock Micro today announced the new retroFlex-S, a unique retro-inspired handheld video rig for Sony Alpha A-5x000 cameras. The precision machined aluminium camera cage wraps the camera with protection while adding convenient attachment points for on-camera accessories including microphones, LED light panels, and recorders. The magnetically attached loupe features high-grade optics, while the handgrip’s integrated camera start/stop easily connects to the camera for convenient shooting. Pricing for the complete rig is $545 and is available immediately from the Redrock Micro store.

Win an X-Rite i1Display Pro and Colour Management Pro eBook!

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Photography Blog has teamed up with X-Rite to offer 3 entrants the chance to win a new i1Display Pro – professional calibrator (worth £207 incl. VAT) and Colour Management Pro eBook (worth £18 incl. VAT) by Ashley Karyl.

The 3 lucky winners are Mary O'Reilly, Dimitris Alexopoulos and Panos Str. Congratulations!

The X-Rite i1Display Pro is the ultimate solution for creative perfectionists that demand speed, options and flexibility to achieve colour accuracy.

Colour perfectionists know that a calibrated and profiled display is a critical element in an efficient digital workflow. Nobody wants to spend hours at their screen perfecting images or video only to find that their display wasn’t accurately representing their digital files. What you see on your monitor, mobile device or projector has to match your digital file or you will never be happy with the result, no matter how much time you devote to perfecting it.

The 600+ page Colour Management Pro eBook gives a great insight into just how easy colour management can be and covers a wide range of topics with useful tutorials, demo videos and expert insight that will also help you save time and money.

Ashley Karyl is a professional photographer who has worked internationally with some of the world’s most renowned brands such as Microsoft, Adidas, Colgate, and Marie Claire to name but a few.

How to enter the competition

To be in with a chance of winning one of the three X-Rite i1Display Pro’s with eBook, all you have to do is sign up to the Photography Blog newsletter by Monday 8th February 2016 using the form below.  

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thule and Case Logic at The Photography Show

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Case Logic will unveil the brand new Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack as well as the latest additions to the Reflexion Collection at The Photography Show 2016. Designed with unique fold-out camera storage and protective flap, the Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack allows quick access to camera gear as well as a separate upper compartment for personal items. Also on show will be two new shoulder bags from the Case Logic Reflexion collection, designed with an innovative wide mouth opening design that allows easy accessibility and visibility. Thule and Case Logic will be exhibiting their full camera bag ranges at the Swains stand (G61).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DS1 Dual Shot Camera Mount System

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The Dual Shot (DS1) is a camera mount that houses both a GoPro and practically any DSLR camera. Currently seeking funding on IndieGoGo, the DS1 features a detachable three-axis stabilizer with a rechargeable battery that can be mounted to bike helmets or any other mount, a DSLR camera style mounting bracket which is adjustable to move forward and backwards, and a tilt control button for GoPro. The GoPro stabilizer charges the camera while attached. “Editing and shooting action sports in particular becomes a lot easier when combining cuts from a close up to a wide shot in the middle of action” explains Anthony Panayotaros, Dual Shot creator. “Filming weddings, sports, personal home videos becomes cinematic when combining wide shots and close ups as it’s actually happening... Creating your own movies is so much easier and fun to edit with the DS1.” Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's IndieGoGo page.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Phottix Odin II TTL Trigger Now Available

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The Phottix Odin II TTL flash trigger is now available for purchase. Introduced at Photokina 2014, the Odin II features 32 channels and supports up to five groups. The Odin II UI and control system has been overhauled making it faster and easier to use. An AF Assist light has been added for improved focusing when used in low-light conditions. Additionally, the, the Odin II offers photographers a way to personalise their Odins and prevent triggering from other units. By entering a 4 digit ID number, a photographer's Odin II receivers will only trigger by transmitters using the same ID. The Odin II for Canon is available now in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and United Arab Emirates. The Odin II for Nikon will be available a few weeks later. The Sony version will be introduced in late spring.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sony USB CA1

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Sony have launched a new USB Type-C standard pen drive. The USB 3.1 Gen1 CA1-series utilises dual connectors, including Type-C and A, combining up to 130MB/s transfer speed with durability and design. Ideal for storing photos, music, videos and other data on-the-go, thenew USB CA1 will be available from February 2016 in 16/32/64GB capacities.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Manfrotto 190Go! Carbon Now Available in UK

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Manfrotto UK have announced the extension of the 190go! range with a new lightweight and compact carbon fibre tripod. Now available in carbon fibre, the 190Go! Carbon is 18% lighter than the current 190 range. When the tripod is closed it measures only 45cm (17.70") and weighs just 1.67kg. The 90° column and the leg angle selectors enable photographers to get low down to the ground, reaching a minimum height of 7cm (2.5"). The 190Go! also includes an Easy Link attachment in the top casting which enables instant connection between the tripod and a variety of accessories, including LED lights, reflectors and other pieces of gear. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hahnemühle FineArt Panoramic Papers

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Hahnemühle have added two panoramic formats to their FineArt Photo Rag papers. The matte-coated Photo Rag 308 and the high-gloss Photo Rag Baryta are now available in 21x59,4cm (8.27"x23.386") size. The moderate 21cm width of these papers ensures that most LTR size fine art printers will accommodate this format.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sigma Announce Pricing for Water Repellent Ceramic Protector

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Sigma have announced availability and pricing information for the Sigma Water Repellent Ceramic Protector filter. With many applications in aerospace and other industries, glass ceramic is an extremely tough type of crystallised glass that serves as the foundation for Clear Glass Ceramic. While featuring the high transmittance required of optical devices, this advanced new material combines greater hardness than chemically strengthened glass and greater flexibility than sapphire crystal glass. These qualities make Clear Glass Ceramic the ideal material for protective lens filters. The Sigma Water Repellent Ceramic Protector filter is offered in the most popular filter thread sizes, and is compatible with all lenses that accept front filter threads that are 67mm-105mm diameters. The product is available now, priced from $130-$441 depending on the corresponding lens size.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gary Fong LightBlade Flash Kit

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Gary Fong has launched a new flash kit comprising a Nissin i40 flash and a Gary Fong LightBlade flash diffuser. Attached using the Gary Fong patented strap and band mounting system, the LightBlade Diffuser mounts directly onto the flash head and is then secured with the included Gary Fong Velcro Cinch Strap. This allows photographers using the LightBlade Diffuser to conveniently shift shooting between a horizontal and vertical orientation without changing the light angle or having to remove the diffuser. The LightBlade Flash Kit for Sony, LightBlade Flash Kit for Canon and LightBlade Flash Kit for Nikon. The three LightBlade Flash Kits are available exclusively on the Gary Fong e-store for $295.95.

Manfrotto Croma2, MicroPro2 and Spectra2

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Manfrotto has announced three new-generation compact LED lights for professional and advanced hobbyist photographers and videographers. Powered by Litepanels, the on-camera Croma2 (900lux), MicroPro2 (940lux) and Spectra2 (650lux) LED lights offer the latest surface-mount LED technology available in a portable size. All of these light sources are dimmable. The Croma2's colour temperature can be regulated from 3100K to 5600K, whilst the other two lights are fixed at 5600K. Prices start at £154.95.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kenko Launch RealPRO Filters

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Kenko's RealPRO filters are now available in the United Kingdom. Sold exclusively by WEX Photographic, the range consists of three types of filter: UV, Circular Polarisers and an ND1000 Neutral Density filter with prices starting from £33. Both the UV and Circular Polarising filters feature an Anti-Stain Coating (ASC) which represents a new generation of Kenko coating technology. Thanks to this new formula of coating material, the surface of the UV and Circular Polarisers cause moisture and water droplets to bead up and slip away, leaving the filter clean. Due to the smooth filter surface, dust and smudges do not stick to the glass and can be wiped away smoothly and easily. Kenko RealPro UV and Circular Polarising filters are available in sizes from 37mm to 82mm and the RealPro ND1000 filter is available from 49mm through to 82mm sizes.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fujifilm XF-500 Flash Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF-500 flash looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF-500 flash, which is looking surprisingly complete given that it's not due for release until May 2016.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Think Tank Photo Wins J. Winton Lemen Award

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The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) today named Think Tank Photo as the winner of the 2016 J. Winton Lemon Fellowship Award. The honour is given to those who render continuing outstanding service in the interests of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography. Previous winners include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and Adobe. “When we started Think Tank over 10 years ago, we vowed to serve the needs of NPPA members and other working photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “It is an extreme honour to be named for such an illustrious award, especially by an organization we hold in such high regard. We believe photojournalists and other press photographers and videographers serve such a high purpose in helping convey the truth, especially in settings where they often have to put their lives at risk.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wacom Bamboo Smart Styluses for Windows and Android Tablets

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Wacom has revealed new Bamboo Smart styluses for a range of 2-in-1 Windows devices and Android phablets and tablets. “We drew on Wacom’s long history and market knowledge to come up with the new Bamboo Smart styluses,” says Mike Gay, Senior Vice President for the Consumer Product Business Unit at Wacom. “Not only are we opening up digital note-taking and ideation to a new set of laptop and tablet users, but we are also providing a way for users to think differently and explore new ways to communicate and collaborate.” Two programmable side switches on the barrel of Bamboo Smart’s AES stylus - which is compatible with the Toshiba dynaPad N72, the Dell Venue Pro 10 5000 Series, the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 and the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga - allow for fast and convenient access to regularly used commands, such as right click or double click. The Bamboo Smart for Android features one side switch and requires no batteries or any type of charging. The Wacom Bamboo Smart is available for £29.99.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Zhongyi Lens Turbo Adapters for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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Shenyang Zhongyi Optics have released three new Lens turbo adapters for Micro Four Thirds cameras.. The new adapters allow full-frame lenses with an M42 screw mount, Canon FD mount or a Minolta MD mount to be used on Micro Four Thirds cameras with a wider angle of view and faster aperture than with a regular adapter. Just like the previous Zhongyi Lens Turbo (ver II), the new MFT turbo adapter features an optical formula comprising 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion element which helps reduce chromatic aberrations. The adapter modifies the FourThirds focal length multiplier of 2 by a factor of 0.726 and improves the maximum aperture of the lens by 1 stop. Available directly from Shenyang Zhongyi Optics, the adapter carries an SRP of $149.

Monday, January 11, 2016

X-Rite i1Display Pro Now Comes with a Free eBook

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Books
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Until February 28th 2016, the X-Rite i1Display Pro (£207.60) comes with a free Colour Management Pro eBook written by colour management specialist Ashley Karyl. Usually priced at £18, the eBook helps photographers - whether a frustrated amateur battling with a photo lab, or a professional who requires a fully developed colour workflow across multiple forms of visual media - cut through the confusion with practical advice and solutions that can be adapted to their needs. To claim a free copy of Colour Management Pro, customers can visit the X-Rite website and follow the instructions.

Metz mecablitz 44 AF-2 Now Available in UK

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Intro2020 today announced the immediate UK availability of the Metz mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash. Featuring a guide number of 44 (in metres at ISO 100/21° and 105 mm), the mecablitz 44 AF-2 has a bounce-and-swivel head with a motorised 24-105mm zoom function, plus an integrated (12mm) wide angle diffuser and flip-out bounce reflector card. A built-in LED light - with an output of 100 Lux at a distance of 1m - creates additional lighting opportunities for moving images. The Metz mecablitz 44 AF-2 flash can be synchronised to the first or second shutter curtain and supports High Speed Synchronisation (HSS). The unit's firmware can be updated via the integrated USB socket. Available for Canon, Four Thirds, Fujifilm, Nikon, Samsung and Sony cameras, the mecablitz 44 AF-2 carries a suggested retail price of £179.99.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Samsung Portable SSD T3

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Samsung today announced the Samsung Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external solid state drive that offers multi-terabyte storage capacity. Equipped with the company's proprietary Vertical NAND and SSD TurboWrite technology, the T3 drive is currently on display at Samsung’ booth (#11906) during CES 2016. Available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface. The new SSD will be first launched in February, 2016 in countries including the United States, China, Korea and select European countries.

ShooTools Slider ONE eXtension Track 240

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ShooTools have launched their latest joined solution, the Slider ONE eXtension Track 240. Joining three 80 cm tracks through a junction plate, the Slider ONE eXtension Track 240 is a handy, portable soluion for time-lapse photographers and videographers. The ShooTools Slider ONE eXtension Track 240 is available now for € 1,390.00 + VAT.