Monday, October 20, 2014
Iceland-based Kúla Inventions have announced Kúla Bebe, a new product that will enable 3D photography with smartphones. Comprising four high-precision mirrors, Kúla Bebe is easily attached to and detached from the phone's lens and comes with Kúla’s Cinema-Box for immediate 3D viewing on the smartphone display. The company is launching the product tomorrow on Kickstarter, along with an improved version of the Kúla Deeper 3D photography attachment for DSLR cameras. Kúla’s image processing software Kúlacode can export images and videos captured with Kúla Deeper and Bebe to multiple 3D formats including 3D TV, stereoscopic (for CinemaBox, StereoViewer, Oculus Rift and more), anaglyph (red/cyan), crosseye and wigglegram. The company aims to raise $40.000 through the Kickstarter campaign.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Manfrotto has introduced a range of light modifiers. The collection include twelve products: a series of reflectors and diffusers, a series of softboxes to use on camera and off camera, a duo umbrella and a background support system. Manfrotto reflectors and diffusers are triple stitched, guaranteeing durability and dependability. They all collapse to a third of their original size and are sold with their own carry case. Manfrotto softboxes are available in different sizes and can be used on and off camera. The Duo Umbrella is a dual functional product that can be used as a shoot through or to bounce light onto the subject. Translucent white fabric ensures the light passing through the umbrella is diffused to a softer light. Alternatively, the removable black covering on the outside of the umbrella ensures all the light is bounced back onto the subject. Manfrotto softboxes are available in different sizes and can be used on and off camera. The Duo Umbrella is a dual functional product that can be used as a shoot through or to bounce light onto the subject. Translucent white fabric ensures the light passing through the umbrella is diffused to a softer light. Alternatively, the removable black covering on the outside of the umbrella ensures all the light is bounced back onto the subject.
Apple has launched a new 27-inch iMac with a 5K "Retina" display. Billed as the world's highest-resolution computer screen, the new iMac's integrated 5K monitor can display 14.7-megapixel (5120x2880-pixel) photos at native resolution. "To improve the contrast ratio, iMac with Retina 5K display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle," the company says. "In addition, every iMac with Retina 5K display is calibrated using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers to ensure precise and accurate colour." The new iMac comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, and for the first time can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz. Itc can also be configured with up to 32GB of memory, a 3TB Fusion Drive, or up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. In addition, iMac with Retina 5K display includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each. The basic configuration is available for $2,499
The Apple iPad Mini 3 is a new 7.9" tablet with a 5-megapixel primary camera, a 326ppi display and a fingerprint sensor. From a photographer's point of view, the iPad Mini 3 is essentially identical to its predecessor: it has the same iSight camera module with a five-element f/2.4 lens, geotagging, HDR exposure blending, timer and panorama modes, and Full HD movie recording capabilities; and the same 2048x1536-pixel IPS panel as the iPad Mini 2. Pricing for the new tablet starts at $399.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Apple iPad Air 2 is a new iOS 8.1-powered tablet with an enhanced Retina display and improved cameras. The main iSight camera now features an 8-megapixel imager, burst shooting, 43-megapixel panoramic images, 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps, slow-motion and time-lapse movie capture, improved face detection, 3x video zoom and geotagging. The 9.8-inch, 264ppi display is fully laminated and comes with an anti-reflective coating for better outdoors visibility. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 is available in gold, silver and space grey. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi editions will be available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular editions will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Delkin Devices have announced a new line of SD memory cards that feature a specialised casing and design that make them waterproof, dustproof, extreme temperature resistant, and virtually unbreakable. Delkin BLACK SD cards are built using a proprietary injection molding process that differs from the traditional surface mounted components and welded case design that most cards utilise. This process uses an innovative material to give the cards advantages that are far superior in terms of reliability and ruggedness when compared to traditional memory cards, the company says. Read and write speeds are proven at 99MB/s and 80MB/s respectively, and the cards are rated for UHS-I Speed Class 3, meaning they are guaranteed to perform at a minimum sequential write speed of 30MB/s - a rating that is required for many 4K applications. The added ruggedness of Delkin BLACK has allowed Delkin to offer a unique built-in insurance policy for the cards, called their "48 Hour, No-Questions-Asked Replacement Guarantee". Users are asked to register their Delkin BLACK card using the card's unique serial number to activate the policy, which enables traceability and gives each owner the added security against loss, theft, and damage. Delkin BLACK cards are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB and sold exclusively through authoised camera stores in the US and in Europe.
NEC Display Solutions of America announced today its latest Ultra High-Definition (UHD) display, the professional grade MultiSync PA322UHD. The32-inch PA322UHD display uses a wide-gamut white LED backlight and an IGZO technology IPS-type LCD panel that delivers 99.2 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space. Boasting a multitude of inputs, including two DisplayPort, two DVI-D and four HDMI as well as a USB 3.0 hub with DisplaySync Pro technology, the new MultiSync PA Series display offers a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. The stand supports both landscape and portrait modes, and the display will automatically rotate the image when the display is rotated. Other highlights include 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration, Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes which split the screen in half or in quarters to up to 4 Full HD images, and a USB 3.0 hub with DisplaySync Pro. The MultiSync PA322UHD-BK ships with a four-year limited warranty, and will be available at an estimated street price of $2,999 with first shipments in December 2014.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Sigma has posted a firmware update for its USB dock. Version 1.02 adds compatibility with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C014 lenses. Do note that you will need Sigma Optimization Po 1.2 to perform the upgrade.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Think Tank Photo has introduced its Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit, which allows you to convert a separately sold Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack into a customised quadcopter carrying bag. "On point with the new era of photographic possibilities and needs, the adjustable dividers offer multi-compartment convenience to hold every key component and accessories of a quadcopter plus supplies for the day’s outing," the company says. "With its durable and changeable storage dividers, all of their gear and personal items are safe, organized, and at the ready." Designed to fit the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter plus accessories, the Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit is available for $34.75 via the website below.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
ONA Bags have launched the North Sound photo accessories pouch ($149) and the Clarendon photo accessories organiser. Handcrafted with rich Italian leather, the North Sound photo accessories pouch protects and organises small photography accessories and can also accommodate a small tablet such as the Apple iPad Mini. In addition to the main compartment, it also features a front zippered pocket that includes four memory card slots. The Clarendon photo accessories organiser ($169, pictured) is a structured folio with slim pockets and strong elastic bands designed to hold small mobile lenses, batteries, mini-tripods and memory cards, secured by a zip closure. Both models include a detachable wrist strap.
The Manfrotto Pro Light Elements Cover range provides a series of practical, protective covers for DSLRs, professional flash and lens attachments and compact system cameras. Covered in a special coating, the fabric is water resistant, helping to keep your gear dry. Each cover features a simple, intuitive design to allow for easy access to all of the camera and lens controls. There are four models in the Manfrotto Pro Light range, including three camera covers and an extension lens sleeve kit. Pricing starts at £49.95.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Promote Systems has announced two exclusive tethering solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. USB Tether software, designed from the ground up in cooperation with Panasonic developers, allows users to easily control the GH4 from a PC or laptop. The company has also added support for Panasonic's flagship Micro Four Thirds model to its Promote Control, an advanced, pocket size remote controller for digital cameras. Click through / scroll down for more information.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Profoto is expanding its assortment of umbrellas with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolically shaped. This combination of size and shape creates a more focused and directed light than what you might expect from an umbrella of this size. The smallest new Profoto umbrella is called Profoto Umbrella Deep S. It has a diameter of 85 cm (33 in) and is available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent). The medium version is called Profoto Umbrella Deep M. It has a diameter of 105 cm (41 in) and is also available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent). Optional diffusers are available for the silver and the white versions. An optional backpanel is available for the translucent version, which practically converts the umbrella into a softbox.
Friday, October 3, 2014
X-Rite has launched a European prize draw in association with X-Rite Coloratti Einar Erlendsson, offering photographers a photographic workshop travelling across Iceland. The prize includes an all-inclusive, eight-day trip to the country, including return flights to Reykjavík from European locations, training and advice from a world leading photographic trainer, and great opportunities to capture Iceland’s stunning landscape. The promotion is for European residents only, and runsuntil 31st March 2015.To enter, no purchase is necessary, simply complete the form at the website below.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Connected Data has just launched its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle. Featuring four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. Connecting via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, the Drobo Mini is aImed at photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards on location. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Owing to growing demand from photographers, Fujifilm has pledged to boost its R&D investment in silver halide paper technology. “We’re seeing that inkjet- dominated clouds still have very substantial silver linings," Peter Wigington, Fujifilm Photo Imaging Group marketing manager said. "Despite the highly successful evolution of inkjet options, the 150 year-long tradition of silver halide paper still remains a first choice for many of today’s professional photographers who seek the ultimate in quality output.” To cope with growing demand, the company now plans to increase production at its Tilburg, Holland manufacturing site
Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD docking solution for both Mac and Windows computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. With eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2, the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four additional Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not connected to the dock. The dock is available for pre-order today at belkin.com and is planned to be available at Apple stores in October for an MSRP of £249.99. Additionally the new Thunderbolt Express Dock will be available in November through other retail stores.
Fantasea Line has announced the upcoming launch of the FRX100 III underwater housing for the Sony RX100 III digital compact camera. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 III housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction, ergonomic design and double O-ring protection. Free extras include a hand-strap, moisture detector and port cover. The Fantasea FRX100 III underwater housing will be available from November.
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.