Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Manfrotto has launched its new XPRO Geared Head. Designed for architectural and macro photographers, the Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head is described as a portable support that offers extreme precision in framing control. Weighing only 750g the XPRO can support up to 4kg of payload, while the geared movement allows you to precisely frame the picture one micro step at a time on all three axes. The XPRO Geared Head is available now, priced at £169.95.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Wacom has announced the Cintiq 13HD touch 13" graphics tablet, which is essentially a 13HD with multi-touch gesture support. While the bundled Pro Pen - offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition - drives the overall creative experience on the Cintiq 13HD touch, it is the newly added multi-touch integration that allows the user to navigate the desktop or rotate and zoom in and out of an image or illustration in an intuitive fashion. The new Cintiq 13HD touch is priced at £799.99 and is scheduled to be available in early March.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Lowepro today announced the Echelon series, the company’s first high-end collection of photography bags designed for the fashion-conscious professional. The limited edition, three-piece Echelon series includes a roller, attaché and laptop brief with high-end features such as custom-cast metal hardware and saddle-stitched, premium leather handles. The bags feature accessory pockets and removable organisation panels trusted to keep valuables and essential items organised and secure. The Echelon Roller’s high-impact-resistant molded interior construction protects valuable gear from shock and vibration. Its special-edition MaxFit System and highly engineered trolley with encased wheel build maximise volume, fitting up to two professional DSLRs, 6-8t lenses, flash and lighting gear, a 15-inch laptop and additional accessories. Also featuring the MaxFit System, the Echelon Attaché can hold a professional DSLR, 2-3 lenses, flash, a 13-inch laptop and necessary accessories. The attaché opens wide, similar to a classic doctor’s satchel, offering swift access to equipment. The Echelon Brief offers a moulded interior construction for protection as well as a trolley pass-through for travel ease. Able to fit a 15-inch laptop, pen tablet, portable hard drives and other business essentials, the brief also includes a memory card holder.
The Profoto B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the existing Profoto B1 TTL Off-Camera Flash. Comprising a battery pack and a head, the Profoto B2 is five times as powerful as the average speedlight. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. Naturally, both the pack and head can be mmounted on a stand and the B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. “Our ambition when we first started designing the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system was to create a solution that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on a fast and hectic on-location shoot,” says Product Manager Johan Wiberg. “We closely observed the needs of wedding and portrait photographers and decided to try to make their jobs a little easier. Now, looking at what we are offering, I dare say we’ve succeeded.”
Nikon have announced a new wireless microphone for their digital SLR cameras. Compatible with any camera equipped with a microphone jack, the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone has been engineered to capture clear, uninterrupted audio direct from the source. Portable and easy to use, this non-directional/monoaural microphone records crisp audio from up to 50m away. Able to deliver up to three hours of uninterrupted recording on a single AAA battery, the ME-W1 features a water resistant, shockproof, and dustproof construction. The sound input is monoaural, but when you want to record in stereo, simply plug Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone into the ME-W1’s external microphone jack. The Nikon ME-W1 Wireless Microphone will be available for £239.99/€315.00/$249.95.
Friday, February 27, 2015
PolarPro today announced a new filter bundle which has been specially designed for those shooting video with drone and quadcopter-mounted GoPro cameras. Compatible with GoPro Hero3/3+/4, the PolarPro FPV Quadcopter Filter 3-Pack includes a polariser along with two-stop and three-stop neutral density filters. Listing for $49.99, the filter pack can be purchased through a variety of retail outlets or direct through the PolarPro website.
Kenro has announced a new version of the Nissin Di700 flash, which features a built-in radio receiver allowing it to be wirelessly triggered via the also-new Nissin Commander Air1 TTL command unit. The Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System flash units in up to 3 groups. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94, with the flash and commander unit also being available separately for £209.94 and £59.94, respectively. The Di700A and Air1 are available in Canon and Nikon fits in March, with a Sony version due in May.
Phottix has revealed a new TTL-enabled mains flash called the Indra360 TTL Studio Light. Providing 360Ws of power, high speed sync, TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic modes, wireless power control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems and a modelling light; the Phottix Indra360 TTL is ideal for any photographer that needs to move fast and stay portable. The flash and Indra360 Battery Pack are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The MSRP is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
WD today expanded its suite of network attached storage solutions with four new products. The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems offering fast read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity. The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel Atom dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the Linux-based WD My Cloud operating system. For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from raw images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors and WD Red drives that can be configured using multiple RAID options. The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners in March. Click through / scroll down for detailed pricing information.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
G-Technology are displaying their latest products at BVE Expo 2015. These include the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and the also new G-RAID with USB 3.0 only (pictured). Featuring an internal RAID controller, solid all-aluminum enclosure, and quiet cooling fan technology, both solutions come with two removable, 7,200RPM enterprise-class hard drives for improved reliability. With transfer rates up to 440MB/s, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 easily supports multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows, the company says. Additionally, G-Technology are showcasing the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 and G-DRIVE ev RaW drives that boast features like watertight drive compartments and drop-resistance. BVE is currently ongoing at Excel London, and G-Technology's booth is located in Hall N18, stand M12.
Spider Camera Holster have launched their new Spider Monkey Rain Cover. Lightweight and compact, the unique Spider Monkey Rain Cover attaches to the Spider Monkey Accessory Clip, which clips to the user’s own belt as well as all of Spider Holster’s belts and Lens Pouches. With a push of a finger, the rain cover detaches from the belt and offers users immediate gear protection from the elements. The Spider Monkey rain cover slips easily over any professional camera with plenty of room for lenses up to 70-200/2.8. It also features an elastic band so users can fully enclose their camera, allowing for maximum protection from rain, snow or sleet. The Spider Monkey Rain Cover carries an MSRP of $25.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
PNY offers users a range of memory card readers including a wireless media reader (£49.99, pictured). This portable wireless storage device is compatible with Apple and Android devices, and allows users to easily share, stream and save their media content while on the move. Ssimply plug in your storage device (USB flash drive, SD card or microSD memory card) to access all your files on your mobile device via a secure Wi-Fi connection. The company also offers users a High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader (£14.99), a multi-slot digital hub that combines access to content from multiple USB flash drives, USB 2.0 devices and flash cards on one convenient device (£9.99), a portable All in One USB 2.0 Card reader with a retractable cable (£9.99) and a standard USB 2.0 Card Reader (£6.99) that supports several popular formats and features an LED indicator for safe card removal.
MMD, the brand license partner for Philips Monitors, today added a new AH-IPS LED monitor to its line-up of Philips UltraWide displays. The 34" Philips BDM3470UP monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21:9, SmartUniformity, HDMI and MHL support as well as USB3, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectivity. The new Philips 34-inch BDM3470UP display is available now for a price of £749.
X-Rite has teamed up with Macphun Software to offer a free copy of Macphun Intensify Pro, worth £45/€55, with special bundles of ColorMunki Display. “Using ColorMunki Display to create an accurate on screen image, enables photographers to edit with confidence, save time and money on repeated editing and printing and ensures consistency of results across a photographic workflow,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director, X-Rite Photo Europe. “With the accuracy in place, the addition of Macphun Intensify Pro gives Mac users a set of powerful controls to enhance the detail, structure, clarity and texture in an image.” Available across Europe, the offer runs from now until 21 March 2015.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Kenro has announced the immediate availability of a number of new sizes for Marumi's Lens Protect and UV filters. The company's Exus range of Lens Protect Filters has been expanded with another three sizes: 39mm, 86mm and 95mm, giving a total of 16 thread sizes. The Marumi DHG Super Lens Protect Filters also have another two sizes to extend the range: 105mm and 127mm. Other new Marumi filters include 82mm, 86mm and 95mm in the Standard DHG UV Range and 82mm, 86mm and 95mm in the 'Super' DHG UV Range.
Joby has added a new Arca-Swiss compatible accessory to its Pro Series photographic tools. Designed to be portable, practical and versatile, the Joby UltraPlate 208 (£26), also available in a bundle with the Joby Hnad Grip (£43 kit price), is an extended quick-release plate that includes eight ¼-20" mounting holes. It works with the JOBY Ballhead X and other Arca-Swiss compatible tripods. Eight mounting holes can support a wide array of gear: a DLSR, action camera such as GoPro, JOBY GorillaPod Arm or Locking Arm, flash unit, microphone or even a smartphone when paired with a JOBY GripTight Mount. The UltraPlate 208 is crafted of high-quality, machined aluminium for long-lasting strength.
Friday, February 20, 2015
The new Traveller Premium 144 Ball tripod from Hama is an aluminium tripod that comes complete with a 3D ball-head. Boasting a maximum load capacity of 3000 grams, the light-weight Hama Traveller Premium 144 features an adjustable-height, retractable centre column and ships with a carry case. Folding down to 345mm, the tripod extends to a maximum height of 1,440mm. The Traveller Premium 144 is available for €129.00.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor is now available in the UK. Announced last month, the NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor is a professional 31.5-inch Ultra HD display with 3840x2160 pixels. This new reference monitor has a 14-bit adjustable LUT, a 10-bit panel, wide colour gamut capability covering 99% of AdobeRGB, Digital Uniformity Control and a 3D LUT to emulate print colour spaces. The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is available for £3072 from the Colour Confidence webshop.
Case Logic will unveil a new line of camera bags at the Photography Show, called the Kontrast collection. Featuring 7 different camera bag designs that offer a range of backpacks, shoulder bags, slings and holsters suitable for interchangeable-lens cameras and action cams; the Kontrast collection boasts customisable storage solutions enabling adaptability to meet changing situations. The intelligently placed zippers, dividers and pockets provide easy, speedy access when it is needed. Each bag boasts tough, water-resistant EVA molded DuraBase that provide a new level of stability and durability. Prices range from £29.99-£129.99.
Joby's new Action Series Adaptor kit contains all you need to securely affix your action cam to just about anything. The kit includes a ¼”-20 quick release buckle that works with the GoPro clip sticky pads, a ¼”-20 Female to Female Adapter, a ¼”-20 Male to Male Adapter and a tripod mount that attaches any GoPro camera to a ¼"-20 mount on a tripod and features a built-in quick release for the GorillaPod Action, Hybrid, and SLR-Zoom tripods. The kit is priced at £17.