Category: Accessories

Friday, July 21, 2017

Vanguard VEO 2 Tripod

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Vanguard have just introduced the second generation of their VEO travel tripod line - VEO 2. With an emphasis on lightweight, durable construction and slim silhouettes, VEO 2 is tailor-made for travel photographers. Weighing even less than its predecessor and featuring all new materials - including a new carbon fibre technology - VEO 2 is available in 12 different configurations which include either aluminium or carbon fibre legs, a choice of 4 or 5 leg sections, 3 different colourways, and a choice between a ball head or a pan head. Vanguard’s patented rapid center column rotation feature allows the VEO tripod to fold into a super compact travel size
in seconds. Vanguard’s new VEO 2 tripods employ the same rotating centre column feature for excellent out-and-about functionality, however VEO 2 is even faster because it features advanced quarter turn twist-locks with definite open and shut positions for ultra-fast leg extension. The extra strong leg locks enable the Vanguard VEO 2 to offer a maximum load capacity of up to 8kg. To round out the VEO Collection, Vanguard has also designed all new VEO Discover bags, meant to perfectly complement the tripods. With innovative tripod carrying systems, the VEO Discover messenger bags and backpacks/slings allow photographers to pack their compact VEO 2 tripod as a carry-on.

Vanguard have just introduced the second generation of their VEO travel tripod line - VEO 2. With an emphasis on lightweight, durable construction and slim silhouettes, VEO 2 is tailor-made for travel photographers. Weighing even less than its predecessor and featuring all new materials - including a new carbon fibre technology -...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cokin Adapter Ring for Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens

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OmegaBrandess have announced Cokin’s developement of an adapter ring specifically designed for the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens. As the lens has a built-in hood and a round shaped front element without a thread, it used to be impossible to use filters - such as neutral density, graduated neutral density and circular polarisers - on this lens. After extensive development and testing, Cokin engineers have come up with a solution. The main component of the new accessory is positioned around the lens body, then attached to the adapter ring with screws. The XL size (X-PRO Series) filter-holder (included in the kit) is then attached to the ring, leaving two slots available for filters. The XL filter-holder is compatible with CREATIVE filters, and neutral density (ND and GND) glass filters from the NUANCES range.

OmegaBrandess have announced Cokin’s developement of an adapter ring specifically designed for the Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens. As the lens has a built-in hood and a round shaped front element without a thread, it used to be impossible to use filters - such as...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Datacolor Announce Spyder5ELITE+ Summer Promotion

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Datacolor are offering all display calibration owners the opportunity to upgrade to SypderELITE+ for a fraction of the price this summer. From July 17th to August 31st 2017, users can save £1301 on the Spyder5ELITE package, which will include a Spyder5ELITE+ software upgrade and a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan membership. Photographers looking to upgrade their colour calibration device can take advantage of the promotion by submitting the serial number for their display calibration device at the website below.

Datacolor are offering all display calibration owners the opportunity to upgrade to SypderELITE+ for a fraction of the price this summer. From July 17th to August 31st 2017, users can save £1301 on the Spyder5ELITE package, which will include a Spyder5ELITE+ software upgrade and a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tenba Launch Updated Roadie Collection

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Tenba has launched an updated and remodelled Tenba Roadie Collection. Including the Roadie Roller 18” & 21” models, plus the new Roller 21” Hybrid & 21“ Air Case, the Roadie range is designed to provide travelling photographers with the very best protection for their kit, while sporting durable and discreet styling to keep valuable camera and video equipment safe and secure. Each bag also features a built-in locking mechanism for the main compartment and braided steel cable with padlock to secure the bag should you need to leave it unattended. The Air Case is shippable, checkable and un-crushable patented multi-layered shell offering the protection of a hard case at a fraction of the weight. Sizes vary within the range to accommodate several camera bodies, lenses and laptops up to, and including, 17”. A versatile padded camera insert (in each model apart from the 18” Roller) allows a camera and 2-3 lenses to be carried independently – and used within another bag of choice. Click through / read on for the details.

Tenba has launched an updated and remodelled Tenba Roadie Collection. Including the Roadie Roller 18” & 21” models, plus the new Roller 21” Hybrid & 21“ Air Case, the Roadie range is designed to provide travelling photographers with the very best protection for their kit, while sporting durable and discreet...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

PocketWizard MultiMAX II

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LPA Design today unveiled the PocketWizard MultiMAX II transceiver. Billed as the most versatile, reliable and predictably compatible radio on the market, the MultiMAX II offers a number of new features including 20 ControlTL channels - in addition to 32 standard rado channels -, Manual Power Control and an improved blue backlit LCD screen that provides better contrast for improved viewing in dimly lit studios or on-site locations. The key pad is brighter too, allowing photographers to easily change settings on the fly. Its 344 MHz frequency sets it apart from 2.4 GHz noise in crowded venues. “Professional photographers have clamored for years to bring back the MultiMAX. We listened and we responded by making a great radio even better and offering it at a lower price. The MultiMAX II Transceiver is and remains the only radio on the market that performs special PocketWizard features including Infinite Intervalometer, SpeedCycler and Ultra Long Range. It is the most reliable Transceiver on the market for capturing life’s most amazing moments, states Karen Marshall, CEO of LPA Design. The MultiMAX II will be available at retail and on line in the US and Canada starting 17 July 2017. The retail price will be $229 in the US and $309 in Canada.

LPA Design today unveiled the PocketWizard MultiMAX II transceiver. Billed as the most versatile, reliable and predictably compatible radio on the market, the MultiMAX II offers a number of new features including 20 ControlTL channels - in addition to 32 standard rado channels -, Manual Power Control and an improved blue backlit...

ALPAKA Shift Pack

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Australian startup ALPAKA has announced it is returning to Kickstarter with its latest creation, the Shift Pack. This innovative photo bag features a main roll-top compartment that quickly expands from a daily commuter to a larger travel pack. This largest compartment also features a reach-in vertically-oriented front zipper for a stylish touch and functional appeal. “The Shift Pack was designed around its name; it’s a comfortable, accessible pack that can quickly transition from the routine morning commute, to a lunchtime gym session and still be ready to hop a late flight for that last-minute vacation deal,” said Ramiro Gomez, cofounder of ALPAKA. “Following the overwhelming support we saw for our first product, the 7ven Messenger, we couldn’t wait to get back to the design table to tackle our first backpack, and now that the Shift Pack is finally here we wanted the Kickstarter community to have the first chance to purchase this new design.” With backpacker packages starting at $159.00 USD, the Shift Pack Kickstarter campaign will run for 44 days.

Australian startup ALPAKA has announced it is returning to Kickstarter with its latest creation, the Shift Pack. This innovative photo bag features a main roll-top compartment that quickly expands from a daily commuter to a larger travel pack. This largest compartment also features a reach-in vertically-oriented front zipper for a...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Polaroid Introduce Lightweight Camera Bag Line

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Polaroid have announced seven new camera bags including attractively priced compact bags for mirrorless cameras, roomy backpack styles for DSLR kits and fast-access sling bags. Perfect for stowing smaller, mirrorless cameras, the Polaroid JOZ 20 zoom photo pack ($14.99) and the Polaroid JOZ 25 zoom photo pack bags ($16.99) are ideal for photographers who are looking for lightweight options to protect their gear. The Polaroid JOZ 20 zoom photo pack holds either a mirrorless camera with a lens attached or a compact camera with a fixed-mount zoom lens, while the Polaroid JOZ 25 zoom photo pack accommodates a compact DSLR camera with a 3 ½” lens attached. For photographers looking for a little more space for their gear while out-and-about, Polaroid offers the Polaroid JOZ 45 DSLR camera bag ($10.40) and the Polaroid JOZ 36 mirrorless / compact DSLR camera bag ($21.99). The Polaroid JOZ 76 ($42.99) photo sling pack accommodates a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a lens attached, an extra lens and a host of accessories, the sling is complete with a side door that allows for fast access to equipment when the bag is swung around to the front. Polaroid have also launched two photo backpacks, the Polaroid JOZ 81 ($39.99), which fits a DSLR camera and attached lens, as well as two to three extra lenses, flash and accessories; and the Polaroid JOZ 83 ($41.99), which can house a DSLR with a lens attached, three to four additional lenses, a flash, tablet and a host of accessories.

Polaroid have announced seven new camera bags including attractively priced compact bags for mirrorless cameras, roomy backpack styles for DSLR kits and fast-access sling bags. Perfect for stowing smaller, mirrorless cameras, the Polaroid JOZ 20 zoom photo pack ($14.99) and the Polaroid JOZ 25 zoom photo pack bags ($16.99) are ideal for photographers who...

Fantasea Launch “Enhancement Products” for UW Housings

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Fantasea have launched a selection of products designed to upgrade underwater housings. These include the UMG-02 LCD Magnifier ($219.95), which provides underwater photographers with an enlarged, clear, bright and sharp view of their camera's LCD screen; and the Fantasea Moisture Detector ($59.95), which includes an alarm unit and a moisture sensor unit, connected by a thin wire. The alarm unit is installed on any of the housing side panels using a double-sided installation sticker, included in the package. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Fantasea have launched a selection of products designed to upgrade underwater housings. These include the UMG-02 LCD Magnifier ($219.95), which provides underwater photographers with an enlarged, clear, bright and sharp view of their camera's LCD screen; and the Fantasea Moisture Detector ($59.95), which includes an alarm unit and a moisture sensor...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Benro ‘Combination’ Tripods

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Benro has launched a pair of carbon fibre tripods designed to provide heavy weight support for professional SLR cameras with long lenses. Based on the original Benro Combination tripods, the remodelled legs now feature the favoured ‘twist’ leg locks, rather than the lever leg locks on the earlier version. Ideal for wildlife and landscape photographers and film-makers alike, the tripods are extremely well specified, with key features including 8-layer carbon fibre tubes and magnesium alloy castings are lightweight, stable and offer excellent shock absorption, a flat mount platform for head, or supplied with levelling 75mm bowl for video use and a ballast hook for added stability. The tripods are available with three- or four-section legs and three feet options: ‘big’ foot, traditional rubber foot, or stainless spiked feet. The 3-section model (£400) has a maximum height of 150cm and folds down to 67.5cm, whilst the 4-section variant (£410) offers a maximum height of 152cm and a folded length of 57cm. Both models boast a maximum load capacity of 18kg.

Benro has launched a pair of carbon fibre tripods designed to provide heavy weight support for professional SLR cameras with long lenses. Based on the original Benro Combination tripods, the remodelled legs now feature the favoured ‘twist’ leg locks, rather than the lever leg locks on the earlier...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony

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The new Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras can convert an ultra-wide lens into a shift lens and allows photographers to use it with no detectable vignetting. Built with a patented optics system which expands the image circle of your UWA lenses, the Laowa Magic Shift Converter turns the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens into a 17mm f/4 Zero-D lens with +/- 10mm shift capability. Additionally, the MSC comes with a 360° rotation structure which allows photographers to shoot in both horizontal and portrait orientation. Weighing in at 360 grams, the Laowa Magic Shift Converter features five elements in four groups. Shipping is expected to commence in late July / early August.

The new Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras can convert an ultra-wide lens into a shift lens and allows photographers to use it with no detectable vignetting. Built with a patented optics system which expands the image circle of your UWA lenses, the Laowa Magic Shift Converter...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Novo Excel Pro 77mm ND-8-2000 Variable ND Filter

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UK Optics have launched the advanced Novo Excel Pro 77mm ND-8-2000 variable ND filter. Providing a light reduction of about 3 to 11 stops (ND8 to ND2000), the Novo Excel Pro 77mm ND-8-2000 filter enables photographers to use a wider aperture or slower shutter speed for creative effects. Manufactured from 'Super White' German Schott glass, the filter boasts nano multi-coatings as well as additional specialised coatings. The NOVO Excel Pro Vari-ND features a ultra slim black almite frame, and a front filter thread of 82mm, designed to avoid vignetting even on ultra-wide angle lenses.

UK Optics have launched the advanced Novo Excel Pro 77mm ND-8-2000 variable ND filter. Providing a light reduction of about 3 to 11 stops (ND8 to ND2000), the Novo Excel Pro 77mm ND-8-2000 filter enables photographers to use a wider aperture or slower shutter speed for creative effects. Manufactured from '...

Novo MVS-01 Monopod Stand

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The Novo MVS-01 Monopod Stand is a universal three legged stand that connects directly to the bottom of any monopod that features a 1/4" mount. To attach the stand to the monopod, users simply unscrew the foot and spike at the base of the monopod and replace it by screwing in the MVS-01 Monopod Stand. To remove, push the silver release button on each leg and unscrew or leave it on and fold back the legs so the stand can then be carried as part of the monopod and is always ready for use. Additionally, it can also be used as a table top mini tripod due to a swivel and panning mini head that also locks when used as a monopod stand.

The Novo MVS-01 Monopod Stand is a universal three legged stand that connects directly to the bottom of any monopod that features a 1/4" mount. To attach the stand to the monopod, users simply unscrew the foot and spike at the base of the monopod and replace it...

Novo Excel Pro Circular Polariser Filters

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The advanced Novo Excel Pro Circular Polariser boasts nano multi-coatings and additional specialised coatings to provide a water and oil repellent, scratch resistance surface. Featuring an ultra-slim black almite frame, at just 7mm, helping to avoid any vignetting on ultra wide angle lenses. The special multi-coated optics ensure optimum image quality, minimising unwanted optical artefacts such as ghosting and internal reflections, and maximising light transmission. Additionally, the Novo Excel Pro Circular Polarisers offer a light loss of only 1.3 stops. The filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 86mm.

The advanced Novo Excel Pro Circular Polariser boasts nano multi-coatings and additional specialised coatings to provide a water and oil repellent, scratch resistance surface. Featuring an ultra-slim black almite frame, at just 7mm, helping to avoid any vignetting on ultra wide angle lenses. The special multi-coated optics ensure optimum image...

Novo Excel Pro UV Filters

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UK Optics have annpunced the Novo Excel Pro UV filters. These water- and oil-repellent, scratch resistant, nano multi-coated filters are manufactured from 'Super White' German Schott glass, thus offering a light transmission greater than 99.3%. The new Novo Excel Pro UV filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 86mm.

UK Optics have annpunced the Novo Excel Pro UV filters. These water- and oil-repellent, scratch resistant, nano multi-coated filters are manufactured from 'Super White' German Schott glass, thus offering a light transmission greater than 99.3%. The new Novo Excel Pro UV filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 86mm.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fantasea Line Launch New Underwater Lighting Products

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Fantasea Line have introduced a selection of products designed to enhance lighting of underwater images and videos, including LED Strobe Triggers, Fiber Optic Cables and a powerful video light. Featuring an ergonomic design and a built-in YS connector, the Radiant 3000F Video Light (pictured) offers a variety of operation modes, which make the light suitable to light a wide range of classic and creative compositions. Operation modes include flood light (100 degrees), spot light (15 degrees), red light, Ultra Violet (UV) & Blue light and two flashing modes (constant and SOS) that can serve for signaling / SOS purposes. Depth rated to 100 metres/330 feet, the Radiant 3000F makes use of 3 powerful LEDs for red light, 4 LEDs for UV & blue light, one X-PL LED for spot light and a new Cob (chip-on-board) LED array for flood light, which provides an impressively bright, wide and even beam. The FA-1 LED Strobe Trigger and the FA-2 LED Strobe Trigger  trigger underwater strobes and flashes to fire in sync with the camera using fiber optic cables, such as the Fiber Optic Cable A1 and the Fiber Optic Cable B2. Click through / read on for the details.

Fantasea Line have introduced a selection of products designed to enhance lighting of underwater images and videos, including LED Strobe Triggers, Fiber Optic Cables and a powerful video light. Featuring an ergonomic design and a built-in YS connector, the Radiant 3000F Video Light (pictured) offers a variety of operation...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Irix Edge Filters

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TH Swiss have announced the official launch of their Irix Edge series of screw-in filters, including UV & Protector, Circular Polariser and ND filters with various densities. The Irix Edge UV & Protector (€76) filter offers extraordinary light transmission thanks to its high-quality optical glass and multi-layer anti-reflective coating. Its additional waterproof Nano coating helps keeping the glass surface free of stains and water droplets. Irix UV filter also provides decent protection of the front lens under extreme circumstances. The Irix Edge Circular Polariser (€105) reduces reflections from non-metallic surfaces, emphasizes details and increases colour density of the pictures. Thanks to the slim and ultralight aluminium frame with knurled edges, filter is easy to operate through filter window and causes no vignetting on the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. Last but not least, the Irix Edge ND filters (€115-€117) are available in 3-stop, 5-stop, 7-stop and 10-stop versions.

TH Swiss have announced the official launch of their Irix Edge series of screw-in filters, including UV & Protector, Circular Polariser and ND filters with various densities. The Irix Edge UV & Protector (€76) filter offers extraordinary light transmission thanks to its high-quality optical glass and multi-layer anti-reflective coating. Its...

LockCircle PRO M.95 Syste for Zeiss Otus

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LockCircle have announced their PRO M.95 system - a kit of 95mm three Front Mount Cinema Standard adapter rings - for the Zeiss Otus 28/55/85mm lenses. The PRO M.95 adapter rings are CNC machined from billet aluminium and anodised to match the lenses' surface finish. The kit also includes graphic coded front and rear caps. The PRO M.95 system is available now at prices starting from $149 + shipping.

LockCircle have announced their PRO M.95 system - a kit of 95mm three Front Mount Cinema Standard adapter rings - for the Zeiss Otus 28/55/85mm lenses. The PRO M.95 adapter rings are CNC machined from billet aluminium and anodised to match the lenses' surface finish. The kit also includes graphic...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Billingham Leisure Collection

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Billingham have launched a new range of elegant travel bags. Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability and protection from the elements. The new Billingham Leisure Collection includes the Weekender and Overnighter bags and the Thomas briefcase/laptop bag. Each bag features solid brass fittings and is offered in a selection of classic colours with complementary leather tones, including Sage & Chocolate, Black & Tan, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black. Designed for fast and efficient packing, the Weekender (£225) can be fully unzipped through its entire length using the strong double pullers, and the clever turnover top allows the sides to be peeled backwards completely to create the widest possible opening. Slightly smaller than the Weekender, and ideal for a short break or even as a smart gym or work bag, the compact Overnighter (£185) provides generous capacity for everyday essentials. Last but not least, the padded Thomas briefcase (£225) features multiple interior pockets to organise a host of accessories, and has been designed to accommodate most 15” laptops. All bags are available now from authorised Billingham stockists.

Billingham have launched a new range of elegant travel bags. Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability and protection from the elements. The new Billingham Leisure Collection includes the Weekender and Overnighter bags and...

Friday, June 30, 2017

PhotoCross Sling Bags

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MindShift Gear have announced the launch of their new PhotoCross sling bags. Built to withstand the elements yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field, these bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a compact system camera body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops. The bags are available in two colour, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.

MindShift Gear have announced the launch of their new PhotoCross sling bags. Built to withstand the elements yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field, these bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WD My Passport Ultra Drive

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Western Digital today expanded their line of WD branded My Passport portable drives with the redesigned My Passport Ultra drive. In addition to a new metallic look, the drive offers intuitive WD Discovery software to help consumers easily back up photos, videos and important documents shared and created across multiple social networks, cloud services and devices. In addition, the My Passport Ultra drive features 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security software built in to help keep private content secure. With a personalised password, users can activate hardware encryption and data protection. Available in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB versions, the My Passport Ultra drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $79.99/£82.99 (for the 1TB edition).

Western Digital today expanded their line of WD branded My Passport portable drives with the redesigned My Passport Ultra drive. In addition to a new metallic look, the drive offers intuitive WD Discovery software to help consumers easily back up photos, videos and important documents shared and created across multiple...