Category: Accessories

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WD My Passport Ultra Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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...

Lee Filters Announce ProGlass INRD Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lee Filters have just launched a new line of professional-grade neutral density filters. The new ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the LEE Filters Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems. The filters, which are manufactured from 2mm-thick, optically flat glass, are available not only in strengths of two (0.6ND), three (0.9ND), four (1.2ND) and six (1.8ND) stops, but also in ultra-long 10 (3ND) and 15-stop (4.5ND) versions. Not only this, but all filters in the range – whatever their strength – are designed to be free of colour casts, with extremely accurate stop values, ensuring consistency in all shooting conditions and allowing for absolute precision when exposing images. In addition, filters in the ProGlass IRND range are designed to block both infrared and ultraviolet pollution. Prices start at £132.00 plus VAT.

Lee Filters have just launched a new line of professional-grade neutral density filters. The new ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the...

Olympus PEN E-PL8 Wins Red Dot Design Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN E-PL8 has just won a Red Dot Design Award with its combination of form and function. Awarding the title Red Dot Award Winner 2017, the international Red Dot jury of 40 design experts stated that “the compact and lightweight PEN E-PL8 is a prime example of retro design, high grade materials and state-of-the-art technology all in one.” To further compliment the camera, Olympus commissioned high profile Berlin fashion designer Malaika Raiss to create some beautiful accessories including specially designed straps and bags. “Women are amongst the most prolific and creative visual online content creators,” says Tanja Mehler, European Marketing Manager for Olympus PEN. “They can for example appreciate the E-PL8 camera as a way to expand their creative power if they are moving up from a phone because along with its quality, it is easy to use. Or they can appreciate how small and easy-to-carry it is compared to a conventional DSLR. What was missing were good looking accessories to go with it.”

The Olympus PEN E-PL8 has just won a Red Dot Design Award with its combination of form and function. Awarding the title Red Dot Award Winner 2017, the international Red Dot jury of 40 design experts stated that “the compact and lightweight PEN E-PL8 is a prime example of retro design,...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Manfrotto Summer Promotion

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Manfrotto are running a series of activities over the summer months to help you capture the best of summer. These include weekly competitions - simply upload you photo to the competition being hosted on Manfrotto Facebook page and include the hashtag - #ManfrottoSummerReady – to be in with the chance of winning a PIXI mini tripod each week - and a new promotional offer running on selected products across the Manfrotto and Lastolite by Manfrotto ranges. The offer spans a range of products from tripods to bags and is available from all authorised Manfrotto dealers in the UK. Click through / read on for the details.

Manfrotto are running a series of activities over the summer months to help you capture the best of summer. These include weekly competitions - simply upload you photo to the competition being hosted on Manfrotto Facebook page and include the hashtag - #ManfrottoSummerReady – to be in with the chance...

Monday, June 26, 2017

B-grip Flexy Strap

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OmegaBrandess has announced the new Flexy Strap, an ultra-compact camera neck strap and wrist strap all in one. The Flexy Strap is compact and extremely comfortable thanks to the thick and soft Neoprene neck pad.  The strap cord is made using a proprietary technology allowing an elastic effect.  The result is the strap extends when carrying a camera around the neck and shortens when using as a wrist strap.  The Neoprene pad incorporates a magnetic button that allows the conversion to a very comfortable and secure wrist strap.  Made in Italy, the b-grip Flexy Strap retails for $39.99.

OmegaBrandess has announced the new Flexy Strap, an ultra-compact camera neck strap and wrist strap all in one. The Flexy Strap is compact and extremely comfortable thanks to the thick and soft Neoprene neck pad.  The strap cord is made using a proprietary technology allowing an elastic effect. ...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Irix Edge Gelatin Filter Set Now Available

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TH Swiss have just launched their newest product - a set of fifteen neutral density gelatin filters designed specifically for Irix lenses. Each filter is made with ultra-thin (0.1mm) high-quality film to keep the image free of optical aberrations and distortions. Thanks to the square shape and rounded corners, the filters easily fit to Irix lenses equipped with a 30x30mm rear filter slot. The Irix Egde Gelatin Filter Set is a convenient option for photographers who want to obtain a longer shutter speed with Irix 11mm f/4.0 or use an ND filter simultaneously with a screw-in polariser on the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. THe filters are available with three density factors: 0.6 (ND4), 0.9 (ND8) and 1.2 (ND16). The recommended reatil price is €8.45.

TH Swiss have just launched their newest product - a set of fifteen neutral density gelatin filters designed specifically for Irix lenses. Each filter is made with ultra-thin (0.1mm) high-quality film to keep the image free of optical aberrations and distortions. Thanks to the square shape and rounded corners, the...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Arsène Gitzhoven Traveller Tripod

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Gitzo today announced the Arsène Gitzhoven Traveller, which is billed as the World’s most exclusive limited-edition travel tripod. This flagship tripod is limited to 100 pieces worldwide – each with a laser engraved number on the tripod leg as well as an engraving of the owner’s signature. The Arsène Gitzhoven Traveller tripod is the very first model on the market to feature a full carbon fibre spider, making this tripod significantly lighter than conventional models. Additionally, the Arsène Gitzhoven has Gitzo’s latest Traveller Series 1 technological features, including state of the art Carbon eXact tubing and 180° leg folding mechanism for the ultimate strength, the Traveller G-lock mechanism, making it compact, strong and ergonomic, and a brand-new Centre Ball Head. The Arsène Gitzhoven Traveller tripod is presented in a highly refined, white branded chest with leather detailing containing the tripod and its accessories; the tripod’s certificate of authenticity signed by Gitzo’s CEO, and includes the name of the craftsman who created each specific piece. The limited-edition tripod is priced at £2,499.95.

Gitzo today announced the Arsène Gitzhoven Traveller, which is billed as the World’s most exclusive limited-edition travel tripod. This flagship tripod is limited to 100 pieces worldwide – each with a laser engraved number on the tripod leg as well as an engraving of the owner&rsquo...

Gitzo 100 Year Anniversary Edition Traveller Tripod

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Gitzo are celebrating their 100th anniversary by launching an exclusive, limited-edition travel tripod - the 100 Year Anniversary Edition. This flagship product will be available worldwide in an exclusive limited edition of only 1917 pieces, referencing Gitzo’s year of foundation, with the number of each piece laser engraved on one leg (1/1917 to 1917/1917). The tripod introduces a brand-new magnesium spider emphasised by a black finish and titanium colour details, and boasts Gitzo’s latest Traveller Series 1 technological features, including state of the art Carbon eXact tubing and 180° leg folding mechanism, the Traveller G-lock mechanism, making it compact, strong and ergonomic, together with a brand-new Centre Ball Head. Moreover, the limited-edition tripod features an ergonomic strap made of genuine Italian leather with a carbon-fibre look. The Gitzo 100 Year Anniversary Edition Traveller Tripod will be available at £1249.95. Gitzo’s centenary celebrations will also see the launch of other exclusive products that distinguish themselves through their new design and high-appeal including the ARSÈNE GITZHOVEN TRAVELLER TRIPOD, the world’s most exclusive carbon fibre travel tripod, the Centenary Bag Collection and the Fluid Gimbal Head.

Gitzo are celebrating their 100th anniversary by launching an exclusive, limited-edition travel tripod - the 100 Year Anniversary Edition. This flagship product will be available worldwide in an exclusive limited edition of only 1917 pieces, referencing Gitzo’s year of foundation, with the number of each piece laser engraved on one...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Benro Master Series Round Filters

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Benro have unveiled their new Master Series round filters. Available in UV, Circular Polarisers, Neutral Density, and Variable Neutral Density, all Benro Master Series Round Filters feature HD optical technologies in the manufacturing process to ensure that filter surfaces are blemish-free and flat across the entire optical surface to guarantee sharp images that are free from ghosting and internal reflections. The filters feature German Schott optics, anti-IR, ultra-low-CA and waterproof multi coatings.

Benro have unveiled their new Master Series round filters. Available in UV, Circular Polarisers, Neutral Density, and Variable Neutral Density, all Benro Master Series Round Filters feature HD optical technologies in the manufacturing process to ensure that filter surfaces are blemish-free and flat across the entire optical surface to guarantee...

Benro Master Series Filters and Filter Holders

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Vü Filters has joined Benro to produce a set of filter holders and filters for photographers. Every Benro Master Series Filter Holder is precision machined from high-quality aluminium and hand-assembled with a significant level of care and attention to detail. Their patented control ring allows for circular polarisers to rotate independently of the filter holder when they are set into place. Benro Master Series Filter Holder Systems are available in 4 sizes - 75mm, 100mm, 150mm and 170mm. To accompany the launch, the companies have also introduced a new colection of high-quality neutral density, reverse ND and graduated ND filters featuring Schott B270 optics with waterproof multi coatings, ultra-low-chromatic-aberration coatings and anti-IR coatings.

Vü Filters has joined Benro to produce a set of filter holders and filters for photographers. Every Benro Master Series Filter Holder is precision machined from high-quality aluminium and hand-assembled with a significant level of care and attention to detail. Their patented control ring allows for circular polarisers to...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Manfrotto PIXIPano360

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Manfrotto has announced the PIXIPano360, a remotely controlled 360° panoramic head for smartphones, compact system cameras, entry-level DSLR’s and action cameras. With real 360° head movement, the PIXIPano360 uses a photographic stitching algorithm to produce one seamless panoramic. The dedicated and intuitive app gives you full control over speed rotation and precise angle control meaning you can get the exact image or video you want to capture. The time-lapse and hyperlapse are quick and intuitive to set up, and you can also create super wide angle panoramas just by setting the width. Offering a maximum load capacity of 2kg, the Manfrotto PIXIPano360 is available for £124.95.

Manfrotto has announced the PIXIPano360, a remotely controlled 360° panoramic head for smartphones, compact system cameras, entry-level DSLR’s and action cameras. With real 360° head movement, the PIXIPano360 uses a photographic stitching algorithm to produce one seamless panoramic. The dedicated and intuitive app gives you full control over...

Manfrotto Pro Light Bumblebee Camera Bag Family

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Manfrotto have unveiled Pro Light Bumblebee camera bag family. Designed for professional photographers and videographers who work outdoors, the Pro Light Bumblebee family is an assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags with aesthetics and technical qualities that perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. The Bumblebee-230 PL backpack protects a gripped DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 10 extra lenses or an attached 400/2.8 with 5 extra lenses. In video configuration, it protects a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with numerous lenses & accessories. It also fits a 17” laptop in its own padded compartment. The Bumblebee-130 PL backpack keeps a high-end CSC or a DSLR safe with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 8 extra lenses or an unattached 400/2.8 with 3 extra lenses. It also fits a 15” laptop in its own padded compartment. The removable Manfrotto Camera Protection System inserts safeguard equipment at the heart of the pack and keep it organised with the efficiency of a portable studio. The innovative AirSupport breathable harness and back panel, adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems ensure a comfortable carry. Manfrotto has also added two new messenger bags, the Bumblebee M-10 PL and M-30 PL. Prices for the Bumblebee start from £109.95. The range will be available to pre order on the Manfrotto website.

Manfrotto have unveiled Pro Light Bumblebee camera bag family. Designed for professional photographers and videographers who work outdoors, the Pro Light Bumblebee family is an assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags with aesthetics and technical qualities that perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. The Bumblebee-230...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Delkin BLACK UHS-II SD Cards

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Delkin announced today the newest additions to their BLACK line of ruggedised products: Delkin BLACK UHS-II (U3/V60) SD Rugged Memory Cards. Incorporating the same proprietary injection molding process used to build their original Delkin BLACK SD memory cards, Delkin BLACK UHS-II SD cards are designed to be 3 times stronger than regular SD cards and able to withstand over 45 pounds of impact. Delkin BLACK cards are dust, water and shock-proof, as well as have an extended temperature range that allows the card to perform flawlessly in environments ranging from -25°C to 85°C. Rated Video Speed Class 60 (V60) and utilising two rows of pins, Delkin BLACK UHS-II SD memory cards boast recording speeds of 100MB/s and guarantee a minimum sustained write speed of 60MB/s, allowing for simultaneous multi-file recording, such as RAW + JPEG, and ensure that data is written swiftly and safely to the card. 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". Delkin BLACK UHS-II (U3/V60) SD cards are available in capacities of 64GB and 128GB, and are sold exclusively through authorised camera stores in the US and in Europe.

Delkin announced today the newest additions to their BLACK line of ruggedised products: Delkin BLACK UHS-II (U3/V60) SD Rugged Memory Cards. Incorporating the same proprietary injection molding process used to build their original Delkin BLACK SD memory cards, Delkin BLACK UHS-II SD cards are designed to be 3 times stronger...

Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Models Now On Sale

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon's range of commemorative models and goods celebrating the company's 100th anniversary are now available to purchase. The Anniversary range, which features the 100th Anniversary logo and special finishes and details, includes Nikon’s two flagship digital SLR cameras - the D5 100th Anniversary Edition (£7,699.99 / €9,399.00) and the D500 100th Anniversary Edition (£2,599.99 / €3,199.00) -, a telephoto zoom lens - the Nikkor70-200E 100th Anniversary Edition (£3,599.99 / €4,399.00) -, a special set of three Nikkor lenses (£7,699.99 / €9,399.00), and finally, commemorative editions of three binoculars. A special collection of commemorative goods are also available, including the Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model I - a beautiful crystal reproduction of the first Nikon 35mm camera from 1948, £1,299.99 / €1,500.00 -, the Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection, the Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera - a 1/2-scale model of Nikon's first flagship model, £129.99 / €149.00 - and the Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap (£99.99 / €109.00).

Nikon's range of commemorative models and goods celebrating the company's 100th anniversary are now available to purchase. The Anniversary range, which features the 100th Anniversary logo and special finishes and details, includes Nikon’s two flagship digital SLR cameras - the D5 100th Anniversary Edition (£7,699.99 / ...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Arsenal AI Camera Controller Tops $1M on Kickstarter

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Arsenal, the World's first smart camera assistant that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to control your digital SLR or compact system camera via a smartphone app, has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter in just two weeks, exceeding its initial fundraising goal by 2,000%. "With a single tap, you can activate Arsenal’s settings assistant AI," says Arsenal inventor Ryan Stout. "The settings assistant is trained on thousands of great photos. It can determine the optimal settings for the scene you're shooting. Next it fine tunes those settings using 18 different environmental factors. The result is great settings for any shot." After surpassing its original campaign goal of $50,000 in less than nine hours, Arsenal has now reached two stretch goals: the first at $300,000, and the second at $1 million. Each goal enabled Arsenal’s creators to fund the development of additional features in time for launch. These additional features include a laive histogram, an intriguing Night Shot feature, and new video control and playback functions. According to the timeline published on the project's Kickstarter page, Arsenal will start shipping in January next year.

Arsenal, the World's first smart camera assistant that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to control your digital SLR or compact system camera via a smartphone app, has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter in just two weeks, exceeding its initial fundraising goal by 2,000%. "With a single tap, you can activate...

Benro Aero 7

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Benro today announced the new Aero 7, a compact and portable video tripod capable of supporting up to 15 lbs. Featuring a reverse-folding leg design, Benro’s Aero 7 is a clear evolution from its other Aero siblings. In addition to its standard ability to reverse-fold to a smaller, more compact size and transform into a video monopod, the inclusion of the removable flat-base S7 video head and the new 2-in-1 centre column makes the Aero 7 a great travelling companion for filmmakers and videographers needing a fully featured tripod for their medium-sized rigs. For even more versatility, one of the Aero 7’s legs can be unthreaded and joined with the tripod’s centre column to become a fully functioning video monopod. The suggested retail price of the Aero 7 is $399 for the aluminium version, and $599 for carbon fibre.

Benro today announced the new Aero 7, a compact and portable video tripod capable of supporting up to 15 lbs. Featuring a reverse-folding leg design, Benro’s Aero 7 is a clear evolution from its other Aero siblings. In addition to its standard ability to reverse-fold to a smaller, more compact size...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sony Multi-Terminal Remote Release for GigaPan Epic Pro

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OmegaBrandess has announced the upcoming launch of a new remote shutter release cable for the GigaPan Epic Pro and GigaPan Epic Pro V (pictured) that will be compatible with newer generation Sony cameras using the Multi-Terminal connection. The 510-3501revA Cable will be available for $45, starting July 2017.

OmegaBrandess has announced the upcoming launch of a new remote shutter release cable for the GigaPan Epic Pro and GigaPan Epic Pro V (pictured) that will be compatible with newer generation Sony cameras using the Multi-Terminal connection. The 510-3501revA Cable will be available for $45, starting July 2017.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Historic Leica Rarities to Go under Hammer in Vienna

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events, Film
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Several rare Leica cameras and accessories will be auctioned off tomorrow at the 31st Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. These include a very early Leica I with an Elmax lens, a black-paint Leica M3 from one of the first series from 1959, a Leica MP-292 and a 1944 vintage ‘Rundbild’ outfit for 360° photography, complete with a matching tripod. Amongst the ‘Leica Copies’ is the extremely rare WICA (Wiener Camera) from 1948 with a starting price of $2,250 and an estimated hammer price of between $3,900 and $4,250. Bids can be placed online, on the phone, by fax or in person in the WestLicht auction rooms at Westbahnstrasse 40.

Several rare Leica cameras and accessories will be auctioned off tomorrow at the 31st Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria. These include a very early Leica I with an Elmax lens, a black-paint Leica M3 from one of the first series from 1959, a Leica MP-292 and a 1944 vintage ‘Rundbild...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tenba Updates Roadie Line of Rolling Cases

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Tenba has updated its Roadie line of rolling cases including a new checkable, uncrushable flagship model. Tenba Roadies are sleek, discrete cases that include some key “industry first” features like a removable camera insert, an exterior pocket for a portable battery. Roadies were designed with a high-end luggage aesthetic to ensure they look professional yet don’t draw unwanted attention to the gear inside. One model in the Roadie Collection, the Roadie Air Case Roller 21, utilises Tenba's patented layered wall construction to provide the protection of a hard-shell case at a fraction of the weight. It can withstand more than 400 pounds stacked on top, so it will ensure equipment protection when the case needs to be checked unexpectedly, like when airline overhead space has filled up, or when flying on a small regional jet.

Tenba has updated its Roadie line of rolling cases including a new checkable, uncrushable flagship model. Tenba Roadies are sleek, discrete cases that include some key “industry first” features like a removable camera insert, an exterior pocket for a portable battery. Roadies were designed with a high-end luggage...

BenQ Launch ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ Promotion

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To celebrate the new SW320 monitor, BenQ have launched the new ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ promotion that will offer one lucky winner a 6 day, all-expenses paid photo trip to Venice, Italy. The trip is worth approximately £4,000 and will take place from 8th – 13th July 2018. The photo adventure is designed not only to guide the winner through the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but will enable them to mentally visualise a scene before capturing the perfect moment. To be in with a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime prize, entrants simply need to fill out a short form on the company's website. Featuring a true 10-bit IPS panel, hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage and a 14-bit 3D look-up table, the 31.5" SW320 UHD monitor comes with BenQ’s Palette Master Elements software for hardware calibration. The Gamut Duo feature allows users to view content side-by-side in various colour spaces on one screen. The Hotkey Puck can assign colour spaces to preset buttons and switch between them quickly and conveniently. HDR has been introduced to offer higher contrast, vivid colours and brighter images, and to allow professionals to display true-to-life video with the same accurate colour and detail it was captured with. The Technocolor colour certified monitor has its own SD memory card slot and offers fast USB 3.0 connectivity. The BenQ SW320 is available for £1,245.60 including VAT.

To celebrate the new SW320 monitor, BenQ have launched the new ‘Get Creative in Venice!’ promotion that will offer one lucky winner a 6 day, all-expenses paid photo trip to Venice, Italy. The trip is worth approximately £4,000 and will take place from 8th – 13th July 2018. The...