Friday, September 4, 2015
WD has introduced the My Book Pro storage device featuring transfer rates of up to 435 MB/s. With capacity options including 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB and 12 TB, two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller, the My Book Pro carries an MSRP of $599 (6TB), $749 (8TB), $899 (10TB) and $999 (12TB).
JP Distribution have announced a £20/€25 cashback promotion on the ever-popular Sekonic L-308S Flashmate meter. The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308S Flashmate is designed to read ambient or flash exposures in either reflected or incident modes and it displays accurate exposure readings in full, half, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings of today's DSLR and film cameras. Do note that the promotion is only available from authorised UK and Ireland resellers for purchases made between 1st September and 31st October 2015.
Toshiba has just launched a new SDHC card that combines Class 10 memory with TransferJet close proximity wireless transfer technology. The new 16GB SDHCTM card will enable users of digital still cameras or camcorders to quickly transfer photos and videos to mobile devices such as tablets, notebooks and smartphones equipped with TransferJet adapters. The new SDHC card joins Toshiba’s line-up of TransferJet adapters for USB and microUSB ports as well as Lightning ports for iPhone and iPad. Toshiba will be exhibiting its entire range of TransferJet devices at IFA 2015 in Berlin in Hall 12, Booth 106.
Toshiba has extended its range of EXCERIA memory cards. The new additions include a Compact Flash card, new SD and MicroSD cards, all of which combine large capacity and high read and write speeds. The EXCERIA PROC501 CF card features capacities of up to 128GB and a UDMA 7 interface that supports data transfer speeds up to 167MB/s and is rated to the VPG 65 standard, making it suitable for 4K video recording. Featuring capacities up to 128GB and read speeds of up to 48MB/s, the new mainstream EXCERIA MicroSD M301 product family comprises 3 cards for use in mobile phones (M301-EA), digital cameras (M301-EB) and notebooks and tablets (M301-EC). All cards meet UHS speed class 1 ratings and are fully compatible with standard MicroSD card readers. The series also features an adapter to make it compatible with UHS-I SD slots. All members of the M301 family are shock, water, temperature and X-ray proof.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Toshiba today launched the Satellite Radius 12, the World’s first 12.5” 4K Ultra HD convertible laptop featuring a Technicolor-certified display aimed at imaging professionals. Designed with color accuracy in mind, the wide-gamut RGB display supports 100% Adobe RGB colour space reproduction, making it an ideal choice for mobile content creators. Lab tested and certified by the colour experts at Technicolor, this laptop’s display also meets the same strict standards for colour fidelity used in Hollywood movies. Powered by 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Eyefi today added a 16GB model to their Mobi Pro product line. Billed as the most powerful WiFi SD card ever, the Eyefi Mobi Pro combines advanced wireless transfer features with photo apps and integrated cloud services. "By offering a 16GB version of our award-winning Mobi Pro WiFi SD card with one year of Eyefi Cloud membership, we’re enabling more photographers to benefit from the convenience and power of EyeFi Cloud,” said Laura Torres, VP of product marketing at Eyefi. “Eyefi goes to work the moment an image is captured, automatically creating a consolidated and intelligently organised photo library synced with all devices, securing photos in the cloud, and even archiving them to desktop computers. It’s like having a photo assistant with you on every shot.” Mobi Pro 16GB is available for £49.99 and comes with one full year of membership to Eyefi Cloud with unlimited syncing and storage - a £34.99 value.
Manfrotto have launched a new range of sliders for videographers. Available in a 60cm and 100cm version, the sliders ensure an extremely smooth and accurate sliding movement thanks to their 8 high precision steel ball bearings. They will be available in combination with photo and flat base video heads: multiple standard attachments will allow users to combine the sliders with a variety of accessories and products. Prices start at £359.95.
WD have introduced significant enhancements to their family of My Cloud personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, a brand new SDK enabling enhanced app integration and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage offering increased memory and faster processing. My Cloud OS 3 features new photo and video capabilities via MyCloud.com and My Cloud Albums app. Additionally, My Cloud OS 3’s new WD Sync feature syncs data across multiple PCs and notebooks, and also allows users to set up automatic camera-roll backup of photos from smartphones and tablets. In addition to new software upgrades, WD has also introduced a new version of My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices, featuring two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), ensuring content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated to a second drive. My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage - available in 4TB ($309.99), 6TB ($379.99) and 8TB ($429.99) editions - includes the new features announced for My Cloud OS 3 and an improved processor and 1GB RAM.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Canon is developing an LCOS projector capable of displaying video and still images at a resolution up to 4,096 x 2,400 pixels with 5,000 lumens of brightness. This device is being designed to support the projection of bright, high-definition content that exceeds the resolution offered by 4K digital cinema. It features Canon’s proprietary AISYS optical system and a newly developed 4K wide-zoom lens capable of projecting large images from a short distance, as well as an optical focusing function that enables the projection of images on curved-surface screens. Canon is developing the 4K projector as a new model within its REALiS series. Availability is slated for 2016.
Elinchrom has added four new Indirect Softboxes to its Litemotiv family of light shapers. Built with a new fabric that offers better light distribution, the new Litemotiv Indirects will sculpt and diffuse the light in a rich, and even way. The four new models include the Indirect Litemotiv Octa 190cm ($1,420), the Indirect Litemotiv Square 145cm x 145cm ($1,330), the Indirect Litemotiv Recta 72cm x 175cm ($1,230) and the Indirect Litemotiv Strip 33cm x 175cm ($1,169). All Indirect Litemotivs are supplied with an external diffuser, internal diffuser and carrying bag.
BenQ has launched a new colour critical 27" monitor that offers photography professionals "unprecedented colour accuracy." Featuring a 10-bit IPS panel with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, an adjustable 14-bit look-up table allowing hardware calibration without altering graphics card output data, and a 99% coverage of the aRGB colour space. An integrated controller enables users to quickly switch between 3 custom modes; Adobe RGB, sRGB and Black-and-White photo mode. The monitor achieves an average Delta E≤2 for both aRGB and sRGB. The SW2700PT display includes a variety of input terminals such as D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini Display Port, USB 3.0 together with a built-in SD card reader. The BenQ SW2700PT is available now, priced at £499.20.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Colour Confidence today announced the UK launch of Cube, by Palette. Designed to remove the guesswork from colour matching, Cube is an incredibly accurate colour capture device that makes it easy to record raw colour data with a simple tap. Using an internal spherical light source, Cube picks up the desired hue in a controlled sequence and records the raw colour values for future reference. The Cube Link application enables users to seamlessly import real-world colour directly into Adobe Photoshop and match to multiple colour libraries, including Pantone. Cube can output colours in RGB, CMYK, HEX, Lab, and LRV colour spaces. The device is priced at £149.95. Cube Link is a free download available for Windows, with the Mac edition coming soon.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
UK photo accessory distributor Kenro has announced the upcoming launch of its own brand range of supports. The initial line-up consists of four tripod kits and one monopod kit, each of which is supplied with legs and head along with a bag to transport it all in. Out of the four tripod kits, three of them convert into monopods, while the fourth one boasts an ultra-compact design, ideal for the traveller with restricted luggage space. All five models come with a 6-year limited warranty. Retail pricing to be announced.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Broncolor have unveiled the new Broncolor Beautybox 65 light shaper. Billed as a portable alternative to the beauty dish, the Beautybox 65 includes a reversible gold/white centre counter reflector, providing two options for neutral colour, or a warming effect. Optional accessories include a translucent white counter reflector for more direct light, as well as a front diffusion screen and fabric grid to control light spread. The suggestted price is $296.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Fantasea have launched the Radiant 2500 and Radiant Pro 2500 video lights, which offer a variety of quality lighting options for enhancing colour and light in underwater videos and photographs. Featuring an ergonomic design and durable construction, these lights can be comfortably integrated into any underwater photo system. A battery power indicator light around the power switch enables easy monitoring of the battery power. Adjustable power output allows controlling the intensity of the beam in various compositions and diving conditions. The Radiant Pro 2500 ($500) makes use of 12 powerful LEDs, which provide an ultra bright, wide and even beam. The light offers a variety of operation modes, which make the light suitable to light a wide range of classic and creative compositions. Operation modes include wide angle white light (120 degrees), narrow angle white light (15 degrees), red light, UV and blue light and two flashing modes. The Radiant 2500 ($390) makes use of 6 light emitting diodes, which provide an ultra bright, even and wide output. A wide beam angle of 120 degrees makes the light suitable for lighting a wide range of compositions. Both models are depth rated to 100 metres / 330 feet.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Gitzo have announced a completely new range of Center Ball Heads. Dedicated to pros and advanced amateur photographers, the new Gitzo Center Ball Heads have been developed to be the ideal complements to Gitzo’s top-of-the-range tripods. Available in three sizes, the new ball heads are coated with tungsten disulphide, which provides comfortable friction onto the ball, meaning it can be locked with minimal effort while avoiding unwanted deforming or drifting. All three models feature an independent pan lock, making it possible to take panoramic photos or make horizontal adjustments for perfect framing. The quick-release plate is locked with a screw-knob, which makes the system compact, light, and intuitive, while being flexible to accept most Arca-Swiss style plates. Prices start from £264.95.
Gitzo have unveiled their new Traveler Tripod range featuring state of the art “Carbon eXact” tubes. Stiffer than the antecedents’ Carbon 6X tubes, the new tubes include High Modulus carbon fibre, and have larger tube diameters. The new tripods also boast a new, compact leg lock system called Traveler G-lock. The new, curved external form provides good grip, whilst the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit entering the locks. The new range includes six tripods (priced from £559.95) plus a monopod (£239.95). Click through / read on for the details.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic have announced plans to launch the "most revolutionary lighting control system ever." The integration of select existing technologies as well as the joint development of new ones from this global alliance carries the promise of creating a creative lighting toolkit allowing photographers to dramatically expand their repertoire. Currently, Phottix and Elinchrom design engineers are collaborating on enhanced features for the next generation of the Skyport transmitter, which will include hyper-sync functionality. Additionally, photographers using the Phottix Indra 360 TTL (pictured) or Indra 500 TTL lighting systems will soon have the ability to use the broad range of Elinchrom light-shapers. Sekonic is collaborating with both Phottix and Elinchrom to finalise two new 478-series LiteMaster Pro flash meters; one for Elinchrom featuring in-meter power control and one for Phottix that allows for triggering of groups from the meter.
EIZO USA have announces the new ColorEdge CS270/CS240 Professional Photo Kit – an all-in-one colour-managed display solution package for photo professionals. The kit consists of an EIZO EX2 photometer, a copy of EIZO's ColorNavigator 6 software and either an EIZO ColorEdge CS270 or an EIZO ColorEdge CS240 monitor (pictured). It also includes a 20% discount coupon for Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan. EIZO USA will launch the Professional Photo Kit through authorised resellers and will begin shipping on 24 August 2015. The price of the kit is $964 for the 24" option and $1,214 for the 27" one.
Monday, August 10, 2015
EPI, a brand license partner for Philips Monitors, has revealed the new Philips Brilliance 27” monitor with PerfectKolor technology for professionals, with 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage. Boasting a high-qulaity 10-bit AHVA-IPS panel, the Philips Brilliance 27” monitor with PerfectKolor is pre- calibrated to render colours accurately and features 12-bit internal processing smooth, natural tonal transitions without colour banding. SmartUniformity metrics also allow the monitor to auto-adjust to compensate for fluctuations in brightness and colour, and deliver average luminance uniformity above 95%, which is vital for consistency in colour-critical applications such as photography. The display features a webcam, extra wide viewing angles, built-in stereo speakers, Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels), tilt-and-swivel flexibility and multiple connection ports including DisplayPort, HDMI and Dual-link DVI. Available now, the new Philips Brilliance 27” monitor with PerfectKolor technology (272P4APJKEB) carries a suggested retail price of $899.