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.
Epson today announced the SpectroProofer-UVS, a new in-line spectrophotometer for its 17", 24" and 44" Epson Stylus Pro printers. The new SpectroProofer-UVS models support the M1 measurement illumination standard and are UV selectable between M1 and M2. Current SpectroProofer owners have the option to upgrade to the new ILS30EP component of SpectroProofer-UVS models to ensure full compatibility with the latest industry standards. The new SpectroProofer-UVS will be shipping in late-October 2014.
Canon and Stella McCartney have announced an exclusive collaboration unveiling the limited-edition Linda camera bag. Named after Stella’s mother and specially designed for the Canon EOS 100D White, the bag is crafted with an innovative Eco Alter Nappa leather alternative which uses natural vegetable oil coating that is less harmful to the environment. A limited run of 1,000 bags will be produced and will only be available as a special package with the Canon EOS 100D White digital SLR camera. Within the UK, the package will be available from Harrods and Selfridges for £1,200.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Bowens has launched an exclusive five-strong range of flash heads for its Creo Generator system. The special effect flash heads include two new long penlights (from £900); two new long strip lights (from £1,749) and a 250mm diameter Fresnel spot light (£2,879). Robert Cook, Bowens marketing director said: “These innovative, precision-engineered and high-spec accessories offer supreme quality and will provide fashion and commercial photographers – and even automotive photographers - with a wide range of creative lighting opportunities using our Creo high performance power packs."
Limelite has launched two new LED-based Studiolite products. Developed for broadcast video and photographic applications,the SLED4 (£865 plus VAT) and SLED8 (£1250 plus VAT) provide users with four or eight flicker-free, state of the art linear tubes of LEDs. “These LED-based Studiolites are another first for Limelite," Tim Haskell, Limelite business development manager said. "They create a soft, wide beam of beautifully even light that wraps around the subject to produce extremely flattering illumination." The new models also feature a wide range of optional accessories and modifiers including grids; Barn Doors and filter frames.
Fotodiox Pro have announced their newest concept in LED lighting: the FlapJack LED Edgelight series. Designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to set up, the FlapJacks produce soft, even light that is ideal for impromptu interviews, portraiture, food- and product photography. Rather than using forward-facing LEDs common in conventional panels, the FlapJacks’ LEDs are mounted around their outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material to produce bounced light. Their compact design makes it easy to mount them to light stands, tabletop tripods, light clamps or even a camera’s accessory shoe. For more information, visit the wbsite below.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Killspencer has launched the new Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection. The range includes the Killspencer Precision Pocket camera bag itself ($750), which ismade out of premium leather and features a black bullhide leather flap and taupe leather interior; the Killspencer Precision Pocket Camera Bucket (starting at $120), which fits a Leica T compact system camera (but can be custom ordered to fit any camera); two lens pouches ($69 and $89); an SD memory card carrier (available as in-store custom order only,starting at $150) and a detachable accessory case ($79). A bridle leather and paracord riveted and hand-threaded camera strap is also available for $89.
JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of the Special Edition BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap, designed and created for women, by women. For every sale of these special limited edition straps sold $10 will go directly to The Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation to benefit breast cancer patients. Available now, the BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap has a suggested retail price of £75.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Spider Camera Holster have announced the launch of their first ever Tilt crowdfunding campaign for their newest product, the SpiderPro Hand Strap. “Over the years, our loyal customers have regularly sent us feedback on what they desire in a hand strap. We listened, and we’ve come up with a strap design that fits our customer’s needs while also meeting Spider Holster’s rigorous product standards,” said Shai Eynav, founder and president of Spider Holster. “We’re incredibly excited to be this close to making the SpiderPro Hand Strap a reality, and this Tilt campaign will make it possible for us to begin putting them in our customers’ hands as early as the 2014 holiday season.” The campaign has just started, but the company has already raised more than $20,000 of their $50,000 goal. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Tilt page for more information.
Pompidoo has announced the Amsterdam Camera Bag as part of the Pompidoo Homme (PH) collection. Made of premium, aged and distressed leather, the PH Amsterdam boasts vintage-looking nickel hardware accents and can hold an SLR camera with lens attached and one or two additional lenses / flashes, a tablet or small laptop, as well as your phone, wallet, memory cards and other personal items. The Pompidoo Honme Amsterdam is available for $447.70 through the website below.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Metz has announced a compact LED panel for smartphone and tablet photographers. Fitting into the headphone jack of your smart device, the new mecalight LED 72smart lighting panel features a swivelling base and provides up to 72 Lux of illuminance for mobile photographers. The tiny video light has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which means it can also be used off-camera for more creative lighting angles. Using a button on the back, the light function can be set to 3 levels: full output, reduced output, and flashing. The Metz mecalight LED 72smart will be available in five colours: black, white, pink, green and blue. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight look like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight.
Want to see exactly what the new Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash look like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Sigma LVF-01 loupe looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma LVF-01 loupe.
Want to see exactly what the new EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 monitors look like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 monitors.