Category: Accessories

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Switronix has announced newr power solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. Delivering 6 times more power than the battery supplied with the camera, the Switronix PB70-GH4 PowerBase-70 Battery Pack is a 77Wh, 14.8V Lithium-ion battery designed to extend HD recording time for the GH4. The PowerBase-70 mounts under the camera and doubles as a grip, or can be attached to a camera support via its 1/4"-20 release plate or V-mount. Wired as a 14.8V battery pack, it can provide extended power for up to two additional 12VDC devices such as lights, monitors or HD converters as well as other devices requiring lower voltage. Other GH4-compatible Switronixnovelties include the Bolt 220 LED light, the JetPack X XLR power pack and the P-Tap Regulation Cable that enables users to power the GH4 camera off of any P-Tap power source.

X-Rite Extends Cashback Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has announced the extension of their cashback offer until 30 September 2014. Those who buy an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (pictured) at the same time as either X-Rite ColorMunki Display or X-Rite i1Display Pro can claim £30 cashback - meaning that with a retail price of £83 the ColorChecker Passport can effectively be purchased for just £53. Note that all claims must be received by the Friday 14 November 2014 in order to qualify.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Transcend CFast 2.0 CFX650/600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has launched two CFast 2.0 memory cards. Designed to support high-end 4K cameras and camcorders and to meet the extreme demands of professional cinematography, Transcend’s CFX650 memory cards feature the fastest transfer speeds available in the market, while its CFX600 media boast the highest storage capacity. Supporting the next generation CFast 2.0 specification with a SATA III interface, CFX650 memory cards offer read and write speeds of up to 510MB and 370MB per second, respectively; while CFX600 cards offer vast capacities of up to 512GB, surpassing the capacity limit of any existing card. Transcend's CFast 2.0 CFX650 memory cards are available in 128GB($499) and 256GB($949), while the CFX600 cards are available in 128GB($249), 256GB($499) and 512GB($949) capacities.

MindShift Gear Introduces Filter Nest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MindShift Gear’s Filter Nest is the first dual-purpose round filter case for outdoor photography. Described as "essentially two bags in one," the Filter Nest is belt-mountable and compatible with MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama and rotation180° Professional backpacks for quickly accessing filters while setting up a shot. A padded, zippered pouch protects delicate filters from dust and scratches in the field and a removable insert allows for compact packing. The Filter Nest fits 8 round filters (up to 82mm) including 2 variable NDs in orange divider, step up/down rings, cleaning cloth, lens caps and more.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Memories Deserve Prints Media Sweepstakes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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DNP Imagingcomm America has announced the official start of the “Memories Deserve Prints Media Sweepstakes.” Fans of DNP’s Facebook page can enter for a chance to win a free media pack - two rolls of DNP media and thermal-dye ribbons (ARV: $189.99) - for DNP’s DS40 or DS80 dye-sublimation photo printers. DNP media utilizes a special coating to ensure every print produced is resistant to water, fingerprints, dust and fading. The DS40 can also print 400 4x6 images from a single media roll, for a total of 800 prints per pack. The deadline for entries is 18th July and a total of three winners will be announced on 21st July. All U.S. citizens of at least 18 years of age are eligible to enter the sweepstakes by providing basic contact information through the entry form at the website below.

Luxi For All

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Luxi For All is a diffusion dome attachment for your mobile device's front-facing camera which, when paired with the Luxi app, helps you determine the best settings for your SLR or other "serious" camera. Essentially turning your smartphone/tablet into an incident light meter, Luxi For All is now in the midst of a successful Kickstarter campaign, with nearly $50,000 pledged by nearly 2,000 backers.. It comes ready for use with any iOS device, when paired with any of several free software applications. An Android application is in development, and will be available before Luxi For All ships in August.

New Leica Visoflex Utilises Epson Ultrimicron Technology

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Epson today announced that its Ultimicron electronic viewfinder technology is incorporated in the new Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinder for the Leica T compact system camera. The newest, Visoflex is an optional high-resolution electronic viewfinder that boasts XGA (1024 x RGB x 768), 2.36 million dot resolution. The use of a color filter prevents the colour break-up that can occur with other colour systems when shooting fast-moving subjects and while panning. First launched in 2009, Ultimicron is based on the HTPS technology that ensures sufficient visibility in any environment, Epson claims.

Yongnuo YN300W

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Yongnuo YN300W is a hybrid 300Ws studio strobe / system flash boasting full support for Canon's wireless E-TTL exposure control system. Key features include a built-in modelling light with an E27 type 150W light-bulb, a rear-mounted LCD control panel, a cooling fan, rear-curtain sync and an array of sync options including a PC terminal, a photoresistor with E-TTL support and, unusually for a mains flash, a hotshoe-foot that accepts TTL radio trigger receivers. Recycle times range from 0.1s to 1.1s, while manual power settings go from 1/1 all the way down to 1/128th. Flash duration can be anywhere between 1/50,000s to 1/800s depending on the chosen power setting (we assume these are t0.5 times). The guide number is 56 (in metres at ISO 100/21°, with no light modifiers attached). There is no word on pricing yet and it is currently unclear if a Nikon version will ever be available to purchase.

Website: Yongnuo Hong Kong

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Eye-Fi Connected Adds Compatibility with 300 New Digital Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Eye-Fi has announced that its Eye-Fi Connected functionality is now compatible with over 300 more digital camera models. Eye-Fi Connected firmware is embedded into a camera to enable it to instantly detect when an Eye-Fi SD card is inserted. This functionality allows the photographer to control the wireless features using the in-camera menu options to seamlessly transfer pictures to their smartphone, tablet or PC, wirelessly. Eye-Fi Connected cameras also include features such as the ability to power toggle the Wi-Fi radio, select when photos transfer and advanced power management to maximise battery life. Eye-Fi Connected has been adopted by virtually every digital camera manufacturer, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Casio, Ricoh, Pentax, JVC, Olympus and Panasonic.

Innovations from Philips Monitors at IFA

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MMD, a leading technology company and brand licence partner for Philips Monitors, have unveiled the innovations they plan to showcase at IFA 2014 in Berlin. These include the brand-new SoftBlue light display with anti-blue light technology - which eliminates emissions of blue light at harmful wavelengths, helping to mitigate the negative impact on eyes and improve well-being, but without compromising colour and image quality - and G-SYNC at 144 Hz, a new 21:9 Panoramic Ultra Wide Screen which delivers a resolution of 3440x1440 pixels, a new 27-inch display with Adobe RGB colur space coverage, as well as a range of Smart All-in-One touch displays. The IFA show will run from 5-10 September. The Philips stand will be located in Hall 22.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Manfrotto Bag Collections

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Manfrotto now have an extensive bag collection, which caters to all types of photographers, from the professional to the amateur.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Metz Updates Mecablitz 44 AF-1 Digital and 52 AF-1 Digital for Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Sony versions of the Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital and 52 AF-1 digital now come equipped with new feet for cameras with “Sony Multi Interface” flash shoes. New Sony digital cameras incorporate new “Sony Multi Interface” flash shoes, which has made it necessary to adapt Metz's Sony-compatible flash units accordingly. With the new editions, it is no longer necessary to use a hotshoe adapter for mounting the Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital and 52 AF-1 digital flashes on the new Sony cameras.

Friday, June 27, 2014

ADATA Launches Industrial CFast 2.0 Memory Card

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Adata has launched an industrial CFast card, which combines the form-factor of a Compact Flash card with a high-speed SATA interface for both high reliability and secure operation. Compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1, the ISC3E CFast memory card offers sequential read/write speeds of up to 435/120 MB/s (MLC) and 165/170 MB/s (SLC). The card comes in capacities of 4GB-128GB (MLC) and 4GB-64GB (SLC) and features ECC (Error Code Correction) and S.M.A.R.T technology for high reliability of data transfer and security.

Benro Hyacinth Series

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Benro's UK and Ireland importer/distributor, Kenro, is now supplying the new Hyacinth photo bag series in a range of colours - Blue, Pink, Grey and Black. Designed for SLR and CSC users, the Benro Hyacinth range of shoulder bags are easily distinguishable from traditional bags and can be carried either by the strong carry handle or the shoulder strap. The bags are available in two sizes, priced at £38.40 and £43.80.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Manfrotto Presents Xpro Fluid Head

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Manfrotto has launched  the new Xpro Fluid Head, the new Manfrotto head designed for photographers who are starting to exploit the potential of their HDSLR video capabilities. The new head, part of the Xpro collection ensures portability thanks to the compact and lightweight body that makes the head weighing only 700g (1.54 lbs), versatility and convenience. A new fluidity sensor enables users to control the flexibility of the tilt movement and choose the right level of fluidity. The Manfrotto Xpro Fluid Head is available now and priced £119.95.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Benro BRC373TS8 Video Tripod Kit

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Kenro has just announced the UK and Ireland launch of the Benro BRC373TS8 Video Tripod Kit. Developed for use by professional film makers, live broadcasters and commercial film producers, the new Benro BRC373TS8 Video Tripod Kit is manufactured from high quality 8-layer carbon fibree with a breaking point of 134.1 kg. Boasting magnesium alloy castings, the Benro BRC373TS8 Video Tripod Kit includes a tripod, S8 head and carry case; and  features a continuous pan drag system, adjustable legs, a comfortable padded grip, illuminated spirit level, water-resistant rubber lock grips, an elaborate counterbalance system and independent functional locking knobs for pan, tilt and quick-release plate.The kit's suggested retail price is £756, while the S8 Head on its own has an SRP of £264.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lowepro Dashpoint AVC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 1 and Dashpoint AVC 2 cases have been developed specifically for action cameras. "Ideal for adventurous locations the Lowepro Dashpoint AVC keeps all your gear safe and secure and helps protect against the environment and whatever you might throw at it," the company says. A lightweight composite shell construction provides high-impact-resistant protection – with a built in quick-grab handle for easy carrying and dual zipper opening for fast access. The stackable design also makes cases easy to store at home, in luggage or on location. The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 1 (£26) is suitable for one action video camera plus accessories, and weighs in at only 0.3kg. The Lowepro Dashpoint AVC 2 (£30) accommodates two action cams complete with accessories.

Lowepro Upgrades Toploader Zoom AW Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has released an updated and redesigned edition of its popular Toploader Zoom AW series. Available in 3 sizes, the Lowepro Toploader Zoom AW series bags are now lighter in weight, and feature a brand new mesh pocket and built-in key fob as well as new zippers with newly designed zipper pulls, which are easy to grip even in cold or wet conditions. Prices start at £30.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Transcend 1TB ESD400 Portable SSD

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Transcend today introduced the ESD400, its latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive (SSD). Featuring storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB, transfer speeds of up to 410MB/s read and 380MB/s write, and an extra durable and compact design, ESD400 SSDs are best suited for consumers demanding massive storage space and high-speed data transfer. The ESD400 USB 3.0 Portable SSD is equipped with a next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection interface that provides 10 times the bandwidth of USB 2.0. With USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, the ESD400 ensures that users will be able to move files between computers that do not support SuperSpeed USB 3.0. Transcend’s ESD400 Portable SSDs are available in 128GB ($109), 256GB ($189), 512GB ($349) and 1TB ($699) capacities, and all models carry Transcend’s three-year limited warranty.

Gura Gear Acquires Tamrac Brand

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale of the brand and assets of Tamrac to Gura Gear. Tamrac, which entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalised later this month. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac's assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.