Wednesday, November 5, 2014
We’ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta CA AGH tripod, worth $180!
The Vanguard Alta CA 234AGH tripod kit is designed to meet the requirements of any enthusiast photographer, especially those wanting a great combination of portability and stability with a pistol grip head.
This aluminium tripod kit is extremely lightweight at under 1.7kg and the legs have four sections that enable it to fold down to just over 57cm, making it extremely portable. Despite this it still features an unrivalled loading capacity of 5kg and extends to just below 1.6m making it extremely versatile.
Shenyang Zhongyi Optics have released the Canon EF-Fuji X Lens turbo adapter. This adapter allows full-frame Canon EF lenses to be mounted on Fuji's X series interchangeable-lens cameras while altering their magnification by a factor of 0.762x and improving their aperture speed by a full stop. The reduced magnification enables users to partially regain the angle of view lost by mounting a full-frame lens on a camera with an APS-C sized sensor. In other words, the Zhongyi EF-Fuji X Lens Turbo Adapter effectively reduces the crop factor of Fujifilm X series compact system cameras from 1.5x to 1.14x. The optical construction comprises 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion element. The adapter is available now for $149, via the website below.
NEC Display Solutions of America has announced a collaboration with United Kingdom-based Light Illusion, a colour management specialist, to enable native calibration for NEC MultiSync PA Series monitors through its LightSpace CMS display calibration system. “We are delighted to work with NEC Display to meet the calibration needs of artists in the world of moving images,” said Steve Shaw, CEO of Light Illusion. “The flexibility of the LightSpace CMS and the features of the MultiSync PA Series give users the tools necessary to realize their artistic and business goals.” NEC’s MultiSync PA Series displays feature custom calibration 3D LUT import capabilities that can directly upload calibration LUTs created via LightSpace CMS. That means users can accurately profile and calibrate NEC displays to a high level and conduct “look management” for situations such as on-set monitoring.
Monday, November 3, 2014
JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of the Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700 and Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700R spectrometers. Billed as the first spectrometers that measure every light source (LED, HMI, Fluorescent and the natural light spectrum), the SpectroMaster C-700 (£1299.99) is capable of measuring a wide range of colour temperature readings from 1,600 to 40,000 Kelvin. With its intuitive large (4.3” colour dot matrix LCD) colour touch screen, the SpectroMaster C-700 series offers easy navigation through spectral distribution screens, lighting comparisons, Colour Rendering Index (CRI) colour data and much more. Additionally, the SpectroMaster C.700R (£1399.99) can also measure wireless flash, providing colour and light output data. Flash units can be triggered up to 30 meters (100 feet) or more using the PocketWizard wireless triggering system. Any flash can be triggered and measured with a touch of the meter's measuring button.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Think Tank Photo have added a new size to their Digital Holster line-up. The Digital Holster 5 can be worn as a shoulder bag or attached to a belt, and accommodates an Olympus E-PL5 or OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-E2, Sony A6000, Nikon J3, Panasonic GX7, or any similarly sized compact system camera with one standard zoom lens. The new bag will retail for $39.75 including a seam-sealed rain cover.
Think Tank Photo has introduced its smallest, lightest backpacks, the Perception series. Designed specifically for mirrorless systems, the Perception series comes in two colours, black and taupe, and three sizes. The smallest size, The Perception Tablet,, accommodates a mirrorless system and an iPad Mini. The largest size, the Perception Pro, holds a 15" laptop and a 10" tablet, plus one mirrorless body or small DSLR with a small to medium zoom attached. Plus, the largest size fits four to five more lenses. Prices range from $89.75 to $149.75, depending on size.
Fireside is a smart system for your home that makes enjoying all your photos and videos as easy as taking them. The system consists of an intelligent curation and delivery service, and SmartFrame, a new generation digital picture frame that connects to users’ iOS/Android devices and the cloud to seamlessly integrate their curated content into everyday life. The Fireside app effortlessly brings all of a family’s photos and videos together to a private, secure place in the cloud, and makes them searchable. Then, Fireside’s cloud service uses contextual computing and machine learning to automatically curate and organise libraries of thousands of photos, showing families the content they actually want to see, the company says. Starting at $399 and available in both black and white, Fireside is launching on Kickstarter today.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Nikon UK today launched a new promotion offering customers a free battery grip with purchases of selected Nikon dSLR cameras. From 30th October to 4th February 2015 customers looking to purchase a Nikon D7100 are able to claim a free MB-D15 portrait grip, whilst customers considering the Nikon D610 are entitled to a free MB-D14 battery grip. A maximum of one claim can be made per person on each model included in the promotion, and all claims must be received by the 28th February 2015 (inclusive) in order to qualify.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Vanguard Alta CA 234AGH is an aluminum tripod that combines 4-section aluminum legs with the GH-30 pistol grip head.
OmegaBrandess has announced the acquisition of the assets of the Gigapan hardware division of Gigapan Systems. Gigapan, which was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of successful research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University, manufactures Gigapan EPIC Robotic Mounts. Part of a fully integrated solution, the Gigapan EPIC and EPIC 100 are compatible with a broad range of point-and-shoot cameras and small DSLRs to capture Gigapans, quickly and accurately. The EPIC Pro is designed to work with DSLR cameras and larger lenses, features advanced technology to deliver stunning performance and precision. OmegaBrandess is now in the process of transitioning the operation to their facility in Hampstead, MD where they plan to be in full production as soon as possible.
Bowens has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for the LED Light Cube, billed as the world’s first high-end, portable and interlocking LED flash and constant light source. Australian developers and manufacturers IC12 say the unit’s zero recycling time outperforms any camera or radio trigger in the market today. “The key Light Cube features are unique in the marketplace right now,” said Nathan Oxley, Managing Director at IC12. “We developed this product after documenting photographers’ ongoing and very real frustrations with their hardware limitations. Our engineers worked for fifteen months to deliver this hybrid light, which now enables both photographers and videographers to capture their moments without concerns about flash recycling times.” The new LED Light Cube will be available for £430 excl. tax.
Canon UK has just launched its winter cashback offer, which enables you to receive up to £80 cashback on a selected range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and printers. The offer runs from 29st October 2014 to 21st January 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Click through / scroll down for a list of all eligible cameras, lenses, printers and accessories.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Samsung announced today that it is now shipping its EVO 16GB and 32GB memory cards in twin packs. There are four new twin packs available in time for Christmas, including the EVO Micro SD Twin Pack 32GB (£44.95), the EVO Micro SD Twin Pack 16GB (£28.95), the EVO SD Twin Pack 32 GB (£47.95) and the EVO SD Twin Pack 16GB (£28.95). Both EVO cards boast Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) Grade 1 level performance and offer read speeds of up to 48MB/s.
Vanguard are showcasing their latest award-winning products at the annual PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. Their latest tripods, heads and bags are currently on display at the Javits Convention Center (booth #1045) in New York City. The newest additions include the Havana, Oslo, Sedona and Reno bags, and the Alta CA and Espod CX series tripods. Click through / scroll down for more information.
Gary Fong have today introduced their Studio-To-Go range, which is exclusive to the Gary Fong e-store. There are four Studio-To-Go Kits to choose from, each offering the ability to create dramatic studio-like lighting effects in practically any location. These include the Studio-To-Go Wedding & Event Kit, the Studio-To-Go Portrait Kit, the Studio-To-Go Fashion & Commercial Kit and the Studio-To-Go Flash Kit. “The new Studio-To-Go systems are the most complete kits we’ve ever offered. The contents of each were carefully tested and selected to closely replicate the compact systems I use when traveling all over the world photographing and teaching lighting,” Gary Fong said. “Each Kit is supported with countless tutorials to help users master the many techniques. The ultimate goal is to give photographers the confidence to control the light versus the light controlling the photographer.” The Studio-To-Go Wedding & Event Kit is available for $423.95, a $100 savings versus purchasing products separately. The Studio-To-Go Portrait Kit is available for $529.95, a $130 savings. The Studio-To-Go Fashion & Commercial Kit is available for $544.95, a $150 savings. The Studio-To-Go Flash Kit is available for $1021.95, a $250 savings.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Power Practical has launched a Kickstarter campaign to hekp fund the commercialisation of its Pronto fast-charge battery pack. The Pronto comes in two flavours - the 4500mAh Pronto 5 can store enough power to charge 3 iPhones within one hour, whereas the 13,500mAh offers dual high-power 2.4 A USB ports and includes a 12V adapter, allowing you to charge larger devices such as laptops, DSLR cameras, and drone batteries. The Pronto 5 will be available for $59, while the Pronto 12 will retail for $99. For more details head to the project's Kickstarter page.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Joby have released a brand new ‘supersized’ version of its GripTight system, designed for use with larger smartphones/phablets. The new GripTight XL will securely hold devices from 69-99mm inches in width including the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Xperia Z3. Supporting a maximum load of 325g, the Joby GripTight XL weighs a mere 20g and sells for £15.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Iceland-based Kúla Inventions have announced Kúla Bebe, a new product that will enable 3D photography with smartphones. Comprising four high-precision mirrors, Kúla Bebe is easily attached to and detached from the phone's lens and comes with Kúla’s Cinema-Box for immediate 3D viewing on the smartphone display. The company is launching the product tomorrow on Kickstarter, along with an improved version of the Kúla Deeper 3D photography attachment for DSLR cameras. Kúla’s image processing software Kúlacode can export images and videos captured with Kúla Deeper and Bebe to multiple 3D formats including 3D TV, stereoscopic (for CinemaBox, StereoViewer, Oculus Rift and more), anaglyph (red/cyan), crosseye and wigglegram. The company aims to raise $40.000 through the Kickstarter campaign.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Manfrotto has introduced a range of light modifiers. The collection include twelve products: a series of reflectors and diffusers, a series of softboxes to use on camera and off camera, a duo umbrella and a background support system. Manfrotto reflectors and diffusers are triple stitched, guaranteeing durability and dependability. They all collapse to a third of their original size and are sold with their own carry case. Manfrotto softboxes are available in different sizes and can be used on and off camera. The Duo Umbrella is a dual functional product that can be used as a shoot through or to bounce light onto the subject. Translucent white fabric ensures the light passing through the umbrella is diffused to a softer light. Alternatively, the removable black covering on the outside of the umbrella ensures all the light is bounced back onto the subject. Manfrotto softboxes are available in different sizes and can be used on and off camera. The Duo Umbrella is a dual functional product that can be used as a shoot through or to bounce light onto the subject. Translucent white fabric ensures the light passing through the umbrella is diffused to a softer light. Alternatively, the removable black covering on the outside of the umbrella ensures all the light is bounced back onto the subject.
Apple has launched a new 27-inch iMac with a 5K "Retina" display. Billed as the world's highest-resolution computer screen, the new iMac's integrated 5K monitor can display 14.7-megapixel (5120x2880-pixel) photos at native resolution. "To improve the contrast ratio, iMac with Retina 5K display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle," the company says. "In addition, every iMac with Retina 5K display is calibrated using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers to ensure precise and accurate colour." The new iMac comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, and for the first time can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz. Itc can also be configured with up to 32GB of memory, a 3TB Fusion Drive, or up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. In addition, iMac with Retina 5K display includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each. The basic configuration is available for $2,499