Thursday, September 10, 2015
Datacolor today released Spyder5STUDIO, the next generation of its colour calibration solution suite designed to colour manage digital photo workflows. Designed for photographers who demand the highest level of control and accuracy, the new Datacolor Spyder5STUDIO includes the new Spyder5ELITE colorimeter, the SpyderCUBE and Datacolor's SpyderPRINT spectrocolorimeter. Combined, these tools enable photographers to capture consistent colour temperature and contrast from scene to camera and monitor-to-monitor, as well as quality printing results. The new Spyder5STUDIO is now available for £325.
Tiffen have announced a new product that combines a polariser, a variable neutral density filter and a warm-to-cool FX fader in a single unit. Designed to be used with Sunshades and Matte boxes from ARRI, BrightTangerine, Chrosziel, Movcam, Tilta, TLS Optics & Vocas; the 138mm Multi Rota Tray incorporates an ultra-thin circular polariser delivering "the greatest field of view possible," a 2-6-stop variable ND filter, an M8 compatible gearing ring and a quick-release tray, and ships with a protective case.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Apple today introduced the iPad Pro, featuring a 12.9" Retina display with 5.6 million pixels. The new tablet comes with a powerful new 64-bit A9X processor, while still offering up to 10 hours of battery life. An optional accessory called the Apple Pencil allows for extremely precise photo editing when used in tandem with the new Photoshop Fix app. Running on iOS9, the new Apple iPad Pro features an 8-megapixel iSight camera, and can be paired with Apple’s new Smart Keyboard for increased productivity. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB model with Wi-Fi model and $1079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB edition, and will be available starting in November. The Apple Pencil will retail for $99, and the Smart Keyboard will be available for $169.
Think Tank Photo has added a new size to its camera bag line for compact system cameras. The Mirrorless Mover 25i fits one medium to large CSC body, plus two to four lenses, an 8” tablet, as well as additional accessories. The bag features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Mover 25i is available for $64.75.
Think Tank Photo has released the Retrospective 5 Leather, Retrospective 7 Leather, and Retrospective 30 Leather shoulder bags. he new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets. The Retrospective 5 Leather ($199.75) holds an 8” tablet alongside a standard-sized SLR camera and up to 3 lenses; the Retrospective 7 Leather ($229.75) accommodates a 10” tablet or 11” laptop; and, the Retrospective 30 Leather ($259.75) holds a 10” tablet or 11” laptop plus a pro SLR with lenses, and 2 additional SLR camera bodies in its front pockets.
G-Technology has announced four new products in its Evolution Series of docking stations, interchangeable external hard drives and accessories. The G-SPEED Studio XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters is a flexible, eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and two integrated ev Series Bay Adapters. Configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, & 10, it supports multi-stream compressed 4K workflows with extremely large volumes of data at transfer rates of up to 1,200MB/s. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for 18TB is £1,867, 24TB is £2,000, 36TB is £2,667 and 48TB is £3,333. The ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition (£133, pictured) leverages high-performance connectivity for fast RED footage transfers and backup. Users can transfer content quickly from a RED MINI-MAG media card onto any G-DOCK ev docking station or G-SPEED Studio XL with ev Series Bay Adapters. The G-DOCK ev Solo (£67) is a convenient and flexible USB 3.0 docking solution for shared environments. Last but not least the ev Series FireWire Adapter (£33) easily attaches to your ev Series drive, enabling you to connect to an existing FireWire 800 port on your computer. The first three products will become available in October, and the ev Series FireWire Adapter can be purchased today.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Canon today announced that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display, along with a 120-megapixel still-image SLR camera. The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel video performance even at a frame rate of 60fps with 13 stops of dynamic range. The 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast and a wide gamut, as well as a pixel density exceeding 300ppi.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Transcend Information have announced a high-end UHS-II U3 compliant memory card. By utilising the new UHS-II bus standard featuring a UHS Speed Class rating of 3, Transcend's new SDHC/SDXC UHS-II U3 card boasts a maximum read speed of up to 285MB/s and with write speeds of up to 180MB/s. Outfitted with top-tier MLC NAND flash chips, the card provides enhanced durability, and comes in 32GB and 64GB versions. Transcend SDHC/SDXC UHS-II U3 memory cards are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Canon is developing an APS-H-size CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels. With CMOS imagers, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturisation and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables ultra-high-resolution sequential shooting at a speed of five frames per second. Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialised surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of "visual expression."
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.