Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sony has launched a new range of accessories for its HDR-AS15 Action Cam. These include the AKA-WM1 wrist mount strap, the AKA-SM1 surfboard mount, the AKA-FL1 float - which prevents the Action Cam from plummeting into the depths if you drop the camera while swimming -, the ADP-BH1 ball head, the AKA-SF1 skeleton frame - which is claimed to be ideal for secure tripod mounting - and the AKA-DM1 dog harness. There’s also a new firmware update that powers up Action Cam with extra features and a new High Frame Rate mode. The new range of sports-focused mounting accessories and firmware update for the HDR-AS15 Action Cam Full HD video camera are available from June.
Wacom today announced that it is bringing touch control to its Cintiq 22HD interactive pen display. Combining multi-touch with Wacom’s renowned pen technology, the new Cintiq 22HD touch offers a 21.5" Full HD display, an ergonomic rotating stand and 16 customisable ExpressKeys. Multi-touch is supported in Windows 7/8 and Mac OS as well as in touch savvy applications such as Corel’s latest Painter 12.2 update and Autodesk’s Mudbox and Sketchbook Pro. The Cintiq 22HD touch is priced at £1899.99 including VAT.
Transcend has unveiled its next-generation 1000x Compact Flash cards designed specifically to meet the demands of professional photographers and video DSLR filmmakers. Transcend’s “Ultimate” series 1000x Compact Flash cards implement the CompactFlash revision 6.0 specification and operate in UDMA transfer mode 7, the fastest interface speed available for CF cards. Fully compliant with the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-20) and boasting read/write transfer rates of up to 160MB/120MB per second, these cards are ideal for fast-action burst mode shooting. Transcend’s 1000x Compact Flash cards are now available in 16GB (US$99), 32GB (US$199), 64GB (US$379) and 128GB (US$699) capacities.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The MAC Group has launched a new promotion that offers a free PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController ($79 value) to photographers who purchase a new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 or two FlexTT5 radios for either Canon or Nikon. The PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios can be used to trigger any combination of TTL or manual flash units placed wherever desired, to illuminate the subject or scene being photographed. The PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController is the finishing touch that provides simple, finger-tip control of light output from three separate zones (A, B, C) of flashes or groups of flash units mounted on Flex TT5 transceivers, in either automatic-exposure or manual control. Running until 19th April, the MAC Group's mail-in programme is available only in the USA. For more information, check out the website below.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
PielFort Albums have created a new series of hand-made mini albums inspired by a range of classic cameras. The idea came from a collaboration of PielFort Company with designers and bloggers - each blogger came up with a concept inspired by a classic camera, and the best desings were turned into actual products by PielFort's craftsmen in their Ubrique, Spain-based workshop. For more information, visit the website below.
Delkin's new Snug-It Pro DSLR camera skins are now available for the Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D5200 digital SLR cameras. Claimed to "protect cameras from being damaged in any environment or situation," each Snug-It model is made out of a high-quality silicone material that makes it easy to put on and take off, as well as protect your DSLR against bumps, scratches, sand and dust. All models are molded around the camera's hot shoe attachment, buttons and lens in order to provide maximum coverage, while allowing for quick setting adjustments & lens changes. In addition, each Snug-It Pro skin contains openings for all of the camera's closed compartments, such as the memory card slot, HDMI port, and battery; allowing for easy access when needed. Snug-It Pro skins for the Canon 6D and Nikon D5200 are now available and can be purchased at the retail price of $34.99 via delkin.com or any Delkin authorised retailer.
Fantasea Line has launched a new waterproof housing for the Canon PowerShot G15 digital compact camera. Depth tested to 80m and certified to a maximum depth of 60m, the Fantasea FG15 housing protects your Canon G15 camera from damaging elements including water, sand, dust, snow, ice and pollutants. Supported by a full line of optional accessories including wide-angle and macro lenses, colour correction filters and lighting sets; the FG15 is available for $575/€550.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Carson Optical has released the ML-515 LensMag, a 2-pack of high powered magnet magnifiers for the Apple iPhone 5. Included in each 2-pack is a 10x and 15x magnet magnifier. Simply remove the case from your iPhone 5 and place the desired high powered magnet magnifer over the camera. The LensMag will now act as a macro lens. As the ML-515 LensMag holds onto the iPhone magnetically, there is no need for glue or any additional accessories. The Carson ML-515 LensMag will be available from June for $19.
Monday, April 22, 2013
PNY today introduced its first 64GB MicroSDXC memory card. The PNY 64GB MicroSDXC card is a Class 10 rated, UHS-I compliant memory card with read speeds of up to 30MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. Billed as an ideal mediumfor transferring movies, images, music and other large files, the 64GB PNY MicroSDXC card is availableat an RRP of £34.99.
Slovakian company 84.5mm has announced a new series of reversed neutral density filters. These special ND grads have been designed specifically for shooting landscapes during the so-called golden hour, when the sun is very close to the horizon. The filters are darkest in the middle, getting gradually lighter toward the top - as opposed to a standard graduated neutral density filter, which has its darkest part at the top. Available in two densities, medium and strong, these reverse ND grads come in two sizes: 84x100mm and 84x150mm. The standard price is €36.50 but the first 50 customers who purchase a reverse ND grad from 84.5mm's e-shop are entitled to a €4 discount.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Aptina has announced a new 14-megapixel CMOS sensor for digital cameras, the AR1411HS, which is capable of providing 4K Ultra HD video at 60fps, in either the Quad HD (3840H x 2160V) or the wider Digital Cinema 4K format (4096H x 2160V). This is a 1"-type sensor, i.e. the same size as the 'CX' imagers found in the Nikon 1 System cameras. The AR1411HS is actually capable of outputting the full 14MP resolution at up to 80fps for an amazing 1.1 gigapixels/sec, 40 percent faster than its 10-megapixel predecessor. It can also record 1080p Full HD movies at 120fps, which is ideal for slow-motion playback. “The AR1411HS image sensor delivers superior image quality and the ability to capture still shots and video very fast, in virtually any environment,” said Sándor Barna, Vice President and General Manager of Aptina’s Consumer Camera business. “This 1-inch sensor effectively bridges the performance and price gap between the smaller 1/2.3-inch sensors commonly used in compact digital still cameras and the larger APS-C and full-frame sensors that are used in DSLR cameras." The sensor is already "in mass production," which means we may see it in an actual product fairly soon.
The new Reflecta HD Digital Slide Duplicator is a transparency digitisation attachment for your digital camera. Distributed by Kenro in the United Kingdom, the Reflecta HD Digital Slide Duplicator features a high-quality achromtatic close up lens, a mounted slide holder and a diffuser; and attaches directly to your digital camera's lens by way of an appropriate stepping ring. Included in the package are adapter rings for lenses with 37mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm and 62mm filter threads. TheReflecta HD Digital Slide Duplicator can be yours for£87 including VAT.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Kenro has launched a new range of Benro camera bags. Specifically designed to meet the needs of the travel and sports photographer, the new ‘Cool Walker’ range consists of 13 variants of backpacks, shoulder bags and zoom bags. The Cool Walker Backpack is available in six sizes, the smallest being able to carry one SLR, two lenses and one flash and the largest designed to carry two SLRs, six or eight lenses, two flashes and a 15 inch laptop. Also available within the Cool Walker range are a choice of modern shoulder bags (pictured) which come in three sizes; the smallest size being able to fit one SLR and one lens, to the largest size fitting one SLR, two lenses and one flash. The range also includes a zoom bag, available in four sizes. The Cool Walker Backpack’s SRP (including VAT) ranges from £101.94 to £154.20, the Cool Walker shoulder bags are priced between £37.80 to £47.40 and the Cool Walker zoom bag starts at £36.60, rising to £57.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sigma UK has announced availability and pricing for its new USB Dock and 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens. The USB Dock (£39.99, pictured) allows users of the company’s new, USB-enabled lenses to update their lenses’ firmware and customise the working of the auto focus. The new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM telephoto zoom lens (£3599.99) is a dust- and splashproof professional lens with a constant maximum aperture, optical stabilisation, USB docking, hypersonic motor and a focus limiter. Both products will go on sale in the UK at the beginning of May.
Peak Design has set up a so-called Pro Team comprising a number of top-notch professional photographers including some of the most recognizable names in mountaineering, surfing, snow sports, motorsports, wedding and portrait photography. In addition to using Peak Design’s Capture, Leash (pictured) and Cuff products in the field, these professionals will be aiding Peak Design in future product development through their feedback and testing of prototypes. “We want folks from all backgrounds of photography – from beginners and hobbyists all the way up to pros – to know that our products are designed to hold up to any environment and any kind of physical activity,” says Peter Dering, Peak Design founder and head engineer. “We couldn’t be more excited to have this incredible group of photographers on our team, ensuring that we continue to make even better gear.” To mark the “birth” of its Pro Team, Peak Design has launched a giveaway offering members of the public a chance to win high-resolution poster-size prints of original photos taken by the Peak Design Pro Team, as well as the company’s latest products.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Lomography has launched a new 35mm film back for its medium-format Belair X 6-12 camera. With this adapter, users of the Belair X 6-12 camera can make impressive panoramic shots on regular 35mm film. The extensive exposure area of 104x33mm enables them to capture images with a rather extreme aspect ratio of 3.15:1. Available in the Lomography Online Shop, the 35mm back fpr the Belair X 6-12 camera retails for £55.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The iPhone 5 version of the Tiltpod mini-stand is now available for purchase. Billed as “the world’s smallest always-ready camera stand,” the Tiltpod features a quick-connect ball pivot and a nickel-plated magnetic base, which can be easily attached to and detached from the phone. Measuring 2.0"x1.5"x0.4”, the Tiltpod sells for $29.99 via the website below.
Tiffen is now shipping the new Lowel SlimLight Rifa Blender and Lowel SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits. Each kit contains a 200W Rifa eX 44 dedicated tungsten-halogen softlight, matched with either compact color mixing Lowel Blender LED(s), or focusable tungsten-halogen 200W Pro-light(s), plus Uni TO Stands. “The new SlimLight Rifa Blender and SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits are perfect for today’s large-sensor DSLRs and compact digital cinema cameras in situations where you are running into the city to do a quick interview, doing doc work, or shooting a video podcast for a client,” says Jem Schofield, producer and educator, theC4. The Lowel SlimLight Kits are available through Lowel dealers worldwide.
Manfrotto has launched a new line of stylish camera bags, called StilePlus. The Manfrotto Diva 15 is a multifunctional tote bag for everyday use, with a protective removable insert for your photo gear. It accommodates a CSC with attached zoom lens and one additional lens, plus a 10-inch tablet. The Manfrotto Diva rage is available in two other sizes – the Diva 25 and Diva 35, with SRPs starting at £39.95. The Manfrotto Bravo 50 backpack (pictured) is a multifunctional backpack for everyday wear, with a protective removable insert, adjustable straps and a padded back panel. It fits a DSLR with attached standard zoom lens and one additional lens, plus a 15-inch tablet. The Manfrotto Bravo range is also available in a smaller size – the Bravo 30, with RRPs starting at £69.95. Last but not least the Manfrotto Amica 10 (£19.95) is a stylish shoulder bag for everyday use, holding a CSC with attached zoom lens and an additional pancake lens, plus a range of small personal items such as a phone and keys.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
G-Technology has unveiled the first solutions in its new Evolution Series family – the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt, and the G-DRIVE ev and G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. The Evolution Series G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt (£599.95) is a two-bay, hot-swappable JBOD media drive system with user-configurable RAID 1 or RAID 0. Unlike other two-bay solutions that only offer bare hard drive modules that cannot be taken into the field and used as true standalone external drives, the G-DOCK ev ships with two 1TB removable and portable G-DRIVE ev external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. In addition, the G-DOCK ev provides dual Thunderbolt ports for future external storage expansion. The Evolution Series G-DRIVE ev is a rugged USB 3.0, 2.5-inch, 7200RPM hard drive-based external storage solution with transfer rates of up to 136MB/s. It is available in 1TB (£159.95) or 500GB (£119.95) capacities. Finally, the G-Technology G-DRIVE ev PLUS (£279.95) is a compact, 2.5-inch, 7200RPM hard drive-based external storage solution in an all-aluminium enclosure, featuring USB 3.0 and a 6Gb/s SATA interface for connection to the G-DOCK ev. The G-DRIVE ev PLUS comes in 1TB capacity.