Thursday, September 11, 2014
Adorama is expanding its Flashpoint ZeroGrav stabilizer line with the ZeroGrav 2-Axis Digital Gyro Stabilizer. Featuring the newest gyroscope accelerometer grip, Gyro is compatible with DSLRs and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The unit incorporates twin handles for a steady grip, center of gravity assurance and pitch balance, leaving no room for error. Powered by a lithium gyro motor, the ZeroGrav Gyro stabilizer controls pitch and roll/yaw through calibration of inertial measurement in tandem with the sensors, software parameters and application. The Flashpoint ZeroGrav 2-Axis Digital Gyro Stabilizer is now available to preorder exclusively from Adorama for the special price of $899 (regularly $1,199).
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of the Benro range of photo equipment, has announced two additions to the Benro Travel Tripods range. The Benro IT15 and IT25 Travel Tripod kits are lower cost additions to the range and are suitable for those who wish to travel light, while still achieving good stability for their cameras. They are manufactured from high-quality aluminium with magnesium alloy castings that are anodised and treated with high temperature anti-corrosion powder paint. These tripods are supplied with matching IH ball head, flip lock legs with rubber feet, and carry case. One of the legs is quickly removable, and when attached to the centre column is instantly converted to a full size monopod with ball head. The Benro IT15 costs £119.94, while the IT25 is available for £143.94.
X-Rite has partnered with Macphun to offer photographers two new product bundles. Available across Europe, the offers enable users to buy an X-Rite ColorMunki Smile and get Macphun Intensify for free, or purchase an X-Rite ColorMunki Display and pick up a gratis copy of Macphun Intensify Pro. To receive this offer customers must purchase the ColorMunki Smile or ColorMunki Display, and then register their unique product serial number online using the URL provided - this will then instantly make available an electronic download of the Macphun software for the customer. THe promotion runs until the end of October.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Case Logic's full range of camera bags and cases are currently on display at the IFA show in Berlin. The Reflexion line includes backpacks, slings and holsters designed for fashion-conscious photographers, whereas the Luminosity line targets "globetrotters and explorers," the company says. The Luminosity line features 13 different bag styles with a wide range of backpacks, messenger bags, slings and holsters.
Eizo has introduced the ColorEdge CS240, a 24.1-inch monitor for photographers and graphic design professionals. The ColorEdge CS240 features a wide-gamut IPS panel with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels and 99% Adobe RGB coverage. With this extended gamut, images shot in raw can be converted to Adobe RGB and images shot in Adobe RGB will be displayed in vibrant and lush colours, the company says. The Eizo ColorEdge CS240 comes equipped with DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI input terminals. With the DisplayPort input, the monitor offers 10-bit display (more than one billion colours simultaneously) from a 16-bit look-up table, which also makes hardware calibration possible. For users that require a wide variety of calibration functionality, Eizo bundles its proprietary ColorNavigator 6 software. Preset target values for photography, printing, and web design are included for users looking for a simple way to calibrate the monitor. Experienced users can set their own target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generate an ICC profile. ColorNavigator 6 offers several advanced functions such as measuring the white of the paper to be used for printing for better screen-to-print matching and profile validation for verifying calibration results. An ergonomic stand with 35° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode, and 130 mm height adjustment lets users place the screen in the optimal position. The Eizo ColorEdge CS240 is now shipping to retailers, and will be on display at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, in hall 4.1 stand I025 J030. Pricing to be confirmed.
Dell has announced the world's first Ultra HD 5K computer monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor is a 27-inch display which boasts 5120x2880 pixels for a resolution of 218ppi. " Dell PremierColor and the anti-smudge / anti-reflective edge-to-edge glass design provide true-to-life color accuracy and pristine picture quality for color-critical work," the company says. "It also delivers immersive acoustics with two 16W integrated Harman Kardon speakers." Other product highlights include an integrated memory card reader and 6 USB ports.The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor has a recommended retail price of $2,499.99 and will be available in 2014 Q4.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Toshiba have released its Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD. Combining the convenience and capacity of portable storage with the durability and performance of solid state drives, this pocket-sized SSD has integrated wireless functionality and a high-speed USB 3.0 port, allowing you to transfer your data seamlessly between up to eight devices at a time. Available in light gold, the Canvio AeroMobile has a storage capacity of 128GB, and comes with expanded memory via the built-in SD card slot - doubling as a backup solution for your holiday snaps, family videos and personal data. The Canvio AeroMobile wireless SSD offers up to 8 hours of continuous play battery life, and will retail at £119.00.
At photokina 2014, Cosyspeed will present two new versions of its Camslinger 160 bag, which will be available from November for €99.99 / $119.00 each. Designed for mirrorless system cameras, the Camslinger bag adapts flexibly to the size of each individual camera setup. The new versions include the Camslinger 160 Paris Gray (pictured) and the all-black Camslinger 160 Street Editon, both of which will be on display at the Cosyspeed booth at photokina (hall 4.1, stand C026).
Think Tank Photo has just added a new accent colour, heathered gray, to its Mirrorless Mover photo bag collection. Four sizes of bags offer a wide choice to consumers; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one mirrorless camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which will accommodate a camera, lenses, accessories and a tablet computer. “Unlike many other bags in this class, our Mirrorless Mover collection does not cut corners in materials or craftsmanship,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s president and lead designer. “We utilise metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated, expensive camera systems." For more information, visit the website below.
Lexar today announced the new 128GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 633x (95MB per second). “Whether it’s on a sports camera, aerial camera, tablet or smartphone, more video is being captured than ever before,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “With the new Lexar 128GB microSDXC UHS-I card, users can continue to capture and store high-quality content, without having to worry about changing cards or running out of space.” The 128GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader and will be available for purchase in October 2014 with an MSRP of £87.99.
The Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile is a new flash drive featuring both micro-USB and USB 3.0 connectors. Offering read speeds of up to 120MB/s, the drive sports a thumb slide design to retract both connectors and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. “Smartphones and tablets have made it easier for consumers to access their music, videos, and other files anytime, anywhere. But in the past, access required either a Wi-Fi connection or data usage,” said Aaron Lee, director of USB product marketing, Lexar. “The new JumpDrive M20 Mobile USB 3.0 flash drive lets consumers not only quickly retrieve, but share and transfer digital files on the go and between devices – all without searching for a hotspot, using data, or plugging in.” The Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile will be available in October 2014 with MSRPs of £25.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), and £79.99 (64GB).
Lexar have introduced the Lexar Professional Workflow UR1, a new a three-slot microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I USB 3.0 memory card reader. “The video files that sports camcorders and aerial cameras capture are typically extremely large, and it can take a significant amount of time for users to offload content once shooting is complete,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “This new three-slot reader cuts down the waiting time, letting users automate the process of transferring files through concurrent downloads and ultimately view, edit, and share their content much faster.” The new Lexar Professional Workflow UR1 reader has an MSRP of £29.99 and will be available in October.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wacom’s new Intuos Creative Stylus 2 comes with a fine solid tip for increased visibility and intricate detail for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. Offering 2,048 pressure sensitivity levels, the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 also features Bluetooth 4.0 that connects the stylus to iPads and Wacom’s Cloud services. Available in black and grey, this design tool also boasts an ergonomic shape that makes it is particularly comfortable to use even after numerous hours. Additionally, artists can save time with the two conveniently located shortcut buttons located on the barrel of the pen. A protective carry case holds the stylus, USB charging cable and replacement nibs. Designed for the iPad 3, iPad 4, mini and Air, the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is compatible with creative apps including Wacom’s Bamboo Paper, SketchBook Pro for iPad (by Autodesk), ArtRage (by Ambient Design), ProCreate (by Savage Interactive) and more. The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is priced at £64.99.
Wacom's third-generation Bamboo Stylus features a new carbon-fibre covered rubber tip to facilitate writing and navigating on a (capacitive) touchscreen. Users can choose from six trendy colours: silver and grey for the traditionalists and shiny blue, bright green, sunny orange and pink for the “fashionistas”. Available in Wacom´s eStore and various retailers as of today, the Bamboo Stylus duo is priced at UK: £24.99, the Bamboo Stylus solo at UK: £16.99.
Wacom today announced a smart stylus with new ‘thin tip’ technology that makes navigating, writing, sketching and sharing on an iPad feel effortless. The Bamboo Stylus Fineline's features also include pressure sensitivity and palm rejection for increased precision and a more fluid action. With its 1,024 pressure levels, it reacts to the pressure being applied by the user, resulting in lighter or stronger strokes accordingly. In addition, the palm rejection feature instantly knows the difference between a hand or the stylus, meaning a user’s hand can comfortably rest on the screen while using the pen. The battery, required to establish Bluetooth connection, lasts approximately 26 hours but can be easily recharged via USB.Bamboo Stylus fineline will be showcased on the Wacom booth (hall 12, stand 104) at IFA 2014 in Berlin from 5th to 10th September. From today, it will be available to purchase on the Wacom eStore as well as various retailers across Europe. Bamboo Stylus fineline is priced at £49.99.
Olloclip has introduced 4-in-1 photo lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4. Each of these quick-connect conversion lenses offers fisheye, wide-angle, and two macro optics in a single package. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses adjacent to each other, selecting a lens is as simple as shifting the desired lens over the device’s camera. The macro lenses are cleverly revealed by unscrewing either the fisheye or wide-angle lens. The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens retails for £59.99.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
WD today unveiled My Passport Wireless, an easy-to-use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet or other device. The portable wireless drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance so that users can access and transfer files quickly, as well as stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby. The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available for advance order online at the wdstore.com and will be available at select US retailers later in September. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.
Benro today launched its Aero 2 and Aero 4 travel-friendly video tripods. Designed for those who are tired of checking their tripod at the airport, or sick of carrying a heavy tripod up a mountain, and of course for the filmmaker on the go no matter where the destination, these compact video tripods utilise reverse folding legs, making them small enough to fit inside of a backpack, rolling case or carry on. Each kit includes a removable flat base fluid effect video head with both pan (left to right) and tilt (up & down) controls for smooth and precise camera movements. Both Aero tripods feature secure quick flip leg lock levers, independent leg angle adjustments allowing easy set-up on uneven ground, a weight hook to secure your tripod in the windiest of conditions and convertible rubber/spiked feet to secure your tripod to any surface. The Aero 4 model additionally includes a 501PL compatible QR6 plate. Suggested retail price for the Benro Aero 2 is $199, whilst the Aero 4 costs $259.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Tiffen's new Domke Next Generation camera bag line, which was introduced at CES 2014, is now available in the USA. The new range includes the Journalist Series ($269.95 - $349.95), the Adventurer Series ($159.95), the Metropolitan Series ($229.95 - $379.95) and Viewfinder Series ($249.95 - $289.95). Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colours. Shooters can customise their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets photographers organise bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators. For more information, including model dimensions and specs, materials, colors and pricing, visit the website below.
Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of Benro products, has announced a new Video Monopod Kit. This new Benro Video Monopod Kit is supplied complete with the S4 Head which has an ergonomic pan bar handle, while the folding 3-leg base ensures stable support for video gear. Supplied complete with a durable carrying case with strap for ease of transportation, the Benro Video Monopod Kit is available for £203.40.