Friday, November 15, 2013
Optrix has announced two new products dubbed CycleX and PhotoX. The CycleX is billed as the first and only iPhone bike mount to offer portrait and landscape views while mounting in line with the bars to lower wind resistance and increase visibility. The PhotoX is a brand new, entry-level iPhone photography system featuring two all-glass lenses, bringing affordable pricing to the existing line of rugged, waterproof cases from Optrix. For more information visit the website below.
Olympus UK are offering a £100 Accessory Cashback voucher to anyone purchasing an E-M1 body or kit from authorised dealers. The offer is valid on any Olympus accessory worth over £199.99, and runs until 15 January 2014. For details visit the website below.
Delkin's Fat Gecko Kaboom promises to provide its users with hundreds of new and unique ways to record video from perspectives that were "never before possible." This carbon-fibre action camera mount utilises interchangeable sections that snap together to make up five different mounts in one. The Fat Gecko Kaboom kit includes a Self-Portrait hand held extension, a High Angle Boom, a Vehicle Mount (which requires two separately sold Fat Gecko suction cup mounts), a Tripod Extender, and a Helmet Boom. "The most impressive of the five set ups has to be the Helmet Boom," says Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. "A regular helmet mount captures either whatever the user sees from a POV perspective, or a close-up shot of the user's face with minimal room left for anything else. Because the Kaboom puts the camera twenty or so inches off of the user's helmet, you're able to capture the entire body, the user's surroundings, and any obstacles or equipment that is involved in the activity." The complete kit is available at retailers worldwide for $129.99.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Western Digital has expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals. Featuring the category leading WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options ranging from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customise their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8TB, 12TB or 16TB model. MSRP is $379.99 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, $799.99 for 8TB, $949.99 for 12TB and $1,149.99 for 16TB.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Apple's new iPad mini with Retina display is now available fot purchase in the UK. This new tablet offers a 7.9" backlit IPS panel with 2048x1536 pixels for a resolution of 326ppi. The built-in "iSight" camera module has a 5-megapixel sensor and a five-element lens with an aperture of f/2.4. In addition to capturing 5-megapixel stills, the iPad mini with Retina display can also record Full HD videos.iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of £319 for the 16GB model, £399 for the 32GB model, £479 for the 64GB model and £559 for the 128GB model. Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of £419 for the 16GB model, £499 for the 32GB model, £579 for the 64GB model and £659 for the 128GB model.
Kenro, the UK and Ireland Distributor of Benro products has launched a new range of Cool Walker Messenger Bags. The bags open quickly allowing rapid access to photo gear and small pockets at the front of the bag are great for the easy retrieval of mobile phones, wallets and other small accessories. The front and back pockets are large enough to store books, papers or magazines and the centre storage compartment is removable, allowing the bag to be used as a regular shoulder bag if required. This series comes in two variations, the M100N with a price of £82.20 and the M200N costing £88.68.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Epson has announced its first Japanese-inspired media, Japanese Kozo Paper Thin. Fabien Nicol, product manager, Epson Europe, says: “The introduction of Epson’s Kozo paper comes at a time when designers and artists are increasingly looking to use fresh and alternative media in conjunction with technology to create original and stunning pieces of fine art. Our Kozo paper fulfils this requirement by being printer-friendly while combining the appeal of light weight, strength, translucence and deep colour saturation.” Part of Epson's SignatureWorthy range of media, the Japanese Kozo Paper Thin is a lightweight and translucent 34gsm paper designed to perform with UltraChrome HDR and UltraChrome K3 inks. The Kozo paper will be available from 7 December 2013, priced from £66 per 10m roll.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Elgato today announced Thunderbolt Drive+, a fast and ultra-portable storage solution for Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. By combining server-grade Plextor SSD technology, bus-powered operation, and a solid metal enclosure, Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ is available immediately for £429.95 (256 GB) and £759.95 (512 GB).
Zeiss is to supply aerial specialist Heliguy with cinemizer OLED head-mounted displays for their professional aerial photography platform, Ikarus. The Ikarus Heavy Lift octocopter system was designed to carry the weight of professional movie cameras for over 15 minutes. Lighter payloads, such as stills cameras can remain airborne for as long as 30 minutes. The cinemizer OLED acts as a remote viewfinder, using a wireless video link from the octocopter. Using remote controlled aerial platforms like Ikarus is far cheaper, and quieter than using helicopters to get aerial shots, so the system is ideal for wildlife photography, Zeiss says.
Kenro has launched the full range of the new Marumi UV Haze Filters to the UK market. Specifically designed to reduce haze, these filters have been created to block ultraviolet rays. There are sixteen sizes available ranging between 37mm and 95mm, priced from £11.88 to £105.36.
LockCircle has introduced a new family of PrimeCircle professional filters to offer to filmmakers, videographers and photographers
a complete line of cost-effective 4 X 4" and 4 X 5,65" filters. Diamond cut from German Ultra-White optical glass, PrimeCircle professional filters are available now in a full range of Technical, Diffusion and ND Grad filters.
Kenro has announced the immediate availability of a new range of 'holding devices' for tablets and smartphones, made by Reflecta. There are eight sizes available in the new Reflecta Tabula Range that hold devices in 7-11" sizes. Devices can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, and some models allow you to swivel the unit once mounted. "It's important to be able to view tablets and smartphones at the proper angle when used on a desk.... balancing them on a stapler or hole punch is not the best solution," says Kenro MD Paul Kench. "These new Reflecta Tabula holders not only look great, they are extremely functional." Suggested retail prices range from £3.54 incl VAT to £65.64 incl VAT.
Epson has extended its SignatureWorthy range to include its brightest canvas media with a cool tint. The Exhibition Canvas Natural Satin has been designed for displaying high-end works such as portrait photography and fine art. The company claims that because it is not using any optical brightener agent, the yellowing effect over time is minimised. The Exhibition Natural Satin Canvas is priced from £80.07 per 12.2m roll and will be available in 2014 in widths of 17", 24" and 44".
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Profoto B1 is a 500Ws cordless off-camera flash, offering TTL metering with Canon and Nikon cameras, in connection with a hotshoe-mounted Air Remote TTL unit. The remote is sold separately, so that photographers may choose the right remote for their camera. The Air Remote TTL-C for Canon cameras with E-TTL II support is launched together with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon cameras with i-TTL support will be available in 2014. The 500Ws light output is enough to overpower the sun on a sunny day, or to light larger sets or groups of people. The light output can be controlled in 1/10 f-stop steps over the entire 9 f-stop power range. The B1 is also equipped with a high-efficient LED modeling light, powerful enough to be used as a portable video light.
Motion Source Video Production has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new shoulder rig they have developed. Designed by a team of filmmakers who had the goal to develop a camera shoulder rig that any amateur filmmaker can afford, the Motion Source Shoulder Rig has numerous features and can easily compete with, and even outpreform, the more expensive rigs currently on the market, the inventors say. With a donation of $29, Motion Source will hand deliver a shoulder rig to a college student studying film at a local Chicago school. This campaign will also allow customers to preorder the shoulder rig for less than retail cost.
Wacom has announced a partnership with Square Group to open its first Experience Centre sales outlet in the UK. Launching on Thursday 7th November, the shop will have the full range of Wacom products on display including the recently launched Cintiq Companion creative tablets, as well as the new line-up of Intuos pen tablets. In addition, a brand ambassador will be available for customer queries at all times including Saturdays. For more information, call the store on 01494 492 000.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
G-Technology today announced two new portable external storage solutions. The G-Drive slim and G-Drive mobile are now available with 7,200 RPM hard disk drives.Designed for the Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the G-Drive slim (£69.95) features the industry’s only 7mm z-height, 7,200 RPM, hard drive – the Travelstar Z7K500 – as well as a high-performance USB 3.0 interface. Its slender, lightweight aluminium case packs up to 500GB of storage for photos, videos, music and more. The G-Drive mobile (£105.00, pictured) offers a USB 3.0 interface and a 1TB, 7,200 RPM HGST Travelstar7K1000 mobile hard drive.
Kenro has announced the availability of a new range of Braun digital photo frames. The high-quality series of nine variations of the Braun Digi Frame are available with LCD or LED screens, with some also featuring LED Backlight Technology.All models support USB memory sticks and a variety of memory cards and most also include built in memory, ranging from 256MB to 4GB. Screen sizes range from 7 and 15 inches, with prices starting at £49.08.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Kenro, the UK and Ireland Distributor of Benro products has announced the availability of the new Ranger Pro Backpack range, designed specifically for nature and sports photographers. The backpacks' upper compartment is larger than the lower compartment; allowing better ventilation and reduced pressure on the photographer. Front, upper, lower and side openings facilitate quick retrieval and storage of equipment. The Ranger Pro Backpacks are available in three different variations, 400N, 500N and 600N, with the capacity to hold up to two SLR cameras, 6-8 lenses, 2 flash units and one 17 inch laptop. Prices start from £129.90 - £149.94.
Induro has launched the PHD3 Multi-Axis Panhead, a new product which offers photographers the convenience and speed of a ballhead with the precise control of a panhead. An independent locking knob controls 360° rotation on a panning base with graduated scale, and a top mounted quick-release system can be rotated 90° to match the orientation of virtually any Arca-Swiss style compatible camera, lens and accessory plate.Suggested retail price for the new PHD3 Multi-Axis Panhead is $385.