Category: Accessories

Monday, April 24, 2017

DJI Ronin 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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DJI have introduced their Ronin 2 three-axis camera stabiliser. Based on DJI’s transformative gimbal technology, Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile to be used in every situation, and has more intelligent features than its predecessor. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to handle payloads up to 13.5kg. Aided by onboard GPS, the powerful encoded motors let Ronin 2 travel at speeds of up to 75 mph while delivering the same 0.02 degrees of sub-pixel level precision that Ronin users have come to expect. New axis locking levers and fine tuning knobs deliver faster and more precise balancing, while the Auto Tune Stability feature intelligently adjusts motor parameters for optimal use in seconds. A new integrated touch screen with 1,000 nits of brightness lets professionals directly configure the gimbal settings for on-the-fly adjustments and for full control of mounted RED cameras.Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017. Pricing will be announced prior to availability.

DJI have introduced their Ronin 2 three-axis camera stabiliser. Based on DJI’s transformative gimbal technology, Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile to be used in every situation, and has more intelligent features than its predecessor. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to...

Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF

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Light & Motion today unveiled their new Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF single-point LED lights. Adding complete wireless control to their list of features; these extremely portable, weatherproof and rugged 5600K continuous lights can be set up practically anywhere, with no need for DMX controllers or external wireless RF modules. Leveraging a new new technology partnership with Elinchrom, Light & Motion has incorporated the Elinchrom ‘Skyport Protocol’ into these two new Stella Pro RF units. With this protocol, the RF Control for Stella provides users with 20 channels, 4 separate groups, and the ability to turn the unit on and control its power from 0 to 100%. In addition, it is also capable of controlling up to 20 lights at a range of up to 656’/ 200m outdoors and 197’/ 60m indoors. This shared technology also potentially allows the Stella RF lights to be controlled by the new Speedmaster L858D-U with the Elinchrom/Phottix module and the Litemaster Pro L-478D-U-EL. The Stella Pro RF units will be available in June 2017. However, pre-sale is available beginning 4/24/2017 at StellaProLights.com and select participating specialty dealers across the United States.

Light & Motion today unveiled their new Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF single-point LED lights. Adding complete wireless control to their list of features; these extremely portable, weatherproof and rugged 5600K continuous lights can be set up practically anywhere, with no need for DMX controllers or external wireless...

Light & Motion and Elinchrom Announce New Lighting Collaboration

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a technical collaboration two years in the making. The synergetic relationship between the two companies is billed as "an exciting development for the ever-expanding world of on-the-go content creators requesting lighting solutions that are reliable, compact, and timesaving." The announcement of the Light & Motion and Elinchrom partnership comes with their first collaborative release of the Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF lights. These powerful, portable, and cord-free daylight balanced lights from Light & Motion now add complete wireless control thanks to the addition of the Skyport Protocol from Elinchrom. A new Elinchrom Skyport Remote Control for Stella was also released to conveniently manage the lights’ settings from alongside the camera/monitor, in any environment.

Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a technical collaboration two years in the making. The synergetic relationship between the two companies is billed as "an exciting development for the ever-expanding world of on-the-go content creators requesting lighting solutions that are reliable, compact, and timesaving." The announcement of the Light ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PolarPro FiftyFifty HERO5 Dome and Katana Mavic Tray

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PolarPro has announced it will launch two new accessories for the action-bound cinematographer later this year. The PolarPro FiftyFifty HERO5 Dome ($49.99) is an accessory lens designed for the latest GoPro HERO5 action camera to enable split-level over/under images at the waterline, while the PolarPro Katana Mavic Tray ($49.99, pictured) allows owners of the popular DJI Mavic Pro to use the compact drone as a stabilised, hand-held shooting platform. PolarPro will first demonstrate the new accessories at the upcoming 2017 NAB Expo (April 24-27 in Las Vegas, NV).

PolarPro has announced it will launch two new accessories for the action-bound cinematographer later this year. The PolarPro FiftyFifty HERO5 Dome ($49.99) is an accessory lens designed for the latest GoPro HERO5 action camera to enable split-level over/under images at the waterline, while the PolarPro Katana Mavic Tray ($49.99, pictured) allows...

Manfrotto Nitrotech Fluid Video Head

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Manfrotto have launched the new Nitrotech Video Head - a revolutionary head that combines the most successful features of Manfrotto’s video heads with the company's unique-to-the-market Nitrogen piston mechanism that guarantees continuous counterbalance. The Nitrotech N8 (£449.95) - the first model in the Nitrotech range - securely supports a load up to 8 kg. The new head features a precise, continuous counterbalance system that effortlessly and safely holds and operates a wide array of video camera models in a variety of sizes. It also features a 3/8” Easy Link equipped with an anti-rotation function that enables an external monitor or other accessories to be fitted.

Manfrotto have launched the new Nitrotech Video Head - a revolutionary head that combines the most successful features of Manfrotto’s video heads with the company's unique-to-the-market Nitrogen piston mechanism that guarantees continuous counterbalance. The Nitrotech N8 (£449.95) - the first model in the Nitrotech range - securely...

Sennheiser MKE 2 Elements Microphone for GoPro HERO4

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The waterproof Sennheiser MKE-2 elements microphone has been designed specifically for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver action cameras. The MKE 2 elements is based on a professional Sennheiser microphone, with innovative features making it nearly immune to snow, wind, and water. It is even capable of recording under water. Its special windshield continues to reduce wind noise for clear sound when it gets wet, while an elastic suspension suppresses any structure-borne noise. Available from 24th April, the Sennheiser MKE 2 elements action microphone comes complete with a special windshield and a back cover for the GoPro HERO4 protective case, keeping the camera hermetically sealed.

The waterproof Sennheiser MKE-2 elements microphone has been designed specifically for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver action cameras. The MKE 2 elements is based on a professional Sennheiser microphone, with innovative features making it nearly immune to snow, wind, and water. It is even capable of recording under water....

LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

Today LaCie announced the next evolution of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. Now with Thunderbolt 3 technology, the LaCie 2big Dock delivers fast speeds and up to 20TB of storage, making it a powerhouse tool for photographers and videographers. More than storage, the LaCie 2big Dock is a powerful docking station that helps photographers and videographers simplify their workflows. Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow the pro to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a phone or connects a shuttle drive or digital camera to offload footage or files. Via DisplayPort, professionals can connect the LaCie 2big Dock to high-resolution 720-1080p or even 4K displays. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports can also power a compatible laptop while simultaneously daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt or one USB-C drive. Plus, the USB 3.1 port enables universal compatibility with USB-C and USB 3.0 computers via the included adapter cable. The new LaCie 2big Dock will be available in 12TB, 16TB or 20TB capacities through LaCie Resellers this summer. It will be showcased for the first time at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week.

Today LaCie announced the next evolution of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. Now with Thunderbolt 3 technology, the LaCie 2big Dock delivers fast speeds and up to 20TB of storage, making it a powerhouse tool for photographers and videographers. More than storage, the LaCie 2big Dock is a powerful...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spark Camera Remote

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Alpine Labs have launched the compact and adaptable Spark camera remote. Currently available at a pre-­sale discount on Kickstarter, Spark has three distinct shooting modes. It can be used as a quick infrared trigger from 30’ away, as a wired trigger via a camera’s trigger port, or as a more powerful app based camera controller (iOS & Android). “Spark adapts to whatever situation you are shooting in and the three control modes are what make that possible. Its kind of like the swiss army knife of triggers,” commented Greg Horváth, Alpine Labs CEO. With the ability to control a wide variety of DSLRs and compact system cameras, Spark opens the world of wireless camera control for users of Sony, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Pentax, Olympus, Canon, Nikon etc. bodies. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $59, but backers on Kickstarter can receive a Spark unit for $44.

Alpine Labs have launched the compact and adaptable Spark camera remote. Currently available at a pre-­sale discount on Kickstarter, Spark has three distinct shooting modes. It can be used as a quick infrared trigger from 30’ away, as a wired trigger via a camera’s trigger port,...

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced

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DJI has introduced a new addition to the Phantom family of drones. The new Phantom 4 Advanced model improves on the original Phantom 4, giving photographers a 1"-type, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter. The drone’s upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second. The more powerful video processing now supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. The Phantom 4 Advanced+ version offers a 5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated into the controller. In addition, creators can now do more with the Phantom 4 Advanced’s increased storage capacity using a 128GB microSD card and a flight time extended up to 30 minutes. The retail price of the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Advanced+ is 1,469 GBP (1,549 EUR) and 1,699 GBP (1,849), respectively. Availability is slated for 30th April.

DJI has introduced a new addition to the Phantom family of drones. The new Phantom 4 Advanced model improves on the original Phantom 4, giving photographers a 1"-type, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter. The drone’s upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second. The more...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Polaroid Expands Photo Studio Kit and Accessories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Polaroid today announced the expansion of their photo studio kit and accessory line-up. The Polaroid digital flash umbrella mount kit features two 6’ air-cushioned heavy-duty light stands made from molded aluminum. Each stand holds up to 15lbs with non-slip legs to prevent movement. To help soften, broaden or diminish light output, the kit’s two attachable umbrellas ship with white satin interiors and include a removable black cover. The two-shoe mount umbrella adapters fit most standard light stands. The corresponding cold shoe mounts hold most shoe mount flashes and provides smooth swivel capabilities that allow photographers to precisely aim lighting. Weighing in at 8.6lbs in total, each kit item collapses down to fit neatly into the deluxe case for light and easy transport. Photographers can purchase the Polaroid digital flash umbrella mount kit from Amazon for $69.99.

Polaroid today announced the expansion of their photo studio kit and accessory line-up. The Polaroid digital flash umbrella mount kit features two 6’ air-cushioned heavy-duty light stands made from molded aluminum. Each stand holds up to 15lbs with non-slip legs to prevent movement. To help soften, broaden or diminish...

G-Drive USB-C

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Western Digital today announced the expansion of its G-Technology brand G-Drive storage portfolio with the G-Drive USB-C device. Available in capacities up to 10TB, the G-Drive USB-C device is built to provide expansive capacity for storage of HD videos, photos, music, backups and more in a stylish extruded aluminium enclosure. The drive features the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface with USB-C connector, and also ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable for compatibility with traditional systems with a USB-A port. The produc will be available to purchase in the US this quarter, in 10TB, 8TB and 4TB capacities, with a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of $449.95, $349.95, and $199.95, respectively.

Western Digital today announced the expansion of its G-Technology brand G-Drive storage portfolio with the G-Drive USB-C device. Available in capacities up to 10TB, the G-Drive USB-C device is built to provide expansive capacity for storage of HD videos, photos, music, backups and more in a stylish extruded aluminium...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fantasea Line Now Taking Orders for FA6500 Housing

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Fantasea Line is now taking orders for the FA6500, a rugged and stylish underwater housing for the Sony A6500 and A6300 mirrorless cameras. Featuring an ergonomic design with access to all essential camera functions, the Fantasea FA6500 is depth rated to 60 metres / 200 feet, and offers double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal. The housing ships with a Moisture Detector and Alarm, a Hand Strap and a Body Cap. The estimated retail price of the Fantasea FA6500 housing is $980.

Fantasea Line is now taking orders for the FA6500, a rugged and stylish underwater housing for the Sony A6500 and A6300 mirrorless cameras. Featuring an ergonomic design with access to all essential camera functions, the Fantasea FA6500 is depth rated to 60 metres / 200 feet, and offers double O-ring protection for a...

Sony Publishes Medium-Format Sensor Roadmap

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Sony has updated its medium-format sensor roadmap. The company is planning to launch a 44x33mm, 100-megapixel back-illuminated sensor (IMX461), as well as a 55x41mm (645 format), 150-megapixel back-illuminated imager in both full-colour and monochromatic editions (IMX411) in 2018. THe roadmap also reveals that a monochromatic version of the existing front-illuminated, 100-megapixel IMX211 sensor - which lies at the heart of the Phase One XF 100 camera system - will be released later this year.

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Sony has updated its medium-format sensor roadmap. The company is planning to launch a 44x33mm, 100-megapixel back-illuminated sensor (IMX461), as well as a 55x41mm (645 format), 150-megapixel back-illuminated imager in both full-colour and monochromatic editions (IMX411) in 2018. THe roadmap also reveals that a monochromatic version of the existing front-illuminated, 10...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WD My Passport Portable SSD

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Western Digital today introduced its fastest WD branded portable drive yet, the My Passport SSD. Featuring speeds of up to 515 MB/s and award-winning design, the new My Passport SSD compliments the company’s leading portfolio of My Passport palm-sized storage devices. The new drive is designed for the latest generation of computers with a USB Type-C port  and is USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) ready with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and an adapter to use with the more traditional USB Type-A ports found on many computers. Built for PC and compatible with Mac, My Passport SSD offers peace-of-mind with 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection, and is also 6.5-foot drop tested for shock-resistance to withstand 1500G of force, to help keep precious data safe. The new drive is available in 1TB, 512GB and 256GB capacities priced at $399.99, $199.99 and $99.99, respectively.

Western Digital today introduced its fastest WD branded portable drive yet, the My Passport SSD. Featuring speeds of up to 515 MB/s and award-winning design, the new My Passport SSD compliments the company’s leading portfolio of My Passport palm-sized storage devices. The new drive is designed for the...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Elinchrom Deep Umbrellas

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Elinchrom’s collection of newly updated Deep Umbrellas replaces the venerated Varistar Umbrellas and combines innovative design with carefully selected, high-quality materials. Available in White, Silver and Translucent versions and two sizes (41” or 49”), Elinchrom Deep Umbrellas feature a unique shape that provides an even quality of light and offers total control over its spread; utilise 16 fibreglass rods to maintain a consistent circular shape, and include a portable umbrella sleeve. Pricing starts at $96.95 for the 41" Translucent model. In addition to these new umbrellas, Elinchrom has also introduced compatible diffusers and reflectors that add a second level of functionality for a fraction of the cost.

Elinchrom’s collection of newly updated Deep Umbrellas replaces the venerated Varistar Umbrellas and combines innovative design with carefully selected, high-quality materials. Available in White, Silver and Translucent versions and two sizes (41” or 49”), Elinchrom Deep Umbrellas feature a unique shape that provides an even quality of light...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster

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Sekonic today announced that their new L-858D-U Speedmaster Light Meter is now available for purchase. The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster is the first fully featured light meter to offer flash duration measurement from 1/40 to 1/55,500 sec at t0.1 through t0.9, which can be changed in 0.1 steps. Plus, with an additional 3-stops of light sensitivity for incident light, 2-stops of light sensitivity for reflected light, and an ability to capture a reading down to 0.1 lx of illuminance, accurately metering candle-lit scenes or getting the right measurement for long-exposure night photography is now a possibility. In addition, Sekonic have created a couple of hot-swappable radio control modules for the L-858D-U Speedmaster. With the PocketWizard module, photographers can easily trigger any PocketWizard wirelessly and control the power of their lights with any Control TL compatible unit. With the combined Elinchrom & Phottix module, Phottix users have Strato II and Ares II triggering capabilities, while Elinchrom users have access to wireless triggering and Skyport’s full range of power-control capabilities. The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster is available for $599; whilst the RT-EL/PX Elinchrom & Phottix Transmitter Module and the RT-20PW PocketWizard Transmitter Module retail for $159.95 each.

Sekonic today announced that their new L-858D-U Speedmaster Light Meter is now available for purchase. The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster is the first fully featured light meter to offer flash duration measurement from 1/40 to 1/55,500 sec at t0.1 through t0.9, which can be changed in 0.1 steps. Plus, with an additional ...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Nikon Announces 100th Anniversary Commemorative Models

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon today announced its range of commemorative models and goods to celebrate its 100th Anniversary on July 25, 2017. The Anniversary range, which features the 100th Anniversary logo and special finishes and details, includes Nikon’s two flagship digital SLR cameras - the D5 100th Anniversary Edition and the D500 100th Anniversary Edition -, a telephoto zoom lens - the Nikkor70-200E 100th Anniversary Edition -, a special set of three Nikkor lenses, and finally, commemorative editions of three binoculars. A special collection of commemorative goods will also be available, including the Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model I - a beautiful crystal reproduction of the first Nikon 35mm camera from 1948 -, the Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection, the Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera - a 1/2-scale model of Nikon's first flagship model - and the Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap. In addition to launching these products, Nikon has also set up a100th Anniversary website.

Nikon today announced its range of commemorative models and goods to celebrate its 100th Anniversary on July 25, 2017. The Anniversary range, which features the 100th Anniversary logo and special finishes and details, includes Nikon’s two flagship digital SLR cameras - the D5 100th Anniversary Edition and the ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fotodiox Pro Announce FACTOR Series of Bi-Colour LED Lighting

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Fotodiox Pro have announced the FACTOR series of high-output, bi-colour LED light panels. Designed for spot illumination, studio-style shoots and area lighting, the series contains nine models in various sizes and shapes that are built to use an assortment of creative, series-specific modifiers for shaping and directing the FACTOR lights’ soft beams. “At the core of the new FACTOR series is our Factorsoft technology,” says Bohus Blahut, marketing director for Fotodiox Pro. “Factorsoft refers to our unique use of LED chips, which are set deep in the body of each FACTOR light and produce a soft, beautiful beam with no hot spots and a single, clean shadow. We’ve also built the lights to have fully adjustable color temperature – anywhere from 5600 Daylight to 3200 Tungsten – without sacrificing their fantastic output.”

Fotodiox Pro have announced the FACTOR series of high-output, bi-colour LED light panels. Designed for spot illumination, studio-style shoots and area lighting, the series contains nine models in various sizes and shapes that are built to use an assortment of creative, series-specific modifiers for shaping and directing the FACTOR lights...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

B+W Filters Announce New ND Square Filters

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B+W Filters have launched a range of new ND Square Filters and XS Pro Screw-in Filters. Guaranteeing excellent image quality due to the finely ground, polished special glass that is used as the base, the new ND filters do not have any adverse effects on a correspondingly high-quality lens, the company says. Resistant to scratches, they will last significantly longer than plastic filters. The new B+W Square Filters are priced at £129.95. B+W have also announced the launch of the XS Pro screw-in ND filters, entry-level Exacta filters and GoPro Filter Holder Sets.

B+W Filters have launched a range of new ND Square Filters and XS Pro Screw-in Filters. Guaranteeing excellent image quality due to the finely ground, polished special glass that is used as the base, the new ND filters do not have any adverse effects on a correspondingly high-quality...

AOC U3277PWQU 4K UHD Monitor

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AOC have announced the availability of the U3277PWQU Ultra HD monitor. Featuring a 31.5” VA panel with 3840x2160 pixels, the AOC U3277PWQU comes equipped with VGA, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI-MHL and four USB ports, and offers both PiP (Picture-in-Picture) and a PbP (Picture-by-Picture) functionality. The display also comes with a 60 Hz refresh rate and a short response time. The AOC 32-inch 4K UHD Display has an MSRP of $699 and is now available on Amazon and B&H Photo Video for a special promotional price of $499.

AOC have announced the availability of the U3277PWQU Ultra HD monitor. Featuring a 31.5” VA panel with 3840x2160 pixels, the AOC U3277PWQU comes equipped with VGA, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI-MHL and four USB ports, and offers both PiP (Picture-in-Picture) and a PbP (Picture-by-Picture) functionality. The display also comes with...