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.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sekonic has announced a $50 US-only instant rebate for consumers of the touchscreen-operated Litemaster Pro L-478 series light meters. Qualifying purchases include the Litemaster Pro L-478D and the Litemaster Pro L-478DR - either alone or bundled with an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card. These meters are designed for digital still photographers working with remote flash set ups. The L-478DR model even incorporates PocketWizard wireless radio technology for in-meter power control of Canon and Nikon Speedlights on a PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver. The $50 Instant Rebate will be awarded to eligible consumers at the time of purchase.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Emerson Roberts, the newly-appointed MD at Bowens International has pledged to invest heavily in new product development and expand the photo-lighting equipment manufacturer’s global market share. Since his official appointment two months ago Roberts has already implemented an exclusive distribution deal with the MAC Group in the USA. Now he plans a 2014 launch of a brand new range of highly advanced ‘radio-tech’ monoblocs and promises to expand the company's research & development team in the UK.
Olympus has launched a new promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Offering a free VF-4 electronic viewfinder with every E-P5 14-42mm kit or E-P5 body purchased, the promotion runs from today until 5th January. Customers will have until 2 February 2014 to claim their free VF-4. To learn more, read the terms and conditions of the promotion.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Display specialist AOC has launched three new 61 cm (24″) monitors with an aspect ratio of 16:10. Coming in a classy texturised black finish and different equipment variants, the 60 series models from the AOC Professional Line deliver a WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200. The AOC i2460Pxqu is based on a top-notch eIPS (In-Plane Switching) panel, with 178° viewing angles and a brightness of up to 300 cd/m². In addition to D-Sub and DVI-D, the i2460Pxqu features an HDCP-compatible HDMI socket as well as a DisplayPort. The AOC e2460Pxda and e2460Sxda each utilise an LED-backlit TN panel,a luminosity of 250 cd/m² and a static contrast of 1000:1. Both analogue and digital video signals can be received via D-Sub and DVI-D. In addition, the e2460Pxda offers full ergonomic flexibility, allowing users to adjust the panel height by 130 mm as well as to tilt and swivel the monitor.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Voigtländer has unveiled a new adapter, which allows M-mount lenses to be attached to Sony E-mount bodies and reduces the lenses' minimum focus distance courtesy of a 4mm helicoid extension. Weighing in at 125g, the new Voigtländer adapter has a diameter of 62.7mm and a 24x36mm frame coverage, making it fully compatible with the full-frame Sony Alpha A7 and A7R cameras..The company has also published a handy table showing the change in focusing range across a number of Voigtländer and Zeiss lenses. The adapter will go on sale in December.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Epson has announced the newest addition to its portfolio of Signature Worthy media. The new Epson Exhibition Watercolor Paper Textured is designed to deliver a distinctive feel along with rich blacks, a wide colour gamut and smooth tonal gradations. In addition to the 22 Mil caliper and 310 gsm, Exhibition Watercolor Paper is 100 percent cotton fibre and acid, lignin and OBA-free. The paper will be available in November through Epson Authorised Resellers in roll widths of 17, 24 and 44-inches, and 8.5” x 11”, 13” x 19” and 17” x 22” cut sheets. Click through / scroll down for prices.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Canon has launched a new cashback promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The offer gives you a chance to receive up to £70 cashback on your purchases, plus an extra £35 bonus if you ‘Mix and Match’ by buying two promotional products at the same time. The offer runs until 26.January 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers excluding grey/parallel imports. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of eligible products.
The Nissin Di600 is a successor to the well-established Nissin Di622 Mark II flash gun. The new model has a similar feature set to its predecessor, but at a better price point. Powered by four AA batteries, the flash has a zooming tilt-swivel head, and the guide number is 44 in metres (at ISO100/21°) at the 105mm setting. A 16mm wide-angle diffuser is built in together with a fill-in reflector. The new gun is available now in Canon and Nikon fit, with Sony fit available in November. The suggested retail price is £145.50.
MindShift Gear has announced that in January 2014 it will release the world’s first rotating day hiker backpack, the rotation180° Panorama. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, GoPRos, maps, iPads, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking. Available for sale separately will be accessories that enhance the backpack’s functionality. These include the Lens Switch Case that attaches to the beltpack, the Tripod Suspension Kit, the Panorama Photo Insert for extra carrying capacity for photo gear, and the Panorama Raincover specifically tailored to function with the rotation 180 technology.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
EIZO and Magnum Photos have announced a global collaboration to establish a programme in which 14 ambassadors from Magnum will integrate EIZO’s ColorEdge monitors into their colour management workflow and provide EIZO with objective feedback on their experiences. The line-up of ambassadors includes Carl De Keyzer, Elliot Erwitt, Jim Goldberg, Paul Hayward, Alex Majoli, Enrico Mochi, Matt Murphy, Trent Parke, Martin Parr, Paulo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Jonathan Roquemore, Alec Soth and Donovan Wylie.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Apple has unveiled its newest - cylindrical-shaped - Mac Pro, which features the latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory, four USB 3.0 and six Thunderbolt 2.0 ports, and the ability to connect up to three 4K Ultra HD displays. The new Mac Pro is thus geared toward professional photographers and videographers, and optimised for the company's high-end imaging apps including Final Cut Pro X and Aperture. Configurations start at $2,999, with availability slated for December.
Weighing in at just one pound, the 9.8-inch Apple iPad Air is the lightest full-size iPad to date. It's also 20% thinner than the fourth-generation iPad, and comes with the same Apple A7 chip as the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 as standard. Otherwise it's very much the same as the previous model, with a 264ppi screen and a 5-megapixel camera on board. Pricing for the Wi-Fi only model starts at $499 for the 16GB variant. The Wi-Fi + cellular model has SRPs starting at $629 (again for the 16GB version). Both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + cellular configurations will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities as well, starting 1 November 2013.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Apple today announced the iPad mini with Retina display, which 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. Unsurprisingly, the device comes with iOS 7 on board. Pricing for the Wi-Fi only model starts at $399 for the 16GB variant, with the 128GB version costing $699. The Wi-Fi+cellular models will cost from $529 to $829, depending on capacity.
Giotto’s has unveiled four new special-edition Christmas kits including aluminium and carbon-fibre models. The four kits include the Giotto’s GT9223-5011N Aluminium Kit (£89), the Giotto’s GT8223-5011N Carbon Fibre Kit (£119), the Giotto’s YTL9254-5011N Aluminium Kit (£129) and the Giotto’s YTL8254-5011N Carbon Fibre Kit (£199). The GT kits will be available from independent retailers nationwide, while the YTL Kits will be sold through Jessops, Wex & Park Cameras. All kits will be available from 1st November.
Nokia has unveiled its first Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520. Offering a vivid 10.1-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 218ppi, which is designed to provide great outdoor and indoor readability, the Nokia Lumia 2520 sports a 6.7-megapixel onboard camera with a 1/3.4-type sensor and a Zeiss branded 26mm (eq.) f/1.9 lens. The tablet runs on Windows RT 8.1, and features both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi as well as USB 3.0 connectivity. Additionally, the Lumia 2520 includes Nokia Storyteller, a Nokia developed application that introduces a new way to curate and relive images and videos as a story on a map, as well as Nokia Video Director. The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available in red and white in a glossy finish as well as cyan and black in a matte finish, and is expected to start shipping in Q4 2013 with an estimated price of $499 before subsidies. The separately sold Nokia Power Keyboard will be available alongside the Lumia 2520 for $149.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Kenko Tokina USA has announced the new Hoya PROND line of neutral density filters with ACCU-ND technology. This technology yields a truly neutral colour balance that will not add any noticeable colour cast to your images. Now you can set your white balance once and have the same colour balance even if you need to change filters due to changes in lighting, or for creative effect. The series provides 9 filters from 2-stop to 10-stop light reduction.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Benro has launched its new S6 Video Monopod, a 3-leg folding base monopod combined with Benro's S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity. This heavy duty S6 Video Monopod provides a 13.2 lb payload capacity as well as a 4-step counterbalance that is necessary when working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod. Equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8" thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters. The new Benro S6 Video Monopod is available now in both flip leg lock (A48FBS6) and twist leg lock (A48TBS6). Suggested retail price is $249.
Manfrotto has announced its latest professional bags collection for photographers. Comprising 16 camera bags in five styles, the new collection features a Camera Protection System (CPS), which provides protection where it is most needed – at the centre of the bag. This is usually where the camera body and the most valuable lens are stored but, in many traditional bag designs, is also the area most likely to be damaged if the bag is dropped or mishandled, because of all the surrounding gear (lenses, flashes, clamps, spare bodies) crushing the centre. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers at the centre of Professional bags which dampen shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact, thus providing the superior protection a photographer would expect. For more information about the Professional bags series, visit the website below.