Friday, December 4, 2015
Manfrotto have launched the LYKOS portable LED light with Surface Mounted Technology (SMT). Available in Daylight and BiColor versions (the latter of which offers the option to change colour temperature from warm white to cold white), the LYKOS is capable of an output of 1600lux.Thanks to the new generation SMT technology, the LYKOS lights ensure long LED life, energy efficiency, consistent colour reproduction and flicker-free functionality. An optional Bluetooth dongle permits remote control through a downloadable iPhone app. Prices start at £299.95 for the LED lights and £75.95 for the dongle.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Wacom today started shipping Wacom Colour Manager, the company’s new colour calibration solution designed for photographers. Offering specific performance advantages to users of Wacom’s highest colour performance displays - the Cintiq 27QHD line -, the new Colour Manager is also engineered to provide calibration to the rest of the Cintiq family as well as other LCD, LED and wide-gamut display technologies. The Wacom Colour Manager calibrator, the instrument that rests on the screen and reads colours, and the accompanying profiling software developed by X-Rite work together in either a basic or advanced mode. Basic mode calculates colour profiles for the user and requires no prior knowledge of colour calibration. Advanced mode gives users control over a variety of facets critical to colour balancing such as luminance, white point, contrast and gamma levels. Current Cintiq owners can purchase the Wacom Colour Manager, available now, from Wacom’s eStore for €229.90 / £199.99.
Monday, November 30, 2015
The D1 Drone Backpack is the first all-in-one carry system in Manfrotto's brand-new range of products designed to carry a quadcopter and its remote controls as well as a DSLR camera, laptop and tripod. Part of the Aviator Collection, the Drone backpack is dedicated to professional and advanced photographers and videographers looking for a solution to carry their flying cameras, mount them quickly and change location fast. The drone safely attaches onto the outside of the pack by simply opening the front zip, making it very easy to quickly get out or put away when necessary. The camera stays safely inside and the propellers fit outside the bag. The Manfrotto D1 Drone Backpack is available for £159.95.
Manfrotto have launched the new RedBee-210 photo backpack. Adding to the Pro Light collection, the RedBee-210 Backpack offers easy access to gear from both sides, back and top depending on the user’s preference. It can be used to access 2 cameras with lenses at the same time or to hold up to a 400 mm lens attached to the body. The bag’s interior features Manfrotto CPS (Camera Protection System), the fully padded and warranted protection solution boasting 3-D shock-absorbing foam that provides the highest levels of safety and resistance. Th Manfrotto Prolight RedBee-210 photo backpack is available for £139.95.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Barber Shop is a brand new collection of Italian leather bags and accessories for photographers, which includes five bags in various colours, plus a range of straps, memory card holders and leather organisers. Every single piece is handcrafted in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza) by skilled artisans. As the company points out, "every detail of Barber Shop products is designed and tailored to fit the needs of photographers, without giving up style, elegance and the uniqueness of a hand-crafted product." The bags and accessories are now available on the Barber Shop website.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
X-Rite's new ColorChecker Video and ColorChecker Passport Video calibration targets are now available in the US. These novel products reduce video editing time, improve colour balance control, make it easier to match multiple cameras and simplify editing for mixed lighting conditions. The pocket-sized X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video ($149) comes in a rugged hard case, and includes four different targets - a colour reference card, a white balance tool, a three-step greyscale target and a focus calibratio tool. The X-Rite ColorChecker Video ($129) offers a larger form factor and includes 2 series of greyscale patches, a range of skin tone patches, a series of saturated and desaturated chromatic colours, and a full-size white balance target on the reverse side.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Booq will be offering customers a 20% discount over the upcoming Black Friday weekend. From 27th - 30th November, customers can get 20% off using the code BOOQSALE at Booq Europe on Amazon. Booq products on promotion include the Booq Cobra Brief (priced at £220 – £176 with discount), the Booq Boa Shift backpack (£120 – £96 with discount, pictured) and the Booqpad for iPad Air 2 tablet case (£40 £32 with discount).
Monday, November 23, 2015
Transcend has expanded its memory card line-up with 64GB microSD wide-temperature solutions to meet the industrial-grade applications. Manufactured using high-quality MLC flash chips, Transcend industrial-grade microSD cards can operate effectively from -40°C to 85°C and provide transfer rates of up to 20 megabytes per second. Additionally, the cards feature built-in an Error Correction Code, and deliver peak performance under harsh environmental conditions. The industrial temperature microSD Class 10 cards are offered in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and carry Transcend's Two-year Limited Warranty.
Friday, November 20, 2015
BosStrap have added two new straps to their line of Sliding Sling Straps. Available in two widths, the BosStrap Sliding Sling Strap with a Side Release Tail uses a Side Release Buckle to release the camera from the diagonal strap, satisfying customers’ requests for a connector that can be operated with one hand. The 1-1/2” wide strap is designed for SLRs, while the narrower 1" strap is ideal for lighter cameras. The 1-1/2” BosStrap Sliding Sling Strap with Side Release Tail is $53.95, while the 1” version is $52.95. Both include free shipping.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Squadrone System has launched the first autonomous drone to the US market. The Hexo+ flight system can take off, follow and frame its user while filming with predetermined camera movements, and safely land. These processes are entirely automated and simply initiated with the HEXO+ smartphone application. This allows users to capture the moment hands-free, as no bulky remote control is needed. Compatible with most GoPro camera models, the HEXO+ has a maximum speed of 45 mph and an operating altitude of up to 16,000ft. “HEXO+ was built with outdoor adventurers in mind, allowing them to live in the moment and not behind a lens,” says professional snowboarder and HEXO+ cofounder Xavier de Le Rue. “It enables you to capture incredible footage of yourself — by yourself. As a snowboarder, this gives me unprecedented freedom to create and share footage without the expense and constraints of helicopters and a film crew.” HEXO+ is currently available to purchase for $1,349.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Nikon is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which "represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models," the company says. Further details including features,release date and suggested retail price will be communicated at a later time. Alongside the new flagship dSLR, Nikon is also developing a new top-of-the-line flashgun (the Nikon SB-5000) and a wireless transmitter (WT-6).
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
AOC have announced a new space-saving 23.6" UHD display with a 3,840x2,160-pixel PLS panel. Offering wide viewing angles of 178°/178°, the display exploits 100 % of the sRGB colour gamut and comes with HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 connection ports. The AOC U2477PWQ will be available later this month, priced at £289.
Schneider Kreuznach has appointed Klaus Stephan as the distributor of its Exakta branded lens accessories. The Exakta range currently includes UV filters, circular polarisers, fold-up lens hoods, lens caps as well as lens care products. The filters are designed by Schneider-Kreuznach and made with high-quality optical glass and a mount made of black anodised aluminium. Prices start at €24.95 for the UV filters, €59.95 for the polarisers and €7.95 for the lens hoods.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Leica Camera today introduced a collection of premium accessories called the '0.95 Collection'. As an homage to the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. – the world’s fastest aspherical lens – the name 0.95 represents Leica’s commitment to technical excellence. For the 0.95 Collection, Leica has partnered with S.T. Dupont, the French manufacturer of premium luggage and accessories, to create a series of elegant pens, a stylish gas lighter and a distinctive key ring pendant. Each product in the ‘S.T. Dupont for 0.95’ Collection is manufactured exclusively from the finest materials, and embellished with a hand-engraved ‘0.95’ logo. A limited edition of 95 of the special Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. lenses will also be released globally to celebrate the launch of the new 0.95 brand. The lenses are distinguished by their unique engraved, white-filled ‘0.95’ motif, denoting the maximum aperture, while all other engravings are highlighted in dark grey, blending discreetly into the matt-black anodised finish. Unique design features include distinctive knurling and gloss-finished elements on the lens barrel and front lens cap. The collection is available exclusively from selected Leica Stores
Monday, November 9, 2015
Pakpod, an "adventure-friendly" tripod that is lightweight, nimble and can attach to virtually any surface, has finished its Kickstarter campaign with $123,937 in funding - more than four times its original pledge goal of $27,000. Designed by a freediving filmmaker in Maine, Pakpod is a durable, waterproof, freezeproof tripod that weighs in at less than a pound and is notable for its patent-pending staking feet. Not only can Pakpod stake into and onto almost any surface, its independently swiveling legs and one-handed locking mechanism make it easy to mount on fences, trees, signposts, ceiling fans, car hoods, kayaks, rock walls, bicycles, hammocks and more. After hitting its goal more than 4 times over, the Maine-based company has announced that pre-orders for its tripods are now being accepted on the website below.
Apple's new iPad Pro will become available to order online on Wednesday, 11th November. Featuring a 12.9" Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the new tablet comes with a powerful new 64-bit A9X processor, while still offering up to 10 hours of battery life. An optional accessory called the Apple Pencil - also available from Wednesday -allows for extremely precise photo editing when used in tandem with the new Photoshop Fix app. Running on iOS9, the new iPad Pro features an 8-megapixel iSight camera, and can be paired with Apple’s new Smart Keyboard for increased productivity. The iPad Pro starts at £679/$799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and £899/$1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Inventor Thomas Larson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a highly portable stick-on macro lens for cell phones. Available in two versions, offering 4x and 8x magnification, the MPL Macro conversion lens comes in a convenient coin-sized case, and enables users to take compelling close-up shots with their smartphone's built-in camera. Compatible with nearly all phones and tablets, the universal MPL Macro lens attaches to your smart device without any adhesives. "This is a project I started as an undergrad two years ago, and have been able to finance solely through crowdfunding and direct sales (no investors or grants)," Thomas says. "I use the extra funds from crowdfunding and sales to work on less commercially viable mobile microscopes that I hope will have an impact on education and world health." Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Kickstarter page.
Kodak Alaris has introduced a canvas texture photographic paper which enables pro labs to produce luxurious prints with a canvas look and feel. Additionally, the new Kodak Professional Endura Premier Canvas Paper can also be used to create enlargements, photo gifts and a classic surface for books. The emulsion used for the canvas paper creates accurate and natural looking skin tones and increases the colour gamut for stronger, brighter and more vibrant colours including clean whites and rich blacks.“We continually strive to create new products in response to user demand. With the growing trend of wall art and photo books, we saw an opportunity to offer a canvas texture paper which combines the premium quality of silver halide paper, but looks like canvas,” said Lee Palmer, General Manager & Vice President Kodak Alaris Imaging-Consumer, EAMER. “Kodak Professional Endura Premier Canvas Paper has received a very positive response from a number of customers who are highlighting it as part of their new product catalogue.”
DJI have launched the DJI Manifold, a high-performance embedded computer designed specifically for photo/video drones. “With the Manifold, we are entering a new era of smarter, faster and more powerful aerial platforms. Manifold opens up for aerial and ground technology to intelligently work together to solve complex problems,” said Michael Perry, DJI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. “We are excited to see what applications our developer community will come up with for this new platform.” The Manifold runs on Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system and supports CUDA, OpenCV and ROS. With a Quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 Processor and an NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU, the Manifold provides powerful image processing and efficient parallel computing.Equipped with USB, Ethernet, HDMI and a variety of other connection ports, it enables the use of a wide range of sensors, monitors or interfaces. The Manifold is available globally for purchase from the Official DJI Online Store for GBP 409.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Manfrotto has announced the BeFree One, the most compact travel tripod in the BeFree range. Outfitted with an ultra-compact aluminium ball head and quick-release plate, the Manfrotto BeFree One features sturdy aluminium leg locks, a patented leg angle selector and foldable legs for easy transport. Offering a load capacity of 2.5kg, the 4-section BeFree One folds down to 32cm from a maximum height of 130cm. The tripod is available in three colours, priced at £124.95 including a padded shoulder bag.