Wednesday, August 19, 2015
UK photo accessory distributor Kenro has announced the upcoming launch of its own brand range of supports. The initial line-up consists of four tripod kits and one monopod kit, each of which is supplied with legs and head along with a bag to transport it all in. Out of the four tripod kits, three of them convert into monopods, while the fourth one boasts an ultra-compact design, ideal for the traveller with restricted luggage space. All five models come with a 6-year limited warranty. Retail pricing to be announced.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Broncolor have unveiled the new Broncolor Beautybox 65 light shaper. Billed as a portable alternative to the beauty dish, the Beautybox 65 includes a reversible gold/white centre counter reflector, providing two options for neutral colour, or a warming effect. Optional accessories include a translucent white counter reflector for more direct light, as well as a front diffusion screen and fabric grid to control light spread. The suggestted price is $296.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Fantasea have launched the Radiant 2500 and Radiant Pro 2500 video lights, which offer a variety of quality lighting options for enhancing colour and light in underwater videos and photographs. Featuring an ergonomic design and durable construction, these lights can be comfortably integrated into any underwater photo system. A battery power indicator light around the power switch enables easy monitoring of the battery power. Adjustable power output allows controlling the intensity of the beam in various compositions and diving conditions. The Radiant Pro 2500 ($500) makes use of 12 powerful LEDs, which provide an ultra bright, wide and even beam. The light offers a variety of operation modes, which make the light suitable to light a wide range of classic and creative compositions. Operation modes include wide angle white light (120 degrees), narrow angle white light (15 degrees), red light, UV and blue light and two flashing modes. The Radiant 2500 ($390) makes use of 6 light emitting diodes, which provide an ultra bright, even and wide output. A wide beam angle of 120 degrees makes the light suitable for lighting a wide range of compositions. Both models are depth rated to 100 metres / 330 feet.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Gitzo have announced a completely new range of Center Ball Heads. Dedicated to pros and advanced amateur photographers, the new Gitzo Center Ball Heads have been developed to be the ideal complements to Gitzo’s top-of-the-range tripods. Available in three sizes, the new ball heads are coated with tungsten disulphide, which provides comfortable friction onto the ball, meaning it can be locked with minimal effort while avoiding unwanted deforming or drifting. All three models feature an independent pan lock, making it possible to take panoramic photos or make horizontal adjustments for perfect framing. The quick-release plate is locked with a screw-knob, which makes the system compact, light, and intuitive, while being flexible to accept most Arca-Swiss style plates. Prices start from £264.95.
Gitzo have unveiled their new Traveler Tripod range featuring state of the art “Carbon eXact” tubes. Stiffer than the antecedents’ Carbon 6X tubes, the new tubes include High Modulus carbon fibre, and have larger tube diameters. The new tripods also boast a new, compact leg lock system called Traveler G-lock. The new, curved external form provides good grip, whilst the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit entering the locks. The new range includes six tripods (priced from £559.95) plus a monopod (£239.95). Click through / read on for the details.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic have announced plans to launch the "most revolutionary lighting control system ever." The integration of select existing technologies as well as the joint development of new ones from this global alliance carries the promise of creating a creative lighting toolkit allowing photographers to dramatically expand their repertoire. Currently, Phottix and Elinchrom design engineers are collaborating on enhanced features for the next generation of the Skyport transmitter, which will include hyper-sync functionality. Additionally, photographers using the Phottix Indra 360 TTL (pictured) or Indra 500 TTL lighting systems will soon have the ability to use the broad range of Elinchrom light-shapers. Sekonic is collaborating with both Phottix and Elinchrom to finalise two new 478-series LiteMaster Pro flash meters; one for Elinchrom featuring in-meter power control and one for Phottix that allows for triggering of groups from the meter.
EIZO USA have announces the new ColorEdge CS270/CS240 Professional Photo Kit – an all-in-one colour-managed display solution package for photo professionals. The kit consists of an EIZO EX2 photometer, a copy of EIZO's ColorNavigator 6 software and either an EIZO ColorEdge CS270 or an EIZO ColorEdge CS240 monitor (pictured). It also includes a 20% discount coupon for Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan. EIZO USA will launch the Professional Photo Kit through authorised resellers and will begin shipping on 24 August 2015. The price of the kit is $964 for the 24" option and $1,214 for the 27" one.
Monday, August 10, 2015
EPI, a brand license partner for Philips Monitors, has revealed the new Philips Brilliance 27” monitor with PerfectKolor technology for professionals, with 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage. Boasting a high-qulaity 10-bit AHVA-IPS panel, the Philips Brilliance 27” monitor with PerfectKolor is pre- calibrated to render colours accurately and features 12-bit internal processing smooth, natural tonal transitions without colour banding. SmartUniformity metrics also allow the monitor to auto-adjust to compensate for fluctuations in brightness and colour, and deliver average luminance uniformity above 95%, which is vital for consistency in colour-critical applications such as photography. The display features a webcam, extra wide viewing angles, built-in stereo speakers, Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels), tilt-and-swivel flexibility and multiple connection ports including DisplayPort, HDMI and Dual-link DVI. Available now, the new Philips Brilliance 27” monitor with PerfectKolor technology (272P4APJKEB) carries a suggested retail price of $899.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Manfrotto has announced its new 290 collection, featuring a completely renewed range of tripods, kits and monopods. The Manfrotto 290 Xtra tripod (pictured) boasts a completely new style and 4 leg angle positions. Available in aluminium and carbon-fibre versions, the new 290 Xtra comes with a dedicated shoulder bag. The new 290 Dual bridges the 290 and 190/055 tripod ranges. Maintianing the sturdy construction of the 290 range, the Manfrotto 290 Dual also features an innovative 90° centre-column mechanism. This feature, alongside the 4 leg angle positions, enables ground-level shooting. The updated, more compact and lightweight 804 3-way head features new retractable levers with rubber handles. Last but not least, the new 290 collection includes an updated version of the Manfrotto 290 Monopod boasting new rubber legwarmers and an angled wrist strap, together with an upper disc with integrated ¼” and 3/8” attachment. Prices start from £49.95.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Toshiba today announced the development of the world’s first 16-die stacked NAND flash memory utilising Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology. Claimed to provide the ideal solution for low latency, high bandwidth and high IOPS/Watt in flash storage applications - including high-end enterprise SSDs -, this new flash memory achieves an I/O data rate of over 1Gbps. The prototype will be shown at Flash Memory Summit 2015, to be held from 11-13 August in Santa Clara.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Fotodiox has added five new bi-colour models to its innovative FlapJack LED Edgelight series. “The world of imaging is in constant flux, and it’s our goal to continually improve our ideas,” said Bohuš Blahut, filmmaker and marketing director for Fotodiox. “We’re particularly proud of the design of the FlapJack LED Edgelights, and when our customers told us they wanted these in bi-colour, we listened." A perfect solution for filling in shadows, giving glamour portraits a beautiful glow or expertly lighting run-and-gun video shoots, the five newest models of bi-color FlapJack LED Edgelights have a fully adjustable color temperature between 3200K and 5500K. Each model of single-colour and bi-colour FlapJack LED Edgelight comes complete with a lithium-ion battery, battery charger, AC adapter, car adapter and mounting ballhead – all in a fitted case with a handle. Prices start at $179.95.
DJI today released their most affordable video drone to date - the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. Designed specifically for first-time pilots, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard includes intelligent flight functions that make cinematic shots easy to capture. Using a standard Wi-Fi connection, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard allows pilots to see what their camera sees in near real time in HD, capture photos, start / stop record for video and adjust camera settings all from the updated DJI Go app. With a newly designed and integrated camera, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard records up to 2.7k HD video at 30fps using a 94-degree distortion-free lens. The camera also shoots still images at 12 megapixels in both DNG raw and JPEG formats. The remote controller (also pictured above) is an updated version of DJI’s previous Phantom 2 Vision+ controller, with an integrated Wi-Fi range extender and wheel to angle the camera. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is immediately available for purchase at £649 / €919 / $799.
OGIO will showcase and launch its newly designed collection of action camera bags at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015. The new range includes the Hogo, Backstage and Access, three varieties "carefully designed to offer the utmost in protection, comfort and organisation." The Hogo ($40) is a soft case with top charger storage area, front e-reader pocket, and zip stash pocket; fitting up to three cameras. The Baclstage ($200) is a larger bag with front padded easy access pockets to store camera, remote or housings, dual side pockets with compressions traps, tablet/hydration ready main compartment, ventilated air mesh back panel and adjustable yoke shoulder harness. The Access ($90) is a mid-sized adventure backpack with multiple storage compartments, an additional adjustable and removable storage compartment, laptop sleeve with dual zippered pockets, a ventilated air mesh back panel and a zip stash pocket. All three models are available now thorugh the website below.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Think Tank Photo have announced four new Roller Flair customisation kits that enable owners of Think Tank rollers to outfit their wheels, ties, and handle wraps in one of four colours: blue, green, orange and red. Each Roller Flair kit includes two wheels; 10 Easy Grip Zipper Pulls; one padded Handle Wrap; and an Installation Guide. Think Tank Photo's Roller Flair kits are available for $35 each.
To celebrate the launch of a new "mystery monitor," Colour Confidence is inviting professional photographers to register their interest for the chance to win the mystery monitor on launch day along with an X-Rite i1Display Pro. The company has not yet revealed the make and model of the monitor but say the 27” display features an "impressively wide-gamut" IPS panel and reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. The winner of the mystery monitor competition will be announced on 1st September when the monitor officially launches.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Metabones and Caldwell Photographic have launched a new Speed Booster ULTRA series of "focal lens reducing" adapters designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Like the original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2013, the Speed Booster ULTRA m43 has a magnification of 0.71x, and so it effectively reduces the crop factor of mirrorless Micro Four Thirds mount cameras from 2.0x to 1.4x, and is almost perfectly corrected for use with all 35mm full-frame SLR lenses. The Speed Booster ULTRA for Micro Four Thirds is available for $649 (Canon EF mount) and $479 (Nikon F mount) plus shipping and applicable taxes and duties).
Samsung have announced the industry’s first 1μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel CMOS sensor designed for use in mobile devices. The S5K3P3 imager takes advantage of Samsung’s ISOCELL technology to deliver image quality that is on a par with sensors featuring slightly larger, 1.2μm photosites. The new sensor reduces the camera module’s overall height by 20 percent, offering designers the ability to develop thinner-than-ever smartphones and tablets. Samsung’s new S5K3P3 image sensor is available today to original equipment manufacturers.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
BenQ has partnered with Adobe to launch a new promotion for creative professionals. Those purchasing a new BenQ 24” PG2401PT colour critical monitor can now get a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography (worth £102). The Creative Cloud Photography plan combines the creative power of Adobe Photoshop CC with the management and enhancement tools within Adobe Lightroom CC. This new BenQ / Adobe offer is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Colour Confidence in the UK, Poland, France, the Nordics and Spain.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Fantasea have announced an upcoming release of an underwater housing for the brand new Sony RX100 IV digital compact camera. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 IV housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction, ergonomic design and double O-ring protection. Free extras include a hand-strap, moisture detector and port cover. Also compatible with the Sony RX100 III, the Fantasea FRX100 IV underwater housing will be available from September 2015 at an estimated retail price of $500.
Metabones have issued a firmware upgrade for four of their Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds adapters. Applicable to the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster S Adapter (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BM2, pictured), the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster Adapter (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BM1), the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x Adapter (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BT4) and the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster XL 0.64x Adapter (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BT3), Firmware Version 1.7 enables auto focus on Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera bodies and fixes a couple of bugs.