Monday, March 21, 2016
Apple today introduced a 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro tablet featuring a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider colour gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode and True Tone display technology. “iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.” The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at £499 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and £599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version.
4V Design has introduced a range of hand-crafted Italian leather camera straps. The range includes six collections to fit most cameras from compacts to high end DSLRs. The ALA & ALA TOP neck straps have a unique pre-curved shape, which looks similar to a paraglider’s wing. LUSSO neck straps – suitable for medium-sized SLR cameras and CSCs – come in slim, medium and large versions. The CLASSIC collection combines the very best Tuscan ‘Cuoio’ leather with sleek Italian design providing a beautiful and elegant camera strap. The padding features a thick comfortable rounded shape, combined with a soft suede and non-slip ultra-grip. Finally, the Ergo and Watch collections include wrist straps for CSCs, compact cameras and smartphones. 4V products are available at The Photography Show at the Speed Graphic stand (G82).
Friday, March 18, 2016
Sunbounce have announced their newest product, the Tight-Fit Screen. Designed for photographers already using the Sun-Mover Silver, Zebra or Translucent 2/3 by Sunbounce, the Tight-Fit Screen fits like a second skin over the Sun-Mover Reflector Pro and offers multiple screen options without having to invest in the purchase of a second or third unit. The Sun-Mover Tight-Fit Screens are available for sale now, priced at $49.
Sony will showcase their new wireless lighting control system prototype at The Photography Show (TPS) 2016. Designed for compatibility with the manufacturer's interchangeable-lens cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system includes the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. With a maximum range of 30m, the new radio controlled system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups. Additionally, the new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second with high speed sync (HSS) available as well. The new Wireless Lighting Control system will be available in Europe in summer 2016. Pricing and detailed specifications will be released at a later date.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
BenQ has launched a new 32” UHD video-editing monitor that features 100% Rec.709 and sRGB coverage, hardware calibration via an adjustable 14-bit internal LUT, and a high degree of brightness uniformity across the screen. The BenQ PV3200PT 32” 4K UHD has a built-in SD card reader and several USB 3.0 ports, and comes with a 5-year warranty. According to BenQ, the monitor achieves an average Delta E value of 2 and below in the sRGB colour space. The PV3200PT monitor is priced at £1,099 including VAT (RRP) and is available to purchase through Color Confidence and leading video retailers.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Aide de Camp have launched their new Nadine Travel Tote bag. Crafted from premium European canvas, this feminine, lightweight tote is designed to meet the carrying needs of busy, active women. It comes with a padded organiser for an SLR/CSC and personal items, as well as a laptop compartment. By popular request of their customers, Aide de Camp have included a rear trolley sleeve for slipping onto the handles of arolling suitcase. The bag is available in three colours, priced at approximately $229 including shipping.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Toshiba has announced a new range of Exceria Pro UHS-II microSD cards alongside extensions to the company’s high-end Exceria Pro SD and Exceria microSD and SD card line-up. The new microSD M501 additions to this family are UHS-II-compliant microSDHC and microSDXC cards that meet the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) standard and offer read/write speeds of 270MB/s and 250MB/s, respectively. The new 128GB Exceria Pro N401 SDXC UHS-I-compliant card also meets the UHS Speed Class 3 standard and features respective read and write speeds of 95MB/s and 75MB/s. Toshiba's mainstream Exceria family has also been extended through the addition of UHS-I-compliant Exceria M302 microSD and Exceria N302 SD cards. These cards meet the requirements of UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) certification and support maximum read speeds of 90MB/s.
Monday, March 14, 2016
The Godox Portable Power Inverter is an outdoor AC power supply that also acts as an indoor emergency power supply. Developed in partnership with Elinchrom, the Godox Portable Power Inverter allows photographers to run strobes, compact lights, power packs and even charge their phones and tablets while away from their studio. The new Godox product provides enough energy for 500 full-power flashes on a 600Ws unit and allows a 2,400Ws flash to recycle in 2 seconds. The Godox Portable Power Inverter is available for $799.
Friday, March 11, 2016
At The Photography Show 2016, Wacom will be showcasing its range of pen tablets and creative pen displays aimed at professional photographers. Products on display include the Intuos Pro pen tablets, Cintiq creative pen displays and Cintiq Companion 2 mobile 2-in-1 multi-touch creative tablet. The company's stand will host a number of workshops including retouching tips and tricks, learning how to use the Wacom Color Manager with the Cintiq 27QHD, and a pen-versus-mouse workshop to highlight the key benefits of using a tablet for photographers. There will be special show offers available too, including a package from Wacom and Adobe offering a 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan membership with every purchase from the Intuos Pro and Cintiq ranges.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Sigma Corporation of America has announced a special $80 instant rebate on its Sigma Global Vision18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens. Available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony camera mounts, the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 is designed for APS-C cameras and features an enhanced optical stabiliser, an optimised hyper-sonic AF motor, four FLD elements and a 1:3 macro ratio. In addition to the rebate, Sigma is packaging in, at no additional cost, its Sigma AM72-01 close-up lens, a $55 value. Designed exclusively for the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lens, the Sigma close-up converter offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2. The instant rebate and close-up lens bundle is available now.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Profoto has released a new version of the classic Profoto Softlight Reflector. The new version is named OCF Beauty Dish and is a collapsible, more portable version of the original. Available in white and silver, the OCF Beauty Dish is not made of metal but high-quality fabrics. When collapsed, it is stored in a carrying bag that fits in a small backpack. Mounting the OCF Beauty Dish is quick and easy too, thanks to a clever, patent-pending design that allows you to snap it onto the OCF Speedring without having to bend and fumble with the rods. The entire tool, including speedring and deflector plate, weighs a mere 0.48 kg (1.1 lbs.). When mounted, the OCF Beauty Dish has a diameter of 56 cm (2'). The OCF Beauty Dish is available for €160/$179.
Sony have announced plans to release a new wireless lighting control system. Designed for compatibility with their a interchangeable cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. With a maximum range of 30m, the new radio controlled system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups. Additionally, the new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second with high speed sync (HSS) available as well. A prototype of the new system will be on display in Sony's booth at WPPI 2016.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
The LG 360 Cam is a compact 360° camera module equipped with two 13-megapixel 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. The device can be easily connected to the LG G5 allowing users to create 360° content. The LG 360 Cam provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 Cam can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the option of sharing creative contents with others. “This announcement of the LG 360 CAM means a lot to over 500 million Street View users and all who love to create and share 360-degree content,” said Charles Armstrong, Product Manager of Google Street View. “With its capability to create 16MP images, the LG 360 CAM will be the most preferable choice for anyone to join in the fun of 360-degree content.” The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other smartphones or devices that are capable of 360-degree content.
The Polaroid Brightsaber is a new LED lighting wand with an integrated rotating tungsten filter. The highly portable lighting solution can be comfortably handheld or mounted to a tripod for studio setups, and comes with 298 efficient, low-heat 5600K LED bulbs rated at >50,000 Hours. Helping photographers stay focused on set, the Polaroid brightsaber comes with an innovative multi-function IR remote. This handy device gives users full control over the lighting, while doubling as a remote shutter release for virtually any Canon, Nikon or Pentax camera. The Polaroid Brightsaber is available now for $162.29.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
DJI has launched the Phantom 4 quadcopter, billed as the first consumer drone to use "highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier for everyone." The Phantom 4’s camera has undergone an upgrade that includes improved optics for better corner sharpness and reduced chromatic aberration. The quadcopter also has DJI’s signature Lightbridge video transmission system onboard, allowing users to see what their camera sees in HD and in real-time on their smart devices at a distance up to five kilometres. Additionally, the Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System features two forward-facing optical sensors that scan for obstacles and automatically direct the aircraft around the impediment when possible, reducing risk of collision, while ensuring flight direction remains constant. The DJI Phantom 4 is now available for preorder, priced at £1229. Customers will begin receiving their units on 15th March.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Nest today announced the first in a new range of modular photo backpacks, the Diverse 20. Designed for convenience, the ultra lightweight Nest Diverse 20 backpack features two removable inserts (shoulder bags complete with straps and internal splitters and integrated pockets). Other features include a spacious hydration reservoir area, a dedicated pocket to store your tablet (up to 10"), a tripod mounting system and additional pockets for photographic accessories. Available in early March, the Diverse 20 has a suggested retail price of £149.99.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Tether Tools Case Relay Camera Power System (CPS) is the first uninterruptible power system that consistently powers a camera via any common USB 5-volt power pack or wall power. Compatible with many Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic cameras, the Case Relay Camera Power System works by inserting a relay camera coupler directly into the camera's battery port, then connecting it directly to Case Relay CPS. With Case Relay’s own secondary, internal 1200 mAh battery, it’s easy to hot swap the external battery and not lose power to the camera. “The Case Relay Power System is perfect for time-lapse photography, photo booths, video production, power-hungry LiveView shooting or any long day on the set,” said Josh Simons, Tether Tools President. “To a photographer or filmmaker, Case Relay means you will never run out of power and won’t need to stress about remembering to charge and bring extra camera batteries for each body to every shoot.” The Case Relay Camera Power System is now available for $99.99.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Polaroid remote-controlled 360°panorama eyeball head is a compact, portable free-standing mini mount that can also be placed on a full-length tripod, slider or even selfie stick. Ideal for creating panoramic photos or videos, the Polaroid remote-controlled 360°panorama eyeball head rotates your camera in its place, clockwise or counterclockwise, for smooth shooting action. IR remote controls offer five speed modes as well as a triangle mode up to 75°, while the built-in battery is rechargeable from any USB port or power outlet. A single charge provides five hours of standby and over three hours of non-stop runtime. The Polaroid remote-controlled panorama eyeball head is available now for $49.99.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Sigma USA has announced two new Global Vision Lens kits: the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle ($2,229) and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Telephoto Contemporary Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle ($1,289). Expanding the focal range from 150-600mm to 210-840mm F6.3-9, the new bundles offer Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera users a more powerful telephoto reach. “These bundles are ideal for photographers – both professional and enthusiast – who continually seek out longer ranges and want more options for their shooting style,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma’s high-performance telephoto offerings cover the range of photographic scenarios from professional sports to nature and more. Combined with the Sigma 1.4X Teleconverter, customers have even more options with the same great performance they have come to expect from Sigma.”
The Sigma MC-11 mount converter enables Sony NEX camera users to attach Sigma's SA- and EF-mount lenses to their camera bodies. The adapter incorporates the digital data necessary to provide fast and smooth AF for compatible lenses as well as image stabilisation and functions of the camera that help control peripheral brightness and correct transverse chromatic aberration, distortion, and more. In addition, since Sony E-mount camera bodies do not require mechanical integration with lenses for aperture control, the Sigma MC-11 makes the lenses fully compatible with the automatic exposure control of Sony E-mount camera bodies. The Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 has an anticipated street price of £179.99. Availability has yet to be confirmed.