Monday, February 24, 2014
Hama has announced a new focusing hood with an adjustable eyepiece, which allows you to use the rear monitor of your camera as a viewfinder - even in bright sunshine. The lower part of the “Smart Viewer” can be used as a focusing hood; the upper part can be used separately as a magnifier and offers a magnification factor of 2.75 for checking the image quality of printed photos, for instance. Designed in Germany, the Hama Smart Viewer attaches to your camera using a click-frame with special adhesive strips which can be removed anytime without leaving any residue. Priced at €59.99 Hama Smart Viewer is available for cameras with 3.0" and 3.2" screens.
SanDisk today announced the new 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card, billed as the world’s largest capacity microSD card. “SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices,” said Stuart Robinson, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. “Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives.” The 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card is available for €149.50.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Comodo, a manufacturer of advanced camera stabilisation systems, has appointed MAC Group as its exclusive distributor in the US. Designed in the UK, Comodo cinema rigs - such as the Orbit - are noted for their originality and innovativeness. "Our strategy is to continue to bring new and exciting products to the camera stabilisation arena by focusing on innovative and revolutionary products," says Emerson Roberts, Managing Director, Comodo. "Our dynamic new distribution arrangement with MAC Group will enable us to do that. MAC Group will provide the kind of marketing and distribution expertise we need to build a strong presence in the USA and reach filmmakers of all kinds."
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Toshiba has launced a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor that allows smartphones and tablets to record full HD video at 240 equivalent frames per second. The Toshiba "T4K82" imager incorporates “Bright Mode” technology that boosts imaged brightness up to four times, and adopts a newly developed low power circuit design that reduces power consumption to 82% that of “T4K37”, a 13-megapixel sensor in mass production. Sampling is scheduled to start in March.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Gitzo has launched a new tripod collection. The redesigned Mountaineer tripods have been developed to incorporate the latest Gitzo technology which increases rigidity and improves performance. "The new tubing optimises fibre composition for each tube size, including HM (High Modulus) carbon fibre composition (a denser fibre made up of finer individual fibres) in the narrower tubes. Carbon eXact tubes have larger diameters that strengthen the tripods even further, particularly the narrower tubes used for the lower leg sections," the company says. Mountaineer tripods are available from the lightweight and compact Series 0, up to the sturdiest Series 3, with the collection comprising 13 products. For more information, visit the website below.
Monday, February 17, 2014
ExpoImaging has just introduced its new Ray Flash 2 universal ring flash adapter in the USA. This model has a new adjustable mount, which attaches quickly and securely to different size speedlights by means of a new spring-loaded clamp design. Available in two different sizes, Ray Flash 2 can be yours for $139.95.
Syrp have appointed JP Distribution as the exclusive distributor for their products in the United Kingdom. The first product to hit the shelves is the Syrp Genie, a simple, affordable and easy-to-use motion controller for time-lapse photography. Paul Roper, Sales and Marketing Director of JP Distribution commented, “JP Distribution is delighted to have secured the rights to distribute the highly anticipated Syrp Genie within the UK and Ireland. We are excited that we have the opportunity to work with a brand that is innovative in this new world of Time Lapse Photography. The brand perfectly complements our existing portfolio of high quality products for the videographer and photographer and the Syrp Genie will be available to our customers through our established dealer network.”
The Leica Store Mayfair is celebrating 100 years of Leica photography with a number of special consumer offers running until 31 March 2014. During the promotional period any new D-Lux 6 camera purchase comes with a complimentary handgrip (valued at £70) and soft leather pouch (worth £60). Customers who buy a new Leica X Vario large-sensor compact camera (pictured) may choose from two complimentary accessory sets. Option 1 includes a tan leather protector (SRP £90), tan leather wrist strap (£60), spare battery (£80) and Neoprene case (£50). Option 2 includes black handgrip (£100) and black handgrip finger loop – small or medium or large (£90), spare battery (£80) and Neoprene case (£50).
Friday, February 14, 2014
G-Technology is now shipping its new G-Drive with Thunderbolt and G-Drive mobile with Thunderbolt external hard drives. Both of these 7,200-RPM drives come with a sleek, durable aluminium enclosure; and are plug-and-play on Mac but can be easily reformatted for Windows. The new 4TB G-Drive with Thunderbolt ($399.95) delivers up to 165 MB/s sustained data transfer rates. It also features an integrated heat-sink that enables a cool and quiet operation, making it an ideal solution for storage-intensive applications like audio/video editing or digital photography. Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables are included. The bus-powered G-Drive mobile with Thunderbolt ($219.95, pictured) offers up to 1TB capacity and delivers up to 136 MB/s sustained data transfer rates using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Intro 2020 have added new Interceptor camera bags to their product portfolio. Constructed from special ‘Tarpaulin’ cloth material that has superb strength and waterproof properties, the bags are available in a range of bright colours. There are four models in the series, including the Interceptor Messenger Small, the Interceptor Messenger Medium, the Interceptor Sling and the Interceptor Tote. With the exception of the Interceptor Messenger Small, which costs £39.99, each bag in the Interceptor range is available for £49.99.
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) today announced the XQD Ver.2.0 specification. The new specification leverages the dual PCIe Gen2 x 2 and USB3.0 interface for higher performance, and provides an interface speed of 1GB/s. This speed enhancement enables a new generation of higher performance cards to meet requirements for professional 4K video recording requirements. Tsutomu Ando of Canon and the CFA co-chairman of the board said; “The higher performance provided by XQD Ver.2.0 will further increase the capabilities and value for photographers, videographers, and cinematographers. I am very pleased and proud to see the CFA creating standards that address new professional market segments for CFA.”
Lastolite has just launched its innovative magnetic background support in the UK market. The unique Magnetic Background Support is designed to provide photographers with a convenient and portable solution. Reliable magnetic connectors provide an instant connection; they grip the background in two positions thereby eliminating yaw and increasing stability.Compatible with any traditional lighting stand with a 5/8 spigot connector, the Magnetic Background Support is available individually (£60) or as part of a kit which includes a lighting stand and carry case (£108).
Billed as the world's fastest SD card, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC / SDXC UHS-II memory card offers up to 250MB/s (1667X) write speeds for continuous burst mode shooting and read speeds of up to 280MB/s (1867X) for fast file transfers. “The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card shatters the existing barrier of UHS-I limitations, delivering speeds up to three times faster than current cards,” said Susan Park, director, product marketing, SanDisk. “As leaders in the flash storage industry, our goal is to deliver the fastest memory cards on the market, enabling next generation cameras to take advantage of new levels of performance. This is another example of our legacy of innovation and technology leadership in the digital imaging and video industries.” SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards are available for preorder from the website below, in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of £59.99/$119.99 to £192.99/$299.99.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Canon has expanded its EOS system with a new special-purpose flash, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Compatible with Canon’s complete range of EOS digital SLR cameras, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II offers photographers fully automatic E-TTL II flash metering to deliver accurate and consistent exposures. Improved focusing lamps utilise new high-brightness white LEDs, which offer enhanced illumination than the predecessor product – making it easier to focus in low-light conditions. The unit's two separate flash tubes can be controlled independently. In addition, an improved body design includes a new one-touch lock lever, making it quick and simple to attach the flash to your camera. The Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, which can also be used as a wireless optical master unit to operate and trigger EX-series Speedlites remotely, has a guide number of 14 (at ISO 100/21°) and a maxiumum recycle time of 5.5 seconds. The unit will be available from April 2014 with an SRP of £599.99/€699.99.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
SanDisk today announced the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive, which features both a micro-USB and a USB 2.0 connector in a sleek form factor.“The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive provides a simple, convenient way to offload and backup files from smartphones and tablets – with the peace of mind that comes with the trusted SanDisk brand,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “This new drive integrates with SanDisk’s Memory Zone app to make freeing up space on mobile devices simpler than ever, improving the user experience.” While other methods of transferring files from a mobile device to a computer require wires, applications or a wireless set-up, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive simply needs to be connected to a phone or tabletsupporting USB on-the-go to access up to 64GB of ‘plug and play’ storage capacity. The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is available now in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of €16.22 to €49.33.
SLR Magic has launched its Anamorphot 1.33x 50 anamorphic adapter for indie filmmakers. Developed with the help of EOSHD, the Anamorphot 1.33x 50 (£749 / €899 is designed to improve image quality in widescreen formats, while creating special horizontal flare effects, commonly referred to as anamorphic streaks when pointed toward a light source. In addition to the Anamorphot 1.33x 50, SLR Magic has also launched a 77mm Achromatic Dioptre Set (£249 / €299), designed for use with the anamorphic adapter. Both products will be available late March 2014.
ProAm USA has launched two new camera stabilisers for DSLR, compact and video cameras. The Autopilot Lite has been designed to stabilise cameras up to five pounds, with a smooth socket gimbal that absorbs unwanted motion creating fluid, dynamic shots. The larger Autopilot has a maximum load capacity of eight pounds and features a 3-axis bearing gimbal. ProAm USA’s Autopilot Lite and Autopilot Stabilizers are available now for $89.99 and $189.99, respectively.
Thule has just announced its newest photo bag offering, the Thule Covert Line. Some key features that make the Covert Line unique are Thule’s SafeZone removable camera pod system with dual density padded bottom, origami-inspired divider system that folds around the smallest to largest pieces of gear for custom fit and protection and durable and water resistant, two-tone Oxford material. The Thule Covert Line includes a rolltop backpack, a messenger bag, a two-in-one satchet and a sling bag. Availability is slated for August 2014.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Manfrotto has announced a new promotion in the United Kingdom, offering a 15% discount on all Kata UK products. Running until the end of July, the promotion is open to UK residents who make an online purchase on the website below. Note that the minimum qualifying order value is £20.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Launched last month in the United States, the Booq Python Mirrorless camera bag is now available in the United Kingdom too. Designed to keep either a mirrorless camera with a large lens or a compact DSLR with a small lens safe from impact and the elements, the Python mirrorless is crafted with durable water-repellent 1680 denier ballistic nylon. A densely padded all-around interior compartment stores your tablet, while a removable padded divider not only shields your gear, but allows you to organize a lens, charger, or any other equipment at the bottom of the bag. The Python mirrorless is available today for £68.36 at booqbags.co.uk.