Friday, March 13, 2015
In April, Think Tank Photo will release the Urban Approach 15, its first backpack designed specifically to hold a complete mirrorless kit as well as a 15” laptop, up to a 10” tablet, smartphone and more. “For quick and complete access to gear, we designed the zippers to open wide,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s president and lead designer. “This allows for unencumbered access to gear. Its low profile and yet high quality design and materials allow Mirrorless users to feel confident that their compact cameras and personal objects are cradled, safe and at the ready.” The Urban Approach 15 backpack accommodates up to two big compact system cameras with lens attached, 5–8 additional lenses, up to a 10” tablet and a 15” laptop. One example would be a Sony Alpha 7R with 24–70 f/4, 70–200mm f/4, 55mm f/1.8, 35mm f/2.8, plus a Sony A6000 with 16–50mm f/3.5-5.6, 55–210mm f/4.5-6.3, 2 HVL–F43M flashes, a tablet and a laptop. The Urban Approach 15 backpack will be available for $169.75.
In April, Think Tank Photo will be releasing the Urban Approach shoulder bag series. Available in two models, the Urban Approach series is specfically designed for compact system camera kits. The Urban Approach 5 holds one medium to large camera body with lens attached, one to three additional lenses, and an 8” tablet. The Urban Approach 10 (pictured) accommodates one medium to large CSC body or compact DSLR with lens attached, two to four additional lenses, and up to a 10” tablet. The smaller model will retail for $119.75 and the larger one will cost $134.75.
Think Tank Photo is set to release a new CF/SD + Battery Wallet, a lightweight, secure, and convenient wallet for carrying a spare memory card and battery. Accommodating a back-up camera battery and a CompactFlash or Secure Digital card, the Think Tank Photo CF/SD + Battery Wallet is crafted from premium, long lasting materials and features a durable water-repellent coating for superior water resistance. The wallet is priced at $9.99.
Adorama has added the Flashpoint Ring Li-on ring flash to its collection of battery-powered flash units. The Flashpoint Ring Li-on is a 400Ws lithium-powered, self-contained ring flash system that produces even illumination and shadow-free light. A compact, cordless flash system, the Ring Li-on can easily be used with any DSLR or medium-format camera equipped with lenses up to 3.5" in diameter. Thanks to its generous internal interchangeable 11.1-volt lithium ion battery, this model from Flashpoint can deliver approximately 450 full power flashes per charge with a recycle range of .05 to 2.8 seconds. The Ring Li-on Ring Flash is now available for $499.95 from Adorama.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The new Joby Action Grip and Action Grip & Pole are the latest Joby accessories designed to work with any action video camera. Weighing in at 90 grams, the Action Grip (£22) comes with a wrist strap and built-in standard GoPro mount and thumbscrew, and a Top Pin for use with any other action camera. If you get separated from your camera while in the water, the grip will float to the surface, with the red end cap making it easy to spot and enable you to retrieve your gear. The Joby Action Grip & Pole kit (£30) gives you two additional feet of reach, to get your whole body into the frame.
Eyefi today announced its Eyefi Mobi Pro, a new 32GB WiFi SD card. Billed as the most powerful WiFi SD card ever, the Eyefi Mobi Pro combines advanced wireless transfer features with photo apps and integrated cloud services. Building on the success of the Eyefi Mobi, the Mobi Pro gives photographers control over which images transfer from their camera to their mobile device or to their computer for editing, sharing and syncing. It also offers the option to send JPEG images to your mobile device for easy sharing, and transfer raw image files directly to your desktop computer for post-processing. Away from home, Mobi Pro creates its own WiFi hotspot to enable instant transfer. At home, Mobi Pro connects to a local network to transfer images at high speeds. Priced at ￡65.99 the 32GB card comes with one full year of membership to Eyefi Cloud with unlimited syncing and storage worth ￡34.99.
The new Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card is now available in the US. Offered in capacities up to 256GB, the Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 memory card boasts read transfer speeds up to 510MB per second, and comes with includes the latest version of Image Rescue. The SRPs are $999.99 (256GB), $599.99 (128GB), $329.99 (64GB), and $162.99 (32GB).
Vanguard has unveiled its new VEO Collection of travel tripods, moonopods and camera bags. Rather than the traditional design of reversing each of the three legs one by one, the VEO tripod collection introduces an innovative rapid column rotation system to achieve incredibly quick fold down or set up. Another industry first on a travel tripod is the ability to set the legs at three different angles, maximising the tripods versatility. There are four models in the range, three aluminium models and one carbon-fibre tripod. RRPs range from £100 to £250. The collection, which will officially launch at The Photography Show, also includes seven monopods and two camera bags.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Philips Two-in-One Monitor (Model 19DP6QJNS) has received the 2015 iF Design Award for outstanding innovation. The world’s first virtually seamless Two-in-One monitor combines two 19-inch screens into one large panoramic display with a minimalist 3.5 mm narrow border and multiple connectivity options including 1 DisplayPort and VGA input on the first display, and 1 VGA input and one MHL-enabled HDMI input on the second one. Supported by one space-saving stand and designed with maximum adjustability both screens tilt forward and backward up to 22.5 degrees to accommodate preferred viewing angles. The Philips Two-in-One Monitor is now available for purchase at Newegg.com for $499.
The new Tenba Switch is billed as the World's first customisable first customizable professional camera bag sized specifically for mirrorless cameras and accessories. The innovative bags include all of Tenba’s hallmark features plus unique removable flaps that come in a variety of colours and patterns. The flaps include a silent, magnetic closure that allows for quiet, instant access. In addition, the flaps extend over the bag to provide weatherproof coverage at the corners, and small adjustable weather flaps for additional protection. Switch 7 accommodates a mirrorless camera with 3-4 lenses. Switch 8 allows room for a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses, plus a tripod. Switch 10 provides the maximum amount of storage space with ample room for a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses or a DSLR with 2-3 lenses (up to 70-200mm f2.8), plus a tripod.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Toshiba has revealed a new 13-megapixel, 1/3.07"-type image sensor for camera phones and tablets. Aside from its unusually low power consumption and ultra-high pixel density, the main selling point of the new imager is its clever Bright Mode, which boosts image brightness up to four times while capturig Full HD movies at 120 frames per second - an important feature given that exposure times tend to be short when recording video at such a high frame rate. Integration of the sensor into smartphones and tablets will allow them to record high quality video at high speed, which extends imaging capabilities into such areas as slo-mo playback.
Monday, March 9, 2015
The Apple Watch is a wearable smart device that syncs to the user's iPhone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The new smart watch features Digital Crown, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the iPhone's screen. The Retina branded display with Force Touch on the Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access relevant controls. The device is available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and in three distinct collections — Apple Watch Sport ($349/$399), Apple Watch ($549-$1,099) and Apple Watch Edition (starting at $10,000). Apple Watch Sport features a lightweight anodised aluminium case in silver and space gray with a Retina display protected by strengthened Ion-X glass and matching high-performance fluoroelastomer Sport Band in five colours. The Apple Watch collection features highly polished stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases with a Retina display protected by sapphire crystal. The Apple Watch collection comes with a choice of three different leather straps, a stainless steel link bracelet and Milanese loop, and a black or white Sport Band. Apple Watch Edition features cases specially crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-karat gold alloys.
Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a new Retina display, 5th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, up to two times faster flash storage and longer battery life. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple Online Store with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,299; with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,499; and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $1,799. Apple also today updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with 5th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two 2x flash storage to the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Apple today unveiled a new line of notebooks billed as "the thinnest and lightest Macs ever.". The new MacBook features a 12" Retina display, a full-size keyboard, a USB-C port for data transfer, video out and charging in a single connector, and a new battery design. Measuring just 13.1 mm at its thickest point, the new MacBook is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. The display has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2304x1440 pixels. The new MacBook comes with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,299; and with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,599.
Livestream has launched a miniature live streaming encoder called the Livestream Broadcaster mini. At about ⅓ the size of the original Broadcaster, it is small enough to fit in a pocket, and despite its size, it features fast and reliable 5Ghz WiFi, streaming up to 1080p, an internal rechargeable Li-ion battery, full control and setup via the free Livestream app for iOS or Android. The Broadcaster mini is priced at $295.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Elinchrom has announced a new portable, 400Ws outdoor flash unit called the ELB 400. Enhanced with the proven Elinchrom OLED display, the ELB 400 now offers the same special features of the ELC Pro HD series such as stroboscopic, delay and sequence modes. The ELB 400 will be available this spring in 4 set configurations. The one head To Go set includes one ELB 400 with one higher capacity Lithium-Ion battery, one Quadra head and one Skyport Speed Transmitter, while the two head To Go set includes one ELB 400 with two higher capacity Litium-Ion batteries, two Quadra heads and one Skyport Speed Transmitter.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Canon UK and Irelad today launched its spring promotion allowing customers to claim up to £100/€120 cashback on selected products. These include three dSLR cameras, seven lenses, two flashes, three compact cameras, two digital camcorders and four printers. Those that purchase two products in Canon’s cashback offer can also claim a free hdbook photo book worth £99/€120. The offer runs from 5th March 2015 to 6th May 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Manfrotto has launched its new XPRO Geared Head. Designed for architectural and macro photographers, the Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head is described as a portable support that offers extreme precision in framing control. Weighing only 750g the XPRO can support up to 4kg of payload, while the geared movement allows you to precisely frame the picture one micro step at a time on all three axes. The XPRO Geared Head is available now, priced at £169.95.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Wacom has announced the Cintiq 13HD touch 13" graphics tablet, which is essentially a 13HD with multi-touch gesture support. While the bundled Pro Pen - offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition - drives the overall creative experience on the Cintiq 13HD touch, it is the newly added multi-touch integration that allows the user to navigate the desktop or rotate and zoom in and out of an image or illustration in an intuitive fashion. The new Cintiq 13HD touch is priced at £799.99 and is scheduled to be available in early March.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Lowepro today announced the Echelon series, the company’s first high-end collection of photography bags designed for the fashion-conscious professional. The limited edition, three-piece Echelon series includes a roller, attaché and laptop brief with high-end features such as custom-cast metal hardware and saddle-stitched, premium leather handles. The bags feature accessory pockets and removable organisation panels trusted to keep valuables and essential items organised and secure. The Echelon Roller’s high-impact-resistant molded interior construction protects valuable gear from shock and vibration. Its special-edition MaxFit System and highly engineered trolley with encased wheel build maximise volume, fitting up to two professional DSLRs, 6-8t lenses, flash and lighting gear, a 15-inch laptop and additional accessories. Also featuring the MaxFit System, the Echelon Attaché can hold a professional DSLR, 2-3 lenses, flash, a 13-inch laptop and necessary accessories. The attaché opens wide, similar to a classic doctor’s satchel, offering swift access to equipment. The Echelon Brief offers a moulded interior construction for protection as well as a trolley pass-through for travel ease. Able to fit a 15-inch laptop, pen tablet, portable hard drives and other business essentials, the brief also includes a memory card holder.