Category: Accessories

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adobe Sketch, Line and Photoshop Mix

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Adobe has unveiled a new suite of mobile apps and complementary hardware that connect Adobe Creative Cloud to your iPad. Adobe Sketch is a social sketching iPad app for free-form drawing, Adobe Line is the world’s first iPad app for precision drawing and drafting, while Photoshop Mix is billed as the most precise app for compositing and masking on iPad. Photoshop Mix also offers powerful cloud-based imaging technology on iPad for the first time, including Upright, Content Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction. It offers non-destructive photo enhancements, selections, the ability to cut-out and mix images, and the ability to open and save PSD files. In addition to these apps, the company also released an iPhone version of Lightroom Mobile, and a couple of hardware devices including Adobe Ink, a digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a digital ruler. These devices work in tandem with Adobe Sketch and Adobe Line.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Apple Introduces New “Entry-Level” 21.5-inch iMac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple today introduced a new 21.5-inch iMac starting at £899. Featuring a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 8GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive, the new iMac comes with OS X, next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 connectors. Configure-to-order options include a 1TB hard drive, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and up to 256GB flash storage. The new 21.5-inch iMac is available today through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The NEC MultiSync EA244UHD Ultra HD monitor is now available in the UK. Featuring a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels, the NEC MultiSync EA244UHD offers 14-bit gamma processing for improved colour accuracy, the latest DisplayPort connectivity, as well as a range of DVI and HDMI inputs. Those using a multiscreen configuration will also benefit from the ControlSync harmonisation feature that matches brightness, white point temperature, energy saving and other settings, as well as the ability to turn up to six synchronised displays on and off with one button. Distributed by Color Confidence, the NEC MultiSync EA244UHD is available for £1079+VAT.

New My 2nd Brain Briefcases from Think Tank Photo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo has just released two new additions to its My 2nd Brain line of carrying solutions for Apple MacBooks and tablets. The My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13 and My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15 promise to improve the workflow of tech-focused travellers and creative professionals by keeping their tablets, laptops and accessories organised and their workflow clutter-free. Think Tank Photo's My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13” ($129.75) fits a 13” Macbook Pro or 13” MacBook Air, iPad, phone, over-ear headphones, a power brick with AC cable, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, network cable, USB drives, pens, business cards, folders, sketchbooks and other personal items. The My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15” ($144.75, pictured) accommodates a 15" Macbook Pro, iPad, phone and all accessories listed above.

SelfieMe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Today marks the official Kickstarter launch of SelfieMe, a unique lfestyle brand and phone photo accessory company that is looking to “revolutionarise the way users share and express memories.” Consisting of wide angle and fish eye lenses machined from aircraft-grade aluminium, an ergonomic raised shutter button, and a shock absorbent lens carrying case; SelfieMe is billed as the most proficient and lightweight lens system available for smart phones. “As photography enthusiasts, we found that most lens enhancements for our phones didn’t match our active lifestyles” said founder/co-creator Jonas Johansson. “In testing other lenses, we found they were too bulky, not easy to use, and at risk for damage, coming with lackluster cases -- that just didn’t work for us. We set out to create a better option for consumers and SelfieMe was born.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby Camera Bag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo's new Airport Roller Derby is a rolling camera bag with four dual wheel sets, which provide three ways to roll: upright at your side, tilt it to roll on its back wheels, or tilt it on its side wheels to roll through narrow airplane aisles. The bag allows for easily transporting a 15” laptop in its own dedicated pocket, along with two standard DSLRs, a tripod, and multiple lenses andflashes. Its travel-ready security features including a lock & cable and lockable zippers to tether the bag for domestic and international travel. The Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby is available for $389.75.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Vero Vellini Camera and Binocular Slings

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Vero Vellini has introduced a pair of hand-crafted, ergonomically contoured and padded camera and binocular slings. Intended to comfortably support your gear, ensuring that the weight of your camera is evenly distributed to reduce tension and fatigue on even the longest and most grueling shoots; Vero Vellini Camera and Binocular Slings are available in two stylish designs, either the lavishly padded Napa leather sling or a bounce-absorbing Air-Cushion neoprene with hand-stitched piping. The Napa-leather Camera and Binocular Sling is available with two-tone finely finished leather and soft slip-proof suede backing for $99.99. The slip-proof neoprene Camera and Binocular Sling is available in two colour combinations, forest green with brown piping or black with black piping, for $44.99.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" is a new Android tablet with an 8.4", 360ppi WQXGA SuperAMOLED display. Other highlights include an 8-megapixel main camera with flash, 4900mAh Lithium-ion battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3GB RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage and compatibility with microSDXC memory cards. Weighing in at less than 300g, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" will be available from $399.99 for the 16GB version. The company has also announced the Galaxy Tab S 10.5", a very similar tablet that has a bigger, 10.5" screen with the same pixel count (2560x1600) and consequently lower resolution (287ppi), and a 7900mAh battery. Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5" starts at $499.99.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Asus Zenbook NX500

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Asus Zenbook NX500 is a 15.6" laptop boasting an Ultra HD screen with 3840x2160 pixels and a resolution of 282ppi. The display also delivers lifelike colour reproduction with a wide colour gamut (100% NTSC/108% Adobe RGB) plus factory-calibrated colour temperature, making it perfect for photographers, the company says. Powered by an Intel Core quad-core processor (up to i7) and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics, supported by 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. Pricing and availability to be announced.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Distributor Intro2020 Supplies a Sizeable Headwind of Product

Gavin Stoker | Accessories, Lenses
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If you’re not directly aware of Maidenhead, UK based photographic distributor Intro2020, you’ll certainly be au fait with most if not all of its 28-strong brand offerings. These include lens brands: Samyang photo and video lenses, Tamron photo lenses and Tokina Cine Lenses. Filters from Hoya, Kenko and Cokin and many other leading brands such as Velbon tripods, Metz flash, plus photographic bag ranges including Tamrac and Interceptor.

With responsibility for distributing all these in the UK, Intro2020 is constantly in touch with product developers in Japan and the Far East, and decided to share some of its current and future offerings with PhotographyBlog across a recent press trip to Amsterdam and back.

Nova Wireless External Flash for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BiteMyApple has released Nova, a wireless off-camera flash for the Apple iPhone. Nova is a separate piece that pairs to your phone via Bluetooth. "Simply connect to the free Nova app, point, and shoot," the company says. Nova boasts 40 points of light diffused behind a white panel, yet weighs only an ounce. The flash is now available for $59.99 at the website below.

Friday, June 6, 2014

G-Technology Demonstrates New Storage Solutions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Events
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At this year's Cine Gear Expo, G-Technology is demonstrating new storage solutions, including the new G-RAID with removable drives, and the award-winning Studio Line and Evolution Series with the new G-DRIVE ev 220 external storage module. Taking place today and tomorrow at The Studios at Paramount, Los Angeles, is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry. G-Technolgoy's demonstrations are held in Booth # S 315A on Stage 32.

Manfrotto, National Geographic Refresh Africa Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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National Geographic and Manfrotto have launched six new camera bags to refresh their Africa collection. The bags have been designed to look more fashionable retaining quality and practicality. The inner parts have been designed with great care and attention to detail further improving the protection of cameras. Each bag is ergonomically designed to facilitate comfort and utility, providing photographers a safe, easy way to extract the camera quickly without the risk of missing the moment. The new models include a midi sachet, tote bag, sling-bag and backpack/sling-bags, as well as medium and small backpacks. Prices start at £79.95.

LinX Develops Miniature Multi-Aperture Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Caesarea, Israel-based LinX Computational Imaging has successfully developed miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices. The camera modules are about half the height of a standard mobile camera and are capable of creating true-colour images and high accuracy depth maps. The accuracy and resolution of details in distance maps create an opportunity to use the suggested algorithms for 3D reconstruction, the company says. Other uses of the technology include automatic background removal, biometric three-dimensional face recognition, post-capture refocusing, and more. LinX has developed a variety of products ranging from arrays of two, three, and four cameras in various configurations and sizes, some with autofocus and others without. At present, it is unclear how long it will take for the new LinX technology to be incorporated into a commercially available camera phone, but the company says it is "ready for integration into the current generation mobile devices."

GoPro 3-Way Grip | Arm | Tripod and Bodyboard Mount

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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GoPro has launched a 3-way grip/arm/tripod and a new bodyboard mount. The modular design of the GoPro 3-Way opens up countless configurations and angles, and is perfect for capturing selfies without the mount appearing in the shot. The Bodyboard Mount allows the GoPro camera to be mounted to any bodyboard, soft-top surfboard or SUP. The GoPro 3-Way retails for €79, and the Bodyboard Mount is available for €25.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hipjib - The Unchained Camera 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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hipjib is a new accessory that converts common tripods and monopods into a highly flexible camera support within seconds. The clever device allows the full weight of the camera and tripod/monopod to rest on your hips (hence the name). Additionally, hipjib can be worn using shoulder straps, thus enabling the cameraman to adjust the height and achieve greater flexibility if the shot requires them to walk as they film. "hipjib enables beautifully steady camera movements and mobile camera stability," the inventor says. "It instantly creates the comforting feeling of solid support and freedom of movement."

New Products from Vanguard

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Vanguard today announced several new product ranges.. These include the all new Alta CA enthusiast level tripods, the Sedona bag series, the Espod CX series tripods and the Reno bag range. The Alta CA and Espod CX tropods are now available, while the Sedona and Reno bags will go on sale later this month. Click through / scroll down for the details, including prices.

Manfrotto Compact Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today announced its new Compact Range of entry-level supports for photographers. The new range of tripods and monopods is characterised by brand new design, innovative and intuitive features and an expanded range of colours. The lineup comprises a total of 15 items including a compact light tripod in 4 colours, a compact action tripod in 3 colours, a compact advanced tripod in 2 colours, a compact monopod in 4 colours and a compact advanced monopod in 2 colours. The full range is available now, with prices starting from £19.95.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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SanDisk has announced the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD. With sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme PRO is available in capacities up to 1TB. SanDisk’s nCache Pro technology utilises a two-tiered caching architecture to optimise speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and responsiveness on desktops and laptops alike. Offering an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD comes in capacities of 240GB (MSRP $189), 480GB (MSRP $369), and 960GB (MSRP $599).

New SLIK CFL Carbon-Fibre Tripods from Kenko Tokina

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenko Tokina USA has announced its new CFL series of SLIK carbonfibre tripods with newly developed S.R.L. Speed Release Locks. These fast, easy-to-use lever locks are spring-loaded to hold each section of the tripod legs securely. There are six models in this series, ranging from compact feather-weight tripods for backpacking to larger tripods for use on location with heavier equipment. Click through / scroll down for the details.