Category: Accessories

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

X-Rite Offers 25% Discount to Photography Students

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XP Distribution today announced it is offering a 25% discount to students on all X-Rite colour management products. X-Rite’s complete range of colour management devices delivers solutions to every creative level, from the entry level ColorMunki Smile, intermediate level ColorMunki Display and professional level i1Display Pro. X-Rite also supplies the industry-standard ColorChecker charts for photo and video, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year. In order for students to claim their discount, they will need to visit the promotion's website, fill in details and upload a scan or photo of student ID card or similar document, wait for their discount code to arrive via email, and then use this discount code when buying X-Rite equipment.

XP Distribution today announced it is offering a 25% discount to students on all X-Rite colour management products. X-Rite’s complete range of colour management devices delivers solutions to every creative level, from the entry level ColorMunki Smile, intermediate level ColorMunki Display and professional level i1Display Pro. X-Rite also...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Apple iPad Pro 10.5”

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Apple has unveiled an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring a new display with ProMotion technology and a 64-bit A10X Fusion CPU. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 per cent to fit into a compact package that still weighs just one pound. The redesigned Retina display in iPad Pro features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate viewing experience. A wide colour gamut enables iPad Pro to deliver digital cinema-standard colours. The A10X Fusion chip provides performance that is faster than most PC laptops shipping today, so tackling complex tasks like editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games feels effortless. A six-core CPU and 12-core GPU deliver up to 30 per cent faster CPU performance and 40 per cent faster graphics performance than the A9X chip, while delivering all-day battery life. The iPad Pro features the same advanced front and back-facing cameras as iPhone 7, including a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. A new full-sized Smart Keyboard has been custom designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and rose gold and starts at £619 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and £749 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space grey and gold and starts at £769 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and £899 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Apple has unveiled an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring a new display with ProMotion technology and a 64-bit A10X Fusion CPU. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 per cent to fit into a compact package that still weighs just one...

Apple iMac Pro

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Apple have previewed their new iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users. Billed as the most powerful Mac ever made, the iMac Pro features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of GPU performance. iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. For the first time ever on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking. The new iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999.

Apple have previewed their new iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users. Billed as the most powerful Mac ever made, the iMac Pro features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of GPU performance. iMac Pro also supports...

Apple Updates iMac Line

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Apple has updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays. The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation. Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac, which also features a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics. SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster. The updated iMac is available to buy in Apple Stores starting on Wednesday, June 7.

Apple has updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays. The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Laowa Magic Format Converter for Fujifilm GFX50S

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Venus Optics have announced the Laowa Magic Format Converter (MFC), the World’s first Fujifilm GFX adapter with optics allowing the expansion of the image circle of Canon/Nikon full-frame lenses to match the size of the medium-format sensor. The MFC has a focal length multiplier of 1.4x and reduces the maximum aperture by one stop. It opens up a lot more ultra-wide angle lens options for the new Fujifilm GFX camera and increases the compatibility of full-frame lenses with medium-format cameras. The Laowa Magic Format Converter (MFC) will come in 2 variants, Canon EF to Fujifilm G & Nikon AI to Fujifilm G. They are expected to start shipping in July 2017. Pricing will be announced later.

Venus Optics have announced the Laowa Magic Format Converter (MFC), the World’s first Fujifilm GFX adapter with optics allowing the expansion of the image circle of Canon/Nikon full-frame lenses to match the size of the medium-format sensor. The MFC has a focal length multiplier of 1.4x and...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

PocketWizard FlexTT6 Transceiver for Canon

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LPA Design has announced the new FlexTT6 Transceiver for Canon. With new under-the-hood technology, it is compatible with the Canon 5D Mark IV, 1D X Mark II, 80D, 77D, T7i and T6 cameras, along with Canon’s 600 EX II-RT and 430 EX III-RT flashes. “Owners of newer Canon cameras can now access the remarkable wireless TTL technology pioneered and patented by PocketWi zard,” comments Karen Marshall, CEO of LPA Design. “Our engineering team was able to conquer the challenges presented by faster camera sensors with this hardware solution.” The FlexTT6 is forward, backward and cross-compatible with the PocketWizard family of wireless radios. This includes compatibility with the FlexTT5 as a receiving radio, as well as the entire line of Plus radios, the MultiMAX, MiniTT1, AC3 ZoneController and Control TL receivers. The new FlexTT6 for Canon will be available at retail and on line in the US and Canada starting June 8, 2017.

LPA Design has announced the new FlexTT6 Transceiver for Canon. With new under-the-hood technology, it is compatible with the Canon 5D Mark IV, 1D X Mark II, 80D, 77D, T7i and T6 cameras, along with Canon’s 600 EX II-RT and 430 EX III-RT flashes. “Owners of newer Canon...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Speed Shooting: Sunbounce Sets a World Record

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Photographer Linda Köhler-Sandring set the Bounce-wall Speed Shooting record on Saturday, 27 May 2017: in only 7.092 seconds, the she shot 888 professional outdoor portraits in Zingst, Germany. With the help of an assistant and the right Sunbounce equipment, Linda Köhler-Sandring achieved what no one else has done before: Using the "mobile portrait studio,” consisting of a Bounce-Wall and a Mini Sun-Bouncer Black-hole as a neutral background, she took successive pictures of Zingsters and visitors in just a few minutes. The Berlin-based photographer was delighted with her success: "The Sunbounce Speed Shooting was a significant event for all of us! We didn’t know if we could really do it. It was quite a feat for the whole team. All the more reason we are happy to have sent home beautiful portraits with so many people.”

Photographer Linda Köhler-Sandring set the Bounce-wall Speed Shooting record on Saturday, 27 May 2017: in only 7.092 seconds, the she shot 888 professional outdoor portraits in Zingst, Germany. With the help of an assistant and the right Sunbounce equipment, Linda Köhler-Sandring achieved what no one else has done before: Using...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Think Tank Photo Upgrades its TurnStyle Sling Bags to V2.0

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The updated version of Think Tank Photo's TurnStyle sling bag series offers a new stabiliser strap that holds the bag steady while actively shooting and tucks away when not in use. The TurnStyle 5 ($74.75) fits a compact system camera body plus two to four lenses, and an 8-inch tablet. The TurnStyle 10 ($84.75) fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. The TurnStyle 20 ($99.75) fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10” tablet. These new version releases come in the traditional Charcoal and in a new colour, Indigo Blue. “This new version of our popular TurnStyle sling bags reinforces their reputation as the ideal ‘grab and go’ camera bag,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “One thing we’ve learned from serving professional photographers for so long is that they always need one, pre-conformed gear kit that gives them access to their core gear. The TurnStyle is that bag.”

The updated version of Think Tank Photo's TurnStyle sling bag series offers a new stabiliser strap that holds the bag steady while actively shooting and tucks away when not in use. The TurnStyle 5 ($74.75) fits a compact system camera body plus two to four lenses, and an 8-inch tablet....

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0

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Think Tank Photo has announced the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 ($299.75), featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. The bag will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop, and offers a tripod mount on the front panel. Also released are upgraded versions of all three classic StreetWalker backpacks. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 ($229.75) fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm f/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 ($199.75) accommodates two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 ($169.75) fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm f/2.8, and a 10” tablet. “With the release of the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and the new versions of the three classic StreetWalker backpacks, we made three of the best pro-level backpacks in the photo industry even better,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The one thing we’ve heard over and over since they first launched is how comfortable and durable they are. Now, with the hybrid rolling backpack and the upgraded core backpacks, we’ve integrated even more photographer feedback to expand their functionality.”

Think Tank Photo has announced the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 ($299.75), featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. The bag will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop, and offers a tripod mount on the front panel....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DJI Spark

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DJI has launched the DJI Spark, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand. According to the company, Spark is the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, successfully removing the barriers between them and their camera in the sky. Even if you’ve never flown a drone before, flying Spark is easy because the only remote controller you’ll need is your hand. “Controlling a camera drone with hand movements alone is a major step towards making aerial technology an intuitive part of everyone’s daily life, from work and adventure to moments with friends and family,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “Spark’s revolutionary new interface lets you effortlessly extend your point of view to the air, making it easier than ever to capture and share the world from new perspectives.” The DJI Spark houses a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that captures 12 megapixel photos and shoots stabilised HD 1080p videos. The drone's 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology reduce shake and rolling shutter. The retail price of a DJI Spark, including an aircraft, a battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellers, is £519 (€599).

DJI has launched the DJI Spark, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand. According to the company, Spark is the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, successfully removing the barriers between them and their camera in the sky....

Monday, May 22, 2017

COOPH Photographer Apron

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The COOPH Photographer Apron combines art with craftsmanship, giving users a professional yet stylish look. The front pocket is perfectly designed to hold a light meter and the two side pockets are made for your lenses, or even just your hands. The rustic-style leather belts on the back ensure a rugged but fashionable look. They are worn across-the-body, which makes the apron very comfortable to wear on the neck. The COOPH Photographer Apron is available for €99 on the COOPH Store.

The COOPH Photographer Apron combines art with craftsmanship, giving users a professional yet stylish look. The front pocket is perfectly designed to hold a light meter and the two side pockets are made for your lenses, or even just your hands. The rustic-style leather belts on the back ensure a...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Db Hugger Backpack

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The team at Db has unveiled the Hugger; a lightweight backpack that will hold and organise everything you need on the go. The bag is unique in that it features an ultra-light rib cage which protects your photo gear while still providing quick access to your camera. In case you're booked for a longer trip, the Hugger is designed with a hook-up system that allows you to take multiple bags with ease. The entire front of the main compartment unzips completely in one motion, so you never have to dig for anything. There are mesh pockets on the side for organisation but the main compartment is big and open for any type of gear you need to carry.In addition to the main compartment, the Hugger Collection also features a top compartment with easy access to rail passes, camera lenses, wallets or keys. The water resistant exterior ensures the safety of any belongings you keep inside. THe total capacity of the backpack is 60 litres. The Db Hugger bag is available for €159.

The team at Db has unveiled the Hugger; a lightweight backpack that will hold and organise everything you need on the go. The bag is unique in that it features an ultra-light rib cage which protects your photo gear while still providing quick access to your camera. In case you'...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Manfrotto Manhattan Camera Bag Collection

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Manfrotto has launched the new Manhattan Camera Bag Collection. Comprising three models – a backpack, a 3-way shoulder bag and a messenger - built to seamlessly blend in with city life, Manfrotto’s Manhattan range is made of high-quality materials, with meticulous attention to detail. Designed to be highly functional, the bags effortlessly transform from photography to media carrier, comfortably holding all the equipment you need on an action-packed day around the city. The new removable Manfrotto Insert System safeguards photography gear at the heart of the bag, whilst the Flexy Camera Shell divider system combines uncompromising protection with never before seen flexibility, keeping your DSLR/CSC safe. Prices start from £79.95. Click through / read on for the details.

Manfrotto has launched the new Manhattan Camera Bag Collection. Comprising three models – a backpack, a 3-way shoulder bag and a messenger - built to seamlessly blend in with city life, Manfrotto’s Manhattan range is made of high-quality materials, with meticulous attention to detail. Designed to be highly...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Profoto B1X

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The powerful new Profoto B1X is a successor to the award-winning Profoto B1 on-location flash. Like its predecessor, the B1X is a 500Ws cordless light, offering TTL metering with Canon, Olympus, Nikon and Sony cameras, in connection with a hotshoe-mounted Air Remote TTL unit. The new model's LED modelling light offers 80% more light output, the battery holds 50% more power and the B1X boasts the widest HSS range available on any flash (up to 1/8,000s with 9 f-stop power range). "We want image creators everywhere to be able to realise their vision," the company says. "If that’s halfway up a mountain, overpowering the sun in the middle of the desert or hanging off a rock overlooking the Mediterranean – then so be it." In addition to the B1X light, Profoto are also launching two new OCF reflectors. Adding hard light to the shaping palette of Profoto OCF Light Shaping Tools, the OCF Zoom Reflector and the OCF Magnum Reflector are compact and lightweight, making them ideal for shooting on location. The OCF Zoom Reflector is so portable it even fits into the B1 case while mounted on the B1 or B1X.

The powerful new Profoto B1X is a successor to the award-winning Profoto B1 on-location flash. Like its predecessor, the B1X is a 500Ws cordless light, offering TTL metering with Canon, Olympus, Nikon and Sony cameras, in connection with a hotshoe-mounted Air Remote TTL unit. The new model's...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Camera Lift Strap Now Available

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The Camera Lift Strap - an innovative camera strap that reduces the neck and back strain caused by the weight of your camera - is now available for purchase. "Our camera strap design clasps right onto to your backpack handle and keeps the weight of your camera distributed along the shoulders, one of the strongest parts of the human body," the company says. "It has the capacity to carry the heaviest of camera equipment with ultimate comfort, so you can experience the weightlessness of your camera like never before!" The Camera Lift Strap is available to purchase at the website below, priced from $37.

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The Camera Lift Strap - an innovative camera strap that reduces the neck and back strain caused by the weight of your camera - is now available for purchase. "Our camera strap design clasps right onto to your backpack handle and keeps the weight of your camera distributed along the...

Delkin BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged Memory Card Reader

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Delkin announced today the newest addition to their growing line of BLACK products: the Delkin BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged Memory Card Reader. Utilising an innovative aluminium-plastic design, the BLACK rugged memory card reader takes advantage of stronger materials to offer ruggedised protection and extend the lifetime of the reader. Providing storage for one SD card, one microSD card and one CompactFlash card, the Delkin BLACK USB 3.0 includes a wraparound cord that tucks neatly into the rubberised cover for easy storage. Both SD & microSD slots fully utilise the high-speed performance of UHS-II cards, while the CF slot incorporates UDMA 7 and VPG (video performance guarantee) support.

Delkin announced today the newest addition to their growing line of BLACK products: the Delkin BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged Memory Card Reader. Utilising an innovative aluminium-plastic design, the BLACK rugged memory card reader takes advantage of stronger materials to offer ruggedised protection and extend the lifetime of the reader. Providing storage...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

StarTech CFast Memory Card Reader/Writers

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StarTech.com has released two new USB 3.0 compliant card reader/writers for CFast 2.0 memory cards, which enable quick downloads, transfers or backups of photo or video content. The new single-slot card reader/writers are available in two versions, a USB-C variant and a USB-A version, which connect through an integrated cable to a laptop, mobile device or desktop computer. Both card readers are backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 connectors and CFast 1.0 cards. The MSRP is £55.90+VAT.

StarTech.com has released two new USB 3.0 compliant card reader/writers for CFast 2.0 memory cards, which enable quick downloads, transfers or backups of photo or video content. The new single-slot card reader/writers are available in two versions, a USB-C variant and a USB-A version, which connect through an integrated...

Fantasea FRX100 V Underwater Housing

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Fantasea line has just launched the rugged FRX100 V housing for the Sony RX100 V, RX100 IV and RX100 III cameras. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 V 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. Do note that the FRX100 V is very similar to the FRX100 IV housing. However, the FRX100 IV has a built-in front port thread design compatible with 55mm wet lenses and also includes in the box a 55-67mm lens ring adapter. By contrast the FRX100 V has a built-in front port thread design compatible with 67 mm wet lenses and is therefore not compatible with 55mm ones. The Fantasea FRX100 V underwater housing is available for $529.95.

Fantasea line has just launched the rugged FRX100 V housing for the Sony RX100 V, RX100 IV and RX100 III cameras. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 V housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction,...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sundisc Launches on Kickstarter

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The Sundisc is an ultra-portable softbox and reversible reflector that sits directly on your speedlight and fits in your camera bag. While it is essentially a compact softbox, the Sundisc can also double as a reflector with both warm and cool light. This way you can carry less gear and still get great shots. Additionally, the Sundisc flips into shape and clips to your speedlight within seconds. "We have worked with the Sundisc for over three years, testing and iterating and testing again. We have tested in the studio and we have tested in the field. We have sent the Sundisc out to be tested by other photographers and taken in feedback," the inventors say. "Now we are at a point where we are confident we have ironed out all the kinks and are ready to share the Sundisc with you." Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the Sundisc project's Kickstarter page.

The Sundisc is an ultra-portable softbox and reversible reflector that sits directly on your speedlight and fits in your camera bag. While it is essentially a compact softbox, the Sundisc can also double as a reflector with both warm and cool light. This way you can carry less gear and...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Polaroid Tabletop Photo Studio Kits

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Polaroid have just introduced a range of all-in-one tabletop photo studio kits aimed at perfecting product shots of food, jewelry, trinkets and more. Each kit comes complete with two output lights, a tripod stand, four backdrops, three diffuser screens, and a carrying case – making it easy for photographers to set up in the studio or on the road. When assembled, the tabletop photo studio kit lightbox tent is 16 inches high and 16 inches long with a 22-inch diagonal, accommodating most tabletop product shoots with optimal light softening. The four background colours -- red, blue, black and white -- let photographers change up backdrops to better match product and setting. The included tripod can accommodate compact cameras and most SLRs. The standard version comes with two changeable output lights (5500K), while the pro version ships with two power LED lights. Remote controls can also be ordered for dimming or controlling the LEDs. The Polaroid tabletop photo studio light kit standard version is available now for $45.99 from Amazon. The Polaroid pro tabletop LED version is available now for $89.99.

Polaroid have just introduced a range of all-in-one tabletop photo studio kits aimed at perfecting product shots of food, jewelry, trinkets and more. Each kit comes complete with two output lights, a tripod stand, four backdrops, three diffuser screens, and a carrying case – making it easy for photographers to...