Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Sigma EF-630 is a multifunctional clip-on type flash designed to work with current digital SLR cameras from Canon, Nikon and Sigma. Featuring a zoomable tilt-swivel head with a zoom coverage of 24-200mm, the Sigma EF-630 offers wireless TTL exposure control as well as high-speed sync, rear-curtain sync and modelling flash functions. Photographers can update the unit's firmware via the newly developed optional Flash USB Dock FD-11.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Bowens has announced it is pulling out of The Photography Show, held from 19-22 March 2016 at the Birmingham NEC. “The decision to book 2016 show space was taken many months ago - after fulfilling our commitment at TPS 2015 to create the biggest ever presence by Bowens at any show or convention in almost seventy years,” says Alan Walmsley, Bowens sales and marketing director (left). “But this 2016 show judgement has been predicated on our full expectation to use the NEC event as the platform for introducing our new flash system products. Despite our all-out attempts to fulfil this ambition on schedule it is clear that the first models of our new ‘Generation X’ programme will not meet the required delivery deadline. This is a major disappointment for all parties and we apologise unreservedly to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us and our new products in Birmingham.”
The Nissin i60A is a new radio-controlled flashgun compatible with the Nissin Air System (NAS). Available in Canon, Fuji, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony versions; the Nissin i60A builds on the existing i40 unit offering a similar (albeit not identical) form factor and a higher guide number (60 in metres at ISO 100/21°) and a wider zoom range (24-200mm). The built-in radio receiver is compatible with the Nissin Commander Air1, a hotshoe-mounted 2.4GHz radio transceiver that links up to 21 Nissin Air System flash units (including the i60A and the Di700A models) in up to 3 groups. Other highlights of the Nissin i60A include TTL and HSS functionality, first- and second-curtain synchronisation, a recycle time of 0.1-5.5 seconds, a built-in LED light, a rear-mounted colour LCD panel and a tilt-swivel head. Available from May, pricing to be confirmed.
SanDisk today introduced the World's fastest microSD memory card. Available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, the SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card delivers transfer speeds of up to 275MB/s and also includes a USB 3.0 card reader to conveniently offload files to a PC. The 64GB and 128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II cards will be available in Q2 at MSRPs of $179.99 and $299.99, respectively.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Aurora Aperture today introduced the PowerXND 2000 variable ND filter family. The PowerXND 2000 offers eleven stops of light reduction capacity which previously has been only available in fixed neutral density filters. “ND filters are popular among landscape photographers and videographers for reducing amount of light,” said Jinfu Chen, founder and CEO of Aurora Aperture Inc. “Variable ND filters are useful as they can replace multiple fixed ND filters. However, the variable ND filters in the market today typically have 6+ usable stops, whereas users often demand more stopping power: such as 10 or more stops. Our PowerXND 2000 family of variable ND filters will be able to satisfy this requirement with additional benefits such as superior image quality that rivals fixed ND filters and a slim frame profile to prevent vignetting in wide angle lenses.” The Aurora PowerXND 2000 filter will be available through Kickstarter crowdfunding in February 2016, and to general public as well as dealers in Summer 2016. List prices will start from $159.
Sony has announced the commercialisation of a new Exmor RS imager billed as the World's first stacked CMOS sensor with built-in hybrid AF and "3-axis" image-stabilisation. The 1/2.6"-type Sony Exmor RS IMX318 has a pixel pitch of 1μm and a resolution of 22.5 effective megapixels. The dimensions and pixel size make this sensor suitable for inclusion into smartphones and ultra-compact cameras. Sony aims to begin shipments for this new CMOS image sensor in May 2016.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Want to see exactly what the new Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax D-BG6 Battery Grip looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax D-BG6 Battery Grip.
Eizo has announced two 24.1-inch monitors with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. The ColorEdge CG2420 is the professional-level model for use in photography, design, print, and post-production. It features a built-in self-calibration sensor for hassle-free monitor maintenance that ensures optimal color reproduction and image consistency throughout the creative workflow. The ColorEdge CS2420 includes many of the advanced features of Eizo’s ColorEdge lineup while meeting the different needs and budgets of hobbyists and prosumers. Both monitors feature a wide-gamut IPS (in-plane-switching) panel with 10-bit display from a 16-bit LUT and 99% Adobe RGB colour space coverage. The ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420 monitors from Eizo will be shipping from February. The date of availability varies by country.
Today Monument Labs launched their Kickstarter campaign for Monument, the first-ever desktop device that uses artificial intelligence to create a secure, instantly organised repository for photos and videos. The device uses standard USB disk drives to create a “personal cloud” accessible from anywhere in the world via a smartphone, tablet or PC. The advanced AI algorithms automatically sort content according to time, location, even people. Facial recognition software identifies individuals who can then be browsed and/or recalled whenever desired. The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $60,000 from backers to put Monument into production.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Manfrotto has announced a new range of photo monopods. The new XPro range includes six models - 4 in aluminium and 2 in Carbon Fibre - that come in different sizes and with ¼” or 3/8” mounting threads. The PRIME Monopods provide the highest payload in the range and are able to support up to 10kg of weight. The OVER Monopods have increased the maximum height by 16% versus their predecessors. Extending the range further, the LAND Monopod is a 5 section monopod ideal for travelling. It folds down to 41.5 cm (32.6 in) for easy transportation and can be packed into a backpack or messenger bag. Prices start at £54.95.
XP Distribution have announced that they will be debuting the new X-Rite ColorChecker Video Targets in the UK at this month’s BVE show at the ExCel London (23rd – 25th February). X-Rite’s ColorChecker Video Targets are available in two versions. The pocket-sized X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video (£126) comes in a rugged hard case, and includes four different targets - a colour reference card, a white balance tool, a three-step greyscale target and a focus calibratio tool. The X-Rite ColorChecker Video (£110) offers a larger form factor and includes 2 series of greyscale patches, a range of skin tone patches, a series of saturated and desaturated chromatic colours, and a full-size white balance target on the reverse side.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Techart has unveiled the World's first autofocus(!) adapter for Leica M lenses that allow them to be used on Sony E-mount cameras. The Techart PRO adapter is able to driving the manual Leica M lenses using z-shift technology making the Leica M bayonet capable of extending and retracting in order to acquire focus. The mechanism is similar to the Contax AX system where the flange distance is changed for autofocusing. The Techart PRO has electronic contacts to communicate with the Sony A7II and Sony A7RII and uses its PDAF system to measure focus. The built-in motor will then drive the bayonet forward or backward as needed. The Techart PRO supports both AF-S and AF-C modes and it can also serve as a close focusing adapter capable of reducing the minimal focusing distance of the lenses. The recommended retail price is $349.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Redrock Micro today announced the new retroFlex-S, a unique retro-inspired handheld video rig for Sony Alpha A-5x000 cameras. The precision machined aluminium camera cage wraps the camera with protection while adding convenient attachment points for on-camera accessories including microphones, LED light panels, and recorders. The magnetically attached loupe features high-grade optics, while the handgrip’s integrated camera start/stop easily connects to the camera for convenient shooting. Pricing for the complete rig is $545 and is available immediately from the Redrock Micro store.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Case Logic will unveil the brand new Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack as well as the latest additions to the Reflexion Collection at The Photography Show 2016. Designed with unique fold-out camera storage and protective flap, the Case Logic Compact DSLR Backpack allows quick access to camera gear as well as a separate upper compartment for personal items. Also on show will be two new shoulder bags from the Case Logic Reflexion collection, designed with an innovative wide mouth opening design that allows easy accessibility and visibility. Thule and Case Logic will be exhibiting their full camera bag ranges at the Swains stand (G61).
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The Dual Shot (DS1) is a camera mount that houses both a GoPro and practically any DSLR camera. Currently seeking funding on IndieGoGo, the DS1 features a detachable three-axis stabilizer with a rechargeable battery that can be mounted to bike helmets or any other mount, a DSLR camera style mounting bracket which is adjustable to move forward and backwards, and a tilt control button for GoPro. The GoPro stabilizer charges the camera while attached. “Editing and shooting action sports in particular becomes a lot easier when combining cuts from a close up to a wide shot in the middle of action” explains Anthony Panayotaros, Dual Shot creator. “Filming weddings, sports, personal home videos becomes cinematic when combining wide shots and close ups as it’s actually happening... Creating your own movies is so much easier and fun to edit with the DS1.” Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's IndieGoGo page.
Monday, February 1, 2016
The Phottix Odin II TTL flash trigger is now available for purchase. Introduced at Photokina 2014, the Odin II features 32 channels and supports up to five groups. The Odin II UI and control system has been overhauled making it faster and easier to use. An AF Assist light has been added for improved focusing when used in low-light conditions. Additionally, the, the Odin II offers photographers a way to personalise their Odins and prevent triggering from other units. By entering a 4 digit ID number, a photographer's Odin II receivers will only trigger by transmitters using the same ID. The Odin II for Canon is available now in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and United Arab Emirates. The Odin II for Nikon will be available a few weeks later. The Sony version will be introduced in late spring.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Sony have launched a new USB Type-C standard pen drive. The USB 3.1 Gen1 CA1-series utilises dual connectors, including Type-C and A, combining up to 130MB/s transfer speed with durability and design. Ideal for storing photos, music, videos and other data on-the-go, thenew USB CA1 will be available from February 2016 in 16/32/64GB capacities.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Manfrotto UK have announced the extension of the 190go! range with a new lightweight and compact carbon fibre tripod. Now available in carbon fibre, the 190Go! Carbon is 18% lighter than the current 190 range. When the tripod is closed it measures only 45cm (17.70") and weighs just 1.67kg. The 90° column and the leg angle selectors enable photographers to get low down to the ground, reaching a minimum height of 7cm (2.5"). The 190Go! also includes an Easy Link attachment in the top casting which enables instant connection between the tripod and a variety of accessories, including LED lights, reflectors and other pieces of gear.