Friday, September 18, 2015
Ikigai is a new brand of camera bags that feature a configurable and removable "camera cell," which provides added protection and makes packing easier. Initially, Ikigai will debut its innovative bag design with the Rival Backpack, to be followed by a complete family of interchangeable camera bags that allow users the freedom to custom-tailor their own carrying solution. "Ikigai represents the perfect blend of form and functionality," says founder Mark Green. "We know photographers are tired of constantly switching bags and repacking their gear to adapt to the needs of individual shoots. We also know there are entirely too many variations of bags, which creates a very confusing and frustrating shopping experience. Once a few professional photographers experience Ikigai for themselves, we expect the brand to spread like wildfire." Pricing for the camera cells starts at $79.99.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
In October 2015, MindShift Gear will launch a new 26-litre photo daypack. The company's BackLight 26L Photo Daypack holds a standard-size DSLR and four to six standard zoom lenses plus a flash, or two large mirrorless cameras and five to seven lenses plus a flash. It also has 9 litres of daypack capacity providing plenty of space for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. The BackLight 26L carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $249.99.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Hobie by Overlab Designs is a new tool for creating time-lapse videos with smartphones. Available in four colours, Hobie is a simple, fully mechanical device that works with any phone that's less than 8cm wide. Comprising a modified kitchen timer, a crossbar and a large wheel, the ingeniuous device is highly portable and features 36 different point-of-view setting options for both static and 360-degree time-lapse sequences. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to Hobie's Kickstarter page for more information.
Friday, September 11, 2015
EIZO is expanding its warranty to cover bright pixel defects on select FlexScan, ColorEdge, and FORIS monitors. Under this warranty, no bright sub-pixels are allowed for six months from the date of purchase. This expanded warranty is valid on the EIZO FlexScan EV3237, EV2750, EV2736W, EV2730Q, EV2455, EV2450, EV2436W and EV2336W, ColorEdge CG318-4K, CG248-4K, CG277, CG247, CX271, CX241, CS270, CS240 and CS230 (pictured), plus the FORIS FS2735, FS2434 and FG2421 models.
Atomos are showcasing the 4K/HD 3RU 2ch dual 7" Shogun Studio and the Ninja Assassin at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam. Shogun Studio (£2,595/$3,495/€3,495) is the world's first all-in-one 4K & HD, 2ch, dual 7" 3RU rack recorder, monitor and playback deck. The dual record channels provide the ability to simultaneously record 2 separate inputs in your choice of resolution up to 4K 30p or HD 120p or 2 versions of the same input for parity. Ninja Assassin (£895/$1,295/€1,295) delivers 325ppi monitoring functionality and the 7" size needed to truly master 4K along with the only true 10-bit 4:2:2 professional recording solution for Apple, AVID & Adobe workflows and all with a price & weight the lowest in the market. New pricing on Atomos's HD range has also been announced at IBC. The Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade, Ninja 2 will see a price reduction in excess of 50%, taking the Ninja 2 to the lowest price seen for a Recorder-Monitor (£209/$295/€295).
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Datacolor today released Spyder5STUDIO, the next generation of its colour calibration solution suite designed to colour manage digital photo workflows. Designed for photographers who demand the highest level of control and accuracy, the new Datacolor Spyder5STUDIO includes the new Spyder5ELITE colorimeter, the SpyderCUBE and Datacolor's SpyderPRINT spectrocolorimeter. Combined, these tools enable photographers to capture consistent colour temperature and contrast from scene to camera and monitor-to-monitor, as well as quality printing results. The new Spyder5STUDIO is now available for £325.
Tiffen have announced a new product that combines a polariser, a variable neutral density filter and a warm-to-cool FX fader in a single unit. Designed to be used with Sunshades and Matte boxes from ARRI, BrightTangerine, Chrosziel, Movcam, Tilta, TLS Optics & Vocas; the 138mm Multi Rota Tray incorporates an ultra-thin circular polariser delivering "the greatest field of view possible," a 2-6-stop variable ND filter, an M8 compatible gearing ring and a quick-release tray, and ships with a protective case.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Apple today introduced the iPad Pro, featuring a 12.9" Retina display with 5.6 million pixels. The new tablet comes with a powerful new 64-bit A9X processor, while still offering up to 10 hours of battery life. An optional accessory called the Apple Pencil allows for extremely precise photo editing when used in tandem with the new Photoshop Fix app. Running on iOS9, the new Apple iPad Pro features an 8-megapixel iSight camera, and can be paired with Apple’s new Smart Keyboard for increased productivity. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB model with Wi-Fi model and $1079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB edition, and will be available starting in November. The Apple Pencil will retail for $99, and the Smart Keyboard will be available for $169.
Think Tank Photo has added a new size to its camera bag line for compact system cameras. The Mirrorless Mover 25i fits one medium to large CSC body, plus two to four lenses, an 8” tablet, as well as additional accessories. The bag features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Mover 25i is available for $64.75.
Think Tank Photo has released the Retrospective 5 Leather, Retrospective 7 Leather, and Retrospective 30 Leather shoulder bags. he new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets. The Retrospective 5 Leather ($199.75) holds an 8” tablet alongside a standard-sized SLR camera and up to 3 lenses; the Retrospective 7 Leather ($229.75) accommodates a 10” tablet or 11” laptop; and, the Retrospective 30 Leather ($259.75) holds a 10” tablet or 11” laptop plus a pro SLR with lenses, and 2 additional SLR camera bodies in its front pockets.
G-Technology has announced four new products in its Evolution Series of docking stations, interchangeable external hard drives and accessories. The G-SPEED Studio XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters is a flexible, eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and two integrated ev Series Bay Adapters. Configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, & 10, it supports multi-stream compressed 4K workflows with extremely large volumes of data at transfer rates of up to 1,200MB/s. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for 18TB is £1,867, 24TB is £2,000, 36TB is £2,667 and 48TB is £3,333. The ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG Edition (£133, pictured) leverages high-performance connectivity for fast RED footage transfers and backup. Users can transfer content quickly from a RED MINI-MAG media card onto any G-DOCK ev docking station or G-SPEED Studio XL with ev Series Bay Adapters. The G-DOCK ev Solo (£67) is a convenient and flexible USB 3.0 docking solution for shared environments. Last but not least the ev Series FireWire Adapter (£33) easily attaches to your ev Series drive, enabling you to connect to an existing FireWire 800 port on your computer. The first three products will become available in October, and the ev Series FireWire Adapter can be purchased today.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Canon today announced that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display, along with a 120-megapixel still-image SLR camera. The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel video performance even at a frame rate of 60fps with 13 stops of dynamic range. The 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast and a wide gamut, as well as a pixel density exceeding 300ppi.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Transcend Information have announced a high-end UHS-II U3 compliant memory card. By utilising the new UHS-II bus standard featuring a UHS Speed Class rating of 3, Transcend's new SDHC/SDXC UHS-II U3 card boasts a maximum read speed of up to 285MB/s and with write speeds of up to 180MB/s. Outfitted with top-tier MLC NAND flash chips, the card provides enhanced durability, and comes in 32GB and 64GB versions. Transcend SDHC/SDXC UHS-II U3 memory cards are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Canon is developing an APS-H-size CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels. With CMOS imagers, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturisation and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables ultra-high-resolution sequential shooting at a speed of five frames per second. Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialised surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of "visual expression."
Friday, September 4, 2015
WD has introduced the My Book Pro storage device featuring transfer rates of up to 435 MB/s. With capacity options including 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB and 12 TB, two 7200 RPM WD drives with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology and a hot-swappable hardware RAID controller, the My Book Pro carries an MSRP of $599 (6TB), $749 (8TB), $899 (10TB) and $999 (12TB).
JP Distribution have announced a £20/€25 cashback promotion on the ever-popular Sekonic L-308S Flashmate meter. The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308S Flashmate is designed to read ambient or flash exposures in either reflected or incident modes and it displays accurate exposure readings in full, half, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings of today's DSLR and film cameras. Do note that the promotion is only available from authorised UK and Ireland resellers for purchases made between 1st September and 31st October 2015.
Toshiba has just launched a new SDHC card that combines Class 10 memory with TransferJet close proximity wireless transfer technology. The new 16GB SDHCTM card will enable users of digital still cameras or camcorders to quickly transfer photos and videos to mobile devices such as tablets, notebooks and smartphones equipped with TransferJet adapters. The new SDHC card joins Toshiba’s line-up of TransferJet adapters for USB and microUSB ports as well as Lightning ports for iPhone and iPad. Toshiba will be exhibiting its entire range of TransferJet devices at IFA 2015 in Berlin in Hall 12, Booth 106.
Toshiba has extended its range of EXCERIA memory cards. The new additions include a Compact Flash card, new SD and MicroSD cards, all of which combine large capacity and high read and write speeds. The EXCERIA PROC501 CF card features capacities of up to 128GB and a UDMA 7 interface that supports data transfer speeds up to 167MB/s and is rated to the VPG 65 standard, making it suitable for 4K video recording. Featuring capacities up to 128GB and read speeds of up to 48MB/s, the new mainstream EXCERIA MicroSD M301 product family comprises 3 cards for use in mobile phones (M301-EA), digital cameras (M301-EB) and notebooks and tablets (M301-EC). All cards meet UHS speed class 1 ratings and are fully compatible with standard MicroSD card readers. The series also features an adapter to make it compatible with UHS-I SD slots. All members of the M301 family are shock, water, temperature and X-ray proof.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Toshiba today launched the Satellite Radius 12, the World’s first 12.5” 4K Ultra HD convertible laptop featuring a Technicolor-certified display aimed at imaging professionals. Designed with color accuracy in mind, the wide-gamut RGB display supports 100% Adobe RGB colour space reproduction, making it an ideal choice for mobile content creators. Lab tested and certified by the colour experts at Technicolor, this laptop’s display also meets the same strict standards for colour fidelity used in Hollywood movies. Powered by 6th-generation Intel Core processors, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Eyefi today added a 16GB model to their Mobi Pro product line. 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. "By offering a 16GB version of our award-winning Mobi Pro WiFi SD card with one year of Eyefi Cloud membership, we’re enabling more photographers to benefit from the convenience and power of EyeFi Cloud,” said Laura Torres, VP of product marketing at Eyefi. “Eyefi goes to work the moment an image is captured, automatically creating a consolidated and intelligently organised photo library synced with all devices, securing photos in the cloud, and even archiving them to desktop computers. It’s like having a photo assistant with you on every shot.” Mobi Pro 16GB is available for £49.99 and comes with one full year of membership to Eyefi Cloud with unlimited syncing and storage - a £34.99 value.