Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Lexar today announced the new Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards, offering read transfer speeds up to 150MB per second. Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the new microSD cards leverage Ultra High Speed II (U3) to provide faster capture, play back, and transfer of photo and video files. The cards are also an excellent choice for photographers needing multiple memory cards for extended use to capture aerial content with a quadcopter. Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, the Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards are backwards compatible with UHS-I cameras and readers at UHS-I speeds, as well as non-UHS-I devices at Class 10 speeds. Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2015 with a MSRP of £46.99 (32GB), £84.99 (64GB), and £145.99 (128GB).
Toshiba today introduced the FlashAir III Wireless SD Card, a third-generation memory card that serves as its own wireless LAN access point, allowing users to share images, videos and other files wirelessly. The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card’s Internet pass-through feature allows users to access the card and Internet (via your separate wireless router) simultaneously – enabling the ability to upload images in real-time. Using a wireless LAN chip, The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card is accessible to any wireless capable computers, smartphones or tablets, and can support simultaneous access from up to seven devices. In addition, the built-in Wi-Fi access point also allows for transfers without an Internet connection, as before. The Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card will be available for purchase in March for $79.99 for 16GB and $99.99 for 32GB.
Panasonic is introducing its new lineup of UHS-I type SDXC/SDHC memory cards by upgrading to the latest "SDUD" that boasts maximum read speed of 95MB/s and maximum write speed of 90MB/s, in addition to compliance with UHS Speed Class 3 specifications. Additionally, the lineup now includes a 128GB model (pictured).
Monday, January 5, 2015
The Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light is now available from the Phottix Online Store. Offering a new level of power for photographers on the move, the 500Ws Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light features through-the-lens flash exposure control with Canon and Nikon cameras, high-speed sync, manual power adjustment in 1/3EV increments, wireless radio control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems, and a maximum recycle time of 2 seconds. The Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light is priced at $1,110 (AC adapter kit) and $1,199 (battery pack kit).
The Tiffen Company has announced its new product lineup for the 2015 International CES exhibition. The special star of this year’s show is CES’ newest Digital Imaging Innovation Honoree, Steadicam CURVE. Billed as a "groundbreaking camera stabilisation product," CURVE’s compact form factor gives GoPro users the freedom to shoot shake-free video. Tiffen will also be showcasing the latest updates to Tiffen Dfx. Version 4 now offers OFX plugin support for compatibility with digital intermediate workflows such as Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as The Foundry’s high-end NUKE visual effects program. Tiffen’s brand new XLE Series filters help colour correct images captured during long, extreme exposure shooting, producing a smooth, softening effect on objects and matter in motion. On display at CES 2015, the APEX, the ADVANTIX and the AXENT XLE filters are the ultimate imaging tools designed to provide control for these issues. The ZING imageTAKER Collection includes an innovative iPad case that gives users the ability to quickly switch from protecting to shooting, all without the trouble of removing the iPad from the case. Last but not least, the Lowel PRO Power LED is a compact focusing light available in hi-CRI tungsten or daylight color, with impressive output and a wide fresnel 8:1 focus range for lighting from a distance. You can get your hands on these products at booth #C10441.
Friday, December 19, 2014
To celebrate the release of the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver edition (read review), Fujifilm and Globe-Trotter have joined forces to create an exclusive mirrorless camera kit. Handcrafted at the Globe-Trotter workshop in Hertfordshire, England, each bespoke, 21’’ Trolley Case features a Fujifilm X-T1 camera body in Graphite Silver, a range of hand-picked Fujinon optics, dedicated accessories and an engraved Apple iPad Air 2 16GB. The set also includes a unique handmade Day Bag, featuring leather straps, plush internal dividers to protect the X-T1 and its accompanying lenses, beautifully embossed with the iconic Globe-Trotter logo. The limited edition run of 10 handmade travel cases is available exclusively at Harrods from Saturday 20th December 2014.
Sigma UK have announced the UK availability of the LCD Viewfinder LVF-01, which has been developed as a dedicated attachment for the dp Quattro camera series. By attaching it to the dp Quattro camera’s LCD display, the LCD Viewfinder cuts off outside light and magnifies the LCD display by 2.5 times to allow photographers to check the live view feed for critical focus more easily. Similar to using a viewfinder of a DSLR, holding the viewfinder to your eye allows more stable handling, thus reducing camera shake, and enables the photographer to see more detail in the image. The Sigma LCD Viewfinder LVF-01 will be available in the UK from January 2015 with a suggested retail price of £179.99.
Samsung has unveiled its highest storage capacity for its EVO MicroSD memory cards. Boasting Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) Class 10, Grade 1 level performance, the new EVO 128GB MicroSD card offers read speeds of up to 48MB/s, can survive up to 20 hours in sea water, endures operating temperatures from -25 – 85 °C, can resist over 10,000 gauss, and is also protected from damage caused by airport X-ray machines. The new Samsung EVO 128GB card is available for £92.99 (£93.99 with an SD card adapter that allows it to be used in digital cameras).
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
In February, Think Tank Photo will release their most travel friendly, comfortable, and reasonably priced backpack for users of DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or other similar sized drones.The Airport Helipak will easily hold a drone plus a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros WiFi range extender, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries, and a Delvcam Camera-Top 7" HDMI LCD Monitor, while still complying with airline carry-on size requirements. “As with all Think Tank gear, the Airport Helipak will be backed by our commitment to using only the highest quality materials,” said Think Tank Photo’s president and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “These include YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing that are the most durable, longest lasting materials on the market. The last thing drone users want to worry about is if their backpack will hold up in rigorous outdoor conditions.”
UK-based Torquing Group has tapped Lantronix to provide secure, onboard Wi-Fi technology for its new ZANO nano drone, an aerial photography and HD video capture nano platform. The hand-sized ZANO utilises the Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi module to provide secure and direct connectivity to both iOS and Android devices, which enables users to communicate with and control the ZANO. Utilising a smartphone or tablet, users can either direct ZANO or set the intelligent nano drone to automatically follow the user and capture photos from a fixed distance. A multitude of sensors work seamlessly together to allow ZANO to avoid obstacles, hold its position, and know exactly where it is in conjunction with a smart handheld device, at all times. The companies will showcase the product during the 2015 International CES from 6 - 9 January 2015 at booth 25621 in LVCC, South Hall 2.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Profoto has released a fast, powerful and consistent HSS (high-speed sync) solution for its B1 off-camera flash. The company's unique, patent-pending technology uses an extremely fast series of flash pulses to provide consistent exposures with shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 of a second. Available via a firmware update, Profoto HSS works with both Canon and Nikon versions of the B1 off-camera flash and has been tested for all common camera models. You can use Profoto HSS with TTL flash exposure control, making it fast and easy to do fast paced action shots or daylight backlit portraits with large apertures. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Profoto has launched an online teaser campaign. Featuring the letters H and S, the mysterious ads have popped up on the company's official blog and Facebook fan page along with the question 'Could It Be?' The consensus among commenters and industry insiders seems to be that Profoto is set to launch a new mains flash boasting High-Speed Synchronisation (HSS) to compete with products such as the Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light. According to the adverts, the new Profoto offering will be launched tomorrow, 15 December 2014.
Update: Profoto has now released its HSS solution for the B1 off-camera flash.
Friday, December 12, 2014
The new BosStrap Dual Side Slide camera strap consists of two BosStrap Side Slide straps connected with a pair of Bridge Straps, allowing sports and wedding photographers, photojournalists and other professionals to carry two cameras without interference. Like all BosStrap products, cameras are connected using a camera strap lug rather than the tripod socket. The Side Slide straps use a Side Release connector to separate the cameras from the straps. The BosStrap Dual Side Slide is available for $129.95, shipping included.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Toshiba has launched the Canvio AeroCast, an HDD storage device with Wi-Fi connectivity. This new addition to Toshiba’s Canvio storage range lets you share and back-up media from mobile devices, as well as cast entertainment directly to an HDTV. The Canvio AeroCast creates its own wireless LAN network, so you don’t have to be connected to the Internet to access your content. Offering 1TB of storage, the portable Canvio AeroCast can be accessed by six devices simultaneously. With the dedicated Toshiba Wireless HDD app for Android and iOS devices, browsing, streaming or saving files on your mobile devices is even easier. The Canvio AeroCast creates its own wireless LAN network, so you don’t have to be connected to the Internet to access your content. The Canvio AeroCast wireless HDD is compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1, 8 and 7, Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9, iOS version 6 to 7 and Android version 2.3 to 4.4. It runs on USB 3.0, as well as supporting older USB 2.0 connections.
First announced a month ago, Tiffen's new XLE filters are now available in the United States. These long-exposure filters allow stills photographers to capture extreme long exposure images without incurring the red colour cast that occurs when photographers use high-density ND filters to shoot long exposures during daylight hours. Many camera sensors are sensitive to infrared wavelengths when they are exposed for prolonged periods and record this light as a slight warm red tint on some sensors, to an extreme red tint on other sensors in very bright conditions. The Tiffen XLE series comprises 3 different 10-stop reduction filters with varying infrared-cut characteristics, ranging from nothing in the XLE aXent ($37.99 - $98.99), to moderate in the XLE advantiX ($70.00 - $266.67) to complete infrared suppression in the XLE apeX ($170.00 - $366.67). These new screw-in filters are available in sizes ranging from 40.5mm to 82mm.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The C-Loop Mini by Custom SLR is a tangle-free camera strap mount for mirrorless and point-and-shoot cameras. Building upon the success of its first product, the C-Loop, which was launched through Kickstarter, Custom SLR designed the C-Loop Mini to have all the same functionality, with the added benefits of being lightweight and small enough to work perfectly with compact cameras. With its 360-degree swivel, the C-Loop Mini rotates to provide smooth panning and prevent tangled camera straps. For tool-free installation, the device can be tightened by hand, and also features a slot where it can be tightened with a coin for added security. The C-Loop Mini is available for $24.95 on the website below.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Adorama today announced the availability of the brand new Aries Blackbird X10, a professional, remotely controlled aerial quadcopter that captures photos and movies from up to 1,500 feet. With its on-board camera, the Blackbird X10 is capable of recording up to 1080P/30fps Full HD video as well as 16-megapixel still images. The drone features integrated flight and camera control, 6-axis gyro stability, GPS accuracy, advanced intelligent flight control systems, a weather-protected build, and a wide, stable landing base. Perfect for advanced hobbyist or professional photographers and cinematographers, the Aries Blackbird X10 features simple and flexible operating controls and a flight time of up to 25 minutes per charge. The Aries Blackbird X10 is available now for $799, exclusively from Adorama.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Instant film manufacturer Impossible and handbag designer Nora Hänska have teamed up to create a modern, stylish, adaptable solution to travelling with your Polaroid camera. The Hänska X Impossible collaboration was born from a shared desire to create something useful yet beautiful for the everyday urban instant photographer. This first bag has been designed to safely store a Polaroid 600-type camera or Impossible Instant Lab and up to four packs of Impossible film. The body of the bag is made with high-grade aryl, a water-repellent fabric used to construct boat sails. The Hänska x Impossible is available now from the Impossible shop and selected retailers for €100.
Transcend has launched a range of UHS-I Speed Class 3 SDXC memory cards. With a wide range of capacities from 64GB to 256GB, Transcend's UHS-I U3 cards make extended video recording sessions possible thanks to the use of the exFAT file system that allows users to exceed the 4GB size per file limit of FAT32. The largest-capacity 256GB SDXC UHS-I U3 card can store more than 40,000 high-resolution JPEG images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), over 16,000 raw image files (based on 14MB file size), or a full 16 hours of 4K video footage (4096x2160 35Mb/s H.264 AVC compression). The new memory cards are capable of reaching read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 60MB/s.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Camera Caddy II is a new a tripod mounted gear bag that holds extra gear for quick access and stabilises your tripod. Compared to the first-generation Camera Caddy, the new version features deeper pockets, easier-to-use slider buckles, additional colours and a centreclip to hang extra weight when the pockets are full of gear. The Camera Caddy is now available in 5 colours including Silver, Black/Silver, Yellow, Lime Green and Universal Camouflage. The recommended retail price is $44.95 but the Camera Caddy II is now available at an inttroductory price of $35.00.