Friday, October 18, 2013
Kenko Tokina USA has announced the new Hoya PROND line of neutral density filters with ACCU-ND technology. This technology yields a truly neutral colour balance that will not add any noticeable colour cast to your images. Now you can set your white balance once and have the same colour balance even if you need to change filters due to changes in lighting, or for creative effect. The series provides 9 filters from 2-stop to 10-stop light reduction.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Benro has launched its new S6 Video Monopod, a 3-leg folding base monopod combined with Benro's S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity. This heavy duty S6 Video Monopod provides a 13.2 lb payload capacity as well as a 4-step counterbalance that is necessary when working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod. Equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8" thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters. The new Benro S6 Video Monopod is available now in both flip leg lock (A48FBS6) and twist leg lock (A48TBS6). Suggested retail price is $249.
Manfrotto has announced its latest professional bags collection for photographers. Comprising 16 camera bags in five styles, the new collection features a Camera Protection System (CPS), which provides protection where it is most needed – at the centre of the bag. This is usually where the camera body and the most valuable lens are stored but, in many traditional bag designs, is also the area most likely to be damaged if the bag is dropped or mishandled, because of all the surrounding gear (lenses, flashes, clamps, spare bodies) crushing the centre. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers at the centre of Professional bags which dampen shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact, thus providing the superior protection a photographer would expect. For more information about the Professional bags series, visit the website below.
Manfrotto has unveiled its brand-new Advanced collection of 21 camera bags in six styles, designed for passionate photographers. The bags in the Advanced collection - which comprises six bag types including shoulder bags, holsters, slings and three different kinds of backpack - feature hard-wearing fabrics, superior construction quality, and an elegant design. Tripod holders, dividers, pockets and rain covers are all designed with great attention to the photographer’s needs, both in terms of practicality and portability. For more information on the Advanced bags series, visit the website below.
Fotodiox has released its next-generation LED light panels; the Fotodiox LED-312D, LED-312DS, and LED-1024AL. The three new LED panels feature all-metal barn doors to shape and control the light, while a locking system keeps the barn doors in place, no matter how the light is mounted. The lights feature a backlit LCD panel that displays the percentage of light intensity and remaining battery life. The numbers in the product names indicate the number of light emitting diodes the lights are equipped with - this means that the first two products have 312 LEDs each, whilst the LED-1024AL comes with over a thousand 5600K daylight LEDs in a compact (12” x 12”) form. All three of the new Fotodiox LED upgrades are available for immediate sale, and each light kit comes with a 24 month manufacturer warranty.
The olloclip 4-in-1 quick-connect lens offers fisheye, wide-angle, and two macrolenses in a single package. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses on opposite sides, selecting a lens is as simple as flipping the lens over. The macro lenses are cleverly revealed by unscrewing either the fisheye or wide-angle lens. The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens retails for £59.99 and can be purchased at the website below.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Nikon UK is launching a bumper Christmas promotion, offering cashback on a huge amount of products including selected digital SLR cameras, selected lenses and speedlights and selected Nikon 1 cameras. The promotion is limited to one claim per person per product and will run from today until 26th January 2014 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by 28th February 2014. Click through / read on for the details.
Monday, October 14, 2013
To coincide with the launch of the new Speed Snoot and Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, Gary Fong is rolling out three new product kits to customers worldwide. The new Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Wedding & Event Lighting Kit ($99.95) includes the Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, WhiteDome, AmberDome, GrayDome, Instructional DVD and a gear bag. The Lightsphere Collapsible Portrait Lighting Kit ($129.95) consists of the Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, Speed Snoot with PowerGrid, WhiteDome, GrayDome, Instructional DVD and gear bag. Finally, the Lightsphere Collapsible Fashion & Commercial Lighting Kit ($149.95) comprises the Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount, Speed Snoot with PowerGrid, WhiteDome, AmberDome, GrayDome, Colored Gel Kit, Instructional DVD.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Hahnemühle has added three new media grades to the Hahnemühle Photo line. In addition to its Photo Glossy 290 gsm and Photo Lustre 290 gsm, the company is debuting the Photo Matt Fibre 200 gsm and Photo Matt Fibre Duo 210 gsm papers and the Photo Canvas 320 gsm poly-cotton canvas. Each of these products will be in display at PhotoPlus Expo (PPE) October 24-26, at Javits Center in NYC.
The Gary Fong Speed Snoot is a collapsible, gridded snoot that comes with a new Speed Mount for easy attachment. When mounted to an off-camera flash, the new Speed Snoot allows you to focus light into the areas you want to highlight, and more importantly away from the areas you don’t. The black finish of the Speed Snoot blocks the light spilled out of the sides of the diffuser so instead of filling a room with light, the photographer can project the light directly onto the subject with a controlled yet soft burst that is great for hair highlighting, selective lighting of subjects, or highlighting a subject against a busy background. Going on sale on 18 October 2013, the Gary Fong Speed Snoot sells for $59.95.
Gary Fong has introduced the 5th-generation Lightsphere, which comes with a new Speed Mount. Collapsing down to a 1½ inch thickness, the new Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount boasts a newly designed mounting system which allows photographers to securely attach and switch out modifiers in seconds. Just like its predecessors, the new-generation Lightsphere diffuses the harsh light emitted by a speedlight to create soft, even illumination with minimal loss of power. The Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount is priced at $59.95.
Nest has just launched three new ranges of tripods, a clutch of monopods and an extensive line-up of tripod heads. The new tripod ranges include the Pioneer, Systematic and Traveller collections. Pioneer tripods start at £59.99, Traveller models cost £129.99-£299.99, whereas the class-leading Systematic NT-363CT modular tripod (pictured) is available for £749.99 including a Nest NT-530H gimbal head with a load capacity of 25kg, NT-363CT legs, NT-36CE carbon-fibre elevator centre column and NT-36P platform. For more information, visit the website below.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Fujifilm UK is launching an exclusive range of functional, weatherproof camera bags for its X-Series cameras in collaboration with Millican. Christopher the Camera Bag and Robert the Camera Bag are designed for outdoor use, travel and everyday adventure. Both bags are made from 100% organic cotton canvas with 100% organic cotton lining and each features a hoodedlid for added security and weatherproofing. multiple pockets, a comfortable shoulder strap and removable protective inserts. Christopher the Camera Bag additionally offers a fold-away rain cover in the back pocket, while Robert the Camera Bag has a special compartment for a tablet or netbook up to 10" in size.Both bags are available to buy on the John Lewis website, and in the following John Lewis stores: Oxford Street, London; Peter Jones, Sloane Square; Stratford city; Cheadle and Southampton.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Fotodiox has launched an extensive range of camera accessories specially designed for Sony RX1 cameras. The accessory line includes an all-metal one-piece camera grip; a lightweight, aluminum lens hood; and a sleek shutter release button for easier, steadier shots. The accessories are available for sale individually or combined in the Fotodiox Pro Camera Kit bundle. The kit costs a total of $109.95, and all Fotodiox products come with a 24 month manufacturer’s warranty.
MindShift Gear has unveiled a Tripod Suspension Kit, whichallows outdoor photographers hands-free mobility and instant accessibility to tripods and monopods. The product was conceived in response to a complaint that carrying their tripods and monopods can be a nuisance, especially over long distances. Weighing in at 100 grams, the MindShift Gear Tripod Suspension Kit is available for $47.50.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Manfrotto updated its 190 Tripod Series with a range of additional features. One of the most innovative aspects of the new 190 is the mechanism to operate the new 90° column. It is accessed only when needed and with a quick ‘one finger’ operation at the bottom of the centre column, the mechanism appears from the main casting of the tripod allowing the column to tilt. Both the new column mechanism and four-leg section models have a more compact closed dimension which allows for easier portability. The also-new Rotating Levelling Bubble is quick to set up and allows the tripod to be positioned more precisely. It is easy to use, whatever the shape of the head or however the tripod is set up. The revamped 190 is available in aluminium and carbon-fibre versions, at prices ranging from £184.95-£359.95.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Fotodiox has revealed the GoTough WonderPanaGo, a smaller version of its professional WonderPana filter system designed to fit the GoPro HERO3 camera. Composed of premium grade anodised aluminium and optical grade glass, Fotodiox’s WonderPanaGo includes a sturdy all-metal mount for the GoTough custom filter system. The filter mount attaches easily onto the original HERO3's waterproof case, keeping the camera safe from water and protecting it against the elements. The GoTough WonderPanaGo filter system and the accessories within the GoTough product line are available for order on GoToughGear.com, Fotodioxpro.com as well as Amazon.com. Prices range from $9.95 to $149.95.
The Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Canon provides an easy-to-use and affordable TTL radio flash triggering solution to photographers. The 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set supports high-speed and second-curtain sync, boasts a 100m working range and features a backlit display and quick-change buttons for adjustments. An USB port enables users to upgrade the device's firmware. Importantly, the Strato TTL transmitters and receivers use AA batteries, just like hot shoe flashes - carrying different sized batteries is no longer a concern. Pricing to be confirmed.
Profoto's new RFi Speedlight Speedring is now available to purchase. Allowing photographers to use an RFi softbox with speedlights, the Profoto RFi Speedring enables users to mount not one but two flashes on the bracket, and each speedlight can slide and be tilted inside the softbox, allowing you to create a remarkably even light with no hotspot. The Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedrings come with an attachment for Profoto Air Remotes or radio sync units from other manufacturers.
UK Digital have launched a new brand of photo bags, called Nest. There are two collections available, Athena and Explorer. These premium bags are available in a variety of colours, sizes and styles through the website below.