Category: Accessories

Friday, July 22, 2016

G-Technology Pumps Up Capacity and Performance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Western Digital has announced product updates to the G-DRIVE, G-RAID, G-SPEED Studio and G-SPEED Shuttle product lines. The G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt (up to $699.95/£535.00 + VAT) now offers up to 245MB/s transfer rates with the option to utilise USB 3.0 connectivity. The G-RAID with Thunderbolt (up to $1,499.95/£1,145 + VAT) removable dual-hard drive RAID 0, 1 or JBOD storage system featuring both Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connectivity now provides transfer rates up to 480MB/s in RAID 0, suitable for the most demanding creative projects, including multistream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows. Additionally, the G-SPEED Studio and G-SPEED Shuttle lines also benefit from various enhancements, including a new 80TB option for the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt. Click through / read on for the details.

Western Digital has announced product updates to the G-DRIVE, G-RAID, G-SPEED Studio and G-SPEED Shuttle product lines. The G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt (up to $699.95/£535.00 + VAT) now offers up to 245MB/s transfer rates with the option to utilise USB 3.0 connectivity. The G-RAID with Thunderbolt (up to $1,499.95/£1,145 + VAT) removable dual-hard...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wolffepack Capture

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Billed as the ultimate backpack for cameras and accessories, the Wolffepack Capture is now seeking funding on Kickstarter. Wolffepack’s unique system swings your camera bag swiftly round to your front without unstrapping, for rapid and easy access, while the top of the bag opens in a clean one-handed single movement allowing the custom-designed and removable padded camera pod to naturally open in an ‘aperture action’. This presents the camera in the perfect position to grab, shoot and replace. The customisable loading system stores away your belongings exactly how you need them - the camera pod docked and locked safely in one section, your day gear and belongings tucked away in the other. Alternatively, the two compartments can be converted into one large space. Stowing the bag to your front means you can work cleanly and safely without ever needing to put your backpack down. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the Wolffepack Capture's Kickstarter page to find out more.

Billed as the ultimate backpack for cameras and accessories, the Wolffepack Capture is now seeking funding on Kickstarter. Wolffepack’s unique system swings your camera bag swiftly round to your front without unstrapping, for rapid and easy access, while the top of the bag opens in a clean one-handed...

Sun-Sniper Rotaball Camera Straps Now Available

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Sun-Striper's new Rotaball camera straps are now available to purchase. Each of the seven Rotaball models has a Rotaball Connector and a Blokker, a newly developed pin that blocks the connector at the camera to prevent the camera from being unscrewed by anyone not authorised to do so. A stainless steel mono-multi ball bearing allows the camera to pivot freely and without obstruction. The rubber washer with its Snakeskin structure provides the safest connection to the strap. Rotaball straps can bear loads of up to five kilograms in camera and lens weight. A steel cable is invisibly woven into five of the RotaballL models (PRO, TRAVELER, DPH, TPH and BPS). This safety tool protects your gear from theft caused by cutting, burning or melting the straps. All Steel-Wire-Protected Sniper-Straps come with a €1,000 insurance policy, valid for one year from the day of purchase.

Sun-Striper's new Rotaball camera straps are now available to purchase. Each of the seven Rotaball models has a Rotaball Connector and a Blokker, a newly developed pin that blocks the connector at the camera to prevent the camera from being unscrewed by anyone not authorised...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger for Sony

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The Phottix Odin II TTL flash trigger is now available in Sony fit. Offering a wireless range of up to 332 ft (100m), the Odin II features High-Speed Sync and Second-Curtain Sync, as well as TTL  and manual control. Supporting 32 channels and 5 groups, 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 intuitive Navigation wheel offers easy and fast navigation and control over settings. The Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger for Sony is available for $209-95.

The Phottix Odin II TTL flash trigger is now available in Sony fit. Offering a wireless range of up to 332 ft (100m), the Odin II features High-Speed Sync and Second-Curtain Sync, as well as TTL  and manual control. Supporting 32 channels and 5 groups, the Odin II offers photographers a way...

Friday, July 15, 2016

MindShift Gear Updates Three Moose Peterson Outdoor Photography Backpacks

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Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift Gear has updated the three classic Moose Peterson backpacks. Designed for wildlife and safari photographers, the backpacks can carry up to three DSLR camera bodies with telephoto lenses attached. The Moose Peterson MP-1, MP-3 and MP-7 2.0 backpacks also feature the same innovative “Moose Ear” flaps that close automatically, protecting camera gear from dust and debris common in wildlife photography. And because nature photographers often travel to remote locations, the packs are designed to meet airline carry on requirements, and even fit in the overhead compartment of the smallest regional jets. “Moose Peterson backpacks are renowned for serving the needs of traveling photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “It has been a joy collaborating with him on bringing these classic designs back to the marketplace. While their design and materials have been enhanced, the designs of all three backpacks retain Moose’s original vision.” The MP-1 2.0 sells for $349.99, the MP-3 2.0 costs $279.99 and the MP-7 2.0 is priced at $199.99.

Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift Gear has updated the three classic Moose Peterson backpacks. Designed for wildlife and safari photographers, the backpacks can carry up to three DSLR camera bodies with telephoto lenses attached. The Moose Peterson MP-1, MP-3 and MP-7 2.0 backpacks also feature the...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

TetherBoost Pro

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Tether Tools today introduced the new TetherBoost Pro System, billed as "the first streamlined solution for common USB 3.0 tether connection challenges." The TetherBoost Pro System alleviates a common problem among USB 3.0 camera and digital back users who frequently experience dropped tethering connections or are unable to get a tethered connection started at all. The core issue is that computer manufacturers, often in an attempt to be as efficient with power as possible, are either under-powering or dynamically-powering their USB 3.0 ports. The TetherBoost Pro regulates the power from a computer to DSLRs and digital backs, eliminating these limitations and allowing a tethered connection to operate up to full USB3 speeds for connections from 15 to 65 feet without any loss in signal. To achieve this distance, multiple TetherBoost Pro devices can be added to base USB and active extension cables. Included in the TetherBoost Pro kit is a JerkStopper Extension Lock, an effective locking device that keeps cable ends protected from frustrating disconnects, damage, and electrical hazards. The JerkStopper Extension Lock comes with two included rubber washers that waterproof your connection, further protecting your connection and holding the cable in place. The TetherBoost Pro System is now available at the website below.

Tether Tools today introduced the new TetherBoost Pro System, billed as "the first streamlined solution for common USB 3.0 tether connection challenges." The TetherBoost Pro System alleviates a common problem among USB 3.0 camera and digital back users who frequently experience dropped tethering connections or are unable to get a tethered connection...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sony Launches Radio-Controlled Lighting System

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Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system. Designed for compatibility with Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. The new system will start to ship in September 2016 with the FA-WRC1M Remote Commander priced at approximately €420 and the FA-WRR1 Remote Receiver priced at approximately €240.

Sony today announced the availability of a new radio-controlled lighting system. Designed for compatibility with Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. The new system will...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Samsung Introduces World’s First UFS Memory Cards

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Samsung has announced the industry’s first ultra-fast memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard. Coming in a wide range of storage capacities including 256, 128, 64 and 32 gigabytes; Samsung’s UFS cards provide more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that of a typical microSD card, reading sequentially at up to 530MB/s. With a UFS card, consumers have the ability to read a 5GB, Full-HD movie in approximately 10 seconds, compared to a typical UHS-1 microSD card, which would take over 50 seconds with 95MB/s of sequential reading speed. When it comes to writing, the new 256GB UFS card attains a 170MB/s write speed. Do note that UFS-compatible devices have yet to be announced.

Samsung has announced the industry’s first ultra-fast memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard. Coming in a wide range of storage capacities including 256, 128, 64 and 32 gigabytes; Samsung’s UFS cards provide more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that...

Fujifilm X-T2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the original X-T1 model, the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip, and the EF-X500 flashgun.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the original X-T1 model, the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip, and the...

Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip for the Fujifilm X-T2 looks like?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip.

Want to see exactly what the new VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip for the Fujifilm X-T2 looks like? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the VPB-XT2 vertical power booster grip.

Fujifilm EF-X500 Flashgun Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun for the Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras looks like?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun for the Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras looks like? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun.

Fujifilm EF-X500

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The Fujifilm EF-X500 is a high-end multi-function external flash. The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of 50.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting. The Fujifilm EF-X500 will be avilable in September 2016 for £449.99 in the UK.

The Fujifilm EF-X500 is a high-end multi-function external flash. The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of 50.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Camera Lift Strap

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The Camera Lift Strap is an innovative camera strap that reduces the neck and back strain caused by the weight of your camera. "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 exclusively on Kickstarter in leather (red and black) or canvas (Midnight Blue, Fire Brick, Light Steel Blue, and Burnt Orange) versions.

The Camera Lift Strap is an innovative camera strap that reduces the neck and back strain caused by the weight of your camera. "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...

Phottix Spartan Beauty Dish

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Phottix have launched a new light modifier called the Spartan Beauty Dish. Easily assembled using flexible rods, the Phottix Spartan is more than just a beauty dish—it quickly transforms into a traditional octa softbox by replacing the metal diffuser with the internal baffle. Users can add an outer diffuser for even more softness and a grid to make the light more directional. Available in two sizes, 50cm and 70cm, the Phottix Spartan collapsible beauty dish is priced from $120.

Phottix have launched a new light modifier called the Spartan Beauty Dish. Easily assembled using flexible rods, the Phottix Spartan is more than just a beauty dish—it quickly transforms into a traditional octa softbox by replacing the metal diffuser with the internal baffle. Users can add...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Benro KH Video Tripod Kits

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Benro have added two new entry-level tripod kits to their video lineup. Both the Benro KH25N Video Tripod Kit ($199) and the KH26NL Video Tripod Kit ($249) are ideal for compact digital video cameras, HDSLRs and still cameras with long lenses weighing up to 11 lb (5 kg). These tripods feature an improved leg locking system as well as an improved fluid pan and fluid tilt head. An interchangeable pan arm allows both right- and left-handed use. The KH25N tripod extends from a minimum height of 28.9 in (73.4 cm) to a maximum height of 61.0 in (155 cm). The tripod can be folded to a length of 30.5 in (77.4 cm) for transport. The KH26NL tripod extends to a maximum height of 72.0 in (182 cm) and folds down to 35.2 in (89.4 cm). The KH Video Tripods will replace the AD71FK5 model which is now discontinued.

Benro have added two new entry-level tripod kits to their video lineup. Both the Benro KH25N Video Tripod Kit ($199) and the KH26NL Video Tripod Kit ($249) are ideal for compact digital video cameras, HDSLRs and still cameras with long lenses weighing up to 11 lb (5 kg). These tripods feature an...

ADATA AI910

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ADATA have launched the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus, a memory card reader which works with iOS-, Android-, and Windows-based devices. Featuring SD and microSD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, the AI910 is a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across multiple platforms. It has a Lightning connector (MFi certified) and ships with microUSB/USB cables to ensure seamless connectivity out of the box. Data transfer speeds through the Lightning connector to iOS devices are up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write.

ADATA have launched the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus, a memory card reader which works with iOS-, Android-, and Windows-based devices. Featuring SD and microSD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, the AI910 is a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across...

Monday, July 4, 2016

X-Rite Announce Their Debut Attendance at IBC

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XP Distribution, the specialist distributor for X-Rite’s range of colour management products, has announced their debut attendance at IBC 2016, the premier annual event for filmmaking professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content. At the show, X-Rite’s team of colour management experts will be on hand to explain the benefits of the ColorChecker Video range and monitor calibration, and the company will be teaming up with professional filmmakers to demonstrate how the products fit into their workflow. X-Rite will be on Stand LP8, in Hall 9 at IBC, RAI Amsterdam from 9-13 September 2016.

XP Distribution, the specialist distributor for X-Rite’s range of colour management products, has announced their debut attendance at IBC 2016, the premier annual event for filmmaking professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content. At the show, X-Rite’s team of colour management...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fotodiox LED Studio-in-a-Box

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Fotodiox Pro has announced the LED Studio-in-a-Box; a lightweight, fold-out kit for tabletop product photography. Available in four different sizes, the LED Studio-in-a-Box comes equipped with built-in LED lights and a removable diffusion panel. The kit includes four plastic, wrinkle-free “cyclorama” backgrounds in black, white, gray and blue, as well as a removable diffusion panel and an integrated ring of top-mounted LED lights. Pricing starts at $69.95.

Fotodiox Pro has announced the LED Studio-in-a-Box; a lightweight, fold-out kit for tabletop product photography. Available in four different sizes, the LED Studio-in-a-Box comes equipped with built-in LED lights and a removable diffusion panel. The kit includes four plastic, wrinkle-free “cyclorama” backgrounds in black, white, gray and blue,...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SanDisk Extreme 256GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card

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Western Digital today introduced a nduo of 256GB microSD cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card – the fastest microSD card in its class – and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card delivers transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, allowing users to save time transferring large files, as well as write speeds of up to 90MB/s for rapid capture of photos. The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, is ideal for smartphone and tablet users who don’t want to worry about running out of space on their devices. The new card features transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s. Built to perform in harsh conditions, the new cards are also waterproof, temperature-proof, shock proof, and X-ray proof. Additionally, the SanDisk microSD card line up is compatible with the SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device. The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, will be available worldwide in August 2016 with a UK MSRP of £129.99. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card will be available worldwide in Q4 2016 with UK MSRP of £169.99.

Western Digital today introduced a nduo of 256GB microSD cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card – the fastest microSD card in its class – and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card delivers transfer speeds of...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ExpoImaging Launch Indicator Battery Pack

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ExpoImaging today announced availability of an Indicator Battery Pouch that offers photographers a new way to store and keep track of a variety of rechargeable batteries, without mixing charged with depleted ones. “Photographers or anyone dealing with electronics today have to deal with keeping track of rechargeable batteries,” says Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “The new Indicator Battery Pouch is a simple yet effective way to conveniently store and carry rechargeable batteries, and to help keep track of which ones are charged and ready to go.” The pouch incorporates adjustable hook-and-loop straps, allowing it to conveniently attach to a camera bag strap, a belt, or to hang from a stand. It can hold twelve AAA batteries, eight AA batteries, four 9V batteries, or two camera batteries. The Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch is priced at £12.99 including VAT.

ExpoImaging today announced availability of an Indicator Battery Pouch that offers photographers a new way to store and keep track of a variety of rechargeable batteries, without mixing charged with depleted ones. “Photographers or anyone dealing with electronics today have to deal with keeping track of rechargeable batteries,”...