Category: Accessories

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras
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DJI have announced two new drones for professional photographers and videographers. The new DJI Inspire 2 has a top speed of 67 mph and takes only 4 seconds to accelerate to 50 mph. With the new dual battery system, flight time is up to 27 minutes. A new forward-facing camera offers the pilot the best flight view for operating the master controller, while the camera operator receives a separate feed from the professional Zenmuse camera mounted on the main gimbal. The Inspire 2 supports the brand-new Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras and will support additional cameras in the future. The UK retail price of the Inspire 2 aircraft is be £3059. The Inspire 2 Combo, which includes one Inspire 2 aircraft, one Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes License Key, is available for £6398. Customers who order the Inspire 2 Combo before 1 January 2017 can enjoy a special price of £6269. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro (pictured) offers a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor with almost 12 stops of dynamic range, and a mechanical shutter that eliminates rolling shutter distortion in fast-moving scenes. Phantom 4 Pro can capture slow-motion 4K video up to 60 fps at a maximum bitrate of 100 mbps. In addition, the Phantom 4 Pro offers H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bitrate. Phantom 4 Pro’s UK retail price is £1,589 with a standard controller. The Phantom 4 Pro+, which includes a Phantom 4 Pro aircraft, and a high luminance display remote controller, will be available at £1819. These products will begin shipping one week after launch.

DJI have announced two new drones for professional photographers and videographers. The new DJI Inspire 2 has a top speed of 67 mph and takes only 4 seconds to accelerate to 50 mph. With the new dual battery system, flight time is up to 27 minutes. A new forward-facing camera offers the pilot the best...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Datacolor Teams Up with Adobe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Datacolor today announced that they will be partnering with Adobe to offer customers who purchase a qualifying Spyder product the opportunity to receive a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan trial. In conjunction with Adobe’s Affinity Partner programme, Datacolor customers will receive promotion redemption instructions upon purchase and activation of qualifying Spyder colour calibration tools, which include Datacolor’s Spyder5EXPRESS (pictured), Spyder5PRO, Spyder5ELITE, Spyder5STUDIO, Spyder5CAPTURE PRO and SpyderPRINT products. “We are always looking for innovative ways to provide our customers with the optimal photography workflow, from capture to print.” said Stefan Zrenner, Director Global Sales & Marketing Imaging, Datacolor. “We’re excited to announce this partner promotion with Adobe, as the seamless integration between our industry-leading color calibration products and Adobe’s world-renowned photography tools will allow our customers to exercise total creative control over their images.”

Datacolor today announced that they will be partnering with Adobe to offer customers who purchase a qualifying Spyder product the opportunity to receive a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan trial. In conjunction with Adobe’s Affinity Partner programme, Datacolor customers will receive promotion redemption instructions upon purchase and...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB Drive

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Seagate has announced the launch of Backup Plus Portable 5TB external hard drive. Billed as the World's largest-capacity mobile storage solution, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive is the first device to ship with the new BarraCuda platter technology, and offers quick file transfers with USB 3.0 connectivity, a sleek 20.5mm form factor and customisable backup options with Seagate Dashboard software. The Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive will be available this month for an MSRP of $189.99 in black, silver, red and blue colour options.

Seagate has announced the launch of Backup Plus Portable 5TB external hard drive. Billed as the World's largest-capacity mobile storage solution, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB drive is the first device to ship with the new BarraCuda platter technology, and offers quick file transfers with USB 3.0 connectivity,...

DJI Matrice 600 Pro

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DJI has updated the capabilities of its largest drone series by introducing the new Matrice 600 Pro. Offering improved flight performance, a more powerful battery charging system and better loading capacity; the DJI Matrice 600 Pro’s A3 Pro flight controller comes with triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three sets of GNSS units, which enhances precision control while improving overall safety. Vibration damping balls have been added to the flight controller’s redundant IMU module and main controller, absorbing more shake and reducing more noise. The DJI Matrice 600 Pro is compatible with DJI’s Zenmuse camera series, the Ronin-MX gimbal and DJI Focus. It effortlessly supports a payload of 6kg, meaning it can carry a range of cameras from Micro Four Thirds CSCs to the Red Epic.

DJI has updated the capabilities of its largest drone series by introducing the new Matrice 600 Pro. Offering improved flight performance, a more powerful battery charging system and better loading capacity; the DJI Matrice 600 Pro’s A3 Pro flight controller comes with triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Industry’s First 48-Megapixel Global-Shutter FF Sensor Supports 8K Video Recording

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CMOSIS - the company that supplied Leica with sensors for their Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera - have launched the CMV50000, an industry-first global-shutter full-frame (36.43 x 27.62 mm) CMOS imager offering a resolution of 48 megapixels and 8K movie recording at 30 frames per second. Featuring 4.6-µm sized pixels using a patented 8-transistor pixel architecture to offer low noise and excellent electronic shutter efficiency, the CMV50000 operates at 30fps with a 12-bit pixel depth at full resolution or a binned 4K mode, and at up to 60 frames/s with pixel subsampling to 4K resolution. Its pixels offer 64dB optical dynamic range at full resolution and up to 68dB in binned 4K mode, and the imager benefits from the implementation of sophisticated new, on-chip noise-reduction circuitry such as black level clamping to enable it to capture high quality images under low-light conditions. A High-Dynamic Range mode is supported by an odd/even row dual-exposure operation. Priced at €3,450, this sensor is unlikely to crop up in consumer-grade digital cameras - it's mostly aimed at high-speed machine-vision systems, as well as TV broadcasting and high-end security cameras - but it's possible that the technology will eventually trickle down to the professional DSLR/CSC segment.

CMOSIS - the company that supplied Leica with sensors for their Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera - have launched the CMV50000, an industry-first global-shutter full-frame (36.43 x 27.62 mm) CMOS imager offering a resolution of 48 megapixels and 8K movie recording at 30 frames per second. Featuring 4.6-µm sized pixels using...

New OmniVision Sensor Technolgy Promises Wider Dynamic Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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OmniVision have announced new PureCel Plus and PureCel Plus-S pixel technologies promising better light sensitivity, increased signal-to-noise ratio and a wider dynamic range. More specifically, the company’s second-generation PureCelPlus technology delivers a 20% increase in full-well capacity, a 10-lux improvement in SNR10, and increased pixel quantum efficiency thanks to a newly introduced composite metal grid structure. OmniVision’s second-generation PureCel Plus-S technology will empower new families of compact 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors for camera phones and other camera-equipped mobile devices. The new 20-megapixel OV20880 and OV20880-4C and the 16-megapixel OV16885 and OV16885-4C are currently available for sampling and are expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2017.

OmniVision have announced new PureCel Plus and PureCel Plus-S pixel technologies promising better light sensitivity, increased signal-to-noise ratio and a wider dynamic range. More specifically, the company’s second-generation PureCelPlus technology delivers a 20% increase in full-well capacity, a 10-lux improvement in SNR10, and increased pixel quantum efficiency thanks to...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

DxO ONE App Version 2.1

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DxO today released a major update to its DxO ONE miniaturised camera. Less than three months after the release of a 2.0 update that brought Wi-Fi as a new feature, DxO is now introducing what it calls the World's first seamless raw workflow, direct from the DxO ONE to your iPhone or iPad. Version 2.1 takes full advantage of raw support in iOS 10, enabling a one-touch transfer of DxO ONE raw files to the iOS Photos library where they can be processed on-the-go. Available to all DxO ONE users free of charge, the update also enables direct Wi-Fi remote control, and adds other performance boosting enhancements.

DxO today released a major update to its DxO ONE miniaturised camera. Less than three months after the release of a 2.0 update that brought Wi-Fi as a new feature, DxO is now introducing what it calls the World's first seamless raw workflow, direct from the DxO ONE to your...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

GoPro Recalls Karma Drone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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GoPro today announced the recall of the approximately 2500 Karma drones purchased by consumers since 23rd October. The recall was announced after GoPro discovered that in a very small number of cases, Karma units lost power during operation. Owners of Karma can return their units to GoPro, or their place of purchase, for a full refund. GoPro plans to resume shipment of Karma as soon as the issue is resolved.

GoPro today announced the recall of the approximately 2500 Karma drones purchased by consumers since 23rd October. The recall was announced after GoPro discovered that in a very small number of cases, Karma units lost power during operation. Owners of Karma can return their units to GoPro, or their place of...

Fantasea FRX100 IV Underwater Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea has announced the full compatibility of its FRX100 IV underwater housing with the new Sony RX100 V camera (read review). Billed as the most compact, sturdy and ergonomic waterproof housing available for this model; the Fantasea FRX100 IV is also fully compatible with the Sony RX100 III and RX100 IV cameras. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 IV housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction, ergonomic design and double O-ring protection. Free extras include a hand-strap, moisture detector and port cover. Current suggested retail price of the FRX100 is $400.

Fantasea has announced the full compatibility of its FRX100 IV underwater housing with the new Sony RX100 V camera (read review). Billed as the most compact, sturdy and ergonomic waterproof housing available for this model; the Fantasea FRX100 IV is also fully compatible with the Sony RX100 III and RX100...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

StarTech Releases Two New Dual SD Card Readers

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StarTech.com has announced the release of two new Dual Slot SD Card Readers which enable users to read and write to any two SD cards simultaneously. The new SD card readers will benefit photographers and videographers who import photos and videos from their digital camera, video camera, or action cam to their laptop or desktop PC. By accessing two SD cards at once, users can overcome the challenges of dealing with multiple memory cards and save time and effort by transferring content from multiple cards instead of importing content from each card individually. “These dual-slot SD card readers provide creative professionals with ultra-fast access to SD cards and the ability to quickly import photos and videos from their devices,” said Scott Burton, Product Manager, StarTech.com. “With their small, portable form factors and integrated cables, these products are extremely compact, making them versatile enough to use in the studio or out in the field.”

StarTech.com has announced the release of two new Dual Slot SD Card Readers which enable users to read and write to any two SD cards simultaneously. The new SD card readers will benefit photographers and videographers who import photos and videos from their digital camera, video camera, or action...

G-Drive slim SSD USB-C

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G-Technology have announced the expansion of its G-DRIVE portfolio, with its first solid state portable drive, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C. The new drive brings faster interface speeds with USB-C connectivity and expanded external storage for next-generation computers. Available in 1TB and 500GB capacities, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C delivers solid state drive performance of up to 540MB/s and features the 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface. The included Type-C to Type-C cable and Type-C to Type-A cable allow this drive to operate with any computer featuring Thunderbolt 3, USB-C or USB 3.0 ports. Requiring no external power source, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C is available from £199.95.

G-Technology have announced the expansion of its G-DRIVE portfolio, with its first solid state portable drive, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C. The new drive brings faster interface speeds with USB-C connectivity and expanded external storage for next-generation computers. Available in 1TB and 500GB capacities, the G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C...

Philips CrystalClear Quad HD 32” Monitor

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Envision Peripherals have announced the new Philips Crystalclear Quad HD 2560 x 1440 32-inch display (BDM3270QP2), which features a 10-bit Philips AMVA LED panel with an ultra-high static contrast ratio. The new display also offers a decent range of connectivity options including DisplayPort, HDMI, Dual link DVI and USB 3.0. The CrystalClear Quad HD 2560 x 1440 32-inch display also features MultiView technology, which enables you to work with multiple devices like a PC and notebook side-by-side simultaneously. The 10-bit display boasts 1.074 billion colours, 178-degree viewing angles and a 12-bit internal look-up table. Finally, an integrated MHL port allows users to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the widescreen display while charging the mobile device at the same time.

Envision Peripherals have announced the new Philips Crystalclear Quad HD 2560 x 1440 32-inch display (BDM3270QP2), which features a 10-bit Philips AMVA LED panel with an ultra-high static contrast ratio. The new display also offers a decent range of connectivity options including DisplayPort, HDMI, Dual link DVI and USB 3.0. The CrystalClear...

Monday, November 7, 2016

Historic Leica Cameras to be Auctioned at 30th WestLicht Auction

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Film
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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of WestLicht, Leica will hold its 30th WestLicht camera auction, opening at 11 a.m. on 19 November 2016. Among the highlights of the anniversary auction are two versions of the RIFLE sets, manufactured by E. Leitz New York, which were first publicly presented in July 1938. The RITOO set, with a 20 cm Telyt lens and the original case, is expected to value $165,000 and $200,000. Bids for the second version, a RITEL with a 40 cm Telyt lens and also in its original case, are expected to be in the range of $190,000 to $225,000. Magnum photographer Herbert List’s black paint Leica M3 (No. 915252, pictured) from 1958 is also up for auction (estimated hammer price: $45,000 to $55,000). This early black paint version of the camera from an unofficial series is one of the rarest Leica items. Around 90 units were built, and very few of them have survived. In addition to Leica products, visitors to the anniversary auction will also have an opportunity to bid for numerous collectors’ pieces and rarities from other camera manufacturers.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of WestLicht, Leica will hold its 30th WestLicht camera auction, opening at 11 a.m. on 19 November 2016. Among the highlights of the anniversary auction are two versions of the RIFLE sets, manufactured by E. Leitz New York, which were first publicly presented in July 1938. The RITOO...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Manfrotto Launches Christmas Giveaway

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto is running a special giveaway for the festive period. Available on selected products across the Manfrotto and Lastolite by Manfrotto range, the offer is available from all qualifying Manfrotto dealers in the UK. Under the terms of the promotion, customers are eligible for a free gift when buying certain products. This offer is valid from 1st November 2016 – 24th December 2016.

Manfrotto is running a special giveaway for the festive period. Available on selected products across the Manfrotto and Lastolite by Manfrotto range, the offer is available from all qualifying Manfrotto dealers in the UK. Under the terms of the promotion, customers are eligible for a free gift when buying certain...

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gary Fong Bounce Panel for Sony A6000/A6300/A6500

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Gary Fong has today introduced the new Bounce Panel pop-up flash diffuser for Sony’s smallest mirrorless camera line. This unique hot-shoe mounted diffuser elevates and disperses the pop-up flash, resulting in softer light on the subject, reducing the harsh side-shadows and hot-spots that pop-up flashes often create.The Bounce Panel boasts two different colour options (available as a set). The Half Cloud Panel is for more efficient use, and neutral tones ideally suited for event candids. The Amber Panel is designed to mimic the warmth of a setting sun or the colour temperature of tungsten lighting for proper balance. The Bounce Panel is available for $19.95.

Gary Fong has today introduced the new Bounce Panel pop-up flash diffuser for Sony’s smallest mirrorless camera line. This unique hot-shoe mounted diffuser elevates and disperses the pop-up flash, resulting in softer light on the subject, reducing the harsh side-shadows and hot-spots that pop-up flashes often create.The...

Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit

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Leica today announced that its Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) camera will be available in a set with added accessories at a special price starting mid-November. The new Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit includes the camera with the additional functionality of an auto lens cap – which allows photographers to power the camera on, shoot pictures, and then power off without the need to remove the cap – and an exclusive red carrying strap made from the finest quality cotton. Just in time for the season, the Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit comes in attractive packaging with a winter theme. The kit will become available later this month, at a recommended retail price of £920/$1,145.

Leica today announced that its Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) camera will be available in a set with added accessories at a special price starting mid-November. The new Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit includes the camera with the additional functionality of an auto lens cap – which allows photographers to power the camera...

Olympus STF-8 Macro Flash

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Olympus has announced the recommended retail price of the new STF-8 Macro Flash. Billed as the World's first dust-, splash- and freezeproof macro twin flash, the Olympus STF-8 is designed for a perfect output to match macro shooting, with a guide number of 8.5 when both heads are fired, and 6 when firing one head. The output ratio of left and right flash head (A/B) can be set from 1:8 to 8:1 through two dials on the control panel. In addition to high-precision TTL flash exposure control, the output can be fine-tuned for manual flash firing within 1/1 to 1/128. Remote firing from the front of the control section is compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system that communicates via infrared light. The separately sold clip-on flash (FL-900R) and other large flashes for background light can be used for multi-unit lighting. The Olympus STF-8 Macro Flash is priced at £449.99 and available from December 2016.

Olympus has announced the recommended retail price of the new STF-8 Macro Flash. Billed as the World's first dust-, splash- and freezeproof macro twin flash, the Olympus STF-8 is designed for a perfect output to match macro shooting, with a guide number of 8.5 when both heads are fired,...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tenba Messenger DNA 10 and Messenger DNA 15

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Tenba have announced the addition of two new sizes to their DNA Messenger bag range. The Tenba Messenger DNA 10 (£99) is designed to stylishly carry and protect a compact system camera, 2-3 lenses and a small tablet, while the Messenger DNA 15 Slim (£120) is capable of carrying a mirrorless or DSLR camera with 4-6 lenses, as well as a 15" laptop or large tablet. Available now from all good photo retailers, both bags come in a choice of colours including Graphite, Olive, Cobalt and Dark Copper.

Tenba have announced the addition of two new sizes to their DNA Messenger bag range. The Tenba Messenger DNA 10 (£99) is designed to stylishly carry and protect a compact system camera, 2-3 lenses and a small tablet, while the Messenger DNA 15 Slim (£120) is capable of carrying a mirrorless or...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro

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Apple today introduced the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever, featuring a new Retina display supporting a wider colour gamut plus, on selected models, a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Adobe Photoshop or Apple's own Final Cut Pro. Additionally, the new MacBook Pro features an entirely new enclosure design and all-metal unibody construction. The 13" MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar starts at £1,449/$1,499, features a 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships today. The 13" Touch Bar model starts at £1,749/$1,799, and boasts Touch ID functionality, a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and ships in two to three weeks. The Touch Bar-equipped 15" MacBook Pro starts at £2,349/$2,399, and features a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage, and will be available in two to three weeks.

Apple today introduced the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever, featuring a new Retina display supporting a wider colour gamut plus, on selected models, a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Colorama Launches Translum

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Colorama has announced the launch of Translum, a polypropylene backdrop-cum-diffuser designed to transform light. Lighting Translum from behind creates a soft, white background with an even, smooth look similar to seamless paper. Photographers can also position a subject and lights behind Translum to create a silhouette. When not being used as a backdrop, Translum’s versatility as a diffuser means it can be hung from ceiling to floor to create a large softbox, placed in front of a window or doorway to diffuse natural light, or easily cut into any shape or size from the roll. Because it bends, Translum can be manipulated into nearly any configuration needed – and can even be used to tailor the correct sized tent needed for your shoot. Translum comes in three grades; Lightweight, Medium and Heavy, and is available to buy as a roll, or as a set of 6 sheets including 2 of each of the different grades.

Colorama has announced the launch of Translum, a polypropylene backdrop-cum-diffuser designed to transform light. Lighting Translum from behind creates a soft, white background with an even, smooth look similar to seamless paper. Photographers can also position a subject and lights behind Translum to create a silhouette. When not being...