Wednesday, March 5, 2014
MindShift Gear has just released the UltraLight Camera Cover, which is billed as the lightest, most compact camera cover for outdoor photography. This “skin-style” camera pouch/cover is designed for outdoor, nature, and action photographers who wear a normal or pro DSLR camera with small to medium lens out on their chest, ready to shoot. “It is a super lightweight cover that offers protection against scratches, dust, moisture and debris while stabilising the camera on the chest, waist or over the shoulder,” said MindShift Gear’s founder and president Doug Murdoch. "It is ultra-compressible for easy stowing and its integrated belt supports the camera around the photographer’s waist.” The UltraLight DSLR Cover is available in three sizes, priced at $29.99.
MindShift Gear has released the first case designed for quick access to round, square, and rectangular camera lens filters: the Filter Hive. The case resembles a bee hive with padded, felt-lined slots that protect delicate glass and resin filters. The Filter Hive’s padded exterior case and accordion-style removable insert holds up to six flat graduated neutral density filters up to 4x6” (100x150mm) and six round filters up to 82mm diameter, including the thick 1.5cm variable neutral density filters. Priced at $54.99, the Filter Hive is available via the website below.
Lowepro has revealed a trio of rolling camera bags that maximise the amount of pro-sized gear photographers can pack, protect and transport: the Pro Roller x-Series AW. At the core of the new design is Lowepro’s patent-pending MaxFit System of adjustable, interior dividers. This micro-fitting structure makes it easy to closely pack pro bodies, large lenses and all essential accessories in a deep and roomy interior. The bags boast a patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover and hardshell exterior for superior protection. The Pro Roller x200 ($399.99) and x100 ($369.99) are sized to meet standard airline carry-on requirements. The Lowepro Pro Roller x300 ($479.99, pictured) is the largest of the thee, measuring 43.3cm x 29.5cm x 64.5cm and accomodating 1-2 Pro DSLRs with grip, 8-10 lenses and up to a 17" laptop.
Think Tank Photo have just launched their belt-mountable Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket (PPR). Easily secured to any belt by a sturdy hook-and-loop panel, the PPR holds six CF cards and three SD cards, as well as other small accessories, such as a smartphone or lens cloth. The attached neck-strap tucks away in its own interior slot. The new PPR is available for $22.75 from the website below.
Think Tank Photo have just released their App House 8 ($44.75) and App House 10 ($54.75) hybrid bags for quick access to a small or standard-size tablet. Both App House bags offer dedicated pockets for carrying a smartphone and other small items, an internal irganiser with elastic and zippered pockets for connection cables, card readers, power cables, portable charger etc., a 4-way stretch pocket for rapid access to lens caps, memory cards, batteries or other items, removeable and adjustable shoulder strap with a non-slip pad, a seam-sealed rain cover, and more.
Singapore-based Adaptist have released their Pentax K+ Multi-Mount (PK+ MM) mounting ring, which allows photographers to attach Contax/Yashica, Konica, Nikon F and Olympus OM mount lenses to a number of Pentax SLR camera bodies. Compatible models include the Pentax *ist D, *ist DS, *ist DS2, *ist DL, *ist DL2, K100D, K110D, K100D Super, K-m, K2000, K-x, K-r and most Pentax AF SLRs. Note that this is not like a typical adapter - as Adaptist put it: "As most camera mounts have flange focal distances that are too close for adapters to be possible, by changing the original mount ring of the camera to an adaptive one like PK+MM, you can now mount different mount lenses without adapters, and still achieve infinity focus in most cases." The kit contains the PK+ MM plus 2 pieces of mounting shim for Nikon F mount, a 2mm cross-tip Philips screwdriver and a printed instruction manual. The Adaptist Pentax K+ Multi-Mount is available for S$98 + shipping via the website below.
Panasonic has unveiled new SDXC and SDHC UHS-I cards, the Gold Series “SDUC”, complying with UHS Speed Class 3 and suitable for 4K video recording at a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (240 Mbps). When used with a UHS-I compliant product, the card can have a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and maximum write speed of 45MB/s. With products not compatible with UHS Speed Class 3, the Panasonic Gold Series cards are compliant with UHS Speed Class 1 or Speed Class 10 with a constant minimum writing speed of 10 MB/s (80 Mbps). The cards will be available in memory capacities of 64 GB, 32 GB and 16 GB.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH4 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera, including the YAGH interface grip,the metal chassis and an exploded view of the inside of the camera.
Panasonic were also exhibiting early samples of the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and a non-working protototype of an intriguing super-compact 35-100mm lens.
The Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 is a white, silk gloss Baryta paper that gives the impression of a traditional silver halide photo paper. Key highlights include a unique barium sulphate coating, high colour density and brilliance and high resolution. Currenty on display at WPPI in Las Vegas, the Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 is available in a range of different sizes.
Tiffen has just released the Tiffen Pearlescent, Tiffen Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters in 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes. Originally developed for Hollywood cinematographers, these filters soften excess detail and reduce wrinkles and blemishes, giving photographers and videographers more creative control over the shot. “The Tiffen Company pioneered Optical Filter development for photographers more than 75 years ago and to this day continues to innovate with new product offerings such as the Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters,” says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “After decades of enjoying how Hollywood has used these Tiffen MPTV filters to achieve their visions, we look forward to seeing an entire new group of image-makers capture and enhance their subjects using the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters for photography and videography.” The Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters are available today through Tiffen domestic and international dealers and distributors.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Lastolite has announced three new products to the Joe McNally range. The Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite (£65) is a 22cm x 22cm mini softbox featuring 1 outer and 3 alternative inner diffusers (1 stop diffusers, Soft Silver and Soft Gold). The Joe McNally Skylite Rapid with Masks (£170) features a rigid aluminium frame, which is quick to assemble and delivers reliable lighting control, even in the most demanding conditions. Finally, the Joe McNally 4:1 Umbrella (£115) offers White Bounce, Silver Bounce, Shoot Through and Shoot Through with Square Mask configurations. The removable mask also enables photographers to switch between a circular or square catchlight.
Lastolite has added inspirational new textures to their Urban Backgrounds Collection. Now available in Derelict Wall/Wooden Fence, Shutter/Distressed Door and Tarnished Metal/Container, the backgrounds have been designed using crease resistant fabric, allowing photographers to create the outdoor look in an instant, whether it’s in the studio or a client's home. Each reversible background has a unique urban feel and can quickly add a new dimension to any portrait sitting. The new Urban Backgrounds are available for £165 each, in a size of1.5m x 2.1m.
Canon UK has launched its Spring 2014 cashback promotion. Customers can claim up to £210 cashback on a range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and Pixma PRO printers. The offer runs from 1 March 2014 to 7 May 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Manfrotto has just revealed its new 055 collection of tripods. Featuring a Quick Power Lock system, which applies significantly increased locking power to the leg section cuffs, the new Manfrotto 055 tripods have a vertical-horizontal column mechanism hidden inside the tripod’s top casting until it is needed. Both the head and the camera are now closer to the central casting, making the tripod even more rigid and further improving image sharpness, the company says. When required, the touch of one-finger lifts the 90° column mechanism out of the casting, allowing the centre column to swing to the horizontal position, with no disassembly and without removing the head or camera. Supporting up to 9kg payload, the new Manfrotto 055 is available from £199.95 SRP.
Manfrotto has released its new Spectra 1x1 panels aimed at professional videographers. These versatile LED units provide a soft light with high colour rendition (CRI>90); thereby all colours are reproduced accurately, with no tone shift towards green. A knob on the back panel of the Manfrotto Spectra 1x1 LED panel allows users to regulate the light output level from 0 to 100%. The sister model Spectra 1x1 FT additionally enables videographers to toggle between cold white (5600°K) and warm white (3200°K) colour temperature settings. The Spectra 1x1S and Spectra 1x1F panels are daylight-balanced fixtures, emitting light respectively with a narrow and wide beam angle. The LED lights mount easily on light stands through a removable yoke with a standard 5/8” attachment and are compatible with all Manfrotto Baby Light stands. The Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 panels are available from £719.95 SRP.
Manfrotto today launched its new X-pro 3-way head (£114.95) for photographers who want maximum precision from a compact size. "Carrying a complete tripod and head takes up a lot of space in a photographer’s bag and means extra weight to carry," the company says. "This is why the new X-pro 3-way head has been designed to occupy as little space as possible, with retractable levers that can be extended when needed, but remain extremely compact when not in use." Measuring 13x13.5x13.5cm, the Manfrotto X-pro 3-way head weighs in at 1kg and has a maximum load capacity of 8kg.
Twenty years after launching the Mountaineer tripod family, Gitzo unveiled an updated version of the range. Now stiffer and stronger than ever, with newly developed Carbon eXact tubes and a refined top spider design; the new Mountaineer tripods are also faster and easier to use with evolutions in the G-lock system, Ground Level Set mechanism, and leg angle selectors. The new models feature G-lock Ultra, a redesigned version of Gitzo’s signature leg lock system G-lock. G-lock Ultra has even more comfortable operation and reduced risk of debris entering the tubes and locking mechanisms. There are ten tripod leg sets and three complete tripod and head kits in the new Mountaineer range, covering Gitzo’s Series 0 (the smallest) up to Series 3. Each series has three and four section models available, priced from £479.95 SRP.
Nikon UK today launched its spring consumer promotion offering up to £120 cashback. Eligible products include selected digital SLR cameras, selected DX lenses, plus the SB-300 Speedlight. The offer is valid through 28 May 2014 and all claims must be received by 30 June 2014. For more details, visit the website below.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Gary Fong today launched an addition to its line-up of flash diffusers with the introduction of the LightBlade Diffuser. Designed to accommodate nearly all spedlights, the new LightBlade Diffuser softens the harsh light emitted by the flash tubes, minimises shadows and reduces glare. Attached using the Gary Fong patented strap and band mounting system, the LightBlade Diffuser mounts directly onto the flash head and is then secured with the included Gary Fong Velcro Cinch Strap. The LightBlade Diffuser is available for $34.95 MAP.
The new Gary Fong Lightbulb adapter kit contains a Gary Fong Lightsphere adapter, which secures to a light socket adapter with AC power plug or Europlug. Compatible with the new Lightsphere Collapsible Speed Mount (Generation 5) and the new SpeedSnoot the Gary Fong Lightbulb adapter kit fits on any standard-mount light stand. "By taking advantage of the continuous source to pre-visualise the effects of various lighting setups, photographers are provided the professional look of a diffused strobe light without the confusion of syncing, metering and modelling," the company says. The Lightbulb adapter kit will be available in April for $53.95 MSRP.