Category: Accessories

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lexar 256GB 633x microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lexar has announced a new 256GB 633x microSDXC UHS-I (U3) memory card. Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the 633x microSDXC UHS-I card has read transfer speeds up to 95MB per second and is currently on display at Photokina. The microSDXC card comes with a USB 3.0 reader, which allows for quick and easy file transfer from the card to a PC. The card includes a limited lifetime warranty and a one-year limited warranty for the card reader. The new card will be "coming soon," with an MSRP of £246.99.

Lexar has announced a new 256GB 633x microSDXC UHS-I (U3) memory card. Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the 633x microSDXC UHS-I card has read transfer speeds up to 95MB per second and is currently on display at Photokina. The microSDXC card comes with a USB 3.0 reader, which allows...

Novoflex Introduce New Products at Photokina

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Novoflex have announced several new products that will go on display this week at Photokina 2016. Coming shortly after the recent announcement of the Leica SL Smart Adapter for Canon EF lenses, Novoflex has also announced a similar lens adapter for Nikkor optics. This new smart SL/NIK adapter supports electronic pass-through from the lens to the camera body, enabling autofocus, aperture control, AF/MF mode, and depth of field indicator from the Leica SL camera body. A new tripod collar ASTAT-CN is designed to be used on the SL/NIK and the SL/EOS adapters when using heavy lenses on the Leica SL. This new tripod collar supports the lens to relieve the stress on the Leica bayonet mount. Additionally, Novoflex has introduced three new PL adapters that will allow film/video professionals to use PL-mount lenses on Leica T/SL (LET/PL), Micro Four Thirds (MFT/PL), and Sony E-mount (NEX/PL) cameras. Last but not least, the Novoflex MagicBall Free is a new take on the idea of a ball head and allows compact system camera users to quickly frame and capture an image quickly and with stability. The MagicBall Free is available in two set configurations. The MB FREE SET includes the MagicBall Free ball, Magic Ball Free housing, Magic Ball Free shell, and Magic Ball Free support foot. The BF SET includes the MagicBall Free ball, Magic Ball Free shell, and Magic Ball Free support foot. To see these and more Novoflex products, visit Hall 2.1, Stand A041-A043 at Photokina.

Novoflex have announced several new products that will go on display this week at Photokina 2016. Coming shortly after the recent announcement of the Leica SL Smart Adapter for Canon EF lenses, Novoflex has also announced a similar lens adapter for Nikkor optics. This new smart SL/NIK adapter supports electronic...

Metz mecablitz M400

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Metz has launched the mecablitz M400, a compact system flash for Canon, Nikon, Micro FourThirds, Pentax, Sony and Fujifilm cameras. Powered by four AAA sized NiMH, alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries, the Metz mecablitz M400 has a zoom-swivel head covering a FOV range matching that of a full-frame 24-105mm lens, with a guide number of 40 (in metres at ISO 100/21°) at the 105mm position. Depending on your camera, the mecablitz M400 with master and slave mode also offers wireless TTL flash functionality. The M400 comes with an adjustable LED video/modelling light, bounce card and integrated wide-angle diffuser. Other highlights include high-speed flash synchronisation, second-curtain sync and red-eye reduction. Availability and pricing to be confirmed.

Metz has launched the mecablitz M400, a compact system flash for Canon, Nikon, Micro FourThirds, Pentax, Sony and Fujifilm cameras. Powered by four AAA sized NiMH, alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries, the Metz mecablitz M400 has a zoom-swivel head covering a FOV range matching that of a full-frame 24-105mm lens,...

Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tether Tools today introduced the Case Air Wireless Tethering System, an innovative camera controller that connects and transfers images instantly from a camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Offering remote control of advanced camera settings including focus adjustments, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, HDR, and more; Case Air is about the size of a car key fob and weighs just 50 grams (1.7 ounces). Once connected to a camera via a small USB cable, Case Air creates its own wireless connection between camera and tablet, phone or computer. The Case Air Wireless Tethering System debuted at the Tether Tools Booth at Photokina, September 20-25 in Hall 4.1 Stand B.26.  The complete system and accessories will be globally available from late October for $159.99 through Tether Tools’ authorised retailers.

Tether Tools today introduced the Case Air Wireless Tethering System, an innovative camera controller that connects and transfers images instantly from a camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Offering remote control of advanced camera settings including focus adjustments, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, HDR, and more; Case Air is about...

Profoto Pro-10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Profoto has unveiled the Pro-10, the world's fastest studio flash/generator. Offering t0.5 flash durations as short as 1/80,000th of a second, the Profoto Pro-10 is a powerful 2,400Ws unit with a recycle time of just 0.02-0.7s. Other highlights include built in AirTTL supporting wireless sync, control and TTL exposure metering; 3 large rubberised dials; a high-resolution display; a power range of 11 stops (adjutable in full-stop or 1/10th-stop increments) and compatiblity with 11 different flash heads and over 120 light shaping tools.

Profoto has unveiled the Pro-10, the world's fastest studio flash/generator. Offering t0.5 flash durations as short as 1/80,000th of a second, the Profoto Pro-10 is a powerful 2,400Ws unit with a recycle time of just 0.02-0.7s. Other highlights include built in AirTTL supporting wireless sync, control and...

SanDisk Extreme PRO 1TB SDXC Memory Card Prototype

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Western Digital today unveiled its SanDisk 1TB SDXC memory card prototype at Photokina 2016. “Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates.”

Western Digital today unveiled its SanDisk 1TB SDXC memory card prototype at Photokina 2016. “Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD...

Phottix Indra500LC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Phottix Indra500LC is the first studio light compatible with Canon’s radio flash system. The 500Ws Phottix Indra500LC TTL has the power and control of the Canon RT and Phottix Laso triggering systems built-in. Users can switch between TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and manual power levels and use high-speed sync, all from the Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT Speedlites and the Phottix Laso Transmitter - no extra hardware is needed. In Manual mode the Indra500LC offers 8 stops of power adjustments - from full power to 1/128 in 1/3rd stop increments. With Stroboscopic Mode, the Phottix Indra can be used for special effect and creative shooting with flash frequencies of 1-100HZ and flash counts of 1-100 times. The Indra500LC comes with a Li-Ion battery, cables, charger, carrying bag and a new, smaller 5” reflector, with a suggested retail price of $1,299. Availability is slated for October.

The Phottix Indra500LC is the first studio light compatible with Canon’s radio flash system. The 500Ws Phottix Indra500LC TTL has the power and control of the Canon RT and Phottix Laso triggering systems built-in. Users can switch between TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Olympus FL-900 R

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olympus has announced a new professional-grade flash for the Micro FourThirds system. The new Olympus FL-900 R features protection against dust, splashes and sub-zero temperatures, and can be used both on- and off-camera thanks to its wireless TTL metering/triggering capabilities. The flash has a zoomable tilt-swivel head that covers the angle of view for a focal length of 12mm-100mm lenses and 7mm-10mm lenses when using the built-in wide panel. The guide number is 58 (in metres at ISO 100/21°, in the 100mm position). The Olympus FL-900 R flash will become available in December 2016 at a recommended retail price of £549.99/€599.00.

Olympus has announced a new professional-grade flash for the Micro FourThirds system. The new Olympus FL-900 R features protection against dust, splashes and sub-zero temperatures, and can be used both on- and off-camera thanks to its wireless TTL metering/triggering capabilities. The flash has a zoomable tilt-swivel head that covers...

GoPro Karma

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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GoPro has announced the Karma, a foldable quadcopter with a removable 3-axis gimbal stabiliser and a touchscreen-based remote control unit. Easily fitting in a small backpack, the GoPro Karma will become available on 23 October 2016, priced at $799 ($999 with a GoPro HERO5 Session camera, $1099 with a HERO5 Black).

GoPro has announced the Karma, a foldable quadcopter with a removable 3-axis gimbal stabiliser and a touchscreen-based remote control unit. Easily fitting in a small backpack, the GoPro Karma will become available on 23 October 2016, priced at $799 ($999 with a GoPro HERO5 Session camera, $1099 with a HERO5 Black).

Sekonic SpeedMaster L-858D

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Sekonic today introduced the new Sekonic SpeedMaster L-858D exposure meter. Equipped with a 2.7" touchscreen, the new model offers flash duration measurement and has the capability to measure the brief flash bursts of High Speed Sync (HSS) for precision flash exposure control. Filmmakers and landscape photographers will appreciate the L-858D’s increased sensitivity for both incident and reflected-spot measurements giving them the ability to obtain extreme low light level readings. The L-858D also offers optional wireless triggering modules for Elinchrom, Phottix and PocketWizard radio triggering devices. The Sekonic SpeedMaster L-858D light meter will be on display at the Photokina show in Hall 4.1, Booth E-010.

Sekonic today introduced the new Sekonic SpeedMaster L-858D exposure meter. Equipped with a 2.7" touchscreen, the new model offers flash duration measurement and has the capability to measure the brief flash bursts of High Speed Sync (HSS) for precision flash exposure control. Filmmakers and landscape photographers will appreciate the L-85...

Sony at Photokina

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Sony is demonstrating its full range of digital imaging offerings at Photokina 2016. Located in Hall 5.2, the Sony booth will be open from 10:00 on Tuesday 20th September until 18:00 on Sunday 25th September. In addition to showcasing the full product line-up including the newly announced A99 II camera, Sony is offering a full programme of live talks and demonstrations. At these free talks, world-renowned photographers and filmmakers will be sharing their insights as well as their own personal and professional experiences of using Sony cameras and lenses. As part of the programme, there will also be a series of live action shows which attendees are invited to photograph including a celebration of Samurai sword artistry, professional break dancers and acrobats.

Sony is demonstrating its full range of digital imaging offerings at Photokina 2016. Located in Hall 5.2, the Sony booth will be open from 10:00 on Tuesday 20th September until 18:00 on Sunday 25th September. In addition to showcasing the full product line-up including the newly announced A99 II camera, Sony is offering a...

Fotospeed Launch Square-Format Papers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotospeed is launching a selection of square-format inkjet papers. Available from October, the papers come in three sizes, 8"x8", 10"x10" and 12"x12"; and three finishes, Fotospeed PF Lustre 275, Fotospeed Platinum Etching and Fotospeed Platinum Baryta. “We are committed to encouraging photographers to print their images,” says Toby Herlinger, Sales & Marketing Director at Fotospeed. “Fotospeed truly believe in the power and difference that a printed image makes. Getting images out of social media and giving strangely shaped images a way of getting printed easily, makes sense to us. We’ve done the same with panoramas in the past, and we’re excited to give photographers an easy and cost effective way to print high quality, square images.” The square paper format will provide medium format users with a cost effective solution to having to cut from larger sheets of paper, will give Instagram users the chance to print their images easily, and will enable anyone whose photo would be better suited to a square an easy way to create that print without any wastage. Pricing for the new papers has yet to be confirmed.

Fotospeed is launching a selection of square-format inkjet papers. Available from October, the papers come in three sizes, 8"x8", 10"x10" and 12"x12"; and three finishes, Fotospeed PF Lustre 275, Fotospeed Platinum Etching and Fotospeed Platinum Baryta. “We are committed to encouraging photographers to print their images,” says Toby Herlinger,...

Fotospeed Platinum Gloss Art Fibre 300

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Fotospeed, the UK’s premier photographic paper brand, is launching a new fine art paper. Offering a wide tonal range and deep blacks, the water-resistant. instant-dry Platinum Gloss Art Fibre 300 will be added to Fotospeed’s existing Fine Art range, and will be available in Octobere in A4, A3, A3+, and A2 sizes and in 24”, 36”, and 44” wide 15-metre rolls. Made from 100% alpha-cellulose pulp, Platinum Gloss Fibre 300 is a heavyweight exhibition quality paper, and lends itself particularly well to black-and-white shots or shots with very vibrant colours. Fotospeed will be attending Photokina from 20-25th September 2016. A first look at the Platinum Gloss Art Fibre 300 paper will be available at their stand A035 in Hall 3.1.

Fotospeed, the UK’s premier photographic paper brand, is launching a new fine art paper. Offering a wide tonal range and deep blacks, the water-resistant. instant-dry Platinum Gloss Art Fibre 300 will be added to Fotospeed’s existing Fine Art range, and will be available in Octobere in A4,...

Profoto and Sony Announce Collaboration

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Profoto and Sony today announced their collaboration to expand markets for professional photographers and serious amateurs. This cooperation promises enhanced compatibility across Profoto flashes and light-shaping tools and Sony's interchangeable-lens cameras. “Profoto is very pleased to enter into this partnership with Sony, a front runner of groundbreaking digital imaging. This collaboration between two industry leaders in photography and light shaping provides a unique platform that will enable future innovations for the world’s best and most ambitious photographers. We are happy to announce the first step, the highly sought-after Profoto AirTTL for Sony α users,” says Anders Hedebark, CEO of Profoto. The Profoto Air Remote TTL-S (pictured) is a small, wireless radio transmitter that can be attached to your Sony camera’s hotshoe. The remote offers full TTL and HSS capability with Profoto’s Pro-10, D2, B1, and B2 flashes. The Air Remote TTL-S will be available in early 2017.

Profoto and Sony today announced their collaboration to expand markets for professional photographers and serious amateurs. This cooperation promises enhanced compatibility across Profoto flashes and light-shaping tools and Sony's interchangeable-lens cameras. “Profoto is very pleased to enter into this partnership with Sony, a front runner of groundbreaking digital...

Leica Expands SL-System with 5 New Lenses and Handgrip

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital, Lenses
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Within the next 18 months, Leica SL photographers can look forward to the expansion of the SL lens portfolio with the addition of an ultra-wide zoom and four prime lenses. The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is scheduled to be available in January 2017 at a suggested retail price of £3,850 including VAT. This will be followed by the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH. in Summer 2017. The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. and the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. are scheduled for Autumn and Winter 2017 respectively, followed by the Leica Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH. in Spring 2018. Pricing will be announced nearer to each launch date. The Leica SL Handgrip is available now in the UK at a suggested retail price of £600 including VAT.

Within the next 18 months, Leica SL photographers can look forward to the expansion of the SL lens portfolio with the addition of an ultra-wide zoom and four prime lenses. The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is scheduled to be available in January 2017 at a suggested retail price of £3,850 including...

PocketWizard FlexTT5 TTL Radio System for Panasonic

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The PocketWizard FlexTT5 TTL Radio System is the first TTL radio system specifically for Panasonic ‘s mirrorless cameras. Panasonic photographers can now benefit from PocketWizard’s wireless transceiver radio technology for remote TTL flash and camera triggering. With the FlexTT5 for Panasonic, GH4 photographers can now trigger any number of remote flashes without line of site limitations. PocketWizard is also currently developing a remote camera cable which will allow Panasonic photographers to trigger a remote camera with their FlexTT5 or any other PocketWizard radio.  

The PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver for Panasonic will be available at the end of October, 2016.  Photographers will have the option of purchasing individual radios or a set of two. The US MAP price of a single FlexTT5 for Panasonic radio will be $186.00 and a set of two radios which includes a PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag will come in at $299.00 US MAP.

The PocketWizard FlexTT5 TTL Radio System is the first TTL radio system specifically for Panasonic ‘s mirrorless cameras. Panasonic photographers can now benefit from PocketWizard’s wireless transceiver radio technology for remote TTL flash and camera triggering. With the FlexTT5 for Panasonic, GH4 photographers can now trigger any...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

BlackRapid Breathe Camera Straps

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The new BlackRapid Breathe range of camera straps that have been designed to deliver a higher level of comfort and performance. A new shoulder pad design allows for a better weight distribution and strap position across the body, and also features a removable underarm stabilising strap. The new shoulder pad also features an ‘airmesh’ grip layer, that fixes the strap’s position on the shoulder more firmly, and increased ventilation that means you can wear the strap for extended periods without compromising on comfort. BlackRapid Breathe camera straps are available from £40.

The new BlackRapid Breathe range of camera straps that have been designed to deliver a higher level of comfort and performance. A new shoulder pad design allows for a better weight distribution and strap position across the body, and also features a removable underarm stabilising strap. The new shoulder pad...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Peak Design Becomes 2nd Largest Crowd-Supported Brand in History

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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Earning over $6.5M from more than 26,000 supporters in the company’s latest crowdfunding effort, Peak Design officially became the overall second most crowdfunded brand. Over the course of six years and six consecutive campaigns, Peak Design has collectively raised more than $13.7M via crowdfunding efforts. In 2015 Peak Design broke into the top 12 Kickstarter campaigns of all time with the unprecedented success of the Everyday Messenger Bag: a successful redefinition of the classic messenger bag guided by the company’s roots in photography. This summer, the company was back with a full line of packs that included two backpacks, a sling and a tote, under the expanded Everyday Bag Line.

Earning over $6.5M from more than 26,000 supporters in the company’s latest crowdfunding effort, Peak Design officially became the overall second most crowdfunded brand. Over the course of six years and six consecutive campaigns, Peak Design has collectively raised more than $13.7M via crowdfunding efforts. In 2015 Peak Design broke...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Profoto D2 is the World’s Fastest Monolight with TTL

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The new Profoto D2 monolight can freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second. The Profoto  D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of up to 1/63,000 of a second, which makes it faster than most high-end studio packs on the market. Better still, it offers super short flash duration across the full energy range. In terms of output, the D2 is available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions. The Profoto D2 is released Sept 15, 2016. Both the 500Ws and 1000Ws versions are available in different kit configurations.

The new Profoto D2 monolight can freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second. The Profoto  D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of up to 1/63,000 of a second,...

Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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The Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System is an innovative camera controller that connects and transfers images instantly from a camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Case Air offers remote control of advanced camera settings including focus adjustments, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, HDR, and more. View images on a larger screen to check critical focus and composition or use live-view or movie mode for real-time capture to share and collaborate as images are created. The complete system and accessories will be globally available through Tether Tools’ authorized resellers and at http://www.TetherTools.com in late October.

The Tether Tools Case Air Wireless Tethering System is an innovative camera controller that connects and transfers images instantly from a camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Case Air offers remote control of advanced camera settings including focus adjustments, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, HDR, and more. View...