Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Lexar has announced two additions to its CFast memory card line: the Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 card and the Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card. The Lexar Professional 3600x CFast 2.0 card provides read transfer speeds up to 540MB per second, and comes in 256GB (£739.99) and 128GB (£394.99) capacities. The 3500x CFast 2.0 memory card will be available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB (£129.99-£739.99) and provide read transfer speed up to 525MB per second. “More and more cinematographers and videographers are embracing cutting-edge video cameras for important shoots,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The goal in developing the Professional 3600x and 3500x CFast 2.0 cards is to provide them with the fastest memory cards available to capture high quality 4K video and beyond.”
Lexar has just announced a new 128GB version of its Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Launching later this month, the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be the fastest UHS-II memory card available at this capacity in the market. Offering read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB/s, the new 128GB memory card includes an SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos. The card also comes with a limited lifetime warranty and includes a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software. The suggested retail price is £224.99.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Apple today updated the entire iMac family. The 21.5-inch iMac is now available with a display featuring a 4096x2304-pixel resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac. The Retina 5K display that now comes as standard with every 27-inch iMac offers a staggering 14.7 million pixels of resolution. The new Retina panels feature a wider P3-based colour gamut that provides a 25 percent larger colour space than standard sRGB-based displays. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports now come standard on all iMacs and deliver up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds for external drives and high-performance peripherals. And three stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi allows every iMac to support up to 1.3Gbps wireless networking. The 21.5-inch iMac is available with a Retina 4K display starting at £1,199. The 27-inch iMac comes in three models starting at £1,449, £1,599 and £1,849.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Transcend have launched their CFast 2.0 CFX700 memory cards for industrial-grade applications. Compliant with the new-generation CFast 2.0 specifications, the Transcend CFX700 memory cards combine a SATA III interface and built-in SLC NAND flash; and boast a sequential read speed of 530 MB/s and write speed of 260 MB/s. To strengthen product performance, Transcend's CFX700 cards support various value-added technologies such as device sleep mode, S.M.A.R.T., security command, built-in ECC and global wear-leveling algorithm. Transcend's CFast 2.0 CFX700 memory cards are available now in 16GB and 32GB capacities.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Tamron have announced the upcoming launch of a dedicated lens case for their SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens. Sold as an optional accessory, the Tamron A011 lens case (Model LA011) features a padded removable shoulder strap, double zippered closure and a couple of side pockets for your lens accessories and smartphone. The case will go on sale on 15 October 2015 in Japan, and will also be available internationally. Pricing to be confirmed. Additionally, the company announced that their A011TL tripod collar (for the same lens) will also start shipping on 15th October.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Manfrotto today announced the Off Road ThrilLED continuous light. Designed specifically for GoPro cameras, the Manfrotto Off Road ThrilLED is a compact portable light featuring a high-quality LED with three dimmable levels of intensity, plus Surface Mount Technology for natural skin tones. A simple knob means that the LED light quickly attaches to its super lightweight aluminium bracket, guaranteeing extra stability. The bracket closely fits the GoPro and ensures a perfectly correct alignment of the LED light with the camera. Compatible with the GoPro HERO4, HERO3+ and HERO3 models, the Off Road ThrilLED is priced at £74.95
Manfrotto has launched the Pixi Xtreme and Pixi Smart mini-tripod kits. The Pixi Xtreme consists of a special version of the Pixi with custom graphics in a kit with a GoPro tripod mount adapter, whereas the Pixi Smart (pictured) is a bundle featuring a black Pixi and a universal smartphone clamp. Prices start at £29.95.
The Manfrotto Pixi Evo is a new model in the company's Pixi range of mini-tripods. Featuring adjustable and extendable 2-section legs, the new Pixi Evo is a lightweight, portable solution for enthusiast and hobbyist photographers looking for a versatile and sturdy support for larger lenses. Boasting two different leg angles with a sliding selector, the Manfrotto Pixi Evo enables users to shoot ground level images with a wide range of devices up to 2.5Kg/5.5lbs. The tripod is available for £44.95
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Tenba has updated its Messenger DNA line with quiet velcro strips and new colour options. “Everyone loves the security of velcro, but they hate the sound it makes,” says Peter Waisnor, Vice President of Tenba. “We searched for a solution that would allow the bag to close securely, but still enable the user to open it silently. We found our solution in a velcro developed for the military, so that soldiers could open packs and pockets in the field without drawing attention.” Available in graphite grey, olive green, cobalt blue and dark copper; the new camera bags are shipping now, with retail prices of $89.95 for the DNA 8, $139.95 for the DNA 11, $159.95 for the DNA 13 and $169.95 for the DNA 15.
Friday, October 2, 2015
The X-Steady-Electro is the first-ever electronic video stabiliser from premium audio-visual accessories brand XSories. Significantly reducing camera shake, the device employs HorizonDrive technology, which is claimed to ensure that "dynamic compositions remain on point and pixel perfect even when shooting in the highest resolutions and under the most challenging circumstances." Suitable for mounting most smartphones and action cameras, including GoPro, Sony and Contour, the X-Steady is simple to use and weighs just 220 grams. Available from the end of this month, the X-Steady Electro 1 Axis stabiliser carries an SRP of £189.99.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Memento Smart Frame by Memento Electronics is a large wall-mountable digital photo frame with an Ultra HD panel. Available in 25" and 35" sizes with an aspect ratio of 3:2, the Memento Smart Frame features a proprietary optical sensor that dynamically adjusts the frame’s brightness to match the room’s ambient lighting; making it virtually impossible to tell it is an electronic display. Memento is accessed through Wi-Fi using a dedicated application on your smartphone, tablet or PC. You can pre-order the Memento Smart Frame right now at deep discounts through the company’s Kickstarter campaign. With limited quantities available, Kickstarter prices start at $499 for the 25” frame and $649 for the 35” frame with delivery expected in February 2016.
Profoto have today released a new firmware upgrade for their B1 and B2 off-camera flashes, adding workflow improvements and enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras. When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 (pictured) was the world’s first off-camera flash to offer TTL functionality for both Canon and Nikon cameras. Earlier this year, the B1 was followed by the smaller and more portable Profoto B2, which offers the same TTL functionality as the B1. This latest firmware upgrade brings a series of improvements, including AirTTL compatiblity with the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras, improved Canon integration for faster shooting in Manual mode, an option to deactivate Auto Power-off on all units, an improved display sleep function on air remotes, plus a number of minor bug fixes.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Phantom Glass has launched its first tempered glass screen protectors designed specifically for digital cameras. Made with the same technology as clear Phantom Glass, the tempered glass camera protectors are designed to cover the LCD screens of various models from Sony, Nikon, Canon and Leica. With zero image distortion, the screen protectors do not affect how users view their photos. All models feature a silicone nano-adhesion layer and an oleophobic nano-coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease. The new Phantom Glass camera screen protectors are available now ofr $34.95 each.
The Camslinger Streetomatic by CosySpeed is a next-generation camera bag combining the speed and convenience of a sling strap with the safety and spaciousness of a traditional camera bag. Currently raising funds on IndieGoGo, the Camslinger Streetomatic can be worn comfortably around the hip or like a traditional sling bag over the shoulder. Designed for compact system cameras but also suitable for DSLRs and superzooms, the new bag comes in blue, khaki and black colours. The black version is branded Thomas Leuthard Edition, with the signature of the popular street photographer stitched onto the front of the bag. The blue and khaki versions are available for $55 during the crowdfunding campaign (retail price: $69), and the Thomas Leuthard Edition can be had for $65 (regular price: $79).
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Manfrotto has launched its Advanced Travel Backpack in three new colours. Featuring new, lockable zips and multiple carrying options for tripods; the backpack is divided into two main parts: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom compartment. An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod. The Advanced Travel Backpack is now available in blue, brown and grey for £109.95.
Lowepro have launched four new models as part of their ProTactic series of camera bags. The expanded line now includes the ProTactic SH 120 AW shoulder bag ($99.95) designed for mirrorless camera kits; the ProTactic SH 180 AW mid-sized shoulder bag ($129.95) that fits a standard SLR with a 24-70mm lens attached, one to two extra lenses, a tablet, smartphone and small personal items; the photojournalist-style ProTactic SH 200 AW bag ($169.95) designed to fit a professional SLR camera with a classic 70-200mm lens kit, two to three extra lenses or speedlights, up to a 13-inch laptop and tablet, smartphone, and accessories; and the ProTactic BP 250 AW backpack ($189.95).
Phottix has unveiled a new wireless flash trigger system designed to work with Canon’s E-TTL and RT flash units. Allowing users to control both radio-enabled and non-radio flashes from Canon, the Phottix Laso Transmitter can trigger up to 5 groups (15 units) of Canon system flashes and supports multiple flash modes, including E-TTL II/E-TTL, Manual, MULTI, Ext.A and Linked Shooting. The Laso Receiver can also be connected to studio lights, offering the ability to mix hot-shoe flashes and studio strobes. The Phottix Laso system is now available in the United States.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
XSories have announced the new Bendy range of flexible tripods for smartphones, action cams and regular cameras. Available in three sizes, Mini Bendy (£15.99), Bendy (£19.99) and Big Bendy (£23.99), the tripods come in six vibrant colours: red, green, blue, orange, black and grey. Each Bendy model features an adjustable ballhead, flexible legs, non-slip feet and a ¼-inch universal screw
Cokin and Omegabrandess have just introduced the NUANCES Limited Edition ND1024 Z-PRO (L) 100mmx100mm filter kit. Available for Z-PRO Series (L) only, the kit includes the ND1024 10-stop neutral density filter, Z-PRO (L) filter holder with foam mask, 4 adapter rings; 67, 72, 77 and 82mm, and a soft filter case. The kit is available for $421.50 via the Omegabrandess website.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
PhotoSpring 8 is a new-generation digital photo frame billed as the World's first completely automated digital photo album. The device features an 8" touch-screen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, built-in SD, microSD and USB slots, as well as WiFi connectivity. It automatically gathers photos from various sources, and organises them in a single, easy-to-access location. Facial recognition technology automatically identifies and tags the people in each photo. The search function can find photos by people, location, date, or any combination of the three. Photos can be automatically shared with designated family and friends based on the people tagged in each photo. PhotoSpring 8 also includes an integrated voice-activated digital assistant to help with everyday tasks and information requests. The product - which is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter - shall be available from April 2016. Pricing for the base model with 16GB of memory will start at $199 but "early birds" can get it for $99 by backing the project now.