Friday, May 9, 2014
Three design students at Royal College of Art, London, have teamed up for a fun project about creating photography filters out of... sugar. "The Lomo Filter Kreator Kit is reintroducing the art of using photographic filters and gives the user full creative control," says project manager Morten Grønning Nielsen. "Having three silicon trays, one for flat filters, one for gradients and one for vignettes, the user can create filters in unlimited colours and compositions. The process is outrageously simple, using a special sugar called Isomalt, and sugarcolours, the filters can be created in a household microwave or oven. If they scratch they can be remolded into a new filter or even consumed. Making one filter takes about 2 minutes to create and 10 minutes to cool down. Using our kit, you could make around 50 filters for $10 worth of isomalt." To learn more, visit the project's home page on Behance.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Ilford Photo has decided to re-introduce its Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt Double Weight Baryta Fibre Base photographic paper. This product has been brought back into the range due to customer demand from users of this flagship range of Graded Silver Gelatin Baryta papers who have long requested a matt alternative. Available in Grade 2 only, the Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt paper comes in sizes ranging from 17.8cm x 24cm all the way to 50.8cm x 61.0cm. Shipping starts in June 2014.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Foldio is a compact pop-up studio designed for taking high-quality product shots. This highly portable take-anywhere accessory "pulls together in a snap, stays in place with sturdy magnets and when your work is done, folds flat as a pancake," Photojojo says. The built-in LED strip sheds even light on your subject, and comes with a 9V battery. The Foldio measures 10.2"x10.2"x10.2" when opened, and retails at $49.
The Flash Centre has announced a number of special offers on the Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX flash system. One-head Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX flash kits now include a free battery and charger, a free 18cm high-performance reflector and a free Skyport ECO transmitter. Two-head kits also come with a free Lead Battery and charger and a free 18cm high-performance reflector. Prices start at £999.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
ADATA has launched its XPG and Premier Pro series SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) memory cards. Both series are designed to support the latest UHS-I U3 specifications, enabling the cards to deliver read/write speeds of up to 95/85 MB/s (XPG) and 95/60 MB/s (Premier Pro),ű. The XPG series provides 64GB of storage capacity (£89.99) and the Premier Pro series is available in both 64GB (£49.99) and 128GB (£79.99).
Monday, May 5, 2014
Nikon Japan has issued a product advisory to owners of the Nikon DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder. According to the company, the EVF may get stuck on the Nikon 1 V3 compact system camera, making removal difficult or impossible. The issue affects DF-N1000 units with serial numbers lower than 11003000. Nikon Japan has vowed to repair the defective EVFs free of charge.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Tiffen is introducing three new tripods from its Davis & Sanford brand – Pro Elite 6100-33, Monoped 64 and Steady Stick 3QR. Ideal for ENG cameras with low- or high-profile configuration, the ProElite 6100-33 100mm ENG tripod comes with a head and features a selectable 7-position counterbalance system including zero position for payloads between 13-33lbs. The Steady Stick 3QR (pictured) is a portable camera support designed for use in places where a full-sized tripod or monopod cannot be used. Key highlights include a multi-position handle, padded swivel belt holster and heavy-duty 2" belt, a variable quick-release system that easily attaches to a Davis & Sanford FM18 head, and a maximum load capacity of 20lbs. Last but not least the Monoped 64 is a lightweight and compact 64” monopod with a 12-pound capacity, sturdy folding aluminium leg base, built-in pivoting ball, and a foam handle with strap for easy handling.
F-Stop Gear has just introduced the Loka UL, its first ultra-light bag for photographers working on location. This 37L photo backpack weighs in at a mere 1kg thanks to a lighter rip-stop nylon shell and lightweight internal frame. The Loka UL can be preordered for $249.
Website: F-Stop Gear
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Apple has updated its MacBook Air with faster processors. Now starting at £749, the new Apple MacBook Air models feature fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, fast flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, up to 12 hours of battery life and Apple’s iLife and iWork apps. The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at £749, and 256GB of flash storage starting at £899. The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.4 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at £849, and 256GB of flash storage starting at £999 inc VAT. Configure-to-order options include a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage.
Nikon UK have just announced a new cashback offer. Running until 30 July 2014, the promotion offers up to £50 cashback on selected DSLR cameras and lenses and £30 cashback on the SB-300 flash (pictured). Click through / read on for the details.
Profoto has issued the first firmware upgrade for its B1 off-camera flash and AirTTL system. The B1 was the world’s first cordless monolight with TTL metering, and Profoto vowed to continuously update the AirTTL system. One of the most frequently requested features is TTL metering with Canon’s flagship model: the Canon EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade. The process is simple: 1) Go to the Profoto support website. 2) Sign in with an existing My Profoto account or create a new one. 3) Register your B1 and your Air Remote TTL-C. 4) Download the upgrade. 5) Open the software and follow the instructions.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Kenro has announced the introduction of a new range of cost-effective Reflecta slide viewers to the UK and Irish markets. The £5.94 Reflecta B36 is a battery-operated, pocket-sizded 'light panel' with a convenient slot on the upper surface to drop a mounted 35mm slide onto and hold it firmly in place. For those who wish to view a number of slides in quick succession, the £42.84 Reflecta B220 is mains operated and uses a slot and tray changing system, allowing a 2.5x magnification on the built-in bright viewing screen. Completing the range is the £71.76 Reflecta B250 (pictured), which features a 5000 °K fluorescent lamp for daylight-balanced viewing. It comprises a light panel that accommodates either film strips or slides 24mm x 36mm or 120 roll films and has a 2x magnifier that can be moved along over the appropriate section for optimal viewing angle.
Monday, April 28, 2014
The “Traveller 150 Premium Duo” is a new aluminium tripod from Hama. Weighing in at 1530 grams, the Hama Traveller 150 Premium Duo extends to a maximum height of 150 centimetres and folds down to a mere 38.5cm. The tripod comes with a ball head equipped with a spirit level, and a carrying bag. What's more, if you remove the weight hooks from the central column, you can completely remove the column, unscrew one of the tripod legs, and quickly turn the tripod into a fully-functional monopod. The Hama Traveller 150 Premium Duo will be available for €239.
Friday, April 25, 2014
The GoPlug bag system charges your camera, smartphone or tablet on the go. There are eight bags to match your needs, including the Go Plug Camera Case, Go Plug Camera Pack, Go Plug Roller Case, Go Plug Backpack, GoPlug Computer Bag, GoPlug Mobile Kit, Go Plug iPad Case and the Go Plug Swag Pack. The built-in battery has the capacity to charge your smart phone up to six times, and your tablet up to two times, and doubles the life on an average laptop on a single charge, the company says. GoPlug is currently on Kickstarter to raise finishing funds for its first production run.
Nikon have posted a firmware update for their FT1 mount adapter, which enables Nikon 1 system users to use any F-mount Nikkor SLR lens on their cameras. Version 1.20 adds support for autofocusing when mounted on the Nikon 1 J4 and the Nikon 1 V3 compact system cameras. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Thule Perspektiv Collection has been awarded the title Best Photo Bag by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). “We are particularly pleased with TIPAs recognition of the Thule Perspektiv Camera Bag collection as this award acknowledges our entrance with the Thule brand to the professional photo and imaging industry,” says Magnus Welander, CEO and President of the Thule Group. “The award is one of the most coveted in this realm, and this reinforces our underlying focus on quality, easy usage, safe protections and design when we developed the bags, and our long-term plans to become a leading brand in the camera bag segment.”
Tiffen has announced two new additions to the Lowel family of LED lights. The new Lowel Prime Location LED features an 1x1 panel, a very rugged housing and a high IP-65 rating, which means Prime Location LEDs can be used in rain, sand or dust storms. The lights are available in hi-CRI Daylight, Tungsten or Bi-Color models, and are dimmable without colour shifts. The Lowel PRO Power LED is a compact, focusing light available in hi-CRI Tungsten or Daylight colour with impressive output and a wide fresnel 8:1 focus range. Where other LEDs are lower power and therefore need to be used closer to the subject, the PRO Power LED can light from a greater distance, allowing the shooter to get more of the location into the wide shot.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Technical Image Press Association has recognised two Epson products in the prestigious 2014 TIPA Awards. The winning Epson products this year were the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 (pictured), which was named “Best Photo Printer,” and the Epson EH-TW7200, which won the award for “Best Photo Projector.” Mark Reynolds, director of consumer sales, Epson UK, commented, “TIPA members are all experts in the field and therefore select products according to the strictest standards. The panel has a huge variety of choice so we are very proud to learn that Epson products have once again been selected for these much valued awards.”
Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X100S and Fujifilm X100S Black cameras. Version 1.20 adds support for the TCL-X100 teleconverter. In practice, this means that the 'Wide Conversion Lens' menu item - whose selectable settings were On and Off - has been changed to 'Conversion Lens,' and now offers Wide, Tele and Off settings. When "Tele" is selected, the size of the bright frame in the optical viewfinder will switch to showing the shooting area for the tele conversion lens.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SP/ Silicon Power today released the Thunder T11 external solid state drive. Marketed as the lightest and smallest Thunderbolt SSD in the market, the Thunder T11 promises read speeds of up to 380 megabytes per second and write speeds of up to 340MB/s. Thunder T11 is now available in 120GB and 240GB with two colour options, silver and blue.