Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Samsung have launched two new memory card lineups, PRO Plus and EVO Plus. Available in 64GB and 32GB storage capacities, the PRO Plus microSD and SD cards are equipped to handle storing and transferring professional-grade photos and 4K UHD video content created from high-end DSLRs, smartphones, tablets and modern action cameras. With their higher read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90 MB/s respectively, the PRO Plus SD cards and microSD cards satisfy both UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) and Class 10 performance levels. The new EVO Plus memory cards are also available in SD and microSD form factors, and have read and write speeds up to 80MB/s and 20MB/s respectively that provide UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 10 performance, boasting a much more advanced read performance compared to the existing EVO lineup.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of the Westcott Ice Light 2 LED light. The new Ice Light 2 is engineered with patented new LED technology offering 1,740 lumens of daylight-balanced light while maintaining a compact housing. Unlike traditional LED panels, the Ice Light has a built-in diffuser that is custom-designed to protect the LEDs and provide a 73° beam angle. Daylight-balanced at 5500K and rated for 50,000 hours with a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 96, the Ice Light 2 provides flicker-free output and stable light consistency. The redesigned handle offers a dedicated on/off power slider with an 18-step range and a light output memory which remembers your last power setting between uses. Battery indicator displays the current battery level using illuminated blue lights. Both ends of the Ice Light 2 include 1/4"-20 thread`s to mount to a light stand, tilter bracket or tripod. The Ice Light 2 is available for £549.
Adorama has just inked a deal with world-renowned camera adapter manufacturer Kipon, making the New York-based retailer the official US outlet for all Kipon products. On the Adorama website, customers can browse through more than 400 varieties of camera lens adapters including macro adapters, electronic adapters, adapters with integrated glass, optical focal reduction adapters, adapters with built-in aperture control, tilt/shift adapters, tilt adapters, and shift adapters for cameras such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Leica and more. Additionally, all Kipon products will also be available to other resellers at wholesale pricing through Adorama.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
In the UK, JP Distribution will be running a PocketWizard end-user cash back promotion. Starting tomorrow, customers purchasing any of a number of PocketWizard products - including the PocketWizard PlusX Twin Set, PocketWizard Plus lll Twin Set and the PocketWizard Mini & Flex Kit for Canon or Nikon (1 x MiniTT1, 2 x FlexTT5 & 1 x AC3 ZoneController) - from authorised UK and Republic of Ireland resellers, will be entitled to claim up to £50/€60 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase. THe promotion ends on Tuesday 30th June.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
MindShift Gear has launched a new range of GoPro camera cases and bundles. The series includes carrying cases for single or multiple cameras and provides easy organisation for all the mounts, screws and accessories. “MindShift’s action camera cases are built for flexibility and accessibility,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “We’ve designed the different cases and bundles with single camera or multi-camera users in mind. With MindShift’s action camera cases they can craft the GoPro kit that matches their own vision.” Prices start at $16.50. Click through / scroll down for the details.
DJI today announced the DJI Ronin-M camera stabiliser is now available for pre-order. Featuring a unique, lightweight (5lbs) magnesium frame, the DJI Ronin-M opens up new Small enough to carry in a backpack, the DJI Ronin-M incorporates DJI’s signature SmoothTrack system, allowing operators to easily track action on a multiple or single axes. The quick-release system for the top handle allows users to mount the DJI Ronin-M easily to jibs, cranes and tripods. Capable of stabilising camera setups up to 8lbs, the DJI Ronin-M camera stabiliser is available for an MAP of $1,399.
Spider Camera Holster today announced the availability of their newest product, the SpiderPro Hand Strap. Following the success of their Tilt crowdfunding campaign, which raised over 180 percent of their monetary goal, the SpiderPro Hand Strap can now be purchased at select retail stores and directly through the company website . “Over the years, our loyal customers have regularly sent us feedback on what they desire in a hand strap. We listened, and we’ve come up with a strap design that fits our customer’s needs while also meeting Spider Holster’s rigorous product standards,” said Shai Eynav, founder and president of Spider Holster. Billed as the world’s first truly universal hand strap, the SpiderPro Hand Strap’s thin and extremely durable materials slide in between the camera body and tripod plate, making it adaptable to any camera system. The standard black leather SpiderPro Hand Strap carries an MSRP of $65. Colour Hand Straps will be available in retail by summer of 2015.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Adaptalux is an adaptable, miniature portable lighting studio designed for macro and product photography. "This lighting system for macro photography is all about innovation and creativity, both in the product design and the incredibly creative pictures and videos it allows photographers to make without having to travel the world," says Martin Brenig-Jones, Co-Owner and Business Director, Adaptalux. "Macro photography subjects are everywhere and look amazing with the right lighting!" Adaptalux is split into three main parts; a control panel, a set of lighting arms and a set of effect components. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, the Adptalux project has raised over £93,000 of its £100,000 goal so far, with 4 days to go.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Ansix Designs are set to launch the innovative LensPacks Velcro Lens Caps System as their second Kickstarter project. The patent-pending LensPacks allows users to perform incredibly fast lens changes without the need to fumble with rear lens caps. The wide Velcro base with metal fasteners ensures that LensPacks can hold virtually any camera lens in a variety of orientations. Compatible with Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds lenses, LensPacks is easy to install and simple to use. Its universal design is compatible with literally any camera bag - a 6”x12” adhesive-backed Velcro sheet is available for non-Velcro bags. LensPacks are available at an introductory price when the Kickstarter campaign launches on 28 April 2015.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The CamDolly Cinema System is the industry’s first truly portable and modular dolly system for professional-grade video and film equipment. Currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, the CamDolly Cinema System is the product of a collaboration between filmmaker Mat Jaz, filmmaker Bohus Blahut of Clutch & Company and the design team at Fotodiox- The system includes everything a filmmaker needs to build five different dolly modes, or "protocols" – each designed to create a specific type of shot. The entire CamDolly Cinema System easily fits into a compact car and packs neatly into three luggage sized cases. A single person can move all of the system's components to a shooting location with ease, and assemble the CamDolly into one of its five protocols in under 15 minutes. If the Kickstarter campaign achieves its $100,000 goal, CamDolly production will begin immediately with the first shipment expected in mid-June.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Joining the existing Explorer and Athena ranges, the new Hiker line-up from Nest includes three shoulder bags and two backpacks. All of these bags are available in a camouflage 600D waterproof nylon version as well as a black 210D waterproof rip-stop nylon edition which has a stylish patterned finish. The Hiker 10, 20 and 30 shoulder bags offer an integrated padded shoulder strap and rain cover. The Nest Hiker 100 backpack has two sections, one for camera gear and one for everyday items. The Hiker 200 is a dedicated photo backpack with a separate compartment for a 15" notebook. Pricing starts at £49.99 for the shoulder bags and £99.99 for the backpacks.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Broncolor has launched the new FT System, an advanced addition to the existing family of Broncolor continuous lights and Para products. The Broncolor Para is a true parabolic light bank that provides focus and the control to create a sculpted soft and beautiful effect not possible with a simple umbrella or reflector. As part of the Broncolor family, the new Para HR (Heat Resistant) reflectors support the most powerful lighting options and the new Para FT (Focusing Tube) lamphead design allows the use of HMIs, tungsten heads and strobe heads in parabolic light banks that can be setup in just minutes.The broncolor HMI FT1600 is dimmable, and provides constant colour at all times. New heat-resistant materials make it possible for both the 88 HR and 133 HR Paras to handle the high output from the new HMI 1600W FT and 2000W tungsten-halogen light sources. The new Para 88 HR and Para 133 HR kits will be available in June 2015. The complete broncolor FT System will be shipping September.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Hama has added the new Traveller Premium Mono 170 monopod to its product range. Like its sister product, the Traveller Premium 144 Ball tripod, the monopod features an extremely light and sturdy aluminium design and screw clamps for quickly locking the leg at the required length. The Hama Traveller Premium Mono 170 has a minimum height of 45cm and can be extended to 170cm. The maximum load capacity is 8kg, making the monopod well suited for larger cameras and lenses. The Hama Traveller Premium Mono 170 is available for €69.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Benro today announced the expansion of their S-Series with the S7 Video Head and Tripod Kits. The S7 video head offers a maximum load capacity of 7kg, a 65mm flat base, a 4-step counterbalance, independent pan and tilt locks and a 501 compatible QR6 plate. The flat base provides much needed versatility for mounting on sliders, jibs and half ball adapters. Available in carbon-fibre and aluminium versions, the S7 Tripod Kit includes an S7 Video Head plus a tripod that folds down to 29cm and extends to 161cm.
X-Rite has launched the X-Rite ColorChecker Classic Mini ($70), which has been specifically designed to help photographers specialising in capturing fine art and heritage artwork. Measuring 6.3cm x 10.6cm, the ColorChecker Classic Mini offers users a flexible solution for situations where a more lightweight colour chart is required. When dealing with valuable and often delicate artwork, the ColorChecker Classic Minican be positioned against the delicate surface of the painting whilst it is being photographed. Each of the 24 colours represents the actual colour of natural objects and reflects light just like its real-world counterpart. Since they exemplify the colour of their counterparts and reflect light the same way in all parts of the visible spectrum, the squares will match the colours of representative sample natural objects under any illumination, and with any colour reproduction process. The ColorChecker Classic Mini can also be used to create a white balance with your digital camera to guarantee precise, uniform, neutral white under any lighting condition.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Blackmagic Design has introduced a high-resolution electronic viewfinder specifically designed for the Blackmagic URSA and Blackmagic URSA Mini digital video cameras. Featuring a Full HD OLED display, the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder has been designed to meet the needs of high-end cinematographers. The display has been matched with precision glass optics, has an adjustable dioptre and built-in digital focus chart. When used with Blackmagic URSA cameras, the electronic viewfinder can also display overlays for things like recording status, camera settings, battery life and more. There’s even a built in sensor that helps preserve the life of the OLED screen by only turning the viewfinder on when needed. The Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder will be available in July for $1,495.
The Blackmagic Video Assist is a portable, all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used with any SDI or HDMI camera. Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist features a bright 5" full HD monitor and touchscreen with a 135º viewing angle. Customers can record broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video onto fast, inexpensive and widely available SD cards in Apple ProRes and DNxHD file formats. The Blackmagic Video Assist includes 2 standard LP-E6 battery slots allowing hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The Blackmagic Video Assist is available in July for $495.
Blackmagic Design has announced a new high-performance 4.6K sensor for its URSA high-end digital video cameras. The new Super 35 image sensor features high resolution of 4608 x 2592 at 120 frames per second and 15 stops of dynamic range for images that rival those shot on many traditional motion picture film stocks. That means customers can now use URSA to get the most epic cinematic shots with more detail in the shadows and highlights than ever before. Videos are recorded as 12-bit lossless Cinema DNG raw files to preserve the maximum amount of image data and quality. The Blackmagic URSA 4.6K will be available in limited volumes from June, and increasing to full supply in July and August.
Monday, April 13, 2015
DJI today announced the DJI Ronin-M, a lightweight handheld camera stabiliser with a maximum load capacity of 8lbs. Featuring a unique, lightweight (5lbs) magnesium frame, the DJI Ronin-M opens up possibilities for camera movements. “The Ronin-M features many of the same key features that have made the DJI Ronin a favourite among filmmaking professionals,” said Paul Pan, Product Manager of the DJI Ronin. “At the same time, we have looked at many performance upgrades so that the Ronin-M can be as mobile as possible and used virtually anywhere.” Small enough to carry in a backpack, the DJI Ronin-M incorporates DJI’s signature SmoothTrack system, allowing operators to easily track action on a multiple or single axes. The quick-release system for the top handle allows users to mount the DJI Ronin-M easily to jibs, cranes and tripods. DJI is exhibiting the Ronin-M as well as the recently announced DJI Phantom 3 at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas this week at booth Central Hall C1707.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. Among the winners are the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Best Digital SLR Expert), the Fujifilm X100T (Best Premium Camera), the Fujifilm X30 (Best Expert Compact Camera), the Leica T (Best Design), the Lytro Illum (Best Imaging Innovation), the Nikon Coolpix P610 (Best Superzoom Camera), the Nikon D5500 (Best Digital SLR Entry Level), the Nikon D810 (Best Digital SLR Professional), the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll (Best CSC Expert), the Panasonic LX100 (Best Photo/Video Camera Expert), the Panasonic FT6 (Best Rugged Camera), the Panasonic GM5 (Best CSC Advanced), the Pentax 645Z (Best Medium Format Camera), the Pentax K-2 (Best Digital SLR Advanced), the Ricoh WG-M1 (Best ActionCam, pictured), the Samsung NX1 (Best CSC Professional), the Sony A5100 (Best CSC Entry Level) and the Sony A7S (Best Photo/Video Camera Professional).