Category: Accessories

Monday, March 9, 2015

Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a new Retina display, 5th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Graphics 6100, up to two times faster flash storage and longer battery life. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple Online Store with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,299; with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,499; and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $1,799. Apple also today updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with 5th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two 2x flash storage to the 13-inch MacBook Air.

Apple Unveils All-new Macbook

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Apple today unveiled a new line of notebooks billed as "the thinnest and lightest Macs ever.". The new MacBook features a 12" Retina display, a full-size keyboard, a USB-C port for data transfer, video out and charging in a single connector, and a new battery design. Measuring just 13.1 mm at its thickest point, the new MacBook is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. The display has a 16:10 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2304x1440 pixels. The new MacBook comes with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,299; and with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,599.

Livestream Introduces Broadcaster Mini

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Livestream has launched a miniature live streaming encoder called the Livestream Broadcaster mini. At about ⅓ the size of the original Broadcaster, it is small enough to fit in a pocket, and despite its size, it features fast and reliable 5Ghz WiFi, streaming up to 1080p, an internal rechargeable Li-ion battery, full control and setup via the free Livestream app for iOS or Android. The Broadcaster mini is priced at $295.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Elinchrom ELB 400

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Elinchrom has announced a new portable, 400Ws outdoor flash unit called the ELB 400. Enhanced with the proven Elinchrom OLED display, the ELB 400 now offers the same special features of the ELC Pro HD series such as stroboscopic, delay and sequence modes. The ELB 400 will be available this spring in 4 set configurations. The one head To Go set includes one ELB 400 with one higher capacity Lithium-Ion battery, one Quadra head and one Skyport Speed Transmitter, while the two head To Go set includes one ELB 400 with two higher capacity Litium-Ion batteries, two Quadra heads and one Skyport Speed Transmitter.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Canon UK Announces Spring Cashback

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Canon UK and Irelad today launched its spring promotion allowing customers to claim up to £100/€120 cashback on selected products. These include three dSLR cameras, seven lenses, two flashes, three compact cameras, two digital camcorders and four printers. Those that purchase two products in Canon’s cashback offer can also claim a free hdbook photo book worth £99/€120. The offer runs from 5th March 2015 to 6th May 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Manfrotto XPRO Geared 3-Way Head

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Manfrotto has launched its new XPRO Geared Head. Designed for architectural and macro photographers, the Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head is described as a portable support that offers extreme precision in framing control. Weighing only 750g the XPRO can support up to 4kg of payload, while the geared movement allows you to precisely frame the picture one micro step at a time on all three axes. The XPRO Geared Head is available now, priced at £169.95.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Touch

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Wacom has announced the Cintiq 13HD touch 13" graphics tablet, which is essentially a 13HD with multi-touch gesture support. While the bundled Pro Pen - offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition - drives the overall creative experience on the Cintiq 13HD touch, it is the newly added multi-touch integration that allows the user to navigate the desktop or rotate and zoom in and out of an image or illustration in an intuitive fashion. The new Cintiq 13HD touch is priced at £799.99 and is scheduled to be available in early March.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lowepro Echelon Camera Bags

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Lowepro today announced the Echelon series, the company’s first high-end collection of photography bags designed for the fashion-conscious professional. The limited edition, three-piece Echelon series includes a roller, attaché and laptop brief with high-end features such as custom-cast metal hardware and saddle-stitched, premium leather handles. The bags feature accessory pockets and removable organisation panels trusted to keep valuables and essential items organised and secure. The Echelon Roller’s high-impact-resistant molded interior construction protects valuable gear from shock and vibration. Its special-edition MaxFit System and highly engineered trolley with encased wheel build maximise volume, fitting up to two professional DSLRs, 6-8t lenses, flash and lighting gear, a 15-inch laptop and additional accessories. Also featuring the MaxFit System, the Echelon Attaché can hold a professional DSLR, 2-3 lenses, flash, a 13-inch laptop and necessary accessories. The attaché opens wide, similar to a classic doctor’s satchel, offering swift access to equipment. The Echelon Brief offers a moulded interior construction for protection as well as a trolley pass-through for travel ease. Able to fit a 15-inch laptop, pen tablet, portable hard drives and other business essentials, the brief also includes a memory card holder.

Profoto B2 TTL Off-Camera Flash

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The Profoto B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the existing Profoto B1 TTL Off-Camera Flash. Comprising a battery pack and a head, the Profoto B2 is five times as powerful as the average speedlight. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. Naturally, both the pack and head can be mmounted on a stand and the B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. “Our ambition when we first started designing the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system was to create a solution that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on a fast and hectic on-location shoot,” says Product Manager Johan Wiberg. “We closely observed the needs of wedding and portrait photographers and decided to try to make their jobs a little easier. Now, looking at what we are offering, I dare say we’ve succeeded.”

Nikon ME-W1 Wireless Mono Microphone

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Nikon have announced a new wireless microphone for their digital SLR cameras. Compatible with any camera equipped with a microphone jack, the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone has been engineered to capture clear, uninterrupted audio direct from the source. Portable and easy to use, this non-directional/monoaural microphone records crisp audio from up to 50m away. Able to deliver up to three hours of uninterrupted recording on a single AAA battery, the ME-W1 features a water resistant, shockproof, and dustproof construction. The sound input is monoaural, but when you want to record in stereo, simply plug Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone into the ME-W1’s external microphone jack. The Nikon ME-W1 Wireless Microphone will be available for £239.99/€315.00/$249.95.

Friday, February 27, 2015

PolarPro Redesigns Filter for GoPro Drone and Quadcopter Photography

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PolarPro today announced a new filter bundle which has been specially designed for those shooting video with drone and quadcopter-mounted GoPro cameras. Compatible with GoPro Hero3/3+/4, the PolarPro FPV Quadcopter Filter 3-Pack includes a polariser along with two-stop and three-stop neutral density filters. Listing for $49.99, the filter pack can be purchased through a variety of retail outlets or direct through the PolarPro website.

Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1

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Kenro has announced a new version of the Nissin Di700 flash, which features a built-in radio receiver allowing it to be wirelessly triggered via the also-new Nissin Commander Air1 TTL command unit. The Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System flash units in up to 3 groups. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94, with the flash and commander unit also being available separately for £209.94 and £59.94, respectively. The Di700A and Air1 are available in Canon and Nikon fits in March, with a Sony version due in May.

Phottix Indra360 TTL

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Phottix has revealed a new TTL-enabled mains flash called the Indra360 TTL Studio Light. Providing 360Ws of power, high speed sync, TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic modes, wireless power control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems and a modelling light; the Phottix Indra360 TTL is ideal for any photographer that needs to move fast and stay portable. The flash and Indra360 Battery Pack are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The MSRP is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New WD MyCloud NAS Systems Announced

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WD today expanded its suite of network attached storage solutions with four new products. The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems offering fast read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity. The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel Atom dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the Linux-based WD My Cloud operating system. For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from raw images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors and WD Red drives that can be configured using multiple RAID options. The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners in March. Click through / scroll down for detailed pricing information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

G-Technology at BVE Expo

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G-Technology are displaying their latest products at BVE Expo 2015. These include the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and the also new G-RAID with USB 3.0 only (pictured). Featuring an internal RAID controller, solid all-aluminum enclosure, and quiet cooling fan technology, both solutions come with two removable, 7,200RPM enterprise-class hard drives for improved reliability. With transfer rates up to 440MB/s, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 easily supports multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows, the company says. Additionally, G-Technology are showcasing the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 and G-DRIVE ev RaW drives that boast features like watertight drive compartments and drop-resistance. BVE is currently ongoing at Excel London, and G-Technology's booth is located in Hall N18, stand M12.

Spider Monkey Rain Cover

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Spider Camera Holster have launched their new Spider Monkey Rain Cover. Lightweight and compact, the unique Spider Monkey Rain Cover attaches to the Spider Monkey Accessory Clip, which clips to the user’s own belt as well as all of Spider Holster’s belts and Lens Pouches. With a push of a finger, the rain cover detaches from the belt and offers users immediate gear protection from the elements. The Spider Monkey rain cover slips easily over any professional camera with plenty of room for lenses up to 70-200/2.8. It also features an elastic band so users can fully enclose their camera, allowing for maximum protection from rain, snow or sleet. The Spider Monkey Rain Cover carries an MSRP of $25.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PNY Memory Card Readers

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PNY offers users a range of memory card readers including a wireless media reader (£49.99, pictured). This portable wireless storage device is compatible with Apple and Android devices, and allows users to easily share, stream and save their media content while on the move. Ssimply plug in your storage device (USB flash drive, SD card or microSD memory card) to access all your files on your mobile device via a secure Wi-Fi connection. The company also offers users a High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader (£14.99), a multi-slot digital hub that combines access to content from multiple USB flash drives, USB 2.0 devices and flash cards on one convenient device (£9.99), a portable All in One USB 2.0 Card reader with a retractable cable (£9.99) and a standard USB 2.0 Card Reader (£6.99) that supports several popular formats and features an LED indicator for safe card removal.

Philips BDM3470UP UltraWide

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MMD, the brand license partner for Philips Monitors, today added a new AH-IPS LED monitor to its line-up of Philips UltraWide displays. The 34" Philips BDM3470UP monitor offers a resolution of 3440x1440, an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21:9, SmartUniformity, HDMI and MHL support as well as USB3, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectivity. The new Philips 34-inch BDM3470UP display is available now for a price of £749.

X-Rite ColorMunki Display with Free Macphun Intensify Pro

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X-Rite has teamed up with Macphun Software to offer a free copy of Macphun Intensify Pro, worth £45/€55, with special bundles of ColorMunki Display. “Using ColorMunki Display to create an accurate on screen image, enables photographers to edit with confidence, save time and money on repeated editing and printing and ensures consistency of results across a photographic workflow,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director, X-Rite Photo Europe. “With the accuracy in place, the addition of Macphun Intensify Pro gives Mac users a set of powerful controls to enhance the detail, structure, clarity and texture in an image.” Available across Europe, the offer runs from now until 21 March 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Sizes Available for Marumi Lens Protect & UV Filters

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Kenro has announced the immediate availability of a number of new sizes for Marumi's Lens Protect and UV filters. The company's Exus range of Lens Protect Filters has been expanded with another three sizes: 39mm, 86mm and 95mm, giving a total of 16 thread sizes. The Marumi DHG Super Lens Protect Filters also have another two sizes to extend the range: 105mm and 127mm. Other new Marumi filters include 82mm, 86mm and 95mm in the Standard DHG UV Range and 82mm, 86mm and 95mm in the 'Super' DHG UV Range.