Thursday, May 21, 2015
Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Olloclip have just added the all-new Active Lens for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus to their product lineup. Featuring an Ultra-Wide and a Telephoto lens, the Active Lens works on both the front and rear facing cameras and clips on and off the iPhone in seconds without the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket. Included are three wearable pendants to keep the olloclip Active Lens easily accessible on a keychain, backpack, handbag ‑ or anywhere within reach. “Size matters. The real challenge is introduced when innovating quality optics in a compact and lightweight form factor,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “That’s why at olloclip, we've created a collection of beautifully designed, easy-to-use mobile lens systems with no oversized, heavy lenses or the need for extra parts like a bulky case or mounting bracket ‑ just the way a mobile photographer would expect it.” Active Lens retails for £89.99 and is now available for pre-order on the website below.
Booq have unveiled their newest addition to the photography-oriented Python collection: the Python catch. Its unconventional design features rugged, sustainable material, customisable organisation and enough space to accommodate two SLR cameras, up to four lenses and a 15" laptop. The Python catch’s main compartment features three primary densely padded dividers and four padded subdividers that users can configure to fit their gear of choice. The interior flap offers transparent pockets so users can store accessories without losing track of them. For extensive outdoor conditions, a rain cover with reflective elements provides protection and visibility in low light situations. The Python catch is available now for $295.
The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Flash Kit is now available for purchase in the UK in both Canon and Nikon fittings. The flash kit is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System (NAS) flash guns. 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.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Transcend has launched a range of 256GB and 128GB capacity USB 3.0 flash drives. The series includes the high-speed 256GB JetFlash 780, the rugged 128GB JetFlash 810, the classic JetFlash700/730 and the capless JetFlash 790K/790W. The JetFlash 780 offers amazing transfer speeds of up to 210MB/s, allowing users to transfer and share files quicker than ever before. Additionally, the top-tier MLC NAND flash chips inside provide consistent long-life durability. Transcend's JetFlash 780 flash drives are offered from 8GB to 256GB capacities; the JetFlash 810 and JetFlash 790K/790W series from 8GB to 128GB and the JetFlash 700/730 are available from 4GB to 128GB capacities.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Miggo, a new company established by a group of people who had worked together at KATA Bags and Manfrotto, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to introduce "AGUA," a new line of weather-resistant camera cases. The IPX3-standard storm-resistant cases allow you to comfortably carry your camera close to your body in any weather your expensive gear - and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot. The camera is attached to the bag with quick-release buckles, including a failsafe connection. This solution eliminates the need for the original camera strap because the AGUA's strap is used to carry the camera itself. You can sign up to be notified about the launch of the Kickstarter campaign at the website below:
Benro have announced the addition of SystemMove, which includes a range of camera movement tools. One of these is the Benro MoveUp4 travel jib, which features a folding design making it compact and well suited for traveling. It can support up to 8.8 lb and has a vertical reach of 6 feet. Threaded mounting points allow you to attach a monitor arm to view your shot live while operating from the back of the jib. Benro's SystemMove line-up also includes a family of camera sliders family of camera sliders ranging from an entry-level single rail option up to the fully featured carbon-fibre rail MoveOver12, which can support just above 26lbs. The MoveOver12 is also available in a kit, which comes equipped with two Travel Flat tripods, two Leveling Bases, one S8 flat base video head, one carbon-fibre
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Alpine Labs have returned to Kickstarter for the launch of the Radian 2 their second-generation motion time-lapse device. The original Radian enabled users to create still, panning, and tilting shots. The Radian 2 adds Bluetooth wireless connectivity so users can control camera settings from iOS and Android devices on the fly as well as a linear adapter to use both the original Radian and Radian 2 for linear motion. After connecting an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to the Radian 2, the USB connection from the Radian 2 to the camera passes commands to the camera to enable users to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings without touching the camera or the device. The platform is modular and enables you to add Radians as your ambition (and budget) grows – you can now program up to three synchronized Radians at once to seamlessly combine panning, tilting and sliding. If the stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign is reached, Alpine Labs aims to add functionality to the app that allow you to compile a preview of the time-lapse on your phone as the lapse is being shot. The company plans to deliver all Kickstarter units during October 2015.
In its second edition, the photography competition Gen NEXT has found another five young talents who will be supported by the Swiss flash systems manufacturer, broncolor, for the next three years. As Gen NEXT ambassadors, Gonzaga Manso, Lauri Laukkanen, Anita Anti, Cristina Otero and Yulia Gorbachenko each receive broncolor equipment to the value of $24,000. Furthermore, they are presented with the opportunity to showcase their work through broncolor’s worldwide channels as well as the project's blog. Click through / read on for more information on the winners.
Nest have introduced a new range of backpacks designed for photographers who need to carry large amounts of equipment including long fast lenses attached to the camera body. The range consists of two bags called the Falconer EB600 Pro and EB800 Pro. Designed specifically to accommodate a large pro DSLR with up to a 600mm prime lens attached, the Falconer EB600 Pro (£129.99) fits a pro DSLR with super telephoto lens attached and offers direct access to your gear via the front zipped main section with the dropdown integrating several pockets for small accessory storage. The larger EB800 Pro (£149.99) can accommodate a large pro DSLR with up to a 800mm prime lens attached.Essentials such a flashguns, filters etc. can be stored in the generous proportioned side (velcro closers) pockets and front pocket (zipped). The interior is made of 210D none-scratch nylon with YKK self-healing high-quality zips providing smooth zipping and snag free use.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tenba's new Packlite Travel Bags are billed as the world's first packable, self-stowing camera bags. "Every photographer and filmmaker has been there; you're carrying two cameras and six lenses in a large bag, and you wonder, 'How can I dump most of this and just carry a camera with two lenses?" says Peter Waisnor, Vice President of Tenba. "Packlite Travel Bags give you that option, without taking up any space or adding weight to your larger bag." Packlite bags provide an innovative solution to carrying large camera systems by providing a compact bag that can easily be pulled out separately. With four sizes to choose from, Packlite bags can carry a wide range of items. Prices start at $19.95.
Monday, May 11, 2015
MindShift Gear has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating photo backpack. Featuring an integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials, the rotation180° Horizon backpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. “The rotation180º Horizon backpack is an essential addition to our award-winning rotation backpack series,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “Its 34 llitres of capacity and its ability to hold a laptop, a 10” tablet, and up to a 3 liter hydration reservoir provide the dimensions and features for which outdoor adventurers have been clamoring. It employs the same patented technology that won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award.” MindShift Gear's rotation180° Horizon backpack is available for $259.99.
The olloCase is a slim, protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that allows a seamless integration with olloclip's add-on conversion lenses. “We want olloCase to embody the pure functionality of our olloclip photo lenses — and to eliminate the need for moving parts, while still providing the style and protection consumers are looking for,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “This new case is a significant improvement over our previous version. It improves speed and removes any unnecessary obstacles between a user and the photos or videos they want to shoot.” olloCase retails for £24.99 and is available in two colours -- matte clear with dark gray bumper and matte smoke with black bumper.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Manfrotto today launched their new Fluid Video Monopods Family. This product range features a world-first patented system that uses the innovative fluid cartridge incorporated into the base, allowing judder-free panoramic rotation not achievable with regular monopods. Consisting of four supports, the whole Fluid Video Monopod Family is priced from £94.95.
Manfrotto today announced the launch of their new zero backlash follow focus. This piece of video equipment allows the operator to select a focus range between two points, thanks to its hard stops. Its mount is compatible with 15mm/0.59” rods, and it is supplied with one 50 tooth/0.8 module drive wheel, one ø35 mm friction wheel, one gear ring to be fitted around the lens, two marking disks that enables the operator to mark focal reference points and one 3mm Allen Key. The videographer can change not only the gearbox direction but also the follow focus’ position when it is mounted on the rods: this way the device can be used with different lenses. The zero backlash mechanism means that the operator can pull a very precise focus with essentially any interchangeable-lens camera without the vibrations and uncertain results caused by manual direct focus. The Manfrotto Follow Focus is now available for £519.95.
MAC Group will be taking on the sales, marketing, distribution and service for Elinchrom in the United States. “There were many factors that made our decision easy,” said Chris Whittle, Elinchrom President. “The previous success MAC Group accomplished when building a lighting company into a world class brand could be a marketing case study at Harvard. The superb relationships MAC Group has built among dealers and influencers, and their commitment to marketing, brand building, education and content made MAC Group’s team simply feel like a perfect fit for us.”
Triggertrap has unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for its Triggertrap Mobile app, photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera. This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Support for Apple Watch will be added to the app in the coming weeks. The update is available to download on the iOS app store, and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Nest has announced two new professional cine/video tripods. The Nest Vantage M10 and M20 both feature aluminium double-tube extension legs for greater load capacity and greater torsion stability, and adjustable rotating clamp locks which turn 90 degrees around a centre axis, with variable tension. Both the Vantage M10 and M20 come with a 360-degree continuous, fluid dampened pan head. A padded carrying case is also supplied as standard. Both tripods have a maximum load capacity of 5kg. The Vantage M10 folds down to 760mm and extends to 1575mm, whereas the M20 has a maximum height of 1920mm. Pricing is £149.99 for the M10 and £199.99 for the M20.
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.