Friday, October 4, 2013
Fotodiox has revealed the GoTough WonderPanaGo, a smaller version of its professional WonderPana filter system designed to fit the GoPro HERO3 camera. Composed of premium grade anodised aluminium and optical grade glass, Fotodiox’s WonderPanaGo includes a sturdy all-metal mount for the GoTough custom filter system. The filter mount attaches easily onto the original HERO3's waterproof case, keeping the camera safe from water and protecting it against the elements. The GoTough WonderPanaGo filter system and the accessories within the GoTough product line are available for order on GoToughGear.com, Fotodioxpro.com as well as Amazon.com. Prices range from $9.95 to $149.95.
The Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Canon provides an easy-to-use and affordable TTL radio flash triggering solution to photographers. The 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set supports high-speed and second-curtain sync, boasts a 100m working range and features a backlit display and quick-change buttons for adjustments. An USB port enables users to upgrade the device's firmware. Importantly, the Strato TTL transmitters and receivers use AA batteries, just like hot shoe flashes - carrying different sized batteries is no longer a concern. Pricing to be confirmed.
Profoto's new RFi Speedlight Speedring is now available to purchase. Allowing photographers to use an RFi softbox with speedlights, the Profoto RFi Speedring enables users to mount not one but two flashes on the bracket, and each speedlight can slide and be tilted inside the softbox, allowing you to create a remarkably even light with no hotspot. The Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedrings come with an attachment for Profoto Air Remotes or radio sync units from other manufacturers.
UK Digital have launched a new brand of photo bags, called Nest. There are two collections available, Athena and Explorer. These premium bags are available in a variety of colours, sizes and styles through the website below.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Gary Fong has added a new Colour Reference Kit to its Lightsphere Diffuser accessory line-up. Created for photographers looking to gain spot-on accuracy, the Colour Reference Kit includes the WhiteDome, the GrayDome, an intuitive pocket field guide and a convenient lanyard to keep everything together. The Colour Reference Kit is available for $24.95 MAP.
Gary Fong has launched an addition to its line-up of Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffusers with the introduction of the Puffer Plus. Expanding on the fundamental features of the first-generation models, the Puffer Plus ($24.95) provides photographers with beautifully diffused lighting versus the problematic, harsh lighting that pop-up flashes often create. Redesigned from the ground up, the new Puffer Plus utilises a new shield that is nearly double the size of the original Puffer shield and has an advanced, light-filtering, textured finish. Its convenient sliding rail system allows for quick centering of the shield over the camera’s pop-up flash. Also new to the line-up is the Puffer Plus Warming Shield (sold separately for $9.95 MAP), which when used in place of the shield that comes with the Puffer Plus, creates a gentle warming effect that is ideal for shooting in open shade or enriching the colours of a sunset shoot.
WD has just unveiled its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. WD's My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organise, centralise and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. My Cloud users can store and organize their families' photos and videos in one secure place on the home network. My Cloud is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities with no monthly payment required. Customers can also attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive directly to the USB expansion port on the My Cloud drive and instantly expand their storage capacity. MSRP is $149.99 USD for 2 TB, $179.99 USD for 3 TB and $249.99 USD for 4 TB. A two-drive and four-drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.
Leica has expanded its product portfolio with a range of 'Made in Germany' premium-quality accessories. These include a carbon-fibre travel tripod, two ball-heads and a carrying case. The Leica Ball Heads 24 and 38 are distinguished by their compact form, premium engineering and ease-of-use. Despite its weighing only 140 grams, the version featuring a 24 mm ball diameter (£200) offers enough locking power and stability that it can securely hold a rangefinder camera, such as the Leica M, with a light lens. The same applies to the head with the 38 mm ball diameter (£330), which also features a range of additional functions including a tilt feature (tilt button). The 360° panorama feature (15° STOP button) allows the capture of multiple precisely aligned landscape, architecture and object shots from different positions that can be merged in post-processing to create impressive panoramic images. An ideal complement to the two ball heads, the new Leica carbon-fibre tripod (£430) weighs in at 1.2kg. An outdoor carrying case made of Cordura with a strap and shoulder pad is available as an optional extra for £60. These new Leica accessories will be available in the UK from authorised Leica dealers, starting October 2013.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Profoto has launched a new line of collapsible reflectors. Designed with high-quality fabrics, these new Profoto products feature a metal frame that is far tougher and durable than the average reflector. Four types of two-sided reflectors are available: Silver/White, Sunsilver/White, Gold/White & Matte Black/White. There is also a translucent screen designed to be used as a diffuser. Each of these is available in two sizes: Medium (80 cm /32’’) and Large (120 cm /47”).
BenQ has added a number of Eye-Care monitors in its product range. The new monitors offer added eye comfort, a Senseye Reading Mode that recreates the comfortable experience of reading actual books by simulating the look of paper, an Automatic Eye-Protect Sensor that detects ambient light levels and adjusts the monitor brightness automatically throughout the day for optimised clarity and eye comfort and matte-finished Anti-Glare Displays that avoid straining your eyes when the monitor faces a light source..BenQ’s new Flicker-free monitors adopt a unique De-flickering Backlight Circuit Controller for a zero-flickering viewing experience and in turn help reduce the eye health concerns raised by a fast-flickering display and/or prolonged usage of PCs. The first BenQ Eye-Care Flicker-free monitor, the GW2760HS, is already available in Europe.
Tenba has expanded its popular Messenger collection with two new Messenger DNA photo bags. These ags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. The new Messenger DNA bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall. The Messenger DNA 11 accommodates either a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses, or an SLR camera with 2-3 lenses, plus accessories, and the rear-padded sleeve will hold a tablet or an 11-inch laptop. The DNA 15 fits a professional SLR with 2-3 lenses (up to an attached 70-200mm f/2.8), flash and audio gear, and has two padded interior sleeves: one for a laptop up to 15 inches, and another for a tablet. Messenger DNA bags will begin shipping at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $129.95 for the DNA 11, and $159.95 for the DNA 15.
MAC Group today announced a fall rebate of $25 for US customers who buy one or more PocketWizard MiniTT1 and/or FlexTT5 radios for Canon or Nikon. Purchasers of PocketWizard PlusX and/or Plus III radios are eligible for a $15 mail-in rebate for each radio they buy. The mail-in rebate is available only for new inventory purchased from authorized PocketWizard Dealers in the US between 1st October through 30th November.
Fantasea Line has announced a new underwater housing for the Canon Powershot G16 premium compact camera. The Fantasea FG16 maintains full access to all camera controls and functions while providing waterproofing down to depths of 60 metres / 200 feet. A complete system of dedicated accessories, including conversion optics, flash and video lighting sets, will be available for the Fanatesa FG16. The new underwater housing will be available starting December 2013. Pricing has yet to be communicated.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Samsung Electronics announced its new advanced pixel technology for CMOS image sensors. The ISOCELL technology is claimed to "substantially increase" light sensitivity and to effectively control the absorption of electrons, resulting in higher colour fidelity even in poor light. The company argues that while back-side illumination - introduced a few years ago - did improve the light absorption of each pixel, "BSI technology also faced limitations in improving image quality as pixel sizes continued to decrease." Samsung's patent-pending ISOCELL technology forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels – isolating the pixel. This isolation enables more photons to be collected from the micro-lens and absorbed into the correct pixel’s photodiode minimising undesired electrical crosstalk between pixels – by as much as 30% compared to BSI sensors - and allowing expanded full well capacity, leading to greater dynamic range. The first Samsung image sensor to adopt this new technology, the S5K4H5YB 8-megapixel imager, is currently sampling to mobile device manufacturers with mass production scheduled for Q4 2013.
NEC has added five updated display models to its SpectraView and SpectraView Reference Series. One of five new models to the updated range - the 24" SpectraView Reference 242 display - leads the way with the best high-performance 10-bit AH-IPS with GB-R LED backlight for wide gamut colour, deep blacks and minimal colour shift. Best brightness uniformity together with features such as backlight ageing correction, ensure perfect colour control for consistent image quality. Thanks to its picture-by-picture function, users can view two images from different data sources simultaneously, to enhance productivity and save space compared with dual-screen alternatives. The other updated models include the 24" NEC SpectraView Reference 242, the 27" SpectraView 272 and SpectraView Reference 272, and the 30" SpectraView Reference 302. The NEC SpectraView 242 and SpectraView Reference 242 are both available across Europe from the end of September. The SpectraView 272 and SpectraView Reference 272 will be available from mid-November, with the SpectraView Reference 302 coming from mid-December.
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head has been awarded “European Photo-Video Accessory 2013-2014” by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The jury of EISA recognised the Manfrotto 500 Video Head under the video category, thanks to its innovative functionality and advancement in video technology. This is the second award this year for the winning product, which also won the Videomaker's Best Support at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Joby has launched a new UltraFit hand strap and UltraPlate. "The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is a useful combination of a streamlined hand strap and universal quick-release plate," the company says. "Photographers can keep the hand strap attached to their camera while at the same time mounting it to a tripod or even using an additional camera strap – for example a Joby UltraFit Sling shoulder strap." The UltraPlate features a universal tripod quick-release plate with built-in Arca-Swiss compatibility. Photographers can attach all types of accessories to the UltraPlate without removing the hand strap, including neck strap, flash brackets, and other tripod quick-release plates. The UltraPlate’s practical design also provides easy access to a camera’s battery door without the need for removing the strap. The new JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap & UltraPlate will be available to purchase from 1st November, priced at £41.
Olloclip has today announced immediate availability of its olloclip mobile photography tools for the new iPhone 5S smartphone. The company's add-on lenses enhance the new features of the iPhone 5s camera, which include an 8-megapixel camera, five-element lens, autofocus, matrix metering, dynamic local tone map to ensure more true-to-life colours, 10-frames-per-second continuous shooting and a 120-frames-per-second slow motion mode. The Olloclip range includes a three-in-one photo lens ($69.99), a teleconverter and a circular polariser ($99.99) and the Olloclip Quick-Flip case ($49.99). Olloclip products can be purchased through Apple, Best Buy and other major retailers as well as via the website below.
Kenro has just launched the Reflecta RPL 306 LED studio lighting kit in the United Kingdom. Named after the number of LED lights in each unit, the 306 features dimmable LEDs with stepless light power control and an external power adapter. The LEDs have a colour temperature of 6.500 degrees Kelvin and provide an illumination of 320 lux at a distance of two metres without a filter attached. Each LED panel measures 30x31cm and weighs 1,200 grams, with the total weight of the set - including two RPL 306 lights, power adapters, stands, filters and carrying bag - being 7,950 grams. The Reflecta RPL 306 Studiokit is available now with an SRP of £432.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Apple has revealed its updated iMac with fourth-generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next-generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics. The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation. Customers have the option to upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory, perfect for graphics-intensive tasks. The new iMacs can be configured with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1TB. Available today through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers; the revamped iMac retails at £1,149-£1,749 / $1299-1999 depending on configuration.