Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Lexar have announced the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today. The new Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards offer transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second. Additionally, every 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card includes a SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to any PC or Mac. The Professional 2000x and 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards are backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, performing at UHS-I and Class 10 speeds. The Lexar Professional 2000x card will be available in Q4 with MSRPs of £135.99 (64GB) and £77.99 (32GB).
Lexar also announced new Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards and the new Professional Workflow SR2, a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader. The Lexar Professional 1000x card will also be available in Q4 and has MSRPs of £400.99 (256GB), £128.99 (128GB), £71.99 (64GB), £40.99 (32GB), and £23.99 (16GB), while the Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 reader has an MRSP of £22.99 and will be available in Q4.
The Odin II adds new cutting-edge functionality and features to Phottix’s flagship flash trigger. The Odin II for Canon, Nikon and Sony are expected to be available during Q1 of 2015.
Manfrotto is launching brand new products designed for all kinds of photographers, from enthusiasts to professionals, at Photokina. These include colored Befree Tripods, the X PRO Geared Head, the New 190X range, the Off road Collection and the Mediterranean Bags Collection.
The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital flashgun will be available for Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Pentax and Sony cameras after Photokina 2014. The mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital is the new, top-of-the-range model powerful compact flash unit from Metz.
Furthermore, the Mecastudio Top Line is also being launched at Photokina. It focusses on the two mecastudio Top Line models TL-600 (pictured) and TL-300, as well as the studio flash kits TL-600 SB kit II and TL-300 SB kit II.
The Mecablitz 26 AF-1 Digital is a new all-round device from the Metz range of system flash units. The mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital offers a guide number 26 for ISO 100/21° and 85mm focal length. Thanks to its new flat design and low weight, the mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital can even fit into a shirt pocket. The new mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital is perfectly tailored to cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus/Panasonic/Leica and Sony.
The Mecalight LED-960 Daylight is a new video light which provides an enormous illuminance of up to 960 Lux. The new mecalight LED-960 is available in two versions - the LED-960-DL (Daylight) and LED-960-BC (Bicolor). The Bicolor version includes an extra dial on the back, making it possible to seamlessly change the colouring and mix the light
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sony have announced four new optional accessories for the Sony Alpha-mount camera system. The HVL-F32M Flash (£250) is a slim, light flash unit that attaches to your camera’s Multi Interface Shoe and offers a guide number of 32. The XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (£514) allows movie makers and videographers can add extra polish to their soundtracks. The RMT-VP1K Remote Commander and IR Receiver Kit (£57) lets photographers enjoy ‘hands-off’ control of cameras functions from a distance. Finally, the LCS-PSC7 Soft Carrying Case (£137) offers generous capacity to hold your camera plus three lenses.
The Canon Cross Media Station is also previewing at Photokina. This is an upcoming product which encompasses Canon’s vision for a connected future. With built in storage and internet access, and the ability to transfer photos via NFC, your images will be always be immediately available.
The Vanguard Alta Pro AB100 combines the Alta Pro 263AT tripod and SBH-100 ball head, providing unmatched stability and flexibility and enabling more shooting angles than ever before.
The Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light offers a new level of power for photographers on the move. Use TTL to shoot during fast moving events like weddings. Shoot on-location, under the harsh sun and control ambient light with high speed sync. Shoot wide-open with shutter speeds up to 1/8000s. The built-in Phottix Odin Receiver for Canon and Nikon makes the Indra500 TTL easy to control and trigger.
The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Indra Battery Pack and Indra AC Adapter will be available in October 2014. A Indra 500 TTL Light and Battery Set will be priced at $1295 USD.
The Profoto Air Remote TTL-N allows Nikon shooters to do TTL metering with the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Air Remote TTL-N is a small, wireless radio transmitter that attaches to the Nikon camera’s hotshoe. Attaching the unit enables TTL metering with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N can also be used to manually control and sync the B1 or any other Profoto flash with Air built-in. Air Remote TTL-N is sold separately. The recommended sales price is €295 / $395. The already released Air Remote TTL-C has the same price.
Lowepro has unveiled the newest generation of its beloved expedition backpacks from the Professional Collection: the Trekker Series. "Trekker is our largest capacity backpack line, so our number one goal in refreshing the design was to improve the premium suspension system and offer a best-in-class solution for carrying a heavy load," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. The new Pro Trekker 650 AW ($429.95 / £365), Pro Trekker 450 AW ($379.95 / £325) and Lens Trekker 600 AW III ($299.95 / £265) offer improved comfort, superior protection and a versatile organization system.
The Lowepro ProTactic Series is a groundbreaking, professional camera backpack. These packs are built for photojournalists, documentary photographers and urban shooters who rely on mission-critical access and on-the-fly versatility to get them behind the lines and into the action. "From the design table to field testing, ProTactic has generated more energy and excitement internally than any other product I've been involved with," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. "We can't wait to see where photographers take it and how they'll set it up." The Pro Tactic 450 AW costs $249.95 and the ProTactic 350 AW $199.95.
The Lowepro Toploader Pro is a new compact and flexible toploading camera bag. Sports, event and active photographers will benefit from the updated features, including four wearing options. "We looked at how people carry and work with their bags and designed a flexibility strap and harness system that lets photographers wear it four ways," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. The Toploader Pro 75 AW II costs $99.95 / £85 and the Toploader Pro 70 AW II $89.95 / £75.
The Lowepro Hardside Series is a game-changing line of impact-protective, hard case solutions. Tested to a rating of IP67, which translates to 100% protection against the ingress of dust and sand, and makes it watertight for at least 30 minutes under 15cm to 1m of water, these hardworking cases double up on protection and versatility with a tough outer shell of formed ABS resin and a removable, soft-sided insert with a padded divider system. The Hardside 400 Photo retials for $249.95 / £215, the Hardside 300 Photo £199.95 / £170, and the Hardside 200 Video $169.95 / £145.
JOBY has unveiled four versatile, durable and compact accessories for professional photographers that help improve workflow and increase efficiency. The Pro Sling Strap ($69.95 / £57) is a low profile, high-strength camera strap designed for professional DSLRs with zoom lenses and battery grips. The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate ($49.95 / £41) is a useful combination of a streamlined hand strap and universal quick-release plate. GorillaPod Focus + Ballhead X ($149.95 / £140) is the strongest and largest GorillaPod, designed with the professional photographer in mind. The Flash Clamp & Locking Arm ($39.95 / £35) helps transform everyday objects into lighting assistants.
The JOBY Suction Cup & Locking Arm and Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm are two new accessories for GoPro and action cam shooters. Scheduled to launch in November, they deliver fast set-ups, unique perspectives and provide the ultimate hold on all kinds of smooth surfaces. The Suction Cup & Locking Arm will retail for $39.95 / £33, while the Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm will cost $29.95 / £25.
Friday, September 12, 2014
G-Technology today announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL, which holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200rpm hard drives. Offfering up to 1,350MB/s performance in RAID 0, the G-Speed Studio XL Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a high-quality, black enclosure with integrated cooling technology. It also supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to boost storage speeds. The G-Speed Studio XL will be available in November in capacities of 24TB for $3,599.95, 32TB for $4,599.95, 40TB for $5,499.95, 48TB for $5,999.95 and 64TB for $6,999.95.
Nikon will exhibit its remote camera system at IBC and Photokina 2014. Developed by Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) as professional equipment for the imaging industry, this remote camera system uses Nikon’s digital camera and imaging solutions and MRMC’s robotic heads. Nikon has been working with MRMC in the UK for some time, allowing professional photographers to use remote systems set up at major sporting events such as Wimbledon and The Open Golf Championship, as well as at some of the world’s other big sporting events. Earlier this year the partners installed a bespoke remote set-up using Nikon DSLR cameras in the London Live studio, the first 24-hour entertainment TV channel dedicated to London. The studio operates a fully automated set-up using the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 cameras and a nine axis, state of the art, custom-made robotic arm to produce the desired full-frame 35mm cinematic effect.
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