Category: Photokina 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Think Tank Photo Airport Navigator Rolling Case

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012
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Think Tank Photo has announced that in November it will release the Airport Navigator, billed as the photography industry’s first rolling pilot’s case. Allowing photographers to access gear from the top and the front, the Airport Navigator holds two pro-size bodies, plus three to six extra lenses and most 15.4” laptops, tablets and documents.  The two external side pockets can also accommodate pro-size flashes or water bottles. The Airport Navigator is priced at $235.75.

Lexar 256Gb SDXC Card Hands-On Photos

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2012
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You’re looking at the world’s highest capacity SDXC UHS-I card, which Lexar have just launched at Photokina. Their 256Gb, 400x speed card offers a minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed of 60MB per second.and will be available in late October, a snip at exactly £670.99 in the UK.

Lexar are introducing 32Gb and 64Gb Micro SDXC cards, which ship with a neat little thumb-sized SD reader and are priced at £49.99 and £104.99 respectively. They are also updating their regular dual-slot card reader to USB3, priced at £29.99. Lexar are currently also working on finalising their XQD product offering.

Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012
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Lexar has launched a new 25-in-1 USB 3.0 memory card reader. The Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Readerprovides five slots compatible with popular card formats such as CompactFlash, Secure Digital, including newly added support for SDXC cards, Mobile, Memory Stick and xD-Picture cards. Compatible with both Mac and Windows systems, the Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader comes with a one-year limited warranty, and is available for purchase with an MSRP of £29.99.

Lexar Introduces New microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012

Lexar has introduced its new Lexar High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I and microSDXC UHS-I memory cards. The UHS-I cards carry a Class 10 speed classification, and deliver read transfer speeds up to 300x (45MB per second).  The 32GB High-Performance microSDHC UHS-I and 64GB High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I memory cards come with a limited lifetime warranty, and the included USB 3.0 reader comes with a one-year limited warranty.

New EIZO ColorEdge Monitors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012
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EIZO has launched its new lineup of ColorEdge monitors to appeal to both its traditional core of high-end graphics professionals as well as middle and entry level users. The new lineup consists of three series and five models. The CG series is carried over from the current ColorEdge lineup and will continue to be targeted at professionals - the new models in the series include the 27” ColorEdge CG276 (pictured) and 24.1” ColorEdge CG246. The new CX series is targeted at prosumers and trade schools in photography and design. Covering most of the Adobe RGB colour space, the two models in the series -  the ColorEdge CX270 (27”) and ColorEdge CX240 (24.1”)- come with a newly designed in-built SelfCorrection sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated by an external sensor. As of now, the also-new entry-level CS series comprises one model, the ColorEdge CS230 (23”). Like the CX series, it comes with an in-built SelfCorrection sensor, but a narrower colour space covering most of sRGB.

SLR Magic Lenses Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the SLR Magic Cine 35mm f/1.4, HyperPrime 23mm f/1.7, HyperPrime Cine 50mm f/0.95 and HyperPrime Cine 25mm f/0.95 lenses look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Pentax-DA 18-270mm Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM lens looks like in the flesh? We have put together a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Hasselblad H5D Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad H5D medium-format digital SLR camera looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a gallery of hands-on photos for your perusal.

Hasselblad Lunar Hands-On Photos - UPDATED

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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera looks like in the flesh? We have compiled an extensive hands-on gallery for your perusal. Updated!

Tamron 70-200mm, 90mm VC Lenses Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the new, stabilised Tamron 90mm Macro and 70-200mm lenses VC look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Sigma 35mm, 17-70mm, 120-300mm Lenses Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma lenses - and USB dock - look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Schneider Kreuznach Lenses at Photokina Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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At Photokina 2012, Schneider Kreuznach is showcasing its newest lenses under glass.

Carl Zeiss Lenses at Photokina Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss lenses look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Samyang 10mm f/2.8 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 manual-focus ultra-wide angle lens looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Epson Small-in-One Epression Premium XP-600 and XP-800

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photokina 2012, Printers
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Epson has introduced two new Wi-Fi enabled “Small-in-One” printers. The flagship Expression XP-800 comes equipped with a 30-page Auto Document Feeder featuring automatic two-sided copying, scanning and faxing, a 3.5” touchscreen with gesture navigation for easy setup and operation, specialty paper support through its rear paper feed4, and an auto-extend paper output tray that automatically extends any time the user hits print from a Mac, PC or iPad. The main difference between the two printers is the scanner resolution, which is 2400dpi on the XP-600 and 4800dpi XP-800,  the printing speed (XP-600: 9ppm, XP-800: 11ppm) and the built-in Ethernet networking feature, which is only offered on the XP-800. The Epson XP-600 ($149.99, pictured) and XP-800 ($279.99) will be available in late-October through major retailer stores across the USA.

Epson Products at Photokina

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photokina 2012, Printers
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Epson is showcasing its full range of LFP, pro-photo and consumer photo products at this year’s Photokina. The stand offers practical application demonstrations of Epson products in use, including the company’s new digital dry lab, the SureLab SL-D3000. Faces of Photokina will also be a core theme for Epson during the show, where professional photographers will aim to take portrait photos of 1000 visitors to the Epson booth and display them as a gallery of images, which will be signed and stamped with Epson’s Digigraphie label.

Fotoman 624 Panoramic Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Photokina 2012
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Fotoman Professional Cameras have re-announced the Fotoman 624 Panoramic Camera featuring a Schneider 90 mm / 5.6 XL Super Angulon lens. The camera produces a large 5.6 cm x 22.4 cm image allowing for 3 shots on a 120 roll. For focusing, users can choose between the Fotoman Helical Focusing Mount and an optional ground glass focusing screen. Weighing in at 1.86kg, the Fotoman 624 Panoramic Camera comes with a 120° viewfinder. The price has not been revealed.

Novoflex Tilt- and Shift Bellows System for CSCs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012
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German accessories manufacturer Novoflex has introduced a newly designed tilt- and shift bellows system for compact system cameras. Comprising the Castbal-T/S bellows attachment (€299) and the Castel-Q macro focussing rack, the new system is claimed to offer “an easy and inexpensive way to dive even deeper into macro photography and perspectives control.” The bellows attachment is simply put into the quick release mount of the Castel-Q and is ready for use. For perspective control purposes the lens panel of the Castbal-T/S can be adjusted 25° to the left or right side. For focus control it can be shifted within the quick release mount of the focusing rack. (The amount of shift/rise/fall achievable with the system is unspecified.) The system is compatible with a wide variety of Novoflex adapters. Additionally, a Schneider Kreuznach UNI-APO-DIGI 90mm f/4.5 lens is offered as an optional accessory for €759.

Schneider Kreuznach Launches Polariser for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2012
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At Photokina 2012, Schneider Kreuznach has presented its first filter designed specifically for lenses on mobile devices. The B+W Smart-Pro is a circular polarising filter that can be mounted on all current iPhones and iPads as well as other smartphones and tablet PCs with a maximum lens diameter of 8mm. The filter system is “clicked” onto a small magnetic ring that is first fitted around the lens on the smartphone or tablet. The filter can then be attached and aligned quickly and easily as required. The B+W Smart-Pro will be available from winter 2012, with pricing to be confirmed.

Click through / scroll down for a video demonstration.

Zeiss Develops 3 New AF Lenses for Fuji and Sony CSCs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2012
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Carl Zeiss has introduced a new family of autofocus lenses for compact system cameras (CSCs). Initially comprising a 12mm f/2.8, a 32mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens - equivalent to 18mm, 48mm and 75mm respectively -, this new range of Zeiss AF lenses will be available for Sony E-bayonet (Sony NEX cameras) and for Fujifilm X-bayonet (Fujifilm X cameras). The X-mount lenses will come equipped with manual aperture rings. Zeiss says it uses several “different types of glass” for the lens elements and “a mix of materials” - which include, but are not limited to, metals - for the mechanical parts. Exact pricing for the Carl Zeiss CSC lenses has yet to be communicated but the company says they will be “around the €1,000 mark” each.

Source: Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Blog