Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is now available in the UK. Unveiled in the run-up to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Camera 2's upgrades include a faster 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, 2.0 GB of RAM, enhanced battery life, Android 4.3 and NFC connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 (£399.99) is now available from Dixons, with selected online and high street retailers including John Lewis to follow in two weeks time.
MindShift Gear has just released the UltraLight Camera Cover, which is billed as the lightest, most compact camera cover for outdoor photography. This “skin-style” camera pouch/cover is designed for outdoor, nature, and action photographers who wear a normal or pro DSLR camera with small to medium lens out on their chest, ready to shoot. “It is a super lightweight cover that offers protection against scratches, dust, moisture and debris while stabilising the camera on the chest, waist or over the shoulder,” said MindShift Gear’s founder and president Doug Murdoch. "It is ultra-compressible for easy stowing and its integrated belt supports the camera around the photographer’s waist.” The UltraLight DSLR Cover is available in three sizes, priced at $29.99.
MindShift Gear has released the first case designed for quick access to round, square, and rectangular camera lens filters: the Filter Hive. The case resembles a bee hive with padded, felt-lined slots that protect delicate glass and resin filters. The Filter Hive’s padded exterior case and accordion-style removable insert holds up to six flat graduated neutral density filters up to 4x6” (100x150mm) and six round filters up to 82mm diameter, including the thick 1.5cm variable neutral density filters. Priced at $54.99, the Filter Hive is available via the website below.
Lowepro has revealed a trio of rolling camera bags that maximise the amount of pro-sized gear photographers can pack, protect and transport: the Pro Roller x-Series AW. At the core of the new design is Lowepro’s patent-pending MaxFit System of adjustable, interior dividers. This micro-fitting structure makes it easy to closely pack pro bodies, large lenses and all essential accessories in a deep and roomy interior. The bags boast a patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover and hardshell exterior for superior protection. The Pro Roller x200 ($399.99) and x100 ($369.99) are sized to meet standard airline carry-on requirements. The Lowepro Pro Roller x300 ($479.99, pictured) is the largest of the thee, measuring 43.3cm x 29.5cm x 64.5cm and accomodating 1-2 Pro DSLRs with grip, 8-10 lenses and up to a 17" laptop.
Think Tank Photo have just launched their belt-mountable Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket (PPR). Easily secured to any belt by a sturdy hook-and-loop panel, the PPR holds six CF cards and three SD cards, as well as other small accessories, such as a smartphone or lens cloth. The attached neck-strap tucks away in its own interior slot. The new PPR is available for $22.75 from the website below.
Think Tank Photo have just released their App House 8 ($44.75) and App House 10 ($54.75) hybrid bags for quick access to a small or standard-size tablet. Both App House bags offer dedicated pockets for carrying a smartphone and other small items, an internal irganiser with elastic and zippered pockets for connection cables, card readers, power cables, portable charger etc., a 4-way stretch pocket for rapid access to lens caps, memory cards, batteries or other items, removeable and adjustable shoulder strap with a non-slip pad, a seam-sealed rain cover, and more.
Singapore-based Adaptist have released their Pentax K+ Multi-Mount (PK+ MM) mounting ring, which allows photographers to attach Contax/Yashica, Konica, Nikon F and Olympus OM mount lenses to a number of Pentax SLR camera bodies. Compatible models include the Pentax *ist D, *ist DS, *ist DS2, *ist DL, *ist DL2, K100D, K110D, K100D Super, K-m, K2000, K-x, K-r and most Pentax AF SLRs. Note that this is not like a typical adapter - as Adaptist put it: "As most camera mounts have flange focal distances that are too close for adapters to be possible, by changing the original mount ring of the camera to an adaptive one like PK+MM, you can now mount different mount lenses without adapters, and still achieve infinity focus in most cases." The kit contains the PK+ MM plus 2 pieces of mounting shim for Nikon F mount, a 2mm cross-tip Philips screwdriver and a printed instruction manual. The Adaptist Pentax K+ Multi-Mount is available for S$98 + shipping via the website below.
Panasonic has unveiled new SDXC and SDHC UHS-I cards, the Gold Series “SDUC”, complying with UHS Speed Class 3 and suitable for 4K video recording at a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (240 Mbps). When used with a UHS-I compliant product, the card can have a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and maximum write speed of 45MB/s. With products not compatible with UHS Speed Class 3, the Panasonic Gold Series cards are compliant with UHS Speed Class 1 or Speed Class 10 with a constant minimum writing speed of 10 MB/s (80 Mbps). The cards will be available in memory capacities of 64 GB, 32 GB and 16 GB.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D4s DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new flagship Nikon D4s DSLR camera.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH4 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera, including the YAGH interface grip,the metal chassis and an exploded view of the inside of the camera.
Panasonic were also exhibiting early samples of the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and a non-working protototype of an intriguing super-compact 35-100mm lens.
Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera.
Want to see exactly what the new Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 VC PZD and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lenses look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of these new lenses, which are apparently the only ones in the world...
Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II compact camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II premium compact camera, including the optional electronic viewfinder.
Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compact camera look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 compact camera, which is now on sale in the UK.
Issue 37 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to photographic workshops, a review of the Little Stopper, an article on how fine art photographs are sold, a portfolio of images by Sue Bishop, an exclusive interview with Charlie Waite and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.
Ricoh is inviting attendees at the 2014 Wedding Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Expo to try out the Pentax 645D digital medium-format camera. “Using professional equipment like the PENTAX 645D is an outstanding way for photographers to enhance and differentiate what they can offer the consumer,” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “The added dimension, wider dynamic range and shallow depth of field produced by the 645D create a distinguished look that potential customers will admire and competitors will covet.” In conjunction with the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Expo, Ricoh Imaging is offering a $500 instant rebate on the purchase of a Pentax 645D during the month of March 2014.
The Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 is a white, silk gloss Baryta paper that gives the impression of a traditional silver halide photo paper. Key highlights include a unique barium sulphate coating, high colour density and brilliance and high resolution. Currenty on display at WPPI in Las Vegas, the Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta 310 is available in a range of different sizes.
Tiffen has just released the Tiffen Pearlescent, Tiffen Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters in 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes. Originally developed for Hollywood cinematographers, these filters soften excess detail and reduce wrinkles and blemishes, giving photographers and videographers more creative control over the shot. “The Tiffen Company pioneered Optical Filter development for photographers more than 75 years ago and to this day continues to innovate with new product offerings such as the Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters,” says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “After decades of enjoying how Hollywood has used these Tiffen MPTV filters to achieve their visions, we look forward to seeing an entire new group of image-makers capture and enhance their subjects using the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters for photography and videography.” The Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters are available today through Tiffen domestic and international dealers and distributors.
Russian Photography is a new online exhibition presented by the Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH). Curated by Anna Shpakova, Director of Photography at the Russian agency Ria Novosti, this exhibition explores the work of Anastasia Rudenko, Georgy Pervov, Denis Tarasov, Ilya Batrakov and the Grozny Collective Project. "The stories we are presenting today at the Photographic Museum are very diverse: we are introducing photographers from different generations, individual and group projects, and we are showing bodies of work from various genres: from documentary photography to a completely original genre entitled 'photographic realism', coined by the photographer," Shpakova says.
DxO Labs have posted their findings on the RED Epic Dragon sensor. The imager has achieved an overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 101, setting a new record. The unusually high overall score is attributable to the sensor's fantastic dynamic range of 14.8EV, and colour depth of 26.5 bits, which is better than what we have seen from the very best medium-format CCDs. The low-light ISO score is 2745, which is a bit lower than that of the very best "35mm full-frame" sensors, but still impressive.