Monday, September 29, 2014

Rift Labs Announce Diffuser for KICK Light

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Rift Labs have announced a new high-quality diffuser for the KICK light, which was launched earlier this year and features a portable rechargeable 400 lumen LED panel. Created in response to user requests, the new KICK diffuser creates a softer light with minimal light loss and comes with a micro lens surface 40-degree diffusion front plate for maximum light transmission. In order to emit as much light as possible, the inside of the impact resistant hard shell is coated with a hyper-white material, which reflects 98% of the light and provides the same reflection for all wavelengths. For more information, visit the website below.

Epon SpectroProofer-UVS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Epson today announced the SpectroProofer-UVS, a new in-line spectrophotometer for its 17", 24" and 44" Epson Stylus Pro printers. The new SpectroProofer-UVS models support the M1 measurement illumination standard and are UV selectable between M1 and M2. Current SpectroProofer owners have the option to upgrade to the new ILS30EP component of SpectroProofer-UVS models to ensure full compatibility with the latest industry standards. The new SpectroProofer-UVS will be shipping in late-October 2014.

Nikon Coolpix A Firmware Update C:1.12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon Coolpix A large-sensor compact camera. According to the company, version C:1.12 resolves an issue that sometimes prevented appropriate exposure control with interval timer photography. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Nikon Knowledge Base

Canon and Stella McCartney Unveil Linda Camera Bag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Canon and Stella McCartney have announced an exclusive collaboration unveiling the limited-edition Linda camera bag. Named after Stella’s mother and specially designed for the Canon EOS 100D White, the bag is crafted with an innovative Eco Alter Nappa leather alternative which uses natural vegetable oil coating that is less harmful to the environment. A limited run of 1,000 bags will be produced and will only be available as a special package with the Canon EOS 100D White digital SLR camera. Within the UK, the package will be available from Harrods and Selfridges for £1,200.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pentax 645Z Firmware Version 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Pentax 645Z medium-format digital SLR camera. Version 1.10 adds support for the new Image Transmitter 2 tethering application and improves overall stability. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Ricoh Japan

Bowens Launches New ‘Supreme Quality’ Flash Head Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Bowens has launched an exclusive five-strong range of flash heads for its Creo Generator system. The special effect flash heads include two new long penlights (from £900); two new long strip lights (from £1,749) and a 250mm diameter Fresnel spot light (£2,879). Robert Cook, Bowens marketing director said: “These innovative, precision-engineered and high-spec accessories offer supreme quality and will provide fashion and commercial photographers – and even automotive photographers - with a wide range of creative lighting opportunities using our Creo high performance power packs."

Limelite SLED4 & SLED8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Limelite has launched two new LED-based Studiolite products. Developed for broadcast video and photographic applications,the SLED4 (£865 plus VAT) and SLED8 (£1250 plus VAT) provide users with four or eight flicker-free, state of the art linear tubes of LEDs. “These LED-based Studiolites are another first for Limelite," Tim Haskell, Limelite business development manager said. "They create a soft, wide beam of beautifully even light that wraps around the subject to produce extremely flattering illumination." The new models also feature a wide range of optional accessories and modifiers including grids; Barn Doors and filter frames.

Fotodiox FlapJack LED Edgelight Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox Pro have announced their newest concept in LED lighting: the FlapJack LED Edgelight series. Designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to set up, the FlapJacks produce soft, even light that is ideal for impromptu interviews, portraiture, food- and product photography. Rather than using forward-facing LEDs common in conventional panels, the FlapJacks’ LEDs are mounted around their outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material to produce bounced light. Their compact design makes it easy to mount them to light stands, tabletop tripods, light clamps or even a camera’s accessory shoe. For more information, visit the wbsite below.

Latest SanDisk Products for your Camera and Mobile Device Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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We’ve teamed up with SanDisk for a product bundle giveaway featuring the Ultra Dual USB Drive and newly upgraded Ultra microSDXC UHS-I and Extreme SDXC UHS-I memory cards - a total value of $490 for one lucky winner!

The contest has now closed and the lucky winner is Alex Hooley. Congratulations!

Today, users are capturing photos and videos on more devices than ever, ranging from digital cameras and smartphones to tablets and action cams. So now is your chance to grab some news products that will help you save and transfer content for a number of host devices. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Extreme SDXC UHS-I card and Ultra Dual USB Drive make the perfect bundle to tackle storage restrictions and safely store and transfer photos, videos, music and more!

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB

The Ultra Dual USB Drive allows you to easily transfer files between Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac computers, freeing up space for photos, videos and more! You can listen to more music, share more videos and photos, and watch HD movies—without worrying about filling up your phone’s internal memory!

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is perfect for today’s Android™ smartphone and tablet users who want the highest storage capacity available. With 128GB capacity, the SanDisk Ultra microSD™ UHS-I card allows you to capture, carry and keep it all with you without having to figure out what to delete. With an improved write speed of up to 48MB/s, you save even more time transferring photos and videos from the card to your computer.

SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Extreme SDXC UHS-I card offers enough speed, capacity, and durability to meet the demands of advanced photographers and passionate shutterbugs alike. The Extreme line now features 60 MB/s write and 40 MB/s read speeds in addition to 30 MB/s sustained write speed (U3) that gives users the speed and capacity to capture video that looks great on Full HD or 4K Ultra HD video screens.

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NY Through the Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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NY Through the Lens by Vivianne Gucwa is a new title from Ilex Press. Nearly a decade ago, Vivienne Gucwa began walking the streets of New York with the only camera she could afford, and started taking pictures. Choosing a direction and going as far as her feet would take her, she noticed lines, forms and structures that had previously gone unnoticed. Having limited equipment forced her to learn about light, composition and colour, and her burgeoning talent won her blog thousands of readers – and wide recognition in the photographic community. Based on her blog of the same name, NY Through the Lens is filled with spectacular photographs and Vivienne’s own insightful commentary. the 192-page hardback will be available in October for £20.

Comic Life 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Plasq have released Comic Life 3, the latest edition of its award-winning photo comic creation software for iOS. This edition includes a new suite of image processing tools including new parametric filters and an Instant Alpha tool that makes it easy to knock out backgrounds right inside the app. Comic Life 3 also introduces a script editor letting you create stories right in the app and easily take your words to the comic page thanks to new SmartScript technology. Comic Life 3 for iOS is available from the App Store for $2.99

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fujifilm X30 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm X30 is a brand new premium compact camera with a large 2/3-type 12 megapixel sensor, fast 4x optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and a 60p movie mode. Read our Fujifilm X30 review, complete with full-size sample JPEG and raw images, videos and more...

ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18

Mark Goldstein | Software
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ACDSee Pro 8 is the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers. The standard version, ACDSee 18, gives any photographer the high-end tools they need to produce professional quality photos and manage their photo library. ACDSee Pro 8 is available for $199.99 and ACDSee 18 is available for $79.99. Both products are also available via subscription starting at $79 per year.

Manual – Custom Exposure Camera for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Little Pixels have released a new iPhone app that gives users direct control over white balance, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. Available for all devices running iOS 8, the Manual – Custom Exposure Camera app also allows you to control focus, engage exposure bracketing, view a live histogram, display various grid overlays and save photos directly to the Camera Roll. Manual – Custom Exposure Camera is available on iTunes for $1.99.

Polaroid Cube

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Polaroid Cube lifestyle action video camera is now available to purchase. Offered in a variety of eye-catching colours, the lightweight, affordably priced Polaroid Cube features a distinctive square design and a range of fun mounts and accessories. The eye catching camera has a wide angle lens with 124° of coverage and can capture high definition video at 1080 or 720p and still images at 6 MP with a simple one-button operation. The camera supports up to 32 gigabytes using a microSD card and allows for up to 90 minutes of video thanks to the high capacity battery. Additionally, the Polaroid Cube is weatherproof and features an integrated microphone and LED-light for usage at night or in the dark. The Polaroid Cube lifestyle action video camera is available for $99.99.

Killspencer Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Killspencer has launched the new Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection. The range includes the Killspencer Precision Pocket camera bag itself ($750), which ismade out of premium leather and features a black bullhide leather flap and taupe leather interior; the Killspencer Precision Pocket Camera Bucket (starting at $120), which fits a Leica T compact system camera (but can be custom ordered to fit any camera); two lens pouches ($69 and $89); an SD memory card carrier (available as in-store custom order only,starting at $150) and a detachable accessory case ($79). A bridle leather and paracord riveted and hand-threaded camera strap is also available for $89.

BlackRapid Partners With The Tutu Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of the Special Edition BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap, designed and created for women, by women. For every sale of these special limited edition straps sold $10 will go directly to The Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation to benefit breast cancer patients. Available now, the BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap has a suggested retail price of £75.

Nero 2015 Launched

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nero has launched its Nero 2015 Classic and Nero 2015 Platinum digital media suites. Comprising more than 10 brand new mobile apps and significantly enhanced versions of Nero Burning ROM, Nero Video, Nero Recode, Nero Express, and Nero MediaHome; Nero 2015 Classic replaces the previous “standard” editions of the Nero suite, and features a redesigned launcher, support for geotags, integrated cloud access, auto-transcoding and more. Nero 2015 Platinum includes all the characteristic enhancements of Nero 2015 Classic, with the addition of a fully-fledged Blu-ray Disc player (including 3D support), Blu-ray Disc ripping to virtually any video file format, 4K (UHD) video editing and slideshow support, as well as  hundreds of additional video effects and retro movie theme templates. Both suites are available now. The recommended prices are £69.99 for Nero 2015 Classic and £89.99 for Nero 2015 Platinum.

HTC Teases New Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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HTC has launched a teaser campaign for a new action/sports video camera due to be launched on 8th October. The company has set up a dedicated website and published a movie that was apparently filmed with the new device. Based on some of the scenes in the teaser video, the new HTC action cam will likely be waterproof and capable of shooting slow-motion footage with an ultra-wide lens. Click through to view the clip.

Robo –  Trumble

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, General
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Nikon UK has released a new film by John Wright titled ‘Robo – Trumble’, featuring ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and ‘Studio Bot’, a bespoke robotic camera setup that demonstrates the capabilities of Nikon / MRMC’s remote camera system solution. John Wright, Nikon UK Ambassador, shot the entire film on a Nikon D810 and MRMC robotic head in order to capture multiple angles as Kimberly and Studio Bot perform together.  The film highlights the precision and accuracy of the system that affords photographers, videographers and broadcasters complete creative control and the opportunity to shoot from "almost impossible" locations. Click through for the Robo –  Trumble film and a behind-the-scenes video.