Thursday, March 6, 2014

Reflecta Smartphone Scanner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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Reflecta has launched a new device that enables users to digitise prints, negatives and transparencies with their smartphones. All you need to do is place the smartphone in the appropriate smartphone cradle and insert the photo, slide or negative into the appropriate holder. Place both the cradle and holder into the correct compartment and touch the camera icon to capture the image. using a simple dedicated app. You can even tweak the image brightness and colour, and share the "scanned" image on Facebook. The new Reflecta Smartphone Scanner is now available in specialist shops across the UK at an SRP of £40.50.

Reflecta Introduces New LED Video Lights

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the UK launch of two new cost-effective LED video lights by Reflecta. Available in two models - RPL170 and DR10 (pictured), featuring either 170 or 5 power LEDs respecively; the new Reflecta LED video lights allow colour temperature to be easily adjusted between 3200K to 5500 or 5800K. The RPL170 is dimmable, and features a rotating metal ball head with a hot-shoe and two included Sony adapters to enable it to fit nearly all camera / camcorder shoes. The LED Video Light DR10 is equipped with a soft filter and a daylight filter, and offers 2 brightness levels. The light beam can also be regulated with the two integrated barn doors. The Reflecta LED Video Light RPL 170 and DR10 are both available now with an SRP of £128.28 each.

WD My Cloud EX2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD has expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay NAS system. My Cloud EX2 provides several capacity options for customers to choose from, including a diskless enclosure allowing users to build their own NAS with the drives of their choice, as well as populated systems in 4TB, 6TB or 8TB capacities. Additionally, you can attach compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports. My Cloud EX2 is currently available for $199.99 for the diskless My Cloud EX2, $369.99 for 4TB, $469.99 for 6TB and $569.99 for 8TB.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 40 photos taken with the new Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD lens, mounted on a Canon 5D Mk III body.

The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD is a telephoto zoom lens designed for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.

Nikon Coolpix P600 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix P600 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new Nikon Coolpix P600 compact camera, which has a whopping 60x zoom lens.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix P340 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Nikon Coolpix P340 premium compact camera.

Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Kowa Prominar lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the exciting new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a Sony A7R.

Nissin i40 Flashgun Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Accessories
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Want to see exactly what the new Nissin i40 flashgun look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Nissin i40 flashgun. The pocket size Nissin i40 weighs just 203g but still offers a flash output of GN40 at 105mm and the ability to tilt the head horizontally 180° to right and left and up 90°.

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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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 Releases UltraLight Camera Cover

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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 Filter Hive Case

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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 Pro Roller x-Series AW Rolling Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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.

Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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’s App House 8 & App House 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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.

Adaptist Pentax K+ Multi-Mount

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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.

Website: Adaptist
 

Panasonic Gold Series SDUC Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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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

Nikon D4s Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras
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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.

Panasonic GH4 Hands-on Photos

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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.