Thursday, September 20, 2012
Ilford today unveiled the latest fine art inkjet papers to join its growing Galerie Prestige range. The Galerie Prestige Gold Mono Silk is a true black and white media for inkjet printers, allowing photographers specialising in monochrome photography to achieve inkjet prints reminiscent of those they developed in the traditional darkroom era. Built on a 270gsm media, Gold Mono Silk is the latest product to carry the Galerie Gold designation. The new 100% rag Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth 330gsm and Gold Cotton Textured 330gsm products feature a traditional mould-made base from a traditional fine art paper mill and achieve best results with pigment based printers. Finally, the Galerie Prestige Fine Art Smooth and Fine Art Textured 220gsm papers compliment their Prestige Gold Cotton counterparts by offering a bright white base alternative capable of delivering excellent contrast and sharpness along with enhanced colours. All of the new Galerie Fine Art products will be available on shelves in January 2013.
Ilford has developed new ICC profiles to maximise printing results when using its Galerie range of inkjet papers with the latest Canon printers, including the Pixma PRO-100 and PRO-10 photo printers that replace the Pixma Pro9000 Mark II and Pixma Pro9500 Mark II models, respectively; and five new imagePROGRAF models. The Ilford ICC profiles developed for printing with the new Canon products will be available free for download to coincide with the worldwide availability of the printers.
Canon U.S.A has introduced five new imagePROGRAF printers. Designed for use by photographers, artisans, proofers and print for pay users, the iPF9400 (12-colour, 60-inch), iPF9400S (8-colour, 60-inch), iPF8400 (12-colour, 44-inch), iPF6450 and iPF6400 (12-colour, 24-inch) utilise Canon’s LUCIA EX pigment ink set, an enhanced multi-sensor and advanced printing technologies specifically developed to produce prints with an enhanced colour range and improved durability. The new Canon imagePROGRAF models will have an MSRP of $11,995 for the iPF9400, $9,995 for the iPF9400S, $5,995 for the iPF8400 printer, $3,695 for the iPF6450 and $2,995 for the iPF6400.
Eposure.com has introduced a free and live webinar service. Tim Bilsborough, Eposure’s founder (pictured above with director Gabrielle O’Hare) says, “Webinars are a fantastic tool which allows us to work directly and interactively with many more photographers, all over the country. We cover areas such as ‘how to create a website which is designed for buyers, not photographers’, and, ‘the marketing essentials for commercial photographers.’ We know that marketing is something that many photographers find very time consuming and yet brings little reward. Our agency background means we can pass on very relevant information that can make their marketing strategies effective.” The current webinar schedule is available to Eposure members on the website below.
The ColorMunki Smile is an entry-level monitor calibration kit from X-Rite. Consisting of a colour measurement device and a simple program with a wizard-based interface, the X.Rite ColorMunki Smile is claimed to be ideal for users who do not know anything about colour science. ColorMunki Smile software automatically detects when multiple monitors are connected to a single Mac or PC computer and allows users to colour correct each one. The kit is available now from X-Rite (North America) and Pantone online stores and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP $99/£84.
The BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling Strap (BosStrap G3) is a two-part sling system which includes an upgraded sling strap and the new patent-pending Generation 3 BosTail (G3 Tail). Claimed to offer “the smoothest action of any sling strap on the market,” the BosStrap G3 Sliding Sling Strap uses a small, nickel plated sliding fitting for extraordinarily smooth movement. The wide strap evenly distributes the weight of your gear, obviating the need for a shoulder pad while making the BosStrap G3 convenient to use, light weight, strong, and easily stowable. The patent-pending G3 Tail attaches to the left camera strap lug. The G3 Tail uses a cam buckle with a unique safety sleeve. The cam buckle and safety sleeve ensure that your camera can not be accidentally detached from the sling strap, but when you want, your camera can easily, intentionally be detached. The BosStrap Generation 3 Sliding Sling System including one G3 Tail is $47.95. Extra G3 Tails are available separately at $11.95.
SanDisk have confirmed that they will not be producing XQD flash memory cards. Speaking to Photography Blog at Photokina today, Susan Park, Director of Product Marketing, Retail Imaging, said that the market-leading company have instead chosen the CFast 2.0 standard for their future high-end cards.
Co-invented by SanDisk and the Compact Flash Association, the recently announced CFast 2.0 specification will provide a performance capability of up to 600MB/sec, meeting the needs of 2K/4K video which requires much faster speeds than the current Compact Flash specification allows for. A 100Gb file takes only 5 minutes to transfer at 350Mb/s - 20 minutes is more the norm with current CF cards.
SanDisk are working closely with camera manufacturers including Canon and Phase One, and sampling of the new CFast 2.0 cards has already begun, although because the new standard has a SATA interface, there are no cameras currently on the market that are compatible with the still-theoretical SanDisk CFast card.
We’re awaiting Nikon’s response to this news, as their flagship D4 DSLR is the only camera that actually uses the XQD format. Sony are currently the sole manufacturer of XQD cards, although Lexar did announce plans to support the format earlier in the year and are working on finalising their product.
Want to see exactly what the new Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1.8 M-system lens looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a gallery of hands-on photos for your perusal.
Additionally, we took the opportunity to capture a couple of sample images with the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens.
Polaroid has launched a new line of HD action cameras. The Polaroid XS7 comes with a 2” screen and a case that’s waterproof down to a depth of 10 metres. The Polaroid XS20 features 8 built-in LED lights and waterproof to 20m. Finally, the range-topping Polaroid XS100 sports a shock-proof exterior, “distortion-free” ultra-wide lens, adjustable frame rates, dual file recording and waterproofing down to 10 metres. The first two cameras record video at 720p resolution, while the XS100 offers Full HD capture. The Polaroid XS sports cameras have suggested retail prices of $69.99, $99.99 and $199.99, respectively. Cameras are currently available for pre-order and will hit the shelves at Polaroid retailers in mid-October.
Fujifilm has shown us prototypes of the five new lenses they plan to release next year. We’ve compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Aptina has unveiled a new 18-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor developed for digital compact cameras. The Aptina AR1820HS is a 1/2.3-type imager with a pixel pitch of 1.25 microns and fast read-out times. The native 18MP resolution can be read out at up to 24fps, enabling high-resolution, and high-speed burst still image capture capability. In video modes, the sensor can output a 16:9 aspect ratio, full field-of-view 14MP at 30fps and a binned 8MP at 60fps. Aptina’s AR1820HS image sensor is currently sampling in limited volumes and will be in mass production in Q3CY13.
At Photokina, Fujifilm delivered a presentation about the new Fujifilm X-E1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF18-55mm and XF14mm lenses and the XF1 premium compact camera.
The Bavarian Brenner Import- und Großhandels GmbH (B.I.G.) has introduced a new, compact shift lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Weighing in at 200 grams the B.I.G. 15mm f/4.5 shift lens comprises 8 lens elements in 6 groups and comes with a built-in hood. With a maximum shift of 5.3mm, the lens enables users to avoid keystoning in architectural shots. On display at Photokina 2012, Hall 2.1 - Stand D024, the B.I.G. 15mm f/4.5 shift lens is available for €999.
The Lensmate RX100 Quick-Change Adapter Kit enables Sony RX100 users to attach filters to their camera without a bulky tripod mounted adapter. Available in 49mm and 52mm versions, the Lensmate RX100 Quick-Change Adapter Kit consists of two main parts plus a container, a lens cap, an installation guide tube and a safe removal device. Manufactured by Lensmate, the filter adapter kit is made in the United States and sells for $39.95 in the Lensmate Online Store. The filter holder part is also available separately for $14.95 so you can buy one for each filter you own - it makes changing filters on the camera really quick and easy.
The Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1.8 is a new, ultra-fast ultra-wide angle lens for M mount rangefinder cameras. With an optical formula comprising 13 elements in 11 groups, the Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1.8 features an all-metal barrel and a smooth manual focus ring. Other key specifications include a built-in (non-removable) hood, a ten-bladed diaphragm and a close-focus point of 0.5m. The recommended retail price of the lens is €1,149.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
We have updated our Photokina News index page to include the latest product announcements, hands-on previews and sample galleries.
Yesterday at Photokina 2012 Impossible introduced a new instant colour film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras. In 2010 Impossible film was reinvented from scratch as the components of classic Polaroid film were no longer available. One of the main challenges in the development process was the design of a new opacification agent - a component that makes the photo insensitive to light after it has ejected from the camera. Impossible production manager André Bosman explains: “Until now, the opacification characteristic of previous Impossible films and their light sensitivity forced users to shield images from light immediately after ejection. Improvement in this regard became one of the major ongoing quests through the last two years.“ Now, with the new PX 70 and PX 680 Color Protection film Impossible takes a huge step in terms of ease of handling and image quality. An innovative color protection formula improves the opacification process, finally allowing for easy shooting without the need for immediate shielding of the photos. Available for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 camera models, the new Color Protection Films are available for 20 EUR / 23.49 USD / 17 GBP on the website below.
With the new Olbia range, Hama is launching a new bag series designed for use with compact system cameras. A double zip closure on the main compartment, a front pocket, a belt loop and a fishnet pocket on each side on the larger models make these bags easy to carry and provide you with quick access your camera and accessories. A soft fleece lining on the inside of the bag protects your camera from scratches. Hama’s Olbia camera bags are available at prices ranging from €12.99 to €29.99.
Tenba has expanded its Roadie II video bag series with two new larger sizes. The new Roadie Video Backpack and Roadie Shoulder Bag will be about 20 percent larger than the bags that were launched earlier this year. Both bags are designed to fit the latest digital camera/video systems, including DSLRs from Canon (5D Mark III, EOS-1D X) and Nikon (D4, D800), and larger gear from RED (Epic, Scarlet), Canon (C100/C300/C500) and Sony (FS100/FS700), along with a laptop and a full assortment of accessories. The larger Roadie II Video Backpack and Shoulder Bag will be available in January 2013, with pricing to be announced.
Wacom has launched the Bamboo Stylus pocket - a new, compact stylus for use with smartphones, iPads and Android tablets on the go. Measuring a pocket size of just 9.3 cm, the ergonomic stylus is expandable to a more traditional size and features a smooth soft conductive rubber tip, The Bamboo Stylus pocket is available now priced at £29.