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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50

Zeiss has announced two new manual-aperture, manual-focus lenses for Sony's E-mount full-frame compact system cameras. The Zeiss Loxia 2/35 (€1149/$1,299) is a 35mm f/2 lens that features 9 elements in 6 groups and weighs in at 340 grams. The Loxia 2/50 (€849/$ 949) is a 50mm f/2 "normal" prime comprising 6 elements in 4 groups. The Loxia 2/50 will be available worldwide starting October 2014 and the Loxia 2/35 from the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Perfect Photo Suite 9

onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Windows. New features include an overhauled Browse module,, a new Lens Flare filter, a new Quick Mask brush, a new Smart Photo feature and an integrated noise reduction algorithm. Additionally, all the masking and selection tools have been improved and integrated throughout the Suite’s modules. And, Perfect Layers and Perfect Mask have been combined into a single module, streamlining the process of compositing photos. Perfect Photo Suite 9 will be available in late October 2014, in two versions: Premium and Basic. The Premium version has an introductory price of $129.95. The Basic edition, which does not have plug-in support, is $79.95.

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Hasselblad Masters Volume 4 Evolve

Hasselblad has announced Hasselblad Masters Volume 4 Evolve, a 240-page hardback priced at €79.90 / $95.00 / £65.00, which will be published by teNeues in September 2014. Over the past few years, the company has provided funding the prestigious Masters photography contest, which honours both established top photographers and outstanding newcomers. In 2014, the theme of the competition was “Evolve.” In Hasselblad Masters Volume 4, twelve photographers present their stunning images on the subject, with accompanying text in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. The winners were selected from nearly 4,000 applicants and were given the opportunity to portray their ideas with high-end Hasselblad equipment.

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Domke Next Generation Camera Bags Now Available

Tiffen's new Domke Next Generation camera bag line, which was introduced at CES 2014, is now available in the USA. The new range includes the Journalist Series ($269.95 - $349.95), the Adventurer Series ($159.95), the Metropolitan Series ($229.95 - $379.95) and Viewfinder Series ($249.95 - $289.95). Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colours. Shooters can customise their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets photographers organise bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators. For more information, including model dimensions and specs, materials, colors and pricing, visit the website below.

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Benro Video Monopod Kit

Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of Benro products, has announced a new Video Monopod Kit. This new Benro Video Monopod Kit is supplied complete with the S4 Head which has an ergonomic pan bar handle, while the folding 3-leg base ensures stable support for video gear. Supplied complete with a durable carrying case with strap for ease of transportation, the Benro Video Monopod Kit is available for £203.40.

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Canon Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Kwanon

Canon is commemorating  the 80th anniversary of its first product, the Kwanon, which was Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera. The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon. Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon Inc., comments: “Over the 80 years since the birth of the Kwanon camera prototype, Canon has continuously innovated to fulfil the Company’s never-ending ambition to create the world’s finest cameras. Leveraging the technologies and know-how it has acquired over its history, Canon will continue contributing to the development of the photographic and video imaging culture through its technologies and products designed to satisfy the expectations of our customers.”

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA

The new Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA adapter features an advanced 5-element / 4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass for improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting. Like the original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2012, the Speed Booster ULTRA allows various full-frame lenses to be mounted on certain compact system camera bodies and has a magnification of 0.71x, so it effectively reduces the crop factor of cameras with APS-C sized sensors - such as Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras - from 1.5x to 1.07x. According to Metabones, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms. Pricing starts at $449.

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Nissin i40 Flash for FourThirds and Sony

Kenro, has announced that the Nissin i40 - 'love mini' compact flash gun is now also available for FourThirds and new hot shoe style Sony cameras. With an auto adjust zoom ranging from 24mm-105mm and a built-in diffuser giving 16mm lens coverage, the Nissin i40l is also equipped with a LED video light providing 9 steps of output level adjustment. Other features include a guide number of 40 at 105mm, high-speed synchronization (supporting up to 1/8,000 seconds shutter speed), wireless TTL mode and the ability to tilt the head horizontally 180° to right and left and up 90°. The flash is powered by 4 x AA batteries and has an SRP of £204.

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International Landscape Photographer of the Year - Winner Announced

The winner of the inaugural International Landscape Photographer of the Year  is Christian Fletcher from Western Australia. "My aim was to produce striking images from the air that had an industrial theme," Christian says. "As a photographer I feel it is my duty to capture the world we live in, be it pristine wilderness or industrial oblivion. Both are inspiring in a photographic sense but only one is sustainable."

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Chasing the Light Magazine Issue #32

Issue 32 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available to purchase. In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton describes his recent productive photo trip to the market at Issigeac in the Pays de Bergerac to capture the bustle of colour found there, as well as many other happy hours spent capturing the Gallic idyll of the region; this is all accompanied by his usual Video Blog. And the Low Down continues with Part Three of David’s articles on printing, this time getting down to the nitty-gritty of making a print, including discussions on the topics of colour management and soft proofing. Ross Hoddinott continues his Hangout series by writing about his own home patch of Cornwall, and the inspiration and benefits this popular location has always brought to his photography, all accompanied by some of his favourite shots. For How It’s Done, Ian Badley continues the Cornish theme, sharing the story behind his spectacular shot of a super-yacht in the 2010 Pendennis Cup Regatta. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light Online Magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. However non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

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