Monday, September 28, 2015
Phantom Glass has launched its first tempered glass screen protectors designed specifically for digital cameras. Made with the same technology as clear Phantom Glass, the tempered glass camera protectors are designed to cover the LCD screens of various models from Sony, Nikon, Canon and Leica. With zero image distortion, the screen protectors do not affect how users view their photos. All models feature a silicone nano-adhesion layer and an oleophobic nano-coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease. The new Phantom Glass camera screen protectors are available now ofr $34.95 each.
MacPhun Focus 2 Pro is a software app that creates selective focus, lens blur, motion blur and tilt-shift effects. Available as standalone and as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, is MacPhun Focus 2 Pro worth adding to your digital toolbox? Read our MacPhun Focus 2 Pro review to find out...
The Camslinger Streetomatic by CosySpeed is a next-generation camera bag combining the speed and convenience of a sling strap with the safety and spaciousness of a traditional camera bag. Currently raising funds on IndieGoGo, the Camslinger Streetomatic can be worn comfortably around the hip or like a traditional sling bag over the shoulder. Designed for compact system cameras but also suitable for DSLRs and superzooms, the new bag comes in blue, khaki and black colours. The black version is branded Thomas Leuthard Edition, with the signature of the popular street photographer stitched onto the front of the bag. The blue and khaki versions are available for $55 during the crowdfunding campaign (retail price: $69), and the Thomas Leuthard Edition can be had for $65 (regular price: $79).
The Polaroid Zip is an instant photo printer, creating 2x3 inch colour prints from photos on your mobile phone or tablet, complete with a sticky back. Is the Polaroid Zip more than just a novelty? Find out in our Polaroid Zip review...
GoPro has announced its new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled HERO+ camera. At $199.99 MSRP, the HERO+ is waterproof and mountable as well as compatible with GoPro's line-up of mounts and accessories. It captures 1080p60 and 720p60 videos, as well as 8-megapixel photos at up to 5fps. WiFi connectivity allows it to connect with GoPro's mobile app and benefit from convenient tools such as a Trim & Share feature that allows the user to quickly create and share short video clips across leading social media channels. Waterproof to 40m, the GoPro HERO+ is available for $199.99,
On1 Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 is a full-featured photo organizer and editor. Available either standalone or as a Photoshop/Lightroom plugin, does it offer everything that you need? Read our On1 Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 review to find out...
Replichrome III: Archive is a new film emulation plugin for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. Replichrome III: Archive is a collection of 22 rare films sourced from across the world, with the ability to tweak the key characteristics of each one. Read our Replichrome III: Archive review now...
Friday, September 25, 2015
Briefly Seen: New York Street Life is a new title from Schiffer Publishing. Containing 172 timeless black-and-white photographs taken by Harvey Stein between 1974 and 2014, Briefly Seen is the last in Stein's trilogy of books about New York. The first monograph, Coney Island 40 Years (Schiffer Publishing, 2011), documents the photographer's ongoing fascination with the eccentric and exuberant aspects of this famous Brooklyn beach community. The second title, Harlem Street Portraits (Schiffer Publishing, 2013), is a series of more formalised environmental portraits of the people who live in this historically significant African American neighborhood. In Briefly Seen, Stein turns his lens on some of the most densely populated areas of the city -- midtown and downtown Manhattan. The book is available for $45.
RED have announced their newest 4K camera, the RED Raven. Featuring an 8.8-megapixel RED Dragon imager with a dynamic range of 16.5+ stops, the Raven is capable of shooting 4K footage at 120 frames per second and 2K video at 240fps. With the ability to record in REDCODE raw (R3D) and Apple ProRes, simultaneously, the RED Raven supports a wide range of workflow options. Weighing in at 3.5lbs, the Red Raven camera "brain" will be available for £4,210 / €5,850 / $5,950 from February 2016. You can pre-order the camera by making a deposit of $500 now.
Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14. The former now features a camera shake compensation function, a Haze Removal tool, enhanced Guided Edits, a friendlier Quick Edit mode and more precise selections. The latter adds 4K video editing, new and professional-looking motion titles, a selective-colour mode and slow-motion effects with enhanced guidance. Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Adobe Premiere Elements 14 are immediately available for purchase for $99.99 each. Upgrade pricing is also available for $79.99.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The HD Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED SDM WR is a full-frame standard zoom for Pentax K-mount SLR cameras. Designed with Ricoh's new 35mm full-frame DSLR (currently under development) in mind, this zoom lens is constructed of 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 ED glass elements and 4 aspherical lens elements. The built-in SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) provides a quiet, high-speed autofocus operation. The lens comes equipped with the Pentax-developed Quick-Shift Focus system, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing as needed. The HD Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED SDM WR features a weather-resistant construction with special seals to effectively prevent water reaching the inside of the lens (despite having an extending zoom mechanism). The lens will be available from late October for £1149.99/$1,299.99.
The Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 IV is a new title from White Knight Press. Available in paperback and ebook formats, the book explains all shooting modes, menus, functions, and controls of the camera in clear language, accompanied by more than 450 colour photographs and illustrations. The Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 IV is available now for $9.95-$9.99 in PDF, iPad, Nook and Kindle formats. The paperback version sells for $26.95.
Manfrotto has launched its Advanced Travel Backpack in three new colours. Featuring new, lockable zips and multiple carrying options for tripods; the backpack is divided into two main parts: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom compartment. An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod. The Advanced Travel Backpack is now available in blue, brown and grey for £109.95.
Lowepro have launched four new models as part of their ProTactic series of camera bags. The expanded line now includes the ProTactic SH 120 AW shoulder bag ($99.95) designed for mirrorless camera kits; the ProTactic SH 180 AW mid-sized shoulder bag ($129.95) that fits a standard SLR with a 24-70mm lens attached, one to two extra lenses, a tablet, smartphone and small personal items; the photojournalist-style ProTactic SH 200 AW bag ($169.95) designed to fit a professional SLR camera with a classic 70-200mm lens kit, two to three extra lenses or speedlights, up to a 13-inch laptop and tablet, smartphone, and accessories; and the ProTactic BP 250 AW backpack ($189.95).
Phottix has unveiled a new wireless flash trigger system designed to work with Canon’s E-TTL and RT flash units. Allowing users to control both radio-enabled and non-radio flashes from Canon, the Phottix Laso Transmitter can trigger up to 5 groups (15 units) of Canon system flashes and supports multiple flash modes, including E-TTL II/E-TTL, Manual, MULTI, Ext.A and Linked Shooting. The Laso Receiver can also be connected to studio lights, offering the ability to mix hot-shoe flashes and studio strobes. The Phottix Laso system is now available in the United States.
The Coolpix AW130 is Nikon's latest all-action compact camera. The 16 megapixel Nikon AW130 features a 5x zoom lens, 3 inch OLED 921K-dot screen, built-in GPS. NFC and wi-fi, 8fps burst shooting and can record full 1080p video. Read our Nikon Coolpix AW130 review to find out if it's the right tough camera for you...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Leica will open a second London-based store at The Royal Exchange. Following the success of its Mayfair store, Leica is expanding its retail presence with this new outlet – known as the Leica Store City – enabling customers in The City and East of London to experience the German brand’s full range of photographic and optics products, as well as providing access to the company’s services, such as its Akademie creative photography workshop programme. Opening on 5 October 2015, the Leica Store City is located at No.18 The Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LR.
XSories have announced the new Bendy range of flexible tripods for smartphones, action cams and regular cameras. Available in three sizes, Mini Bendy (£15.99), Bendy (£19.99) and Big Bendy (£23.99), the tripods come in six vibrant colours: red, green, blue, orange, black and grey. Each Bendy model features an adjustable ballhead, flexible legs, non-slip feet and a ¼-inch universal screw
The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W is a bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9900W also offers built-in wi-fi, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9900W review now...
Cokin and Omegabrandess have just introduced the NUANCES Limited Edition ND1024 Z-PRO (L) 100mmx100mm filter kit. Available for Z-PRO Series (L) only, the kit includes the ND1024 10-stop neutral density filter, Z-PRO (L) filter holder with foam mask, 4 adapter rings; 67, 72, 77 and 82mm, and a soft filter case. The kit is available for $421.50 via the Omegabrandess website.