Showing posts from January, 2010

Lastolite get handle on Ezybox

Lastolite has introduced a new hand-holdable extending pole for the Ezybox, a lightweight and highly portable softbox. For more information please see the press release below:

Press release:
The new handle extends from 73cm to 221cm (2ft 5” to 7ft 3”) and weighs only 700g. Featuring two sponge grips for an extra firm hold, the extending handle offers an even greater reach for an extra firm hold, the extending handle offers an even greater reach for the photographer when positioning their off camera light source. The top of the handle includes a standard spigot connector making it easy to fit the Ezybox hotshoe, the tilthead hotshoe, the tilthead spigot or the TriFlash brackets.
More information can be found at the UK distributors site, here.
US readers can buy Lastolite products including the Exybox HS long handle, from our affiliate retailer B&H Photo, here.

Olympus Pen E-P2 Unboxing

The Third & The Seventh

If you like architecture (as I do) and enjoy the photographic art of creating moving pictures as much as stills, then your in for a treat. Kick-back, watch it in HD, full-screen and make sure you listen to the score, either with some good speakers or a decent set of headphones /earphones. I would also ignore the comments, it'll only spoil it.

Photojournalist David Honl outs New Products to Honl Photo Line

Press release:

Michigan City, IN (PRWEB) January 9, 2010 -- Photojournalist David Honl has added 3 exciting new products to his well-respected line of Honl Photo professional lighting accessories for small flash users.

The David Honl: Light DVD
The David Honl: Light DVD is an entertaining introduction to Honl's small, quick, and nimble lighting setups. Joining him is his partner, actress Claudia Christian, along with actor Bill Mumy (Lost in Space), actress Pat Tallman (Night of the Living Dead), and a 40th Anniversary portrait for the Planet of the Apes. With a total of 10 dynamic lighting setups, David takes you through each quick 5-minute session, followed by explanatory lighting diagrams in David's studio. David insists, "When it comes to lighting, I've found most people are quite intimidated by it. To spread the word that there should be no fear in studio-quality lighting, and show that it can actually be quite fun, Claudia and I filmed several of my shoots this pas…

Sony add A450 DSLR to range

This was a very soft release, timed to coincide with the CES 2010, in Las Vegas.
UK Press Release

London - 5th January 2010

Simply better pictures with the α450
Sony’s new DSLR camera is a versatile easy to use choice for step-up photographers
14.2 effective megapixels Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Up to 7 fps continuous shooting
Manual Focus Check Live View
Auto HDR
1,050 shot battery stamina (CIPA measurement)
SteadyShot INSIDE

The newest addition to the Sony α family of DSLR cameras teams flawless imaging with generous creative options and is ideal for consumers new to DSLR photography who want the best possible image quality.

Powerful yet easy to use, the DSLR-A450 is a perfect all-rounder when you’re ready to take your passion for great pictures to the next level. Ideal for active shooters, it’s at home in any shooting situation, from relaxed portraits to fast-moving sports action.

Inside the α450 is a high-resolution 14.2 (approx.) effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor. It’s teamed with the powerful B…

Canon announce new 70-200mm f/2.8 IS

As expected, pre-CES 2010, Canon has updated its professional workhorse, the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. The new zoom now boasts a tougher construction, new improved optical formula with UD and fluorite elements (the older version had four UD elements but no fluorite glass) and an enhanced IS system. Read the press release below for the full details.

Press release:
The new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM – Canon’s essential, high-quality, telephoto zoom lens for professionals

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 5th January 2010 – Canon today adds to its acclaimed L-series with the launch of the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens. This new lens launches as the successor to the immensely popular EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, offering improved performance in every area.

True to the L-series’ heritage, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM delivers optical excellence in the most challenging situations. As well as a revamp of the internal optical system, the lens has also been structurally re-d…

Samsung officially unwrap NX

Ahead of CES, Samsung has announced the final specification of the DSLR-like NX. Following in the footsteps of the Micro FourThirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, the NX dispenses with the usual reflex mirror and pentaprism (in favour of an EVF), allowing for a much smaller and lighter body.
Unlike rivals though the Samsung NX is the first of its type to feature a APS-C size sensor - much larger than Pens' and little Lumix cameras, so we can expect perhaps to see improved high-ISO performance over those models.
The only real downside to this is that the NX lenses will have to have a larger image circle to cover the larger sensor, so they won't be as compact as the mFT optics. All the same the NX is is a welcome addition to the range cameras available.
More information, including the US press release, can be found at