Showing posts from October, 2011

Adobe special Lightroom 3, 30-percent off

After the popular one day deal on Lightroom, Adobe are offering another a special purchase, via their store; buy any Creative Suite edition containing Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop CS5 Extended and they give you 30-percent off the list of £198.00 (ex VAT). The offer runs till December 31, 2011, and is subject to change without notice.To shop please follow the Adobe store links here. Offer Terms
The discount is available only when you purchase Lightroom 3 simultaneously with Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, or a Creative Suite edition* containing Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop CS5 Extended. The discount will be reflected in the shopping cart just prior to checkout. Pricing is available only through the Adobe Store and certain select resellers. Education, OEM, and licensing customers are not eligible. This offer is valid worldwide. Offer valid from April 11, 2011 until December 31, 2011, and is subject to change without notice.*Suites that contain Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop CS5 Extended:C…

Ray Flash Rotator flash bracket review

RayFlash Rotator. Well-made and versatile the Rotator is a fascinating alternative to the conventional L-bracket. Flash-brackets haven't changed much in design over the years but the novel Flash Rotator from Ray Flash promises additional versatility.RayFlash came to the attention of portable flashgun users a while back with the introduction of the RayFlash Ring, an affordable light shaper that emulates the typical ring-flash look without breaking the bank. The second accessory launched by the company is less ambitious technically but no less interesting or useful for that. The concept is simple enough, it’s a rotating flash bracket that maintains TTL flash synching regardless of position. Currently available in both Nikon and Canon versions, and priced at $149.95 in the US or around £119 (inc VAT) after a recent drop from £156 (inc VAT) in the UK, the Rotator has a built-in hot-shoe and TTL extension cable, but, the clever thing is that the cable is fixed and yet it maintains elec…

LensCoat for Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS review

I've been intrigued by the LensCoat neoprene covers for lenses for a while now, especially as I've been very impressed with the neoprene Gimps (made by Crumpler) web bought for our old 12-inch PowerBooks and 15-inch MacBookPros. If you're a wildlife shooter then the camouflage LensCoats are a no-brainer, especially if you're using one of Canon's white lenses, but they're equally attractive as a protective covering. If you thought the closed-cell (non-water absorbing) neoprene coat was solely for wildlife photographers, think again; LensCoat make covers with a raft of patterns as well as in two solid colors; white and black. I guess the white covers could be used in snowy conditions but also if you're looking to preserve the temperature reducing effect (from thermal gain) of the original off-white color of Canon's telephoto lenses in hotter climes. I was sent the Forest Green (woodland) pattern cover fitting the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS (see above) by…

Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX review

Quality. Build quality of the Tokina ATX-Pro 16-28mm f/2.8 FX is good, with a mix of robust metal and plastic outer components and excellent ridged rubber grips.

You might think Nikon and Canon users have a good choice of ultra-wide zooms available to them but Tokina believes there's room for another.

Tokina has been making high-quality photographic lenses for various camera makers for over sixty years, with only the last three decades using the Tokina brand name. It's claimed the company was founded by a group of ex-Nikon engineers, and perhaps that might explain why many of their models take their design cues from Nikkor lenses to this day.

Certainly this lens, with its bulbous front element, built-in hood and trombone-shaped body could easily be mistaken for the AF-S 14-28mm f/2.8 Nikkor. Aside from the distinctive silhouette, the finish, focus grip and markings not to mention the lack of an aperture ring make it look uncannily similar up close too; only the widely ribbed …

Leica rolls out new Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH wide-angle lens

Leica has announced the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH for the S2 medium format camera. With an wide angle of view equivalent to 24mm in 35mm format, the new lens is the widest lens announced to date for the system. Although it's expected to be available in the UK during December, Leica UK hasn't as yet announced the price. Leica Camera AG, however, are quoting immediate availability and a price of 5500 euros / £4,820 (presumably ex VAT), or $7,715 USD. The new lens, showcased at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York today, has 13 elements in 9 groups and features two aspherical lens surfaces in its construction.UPDATE: October 30. Adorama in NYC are taking pre-orders at $7,495.Press release:Leica expands the S-System with new Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. wide-angle lens

27 October 2011: Leica Camera AG has expanded its range of lenses for the Leica S-System with the new Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH., a wide-angle lens scheduled to be available from December 2011. With the addition…

Hasselblad announces H4x

Hasselblad has today announced the H4X, a trade-in product for the H2 and H2 series cameras. The new H4X has the same compatibility as the earlier H1/H2 film-based bodies and cannot be used with the maker's current range of H-series digital backs. However, any back that worked on the earlier cameras, such as a Phase One digital back, will work on the H4X.

A spokesperson for Hasselblad confirmed to the DJP 'the H4x is a refurbishment for all H1 and H2 camera bodies. Owners of H1 and H2 bodies can trade them in for a new H4x, which will not only give them the same functionality as before (compatibility with third-party and film backs), but extra functionality such as True Focus and compatibility with all the H-Series lenses.'

The spokesperson also believes 'H4D backs will still only work with their calibrated H4D bodies as an integrated camera. Note that the H4x is only available as a trade-in for H1/H2 owners - it is not available brand new as a non-trade-in product.'

Carl Zeiss unwraps new Distagon T* 25mm f/2

Carl Zeiss has announced a new Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2 moderate wide-angle lens. It will be available at the end of 2011 (that's 2012 isn't it?) at a recommended retail price of 1217 euros / £1066 (excluding VAT).Press release: OBERKOCHEN, GERMANY – 27 October 2011 Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2 moderate wide-angle lenses. The large image angle allows photographers to capture exciting perspectives. With its excellent imaging quality at all aperture settings, the lens flexes its muscles particularly for photo documentaries in interior rooms where space is at a premium, as well as for pictures of objects, architecture and landscapes. In many situations, a flash is an unwelcome feature — at family gatherings, in a museum or in a church for example. To capture the mood in such places, photographers gladly do without aggressive lighting and instead work with particularly high-speed lenses that enable short exposure times even under difficult lighting con…

Adobe special, Lightroom 3 half off today only

Adobe Europe are offering their RAW conversion utility Lightroom 3.0 at half price, that's just £118.75 inc VAT, instead of the usual price of £237.60. The offer is only available today. Offer is limited to one discount per customer, and the discount will be taken off subtotalled amounts prior to calculation of tax and shipping fees. Shop here.

Lexar announce Photography Lessons and Insights at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City

Today, Lexar announced that acclaimed professional photographers Jay Dickman, David Honl and Vincent Laforet will be giving presentations for attendees at PhotoPlus Expo in the Lexar booth (#450). Each presentation will offer valuable tips, tricks and techniques and provide insight into each pro's photographic style.Press release:Lexar Elite Photographers to Present Photography Lessons and Insights at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City
Renowned Photographers Jay Dickman, David Honl, and Vincent Laforet Will Share Tips and Techniques for Capturing Great Images and Videos at the Lexar BoothMultimedia Elements:
    •    Lexar Digital Photography Website
    •    Jay Dickman's Portfolio (Images)
    •    David Honl's Portfolio (Images)
    •    Vincent Laforet's Portfolio (Images)

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced that Lexar Elite Photographers Jay Dickman, David Honl, and Vincent Laforet will …

ColorMunki Photo promotion starts

Color Confidence announce ColorMunki shipping with free mini ColorChecker and ColorChecker Passport software

Birmingham, UK, 26th October 2011 – Color Confidence, Europe’s leading value added distributor into the digital imaging markets, and the exclusive UK distributor for the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, has today announced that all ColorMunki Photo will come with a free Mini ColorChecker and a link to download the ColorChecker Passport camera profiling software. The ColorMunki Photo is the multi-award winning monitor, printer and projector calibration tool and with the addition of the mini ColorChecker and Passport software, now offers photographers complete control over all aspects of their workflow. ColorMunki Photo is available from all major photographic retailers and direct from

Resellers interested in stocking ColorMunki should contact Color Confidence on 0800 977 4168 or email

“The combination of ColorMunki Photo and the ColorChe…

Making Schneider-Kreuznach LS lenses for Phase One 645DF

Although this was uploaded a month ago I've only just come across it, and it's interesting not only for some behind the scenes look at the Schneider factory but also for a rather clear explanation of why chromatic aberration is not visible in film and yet is a problem for digital cameras. The result is that lens makers are having to work to much tighter tolerances when designing new lenses, and is equally applicable to Nikon and Canon DSLRs as it is MF.

Phase One announces Media Pro 1.1

Phase One has announced the first update to Media Pro after taking on the browser software from Microsoft (when it was called Expression Media). Downloads can be found here. Press releasePhase One Releases Media Pro 1.1
Improves performance of leading professional photographer’s digital visual assets managerCOPENHAGEN, October 25, 2011 — Phase One, the photographic image-quality leader today released Media Pro 1.1. Media Pro is a professional digital visual assets manager that supports rapid browsing, cataloging, searching, annotating, retrieval and sharing no matter where digital files are stored (such as shared folders, CDs, hard drives, DVDs or on other media). This new release features German and French localization and significant performance improvements.Media Pro supports photo and video files from more than 100 different cameras and is well suited to managing large photo libraries. Images within Media Pro catalogs (more than 128,000 files may be saved per catalog) may be non-de…

GoPro rolls out HD Hero2

GoPro has today launched the HD Hero2 Camera. Key features include:

-       This camera is twice as powerful as the original HD Hero Camera
-       It has a new high performance 11 megapixel sensor that delivers more than twice the image detail
-       It boasts a totally redesigned wide-angle lens
-       Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote products are slated for release this winter, meaning the HD Hero2 will enable video remote control
-       RRP is £299.99, and it’s available from, specialist retailers and Best Buy Press releaseGoPro® Launches HD HERO2® Camera
Announces Wi-Fi Remote Control and Video Streaming
2x More Powerful in Every Way, The HD HERO2 Democratises Professional Image Capture and Broadcast with Support for Remote Control and Live Video Streaming from Virtually Anywhere to the Web

HALF MOON BAY, CA (October 24, 2011) – GoPro today announced the release of its new HD HERO2® camera. Twice as powerful as GoPro's original HD HERO camera, the HD HERO2 enables consumers…

Canon outs PIXMA PRO-1 A3+ printer

Canon has announced today a new A3+ inkjet printer aimed at imaging pros. It features 12-separate inks for a wide gamut and adopts LUCIA pigment inks for improved print permanence. Ink cartridges are said to be 2.5x larger than the 'nearest model', but it's unclear which model this is referring to. The new printer will be available from November, priced at £799/899 Euro RRP Inc VAT.Press release:Canon launches the flagship PIXMA PRO-1 ultimate quality A3+ printer for photographersUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24th October 2011 – Canon today announced the launch of its new flagship PIXMA Pro series model, the PIXMA PRO-1, which is the world’s first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks. Featuring an EOS-inspired design, the stylish model produces the highest possible print quality in colour and monochrome, and is ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers.  Exceptional levels of productivity make it suitable for studio use and commercial exhibitions.

Hasselblad appeals to studio photographers

With Canon's release Tuesday of the underwhelming EOS-1DX, the proposed replacement for both the EOS1D and EOS-1Ds, Hasselblad has decided to 'reach out' and remind studio shooters that there are more suitable cameras available. Priced at £8,995 (exVAT), the H4D-31 features a 31-million pixel sensor capable of outputting a 8-bit 93MB file without interpolation, but also boasts interchangeable 'heads', the unique and clever True Focus AF technology and a top-drawer 80mm f/2.8 lens (with built-in leaf shutter).

Press release:

Hasselblad reaches out to high-end DSLR users with groundbreaking H4D-31 camera

Hasselblad’s landmark launch of an entry-level medium format camera system
that competes directly on price with high-end 35mm DSLRs is paying off.

Launched earlier this year at £8,995 (ex VAT) the new H4D-31, complete with body, 31 megapixel back and an 80mm lens, ships with all the functionality of the Hasselblad H4 range.

Chris Russell-Fish, UK MD and global sales an…

GuraGear unwraps Kiboko 22L+

GuraGura has announced the Kiboko 22L+, a smaller version of their hugely popular Kiboko (30L). It can carry a 500mm f/4 (or 200-400mm f/4, as shown below), as well as a couple of DSLR bodies, four other lenses (up to what looks like 24-70mm or equivalents) as well as a 15-inch laptop. The new pack is available now at $379 with free shipping in Continental US (international shipping is also offered). Introducing the Kiboko 22L+
The versatile new camera backpack that you helped design.The Kiboko 22L+ was designed from the blueprints that customers like you provided over the last couple of years after using the Kiboko 30. Much like its more mature sibling, the Kiboko 22L+ is lightweight and durable, but this bag has a thing or two to teach big brother; like how to carry up to a 15" laptop computer. Sized to fit the most stringent of international carry on requirements without sacrificing carrying capacity; this gem can carry up to a 500mm f4.0 lens in style. The Kiboko 22L+ was ma…

Leica rolls out D-Lux 5 Titanium

Leica announces Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium ‘Special Edition’

Versatile digital compact camera in titanium styling with luxury leather case

18 October 2011: Leica Camera AG has today announced a special edition of its successful D-Lux 5 digital camera: the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium. This elegantly-designed compact camera, with its sophisticated, anodised silver-grey finish, comes presented in a special set with a premium grey leather case with shoulder strap, and is sure to be on every discerning photographer’s list of ‘objects of desire’ this Christmas.

Equipped with the same high-performance technical specifications as the standard Leica D-Lux 5 model, the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium includes a fast 5.1 - 19.2mm f/2 - 3.3 ASPH. zoom lens with a focal length range from 24 to 90 mm (35 mm equivalent), suitable for a wide variety of situations including wide-angle landscape and macro photography.

The camera’s 1/1.63” CCD image sensor, with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels, is unusually large for a compa…

Canon announces 50 million EOS, 70 million EF lens production milestones

Canon has announced sales of 50 million EOS cameras and 70 million EF lenses, with close to half that figure of 30 million lenses in just the past two years. Canon announced sales of 40 million lenses, over a 25 year period, back in April, 2009Press release:Canon celebrates 50 million EOS-series SLR camera and 70 million EF lens production milestones United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18th October 2011 – Canon today announced the achievement of its latest camera-manufacturing milestone, following the production of the company’s 50-millionth EOS-series SLR camera. Underlining the huge popularity of Canon’s leading EOS System, the announcement coincides with another significant manufacturing milestone, with production of Canon’s EF lenses due to pass 70 million units by the end of October 2011. “These latest manufacturing milestones showcase the unprecedented popularity of the EOS system,” said Rainer Fuehres, Chief of Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “Throughout the development of the…

Canon unwraps EOS 1Dx

UPDATE 11/1/11.Although billed as the replacement for the EOS-1D Mk IV and EOS-1Ds Mk III, this is obviously the replacement for the former rather than the latter. Think of it as the EOS-1D Mk V. I'll admit I'm surprised after I wrote this piece, but it seems Canon has ended the EOS1Ds line in favour of the EOS 5D Mk II and its successors or, perhaps, we'll see an new camera altogether. Nothing is carved in stone, manufacturers constantly evaluate product ranges based on sales, rather than technical specifications or capabilities. This is clearly following Nikon and their D3s camera in particular - and is something of u-turn for Canon. I'm really not sure why Canon is following Nikon here, the APS-H format was well liked, but ask any professional sports shooter and they'll say it's all really down to pixel density. Although the pixel count is up on this camera, the pixel density is lower than the current EOS 1D MkIV. Canon EOS-1D X – key features    •    18.1 M…