Archive for 2013

Calumet launches two new Professional flash systems

Calumet has launched two new portable flash systems at highly competitive prices.

The Genesis GF200 with its 360 degree illumination and 200Ws power output will retail at just £285.00 and its larger sibling, the GF400, with similar illumination but with 400Ws power output, will cost £385.00. Both units are capable of wireless-remote manual power control when used with the company’s Genesis 433MHZ 16-Channel Wireless Trigger kit.

Said Sian Hamer, Calumet’s marketing executive: “We think these new products, which form part of our ever-expanding Calumet Genesis range, will prove very popular with our customers. Both provide excellent manual control of flash settings but without sacrificing compactness or ease of use. What also makes these flash systems exciting is the wide range of light control accessories available -including the 16-channel wireless trigger kit, an umbrella reflector, beauty dish w/grid and snoot.
Each unit boasts a large LCD display; simplified controls; a separate On/Off button; rotating head with vertical adjustments up to 90 degrees; MF-Assist Beam for low-light or low contrast conditions; audio-ready function and built-in overheating protection circuitry. Built-in PC sync and 3.5mm sockets also provide flexible triggering options.”

She added: “The GF200 and GF 400 are designed to be used with the PowerPort Duo 1000 – a rechargeable, interchangeable battery pack with a price tag of just £127.00. This pack can provide up to 900 full power flashes with the GF 200 and 450 flashes for the GF 400 in a single charge. It is also compatible with a wide range of popular speedlights including Canon, Nikon, Sony and Metz alternatives. All Genesis light modifier accessories are compatible with the Quantum Qflash TRIO and 5dR flash units.”

The new Calumet flash systems and all associated lighting control accessories are available through all Calumet sales channels: stores, call centre and web.
www.calumetphoto.co.uk.

Ilford Lab USA now open for business

HARMAN technology Limited, the company behind the ILFORD brand of black and white photographic products has announced the availability of processing and printing services in California, USA. Serving North America, Ilfordlab-us.com is now ready to accept film orders by mail.

Established in the UK, the service based at the HARMAN factory in England has ran successfully for over 15 years. This Mail Order service was originally introduced to satisfy amateur and hobbyist photographers who found it difficult to have their films processed and printed on real black and white silver gelatin photo paper at a local facility. With the advent of digital imaging fewer mini labs had the capability to print real black and white, preferring to print on colour paper. The ILFORD LAB service can process any make of black and white film, and prints will be made on ILFORD black and white paper. Each film is processed with a unique development time to obtain optimum contrast and density. Develop and Print turnaround is normally 2-3 working days in the lab. Regular 4 x 6 inch prints are returned by mail, or special delivery, in a sturdy ILFORD presentation box. A range of upgrades and enlargements are also offered, including three levels of quality for scanning black and white negatives.

ILFORD Process Paid mailers are available from popular photographic dealers, alternatively customers can now use the secure website to pay for film processing online. Dealers interested in stocking the Mailers should contact [email protected] or HARMAN technology at 888 372 2338 extension 106.

HARMAN Director of Marketing and North American Sales, Steven Brierley, explained, “It has become more and more difficult for black and white film users to have their films processed and printed to a high quality on real black and white paper. Our Lab based at the HARMAN factory in England has provided a continuous quality service to UK photographers for many years, and we are seeing an increased number of enquiries from overseas, including North America. We are excited to announce that built on that success we can now offer the same service from a base in California.”

For more details of the complete range of services and charges visit:
www.ilfordlab-us.com

One Vision Imaging unveil new canvas art frame product

One Vision Imaging has launched a new wall display product named ‘Canvas Art Frame’.

Varying depths, textures and frame variations enable this product to be versatile according to the image itself and frame selected. Paul Hill, One Vision’s Product Development Manager said: ‘Canvas products are still extremely popular and it seems only right that we try to push its possibilities. Adding the second layer of Canvas with the same image has enabled the wrap itself some surrounding space in which to be viewed. This not only compliments the wrap but also it acts just like a window mount does on traditional frame. Finding the right frame molding was the final challenge as we knew it could be an incredibly versatile product. Having selected a bright reflective silver, bare wood effect and a brushed black means we’ve opened up the possibilities even further’

One Vision’s ‘Canvas Art Frames’ are available now via their website at http://www.onevisionimaging.com/

2 flagship Calumet stores are now home to EIZO monitors for photographers to trial

Manchester and London now host three of the best EIZO monitors so photographers can put them through their paces.

Offering unbiased product trials in two of the Calumet stores with the heaviest footfall, EIZO and Calumet are now able to invite photographers to learn about colour management, why a monitor makes a difference and to run their own images through the machines so they can see the difference for themselves.

“The Calumet stores are perfect for photographers at any level to actually see for themselves the positive difference that an EIZO CG monitor will make to their pictures,” said Victor Aberdeen, EIZO ColorEdge Sales Manager. “Photographers often are put off by the technical stuff about monitors, but it is about the art, so being able to try them out for themselves brings the advantages into focus, showing photographers the detail ordinary monitors are hiding, which really benefits their images!”

Each store has a ColorEdge CG276 (right image), CX240 and CS230 (left image) – for technical specs please visit www.eizo.co.uk and http://www.eizo.co.uk/EIZO-Calumet.html
“If you’ve never experienced an EIZO, well now here’s your chance.”

There is a free Colour Management Handbook to download through the EIZO UK website.

Pentax launches weather-resistant flash units

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY LTD. has announced the launch of two weather-resistant auto flash units for PENTAX interchangeable lens cameras with a maximum guide number of 54 and 36 at ISO 100m. These units are designed to provide solid, dependable operation even in difficult weather conditions including rain and fog.

Major Features

1. Dependable weather-resistant construction for demanding outdoor shooting

With 28 seals applied to crucial parts of the unit body including the hotshoe, these flash units feature highly dependable weather-resistant construction. By coupling one of them with a camera body and a lens that feature the same weather-resistant construction, the user can create a highly reliable weather-resistant digital imaging system that assures solid performance even in difficult weather conditions, such as in the rain or in situations where the product is subject to splashes and dust.

2. LED light convenient for movie and still-image recording

Both models incorporate a newly designed, high-intensity fixed-light LED light in the body. This white LED light comes in handy not only for close-distance movie recording, but also for still-image shooting requiring extended exposures. It also functions as a catch light in portraiture and an AF assist light in the dark.*

* The AF assist light function is available with 645D, K-r, K-5, K-30, K-5 II, K-5 II s, K-50 and K-500 camera bodies. The camera’s firmware must be updated to the latest version to support this function.

3. User-friendly function settings

The user can customise the flash operation by presetting as many as nine different preferred flash functions, including the on/off of the catch-light function using the LED light and the choice of the flash discharge mode in still-image shooting.

4. Versatile flash control system

Both models provide a variety of flash discharge modes,** ranging from the advanced P-TTL auto flash mode in which the flash’s preliminary emission is detected by the camera’s light sensor to accurately control the main discharge level for proper exposure, to manual flash, high-shutter-speed synchronisation and wireless P-TTL auto flash.

** Available flash discharge modes may vary depending on the camera body in use.

5. Other features

I. Bounce flash function, adjustable to angles of -10 to 90 degrees vertically and up to 180 degrees horizontally
II. Power-zoom flash to cover angles of view from 24mm to 85mm lenses (in 35mm format)
III. Built-in wide-angle panel that slides out to cover 20mm angle of view (in 35mm format)
IV. Automatic setting of discharge angle in combination with a PENTAX lens-interchangeable digital camera body
V. Multi flash emission function available
VI. Shorter battery recharge time, in comparison to conventional models

Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Pricing and availability:

RRP:
AF 540FGZ II Flashgun £549.99
AF 360FGZ II Flashgun £399.99

Available from: end September 2013

 

Ricoh announce high-zoom HZ15 digital compact

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY LTD has announced the launch of the RICOH HZ15 digital compact camera, featuring a compact, lightweight, easy-to-carry body; a high-magnification optical 15-times zoom lens; and a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor.

This new model has a host of outstanding features, including an optical 15-times zoom lens with 24mm ultra-wide-angle coverage, high-resolution image capture with 16 effective megapixels, a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor, and a sophisticated SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism. In addition, meticulous attention has been paid to every design detail, from the high-grade, glossy black coating to the easy-to-hold grip, enhancing the HZ15′s functional operation and stylish appearance.

Major Features

1. Optical 15-times zoom lens with 24mm wide-angle coverage

Within its compact, lightweight body, the HZ15 features a powerful optical 15-times zoom lens covering focal lengths from 24mm wide-angle to 360mm super-telephoto (in the 35mm format). Thanks to this extra-wide zoom range, the HZ15 can capture beautiful images in a wide range of subjects and scenes – from spectacular landscapes to fast-action sports events. It even offers macro photography at a minimum focusing distance of just three centimetres from the subject.

2. State-of-the-art shake reduction mechanism

The HZ15 comes equipped with an innovative CCD-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism to deliver sharp, blur-free images even under camera-shake-prone shooting conditions, such as when photographing in the telephoto range, in the dark with only incidental light, or for sunset scenes.

3. Exceptional image quality

With 16 effective megapixels, the HZ15 captures well-defined, high-quality images with extra-fine resolution. It also records beautiful HD-quality movie clips (at 1280 x 720 pixels).

4. Stylish, easy-to-hold body design

Every design detail of the HZ15, including the finish and texture of the camera body, has been optimised for comfort, quality and operability. These include a glossy black coating on the body, an easy-to-hold grip, and functionally laid-out control buttons and switches.

5. Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor

The HZ15 features a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots. This large monitor provides a clear view of images and menus, so the photographer can quickly and efficiently check the captured images and menu settings.

6. 20 Scene modes for easy capture of specific subjects and scenes
The HZ15 provides 20 distinctive Scene modes to automatically optimise all shooting settings for a given scene or subject. With a simple choice of the icon corresponding to the desired Scene mode, this handy feature allows the user to take beautiful images with minimal effort.

7. High-resolution, HD-quality movie recording with push-button start

The HZ15 captures beautiful, HD-quality movie clips (1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9 proportions, approx. 30 frames per second).* Thanks to an independent movie recording button on the camera’s top panel, the user can instantly switch to the movie recording mode from any other shooting mode. The user can also take advantage of the sophisticated Movie SR (Shake Reduction) mode to minimise annoying camera shake during movie recording.

* When the HZ15′s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output as normal image-size data. If the user wishes to play back movie clips at HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), the data must be transferred to a personal computer for playback.

8. Other features

In-body recharging system, for simple, mobile-phone-style battery recharging
• Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
·Image viewing, editing and filing software included: MediaImpression 3.6.1 LE (Windows version compatible with Windows 8) and MediaImpression 2.2 LE (Macintosh version compatible with Mac OS X 10.8

Design and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Pricing and availability:

RRP: TBA

Available from: end September 2013

 

Canon unveils new digital camera and consumer printer offerings

Canon has unveiled new selection of digital compact cameras and consumer printers to provide a seamless photography experience, from the moment a photo is captured, through to sharing, either by printing or uploading to a social network. Reflecting Canon’s drive to fulfill consumer imaging needs, each of the new products has been designed with Canon’s mission of ‘Power to Your Next Step’ at its core – to inspire and empower users to take the next step in their imaging journey.

The latest launches from Canon include four new digital cameras: the expert-level PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120 with superfast speed and responsiveness, the compact PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS featuring superzoom capabilities. All models capture stunning, high quality images that can then be transferred, via Wi-Fi or manually, to any of the six new home inkjet printers also being launched today[i]. The PIXMA MG2450, PIXMA MG2550 and PIXMA MG3550 deliver photo lab quality prints, while the PIXMA MG5550, PIXMA MG6450, and PIXMA MG7150 introduce enhanced connectivity for printing from cloud services.

PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120 -

The PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120 perfectly demonstrate Canon’s unparalleled expertise in image processing and lens design. The PowerShot G16 offers a super-bright f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens, while the PowerShot S120 is the slimmest camera in the world with an f/1.8 lens[ii]. Both cameras incorporate Canon’s most advanced image processor, the DIGIC 6, allowing the capture of photos and Full HD 60p movies in superb detail. Key features of both devices also include:

* The HS System: A combination of new DIGIC 6 image processing and a new 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7 type high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers images with high levels of detail, wide dynamic range and low noise
* Enhanced speed, with sustained continuous shooting speeds of approximately 9fps and improved Auto Focus performance
* Integrated Wi-Fi with a new Image Sync function for creating backups of images both online and to a computer

PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS

The PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS are two new compact superzooms that pack enhanced features into their sleek and compact bodies. The PowerShot SX510 HS boasts both a 30x optical zoom lens and 24mm ultra-wide angle, while the PowerShot SX170 IS has a 16x optical zoom with 28 wide-angle – enabling both close-ups, as well as sweeping landscapes shots. Both models also include:

* Canon’s ZoomPlus technology, which digitally extends both models’ lens reach beyond the maximum focal length while

shots at longer focal lengths and in tricky low light conditionsmaintaining high image quality, zooming as far as 60x on the PowerShot SX510 HS and 32x on the PowerShot SX170 IS
* Canon’s industry-renowned optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS technology, that makes it easier to capture blur-free

* Smart Auto, which detects up to 32 different scenes and applies the most appropriate settings to capture the perfect shot

PIXMA MG series

Today also sees the introduction of six compact All-in-One home inkjet printers that deliver photo lab quality prints for the home. The PIXMA MG2450 and PIXMA MG2550 feature the following:

*Canon’s FINE ink technology to deliver fast, high-quality prints
* Compatibility with optional XL inks to print more economically
* My Image Garden software – a one-stop platform that combines all Canon PIXMA software into a single, easy-to-use interface

The PIXMA MG3550, PIXMA MG5550, PIXMA MG6450 and PIXMA MG7150, boast all of the above features with the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity. For PIXMA MG5550, MG6450 and MG7150, this also provides direct access to cloud services and social networking sites, making printing photos and documents easier than ever:

* PIXMA Cloud Link provides users with easy access to social networking, photo sharing and cloud storage sites directly from the TFT screens on PIXMA MG5550, MG6450 and MG7150. This ensures seamless printing of photos and documents from popular services such as PicasaTM, FlickrTM, DropboxTM, EvernoteTM and social networking sites including FacebookTM and TwitterTM
* The new PIXMA Printing Solutions app is compatible with all four devices and allows users to print and scan to their PIMXA printer via a tablet or smartphone. It mirrors the services available on the printer, so content can be printed from online albums, social networking sites and cloud storage sites. The app can be downloaded from iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android)

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot SX510 HS and SX170 IS are available in the UK & Ireland from 23 August 2013 with an SRP of:

PowerShot SX510 HS – £289.99/€349.99
PowerShot SX170 IS – £169.99/€199.99

The PIXMA MG2450, MG2550 and MG3550 will be available across the UK & Ireland from September 2013 with an SRP of:

PIXMA MG2450 – £49.99/€59.99
PIXMA MG2550 – £49.99/€59.99
PIXMA MG3550 – £69.99/€79.99

The PowerShot G16 and S120 and PIXMA MG5550, MG6450 and MG7150 are available in the UK & Ireland from October 2013 with an SRP of:

PowerShot G16 – £529.99/€649.99
PowerShot S120 – £449.99/€529.99
PIXMA MG5550 – £109.99/€119.99
PIXMA MG6450 – £139.99/€149.99
PIXMA MG7150 – £179.99/€189.99

Epson UK appoints Pro Graphics Sales Manager

Epson UK has announced the appointment of Phil McMullin as UK sales manager for its Professional Graphics business unit. Phil joins the company from Spandex, a leading supplier to the sign making and display industries.

Phil comments: “I am delighted to be joining the Pro Graphics team. Epson has a good position in the market and I aim to make it the supplier of choice in all our Pro Graphics markets, with particular focus on the signage sector. By continuing to offer outstanding value to our customers and partners, I am confident that I can strengthen relationships and further develop the Epson brand.”

Phil began working within the graphics supplies sector over 20 years ago, first as production sales specialist with Kodak, followed by roles at Xerox including digital colour specialist and channel sales manager. He then joined Epson distributor Spandex, as hardware sales manager responsible for the UK sales of solvent inkjet, thermal printers, routers, cutters and software. For the past eight years he has headed up media sales at Spandex, with responsibility for delivering a world class customer service experience.

Phil will report into UK managing director, Tony Petford who said: “Phil’s wide range of skills and considerable knowledge of the graphic arts industry, particularly in the signage sector, make him an important addition to Epson’s UK Pro Graphics team at a time when we are rapidly expanding our range of solutions for the market.”

New universal Ray Flash ringflash adapter

The Inventor of the original and first ever ringflash adapter, Dalibor Zyka from The Czech Republic, has just released a new and up-dated design of his product: The Universal Ringflash Adapter.

The new Universal Ringflash Adapter was developed by a professional photographer from the Czech Republic. It was designed to be as light and as portable as possible. There are no electronics, no flashtubes and no cumbersome cables! It uses a clever system of acrylic light channels and reflectors to distribute the light emitted from the flash unit evenly around the large diameter of the ringflash adapter. This creates the same lighting effect normally only available from ringflash units made by studio flash equipment manufacturers, which are expensive, heavy and tethered (they have a cable from ringflash to power pack).

The universal, adjustable clamp mechanism holds the portable flash unit (speedlite) safely and in the right position, aided in some cases by a black, rubber O-Ring. Because of different height camera bodies from the main manufacturers TWO models are available, Short & Long (see chart for listing). Both models have a height-adjustable neck for minor variations in camera height.

The RayFlash Ringflash Adapter creates a very special lighting effect: a “3-d shadow-wrapped look”. Because all light originates from the front, i.e. from around the lens, it produces a virtually shadow-less look on the front of your subject, while a soft even shadow appears around the edges. It is ideally suited for fashion, portrait, beauty, wedding & macro photography as a main or fill-in light.

The RayFlash Ringflash Adapter does not change the colour temperature of the flash that powers it and the additional weight can easily be accommodated by the hot-shoe mounted flash unit.

How to fit the Ringflash Adapter:

The Ringflash Adapter is mounted to the front of a Hot-Shoe type flash unit or “speedlite” and it is small and light-weight enough to allow complete mobility, therefore no extra support fittings are needed and no strain is put onto the front of your lens.

www.flaghead.co.uk

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