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PMA 2014 Conferences Keynote Speakers Announced

Jon Wolske of Zappos and Michael Spadaro of Profound Cloud to deliver keynote addresses PMA 2014 Conferences; Monahan and Schulhof to keynote PSPA/SPAA and DIMA Conferences

JACKSON, Mich. PMA announces Jon Wolske of Zappos and Michael Spadaro of Profound Cloud will be the Breakfast Keynote speakers at the PMA 2014 Conferences, being held in Las Vegas at Ballys January 5-6, 2014, just prior to 2014 [email protected].

The PMA Conferences are comprised of the PSPA/SPAA 2014 Conference, the DIMA 2014 Conference, and the 2014 AIE Future Imaging Summit.

Ed Monahan of Kodak Alaris will give the keynote address at the PSPA/SPAA 2014 Official Business Session, andNathan Schulhof, inventor of the MP3 player, will be the keynote speaker for the DIMA 2014 Official Business Session. With an All-Conference Pass, any conference attendee is welcome to take part in these sessions; membership in DIMA or PSPA/SPAA is not required 

Jan. 5 – Keynote: How the Cloud and Google Apps are Changing Business Forever

It’s no secret that the Cloud is revolutionizing the world of business IT, and at the forefront of that movement is Google Apps, the popular e-mail and collaboration suite powered by one of the most successful companies on the planet. In his PMA 2014 Conferences Breakfast Keynote address, Michael Spadaro, Founder, President and Chief IT Specialist of Profound Cloud, will explain how Google Apps can reinvent the way you do business. Whether you’re a dynamic startup team looking for cost-effective ways to collaborate, or an established industry leader looking to remain nimble and cost-efficient, it would be wise to have Google Apps on your radar. This information-packed session will give you a solid understanding of why and how to put the cloud to work for you.

Jan. 6 – Keynote: Zappos – A Culture of Service

Jon Wolske is Culture Evangelist for Zappos, a company renowned worldwide for its commitment to community and customer service. In this breakfast session, Wolske explains his customer service perspective – based on the idea that there is so much more to it than the way you “wow” customers. By defining who they are and what they are really all about, the Zappos family has been able to cultivate a culture of service across their entire company. Discover how understanding the purpose of your business can inspire results from everyone, and learn how team members who are empowered can make all the right decisions for your business when you establish the right guidelines (not rules).

Jan. 6 – PSPA/SPAA Official Business Session: Purchasing, Publishing and Printing in a Digital Ecosystem

Back by popular demand, Ed Monahan of Kodak Alaris will discuss changing consumer behavior and lifestyles, and the ecosystems that have evolved to support them. Fueled by advances in social media, smartphone and tablet devices, today’s purchasing process is being totally transformed. In this presentation, Monahan will lay out the influences most shaping consumer lifestyle and purchasing behavior; speak to the dimensions of memories from prints to publishing to digital media; and identify the critical elements necessary for the industry to capture both photos and consumer spend.

Jan. 6 – DIMA Official Business Session: Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!

Nathan Schulhof, regarded as the inventor of the MP3 player, will share his thoughts behind the creation of this device; what is innovative and helping people today; and what technologies there will be in the future. By knowing what the future holds, people can invest and create businesses, achieve financial security for their families, and be on the cutting edge of both technology and green energy.

Register today for just $299 member ($499 non-member) to attend these, and your choice of more than 50 other education sessions, taking place during the PMA 2014 Conferences, as well as: networking receptions, conference breaks and luncheons; an opportunity to see the latest products at the Vendor Reception; all [email protected] Conference sessions at The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) January 7-9; and an Exhibits Plus Pass, which includes access to 2014 [email protected] and all 2014 International CES exhibits and keynotes January 7-10.

Great room rates are still available at Bally's Las Vegas and neighboring properties.

2014 [email protected] – what’s on and why to attend

There's lots to see and do [email protected] 2014 in January. The annual event is running from 5-10th at Bally's Hotel and Conference Centre, Las Vegas.

The PMA 2014 Conferences run from 5th to 6th, followed by the Trade Show and Exhibits from 7th to 10th.

Conference sessions will offer the most up to date business and marketing advice, speakers sharing their successes, panel discussions on the topics most important to your business, and much more.

Don't miss your choice of topics including; school and sports photographyphoto publishingsocial mediaretail strategybusiness and marketingmobile imaging, and professional imaging; or your opportunity to attend live photographer shoots; leading photographers providing hands-on instruction in a studio environment.

The professionals that you want to see.

Conference speakers include some of the hottest presenters and industry experts including Jonathan Wolske of Zappos, Michael Spadaro of Profound Cloud, Ed Monahan, Ralph Romaguera, Will Crockett, Peter Read Miller, Dave Stock, Bill McCurry, Haim Ariav, Georgia McCabe, Erin Manning, George Dash, and many more.

Things to look out for:

DIMA 2014

The DIMA 2014 Conference at Bally's Las Vegas is the premier educational event for digital imaging professionals. The conference takes place January 5-6, as a prelude to CES, January 7-10. The DIMA 2014 Conference will include sessions focusing on the latest in marketing, retail strategy, photo publishing and imaging technology. As always, DIMA features the best in imaging professionals sharing what has made them successful in an energetic and technology laden environment. It is the place to learn about exciting new products, professional tips and tricks, and all the new trends in the photo industry that will enable you to grow your business in 2014. Conference registration also includes the CES Exhibits Plus Pass, which gets you into the [email protected] exhibits and all other 2014 International CES exhibits. 

IS&T

The IS&T Technologies for Digital Photo Fulfillment (TDPF) symposium is the hot track for new technology at DIMA. This year TDPF focuses primarily on hard copy output and the growth opportunities for the photo fulfilment industry that comes from prints and photo books. Sessions include papers on the continuing need—and related opportunities—for the long-term preservation of digital files using hard copy output. This approach moves consumers’ precious memories from the realm of perishable digital files to tangible objects, making them immune to the threats that come with digital shoe-boxing.  In addition to the industry perspective, TDPF explores photo fulfilment from the consumer perspective with papers that discuss simplified approaches to photo album and photo book creation.

PSPA/SPAA 2014

The PSPA/SPAA 2014 Conference will return to Bally’s Las Vegas and will be held as part of the PMA Conferences. It will continue to be the premier educational event for school and sports photographers, with the added bonus for attendees to attend DIMA sessions. We have assembled a brilliant cast of energetic photographers to share with you the latest techniques and creative marketers that will show you ways to grow your business and ensure profitability. PSPA/SPAA 2014 will include additional networking opportunities to meet with your peers while learning from industry leaders. Conference registration also includes the CES Exhibits Plus Pass, which gets you into the [email protected] exhibits and all other 2014 International CES exhibits.

AIE  Future Imaging Summit 2014

Join the Association of Imaging Executives, as it looks ahead into the future of imaging technology and its impact on the photography business. The AIE Summit will focus on the most important photographic trends and technology coming to market -- those changes that will most impact the businesses of our members within the next 5 years. This four-session summit will again be held concurrently with the DIMA and PSPA/SPAA Conferences, January 5-6, 2014 at Bally's Las Vegas, immediately preceding the 2014 [email protected] (January 7-10) at the LVH. Conference Registration also includes the CES Exhibits Plus Pass, which gets you into the [email protected] exhibits and all other 2014 International CES exhibits. 

 

A complete line of MOBILE IMAGING related sessions @ PMA 2014 ConferencesAIE3 - CAPTURE: Upcoming Technology for Taking Better Pictures from Camera, Phone & Sensor Makers; A panel discussion by top manufacturers including Canon USAPanasonic Consumer ElectronicsSamsung Electronics America, and SonyAIE4 - SHARING: How Your Business can Benefit from Changes in Photo Viewing caused by Online Imaging & Smartphone Sharing; A panel discussion including IonPhotobucketReischling Press Inc., and Yes VideoPUB4 - Mobile Imaging & Co-creation; Rick Bellamy, RPIRET6 - Mobile is Here to Stay. Are You Ready?; Marsha Phillips, F-11 Photographic SuppliesPSPA7 - Digital Mom Goes Mobile; Cherish Benton, ImageQuix

PMA3 - Your Customers have Camera Phones. Here's how You can still Make Money off Their Photography; A panel discussion by leading photo retailers including Creve Coeur Camera Inc, IPI, Mike's Camera Inc.Paul's Photo Inc., and The Imaging Depot, LLC

PMA4 - Mobile Photography - The State of the Union; Hans Hartman, Suite48 Analytics

Attend them all or add a few into your schedule of other conference sessions. The choice is yours. Find the full conference schedule here and begin planning your stay in Las Vegas.

You cannot afford to miss this year's conference! Register today!

For just $299 member, you will experience:

  • Networking opportunities at the Saturday evening PSPA/SPAA Welcome Reception, all sponsored conference breaks, and Conference Luncheons
  • Top education in your choice of sessions held Sunday and Monday (including DIMA, PSPA/SPAA, and AIE programming).
  • An opportunity to see the latest products at the Vendor Reception Sunday evening
  • The PMA Welcome Reception on January 6.
  • [email protected] and receive an Exhibits Plus Pass, which includes access to all International CES exhibits and keynotes January 7-10.
  • All [email protected] Conference sessions at The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) January 7-9.

 

Bally's Las Vegas is once again the official DIMA, PSPA/SPAA, and PMA headquarter hotel. With PMA rates starting as low as $45 plus taxes, you don't want to wait. Book your room online with Bally's today! Rates these low go fast!We also have other great rates nearby at Paris, Flamingo, and Harrah's

 

Suppliers and industry members to interact over cocktails during the PMA 2014 Conferences at Bally's Las Vegas

PMA will host a Vendor Reception on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Bally's Las Vegas, as part of the PMA 2014 Conferences, being held just prior to 2014 [email protected] year, more than 60 suppliers and 700 attendees participated in the event.

"The Vendor Reception will offer top suppliers in the imaging industry and attendees of the PMA Conferences the opportunity to meet and interact face-to-face," said PMA President Allen Showalter. "Vendors will display their newest, highest-margin products and services to the most influential and engaged industry buyers, and attendees will be able to meet and speak with major vendors - all in an intimate setting, over drinks and appetizers."
The Vendor Reception will be held from 4:30 till 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2014, the first day of the PMA Conferences, which include the DIMA 2014 Conference, the PSPA/SPAA 2014 Conference, and the AIE Future Imaging Summit.

Among the vendors who will attend are: Kodak Alaris, Walter's Publishing, Ecce Terram, Westcott,Neil Enterprises,Timestone,My Medals USA, ImageQuix, MackayMitchell Photopak, Marathon Press, McAdams Graphics Inc., Plasco ID, Richmond Professional Lab, Studio Source Yearbooks, Tyndell Photographic, ViewFinderMasks.com, and Zenfolio.com.

For more information, contact Jeff Frazine at [email protected] Registration for the PMA Conferences is available online.
About PMA - The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations
As a professional trade association, PMA(r) helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. Its commitment to members in 100-plus countries is part of an 88-year legacy that connects business owners to a network of knowledge and support. PMA furthers this purpose through the development of educational programs, marketing research, publications, and trade shows. As a not-for-profit organization, any success PMA achieves in its endeavors directly benefits the industry, providing the means to continually develop services and activities for members.

You cannot afford to miss this year's conference! Register today!

New model added to the Nissin flash range – Di600

Kenro, the official UK distributors of Nissin Flash Guns, has announced a successor to the well-established Di622 Mark II in the form of the Nissin Di600.

The new model has the same great feature set to its predecessor, but at a better price point, meaning great value for those in the market for a versatile flash gun for their DSLR camera.

The Nissin Di600 is a high powered flash unit (using four AA batteries) and boasts a recycling time of just 5 seconds. The Slave facility synchronises to pre-flash systems, traditional single flash and to wireless remote flash systems, so it's very versatile.

Focal Length and auto zoom range is from 24 to 105mm, with an output of GN44 (m) ISO 100 at 105mm. It features a bounce/swivel head design that swivels 90 degrees to the left, 180 degrees right and 90 degrees up, for bouncing the light off the ceiling. A 16mm wide-angle diffuser is built in together with a fill-in reflector.

The Flash Power Control System for different camera brands include: Canon E-TTL / E-TTL 11, Nikon i-TTL and Sony ADl / P-TTL.

Comments Paul Kench, managing director of Kenro: "This is a great entry level flash gun, plus, if you've ever fancied using multiple flash, the Di600 could be a perfect second unit to use for creative lighting or just as a back-up flash. There's a great feature set for the price."

Technical Specifications:

  • For Canon, Nikon and Sony Digital SLR cameras.
  • Guide number (at ISO 100 in m): 44 (at 105mm focal length).
  • Focal length coverage: 24-105mm (16mm when using built- in wide panel).
  • Power Source: 4 x size AA alkaline batteries (Size AA Ni-MH or lithium batteries usable).
  • Battery life: 200-1,500 flashes according to the mode (with alkaline batteries).
  • Energy saving: Switch to stand-by mode in 2 minutes, and power off in 60 minutes (after the power on or the last use of flash unit).
  • Recycle time (approx): 5 seconds (with fresh alkaline batteries).
  • Flash exposure: E-TTL II / E-TTL (Canon), i-TTL (Nikon) and ADI / P-TTL (Sony).
  • Flash power lock: FE lock with [FEL] or [*] button on EOS camera (Canon) / FV lock with [AE-L] or [AF-L] button on the cameras (Nikon).
  • AF assist light (approx): 0.7m to 6m.
  • Colour temperature: 5,600K.
  • Flash duration: 1/800 (full power flash) sec. 1/800 - 1/20,000 (controlled flash) sec.
  • Wireless Flash: SD: Slave Digital / SF: Slave Film (Slave function with 6 power level). Wireless TTL Slave: for Canon / Nikon---wireless remote Channel 1 Group A. For Sony---wireless Remote (RMT) (Controlled by Master flash).
  • Dimensions: 77 (W) x 130 (H) x 103 (D) mm.
  • Weight: 315g (not included batteries).
  • External service ports: Standard & 3.5mm PC sync terminal.
  • Accessories: Flash stand (with screw).
  • Product Codes: NFG012C (Canon), NFG012N (Nikon), NFG012S (Sony)

The new gun is available now in Canon and Nikon fit, with Sony fit available in November. SRP is 145.50 pounds.

If you would like further information, or want to find your nearest stockist, go to www.kenro.co.uk or call 01793 615836.

 

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Tamron announces the development of a revolutionary new Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens for full frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras

Cutting-edge eBAND Coating*1 and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements
deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 system broadens users' horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs.

A manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display in showcase at the Tamron booth at the Salon de la Photo 2013 which will be held from November 7 to 11 in Paris, France.

This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*3, state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating*1, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting, and, in addition a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.
Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters.

Prices and availability: TBA

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. 4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm
The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model (Model A08), making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm, almost to 1000mm.

2. World class image quality
Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, it delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end.

The lens also adopts eBAND Coating*1, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies, and conventional BBAR(Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.

3. Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package
Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.

4. Beautiful background blur effects
Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.

5. VC (Vibration Compensation)*2
Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.

6. Comfortable autofocus
Tamron's new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive*3 for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times, and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.

7. New elegant, high-class external finish
Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users.
Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

8. Easy-to-use tripod mount
The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.

9. Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image development processing software for Tamron's SP lenses
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
*1 The eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating
technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflection.
*2 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
*3 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ring-type ultrasonic motor.
*4 The Sony mount does not include VC, since Sony digital SLR bodies include built-in image stabilization functionality.
The product name for Sony cameras is "SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD (Model A011)", without the VC designation.
Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens.
* Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.
*5 This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice

Ricoh launch Pentax-08 Wide Zoom

The world's smallest, lightest wide-angle zoom lens, with exceptional visual description - exclusively for use with Q-mount digital lens-interchangeable cameras

RICOH IMAGING U.K LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed exclusively for use with super-compact Q-mount digital lens-interchangeable cameras.

The latest model in the high-performance Q-mount lens series, the PENTAX-08 WIDE ZOOM is a small, light ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. When mounted on the PENTAX Q7 camera body, it provides focal-length coverage from 17.5mm to 27mm (in 35mm format), making it suitable for a wide variety of subjects including snapshots, architecture and sweeping landscapes.

Major Features

1. Super-compact, ultra-lightweight design
The incorporation of three molded-glass aspherical elements in its optics, means that this zoom lens has the shortest overall length (approximately 38mm) in the Q-mount zoom lens range and features a super-compact body weighing a mere 75g. With its pocket size and unique focal-length coverage from 17.5mm to 27mm in 35mm format (with a Q7 camera body), it can be used for a wide range of subjects and applications - especially for shooting in confined spaces where the subject is close to the camera, and for scenic photography with exaggerated perspectives. Its machined-aluminium barrel cam assures a smooth, comfortable zooming operation.

2. Exceptional visual description
The incorporation of a moulded-glass DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) element in the first optical group means this lens reduces distortion to a minimum. By incorporating two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one super-low-dispersion glass element in its optics, it delivers clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.

3. Other features

  • Inner-focus mechanism for high-speed, low-noise AF operation
  • Quick-Shift Focus system for instant switching to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera's AF system
  • SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains
  • Built-in lens shutter equipped with an ND (neutral density) filter and an iris diaphragm

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

RRP: 429.99 pounds
Availability: TBA

 

 

Ricoh launches the HD Pentax DA

The first zoom lens in the Limited Lens series, designed for use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras

RICOH IMAGING U.K LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4ED Limited DC WR interchangeable lens, designed for use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras. The first zoom lens in the acclaimed Limited Lens series, this zoom lens features a lens-installed AF driving motor and a dependable weather-resistant construction.

This is the first zoom lens of the high-performance Limited Lens series, providing exceptional visual description, distinctive appearance and a meticulously detailed finish. It features a two-times zoom range covering focal lengths from moderate wide angle to standard, and a large maximum aperture of F2.8 at its wide-angle end. In addition to the state-of-the-art HD coating and completely round-shaped diaphragm, it also comes equipped with a weather-resistant construction - a first for the Limited Lens series - and a smooth, quiet AF system driven by a lens-installed AF motor, to capture beautiful, high-quality images, even in demanding weather conditions.

Main Features

1. The first two-times zoom lens in the Limited Lens series
With its two-times zoom coverage from 20mm to 40mm, this lens offers a focal-length coverage from 30.5mm to 61.5mm (in 35mm format) when mounted on a PENTAX K-series lens-interchangeable digital camera body. It provides the most frequently used focal lengths required for many popular applications, such as scenic photography, snapshots and portraiture, making it the ideal choice as an all-purpose, everyday lens.

2. Acclaimed Limited Lens-series quality for superb visual description and premium appearance
Inheriting the design concept of the Limited Lens series, this lens is designed with an optical construction that reproduces the feeling of depth while minimising astigmatism over the entire zoom range. It allows the photographer to optimise the subject's visual description, by making its appearance softer at larger apertures and sharper at smaller apertures. Its lens barrel, hood and cap are made of a high-grade aluminium material, and are hand-machined for perfect proportions and beautiful texture. The zoom ring in the mid-section of the lens barrel features a series of grooves to facilitate zooming operation.

3. State-of-the-art optical technology
The lens has been treated with the PENTAX-developed HD coating*, a high-grade, multi-layer coating that reduces reflection in the visible light spectrum to less than 50 percent of that of conventional multi-layer coatings. This allows the user to capture crisp, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images, even in adverse lighting conditions. It also incorporates an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and a super-low-dispersion glass element in its optics to deliver clear, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating for chromatic aberrations over the entire zoom range.
* HD stands for High Resolution.

4. The first weather-resistant lens in the Limited Lens series
This lens is the first Limited Lens-series model to feature a weather-resistant construction, with seven special seals to prevent the intrusion of water and moisture into the lens interior. By mounting it on a PENTAX weather-resistant digital SLR camera body, the user is assured of greater durability and reliability when shooting in the rain or mist, as well as locations subject to spray or splashes.

5. Other features

  • Smooth, quiet AF operation using a lens-installed AF driving motor
  • Round-shaped diaphragm to produce a natural, beautiful bokeh (blur) effect, while minimising the streaking effect of point light sources
  • The lens features the Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera's AF system
  • SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains
  • A choice of black or silver

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

RRP: 849.99 pounds
Current availability: TBA

 

New Benro GH2C Carbon Fibre Gimbal Head launched

Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor for the acclaimed Benro range of tripods and bags, has announced the immediate availability of its top-of-the-range Benro Gimbal Head GH2C in carbon fibre.

The Benro Gimbal Head GH2C is ideal for long distance and wildlife photography. The mechanism on a Gimbal Head works on the principal of manipulating the head using its own centre of gravity. Using this principal it enables the photographer to quickly and easily manipulate very large lenses with ease.

The GH2C is a specialised head for heavy duty telephoto lenses and is manufactured from high quality carbon fibre which makes it easy and comfortable to use, lightweight and simple to pack.

It is supplied with a 100mm lens plate and is compatible with the International QR system and optional Benro PL series special lens plates.

Technical Spec:

Length: 242mm
Width: 89mm
Height: 241mm
Base D: 56mm
Lock Hole: UNC 3/8"
Weight: 1.30kg
Maximum Load: 25kg
Camera Screw: 1/4"

SRP of the Benro GH2C is 563.94 pounds including VAT.

Kenro's Managing Director, Paul Kench, says: "This Gimbal head is rock solid and smooth in every adjustment. It is designed to complement the Benro tripod range, or any other tripod with a standard 1/4 inch screw fit. Photographers will love the combination of premium quality and light weight."

To view Kenro's full range, or for details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 or email [email protected] for further information.

Hasselblad launches three new Stellar Special Edition compact camera models

Hasselblad has followed up the summer launch of Stellar, its second camera aimed at the amateur and enthusiast market, with the unveiling of three new 'Stellar Special Edition' compact cameras.

The latest Stellar models offer photographers the choice of three new camera body colours: black, white and orange - and ship with bespoke camera cases in black or white leather with signature stitching and shoulder and wrist straps.

Luca Alessandrini, Hasselblad's New Business Development Director said: "The launch of our Stellar brand in July was a great success and now we are offering discerning customers new options on this outstanding point and shoot camera. Stellar Special Edition models are now available with carbon fibre, padouk or wenge wood grips and come with exclusive leather cases specially designed at our elite Italy-based Design Centre. The latest models will retail at 1,975 pounds (excl. VAT)."

Stellar compact cameras incorporate Hasselblad's advanced imaging technology, Carl Zeiss lenses, Full HD video and a 3.6 x optical zoom capability. The camera's wide range ISO sensitivity allows the user to shoot in almost any light.

Stellar is Hasselblad's second camera launch in the consumer photography marketplace. Its first model, Lunar, made its global debut in the spring - and for the first time offered consumers a camera embracing traditional Hasselblad state-of-the-art image capture finesse combined with stunning Italian design features.

Find more information about Stellar and Lunar on:
www.hasselblad-stellar.com
www.hasselblad-lunar.com

You can also find us at the following Social Media platforms:
www.facebook.com/hasselbladlux
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www.instagram.com/hasselblad_official
www.pinterest.com/hasselbladgroup

Taopix to Unveil Next Generation of Photobook Software at Dscoop EMEA2

Worldwide preview of latest HTML5 based online designer, with multi-language and exclusive look at the latest release of Taopix Desktop.

Taopix, manufacturer of the photobook and gift software platform, will officially unveil its 'next generation of photo gift software' at Dscoop EMEA2. The company plans an exclusive unveiling of their latest HTML5 based designer in Rome next week. The latest release of its new Online Designer is set to include up to 18 languages (including English, Spanish, French and Chinese) as well as focusing on providing a user centric experience for online consumers. The very latest version of the popular Taopix Desktop Designer (version 4.1) was also shown at the European trade show (6th - 8th November).

Speaking about the new HTML5 release, James Gray, CEO and Co-Founder of Taopix said:

'The feature that has most caught everyone's attention is the fact that it's based on HTML5 technology and so it sets itself apart from other platforms. Using the very latest, proven technology has a number of benefits, not least of all the fact that it lends itself well to being used across a number of devices, including iPad and Android. We've built Taopix Online to be easily customisable and brandable. Last but not least, we've focused heavily on ensuring we deliver the very best user experience for consumers too.'

Taopix Online features clever image upload - photos are available immediately for consumers to start working with. Highlights include; enhanced shopping cart and ecommerce tools designed specifically to enhance the online shopping experience for purchasers of photobooks and photo gifts, flight check, live pricing, send-to-a-friend and a Simple To Use toolbar (S.T.U. bar) which dynamically updates to display only the relevant options according to where the user is in the system.

Since Taopix demonstrated the very first (alpha) version of the entirely browser based platform, in the States (Print 13, Chicago) last month, they have received a record number of orders and enquiries. 'Many existing customers and a significant number of new customers were drawn to the solution from the very first demo, because of its ease of use and cross-platform capabilities. And its been specifically designed to complement our Desktop Designer solution too, allowing photo gift businesses to offer their customers a choice, which they can then easily manage through our platform,' says Gray.

As if the launch of Taopix Online wasn't enough, Taopix will showcase the latest release of their popular downloadable designer application, Taopix Desktop at Dscoop EMEA2 too!

Visitors to the Taopix stand (Stand 17, within Showcase Solutions) can view the latest release of the photo gift platform, which has had a bit of a makeover. Featuring a brand new intuitive UX design for the powerful shopping cart and several enhancements across all aspects of the system, Version 4.1 has been specifically designed to make designing, ordering and producing, photobooks, calendars, proof books, single prints, wall art (and more) even simpler.

So what's next for Taopix? Gray says; 'We have some exciting developments in the pipeline for 2014. Ultimately, Taopix software releases and enhancements are based on real user feedback; from listening to those who use the software on a daily basis to run their photobook and photo gift businesses. This means that the platform is designed with the needs of these businesses, and their customers, in mind. And, where possible, we like to ensure any enhancements will add real value to their business, whether that's via an online designer or a desktop download!'

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Meet the Kenro team at the Exeter Giving and Living Show

From the 12th - 15th of January, the Kenro team will be exhibiting at the highly popular Exeter Giving and Living show, presenting a vast range of top quality and uniquely designed photo frames and albums, timeless gifts and welcome additions to any home.

The new range features photo frames perfect for every occasion. Retro, rotating, metal or modern, there really is a huge variety to choose from.

Exciting new products include the colourful, Indian made Jadu range, the stunning Symphony Retro series and the wooden Terrino and Wave rotating frame collections. Other must see series are the Emilia distressed metal and Reveal Modern collection as well as the exciting new colours in the Frisco range.

A notable series of frames is the Bergamo Double Use Studio Collection. These sleek and versatile wooden frames are supplied with double picture mats, allowing two sizes of photos to be used. Finished with a high gloss lacquer in either brilliant white or black, this series of frames can hold up to 9 photos and would be an eye capturing addition to any wall or surface.

Products are sourced from carefully chosen manufacturers who co-operate closely with Kenro to ensure products are smartly designed, well packaged and high quality.

Of equal importance is Kenro's impressive service which focuses on carrying huge stocks and having the resources and systems to deliver a consistently good service throughout the year, even during those peak times such as the run up to Xmas. The first class Sales Team will also be there to give our Trade Customers a reliable service on a local basis.

Kenro Managing Director Paul Kench commented: "We're very excited to present at the Exeter Show and meet with new and current traders. The great thing about shows such as these is that potential buyers can feel and see the quality up close and we're confident that the new range will impress."

Meet the friendly Kenro team at Hall A, Stand A220 at Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, EX5 1DJ.