Archive for 2014

Introducing the PENTAX Q-S1

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY UK has just announced the launch of the PENTAX Q-S1 interchangeable lens digital camera, aimed at photographers of all levels.

The latest addition to the PENTAX Q series, this fashionable camera comes in a choice of 40 colour combinations to match your individual style.  It's smaller than traditional digital SLRs, however the Q-S1 comes full of shooting features, to add something extra to your photography - making it even more fun to use, says the manufacturer.

Key features:

A 1/1.7-inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to deliver high-quality images

High-sensitivity shooting up to ISO 12800

A range of creative tools to create uniquely personalised images and add filter effects with just a turn of a dial

Unique PENTAX built-in Reliable shake- reduction system for sharp, blur-free images

Dust removal system prevents dust spots spoiling images

Large 3.0 inch LCD monitor

21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette

Full HD movie recording, even during high-sensitivity shooting

40 colour combinations, with a choice of five body colours and eight grip colours

Body colours:  Black, Gunmetal, Pure White, Champagne Gold, Bright Silver

Grip colours:  Charcoal Black, Cream, Carmine Red, Canary Yellow, Khaki Green, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Pale Pink

Other features

Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

High-speed continuous shooting of up to five images per second

HDR mode to composite three images of varying exposures into one photo with extra-wide dynamic range

Remote control receptors on front and back panels

RRP:

Q-S1 Body only: £299.99

QS-1 + 5-15mm: £379.99

Q-S1 + 5-15mm + 15-45mm: £549.99

Availability: Early September 2014

PMA refines mission statement and sets new goals

The Board of Directors of PMA announces the Association has refined its mission statement and set new objectives for member services, resources, and support. The new mission statement, which expands on the previous mission, "Promote the growth of the imaging industry," now details specific areas of focus:

"Evolve the imaging business community worldwide by promoting innovation, marketing, technology, and passion for photography."

The refined mission statement arose from the work of a committee comprised of key industry members: Gaby Mullinax of Fullerton Photographics in Fullerton, Calif.; Marsha Phillips of F-11 Photographic Supplies in Bozeman, Mont.; Jerry Sullivan of Precision Camera in Austin, Texas; and chaired by PMA past-president Allen Showalter of King Photo/Showalter Imaging Group in Harrisonburg, Va.

Along with the refined mission statement come a number of plans for new, additional ways to help PMA members grow their businesses and to advance the industry as a whole.

Included are the continuation of the consumer facing Big Photo Show in various formats; the development of a Big Photo Show kit, which would help photo retailers host their own Big Photo Show events in their local markets; continued support and development of certifications; social media programs for members; additional promotion of National Photo Month and the establishment of a National Photo Store Day; continued legal support; and ongoing work with other industry groups to help market and promote revenue generating aspects of photography.

"Our mission and focus must be clear and targeted to the industry needs of today. We recognize that the basic motivation in our industry is the passion for photography. Photography is not going away because technology has caused a paradigm shift; in fact, the passion is stronger than ever, because it's more convenient to capture and share images than ever before in human history," said PMA President Bill Eklund of Sharp Photo & Portrait, Eau Claire, Wis.

"PMA, as the industry's worldwide photo association, needs to help its members evolve by promoting innovation and technology; providing networking events like the PMA Conferences and [email protected] to help our members with idea sharing and marketing their products and services; and fueling consumer passion for photography with information and education events like the Big Photo Show. We are excited to unveil our refined mission statement, and to offer these new and expanded resources and tools to our members."

BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2015 – Call for Entries

The BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2015 are now open for entries, offering a fantastic opportunity for professional photographers to gain award winning recognition for their work and further their potential as a photographer.

Establishing in 1901, the British Institute of Professional Photography is an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with over 100 years experience in supporting and networking photographers. We are a not for profit organisation delivering education, qualifications and professional development to photographers and achieve this by offering a challenging qualifications structure.

With members worldwide covering every discipline of photography, BIPP also works with a number of Colleges, including the Defence School of Photography and the College of Policing to ensure the future of the professional photographic industry. One of the key areas of our work is helping to represent professional photography to government and industry.

The BIPP Professional Photography Awards are held annually and present a fantastic opportunity for photographers far and wide to compete for the renowned 'International Photographer of the Year' Award.

The deadline for entries is 31 October 2014 and the presentation will be held in January 2015 to ensure the winners can enjoy their success throughout the entire year.

The awards are open to:

Qualified BIPP Members - Enter for your chance to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award, and the opportunity to be the BIPP International Photographer of the Year 2015!

Provisional BIPP Members - Gain valuable experience as you work towards your qualification by entering these international awards.  You could be the BIPP's Provisional Photographer of the Year!

Friends of BIPP - Your chance to enter professional standard international awards and be titled BIPP Friend of the Year - a great way to kick-start your career in photography.

Professional Photographers who are not BIPP Members - BIPP always looks outside of the box - make the most of this opportunity to have your work judged against some of the very best in the profession - you could win the BIPP Open!

There are five categories and with the exception of the non-commissioned category, images must have been produced with commercial intent and have been commissioned or available to purchase or exhibit:

Wedding & Portrait

Commercial

Science & Technology

Visual Arts, supported by Towergate Camerasure

Non-commissioned

Full details, including rules & entry forms, are available from www.bipp.com/awards

LumeJet ‘one of the most promising digital companies in Britain’

LumeJet has been selected as one of the most promising digital companies in the UK and was invited to showcase its technology at No.10 Downing Street at the end of July. The list of 10 presenting companies was selected by an independent panel of advisors representing Britain's digital sector.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Anson LumeJet's CEO said: "It is fantastic to have been selected as part of a group of fast growing and successful British digital technology companies. The growing success of high tech manufacturing in the UK is a testament to a variety of supportive government schemes such as TSB Smart Awards for R&D funding and the Enterprise Investment Scheme that encourages angel investment."

He continued, "It is worth noting that LumeJet is one of only two hardware producing companies out of the group, something of a reflection on how hard it is to finance hardware start-up businesses. We believe our company is a great showcase for what can be achieved with supportive investors with a passion for growing UK high-tech manufacturing - generating deep and defensible, IP rich technology for the global market."

The Pitch 10 event was hosted at No 10 Downing Street to highlight the impact and success emerging from the digital sector in the UK. The Prime Minister has made it clear that he is 'determined' to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a company. This event showcased the strength of Digital Britain and for LumeJet was a great opportunity to share news of recent commercial successes and exciting product developments with FTSE 100 CEOs.

New flagship PENTAX K-3 Prestige Edition announced

RICOH IMAGING UK has announced the PENTAX K-3 Prestige Edition, designed to commemorate the success of the flagship PENTAX K-3, first launched in November 2013.

Limited to 2,000 units worldwide, the Prestige Edition boasts a camera body and battery grip finished in a high-grade gunmetal grey coating to match both the black and silver interchangeable K-mount lenses.

The PENTAX K-3 was awarded the TIPA Best Digital SLR Expert award in 2014 by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), Europe's most prestigious awards for photographic and imaging products.  This win is recognised by the specially designed faux leather camera strap, included as a standard accessory - and embossed with '2014 TIPA BEST DIGITAL SLR EXPERT' and the PENTAX K-3 logo.  The PENTAX K-3 Prestige Edition is available in an exclusively designed presentation box.

Price: £1,099

Availability: TBA 

Kenro to exhibit at the Autumn Fair 2014

Kenro - a leading supplier to the retail gift market in the UK and Ireland - is to exhibit a number of just-released frame and album ranges at the Autumn Fair, NEC, 7-10th September, Hall 5, Stand J45.

Frames

There are a large number of new ranges on offer including the new Senator series in Black, White and Matt Silver Metallic finishes, with frame sizes from 7x5 inches up to A3.

The new Chester Series wood frames have a 35mm wide profile with raised filigree design and are available in Black or White.

The White Brush finish is a new addition to the Frisco wood range and the Emilia range has been extended to include further sizes up to 12x16 inches in the whitewash distressed finish.

Plus there's a popular retail bundle of three Christmas frames on show.

Recently announced Kenro frame ranges including the Eden series in Scroll, Daisy and Beaded designs, new Chloe frames and the new Vienna, Madison, Mellow, Avenue and Baby frames.

Albums

For storing photos of children there are the new Candy and Festival Series. The baby album range has been expanded to include the new Polka Dot Series as well as additional sizes in a number of popular existing ranges.

The new Pearl Wedding Album range is available in four different designs - Rings, Rose, Swirl and Classic White.

Further new album ranges include the City Series with designs for London, Paris and New York, plus there are new Holiday, Nature and Travel Album ranges.

For those looking for a more formal album, the Aztec series now comes in Black, so too does the Grafton Series. Other new ranges include the Carlton Mini and Tundra albums.

In addition to these new items, Kenro will be displaying its full range of lifestyle, classic and traditional frames and albums - all designed to generate excellent margins for retailers.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "Kenro really does have something for everyone when it comes to gift frames and albums. We pride ourselves on providing a fantastic range of products that sell and can generate a good return for retailers."

All the new styles are shown in Kenro's latest catalogue, available on their stand J45 in Hall 5.

For further information call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836, or visit the website at www.kenro.co.uk

New Hasselblad CFV-50c camera back

Hasselblad is set to launch a new 'back to the future' CMOS sensor-based digital back, targeting its legions of dedicated V System photographers worldwide.

The new CFV-50c, which will have an €11,000 price tag, is engineered to work on almost every V camera made by the company since 1957.

The state-of-the-art back boasts the same feature-rich functionality and performance level as the acclaimed H5D-50c camera, providing V System users with a unique opportunity to benefit from latest digital capture technology, including outstanding ISO capability.

The announcement comes as Hasselblad underpins its sharp focus on core customers in the medium format sector.

Ian Rawcliffe, Hasselblad CEO said: "We have experienced a substantial resurgence of interest in our iconic V cameras - users love the traditional ergonomics and the unique appearance.

Our research has shown that although we no longer manufacture V models, there is a big demand from our dedicated V System users who want to be able to continue to use their classic cameras but also desire access to our latest technology. The new CFV-50c, with its supreme image quality, is our response to that demand. Photographers using V System vintage cameras can now realise the true potential for these definitive capture devices."

He added: "This new unit is just part of our ongoing product development strategy. We have produced V Systems for over fifty years and now customers can really benefit from Hasselblad advanced digital engineering know-how with the CFV-50c."

Leading German portrait photographer Arne Weychardt is one of the first to test the new digital back.

He said: "CFV-50c gives me superb fusion of old with new; the traditional and classic look and feel of the V System body linked to Hasselblad's advanced image capture technology. It's just a perfect mix."

Key features of the new CFV-50c:

• CMOS sensor with ISO values up to 6400 provides lower noise levels, guaranteeing crisp clean images and picture-perfect colours.

• Long exposures with clean, noise-free images.

• Simple operation: no external cables required. (The CFV is the only digital back to offer this for V cameras)

• Live Video in Phocus in colour: Plus much higher frame rate than earlier CCD-based CFV backs.

• Larger LCD screen with higher resolution.

• New menu system and button layout.

• Ninety degree viewfinders. Now photographers can use the PM90 and PME90 viewfinders. (Easier portrait or vertical shooting)

• 12.5 MPixel JPEG option (in addition to the RAW file).

• New programmable button - a shortcut to a photographer's most frequently used function.

• Classic Hasselblad square crop option.

Remote control option from Phocus using a 500EL-type or 503CW with winder.

Cambo introduces ACTUS for Mirrorless and DSLR camera systems

Cambo Fotografische BV has introduced the Cambo ACTUS for Mirrorless and DSLR camera systems. The Cambo Actus is a new technology camera system designed for mirrorless cameras, such as the Sony Alpha 7 series & Fuji- X available for Canon & Nikon DSLR's.

It combines traditional view camera techniques with the latest capture technology. Using view camera movement the photographer will be able to be more versatile, be more creative and achieve professional results much faster than before.

Mirrorless system camera bodies can be used as a digital back, while the Cambo ACTUS will function as a tilt-shift and swing adapter with view camera movements for each lens. The Cambo ACTUS has been designed to give maximum functionality with minimal dimensions to support portability with ease. The Cambo ACTUS is small and lightweight and fits easily into a case.

Expand the usability of the camera system

• View camera movement for selective sharpness

• Rear Shift movement to stitch wider angle images

• Focal plane shifts to increase file size

• Rotation Landscape/portrait built in

• Built-in macro extension

• Use of various lens designs

• Interchangeable bellows options

 

Enhance your creativity with the CAMBO ACTUS

• Use tilts and swings to place exact sharpness where needed

• Create selective optical unsharpness

• Use more of the image circle of your lenses

• Stitch your images without changing the lens position

• Focus closer and enlarge your subject without extension rings

• Experiment with other system lenses and medium format lenses

• Ideal for use on location, minimal size and weight

 

Experience the possibilities of the Cambo ACTUS

• Small size for easy portability - see image above

• Front standard offers geared tilt and swing both on axis

• Lensplate are quickly interchangeable

• Quick slide focus adjustment rail

• Fine focus adjustment with precision gearing

• Shift movements vertical and horizontal in the focal plane

• Horizontal movements using quick sliding

• Zero clicks on all movements

• Image centred rotation from landscape to portrait

• Arca compatible monorail, direct fit to Arca compatible heads

• Exchangeable bayonet options for Nikon F, Canon EOS & Fuji X - Series

 

Cambo ACTUS Specifications*

Size L / W / H: 15 x 10 x 17 cm

Weight: 1000 grams

Front Swing: 360 degrees

Front Tilt: 20 degrees (10/10)

Rear Shift Vertical: 27mm (12/15)

Rear Shift Horizontal: 40mm (20/20)

Focus Travel: up to 128mm (Sony E-mount)

up to 153mm (Nikon F-mount)

up to 155mm (Canon EOS-mount)

Lens plates: Copal 0

(currently; more will follow) Hasselblad C Bayonet

M39 Leica thread

Mamiya RZ/RB bayonet

Mamiya 645 Pro bayonet

Leica R Bayonet (for mirror less bodies only)

Nikon-F Bayonet (for mirror less bodies only)

Available Colour: Black anodised

Titanium anodised (option)

 

Pricing & availability:

Cambo ACTUS is available from AUGUST 2014.

Cambo ACTUS including Bellows & Camera bayonet mount from €1499.00/£1,275.00/$1995 excludes TAX or VAT and shipping costs.

For prices of Lenses, Lens plates and additional camera mounts please contact Cambo or your nearest Cambo Stockist.

*Specifications may be changed as technology evolves

 

Reflecta x9 Film Scanner announced by Kenro

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta, the respected German manufacturer of cutting-edge digitization products has announced the well-priced Reflecta x9 Scanner.

The new x9 Scanner can digitize slides and negatives in just 1 second at 1,800 dpi 5 mega pixels and with a colour depth of 24 Bit - plus you don't need a computer.

Due to the included Li-Ion Battery, the scanner can be used everywhere. The scanned images are saved to an SD/SDHC card (not included) and can be viewed immediately on the 2.4" LCD display. Negatives are converted automatically to positives.

Using the USB cable, you can read the scans straight to a computer where you can edit them with image editing software as required. You can also view the images on TV (TV out NTSC/PAL).

Individual slides (5 x 5 cm, up to a thickness of 3.2 mm, max. three slides in a holder) as well as individual negatives or negative film strips (35 mm, up to 6 photos in a strip) are scanned. The matching slide and film holders are included. The maximum scan size is 24.3 x 36.5 mm.

With 450 grams, the weight of the new reflecta x9-Scan is conveniently low. The concise dimensions of the compact unit are only 108 x 106 x 143 mm (L x W x H). The offer also includes the ArcSoft Media Impression image editing software, which can be used both under Windows and Mac.

Included: x9-Scan, USB and TV out cables, holder for 3 mounted slides up to 3.2 mm thickness, holder for film strips up to 6 photos, lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, cleaning brush, ArcSoft Media Impression image editing software, user instructions.

Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "This scanner is ideal for those with film collections that want to digitize their prized images with minimum cost and fuss. The quality is excellent and we think that this model will be a hit with photographers."

SRP is £95.76 including VAT.
The technical specifications of the reflecta x9-Scan
* Film type: negative and positive as strip (35 mm) or mounted slide (5 x 5 cm, up to 3.2 thick)
* Display: 2.4 inch TFT LCD display
* Memory card slot: SD/SDHC up to 32 GB
* Optical resolution: 1800 x 1800 dpi
* Scan size: 24.3 x 36.5 mm
* Colour depth: 24 bit
* Image sensor: CMOS
* Light source: 3 white LEDs
* Scan speed: 1 second at 1800 dpi and a colour depth of 24 bit
* Brightness adjustment: +-2.0 EV
* Focus: fixed focus
* Interfaces: USB 2.0, TV out (NTSC/PAL)
* Power supply: battery or mains supply
* Weight: 450 g
* Dimensions: 108 x 106 x 143 mm (L x W x H)

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

David Bell resigns as Managing Director, Leica Camera Ltd

Leica Camera AG announced that David Bell has resigned as Managing Director of Leica Camera Ltd in the UK after eight transformational years for the brand. Commercial Director Jason Heward was named General Manager, effective immediately.

Mr Alfred Schopf, CEO of the Management Board of Leica Camera AG, observed, 'David has made countless contributions to Leica in the UK; I am grateful for his passion and commitment to the brand over the years.'

Heward joined Leica Camera Ltd in 2012 as a Director. Before joining the company, Heward had worked across a number of industries, and brings a breadth of experience to the role.

Commenting on his new appointment, Heward says, 'I am delighted to accept the challenges offered by this new position. This is an exciting time for the company and the industry as a whole. I am looking forward to working closely with our partners in the UK to drive brand growth, through new and existing opportunities. The priority is to maintain the position of the brand above and beyond the shrinking traditional consumer camera market'.

About Leica Camera:

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. Combined with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception to this day. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Solms, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company's positive development in recent years.