Archive for May, 2014

The Big Photo Show Los Angeles brings new excitement

The Big Photo Show, organised by PMA in the United States, was held on May 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and presented an array of exhibits from top manufacturers, dealers, service providers and other imaging businesses; more than 60 education sessions at beginner/intermediate and specialized/advanced levels; live model shooting arenas; a learning centre; and much more. Attendance was over 12,000.

Bill Eklund, PMA president, said, “I am thrilled with the response of the exhibitors and the attendees of The Big Photo Show. The goal of the show is to increase the excitement and passion for photography among consumers, to in turn promote growth across the entire imaging industry, especially for the businesses exhibiting here. We are certainly accomplishing that. It’s exhilarating to see the attendees improving their skills, buying new equipment and becoming more dedicated to photography – and to witness our exhibitors increasing their sales now, and in the future, with all the new customers they are creating at The Big Photo Show.”

The Big Photo Show will return to Los Angeles in May, 2015.

There are two aspects to The Big Photo Show...

First is the event, held in different venues across the United States, where photo enthusiasts can come to see, touch and try the latest in photography gear; meet representatives from the top equipment manufacturers from around the world; learn new ways to hone their skills and take their photography to the next level; and interact with other photographers.

Second is an online community at, where people who love taking pictures – at all levels, from professional photographers to advanced amateurs to beginners – can come to share their knowledge, questions, and passion with each other. The website also offers photo contests with great prizes, tips and tricks from expert photographers, and a calendar of events, where photo enthusiasts can find out what’s happening in the world of photography, right where they live and work.

A basic membership in this online community is free: a Deluxe Membership, for only $25, provides a host of goodies including discounts and special offers on gear, photo software, dozens of free photography tutorials, and more; a free ticket to The Big Photo Show; free entry in photo/video contests, and much more.
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Invest in a car camera with the new Braun B-Box T3

Braun has announced the Braun B-Box T3 - a video camera designed to be attached to the interior of any model of car, lorry or other road vehicle to record journeys.

A car camera can support insurance claims, deter thieves and other drivers from making dangerous manoeuvres and simply makes you feel safer and more confident. It's also great for capturing scenic views or off-road trips.

The B-Box T3 is a full HD 1080p car digital video recorder with a 120 degrees wide-angle lens. The compact T3 features G-Sensor support to track acceleration, a 2.0 inch LCD TFT Display and up to 32GB MicroSD Memory.

To install simply attach the camera to the windscreen with the supplied suction cup mount. The camera's battery can be charged via the vehicle's cigarette lighter and it has an integrated HDMI port for playback viewing.

Technical specifications:

Image Format: JPEG
Recording Format: Motion JPEG, AVI
G-Sensor: support
HDMI: yes
Display: 2.0 inch LCD TFT display
Uninterrupted Cycle Recording: supported
Loop Recording: up to 10 mins
Resolution: up to 1920x1080 @ 25 frames per second
Micro-SD-Card: up to 32GB (optional)
Including: Car Charger, Suction Cup Holder, HDMI Cable, USB Cable,
User Manual, Car Camera
Dimensions: approx. 77 x 53 x 24 mm
Weight: approx. 50 g

Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "The B?Box should be a serious consideration for drivers as not only is it a fantastic safety net it's a great tool for capturing memorable views. Braun cameras are always of good quality and long lasting so it's a brand consumers can trust."

SRP is £69.95 including VAT.

Kenro is the official UK and Ireland distributors of Braun Photo Technik.

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

Scan film and slides quicker than ever with the new Reflecta x8-Scan

Reflecta, the respected German manufacturer of cutting-edge digitization products, has released a new, extremely fast scanner for 35mm film users: the x8-Scan.

With a high performance CMOS image sensor the scanner can reach a scanning speed of 2 seconds per slide in 1800 dpi (3600 dpi interpolated) and a colour depth of 24 bit. Simple to use, there is a one touch button on the device which connects to Windows and Mac computers via a USB port. No additional power adaptor is required.

Provided with the scanner is the user friendly ArcSoft MediaImpression software, a mounted slide holder for 3 slides and film holder for up to 6 images. A cleaning brush and user manual is also included.

Tech Specs:

* Film Type: Negative and Positive as strip (35mm) or slide (5x5cm)
* Optical Resolution: 1800x1800 dpi at 5 Mio. Pixel (3600 dpi interpolated)
* Colour Depth:24 Bit
* Image Sensor: CMOS
* Lamp: 3 white LEDs
* Scanning Time: 1800dpi 1 sec.
* Scan Area max: 24.3 x 36.5 mm
* Interface: USB 2.0
* Weight: approx. 450 g
* Dimension: 90 x 104 x 166 mm (L x W x H)
* Power Supply: USB 2.0
* System Requirements:
PC: Pentium III or higher, with at least
512 MB RAM, Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (32/64 bit)
MAC: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

Paul Kench, Managing Director of Kenro commented: "Reflecta is renowned for their selection of innovative and high quality scanners and the x8-Scan continues in this tradition. The x8-Scan is compact, incredibly easy to use and extremely fast as well as allowing brilliant quality scans."

The new Reflecta x8-Scan is now available in specialist shops at an SRP of £59.04 including VAT. Availability is from May 2014.

Kenro is the UK and Ireland distributor for Reflecta. For further information call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836, or visit the website at

Kenro launches the VisiLux StudioKit 300

Kenro, the UK distributor of Reflecta photo products, has announced the immediate availability of a new studio flash kit - the Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 300

With its compact size and low weight of just 8.5kg when packed away in its sturdy carrying bag, the new Studio Flash kit has been designed particularly with semi-professional photographers in mind. The two 300 watt flash-heads feature an LED display, stepless controls, cooling, overheat protection and 5 Synchro-Flash modes. Colour temperature is 5600 K +/- 100K and there are also four different trigger control modes: photocell; synchro-cable; remote control; test button.

Each flash head also features a continuously adjustable modeling lamp with 4 control levels, giving the photographer enough control for most lighting situations.

The kit includes:

2x 300 Watt VisiLux Flash heads with cooling and overheat protection
2x 220cm Light Stands
2x 50x70cm Soft boxes with intermediate diffusers
1x Transparent Umbrella Ø 84cm
1x Silver-Reflection Umbrella Ø 84cm
1x Wireless Remote Control
2x Synchro-Cable (3.5m each)
1x Carrying bag.

Other optional accessories: barn door kit with filters; beauty dish with honeycomb grid; snoot; remote control wireless with AC plug; spare lamp.

Technical Details

* Dimension Flash Head: ca.25 (L) x 14 (H) x 13 (D)
* Weight Flash Head: approx. 1.15 kg
* Height Light Stand: 220cm
* Weight Light Stand: 0.90 kg
* Dimension Carrying Bag: 79 (L) x 29 (H) x 28 (D) cm
* Weight total Set incl. Carrying Bag: 8.5 kg
* Power Supply: 220 Volt AC, 50 Hz

Product Information

* Flash Output: 300Ws
* Guide number (1m/ISO100): 52
* Output: stepless from 1/32 till 1/1 (1.0-6.0)
* Recycling time: 0.5 till 3 Seconds
* Modelling Light 50W
* Max. Sensor distance: 5m
* Colour temperature: 5500 K +/- 200K
* Synchro-Voltage: 5 V
* Trigger Method: Synchro Cable / Sensor / Test Button / Remote Control

Comments Paul Kench, managing director: "For photographers who want a great quality, portable and simple lighting kit, the Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 300 should be a serious consideration. It offers excellent value for money and is suitable for enthusiasts and semi-professionals alike. Use on its own, or to complement an existing lighting set-up."

Kenro is the UK and Ireland distributor for Reflecta. Other products in the Reflecta range include scanners, digital microscopes, endoscopes, video and studio lights, plus its renowned selection of slide projectors.

The VisiLux StudioKit 300 is available now with an SRP of £543 (incl VAT).

For further information call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836, or visit the website at

Reflecta Super 8 Scanner launched

Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta (the respected German manufacturer of cutting-edge digitization products) has provided those with Super 8 (5.78 x 4.01mm) cine film archives with a new, revolutionary way of digitizing films quickly and easily - the Reflecta Super 8 Scanner.

The latest innovation from Reflecta has a resolution of 1920x1080p (Full HD) or 1280x720p (HD) and a colour depth of 24 bit. The Scanner features a CMOS sensor and uses an LED light source. Scanning time is 5 seconds per 2 pictures and its video file size is 190MB per 15m of film in HD quality, saved in AVI format.

One of the key benefits of the Super 8 scanner is its ease of use. Simply connect it to the PC via the included USB cable and open the provided Cyberview software while attaching the (colour or monochrome) film spool to the scanner. Then users are ready to go. The film will be transported automatically and initially scanned frame by frame. Cyberview not only allows users to scan their films but has the added option of adjusting brightness and contrast as well as cropping.

Product details

* Film type: Super 8 roll film (positive or monochrome film) 18 images/sec or 24 images/sec
* Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) or 1280 x 720 (HD)
* Colour depth: 24 bit
* Scan speed: 5.0 seconds / 2 images (about 2 hrs 46 min for one 15 m Super 8 film roll)
* Video file size: approx. 190 MB / 15 m film (HD)
* Scan size: max. 5.79 x 4.01 mm (no 8 mm film possible)
* Film transport: Automatic
* Sensor: CMOS
* Light source: LED
* Interface: USB 2.0
* Film format: AVI


USB cable, power adapter, scan software CyberView, operating instructions, empty reel

System requirements

* PC: Windows XP with SP 2, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 (32/64 bit)
* CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or higher
* RAM: 4 GB minimum
* Free hard disk memory: min. 35 GB
* Required memory for 15 m film: 3 GB

Technical data

* Dimensions: approx. 213 mm (H) x 143 mm (W) x 232 mm (D)
* Weight: 2.7 kg

Paul Kench, managing director of Kenro: "For those with valuable memories captured on Super 8 Cine Film, this scanner is a 'must have'. The Super 8 scanner is also a great opportunity for mini labs and processers to add an extra, value-added service for their customers. Reflecta is renowned for its innovative and exciting products created for practical needs and this new scanner is built to a very high specification."

The new Reflecta Super 8 Scanner is now available in specialist shops at an SRP of £1,710 including VAT

For further information call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836, or visit the website at

New Instax Share printer and app from Fujifilm

Fujifilm’s innovative smartphone printer, the Instax SHARE SP-1, is now available in the UK. This new addition to the acclaimed Instax range enables easy creation of Instax prints using images taken on smartphones.

Together with the release of the printer, Fujifilm has also unveiled a free Instax app that is compatible with iPhones and Android models. This app enables users to send their smartphone images to their Instax SHARE SP-1 wirelessly and then print them in Instax frames. The app also offers various features such as image enlargement/reduction and filters including black & white and sepia.

A wide range of templates is also available via the app, making photo printing more flexible, fun and creative. The Real Time Template, on which the date, time, place, weather, temperature and humidity are printed on the photo, makes it ideal for holiday snaps. With the Limited Edition Template, each print is marked with a serial number which is perfect for parties or nights out. On SNS Template, images uploaded to Facebook and Instagram can be printed with the profile photo and the number of likes.

Fujifilm’s range of Instax instant cameras output photos in the traditional analogue style, and have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity recently. This has led to requests from users who wish to produce ‘Instax-style’ prints from their smartphones. The Instax printer is a neat, compact unit measuring 101.6mm × 42mm × 122.5mm and weighing just 253g. It produces a print in a mere 16 seconds and uses standard Instax Mini film for its output.

Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for Fujifilm professional film, made this comment: “Fujifilm’s Instax cameras are the perfect antidote to the disposable digital age and the format is hugely popular with the 15-30 age group.  Instax has a really passionate following and our social media channels are full of examples of creative and imaginative instant photography. The release of the Instax SHARE SP-1 will help to further inspire photographers to take, preserve and physically share their images.”

The Instax SHARE SP-1 is available now from major retailers including Amazon, Argos, Jessops, John Lewis and Urban Outfitters with an RRP of between £140 and £150. The Instax app is available for free download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, just search for ‘Instax Share’.

For further information on the Instax range go to or to check out the Instax social media channels visit and

Canon launches two new wide-angle lenses

Canon has introduced two new high-performance, wide-angle zoom lenses to its EF range – the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. Designed for experts and enthusiasts, the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is a professional quality L-series lens, offering exceptional performance throughout the zoom range. The compact and lightweight EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is for Canon’s consumer range of APS-C sensor EOS DSLRs, and ideal is for people who want to expand their view and get more into each shot – with both optical IS and STM technologies helping to deliver consistently sharp and crisp wide-angle stills and HD movies.

High-precision, high-performance, wide-angle view – the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM provides greater versatility for professionals and keen enthusiasts who regularly capture wide-angle perspectives – such as landscape or architecture photographers – or those who typically shoot in confined spaces. The lens offers wide-ranging flexibility, with first-class optical construction and a fixed f/4 aperture providing clear, sharp results even in the most challenging situations.
The new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is Canon’s first ultra-wide L-series lens to feature Canon’s signature optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which offers a four-stop advantage over non-IS lenses and helps to ensure that shots are always captured with precision detail. The newly-designed IS system also features a number of additional improvements, including gyro sensors for greater accuracy in traditional shooting or when capturing panning motion.
First class optical technologies and design
Photographers can quickly achieve focus using the powerful, fast and silent autofocusing (AF) performance of Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) – ideal when shooting in AI Servo AF mode. Complete control over image composition is also possible using the lens’s full-time focus ring in manual and AF modes, giving photographers the freedom to fine tune focus on demand.
Designed to deliver the highest image quality, the lens’s optical structure includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements to minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements prevent dust and water drops sticking to each element. Photographers can also enjoy beautiful background blur and bokeh thanks to the lens’s 9-blade circular aperture.
The lens’s exterior is optimised to provide exceptional ease-of-use and professional performance. The high-grade design includes a compact and lightweight shape that’s comfortable to hold, whilst providing intuitive access to the zoom and focus control. A leather-texture coating also provides a professional feel.
See more, capture more – the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
The new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is the ideal lens for people looking to widen the range of their existing kit and get more into every shot. The lens’s impressive ultra-wide 10-18mm focal range provides the freedom to capture a diverse range of scenes, from holiday snaps of vast, sweeping landscapes and cityscapes, to wide group shots in confined spaces at parties and celebrations. Using Canon’s expertise in optics, the wide focal range is packed into an impressively compact and lightweight lens, which can comfortably fit into kitbags, or even small handbags and backpacks when travelling.
Consistently sharp and steady handheld results are provided by a four-stop optical Image Stabilizer. Additionally, Canon’s STM technology ensures high-performance AF when shooting stills, and near-silent AF when capturing movies. Combined with EOS DSLRs that support AF during movies, STM technology provides fluid continuous focus, ideal for tracking moving subjects, and providing smooth transitions as focus shifts between subjects. Quiet focusing also prevents unwanted noise interfering with movie soundtracks, ensuring that recorded sound is both crisp and faithful to the original scene. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM features both a UD lens element and a range of optimised lens coatings to deliver outstanding image performance at all focal lengths.
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM key features:
·         L-series construction and optics
·         Constant f/4 maximum aperture
·         4-stop optical Image Stabilizer
·         Fast, silent AF
·         Superb image quality
·         9-blade circular aperture
·         Full-time manual focusing
·         Minimum focusing distance of 0.28m
·         Non-rotating front element
·         Water and dust resistant

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM key features:
·         Ultra-wide angle zoom for APS-C EOS DSLRs
·         Lightweight and compact
·         Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
·         4-stop optical Image Stabilizer
·         Superb image quality
·         Super Spectra Coating
·         Minimum focusing distance of 0.22m
·         Manual focus ring
·         Circular aperture
·         Optional lens hood
Pricing and availability
·         The EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM will be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £1,199.99/€1,399.99
·         The EF-S 10-18mm IS STM will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £299.99/€349.99

Ilford Photo re-introduces Ilford Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt

The current ILFORD ILFOBROM GALERIE FB range of graded Double Weight Baryta Fibre Base papers in GLOSS Grade 2 and 3 is to be joined by a MATT surface in Grade 2 only.

This product has been brought back into the range due to customer demand from users of this flagship range of Graded Silver Gelatin Baryta papers who have long requested a MATT alternative.

Sizes from 17.8cm x 24cm all the way to 50.8 cm x 61.0 cm will be available in the UK and Europe in June, North America in July and the Far East and Australia by August.

Steven Brierley, Sales and Marketing Director of HARMAN technology Limited states ‘ The ILFORD ILFOBROM GALERIE FB range is rightly considered as the zenith in silver gelatin print making for the discerning photographer, printer and collector. At this level of print making HARMAN technology Limited have direct contact with many of the users and the clear request was to have a MATT alternative in the ILFOBROM GALERIE FB range. This decision is also clearly aligned with our stated strategy of keeping analogue photographers and printmakers supplied with the widest range of premium ILFORD PHOTO products that it is possible to produce’.

Epson launches SureColor large-format printers

Epson has announced the launch of a new range of high-speed, four-colour large-format SureColor SC-T printers designed for a variety of graphics, CAD and GIS applications within design, commercial print, copy shop, architecture, building, engineering, retail and education environments.
The new roll-fed SureColor SC-T range features nine models offering a choice of widths, productivity and scanning capability. Building on the success of the SureColor SC-T printers launched in 2012, the new high-speed 44-inch SureColor SC-T7200, 36-inch SC-T5200 and 24-inch SC-T3200 printers introduce a range of enhancements designed to maximise performance within busy print production environments.
Introduces large-format scanning and double paper rolls
Recognising the market’s need for maximum productivity and the flexibility to switch quickly between different media if required, the new SureColor SC-T7200D and SC-T5200D models  feature double paper rolls with auto paper loading and auto switching between rolls.
Epson has further increased the versatility of the printers by integrating a 36-inch wide colour scanner with the new multi-function 44-inch and 36-inch SureColor SC-T7200MFP and SC-T5200MFP models. These are the first Epson large-format printers with a scanner that gives users the flexibility to digitise large-format hard copies and scan-to-file, scan-to-email or scan-to-share with other SC-T printers. An A1 original can be scanned and printed in about 39 seconds. These multi-function printers are also available in either single or double-roll configurations.

To further maximise performance, the new SureColor SC-T range features ultra-fast image processing, optional 320GB hard drive for significant print spooling functionality and secure networking. To ensure the printers fit seamlessly into design and print environments, PostScript support with dual 1.6Ghz CPUs is available as an option on all the new SureColor SC-T printers which enables users to print multiple file formats, including large data-rich files, quickly and directly from leading design and CAD programs.

High-quality prints are assured by the combination of Epson's four-colour UltraChrome XD pigment ink with permanent PrecisionCore™ TFP printheads to deliver precise, repeatable and long life performance. Supplied in a choice of 110, 350 and 700 ml cartridges, the ink has been developed to deliver the deep blacks and crisp, dense lines needed for detailed technical graphics, and the vibrant colours necessary for high-quality prints and posters. Plus, this water-resistant and smudge-proof ink produces prints that are suitable for short-term outdoor use as well as any indoor application.
The SureColor SC-T printers are designed to fit easily into an office environment, with sleek styling, small footprint, and front operation. Helping to reduce impact on the environment, the SureColor SC-T printers use water-based inks and are ENERGY STAR-certified for their excellent power efficiency.
“The new generation of easy-to-use SureColor SC-T printers have been designed to deliver the ultimate in flexibility and production performance into busy design and print environments,” says Duncan Ferguson, Director C&I, Pro-Graphics, Epson Europe. “The ability to print onto paper and board up to 1.5mm thick makes them ideal for a wide variety of graphics applications.”

SIGMA Mount Conversion Service and products receive TIPA Awards 2014

The Sigma Corporation has announced that the "SIGMA Mount Conversion Service", "SIGMA dp Quattro camera series" and "SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM" have all won TIPA Awards 2014.

1. SIGMA Mount Conversion Service

Name of Award - TIPA Awards 2014 Best Photo Service

While photographers might be attracted to a new format or different brand camera, the ownership and investment in legacy lenses of a specific mount may stop them from exploring new options for their image making. The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service offers the opportunity to change the mount on a specific set of SIGMA brand lenses, regardless of the mount, to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four thirds and Sony E-mount. Pricing depends on the type and focal length of the original lens. Service details are handled by the local SIGMA representative or distributor within each country, worldwide, and takes from two to four weeks to complete.

2. SIGMA dp Quattro

Name of Award - TIPA Awards 2014 Best Design

It is rare that a company will completely redesign the look and feel of their cameras when bringing forth new and updated sensor technology, but that is what SIGMA has done with their new dp Quattro line-up. The SIGMA dp Quattro is a completely redesigned home for the next generation Foveon X3 "direct image" sensor. Each of the three cameras in the line share form and function, but what sets them apart is that each offers a fixed focal length lens (19mm, 30mm, and 50mm, equivalent to 28mm, 45mm and 75mm respectively) with sensor and lens optimized for each. The unique look, feel and functionality of the camera sets it apart from the norm, and is a bold design statement from the company.

3. SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM

Name of Award - TIPA Awards 2014 Best Entry Level DSLR Lens

The amazingly compact (2.8 x 3.4 inches) and affordable 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (27-300mm equivalent) lens is exclusively for APS-C sized sensors. It is smaller and lighter than the previous version and offers a closer focusing distance to boot. It also has a newly incorporated SLD glass element plus 3 aspheric elements among its 16 elements, 13 groups construction. The lens incorporates an optical stabilizer (OS) system for those cameras that do not have OS built-in, with automatic panning detection to shift the OS to one axis. It has a close focusing range of about 1.5 feet throughout the focal length range, making it extremely versatile for close-up photography.

*Currently, 28 publications from Europe, South Africa, Canada and USA are members of the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) organization and chief editors and technical editors of these publications constitute this organization.  Since 1991, TIPA has presented many awards in several sectors, including imaging.