Archive for June, 2014

PhotoIreland is running for the full month of July

The PhotoIreland Festival is an organisation dedicated to stimulating a dialogue around Photography in Ireland, and to promoting internationally the work of artists in and from Ireland. It is set to run from 1st to 31st July 2014.

From the organisers:

In 2010 PhotoIreland was launched, Ireland's first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: PhotoIreland Festival. We celebrated Ireland's first Book & Magazine Fair in 2011, dedicated to Photography. It was the germ of The Library Project, a unique public resource library focused on the photobook opened this year. Our work continues outside the festival period with a varied programme that includes events like Apres Paris.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), the Gallery of Photography (GOP), the Sirius Arts Center (SAC) and other organisations have recognised the importance of the photographic practice through specific awards, by starting their own collections, or by promoting Irish photographers internationally. Source magazine has been publishing in Ireland since 1991 providing a platform for emerging and established photographers to have their work distributed nationally and internationally. Belfast Exposed Northern Ireland’s only gallery of contemporary photography who commission, publish & exhibit local and international photographers. The Gallery Of Photography and the National Photographic Archive (NPA) are at the forefront of Photography in Ireland, as in conjunction they offer to a wide audience a permanent space dedicated to the past, present and future of this media.

PhotoIreland focuses in the following areas:

- To celebrate a yearly festival of Photography around the country.

- To develop a comprehensive photobook collection and offer free public access to it throughout the year.

- To develop a specific collection of books on contemporary Irish Photography.

- To promote the creation of MA and PhD Photography programmes in Ireland.

- To establish an Irish Photographic Foundation.

- To lobby for the creation of an Irish Museum of Photography.

PermaJet Launches NEW Test Packs

PermaJet have launched NEW 30 and 14 sheet test packs bursting with the latest inkjet media. Available from 1st July 2014.

These new packs give people the perfect opportunity to test a wide range of papers including the NEW Smooth Pearl, Smooth Gloss and FB Gold Silk papers without having to invest in full packs of each. As people begin to print their own images, the test packs help them decide which papers best suit their photographic style.

The unparalleled quality found in PermaJet’s inkjet media is the reason they have become a manufacturer of choice for pro and amateur photographers across the World, says the company.

PermaJet are the only paper manufacturer to include their A7 swatch book in all of their Test Packs, ideal for keeping next to your printer.

There is a choice of two NEW test packs to choose from, both priced at £11.95

For those looking for something different, PermaJet also provide three other test packs - the Smooth or Textured Fine Art packs and an inkjet Canvas pack too.

PermaJet Test Packs can be easily purchased on the PermaJet website:

Digital Photo Range, A4 x 30 sheets

Gloss 271 x 5 sheets

Smooth Pearl 280 x 5 sheets

Titanium Lustre 280 x 3 sheets

Matt Plus 240 x 3 sheets

Oyster 271 x 5 sheets

Smooth Gloss 280 x 3 sheets

Ultra Pearl 295 x 3 sheets

Matt Proofing 160 x 3 sheets



FB Baryta, A4 x 14 sheets!

FB Gold Silk 315 x 2 sheets

FB Gloss 295 x 2 sheets

FB Gloss Warmtone 295 x 2 sheets

FB Royal 325 x 2 sheets

FB Matt 285 x 2 sheets

FB Photo Art Pearl 290 x 2 sheets

FB Distinction 360 x 2 sheets

PermaJet, 1A Black Hill Industrial Estate, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 0PT, England

Canon today announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range

Canon announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range with the introduction of its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, the new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon's signature optical performance, advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, and provides a versatile 55-200mm focal range to help users get closer to the subjects they love.

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm.

Developed using the company’s unparalleled optical expertise, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and STM technology to deliver outstanding levels of detail when shooting stills and movies. When shooting movies specifically, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.

Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element delivers outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters, and the full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM key features:

- Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera

- Image Stabilizer keeps images sharp

- Compact enough to go anywhere

- Smooth, near-silent STM focusing

- Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring

- Shoot great quality images – full of sharp details and rich colour

Pricing and availability

The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is available from July with an SRP £329.99/€389.99.

Kenro announces Benro Hyacinth Series Shoulder Bags

To cater for the ever-growing female photo enthusiast market, Benro has announced a colourful new series of shoulder camera bags.

Benro's UK and Ireland importer/distributor, Kenro, is now supplying the new Hyacinth series in a range of tasty colours - Blue, Pink, Grey and Black.
The Benro Hyacinth range of shoulder camera bags is designed for SLR (CSC) users.  The shoulder bags, with their modern, up to the minute fashion design, are distinguishable from traditional bags and can be carried either by the strong carry handle or the shoulder strap, making them very adaptable.

The bags are manufactured in water-repellent nylon and two sizes are available:

BRHY10 - Hyacinth 10 Shoulder bag which measures 21.5x11x13cm approx. - with a capacity of 1 SLR (CSC) and 1 lens
BRHY20 - Hyacinth 20 Shoulder bag which measures 25.5x12x18cm approx. - with a capacity of 1 SLR, 1 lens and 1 flash

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "Over the years it hasn't gone un-noticed that the percentage of females entering the photographic market has increased dramatically. Now the manufacturers have realized this and we're seeing more accessories aimed at women. Camera cases and bags have taken on a new lease of life and are now brightening our everyday lives. These new Benro shoulder bags not only look very stylish, but are extremely well made and very practical."

SRP is £38.40 for the smaller bag and £43.80 for the larger one.

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

New additions to Kenro Gift Frame Ranges

Kenro - a leading supplier to the retail gift and photo markets in the UK and Ireland - has announced additional sizes to four of their existing ranges of gift frames.

Firstly, the popular Rio frame range is now available in White. This clean, fresh new colour is a perfect compliment to the existing Black, Natural and Dark wood tones. The Rio range have a generous 30mm wide x 17mm deep flat profile with free-standing strut backs or hooks for wall hanging. Sizes of the new White colour are: 6x4, 7x5, 8x6, 10x8 and 12x8 inches.

The Harmony Elegant crystals frame range now goes up to 8x6 inches and is manufactured in zinc alloy with a Matt Silver finish. The fine lattice design has a 30mm wide profile and is decorated with clear crystals and luxuriously finished with a Black velour lined back.

The Harmony Lace Series now includes 8x6 and 10x8 inch sizes. This frame is also manufactured in zinc alloy with a matt Silver finish. The fine ornate lace design has a 30mm wide profile and is also decorated with clear crystals.

Finally, the Whisper Classic Frames in black and white now have sizes up to 10x8 inches. These metal frames feature tarnish resistant silver plated borders, with a choice of Black or White Enamel inlays.  Frames have an 18mm profile, easel backs and are elegantly finished with luxury velour backs.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "Our dealers often express an interest in larger sizes and additional colour variants and we feed this back to our manufacturers, who try to accommodate - resulting in a greater choice for the public."

Kenro is displaying these and a number of other exciting new frame and album ranges at the Home & Gift Fair, Harrogate, 13-16 July. All the new styles are shown in Kenro's latest brochure, available on their stand B24.

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

Benro announces new high-end Carbon Fibre Video Tripod Kit

Developed for use by professional film makers, live broadcasters and commercial film producers, the new Benro BRC373TS8 Video Tripod Kit is manufactured from high quality 8 layer Carbon Fibre with a breaking point of 134.1 kgs and has magnesium alloy castings.

Supplied in the UK and Ireland by exclusive distributor Kenro, the new Kit includes tripod, head and carry case.


Continuous Pan Drag System: The head has independent pan and tilt drag adjustments, with convenient and accurate operation.

Locking System: There are independent functional locking knobs for pan, tilt and quick release plate, with easy operation and convenient control.

Counterbalance System: There are 4 different steps for head counterbalance. Each step provides a different amount of counterbalance: 0Kg, 2.5Kg, 5.0Kg, 8.0Kg

Adjustable leg position: The legs lock in the standard operational position. This can be overridden allowing the legs to be opened and the tripod to be used at lower heights for lower level photography also to compensate against uneven terrain.

Hand grip: The tripod has a comfortable padded grip on one leg lined with soft NBR (Nitrile Butadiene Rubber).

Water Resistant Rubber Lock Grips and Anti Rotation Leg Locking System: This Tripod features Benro's rust and weather resistant rubberised leg locking grips. This coupled with Benro's anti rotating leg design enables fast adjustments to be made.

Spirit level: This ensures the tripod is level. There is a built in light to assist in darkness or poor lighting conditions.

Tripod Head: This tripod is matched with the professional model S8b head. This is mounted into an adjustable bowl on the tripod. The head features a quick release plate, counterbalance adjustment, spirit level light, adjustable drag control and supports cameras up to 8 kgs.

Carry Case Included: The tripod is supplied complete with a durable carrying case with straps for ease of transportation and added protection. This Tripod is supplied with both Rubber and Spiked Feet.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "Video producers require absolute stability combined with the flexibility of speed and lighter weight when working in the field. The Benro BRC373TS8 Video Tripod Kit fits the bill perfectly in an ever-growing and increasingly demanding market place."

SRP of the Kit is £756 incl VAT, while the S8 Head on its own has an SRP of £264 incl VAT.

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

Kenro announces new ‘City’ and ‘Holiday’ Albums

Kenro - a leading supplier to the retail gift and photo markets in the UK and Ireland - has announced the immediate availability of the new City and Holiday album series.

The new City Series of albums comes in two different themes: the London Montage design and the London Skyline design. The Montage version has an art printed cover featuring a series of popular London scenes and icons against a red background.  The Skyline version has the word 'LONDON' in gloss varnish against a matt red background. These are available in three different sizes.

The slip in albums hold 200 6x4inch prints with a memo writing area next to each photo. They are book-bound and supplied in clear plastic jackets.

The larger Traditional Format version has 100 interleaved white pages, size 29x32cm, and is ideal for storing photo prints in all formats, postcards, cuttings, scrapbooking and general memorabilia. Photos and other keepsakes are fixed onto the pages with photo corners or adhesive tabs.

There is also a Mini version of these albums that hold six 6x4 inch prints in a spiral-bound format. These have a pocket in the back for keeping momentos such as theatre tickets etc.

The new Holiday Albums Series is available in two different designs. The 'Beach Montage' Design features a cover montage of 9 different beach images against a sunny yellow background, and the 'Boat' Design has an image of a rowing boat on a sandy beach against the sun. These are slip-in albums with a writing space next to each photo. They are book-bound and hold 200 6x4 inch prints.

Plus, there's the new SEN Mini Albums series available in the two most popular print sizes: to hold 6x4 inch and 7x5 inch photos. These feature hard covers with a smooth simulated leather PU finish, featuring a diamond pattern design on the front cover and tastefully finished with decorative edge stitching. Each handy, pocket-sized album will hold 36 photos in 3 ply black slip in pages.

Paul Kench, managing director of Kenro said: "The City and Holiday series albums are exclusive Kenro designs and we're very pleased to be launching them for the 2014 Summer holiday season. Whether you're going on a City break or a beach holiday, these albums really fit the bill."

Kenro is formally launching these and a number of other exciting new frame and album ranges at the Home & Gift Fair, Harrogate, 13-16 July. All the new styles are shown in Kenro's latest brochure, available on their stand B24.

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

Cash back offer on HEDLER HMI Daylight Lamp Heads

FLAGHEAD PHOTOGRAPHIC, the exclusive UK & Ireland distributor for Hedler products, is pleased to announce a £50 Cash-Back Offer on all HMI daylight lamp heads.

Until the 31st of July 2014 every purchaser of a HEDLER HMI lamp unit can claim £50 Cash Back from Flaghead Photographic. The offer applies to these products: HEDLER DX15, DX25, DF15 & DF25. The Cash Back applies to all HMI lamp heads, bought individually or as part of a kit.

To claim the £50 Cashback: Simply send a copy of the invoice, with a record of the serial numbe to Flaghead Photographic and a cheque or bank transfer will be issued in return.  Only product purchased from an authorized UK retailer and imported by Flaghead Photographic is eligible. This is a consumer promotion and the cash-back amount includes Vat.

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Canon celebrates the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series cameras

Canon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the Company's flagship range of interchangeable-lens cameras. Canon's EOS series made its original debut back in 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650, the world's first AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex camera to employ a fully electronic mount system, capable of controlling functions including AF and aperture adjustment using electrical signals. Two years later, in 1989, the Company introduced its first professional EOS model, the EOS-1. Created to meet the advanced demands of professional photographers, the EOS-1 boasted cutting-edge technologies, class-leading levels of performance, new levels of ergonomics, high durability and reliability, and marked the inaugural model of Canon’s EOS-1 series.

Since this time, Canon has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the photographic industry by evolving its flagship-model cameras in order to consistently meet the requirements of professionals in step with the changing times. In 1994, at a time when professional photographers began to rely on AF capabilities offered by SLR cameras, Canon launched the EOS-1N. Compared to its predecessor, the EOS-1N provided a greater number of focusing points and increased predictive focusing when tracking moving subjects.  In 2000, the Company introduced the EOS-1V which featured a brand new 45-point high-density Area AF system delivering high-speed predictive AF of up to 9 frames per second.
With the dawn of the digital era, in 2001 Canon launched its first flagship professional Digital SLR (DSLR) camera — the EOS-1D, followed by the full-frame EOS-1Ds in 2002. Canon's current flagship professional DSLR camera, the EOS-1D X, was brought to market in June 2012, and marked the EOS-1 series' 13th model*. Offering an unparalleled combination of speed, resolution and image quality, the EOS-1D X has continued to garner strong acclaim from professional photographers working across a wide range of fields, from photojournalism and sports coverage, to commercial and nature photography.
Over the past 25 years the powerful flagship EOS-1 series has incorporated cutting-edge technologies and class leading levels of performance. These strengths have expanded across the entire camera line up from entry level models to professional. Canon has always consistently strived to produce exceptional cameras that expand the creative shooting possibilities and meet the evolving needs of photographers at all levels and will continue to do so in the future.

Canon reveals irista, a cloud-based image management platform

Canon has unveiled irista - an advanced, cloud-based image management platform that allows users to access, enjoy and manage their photo libraries like never before.

People today take thousands of digital photographs which have become scattered across multiple devices, irista is built to help curate entire image libraries in one central location. Previously known in beta-form as Project1709, irista makes it easy to find any picture or any memory – regardless of which device it was shot on.

irista has been created around four consumer needs:

- Simple to use: Making it quick and easy to find any image in a photo collection

- Connected: Share images directly on Facebook® and Flickr and keep track of likes and comments

- Inspired: A single place for people to interact with their images, enhance their photography skills and get the most out of their pictures

- Puts everybody in control: All images stored securely in one location so they can be accessed anytime, anywhere

Built using Canon’s unrivalled heritage and imaging expertise, irista has been designed for anybody looking to manage their memories. The unrivalled user experience, coupled with its design, puts people back in control of their image collections.

The service supports a wide range of file types, has no file size limitations and automatically uploads new additions to image collections. A sleek user-interface is supported by a powerful search index, which allows people to locate an image based on a wide range of criteria. The clean, tiled design features a customisable timeline ribbon and tag-based filtering options that make it easier to find shots using dates, location, custom user tags, lens type and much more. Social integration with Facebook® and Flickr also allows users to publish images on both platforms, as well as track social comments, directly from the irista interface.

“People are taking more photos on more devices than ever before, but it can be difficult to enjoy your images when they’re stored in different places,” said Alessandro Stanzani, Head of Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “With irista, we’ve created a platform that solves that problem. It’s currently the only service of its type and is built entirely around the needs of the user – reflecting a lot of the feedback received during the beta phase. It’s an invaluable resource for those who love their images, and will only get better as we add more and more features over time.”

irista is available to everyone, with tiered storage options to suit a range of different needs. The ‘entry’ tier offers 10GB of cloud storage space completely free-of-charge. It offers casual or hobbyist photographers full use and functionality of the irista platform, providing them with an ideal place to manage libraries or specific photography projects. Advanced enthusiasts or professional users, who require larger capacities, can also choose from two further storage options, with 50GB and 100GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.

irista subscription tiers are as follows:

Up to 10GB: No cost, full functionality

Up to 50GB: £4.49/€4.99 per month, or £45.00/€49.00 per year

Up to 100GB: £9.99/€10.99 per month, or £99.00/€109.00 per year

The full irista service is now live. People can sign up by visiting: