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Braun Master ActionCam – now updated

Kenro Ltd, the UK and Ireland distributor of Braun Photo Imaging products, has announced an updated version of its Braun Master Action Camera.

The Braun 'Master II' ActionCam is higher spec and includes a fantastic range of accessories, making it a serious contender in the growing Action Cam market.

Updated features are faster speed, better battery life, HD Slow Motion, Time Lapse and Image Stabilizer.

The new Ambarella A7L Chipset gives twice as much processor speed and battery life, meaning the Braun Master II ActionCam will keep up with the most demanding of activities.

Footage is captured via the Panasonic 16MP high sensitivity CMOS sensor and ultra-sharp glass f/2.8 lens. The camera is waterproof down to 60m with its special housing (included), and HD Slow Motion 120fps and Time-Lapse Movie features are included as standard.

The new Image Stabilizer makes jerky pictures a thing of the past and with the built-in Stereo Microphone, 2 inch LCD Screen, and included remote control, this camera is a delight to use. You can even turn your Smartphone into a remote control and playback device (iOS and Android).

While most people will use the camera for video, the Braun Master II ActionCam has a number of useful stills photo modes including multiple images per second, Time Lapse, continuous shot and a Self-Timer.

There's an HDMI connector, MicroSD slot (max 64GB) and recording formats are JPG for stills and H.264 / MP4 for movies. Video resolutions go up to NTSC 1080p 1920x1080 at 60fps.

As well as a fantastic specification, what sets this camera apart from the competition are the included accessories:

Waterproof Housing
Remote Control
Buckle
Universal Mount
Curved Mount
Pad Mount
Roll Bar Mount
Battery
USB Cable
Charger for Remote
Adhesive Stickers (8pcs)
Magic Tape
Pivot Arm

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "When Braun launched the original Master ActionCam consumers began to realise that there was a credible alternative to the market leading brand. Braun have come out fighting again with this new model which offers excellent quality and spec at a very attractive and competitive price."

SRP is £249.95 including VAT.

Kenro will be exhibiting at The Photography Show 2015, Birmingham NEC, 21-24 March, Hall 5 Stand F82. Please come and visit us to view our latest ranges.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

Marumi Neutral Density (ND) Filter ranges extended

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Marumi lens filters, has announced the immediate availability of a number of new Neutral Density (ND) filters to fit both stills and video camera lenses.

ND filters are particularly suited to digital photography, as camera sensors are very sensitive to light. On a sunny day, even using the highest f-stop and a fast shutter speed may not be enough to obtain a perfect exposure.

Plus, to create special in-camera effects such as shallow depth of field or movement of water, a slow shutter speed and/or wide aperture is required. An ND filter reduces the amount of light entering the lens, thereby enabling you to create these highly desired effects with ease.

The darker the ND filter, the wider your aperture or slower your shutter can be, allowing you to create some truly amazing effects that are just not possible without the use of such a filter.

Marumi's popular Digital High Grade (DHG) filter range has been expanded and now includes ND filters with a fixed density of 8, 16, 32 or 64 in filter thread sizes from 37mm up to 82mm.

Marumi has also launched a very high density filter (ND 100,000) to enable the shooting of solar eclipses, in thread sizes 58mm and 77mm.

For those who want full flexibility and to save space a new range of 'variable' ND filters have also been introduced. The Marumi Variable ND 2.5 - ND 500 filters are available in two sizes: 58mm and 77mm. These are in addition to the Marumi DHG variable ND filter range ND2 - ND400, with sizes from 49mm to 82mm.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "We have seen a big increase in ND filter sales. They seem to be the 'next big thing' for advanced stills photography effects and also for creating shallow depth of field for video. With filter sizes going right up to 82mm, even those with very large lenses will be able to use these filters to their advantage."

SRPs start at £40.44 for the fixed density filters and £125.40 for the variable filters, including VAT.

Kenro will be exhibiting at The Photography Show 2015, Birmingham NEC, 21-24 March, Hall 5 Stand F82. Please come and visit us to view our latest ranges.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

New Reflecta 3-in-1 Film and Print Scanner released by Kenro

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of the popular range of Reflecta imaging products, has announced the immediate availability of the new Reflecta 3-in1 Scanner (model 64220).

This versatile scanner will enable you to digitize your slides, and negatives, plus photos in sizes 9x13, 10x15 and 13x18 cm.

The scanner has a CMOS image sensor with 3 white LEDs and resolution is 1800 x 1800 dpi at 5M pixels (3600 interpolated) with 24-bit colour depth. Scanning time is just 2 seconds.

Images can be viewed on the 2.4inch display and the scanned files then stored onto SD, SDHC, MMC, MS and MS Pro memory cards. The files from the memory card can also be transferred onto computer via USB 2.0.

35mm film strips of up to 6 images can be scanned, or up to 3 mounted slides in the provided holder. A holder is also included for photographic prints.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "This is a very versatile product and it's unusual for a film scanner to also digitise prints, making this a one-stop shop for your scanning needs."

SRP is £106.38 incl VAT.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

New Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 130

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta Imaging and AV products has announced a new entry-level two-head lighting kit for photographers.

The Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 130 is aimed at those wishing to set up a low-cost home studio or for taking portraits on location.

The Reflecta Kit comprises 2 x 130Ws flash heads, 2 x lighting stands, 2 x 92cm Octagonal Softboxes, 2 x sync cables and a carry bag.

Simple to operate, the VisiLux 130 Flash Heads have a stepless output adjustment of 1/1 to 1/32, giving variable brightness for digital or film photography, for lighting the subject or the background.

The Octagonal Softboxes are particularly suited to portrait photography, giving a soft, even illumination to faces. Recycle time is between half to 3 seconds and each light comes with a very useful modeling lamp (max 50W) so you can see the effect of the light before taking the picture.

Colour temperature of the flash is daylight 5500K +/- 200K and synchro voltage is 5V. The trigger methods are: sync cable, sensor, test button and remote control.

Each flash head weighs just 0.8kg and maximum light stand height is 190cm. Weight of the total kit in its carry bag is just 6kg.

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "The compact size and low weight of this kit will particularly suit those starting out in portrait photography where the photographer visits the customers' home. It is powerful enough to allow the shooting of babies, pets, children and small groups and it has an extremely attractive price point."

SRP is £227.94 including VAT.

For details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

Announcing the new RICOH WG-5 GPS

RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S. has announced the launch of the RICOH WG-5 GPS, digital compact camera, which boasts outstanding waterproof capability, advanced GPS functions and the best shock-resistant performance in the RICOH digital compact camera lineup.

 

The latest high-end model in RICOH's waterproof digital compact camera line up, the RICOH WG-5 GPS is designed to be waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shockproof against falls from heights of 2.2 metres, and cold-resistant to temperatures to as low as -10°C. Thanks to the combination of a large-aperture, four-times optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.0 and a highly sensitive, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, it delivers high-quality, noise-free images, even when shooting poorly illuminated subjects like underwater scenes, nightscapes and indoor sports events.

 

This model also includes several new features to enhance photographic creativity, including scene-specific optimisation of white balance; a flash mode dedicated to the Mermaid shooting mode; and Vibrant and Reversal Film finishing. Its basic specifications are solid and dependable, thanks to advanced features like dual anti-shake protection, Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels), and a 3.0-inch, wide-frame LCD monitor. The WG-5 GPS also comes equipped with a GPS unit to record position data and travel log data onto captured images, a pressure/altitude/depth gauge and digital compass.

 

The WG-5 GPS's exterior design is easy-to-hold owing to it's non-slip body, and comes in a a choice of two colours - orange and gun metallic.

Main Features

 

1. Heavy-duty construction for underwater shooting down to 14 metres deep, for up to two continuous hours: The solid, airtight body of the WG-5 GPS is not only waterproof to a depth of 14 metres for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX 8 or JIS Class 8), but also shockproof against a fall from heights of 2.2 metres,* dustproof (equivalent to IPX 6 or JIS Class 6), cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force).** This dependable, heavy-duty construction meansthe WG-5 GPS performs superbly and dependably in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions.

* Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards - from a height of 2.2 meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood - conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.

** Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards.

 

2. Exceptional image description, thanks to a large-aperture zoom lens and the latest imaging

technologies: Equipped with a bright zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.0 at its wide-angle end, the WG-5 GPS produces beautiful, noise-free images. With its four-times optical zoom coverage from 4.5mm to 18mm (equivalent to approximately 25mm to 100mm in the 35mm format), this versatile zoom lens accommodates a wide range of photography, from macro shooting of flowers to wide-angle photography of sweeping landscapes.

 

3. High-quality image reproduction: The WG-5 GPS features a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which excels in high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics. Coupled with a high-performance imaging engine, its image sensor delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and super-high-resolution images with approximately 16.0 effective megapixels. The WG-5 GPS also provides advanced image processing functions, to guarnatee sharp, clear, high-resolution images. It also includes innovative features like Handheld Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single blur-free composite image from them. When shooting in the Landscape scene mode, it is also programmed to optimise the white balance to depict woods and forests in brilliant shades of green.

 

4. A comprehensive selection of underwater shooting modes: The WG-5 GPS is programmed to reproduce vivid shades of red, which are often lost in underwater photography, by optimising the colour and contrast of images recorded underwater in the Mermaid and Mermaid Movie modes using actual image data of those underwater scenes. It is also designed to produce sharp, clear images by compensating for the degradation of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in the water. The aperture and shutter-speed regulation has also been reviewed to minimise camera shake in underwater shooting. In the Mermaid mode, a (Flash Off + Flash On) mode has been added to the list of flash modes to consecutively capture two images of the same scene - one without a flash illumination and another with it - with a single shutter release.

 

5. Dual anti-shake protection for sharp, blur-free images: The WG-5 GPS's dual anti-shake protection system combines an image-sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a Digital SR mode to more compensate for camera shake and subject shake in shake-prone conditions, such as when photographing a poorly lit subject using ambient light only, or when shooting sunset scenes.

6. Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting: With six LED Macro Lights positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, the WG-5 GPS provides bright, uniform illumination on the subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.*** Thanks to these Macro Lights, the user can clearly see on the camera's LCD monitor a magnified view of the microscopic world undetectable by the naked eye, and effortlessly capture it in beautifully illuminated, eye-catching images. In order to minimise camera shake and subject shake, the instant illumination enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the illumination level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. The Macro Lights also provide other useful functions, such as Self-Portrait Assist mode, which uses the blink of an LED lamp to check if the subject's face is captured within the picture frame, and the LED Lighting mode that uses the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.

*** When this mode is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

 

7. Full HD movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies: The WG-5 GPS provides Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. It also provides such creative movie-shooting tools as a high-speed camera function**** for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips, and a fast-forward movie function.***** A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for simultaneous output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.

**** When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 1280 x 720 pixels.

***** When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 640 x 360 pixels.

 

8. 3.0-inch, wide-frame LCD monitor for wide-angle viewing: The WG-5 GPS comes equipped with a large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions. Its wide-view design provides a clear view of an on-screen image from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it possible to check the image from different angles. Its AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimises annoying glare and reflections to ensure a sharp, clear on-screen image even under the harsh sunshine often found in outdoor shooting.

 

9. GPS functions, pressure/altitude/depth gauge and digital compass to facilitate outdoor

shooting: The WG-5 GPS has a built-in GPS module, which automatically records position data and travel log data onto captured images and adjusts the built-in clock to local time. Its pressure sensor and digital compass also allow the user to check the data of a shooting location (pressure, altitude/underwater depth, and direction) on the camera's LCD monitor.

10. Other features

? The addition of Vibrant and Reversal Film finishing touches, which are popular among PENTAX digital SLR camera  users

? Two remote control receptors to widen signal coverage

? Digital level to check the camera's horizontal/vertical inclination

? 12 digital filters

? Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

? Carabineer strap (included) for hooking the camera to a backpack or other outdoor gear

? O-CC1352 Protector Jacket (optional accessory) to protect the camera from scratches and dirt

? O-CC135 Camera Case with belt loop (optional accessory)

? O-ST1352 Float Strap (optional accessory) to prevent the loss of the camera in the water

?O-LA135 Lens Adapter (optional accessory) to broaden the wide-angle coverage to approximately 20mm in the 35mm format using the DW-5 Wide Conversion Lens (optional accessory)

 

RRP: £259.99

 

PENTAX K-S2 announced

The new PENTAX K-S2 claims to be the world's smallest dustproof, weather-resistant digital SLR camera with a variable-angle LCD monitor, wireless LAN and NFC functions, available in multiple colours.

The latest camera to join the ranks, this new upper-class model, is the world's smallest dustproof, weather-resistant digital SLR camera* designed for active, outdoor shooting. In addition to the PENTAX-original SAFOX X autofocus system, which performs superbly with poorly illuminated and moving subjects, it provides a full range of advanced features, including: an AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator to assure the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical AA filter; an optical viewfinder with a glass pentaprism to provide a nearly 100% field of view; an in-body shake reduction mechanism; and a top sensitivity of ISO 51200.

It also provides remote shooting functions and wireless LAN and NFC functions - for the first time in the PENTAX K series -  to make it easier to pair with smartphones and tablets.

The K-S2 LCD monitor also features a variable-angle design for the first time in a PENTAX digital SLR camera. By rotating the monitor 180 degrees to face the subject, the user can activate the self-portrait shutter button, to capture the perfect selfie!

This model comes in a range of three main body colors: black, white and black & orange. And as with other models in the range also offers the PENTAX colour order service with a choice of seven additional colour options in two outdoor-themed collections: three in the Field Collection, and four in the Sports Collection.

To accompany the K-S2 RICOH IMAGING has also developed the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE standard zoom lens as an exclusive kit lens. This weather-resistant lens features a retractable mechanism to make it compact and portable without sacrificing optical performance. By pairing this lens with the compact K-S2 camera body, users are guaranteed a highly portable digital imaging system that performs brilliantly.

* The world's smallest model in the dustproof, weather-resistant digital SLR camera category (as of February 1, 2015, based on RICOH IMAGING research)

 

Main Features

1. The world's smallest dustproof, weather-resistant body*: The K-S2 camera body is not only designed to be compact and portable, but also dustproof and weather-resistant. One hundred seals have been applied to crucial parts of the body to prevent the intrusion of rain and dust into the interior, making the K-S2 a perfect choice for a wide range of outdoor activities, including mountain climbing and camping. Included in its lens kits is a super-compact zoom lens, with a length of just 41mm in the stored position despite its weather-resistant construction. The combination of the K-S2 camera body and this lens creates a highly portable digital imaging system.

* The world's smallest model in the dustproof, weather-resistant digital SLR camera category (as of February 1, 2015, based on RICOH IMAGING research)

 

2. Variable-angle LCD monitor for easy image viewing: The K-S2 comes equipped with an Air Gapless LCD monitor, which has a special resin layer applied between the protective panel and the LCD screen to effectively cut down the reflection and dispersion of light and assure excellent visibility. This monitor also features a variable-angle design for the first time in a PENTAX digital SLR camera, allowing the user to set the monitor to the desired viewing angle and simplify high- and low-angle shootings. By rotating the monitor 180 degrees to face the subject, the user can activate the self-portrait shutter button, which is provided in addition to the regular shutter-release button, to keep a firm hold of the camera when shooting self portraits (or selfies!).

 

3. High-precision autofocus system with SAFOX X module: The K-S2 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX X AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation. With its 11 sensors including nine cross-type sensors in the middle, this AF system assures pinpoint focus on a subject at a minimum brightness level of as low as -3 EV. Its select-area expansion function ensures that the sensor module keeps tracking a moving subject, even when the subject moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing the distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. Its AF hold function maintains the in-focus position, even when the AF system loses track of the subject after once capturing it in focus. These advanced functions combine to improve the camera's accuracy in the detection of moving subjects.

4. High-resolution images produced by an image sensor with approximately 20.12 effective megapixels and a super-high sensitivity of ISO51200: The K-S2 features a high-performance CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.12 effective megapixels to deliver super-high-resolution images. It is also designed without an optical AA (anti-aliasing) filter to optimise the imaging power of its high-performance image sensor. By coupling this image sensor with the high-performance PRIME MII imaging engine, the K-S2 delivers true-to-life, fine-gradation images by effectively minimizing noise at all sensitivity levels, even during super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200.

5. In-body shake reduction (SR) mechanism, and anti-aliasing (AA) filter simulator for effective moiré reduction:

(1)In-body SR mechanism: The K-S2 features a PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism to minimise camera shake and assure sharp, blur-free images, even in camera-shake-prone conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting low-light scenes with incident light only, or photographing sunset scenes.

(2)Innovative AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator**: By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the K-S2's AA filter simulator provides the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical AA filter. Unlike an optical AA filter, which always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator lets you not only switch the AA filter effect on and off, but also adjust the level of the effect, so the user can effortlessly apply the desired effect to a particular scene or subject.

(3)Supportive shooting functions: The K-S2's SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all direction, by shifting it horizontally (left/right) and vertically (up/down), and even rotating it. Taking advantage of this flexibility, the K-S2 provides a host of handy shooting functions, including ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

** This function is most effective with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function is not available during HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting.

6. Optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view: Despite its compact body, the K-S2 is equipped with a glass prism finder featuring the same optics and coatings as those used in higher-level models. With a magnification of approximately 0.95 times, it provides a broad, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.

7. High-speed shutter to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp focus: The K-S2 provides a top shutter speed of 1/6000 second to assure sharply focused images, even with fast-moving subjects. Coupled with its high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of approximately 5.5 images per second, it lets the photographer freeze once-in-a-lifetime shutter opportunities in beautifully focused images.

8. Wireless LAN compatibility for easy access to smartphones, for the first time in the PENTAX K series: The K-S2 features wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) functions to provide better access to smartphones and tablet computers. It also provides NFC (Near Field Communication) functions for easy pairing with NFC-compatible smartphones and other communications devices, simply by bringing the K-S2 into proximity with a target device. Also by installing the newly developed, exclusive Image Sync application on a communications device, the user can effortlessly control the K-S2's aperture, shutter-speed and ISO-sensitivity settings, release its shutter, check the live-view image, and even browse and upload recorded images onto SNS sites such as Facebook remotely.

 

9. RICOH-original image-processing technologies: The K-S2 features a Clarity Enhancement - a RICOH-developed imaging technology designed to capture the subject's texture and unevenness more truthfully and produce a more true-to-life depiction of the subject based on the human visual characteristics. Also provided on the mode dial is a new A-HDR (Advanced HDR) position, which combines the Clarity Enhancement with the conventional HDR mode that composites a single, extra-wide-gradation image from three images taken at differing exposures. Thanks to this new mode, the user can capture more dramatic, painting-like HDR images with great ease.

10. An assortment of photo-shooting tools for creative, personalised expressions: The K-S2 provides a choice of 11 Custom Image modes for flexible control of various parameters, as well as nine digital filters. Coupled with 19 distinctive Scene Modes and the hands-off Auto Picture mode, the K-S2 assures simple, quick selection of the desired shooting mode for a given scene or subject.

11. Dual electronic dials: The K-S2 provides a pair of electronic dials: one on top of the grip, and another on the back panel. In the P (Program) mode shooting, for instance, the user can control the aperture and shutter-speed settings independently using these dials, allowing more intuitive camera operation without the need to remove the eye from the viewfinder.

12. Full HD movie recording: Equipped with a built-in stereo microphone, the K-S2 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 30/25/24 frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, along with natural, lively stereo sound. It also assures flawless, high-quality movies even with fast-moving subjects. It even provides advanced movie functions, such as a 4K Interval Movie mode that connects still images recorded at a certain interval to create a single movie file, and a Star Stream mode to fade in and out the traces of stars to recorded movies.

13. Other features:

?77-segment, multi-pattern metering system for high-precision light measurement

?DR (Dust Removal) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the CMOS image sensor

using ultrasonic vibration

?Self-timer functions usable in continuous shooting mode

Main features of the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mmF4-5.6 DC WR RE zoom lens

1. Ultra-thin standard zoom lens with a retractable storage mechanism, with a focal-length coverage between 27.5mm and 76.5mm in the 35mm format

2. Reliable weather-resistant construction for use in the rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes and spray

Outline of PENTAX K-S2 color order service

Model: PENTAX K-S2 digital SLR camera

Body color:• Nature Collection (3 products): Forest Green, Desert Beige, Stone Gray

• Sports Collection (4 products): White x Lime, Black x Pink, White x Racing Stripe, Black x Racing Stripe

Product lineup:            • Lens Kit (camera body with smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mmF4-5.6 DC WR RE lens)

Note: The specifications of camera bodies and lenses are identical to those of standard models.

Note: All lenses included in these kits are black models.

 

RRP:

£549.99 (Body)

£649.99 (Single Lens Kit - smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mmF4-5.6 DC WR)

£729.99 (Twin Lens Kit - smc PENTAX-DA L 18-50mmF4-5.6 DC WR & DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR)

£879.99 (Premium Lens Kit - smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR)

 

Globell to handle Clik Elite brand in Europe

Globell Deutschland, one of Europe's leading brand management companies for digital imaging products and photography accessories, is assuming responsibility for the entire distribution of Clik Elite's bags, rucksacks and other outdoor photography accessories in Europe with immediate effect.

Globell takes over Clik Elite's entire distribution and brand presence across Europe

Originally formed to cover German-speaking Europe in 2014, the partnership has now been extended to encompass all of Europe. Globell is the exclusive distributor of Clik Elite's photo

This new partnership covers the same high-growth photography accessory markets, both in Europe and internationally, where Globell positioned itself strongly as a manufacturer in 2014 with Oberwerth photo bags, Silvec wooden tripods and lenses from the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brand, whose return was welcomed by photographers the world over.

For 25 years, Clik Elite has been one of the most internationally experienced designers and producers of outdoor bags and rucksacks for creative professionals. Clik Elite's bags and accessories enable active photographers and filmmakers to fully protect their equipment against weather, dirt or the impact of outdoor use. World-renowned photographers such as Himalayan specialist Jeff Botz and photojournalist G. Brad Lewis, best known for his volcano images in LIFE magazine, are just two of the professionals who use Clik Elite's rucksacks and photo bags.

Globell and Clik Elite recently exhibited jointly at photokina 2014, the world's largest trade fair for photography and photographic accessories, to launch the new "Luminous" and "Stratus" outdoor photography rucksacks. Both bags will be available from trade suppliers across Europe from April 2015. As part of the expanded partnership, Globell will be responsible for the overall sale and distribution of the entire Clik Elite range with immediate effect.

Expanding the collaboration and distribution area as well as taking over Clik Elite's brand presence across Europe also serves as recognition of the success Globell has achieved for Clik Elite across German-speaking Europe during 2014.

As a result of this wider collaboration, Globell is also assuming responsibility for Clik Elite's online presence for the whole of Europe, including Switzerland, and now acts, along with its regional partners, as the direct contact for Clik Elite products for trade and retail customers across Europe.

About Globell Deutschland

Globell Deutschland, headquartered in Koblenz, Germany, is a subsidiary of German stock corporation net SE, who have been successfully producing photography accessories 'Made in Germany' since 2014.

Among the brands and products manufactured and distributed by the company in Germany are Oberwerth's completely handmade premium photo bags, the Silvec brand's handcrafted professional wooden tripods, and lenses made by the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz brand, which was revived in Germany in 2014.

As an established distributor to the photographic industry, Globell Deutschland is also an exclusive partner for renowned brands and products such as Clik Elite outdoor rucksacks for adventure photographers, which the company distributes exclusively within both German-speaking Europe and, since 2015, the entire continent.

Distribution contact

UK contact

BMM Photo Solutions 86 The Ashway Brixworth Northampton NN6 9UZ

Tel: +44 (0)1604 881735

Email: [email protected]

New Camera and Lenses from Ricoh

Ricoh Imaging UK, has announced the launch of the following new products: HD PENTAX-D FA 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW, HD  PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW. Plus, RICOH IMAGING UK, is also excited to announce the exhibition of a reference product - a digital SLR camera currently under development - at CP+ 2015.

 

HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW super-telephoto zoom lens, designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras.

 

This super-telephoto zoom lens has been developed to cover focal lengths from 150mm to 450mm - a focal-length range demanded by high-end PENTAX-camera users. It features the PENTAX-original, high-grade HD Coating to produce extra-sharp, high-contrast images even under demanding lighting conditions like backlight. It also incorporates three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a super-low dispersion glass element to effectively compensate chromatic aberration. Its dustproof, weather-resistant body also makes it extremely dependable and durable when shooting outdoors.

 

Main Features

1. Super-telephoto coverage with three-times zoom ratio: When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount SLR camera body, this zoom lens covers a super-telephoto range from approximately 230mm to 690mm in the 35mm format. It is designed to be compact and light enough to hold during long-range shooting of wildlife, aircraft and sports.

 

2. Outstanding image description: This lens boasts state-of-the-art optics - three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a super-low dispersion glass element, this minimises spherical and chromatic aberrations, while producing crisp, high-quality images free of colour bleeding.  Its MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) curve is programmed to be higher than those of conventional models in the same class, to deliver high-resolution, fine-detailed images. Its image circle is also optimised to cover even the image size of 35mm film-format SLR cameras. As a result, it ensures brilliant, high-resolution images without compromising edge sharpness (even when mounted on an existing PENTAX digital SLR camera body), and is also accepting of future models with larger image sensors (without modifications).

 

3. HD Coating to optimise image rendition: This lens is treated with the high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating.* Compared with?conventional multi-layer coatings, this PENTAX-original coating ensures high light transmittance and less reflection to deliver bright, high-contrast images, free of flare and ghosting. * HD stands for High Definition.

 

4. Dustproof, weather-resistant construction: Developed as an AW (All Weather) model, this zoom lens features a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction with 21 special seals to prevent the intrusion of water and dust particles. By pairing it with a PENTAX weather-resistant digital SLR camera body, it provides a durable, reliable digital imaging system that performs - even in rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray.

 

5. Newly installed three-position switch for Quick-Shift Focus System: This lens is equipped with the PENTAX-developed Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows users to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera's AF system. In order to improve its operability, a three-position switch has been installed on this lens, allowing instant switching among QFS/A, QFS/M and MF modes. QFS/A is an autofocus-priority mode, which allows the user to switch to manual-focusing operation when autofocus operation is complete. QFS/M is a manual-focus-priority mode, which enables the user to switch to manual focusing at any time - even when the AF system is in operation. MF mode allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing with a simple twist of the focus ring on the lens. With a choice of three distinctive modes, the user is guaranteed speedier, more accurate focusing operation for a given subject or application.

 

6. Four AF buttons installed on the lens barrel: In order to provide more stable AF operation and better hold of the lens regardless of the camera's orientation - horizontal or vertical - this lens provides four AF buttons on its barrel (one at every 90 degrees.**) The user can assign preferred settings to these AF buttons, including: a Focus Preset mode and an AF Cancel mode to fix the focus at a desired point during Continuous AF operation. ** The PENTAX K-3 is currently the only model to accommodate the AF button functions. To activate these functions, the camera's firmware must be updated to the latest version.

 

7. Other features

·         Smooth, quiet AF operation using a lens-installed AF driving motor

·         Round-shaped diaphragm to produce a natural, beautiful bokeh effect, while minimising the streaking effect of point light sources

·         Focus range limiter to minimise AF operation time by fixing the focus range to one of three ?sub-ranges

·         SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains

·         Zoom lock lever to prevent the lens barrel from free-falling

·         Detachable tripod mounting with a newly designed anti-falling mechanism

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice

 

HD PENTAX-D FA? 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW

A high-performance, Star-series telephoto zoom lens for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, providing F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range to deliver outstanding image rendition

 

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-D FA? 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW. Designed for use with PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras, this large-aperture telephoto zoom lens is a new addition to the high-performance Star (?) series developed for the highest level of image rendition.

 

This telephoto zoom lens has been developed as the latest model in the PENTAX Star (?) series, which boasts the highest image quality of all PENTAX interchangeable lenses. Thanks to its large-aperture design, it provides a large maximum aperture of F2.8 at all focal lengths from 70mm to 200mm. This lens boasts PENTAX-original lens-coating technologies - such as the newly developed Aero Bright Coating II (which ensures exceptionally low reflectance), and the high-grade HD Coating (which produces extra-sharp, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images). In addition to four super-low dispersion glass elements and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, its optics includes a pair of new Super ED glass elements to effectively compensate chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range and deliver crisp, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness. Its dustproof, weather-resistant body also makes it extremely dependable and durable in outdoor conditions.

 

Main Features

1. High-performance Star (?)-series lens with large F2.8 maximum aperture: This telephoto zoom lens is a new addition to the high-performance Star (?) series, which ensures exceptional image rendition with edge-to-edge sharpness. When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount SLR camera body, it provides a zoom ratio of approximately 2.9 times to cover a telephoto range from 107mm to 307mm in the 35mm format. Since it provides a large maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range, it is ideal for portraiture with beautifully defocused fore/backgrounds, and sports photography which demands high shutter speeds. Its image circle is optimised to cover even the image size of 35mm film-format SLR cameras. As a result, it ensures brilliant, high-resolution images without compromising edge sharpness (even when mounted on an existing PENTAX digital SLR camera body), and is also accepting of future models with larger image sensors (without modifications).

 

2. State-of-the-art optical technology: This zoom lens is treated with the newly developed Aero Bright Coating II - a lens-coating nanotechnology that employs a super-low refractive film fabrication process, to ensure lower light reflectance  than that of the conventional Aero Bright Coating.* By coupling this advanced lens coating with the high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating** which reduces an average reflectance in a visible ray spectrum to less than 50% of conventional multi-layer coatings, this lens effectively reduces flare and ghost images to a minimum even under demanding lighting conditions. In its optics, it also features four super-low dispersion glass elements, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, and two Super ED glass elements, which have optical properties similar to fluorite and assure lower light dispersion and more effective compensation of chromatic aberration. As a result, this lens produces brilliant, high-contrast images with edge-to-edge sharpness, while effectively compensating chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range. * A state-of-the-art, PENTAX-original lens coating technology developed from nanotechnology. It applies a silica aerogel coating layer with uniform porous structure over a regular multi-coating layer to reduce surface reflections across a wide wavelength range and produce crisp, high-quality images. ** HD stands for High Definition.

 

3. Dustproof, weather-resistant construction: Developed as an AW (All Weather) model, this zoom lens features a dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction with 13 special seals to prevent the intrusion of water and dust particles into the lens interior. By pairing it with a PENTAX weather-resistant digital SLR camera body, it provides a durable, reliable digital imaging system that performs - even in rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray.

 

 

4. Newly installed three-position switch for Quick-Shift Focus System: This lens is equipped with the PENTAX-developed Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows users to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera's AF system. In order to improve its operability, a three-position switch has been installed on this lens, allowing instant switching among QFS/A, QFS/M and MF modes. QFS/A is an autofocus-priority mode, which allows the user to switch to manual-focusing operation when autofocus operation is complete. QFS/M is a manual-focus-priority mode, which enables the user to switch to manual focusing at any time - even when the AF system is in operation. MF mode allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing with a simple twist of the focus ring on the lens. With a choice of three distinctive modes, the user is guaranteed speedier, more accurate focusing operation for a given subject or application.

 

5. Other features

·         Smooth, quiet AF operation using a lens-installed AF driving motor

·         Round-shaped diaphragm to produce a natural, beautiful bokeh effect, while minimising the streaking effect of point light sources

·         Focus range limiter to minimize AF operation time by fixing the focus range to one of three sub-ranges

·         SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains

·         Detachable tripod mounting with a newly designed anti-falling mechanism

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice

 

RICOH IMAGING to exhibit a reference product at CP+2015 camera and imaging show

 

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the exhibition of a reference product - a digital SLR camera currently under development - at CP+ 2015, one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging shows in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 12 to 15 at the PACIFICO Yokohama convention centre in Japan.

Reference Product

Digital SLR camera

Product name: to be decided

?K-mount digital SLR camera with a large, 35mm full-frame image sensor

?Compatible with DA-series interchangeable lenses, using an image-cropping function

?Currently under development for market launch by the end of 2015

Note: The specifications and exterior design of this product are yet to be finalized.

 

 

New HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm lens announced

RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S. is pleased to announce the launch of the HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE, designed for use with PENTAX K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras. This standard zoom lens features a newly developed retractable mechanism for easy storage and outstanding portability, as well as a weather-resistant construction for dependable operation under all conditions.

 

This standard zoom lens has been developed as a compact, easy-to-use everyday lens that meets user demand for a downsized, high-resolution digital SLR imaging system. Thanks to its retractable mechanism - employed for the first time in the PENTAX K-mount lens system - it provides the world's shortest length in the stored position: just 41mm.*  Despite its ultra-compact design which ensures outstanding portability, it also features the PENTAX-original HD Coating, super-low dispersion glass elements and aspherical elements to effectively compensate various aberrations for sharp, high-contrast, well-balanced images. Its built-in DC motor assures smooth, quiet autofocus operation, while its weather-resistant body makes it extremely dependable and durable in demanding outdoor conditions.

* The world's shortest standard zoom lens for use with digital SLR cameras (as of February 1, 2015, based on RICOH IMAGING research)

 

Main Features

 

1. The world's shortest standard zoom lens: This standard zoom lens offers a zoom ratio of approximately 2.8 times to cover wide-angle to standard ranges (for focal lengths equivalent to 27.5mm to 76.5mm in the 35mm format), which are the most frequently used ranges in general photography. Thanks to its new retractable mechanism, it measures a mere 41mm in length in the stored position - the world's shortest for a standard zoom lens - to ensure outstanding portability when combined with today's downsized digital SLR camera body.

 

2. Dependable weather-resistant construction: This lens features a dependable weather-resistant construction with nine special seals to effectively prevent the intrusion of water into the interior. By pairing it with a weather-resistant PENTAX digital SLR camera body, the user is guaranteed  a durable, reliable digital imaging system that performs superbly in demanding shooting settings - even in the rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray.

 

3. Exceptional image rendition to accommodate latest digital SLR cameras: Incorporating super-low dispersion glass elements and aspherical elements in its 11-element/eight-group optics, this lens effectively compensates various aberrations for high-contrast, high-resolution, fine-detailed images with minimal colour bleeding.

 

4. HD Coating to improve image description: This lens is treated with a high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating.* Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this PENTAX-original coating ensures less reflection and higher light transmittance, to deliver bright, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight.

* HD stands for High Definition

 

5. Quick-Shift Focus System: This lens is equipped with the PENTAX-developed Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual-focus operation, even when the camera's AF system is in operation.

 

6. Other features:

SP (Super Protect) Coating applied to the front surface of the lens to effectively repel water and grease

Smooth, quiet autofocus operation, driven by the built-in DC motor

Rounded diaphragm to produce a smooth, beautiful bokeh effect, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources

Low-profile lens hood (included),designed for easy carrying without the need to remove it from the lens for storage

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice

 

RRP: £229.99

New Pentax AF201FG Flash

RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S. is pleased to announce the launch of the AF201FG auto flash unit, designed for use with PENTAX lens-interchangeable digital cameras. This compact, portable unit has a maximum guide number of 20 at ISO 100/m, and features a dustproof, weather-resistant construction to provide solid, dependable operation even under harsh outdoor conditions including rain and mist.

 

Main Features

1. Compact body, with dependable dustproof, weather-resistant design for outdoor shooting: This auto flash unit has a compact, well-balanced body ideal for use with PENTAX K-series digital SLR cameras and the smaller, lighter Q-series lens-interchangeable models. Thanks to 18 seals applied in crucial parts of the body including the hotshoe, it features a highly dependable dustproof, weather-resistant construction. When paired with a dustproof, weather-resistant camera body and lens, it ensures solid performance, even in harsh outdoor conditions such as rain and dust.

 

2. Bounce flash function up to a 135-degree tilt angle: The flash head can be adjusted vertically to 10 different angles (-10, 0, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105, 120 and 135 degrees) for bounce flash operation. By bouncing the flash discharge off the ceiling or wall during indoor shooting, the user can soften the subject's shadow to create more natural, true-to-life portraiture.

 

3. Simplified, dial-access operation: This flash unit features a simplified operating system that lets the user start flash photography instantly by turning the discharge mode dial, which also functions as the ON/OFF switch. In addition to the OFF position, this dial provides a choice of four discharge modes: P-TTL auto flash with leading-curtain synchronisation and P-TTL auto flash with trailing-curtain synchronisation, in both of which the flash's preliminary emission is detected by the camera's light sensor to accurately control the main discharge level for proper exposure; and manual flash with full discharge and manual flash with 1/4-level discharge.

 

4. Other features: Built-in wide-angle panel that slides out to cover 20mm angle of view (in 35mm format)

 

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice

 

RRP: £129.99