Leaf Credo Just Got Faster

With Mamiya Leaf’s release of new firmware for its Credo backs and Mamiya 645DF+ cameras, they have taken a giant step forward in enabling the use of USB 3.0. The new Firmware Updater utility also simplifies the updating of firmware in the camera and the digital back, making future updates a simple task. Also new…

SLR > DSLR > DSLM

The direction many consumers are going is to opt for cameras that are small and light. In other words, cameras that you can shove in your pocket or purse, cameras that you actually use, not the heavy cameras that you think you need. The mirrorless style is quickly being adopted by many pros as their…

Goodbye Neopan 400 and more…

Fujifilm announces discontinuations In acknowledgment to recent speculation surrounding film discontinuations, Fujifilm Professional has confirmed that a number of its films have ceased production. The affected films are: 1. Fujifilm Neopan 400 35mm black and white film 2. Fujichrome Provia 400X 35mm and 120 colour transparency film 3. Fujifilm Superia 400 120 medium format colour negative…

World’s Smallest Full Page Color Scanner

PlanOn System Solutions Inc. www.planon.com, the world leader in scanning and printing solutions for the mobile professional, announced today the ScanStik SK600V, the world’s smallest full page color scanner, now with VoiceNotes and Bluetooth connectivity to send scans with voice recordings to Bluetooth phones and tablets or computers with the included USB cable.  Pen-sized, fast and easy to use, ScanStik SK600V is…

Moving up from DSLR

I read an interesting account of why Mike Evans, a commercial photographer  moved to medium format…. Last year, after a long career using digital SLR cameras, commercial photographer Mike Evans made the change from 35mm to a Phase One medium format camera system. Mike didn’t feel he got the quality he needed for his jobs with…

Transcend Introduces New Solid State Drive

Transcend Information, Inc. has just introduced the HSD740 half-slim SATA III 6Gb/s solid state drive (SSD). Featuring the latest SATA specification, Transcend’s HSD740 SATA III half-slim SSD delivers peak performance in industrial grade standards, yet offers significantly smaller dimensions and superior long-term reliability than 2.5” form factor hard disk drives. SSD Performance and Applications Transcend’s…

Creative Cloud or…?

With Adobe’s change in Adobe CS, some people have wondered about alternative software. Adobe makes an excellent product and CS has been the industry standard. The question is, will their domination continue given their change in how CS is acquired. We will review various products and comment on how useful they might be for professional…

14 Megapixel, 2 Second Scanner for Film Users

Reflecta launches 14 megapixel, two second scanner for film users Kenro has announced the launch of the x7 Film Scanner, capable of producing 14 megapixel images at 3200dpi in just two seconds, to be added to Reflecta’s cutting-edge range of digitization products. Using the scanner, traditional film shooters can create a digital darkroom of their…

WHAT??

Kidz Gear www.GearForKidz.com, the award-winning Grown-up Performance, Built for Kids! brand, announced today that it has been named a 2013 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Gold winner, recognized for its KidzControl Volume Limit Headphones. NAPPA’s independent, expert judges and parent testers evaluated hundreds of submissions for their innovation, safety, quality and the degree to which…

The Perfect Tripod?

The perfect tripod is rugged, offers rock solid stability, is compact, light, extends very high and can be made to shoot almost at ground level. It has to have a head that allows unrestricted movements and smooth operation. The legs have to open in an instant and close just as fast. The perfect tripod does…

End of an Era

Hasselblad is to cease production of its 503CW model – the last V System camera in the company’s portfolio. The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line. Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: “Everything has its place in…

Panasonic Introduces Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic announced the new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless LUMIX DMC-G6 (G6) that captures high quality photos and Full HD videos. With the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere with one-touch, which makes sharing images much easier. It is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet…

Slides in your Attic?

Reflcta is now making a slide duplicator to enable you to digitize those slides sitting in your attic. Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor for Reflecta, the German manufacturer of cutting-edge digitization products, has announced the launch of a fast and inexpensive way to breathe new life into old slides. Their new Digital Slide Duplicator…

Fuji Adds XF55-200 mm X Lens

Fuji just announced that it will be adding another lens to their popular X series lineup of lenses. The X series of cameras is becoming popular with both amateurs and professionals looking for a high-quality camera for personal shooting. Along with this announcement comes an update to the camera’s firmware to increase auto focus performance of the X-Pro1…

X-Trans CMOS and Lightroom and ACR

X-Trans CMOS is a new type of sensor filter array developed by FUJIFILM to improve image quality. The release of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 offers significant improvements in the processing of X-Trans raw files for the X100S, X20, X-Pro1 and X-E1, resulting in better Moire reduction and enhanced performance in…

Introduction of Nissin Di700 Flash Gun

Kenro, the official UK distributors of Nissin Flash Guns, gave Focus visitors a first-look at the Nissin Di700, a new second-generation advanced flash gun, ahead of its official UK launch in the coming months. The new enhanced flash gun comes with a range of innovative functions all designed with the photographer?s needs in mind. The…

30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

The editors of Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning publication for professional photographers, have announced their annual list of the top 30 emerging photographers for 2013. Selected from more than 300 photographers from around the world, this year’s recipients represent 12 nationalities and every genre of photography. Selections of their work, along with their profiles,…

Eyeist Uses Cloud-Based Technology for Real-Time Consultations

New Portfolio Review Process Giving Photographers Access To Influential Experts From Anywhere In The World Eyeist (http://www.eyeist.com), a Los Angeles-based creative consortium, has developed the world’s first Web-based photography review service that facilitates the delivery of expert feedback and career guidance from leading photo industry professionals to photographers at all levels, and in all locales globally.…

Pope approves atheism; Christianity ends

I read this title, Pope approves atheism; Christianity ends and thought that it was probably the most misleading headline I have ever seen. You can read the full article at http://dailyslog.israelihumor.com/2013/09/14/pope-approves-atheism-christianity-ends/ I actually like reading the Daily Slog. It is funny, biting and timely. But if you read a headline that blares out: Pope approves atheism;…

Digitize your analog music

Reflecta, the respected German manufacturer of cutting-edge digitization products, has launched a new fast and simple way to convert old analogue files into digital data. With the help of new Reflecta DigiAll-Audio Recorder device, you will be able to quickly and easily digitize those treasured records and cassettes and turn them into high-quality, digital files which can then be…