Lensbaby announced the availability of its third Creative Effects SLR camera lens, the Control Freak. The Control Freak joins the Composer and the Muse in the Lensbaby lens line-up. The Control Freak is the new evolution of the Lensbaby 3G, and is optimized for macro photography with extensive focus control. The Control Freak is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap system.
Sekonic announces the availability of the new L-308DC DigiCineMate – a simple and easy-to-use compact light meter that is ideal for today's DSLR videographers and digital cinematographers as well as still photographers. It features a full range of shutter speeds plus a special grouping of cine speeds and shutter angles and indicates exposure in f-stops to one-tenth step. The unit’s LCD readout can be customized to display only specific functions needed for the task at hand for fast, easy operation
Version 5.0 firmware for PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 brings the very latest features to both new and current PocketWizard owners. It offers two important features for Canon DSLR photographers. Its unique Rear Curtain Sync automatically engages to delay flash until the absolute end of the exposure with either on-camera or remote Canon speedlights as well as flashes triggered by standard PocketWizard radios or any studio flash with built-in PocketWizard receiver. Exclusive Pre-Flash Boost automatically increases preflash power to provide enhanced and more stable E-TTL performance for bounce flash, when using flash diffusers and for flash fill in bright daylight conditions.
WD (NYSE: WDC) introduced its new high performance My Book Studio LX external hard drive, which offers a high-speed FireWire 800 interface and features a sleek new, cool-to-the-touch aluminum case that complements any iMac, G5 or MacBook Pro. The award-winning, book-like design, with its customizable, always-on digital e-label, allows creative professionals to easily archive and find photos and videos from different projects and time periods, even when the drives are unplugged.
Bower has partnered with Cisco under the “Designed for Flip” program to launch a .45x Wide Angle Magnetic Lens. The lens will enable the videographer to take video shots with a much wider and panoramic view to capture scenes that were unable to be captured before. The lens is simple to use and easy to attach. The lens comes with a sturdy magnetic design specially designed to fit all Flip cameras. Bower has manufactured the lens with high quality Japanese optics.
When Sigmund Freud wrote that the Uncanny (in German ‘Unheimlich’) was everything that ought to have remained hidden, but has come to light, it is tempting to imagine he had in the back of his mind the concealed (‘Geheim’) cameras that were in fashion during his early days in Vienna. Eighty years before subminiature ‘spy’ cameras became part of the Cold War secret agent’s kit, manufacturers in France and Germany were already experimenting with devices disguised as everyday domestic objects: books, binoculars, articles of clothing and, more surprisingly, revolvers.
Image Engineering, one of the leading global companies for the development of measuring processes for digital imaging, has come up with a special highlight for the upcoming photokina 2010. With the help of the first-ever living test chart, visitors to the leading global trade fair for imaging, which will be held from September 21 to 26, can bring along their cameras or camera-equipped cell phones to the Boulevard in the trade fair halls and have them tested free of charge. This attention-getting activity is supported by Koelnmesse as the organizer of photokina and by other sponsors including CHIP Foto Video, Foto Gregor, and the image services provider Viabild.
Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, has released its latest version 8.6.66 – with support for importing scans directly into Photoshop – allowing for faster, more convenient image importing directly from the scanner.