Leef PRO Micro SD And SD Cards

Leef has announced the launch of its PRO Cards, a high-performance line of microSD and SD memory cards, both using the UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) technology.

Developed with a processing speed of 300X, about four times faster than standard cards,­ Leef PRO Cards read and write data up to 45 MB/s (megabytes per second) in 4-bit transfer mode.

The cards are brilliant white, a stark contrast to the traditional black cards used by most manufacturers. Leef PRO Cards utilize Leef’s PrimeGrade Memory. PrimeGrade Memory consists of 100% functional memory die-sealed into a thermoplastic casing, making it waterproof and shock resistant to protect data from life’s accidents. This also helps deliver a consistent, rapid data stream rate and ensures reliable, high-speed storage.

Other features include:

  • Optimization – Leef PRO is optimized for the latest generation of devices, including Android smartphones and tablets and sport and action HD camcorders.
  • SD Adapter – Each Leef PRO microSD memory card includes an adapter for compatibility with SD slots.

Leef PRO microSD cards come with a microSD to SD adapter and are available for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for the 16GB model, $44.99 for the 32GB model and $84.99 for the 64GB model.

Leef PRO cards come with a 5 year limited warranty and are available for pre-order purchase at the Leef website. They will become available on Amazon in January 2014.

SLR Magic 17mm T/1.6 Cine Lens

SLR Magic is pleased to announce the 17mm T/1.6 Cine Lens, the latest addition to the popular Cine portfolio which now includes several lenses.

Designed exclusively for the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount, it offers a 34mm focal length in 35mm format equivalency. Like all the Cine lenses the 17mm has an ultra fast maximum aperture. At T/1.6 it is ideal for low-light photography and cinematography. For cinematographers in particular this lens has integrated aperture and focus gearing and a silent, de-clicked aperture ring.

The SLR Magic 17mm T/1.6 CINE lens will be available from resellers at the end of December 2013, pricing to be confirmed nearer to release date.

Furthermore the 17mm T/1.6 cine lens will also be bundled with the popular 35mm T/1.4 II cine lens for a limited time, at a special promotion price.

For more information, take a look at the SLR Magic website.

Kipon HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens Announced

Kipon has announced the new manual focus HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 compact system camera lens for Micro Four Thirds, Sony NEX mount, Fujifilm X mount and Canon EOS M lens mounts. The lens is due to be on sale from Feb 25th 2014 in Europe, North America, Japan, and Russia.

The IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 lens gives a 60mm equivalent on Fujifilm X and Sony NEX (APS-C) cameras, 64mm equivalent on Canon EOS M cameras, and 80mm equivalent on Micro Four Thirds camera. The lens features 10 elements in 8 groups with a 10 blade aperture, and measures 128mm in length, with a 74mm diameter and 67mm filter thread. The lens weighs a whopping 1.2kg and will cost in the region of 2000 US Dollars.

Eye-Fi Mobi Direct Camera To Phone Transfer Of Images

Eye-Fi has introduced the Eye-Fi Mobi wireless memory card.

Eye-Fi Mobi adds the convenience and the connectivity of mobile devices to high quality digital photography. Photos and videos can now be transferred quickly, easily and wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, making them immediately available for sharing with the rest of the world via social media or email.

Eye-Fi Mobi’s key features:

  • Setup simply and instantly: Mobi has the simplest Eye-Fi card setup yet – no computer, no account and no cloud. Just download the free Eye-Fi app for iOS or Android, enter the Mobi card’s unique 10-digit code, and the mobile device is paired. Use the same code to pair as many mobile devices as needed.
  • Share real-time: High-resolution photos and videos instantly transfer from camera to a device’s photo roll/gallery. From there, edit and share with favorite apps.
  • Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no WiFi network, hotspot or internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi literally moves photos from camera to devices anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
  • Works with the devices users already own (and love): Mobi works with thousands of cameras.
  • Eye-Fi Connected: Many manufacturers have integrated the software support for the Eye-Fi technology into their cameras.
  • Free Eye-Fi App: For iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, including the Kindle Fire.
  • Backup automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they’re taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on the mobile device.
  • Achieve lightning fast quality: Mobi reinforces Eye-Fi’s commitment to provide exceptional performance in SD memory – HD video, low light and fast action shots are easily captured with this high-performance card.

The Mobi card will retail for £41.99 for the 8GB card, £51.99 for the 16GB card, and £71.99 for the 32GB card. It will be available through Amazon and the Eye-Fi website, amongst other retailers.  For more information about Eye-Fi WiFi cards please visit the Eye-Fi website.

Park Cameras – new London camera store opens.

Park Cameras have launched a new store in the heart of the west end of London. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from either Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube stations and can be found at 53-54 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JR. The store spans across over 4,000 square feet purely dedicated to photography. The store is so large in fact, it even has its own postcode!

Roscoe Atkins, MD at Park Cameras, said, “It’s been a lot of hard work and late nights for our team to open the store in time for Christmas but we’re really pleased we’re now open and ready to serve London. Our objective was simple: to create the best camera store in London – so we listened to our customers for what they wanted and we hope that we’ve successfully implemented their thoughts and ideas. We are now open so please do come along to meet the new team and take advantage of our opening week offers. Please also watch this space, as there are more exciting plans that we have in store for the future!”

For more info visit their website at www.parkcameras.com

DxO updates FilmPack to version 4.5

DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO FilmPack v4.5, an update of its famous analog film simulation software.

DxO FilmPack v4.5 offers two new legendary film renderings, provides new creative looks, and improves its palette of special effects so as to let photographers give their images an even more unique style, whether in colour or in black & white.

DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all of the characteristics of famous films that have made photo history, along with many original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects. All of these film renderings and effects can be infinitely combined and customized for unlimited creativity.

Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.5 can be used under one license as both a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop
Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro.

DxO FilmPack v4.5 enhances its selection of film renderings with two new films: the legendary Agfa Scala
200x, a now-discontinued black & white slide film that offers an extraordinarily nuanced palette, exceptional patterning, and a high level of detail, and the luminous Kodak Ektar 100, an ultra-vivid color-negative film with very fine grain.

DxO FilmPack v4.5 provides six new Designer presets (Expert edition), two of which are also included in the Essential edition. These presets combine intensity of grain, contrast and saturation, color filtering, texture and framing, to give photos a unique atmosphere.

DxO FilmPack v4.5 is available as a plug-in for DxO Optics Pro starting with version v9.1 (likewise available). Users of DxO Optics Pro 8 will need to update their software to v8.5 to be able to take advantage of all of DxO FilmPack v4.5’s features.

Both the Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v4.5 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price until 25 December 2013:

Essential Edition: £39 instead of £59
Expert Edition: £79 instead of £99

For more information, take a look at the DxO Labs website.

DxO has launched Optics Pro v9.1

DxO has launched Optics Pro v9.1, which adds support for 8 additional cameras.

DxO Optics Pro v9.1 enhances its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology that restores the finest details in images even at the very highest sensitivities; provides support for eight new cameras; integrates the features of new DxO FilmPack v4.5 in plugin mode; and includes a new Export to Facebook option.

DxO Optics Pro v9.1’s PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) technology has been enhanced to obtain an even more detailed rendering, particularly at high ISO. Textures and details are better preserved, and noise is eliminated more efficiently.

DxO Optics Pro v9.1 supports the following eight new cameras: the Sony Alpha 7R (Elite edition only) and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Elite edition only); the Nikon D5300, the Pentax K-500, the Canon PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120, the Panasonic Lumix GX-7, and the Sony NEX-5T.

DxO Optics Pro v9.1 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: nearly 500 new camera/lens combinations round out the library, which now contains more than 16,000 available modules.

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 9 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price until 25 December 2013:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: £79 instead of £119
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: £159 instead of £239 (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

For more information, take a look at the DxO website.

MagMod – Magnetic Speedlite Modifiers for Hot-Shoe Flashes

If you haven’t heard the buzz already then go take a look at MagMod  – http://magnetmod.com

This revolutionary speed light modification system is going to change the game when it launches soon.

Go take a look at their website for more information.