Tiffen Release Upgrade For Dfx Digital Filter Suite

Tiffen has announced the release of version 4 of the multiple award-winning Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite.

Version 4 adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry.

The Tiffen Dfx 4 upgrade also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, a dramatic speed increase in GPU acceleration, state-of-the-art floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow, and vivid Retina display support for Mac.

Dfx is the only plug-in package that replicates award-winning Tiffen optical filtering, Rosco and Gam gobos and gels, plus hundreds of photographic film stocks.

Tiffen Dfx 4 supports the newly released Adobe® Creative Cloud 2014.

Tiffen Dfx 4 film/video plug-in is available for 499.95 USD. One Dfx video plug-in will run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Apple Motion 5, and Avid Editing Systems 64 bit, if installed and activated on the same machine.

Tiffen Dfx 4 photo plug-in is available today for 149.99 USD. One Dfx photo plug-in license will run in Adobe Photoshop/Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture if installed and activated on same machine.

The standalone version of Tiffen Dfx 4 is available today for 129.99 USD. This still image workflow is for Jpegs, Tiff and RAW files. It works as an independent software and does not require host software.

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

Adobe Release Lightroom And DNG Converter Updates

Adobe has announced updates for Lightroom and DNG Converter.

The following bugs were corrected in Lightroom 5.7:

  • The crop overlay displayed an intermediate step when progressing through images in the filmstrip with overlay displayed.
  • The lens profile for the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 would not auto-select when using Lens Profile Corrections.
  • ICC profiles resulted in incorrectly clipped shadows and blacks in Lightroom.  Note that this is related to the issue identified here and only occurs on Mac OSX 10.9 and later
  • Fixed crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improved quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
  • (http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_5_icc_profiles_clipped_shadows_under_osx)
  • Context menu (right click on PC or control+click on Mac) was disabled for images contained in Lightroom mobile collections.
  • Fixed issue that prevented Lightroom 5 from reading Photoshop Elements 13 libraries.
  • Cover images set by Lightroom mobile were sometimes incorrectly reset by Lightroom desktop.
  • Sync with Lightroom mobile sometimes stalled when asset is added to same album on both LrM and LrD and later deleted
  • Resolved issue that caused Lightroom to crash when creating a Print and saving it to a mounted DVD directly inside Lightroom.
  • Publishing images to Behance using the Behance Publish Service has been restored.

For more information and to download the updates, take a look at the Lightroom and DNG Converter pages.

New Mitros TTL Flash Units From Phottix

Phottix announces the worldwide introduction of two new Mitros TTL Flash units for use with the proprietary Sony multi-interface hotshoe. Following more than three years in development, the two new Phottix flash units not only fit the multi-interface hotshoe found on newer Sony cameras but electronics in the flash units readily communicate with the cameras’ own expanded capabilities to operate as one smooth system.

Both models feature a guide number of 58, full TTL functionality as well as manual and multi modes, Auto/Manual Flash Head Zoom with 180 degree rotation and 97 degree tilt, High Speed Sync and Rear Curtain Sync, Manual and bracketed Flash Exposure Compensation, and a Quick Flash Mode: with 0.1-2.5 second recharge times and much more including a USB port for future firmware upgrades and a 3.5mm sync port.

The new Phottix Mitros is now available for $299 (USD) and the Mitros+ is also now available for $399 (USD). For more information take a look at the Phottix website.

Phase One Alpha Series Mirrorless Cameras

A new series of cameras from Phase One using mirrorless technology has been announced.

The A series consists of three cameras of 50 megapixels, 60 megapixels and 80 megapixels. They are medium format and harness the power of mirrorless technology. The image above is of an internal prototype, and not the finished product.

The cameras have Rodenstock optics and ALPA bodies, and are the first digital medium format camera systems that don’t use a mirror in a much smaller body.

Further information is due to be announced in December, but it’s thought that you’ll be able to use previous digital backs with them without problems.

Kingston Doubles Capacities On SD Cards

Kingston Digital Europe have announced capacity upgrades for both the Class 10 UHS-I Micro-SD and the Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC cards.

The SDHC/SDXC cards are now available in a 256GB capacity, giving users more space for full 1080p HD video and 3D without having to switch cards. The cards also feature read speeds of 90MB per second and write speeds of 45MB per second.

Micro SD cards are now available in 128GB capacities, allowing users to store more on their mobile phones and tablets.

Kingston Class 10 UHS-I microSDHC/SDXC Features and Specifications:

  • Versatile: when combined with the adapter, can be used as a full-size SDHC/SDXC card
  • Compliant: with SD Card Association specification
  • Compatible: with microSDHC & microSDXC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices/readers;
  • microSDXC cards are not compatible with microSDHC- enabled devices/readers
  • Warranty/support: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities*: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • High-Speed Class Rating**:
  • Class 10 UHS-I: 10MB/s minimum data transfer rate
  • microSDHC/SDXC Card Dimensions: 11mm x 15mm x 1mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C

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

Lastolite Launch New Light Kit

Lastolite has introduced a compact and simple to use creative light modifying system for battery operated flash guns.

The Strobo Kits are available in various kit configurations using two different flash gun attachment methods, one which fits directly onto a flashgun and the other which utilises the Ezybox Hotshoe Plate.

Each version incorporates magnetic connection points which allow a range of accessories to snap into place in front of the flashgun. The range of modifiers include honeycombs, gels, gobos, a snoot and barn doors. The modifiers can be used individually or in combination with each other.

The range of Strobo accessories includes the below:

  • Strobo Kit with Ezybox HotShoe Plate -£107.95
  • Strobo Kit Direct to Flashgun – £92.95
  • Strobo Barn Door Accessory Kit for Ezybox Hot Shoe Plate – £45.95
  • Strobo Start Accessory Kit for Ezybox Hot Shoe Plate – £56.95
  • Strobo Collapsible Snoot -£24.95
  • Strobo Gel Start Kit – £35.95
  • Strobo Honeycomb Starter Kit – £30.95
  • Strobo Ezybox HotShoe Plate Adaptor  – £24.95
  • Strobo Gobo – £76.95
  • Gobo Set Architectural/Nature Set – £36.95
  • Strobo Direct to Flashgun Bracket – £24.95
  • Barn Doors for Strobo – £24.95
  • Beautybox Softbox – £102.95
  • Honeycomb Set 9mm and 6mm – £37.95
  • Gel Set – £14.95
  • Gel Holder Set (x2) – £30.95

For more information on the Strobo kits and range of accessories, visit the Lastolite website.

Nikon Announce Df Gold Limited Edition

Nikon Japan are releasing a special edition of the Nikon Df, the Gold Edition, which will be limited to 1600 units, and available from December 2014. The kit comes with a Nikon AR-11G shutter release button, shown below. The camera will be available for 330,000 Yen (£1,814 at current exchange rates) with a Gold version of the 50mm f/1.8 lens, or body only for 310,000 Yen (£1,704).

Nikon Df Key Features:

  • 16.2mp FX full-frame CMOS sensor (from Nikon D4)
  • F-mount, non-Ai and Ai lenses
  • 3.2inch screen, 921k dot reinforced glass screen
  • ISO100-12800, extends to 50-204800
  • Exposure compensation dial, ISO control dial, drive mode dial
  • 5.5fps continuous shooting, 150,000 cycles, 30s – 1/4000 shutter speed
  • Quiet shutter release mode
  • 39 focus points,9 cross-type, -1EV, f/8 compatible
  • Expeed 3 image processing
  • PASM dial (top, right)
  • Shutter speed dial, 1/3 step setting lets you set the shutter speed using the rear dial
  • Weather sealed to same level as D800/D800E
  • 1400 shots per charge EN-EL14a (single frame mode)
  • Magnesium alloy used for top, rear and bottom
  • 100% pentaprism viewfinder, same as D4/D800
  • HDMI out supported
  • Compatible with WU-1a (wireless), WR-1, WR-R10 (radio remote)


November Image Competition Is Underway

The November Image Competition is underway with prizes from The Print Foundy and The NPS up for grabs.

If you’ve not already entered an image then why not go and do it now?  It’s free to enter and open to both members and non-members alike.

Enter here

October Image Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the October Image Competition – details can be found here

Competition Results Out Later Today

October competition results are out later this afternoon – good luck to everyone who entered!