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Published: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:10:46 +0000

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2017 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards Winners Announced

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +0000

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The winners of the 2017 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed. More than 20,000 images were submitted by photographers in 129 countries, and entrants from 24 countries received awards.

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Synology DiskStation DS218

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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The Synology DiskStation DS218 is a feature-rich 2-bay NAS that provides media streaming, file sharing, and data backup features in a desktop form factor. The DS218 is also optimised for 10-bit 4K H.265 video transcoding, and retails for £246.55 (inc. VAT) in the UK.

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Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S. Sample Images

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the new Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S. lens, mounted on the equally new Panasonic G9 mirrorless camera.

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Adobe Lightroom December 2017 Update

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +0000

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Adobe have updated the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, including for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, as well as updates to Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw. The new Auto Setting creates a better photo by using Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence to analyse your photo and compare it to tens of thousands of professionally edited photos. The Tone Curve has been added to Lightroom CC on desktop, along with split toning.

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Fixation Now Offers Repair of Bowens Lighting Equipment

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:25:00 +0000

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Photographers using lighting equipment from recently liquidated Bowens International have been thrown a service and repair lifeline by Fixation, who have set up a dedicated team of lighting equipment experts to deal with all Bowens kit repairs and service requirements.

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​PortraitPro Body 2

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:20:00 +0000

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PortraitPro Body 2 is a new standalone full body retouching software and plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. Version 2 of the industry’s first and only dedicated body contouring software offers Warp Fixer controls, Photoshop Smart Filter, Lite Mode and is the fastest and most accurate PortraitPro Body ever.

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Leica Out-Performs Camera Market to Grow by 6%

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +0000

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Leica recorded revenue growth of more than 6% from April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017, bucking the overall downward trend in the global camera market, which declined by around 10 per cent in the same period. Leica's overall revenue figure of almost 400 million euros was achieved by a systematic realignment of the company that has taken place in recent years, including the setting up of an in-house retail distribution division, and a focus on the Chinese market, with plans to open 20 to 30 more stores.

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Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case from Think Tank Photo

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:30:00 +0000

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The Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case from Think Tank Photo is designed to hold cinema-sized tripods, stands, sliders, and/or modifiers up to 40” in height. The well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case provides hard case protection with soft case convenience. The Video Tripod Manager 44 retails for $349.75.

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Honor 7x and Honor View 10 First Impressions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000

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We were at the global launch of the Honor 7x and the Honor View 10 smart phones in London last week. During the event, Honor CEO George Zhao took us through the key features of the two new phones. 

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Honor 7X Sample Images

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000

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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Honor 7X smartphone.

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Honor View 10 Hands-on Photos

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:30:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Honor View 10 smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Honor View 10 smartphone.

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Honor 7X Hands-on Photos

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:25:00 +0000

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Want to see exactly what the new Honor 7X smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Honor 7X smartphone.

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Rotolight AEOS Review

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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The Rotolight AEOS is an ultra-portable, all-in-one bi-colour LED light and HSS flash for both video and photography. Is this the only light that you need for both the studio and on location? Read our in-depth Rotolight AEOS review to find out...

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Memistore Dual Memory Card Holder

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:30:00 +0000

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Memistore is the world's first dual memory card holder that attaches directly to a DSLR or Mirrorless camera's tripod mount or hot shoe.

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Adaptalux Studio EFX Lighting Arms

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:05:00 +0000

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Adaptalux Studio EFX Lighting Arms are a new range of Lighting Arms for the Adaptalux Studio that will be of particular interest to new photographers and UV enthusiasts. Adaptalux EFX Lighting Arms became completely funded in just 4 hours after launch and they are now over 380% funded. Photographers can enjoy a great discount on the EFX Lighting Arms whilst the campaign is live by backing their project.

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Pixedo.com Launches

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000

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Pixedo.com is a new online store with more than 5000 specialised photo and video products available.

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The Nikon European Wedding Collective

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:50:00 +0000

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The Nikon European Wedding Collective is a team of expert wedding photographers and influencers from across Europe who have been handpicked by Nikon to chart present and future wedding trends and wedding photography styles. It will produce an exclusive, ongoing content series which will be hosted on Nikon’s European website and will launch with a focus on wedding traditions. All of the images taken by The Collective will be shot on the new Nikon D850.

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​Kitmapper Online Peer-to-peer Rental Site

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:45:00 +0000

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Kitmapper is an online peer-to-peer rental site for creatives. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, KitMapper has announced this December it will be reducing Lister fees over the winter period from 17.5% to 14% the lowest it has ever been.

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Reflecta Light Pad A4+

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:40:00 +0000

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The reflecta Light Pad A4+ is a new light panel for use with slides and negatives. It features dimmable LED lighting and adjustable color temperature. reflecta’s new Light Pad A4+ is available in late December/early January at a suggested retail price of  $159.99.

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Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage Plus Bag

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:35:00 +0000

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The Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage Plus is a rolling camera bag specifically designed for traveling photographers. The Airport Advantage Pus holds one gripped DSLR with lens attached, one ungripped DSLR with lens attached, plus five to eight additional lenses, and a 17” laptop. Or, it can hold two gripped DSLRs with lenses detached, plus five to seven lenses. For Mirrorless users, the roller can fit two bodies with a crazy amount of lenses. It retails for $289.75.

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Manfrotto 190go! M-series

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:30:00 +0000

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The Manfrotto 190go! M-series is a lightweight tripod for professionals on the move. The 190go! is the lightest and most compact tripod in the 190 range. It features the M-lock mechanism, a new twist lock developed by Manfrotto which enables quicker and easier set up with a single 90° hand rotation movement. The new 190go! M-series is available from £174.95.

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DxO PhotoLab 1.1 Released

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:25:00 +0000

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DxO PhotoLab 1.1 offers an easier-to-use design, the ability to interface with Adobe Lightroom CC Classic, and an improved brush tool.

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Vuze VR Camera on the International Space Station

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:20:00 +0000

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The Vuze VR Camera is now on the International Space Station. It will be used by Expedition 53 astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency to capture VR footage for a new National Geographic series called “One Strange Rock”. The Vuze VR Camera is the world’s first 3D-360 degree virtual reality camera that captures professional quality video combined with 3D audio at an accessible price (£895).

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#12DaysOfNikon Competition on Instagram

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:15:00 +0000

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To help you celebrate Christmas, @nikonschooluk are giving away must-have prizes every day for the next 12 days on Instagram.

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Tenba Solstice Backpacks

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:10:00 +0000

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Tenba Solstice is a new collection of lightweight backpacks for the uncompromising outdoor enthusiast photographer and filmmaker. Solstice Backpacks come in three sizes of 12-, 20- and 24-liter capacities, and in both blue/gray and black colorways. They are available to purchase immediately for suggested retail prices of: 12L $149.95, 20L $169.95 and 24L $199.95.

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Lensrentals and LensProToGo Merge

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:05:00 +0000

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Lensrentals, the leading online photo, video, drone and lighting equipment rental company, has merged with LensProToGo. The two brands have served approximately 300,000 customers since beginning their respective rental businesses.

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Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 IV

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:00:00 +0000

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Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 IV is a new book that shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to accomplish things with the RX10 IV camera. It costs $9.95.

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Canon PIXMA TS305 and PIXMA TS205 Printers

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:40:00 +0000

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The Canon PIXMA TS305 and PIXMA TS205 printers offer affordable and convenient home printing. Ideal for families and students, the compact, stylish printers are easy-to-use and can print 4x6” borderless photos in just 65 seconds. The PIXMA TS205 will be available from January 2018 with an RSP of £39.99/€49.99. The PIXMA TS305 will be available from January 2018 with an RSP of £49.99/€59.99.

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Lifeprint 3x4.5-inch Photo and Video Printer

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:35:00 +0000

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The new Lifeprint 3x4.5-inch photo and video printer is now available exclusively on Apple.com and at Apple stores for $149.99.

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Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:30:00 +0000

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The Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Camera combines high-quality, instant-print color photos with digital conveniences such as color controls, filter effects and Bluetooth connectivity. It features a 10-megapixel camera, 1.7” LCD viewfinder, and is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Available in black, white or yellow, the KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera is available now for $99.99 USD.

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Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 Camcorders

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:25:00 +0000

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The compact and lightweight Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 camcorders all feature a Full HD CMOS sensor and a 20x HD optical zoom lens. The Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 Full HD camcorders are all scheduled to be available at the end of December 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1899.00, $1399.00 and $999.00 respectively.

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Nikon SnapBridge 2.0

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:20:00 +0000

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Nikon has released version 2.0 of SnapBridge, completely overhauling the screen design and menu structure. It also offers new functions, including instructions for connecting to a camera, that make the app easier to use, more intuitive, and enable simpler connection.

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Honor View 10 AI-powered Smartphone

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:15:00 +0000

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The View 10 is Honor’s first AI-powered smartphone available in Western Europe. Retailing for £449.99, the Honor View 10 features a dual-lens camera with 16 MP and 20 MP on the back and 13 MP on the front, F/1.8 wide aperture and 2-in-1 PDAF automatic focusing.

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Create Entertaining Photo Stories with the Free Looparoid App

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:10:00 +0000

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Looparoid is the first app that lets you combine multiple pictures to create unique photo stories that resemble Polaroids to share with your friends and family.

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Primoplan 75 II Lens Launched by Meyer Optik Goerlitz

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:05:00 +0000

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Meyer Optik Goerlitz announced today that it is developing the next generation of the Primoplan 75/1.9, dubbed the the P75 II. Meyer Optik has reduced the lens' minimum focal distance by almost 30% to just 55cm or 1.8 ft, improved image contrast and resolution, and added support for mirrorless medium format cameras such as the Hasselblad XD 1 or Fuji’s GFX 50s.

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Insta360 ONE Android Adapter

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000

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Insta360 have launched the Insta360 ONE Android Adapter, bringing state-of-the-art 360° photo, video and live-streaming to users of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The adapter can be purchased on its own for $29.00 USD, or together with the Insta360 ONE at a limited-time sale price of $298.00 USD.

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Crumpler Bags Now Available in the UK

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000

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Intro 2020 has now been appointed the sole UK distributor of Crumpler photo bags. The Crumpler range  includes small camera pouches, camera straps, a selection of shoulder bags and backpacks in various colours. Suggested retail price start from £19.99 for a camera pouch and rise to £199.00 for the largest backpack.

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Panasonic G9 Review

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

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Panasonic have enjoyed a lot of success with the video-centric GH5 camera, and now they've turned their attention to the enthusiast and professional stills photographer with the release of the exciting new G9. Read our in-depth Panasonic G9 review now to find out more...

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Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. ‘LHSA’ Special Edition Lens

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

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Launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The International Leica Society (LHSA), the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. ‘LHSA’ special edition lens boasts design details from its 1954 predecessor alongside modern, outstanding imaging performance. The ‘LHSA’ lens is available in two colors, the outer brass elements of the lens and the lens hood are finished either in black paint or in silver chrome, and is limited to just 500 units: 300 in black paint finish and 200 in silver chrome. The lens will be available in January 2018 for $9,595.

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These 3 Features on Your Canon Camera Can Help With Your Black and White Photography

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:30:00 +0000

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We take a look at 3 features on your Canon camera that can help with your Black and White photography.

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Fujifilm X-H1 Camera With 24 Megapixels and 1/32,000sec Shutter Speed On the Way?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +0000

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Eagle-eyed website Nokoshita have noticed that a new camera, the Fujifilm X-H1, is listed in the documentation for the new X Pro Studio raw conversion software, which was released earlier today. 

Positioned above the X-T2 (pictured) and the X-Pro2 in the list of cameras supported by X Pro Studio, the new X-H1 also has a couple of key specs mentioned - a 24 megapixel sensor and a top shutter speed of 1/32,000sec.

Fuji Rumors have commented on this and confidently revealed that the X-H1 will have in-body image stabilisation, something that has only been available for Fujifilm mirrorless cameras via lens-based stabilisation, although as the site name suggests, that's only a rumor atm...

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Fujifilm X Raw Studio Released, New Firmware for GFX 50S, X-T2 and X-T20 Cameras

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:15:00 +0000

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Fujifilm X Raw Studio is new conversion software that allows photographers to quickly and easily convert RAW files. X Raw Studio utilizes the connected camera’s X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, allowing for quick and effective conversion without compromising on image quality. Compatible with both Mac and PC systems, it enables batch conversion of a selection of images.

Fujifilm X Raw Studio for Mac is available now, and is set to launch for Windows in February 2018. It is available to users at no cost.

Also available today are Firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T20 X Series cameras and the GFX 50S.

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Phase One Releases Capture One 11

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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Capture One 11 is a major new version of the industry’s premier RAW conversion and image editing software. Capture One 11 has been designed to deliver a significantly faster and smoother experience, offering new, highly responsive tools, workflow enhancements and a finely tuned processing engine.

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32-inch Philips 328P6AUBREB Monitor Offers High Dynamic Range and 99% Adobe RGB Coverage

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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The 32-inch Philips 328P6AUBREB monitor delivers great image quality and one-cable docking for enhanced productivity and effortless convenience. HDR technology ensures exceptional brightness and contrast, as well as a rich palette of captivating new colours never before seen on a display. With 99% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB (CIE 1973), the 328P6AUBREB offers professional colour standards. The Philips 328P6AUBREB P-line display, with an RRP of £439, will be available in January 2018.

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Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Fluid Video Head

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:00 +0000

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The Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Fluid Video Head combines Manfrotto’s highly successful Professional Video Head features with the latest generation, unique-to-market Nitrogen piston mechanism. The new N12 Fluid Video Head guarantees continuous counterbalance and is the perfect solution for today’s trend in increasingly smaller camera body sizes, with a variety of accessories attached.

The Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 is available at £599.95. Kits start at £1099.95.

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Hasselblad Store Opens for Business

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0000

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Hasselblad’s new online store is now open in the USA, China, UK, Germany and France. During the opening week of the online store, customers will be eligible to receive a five percent (5%) discount on the award winning X1D and the XCD 45mm and 90mm lenses. In addition, for every customer purchasing an H6D-50c or H6D-100c camera, an H System Camera Hard Case will be included. This offer will end on December 7th, 2017. The online store follows closely behind the new Hasselblad website and the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ program that was launched earlier in November.

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DxO ONE for Android Now Available

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:30:00 +0000

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The professional-quality camera for smartphones DxO ONE is now available for Android. The DxO ONE Android is equipped with a Type-C USB connector and is currently compatible with 13 Android devices. The DxO ONE’s essential features are now available for Android, including photo and video capabilities in all modes (auto, scene, semi-auto, and manual), related shooting settings (aperture, sensitivity, exposure time, exposure compensation, etc.), and Direct Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. Lens Costs $12,795

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. lens opens up entirely new opportunities in portrait and close-up photography. The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at the beginning of 2018 for $12,795 / £10,250 (incl. VAT).

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Zoner Photo Studio X Adds Support for HEIF Files

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +0000

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Zoner Photo Studio X has added support for HEIF files from the latest iPhones, making it the first software in the world to offer a solution for reading and writing this format on Windows. Zoner Photo Studio X can be purchased as a one-year subscription license for $49.

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Review

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM is a brand new short telephoto prime lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Retailing for £1569 / $1599, read our in-depth Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM review to find out if this is the best 85mm lens for Canon users.

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