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tilt-shift bookKeith’s book about using tilt/shift lenses is now available.

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  • Hasselblad XH Converter 0,8Hasselblad XH Converter 0,8Hasselblad XH Converter 0,8 announced, for attaching HC/HCD lenses to X or 907X with 0.8x focal reducer. It increases lens maximum aperture by ~2/3 stop
  • Laowa 15mm shift lensLaowa 15mm shift lensVenus Lens announce the Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift lens. The widest full frame shift lens available, part of their Zero Distortion range. Available in Canon EF and Nikon F mount
  • Canon PRO-200 printer announcedCanon PRO-200 printer announcedCanon Pixma PRO-200 printer is announced. The A3+ 13" printer uses a dye based ink set with 8 inks, with enhanced colour and black density. It replaces the PRO-100 printer
  • DxO PhotoLab 4 announcedDxO PhotoLab 4 announcedDxO have announced PhotoLab 4 the latest version of their photo editing software, which in itself succeeded DxO Optics Pro. The new software improves many aspects of RAW file decoding and noise reduction
  • EOS M50 mkIIEOS M50 mkIIInformation, reviews, news and firmware updates for the Canon EOS M50 Mk2 24MP mirrorless camera with EF-M lens mount. 4k (24P) video

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Videos

  • So, you want to sell your prints?So, you want to sell your prints?Keith is often asked where to sell photo prints. Is this really the key question you should be asking? Do you know will buy them and what they want? First of a series of videos looking at what to do with your prints (6m 30s)
  • Video: Rogeti 360 Panoramic HeadVideo: Rogeti 360 Panoramic HeadKeith looks at the Rogeti 360 Panoramic Head. A light weight (~760g) panoramic photography tripod head for multi-shot pano photography. Shown with a fisheye lens and using a TSE Frame to fit Canon TS-E 17/24/50mm lenses (11m)
  • Video: Printing to improve your photographyVideo: Printing to improve your photographyKeith looks at printing your own photos, and how it can improve all of your photography skills. The basics of starting to print, including getting print that look more like what you are seeing on screen and what papers to start with(10m 30s)
  • Video: Canon PRO-200 printer review overviewVideo: Canon PRO-200 printer review overviewReview overview of the Canon PRO-200 A3+ (13") dye based ink printer by Keith Cooper. Successor to the PRO-100. Looking at the main features of the printer (14 mins)
  • Video: Panoramic printing PRO-200Video: Panoramic printing  PRO-200Video: Printing panoramic prints up to 1m length on the Canon Pixma PRO-200 printer. Using standard and custom paper sizes with the Canon PPL software, includes soft proofing (12m 40s)
  • Video: Printing on fine art media with the PRO-200Video: Printing on fine art media with the PRO-200Video: printing fine art media up to A3+ (13" x 19") in colour and B&W on the Canon PRO-200 printer. Canon PPL software, incl. soft proofing and borderless (13m)
  • Video: An A3+ glossy borderless print on the PRO-200Video: An A3+ glossy borderless print on the PRO-200Printing an A3+ (13" x 19") borderless glossy print with the Canon PRO-200 printer. Using the free Canon PPL software, it includes a look at soft proofing to pick the best rendering intent for a colour profile. (7m 30s)

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  • Rogeti 360 Panoramic head reviewRogeti 360 Panoramic head reviewKeith Cooper looks a the Rogeti 360 panoramic head. The solidly built head is lightweight (~760g) and enables multi-row panoramic shots to be taken with ease
  • Canon PRO-200 printer reviewCanon PRO-200 printer reviewDetailed Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer review. Keith tests the PRO-300 pigment ink printer with a range of glossy and fine-art media, including panoramic prints up to 990mm (~39") long
  • Black and white printing with the PRO-200Black and white printing with the PRO-200Printing black and white on the Canon PRO-200 A3+ dye based ink printer. Addressing the problem of colour tints under different lighting. Different types of paper and optimising the reproduction of your photos.
  • Canon PRO-200 setupCanon PRO-200 setupSetting up the Canon Pixma PRO-200 13" A3+ printer. Unboxing, ink and printhead loading with initial printer software setup. How to get the PRO-200 (PRO-100 replacement) up and running.
  • Review: Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift lensReview:  Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift lensKeith Cooper reviews the Laowa 15mm f4.5 Zero-D Shift lens. Fully manual lens with ±11mm of shift in any direction. The lens is available in Nikon/Canon/Sony mounts. The Canon mount option is tested here.
  • Epson SC-P900 printer reviewEpson SC-P900 printer reviewDetailed review of the Epson SC-P900 17" (A2) pigment ink printer with sheet feed and optional powered roll paper holder. It has 10 inks and no matte/photo black ink switching
  • XTAR VN2 USB camera battery chargerXTAR VN2 USB camera battery chargerXTAR VN2 USB camera battery charger comes with several optional battery mounts allowing for charging 2 batteries at a time
  • Roll paper printing tipsRoll paper printing tipsUsing roll paper for your printing Some tips if you're new to roll media Site update: Thanks for everyone's support - work is still very sparse, but at least I've lots of videos, articles and reviews to write - if you've any suggestions or questions,...
  • Setting up the P900 roll paper unitSetting up the P900 roll paper unitInstallation and setup for the Epson P900 printer roll paper unit option. The powered rear paper holder allows the use of roll paper at up to 17" width on the P900 A2/17" printer

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More photo news…

  • Nikon Z6 II and Z7 IINikon Z6 II and Z7 IINikon have announced Z6 II and Z7 II full frame (FX) cameras. The updates for the Z6/Z7 mirrorless cameras improve performance and add 2nd card slots.
  • EOS C70 4K video camera announcedEOS C70 4K video camera announcedCanon have announced the EOS C70 4K video camera - The device is the first R mount Cinema EOS camera with a Super 35m format sensor giving 16+ Stops of Total Dynamic Range
  • New L mount Laowa lensesNew L mount Laowa lensesLaowa have announced 'L' mount versions of six of their lenses. 3 wide angle lenses and 3 macro lenses for Panasonic S1 series , Sigma FP and Leica SL/CL. Keith has reviews of the EF mount versions of several of them.
  • Nikon Z5 announcedNikon Z5 announcedNikon anounces the Z5, a 24MP full frame mirrorless camera. Entry level full frame camera along with the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens
  • Four new Canon RF lensesFour new Canon RF lensesFour new Canon RF lenses and two RF Extender are announced. 100-500 f/4.5-7.1, 600/11mm, 800/11mm, 85 f/2mm macro, RF1.4x, RF 2x
  • EOS R5 and R6 announcedEOS R5 and R6 announcedCanon officially announce the R6 and R5 mirrorless full frame cameras. The R6 is 20MP and the R5 45MP with 8k video capture
  • Canon PRO-300 printer announcedCanon PRO-300 printer announcedCanon have announced the A3+ ImagePROGRAF PRO-300 13" pigment ink desktop printer. The successor to the PIXMA PRO-10S. Uses 10 inks including a colour optimising clearcoat
  • Tokina ATX-i 11-20mm f2-8 CFTokina ATX-i 11-20mm f2-8 CFTokina have announced the new ATX-i 11-20mm f/2.8 CF APS-C (crop sensor) ultra-wide zoom lens for Canon EF and Nikon F lens mounts
  • DxO Nik Collection 3 announcedDxO Nik Collection 3 announcedThe DxO Nik collection 3 announced - Software for image editing updated to include non-destructive editing functionality and a new geometry correction plugin is added to the existing plugins
  • SD Express updates card speedsSD Express updates card speedsSD Cards have a new SD Express standard for faster transfers. The SD Cards are backwards compatible with existing cards, using new interface pins
  • DxO PhotoLab 3.2 updateDxO PhotoLab 3.2 updateDxO PhotoLab is updated to V3.2. It expands localised adjustments when photo editing and improves photo library functionality - free update for V3 users
  • Epson P700 and P900 printers announcedEpson P700 and P900 printers announcedEpson UK announce the SureColor SC-P700 and SC- P900 printers, replacements for the 13" (A3+) Epson P600 and 17" (A2) Epson P800. Both have new designs for roll paper support and no black ink switching

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Site update: Thanks for everyone's support - work is still very sparse, but at least I've lots of videos, articles and reviews to write - if you've any suggestions or questions, please just let me know - Keith & Karen
...Get our Newsletter for new articles/reviews and why not visit Keith's YouTube Channel
...My book about how to use tilt/shift lenses is now available.