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  • Rokinon/Samyang 14mm and 85mm rokinon/samyang 14 and 85rfRokinon/Samyang have announced two new manual focus lenses for the Canon RF mount. The lenses are 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4
  • Topaz Gigapixel AI updated to V4 topaz-AI-gigapixelTopaz have updated their Gigapixel AI resizing software to V4. The new version offers improved speed and image quality with improved resizing and workflow. Free update for existing users (Free 30 day trial and reduced price for new until April 5th)
  • DxO PhotoLab 2.2 update dxo photoLabDxO PhotoLab V2.2 image editing software update improves functionality and adds new image management tools. Includes Nikon Z6 and EOS R
  • Three new Tamron lenses announced Tamron-announces-the-development-of-three-new-lensesTamron have announced three new lenses, due mid 2019. Two Nikon/canon mount SP 35mm F1.4, 35-150mm F2.8-4 and E-mount 17-28mm F2.8 III
  • Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S 24-70Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S lens announced for the Nikon Z mirrorless camera system. 17 elements, 15 groups Due April 2019

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  • A simple black and white print two-curvesA simple black and white print workflow aimed at showing just how easy it is to create a black and white landscape print, with a few simple edits.
  • What are you doing with your photos batch of test printsHow do you decide what to do with all the photos you take, why did you take them and who gets to see them. A process any photographer should think about. Yes, this means you...
  • Fotospeed Fotospeed Smooth Cotton 300 paper review smooth cotton 300Fotospeed Smooth cotton 300 paper review. Smooth matte surface surface, Cotton based 300gsm white paper. Takes a good ink load and for a matte paper gives solid colour and B&W tonality
  • Topaz Denoise AI new software review topaz-denoiseTopaz Denoise AI, image noise reduction software review. Works as plugin or standalone application for noise reduction with detail preservation
  • Keith Cooper’s paper reviews printsKeith's photo paper reviews - collected data from all the papers for printing photos that we've tested over the years. Helpful if you can't get them where you live. Matt, satin, lustre and glossy
  • Review: Using the Canon EOS RP camera-on-tripodCamera usage review: Using the full frame 26MP Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera. Features and real life use for a long time Canon DSLR user. How it performs and what needs doing to make it even better
  • Using the Canon EOS RP EOS RPKeith looks at the EOS RP. A Canon DSLR user tries out the Canon EOS RP 26MP FF mirrorless camera - how is it to use, what settings work, and what needs doing for 'pro' use
  • Is photography a business for you keith-and-printIs photography a business for you - an interview with Keith Cooper looks at some of the things you might want to think about if it's to be a real business. Includes link to audio podcast of the interview
  • KF Concept TC2335 Camera Tripod low-height-tripodKF Concept TC2335 Carbon Fibre Tripod with Ball head. Weighing 1.85lbs. Folded up height is only 13.6" (385mm). Max load weight is 26.5 lbs

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  • BenQ announce new 32″ 4k HDR monitor benq qhd pv270BenQ announce their new SW320 4k HDR monitor, to be shown in the US at Photo Plus. There is also the Technicolor Colour Certified 27-inch QHD PV270 and the 32-inch PV3200PT 4K UHD
  • Canon EOS-M5 camera announced Canon eos-m5Canon announce the EOS M5 mirrorless EF-M mount camera. 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Built in EVF and rear tilt screen
  • Canon 5D mark 4 DSLR announced 5d4 with lensCanon announce the EOS 5D mkIV 30MP DSLR. Dual pixel AF and 4k video. 7 frames per second, with WiFi, GPS and NFC. 4K Motion JPEG video at 30p or 24p
  • An old friend returns? jessops of leicesterAfter the Jessops photo business folded in 2013, Leicester was left with no specialist photography stores. Jessops, founded here in 1935, are opening a new store.
  • Two new Canon PIXMA printers pixma mg3050Two new printers from Canon. The Canon Pixma MG3050 (£69.99)and MG255OS (£44.99) use a hybrid ink system (dye and pigment-based inks) to deliver ‘vivid, vibrant colours’. Both are Wi-Fi enabled, allowing images to be printed direct from a smartphone or computer via the Canon PRINT app
  • DxO Optics Pro V11 announced dxo opticspro 11DxO announce the latest version of DxO Optics Pro. Version 11 refines the software and has the capability of processing files noticeably faster than with earlier versions
  • News items on the site keith in orange hatIf you've got this far in your reading of our 'news' archive, you'll notice a bit of a gap from here onwards. The older articles are from "Keith's Photography Stuff" blog and date from before I started the re-write of the whole site.
  • DxO Optics Pro V9.5 adds integration with Lightroom dxo95 lrI've used DxO Optics Pro for many years as an alternative RAW camera file processing engine. With the latest update it now works much more tightly with Adobe Lightroom.
  • i1Profiler is updated to V1.5 i1 publish pack i1 ProfilerI1Profiler is updated t V1.5 The updated software incorporates a number of fixes and improvements such as new monitor technologies Adds device link CMYK profiles to the i1Publish version
  • All the Nik plugins for just $126 Offer now closed - plugins are available via Google Nik Collection
  • Visiting Focus 2013 Keith at Focus 2013A visit to Focus on Imaging 2013 - since it's only 35 miles away, so the Focus on Imaging show in the UK is one trade show I'm happy to attend every year.
  • Watch for fake batteries… batteries - real or fakeSome information about spotting fake batteries and why it's often not worth the risk, just for saving a bit of money. Beware of cheap batteries, especially with on-line shopping. Buy from a reputable dealer

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