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  • ZY Optics Mitakon Creator 85mm F2.8 1-5X lens ZY Optics Mitakon Creator 85mm F2.8 1-5X lensZY Optics have announced the Mitakon Creator 85mm F2.8 1-5X 'Super Macro' lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sony E, M43, Fuji X and EOS-M mounts. Specialist macro-only lens
  • New RF mount Laowa lenses New RF mount Laowa lensesVenus Optics have announced three of their lenses are now available in Canon RF and Nikon Z mount for mirrorless cameras. They are the 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro and 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro - Keith has reviewed all three lenses in EF mount
  • Canon camera firmware security updates Canon camera firmware security updatesCanon has released a number of camera firmware updates that address potential issues in their picture transfer protocol. The update includes all previous firmware updates for your camera.
  • DxO Nik plugin update DxO Nik plugin updateDxO have announced a Nik plugin update to V2.3. Better support for high res screens and new presets for Silver Effex Pro. Full MacOS Catalina support
  • Canon EOS Ra camera Canon EOS Ra cameraCanon announce the Canon EOS Ra camera. A 30MP EOS R modified for improved H-Alpha response (deep red) for astrophotography applications. Due December 2019

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  • K&F camera rucksack and travel bag K&F camera rucksack and travel bagThe K&F camera rucksack and travel bag - what fits inside this twin compartment lightweight waterproof camera bag.
  • Laowa RF 15mm F2 Zero-D Laowa RF 15mm F2 Zero-DReview of the Laowa RF 15mm f/2 Zero-D lens by Venus Optics. Tested on the Canon EOS RP. Wide angle manual focus lens for RF mount (also Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts)
  • Rechargeable LED worklight for product photography Rechargeable LED worklight for product photographyA basic battery powered 15W LED worklight is tested for product photography. With over 3 hrs use on a charge, is the light quality good enough? The device doubles as a 6000mAh 22.2Wh USB powerbank
  • Book Review: 52 Assignments Landscape Photography Book Review: 52 Assignments Landscape PhotographyBook Review: 52 Assignments, Landscape Photography. A collection of 52 project ideas relating to Landscape photography. Lots of suggestions to help expand your photography and experiment.
  • Rogeti TSE Frame V3+ Rogeti TSE Frame V3+Rogeti have made their TSE Frame lighter and easier to level. The lens mount for the Canon TS-E17mm and TS-E24mm mk2. lenses lets you attach the lens to a tripod and shift the camera, to reduce parallax errors when stitching.
  • L-Bracket for Canon 5DIV, 5Ds R and 5DIII L-Bracket for Canon 5DIV, 5Ds R and 5DIIIThe Rogeti QRL Series L-Bracket fits the Canon 5D mk4 5DS, 5DS R, and 5D mk3. Arca style fit with three built in levelling vials. Also available for Sony
  • Book Review: Everything about taking Photographs Book Review: Everything about taking PhotographsBook Review: 'Everything you always wanted to know about taking better photographs', '50 images and 50 explanations' by Antony Zacharias. £12.99 Ammonite press October 2019
  • Topaz Mask AI Topaz Mask AITopaz Mask AI review. Update to Topaz ReMask includes enhanced smart selection features and choices of mask generation modes. Simple mask generation for complex image cutouts
  • i1Display Pro Plus review i1Display Pro Plus reviewLooking at the new i1Display Pro plus monitor calibration and profiling colorimeter. Adds high brightness screen support and BT.1886 gamma curve support. This is the top model of the i1Display range

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  • Venus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lens Venus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lensVenus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lens is announced. The widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras, Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 60 inch printer Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 60 inch printerCanon have announced a 60 inch width version of their imagePROGRAF PRO series of printers. The PRO-6000 is a 12 colour pigment ink printer - a bigger version of the PRO-2000 reviewed by Keith Cooper. For a PRO6000 review, read Keith's PRO2000 one and change any mention of 24" to 60"
  • DxO updates FilmPack and ViewPoint DxO updates FilmPack and ViewPointDxO updates FilmPack to V 5.5 and ViewPoint to V3.1 - film emulation and geometry correction
  • Luminar – now for Windows too Luminar - now for Windows tooMacphun have announced a free open Beta test version of their Luminar photo editor that work on Windows PCs. Keith has reviewed Luminar (Mac version) in the past, so do have a look for a bit more detail of just what you can do with it, beyond some of the rather 'luminous' examples. It's actually capable of some very subtle adjustments.
  • Nikon EN-EL15 battery advisory update Nikon EN-EL15 battery advisory updateNikon have an updated product advisory for very specific versions of the EN-EL15 battery. cameras include D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 and the Nikon 1 V1
  • Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony FE mount cameras Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony FE mount camerasLaowa announce a shift adapter that allows normal wide angle lenses to be used as shift lenses on Sony E mount cameras. 12mm f2.8 becomes 17mm f4 shift
  • New Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens announced New Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens announcedTamron announces its latest 24-70mm F2.8 lens, model SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) due August 2017. Nikon and Canon mounts. Full specs including MTF charts
  • Canon 6D mk2 and 200D Canon 6D mk2 and 200DCanon announce the 26MP full frame EOS 6D mk2 and the 24MP APS-C EOS 200D - two new DSLR cameras updating he 6D and 100D
  • Micron kills off Lexar brand Micron kills off Lexar brandA Micron announcement looks to kill off the Lexar brand and cards and associated hardware. The Flash memory maker announces that it intends to drop the entire Lexar business line, but is open to offers...
  • Luminar Neptune review update Luminar Neptune review updateLuminar Neptune review update - The MacPhun Image editor version 1.2 adds new features, operating modes and overall performance. Follows on from Keith's full review
  • BenQ monitor competition – trip to Venice BenQ monitor competition - trip to VeniceWin a photographic trip to Venice courtesy of BenQ (European residents only) Celebrating the BenQ range of monitors
  • Google calls time on the Nik plugins Google calls time on the Nik pluginsGoogle has announced that the Nik collection of image editing plugins will no longer be updated or extended

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