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  • 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
  • Canon EOS RP Announced The Canon EOS RP 26MP full frame mirrorless camera has been announced. Much smaller than any previous Canon full frame camera, available March 2019
  • Datacolor Spyder X announced spyder_xDatacolor have announced their latest Spyder X monitor and projector calibration system, the Spyder X. Improved speed and profiling accuracy are claimed
  • Irix Edge light pollution filters Irix-EDGE-light-pollution-filters4Irix have announced their new Edge light pollution filters. These cut light at the specific yellow colour associated with low pressure sodium lighting, which is widely used in street lighting.

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  • K&F Square 100mm ND1000 filter review 100mm nd1000 filterReview: Testing the K&F 100mm square filter holder and 100mm ND1000 10 stop neutral density filter for longer exposures. Comes with adapters for lens filter sizes from 52mm to 82mm
  • Rogeti TSE Frame feature update diagonal mountRogeti have improved diagonal shift support for the TSE Frame lens mount - 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.
  • Luminar V3 update luminar 3Skylum have announced the V3.0.2 update for Luminar V3. It adds support for additional cameras and adds numerous feature enhancements
  • Keith Cooper photography interview TSE lensVideo: Keith Cooper was recently interviewed by BenQ about his photography, equipment (including monitors) and approach to running a photography business (21 mins)
  • Spyder X Elite monitor calibrator review spyder X Elite boxReview of the Spyder X Elite monitor profiling and calibration system from Datacolor. Fully configurable screen calibration and display analysis
  • Printing low megapixel images at large size test printsPrinting low megapixel images at large size, looking at resizing and image editing techniques that let you make larger prints than you thought possible. Getting good prints at A2 and 17" x 25" sizes
  • Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300 paper review Fotospeed Baryta 300Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300 paper review. Smooth unglazed gloss surface 300gsm natural white paper. Making large exhibition quality prints
  • Topaz JPEG to RAW AI review topaz-jp2rawTopaz JPEG to RAW AI software converts JPEG image files into RAW (DNG) or TIFF images. Expands bit depth and colour space
  • Topaz AI Gigapixel update topaz-AI-gigapixelTopaz AI Gigapixel updated to V3 - Image resizing software resamples and resizes photos. Update improves performance and features clearer user interface.

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More photo news…

  • 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
  • Canon Pro-1 Printer canon pro-1Notice of upcoming printer review: Canon PRO-1
  • New monitor calibration option – ColorMunki Smile xrite colormunki smileX-rite annouce a new device to calibrate your monitor, the ColorMunki Smile
  • After the Photokina 2012 show… The beach at BeerWhat's really new at Photokina in 2012 and what will make a real difference to photography, Keith picks a few items...

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