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  • New Laowa 15mm F2 and 10-18mm lenses New Laowa 15mm F2 and 10-18mm lensesVenus Optics have announced two new Laowa wide angle 15mm F2 and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses for Nikon Z and Canon RF mount mirrorless cameras
  • BenQ SW270C monitor announced BenQ SW270C monitor announcedBenQ SW270C PhotoVue 27" monitor announced. With 99% Adobe98 and 97% DCI-P3/Display-P3 colour space coverage. HDR-10 and 16 bit 3D LUT
  • Sigma fp L mount camera announced Sigma fp L mount camera announcedSigma have announced the 'fp' L mount camera. The full frame ultra compact mirrorless is 113 x 70 x 45mm and weighs 370 grams. Captures 14 bit DNG files
  • Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USMCanon have announced the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM zoom lens for the RF mount. It will cost £900/$900 and be available for September 2019. Also available as a kit option for the EOS RP
  • Hartblei SRA-1 Superrotator Hartblei SRA-1 SuperrotatorHARTBLEI SRA-I Superrotator Adapter for medium format lenses and mirrorless cameras for E-Mount, L-Mount, EOS-R and Nikon-Z

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  • Imadio Fisheye-Hemi V2 review Imadio Fisheye-Hemi V2 reviewImadio Fisheye-Hemi V2 review update. The Image geometry correction software allows fine tuning adjustment parameters whilst still keeping basic adjustment options for correcting the distortions of fisheye type lenses.
  • X-Rite i1iO review X-Rite i1iO reviewReview using the X-Rite i1iO automated patch reader for printer profiling using the i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer and i1Profiler software. The robot arm accepts the original i1Pro and the i1Pro 2
  • Review – Topaz Adjust AI Review - Topaz Adjust AITopaz Adjust AI review - Image adjustment app and plugin offering updates to Topaz Adjust, Topaz Detail and Topaz Clarity
  • X-Rite ColorChecker Nano card X-Rite ColorChecker Nano cardA very small Colorchecker card from X-Rite. It is sized at 25mm x 40mm for use in close-up and macro photography. Can be used to create colour profiles for cameras and all other applications of full size cards
  • SpyderX Studio review SpyderX Studio reviewReview of the Spyder X Studio kit from Datacolor. Includes the Spyder X Elite monitor calibrator, SpyderCube white balance and exposure tool and SpyderPrint printer profiling kit for creating ICC printer profiles
  • Kuuvik Capture V4.3 review update Kuuvik Capture V4.3 review updateReview update Kuuvik Capture camera tethering software is updated to V4.3 Looking at software features, new camera support and working modes
  • ESDDI LED lighting Portable Photo Studio Box ESDDI LED lighting Portable Photo Studio BoxESDDI Portable Photo Studio Box (20" x 20" - 50 x 50cm) with dimmable mains powered LED lighting (120 lights). Includes 4 colours of backdrop. Tabletop product photo box
  • Detailed Panasonic S1R camera review Detailed Panasonic S1R camera reviewPanasonic Lumix S1R usage review. Using the 47MP full frame mirrorless camera with special emphasis on the 187MP multi-shot high resolution mode and support of third party specialist lenses.
  • DxO Nik Collection 2- review info. DxO Nik Collection 2- review info.Nik Collection 2 image editing plugins - Updated Nik plugin collection from DxO with improved compatibility for modern apps. Links to Keith's detailed reviews and discussion of new functionality

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  • New Canon large format Mac-Win printer software New Canon large format Mac-Win printer softwareNew software and drivers released for Canon large format printers which also fixes MacOS 10.12 colour management issues. Supports x400 series and x300 series printers and iPF5100
  • MacPhun Aurora HDR offers MacPhun Aurora HDR offersMacphun Aurora HDR creation software and training resources - special offer until Apr 1st 2017 Aurora + Trey Ratcliff's HDR Tutorial 3.0 for $89. Just remember: HDR does not need to be tawdry to be a useful tool!
  • New Sigma lenses due at CP+ New Sigma lenses due at CP+Sigma announce four new lenses for the forthcoming CP+ show in Japan. New 14mm F1.8 | 135mm F1.8 | 24-70mm F2.8 expand their top end 'Art' range, with a 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens in the 'Contemporary' set.
  • Keith Cooper’s talks about printmaking Keith Cooper's talks about printmakingKeith Cooper talks about making large prints at The Photography Show 2017 - Getting great looking big prints from your work. From camera to print, the complete workflow
  • Datacolor new profiling software updates Datacolor new profiling software updatesDatacolor have announced new upgrade options for their Spyder 5 PRO and Spyder 5 Elite monitor calibrators. We've full reviews of the Spyder 5 PRO (and upgrade) and Spyder 5 Elite and will be adding details about the Spyder 5 Elite+ update in due course.
  • Mitakon 20mm F2 macro lens Mitakon 20mm F2 macro lensZhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new compact Super Macro Lens for full frame cameras, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens featuring a high reproduction ratio up to 4.5:1
  • Luminar update – V1.1 Luminar update - V1.1MacPhun Luminar is updated to V1.1 adding batch processing, new Dehaze and Golden Hour filters, and an enhanced colour temperature filter.
  • Light 16 camera multi-sensor sample images Light 16 camera multi-sensor sample imagesSample photographs at full resolution are now available from the "Light L16" multi sensor camera, with its sixteen individual 13MP sensors at a range of focal lengths
  • DxO ViewPoint 3 software announced DxO ViewPoint 3 software announcedDxO announce new version of DxO Viewpoint. Works for geometry correction and V3 adds many new automated functions. Works as both a stand-alone app, and as a plug-in for DxO OpticsPro, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
  • Thunderbolt 3 Dock Thunderbolt 3 DockOWC Thunderbolt3 multi port adapter for port expansion. Includes USB, mini DisplayPort, SD card reader, FireWire 800, Audio I/O, S/PDIF, Gigabit Ethernet. Ideal for use with the new MacBook Pro and its reduced set of i/o ports
  • Macphun Luminar image editor announced Macphun Luminar image editor announcedMacphun have announced a new software editing application called Luminar. Keith has since written a review of the software, looking at how it can be of interest to the more advanced photographer and as an introductory tool for image editing
  • New Canon papers announced New Canon papers announcedCanon USA announce three new Premium Fine Art papers — Premium Fine Art Smooth, Premium Fine Art Bright White and Premium Polished Rag. Designed to produce, rich-color reproduction, and detailed expression of gradation. Keith has a roll of the Fine Art Smooth for an upcoming paper review

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