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  • Tokina ATX-i 11-20mm f2-8 CF Tokina 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 announced DxO 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 speeds SD 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 update DxO 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 announced Epson 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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  • Gigapixel AI V5 update Gigapixel AI V5 updateTopaz have updated Gigapixel AI to Version 5. New processing models allow different resizing techniques for different types of image - such as natural scenes or manmade.
  • PermaJet FB Gold Silk 315 review PermaJet FB Gold Silk 315 reviewReview: PermaJet FB Gold Silk 315 glossy baryta paper. The 315gsm Gold Silk paper has been reformulated with a smoother surface finish and improved coatings.
  • Keith Cooper’s paper reviews Keith Cooper's paper reviewsKeith'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. Regularly updated for new papers tested
  • Digital black and white photography Digital black and white photographyExploring black and white photography and image editing. Methods of converting colour to B&W. How to get the monochrome image you want from a colour photo.
  • Choosing the best paper for your photo prints Choosing the best paper for your photo printsWhat photo paper is best for printing your photos? What paper is best to use with your printer? Why when choosing a paper for your prints needs, you need to start with the basics
  • Review Nik Perspective Efex Review Nik Perspective EfexReview of Perspective Efex plugin and standalone app in the DxO Nik Collection 3. Correcting verticals and image projection geometry. Adjust wide angle distortion for group photos and add 'tilt/shift look' with selective focus
  • Review of DxO Nik Collection 3 Review of DxO Nik Collection 3Review of Nik Collection 3 by DxO - The Image editing plugins are updated and expanded to fit more varied workflow choices without losing the original Nik functionality. Demo available.
  • On being an architectural photographer 2 On being an architectural photographer 2Architectural photography as a professional business. Part 2 looks at how the equipment you choose matches the demands of architectural photography clients - What Keith Cooper uses for our architectural and construction photography business
  • Diagonal lens shift Diagonal lens shiftDiagonal lens shift - Keith looks at using a tilt/shift or shift only lens by combining horizontal and vertical lens movements. Using an off-set viewpoint in images

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  • 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
  • Topaz Studio image editor Topaz Studio image editorTopaz Studio image editor and plugin that also works stand alone and integrates Topaz plugins. Free and paid versions available

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