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  • New L mount Laowa lensesNew L mount Laowa lensesLaowa have announced 'L' mount versions of six of their lenses. 3 wide angle lenses and 3 macro lenses for Panasonic S1 series , Sigma FP and Leica SL/CL. Keith has reviews of the EF mount versions of several of them.
  • Nikon Z5 announcedNikon Z5 announcedNikon anounces the Z5, a 24MP full frame mirrorless camera. Entry level full frame camera along with the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens
  • Four new Canon RF lensesFour new Canon RF lensesFour new Canon RF lenses and two RF Extender are announced. 100-500 f/4.5-7.1, 600/11mm, 800/11mm, 85 f/2mm macro, RF1.4x, RF 2x
  • EOS R5 and R6 announcedEOS R5 and R6 announcedCanon officially announce the R6 and R5 mirrorless full frame cameras. The R6 is 20MP and the R5 45MP with 8k video capture
  • Canon PRO-300 printer announcedCanon PRO-300 printer announcedCanon have announced the A3+ ImagePROGRAF PRO-300 13" pigment ink desktop printer. The successor to the PIXMA PRO-10S. Uses 10 inks including a colour optimising clearcoat

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  • Video: looking at the PRO-300 printerVideo: looking at the PRO-300 printerAn overview of the Canon PRO-300 A3+ (13") pigment ink printer by Keith Cooper. Looking at the main features of the printer (11mins)
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  • Video: looking at the PRO-300 printerVideo: looking at the PRO-300 printerAn overview of the Canon PRO-300 A3+ (13") pigment ink printer by Keith Cooper. Looking at the main features of the printer (11mins)
  • Greeting card paper and printingGreeting card paper and printingLooking at specialist papers pre-cut for making your own greeting cards. Different sizes and papers for making your own cards. tested on the Canon PRO-300
  • Printer ink use and waste?Printer ink use and waste?Inkjet printers use up some ink just to keep running - Why what is sometimes called 'waste' ink is often an essential maintenance function of your printer.
  • Topaz Sharpen AI updatedTopaz Sharpen AI updatedReview update for Topaz Sharpen AI V2.1 Image sharpening and shake removal software updated to improve masking and settings autodetection
  • Nikon Z5 announcedNikon Z5 announcedNikon anounces the Z5, a 24MP full frame mirrorless camera. Entry level full frame camera along with the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens
  • Nikon PC 19mm F4E ED reviewNikon PC 19mm F4E ED reviewReview of the Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED tilt/shift lens. Nikon F mount full frame perspective correction lens for full frame (FX) cameras. Tested on the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera
  • Custom media for the PRO-300Custom media for the PRO-300Creating custom media settings for the Canon PRO-300 printer with the MCT software. Using the free Media Configuration Tool software for the PRO300 A3+ (13")printer
  • KF Concept SA254T1 camera tripodKF Concept SA254T1 camera tripodKF Concept SA254T1 aluminium camera tripod with ball head and optional transverse bar. Reaches a maximum height of eight feet
  • Canon PRO-300 printer reviewCanon PRO-300 printer reviewDetailed Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer review. Keith tests the PRO-300 pigment ink printer with a range of glossy and fine-art media, including panoramic prints up to 990mm (~39") long

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More photo news…

  • i1Photo Pro 3 launchedi1Photo Pro 3 launchedX-Rite have launched a new version of the i1Pro spectrophotometer, the i1Pro 3. The i1Photo Pro 3 package includes the new device for calibration and profiling printers, cameras monitors and projectors
  • Laowa 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APOLaowa 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APOVenus Optics have announced the Laowa 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APO lens for APS-C mirrorless Fuji X, Canon M and Sony E-mount cameras. Equivalent to a 100mm full frame field of view
  • Samyang 10mm F3.5 ultra-wide lensSamyang 10mm F3.5 ultra-wide lensSamyang 10mm F3.5 ultra-wide lens Manual focus lens for EF and F mount Site Notice: Like many working photographers, our work has completely dried up in these challenging times, so I'll be at home a lot. The silver lining is that I've lots of articles...
  • Nikon D780 announcedNikon D780 announcedNikon announce the D780, the successor to the D750 DSLR. 24.5MP DSLR matches Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera
  • BenQ SW321C monitorBenQ SW321C monitorBenQ have annunced the 32 inch SW321C monitor. The 4k UHD display is aimed at the photographic market, giving 99% Adobe98 and 95% DCI-P3
  • ZY Optics Mitakon Creator 85mm F2.8 1-5X lensZY 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 lensesNew 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 updatesCanon 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 updateDxO 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 cameraCanon 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
  • Samyang 14mm AF for RF mountSamyang 14mm AF for RF mountSamyang announce the AF 14mm F2.8 RF wide angle lens. Their first AF lens using the Canon RF mirrorless mount. Includes a dock mount for firmware updates. Sold under the Rokinon brand in the US
  • Canon 1D X Mark III developmentCanon 1D X Mark III developmentCanon have released a 1D X Mark III development announcement for the successor to the 1D X mk2 pro level camera. Initial features and camera functionality outlined. Release date TBA

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