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  • X-Rite Adobe CC offer x-rite cc planX-Rite Adobe CC offer - X-Rite are offering a free one year Adobe CC photography plan with certain product purchases (X-Rite i1Display Pro, i1Photographer Kit, ColorMunki Photographer Kit or i1Studio).
  • Meike 6-11mm zoom fisheye announced meike 6-11 zoomMeike have announced a 6-11mm F3.5 zoom fisheye lens. In EF and F mounts for Canon and Nikon full frame cameras, giving a 180º field of view.
  • Three new Hasselblad XCD lenses XCD 80mm f1.9Three new XCD lenses and 1.7x converter launched for the Hasselblad X1D-50c camera. XCD 80mm F1.9, the XCD 65mm F2.8 and XCD 135mm F2.8
  • Novoflex lens adapters for EOS R and Nikon Z Novoflex-adapters-for-Nikon-Z-mirrorless-camera-1Novoflex announce a range of new lens adapters for manual lenses with Canon EOS R and Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.
  • Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro lens Irix-150mm-f2.8-MACRO-1to1-lensIrix have announced a 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens, designed for full frame cameras with the Nikon F, Canon EF, and Pentax K mount.

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  • Review: Kaiser R60 LED Ring Light kr60 LED lightReview of the Kaiser R60 LED Ring Light with 60 daylight LEDs from Fotospeed. Battery operated LED lighting giving up to 2300 lux at 30cm working distance
  • BenQ SW240 monitor hood SH240 portrait-mode Fitting the SH240 Monitor hood for the 24" BenQ SW240 wide gamut hardware calibrated monitor. Fits the monitor in landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Book Review: Mastering Macro Photography mastering-macro-cover-pageBook Review: Mastering Macro Photography by David Taylor. Equipment, lighting and technique for photographing small things
  • Topaz AI Gigapixel V2 topaz AI gigapixelTopaz AI Gigapixel software is updated to V2. Improves GPU performance for image resizing and enlargement. 30 day trial available
  • Install Canon camera software without CD Canon CDInstalling Canon camera software without the CD. What to do if you've lost your original CD and need to re-install software
  • Yes, I welcome EOS R EOS R and gripWhy the Canon EOS R system will change my photography, but not just yet. How the RF lens mount and new lenses are what may make me change. How do you decide when to jump?
  • Peli 1535 Air Case review peli 1535 Air CaseReview of the Peli 1535 Air Case. A tough air carry on sized hard case for camera equipment. Tested with the TrekPak reconfigurable interior divider system
  • Book Review: Mastering Exposure mastering exposure bookBook Review: Mastering Exposure by David Taylor. Looking at the basic principles of photographic exposure, shutter, aperture and ISO. A great starting point for moving away from camera auto modes.
  • Canon camera mounts and change canon rf mountCanon camera mounts and change. Canon FD, EF, EF-S, EF-M and RF. How does it affect your photography and does it really matter. What does the RF mount mean for APS-C cameras - does anyone really keep their old 18-55 lenses?

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  • Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 announced Samyang 85 f1.4 Canon EF mountSamyang have announced a new AF 85mm F1.4 lens in Canon EF mount. At 485g weight and 72mm long, it is smaller than other Canon mount 85mm 1.4 lenses
  • Datacolor Colour management survey spydercheckr card on deskHow does the UK photography community use colour management - a new survey is launched by Datacolor - complete the survey to enter a prize draw to win a Spyder5 monitor calibrator.
  • Two new Canon EF 70-200 Lenses EF70-200_4L_IS_II_USMCanon launches EF 70-200 F4L IS II and EF 70-200 F2.8L IS III lenses. New versions of Canon's 70-200mm 'L' series telephoto zoom
  • DxO Nik collection and PhotoLab DxO PhotoLab updateThe DxO Nik collection image editing plugins are updated for compatibility with modern editing software. DxO PhotoLab image editing software is updated to V1.2 with U Point local image adjustments.
  • HP Launches new Designjet Z series Z9-44in_Standard_Front_output-02HP has launched a new Designjet Z series of large format printers. The Z6 and Z9+ printers are aimed at photos graphics and technical printing. Printers will be available in June/July
  • Yongnuo YN 60mm macro lens announced Yongnuo YN 60mm f2 MF macro lensYongnuo have announced their new YN 60mm f/2 MF manual focus macro lens for the EF mount, with electronic aperture control. Price is likely under £350
  • BenQ SW240 PhotoVue monitor announced sw240 monitorBenQ have announced the SW240 PhotoVue 24 inch 16:10 monitor. 99% Adobe98 coverage. 14 bit 3D LUT and hardware calibration with BenQ Palette Master Element software
  • Four new Laowa lenses 4 new laowa lensesVenus Lens have announced four new lenses under the Laowa brand. They range from a 4mm MFT fisheye to a 100mm 2x Macro APO. A 10-18,, zoom is available in Sony FE mount and a 17mm F4 for Fuji GFX
  • LargeSense launches the LS911 LS911 large format cameraLargeSense launches the LS911 8x10 digital camera back. Single shot 9"x11" CMOS sensor gives 12MP with 75 micron pixels. Base ISO is 2100 Includes lossless 4k video at 26fps
  • Luminar 2018 Jupiter update Kiwanda sunset - LuminarSkylum announces Luminar 2018 Jupiter (V1.2) software update. Featuring speed increases, batch processing and camera and lens profiles. New features for Mac and Windows versions.
  • Architectural photography lens choices DMU vjp building at nightLooking at lens choices for architectural photography. How Keith Cooper uses a nearby award nominated building to explore options when testing lenses - not on the time of clients
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D laowa 9 mm f/2.8Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D wide angle lens announced for APS-C mirrorless cameras by Venus Optics in Sony E, Fuji and EF-M mount options. 49mm filter thread

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