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  • Rokinon/Samyang 14mm and 85mm rokinon/samyang 14 and 85rfRokinon/Samyang have announced two new manual focus lenses for the Canon RF mount. The lenses are 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4
  • Topaz Gigapixel AI updated to V4 topaz-AI-gigapixelTopaz have updated their Gigapixel AI resizing software to V4. The new version offers improved speed and image quality with improved resizing and workflow. Free update for existing users (Free 30 day trial and reduced price for new until April 5th)
  • DxO PhotoLab 2.2 update dxo photoLabDxO PhotoLab V2.2 image editing software update improves functionality and adds new image management tools. Includes Nikon Z6 and EOS R
  • 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

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  • A simple black and white print two-curvesA simple black and white print workflow aimed at showing just how easy it is to create a black and white landscape print, with a few simple edits.
  • What are you doing with your photos batch of test printsHow do you decide what to do with all the photos you take, why did you take them and who gets to see them. A process any photographer should think about. Yes, this means you...
  • Fotospeed Fotospeed Smooth Cotton 300 paper review smooth cotton 300Fotospeed Smooth cotton 300 paper review. Smooth matte surface surface, Cotton based 300gsm white paper. Takes a good ink load and for a matte paper gives solid colour and B&W tonality
  • Topaz Denoise AI new software review topaz-denoiseTopaz Denoise AI, image noise reduction software review. Works as plugin or standalone application for noise reduction with detail preservation
  • Keith Cooper’s paper reviews printsKeith'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
  • Review: Using the Canon EOS RP camera-on-tripodCamera usage review: Using the full frame 26MP Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera. Features and real life use for a long time Canon DSLR user. How it performs and what needs doing to make it even better
  • Using the Canon EOS RP EOS RPKeith looks at the EOS RP. A Canon DSLR user tries out the Canon EOS RP 26MP FF mirrorless camera - how is it to use, what settings work, and what needs doing for 'pro' use
  • Is photography a business for you keith-and-printIs photography a business for you - an interview with Keith Cooper looks at some of the things you might want to think about if it's to be a real business. Includes link to audio podcast of the interview
  • KF Concept TC2335 Camera Tripod low-height-tripodKF Concept TC2335 Carbon Fibre Tripod with Ball head. Weighing 1.85lbs. Folded up height is only 13.6" (385mm). Max load weight is 26.5 lbs

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  • 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.
  • New Laowa lenses at photokina laowa cineVenus optics announce some new Laowa lenses at photokina - 8 new lenses on show. Mounts from MFT to Fuji GFX and cine options
  • Topaz AI Gigapixel – updated V1.1 topaz-AI-gigapixelTopaz AI Gigapixel - Image resizing software - updated to V1.1 now includes CPU and GPU processing options and more control of images noise and blur handling
  • EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and EF 600mm F4L IS III ef400-28lCanon announces EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III & EF 600mm f/4L IS III lenses. New lighter and higher performance telephoto lenses
  • Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens announced efm32-14-slantCanon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens is announced for EF-M cameras. Lightweight and compact 'standard' lens for the EF-M system
  • Phase One iXM-RS150F iXM-RS-150Phase One announces the iXM-RS150F 150MP Aerial camera system. Single sensor and 4 band systems (RGB and NIR) Includes RS calibrated lenses
  • Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 zoom announced tamron 15 - 30Tamron have announced the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) zoom lens. The stabilised wide zoom is available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts
  • 150MP Phase One XF IQ4 XF IQ4 front view100MP and 150MP Phase One XF IQ4 - new medium format digital backs from Phase One, includes 'Capture One image' based image processing.
  • Nikon full frame mirrorless Z camera system nikon mirrorlessNikon full frame mirrorless cameras Z6 and Z7 and lenses. Z system announcements and info. Press releases and latest information about Nikon's new camera system
  • Hasselblad XV lens adapter for X1D-50c X1D adapterHasselblad announce the XV lens adapter for X1D-50c compact medium format camera - supports the full line of C, CB, CF, CFI, CFE, F and FE lenses with X1D-50C electronic shutter
  • Topaz AI Gigapixel upsizing topaz AI gigapixelTopaz have announced some smart new software for upscaling images called A.I. Gigapixel. It uses the power of your graphics card and neural network based techniques to achieve impressive resizing results. Keith written has a full review of it too.
  • How poor is your colour management Datacolor spyder5 proA recent Datacolor survey shows how many photographers have problems with colour management and photo reproduction quality - some ways to improve, including a free colour management e-book

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