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  • Kipon MF lens adapters adapter for MFKipon have added Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts to their medium format lens adapter range. Use popular MF lenses with focal reducers for full frame cameras
  • Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f1.4 for GFX Mitakon-Speedmaster-65mm-f1.4-lens-specifically-designed-for-the-Fujifilm-GFX2ZY Optics announce their Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 lens for Fuji GFX medium format cameras (G mount).
  • Samyang XP 35mm f/1.2 announced sy35mm f1.2Samyang XP 35mm f/1.2 lens announced for Canon EF mount. Fast wide aperture manual focus lens designed for 8k video and sensors in excess of 50MP. Fourth in the XP series.
  • DxO Nik Collection updated nik pictureDxO Nik Collection has been updated to V1.1 to greatly improve compatibility with current image editing software packages such as Lightroom/Photoshop/Elements and Affinity Photo
  • British Wildlife Photography Awards 9 BWPA awards 9British Wildlife Photography Awards 9: winners announced for the BWPA

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  • Book Review: 52 Assignments Street Photography 52-street assignmentsBook Review: 52 Assignments, Street Photography. A collection of 52 project ideas helping you explore different aspects of street photography. Challenge your photo comfort zones.
  • Using the Hasselblad X1D-50C X1D-50CUsing the Hasselblad X1D-50C camera and XCD 21mm f/4 lens. Looking at a medium format mirrorless camera with a 50 megapixel sensor
  • Book Review: Hasselblad and the moon landing hasselblad moonBook Review: Hasselblad and the moon landings. photographs and the story of the cameras that didn't return from the Apollo moon landings
  • Review: Laowa 24mm f/14 relay macro laowa 24mm relay lensReview of the Laowa 24mm f/14 relay 2x macro lens from Venus Optics, water resistant lens with built in LED variable lighting unit
  • Book Review: 52 Assignments Experimental Photography 52 photography experimentsBook Review: 52 Assignments, Experimental Photography. 52 project ideas to help you explore different aspects of photography, film and digital. with low and high tech ideas and hacks
  • Book Review: Masters of Drone Photography drone bookBook Review: Masters of Drone Photography. Collected photographs and commentary from specialist drone photography experts. Practical advice about mastering your own drone work.
  • Luminar update adds AI sky enhancement levant mineReview update: Skylum Luminar image editing software's latest update (V1.3.2) adds sky enhancement, to other functional improvements and fixes.
  • Kaiser K5850 LED desktop light lamp unitReview of the Kaiser K5850 LED desktop light unit. Near daylight colour temperature of 5600K. Colour rendition index 95CRI and maximum brightness at 1 metre of 480 lux. Sold by Fotospeed in the UK
  • KF Concept TM2534T Camera Tripod floor standing TM2534TKF Concept TM2534T Aluminium Tripod with Ball head and optional transverse bar. Reaches a vertical maximum height of six feet (72")

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More photo news…

  • 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
  • Benro GD3WH Geared Head benro gd3wh geared headBenro has announced their GD3WH Geared Head at the Photography Show in the UK. With a weight of 870g it takes up to 6KG, giving geared three axis movement
  • Tokina Opera 50mm f1.4 lens Tokina have announced the 50mm f1.4 FF lens for full frame cameras. It's in the 'Opera' premium lens line
  • New Sigma lens firmware for Canon fit lenses sigma 85 f1.4SIGMA Corporation has announced the release of its lens firmware version 2.00 for its SIGMA GLOBAL VISION (SGV) interchangeable lenses compatible with Canon digital cameras featuring Lens Aberration Correction.

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