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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

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  • 5Ds or 5Ds R – worth the extra cost? head and cameraA very quick comparison of an identical shot with the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R shows differences - are they worth the extra you have to pay?
  • Fotospeed Metallic Lustre paper review paper testing metallic lustreFotospeed Metallic Lustre 275 gsm paper review. A microporous coated paper with a metallic lustre surface finish, for dye and pigment inks. A4 sheet to 44" roll sizes available
  • A photo print of some bright red flowers colour space comparisonMaking a photo print of some bright red cactus flowers. Looking at how colour spaces and gamut affects such strong colours. How making a basic print of a flower illustrates some printer, paper and colour management choices
  • BenQ SW240 monitor review sw240 and orange flowersBenQ SW240 monitor review. 24 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution, wide Adobe98 (99%) gamut, hardware calibration with supplied calibration software. An optional shading hood is available.
  • TS-E 90mm F2.8L Macro review canon ts-e 90mmReview of the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L macro tilt/shift lens. How to use the ±10 degrees of tilt and ±12mm of shift offered by the macro lens, Includes comparisons with the original TS-E90mm F2.8 lens
  • Review: Benro GD3WH geared head Benro GD3WH tripod headReview of the Benro GD3WH geared tripod head. Three axis geared adjustment with up to 6kg of camera gear supported. Arca Swiss style adapter plate for quick release. Head weighs under 2 pounds in weight.
  • Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 review Canon TX-3000Testing the Canon TX-3000 36" width printer. Keith Cooper reviews the Canon TX wide format printer and plotter for photo and graphics printing. Also covers the 24" TX-2000 printer and 44" TX-4000
  • Looking for a bigger photo printer test print collectionImportant questions to ask yourself when looking for a bigger photo printer wider than 13 inch width or A3+. Things that it's useful to know if you want a 17" (A2) or larger printer, it's about more than just bigger prints.
  • So, can you start a photography business photography and ice cream vanSo, can you start a photography business? Will it last? Are you sure you know the difference between photography as a hobby and running a successful and profitable photography business. Some of the things you need to think about.

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  • FoCal AF calibration software updated to V2.5 6d2-d7500 for FoCalFoCal AF calibration software is updated to V2.5 - Software lets you tune and adjust camera autofocus performance. Adds 6D2 and D7500 support
  • Epson SureColor SC-P5000 STD Printer announced Epson sc-p5000Latest information about the new SureColor P5000 17" large format printer from Epson. The replacement for the SP4900 A2 sized desktop printer.
  • Techart EF lens to Fuji GFX lens adapter techart adapterTechart EF lens to Fuji GFX lens adapter with AF functionality. Lens aperture can be set from the camera control dial. Firmware is updateable
  • Macphun Aurora HDR 2018 launch aurora 2018Macphun announce the Aurora HDR 2018 software launch for Windows and Mac. Improved HDR and tone mapping performance
  • Nikon D850 Nikon D850Nikon D850 full frame DSLR. Camera features 45.7MP BSI FX-format sensor, 7 fps burst (max 9 fps), 4K video and a tilting 3.2" 2.36M-dot touchscreen. Camera includes dual card slots: XQD and SD
  • Kodak to bring back Ektachrome film kodak ektachromeAt the CES show in Vegas, Kodak have announced that Ektachrome colour slide film is going to be making a comeback later in 2017
  • Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit mt26 on cameraThe new Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash unit boosts power over the previous MT-24EX and add wireless support, along with an updated interface
  • New Canon 50mm, 90mm and 135mm tilt-shift lenses TS-E 135mm f/4L macroNew tilt shift lenses announced. Canon 50mm f2.8L, 90mm f2.8L and 135mm f4L macro tilt-shift lenses. TS-E lens range expanded with macro capable lenses.
  • Canon EOS M100 24MP camera m100 flashCanon EOS M100 with 24MP sensor and Dual Pixel AF replaces the EOS M10. Digic 7 processor improves video performance. Available in black or white, shipping in October for £570/$600 with 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, or £770/$950 with 15-45mm and 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM.
  • Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM 85mm f/1.4 Canon lensA new lens from Canon. The Canon EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM stabilised f1.4 lens is a short telephoto prime lens for portrait and low light work
  • New Canon TS Pixma printers pixma TSCanon launch a new range of TS Pixma printers PIXMA TS9120, TS8120, TS6120, TS5120 and TS3120 3-in-1 inkjet printers
  • Moorsview photography event in Yorkshire Moorsview 2017With exhibitions talks and seminars, the Moorsview 2017 event takes place in Pickering over the weekend from Friday 8th to Sunday the 10th September 2017. A good reason to visit the North York Moors area of the UK

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