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  • ZY Optics Mitakon Creator 85mm F2.8 1-5X lens ZY 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 lenses New 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 updates Canon 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 update DxO 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 camera Canon 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

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  • Rogeti RG-1 geared tripod head review Rogeti RG-1 geared tripod head reviewReview of the Rogeti RG-1 geared tripod head and its camera mounting accessories. The head weighs 670g and supports up to 10kg of camera gear. compact and small design.
  • K&F camera rucksack and travel bag K&F camera rucksack and travel bagThe K&F camera rucksack and travel bag - what fits inside this twin compartment lightweight waterproof camera bag.
  • Laowa RF 15mm F2 Zero-D Laowa RF 15mm F2 Zero-DReview of the Laowa RF 15mm f/2 Zero-D lens by Venus Optics. Tested on the Canon EOS RP. Wide angle manual focus lens for RF mount (also Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts)
  • Rechargeable LED worklight for product photography Rechargeable LED worklight for product photographyA basic battery powered 15W LED worklight is tested for product photography. With over 3 hrs use on a charge, is the light quality good enough? The device doubles as a 6000mAh 22.2Wh USB powerbank
  • Book Review: 52 Assignments Landscape Photography Book Review: 52 Assignments Landscape PhotographyBook Review: 52 Assignments, Landscape Photography. A collection of 52 project ideas relating to Landscape photography. Lots of suggestions to help expand your photography and experiment.
  • Rogeti TSE Frame V3+ Rogeti TSE Frame V3+Rogeti have made their TSE Frame lighter and easier to level. The lens mount for the Canon TS-E17mm and TS-E24mm mk2. lenses lets you attach the lens to a tripod and shift the camera, to reduce parallax errors when stitching.
  • L-Bracket for Canon 5DIV, 5Ds R and 5DIII L-Bracket for Canon 5DIV, 5Ds R and 5DIIIThe Rogeti QRL Series L-Bracket fits the Canon 5D mk4 5DS, 5DS R, and 5D mk3. Arca style fit with three built in levelling vials. Also available for Sony
  • Book Review: Everything about taking Photographs Book Review: Everything about taking PhotographsBook Review: 'Everything you always wanted to know about taking better photographs', '50 images and 50 explanations' by Antony Zacharias. £12.99 Ammonite press October 2019
  • Topaz Mask AI Topaz Mask AITopaz Mask AI review. Update to Topaz ReMask includes enhanced smart selection features and choices of mask generation modes. Simple mask generation for complex image cutouts

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  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lensLaowa have announced their full frame 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom lens. Sony FE mount with Nikon Z and Canon RF mount options to follow
  • X-Rite Adobe CC offer X-Rite Adobe CC offerX-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 6-11mm zoom fisheye announcedMeike 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 Three new Hasselblad XCD lensesThree 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 lens adapters for EOS R and Nikon ZNovoflex 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 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 New Laowa lenses at photokinaVenus 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 Gigapixel - updated V1.1Topaz 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 EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and EF 600mm F4L IS IIICanon 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 Canon  EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens announcedCanon 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 Phase One iXM-RS150FPhase 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 15-30mm F2.8 zoom announcedTamron 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

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