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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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  • 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
  • Macphun Aurora 2018 HDR for Mac and Windows Macphun Aurora 2018 HDR editing and creation software updated for Mac and Windows platforms. Speeds up processing and adds new features
  • Venus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lens laowa 12mm f2 E mountVenus Optics 15mm f2 E-mount lens is announced. The widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras, Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 60 inch printer Canon PRO6000Canon have announced a 60 inch width version of their imagePROGRAF PRO series of printers. The PRO-6000 is a 12 colour pigment ink printer - a bigger version of the PRO-2000 reviewed by Keith Cooper. For a PRO6000 review, read Keith's PRO2000 one and change any mention of 24" to 60"
  • DxO updates FilmPack and ViewPoint fp and vpDxO updates FilmPack to V 5.5 and ViewPoint to V3.1 - film emulation and geometry correction

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