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  • X-Rite Adobe CC offer x-rite cc planX-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 6-11 zoomMeike 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 XCD 80mm f1.9Three 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-adapters-for-Nikon-Z-mirrorless-camera-1Novoflex 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-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.

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  • Review: Kaiser R60 LED Ring Light kr60 LED lightReview of the Kaiser R60 LED Ring Light with 60 daylight LEDs from Fotospeed. Battery operated LED lighting giving up to 2300 lux at 30cm working distance
  • BenQ SW240 monitor hood SH240 portrait-mode Fitting the SH240 Monitor hood for the 24" BenQ SW240 wide gamut hardware calibrated monitor. Fits the monitor in landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Book Review: Mastering Macro Photography mastering-macro-cover-pageBook Review: Mastering Macro Photography by David Taylor. Equipment, lighting and technique for photographing small things
  • Topaz AI Gigapixel V2 topaz AI gigapixelTopaz AI Gigapixel software is updated to V2. Improves GPU performance for image resizing and enlargement. 30 day trial available
  • Install Canon camera software without CD Canon CDInstalling Canon camera software without the CD. What to do if you've lost your original CD and need to re-install software
  • Yes, I welcome EOS R EOS R and gripWhy the Canon EOS R system will change my photography, but not just yet. How the RF lens mount and new lenses are what may make me change. How do you decide when to jump?
  • Peli 1535 Air Case review peli 1535 Air CaseReview of the Peli 1535 Air Case. A tough air carry on sized hard case for camera equipment. Tested with the TrekPak reconfigurable interior divider system
  • Book Review: Mastering Exposure mastering exposure bookBook Review: Mastering Exposure by David Taylor. Looking at the basic principles of photographic exposure, shutter, aperture and ISO. A great starting point for moving away from camera auto modes.
  • Canon camera mounts and change canon rf mountCanon camera mounts and change. Canon FD, EF, EF-S, EF-M and RF. How does it affect your photography and does it really matter. What does the RF mount mean for APS-C cameras - does anyone really keep their old 18-55 lenses?

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  • 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
  • Luminar – now for Windows too luminar windowsMacphun have announced a free open Beta test version of their Luminar photo editor that work on Windows PCs. Keith has reviewed Luminar (Mac version) in the past, so do have a look for a bit more detail of just what you can do with it, beyond some of the rather 'luminous' examples. It's actually capable of some very subtle adjustments.
  • Nikon EN-EL15 battery advisory update EN_EL15 Lot NumberNikon have an updated product advisory for very specific versions of the EN-EL15 battery. cameras include D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 and the Nikon 1 V1
  • Laowa Magic Shift Converter for Sony FE mount cameras shift adapterLaowa announce a shift adapter that allows normal wide angle lenses to be used as shift lenses on Sony E mount cameras. 12mm f2.8 becomes 17mm f4 shift
  • New Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens announced tamron 24-70Tamron announces its latest 24-70mm F2.8 lens, model SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) due August 2017. Nikon and Canon mounts. Full specs including MTF charts
  • Canon 6D mk2 and 200D 6D mk2Canon announce the 26MP full frame EOS 6D mk2 and the 24MP APS-C EOS 200D - two new DSLR cameras updating he 6D and 100D
  • Micron kills off Lexar brand Lexar 256GB SDXC UHSA Micron announcement looks to kill off the Lexar brand and cards and associated hardware. The Flash memory maker announces that it intends to drop the entire Lexar business line, but is open to offers...
  • Luminar Neptune review update new Luminar ai filterLuminar Neptune review update - The MacPhun Image editor version 1.2 adds new features, operating modes and overall performance. Follows on from Keith's full review
  • BenQ monitor competition – trip to Venice sw320 monitorWin a photographic trip to Venice courtesy of BenQ (European residents only) Celebrating the BenQ range of monitors
  • Google calls time on the Nik plugins Nik pluginsGoogle has announced that the Nik collection of image editing plugins will no longer be updated or extended

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