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Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 mirrorless lens for just $169

Product information from SainSonic:

Kamlan 50mm F1.1 APS-C Large Aperture Manual Focus Lens, Standard Prime Lens for Canon EOS-M Mount Mirrorless Camera

Christopher Frost has published an interesting video review on YouTube

Quick Overview

Amazing Large Aperture- Designed with high quality multi-coated optical glass. Exquisite body features amazing maximum aperture of F1.1, which creates fascinating background blur effect and sharper image quality. No worry about the low-light & night scene, just shoot and enjoy the safe and fast shutter speed.

Premium Optical Design- 11 circular aperture blade, 5 groups 5 elements lens stricture with high quality multi-coated optical glass, ensures low image distortion, excellent image sharpness and contrast. 50mm focal length is equivalent to 75mm on APS-C camera. Perfect for portraits shooting with fascinating background blur effect.

Compatibility- Compatible with EOS-M Mount Digital Cameras, Such as Canon EOS M3 M2 M5 M6 M10

Easy to Use- With the focal length scale and smooth focal ring. After a short term learning, it’s very easy to focus what you want and feel the unique charm of the manual lens, and lets you more concentrate on the image itself.

What You Get- Lens, lens hood, lens front & rear caps and microfiber cleaning cloth.

Nokia smartphones to feature ZEISS optics

Press release issued by HMD Global:

  • Exclusive collaboration sees ZEISS innovating in imaging experience on Nokia smartphones
  • Rekindles commitment to set new imaging standards for Nokia smartphone consumers

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, ESPOO/Finland, 2017-07-06.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, and ZEISS today jointly announced the signing of an exclusive partnership that aims to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry. This long-term agreement builds on the shared history and expertise between ZEISS and Nokia smartphones.

Florian Seiche, HMD Global and Andreas Back, ZEISS

With a joint ambition to advance the quality of the total imaging experience on smartphones spanning the entire ecosystem from software, services, through to screen quality, and optic design, the partnership will see ZEISS and HMD Global co-develop standard-defining imaging capabilities and will bring the ZEISS brand back to Nokia smartphones. This pledge to constantly improve consumers’ imaging experience is a reflection of the shared values between both businesses – a single minded commitment to quality, true craftsmanship and a desire to improve real life experience.

The relationship between ZEISS and Nokia phones began more than a decade ago, and is founded on a shared passion for innovation and always delivering the best for the consumer. The past collaboration saw ZEISS and Nokia phones driving technology innovations such as the world’s first multi-megapixel mobile phone and many more standard-setting devices, from the Nokia Nseries to those featuring Nokia PureView technologies. This renewed relationship is a long-term commitment to build on that technology innovation over the years to come.

Dr. Winfried Scherle, ZEISS and Pekka Rantala, HMD Global

Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global:

“Collaborating with ZEISS is an important part of our commitment to always deliver the very best experience for our customers. Our fans want more than a great smartphone camera, they want a complete imaging experience that doesn’t just set the standard but redefines it. Our fans expect it and, together with ZEISS, we’re delivering it – co-developed imaging excellence for all.”

Dr. Matthias Metz, Member of the Executive Board of ZEISS Group:

“The collaboration of HMD Global with ZEISS for Nokia smartphones will again enhance consumers’ holistic imaging experience based on excellence and innovation. Our partnership is built on a solid foundation. Together, we look forward to an exciting journey into the future of sophisticated smartphone imaging.”

New screw-in filter range from Irix

Press release issued by TH Swiss:

Edge ND, CPL and UV screw-in filters – are officially announced!

Baar, Switzerland, July 5th,2017

TH Swiss company informs about the official launch of Irix Edge series of screw-in filters, which consists of UV & Protector, Circular Polarizer and ND filters with various densities. These filters are designed especially for Irix lenses, but not only! The aesthetic design of Edge filters harmonizes with all Irix products. Since now it  is possible to  fully  enjoy  Irix  15mm  f/2.4  functionality  and  its  unique  features. TH Swiss is starting to send the first deliveries of these new products to Irix dealers.

Perfect protection and high light transmission in Irix Edge UV & Protector filter

This ultra-slim UV filter offers extraordinary light transmission thanks to the high quality optical glass and multi-layer antireflective coating. It’s additional waterproof NANO coating helps keeping the glass surface free of stains and water droplets. Irix UV filter also provides decent protection of the front lens under extreme circumstances. Irix UV filter has been designed especially for Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. It’s low-profile frame and knurled edges provide very good grip. The additional waterproof coating helps keeping the glass surface free of water droplets under rainy weather.

Irix Edge CPL, ND, UV filters

Reducing the reflections with Irix Edge Circular Polarizer filter

Irix Edge Circular Polarizer (CPL) filter reduces reflections from non-metallic surfaces, emphasizes details and increases colour density of the pictures. Thanks to the slim and ultralight aluminium frame with knurled edges, filter is easy to operate through filter window and causes no vignetting on Irix 15mm f/2.4. The glass surfaces of Irix polarizer are covered by multi-coated antireflection layer that keeps the image clear and full of natural colors.

Diversion of long exposure photography thanks to Irix Edge Neutral Density filters

Irix Edge Neutral Density filters (ND) are an essential tool for long exposure photography and depth of field’s manipulation. They reduce the light that is passing through the lens by 3-stops (3EV), 5-stops (5EV), 7-stops (7EV) or 10-stops (10EV) and help creating astonishing and surreal images. Their additional waterproof and oil repellent NANO coating prevents from stains, fingerprints and enable using in extreme weather conditions.

 

 

Irix Edge CPL, ND, UV filters

Filter type UV & Protector
Thread size 95mm x 1.0
Additional thread at the top of the frame: 95mm x 1.0
Transmittance 99.30%
Frame thickness (without thread) 3.5 mm
Antireflection coatings multi-layer coating
Special type coatings double side waterproof coatings

 

 

Filter type Circular Polarizer
Thread size: 95mm x 1.0
Additional threat at the top of frame: 95mm x 1.0
Transmittance 38,60%
Frame thickness (without thread) 5.1 mm
Antireflection coatings multi-layer, double sides
Special type coatings waterproof and oil repellent

 

 

Filter type Neutral Density
Thread size: 95mm x 1.0
Density 0.9, 1.5, 2.1, 3.0
Light reduction 3-stops, 5-stops, 7-stops, 10-stops
Frame thickness (without thread) 3.5 mm
Antireflection coatings multi-layer NANO coating
Special type coatings double side waterproof and oil repellent

 

Recommended retail prices are:

Irix Edge UV & Protector Filter                           76 EUR (tax incl)

Irix Edge Circular Polarizer Filter                       105 EUR (tax incl)

Irix Edge Neutral Density Filter  ND8                               115 EUR (tax incl)

ND32               115 EUR (tax incl)

ND128              117 EUR (tax incl)

ND1000            117 EUR (tax incl)

Less eyesores for landscape photographers

Project map is first of its kind in the UK

 

The country’s largest electricity distributor, is the first in the industry to launch an online map showing where over 100 miles of overhead cables have been undergrounded.

The interactive project demonstrates the electricity company’s achievements in restoring many historic views across the countryside, showing where power lines have been undergrounded in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

The project map also encourages people to suggest which others power lines could be considered in the East and South East of England, where UK Power Networks delivers power (it also keeps the lights on in London where most electricity cables are underground).

Viewers can log on to learn about completed projects totaling 170km (under orange ‘pins’) and planned projects (blue ‘pins’). The map is constantly updated as projects are planned, started and finished.

The map was the result of UK Power Networks’ working in collaboration with Yes&Pepper, a London-based ideas agency. The tool was built based on client-supplied information and continuous tests, with weekly calls and regular reviews in place for further development. The team managed to turn it around in ten weeks.

The inspiration for the project map came from the success of UK Power Networks’ existing power cut map, which enables people to see the progress to restore supplies after any power cuts throughout London, the South and South East of England. Since last summer, relevant customer tweets have been to the map in real time, and other power companies have started to follow its lead.

Jenny Carter from the digital team at UK Power Networks oversaw the map design. She said: “Ofgem encourages us to carry out undergrounding works in AONBs by providing special funding, but we wanted to take this one step further and share the positive impact this initiative has on the UK’s protected countryside, and engage further with local communities.

“We provide the expertise and manpower to underground these lines, allowing local residents and tourists to fully appreciate the surroundings. Such work also increases the reliability of power supplies in the area and this map celebrates all that hard work. We’re looking forward to hearing what people think of it, and will continue to update and improve the online map in future.”

Ross Peet, managing partner at Yes&Pepper, said: “When dealing with large data, it’s vital for the information to be reported in a visual manner, to allow easy access and offer an overall understanding in a matter of seconds. We’ve been working hand in hand with our client to build this innovative, user-centric project, always fine-tuning it for an optimal experience online. It’s been a real technical challenge for Yes&Pepper to pull everything together so quickly and accurately during testing, but the end result is incredibly efficient.”

See: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/aonb/map.html

Photo captions: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty where UK Power Networks has removed overhead power lines.

 

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For further information please contact UK Power Networks press office on 03301 591712.

 

Notes to editors:

 

  • UK Power Networks is the country’s biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

 

Network operators aren’t the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

 

UK Power Networks is the first electricity distributor to be named in the Sunday Times’ Top 30 Best Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).

 

The company invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or tweet us @UKPNnews

3 Legged Thing launches universal QR11 brackets

Press release issued by 3 Legged Thing:

3 Legged Thing is proud to introduce …
The QR11-LC & QR11-LG

British Tripod brand, 3 Legged Thing has launched its latest Universal L Bracket. The QR11-LC and QR11-LG are the result of six months of research and development, offering universal compatibility, accessory attachment and flat storage.

What’s the story?

The QR11 comes with triangular pads, designed to tessellate and provide as much surface contact as possible on the baseplate, which translates to more grip and a more secure connection. The base itself is the optimal length for most cameras, enabling more compatibility and better access to cable sockets. It features a quarter-inch threaded hole on the upright, for attaching other accessories, and a strap connector on both aspects.

“I really wanted to produce something cross-compatible with as many cameras as I could. I wanted to make something that is more than just an L-Bracket. Our Mission at 3 Legged Thing has always been to add as much value in innovation as we can to our products, and the QR11 is no exception,” said 3 Legged Thing’s Founder and Chief Executive, Danny Lenihan (pictured).

“I also wanted to produce something that was affordable,”said Lenihan. “So many L Brackets are upwards of $150 to $250, which is a lot of money for a student or any photographer, really. It’s important that we are as inclusive as we can be, so that photography enthusiasts on smaller budgets, can still have the opportunity to use an L Bracket. At $49.99, I think we’ve achieved that.”

The QR11-LC on a Canon 5d Mark IV. Image courtesy of 3LT Team Pro, Ben Eaton-Williams.

The QR11 also has another neat trick – it can be disassembled in seconds, using the included multi-tool (3LT-TOOLZ) and stored flat, making it easier to transport and stow. It also comes in two colour options: Equinox Copper and Eclipse Grey, to suit your style.

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Headquartered in a converted chicken shed (The Chicken Shed) on Kinsbourne Farm, in Stagsden, Bedfordshire, 3 Legged Thing is a small, British company of passionate people, creating and innovating camera support systems for photographers and videographers.

Billingham introduces the Hadley One

Press release issued by Billingham:

Billingham introduces the Hadley One

Versatile, purpose-built camera bag delivers ultimate protection for photographic equipment and laptop or tablet


Cradley Heath, UK – 28 June 2017: Billingham has announced the introduction of a new model to its acclaimed Hadley range, providing photographers with the highest quality protection for valuable camera equipment, laptops and personal possessions.

Building on the success of the Hadley Pro, the Hadley One has been designed and precision-engineered in England by the Billingham team, incorporating a host of new features following feedback from photographers around the world. Manufactured from rugged, weather-proof FibreNyte canvas, complemented by strong top-grain leather, this premium bag is slightly larger than the Hadley Pro and offers spacious storage to accommodate a mid-sized DSLR body and lens combination, or a core CSC kit, along with a small laptop or tablet.

Completely adaptable to each photographer’s needs, its removable, full-height padded insert can be positioned within the bag to divide the interior and provide optimum space for all items, and a second optional insert can be added, for extra versatility. A fully padded laptop sleeve has been stitched into the back of the main compartment, to hold a tablet, 13” MacBook Pro or similar device securely in place.

A robust top handle has been incorporated into the design, allowing the Hadley One to be carried as a briefcase or holdall, a features a re-engineered leather covering to provide extra comfort and a secure grip. The adjustable shoulder sling is manufactured from Billingham’s shuttle woven spun polyester and solid brass fittings, and can be completely removed if required.

Billingham’s weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas delivers exceptional durability, colour fastness and protection from external elements. Extremely tough, yet light in weight, it never requires reproofing, retaining its water and heat-resistant properties throughout the life of the bag.

Delivering maximum protection for heavier lenses and the all-metal bodies often featured in current CSC and DSLR products, the rear, side and bottom faces of the bag have been strengthened with foam padding. This also adds structure and support, making sure the Hadley One retains its shape whether completely full or just carrying a small number of items – and safeguards any equipment carried in the outside pockets.

For additional customisation and storage capacity, external pockets can be fitted to the Hadley One, fastened to the thick leather layer to provide a secure mount for valuable accessories. The shoulder sling attachment has been riveted through the leather to form a core structure of the bag.

In response to numerous requests from Billingham owners, a durable luggage trolley strap, enabling the user to retain the bag over the handle of a trolley suitcase, has been integrated into the Hadley One. This practical feature allows the photographer to access the rear zipped pocket when mounted, while a weather-proof zip closure keeps all contents dry in inclement conditions.

The Hadley One is available in three FibreNyte and leather colour combinations: Sage & Chocolate, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black.

Harry Billingham, director, commented, “We have been listening to feedback from our customers for more than four decades, and we continuously look for improvements in our products and processes to exceed the expectations of photographers. While fulfilling the essential requirements of protection and strength, we also manufacture to exact technical specifications and quality standards, giving owners the peace of mind that they can trust and rely on our bags to perform throughout their lifetime. With the Hadley One, we’ve responded to the suggestions of photographers from across the world, incorporating features that will make their daily working lives easier, particularly those travelling frequently from location to location.”

Billingham’s meticulous sourcing procedures ensure that all textiles and materials meet stringent criteria, guaranteeing that every bag is built from tested, innovative and durable components. As with all Billingham bags, the Hadley One is subject to extensive inspections and quality checks before being made available to purchase. Once complete, the bag receives its own laser-engraved label and individual serial number, allowing the owner to register the product, and enabling it to be identified and tracked throughout its lifecycle. The Hadley One comes with a five year guarantee.

An extensive range of matching accessories is available for all Billingham bags, including top-grain leather shoulder pads for added comfort when travelling and leather luggage tallies in various colour options.

Hadley One technical specifications

External dimensions: (W x D x H) 370 x 140 x 280mm
Internal dimensions: (W x D x H) 350 x 120 x 250mm (without padded insert); 150 x 120 x 240mm (inside the padded insert); 120mm is maximum depth at bottom, 100mm at the top
Capacity: 8.75 litres
Weight: 1.38kg (inc removable sling and padded insert)
Pockets: 3 (plus integrated padded 13” laptop area)
Front dump pockets: Two – 140 x 30 to 80 x 210mm
Rear zipped pocket: (W x H) 330 x 200mm (capacity nominal)
Included: H1 removable shoulder sling (48mm width); Hadley One standard insert (1/2 length, full height including one padded divider flap)

Additional information on the Billingham Hadley One can be found at www.billingham.co.uk.

Availability and pricing

The Billingham Hadley One will be available from 1 July 2017 at www.billingham.co.uk and authorised Billingham stockists at a suggested retail price of £265 including VAT.

WESTERN DIGITAL Launches new my passport™ ultra DRIVE

Press release issued by Western Digital:

WESTERN DIGITAL Launches new my passport™ ultra DRIVE to help consumers easily back up their digital lives

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation, (NASDAQ: WDC), a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today expanded its iconic line of WD® brand My Passport portable drives with the redesigned My Passport Ultra drive. In addition to a new metallic look, the drive offers intuitive WD Discovery™ software to help consumers easily back up photos, videos and important documents shared and created across multiple social networks, cloud services and devices. The My Passport Ultra drive is the ideal storage solution for consumers who want to consolidate and preserve all aspects of their digital lives.

Today’s consumers have multiple social media accounts, and according to Parks Associates research1, use an average of three public cloud services per household like Dropbox, Google Drive™ or Microsoft OneDrive, all of which increases their digital footprint. With so many ways to create, share and store content, there is a growing need for solutions that enable consumers to consolidate all of this crucial data. The My Passport Ultra drive with WD Discovery software makes it easier than ever to back up content from popular social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram*. With a few simple steps, users can download all of their content, including tagged photos and videos from Facebook, onto the drive. WD Discovery software is also an excellent way for users to keep a local copy of files they’ve stored on their favorite public cloud services.

“As the connected consumer has become more mobile, content is now scattered across multiple devices, cloud services and social media,” said Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “The fundamental problem for consumers is that they may not remember what content is stored on what account. Device makers and service providers are positioned to provide a better way to integrate and improve the connected consumer experience.”

To ensure peace of mind that valuable digital memories and files are backed up quickly and easily, the My Passport Ultra drive also comes with easy-to-set WD Backup™ software, allowing users to schedule automatic backups directly from a computer to the drive. In addition, the My Passport Ultra drive features 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security™ software built in to help keep private content secure. With a personalized password, users can activate hardware encryption and data protection.

“With so many amazing platforms at our fingertips to create and share photos, videos and important files, it’s critical that we enable consumers to bring together all of their precious content,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “We’re focused on delivering brilliant storage solutions that combine the quality, performance and reliability consumers have come to expect from the WD brand, and now we’ve reimagined our portable storage portfolio with intuitive software, high capacity and a beautiful design that perfectly suits today’s digital lifestyle.”

The My Passport Ultra drive’s stylish design is an extension of the new My Passport industrial design that was launched in October 2016 and formed from its partnership with award-winning industrial design and branding firm, fuseproject and its lead designer Yves Behar. Designed with metallic and matte finishes, the My Passport Ultra drive is available in two color combinations, either black-gray or white-gold. The drive comfortably fits in the palm of a hand, pocket or purse, so people can confidently back up all of their favorite content wherever life takes them.

Pricing and Availability

The My Passport Ultra drive is protected by a three-year limited warranty and is available now from wd.com and at select retailers and distributors around the world. My Passport Ultra has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRPs) starting at $79.99/1TB/ £82.99 respectively**. You can see full UK pricing here.