Leica Camera Announces New, Premium Accessories from COOPH and Gitzo

by JamesNYCMarch 3. 2017 13:52

March 3, 2017 - Leica Camera presents new accessories for cameras and binoculars.The product portfolio now features Leica Rope Straps, a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH, as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo, the camera equipment specialist from Italy.

In collaboration with COOPH, a manufacturer well known for stylish and practical accessories, Leica now offers a collection of carrying straps for use with selected Leica cameras and binoculars. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing ropes, and feature trim elements made from Italian leather. These straps are durably strong yet elegant accessories that ensure safe and comfortable carrying of cameras or binoculars. They are available in four colors – Fire, Glowing Red, Night and Oasis, in two different lengths (100 and 126 centimeters) and with a choice of metal split ring or nylon connectors.

Also new to the Leica product portfolio is a range of tripods manufactured by Gitzo. These include the GK1545T-82TQD Traveler Kit, comprising a lightweight tripod and ball head. Thanks to its light weight, this travel tripod, which expands to a versatile maximum height, is light enough to carry almost anywhere and features a ball head designed for smooth and precise motion.

 

The range of tripods also includes the Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 and GT3542L carbon tripods, both of which are distinguished by their versatility and extremely light weight. These two tripod models also include the GH3382QD Precision Ball Head for perfectly accurate movements, and the GC3101 Tripod Bag as a comfortable carrying solution.

 

The GT4543LS Systematic Tripod is also included in the new range of Gitzo products. This particularly stable and extremely versatile tripod is the perfect choice for the demands of professional photographers who shoot with longer focal length lenses.

 

Thanks to their quick, easy and efficient locking systems, the Gitzo GH2720QR and GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Heads are ideal for the needs of birdwatchers and wildlife photographers alike. Both of these compact, robustly constructed heads offer outstanding stability and maximum precision.

Consumers can visit us.leica-camera.com for more information or visit their local Leica Store, Boutique, or Dealer to purchase any of the new COOPH and Gitzo designed accessories.

 

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LEICA ANNOUNCES NEW BINOCULARS WITH A SPLASH OF COLOR

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 02:03

Leica announces its new Leica Ultravid Colorline (http://en.leica-camera.com/sport_optics/special%20editions_new/Colorline/) collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow.

Elegantly styled with superior optical performance, the compact binoculars of the Leica Ultravid Colorline collection are ideal accessories for all viewing opportunities; from exploring ancient monuments and museums to theatres and concerts, their compact size allows them to fit comfortably in any jacket pocket.  Their ability to suppress light reflections, the trademark of all Leica products, makes the binoculars particularly valuable when viewing under unfavorable lighting conditions: in the twilight hours as well as under stage lighting or floodlights.

With a close focusing limit of only 5.9 feet, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 Colorline allows users to see the finest details at relatively short distances. With 10x magnification, the Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 Colorline is also suitable for viewing subjects at greater distances. On safari or at sporting events, these power-packed, compact binoculars bring every subject almost close enough to touch.

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New H5D firmware is now available

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 01:54

Hasselblad will be releasing a new sensor unit firmware version 2.4.3R for all H5D Cameras. At the same time we will also release new firmware for all H5D Camera bodies: H5D131008.hbf.

H5D-40, H5D-50, H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS updating from 1.5.3R:

  • Faster start-up time
  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Low battery warning on sensor unit display
  • High temperature warning
  • Double click on release button enters menu on sensor unit display
  • Support for GPS module (GIL)
  • Folder view
  • Improved histogram
  • Improved 9-view
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D-60 updating from 2.3.3R:

  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D131008.hbf new features since H5D130506.hbf:

  • Added True Focus functionality when using the H1.7x Converter
  • When using extension tubes or the Macro Converter with True Focus, no focus correction is added and the IFC cursor is always placed in the centre.
  • Added support for the H5D-60
  • Stability improvements
  • Minor GUI corrections
  • Now possible to set ISO on camera grip when tethered.
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Leica announces their new wide-angle lenses Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. and the Central Shutter Version (CS).

by JamesNYCOctober 6. 2013 04:02

LEICA ELMARIT-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH.

 

Natural perspective at the highest level


The angle of view corresponds to that of the classic 35 mm focal length for 35 mm photography and, with its moderate wide-angle and true-to-life perspectives, make it outstanding for landscapes and architectural photography as well as for studio work. Its high speed of f/2.8 makes it optimal for available light photography and the judicious use of selective focus.

The lens portfolio for the Leica S medium format system now comprises nine Leica S lenses (six with CS variants) with focal lengths from 24 mm - 180 mm.

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Kupo - 9″ Super Viser Promotion

by JamesNYCOctober 4. 2013 18:25

October Promotion – Take advantage of this 20% off  hot deal on one of the most useful clamps in Kupo’s grip arsenal, the 9″ Super Viser Clamp (KG600212)

Fashioned after the famous Cardellini Clamp, the Super Viser is an extremely strong and versatile clamp. It can mount securely onto round and square objects, or just about an

y unique shape up to 8″ in diameter. The jaw position remains fixed on one side of the clamp, enabling it to be mounted where limited space is available. The specially formulated grip pad provides a strong grip, yet protects the surface it’s clamped around. Besides the built-in baby pin, another Kupo innovation outfits this clamp with a hexagonal receiver that accepts the full compliment of Convi Clamp accessories. Another advantage of this clamp is has a chamfered slot running down the back of the main bolt. This keeps the jaws from rotating freely, around the threaded central bolt, maintaining their locations so you can easily mount the clamp with one hand. These clamps boasts an impressive load capacity of 66.1 lbs (30 Kg) and comes in a silver aluminum finish.

Purchase any quantity of 9″ Super Viser Clamps (KG600212) and get a 20% discount. $65.00 retail. Only $52.00 with rebate!

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GoPro Gets Smaller, Lighter with Hero3 Plus

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 23:25

Newest Version of Popular Crash Cam Has Improved Lens, Audio Recording.

GoPro has updated its popular Hero3 action cam with the smaller and lighter Hero3+, making it an even more attractive no-budget crash cam for filmmakers. In a recent press release, the company claims that, on a unit basis, more Hero3s have been sold to "professional production companies" than any other camera.

GoPro says the Hero3+ Black Edition is 20 percent smaller and lighter than the previous model, and comes with a 30 percent increase in battery life. The lens has been improved for what GoPro says is a 33 percent increase in sharpness along with a "2x reduction" of artifacts in the image.

Audio is upgraded, too, with the new Hero3+ Black incorporating more sensitive audio recording along with a new wind-noise reduction system. Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones or tablets for remote-control applications has been increased by four times, the company said, and the included Wi-Fi Remote lets users control up to 50 cameras from up to 600 feet away.

A new "Auto Low Light Mode" is said to improve low-light performance by changing frame rates based on lighting conditions. Judging from specs posted at GoPro's website, the camera essentially halves its shooting speed in low-light environments. For example, if your camera is strapped to a bike cruising down the highway on a sunny day, you'll be able to shoot 1440p video at 48fps. If that bike enters a dark tunnel, your frame rate will automatically drop to 24fps.

Did that reference to "1440p" throw you? The 1920×1440 recording format, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, is just one of many video modes on the Hero3+ Black, from full Ultra HD/4K video (up to 4096×2160) at 12p on the high end to WVGA (848×480) at 240p on the low end. There are plenty of options in between, including two 2.7K options and, of course, 1080p and 720p. And the new SuperView mode enables recording of wider-angle 1080p and 720p footage than was available in the previous version of the camera.

“We have used GoPro cameras in some of our biggest productions, like Survivor and The Bible," said producer Mark Burnett in a prepared statement. "GoPro has allowed us to capture and share fascinating new perspectives that previously weren’t possible or were too costly, which in the end makes for better storytelling."

The Hero3+ Black Edition has a suggested list price of $399.99.

 

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Zacuto USA - Z-Drive and Tornado

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 11:53

The Z-Drive and Tornado are finally here! In 2011, Zacuto product designers set out to create a new device: a mechanical follow focus handgrip for shoulder mounted camera rigs. The first prototype was announced at NAB 2012 and was then overhauled into the sleeker more streamlined model that debuted at NAB 2013. After more than two years of Z-blood, Z-sweat and Z-tears, we are finally ready to announce the release of these amazing new products.

The Z-Drive is a unique direct drive universal follow focus that can be used in an infinite number of positions. It can be used on the operator side in a frontal downward position for shoulder mounted use. It can be used in a angled backward position for use with a whip if you are standing behind the tripod or dolly. It can be used at any angle up, down or in between on the operator or assistant side.

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Adobe Admits to Being Hacked, 2.9M User Accounts Compromised

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 02:54

Adobe users who have purchased a product or signed up for Creative Cloud recently beware. According to Adobe’s website, the company’s servers were hacked “very recently,” and the attackers made away with customer information from 2.9 million Adobe accounts, as well as source code for a few Adobe products.

Adobe isn’t disclosing when exactly this happened, but the company is admitting that the hackers managed to pull “customer IDs, encrypted passwords… names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders” from some 2.9 million users’ accounts — Adobe is in the process of notifying affected customers by email.

The good news (if you can call it that) is that Adobe doesn’t believe the hackers got any decrypted financial information, so even though we suggest Adobe CC subscribers keep a closer eye on their bank and CC accounts over the next few weeks, you should be ok.

Regardless, Adobe still isn’t willing to take any chances where customer info is concerned. In addition to working with financial institutions to protect customers’ accounts, the company is also resetting all Adobe ID passwords affected.

Those whose financial info was compromised will also receive a letter detailing steps they might take to help protect themselves, as well as one year of free credit monitoring so you can be sure nothing fishy is going on.

The source code breach, which Adobe believes might have been related, has less to do with us photographic types. Apparently the cyber thieves stole source code from “Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products.”

Thankfully, this particular breach requires no further action as Adobe “[is] not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident.” We’ll call that the silver lining.

For more info on either security breach, head over to the Adobe blog by clicking here (customer info theft) or here (source code theft). As we mentioned above, if you were affected by the hack, you should shortly (if you haven’t already) receive an e-mail from Adobe notifying you.

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New Profoto Speedlight Ring Expands Use of RFi Softboxes

by JamesNYCOctober 2. 2013 01:24

Profoto just announced a new Speedring adapter, which allows photographers to use any brand of speedlight with the entire line of RFi softboxes. The RFi Speedlight Speedring features dual brackets to attach two speed lights, if needed, for use with larger softboxes, providing extra illumination or faster recycling time. For more precise and creative lighting, the new adapter provides several adjustment options. Speedlights can be angled, adjusted vertically and, to obtain the optimal light-to-subject distance, moved forward. Even when using speedlights, softboxes can still be tilted and rotated 360 degrees.

Mounting positions are color-coded to match those of RFi softbox rods, making it easy to figure out what goes where with each different type of light modifier. The Speedring comes with additional hotshoe mounts so users can attach Profoto Air units or any radio sync, regardless of brand.

The RFi Speedlight Speedring is available now for $175, including the bracket and 4 hotshoe mounts.

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Lexar® JumpDrive M10 Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Coming Soon

by JamesNYCSeptember 28. 2013 06:35

Product Features

  • Securely protects files using EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption 
  • Easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter displays available storage space
  • Speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive® USB 2.0 drives*
  • High-capacity options to store more files on the go
  • Compatible with PC and Mac® systems
  • Three-year limited warranty

Capacities

  • 16GB (up to 100MB/s read, 20MB/s write)
  • 32GB (up to 100MB/s read, 30MB/s write)
  • 64GB (up to 100MB/s read, 55MB/s write)
  • 128GB (up to 100MB/s read, 55MB/s write)
 

Secure, High-Speed File Transfer

The Lexar® JumpDrive® M10 Secure USB 3.0 flash drive provides comprehensive data protection and features an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter. And with speeds up to 4x faster than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives, it allows you to quickly and safely store and transfer files.* JumpDrive M10 Secure is available in 16GB-128GB capacities.

Convenient, Reliable Portable Storage

Securely Protect Files on the Go. Looking to protect personal information, financial records, or other sensitive files on the go? Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure includes EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption to help protect your essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion. Easily create a password-protected vault that automatically encrypts data.

Securely Erase Files After Use. For peace of mind that your data is secure, use the File Shredder feature to thoroughly delete files so they can’t be recovered. 

Check Available Storage Space—at a Glance. Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure sports an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter that’s powered by the same technology as today’s popular e-readers. This convenient meter lets you determine your available storage space at a glance, and maintains the reading even when disconnected.

Transfer Content Faster. With a busy life on the go and so much to do, the last thing you want is to spend extra time waiting for your files to transfer. The Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure offers speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives.* Quickly transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than 90 seconds—that’s 13x faster than the 20 minutes it takes using a standard USB 2.0 drive.**

Store More. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. And with a range of high-capacity options from 16GB-128GB, you can securely store more of what matters.

Lexar Performance, Quality, Compatibility, and Reliability. All Lexar memory card, card reader, and USB flash drive product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. 

 

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