Photography News | Issue 32 | absolutephoto.com
Back in PN 30 we buddied up with French Photographic Holidays (FPH) to bring you an exclusive and valuable competition prize – a week’s photography tuition for two in the fabulously beautiful Dordogne region of France, including full board and sumptuous local cuisine. The prize value was whopping £1900, so as you’d expect we were inundated with entries, and after answering a couple of simple questions, readers were asked to submit their best landscape shots for judging. Following some lengthy deliberation, Paul Edmunds of FPH selected Steve Jones’s misty river shot, taken on a Fujifilm X-T1 and 18-135mm lens as the winner. Paul described the winning shot as “very atmospheric, but with a little room for improvement, so hopefully Steve will get a lot from a week with us.” You can catch up with Steve and see how much he enjoyed the week in the next issue of Photography News . Vive le reader!
News in brief
MOOMonogramapp Business card brand Moo has launched an iOS app, Monogram, which allows you to create a portfolio on the go. moo.com
Polaroid releases Polaroid has released two
new stabilisers for digital and action cameras, a Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Stabilizer priced at £159.99 and a Power Handgrip/Stabilizer for £39.99. Also announced is the SelfieDisc IR Remote Shutter Release. The shutter button can be attached to most Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony SLR cameras and offers remote shutter control via an app for iOS and Android devices. The SelfieDisc comes with a silicon bumper case, a button cell battery and a camera-hanging strap and is available for £24.99. polaroid.com Kenro has expanded its own- brand of tripods with a new video tripod and monopod kit range, that comprises two tripods and a monopod. Prices range from £149.94-£215.94. Two video heads from Kenro are also available to purchase separately. kenro.co.uk Kenro expands tripod selection KingstonUSB flash drive andmicroSD Adding to its line-up, Kingston Digital has introduced the microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 (Speed Class 3) card for action cameras including GoPro and those on drones. It features read speeds of available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities from £12. These cards have rugged credentials being waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof and temperature proof from -25°C to 85°C. Kingston Digital has also announced two new hardware encrypted USB Flash drives; the DT4000G2DM and DTVP30DM, which are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. kingston.com up to 90MB/s and write speeds of 45MB/s, and is
Cullmannlaunches bags and tripods The Cullmann bag range features nine new bags, which includes the Sydney PRO Action zoomster, the Ultralight Sport and Lima backpacks and the Ultralight PRO Maxima 120 and 300. In addition there’s also two sporty/messenger Madrid bags, which come in two sizes and two different colours, and can also be used as day bags. Also announced is a newrange of tripods and flexipods, which include full- size tripods, mini tripods and the Titan 935 tripod, which supports 21kg. Tripod prices start from £13.99, with the Titan 935 priced at £399, while the bag prices start from £35.99.
Above Steve Jones won the French Photographic Holidays competition with this image of a misty river.
Miggö Pictar transforms iPhone
Miggö has unveiled the Pictar – a camera grip for the iPhone, which allows for DSLR style shooting on your mobile device. The Pictar has five external controls, which includes a multi-state shutter button, zoom ring, selfie button, exposure compensation wheel, smart wheel for customisation, a tripod mount and also a cold shoe.
Pictar omits sound, inaudible to the human ear, which communicates with the iPhone via an app to perform actions. A Kickstarter campaign is now live and has an introductory price of $90 (£62.28) with retail availability stated for December 2016.
The world’s first universal lens adapter and camera rig system for smartphones is available in three kit options with two lenses. The Beastgrip Pro Rig is universal and can work with virtually any camera phone and is also compatible with a variety of conversion lenses and filters. You can buy the Beastgrip Pro Rig on its own for £95.81 or get a kit with wide-angle and fisheye lenses for £199.99. Beastgrip Pro adapter
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