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Lowepro slimdown

Lakeland expansion

LPH heads overseas in 2014

Sling one of these over your shoulder and carry your CSC in style

Words by Will Cheung

Words by Will Cheung

Lakeland Photographic Holidays (LPH) is growing its range of international workshops in 2014. The new courses are being added to the already popular and renowned Lake District workshops. Workshops for 2014 include Tuscany, Iceland, Paris, India (Taj Mahal and the Red Fort) and Yosemite. The Yosemite Firefalls trip is scheduled for February 2014 and is timed for the couple of the weeks during the year when Yosemite Falls is lit up by the setting sun, hence the name. It should be a brilliant trip full of picture potential.

Three new compact system camera bags from Lowepro combine a super slim design with easy access. The Streamline Series includes the 150 and 250 shoulder bags, featuring separate compartments for your camera, tablet, smartphone and personal items. Both have padded, soft-lined zip pockets on the front and a main compartment that can be expanded by unzipping along the bottom. Also in the series is the Streamline Sling, which has a cross- body strap for comfort and easy access. It has a dedicated pocket for a tablet, and access to the camera compartment is via a zippered side opening. As well as CSCs, the Streamline Sling can hold smaller DSLRs with a kit lens attached. The Lowepro Streamline Series is available now, ranging in price from £33 to £41. General purpose zoom joins range Sigma adds to Art lenses The latest lens in Sigma’s Art line-up is the 24-105mm f/4. It features an optical stabiliser and is compatible with full-frame cameras. Its construction includes F Low Dispersion, Special Low Dispersion and aspheric lens elements to reduce distortions and aberrations, and is designed to overcome low peripheral brightness that’s common in similar lenses. Super Multi-Layer Coating also reduces flare and ghosting. The minimum focusing distance is 45cm, and the Hyper Sonic Motor makes for silent autofocusing, while the lens cap and AF/ MF switches have been redesigned for better useability. It’s also compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock system that allows you to use dedicated software to update the lens firmware and fine-tune parameters such as the focus. The price and availability of the lens is yet to be confirmed. π To find out more visit www.lowepro.com. Words by Ian Fyfe

π To find out more visit www.lakelandphotohols.com.

NEWS INBRIEF

Experiment withMicro Four Thirds Lomography has a new experimental lens kit for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Compatible with all Micro Four Thirds cameras, the kit includes a fisheye lens, a 12mmwide- angle and a standard

24mm and allows you to take circular 160˚ shots, optical

multiple exposures and create extreme colour saturation. The kit costs £79. www.lomography.com

π To find out more visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com.

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