Photography News Issue 47


Photography News | Issue 47 |


Laowa’sMagic new shift News in brief

Venus Optics has unveiled the Laowa Magic Shifter Converter (MSC), which allows you to convert an ultra-wide angle lens into a shift lens. Specially designed for the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens, the MSC can be used to fit Canon and Nikon mount lenses to Sony's E-mount cameras. The adapter has been built with a patented optics system. The Canon EF variant is available to pre-order now, with the Nikon AI variant available later. The guide price is expected to be £299.

Bowens gone Long established UK lighting company Bowens has gone into liquidation. Bowens was bought along with photo retailer Calumet last year by asset manager, Aurelius Group (the Group acquired WEX earlier this year). In a statement provided to Photo District News,, Calumet said the decision was due to the “the far-reaching changes affecting its market, including new, considerably less expensive products by Chinese manufacturers, product innovations by competitors, photographers, who are now only willing to invest in new equipment if the investment guarantees additional income.” It’s sad news that a British brand of 94 years whose products many of us grew up with has gone. It's also disappointing that the brand could not react effectively to the changing market conditions, which surely would have been evident to them years ago. and the changed buying behavior of professional

Getupclosewith Voigtländer

Voigtländerhasannouncedtherelease of its MACRO APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical lens. The Sony E-mount macro lens is designed for full-frame cameras and offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance of 31cm. It has both a manual focus and manual aperture controls, but also features electrical contracts to allow settings to be recorded within the EXIF data. Its apochromatic optical designreduces longitudinal chromatic aberrations. The lens weights 625g andmeasures 91.3mm. Available now, it retails for £750.

NewLeica addition

Go light with Sirui The Sirui NT-1005X is a compact travel tripod that weighs in at 1.44kg and is strong enough to take a 8kg load. Its folded height is 36cm but fully extended it reaches a very useable 148.3cm.

The Leica TL2 features a newly developed 24-megapixel sensor and a Maestro II processor. This processor allows the camera to focus in as little as 165 milliseconds, which is three times faster than the previous model. It’s also got a faster start- up time and its electronically controlled shutter means that even when shooting at speeds up to 1/40,000sec it will be silent. What’s more the TL2 also boasts a continuous shooting rate of 20 frames-per-second. Its design has been based on the Leica TL-system and each camera is created from a single block of aluminium in the Leica factory. The TL2 offers 4K 3840x2160p video at 30 frames- per-second. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi and a 3.7in LCD touchscreen. Available now, it is priced at £1700.

The tripod comes complete with an E-10 ball head and one leg can be detached and used as a monopod. Combined with the centre column and ball head, the monopod has a working height of 154cm. The NT-1005X legs have non-slip twist locks, the centre column can be reversed for low-level shooting and there is a ballast hook too. The NT-1005X is available now and is priced at £179.99.

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