Photography News Issue 28 absolutephoto.com
Phase reach 100megapixels
News in brief
Lexarworkflowkit Lexar has introduced two portable solid state drives, a 256GB and a 512GB, offering a read performance of up to 450MB per second. The drives feature a simple yet effective LED capacity meter to gauge available space. Also new is the Plug and Stay JumpDrive S45. This is a USB 3.0 drive available in different colours
Phase One has introduced its XF 100-megapixel medium-format camera system. The latest back has a CMOS sensor offering 16- bit capture and is capable of recording 15EV dynamic range, giving incredible highlight and shadow detail. ISO range is 50 to 12,800. The camera system
features an extensive lens collection and accessories todealwithmost subjects, while the highly featured body has a plethora of AF and exposure options. Go online to book a demonstration.
with capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. lexar.com
Dual skills Metz The Metz 44 AF-2 flashgun is an excellent lighting solution for photographers, and
Storage fromKingston Kingston has added to its SSDNow family with the KC400. It is available in 125GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities and comes with a five-year limited guarantee and free technical support. Also new is an encrypted USB drive with keypad access. For extra security an auto lock feature kicks in when the device is removed from the host and the encryption key and password are deleted after ten failed log in attempts. Three capacities – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB – are available. kingston.com
videographers, with high-speed sync options (according to the camera) and a Guide Number of 44, ISO 100/metres. But it also has an integral LED light with a 100 lux output at one metre for video shooting. For stills shooting the flash zoom head covers from 24mm to 105mm, and with the integrated diffuser enabled wide-angle coverage reaches 12mm. On sale now, it costs £179.99.
If you are in the City of London and at a loose end on 20 January, join an interactive photo trail with Leica and QuizTrail. The trail starts at the Bank Tube station and ends at Leica’s Royal Exchange store. To register go to quiztrail.comand download the iPhone app from iTunes. When on the tour the app will ask questions along the way with more of the route revealed when you get the right answer. You can start the trail at any time between 11am and 7pm, and it should take no longer than 30 minutes with photo opportunities on the way. While the app is free, it costs £2 to join the event and Leica is donating all proceeds to the charity PhotoVoice. Enjoy the City with Leica Have a heart Photographs by Peter Sellers – his first job was as a photographer – are being auctioned in aid of the British Heart Foundation. The auction is being hosted on fundraising platform givergy.com and the auction is open until March this year. On the trail of good shots quiztrail.com
With the strapline, 183 Cool Cameras from the Strange to the Spectacular, Todd Gustavson’s book Curious Cameras is published by Sterling, price £16.99. Todd Gustavson is the curator of technology at the George Eastman House, where the featured cameras are showcased, so he’s well-placed to talk about the technology behind the cameras, old and new. It is a very interesting read, not too technical, and a lovely journey, from the early days of photography to the present.
Protecting the front element of your expensive lens is very important and Sigma’s new protection filters are made fromClear Glass Ceramic material. This innovative material has the high levels of transmission quality needed for imaging use, but it offers greater hardness than strengthened glass. In conventional protection filters only the surface is strengthened. But Clear Glass Ceramic is made using a special heat treatment that produces crystals through the whole filter for maximum and consistent strength. Sigma says this material has ten times the strength of a conventional protection filter and three times the strength of a chemically hardened glass filter. The new filters will be available in sizes from 67mm to 105mm. The 77mm version has a guide price of £84.99.
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