Photography News Issue 25 absolutephoto.com
Pentax lens ready for new full-frame DSLR?
News in brief
Instagramusers read this One Vision has recognised that there are huge numbers of people using Instagram and many of them are making 10x10cm prints. So One Vision has launched a series of products to cater for those folk. So there is the Ten Squared Print box, the Ten Squared Magnetic Print Frame, and the Ten Squared Peg Frame. Ten Squared Print Box comes in 11 different styles and costs £12.50 each and with the box comes 27 prints that you can have made using a choice of nine print templates. Design and uploading software is available from the One Vision website. onevisionimaging.com
Pentax DSLR system owners are in for an optical treat with the arrival of a high-end standard zoom. The HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR will undoubtedly attract existing Pentax users, but the lens has been launched now in readiness for the company’s 35mm full- frame DSLR that has already been announced and is currently under development for a 2016 launch. On a K-series APS-C format Pentax the focal length is equal to 37-107mm. This fast zoom has a 17 elements in 12 group construction that features three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and four aspherical elements to minimise lens aberrations and deliver high-
contrast, fine-detailed and evenly lit images. HD lens coating also helps with image contrast and combats flare and ghosting. The SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) gives a quiet, high-speed AF. Should you need to tweak focus, the lens’s Quick-Shift Focus System lets you adjust focus manually without having to put the lens in manual focus mode. Also featured is aweather-resistant buildwith seals to stop water getting inside the lens body. This fine lens will cost £1149.99 and will be available later this October.
In-car cameras More and more drivers are fitting cameras to their cars in case of traffic incidents. Garmin has introduced the Dash Cam 30 and the Dash Cam 35, priced at £129.99 and £159.99 respectively. Both can capture in 1080p, 720p or VGA onto Micro SD cards. The 30 has a 1.4in LCD and the 35 has a 3in screen. Immediate playback on the screens is possible and there is a snapshot feature so they can be used to record any damage, too. The Dash 35 is GPS-enabled so can automatically label footage with date, time, latitude and longitude details and speed. Have an incident and you know precisely when and where it took place. It also has driver alerts like forward collision, red light and speed camera warnings. garmin.com
Studio-quality light fromyour flashgun If you want to make more of your flashgun, check out these handy multifunction flash and brolly holders from Phottix. The Varos Pro BG Umbrella Holder costs £25 and is available in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large, capable of holding 25kg, 28kg and 30kg loads respectively. Each is solidly constructed from aluminium alloy and with metal cold shoes, and is designed to securely hold your flashgun and brolly on a standard lighting stand. The included tripod-mount fitting means that you can fix the holder to a tripod with a 1/4in or 3/8in bush.
Instant fun from Fujifilm
Instant photography is hugely popular especially among younger photographers and Fujifilm Instax is the choice of many. The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 is available in canary yellow, island blue or moon white and costs £99.99 including a ten shot pack of Instax mini film. Inside its stylish body the mini 70 has an autoexposure mode that measures light in the scene and adjusts camera settings and flash output to give the best result, three-stage focusing (macro, normal and landscape), and there is also a new selfie mode.
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