Product News and Reviews

HOYA Launches STARSCAPE Light-Pollution Filters

HOYA Launches STARSCAPE Light-Pollution Filters
01/11/2019

The HOYA STARSCAPE filter reduces light pollution generated by artificial lights common in cities.

Capturing our Milky Way and its millions of stars, often invisible to the naked eye, is becoming an increasingly popular challenge to photographers. Hoya have just made the process even more rewarding by introducing their Starscape light-pollution filter.

Samyang Launches World’s First AF 14mm F2.8 for Canon RF Mount

Samyang Launches World’s First AF 14mm F2.8 for Canon RF Mount
25/10/2019

Good news for Canon RF users! Samyang announces AF 14mm F2.8 RF

Global optics brand Samyang Optics has announced the world’s first ‘AF 14mm F2.8 RF’ specifically designed for RF mount. Samyang Optics, known for its wide-angle lenses, packs 113.9 degree ultra-wide angle and excellent optical performance into a compact lens designed for mirrorless camerap

Steiner Commander 7x50 Review

Steiner Commander 7x50 Review
11/09/2019

Island Photo Reviews the Steiner Commander 7x50 Binoculars

On a recent trip we had the chance to use a pair of Steiner 7x50 commander binoculars. After setting the individual eyepieces correctly, the first thing to strike you is the amazing clarity. Everything from approximately 20m to infinity is pin sharp

Samyang Optics announces the launch of new XEEN CF cinema prime lenses

Samyang Optics announces the launch of new XEEN CF cinema prime lenses
11/09/2019

Samyang Launches New Line-up of XEEN CF Cinema Prime Lenses

XEEN cine prime lenses were the first speciality video & cinema lenses released by Samyang Optics back in 2015. With 40 years of optical technology experience, Samyang and XEEN lenses have expanded the world's imaging market with exceptional image quality, highest precision optical technology and unique special-coating technology.

SAMYANG ANNOUNCES NEW af 18MM F2.8 FE PRIME LENS

SAMYANG ANNOUNCES NEW af 18MM F2.8 FE PRIME LENS
29/08/2019

Samyang Launches NEW "Super-Wide-Angle Lens for Sony FE (Full Frame)

Global Optics Manufacturer Samyang Optics announces the launch of their new AF 18mm F2.8 FE. This amazing new lens weighs just 145g (without lens-hood or cap), which makes it the lightest and smallest 18mm super-wide-angle auto-focus lens currently on the market.

KENKO AB600-R FLASHGUN

KENKO AB600-R FLASHGUN
08/08/2019

KENKO AB600-R AI Flashgun now available in the UK and Ireland

The new Kenko AB600-R is a high-power, ‘Advanced Intelligence’ flashgun which enables photographers to raise their game to another level, helping them automate the lighting process and get the best results every time.

NEW - Steiner BluHorizons - Binoculars with Sun Protection

NEW - Steiner BluHorizons - Binoculars with Sun Protection
24/06/2019

Bluhorizons With Autobright Technology – Sun Protection Factor For The Eyes

The compact Steiner BluHorizons binoculars automatically adapt to ambient light conditions, to provide the best viewing experience in bright sunlight, especially when looking at reflective surfaces such as water or snow.

SLIK introduce new PRO CF range of Carbon Fibre Tripods and Pro Ball Heads

SLIK introduce new PRO CF range of Carbon Fibre Tripods and Pro Ball Heads
21/06/2019

Slik have just launched a new range of carbon fibre tripods in the UK and Ireland.

All 4 models in the PRO CF range use 8-layer carbonfibre legs, which are bonded and sealed in a high-pressure furnace. This allows them to be extremely strong, light-weight and rigid. There is a choice of 4 or 5-section telescopic legs, with 3 increasing leg diameters.

Velbon Geo Series Carbon Fibre Tripod and Head Review

Velbon Geo Series Carbon Fibre Tripod and Head Review
21/05/2019

Automotive Photographer Brian Lloyd reviews the Velbon GEO E635D + QHD-53D head

A good tripod is one of the most important pieces of kit in any photographers bag. Having a sturdy tripod can can make a huge difference to your images and how creative you can get with your shots. From long exposure, to light painting and panoramic images, all are made so much simpler with a good quality tripod.

Samyang Announces NEW AF 45mm F1.8 FE Prime Lens

Samyang Announces NEW AF 45mm F1.8 FE Prime Lens
13/05/2019

SAMYANG Launches New “Tiny But Premuim” Lens for Sony FE (Full Frame)

Samyang Optics is adding to its Auto Focus line-up, by introducing the new AF 45mm F1.8 F. This multi-purpose lens is designed for Sony Full-Frame E-mount cameras and weighs just 162g.
 

Samyang Announces NEW AF 85mm F1.4 FE Prime Lens

Samyang Announces NEW AF 85mm F1.4 FE Prime Lens
11/04/2019

Introducing 3 New lenses for Nikon F and Z Mount cameras

Samyang Optics announces the release of three more new lenses as part of its 2019 “Spring Collection” One auto-focus lens designed for the Nikon F mount and two manual-focus lenses for the new Nikon Z mount

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Receives TIPA-Award

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Receives TIPA-Award
02/04/2019

BEST MIRRORLESS STANDARD ZOOM LENS

This fast mid-range zoom for Sony E-mount cameras has specialised
glass elements that control aberrations and deliver excellent resolution throughout the entire focal length range.

Samyang Announces NEW AF 85mm F1.4 FE Prime Lens

Samyang Announces NEW AF 85mm F1.4 FE Prime Lens
15/03/2019

Introducing the NEW AF FE Mount 85mm F/1.4

Global optics brand Samyang, launches new AF 85mm F1.4 FE prime lens with stunning resolution, bokeh and excellent AF performance. This is the 4th lens to be introduced from Samyang’s 2019 ‘Spring Collection’ campaign.

Tamron announces the development of three new lenses

Tamron announces the development of three new lenses
22/02/2019

Introducing three NEW lenses from Tamron

The 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) zoom lens and the SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) fixed focal lens. The third new lens will be the 17- 28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046), a new high-speed ultra wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.

KENKO LAUNCHES TELEPLUS HD PRO TELE CONVERTERS

KENKO LAUNCHES TELEPLUS HD PRO TELE CONVERTERS
22/01/2019

Introducing the NEW premium 2x and 1.4x tele converters from Kenko

The TELEPLUS HD pro series replaces the previous PRO300 series, with
redesigned optics and multi-layer coatings, to match contemporary high-resolution
DSLR cameras and lenses. The HD pro series joins the existing, new-generation
TELEPLUS HD line up as a superior series in terms of optical design and coating quality.

Preserving your memories – Converting analogue film to digital images

Preserving your memories – Converting analogue film to digital images
08/01/2019

Scanning your film treasures made easy with Plustek OpticFilm Scanners

Negatives, slides and prints will all degrade over the years. They will fade and
often become stained or speckled. Scanning them gives you the opportunity to
preserve the images forever and even improve them back to their original state
using editing software.

Cokin Nuances Extreme Filter Test

Cokin Nuances Extreme Filter Test
21/12/2018

Photographer Sienna Anderson tests the latest Cokin Nuance Extreme ND filters. 

Previously I have become very frustrated when using filter systems due to how
fiddly and difficult it was to place and remove filters into the holders especially
in the winter months when my hands would be so painful from the bitter cold.

Lighting has never been so easy

Lighting has never been so easy
11/12/2018

Metz Launches NEW - Mecablitz M360 Flash

Compact, simple and light weight - the new mecablitz M360 is perfect for flash
beginners and for mirrorless cameras. Plug and play!

With the rise in popularity of compact mirrorless cameras, accessories are also
becoming smaller and more practical hence the Metz M Range. The New Metz
Mecablitz M360 is a compact, fully-featured TTL flash that offers intuitive operation.

Velbon Launches UT-3AR Travel Tripod

Velbon Launches UT-3AR Travel Tripod
07/12/2018

Introducing the latest ultra lightweight tripod from Velbon  

Lightweight, like the AiR you breathe! The Velbon UT-3AR tripod
weighs just 787g, yet is capable of supporting up to 3kg of camera
gear, making it ideal for use when travelling with mirrorless and DSLR
cameras. It is extremely compact when folded, measuring just 29.5cm
in length (2mm less, than a sheet of A4 paper!).

Steiner Launches New SkyHawk 4.0 Binoculars

Steiner Launches New SkyHawk 4.0 Binoculars
12/11/2018

Introducing the new Steiner Skyhawk 4.0 outdoor binoculars

The outdoor world provides us with many experiences and this is
exactly the reason why Steiner has developed the new SkyHawk 4.0
range of binoculars; to observe nature in clear, sharp and close focus
at all times.

METZ ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF A COMPACT AND POWERFUL LED VIDEO LIGHT

METZ ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF A COMPACT AND POWERFUL LED VIDEO LIGHT
26/10/2018

Introducing the new Metz mecalight S500 BC

The Metz mecalight S500 BC is a stylish, compact and powerful LED
video light, the size of a smartphone, enclosed in a high-quality aluminium
housing. It measures13cm long, weighs just 135g and is totally flat, allowing
it to fit easily into any camera bag or pocket, to become your practical companion
on any trip.  

Remote Aerial Mast Photography Made Easy

Remote Aerial Mast Photography Made Easy
22/10/2018

We asked Tom Hogan owner and product designer at Vantage Point Products to field test the NEW Camranger Mini

CamRanger, the most trusted name in professional remote wireless Nikon and Canon DSLR camera control, are back with the CamRanger Mini. It’s smaller, lighter, slightly faster but with increased wireless control range of 400ft / 120m!

 

Kristofer Rowe with the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Kristofer Rowe with the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
18/10/2018

Wildlife Photographer Kristofer Rowe shooting with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

I try to provide a gateway into the very essence of bird behavior. This involves a great deal of patience and an unstated amount of trust between myself and my subjects. I try to convey emotion in my birds by catching unique facial expressions and poses. Whether it is laying in mud, on a beach or wading through icy salt marsh water I will do whatever it takes to get the shot I have envisioned. I also respect my birds and believe in practicing proper etiquette and not unduly stressing the birds.

CCS 3G Camera Harness Review

CCS 3G Camera Harness Review
05/10/2018

We invited photographer Sienna Anderson to try out the latest Cotton Carrier harness for two cameras.

I first used the Cotton Harness whilst out on a Wildlife shoot. I had two cameras attached which was a considerable weight but the design of the Harness distributed this evenly. The carrier had adequate padding in the shoulder straps and the adjustment straps were very easy to use. I was able to walk around freely and comfortably.

Heavens Above Us - A Samyang Story

Heavens Above Us - A Samyang Story
03/10/2018

Professional photographer Kevin Fierroli, reviews the Samyang 14mm F2.4 XP

I have to confess, I have an addiction. This addiction involves going out every clear and moonless night searching for the best views of the Milky Way above Dorset. My addiction started about 4 years ago, using an old Canon 450D with a Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 lens. Despite managing to get some shots, this setup wasn’t producing the results I wanted, so decided to upgrade.

NEW FROM COTTON CARRIER - SKOUT

NEW FROM COTTON CARRIER - SKOUT
02/10/2018

The world's most comfortable, secure, and accessible, Sling-Style camera and binocular harness.

Cotton Carrier have followed up on their successful line of G3 carrying systems with the sleek, simple, lightweight, and efficient new SKOUT. SKOUT maintains the classic COTTON CARRIER style plus secure, accessible, fixed position camera & binocular carrying.