INTERNATIONAL FILTER COMPETITION12/04/2017
The 2017-2018 addition of the Kenko Tokina International Filter Photo Contest is now open for entries.
Commemorating the 60th-anniversary of the company, the competition is open to all photographers but images submitted must be captured with one of the many filter types available attached to your lens.
This time, the competition will be split into two seasons: spring/summer and autumn/winter and entries are now being accepted for the spring/summer competition via the competition website.
Judges will choose one 'Grand Prix' winner as well as four 'Jury Special Prize' winners. There will also be 30 photographers who will be awarded the 'Excellent Works' accolade.
For more information and to enter, visit the Kenko Tokina International Filter Photo Contest website.
SLIK LITE AL-420M TRIPOD27/03/2017
If you're looking for a travel tripod to use with a small camera - an enthusiast compact,
a lightweight mirrorless CSC, or perhaps an entry-level DSLR -
then the Slik Lite AL-420M is worth a look.
Amateur Photographer - 1 April 2017
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TAMRON SP 70-200 F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 REVIEW27/03/2017
A 5 Star Report from Photography Blog -
The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is an outstanding telephoto zoom lens ..........
Image quality is excellent at almost every focal length, with fantastic sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range.
Read the full report here: http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/tamron_sp_70_200mm_f2_8_di_vc_usd_g2_review/
CULLMANN MUNDO RECOMMENDED IN AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER13/03/2017
We see lots of tripods come through the AP office, but the Cullmann Mundo 525M stands out for offering almost everything you might need in an easy to use package.
…… It’s one of the best we’ve seen at this price point.
Amateur Photographer – March 2017
TAMRON 85mm WINS 'BEST IN TEST'09/03/2017
N-Photo magazine recently tested 8 portrait lenses (from Nikon, Sigma and Tamron) and the Tamron SP 85mm lens takes the “Best on Test” award!
Overall the 85mm scored 5 stars and the conclusion - “Image Quality is sumptuous and the optical stabiliser is a bonus”
See the March edition of N-Photo magazine for the full test.
Details on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/NPhotomag
TAMRON COMES OUT ON TOP!09/03/2017
The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro is a real beauty!
In a recent round up of macro lenses in Digital Camera Magazine, the Tamron 90mm lens was up against macro lenses from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Samyang, Sigma, Sony and Tokina and it came out as the overall winner.
With an overall verdict of 5 stars, Digital Camera Magazine says .....
Tamron's new incarnation of its classic 90mm macro lens delivers sublime image quality, is beautifully built, and boasts high-end features.
The Tamron 90mm won the following categories:
- Best on Test
- Editors Choice
- Best for Nikon and Best for Canon
TAMRON SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G208/03/2017
The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, punching far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image quality.
Add to that the amazing VC system and moisture and dust resistance and Tamron have a definite winner on their hands.
To read the full test report please see here:
TAMRON 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC08/03/2017
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is an excellent lens that can be highly recommended. It is designed with the centre of the field very much in mind, so depending on use, it should be possible to enjoy the outstanding sharpness when the main subject is fairly centrally placed. However, it is still possible to have excellent edge sharpness if the aperture used is chosen with that in mind.
It is an attractive optic, not only for its sharpness and other optical qualities but also for its smart new design ethos, matching nicely with other new Tamron lenses. Add the moisture resistance and a price competitive with its peers and we have a very useful general purpose wide angle zoom capable of very satisfactory results.
Read the full test report by E-Photozine here:
Samyang Premium MF 85mm f/1.2 Lens Review04/01/2017
Read the E-Photozine test on the Samyang Premium 85mm lens here.
5 stars out of 5 - Editors Choice!!
360FLY 4K REVIEW20/10/2016
ePHOTOzine review the 360Fly 4K action camera - the camera records 360 videos in 4K resolution and is waterproof...
See the full test report from ePHOTOzine here:
TAMRON SP 150-600MM G2 REVIEW17/10/2016
Here we have an updated version of Tamron's already excellent 150-600mm lens. With the promise of improved optical performance, faster AF, improved VC (Vibration Compensation) and many other minor improvements this looks to be a compelling upgrade. Let's see how it performs.
For the full review, visit the E-Photozine site here:
Tamron 85mm f1.8 wins EISA award15/08/2016
August 15, 2016, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces that its SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD), the world’s first fast-aperture lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) for full-frame DSLR cameras, has won the EISA Award for European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.
Excerpt from the Award of the EISA Jury
"The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD sets new standards of performance for a short telephoto portrait lens. It’s the first of its type equipped with optical image stabilization, allowing the photographer to use shutter speeds up to 3.5 stops slower than usual. Optical performance is enhanced by the use of Low Dispersion and Extra Low Dispersion glass elements to minimize chromatic aberrations, and the barrel is also sealed against dust and moisture. The optical design strikes a perfect balance between sharpness at the point of focusing and producing a soft natural effect at the background, making it a perfect lens for portrait artists."
About the EISA Award
The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) presents awards each year to products judged to be the best in Photography, Hi-Fi, Home Theatre Audio, Home Theatre Display & Video, In-Car Electronics and Mobile devise categories. A panel of editors from over 50 leading imaging, sound, and electronic industry magazines in 22 countries review and vote determine the leading products on the market.
Tamron Lenses that have received the EISA Award
The receipt of this prestigious award marks the 18th year Tamron has won an EISA Award and the 11th consecutive year since 2006.
New Sherpa range from Velbon - the go-anywhere tripods!06/06/2016
Coming very soon is a brand new range of Sherpa tripods from Velbon - the ideal tripods to take with you anywhere you need to keep your camera steady. They are at home either in the studio or out in the field and will appeal to a wide range of users including photographers and birdwatchers.
All models are suitable for compact system cameras and DSLRs, the Sherpa 400 model will also support a DSLR with large telephoto lens attached.
Sherpa tripods are manufactured from high quality aluminium and are finished in gunmetal colour. All come complete with a 3-way or ball & socket head, rubber non-slip feet and protective carrying case. The Sherpa 50, 100, 300 and 400 models feature 3-section multi-angle legs, which allow full-height, medium or low-level use and the sliding centre column splits to allow low working-height, ideal for macro photography.
Tamron 85mm prime receives 5-star award from ePHOTOzine01/06/2016
"The Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a superb short telephoto lens at a very reasonable price."
Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Verdict
"A slightly slower maximum aperture of f/1.8 (many 85mm lenses are f/1.4 designs) does seem to have its advantages in terms of a more compact, lighter lens and also a lower cost. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price well within reason. There is little not to like about this Tamron lens and Nikon, Canon and Sony users will be able to use it to their advantage. Unless the photographer has a definite need for an f/1.4 then the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD delivers superb quality at a more reasonable price level. What a lovely lens this is, with Vibration Compensation (VC) unique in this lens."
Full article available here: https://www.ephotozine.com/article/tamron-sp-85mm-f-1-8-di-vc-usd-review-29225
Samyang unveil 14mm and 50mm Autofocus lenses04/05/2016
The global optics brand, Samyang Optics today announced the long-awaited launch of two autofocus lenses: 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses for Sony E-mount Mirrorless cameras with FULL-FRAME sensor size. The new 14mm and 50mm are the brightest lenses in their class and offer superb quality images to photographers. This launching expands the boundaries of Samyang Optics photo lens line-up from manual focus only, to now include autofocus lenses.
Optical Design Optimised for Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras
Both 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC are specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance. Along with portability of mirrorless lenses, the 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 are compatible with full frame sensors to deliver the wideness and sharpness of image to photographers.
Cullmann back with Intro 2020 after 30 years!04/04/2016
Anyone with a long memory may recall Intro 2020 handling Cullamnn products for a while way back in the 1980s. Thirty years later, Cullamnn is back with us!
Founded in Langenzenn, Germany in 1968, the name CULLMANN has stood for practical and high-quality photo and video accessories for more than forty years. Starting from the original idea, through the development process and to the production of a CULLMANN product, we are continuously focused on the needs of the user. Thanks to our ongoing dialogue with amateurs and professionals we know their specific requirements and take them into account for design and production.
Every CULLMANN product is guaranteed to provide the user with maximum benefit, simple, well thought-out operation, reliable functionality, unique design, high-quality materials and a long service life – all at a reasonable price.
More details here: https://www.cullmann.de/en/home.html
Intro 2020 appointed sole importer and distributor of Digipower products31/07/2015
Intro 2020 have been appointed the sole UK importer and distributor of Digipower products, manufactured by Mizco International.
Digipower will launch in the UK from 1 August 2015 and Intro 2020 will concentrate on the Digipower products that include a selection of the following products:
- Extended power packs for Go-Pro Hero cameras
- Replacement Go Pro batteries
- Go Pro chargers and charger kits
- Quickpod Selfie Wands
- Rechargeable Powerbanks
- USB Chargers
- Digital Camera Battery Packs
About Digipower: Since 1998, Digipower has pioneered the digital accessory category with strong industry insights and a commitment to unique product design and engineering. Digipower prides itself by introducing compatible, high performance accessories to the mobile computer, wireless and imaging enthusiast.
Digipower is a division of Mizco International, based in the USA and is one of the world’s fastest growing suppliers of mobile phone headsets and accessories, as well as imaging, smartphone and iPhone power solutions. Founded in 1990, the Mizco family of brands include Digipower, iEssentials, Ecko Unlimited, Travelocity, Tough-tested, Cellular Innovations, and Mizco Sports.