Hasselblad X1D II 50C, a camera to optimize the X System


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Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad introduces the evolved X1D II 50C camera, along with a XCD 35-75 zoom lens, Phocus Mobile 2, and reveals details of the upcoming CFV II 50C digital back and 907X camera body.

The X1D II 50C camera from Hasselblad is, one can say, a Mark II of the model with which the company introduced the world’s first mirrorless medium format digital camera. The new model continues to challenge users to take medium format outside of the studio, and Hasselblad says that this model further optimizes the X System for a wider audience of creatives. Having listened to user feedback

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Hands-on: Nik Collection 2 with DxO’s PhotoLab 2.3 ESSENTIAL photo editor


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Back from the dead in 2018, Nik Collection is now available in version 2, with a complete photo editor added. Even if you just want the plugins, try the editor, PhotoLab 2.3 ESSENTIAL, and be surprised.

Nik Software  started, in 1995, the adventure that would become a series of plugins praised by photographers everywhere. A decade later, with Nikon investment, a move that explains the birth of Capture NX, a stand-alone photo editing program developed by Nik Software and Nikon, the company transformed into a software research and development company, the name behind a product that has its name

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro from Venus Optics is now shipping


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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro is now shipping

The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens looks like any other 100mm Macro lens in terms of size, but its optical construction gives you much more in an affordable package, priced at $449.00.

The same size as my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is different, because it only offers manual focus, which may be a negative point for some. On the other end, it doubles the magnification, which can be an advantage for macro shooters. The lens is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony.

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Affinity Publisher is coming: an affordable desktop publishing app


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Affinity Publisher

Serif’s most ambitious app yet, Affinity Publisher, is officially launched this June, and there is an exclusive early access offer and 20% discount for pre-orders for this affordable alternative to Adobe InDesign.

Creating eBooks, booklets, brochures and single page adds has always been part of my work as a photographer. With the DTP tools available in recent years, photographers had a chance to use their photographs in multiple ways. Lightroom introduced a solution to create eBooks and .pdf documents to send to a printer, but those looking for more sophisticated alternatives had to use an app like InDesign. Now, finally,

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Skylum Luminar 3.1.1: going faster now


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Skylum Luminar 3.1.1: going faster now

Even if you have hundreds — even thousands — of photos in your library, you’ll find an improved launch time in Luminar, thanks to the recent update, says Skylum.

According to Skylum, Both Mac and Windows versions see an easier navigation thanks to the new update. Have a photo that you’re trying to locate in a specific folder? It’s now easier than ever. All you have to do is right-click on the photo and select Go to > Folder in Library, and you’ll be immediately taken to the folder that contains that photo. This is perfect for finding photos that

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Sony’s new long lenses: a 600mm prime and a 200-600mm zoom


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The new white Sony lenses, FE 600mm F4 GM OSS and FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS for full frame cameras give photographers and videographers new options in terms of creativity.

Which 600mm should I choose? The FE 600mm F4 GM OSS prime or the FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS zoom. The versatility of the zoom will win, for many users, but the prime lens is, no doubt, a choice when a fast aperture is a must. In terms of weight, the 600mm prime is the lightest in its class, at least at the moment, with approx.

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Imerge Pro 3: new version introduces massive changes and new effects


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Imerge Pro 3

Imerge Pro 3 has landed and it comes with, says FXhome, massive changes with everything from the user interface to the render engine. New enhancements are also added.

I’ve tried the first Imerge Pro, I never had a chance to try Imerge Pro 2 and now Imerge Pro 3 is already around. No, I am not a slow mover, it’s just that FXhome is moving fast with the updates, upgrades and versions. After all, it was only last fall that Imerge Pro appeared, and last January the company introduced Imerge Pro 2. We’re in June and Imerge Pro 3

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Steadicam Air monopod: a lower price and a new set up guide video


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Steadicam Air monopod: a lower price and a new set up guide video

A complete game changer, the Steadicam Air monopod allows users complete freedom in operating, as they can go from kneeling to standing in seconds and never miss a moment. A new video explains how.

There is a new special price for the Steadicam Air monopods, making this solution even more attractive and maybe something you should check.  The Steadicam Air is not a monopod like others, because it’s air lift and spring activated. Weighing only 3.5 lbs, the Steadicam Air is made up of three sections including one twist leg lock that allows for a 360 degree rotation.

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Exos X16, Iron Wolf and Iron Wolf Pro: Seagate introduces the first 16TB HDDs


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Seagate introduces the first 16TB HDD for NAS systems

With the amount of data created, captured or replicated across the globe rising to 175 zettabytes by 2025, Seagate announces its 16TB hard drives, robust solutions for creative professionals.

SSDs are great, in the different shapes and forms they take today, but nothing beats HDDs, in terms of cost per megabyte. That explains why companies continue to develop HDD solutions, expanding not only features but also capacity. Seagate announced this month that the company has been actively shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drives as part of the Exos X16 family, delivering high performance and record capacity for hyperscale data centers to

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New Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer: up to 10 times faster than ever on Mac


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The biggest ever updates to Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer bring power and extensive new features. The Mac versions are up to 10x faster, while Windows users will have to wait a bit more.

GPU compute acceleration, HDR monitor support and a new memory management system ensure the Affinity suite continues to be at the cutting edge of modern creative software, with version 1.7 update, now available, being the biggest-ever Affinity update to both apps. The latest versions underline Serif’s commitment to pushing the limits of performance that users can expect from their hardware. It’s the same approach that

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Cine Gear: Lumix S1H Full-Frame DSLM


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Panasonic rolled out the full-frame Lumix S1H at Cine Gear Expo with a presentation, a demo film, and a pre-production prototype under glass. Jose Antunes has already written about it and linked to the demo film, so I’ll just show the preso slides (shot offscreen) and some pictures of the prototype.

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Panasonic started off showing the S1H’s cine heritage.
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The GH series of micro-four-thirds hybrid stills/video cameras
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The S1H’s key features
Product Manager Matt Frazer introduces filmmaker Alicia Robbins

Alicia Robbins shot the demo film. Unsurprisingly she found the camera pleasant to use and capable of delivering a quality

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New Nik Collection 2 has DxO PhotoLab 2.3 ESSENTIAL Edition inside


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Nik Collection 2

After bringing the Nik Collection back from the dead, in 2018, DxO now announces a major upgrade to the famous plugin suite, which now includes DxO’s PhotoLab RAW photo editor.

Back in 2018 DxO brought the classic Nik Collection back to the market, after having acquired it from Google, who had acquired the software and distributed it freely, not knowing what to do with it. DxO knew better, and in 2018 the company released the software’s first stable version with customer support, making thousands of users of the original version happy, by keeping alive one of the most cherished special

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Profoto announces the B10 Plus flash: a big light in a small package


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Profoto B10 Plus

Profoto has a new flash out, the bigger brother of the successful B10. With the B10 Plus, photographers have twice as much power as with the B10, and then times more than the average speedlight.

Despite the extra power of the B10 Plus, owners of the Profoto B1 series should not worry, says the company. The new flash does not compete with the larger flashes from Profoto, being in a different category, designed for those who need to move between locations and carry their lighting system with them all the time. It’s slightly bigger than the B10, but still small

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Panasonic announces new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for LUMIX S lenses


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New 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for LUMIX S lenses

Transform the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. in a 400mm lens through the magic of the new DMW-STC14 and a 2x Teleconverter. The trick has a price, though: it will cost you $599.99.

Priced at $499.99 and $599.99, respectively, the 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-STC14 and the 2x Teleconverter DMW-STC20 from Panasonic, introduced in time for Cine Gear Expo 2019, expand the range of the LUMIX S series telephoto zoom lenses. The two new teleconverters  announced can be attached to the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200), enabling the use of the

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Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7: a zoom designed for MFT video shooters


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Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7

With the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH., Panasonic confirms Micro Four Thirds continues to be cared for. But this video-centric lens costs a hefty amount!

No focus breathing, stepless aperture and 9 blades. These are features that video shooters will appreciate, besides the fact that the luminous aperture of f/1.7 extends all along the focal range, 10-25mm (or 20-50mm if you consider 35mm) on the new lens announced by Panasonic in time for Cine Gear Expo 2019. The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH., first mentioned last year, during Photokina, is

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Tiffen announces NATural Graduated ND filters for photography and video


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Tiffen NATural Graduated ND filters for photo and video

Cinematographers, videographers and still photographers, all use filters, and the new NATural Graduated ND filters from Tiffen Filters are a welcome addition to the list of options available to control light.

The move to digital cameras and the evolution of photo editing software has made many photographers stop using graduated filters, because of how easy it is to shot two exposures and mix them in post. This works rather well with static subjects, landscapes being one example. But replicating the effect of a graduated filter is not always possible or even desirable, so there are times when it is good

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LUMIX S1H: mirrorless mobility with professional cinema quality


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LUMIX S1H: mirrorless mobility with professional quality

Designed especially for film production, the LUMIX S1H shows that Panasonic is not afraid to create a camera that, to a certain extent, competes with its own dedicated video cameras.

The Paramount Theater was the stage chosen by Panasonic to reveal the “exciting new secrets” the company will promise to unveil at Cine Gear Expo 2019. The secret was, surprising some, a new full frame mirrorless camera to join the existing models in the S family. I did wrote here at ProVideo Coalition, a few days ago, “that announcing a new LUMIX L-mount camera now, when the other models are

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ATOMOS Neon: new HDR field monitors with Bluetooth control through iOS app


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ATOMOS Neon new HDR field monitors with Bluetooth control

Atomos introduces Neon, the all-new cinema monitor-recording displays designed to meet the challenges of modern production, Bluetooth controlled by the Atomos iOS App.

Atomos revealed the new ecosystem of HDR field monitors at Cine Gear Expo 2019. Visitors can find the new family at Atomos booth (Stand 104, Stage 6). The Neon series is available for sale at authorized Atomos Entertainment Resellers and priced at $3,999 for the 17”, $6,499 for the 24”, $7,999 for the 31” and $16,999 for the 55”. Neon17 and Neon 24 will be available from August 2019; Neon31 and Neon55 will be available from September

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Flame Painter 4 arrives in June: new release celebrates 10th anniversary


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Flame Painter 4: new release celebrates 10th anniversary

A standalone app that can also work as a Photoshop plug-in, Flame Painter is a painting application used by everyone from photographers to CG artists or designers.  Version 4 arrives in June.

The small studio of creatives and coders named Escape Motions announced the arrival of Flame Painter 4, a new edition of its standalone paint and particle effects package. This game-changing software charges up the possibilities of digital painting and enhances designs and photographs with captivating life-like organic brushes.

The feedback from users suggests the warm reception the app received in a decade of evolution. The reviewer at Photoshop

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Panavision shows camera-to-finish imaging ecosystem at Cine Gear Expo


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Panavision’s camera-to-finish ecosystem revealed at Cine Gear Expo 2019

The DXL camera, a new LINK HDR to view HDR content through the imaging chain, the LEE100 Filter System and new features for the LCND are highlights of Panavisions’ presence at Cine Gear Expo.

Panavision, Light Iron and LEE Filters will be present at booth S408 on Stage 3, at Cine Gear Expo 2019, to display an array of integrated technologies and systems, ranging from lenses, cameras and filters, to state-of-the-art production and post production workflows – that illustrate Panavision’s commitment to providing the most versatile and powerful storytelling tools.

The Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 will, again, be a highlight of

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