Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Gadget Show Feature Edifier Breathe!

Click on the link below to find out more:

The Edifier Breathe Has Landed.

New iPod Speaker System combines eye-catching design with excellent room-filling sound.

September 28th 2010, Edifier®, a supplier of innovative speaker systems backed by state-of-the-art design and extraordinary sound quality announces the new
Breathe iF600.

The Edifier Breathe iF600 combines eye-catching design with excellent room-filling sound. Simply dock your iPod or iPhone to share your tunes. The Breathe features a clever Music Pause function which will automatically pause the music when a call is received on your iPhone. It also incorporates an Aux input which allows other MP3 players to be connected. Stylish and functional, the Edifier Breathe is the perfect companion for listening to all your playlists.

Breathe Features:

• Elegant all-in-one iPod docking home audio system with downward angled subwoofer for enhanced bass performance.
• Separate mid-range and tweeter for both stereo channels
• On-deck control pads and full function remote with all iPod navigation/playback controls
• Auxiliary input reserved for secondary audio source
• Digital amplifier with EuP compliant green power management
• Wide range switching power supply included


• Total power output: RMS 9W x2 + 30W x1 (THD+N=10%)
• Signal to noise ratio: ≥80dBA
• Frequency response: R/L 180Hz~20kHz. SW 40Hz~130Hz
• Total harmonic distortion: ≤0.5%
• Input sensitivity: R/L 700mV ± 50mV (AUX) 350mV ± 50mV (iPod/iPhone)
• Bass unit: 5¾” magnetically shielded, 6Ω
• Midrange/high unit: 2¾” magnetically shielded, 6Ω
• Tweeter unit: Φ19mm magnetically shielded, 6Ω
• Dimension: (WxHxD) 420mm x 257mm x 244mm
• Weight: 4.80kg (net) 6.20kg (gross)

Compatible with:

6th generation iPod;
5th generation iPod;
4th generation iPod;
4th generation nano;
3rd generation nano;
2nd generation nano;
1st generation nano;
2nd generation mini;
1st generation mini;
2nd generation touch;
1st generation touch;
and all generation iPhones.

Price and Availability:

The Breathe iF600 is available immediately from John Lewis at SRP £169 inc

About Edifier:

Established in Beijing in May 1996, the Edifier Group quickly expanded overseas, and in 1998 developed into a transnational group company. The Company's head offices are in Vancouver, Canada, being mainly responsible for group strategy sales, product planning, and product R&D.

Edifier operates two production bases in China, in Beijing and Shenzhen, with full product R&D, plastic injection, machining, painting, silk-screen printing, and assembly. The R&D team is composed of dedicated acoustical engineers from Beijing, and North America. The Group has more than 2,500 employees worldwide, and manufacturing facilities covering an area of 100,000 square metres. or

Monday, 27 September 2010

Take Your Photography Further With the Pro Line Apollo 180 and Apollo 300 Creative Kit!

Alpha Digital Services, one of the UK’s leading imaging distributors announces the release of the Pro Line Apollo 180 and Apollo 300 Creative Kit.

Apollo 180 Kit:

The Pro Line Apollo 180 Kit is perfect for those who are new to photography. It provides all of the accessories you might need as you learn the secrets of studio flash. Based around the Pro Line X 180 Apollo, this kit enables you to take your photography to the next level.

The X 180 Apollo has a 180 w/s output with a variable power range from 1/8th to full. It is a solid metal construction with soft rubberised coating ensuring comfortable handling and a quality finish. The low 6V trigger voltage makes it safe to use with any camera, and the Roller Equipment bag included offers secure storage and portability for your equipment with separate channels for stands and umbrellas.

Included in the Kit:

• Two X-180 Apollo

• Two Light Stand

• One 50cm x 70cm Softbox

• One 105cm white umbrella

• One equipment bag – Medium

Product Specifications:

• Output: 319 w/s

• Guide Number: 48 GN

• Recharge Time: 3.6 sec

• Colour Temp: 5500 k

• Power Control: Full to 1/8 fully variable

• Modelling Lamp: 50W

• Flash Duration: 1/1000 sec

• Triggering Methods: Photo Cell/Sync Cable

• Sync Voltage: DC 6V

Apollo 300 Creative Kit:

Those with a larger studio area, or who simply want more power, the Pro Line Apollo 300 Creative Kit is an all inclusive studio kit. Based on the X-300 Apollo, the simplicity of use combined with high quality and consistency means that these kits are equally at home in an enthusiast’s or professional’s studio.

The X-300 Apollo has a 300 w/s output with a variable power range from 1/8th to full. The soft rubberised coating on the solid metal frame guarantees for comfortable handling and a quality finish. The flash slave sensor and infrared sensor means it can be triggered without a sync cord, and the low 6V trigger voltage means that it is safe if you prefer to use it with a cord.

Included in the Kit:

• Two X-300 W heads

• Two Light Stands

• Two 50cm x 70cm Softbox

• One 105cm White Umbrella

• One Lamp Reflector

• One set of colour filters

• One Barn Door Set

• One Snoot and Honeycombe

• One 80cm Gold/Silver Reflector

• One Wireless Four Channel Radio Trigger

• One Equipment Bag – Large

Product Specifications:

• Output: 318 w/s

• Guide Number: 48 GN

• Recharge Time: 3.6 sec

• Colour Temp: 5500 k

• Power Control: Full to 1/8 fully variable

• Modelling Lamp: 50W

• Flash Duration: 1/100 sec

• Triggering Methods: Photo Cell/Sync Cable

• Sync Voltage: DC 6V

Pricing and Availability:

The Apollo 180 and 300 Creative Kit are available at SRP £299.99 inc and SRP £499.99 inc. For your nearest stockist please contact Alpha Digital Services:

Tel (01189) 33 7003

About Alpha Digital Services:

Founded in 2005, Alpha Digital Services are a value added distributor of imaging related products. Based in Reading, UK, Alpha Digital Services are the UK and Ireland distributor for Ricoh digital cameras, Braun, Proline, DXO software and Kowa.

About Pro Line:

Pro Line Studio have been developing their new range for launch to the market over several years, and as a result have created equipment that represents unseen levels in value for money in terms of quality, reliability and affordability. Simple to use and exceptionally consistent, Pro Line products are the first choice for the amateur and professional photographer alike. With high quality, consistency, affordability and ease of use as the company’s mission, Pro Line’s product line is versatile and well made.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Ricoh announces GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5

A new GXR camera unit featuring a GR Lens and an APS-C size CMOS sensor
Exhibited at photokina 2010

Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2010—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development and release of GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5, the fourth camera unit in the GXR interchangeable unit system. This product is being announced and exhibited at the photokina 2010 exhibition held in Cologne, Germany, beginning September 21, 2010.

Introduced in December 2009, the GXR is a revolutionary new interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit. In addition, to fully utilize this system's unique ability to accommodate interchangeable units other than camera units, Ricoh is also investigating possibilities for development of a variety of other devices.

The new GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5 brings together a newly developed 28 mm wide-angle fixed focal length GR Lens, an APS-C size CMOS sensor, and the proven GR Engine III image processing engine to create a unit with high flexibility, high image quality, high-speed shooting ability, and high power of expression.

<Main features of GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5>

1. Newly developed GR Lens and APS-C size CMOS sensor for strong resolution and imaging power
・The new 28 mm equivalent GR Lens has a 6-group, 9-element configuration. Incorporating two aspherical lenses, one special low-dispersion lens, and multiple high-refraction-ratio lenses, this extravagant lens configuration achieves strong resolution and imaging power to the edge of the frame.
The lens thoroughly corrects for various types of aberrations while at the same time utilizing a floating lens structure to suppress performance changes caused by focusing. The result at all shooting distances is high image quality worthy of the GR Lens name.
*To be given the “GR Lens” name by Ricoh, a lens must exceed a specified level of overall lens performance, with particular attention being given to MTF values, distortion, and color aberration.

・A 23.6 mm × 15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor is used. The combination of this sensor with the GR ENGINE III image processing engine enables the camera unit to shoot high-quality images with smooth tone gradations as well as high definition and low noise.
・The use of a configuration of nine rounded aperture blades enables the photographer to enjoy beautiful bokeh as well as precise aperture settings.

2. Rapid shooting capabilities help capture fleeting shutter chances
・Focusing speed has been accelerated through the addition of the new drive mode and the use of a high-speed CMOS sensor.
・The Pre-AF function also accelerates focusing speed by adjusting the focus to match subject movement.
・The full press snap function shoots at a preset distance for a one-push full-press of the shutter-release button.

3. High usability and quality feel
・The manual focus ring is available for precise focus adjustments. High-speed adjustment is also an option. The manual focus ring can even be used to seamlessly fine tune the focus after automatic focusing.
・The target position can be magnified on the screen during shooting, and it can also be moved using the direction keys. Select from 2x, 4x, and 8x magnification ratios for convenient and precise focus checking.
・The two options of normal and pinpoint can be selected for the AF area size used in spot AF.
・For the exterior, we utilized die cast magnesium, which has a strong track record in the GR series, and we covered the surface with a corrosion-resistant "pear-skin" coating. The end result is a body with durability, light weight, and a superior feel in hand.

4. GXR series power of expression takes full advantage of GR Lens capabilities
・Multi-pattern auto white balance makes it possible to recreate natural as-seen colors even in people-photography scenes that were difficult to shoot with past auto white balance functions, such as scenes with both shadow and sunlight and scenes mixing flash and natural light (or fluorescent light, etc.).
・ISO3200 facilitates shooting in low light conditions.
・The noise reduction level can be specified as Off, Weak, Strong, Max, or Auto. By specifying Max, it is possible to do sophisticated variance-estimation type noise reduction processing in which the sensor image data's noise distribution is analyzed and the optimum processing is done for each region.
・The automatic exposure modes include program shift mode, shutter speed priority mode, and aperture priority mode.
・Picture settings can be customized with nine setting levels for easy creation of a diverse range of images.

5. Diverse functions of the GXR series
・An electronic level utilizing an acceleration sensor.
・Three grid guides useful for framing images while shooting.
・An image flag function to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. Up to 20 images can be flagged.
・The DIRECT screen enabling current shooting settings to be displayed and changed. Settings can be easily checked at a glance.
・It is possible to shoot 1280 × 720 pixel HD movies.
* Note: When shooting movies of 1280×720 size, the use of an SD/SDHC memory card with an SD speed class of Class 6 or higher is recommended.

<GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5 options>

Product Model
Lens Hood LH-1
Soft Case B (lower portion and strap) SC-65B
Soft Case T (upper portion only) SC-65T
Soft Case SC-55L

*All of the focal lengths in this release are converted to the equivalent values for a 35 mm film camera.
*SC-65T cannot be used as a case by itself. It must be used together with SC-65B.
*LH-1, SC-65B, SC-65T are new options being introduced at this time. SC-65B and SC-65T are to go on sale in the near future.
*Functions when mounted on the GXR body.

<GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5 Major Specifications>

Effective pixels:
Approximately 12.30 million

Image sensor:
23.6 mm × 15.7 mm CMOS sensor (total pixels: approx. 12.90 million pixels)

Focal length: 18.3mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 28 mm)
Aperture (f-number): f/2.5 – f/22 (ND filter used with apertures for exposure control when f/22 is displayed in auto shooting mode)

Focus range: Approx. 20 cm - infinity (from the front of the lens)
Construction: 9 elements in 6 groups (2 aspherical lens elements with 2 surfaces)
Filter diameter: 40.5mm

Digital zoom: 4.0x (3.6x for movies)
Auto resize zoom: Approx. 5.9x (VGA)

Focus Modes:
Contrast AF-based multi and spot AF; MF; Snap; infinity (focus lock and AF-assist)

Shutter speed:
Photographs: 180 - 1/3200s (upper and lower limits vary according to shooting and flash mode)
Movies: 1/30 – 1/2000 s

Exposure control:
Metering: TTL-CCD metering in multi (256-segment), centre-weighted, and spot metering (TTL metering with auto exposure lock)
Mode: Program AE, aperture priority AE, manual exposure, shutter priority AE, move target function
Exposure compensation: Manual (+4.0 to -4.0 EV in increments 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV), auto bracketing (-2 EV to +2 EV in increments 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV)

ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity):
Auto, Auto-Hi, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200

White balance:
Auto / Multi-P AUTO / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent Lamp 1 / Incandescent Lamp 2 / Fluorescent Lamp / Manual Settings / Detail; white balance Bracketing

Range (built-in flash): Approx. 20 cm – 3.0 m (ISO auto) (from front of lens)

Shooting mode:
Auto / program shift / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual /scene (movie, portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, skew correction) / “My Settings”

Continuous mode:
Number of pictures shot in Continuous (Picture Size: RAW):
Noise Reduction on weak or off: 4 pictures
Noise Reduction on strong, or MAX: 3 pictures

Number of pictures shot in M-Cont Plus (1 set):
HI (1280 × 856): 30 pictures (24 frames/sec.)
LO (4288 × 2848): 15 pictures (3 frames/sec.)

Picture quality ※1:

Image size (pixels):
16:9 4288×2416, 3456×1944
4:3 3776×2832, 3072×2304, 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1280×960, 640×480
3:2 4288×2848, 3456×2304
1:1 2848×2848, 2304×2304

Movies (24 frames/second):
1280×720, 640×480, 320×240

File size (approx.):
16:9 NORMAL: 17,800 KB/frame, FINE: 19,515 KB/frame, VGA: 15,587 KB/frame

4:3 NORMAL: 18,387 KB/frame, FINE: 20,157 KB/frame, VGA: 16,124 KB/frame

3:2 NORMAL: 20,946 KB/frame, FINE: 22,967 KB/frame, VGA: 18,337 KB/frame

1:1 NORMAL: 13,991 KB/frame, FINE: 15,333 KB/frame, VGA: 12,273 KB/frame

16:9 NORMAL: 2,222 KB/frame, FINE: 3,816 KB/frame

4:3 NORMAL: 2,315 KB/frame, FINE: 3,960 KB/frame

3:2 NORMAL: 2,615 KB/frame, FINE: 4,493 KB/frame

1:1 NORMAL: 1,761 KB/frame, FINE: 3,009 KB/frame

16:9 NORMAL: 1,475 KB/frame, FINE: 2,509 KB/frame

4:3 NORMAL: 1,574 KB/frame, FINE: 2,662 KB/frame

3:2 NORMAL: 1,744 KB/frame, FINE: 2,968 KB/frame

1:1 NORMAL: 1,186 KB/frame, FINE: 2,003 KB/frame

4:3 FINE: 2,287 KB/frame

4:3 FINE: 1,474 KB/frame

4:3 FINE: 812 KB/frame

4:3 FINE: 197 KB/frame

Battery life:
Based on CIPA standard DB-90: approx. 320 shots CIPA※3

Dimensions (W × H × D):
Camera unit only: 68.7 mm × 57.9 mm × 50.4 mm
(according to CIPA guidelines)
When mounted on the GXR body: 113.9 mm × 70.2 mm × 55.6 mm
(according to CIPA guidelines)

Weight (approx.):
Camera unit only: Approx. 210 g
When mounted on camera body: Approx. 410 g (battery and SD memory card included)

Operating temperature:
0 °C to 40 °C

Operating humidity:
90% or less

Storage temperature:
–20 °C to 60 °C

*1 The picture quality modes which can be set vary depending on the image size.
*2 A JPEG file is also recorded (the JPEG file may be a FINE- or NORMAL-quality file with the same dimensions as the RAW file or a VGA file 640 × 480 pixels in size). RAW files use the standard DNG format promoted by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
*3 For reference only; actual number of shots varies greatly according to how camera is used. We recommend that you carry spare batteries when in use for extended periods.
(Shooting capacity was measured using CIPA-standard parameters. These are only estimates; performance may vary depending on usage conditions.)


The GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5 will be available from mid to end November 2010.
For more information:

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Westcott Announce New Collapsible Umbrellas. Perfect For Travel and On-Location Shoots!
43” Umbrellas That Fold Down to Just 14.5”!

UK, September 22nd 2010 - JP Distribution, the exclusive UK distributor for Westcott – one of the world leaders in professional photography and video lighting equipment - has announced the new range of Collapsible Umbrellas from Westcott.

Umbrellas allow for a quick and easy set-up. With the Westcott Collapsible Umbrella range, set-up is easier than ever! The 43“ umbrellas fold down to just 14.5“ enabling them to fit easily into any bag or backpack, meaning they are perfect for on location shoots.

Available in three different styles – optical white satin, soft silver and optical white satin with a removable black cover, this umbrella range can be used as shoot through diffusers, or to bounce a light source.


• Collapsible for easy travel and on location shoots
• Opens and closes quickly
• Remove the black cover for a shoot-through diffuser
• Use the black cover for a soft silver interior for a bounce source


• Open size: 43 inches
• Closed size: 14.5 inches
• Weight: 1lbs
• Max Wattage: 750

Pricing and Availability:

43“ Collapsible Optical White Satin £19 inc
43“ Collapsible Soft Silver £19 inc
43“ Collapsible Optical White Satin with Removable Black Cover £22 inc

Please contact Johnsons Photopia for your nearest dealer on 01782 753304 or e-mail

About Westcott:

Westcott is distributed in the UK by JP Distribution. Westcott is a leading manufacturer of light control equipment, backgrounds and accessories for professional imagemakers in photography and video fields. Since Westcott entered the photography market, it’s been a major innovator in devising professional light control products. With over 600 items for professional and beginning photographers, Westcott have continued a long-standing commitment to product innovation.

For more information on Westcott please see:

About JP Distribution:
JP Distribution is a successful division of Johnsons Photopia Ltd., an independent, privately owned company that can trace its roots back to 1743. JP Distribution is committed to providing an exclusive complimentary portfolio of leading brands for the professional and enthusiast photographer via a dedicated network of retail partners.
Mamiya, Sekonic, ILFORD, Gepe, Geimuplast, Billingham, PocketWizard, Peli, Trek-Tech, CamGrip, Black Rapid, Toffee and Spudz are all part of the JP Distribution brand portfolio.
JP Distribution is located in the heart of England at the company headquarters in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, where the company employs a wealth of experienced personnel with an unrivalled level of imaging knowledge, expertise and experience.

For more information on JP Distribution, please visit:

Green Screen and Simple Software Makes Creating Unique Photos a Breeze!
JP Distribution, the exclusive UK distributor for Westcott – one of the world leaders in professional photography and video lighting equipment - has announced the new Green Screen Digital Photography Kit from Photo Basics by Westcott.

Green Screen is the most widely-used method for creating special effects in movies and publications and with Westcott’s new Green Screen Kit, creating unique images in just a few simple steps has never been easier! The included PhotoKey Lite software will automatically extract the Green Screen from behind your subject and with a few simple clicks, you can insert any one of the 100 digital backgrounds included or upload your own background image. The software also features editing and positioning tools enabling you to provide finishing touches to your images. The Kit includes PhotoKey Lite software, 100 Digital Backgrounds and a 5‘ by 7‘ green screen with 2 wall hooks, and with the easy to use software and minimal floor space requirements, this is the perfect choice for users of all levels!


• Fast, fun and easy software automatically removes the greeen background.
• Includes features for image enhancement, sizing and rotation.
• Easily save or print creations.
• 100 digital backgrounds included as well as the option to upload your own.

Pricing and Availability:

The Green Screen Digital Photography Kit is available for £69.99. Please contact Johnsons Photopia for your nearest dealer on 01782 753304 or e-mail

About Westcott:

Westcott is distributed in the UK by JP Distribution. Westcott is a leading manufacturer of light control equipment, backgrounds and accessories for professional imagemakers in photography and video fields. Since Westcott entered the photography market, it’s been a major innovator in devising professional light control products. With over 600 items for professional and beginning photographers, Westcott have continued a long-standing commitment to product innovation.
For more information on Westcott please see:

About JP Distribution:

JP Distribution is a successful division of Johnsons Photopia Ltd., an independent, privately owned company that can trace its roots back to 1743. JP Distribution is committed to providing an exclusive complimentary portfolio of leading brands for the professional and enthusiast photographer via a dedicated network of retail partners.
Mamiya, Sekonic, Lastolite, ILFORD, Gepe, Geimuplast, Billingham, PocketWizard, Peli, Trek-Tech, CamGrip, MAGIX and Spudz are all part of the JP Distribution brand portfolio.
JP Distribution is located in the heart of England at the company headquarters in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, where the company employs a wealth of experienced personnel with an unrivalled level of imaging knowledge, expertise and experience.

For more information on JP Distribution, please visit:

Thursday, 16 September 2010

New Laplink® PCmover® - The Only Utility that Moves Programs, Files and Settings!

Simple, fast transfer of data from one PC to another.
London, UK, September 16th, 2010, Laplink Software, Inc., the global leader in PC connectivity, has launched PCmover Ultimate. PCmover is the only software that moves programs, files and setting from an old PC to a new PC.

PCmover provides the easiest and quickest solution for moving applications, games, settings and data from one pc to another. It can also conduct an in-place upgrade of an existing PC to Windows® 7 and restore the image of an old Windows PC (or hard drive) to a new PC without overwriting the new operating system.

PCmover connects to the PCs using a network, Laplink USB 2.0, Laplink High-Speed Transfer cable or any type of removable media that can be read by both PCs. The easy-to-use wizard helps users set up the transfer within ten minutes, while the multiple user transfer option can be used to move all user profiles in a single migration. Intel-based Mac® users running Apple® Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion for Mac can also use PCmover to transfer files, settings and applications from their old PC to their new Mac.

Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant™ will help users conduct an in-place upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. With PCmover, the upgrade can be completed in three easy steps, without the need to copy files to external media or reinstall all the applications.

PCmover Image Assistant™ is breakthrough software that complements any imaging solution available on the market today. With Image Assistant, users can restore old Windows images or the contents of an actual hard drive to a new PC without overwriting anything on the new PC, including the operating system. PCmover is the only software with this capability.

Along with the Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant and Image Assistant functionality, PCmover features complete selectivity over what programs, files and settings are transferred or restored and quickly reverses changes made to the new PC with an easy undo feature. Users also won’t have to stay with the PC during the move. After the transfer begins users can walk away while PCmover does the rest. PCmover makes moving to a new PC, upgrading an existing PC or restoring the contents of a Windows image or hard drive hassle free.

PCmover is designed for users wanting to transfer data from one PC to another, as well as users who want to upgrade their old systems to Windows 7. You can upgrade to Windows 7 from almost any old version of Windows and an upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system is also possible.

PCmover also comes with Laplink SafeErase™ and Laplink PCsync®. SafeErase helps users keep confidential data from falling into the wrong hands by completely deleting personal files. PCsync is the quickest and easiest way to keep files and folders in sync between multiple computers. The software also comes with a Laplink High-Speed Transfer Cable.

PCmover is truly the only software of its kind. Some products transfer files but not programs. Other products transfer the entire PC into a “Virtual Machine” (VM) on the new PC, a time-consuming and complicated process that still uses the old operating system, meaning the user hasn’t completely moved to the new PC. And, to legally use the old operating system in the VM often requires buying an additional windows license, forcing users to spend more money or cause them to use their licenses illegally. PCmover solves all of these problems.

Price & Availability:
PCmover is available online at or Amazon for SRP £29.99

About Laplink Software Inc.

For nearly 30 years, Laplink has been the leader in providing software used for PC migration, remote access, file transfer, and synchronization. The privately-held company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
ILFORD to reveal innovative new products at photokina

Preview 3D photo samples, experience the GALERIE media and see the latest OMNIJET display products

photokina 2010 – September 21-29
Hall 6.1, Stand C011

Marly, Switzerland. September 2010 – ILFORD is set to reveal their latest cutting edge products and processes at photokina 2010. Under the theme Choice of Professionals, ILFORD will showcase for traditional photographers, production houses and graphic art professionals at this international photo event.

photokina, as one of the largest and most influential photo exhibitions in the world, is a strategic event for the entire photo industry. ILFORD will make the most of this, displaying three strategic initiatives that create photographic quality. Designed by the exceptional ILFORD Research and Development team, the new ILFORD products and processes promise to meet the creative and competitive needs of the professional photographic and commercial printing markets, by offering breathtaking colour possibilities with the latest imaging techniques.

ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System
Production houses can now offer an innovative and unique point-of-sale display option, thanks to the new ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System co-developed with Photoplast. The true 3D photographic point-of-sale material is guaranteed to capture the imagination and create impact for luxury brand displays.

The straightforward four step process begins by manipulating a traditional 2D photo into a 3D image. Then, the standard ILFOVINYL media is developed and exposed through regular RA4 equipment. Once printed, the exclusive ILFOSEAL coating is applied to the media. This seal is the differentiating ingredient which enables the entire 3D process; with ILFOSEAL moulding is possible without detriment, cracking or otherwise damaging the photographic image. Finally, the sealed ILFOVINYL is formed on the 3D mould, and an attractive, robust, cutting-edge 3D photographic display is made.

ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System samples will be available for preview at photokina, and the product will be available from October.

ILFORD GALERIE is designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet marketplace. The latest GALERIE wide format fine art range, as well as the recently released Smooth Lustre Duo, a true double-sided media, will be on display at the ILFORD stand.
At photokina, ILFORD will be canvassing opinion from journalists, customers and dealers on the fine art media, as part of their rigorous customer acceptance tests, which are an integral part of the ILFORD development process. Underlining their commitment to quality, ILFORD will also present the latest print permanence test results from Wilhelm Imaging
Research for GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss papers. These comprehensive permanence tests include the effects of light during display, the stability of the prints in long-term dark storage, resistance to ozone, the effects of high humidity, and resistance to contact with water.

As an active member of photokina, ILFORD will be participating in the Fine Art exhibition, “See Me, Feel Me, Print Me,” providing photographers and end customers with an opportunity to experience the ILFORD GALERIE fine art media, first hand.

The OMNIJET commercial range of display products will also be showcased at photokina 2010. Back-lit, pop-up and display films designed to give attractive, rich colour for point-of-sale, trade show, and other commercial applications are compatible with the latest wide format printers, including an HP Latex approved range. The OMNIJET line continues to be the media of choice for commercial print professionals wanting to achieve impressive results.

“As the photo event in all of Europe, we have chosen photokina as the launch-pad for our most innovative products and processes this year,” shares Jane Dixon, Head of Global Marketing, ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH. “From the ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System, to the GALERIE and OMNIJET possibilities, we are pleased to showcase our cutting-edge offerings at this event. And while our photographic media continues to diversify, our commitment to colour and quality remain the same. We look forward to receiving invaluable feedback from the professionals at this event, and continuing to adapt our developments to match the professional photo and graphic art market demands.”

About Photoplast:
Photoplast, founded in 2003, is a U.K. based technology company specialising in the development of innovative products and applications for photographic materials. In particular it is currently supporting the launch of products using its patented process for mouldable colour photo materials for use in both advertising and commercial product design.

Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and colour photographic businesses, which include the R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.
The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today it continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
For more information on ILFORD, please visit

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


proDAD’s Renown Video Stabilization Technology Allows Vegas Pro 10 Users to Easily Rescue Shaky Video and Automatically Correct Skew, Wobble, and Jello Distortion on the Vegas Timeline

SILICON VALLEY, CA September 13, 2010 – proDAD, the renown developer of digital video effects plug-ins and image optimization technologies for video professionals as well as aspiring pros today announced that Sony Creative Software has chosen to integrate proDAD’s video stabilization and rolling-shutter correction technology into its award winning Vegas Pro 10 video, audio, and Blu-ray Disc creation suite.

proDAD’s Mercalli video stabilization product has long been a favourite of video professionals for removing “shake” from otherwise solid video in post-production. Until now, however, video professionals could only get proDAD’s video stabilization technology as a plug-in effect for NLE applications such as Sony Vegas Pro and other Windows® and Macintosh® NLEs. proDAD has taken its highly effective video stabilization technology and made it available in SDK form to allow software companies, including Sony Creative Software, to integrate proDAD’s highly refined video stabilization and rolling-shutter correction technology into their own products. The proDAD Mercalli SDK supports HD/SD video and offers extremely fast video analysis and preview of the stabilized/corrected video based on several different stabilization “profiles” and fast rendering with minimal artifacts. The Mercalli SDK also provides effective and fully automatic “rolling-shutter” compensation which corrects the wobble, skew, and jelled distortion often introduced with CMOS-type image sensors found in some digital camcorders and DSLR cameras when they are panned quickly.

Sony Creative Software’s Vegas Pro 10 is a complete video editing, audio production, and Blu-ray Disc/DVD authoring suite with advanced movie making features including Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound mixing and encoding, video compositing, color correction, and support for professional camcorders including RED, HDV, AVCHD, and even revolutionary XDCAM broadcast formats. Its highly intuitive timeline-based workflow and helpful “show me how” tutorials make it a snap to produce stunning video productions in a few simple steps with precise creative control.

"The addition of a shaky video ‘rescue’ and rolling-shutter correction tool in Vegas Pro 10 gives our professional users a simple solution for removing shake and rolling-shutter distortion from otherwise great video, right on the Vegas Pro 10 timeline" said Dave Chaimson, Vice-President of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. "It’s not always possible to shoot on sticks so being able to correct video footage ‘post-capture’ means our users can focus on capturing the action, knowing Vegas Pro 10 has the tools to make their productions shine. The proDAD solution was simply the best all-around solution we evaluated.”

Information & Availability:

Sony Creative Software’s Vegas 10 Pro including the proDAD video stabilization technology will be available starting October 11, 2010 for £452.99 MSRP from popular Pro Video retailers/resellers or from

proDAD recently announced and began delivering advanced Mercalli V2 technology in new Mercalli V2 Pro plug-in solution supporting Vegas Pro 10 and other popular Windows® and Macintosh® NLEs. The new Mercalli V2 technology is also available for license in SDK form. Learn more about proDAD’s video stabilization products and technology at

About proDAD:

proDAD is dedicated to bringing high quality video effects plug-ins and stand-alone applications to professional, hobbyist , and consumer video enthusiasts . proDAD products have won numerous awards for delivering spectacular results while being easy to use and offering exceptional value. Other proDAD products include HEROGLYPH title/trailer animation plug in, VITASCENE professional-grade video transitions, effects, and filters, and ADORAGE effects packages with over 15,000 special effects for aspiring pro video editors.

Monday, 13 September 2010

First Technology to Combine Full Read/Write access to both Mac OS X and Windows Files

FREIBURG, Germany, September 9, 2010 — Paragon Software Group (PSG), the technology leader in innovative data security and data management solutions, today announced the release of Paragon NTFS and HFS for Linux® 8.1 Combo Professional, the industry’s highest performance Kernel driver for NTFS and HFS+ file systems with advanced read and write operations for all types of files — including NTFS compressed files — that could be accessed and manipulated in both sequential and random orders on disk partitions of up to 25 Tb and more. Tested on Linux Kernels up to 2.6.33, NTFS and HFS for Linux 8.1 Combo Pro demonstrates read and write performance similar to Linux native Ext3FS with up to 80 MB/sec read/write speed and is the most advanced cross-platform technology available. Based on Paragon’s unique Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology, NTFS and HFS for Linux 8.1 Combo Pro was developed to break barriers between non-compatible operating systems to create a seamless environment, even when encountering differences in operating systems and file types.

In addition to a 40 percent performance gain on NTFS file system (compared to the previous version), the new 8.1 edition offers full read/write support for HFS+ and HFSX, the native Mac OS file system, and allows to create and repair HFS+ volumes under most popular distributions of Linux based on latest Kernels (up to 2.6.33). It was proven that NTFS driver developed by Paragon Software Group is more robust than native Microsoft NTFS drivers — for example, Paragon’s driver is capable of handling files that are fragmented beyond limits of Microsoft’s NTFS drivers for Windows operating systems. Paragon HFS+ for Linux is the only driver that supports native HFS+ Journal, providing the highest level of reliability and performance.

“Paragon NTFS and HFS for Linux® 8.1 Combo Pro is the industry’s fastest, most stable and reliable tool for all those who want to share, back up, modify or copy large data files such as pictures, videos or any other documents between Linux and Windows or Linux and MacOS X,” commented Konstantin Komarov, CEO. "The easy-to-use format enables Linux-based PCs and network devices to have full read/write access to Windows NTFS and Mac HFS-formatted drives without having to use special commands to gain access to files of any size or type."

Key Features of Paragon NTFS and HFS 8.1 Combo Express include:

• Full support for Mac HFS+ and Windows NTFS file systems.
• Full support for compressed NTFS files: write compressed NTFS files not only sequentially but also at random.
• Paragon HFS+ for Linux is the only driver that supports the native HFS+ Journal, providing the highest level of reliability.
• High data transfer rate.
• Full read/write access: modify existing files, delete files and create or copy new files.
• Supports any type or format files, even the compressed and very large ones.
• Easy to install: the driver is built and installed by easy-to-use script.
• Easy to use: mount any NTFS or HFS partition like a native one – no need to perform special commands to gain access.
• Non-Roman characters and languages: File and folder names in national languages, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Russian.
• Low utilization of system resources during data transfer.
• Unlimited maximum file/partition size (within Kernel and NTFS/HFS+ limitations).
• Unlimited fragmentation of NTFS files — beyond Microsoft’s NTFS driver limit.
• Built on top of Paragon Universal File System Drivers (UFSD) library.

Paragon NTFS and HFS 8.1 Combo Professional includes all of the above plus:

• Technical support from Paragon which is particularly useful in case of installation problems since Linux Kernel has myriads of different configurations and it is virtually impossible to test the product on every configuration that may exist on user’s PC.
• Format volumes as NTFS and HFS+
• Check NTFS/HFS+ volumes for errors and repair them
• Defragment NTFS volumes
• Backup data from с NTFS volumes to other file systems while preserving NTFS-specific data and attributes like file encryption and compression, alternate data streams, NTFS ACLS (permissions) and so on, as well as restore data from backup to NTFS volumes (cpntfs utility).

Paragon’s NTFS and HFS for Linux 8.1 Combo Professional is available for USD 39.95 (Buy Now!), EUR 29.95 (Buy Now!) or GBP 25.95 (Buy Now!). The technology is also available for licensing to manufacturers of data storage systems. For more information, please contact us at Paragon’s NTFS and HFS for Linux 8.1 Combo Express is free of charge and can be downloaded at For more information on either of the products, please visit:
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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Paragon Offer Special Summer promotion - 50% discount for owners of HFS+ drivers who upgrade to Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8

For a limited time only, Paragon Software Group (PSG), the technology leader in innovative data security and data management solutions, is offering a 50% reduction on all owners of HFS+ drivers who upgrade to Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8. Paragon HFS+ for Windows is the industry's fastest two-way solution, transfering files between Windows and Mac at a rate higher than native HFS file-system performance.

Paragon’s HFS+ for Windows leads the industry in being the only solution available providing full read-write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR) and for most Windows versions, including Windows XP (32/64), Vista (32/64), 2003 or 2008 Server (32/64), 7 (32/64)) edition.

Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications. Being the fastest and the most stable HFS+ driver on the market, Paragon's HFS+ for Windows easily extends the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability!

Paragon HFS + for Windows has some major advantages over competitive products.

-It has a lower cost than most comparable software in the channel
-It features built-in support for GPT disks under Windows XP. Unlike competitors’ products, there is no additional cost to buy GPTMounter
-It gives a higher level of performance (up to 50% on small files). According to performance tests, Paragon HFS+ for Windows performs up to 7 times faster than its competitors

For further information please see:

For information about how to upgrade your old HFS+ driver to Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8:

STM Announce New Chocolate Colour for iPad Jacket!

Leading Australian bag manufacturer, STM Bags has announced the release of a new colour for the jacket laptop and iPad bag.

Already available in black/teal, the jacket is now available in chocolate/orange colour scheme.

The jacket features:

* Durable, water resistant fabric and high density foam protects your digital investment
* Super soft interior lining cradles your iPad
* Unique "slider" pocket for a fast holster of your iPhone or (gasp!) other portable
* Zippered front pocket for cables
* Comfortable quick grab handle
* Removable and adjustable shoulder strap

Visit for more information.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Lastolite Announce New Ezybox Speed-Lite

September 6th, 2010, Lastolite Limited, the worlds leading manufacturer of backgrounds and lighting control systems for the photo, video and cinema industry, has announced the launch of the new Ezybox Speed-Lite

The new Ezybox Speed-Lite is a 22cm x 22cm mini softbox which attaches directly onto a flashgun whether it's on or off the camera. The softbox folds in the same way as our other highly successful Ezybox softboxes making it an ultra portable solution for busy photographers. The Ezybox Speed-Lite also features an inner and outer diffusion layer (both removable) which delivers an unrivalled softness of light from such a small softbox.

Main Features and Benefits:

1. Softbox for hotshoe flash
2. Attaches directly onto a flashgun, on or off camera
3. Removable inner and outer diffusion layers
4. Ultra portable and lightweight
5. Assembled in seconds
6. Folds flat for easy storage

Pricing and Availability:

The Ezybox Speed-Lite is available now at SRP £50.00 inc

For stockist information, please see:
Telephone: 01530 832570

About Lastolite:

Lastolite are world leading manufacturers of backgrounds and lighting control equipment for the photographic and video industries.

Established in 1985, the company started out with just a handful of employees and one product, the original 'pop up' circular reflector. Today the company employs over 100 people, operates from a 60,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility and offers a comprehensive range of innovative, award winning products to over 60 countries worldwide.

Photography on the move and innovation are in the company's heart. Lastolite hold a number of worldwide patents for their products and their ongoing investment into research and development enables them to continue delivering ground breaking products to the market.

In 2009, Lastolite founded the Lastolite School of Photography. Lastolite’s strategy for the School of Photography is to provide FREE OF CHARGE video and written tutorials for photographers on a monthly basis, building an ‘industry leading’ library of tutorials for existing users and photographers looking to buying one of their products.
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For all information on Lastolite products please see:

Friday, 3 September 2010

Coming Soon....

New products from Laplink and Lastolite Limited. Watch this space!

Monitor your home or office live on your 3G iPhone and Smartphone with the Swann DVR4-2000 Security Recording System

The perfect surveillance solution for your home or business with live viewing via 3G iPhone or PC via Internet connection

Milton Keynes, UK – August 26th 2010, – Swann Security, the global leader in ‘Plug & Play’ security monitoring solutions is pleased to announce the new DVR4-2000 – the latest addition to their extensive product range.

When it comes to protecting your home, business or family, there is no substitute for peace of mind. Whether you’re concerned about crime, vandalism, common household safety or simply need an extra set of eyes the DVR4-2000 is a convenient and affordable solution to monitoring your home or business.

The DVR4-2000 Security Recording System provides you with everything you need to monitor, record and capture video footage at your home or business. This system can record continuously from 4 cameras onto its built-in 500GB hard drive for up to 30 days, or choose motion detection and ‘set & forget’ to save hard drive space. It also features state-of-the-art H.264 recording that provides higher image quality for a fraction on the file size. The system includes two PNP-150 security cameras that can capture footage inside or out. Each camera features a weather resistant anti-corrosive casing and night vision allowing you to see up to 30ft/9m in the dark.

The DVR4-2000 easily connects to your TV for instant live viewing via the AV channel. It is also equipped with remote viewing software to view live footage over the Internet. You can even download the free APlayer ‘app’ from App Store for live streaming on your 3G iPhone. Want to see more around your home or business? Add another 2 Swann security cameras as required.

The Swann DVR4-2000 Security Recording System with 2 PNP-150 Cameras – peace of mind has never been more convenient.


• View live video footage anywhere by downloading the free APlayer ‘app’ for your 3G iPhone
• 2 weather resistant PNP-150 security cameras with an anti-corrosive casing
• Record continuously from 4 cameras onto its large 500GB hard drive for up to 30 days or choose motion detection to ‘set & forget’ and save hard drive space
• Add another 2 Swann cameras of your choice as required
• Higher image quality for a fraction of the file size with H.264 recording technology
• View live footage on your PC via Internet connection
• Easily connects to your TV for instant live viewing
• Back up incidents to your PC via USB connection
• System includes everything you need to get started, the DVR4-2000 digital video recorder with large 500GB hard drive, 2 PNP-150 security cameras, remote control, operating instructions and all the cables, mounting screws and plugs required

The new DVR4-2000 is now available for SRP £399.99 inc from selected PC World and Currys stores. For further sales information or participating stores, please email

About Swann:

Swann is a global leader in security monitoring solutions aimed at consumers through retail channels. Swann's sustained growth and success has been based on designing and developing surveillance technology that is innovative yet cost effective.

The company's products are predominantly ‘Plug & Play’ by nature with easy-to-follow instructions. Swann also offers full after-sale technical support and retail-friendly product packaging aimed at home, office, business and small-to-medium retail users.

Swann was founded in 1988 and now has offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and Hong Kong with global distribution through partners in Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand, UK, Europe and South Africa.