Weekly briefing: a round-up of this week’s technology news

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New from Syrp, a New Zealand-based company specialising in affordable film equipment for DSLR cameras, is the Magic Carpet Camera Slider + Motion Control for achieving smooth tracking slider shots. With high precision ball bearing rollers, a counter weight roller for vertical shots, and quick release adjustable legs, the Magic Carpet tracking slider retails at $300 (UK price not available.) [bjp_ad_slot]The company, which is looking to crossover from the video market into photography, has also released a variable ND filter that limits the amount of light entering the lens by f/1-8.5 stops. Aimed at photographers and filmmakers, the ND filter kits are available in small (67mm) and large (82mm), and are priced $139 and $189.



Domke bags have been a particular favourite of photojournalists for nearly 40 years, thanks largely to their discreet, functional, no-nonsense approach to design. Now comes the ‘New Generation’, available across the Journalist, Metropolitan, Viewfinder and Adventure series, using a newly developed component storage system made up of of pockets, patches and pouches, and further scope to tailor the bags to your individual needs. Full details, specifications and US-only pricing here.



Kenro Reflecta ProScan 10T Film Scanner

Kenro unveiled its latest 35mm film scanner this week, the Reflecta ProScan 10T, offering resolutions up to 10,000 x 5000 dpi and a dynamic range of 3.9 Dmax. It has reported scan times of around seven minutes for a full colour scan, comes with Magic Touch (hardware based dust and scratch removal combined with software correction), and is priced under £500.



Above: Sony’s QX1


Above: Sony’s QX30

Keen to capitalise on the smartphone photography market, Sony announced two additions to its ‘lens-style’ cameras this week – the QX1 and QX30 – which connect to a smartphone via wifi. The QX1 – a 20-megapixel interchangeable lens model – comes with a Sony E-mount and can be used with a range of zoom, wide angle, tele or macro lenses. The QX30 has a CMOS sensor and 24-720mm (equivalent) zoom lens. Both retail at £249, with the QX30 available from the end of September and the QX1 on general sale from October.




Leica is to release a new lens for its professional medium format S-System – the Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH portrait lens, which the company is calling its “fastest” optic for portraits. Comprising seven lens elements, and with a viewing angle that is the equivalent of an 80mm lens on a 35mm system, the Summicron-S 100mm has a US price of $7,995, and is available for pre-order from the Leica website.


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Epson is set to launch its SureColor SC-P600 A3+ photo printer at Photokina, the company has said. Aimed at amateur and semi-professional photographers, the A3 photo printer features a new nine-colour UltraChrome HD inkset, has wireless connectivity, and produces an 11 x 14 inch print in 153 seconds, claims the company.

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Above: the Zeiss Loxia 2/35 lens

Zeiss has announced two new manual focus lenses – the Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50 – for use with Sony E-mount full-frame cameras. Due to debut at Photokina, the lenses are optimised for digital sensors and electronic viewfinders. With a full-frame focal length of a moderate wide angle, the Loxia 2/35 has nine lens elements in six groups, while the Loxia 2/50 has six lens elements arranged in four groups and a full-frame focal length of 50mm.

Below: the Zeiss Loxia 2/50 lens

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