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Canon Announces Two New DSLR Cameras



Canon announced two new DSLR cameras. The EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR cameras provide photographers wth improved features over predecessors.

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR cameras designed for advanced-amateur and entry-level photographers, respectively.

The EOS Mark II camera is ideal for budding photographers looking to take their creative DSLR photography skills to the next level by shooting with a Full-frame CMOS sensor DSLR camera to capture beautiful high-quality portraits and striking landscapes, even in low-light situations. The EPS Rebel SL2 is a small, light, and compact camera with high-performance capability that allows users to get creative when capturing their special family moments or travel experiences.

EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera
Designed with enthusiast photographers in mind, Canon’s popular and versatile EOS 6D DLSR camera historically served as the gateway for enthusiasts to step-up to Full-frame DSLR cameras. The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera features several enhancements over its predecessor model, and its benefits include:

* 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
* Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System
* Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p
* DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-40000
* Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
* Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS technology
* High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps
* Dust and water-resistant

EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera
This small but powerful camera features the world’s fastest AF speed at 00.3 seconds, allowing for quick focusing on subjects in the frame.

When designing the new EOS Rebel SL2 camera, Canon took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning how to go beyond a camera’s program mode. The result was the creation of a convenient new user interface called the Feature Assistant. The EOS Rebel SL camera features several other enhancements over its predecessor model, the EOS Rebel SL1, including:

* 24.3 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
* Dual Pixel CMOS AF
* 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Touch-Screen
* Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth Technology
* Full HD 60p & External Microphone Input
* DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-25600
* Optical Viewfinder with a 9-point AF System
* Feature Assistant
* Small and Lightweight Body


Lewitt Audio Introduces Three New Microphones



Lewitt Audio makes exceptional microphones for genuine sound. They have introduced three new microphones for 2017: the LCT 240 PRO, the LCT 440 PURE, and the INTERVIEWER. All of them are “soon-to-be released”.

The LCT 440 PURE represents the distilled essence of Lewitt’s top-tier microphone technology, packed into a sturdy, stylish, and compact housing. The capsule delivers an impressive level of detail and very low self-noise. It features a cardiod polar pattern and will be sold as a bundle including shock mount, magnetic pop filter, windscreen, and mic bag at a competitive price.

Focusing on the essentials is the tagline for their soon-to-be released LCT 240 PRO, an extremely versatile cardioid condenser microphone designed for everyone who’s looking to take the next step towards professional recording. All basic applications can be covered thanks to its highly nuanced and transparent sound.

The INTERVIEWER is an extremely sturdy dynamic microphone featuring an omnidirectional polar pattern. It’s fully rubber-mounted capsule combines with a new coating technology to reduce all handling noise to a minimum while offering a safe and comfortable grip. With it’s purpose-built Dust Protection Membrane and a super-rugged and resilient housing, the INTERVIEWER will be the perfect companion even under the roughest conditions.


Hive Lighting Introduces Wasp 100-C LED Light



Hive Lighting manufacturers high performance, energy efficient Plasma and LED lights for film, photo, TV, digital, science, and sports. Hive has introduced the Wasp 100-C LED light. It is an environmentally friendly lighting product.

The Wasp 100-C combines brilliant and energy-efficient LED lights with Hive’s Perfect S.H.O.T. System. It is a simple product built around you, made for real production scenarios.

With the Wasp-100 C, you can:

Play with color – Full hue and saturation controls gives you the ultimate ability to create an immersive lighting experience with infinite color combinations.

Leverage white light controls – Thanks to Hive’s white light controls, you can easily adjust lighting from warm candle light to cool daylight to support productions in any locations or at any time of day.

Accessorize – The Wasp-100-C has a 180 degree spread and is compatible with the accessories to shape light any way you want. Use light modifying accessories to customize your lighting for different on screen talent, subjects and locations. Create a theatrical spot light or a soft beauty light, a lantern light or a powerful flood.

Be in control – Control the saturation, hue and color of the light through professional DMX boards, a simple interface on the light itself or via your smartphone app.

Wasp 100-C Features:

  • Onmi-Color LED
  • 98 CRI / 97 TLCI
  • 1-100% saturation
  • 360 degree hue controls
  • 0-100% dimming control
  • 1,650K-8,000K color temperature
  • Manual, DMX, smartphone control
  • 100-240 VAC input via power supply
  • 12-28 VDC input via 4-Pin XLR
  • 7.5” (190mm) Length x 4” (100mm) Diameter body
  • 5” (127mm) reflector face
  • 5 lbs. / 2.3 kg

Wasp 100-C Kit Includes:

  • Wasp 100-C head unit with 22” reflector
  • Wasp 100-C power supply 100-240 VAC
  • HDP Lenses: medium, wide, and super wide
  • 5 inch 4-leaf barn doors
  • manual

Canon Announces New Canon EOS C200 and EOS C200B



Canon announced the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C2200B Digital Cinema Cameras, the latest additions to its acclaimed Cinema EOS line of professional cinema cameras. Designed to meet the demanding needs of filmmakers and TV production users, the new Canon cinema offerings will combine the ease of use of entry level cinema cameras with exciting new, high-end features that are ideal for cinema, documentary, wildlife, wedding and event productions.

Representing the third generation of the Cinema EOS system, the Canon EOS C200 and Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Cameras feature the latest in Canon technologies and offer two 4K video formats, Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4, optimized for those interested in recording beautiful HDR video. Alongside a newly developed dual DIGIC DV6 image processing system, Canon’s celebrated Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and improved operability for professionals, these new products are capable of capturing stunning 4K video across a variety of production applications.

Based on feedback from Cinema EOS users, this new offering will be available in two configurations, while retaining the same core technologies within. The Canon EOS C200 Digital Cinema Camera is a production-ready solution that can be used right out of the box, accompanied by an LCD Monitor, LCD Attachment, Camera Grip and Handle Unit. The camera also features a 1.77 million dot OLED Electronic View Finder (EVF).

For those who crave more versatility and the ability to craft custom setups tailored to their subject or environment, the Canon EOS C200B Digital Cinema Camera offers cinematographers the same camera without these accessories and the EVF to optimize shooting using a gimbal, drone, or a variety of other configurations.

The Canon EOS C200 and the EOS C200B are scheduled to be available in August 2017 for estimated retail process of $7,499 and $5,999 respectively. (Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice.)


BOSS Acoustic Singer Pro Amplifier is a Compact Powerhouse



BOSS’s Acoustic Singer Pro acoustic amplifier takes the acoustic state amp to new levels of sound quality and creative versatility. Incorporating BOSS’s latest advancements in amplifier research, this compact powerhouse produces rich, vibrant sound with unmatched punch and clarity.

Independent channels are provided for acoustic guitar and vocal, and each is equipped with discrete analog input circuits and three-band EQ for studio-quality sound. And with additional features such as Acoustic Resonance, looping, automatic vocal harmonies, effects, and more, the Acoustic Singer Pro gives acoustic musicians everything they need to deliver inspiring and impactful live performances.

Features include:

  • Professional acoustic amplifier with premium sound and features
  • 120-watt bi-amp design with custom-designed 8-inch woofer and dome tweeter
  • Dual channels with discrete analog input electronics and three-band EQ
  • Dedicated guitar channel with Acoustic Resonance to restore natural tone to stage guitars with piezo pickups
  • Mic channel with phantom power and ¼ inch/XLR combo input for connecting a vocal/guitar microphone or second instrument source
  • Chorus effect on guitar channel, delay/echo effect on mic channel, and independent reverb on both channels
  • Harmony function automatically creates smooth and accurate vocal harmonies via real-time key/chord analysis of the guitar input
  • Built-in looper for practicing, developing ideas, and enhancing live performances
  • Independent anti-feedback controls on each channel
  • Dual XLR DI jacks assignable to outputting individual channels (direct or post-effects) or both channels mixed together
  • USB output for direct recording to a computer
  • Control looper, harmony, and effects with optional footswitches

Size and Weight:

  • Width: 417 mm or 16-7/16 inches
  • Depth: 330 mm or 13 inches
  • Height: 358 mm or 14-1/8 inches
  • Weight: 14.5 kg or 32 lbs oz

AVerMedia USB Microphone AM310



AVerMedia has introduced the AM310 USB Microphone.  It is a plug and play microphone that lets you record high quality sound for podcasting, streaming, gaming and more. Immerse your audience with clearer, richer, and warmer recorded sound.

AVerMedia AM310 is designed for music performers and live streamers who long for studio-quality sound. The built-in cardioid condenser records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone, delivering detail, accurate, full-bodied sound.

With its driver-free and plug-and-play design, installing AVerMedia AM310 is easy. Simply plug it into a USB port on your PC or Mac, and you are ready to record.

AVerMedia AM310 comes equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack that enables you to either listen to what you’re recording in real-time or what’s playing on your computer, all at the toggle of a switch. A headphone volume knob with mic mute function is also included for easy control.

Specifications:

  • Type: Uni-directional condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Sample rate: 48 kHz
  • Bit rate: 16-bit
  • Power required: USB (5V DC)
  • Sensitivity: -60 +/- 5dB (at 1kHz, 0dB = 1V/u bar)
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Dimensions: (mic) (W x D x H): 74.2 x 74.2 x 155.3 mm
  • Weight: (mic) 486 g +/- 5g (1.03lb +/- 0.17 oz)

System Requirements:

  • Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 or Mac OS 9 / X
  • USB 2.0 port or newer

Spark Camera Remote is on Kickstarter



Spark Camera Remote is the easiest way to control your camera. It can help you to take better photos. Spark Camera Remote is on Kickstarter now and has been fully funded. The Kickstarter ends on May 19, 2017.

Spark is the most versatile camera remote on the market. With three different modes of control, Spark was built to adapt to whatever situation you are shooting in. Whether you’re taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or settling down and setting up a time lapse, Spark gives you instant control. With your phone or without it.

Spark has three control modes: Infrared, Wired Trigger and App Control. You can point Spark at your camera’s infrared receiver and press the button to take a photo. No more trying to out-run your camera’s self timer.

You can use Spark as a traditional wired trigger and take photos, long exposures, and bursts without accidentally shaking your camera. You can also plug Spark into your camera and control it from your phone. You get a 100ft Bluetooth range and access to the complete set of Spark features.

Features include:

  • 200+ hours of battery – Spark automatically goes to sleep when you aren’t using it.
  • Weighs 0.75 ounces
  • Free Spark Camera Control app will be available for both iOS and Android
  • Bluetooth 4
  • External triggering
  • Long exposures
  • HDR – Bracket images to maximize dynamic range in the harshest conditions
  • Photo Booth – Capture portraits, selfies, and candid photos without any fuss
  • Time Lapses

Litepanels Astra 3x and 6X LED Panels have been Upgraded



Litepanels, a pioneer in LED lighting for the film, photographic, and broadcast industries and a Vitec Group brand, announced significant upgrades to its professional LED lighting range. Building on the quality and popularity of the innovative Astra 1X1 panel, the next-generation Litepanels Astra 3X and 6X LED panels now feature a significant increase in output and a decrease in power consumption.

The Astra 6X Daylight panel and the Astra 3X Daylight panel build on the popularity of the Astra 1×1 Family. Following the Litepanels tradition of one square foot form factor, the Astra series is designed with select premium quality, high CRI, surface mount LEDs and paired with custom optics that provides the Astra 6X and Astra 3X with high color quality that’s perfect for lighting talent.

The Astra 6X is now 50% brighter than the first generation Astra and 6 times brighter than the original 1×1. The Astra 3X is 50% brighter than the Astra EP and 3 times brighter than the original 1×1.

Features Include:
* Premium selected LEDs paired with custom optics
* Flexible, modular concept
* Optional communications module allows the intensity to be controlled via DMX or Bluetooth
* Optional yoke mounted Gold Mount or V-Mount batter plates
* Field replaceable external power supply
* Modern fixture design
* Easily identifiable and ergonomic manual controls for dimming and power status
* Aluminium I-beam core construction to provide maximum durability and superior thermal management
* Integrated smooth dimming from 100% to 0 with no cover shift
* Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle
* Aluminium accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails
* End cap exhaust vents angle downward to direct air flow away from the fixture and help prevent foreign material from entering


Fender Links Mustang GT Guitar Amplifier with Fender Tone App



Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the dual introduction of the brand’s second free mobile app, Fender Tone, in conjunction with the launch of the new Mustang GT Amplifier Series, that work in tandem to deliver accessible guitar tones catered to any player’s musical creativity.

Fender Digital has dubbed the new iPhone and Android application the “ultimate companion app” to the addition of three new Mustang GT amplifiers: Mustang GT 40, Mustang GT 100 and the Mustang GT 200. Known as one of the best-selling series in Fender amplifier history the new Mustang GT offerings provide enhanced signal processing for better fidelity and flexibility in a new easy, user-friendly interface.

Utilizing Fender’s first Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled amplifier, consumers will have the ability to manage thousands of presets created by Fender sound engineers, notable artists and guitarists, as well as players from the Mustang community. Users can edit effects, share their own presets, create set lists for performances, access easy to download upgrades via Wi-Fi and stream music through the Mustang GT amplifiers via Bluetooth technology.

With a total of three amplifiers in the new Mustang GT series, the variety of offerings allow players at any stage to access a multitude of gear and tones in one easy-to-operate package. Models include: The Red Dot Award-winning Mustang GT 40 ($249), the perfect table-top workstation for learning and recording, as well as the Mustang GT 100 ($399) and the Mustang GT 200 ($599) – both which bring stage-worthy power packed in a light weight package. Premium feature highlights are a user-friendly control interface with color display; Bluetooth wireless streaming of audio tracks utilizing the Fender Tone app or other sources, such as Spotify or Apple Music; USB output for recording; a “setlist” feature; and Wi-Fi capabilities. The new models also offer more than 60 Fender amplifier models, multiple effects and a looper, providing endless sound options and room for creativity.

The Fender Tone app is available for download now in the App Store and on Google Play Store, while the Mustang GT amplifier series is available for purchase now.


DPA Introduced 4-Way Microphone Clip



DPA Microphones introduced a 4-way d:screet microphone clip at NAB 2017. Popular among broadcast journalists, churches, television and film productions, DPA Microphones’ d:screet microphone series is perfect for any situation where you need a completely hidden microphone. DPA d:screet Lavalier Microphones deliver clear, clean and sonically pure sound in a wide range of applications.

Now, this versatile and durable microphone can be paired with the new SCM0013-B 4-way clip. The new 4-way clip offers fast and secure mounting – upwards, downwards, left and right – and has multiple cable management mounting options. The clip offers three points for cable attachment, providing the user with the flexibility they need to move around.

The holder is used with omnidirectional microphones that pick up sound perfectly, no matter which direction the microphone is placed in. The rear cable controls run behind clothes and minimize the mic’s visual appearance.

The clip is available in black, only. It does not fit d:screet Heavy Duty mics. If you need a clip for a Heavy Duty, choose the SCM001 Miniature Microphone Clip for Heavy Duty Microphones.

The SCM0013 4-way Clip fits the following microphones:

  • d:screte Slim 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone, Hi-Sens
  • d:screte Slim 4061 Omnidirectional Microphone, Lo-Sens
  • d:screte 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone, Hi-Sens
  • d:screte 4061 Omnidirectional Microphone, Lo-Sens
  • d:screte 4062 Omnidirectional Microphone, XLo-Sens
  • d:screte 4063 Omnidirectional Microphone, Lo-Sens & DC
  • d:screte 4071 Omnidirectional Microphone, Low-cut, Presence Boost