NEWS ROUND-UP

The week in brief, edited by Ge­off Har­ris

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days -

It’s very black & white for The So­ci­eties

A strik­ing im­age of the Golden Gate Bridge in mist has won an all-mono­chrome pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by The So­ci­eties through­out Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Eric Browett beat over 800 other en­tries and his prizes in­clude an Olym­pus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 12-40mm PRO lens.

New Nokia smart­phone for Jan­uary

Nokia has rolled out its 8.1 smart­phone fea­tur­ing Zeiss op­tics and op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. The 12MP main cam­era has a 1/2.55in sen­sor with large 1.4 mi­cron pix­els ‘ for pre­cise light cap­ture, de­liv­er­ing ex­cep­tion­ally de­tailed im­ages’, the com­pany claims. The Nokia 8.1 comes in three colour com­bos (Blue/Sil­ver, Steel/ Cop­per, Iron/Steel) and goes on sale from 14 Jan­uary for an av­er­age price of £379.99.

Lightweight Vel­bon travel tri­pod

Vel­bon has re­leased the UT-3AR travel tri­pod which the com­pany claims can sup­port up to 3kg of mirrorless or DSLR cam­eras and lenses, de­spite only weigh­ing 787g. It ex­tends to 135.5cm in height and the 5-sec­tion legs fea­ture Vel­bon’s ‘Ul­tra’ fast twist-lock­ing sys­tem; the ball and socket head is also Arca Swiss­com­pat­i­ble. Avail­able now for £ 79.99.

VSCO to go mo­bile only

De­spite be­ing one of the big­gest name in film­sim­u­la­tion pre­sets for Light­room and other edit­ing soft­ware, VSCO has an­nounced it will stop sell­ing and sup­port­ing its pre­sets for desk­top com­put­ers from 1 March 2019. The com­pany has raised $70 mil­lion in fund­ing to de­velop its mo­bile photo com­mu­nity based around the VSCO Cam app. Full de­tails at bit.ly/ vs­conews.

Third-party Nikon Z and Canon R lenses

Kipon claims it is the world’s first third-party man­u­fac­turer to re­lease full-frame lenses for the Nikon Z and Canon EOS R mirrorless range. Mar­keted un­der its El­e­gant range, the f/2.4 lenses cur­rently com­prise a 24mm (US$499), 35mm (US$468), 50mm (US$325), 75mm (US$355) and 90mm (US$386).

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