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500px Groups and Discussions 500px is already a great community for photographers looking for praise and criticism. Now the photography community is launching groups and discussions into beta. 500px community members to create discussion boards around a central creative topic as well as join groups that cater to their interests.

On top of adding their voice to discussions, users will also be able upload their images and start new conversations. Like or hate something someone said? Just up or down vote it. 500px also says its working on adding more features soon including group creation, whereas currently community members can only join groups 500px has made itself.

To join the conversation users simply need visit the 500px Groups beta page. While 500px is just adding discussions now, Flickr has had them for quite some time, but it never hurts to conversate in even more place about photography.

 

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Pompidoo Amsterdam Camera Bag Product Images 2

Pompidoo is known for producing some great and stylish camera bags for women but now the company is out with its first shoulder tote made for men called the Amsterdam. On the outside the tall shoulder bag is made of premium aged and distressed leather that they’re touting as tough yet trendy.

While the bag looks completely pedestrian from the outside it’s made to carry all your photography gear including a DSLR with a lens plus one to two other lenses or flashes. There’s also room for a tablet or small laptop, cellphone, wallet, memory cards and your other personal knick·knacks.

The interior also features a XRDExtreme Impact Protection foam lining that’s designed to freeze and absorb 90% of the impact energy when dropped. When full stocked the Amsterdam bag weighs an overall 8.82lbs, so it’s just edging on the line of being uncomfortable for one shoulder.

The Amsterdam bag is available now in multiple colors including wet asphalt, aged-looking brown, and shabby beige for $380.10 directly from Pompidoo. If you’re still on the fence about the new bag check past the break for a few more images of this handsome bag.

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Leave it to Ricoh/Pentax to create one of the flashies DSLRs around–and we’re not talking about something strobists would particularly love. The company recently announced the new KS-1 DSLR that stands to be their entry level model. Before we even get to the major tech specs though, we think that it’s totally worth it to note the LED lights along the side of the camera and also bring your attention to the fact that the back has even more LEDs. It’s a pretty cool design concept, but we’re not sure that everyone would want the attention brought to their digicam.

Moving to what really matters, the camera houses a 20MP APS-C CMOS sensor capable of producing images at up to ISO 51,200. The camera also has in-body camera shake reduction on the sensor, an AA filter simulator, 100% viewfinder, 5.4fps shooting capabilities, 1/6000th shutter speed shooting, and a 3 inch 921K dot LCD screen on the back.

By modern day standards, the screen is a bit antiquated. However, with different colors and coming in at a price of $749.99 body only, you can’t complain very much.

More images are after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Olympus PEN E-PL7 Product Images-9

Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, the company’s latest Micro Four Thirds camera since unveiling the OMD EM10 way back in January. The new compact system camera not only follows the OMD EM10 it also borrows much of its internals including a 16.1MP Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, and three-axis VCM image stabilization system. It’s not the most original camera from Olympus, but if the E-PL7’s image quality is on par with the OMD EM10, users will be very happy with camera indeed.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 also features a new 3-inch, 104K dot touchscreen LCD that flips down a full 180-degrees. When fully flipped the screen sits below the camera body much like the Sony A77 Mark II and faces user for (what else, but) selfies. The new PEN also boasts 8fps sequential shooting without autofocus or 3.5fps with Continuous Auto Focus with tracking modes turned on.

On the software side, Olympus has improved its OI.Share smartphone software allowing users to control even more features of the E-PL7 though a Wi-Fi connected device. New features include a new custom self-timer for setting up a timelapse and “selfie interval shooting.” Olympus has also has added Live Bulb mode to OI.Share allowing users to control and monitor and control bulb photography from a mobile device.

The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in late September in black and silver colors for $599.99 body only or $699.99 when kitted with the M.Zuiko 14-42 mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens.

Lastly Olympus is introducing a black version of its M.Zuiko digital 12mm f2.0 lens, which should pair nicely with Olympus’ all black OMD and PEN cameras. As with the silver version the blacked out 12mm f2.0 lens will retail for $799.99. Check past the break for more images and specs. [click to continue…]

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer 50mm T1.5 AS UMC IF-lens

Romikon has announced a quintet of full frame cine lenses designed for videographers above their current existing line of products. The prime lenses cover a wide breadth of focal lengths including 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. The new lenses come in a variety of mounts for different cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha and E-mount, plus smaller Micro Four Thirds. They’re being coined as the Cine DS line and feature focus markings and aperture marking on more convenient locations on the lenses. Additionally, the company told us in a meeting that this line has been color checked for the entire lineup to work in conjunction with one another.

First and foremost Rokinon has announced a new 50mm t1.5 lens consisting of nine lens elements arranged in six groups. The front of the lens is also treated with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings to create a high contrast picture with faithful color reproduction. Rokinon has yet to announce availability for this new lens but it will retail for $599.

As for a non-cine version, the company says that it’s still on its way and may be announced before the end of the year.

Check past the break as we breakdown the other four lenses Rokinon has introduced today.

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Most location photographers would kill to have more flash power output in a small flash body of some sort. Today, Interfit is announcing another addition into the category of small flashes that produce light like full studio strobes. It’s called the Strobies Pro-Flash 360 and looks very similar to products made by Cheetah Stand and Adorama’s Flashpoint.

The main selling point is of course the 360 watt seconds of power output available in a small body that needs to be connected to a small power pack. Additionally, it has an actual flash bulb that can be used totally bear or with the umbrella reflector that comes included.

Interfit claims that it is capable of high speed sync in addition to power adjustment of 1/3 increments, 450 full powered flashes, and a stroboscopic mode. Many years ago the Strobies were used by loads of photographers. And this new flagship product from the company may find its way into the hands of strobists everywhere.

Expect the Strobies Pro-Flash 360 to come in at $499.99 with the battery pack.