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Adobe Creative Cloud refresh
Adobe has released the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which combines Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile apps for iPad and iPhone. You can get the whole package for £8.78 a month, which seems a pretty good deal to us. There are some extra tools in the bundled version of Photoshop, including Path Blur and Spin Blur, which add motion effects to images.
New telephoto lens for Canon EOS M
Canon came late – some would say reluctantly – to the system camera party, but its EOS M camera now has a loyal user base. The big C has just announced the first telephoto lens for the EOS M, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, making it the fourth lens in the EF-M line-up.
This is equivalent to 88-320mm focal length, and features include a 3.5 stop image stabilizer, seven diaphragm blades and what Canon claims is “near silent” focusing. The new telephoto is released in July and costs £329.99.
First weatherproof Fujifilm XF lens
Owners of the Fujifilm X-T1, the company’s first weather and dust proof system camera, will be laughing off the rain with the release of the first weatherproof XF lens.
The Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR has a 1.5x focal length magnification factor, making it useful for a range of applications including landscape, portraiture and travel photography.
Fujifilm also claims that the new lens has the most advanced stabilisation system available to date. The lens goes on sale next month for £749.
Lightroom Preset summer offer
Totally Rad, a maker of Lightroom Presets, Photoshop Actions and other image-editing time savers, is giving 30% off its products in a special summer sale. Particularly popular are its Replichome II Lightroom presets, which includes presets for Fuj, Agfa and Kodak slide films.
This set contains multiple versions of each slide film, using both Noritsu and Epson scanners. “Slide films are known for their exceptional colour quality and high contrast and are particularly well-suited for landscape, fashion and reportage photography,” says the company. It’s certainly an alternative to the ubiquitous VSCO presets.
Leica M trial offer
Fancy test-driving a Leica M? The company is allowing prospective purchasers to try out the M Type 240 digital rangefinder for two days.
It will cost £80 to hire the camera, but you get the money back if you decide to buy one (yours for a mere £5000). You can choose from either a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 or a Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5.
The offer runs until September 27. Call 0207 629 1351 or email email@example.com but you will need to collect the camera from Leica’s flagship store in Mayfair or Burlington Arcade in central London.
New entry level iMac
Apple has announced a new entry level iMac with a big, bright 21.5-inch screen for photo editing. Highlight specifications include a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 2.7 GHz, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 8GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive.
You can also upgrade to a 1TB hard drive, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and up to 256Gb flash storage. The new iMac retails from £899.
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