This Week in Photography: news from 11-17 August

Nikon sales tumble


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Nikon sales tumble

Nikon sales stumble

Worldwide sales of Nikon’s interchangeable lens cameras fell 31% in the three months to the end of June, according to the latest figures from the Japanese camera giant. Nikon sold 1.1 cameras with interchangeable lenses, compared to 1.59 million a year earlier. The biggest fall, however, was suffered by Nikon fixed-lens compacts, which plunged by 43%.

Adventure Travel Show announced

Tickets are now available for the Adventure Travel Show, which takes place at London’s Olympia on 17-18 January 2015. As well over 100 talks in four theatres for explorers, guide book writers and other luminaries, you can attend travel photography seminars. It’s also a good place to potential customers for your images under one roof.

Innovative Joby baseplate now available

Innovative Joby baseplate

You can now buy Joby’s Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ as a stand-alone accessory, providing a universal quick-release plate which enables you to mount their camera to any tripod. You can also attach an additional camera strap while still being able to access your camera’s battery compartment.

The UltraPlate has two additional 1/4″-20 screw mounts and is compatible with all major tripod brands featuring the standard 1/4” mount. The UltraPlate goes onsale in early Autumn for £18.

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Photokina is where the action is

With the clock-ticking down to this year’s bi-annual Photokina photography trade fair in Cologne, Germany, the organisers have announced a new Action Zone, where action cams can be tested under realistic conditions. The show organisers point out that action cam sales surpassed the 300,000 mark in 2013, compared to just 30,000 units in 2011. The fun will include Aqua Zorbing and even a bull-riding attraction. Photokina starts on September 16.

Take a hike, says Manfrotto

Take a hike, says Manfrotto

Ever been out walking and wished your walking stick doubled up as a monopod? We thought not, but Manfrotto has. It recently announced the Off Road walking pole, which can easily be turned into a single legged camera support. All you need to is remove the top cap and screw your camera to the pole.

The walking stick/monopod can carry up to 2.5kg, with a maximum height of 132cm. As part of its Off Road range, Manfrotto has also announced its lightest-ever tripod, weighing a mere 650g. This will sell for £120 while the walking sticks (sold as a pair) cost £79.95.

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