Gear releases: November

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HD PENTAX DA 20-40mm F2.8-4ED Limited DC WR and Pentax 08 wide zoom lens for Q-system


Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 type-II lens for Sony A-mount

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Western Digital Black

The new WD Black is a fusion of a 120GB Solid State Drive with a 1TB hard drive. In a single package users will be able to both improve system performance and store large volumes of data. The WD Black offloads data usage from the SSD to the hard drive, increasing the endurance of the SSD. £249.99, www.wdstore.co.uk.

Western Digital My Cloud EX4

Western Digital has expanded the recently introduced My Cloud family with the My Cloud EX4, a four-bay network-attached storage solution. The EX4 features Western Digital's WD Red line of hard drives. Users can purchase a driveless version to fit with their own storage needs, or versions with 8TB, 12TB or 16TB capacity. Easy-Slide Drive allows drives to be swapped within seconds. As with the rest of the My Cloud family, data can be accessed from anywhere and from any device using the WD MyCloud mobile app. The MyCloud Ex4 also provides a variety of data protection options for PCs and Macs. Priced £319 (driveless), £679 (8TB), £799 (12TB) or £999 (16TB). www.wdstore.co.uk

Delkin Snug-It DSLR Camera Skin for Canon 70D

This thick rubber skin for the Canon 70D provides a rugged protective shell and secure grip. An optima-grade shield protects the LCD screen, and protective moldings around the hot-shoe and lens attachments provide protection while still allowing for quick changes. £29.99, www.delkin.com

Delkin Fat Gecko Stick-It Discs

The Fat Gecko suction mounts require a smooth, non-porous surface in order to work, but it's not everywhere that you'll be able to find one. The Stick-It discs aim to alleviate this problem by provides a portable non-porous surface to carry with you. The discs come laden with a 3M adhesive that creates a permanent hold on any flat surface and then allows you to mount the Fat Gecko suction cup on the reverse side. The discs create a hold that can support up to 5lb, and can be stacked for extra security. £12.99 for a pack of two, www.delkin.com

Delkin Fat Gecko Bracket for Smartphones

The Fat Gecko Bracket, recently announced by Delkin, allows you to combine your phoneography with your camera accessories. Using a standard 1/4in screw thread, the Bracket can be mounted to any regular photography accessory. It holds a phone or mini tablet in place with rubber-padded grips, and a quick-release button allows the device to be mounted or removed within seconds. Mounting plates with male or female 1/4in attachments can be affixed to the bracket. £24.99, www.delkin.com

Delkin Fat Gecko Strap Mount

Strap your camera securely to a tree, column or rock with the innovative Fat Gecko Strap Mount from Delkin. The Strap Mount allows you to secure a camera weighing up to 8lbs to any object with a maximum circumference of 54 inches, with three bracket plates that conform to the shape of the object to which the mount is attached and have rubber-padded backing to prevent the mount from slipping. The mount also comes with an adjustable 1/4in ball head. £49.99, www.delkin.com

Delkin Fat Gecko Kaboom

The new Fat Gecko Kaboom carbon fibre camera mount offers five different configurations to capture creative photos and videos. Using the Fat Gecko suction mount technology, Helmet Boom (pictured) gives an extra 20 inches of length over a standard helmet mount, allowing GoPro users to capture a broader view of what's happening around them. High Angle allows the mount to be used handheld to place the camera at high vantage points. Tripod Extender refers to when the Kaboom is used in conjunction with a regular tripod, using its full length to provide an extra 60 inches of height. Vehicle Boom places a camera up to 50 inches off of any vehicle to which it is attached, and finally the Kaboom can be downsized to 20 inches to act as a handheld Self Portrait Extender.The Kaboom can be collapsed down to 15 inches when not in use and is rated for use with GoProHero Action cameras,as well as compacts and mirrorless cameras weighing up to 2 pounds (0.9kg). £109.99, www.delkin.com

PNY SDHC/XC High-Performance Memory Cards

PNY's latest Class 10 UHS-1 cards offer transfer speeds of up to 80 MB/s. They are designed to operate in tough conditions, with shockproofing, humidity resistance and temperature proofing up to 80ºC (storage temperature). The cards are available in four capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, priced at £17.99, £25.74, £52.63, £98.99 respectively. www.pny.eu

Benro Ranger Pro Backpacks

The Benro Ranger Pro series has its pocket loacated right at the front to minimise bumping and shaking during transit. All of the three bags in the series have been optimised for ease of access with front, lower, upper and side openings for retrieval and storage of kit. The bags are made of water-repellent materials and also include a front-attached cover for extra insulation against rain. The Ranger Pro backpacks are available in three variations - the 400N (pictured), 500N and 600N - which have the capacity to hold 2 SLRs, 6-8 lenses, 2 flash units and a 17in laptop. www.kenro.co.uk

Benro Smart Series Shoulder Bags

The Benro Smart series of shoulder bags feature detachable interior dividers to repurpose the interior for differently sized cameras and lenses. The three models - 10 (pictured), 20 and 30 - all have a side pocket for lens caps and similar itemsand a front pouch that's a good size for a mobile phone. The largest variation of the Smart Seriescan hold 1 SLR, 3 lenses, 1 flash and most 12-inch laptops. www.kenro.co.uk

Benro Cool Walker Messenger Bags

The Cool Walker bags are designed specifically to allow photographers to gain fast access to stored equipment, with quick-release clips that allow the main pockets to be opened quickly. The ergonomic shoulder strap and padded handle are designed for comfort, and the mesh on the front and rear provides ventilation. The outer material has been reinforced to be shock proof, abrasion resistant and water-repellent. www.kenro.co.uk

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Tamron has announced the development of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal range of 150-600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLRs. The new lens features Vibration Compensation, Image Stabilisation, Ultrasonic Silent Drive for AF, and eBAND (Extended Bandwidth and Angular Dependency) Coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The new lens has a maximum aperture of f/5-6.3 and employs 20 elements in 13 groups for sharp, clear image quality.The 9-blade cicular diaphragm allows for creation of creative bokeh, and the lens also boasts a redesigned tripod mount. Price and availability yet to be announced. www.tamron.eu/uk.html

HD Pentax DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR

This new 20-40mm (30.5mm to 61.5mm equivalent) APS-C optimised K-mount lens is the first zoom lens in Ricoh's Limited Lens series, and is also the first in the series to feature Ricoh's weather-sealed constuction. The HD Pentax DA 20-40mm has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at its shortest focal length, and its design incorporates Extra-Low Dispersion elements and a proprietary HD coating. UK availability is yet to be announced. £849.99. www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk

Q-system 08 Wide Zoom lens

The most compact ultra-wide angle zoom lens available today, Ricoh claims, the 08 wide zoom lens offers a focal length of 17.5mm to 27.5mm (in 35mm format) when mounted on a Pentax Q7 in a barrel only 38 millimetres in length. The 08 wide zoom is available exclusively for Pentax's Q system, and its design features a moulded-glass Dual Super Asperhical element to minimise distortion, two Extra-low Dispersion elemens and one super-low dispersion element, compensating for chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range. Uk availability is yet to be announced. £429.99, www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk

Profoto B1 Off-camera Flash with TTL

Profoto has introduced a new versatile off-camera flash with a TTL remote for Canon E-TTL II cameras. The Air Remote supplied with the flash attaches to the camera's hot shoe, and the light automatically adjusts its output in accordance with shooting conditions.  Manual output control is also available. As the B1 connects with the remote wirelessly and is powered by an Li-Ion battery, it is completely cordless. One battery charge will provide up to 220 full-power flashes at 500Ws of light, which can be moderated in 1/10 f-stop steps. The B1 also features Quick Burst mode, which allows for up to 20 flashes per second at a lower power setting. The B1 is expected to be available in December, with the Air Remote TTL-C for Canon sold seperately. Nikon compatibility is expected in 2014. www.profoto.com

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