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Leica Camera AG has added the Leica CL to its range, so the Leica APS-C System now offers two camera models made in Germany – the Leica CL and the Leica TL2.

In technical terms, the cameras are equals, but could hardly be more different with regard to their design and handling concepts: reflecting the traditions of Leica in the form of the iconic Leica CL and, in contrast, the futuristic look of the Leica TL2.

The CL's electronic viewfinder (with EyeRes technology developed by Leica) features a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels. As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition and exposure of their subjects.

In combination with the high-resolution, 24MP, APS-C format sensor of the Leica CL, there's a beefed up Maestro II series processor and a super fast autofocus system with 49 metering points, guaranteeing high picture quality in all photographic situations, Leica claims. This also applies to moving pictures captured at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The Leica CL is equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Pictures and videos can be sent by a wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers and quickly and easily shared by email or in social networks with the Leica CL App for iOS or Android.

In addition to this, the remote function of the app lets mobile devices be used as an off-camera viewfinder or for altering exposure parameters – for example, when shooting with the self-timer function or from unusual angles.

There are two dials for setting the aperture, shutter speed, ISO value, and exposure compensation. Everything is conveniently located so that photographs can be made without taking the camera from the eye.

An additional LCD display on the top plate instantly provides information about all relevant settings and exposure parameters.

The Leica CL with a black anodised finish has a RRP $3,700, while the CL with an 18mm will set you back RRP $5,200.

For more information, visit https://leica-store.com.au/ 

Looking for an inexpensive photo printer so you can test the water? Check out Epson's Expression Premium Photo range! Stylish and compact, these versatile all-in-one models combine printing, scanning and copy facilities, but importantly, it’s easy to produce glossy photos too!

The XP-6000 offers a new compact design, fast printing speeds of 15.8 ppm (black) and 11.3 ppm (colour), CD/DVD printing, automatic two-sided printing, wireless Wi-Fi Direct, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, a 2.4” LCD screen, a 100-sheet input first tray and 20-sheet input second tray and a 50-sheet output capacity.

However, the model you want to buy is the XP-8500. It offers all that the XP-6000 does with a 2.7” LCD screen and, critically, also offers a 6-colour printing solution for superior photographic quality. With speeds of 9.5 ppm (black) and 9 ppm (colour) and a yield of 500 (black) and 830 (colour) with XL sizes, the XP-8500 is a serious player in this market.

Epson claims that the Expression Premium XP-8500 will take all the fuss out of printing photos and can produce better-than-lab-quality photographs at home and on demand.

The Expression Premium Photo range uses Claria Premium inks, which are renowned for producing outstanding, glossy photos with sharp detail, deep blacks and rich, vibrant colours. The XP-6000’s five inks and XP-8500’s 6 inks can be individually replaced as and when a particular colour runs out, making it economical.

The Expression Premium Photo models’ connectivity provides even more freedom for users. There’s no need to be deskbound because Wi- Fi ensures it’s easy to print and scan from around the home and Wi-Fi Direct makes it possible to print without a wireless network.

The models are packed with user-friendly functions including a memory card slot to make it easy to print photos without a PC.

The Expression Premium Photo XP-6000 (RRP $179.00) and XP- 8500 (RRP $299.00) are available now from www.epson.com.au and all good Epson retailers across Australia.

If you're creating online content, such as instructional videos or inspirational audio visuals, and you're recording your sound directly into your computer, you may be interested in RØDE's AI-1 USB Audio Interface.

The problem when plugging a microphone into a computer and then recording your voice and the screen (using a program like Camtasia) is that unless the audio content sounds great, your production won't be particularly successful.

To begin, you need a good quality microphone. Unfortunately, USB microphones aren't always the best option (certainly the cheaper ones are problematic), while the better quality microphones generally have audio connectors which your computer does not.

You need a gadget that sits between the good quality microphone and the computer – and this is where the RØDE AI-1 USB Audio Interface comes into play.

RØDE Microphones designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney and exported to over 113 countries globally.

The AI-1 USB Audio Interface adds studio-quality input and output capabilities to your computer, making home recording easier than it has ever been.

With its high quality Neutrik combo jack input and discrete Class-A preamp, you’ll be able to connect either a microphone, guitar or a line level instrument, such as a synthesiser. Available as part of The Complete Studio Kit, the AI-1 comes with RØDE’s peerless NT1 large diaphragm condenser microphone, SMR shock mount with popshield, 20 foot XLR and USB C/A cables. Everything you need is included in the box!

The AI-1 allows zero-latency playback by enabling the direct monitoring feature and playback via headphones/speakers with the high quality discrete headphone amplifier. To ensure the AI-1 is truly versatile it features 48V Phantom Power and is class compliant – so there is no need to install any drivers. RRP for the AI-1 is $499.

For more information, visit www.rode.com/ai1

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