DxO announces new software updates

dxos021DxO has announced the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro v10.5.2, DxO FilmPack v5.5.2, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.10 for Mac and Windows. These three upgrades mean that DxO now supports seven additional cameras: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Pentax 645D, and the Panasonic Lumix GF-7, Lumix G-7, Lumix GX-8, and DMC-ZS50/DMC-TZ70.

The three DxO solutions add 787 more modules to the DxO Optics Modules library, which now contains nearly 28,000 combinations. Developed in DxO’s laboratories, DxO Optics Modules contain all of the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This unique database allows DxO software to automatically correct optical defects with an unparalleled level of quality.

Photographers who acquired a DxO OpticsPro 9 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 10. Photographers who bought a DxO FilmPack 4 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 5. Upgrades are free for all photographers who acquired a DxO ViewPoint license on or after August 1, 2013.

Free 30-day trial versions of the three applications, are available to download from the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download

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Introducing the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit for small accessory flash units

Expo new productExpoImaging, creators of the innovative FlashBender 2 shapeable light modifiers for speedlights, has today announced availability of the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit - a versatile and portable new light modifier for photography professionals.

Specifically designed for compact and mirrorless flashes like the Nikon SB500, the Nissin i40 and the Olympus FL-600R, the new FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit includes a FlashBender 2 Micro Shapeable Reflector and a Micro Diffusion Panel. The kit has been optimised to handle the light output from smaller flash units.

“We’re seeing more and more photographers shooting with these compact new mirrorless camera systems. The advantage of shooting with mirrorless cameras is that everything is smaller and lighter,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “We designed the new FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit to fit the smaller speedlights often used with these mirrorless cameras.”

When used with on-camera flash, the FlashBender 2 Micro Reflector creates a larger, softer light source than the bare flash and allows directed bounce off ceilings or walls. Off-camera, it can be used to shape and control the main, background, hair, rim, or accent lights.

Once the Micro Diffusion Panel is attached, the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box softens light, while reducing contrast and specular highlights.

Key features of the Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box:

  • Fits Nikon SB-500, Nissin i40, and Olympus FL-600R flashes
  • Fits flashes with a head circumference of 158.8mm – 184mm
  • Makes a soft box, bounce flash reflector or snoot
  • Attaches quickly and securely
  • Size: 205mm x 240mm
  • Reflective surface area of 178mm x 178mm
  • Total weight of kit: 119g
  • Packs flat to easily fit into any small camera bag.

ExpoImaging recently won the 2015 Hot One Award for Best Speedlight Modifier from Professional Photographer Magazine for the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System. The award-winning kit includes the FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector, the XL Pro Strip Grid Attachment, the XL Pro Soft Box Diffuser Attachment and a travel bag.


The Rogue FlashBender 2 Mirrorless Soft Box Kit is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information about the Rogue FlashBender 2 range, and to purchase your product, visit: www.colorconfidence.com.

PANTONE’s new Extended Gamut Guide bridges the gap between spot and process colour printing

EGGPANTONE has launched a new colour communication guide that bridges the gap between CMYK and spot colour printing.

The new PANTONE PLUS SERIES Extended Gamut Coated Guide has been created to help brand owners; designers, prepress professionals and printers to determine when it may be possible to more accurately reproduce a solid PANTONE colour using CMYK + PANTONE XG Orange, Green and Violet (OGV) Inks.

The PANTONE Extended Gamut Guide is a visual, seven-colour printing simulation of the 1,729 existing PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® colours. Printed with an extremely high-quality, seven-colour printing process, the Extended Gamut Coated Guide uses existing Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) inks, plus commonly used Orange, Green and Violet (OGV) inks that ‘extend’ the colour gamut significantly.

The new PANTONE Extended Gamut Guide will allow designers and printers to achieve approximately 90% of all PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM spot colours through the seven-colour process system.

The PANTONE guide was developed in partnership with Esko, the global supplier of innovative printing solutions and packaging software, and Disc Graphics, an award-winning creative packaging printer.

Each page of the PANTONE guide has been replicated and numbered to mirror that of the current PANTONE PLUS Series Formula Guide, so a designer or printer can quickly and easily compare the original spot colours to the new extended gamut reproductions.

The PANTONE Extended Gamut Coated Guide includes:

  • 1,729 seven-colour process simulations of PANTONE Formula Guide Solid Coated Colours on coated stock
  • Closest seven-colour process match with sRGB values
  • Screen tint percentages displayed
  • Colours bleed off page edges for ease and accuracy when comparison checking
  • Portable fan guide format which provides convenience and fast access to colour data
  • PANTONE COLOR MANAGER Software for updating PANTONE colours in popular design applications
  • Colour locator index
  • Each colour identified with a distinct PANTONE EXTENDED GAMUT Coated (XGC) number and/or name.

The PANTONE Extended Gamut Coated Guide is available to purchase from Color Confidence – Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets. For more information about the PANTONE range, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

The future of photography is here – Introducing DxO ONE


DxO ONE is a revolutionary new camera that pairs perfectly with your iPhone and iPad. It is small enough to fit in your pocket, yet features a large 1” sensor capable of capturing beautiful, high-resolution images.

Outside it is sleek smooth and elegant, but inside, it is packed with innovative features and powerful software that enables it to capture dynamic images and cinematic video.

DxO ONE leverages DxO’s world-renowned image processing capabilities to produce photographs that rival those from a DSLR.

DxO ONE is the only camera that gets better the longer you own it. Firmware enhancements and new features are seamlessly bundled into App Store updates, so your DxO ONE is always ready to capture photos with the latest innovations driven by users.

To celebrate the launch of DxO ONE, we are treating you to a special introductory offer, buy DxO ONE and get DxO OpticsPro 10 Elite and DxO FilmPack 5 Elite completely free*! This offer is available while stocks last.

We will have DxO ONE in stock next month. PRE-ORDER YOURS NOW!

Watch the DxO ONE video here

BenQ revealed as the new ‘Mystery Monitor’ for creative professionals

SW2700PT_hood_regular_frontBenQ has launched a stunning new colour critical monitor that offers photography professionals unprecedented colour accuracy, high specifications and an amazing price point. The 27” monitor was offered as part of a ‘Mystery Monitor’ competition, organised by Color Confidence last month.

The new BenQ SW2700PT is designed to effortlessly and accurately showcase the creative vision of professional photographers, enhancing and empowering the visual stories they communicate. It is user-friendly and has unprecedented colour accuracy and attention to precise detail.

Designed for visual perfection in professional photo editing, the SW2700PT is packed full of image enhancing features such as a 2560 x 1440 resolution display, 99% Adobe RGB colour space and IPS technology.

The SW2700PT offers colours so true that it brings out the fine detail and creative essence of every photo, whether taken by a seasoned professional or amateur hobbyist. The SW2700PT is BenQ’s second colour critical monitor created for photography professionals, following the launch of the PG2401PT earlier this year.

Key features of the BenQ SW2700PT monitor include:

  • 27” screen – 2560×1440 QHD resolution
  • 99% Adobe RGB colour space
  • Hardware calibration allows users to adjust the 14-bit 3D Look-Up-Table directly without altering graphics card output data, ensuring that every photo is smoothly and consistently displayed just as it was taken
  • Controller included, which allows users to quickly switch between 3 custom modes; Adobe RGB, sRGB and Black-and-White photo mode
  • Monitor hood included
  • Individual factory-tested colour calibration report included
  • Palette Master Element software can be used with a calibrator to optimise the colour performance of the display
  • A 10-bit display panel for smooth shading and colour transitions in natural gradations
  • The monitor achieves an average Delta E≤2 for both Adobe RGB and sRGB, ensuring colour accuracy throughout project workflow, as well as providing viewers with the truest impression of the original image.

The SW2700PT display includes a variety of input terminals such as D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini Display Port, USB 3.0 together with a convenient SD card reader.

We can now reveal that the Color Confidence ‘Mystery Monitor’ competition winner is Wioleta Swietlik from Poland. Congratulations Wioleta!

You will now receive the new BenQ monitor and an X-Rite i1Display Pro – the ultimate colour management solution for creative professionals that demand speed, options and flexibility to attain colour accuracy.

The BenQ SW2700PT is priced at just £499 incl. VAT (RRP) and is available to purchase through leading photography retailers. For more information, visit: www.colorconfidence.com.

Cube – the ‘must-have’ device for creative professionals


We are pleased to announced the UK launch of Cube, by Palette. The ideal tool for creative professionals, Cube is an incredibly accurate colour capture device that makes it easy to record raw colour data with a simple tap.

Cube removes the guesswork from colour matching, seamlessly pairing with smartphones and desktops to save, store, and work with surrounding, real-world colour. Using an internal spherical light source, Cube picks up the desired hue in a controlled sequence and records the raw colour values for future reference.

With industry first functionality, Cube Link allows users to seamlessly import real-world colour directly into Photoshop.

“Cube was built to make colour digital. By taking the complexity out of colour capture and matching, Cube allows creative professionals to focus on what they’re best at – creating,” says Palette Co-Founder Paul Peng.

From colourful graffiti on the side of a building, to a beautiful flower that catches your eye, Cube can turn a brief moment of colour inspiration into the beginning of a new creative project.

Key features:

  • Highly accurate – Cube uses a controlled light sequence through an aperture to identify and capture colour accurately
  • Seamless pairing – Bluetooth connects automatically. No settings menus or confusing pairing rituals. Just open the Cube Companion App and turn Cube on
  • Instant matching – On either PC or Mac, use the Cube Link App to import colours directly to Photoshop and match to multiple colour libraries, including Pantone.
  • Colour, Your Way – Cube can output colours in RGB, CMYK, HEX, Lab, and LRV colour spaces, with support for multiple colour profiles.

The Cube team will be at 100% Design in London on 23 – 26 September 2015 to demonstrate the creative tools innovative features. You can visit the team at Stand L114 to get expert tips and advice on how best to get the most out of your Cube.

Cube is priced at £149.95 incl. VAT. For further information and to purchase your Cube, visit: www.colorconfidence.com.

Enter our free prize draw for your chance to win a brand new ‘mystery’ monitor on launch day!








To celebrate the launch of an exciting new ‘mystery monitor’, Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets, is inviting photography professionals to register their interest for the chance to win the mystery monitor on launch day along with an X-Rite i1Display Pro.

Color Confidence has not yet revealed the make and model of the monitor but say the 27” display features an impressively wide-gamut IPS (in-plane switching) and reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, for complete colour accuracy. The monitor also comes with a hood.

“A new product launch is always exciting and we are delighted to be able to offer our customers a chance to not only win a new monitor, but be one of the first people to own it!” says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at Color Confidence.

Geoffrey continues: “We are confident that the new mystery monitor will be very popular due to its high specifications and market-leading price. We look forward to revealing this monitor next month.”

The winner of the mystery monitor competition will also receive an X-Rite i1Display Pro. The i1Display Pro is the first choice for professional photographers, filmmakers, designers and imaging professionals looking for the highest level of on-screen colour accuracy for displays, laptops, mobile devices and projectors.

It has two user modes (Basic and Advanced) that provide photographers with the perfect combination of colour precision, speed, options and controls, to fit any workflow.

The winner of the mystery monitor competition will be announced on 1st September 2015, when the monitor officially launches. For more information, click here.

Colour perfection and incredible editing power with the new BenQ and Adobe offer


BenQ has partnered with Adobe to launch an incredible new promotion, designed for photographers that value colour accuracy and demand the best from their images. Creative professionals can now get a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography (worth £102) with the purchase of a new BenQ 24” PG2401PT colour critical monitor.

This offer combines photo editing and manipulation tools from Adobe – the global leader in digital marketing and creative software, with BenQ’s colour critical monitor with 99% Adobe RGB coverage, to allow complete colour control over images.

The PG2401PT is the first product in BenQ’s Pro Graphics series of monitors, developed specifically for the colour critical photography market. It comes complete with Palette Master Software, which has been co-developed with X-Rite – the global leader in colour science and technology.

The Creative Cloud Photography plan includes everything you need to bring out the best in your images, from everyday edits to total transformations. It combines the creative power of Adobe Photoshop CC, with the management and enhancement tools within Adobe Lightroom CC.

BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor is very competitively priced when compared with colour critical monitors with similar specifications. It has an impressive 1920 x 1200 resolution and the wide colour gamut offers superb image clarity and detail.

Key features of the BenQ monitor include:

  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • Monitor hood included
  • Individual factory-tested colour calibration report included
  • A 10-bit display panel for smooth shading and colour transitions in natural gradations
  • 14-bit 3D Look-Up-Table and processing for improved RGB colour blending accuracy, resulting in impeccable colour and grey tone reproduction
  • The monitor achieves an average Delta E≤2 and below, ensuring colour accuracy throughout project workflow as well as providing viewers the truest impression of the original image
  • Input terminals include D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini Display Port, USB 3.0 together with a convenient SD card reader
  • Brightness uniformity support that balances brightness and chromaticity for consistent image viewing across the entire display

This new BenQ / Adobe offer is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence in the UK, Poland, France, Nordics and Spain.

The offer is available until 31st December 2015. For further information and to purchase your monitor, click here.

Introducing the new Pantone Trade and Save scheme


We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pantone ‘Trade and Save’ programme, which offers existing customers the chance to trade–in their old Pantone guides, in exchange for up to £100 cash back when purchasing a new Pantone product.

The Trade and Save incentive scheme makes it easier for designers, product managers, printers and all other colour decision makers to stay up-to-date with the latest graphics products from Pantone – the world leader in colour standardisation and communication tools.

“The Trade and Save incentive scheme has been devised to give people that value colour as much as we do, the encouragement to update their Pantone guides,” says Simon Prais, Technical Director at Color Confidence.

Simon continues: “If you don’t use the latest Pantone products, you could be losing time, money, or even clients, through mistaken specifications or inaccurate colour reproduction. Over the past five years, 644 Pantone spot colours have been added to the Pantone Plus range of graphics guides, which now includes a total of 1,761 colours.”

Pantone prides themselves on using only the finest paper substrates for their multimedia graphic tools. But the fact is, all paper stocks yellow over time, from exposure to air or sunlight, or simply from use, which changes the appearance of the ink’s colour. For this reason, Pantone recommends replacing your colour guides frequently.

The Trade and Save scheme is made up of three easy steps.

  1. Purchase a brand new Pantone guide from colorconfidence.com – Eligible guides are included in the table below
  2. Send Color Confidence the old Pantone guide in the post – A £5 flat rate postage contribution will be added to your cash back amount
  3. The discount plus postage contribution will be refunded into your account – The guide is then verified and the discount is given (within 5 working days of receipt of the guide)

The Trade and Save scheme applies to purchases of any of the following Pantone Plus guides:


The Trade and Save scheme ends on 31st July 2015. For more information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

ExpoImaging announces improvements to their popular professional white balance filter for photography professionals

b7764cea-7d08-4c14-9ff0-4d6170374804ExpoImaging, creators of the innovative Rogue FlashBender 2 speedlight modifiers, has today highlighted the recent improvements to the patented ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter to the UK photography market.

ExpoDisc 2.0 is an easy and accurate way for photographers to set a custom white balance meter for exposure, and to dust map the image sensor. Whether shooting in RAW or JPEG, photographers can use ExpoDisc 2.0 to save valuable time editing photos and videos.

“With the original ExpoDisc, we invented the digital white balance filter and established it in the market as the premium white balance tool by individually testing and certifying every ExpoDisc,” said Erik Sowder, CEO at ExpoImaging. “Now ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable warming gels and an improved mounting design.”

To maintain its reputation as the premium white balance tool, each ExpoDisc 2.0 is individually calibrated by hand in the USA, for neutrality, and an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. This neutrality is important because using a non-neutral tool for white balance can actually add undesirable colour casts to images.

Key features include:

  • Quickly set white balance for photo and video
  • Meter 18% incident exposure
  • Easily dust map your image sensor
  • Includes four warming filters (gels)
  • Hand calibrated for accuracy
  • Available in 77mm and 82mm filter sizes (to fit a variety of professional lenses)
  • Each ExpoDisc is individually packaged with its own calibration certification card
  • Comes with a sturdy carry pouch and user quick start guide.

The ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information and to purchase your ExpoDisc 2.0, visit: www.colorconfidence.com.