Tuesday, November 5, 2013
New Tools Of The Trade
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The 36.4-megapixel Alpha 7R by Sony is the smallest full-frame mirrorless camera to date. Using a 16-bit BIONZ X processor (compared to the previous 14-bit), this camera has increased speed and noise reduction. The processor, coupled with the elimination of a low-pass filter, also produces exceptional detail. Flexible Spot AF allows three selectable sizes for improved focus targeting. Particularly attractive for DSLR shooters, the Alpha 7R has a 2.4-million-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, as well as a 3-inch tiltable high-resolution LCD screen, 9 customizable buttons and 46 assignable functions. For video enthusiasts, the Alpha 7R captures 1080p60 HD and AVCHD progressive video, provides zebra bars for exposure tracking and HDMI for an external monitor or audio output, and is compatible with an XLR adapter kit. With built-in WiFi and NFC, the camera easily transfers files to smart devices or sharing websites. Sony's PlayMemories Camera Apps can also be utilized for triggering the camera from your smartphone or adding filters and effects directly from the camera. The Alpha 7R is compatible with Sony's new line of full-frame E-mount lenses, as well as A-mount optics (with a converter). List Price: $2,300. Contact: Sony, www.sony.com.
Wide-Medium Telephoto Zoom
Sigma now provides a versatile standard zoom for full-frame cameras with the 24-105mm ƒ/4 DG OS HSM Art lens. The wide to medium telephoto range covers basic daily needs for portraiture, landscape, journalism and architecture photography with a constant ƒ/4 aperture. Optical Stabilizer technology is designed to counteract camera shake for sharp, handheld images. The Inner Focus system eliminates front lens rotation, improves stability and allows the use of circular polarizing filters. The Hyper Sonic Motor ensures quiet high-speed autofocus. SLD and FLD glass elements prevent unwanted distortions and aberrations through the entire zoom range. The lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock for firmware upgrades and custom focus parameters. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.
Pro Roller Bag
Manfrotto has announced a new Pro bag line, including the Roller 50. With durable wheels and three handles along the top, side and bottom of the bag for easy maneuvering while traveling and on location, the roller bag also features a rigid, multi-layered Exo-Tough outer construction with thermo-formed areas and reinforced feet that protect against impact. The bag's interior Camera Protection System (CPS) center includes thickly layered core center dividers that mold to cradle your equipment and provide shock-absorption for your DSLRs, lenses, strobe, laptop, tablet, cables and accessories. When unzipped, the top flap opens completely for use as a field mat. Additional exterior pockets provide easy accesses to personal items, and straps secure your tripod to the outside of the roller. List Price: $324. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.
About a year after releasing the D600, Nikon has followed up with the 24.3-megapixel, CMOS-sensor D610, making only a few, yet significant improvements. The lightweight, full-format HDSLR uses the EXPEED 3 processor, which provides vivid colors and tonal ranges, as well as quick data transfer. Standing out amongst the camera's features are the new shutter mechanism that captures quick action at 6 fps and the quiet continuous shutter mode, perfect for capturing event and wildlife photography at 3 fps. An improved Auto White Balance makes skin tones and reproduction of artificial light more true to life. The 39-point AF System can be adjusted between single point, continuous, dynamic and 3D autofocus modes to match your shooting situation. The D610 also shoots 1080p HD video in 24p and 30p. List Price: $1,999. Contact: www.nikonusa.com.
Profoto B1 Cordless Strobe
Profoto has created the powerful, high-quality B1 Off-Camera Flash for added versatility with location shooting. The cordless B1 is powered by an exchangeable battery, providing 220 full-power flashes, and is wirelessly synced via an Air System at up to 1,000 feet. The 500W max power makes it 10 times as powerful as an average speedlight, ensuring it will have impact on your subject on a sunny outdoor location shoot and light large groups. Setting the B1 on QuickBurst lowers the power setting and increases the speed to allow for 20 flashes per second. The Air Remote TTL-C may be added to your hot-shoe mount to remotely control the B1 in TTL or Manual mode. Equipped with a high-efficiency LED modeling light, it may also be used as a location video light. List Price: $2,000. Contact: Profoto, www.profoto.com.
Fujinon XF23mm F/1.4 R
As more professionals add mirrorless cameras to their gear bags, Fujifilm has added the 35mm equivalent Fujinon XF23mm ƒ/1.4 R lens to their X-series lens lineup. The compact 10.6-ounce and 2.48-inch lens uses metal parts for the focus and aperture ring, feeling solid as a versatile everyday shooter. The camera-to-subject distance indicator and depth-of-field scale provide manual prefocus tools while the high-torque DC coreless motor provides quick AF. A multilayer High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating ensures durability, as well as an even spread of light across the camera sensor. List Price: $899. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
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