Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New Tools Of The Trade
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Fresh on the heels of releasing the a7 and a7R, Sony has now announced an exciting addition to the family for the photo and video shooter with the a7S full-frame, interchangeable-lens camera. With a 12.2-megapixel 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, it employs the same Fast Intelligent AF system as the a7R, with improved low-light sensitivity boasting a 100-102,400 (50-409,600 extended) ISO range. But the real excitement is for video shooters. The camera features a 35mm large pixel image sensor rated at 15.3 stops of dynamic range. Plus, 4K video capabilities utilize the full sensor width—no cropping or line skipping—which reduces aliasing, moiré and false color artifacts. A 120 fps shooting mode is supported in HD resolution. A multi-terminal interface shoe is compatible with the Sony XLR Adapter Microphone Kit. The a7S is compatible with E-mount lenses (many optimized for full frame) and can be used with A-mount and other systems with adapters. The a7S will be available in early July. List Price: $2,499 (body only). Contact: Sony Electronics, www.sony.com/a7S.
Canon recently announced the EF 16-35mm ƒ/4L IS USM wide-angle zoom designed for use with full-frame EOS cameras. A great kit lens, it's particularly useful for low-light situations, with an Optical Image Stabilizer with shake correction up to four shutter speeds and an intelligent CPU, which can discern between panning and unwanted handheld movement. With a nine-blade circular aperture, it includes three GMo (Glass-Moulded) aspheric lens elements to correct aberrations and two UD lens elements to reduce chromatic aberrations from edge to edge. An enhanced fluorine coating on both front and rear repels dust, ensures color balance and minimizes ghosting. Full-time manual-focus adjustment is an AF mode. List Price: $1,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.
X Pro 3-Way Head
Manfrotto has engineered the X Pro 3-Way Head for maximum precision while maintaining a small, travel-friendly size. The aluminum body weighs 2.2 pounds while withstanding a maximum load of 17.6 pounds. Arms retract when needed to fit in camera bags and other small spaces. When shooting images that need exacting attention, such as macro photography, it's possible to leave the locking knobs open and increase the friction for slight frame adjustments. List Price: $156. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us/x-pro-3-way-tripod-head.
Mobile Storage Solution
WD's My Passport Pro provides a quick and portable image storage solution in a safe, shock-tested aluminum casing. With RAID functionality, you can choose RAID 0 (data striping) or RAID 1 (data mirroring), depending on your needs. The drive utilizes Thunderbolt power for 233 MB/s transfer, edit and backup speeds while reducing the need for any extra cables or power cords. Available in 2T or 4T capacities. List Price: $299 (2T); $429 (4T). Contact: WD, www.wd.com.
Phantom 2 Vision+
Infuse your video with unique, fully stabilized aerial shots with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. This drone carries a 14-megapixel camera that shoots full HD video with slow-mo capabilities. Using three-axis camera stabilization for smooth shots, it allows you to tilt as you fly, pointing the camera straight down. The integrated GPS autopilot system provides position holding, altitude lock and stable hovering for precise flight, ensuring you get your shot. The GPS system also includes radar parameters. When you fly outside the radar, the Phantom 2 Vision+ automatically returns. For more about aerial drone photography, see "Get Above It All, Parts I and II" at our sister publication's website, outdoorphotographer.com. List Price: $1,299. Contact: DJI, www.dji.com.
Designed for the versatile filmmaker to use single-handedly or with a larger crew, the Blackmagic URSA provides an upgradable 4K Super 35 sensor with global shutter in EF or PL mounts, with HDMI and Broadcast mounts available later in 2014. A 10-inch, fold-out, on-set monitor and a separate five-inch screen show the settings, camera status and scopes with focus, audio and exposure information for a single-person operation. URSA can also easily be set up into three stations for a DOP, Camera Assistant and Audio Engineer with additional scopes, audio meters, etc. With quick-to-swap dual CFast card slots, you can shoot Ultra HD 12-bit lossless Cinema DNG RAW, Ultra HD or HD Apple ProRes uninterrupted. List Price: $5,995 (EF mount); $6,495 (PL mount); TBA (Broadcast and HDMI mounts). Contact: Blackmagic Design, www.blackmagicdesign.com.
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