Tuesday, April 15, 2014
New Tools Of The Trade
Introduced by the manufacturer as the "Olympus for All," the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 includes the power and quality of the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 in an affordable interchangeable-lens system. A 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Truepic VII processor with an ISO range of 100-25600 are housed in a lightweight metal body with a 1.4K-dot EVF viewfinder, tilting 3.0-inch touch-screen and built-in flash. The 3-axis stabilization system is similar to the 5-axis system found in the E-M5 and E-M1, providing a steady shot even in low light and when using a slow shutter speed. The FAST AF system provides 81 target spots throughout the frame, allowing Small AF Target and Super Spot AF modes to capture specific accurate focus at 8 fps. The E-M10 includes built-in WiFi, which syncs to your smart device using the free Olympus Image Share app for image sharing or remote camera control. List Price: $699 (body only). Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com.
As of our press date, the specs for the Pentax 645Z are still being finalized, but this small-bodied, 51-megapixel, CMOS, medium-format-sensor camera, priced at less than $9,000, could be a professional game changer. The AA filterless design has increased the resolution for incredibly sharp details. With delicate noise-processing ability, the 645Z can reach ISO 204,800. In addition to a new SAFOX 11 AF module and increased sensitivity, the AF system has 27 selectable AF points. The 645Z shoots full HD video at 60i/30p, with an HDMI terminal, built-in stereo mic and auto/manual sound level recording. A tiltable LCD screen is featured for shooting flexibility. The Pentax Flucard provides instant transfer to your mobile device. Visit digitalphotopro.com for finalized specs and a full hands-on review. List Price: $8,499. Contact: Pentax, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.
Made from high-grade leathers ranging from Chestnut Bridle Leather to Genuine Python, you're sure to find one of HoldFast Gear's Money Maker-Luxury Leather Multicamera Straps to match your style. Perfect for carrying two or three cameras at a time, the slider system allows your cameras to slide up and down each side of the leather harness. You also have the option to attach one additional camera to the front of the harness with the anchored metal D-rings. The Money Maker comes in small, medium and large sizes dependent on your height. List Price: $200-$490. Contact: HoldFast Gear, www.holdfastgear.com.
Lowepro Pro Roller x-Series AW
Available in three sizes, the versatile Pro Roller x-Series AW bags from Lowepro can be used to haul your DSLR, audio, video or lighting equipment. The interior features the MaxFit™ system, which allows you to place your gear first, then place the rigid CrossLink Foam inserts, making micro-adjustments for maximum capacity fit. The interior front lid has mesh pockets for easy visibility to accessories. The ballistic nylon hard-shell exterior includes a front pocket organizer, laptop pocket, built-in All-Weather cover and sidestraps for a tripod. The vibration-absorbing wheels with ABEC-5-rated bearings provide smooth gliding. List Price: $369 (x100); $399 (x200); $479 (x300). Contact: Lowepro, www.lowepro.com.
Smooth Zoom Lens
The M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 EZ by Olympus is a slim travel companion. Designed for PEN and OM-D camera bodies, it's less than one inch thick while providing a 24-48mm equivalent focal range. An Electronic Retraction system automatically extends and retracts the lens when the camera is powered on and off. The MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focus system maintains a quiet, nearly silent focus mechanism. The Electronic Zoom gives you smooth and even control, which is particularly useful for video shooting. List Price: $349. Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com.
Waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof down to -14º F, the Fujifilm X-T1 features a 16.3-megapixel, APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II with phase detection, tracking AF and shooting at 8 fps. The OLED 2.36-million-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder provides multiple display modes, giving you a choice of how many settings you want to view, including a split mode for precise manual focus. The 3-inch LCD has a 1.04-million-dot resolution and is made of tempered glass. Five mechanical dials on the top plate, two command dials and six fully customizable function buttons create personalized in-hand comfort. With built-in WiFi, you can share images and control the camera remotely from your smartphone via the Fujifilm Camera Remote app. List Price: $1,299 (body only). Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.
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