December 2015

RED RAVEN 4K Camera

The RED RAVEN is a new modular cinema tool with impressive specs, and at 3.5 pounds, is designed to shoot handheld or suspended from a drone. The RAVEN can capture 4K Raw (4096×2160) video at frame rates up to 120p, in addition to ProRes full HD at 60p, REDCODE RAW (R3D) at 4K resolution and 2K video up to 240p. The RAVEN features an 8.8-megapixel sensor, and the teeny device is powerful enough to capture Apple ProRes and RED REDCODE RAW at the same time. Like other RED cameras, the RAVEN is modular and can connect to various RED accessories. Price: $5,950 (brain only). Contact: RED, red.com.


Epson SureColor P400

Epson’s newest desktop printer, the SureColor P400 provides photographers with a more affordable option for 13×19” printing than the higher-end P600. The P400 uses an 8-color UltraChrome HG2 ink set versus the P600’s 9-color UltraChrome HD, and separate channels for photo black and matte black inks make it unnecessary to purge the line when switching from glossy to rag paper. The P400 can print to roll paper for images up to 129 inches long, and to CDs and DVDs. Built-in WiFi and Ethernet connections support printing from a desktop or mobile device. Price: $599. Contact: Epson, epson.com.


Brunton SERVO 120

Location and remote photographers don’t have to stop shooting when their batteries die thanks to the Brunton SERVO 120, a portable battery system that features high-density Lithium-ion batteries instead of the heavy lead-acid batteries often found in similar systems. A single charge of the SERVO 120 can recharge a standard laptop up to four times, can juice up a mobile device up to 15 times and can recharge small camera batteries around 30 times. The SERVO 120 has a front AC jack, as well as a USB port, which allows many devices to connect directly, saving power. Price: $399. Contact: Brunton, brunton.com.


Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F/1.7 ASPH

Photographers working with the Panasonic LUMIX Micro Four Thirds system have a great new prime lens for still or video work, with the release of the LUMIX G 25mm F/1.7 ASPH. The fast lens is the equivalent of a 50mm on a full-frame system, and has a maximum ƒ/1.7 aperture, making it ideal for low-light shooting. The lens has one ultra-high refractive element and two aspherical elements for reduction of chromatic and spherical aberrations, and to provide good edge brightness. The seven-blade diaphragm in the lens creates smooth bokeh soft focus when shot wide open. Price: $249. Contact: Panasonic, shop.panasonic.com.


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4R

While it has only been announced for the UK market, the LUMIX DMC-GH4R from Panasonic has videographers buzzing with excitement. We expect to see them hitting the States. The camera, which is essentially a modified LUMIX DMC-GH4, offers a new V-Log L video mode that was designed to mimic the film/broadcast industry’s Cineon curve, allowing footage from the GH4R to be easily used in projects shot on high-end broadcast and motion-picture gear. The GH4R removes the 30-minute video capture limit that applies to the DMC-GH4. Price: TBD. Contact: Panasonic, shop.panasonic.com.


Phottix Laso Flash Trigger System For Canon

Photographers using either Canon’s radio or non-radio strobes now can combine the two systems wirelessly and seamlessly thanks to the Phottix Laso Flash Trigger System, which is comprised of the Laso Transmitter and the Laso Receiver (sold separately). The Laso Receiver attaches to Canon’s E-TTL (non-wireless) strobes and allows them to be controlled wirelessly by the Laso Transmitter or by Canon’s wireless controllers in manual, E-TTL II, E-TTL and other modes. Studio lights can be controlled by the Laso Transmitter, if connected to a Laso Receiver. The Laso Transmitter also can control Canon’s RT Wireless radio flash devices and can manage up to 15 strobes in five groups, allowing photographers to remotely change the settings for each group. Price: Laso Transmitter ($159); Laso Receiver ($99). Contact: Phottix, phottix.com.


Zeiss Milvus Lenses

The new Zeiss Milvus lens series is designed for high-resolution cameras, and all six models have “consistently excellent image performance,” according to Zeiss. The Milvus lenses are manual focus and available in 21mm ƒ/2.8, 35mm ƒ/2, 50mm ƒ/1.4, 85mm ƒ/1.4, 50mm ƒ/2 Macro and 100mm ƒ/2 Macro. Each lens uses a floating element design and anti-reflective coating, and is “practically distortion-free.” The lenses are visually similar, as well, with a comfortable metal barrel and smooth focus ring, and all are weather- and dust-resistant. Price: 21mm ƒ/2.8 ($1,843); 35mm ƒ/2 ($1,117); 50mm ƒ/1.4 ($1,199); 85mm ƒ/1.4 ($1,799); 50mm ƒ/2 Macro ($1,283); 100mm ƒ/2 Macro ($1,843). Contact: Zeiss, zeiss.com/camera-lenses.


DJI Osmo

Take the stabilization system from their popular photographic drones, combine it with a camera and put that into a tripod, and the result is the Osmo from DJI. The unique device contains a rotating 12-megapixel camera that also can capture video with 3-axis image stabilization courtesy of the company’s drones. Photographers can take 360º panoramas, time-lapse sequences and long-exposure shots, controlled by an iPhone or Android device that provides live view from the camera and direct-setting controls. Price: $649. Contact: DJI, dji.com.


Apple iPhone 6s And 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus upgrades from Apple have a lot of new features for the photographer. The main camera on both phones has been bumped up to 12 megapixels (up from the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus), and the FaceTime camera has been increased to 5 megapixels for better-looking selfies and video conferences. Both devices use Apple’s new 3D Touch interface, which responds to pressure and can be used for things like quickly peeking at a photo. The phones are powered by Apple’s new A9 processor and are significantly faster than their predecessors. Price: iPhone 6s (starts at $649); iPhone 6s Plus (starts at $749). Contact: Apple, apple.com.


Rokinon 21mm F/1.4 And 50mm F/1.2

Rokinon isn’t a household name, but their lenses have quite a following, especially in the mirrorless world. The new Rokinon 21mm F/1.4 and 50mm F/1.2 “Compact” lenses are available in mounts for Sony, Canon, Fujifilm and Olympus/Panasonic mirrorless systems. The 21mm has 8 elements in 7 groups, while the 50mm has 9 elements in 7 groups, and both have a 9-blade diaphragm for smooth focus bokeh. Depending on the system, the 21mm F/1.4 will have an effective length of up to 42mm, and the 50mm F/1.2 will have an effective length of up to 100mm. Price: 21mm F/1.4 ($499); 50mm F/1.2 ($549). Contact: Rokinon, rokinon.com.


Lowepro ProTactic Bags

The Lowepro ProTactic series features a range of backpacks and shoulder bags, and the company has introduced four new bags as part of the collection—three shoulder bags and the BP 250 AW backpack, which has heavy-duty cinch straps and is designed for easy access to mirrorless-sized cameras. The shoulder bags work with Lowepro’s SlipLock modular accessory system. Two of the new shoulder bags, the SH 180 AW and SH 200 AW, have a top opening featuring water-resistant zippers to provide easy access, but keep out the rain. Price: Starts at $99. Contact: Lowepro, lowepro.com.

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