May/June 2015

Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R

Now providing an affordable alternative to a medium-format camera, Canon has developed the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, which offer the highest resolution of any 35mm DSLR, to date. Both the 5DS and 5DS R use a 50.6-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 processor, allowing quick 5 fps continuous shooting for capturing the full sharp, detailed 50-megapixel resolution, and the 5DS R model further maximizes sharpness with a canceled low-pass filter. Both cameras use 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF with 41 cross-type sensors and have a sensitivity of ISO 100-6400 (12,800 extended). The cameras have a built-in intervalometer, shoot 1080p full HD video and offer a creative Time Lapse Movie function that automatically builds a time-lapse video from still images. While the cameras maintain the familiar 5D body, the chassis, baseplate and tripod lug have been reinforced for stability and to reduce camera shake. List Price: $3,699 (5DS); $3,899 (5DS R). Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.


Ultrawide-Angle Zoom Lens

Tamron continues to add to the company’s unique line of lenses for full-frame cameras with the SP 15-30mm ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD ultrawide-angle zoom lens. The 18 optical lens elements in 13 groups include an eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical element, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical and Low Dispersion elements, preventing geometrical distortion and ensuring lateral color correction throughout the zoom range. Utilizing Vibration Compensation, the lens corrects for slight camera shake in low light and slow shutter speed situations. The Ultrasonic Silent Drive maintains quiet autofocus action with high torque and precision. The Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating and Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while the fluorine coating repels dirt and water. List Price: $1,199. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.


24mm F/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma has introduced the new 24mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens for full-frame DSLRs (38mm when used with an APS-C sensor). A fast, wide lens that’s versatile among many still photography genres, it’s also useful for video work. The nine-blade aperture provides a round bokeh. The 15 optical elements in 11 groups include FLD and SLD glass for minimal chromatic aberration, particularly at the edges of the frame. An aspherical element has been placed at the rear of the lens to improve performance when shooting wide open by correcting axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. Easily switch from autofocus to manual focus by rotating the focus ring, a feature introduced by the 50mm Art lens. The 24mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock and Mount Conversion service. List Price: $849. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.


OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The new OM-D E-M5 Mark II by Olympus features a redesigned 16-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor combined with a TruePic VII Processor. The camera shoots with a 1/8000 mechanical shutter speed and 1/16000 electronic shutter speed in Silent Mode. RAW files can be shot at up to 10 fps with S-AF and 5 fps with C-AF with tracking enabled. The 81-point Fast AF offers an expanded focus area, while the Small Target AF focuses on a small area across the entire frame. The 5-axis image stabilization provides 5.0 steps of compensation for sharp handheld shots as slow as a 1⁄4-sec. shutter speed. A 40-megapixel High-Resolution Shot mode employs a pixel-shift technique using the voice coil motor IS unit to capture eight sequential images, moving the sensor 0.5-pixel steps between each shot and then combining images (use of a tripod is recommended). Video mode captures 1080p up to a 60p frame rate, and includes an external audio input and a headphone jack for audio monitoring. Movie Teleconverter, time-code settings and an external HDMI monitor connection are also supported. The camera features a dust- and splashproof body, and when paired with some M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, can be used in the rain. The Supersonic Wave Filter uses high-frequency movement to remove dust and debris from the sensor. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II also features a three-inch, 1.04-million-dot vari-angle touch screen and 2.36-million-dot electric viewfinder, plus WiFi capability. List Price: $1,099. Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com.


Samsung NX500

Samsung has taken the core technology of the NX1 and packaged it in a small size, producing the powerful, yet portable NX500. The 28-megapixel, backside-illuminated APS-C sensor and DRIMeV processor provide quick high-quality stills and video. The BSI APS-C sensor supports 4K and UHD video recording with a built-in HEVC codec, which compresses file size to maximize storage space without harming quality. The DRIMeV processor produces accurate color reproduction with improved noise reduction, and when paired with the Hybrid AF system, results in 9 fps continuous shooting. The NX500 also includes Samsung Auto Shot, which uses motion detection to predict perfect timing for capturing an action shot. The three-inch touch-screen display has tilt and flip functionality. The NX500 has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capability. List Price: $799. Contact: Samsung, www.samsung.com.


Macro Lens

The wide-angle Panasonic LUMIX G MACRO 30mm ƒ/2.8 ASPH MEGA O.I.S. lens offers sharp and high-contrast image rendering to macro enthusiasts. The 1x life-size magnification and 4.13-inch focusing distance provide a deep depth of field, while the multicoated lens elements reduce ghosting and flare. Nine lenses in nine groups make up the 240 fps Drive AF and MEGA O.I.S. for accurate focus and stable framing. The durable metal mount ensures reliability for everyday use. List Price: TBA. Contact: Panasonic, shop.panasonic.com.


Video Travel Tripod

The Aero Travel Tripod Kit for Video by Benro is a versatile and compact option for shooters who are constantly on the go. The S2 version supports up to 5.5 pounds and folds to a compact 18.3 inches, while the S4 version supports up to 8.8 pounds and folds to 21.7 inches. The tripods utilize a reversible folding leg design to maximize a mobile travel profile. When extended, the legs have three locked leg positions. The removable leg and center column can be combined to create a monopod, when needed. The removable fluid head provides 360° panning and smooth tilting, and a bubble level. The quick-release plate uses a safety lock. The S4 version features a removable handle for mounting on either side of the fluid h
ead. The Aero Travel Tripods also include quick-flip leg locks, a weight hook and a carrying case. List Price: $199 (Aero S2); $259 (Aero S4). Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.


Rugged RAID Hard Drive

Continually meeting the needs of the traveling photographer, LaCie has packed increased speed, capacity and safety into the company’s mobile and durable packaging with the Rugged RAID hard drive. The two internal hard drives have a combined 4 TB capacity (equivalent to 60 64 GB memory cards), reducing the number of drives you need to pack. When used in the preconfigured RAID 0 mode, speeds reach up to 240 MB/s. The drive can also be switched to RAID 1 mode for built-in safety. Powered through the integrated Thunderbolt cable, there’s no need for an external power source, and the additional USB 3.0 connection ensures usage with Mac and PC computers. The drive is dust- and splashproof, even during operation, and can withstand drops of up to five feet and one ton of pressure. LaCie Private-Public software allows for full drive password protection or protection of certain volumes with AES 256-bit encryption. List Price: $449. Contact: LaCie, www.lacie.com.


Air 1 Commander

Nissin Digital has developed the new Nissin Air System (NAS), a 2.4 GHz wireless radio transmission system with a 98-foot range for flash communication. Utilizing this technology, the company has released the Nissin Di700A flash with built-in radio receiver and has announced a summer release of the Air 1 Commander and combined kit. The Air 1 Commander uses eight radio channels to control flashes in TTL or manual mode. Flashes can be controlled and divided among three groups—A, B and C—with multiple flashes in each group. From the Air 1 Commander, you can control the Di700A zoom head. List Price: $259 (Di700A for Canon, Nikon or Sony); $79 (Air 1 Commander for Canon, Nikon or Sony); $299 (Complete Kit). Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.


Flexible Lighting

The Westcott Flex 1-Panel Kit provides a way to shape light to your specific situation in a convenient lightweight kit. At only seven ounces, the 10×10-inch 55W LED mat has 256 light-emitting diodes and a moldable frame to adapt to each shooting situation. The kit is available with a 5600K daylight mat or 3200K tungsten mat. Each flex mat is water-resistant and dimmable from 5% to 100%. Each kit includes a Flex LED panel, dimmer, power supply and cord, X-Bracket clip mount, diffusion panel and water-resistant extension cord. Estimated Street Price: $699. Contact: Westcott, www.fjwestcott.com.


DaVinci Resolve Update

Blackmagic Design has improved CinemaDNG RAW image processing and workflow with Avid editors with the DaVinci Resolve 11.2 update. The free download has updated the CinemaDNG tone curve and soft clip option for improved colors and realistic detail when converting to a reduced color space. New DNxHR encoding and decoding support allows for a fluid workflow with Avid editors by allowing high-resolution media and sequences to move between systems, and AAF import with timeline resolution gives accurate round-trip support with Media Composer 8.3. Additional features include flag and marker support in ColorTrace and support for Red SDK 5.3. List Price: Free update. Contact: Blackmagic Design, www.blackmagicdesign.com.


Versatile E-Mount Lens

Sony has announced the Distagon T* FE 35mm ƒ/1.4 ZA to their lens lineup. The full-frame E-mount lens is a perfect match for the a7 series, as it’s designed specifically to pull double-duty as a lens for still shooters and filmmakers. The Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor uses piezoelectric elements oscillating at ultrasonic frequencies to drive focus while remaining quiet enough for filmmaking. The aperture ring’s tactile click steps can be turned on for still photo use or turned off for reduced noise during video use. The wide 9-blade aperture provides a round bokeh and is optimal for low light and shallow depth of field. Zeiss brings high quality and resolution throughout the image, and the T* coating nearly eliminates lens flare. The body is water- and dust-resistant. List Price: $1,599. Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.

Glow ParaPop

Expanding the successful Glow HexaPop portable strobe line, Flashpoint has developed a softbox and umbrella modifier blend with the Glow ParaPop 28. The 12-sided, parabolic-shaped softbox has a 28-inch diameter and 19.5-inch depth, providing a 105° light spread with graduated subtle shadows. Made from heat-resistant UV-A and UV-R diffuser material with internal silver reflector fabric, it’s lightweight with reinforced support rod pockets, seams and Velcro® closures. The speedring assembly is compatible with most brands of flash heads, monolights and speedlights. The ParaPop 28 comes with removable inner and outer diffusers, a removable cold-shoe, angle-adjustable shoe bracket and protective case. List Price: $229. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

High-Capacity microSD

SanDisk has announced the development of the world’s current highest-capacity microSD card. The 200 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card uses a new design and production process to increase storage capacity, storing up to 20 hours of full HD video. At the same time, the card maintains fast transfer speeds approximating 90 MB/s, which accommodates a transfer of 1,200 photos per minute. The card has a 10-year limited warranty. List Price: $399. Contact: SanDisk, www.sandisk.com.


HD Metal Print

Online print service WhiteWall has combined true-color high-quality printing with long-lasting durability in the new HD Metal Print option. Using a thermal sublimation process, the full color spectrum and maximum resolution of each print is transferred and sealed into the metallic surface. At 1mm thick and featherlight, the aluminum is UV-, scratch- and moisture-resistant, making it a great print option for outdoor spaces, bathrooms or kitchens. Prints may be smooth or brushed, and have a white or transparent primer. S
izes range from 3.5×3.5 inches to 59×39 inches, with a variety of frame options. List Price: Varies. Contact: WhiteWall, www.whitewall.com.


Removable RAID

G-Technology has announced two new drives to the G-RAID line with up to 16 TB of space. The G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 and G-RAID with USB 3.0 provide an all-aluminum enclosure for two removable 7200 rpm drives that can be configurable as RAID 0, 1 or JBOD. The housing uses quiet-cooling fan technology. The G-RAID with USB 3.0 offers transfer rates up to 400 MB/s, while the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 offers transfer rates up to 440 MB/s for multistream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows. List Price: $599-$1,199 (G-RAID USB 3.0); $799-$1,299 (G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0). Contact: G-Technology, www.g-technology.com.


Follow Focus

The new Follow Focus MVA511FF by Manfrotto utilizes a double-sided drive, allowing gearbox rotation for focus pulling in either direction. The 35mm friction wheel and 50-tooth drive gear can be used with lenses that do or don’t have gear rings. The follow focus has a slide switch for hard stops, and a marking disc can be clicked easily into place to allow for focal reference points. It attaches to standard 15mm rods for pairing with a rig and can be mounted on either side of the lens for both right- or left-handed operators. List Price: $599. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.

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