November 2014

Mamiya Leaf Credo 50

Mamiya Leaf has announced the new Leaf Credo 50. Using the Sony 50-megapixel CMOS sensor system combined with an improved image processor, the Leaf Credo 50 offers improved Live View performance with selective focus on the 3.2-inch LCD touch-screen display or a computer monitor with Capture One software. The ISO ranges from 100-6400, and the camera shoots images from 1.2 frames per second up to hour-long exposures for full creative freedom. It also provides a 14-stop dynamic range with 14-bit RAW files. List Price: $26,995 (back only); $30,995 (full system). Contact: Mamiya Leaf,

Loxia Lenses

Zeiss has designed a new series of E-mount lenses that mix traditional manual settings with the precision of modern tools compatible with full-frame digital sensors and electronic viewfinders found in systems like the Sony Alpha 7, 7R and 7S. The first two lenses to be released are the Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50. Housed in a metal barrel with full weather sealing, the Loxia 2/35 has nine glass elements in six groups and a minimum objective distance of 0.3 meters, while the Loxia 2/50 consists of six elements in four groups with a minimum objective distance of 0.37 meters. Both lenses provide manual "de-clicked" aperture control for noiseless video work. List Price: $949 (Loxia 2/50); $1,299 (Loxia 2/35). Contact: Zeiss,

Compact Flash Head

Elinchrom has announced the ELC PRO HD Compact Flash Head available in 500Ws and 1000Ws. With an OLED display screen and jog wheel for intuitive usability, Elinchrom’s stop-based power scale lets you view power in joules, flash durations or other preferred settings. Quick 0.6s and 1.2s recycling times, as well as 1/5000s and 1/5260s flash durations (500Ws and 1000Ws units, respectively), give way to new possibilities. The Sequence Mode allows you to trigger up to 20 flashes per second in burst or continuous mode. Delayed Mode can be set to match either first- or second-curtain sync. Strobo Mode enables you to capture a stroboscopic effect within a single frame. List Price: $1,166 (500Ws); $1,611 (1000Ws). Contact: Elinchrom,

Hasselblad V System Digital Back

Hasselblad has reinvested in their classic V System cameras, dating back to 1957, by designing the cordless CFV-50c digital back with a 50-megapixel CMOS medium-format sensor. With a 100-6400 ISO, it shoots 1.5 images/second and long exposures up to 12 minutes to a CF card or tethered computer. The three-inch, high-resolution LCD screen offers a new menu and button layout. The digital back supports a classic Hasselblad square crop setting. Compatible with 90° viewfinders 500EL-type or 503CW with winder remote options. List Price: $15,500. Contact: Hasselblad,

Fujifilm X30

With the black or silver die-cast magnesium-alloy body emblematic of Fujifilm, the new X30 compact fixed-lens camera incorporates updated features with a nod to the classics. For high-speed, low-noise performance, the X30 uses a 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR processor II. The 2.36M-dot organic EL Real-Time Viewfinder has a display lag of only 0.005 seconds. Consisting of 11 glass elements in nine groups, the 4x manual zoom (28-112mm) lens has an ƒ/2 max aperture at its wide angle and ƒ/2.8 max aperture at its telephoto zoom. Image stabilization compensates for camera shake up to four stops. An additional control ring behind the zoom ring can be set and toggled between various functions such as ISO, white balance and continuous shooting. The X30 also offers a tilting, 3.0-inch, 920K-dot premium LCD monitor. Additionally, the X30 provides Classic Chrome film simulation with 11 different modes of traditional Fujifilm films, including color-reversal film effects, professional color-negative film, monochrome filters and sepia. List Price: $599. Contact: Fujifilm,

Tamron All-In-One Zoom

Tamron has upgraded the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 full-frame lens, creating a smaller, quicker, all-in-one zoom. The new PZD (Piezo Drive) AF system is both quick and quiet while also more compact than the previous system. Combined with the specialized glass elements, this has allowed for space savings, making the lens smaller than its predecessor. VC (Vibration Compensation) has also been added for sharp handheld images. A BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating reduces flare and ghosting. Moisture-resistant construction has been added, and the upgraded lens body has a linear rubber grip pattern and tungsten silver brand ring to match the look of your DSLR. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Tamron,

Ocean Traveler Tripod

Photographers eager for adventure need gear that can match their fortitude. Designed specifically for use in harsh environments, the Ocean Traveler Series 1 tripod kit GK1582OT by Gitzo utilizes aluminum parts with a corrosion-resistant finish. With a specialized Ocean G-Lock system, leg collars provide an air cushion to expel water trapped inside the legs while preventing sand, dust and mud from getting trapped inside. The center column can be removed or inverted, allowing you to set your camera at a 9.06-inch minimum height regardless of the terrain. The legs flip 180° for a compact 17.13-inch travel size. List Price: $1,956. Contact: Gitzo,

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus recently announced the compact interchangeable-lens PEN E-PL7. With the same 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor used in the OM-D line, the E-PL7 delivers superior color at high sensitivities. A three-axis VCM image stabilization compensates for any camera shake caused by one-handed shooting. FAST AF uses 81 points for full image coverage. Small AF Target and Super Spot AF mode zoom in for accurate selective focus. The E-PL7 offers 8 fps high-speed shooting for up to 20 RAW frames and unlimited JPEGs. The 3.0-inch, 1.04 million-dot high-definition touch-screen LCD rotates a full 180° for "Selfie Mode."Built-in WiFi pairs easily with the Olympus Image Sharing app on your s
martphone with a onetime QR code for remote Live View, full camera control and image sync. List Price: $599 (body only); $699 (with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 II R). Contact: Olympus,

LaCie Upgradable d2

The LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 is the newest addition to the LaCie desktop storage line. With up to 6 TB of space, the 7200 rpm drive offers speeds of up to 220 MB/s. The drive is housed in a one-piece aluminum body with a cushioned base to absorb disk vibration and a cable lock to prevent accidental disconnection. With a USB 3.0 port and dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the d2 Thunderbolt 2 can be daisy-chained to connect up to six devices. The drive also has the capability to be upgraded with an SSD to boost speed to 1150 MB/s and add 128 GB of SSD storage. List Price: $299 (3 TB); $399 (4 TB); $499 (6 TB); $299 (128 GB d2 SSD upgrade). Contact: LaCie,

Really Right Stuff Slider

The VS-288 Video Slider by Really Right Stuff is durable, compact and lightweight, making high-quality camera movement easy for location shoots. The 1.5-inch dovetail on the top and bottom of the rail can be used for foot and mount positioning. At 34.6 inches long, the slider incorporates sled bumpers for safe, quiet stops at each end of the slider. With adjustment nuts, the wheel tension may be fitted for quicker or slower movement. The removable 3⁄8"-16 threaded mounting stud can be used with industry-standard tripods. Feet can be mounted directly to the Slider for transport. Auxiliary mounting sockets are available for attachment of additional accessories. List Price: $690. Contact: Really Right Stuff,

Mecablitz 64 AF-1

The new flagship of the Metz flash series, the Mecablitz 64 AF-1 provides a high-power 64 guide number with a sleek, modern design. The strobe has an Auto mode with 12 ƒ-stops and Manual mode with 25 partial light levels. The motorized automatic zoom covers 24-200mm. The flash has a -9°/+90° tilt and 300° swivel, with a secondary reflector with two output settings. The touch display features large color graphics and auto-rotates for easy use. The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 also provides remote TTL mode, sync for studio flash and a USB input for firmware updates. Available for Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax and Sony. List Price: $499. Contact: Metz,

The Chronicle

With the Next Generation line, Domke has developed The Chronicle bag (grandchild of the classic F-2), designed using feedback from professional photographers. The sturdy and protective main body uses the GearProtex customizable insert system, allowing you to shape and bend the self-adhering dividers to secure your DSLR, lenses and flash. The PocketFlex system allows the addition of self-adhesive pockets, patches and pouches for personalized accessory storage. The 15.75x7x10-inch bag also provides two expandable zippered side pockets, two expandable front pockets and a padded, zippered tablet sleeve. Side rain hoods, a quiet system Velcro® silencer, grab strap and Gripper shoulder strap add to its versatility. Available in waxed Canvas and Cordura. List Price: $459. Contact: Tiffen,

Heavy Leather NYC

With guitar straps on the shoulders of hard-playing musicians like Prince, Slash, and the Eagles of Death Metal, Heavy Leather NYC has now branched out to create high-quality leather camera straps for hard-rocking photographers. The 100% genuine cowhide leather Slingshot camera strap is worn cross-body and backed with webbing for durability and flexible camera movement. A 2.5-inch-wide padded shoulder piece features a business card holder, while a silver buckle adjusts for length. Available in black, camouflage and vintage brown, each strap is handmade in Brooklyn, N.Y. List Price: $155. Contact: Heavy Leather NYC,


A new portable wireless location light from Flashpoint, the RoveLight Monolight provides a 600Ws strobe with a 22-stop range from full to 1/128th power that can be controlled from the rear console or from a wireless controller. Flash duration is controlled down to 1/15,000s. The built-in LED modeling lamp has an auto-shutoff timer to save power. Interchangeable 6600 mAh lithium batteries give 500+ full-power flash bursts on a single charge. The Monolight is available by itself or with a Bowens mount for full modifier versatility. List Price: $589 (RoveLight Monolight); $600 (RoveLight Monolight w/Bowens mount). Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama),

Tools For Your Smartphone

The RØDE i-XY microphone for iPhone and iPad makes high-quality audio recording simple and lightweight. Using the RØDE Rec app, the i-XY can record in 24-bit/96k with onboard high-fidelity A/D conversion. The pair of half-inch cardioid condenser capsules align at 90° for detailed stereo recording. When paired with the RØDEGrip and SC2 cable, your phone and i-XY mic can be mounted to your DSLR and directly connected for interview or music recording. The mic comes with a foam windshield and protective case. Available in a 30-pin model for use with the iPhone 4, 4s, 4c and iPad, and the Lightning model for use with the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: RØDE Microphones,

For the occasional macro shooter, the Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Photo Lens provides multiple macro magnifications for your iPhone 5/5s in a travel-friendly size. The soft plastic lens attachment clips snugly to the iPhone with aircraft-grade aluminum barrels housing coated-glass multi-element optics. Easily remove the medium magnification 14x macro lens to reveal the 7x macro magnification lens. Reverse the attachment to use the highest-level 21x macro magnification lens. The 14x and 21x lenses come with plastic hoods to ensure you’re at the optimal distance from the subject for focus. The included microfiber carrying case keeps your lenses clean and safe. List Price: $69. Contact: Olloclip,

Make smooth time-lapse smartphone videos easily shared with your social networks with the Hyperlapse app from Instagram. When video is recorded through the app, you can choose a playback speed between 1x and 12x. The video then can be saved to your camera roll. Using built-in image-stabilization technology, camera shake is minimized for high-quality movement despite handholding. Free. Contact: Instagram,

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