Nikon has announced the new 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor D810—the much-anticipated upgrade from the D800 and D800E. With the full removal of the OLPF filter to increase detail and reduce moiré, the D810 also features the EXPEED 4 Image Processor, said to increase speed by 30 percent, boost battery efficiency and widen ISO range to 64-12,800 (32-51,200 expanded). The camera can be set to shoot in either the standard 14-bit RAW file format or a slightly smaller resolution 12-bit format for a quicker workflow. An Advanced Scene Recognition System uses the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III to analyze each scene using color, brightness and human faces, and provide balanced exposure to more difficult scenes. A "Flat" Picture Control Profile is available to preserve detail in shadows and highlights. An "i" button on the back allows for a personalized button setup, giving quick access to your most utilized settings. Video features include full 1080/60p HD resolution, zebra stripe mode, full manual shooting with full AF ability, built-in stereo mic, in-camera time-lapse and interval timer, and uncompressed digital HDMI recording to an external device while recording to an SD or CF card. List Price: $3,299 (body only). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
Stepping Motor Wide-Angle lens
The new EF-S 10-18mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the next in Canon‘s Stepping Motor line of lenses. The Stepping Motor, in conjunction with the new focus mechanism, creates smooth and silent operation, ideal for video shooting. The lightweight design features an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed stops. The ultra-wide zoom makes it easy to get shots in tight spaces or fill the frame with wide landscapes. The UD lens element reduces chromatic aberration, and the multi-layer coating minimizes ghosting and flare. List Price: $299. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.
Manfrotto 190 Series Tripod
Manfrotto has updated the 190 series tripod. Available in either carbon fiber or aluminum, the Quick Power Lock design reduces setup time, allowing for single-handed leg adjustments. Using only one finger, the center column lifts up from the vertical position to 90° horizontal for full shooting flexibility. The 190 also provides professional expansion using Easy Link attachments to hold LED lights, reflectors, triggers and other accessories. List Price: $245-$478. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us/190-series.
LED Ring Light
Ring lights are versatile workhorses and go-to lighting for macro photography. The Kaiser KR 90 LED Ring Light uses 30 three-chip, high-performance LEDs in a metal duralumin body. The light provides continuously variable intensity control while maintaining a constant 5500K color temperature. Keeping all circuitry and battery within the housing, eliminating the need for an external power supply, the ring light screws on to the lens with a 77mm diameter lens mount (72mm, 67mm, 62mm, 58mm, 55mm and 52mm adapters included). The 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery provides power for two hours and fully recharges in 2.5 hours. The ring light includes a ¼"-20 female tripod mount and has a 1.2-inch minimum working distance. Available through HP Marketing Corp. dealers. Estimated Street Price: $325. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Compact 4K Shooter
With a one-inch, 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the first compact camera to also shoot 4K video. Offering a 4K MP4 shooting format, as well as 1920x1080p AVCHD or MP4, the FZ1000 can capture 8-megapixel still images from 4K video footage. The high-sensitivity sensor reduces noise at high ISO (the camera shoots ISO 125-12,800 expandable to 25,600). The camera incorporates the Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 16x 25-400mm ƒ/2.8-4.0 optical zoom lens with a 5-step speed control that provides smooth zooming for video shooting. A 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake. Still-image burst mode shoots at 12 fps. The FZ1000 includes a high-speed OLED Live View Finder and three-inch, 921k-dot free-angle LCD with a 180° side-to-side rotation and 270° up-and-down tilt ability. It includes both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for remote operation and instant sharing. List Price: $899. Contact: Panasonic, www.shop.panasonic.com.
Weighing less than three pounds, the Drobo Mini has announced an ultra-portable, all-flash RAID system using four 2.5-inch SSD drives. Quick speed is facilitated by the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. The Mini is also compatible with HDDs up to 2 TB. In the event of a drive failure, Drobo’s BeyondRAID technology will automatically repair the drive and return it to a protected state without affecting performance. The Mini also contains a backup battery. If there’s a sudden power loss, the battery will power the drive to ensure data currently transferring will be safely written to the disk. Available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB kits. List Price: $1,199 (1 TB kit). Contact: Drob, www.drobostore.com.
Micro Four Thirds "All-In-One" Zoom
Tamron has introduced the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III "All-In-One" zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds camera systems. The combination of Low Dispersion, Anomalous Dispersion, Molded-Glass Aspherical and Hybrid Aspherical glass elements reduces abberation, while a circular diaphragm ensures a soft bokeh effect. The Stepping Motor has been specifically designed for this lens for quick, accurate and quiet autofocusing. The compact metal lens barrel is available in either black or silver. List Price: $589. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.
1 TB Solid-State Drive
Transcend has released the ESD400, an SSD with capacities up to 1 TB. Using a USB 3.0 connection (backward-compatible with USB 2.0), the drive has a 410 MB/s read speed and 380 MB/s write speed. Utilizing solid-state technology, the drive is compact—about the size of a deck of playing cards—and a lightweight 56g. It’s also five times more shock and vibration-resistant than a typical hard disk drive. The ESD400 comes with a three-year limited wa
rranty. List Price: $109 (128 GB); $189 (256 GB); $349 (512 GB); $699 (1 TB). Contact: Transcend, www.transcend-info.com.
Four Thirds Flash
Nissin has expanded the i40 line to include a flash designed specifically for use with Four Thirds cameras. At under 3½ inches high and less than eight ounces in weight, it’s travel-friendly. But don’t let its small size fool you—it’s packed with professional punch. The easy-to-use, two-dial controls set function modes and power. The i40 includes two traditional optical slave modes for a TTL flash and studio strobe triggering, an HSS up to 1⁄8000 sec. shutter sync speed and flash output of GN40 at 105mm. The flash head rotates 180° horizontally and 90° vertically, and has an auto-adjust zoom head, built-in diffuser and included softbox. The i40 also provides a video light function with nine levels of power adjustment. List Price: $269. Contact: Minox, www.minox.com/usa.
Sony RX100 III
Now you can keep high-powered photographic punch on you at all times. The pocket-sized Sony RX100 III combines the 20.1-megapixel, 1.0-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor (which captures more light for increased detail, texture and decreased noise) with the BIONZ X processor (used in the full-frame a7 series). It provides an ISO range of 125-12,800 for low-light situations, and the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm ƒ/1.8-2.8 lens offers a shallow depth of field. The camera includes a built-in 3-stop ND filter, as well as the 1.4 million-dot resolution OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with a specifically designed eyepiece and Zeiss T* coating to reduce reflections. Video can be recorded in XAVCS and AVCHD formats, as well as MP4 with clear HDMI output for external monitor review. A new Intelligent Active Mode uses frame analysis and 5-axis compensation to dramatically reduce camera shake while specifically shooting video. The LCD screen tilts up 180° and down approximately 45°. Buttons can be customized to your preferences, and the camera quickly connects to Wi-Fi and NFC. List Price: $800. Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.
Airport Roller Derby
Photographers who are constantly on the move will appreciate the improved weight distribution and rolling versatility of Think Tank Photo‘s Airport Roller Derby bag. With four dual wheel sets, the bag can roll smoothly atop all four wheels, tilted to roll on its back wheels or tilted to roll on its side wheels for maneuvering tight spaces such as airplane aisles. The Airport Roller Derby holds two DSLRs, a tripod, additional strobes and lenses, including a 400mm ƒ/2.8 unattached, and has a separate 15-inch laptop pocket. All your gear remains safe with a lock & cable and lockable zippers. Sealed steel bearing wheels are replaceable. List Price: $389. Contact: Think Tank Photo, www.thinktankphoto.com.
Peak Design is ready to ship the Slide sling strap and Clutch hand strap that took Kickstarter by storm. Made from seatbelt-style webbing with padding, the Slide smoothly adjusts from shoulder to neck strap, matching your body shape and shooting style as it changes with your subject. The Clutch is made from premium hardware inspired by climbing gear. It quickly adjusts to your hand and loosens for full-camera access with a low profile. Both the Slide and the Clutch connect to your DSLR using the Anchor Link system. Each Vectran-corded Anchor is strong enough to withstand 200 pounds of force, yet engineered for ease of use to be removed with a single hand. The Anchor disks are also compatible with any standard 12mm wide camera strap. List Price: $60 (Slide Sling Strap); $40 (Clutch Hand Strap); $20 (Anchor Links). Contact: Peak Design, www.peakdesignltd.com.
The Flashpoint StreakLight is a portable strobe, convenient for both camera shoe-mounting or off-camera lighting. A large LED panel gives you control over manual exposure, high-speed sync, built-in optical slave and auto-focus assist. The articulated head provides personal light shaping with use of the included standard, parabolic reflector and diffusion panel. The StreakLight also includes two sync jacks, overheating protection circuitry and a wireless remote-control USB port. Cords are available for major cameras, and there’s a full line of accessories. The lightweight Blast Pack complements the StreakLight with replaceable, rechargeable batteries. List Price: $405 (StreakLight 180W); $599 (StreakLight 180W with Blast Pack); $549 (StreakLight 360W); $749 (StreakLight 360W with Blast Pack). Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.
Alien Skin has released Exposure 6 software with new features to bring a more organic, analog feel to your digital images. Exposure 6 gives you the ability to manipulate focus, vignettes and depth of field, including the simulation of specific lenses (such as the Canon EF 85mm ƒ/1.2L and Nikon 300mm ƒ/2.8) and lens types (such as a tilt-shift lens). With a clean layout, the software has a new basic control panel for fine-tuning elements like exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, etc., and offers full-sized instant previews. Exposure 6 also has new borders, textures and lighting effects like realistic light flares. List Price: $149. Contact: Alien Skin, www.alienskin.com.
The Flex Lens Shade is a convenient, versatile tool for shielding your lens from unwanted sun flares. Quickly attach the shade directly to your lens or lens hood with the heavy-duty Velcro® straps. Then shape the shade to block unwanted light, or protect your lens from drizzle, dust or dirt. The Flex Lens Shade is made from Ballistic nylon and weighs 1.2 ounces. List Price: $29 (52mm lenses and smaller), $39 (52mm lenses and larger). Contact: Flex Lens Shade, www.flexlensshade.com.
ProAm USA‘s SolidTrax Dolly System provides stabilization and silent, dynamic movement with any tripod at a surprisingly affordable cost. The SolidTrax Track Dolly uses six wheels and 12 precision bearings, and features auto-adjustment capabilities f
or curved tracks. It’s made of heavy-duty aluminum and weighs just seven pounds, yet can support standard tripod legs and weights up to 80 pounds. Featuring eight wheels and 16 precision bearings, the SolidTrax Platform Dolly provides a thick 24×24-inch wooden platform and can hold up to 275 pounds of gear. The 15-pound unit features a 24-inch collapsible handle that makes it easy to get moving shots. List Price: $199 each. Contact: ProAm USA, www.proamusa.com.
The Eyelighter reflector by Westcott is a convenient and complementary accessory for portrait photographers. The curved aluminum frame rests under the model, both opening up shadows and providing an eyelight in top-lit or butterfly lighting setups. The curved surface also ensures it stays out of the way of your lens while shooting. The Eyelighter measures 57x25x21 inches and weighs 6.4 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Westcott, www.fjwestcott.com/eyelighter.
Thule adds the Covert collection to its camera bag line, focusing on the ability to effortlessly move from the city to a weekend trip. The Covert DSLR Rolltop Backpack utilizes a SafeZone removable pod camera system with a dual-density padded bottom to ensure the safety of your camera and lenses. The origami-style dividers hold a prosumer DSLR with lens attached, two additional lenses and flash, and fold around your gear to hug your personalized kit. With room for both a 15-inch MacBook and an iPad, as well as ample pockets for smaller accessories, the bag also includes a rolltop compartment that fits necessities such as snacks or a change of clothes, or the divider may be unzipped to create one large-capacity pack. List Price: $199. Contact: Thule, www.thule.com.
Replichrome was created out of the desire to match authentic film grains in the digital photography era. Replichrome II: Slide goes a step further, replicating the look and feel of modern and discontinued slide films by Fujifilm, Agfa and Kodak. Re-creating realistic slide colors and contrasts, each preset is based on film developed by Richard Photo Lab based in Hollywood, Calif., and can be tweaked to match your personal developing tastes in Lightroom or Photoshop. List Price: $99. Contact: Totally Rad, www.gettotallyrad.com.
Hoya EVO Antistatic professional filters feature a new antistatic coating that "acts like a force field around the filter to repel dust." The high-performance optical glass is made in Japan using hand-selected silicates, and each filter features a 16-layer Super Multi-Coating that greatly reduces reflections, transmitting 99.8 percent of the light. The filters thus have virtually no effect on color balance, contrast or clarity of the final image, and thanks to the low-profile, one-piece aluminum frame, don’t vignette when used on ultra wide-angle lenses. Hoya EVO Antistatic protective, UV and Circular Polarizer filters are available in sizes from 37mm through 82mm. Estimated Street Price: $45-$110 (UV Filters); $85-$180 (Circular Polarizers). Contact: Kenko Tokina USA, www.kenkotokinausa.com.
Case Logic‘s Luminosity Medium DSLR Split Pack is a customizable camera backpack that can hold a DSLR body plus up to four lenses or a flash and accessories. The split opening provides easy access to what you need as you work. Thickly padded air-mesh shoulder straps combine with a patented snug-fit waistband and an adjustable sternum strap to provide comfort, while a patent-pending tripod attachment allows access to pack contents without removing the tripod. There’s a zippered lid compartment for personal items and a spacious front organizer for non-camera-related items, plus pockets for memory cards and more. External dimensions are 11×10.2×16.5 inches; weight is 4.4 pounds. List Price: $109. Contact: Case Logic, www.caselogic.com.
Creative Cloud Photography Plan
Adobe has announced the Creative Cloud Photography pricing plan, offering the full functionality and integration of Photoshop CC and Lightroom (including the new mobile apps) at a low price. Along with the release of this plan option, Adobe also announced new features of Photoshop CC. Photographers can now take advantage of area-specific Perspective Warp, Blur Gallery motion effects, Focus Masking and improvements to Content-Aware functionality. List Price: $9.99. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.
Lightroom mobile For iPhone Cloud
Just months after releasing Lightroom mobile for the iPad, Adobe has now made the app available for the iPhone, as well. Importing images from the camera roll or syncing with the Lightroom Catalog on your desktop, the app provides the same nondestructive editing tools as the desktop program, including star and flag ratings, and full metadata editing. Images in the catalog are also available via any web browser at lightroom.adobe.com, making Lightroom a fully integrated on-the-go workflow. List Price: Free (with Creative Cloud subscription). Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.
Photoshop Mix App
The Photoshop Mix app makes complicated editing doable while on the go by providing full nondestructive Photoshop features such as Upright, Content-Aware Fill and Camera Shake Reduction for your mobile device. Combine images, remove objects and create masks for your photos. Then export the layered images for additional touch-ups using your desktop Photoshop CC. List Price: Free (with free Creative Cloud ID). Contact Adobe, www.adobe.com.