December 2014

Mirrorless Telephoto

Olympus has announced the first telephoto lens for the M.Zuiko PRO series—the ED 40-150mm ƒ/2.8 PRO. At just over six inches long, the lens is both portable and versatile with an equivalent 35mm range of 80-300mm. Utilizing a Dual Linear Voice Coil Motor, the lens powers two high-grade lens elements, allowing quick and quiet focusing in a dust-, splash- and freeze-proof body. The lens also includes a dedicated function button, manual-focus clutch and a 20-inch minimum focal distance. Estimated Street Price: $1,499. Contact: Olympus,

Hero4 Black Edition

GoPro has added power, speed and functionality to the HERO4 Black edition. Incorporating a new processor, the action cam delivers sharper detail and offers customizable exposure settings up to 30 seconds in Night Photo and Night Lapse modes. An Auto Low Light mode also changes frame rates to match lighting conditions. The camera is equipped to handle 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 frame rates ready for slow-motion shots. While recording video, the HiLight Tag function gives the opportunity to mark key moments so you can skip to them in playback for quick editing. A new audio system features a microphone with increased dynamic range, and the camera is now compatible with several professional external mics. WiFi and Bluetooth are available for connecting to the GoPro App and Smart Remote. Protune is now available for both still photos and video footage. List Price: $499. Contact: GoPro,

Quadcopter Case Conversation

Easily convert the Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack into a DJI Phantom 2 case using the Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit. The adjustable, high-density, closed-cell foam dividers have been specifically designed for the drone’s unique shape and accessories, accommodating a seven-inch HDMI LCD monitor on a Devlcam Camera-Top, WiFi range extender, spare rotors, charger and extra batteries. The kit includes rotor mount thread protectors and is water-resistant. List Price: $34. Contact: Think Tank Photo,

Small-In-One Printer

Incorporating Epson‘s MicroPiezo technology and six-color Claria Photo HD inks, the newly announced Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One printer is a small, but powerful device for your workflow. With Ethernet, built-in WiFi and Epson Connect technology, it can print up to 8×10 borderless images from your smartphone, tablet or computer from any location worldwide. The printer also includes USB and memory card slots for computerless prints. The 4.3-inch LCD touch screen makes it easy to navigate. Images can also be edited, scanned and shared directly to Facebook and cloud services. The Expression Photo XP-860 is ENERGY STAR-certified, supports recycled paper and is designed to be recycled. List Price: $299. Contact: Epson,

NX1 Smart Camera

The flagship Samsung NX1 SMART camera combines high-quality still images and video with flexible connectivity in a compact size. The 28-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor gathers more light than other sensors and works together with the NX AF System III autofocus system to boast 205 Phase Detection AF points covering over 90% of the frame. The DRIMe V Image Processor and Adaptive Noise Reduction technology provide accurate color reproduction and clear detail. This system provides 15 fps shooting speed with subject tracking. The NX1 includes the HEVC codec (H.265) and supports 4K video shooting directly to a memory card. Samsung has expanded NFC and WiFi, now including Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. Photo Beam technology transfers images through touching devices together without additional configuration. The Mobile Link function transfers images to four devices at once, and Auto Share automatically uploads images to a mobile device. A Remote Viewfinder Pro function provides manual setting and zoom control via a smartphone. List Price: $1,499 (body only). Contact: Samsung,

Portable Studio Light

The Phottix Indra500 TTL Studio Light provides high-quality control in a small, portable package. At just 4.6 pounds, the 500 Ws studio light shoots up to 400 full-power consecutive shots with a two-second recycle time using the 5000 mAh Indra battery. It can also be used with an AC adapter. Stroboscopic, Manual and TTL modes are available, with a large LCD screen placed on the back of the light for intuitive control. Manual mode can be set from 1/128 power to full power with eight stops of adjustment in ½ stops. The Studio Light includes Second Curtain Sync and High Speed Sync capabilities up to 1/8000s. Wireless Radio Control can be used with Odin and Mitros+ systems. Odin, Canon and Nikon receivers are built in. List Price: $1,295 (light and battery kit). Contact: Phottix,

High-Capacity Pro SD

Lexar‘s new series of Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards offers up to 300 MB/s read transfer speeds and up to 260 MB/s write speeds. Professional 2000x cards come with a USB 3.0 SD UHS-II card reader to continue an expeditious workflow through postprocessing. Lexar has also added a more affordable line of Professional 1000x SD UHS-II cards. With a wide capacity range of 16 GB to 256 GB, the cards have a transfer speed of up to 150 MB/s and write speed of up to 95 MB/s. List Price: $105-$184 (Professional 2000x); $31-$546 (Professional 1000x). Contact: Lexar,

Capture One Pro 8

Known for tethered capture ability, customizable workspace and high-quality image conversion, Phase One has added new features with Capture One Pro version 8 while also updating purchase options. Capture One Pro 8 now includes a Clone and Heal repair tool, as well as a new Film Grain tool to simulate analog film. The Local Adjustment has been expanded to include features such as local White Balance. Workflow transitions between Capture One and Lightroom/Aperture have been smoothed. In addition to the outright purchase of the current software option, Phase One now includes a monthly subscription option, allowing access across all software updates. List Price: $299 or $10/month. Contact: Phase One,

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