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, www.getolympus.com.

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, gopro.com.

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, www.thinktankphoto.com.

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, www.epson.com.

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