January/February 2015

Nikon D750

Nikon has introduced the D750 with a 24.3-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 Image Processing Engine. The camera has an ISO range of 100-12,800 (50-51,200 extended) with a 51-point AF system, and the Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF tracks quick-moving sports and wildlife at a 6.5 fps burst rate. With the same full HD video features as the D810, the D750 has full manual control with Power Aperture for smooth transitions between adjustments. Recording can be done with dual SD cards or to HDMI output. For ease with shooting angles and video viewing, the D750 is Nikon’s first FX-format DSLR with a tilting Vari-Angle 3.2-inch, 1229K-dot LCD screen. It’s also the first Nikon DSLR with built-in WiFi for remote use with your smartphone or tablet. List Price: $2,299 (body only). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Canon EF 100-400mm

Canon has redesigned their compact supertelephoto zoom lens. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM now utilizes a rotation zoom ring for exact adjustments and weight balance instead of the previous model’s push-pull zoom, coupled with an improved zoom torque adjustment ring for personalizing zoom tension settings. With a redesigned set of optics, including one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element for increased sharpness and contrast, the lens now has three Image Stabilizer modes—standard, panning and during exposure only. The optical IS provides four shutter speed steps of correction, increased from the previous 1.5 steps. The magnesium housing is dust- and water-resistant, allowing for use even in harsh rain-forest environments. The lens includes the ET-83D lens hood, which features a side window that allows for filter adjustment while keeping the hood in place. List Price: $2,199. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

Sigma Quattro

The second camera in Sigma‘s Quattro series has arrived. The dp1 Quattro has a fixed 19mm ƒ/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent on a 35mm camera), making it the widest angle of the set. Using an effective 29-megapixel Foveon Quattro Direct sensor with a TRUE III Image processor, the dp1 provides true color, increased detail and quick processing. With an ISO 100-6400 range, the camera uses a 9-point contrast-detection AF system with Face Detection mode. The lens contains one FLD glass element and two glass mold aspherical lenses to minimize aberration. List Price: $999. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Epson SureColor P600

Epson‘s new SureColor P600 13-inch printer offers a high-quality home printing option. The MicroPiezo AMC printhead prints up to 5670×1440 dpi resolution. Using the Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks, the AccuPhoto HD imaging technology precisely places each droplet of ink for grain-free prints. The front-in and front-out paper path allows for cut-sheet prints up to 13×19 inches on glossy, matte and fine-art paper up to 1.3mm thick. The printer has paper roll support for panorama prints over 10 feet long. The P600 has a 3.5-inch tilting color LCD touch panel, plus USB, WiFi and Ethernet connection abilities. List Price: $799. Contact: Epson, www.epson.com/P600.

HDR Express 3

Unified Color Technologies has released HDR Express 3, maintaining the software’s clean and easy-to-use design while providing photographers with increased speed and additional features. The upgrade’s merge processing takes half the time to create a merged image when compared to HDR Express 2, and the 32-bit color-editing tools are more responsive. The Adaptive Tone Mapping algorithms have been improved with the addition of a Gamma slider for control of midtones. The software also includes new alignment and de-ghosting algorithms that were released with the HDR Expose 3 software. RAW file support is included for over 600 cameras. List Price: $79. Contact: Unified Color Technologies, www.unifiedcolor.com.

Bolton Street Backpack

Designed for an urban travel photographer, the Bolton Street backpack by ONA Bags keeps your gear safe, yet easy to access, with a casual, incognito look. The interior is lined in closed-cell foam, and the main compartment is fully customizable, carrying up to five lenses. Two zippered side compartments give you quick access to your gear, regardless of handedness, without setting the pack down. The back section has a pocket for a laptop up to 13 inches, with additional small pockets for a smartphone, lens cap, extra batteries and memory cards. The outer front pocket stores personal items. For comfortable toting, the pack includes a padded air-mesh back panel and shoulder straps. Available in four colors (Smoke, Black, Field Tan, Dark Tan), the exterior is made from water-resistant waxed canvas with full-grain leather accents. List Price: $369. Contact: ONA Bags, www.onabags.com.

Manfrotto Filter Collection

Manfrotto has expanded their photographic tool offering with the new Filter Collection. The UV Filter, Circular Polarizer and Protect Filter are available in three collections—Essential, Advanced and Professional—with varying layers of protection. The blur-, haze- and blue cast-eliminating UV filters are water-repellent, with eight layers of coating at the Essential level and 12 layers at the Advanced and Professional levels. The Circular Polarizer increases color contrast and saturation, and reduces reflection while maintaining sharpness and color balance. The Essential level utilizes two layers of coating, while the Advanced and Professional levels utilize 12 layers. The Protect Filter is only available at the 12-layer Professional level, including antistatic layers for ease of cleaning and oil resistance. All filters are available in 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm sizes, and come with a reusable storage case. List Price: $24-$169. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.

Zenelli Plus Gimbal Head

The Zenelli Plus Gimbal Head is both lightweight and secure. The carbon-fiber body is hollow to absorb click vibration and offers 360° panoramic and horizontal axis rotation. The Save Lens Lever protects lens balance and prevents the lens from falling against the tripod while changing cameras or adding a teleconverter. The Quick Release Lever offers quick and safe slid
e adjustment. The gimbal also utilizes tilt lock, a pan pull-out lever and a leveling bubble. Now also available at B&H. List Price: $1,125. Contact: Shoot The Light/Charles Glatzer, www.stlonlinestore.net.

Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM

A classic focal length for photojournalists, the Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35 ZM lens maintains natural dimensions for the final shot that correspond to the viewfinder image. The fast 1.4 aperture and focus performance operate particularly well in low light. The T* antireflective coating controls flare. With 10 elements in 7 groups, the lens also uses 10 aperture blades, making it almost completely circular. The all-metal barrel includes an easy-to-grip focus ring with an ergonomic finger rest. It’s available in silver or black. List Price: $2,290. Contact: Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.

Flashpoint Blast Pack

To keep your flash powered while you’re opening up shadows or affecting background tones in the field, Flashpoint has developed the Blast Pack BP-960. This portable battery pack uses an interchangeable Lithium 4500 mAh battery to keep you shooting for 1,800 shots at full power. An LED display indicates the battery level. When low, quickly switch out the pack and keep shooting. If you’re a double-camera shooter, the pack provides dual ports to simultaneously plug in one flash for each camera without losing quick recycle speeds. List Price: $249. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

Perception Backpack Series

Available in two colors (black and taupe) and three sizes, it’s easy to find a Think Tank Photo Perception series bag to match your mirrorless system. Pack light with the Perception Tablet, which holds a mirrorless camera and iPad mini, or pack everything with the Perception Pro, which holds up to a 15-inch laptop, 10-inch tablet, mirrorless body and five lenses. Similar to the popular Shape Shifter backpack, the Perception line uses cinch-cord pockets for flexible gear storage, interior accessory organizers and dedicated laptop/tablet compartments. The packs also feature a breathable padded airflow harness with removable waist belt, stretch side pockets and a plush lined top pocket for a smartphone. The tripod carry, located on the front of the bag, allows for gear access while the tripod is attached. A seam-sealed rain cover is included. List Price: $89-$149. Contact: Think Tank Photo, www.thinktankphoto.com.

SanDisk microSD

With 4K Ultra HD video capabilities now being offered on smartphones and cameras alike, SanDisk has developed the high-storage-capacity 64 GB Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card. With a Class 10 and U3 rating, the card has a transfer speed of up to 95 MB/s for quick video processing and download. The Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card is also available in 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. List Price: $79-$299. Contact: SanDisk, www.sandisk.com.

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