July/August 2015

Pentax K-3 II

Ricoh Imaging has introduced the Pentax K-3 II camera. The K-3 II shares the K-3’s dustproof and weather-resistant magnesium-alloy casing and metal chassis, as well as the 24.35-effective-megapixel resolution, 27-point AF system and 8.3 fps shooting speed. The K-3 II incorporates new GPS technology with a GPS receiver and electric compass logging image location, camera orientation, altitude, time and date. Images then can be transferred to a map like Google Earth. The K-3 II also incorporates Pixel Shift Resolution, utilizing the improved 4.5 EV-stop Shake Reduction system to move the CMOS sensor in single-pixel increments over four frames, then combines the frames into a single high-definition image. Adding the in-body Shake Reduction system to the GPS technology, and magnetic and acceleration sensors, the Astrotracer feature calculates the motion of stars and planets, allowing you to capture the stars as points of light instead of light trails during long exposures. The K-3 II also includes a new high-speed AF algorithm, gyro-sensor panning detection and automatic horizon correction. List Price: $1,099. Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

Nikon D7200

With a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter combined with a new EXPEED 4 Processing Engine, the Nikon D7200 is ready to capture quick action. The 51-point AF system utilizes 15 cross-type sensors. The large buffer capacity allows for 100 shots of continuous shooting in JPEG/fine/large file settings, 27 shots in the 12-bit lossless compressed RAW setting and 18 shots in the 14-bit lossless compressed RAW setting. The D7200 is ready to handle low-light conditions, with a 100-25,600 ISO range and additional BW1 ISO of 51,200 and BW2 ISO of 102,400 for additional ISO range with monochromatic images. The camera includes auto-bracketing of up to 9 frames and built-in HDR, and it’s the first Nikon DSLR to include built-in WiFi and NFC connection for sharing and remote camera control. List Price: $1,199. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Video Rod Adapter

The Really Right Stuff VRA-15 Video Rod Adapter allows you to add 15mm rod accessories to your video rig while using Arca-style plates. The VRA-15 includes a quick-release-lever-style clamp with laser engraving every 1mm that accepts RRS plates and rails, as well as Arca-style plates from other manufacturers. Folding wing screws make adjustments easy without the need for additional tools. The adapter has two 3⁄8"-16 threaded mounting sockets and five 1⁄4"-20 threaded mounting sockets. Kits include one VRA-15 adapter, one VRA-15 rail, rods and spacers. List Price: $355 (VRA-15 adapter); $490-$560 (VRA-15 kits). Contact: Really Right Stuff, www.reallyrightstuff.com.

dp0 Quattro

The dp0 Quattro by Sigma is the fourth compact camera in the Quattro series. Combined with the TRUE III Image Processor, the Quattro sensor uses green-, red- and blue-sensitive layers, resulting in the quick processing of highly detailed true color images. The fixed 14mm ƒ/4 lens is equivalent to 21mm on a 35mm DSLR. With a 91° angle of view, the lens reduces the aberration and distortion found with superwide-angle lenses using four "F" low-dispersion glass elements, two special low-dispersion glass elements and two aspherical lenses, one of which is a wide double-sided aspherical lens. The dp0 Quattro also has increased ISO performance and improved Auto Color Mode, Auto Focus and Auto White Balance compared to its predecessors. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Photo/Video Tripod

Argraph has developed the SIRUI R-X Series Photo/Video tripod for multimedia shooters looking to reduce their gear load. Each of the four tripods in the series comes with a 75mm bowl to replace the flat platform for desired video use and is compatible with the SIRUI VH-10 and VH-15 video heads, as well as the SIRUI K-40x Professional ballhead and PH-20 gimbal head. The tripod itself has a re-engineered spider using anodized, forged aircraft-grade components, increasing stability and load capacity, and includes a bubble level for horizontal alignment. Ten layers of carbon fiber have been used on the legs, increasing strength and vibration reduction while maintaining a lightweight, 6.2-pound total weight. The Pull-Out Leg Angle Locking System allows for positioning at three different angles. The rubber feet can be replaced by stainless-steel spikes. List Price: $870-$1,171. Contact: Argraph, www.argraph.com.

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