March/April 2015

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F/2.8 R LM WR

Fujifilm‘s new wide-angle-to-portrait-length lens is built to withstand harsh conditions. At a 24-84mm equivalent length for a 35mm camera, the XF 16-55mm ƒ/2.8 R LM WR lens is compatible with all X-mount mirrorless cameras. With 14 weather seals for moisture and dust, the lens can withstand temperatures as low as 14° F. Seventeen lens elements are distributed in 12 groups, with three extra-low dispersion elements for controlling chromatic aberration and three aspherical elements to reduce distortion through zoom. A Nano-GI coating is used to minimize surface reflections and prevent lens flares and ghosting. Its Twin Linear Motor autofocus system is quick and near-silent, which is particularly useful for video work. Estimated Street Price: $1,999. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.

Lexar microSD UHS-II

While compatible with tablets and smartphones, photographers most likely will be interested in Lexar‘s Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II for its use with quadcopters. Available in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacities, the microSD cards capture, play and transfer 1080p full HD video, as well as 3D and 4K footage. The card is fully backward-compatible with UHS-I cameras and non-UHS-I devices, so any user can still take advantage of the 150 MB per second read transfer speed of the UHS-II technology when paired with the included USB 3.0 reader. A lifetime copy of Image Rescue software is included for recovery of lost or deleted files. List Price: $59 (32 GB); $109 (64 GB); $189 (128 GB). Contact: Lexar, www.lexar.com.

Rugged Hard Drive

Travel photographers will want to take note of the new rugged drive solutions from G-Technology. The G-DRIVE ev RaW with Rugged Bumper is a USB 3.0 bus-powered drive. Not only is it 35% lighter than the original G-DRIVE ev, the 1 TB capacity drive can survive a 1.5-meter drop. G-Technology has also developed an all-terrain case (ATC). Removable and compatible with the Evolution Series G-DRIVE ev or G-DRIVE ev SSD, it can be purchased with the G-DRIVE ev RaW drive, as well. When tethered to the removable drive, the ATC case protects the drive from drops of up to two meters, and its watertight compartment ensures the drive floats when dropped in water. The case additionally protects from pressure, shock, water and dust. List Price: $99 (G-DRIVE ev RaW 500 GB); $129 (G-DRIVE ev RaW 1 TB); $229 (G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt 1 TB); $179 (G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 1 TB); $129 (ATC with Thunderbolt); $79 (ATC with USB 3.0). Contact: G-Technology, www.g-technology.com.

House Of Cards

Keep all varieties of cards safe with the House of Cards by MindShift Gear. The card organizer holds six CF cards, three SD cards and provides a built-in business card holder. Orange elastic bands ensure cards stay securely in place while giving silent access when needed. Clear windows let you easily differentiate cards from one another. The Tahoe Blue organizer color makes it stand out in a filled pack, while the removable tether clip can attach the House of Cards to the outside of a bag, belt or clothing for quick card access. The organizer has a water-resistant exterior. List Price: $19. Contact: MindShift Gear, www.mindshiftgear.com.

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