Leica À La Carte
The Leica M (Typ 240) is now part of the company’s à la carte program and can be ordered with custom finishes, trim and camera straps. You even can have your signature, a personalized mark or a message engraved on the top plate. The program also offers technical customization such as a frame selection lever that simulates six different focal lengths in the viewfinder and the option to include or omit video capabilities. List Price: From $6,380. Contact: Leica, leica-camera.com.
Fujinon XF35mm F2 R WR
Available in silver or black, the all-metal, weather- and dust-resistant Fujinon XF35mm F2 R WR lens pairs perfectly with Fujifilm’s weatherproof X-T1 thanks to a series of eight seals on the lens barrel. This fast-focusing optic can handle temperatures down to 14º F and, at ƒ/2, is great for low light and creating beautiful bokeh. With its 53mm (35mm-equivalent) focal length, the lens provides a field of view similar to the human eye and is appropriate for any number of shooting scenarios. List Price: $400. Contact: Fujifilm, fujifilmusa.com.
HD Pentax-D FA645 35mm F3.5
Designed for the Pentax medium-format 645-series cameras, the HD Pentax-D FA645 35mm F3.5 AL [IF] is Ricoh’s widest Pentax 645 prime lens in the current lineup. When paired with the 645D or 645Z, the lens delivers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 27.5mm, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3 meters. Notable features include newly designed optical elements, a nine-blade rounded diaphragm for smooth bokeh and Pentax’s HD coating to eliminate flare and ghosting. List Price: $1,600. Contact: Ricoh Imaging, us.ricoh-imaging.com.
Canon PowerShot G5 X
Despite its compact size, the PowerShot G5 X from Canon packs a lot of punch, with full manual controls and specialty shooting options such as Star Nightscapes, Star Trails and Star Timelapse movies so you don’t have to make a huge investment to try your hand at astrophotography. It’s also the first PowerShot G-series camera to sport an electronic viewfinder, which complements its fully articulated 3-inch touch-panel LCD. The fast ƒ/1.8-2.8 lens provides a useful focal range of 24-100mm. List Price: $800. Contact: Canon, usa.canon.com.
Alien Skin Exposure X
With the release of Exposure X, Alien Skin has broadened the functionality of its cross-platform editing application. Best known for its film emulation and creative effects, Exposure X now offers new features such as a brush to selectively apply effects and adjustments, the ability to stack effects and a customizable workspace. More notably, the standalone version now includes a full set of asset management tools for efficient access, organization and filtering of images, providing photographers with an application that addresses both practical and creative imaging needs. Price: $149 (full); $99 (upgrade). Contact: Alien Skin Software, alienskin.com.
Phase One Capture One Pro 9
The latest iteration of Capture One Pro benefits from an updated processing engine, a variety of new image-editing tools, including several new brushes, and the ability to create a mask from a color edit. Asset management functionality also has been bolstered, with features such as sortable keywords. When shooting tethered, a battery status appears on the toolbar to monitor power usage. Among other updates, users also now receive three activations for each standard license. Price: $299 (full); $99 (upgrades from versions 7 and 8); $15/month (subscription). Contact: Phase One, phaseone.com.
Tamrac G ELITE Backpacks
Tamrac and Gura Gear have combined forces to create a new company and a new line of camera backpacks beginning with the G ELITE line. The G32 and G26 feature a convenient “butterfly” opening for quick access to gear. These high-capacity bags are roomy enough for pro DSLRs or medium-format systems. The G32 can handle up to an 800mm detached lens, while the G26 maxes out with a 500mm lens. List Price: $430 (G32); $380 (G26). Contact: Tamrac, tamrac.com.
Westcott Flex LED Mats
Like Gumby, these lightweight Flex LED Mats are bendable, for the ultimate in lighting flexibility and portability. Westcott continues to offer the original 10” x 10” model, but has added several new sizes, ranging from 10” x 3” to 2’ x 2’. All the new versions are daylight-balanced, while the 10” x 3”, 1’ x 1’ and 1’ x 2’ sizes are also available in bi-color models. For added convenience, the 10” x 3”, 10” x 10” and 1’ x 1’ Flex Mats can also be powered by an optional battery pack. List Price: From $300. Contact: Westcott, fjwestcott.com.
Leica M (Typ 262)
Designed for still image capture only, Leica kept the price of the 24-megapixel Leica M (Typ 262) slightly lower than other M models by ditching Live View and video capture. You’ll find a dedicated white balance button where the Live View control used to be, a shorter 2-page menu for quicker access to settings and quieter shutter operation. Additional changes include about a 3.5-ounce reduction in weight thanks to its aluminum top-plate construction. List Price: $5,195. Contact: Leica, leica-camera.com.
New Flagships From Nikon
The Nikon D5 is the world’s most powerful DSLR, featuring a 20.8-megapixel sensor with a base sensitivity of up to ISO 102,400 and an expanded range of up to ISO 3,280,000. A newly designed AF sensor and EXPEED 5 processor allow the camera to capture up to 12 frames per second with full autofocus and auto exposure from the 153 AF point sensor, which Nikon says allows the camera to track subjects in exceedingly low light. The D5 captures full 4K video and features, for the first time, a touch-screen LCD panel for both focusing and control of settings. The Nikon D5 will be available in two versions, one wit
h dual XQD storage slots and one with dual CD storage slots. Nikon also released several new accessories for the D5 and the Nikon system, including the SB-5000 Speedlight, which is the first Nikon strobe to use radio signals (instead of infrared light) to operate and trigger the flash, making it much more versatile. List Price: $6,499 (D5); $599 (SB-5000 Speedlight).
The Nikon D500 replaces the venerable Nikon D300 and features the same 153-point autofocus system and EXPEED 5 processor as the bigger Nikon D5, coupled with a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor. It also has the same level of water sealing as the D810, giving it resistance to some moisture and dust. The D500 can capture 10 fps with full autofocus and auto exposure, and can capture 70 14-bit uncompressed RAW shots before the buffer fills. List Price: $1,999. Contact: Nikon, nikonusa.com.
Ikigai Rival Backpacks
New on the camera backpack scene, the Ikigai Rival series sports a lime green interior, the better to locate your gear when you’re searching for that elusive accessory. Removable camera “cells” can be packed with individual sets of gear and swapped out when you need different equipment for a shoot. The pack comes with a single insert, but additional cells are available for purchase. You can pick up a smaller cell to lighten the pack or to leave room for other items like jackets or props. List Price: $350 (large backpack with cell); $300 (medium backpack with cell); $110 (optional large cell); $80 (optional medium cell). Contact: Ikigai, us.ikigaibags.com.
Wacom Color Manager
Developed with X-Rite, the Wacom Color Manager is designed to calibrate and profile monitors including LCD, LED and wide-gamut displays, but is also optimized for the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD. In addition to basic and advanced modes, users can save settings and use them across multiple monitors for color consistency. The Color Manager comes with software, a colorimeter and the X-Rite ColorTRUE mobile app for profiling mobile devices. List Price: $250. Contact: Wacom, wacom.com.
Sigma WR Ceramic Protector Filter
Constructed from clear glass ceramic material, the Sigma WR (Water Repellent) Ceramic Protector is 10 times stronger than conventional filters, yet it’s up to 50% thinner and 30% lighter than previous Sigma filters. Shock- and scratch-resistant, the filter not only protects the front of your lens, but it’s specially coated to repel water, dust and oil for easy removal of fingerprints and smudges. The filter is available in a range of sizes from 67mm to 105mm in diameter. List Price: $93-$315. Contact: Sigma, sigmaphoto.com.
Corel AfterShot Pro 2.3
Corel AfterShot Pro, now in version 2.3, combines a speedy RAW converter with nondestructive image editing, asset management and a number of other tools to help speed your workflow. It’s compatible with Windows and Mac OS—and even Linux, that often ignored operating system. Corel claims up to four times faster performance than the competition and a 30% increase in speed versus its predecessor, AfterShot Pro 1. List Price: $80. Contact: Corel, aftershotpro.com.