May/June 2015

Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R

Now providing an affordable alternative to a medium-format camera, Canon has developed the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, which offer the highest resolution of any 35mm DSLR, to date. Both the 5DS and 5DS R use a 50.6-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 processor, allowing quick 5 fps continuous shooting for capturing the full sharp, detailed 50-megapixel resolution, and the 5DS R model further maximizes sharpness with a canceled low-pass filter. Both cameras use 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF with 41 cross-type sensors and have a sensitivity of ISO 100-6400 (12,800 extended). The cameras have a built-in intervalometer, shoot 1080p full HD video and offer a creative Time Lapse Movie function that automatically builds a time-lapse video from still images. While the cameras maintain the familiar 5D body, the chassis, baseplate and tripod lug have been reinforced for stability and to reduce camera shake. List Price: $3,699 (5DS); $3,899 (5DS R). Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

Ultrawide-Angle Zoom Lens

Tamron continues to add to the company’s unique line of lenses for full-frame cameras with the SP 15-30mm ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD ultrawide-angle zoom lens. The 18 optical lens elements in 13 groups include an eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical element, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical and Low Dispersion elements, preventing geometrical distortion and ensuring lateral color correction throughout the zoom range. Utilizing Vibration Compensation, the lens corrects for slight camera shake in low light and slow shutter speed situations. The Ultrasonic Silent Drive maintains quiet autofocus action with high torque and precision. The Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating and Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while the fluorine coating repels dirt and water. List Price: $1,199. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.

24mm F/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma has introduced the new 24mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens for full-frame DSLRs (38mm when used with an APS-C sensor). A fast, wide lens that’s versatile among many still photography genres, it’s also useful for video work. The nine-blade aperture provides a round bokeh. The 15 optical elements in 11 groups include FLD and SLD glass for minimal chromatic aberration, particularly at the edges of the frame. An aspherical element has been placed at the rear of the lens to improve performance when shooting wide open by correcting axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. Easily switch from autofocus to manual focus by rotating the focus ring, a feature introduced by the 50mm Art lens. The 24mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock and Mount Conversion service. List Price: $849. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The new OM-D E-M5 Mark II by Olympus features a redesigned 16-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor combined with a TruePic VII Processor. The camera shoots with a 1/8000 mechanical shutter speed and 1/16000 electronic shutter speed in Silent Mode. RAW files can be shot at up to 10 fps with S-AF and 5 fps with C-AF with tracking enabled. The 81-point Fast AF offers an expanded focus area, while the Small Target AF focuses on a small area across the entire frame. The 5-axis image stabilization provides 5.0 steps of compensation for sharp handheld shots as slow as a 1⁄4-sec. shutter speed. A 40-megapixel High-Resolution Shot mode employs a pixel-shift technique using the voice coil motor IS unit to capture eight sequential images, moving the sensor 0.5-pixel steps between each shot and then combining images (use of a tripod is recommended). Video mode captures 1080p up to a 60p frame rate, and includes an external audio input and a headphone jack for audio monitoring. Movie Teleconverter, time-code settings and an external HDMI monitor connection are also supported. The camera features a dust- and splashproof body, and when paired with some M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses, can be used in the rain. The Supersonic Wave Filter uses high-frequency movement to remove dust and debris from the sensor. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II also features a three-inch, 1.04-million-dot vari-angle touch screen and 2.36-million-dot electric viewfinder, plus WiFi capability. List Price: $1,099. Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com.

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