November 2014

Mamiya Leaf Credo 50

Mamiya Leaf has announced the new Leaf Credo 50. Using the Sony 50-megapixel CMOS sensor system combined with an improved image processor, the Leaf Credo 50 offers improved Live View performance with selective focus on the 3.2-inch LCD touch-screen display or a computer monitor with Capture One software. The ISO ranges from 100-6400, and the camera shoots images from 1.2 frames per second up to hour-long exposures for full creative freedom. It also provides a 14-stop dynamic range with 14-bit RAW files. List Price: $26,995 (back only); $30,995 (full system). Contact: Mamiya Leaf, www.mamiyaleaf.com.

Loxia Lenses

Zeiss has designed a new series of E-mount lenses that mix traditional manual settings with the precision of modern tools compatible with full-frame digital sensors and electronic viewfinders found in systems like the Sony Alpha 7, 7R and 7S. The first two lenses to be released are the Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50. Housed in a metal barrel with full weather sealing, the Loxia 2/35 has nine glass elements in six groups and a minimum objective distance of 0.3 meters, while the Loxia 2/50 consists of six elements in four groups with a minimum objective distance of 0.37 meters. Both lenses provide manual "de-clicked" aperture control for noiseless video work. List Price: $949 (Loxia 2/50); $1,299 (Loxia 2/35). Contact: Zeiss, lenses.zeiss.com.

Compact Flash Head

Elinchrom has announced the ELC PRO HD Compact Flash Head available in 500Ws and 1000Ws. With an OLED display screen and jog wheel for intuitive usability, Elinchrom’s stop-based power scale lets you view power in joules, flash durations or other preferred settings. Quick 0.6s and 1.2s recycling times, as well as 1/5000s and 1/5260s flash durations (500Ws and 1000Ws units, respectively), give way to new possibilities. The Sequence Mode allows you to trigger up to 20 flashes per second in burst or continuous mode. Delayed Mode can be set to match either first- or second-curtain sync. Strobo Mode enables you to capture a stroboscopic effect within a single frame. List Price: $1,166 (500Ws); $1,611 (1000Ws). Contact: Elinchrom, www.elinchrom.us.

Hasselblad V System Digital Back

Hasselblad has reinvested in their classic V System cameras, dating back to 1957, by designing the cordless CFV-50c digital back with a 50-megapixel CMOS medium-format sensor. With a 100-6400 ISO, it shoots 1.5 images/second and long exposures up to 12 minutes to a CF card or tethered computer. The three-inch, high-resolution LCD screen offers a new menu and button layout. The digital back supports a classic Hasselblad square crop setting. Compatible with 90° viewfinders 500EL-type or 503CW with winder remote options. List Price: $15,500. Contact: Hasselblad, www.hasselbladusa.com.

Fujifilm X30

With the black or silver die-cast magnesium-alloy body emblematic of Fujifilm, the new X30 compact fixed-lens camera incorporates updated features with a nod to the classics. For high-speed, low-noise performance, the X30 uses a 12-megapixel, 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR processor II. The 2.36M-dot organic EL Real-Time Viewfinder has a display lag of only 0.005 seconds. Consisting of 11 glass elements in nine groups, the 4x manual zoom (28-112mm) lens has an ƒ/2 max aperture at its wide angle and ƒ/2.8 max aperture at its telephoto zoom. Image stabilization compensates for camera shake up to four stops. An additional control ring behind the zoom ring can be set and toggled between various functions such as ISO, white balance and continuous shooting. The X30 also offers a tilting, 3.0-inch, 920K-dot premium LCD monitor. Additionally, the X30 provides Classic Chrome film simulation with 11 different modes of traditional Fujifilm films, including color-reversal film effects, professional color-negative film, monochrome filters and sepia. List Price: $599. Contact: Fujifilm, www.fujifilmusa.com.

Tamron All-In-One Zoom

Tamron has upgraded the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 full-frame lens, creating a smaller, quicker, all-in-one zoom. The new PZD (Piezo Drive) AF system is both quick and quiet while also more compact than the previous system. Combined with the specialized glass elements, this has allowed for space savings, making the lens smaller than its predecessor. VC (Vibration Compensation) has also been added for sharp handheld images. A BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating reduces flare and ghosting. Moisture-resistant construction has been added, and the upgraded lens body has a linear rubber grip pattern and tungsten silver brand ring to match the look of your DSLR. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.

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