New Gear: September/October 2014

COMPACT 4K SHOOTER

With a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the first compact camera to also shoot 4K video. Offering a 4K MP4 format, as well as 1920x1080p in AVCHD or MP4, the FZ1000 can capture 8-megapixel still images from 4K video footage. The high-sensitivity sensor reduces noise at high ISO (the camera shoots ISO 125-12,800, expandable to 25,600). The Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 16x 25-400mm ƒ/2.8-4.0 optical zoom lens with a 5-step speed control provides smooth zooming for video shooting, plus 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake. Still image burst mode shoots at 12 fps. The FZ1000 includes a high-speed OLED Live View Finder and 3-inch LCD with a 180° side-to-side rotation and 270° up-and-down tilt ability. It includes both WiFi and NFC connectivity for remote operation and instant sharing. List Price: $899. Contact: Panasonic, shop.panasonic.com.

TAMRON MICRO FOUR THIRDS "ALL-IN-ONE" ZOOM

Tamron has introduced the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III "All-In-One" zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds camera systems. The combination of Low Dispersion, Anomalous Dispersion, Molded-Glass Aspherical and Hybrid Aspherical glass elements reduces aberration, while a circular diaphragm ensures a soft bokeh effect. A stepping AF motor specifically designed for this lens provides quick, accurate and quiet autofocusing. The compact metal lens barrel is available in black or silver. List Price: $589. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.

RING LIGHT

Ring lights are versatile workhorses, used as key, fill and eye lights for portraits and macro lighting. The Kaiser KR 90 LED Ring Light uses 30 three-chip, high-performance LEDs in a metal Duralumin body. The light provides continuously variable intensity control while maintaining a constant 5500K color temperature. Keeping all circuitry and the battery within the housing, eliminating the need for an external power supply, the ring light mounts directly on 77mm lenses (72mm, 67mm, 62mm, 58mm, 55mm and 52mm adapters are also included). The 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery provides power for two hours and is fully recharged in 2.5 hours. The ring light includes a standard tripod mount and has a 1.2-inch minimum working distance. Estimated Street Price: $325. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

FAST SOLID-STATE DRIVES

Transcend‘s new ESD400 solid-state drives are available in a range of capacities up to 1 TB. With fast USB 3.0 connection (backward-compatible with USB 2.0), the drives have a 410 MB/s read speed and 380 MB/s write speed. These drives are compact—about the size of a deck of playing cards—and lightweight, too. They’re also five times more shock- and vibration-resistant than a typical hard disk drive. List Price: From $109 (128 GB) to $699 (1 TB). Contact: Transcend, www.transcend-info.com.

EYELIGHTER

The Eyelighter reflector by Westcott is a convenient and complementary accessory for portrait photographers. The curved aluminum frame rests under the model, both opening up shadows and providing a catchlight in top-lit or butterfly lighting setups. The curved surface also ensures it stays out of the way of your lens while shooting. The Eyelighter measures 57x25x21 inches and weighs 6.4 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Westcott, www.fjwestcott.com/eyelighter.

NIKON D810

The new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame Nikon D810 is the much anticipated upgrade from the D800 and D800E. Omitting the OLP filter to increase detail and reduce moiré, the D810 features the EXPEED 4 Image Processor, said to increase speed by 30%, boost battery efficiency and widen ISO range to 64-12,800 (expandable to 32-51,200). The camera can be set to shoot in either the standard 14-bit RAW file format or a slightly smaller-resolution, 12-bit format for a quicker workflow. An Advanced Scene Recognition System uses the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III to analyze each scene using color, brightness and human faces, providing balanced exposures in difficult lighting. For quick access to your most utilized settings, you can personalize button functions. Video features include full 1080/60p HD resolution, zebra stripe mode, full manual shooting with full AF ability, built-in stereo mic, in-camera time-lapse and interval timer, and uncompressed digital HDMI recording to an external device while also recoding to the SD or CF card. List Price: $3,299 (body only). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

TOKINA TELEPHOTO

Tokina has announced the AT-X 70-200mm ƒ/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens, designed for full-frame sensors. Employing Tokina’s Vibration Correction Module (VCM), it allows for up to three stops of vibration correction, reducing the effect of handheld camera shake for instances when you can’t use a tripod. The ring-shaped ultrasonic motor makes autofocus quick and quiet. Three Super-low Dispersion glass elements correct chromatic aberration and maintain a high-quality image throughout the full zoom range. List Price: TBA. Contact: Kenko Tokina USA, www.kenkotokinausa.com.

REMOTE SENSOR TRIGGER

For photographers interested in remote triggering, the Strike Finder TOUCH offers a touch screen to program the device in five different sensory modes. Lightning Mode reacts to a flash event in under 1 millisecond, both day and night, capturing dramatic storm images. Laser Mode captures an image when the laser trigger is tripped, be it by an animal or a flying object. Sound Mode uses an external sensor to capture images during loud noises (such as popped balloons), while Motion Mode fires one exposure or multiple exposures when an infrared sensor attachment is triggered. Time Lapse Mode can start a time-lapse sequence based on any of the above parameters. The 4.0×2.25×1.0-inch device attaches to your camera’s hot-shoe and is powered by four AAA batteries or a power adapter. Estimated Street Price: $349. Contact: Ubertronix, www.ubertronix.com.

EXPOSURE 6

Alien Skin‘s Exposure 6 software offers new features to bring a more organic, analog feel to your digital images. Exposure 6 gives you the ability to manipulate focus, vignettes and depth of field, including the simulation of specific lenses (such as the Canon EF 85mm ƒ/1.2L and Nikon 300mm ƒ/2.8) and lens types (such as a tilt-shift lens). With a clean layout, the software has a new basic control panel for fine-tuning elements like exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows, and offers full-sized instant previews. Exposure 6 also has new borders, textures and lighting effects like realistic light flares. List Price: $149. Contact: Alien Skin, www.alienskin.com.

MIRAGE 6

Tamrac‘s Mirage 6 uses a Dual Action System for quick access to your gear, either through the front panel, like a traditional backpack, or through the side door while worn on one shoulder. The Mirage 6 holds a DSLR with a 5.5-inch lens attached, an extra lens or two and a flash. A top compartment holds accessories and additional gear while a padded zippered back pocket protects a tablet. Padded shoulder straps with a quick-release sternum strap and tuck-a-way waist belt provide comfortable carrying support. The Quick Clip Tripod Attachment System secures a tripod to the center of the pack for hands-free transport. The Mirage 6 also includes a removable raincover. Estimated Street Price: $119. Contact: Tamrac, www.tamrac.com.

SONY RX100 III

The Sony RX100 III combines the 20.1-megapixel, 1-inch, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor used in the full-frame a7 series, but in an ultracompact body. It provides an ISO range of 125-12,800 for low-light situations and a fast Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm ƒ/1.8-2.8 lens. The camera also includes a built-in, 3-stop ND filter and a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a specially designed eyepiece and Zeiss T* coating to reduce reflections. Video can be recorded in XAVCS and AVCHD formats, as well as MP4 with HDMI output for external monitor review. A new Intelligent Active Mode uses frame analysis and 5-axis compensation to dramatically reduce camera shake when shooting video. The LCD screen tilts up 180° and down approximately 45°. Buttons can be customized to your preferences, and the camera can connect to other devices via WiFi and NFC. List Price: $800. Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.

FOUR THIRDS FLASH

Nissin has expanded the I40 line to include a flash designed specifically for use with Four Thirds system cameras. At under 3.5 inches high and less than 8 ounces in weight, it’s travel-friendly, but don’t let its small size fool you—it’s packed with professional punch. Two dial controls set function modes and power. The i40 includes two traditional optical slave modes for a TTL flash and studio strobe triggering, a high-speed shutter sync up to 1?8000 sec., and flash output of GN40 at 105mm. The flash head rotates 180° horizontally and 90° vertically, and has an auto-adjust zoom head, built-in diffuser and included softbox. The i40 also provides a video light function with nine levels of power adjustment. List Price: $269. Contact: Minox, www.minox.com/usa.

OGDEN MADE MESSENGER BAG

Gura Gear‘s sister company, Ogden Made, is located in Ogden, Utah (aka the crossroads of the U.S. railway system). Named after Ogden’s nickname, the Junction City Messenger Bag offers a rugged and flexible way to carry camera gear, accessories or additional snacks and clothes while traveling. Made from durable Cordura 1000D, custom X-Pac ripstop fabric and water-resistant YKK zippers, the Junction City Messenger includes Velcro® closures, integrated buckles and a quick-adjusting two-inch webbing strap with a shoulder pad. An exterior pocket includes a key hook, and small interior pockets include dividers for accessories. The Small fits an 11-inch MacBook, and the Medium fits a 15-inch MacBook. They’re available in 10 colors with 10 additional interior/accent color choices. List Price: $125 (Small); $145 (Medium). Contact: Ogden Made, www.ogdenmade.com.

LIGHTROOM mobile FOR iPHONE

Just months after releasing Lightroom mobile for the iPad, Adobe has now made the app available for the iPhone, as well. Importing images from the camera roll or syncing with the Lightroom Catalog on your desktop, the app provides the same nondestructive editing tools as the desktop program, including star and flag ratings and full metadata editing. Images in the catalog are also available via any web browser at lightroom.adobe.com, making Lightroom a fully integrated on-the-go workflow. List Price: Free (with Creative Cloud subscription). Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

CREATIVE CLOUD PHOTOGRAPHY PLAN

Adobe has announced the Creative Cloud Photography pricing plan, offering the full functionality and integration of Photoshop CC and Lightroom (including new mobile apps) at a reduced price. Along with the release of this plan option, Adobe also announced new features of Photoshop CC. Photographers now can take advantage of area-specific Perspective Warp, Blur Gallery motion effects, Focus Masking and improvements to Content-Aware functionality. List Price: $9.99/month. Contact: Adobe, www.adobe.com.

SIDE SLIDE STRAP

Keep your camera tucked safely and conveniently at your side with the new Side Slide strap from BosStrap. The Side Slide attaches to your camera’s strap lug with a quick-release camera connector, leaving the tripod socket free for quickly switching between handheld and tripod shooting. The padded, 1-inch-wide shoulder strap is reversible for left or right shoulder use and is held in place with a detachable chest strap. Two Side Slides can be used when shooting with two cameras. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: BosStrap, www.bosstrap.com.

FLASHPOINT STREAKLIGHT

The Flashpoint StreakLight is a portable strobe, convenient for both camera-shoe mounting or off-camera lighting. A large LED panel gives you control over manual exposu
re, high-speed sync, built-in optical slave and autofocus assist. The articulated head provides personal light shaping, with use of the included standard, parabolic reflector and diffusion panel. The StreakLight also includes two sync jacks, overheating protection circuitry and a wireless remote-control USB port. Cords are available for popular camera models, and there’s a full line of accessories. The lightweight Blast Pack complements the StreakLight with replaceable, rechargeable batteries. List Price: $405 (StreakLight 180W); $599 (StreakLight 180W with Blast Pack); $549 (StreakLight 360W); $749 (StreakLight 360W with Blast Pack). Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.

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