New Gear: December 2015

CANON 120 MP DSLR AND CINEMA EOS SYSTEM 8K CAMERA

Canon has announced the development of two new impressive cameras, a 120-megapixel DSLR and the Cinema EOS System 8K camera. The Cinema EOS 8K enables input and output for 8K video content, plus 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping. The camera is being developed with a Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor, as well as a body size that allows for outstanding mobility and increased levels of operability. Additional features include a frame rate up to 60 fps with 13 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut. Its EF mount will offer compatibility with most of the EF lens lineup. The Canon 120-megapixel DSLR will feature more than double the resolution of Canon’s 50.6-megapixel EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, and will output RAW image files with a data size of 232 MB. With a high-pixel-density CMOS sensor, the camera will be compatible with most of the EF lens lineup. List Price: TBA. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

27-INCH iMAC WITH RETINA 5K DISPLAY

Apple’s October update to the 2015 iMac line makes the company’s all-in-one desktop Mac even more powerful. While all the models now come with a 4K Retina display at minimum, the superstar is the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, with a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor or 4.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. The iMac is available for the first time with up to 32 GB of onboard RAM and a 3 TB Fusion Drive, and it can be configured with up to 4 GB of video memory. List Price: Starts at $2,299. Contact: Apple, apple.com.

PANASONIC LUMIX G 25MM F/1.7 ASPH

Compact and lightweight, the Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm F/1.7 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras has a 35mm equivalent of 50mm in full frame, and its ƒ/1.7 maximum aperture enables enhanced low-light shooting and depth-of-field control. One ultra-high refractive index element helps achieve even illumination and sharpness for consistent performance throughout the aperture range, plus two aspherical elements reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations for enhanced clarity. A seven-blade diaphragm design provides smooth focus-blur bokeh. List Price: $249.99. Contact: Panasonic, shop.panasonic.com.

TAMRON 16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO

A mega-zoom lens for DSLRs with APS-C sensors, the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro features a versatile 35mm equivalent focal length of 25.6-480mm. Tamron’s Vibration Compensation plus high-speed Piezo Drive autofocusing mean you can go from wide-angle to long telephoto with sharp results. The lens has full-time manual-focusing capabilities, as well as enhanced support for contrast-detection autofocus. One UXR and four aspherical elements correct spherical aberrations and limit distortion, while one XR and two low dispersion elements reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in your images. List Price: $629. Contact: Tamron, tamron-usa.com.

CANON EF 35MM F/1.4L II USM

Canon’s new EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L II USM is a pro-grade wide-angle lens for full-frame DSLRs (“normal” on APS-C cameras), featuring rugged construction, sealing against dust and moisture, and Canon’s new BR (Blue Spectrum Refractive) Optics technology. BR uses organic matter developed by Canon that refracts short (blue) wavelengths to a greater degree than UD, Super UD and even fluorite for excellent reduction of axial chromatic aberrations. The 14 elements in 11 groups also include one UD and two aspherical elements. Rear focusing and Canon’s Ring USM AF motor provide a minimum focusing distance of about 11 inches for a maximum magnification of 0.21X. The lens takes 72mm filters. Estimated Street Price: $1,799. Contact: Canon, usa.canon.com.

THINK TANK PHOTO RETROSPECTIVE SERIES AND MIRRORLESS MOVER BAGS

A selection of new models has been added to Think Tank Photo’s already versatile line of camera bags in the Retrospective Series and Mirrorless Movers. One of five models, the Mirrorless Mover 25i, for example, fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8-inch tablet and additional accessories. Made from high-quality fabrics with YKK zippers and a magnetic closure, the bag features adjustable dividers to provide a customizable fit for different gear combinations. The Retrospective Series offers eight different models for a wide variety of camera gear and accessories. The Retrospective 30, for example, can fit two large DSLRs, plus 3 to 6 lenses, as well as a 10-inch tablet or 11-inch laptop. Think Tank Photo likes to call them old-school-style bags with new-school features. List Price: Retrospective Series (from $129.75); Mirrorless Mover (from $34.75). Contact: Think Tank Photo, thinktankphoto.com.

MINDSHIFT GEAR BACKLIGHT 26L

The BackLight 26L pack from MindShift Gear was designed to fulfill the needs of traveling outdoor photographers. The pack features a daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for increasing your carrying capacity. A padded waist belt and adjustable neck straps provide added comfort, along with webbing for attaching other accessories, and a tripod/monopod mounting system lets you attach a support on the front or the side. The pack also has high-quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long-lasting durability and strength, and interior mesh pockets for storing essentials. The BackLight 26L is compatible with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case. List Price: $249.99. Contact: MindShift Gear, mindshiftgear.com.

APPLE iPHONE 6S AND 6S PLUS

With Apple’s release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, what’s of interest to photographers are the cameras on these phones. The primary cam
eras can shoot 12-megapixel photos, and autofocus and LED flash are included features. Each secondary camera shoots at 5 megapixels, and both phones now capture 4K video. The cameras include Apple’s new innovative 3D Touch, which allows for controlling aspects of the user interface by pressing on the glass screen. The 6s display measures 4.7 inches, while the 6s Plus comes in at 5.5 inches. List Price: iPhone 6s (from $649); iPhone 6s Plus (from $749); also varies depending on carrier. Contact: Apple, apple.com

GOOGLE NEXUS 5X AND NEXUS 6P

Putting an emphasis on the cameras, Google is releasing the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch LCD display with full HD resolution. The front camera shoots at 5 megapixels, while the rear camera shoots at 12.3 megapixels, with an ƒ/2.0 lens. Powering those images is a 2 GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor alongside 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The 6P has a 5.7-inch display, with a front camera that shoots 8-megapixel images with a fixed ƒ/2.4 aperture, while the back camera shoots 12.3 megapixels at an ƒ/2.0 aperture. Both cameras can capture 4K video. List Price: Nexus 5X (from $379); Nexus 6P (from $499). Contact: Google, store.google.com.

DJI OSMO

An exciting addition to DJI’s innovative line of products, the Osmo is a new handheld camera that lets you shoot 12-megapixel photos and 4K video while being stabilized by a 3-axis brushless gimbal, which the company designed for their self-stabilizing drones. The automatic Panorama mode allows you to shoot a 360º photo, while the advanced 3-axis stabilization system lets you shoot long-exposure photos and time-lapse sequences without a tripod. With the Osmo, you also can attach a smartphone and pair it with the camera in order to see what the camera is seeing and control it with a touch-screen interface. List Price: $649. Contact: DJI, dji.com.

MANFROTTO XPRO BALLHEADS

The new MHXPRO-BHQ2 and MHXPRO-BHQ6 ballheads from Manfrotto are identical except the BHQ2 features Manfrotto’s popular standard 200 PL plate and the BHQ6 sports the company’s MSQ6PL plate, with the safe and secure Top Lock System. The units are made of strong, yet light magnesium alloy, and can support 22 pounds while weighing just under one pound. A new Triple Locking System employs three wedges to apply even pressure to the ball to hold it securely in place. Both units have 360° scales at the bottom and bubble levels. List Price: $149.99. Contact: Manfrotto, manfrotto.us.

DATACOLOR SPYDER5PRO

You need your images to display precisely and accurately on-screen, as well as have your prints match those images; that means your monitor must be properly calibrated. Datacolor’s Spyder5PRO is an easy and accurate way to calibrate, with the industry’s only seven-detector optical engine and on-screen assistance to deliver color and shadow/highlight calibration in five minutes, and it takes just half that to recalibrate (preferably monthly) thereafter. An integrated room-light sensor alerts you when the ambient lighting conditions have changed, so you can recalibrate or adjust the ambient lighting. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Datacolor, spyder.datacolor.com.

GITZO TRAVELER TRIPODS

The new Traveler tripods from Gitzo feature Carbon eXact tubes that are significantly stiffer than the previous-generation Carbon X, thanks to High Modulus (HM) carbon fiber with larger tube diameters for improved performance without sacrificing weight. New Traveler G-lock technology makes possible taller tripods with a compact folding length. The tripods now include a short column for quicker switching to ground-level shooting and handy carrying straps. Four tripods are available, plus a Traveler Monopod. All can be purchased legs-only or as kits with Gitzo’s new Center Ball Heads, which feature extremely good balance and tungsten disulfide coating for smooth operation and strong locking. An independent pan lock makes it easy to take panoramic photos. The GH1382TQD and GH1382QD heads are designed to fit seamlessly between the legs of the Traveler tripods. Estimated street prices range from $289.99 for the Monopod with no head to $1,099.95 for the Series 2 GT2545T tripod with GH1382QD Center Ball Head (this tripod extends to 60.8 inches, weighs 2.9 pounds and can support 26 pounds). Contact: Gitzo, gitzo.us.

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