New Gear: 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 to capture the full sharp, detailed 50-megapixel resolution, and the 5DS R 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 F/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.

VIDEO TRAVEL TRIPOD

The Aero Travel Tripod Kit for Video by Benro is a versatile and compact option for shooters who are constantly on the go. The S2 version supports up to 5.5 pounds and folds to a compact 18.3 inches, while the S4 version supports up to 8.8 pounds and folds to 21.7 inches. The tripods utilize a reversible folding leg design to maximize a mobile travel profile. When extended, the legs have three locked leg positions. The removable leg and center column can be combined to create a monopod, when needed. The removable fluid head provides 360° panning and smooth tilting, and a bubble level. The quick-release plate uses a safety lock. The S4 version also features a removable handle for mounting on either side of the fluid head. The Aero Travel Tripods include quick-flip leg locks, a weight hook and carrying case. List Price: $199 (Aero S2); $259 (Aero S4). Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.

CAMERA HOLSTER

The SpiderPro Camera Holster system has been developed to provide comfort and safety for photographers who tote pro DSLRs for full days of shooting. The patented ball-joint system keeps your camera secure at your side while still allowing for movement. The lens points back while the flash runs parallel to your hip so you can stand, squat and move freely without worrying about damaging equipment. Available in a single-camera or dual-camera system. List Price: $135 (single-camera system); $235 (dual-camera system). Contact: Shai Gear LLC, spiderholster.com.

RUGGED RAID HARD DRIVE

Continually meeting the needs of the traveling photographer, LaCie has packed increased speed, capacity and safety into the company’s mobile and durable packaging with the Rugged RAID hard drive. The two internal hard drives have a combined 4 TB capacity (equivalent to 60 64 GB memory cards), reducing the number of drives you need to pack. When used in the preconfigured RAID 0 mode, speeds reach up to 240 MB/s. The drive can also be switched to RAID 1 mode for built-in safety. Powered through the integrated thunderbolt cable, there’s no need for an external power source, and the additional USB 3.0 connection ensures usage with Mac and PC computers. The drive is dust- and splashproof, even during operation, and can withstand drops of up to five feet and one ton of pressure. LaCie Private-Public software allows for full drive password protection or protection of certain volumes with AES 256-bit encryption. List Price: $449. Contact: LaCie, www.lacie.com.

PENTAX K-S2

Ricoh has introduced the small, lightweight and rugged Pentax K-S2, featuring a retractable standard zoom kit lens. The 20-megapixel CMOS sensor without an anti-aliasing filter, combined with a Prime MII image-processing engine, minimizes noise at high-sensitivity up to ISO 51,200. The SAFOX X AF sensor module provides precise and responsive autofocus with subject tracking and 5.5 fps of continuous shooting. The in-body Shake Reduction system keeps images sharp while handholding with longer lenses, while the Clarity Enhancement mode captures uneven texture to produce a more true-to-life textural reproduction. The K-S2 captures 1080p full HD video and has built-in WiFi and NFC connection. The weather-resistant body is sealed to protect against rain and dust. A three-inch variable-angle LCD screen rotates 180°. The kit includes the new retractable standard zoom HD DA 18-55mm lens, which adds only 1.5 inches in height to the camera body when fully retracted, keeping the body profile slim. The lens has a seven-blade rounded aperture and multilayer HD coating. List Price: $799. Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.ricohimaging.com.

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