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B&H Gear News Update for April 25, 2014


This week in the news:

  • Lytro announced a groundbreaking new light field digital camera called the Illum, which was designed with professional photographers in mind.
  • Leica debuted their new T Mirrorless digital camera, which features an all-aluminum unibody chassis, a 3.7" touch display, and built-in Wi-Fi.

The New Lytro Illum, Light Field Digital Camera

Even though the theory and hard science that drives light field photography has existed for several decades, a commercially available product that harnesses this technology has only been around for a couple of years: the original Lytro camera. The first offering from Lytro was a bit of a novelty. Sporting the ergonomics of a futuristic pepper mill, it was difficult to imagine using this camera in any serious sense. This week, Lytro decidedly changed this story with the introduction of the world's second commercially available light field camera: the new Illum.

The biggest challenge in describing the benefits of a light field camera is the very nature of how it captures images. With light field technology, you need to forget what you currently understand about digital imaging sensors, and how lenses carefully bend light. The sensor inside of the Lytro Illum isn't snapping a picture, per se, it's measuring the direction in which light is traveling. By doing so, and crunching all of this data, the Illum enables you to change focus sharply, and slightly alter the  perspective of an image after it's been shot. The big news this week is that you will soon be able to take advantage of light field technology with a camera design that respects traditional photographic ergonomics.

Learn all about the new features and design elements of Lytro Illum in this B&H Explora article.

The New Leica T Mirrorless Camera

The new Lecia T Mirrorless Camera System was announced this week, and it champions a number of firsts for the German manufacturer: it's the first non-rangefinder mirrorless camera system from Leica; it's the first Leica to feature an all-aluminum unibody design—where the frame of the camera is cut from a solid block of metal; it's the first Leica touting built-in Wi-Fi; and it has a new lens mount, as well (and two new lenses, to boot). Like last year's Leica C, the new Leica T was designed collaboratively with Audi, but aside from the teams involved in its creation, the new T represents a bold, new direction for the camera maker.

Full information and specs on the new Leica T Mirrorless Camera, and the Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 and Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH lenses are available in this B&H Explora post

More News:

  • Bose® released a new line of colorful SoundTrue® headphones this week. Read more about them in this B&H Explora post.
  • The affordable Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets are slated to become available in the USA on May 1. More information is available at Engadget.
  • Sony patents a semi-transparent mirror that can be locked, perhaps to deter light loss. More speculation is available at SonyAlphaRumors.

... and that's your gear news update for the fourth week of April, 2014.