B&H Pulse News Roundup: August 9, 2013

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This week in the news: Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, the SB-300 AF Speedlight, and the COOLPIX L620 point-and-shoot; Samyang announced a new 16mm f/2.2 cine lens; Zeiss announced a new 55mm f/1.4 lens on their company blog; and Instagram updated their iOS app to allow video importing.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for August 9, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

The New Nikon 18-140mm lens, SB-300 Speedlight, and COOLPIX L620

Nikon released three new products this week: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, the SB-300 AF Speedlight, and the COOLPIX L620 point-and-shoot camera, which is available in black or red. The new NIKKOR lens features a 35mm focal length equivalency of 27-210mm, and you can accurately shoot from up to 1.5 feet away from your subject. The new SB-300 Speedlight was designed for use with COOLPIX cameras, and features a 120º tilting ability. The new L620 digital camera features a 18.1-megapixel back side illumination CMOS sensor, a 14x zoom, VR image stabilization, and the ability to capture full-HD 1080p videos. You can learn more about this week's new Nikon gear and check out their specs, in this B&H InDepth article.

The New Samyang 16mm f/2.2 Cine

Samyang announced a new cine lens this week—the 16mm f/2.2. It features gears for both the focus ring and the aperture ring. It's expected to be available next month, and there will be different models with mounts for Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds.

The New Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Lens

Zeiss announced a new lens on their company blog this week, the 55mm f/1.4. It's the first product of a new line of lenses coming from Zeiss, which has been designed from the ground up to offer the best performance possible for shooting portraits, landscapes and still life with the latest generation of full-frame DSLR cameras. The new 55mm f/1.4 is due to arrive toward the end of the year.

The New Version of the Instagram iOS App

The Instagram app for iOS was updated this week. Version 4.1 adds the ability to import up to 15 seconds of pre-recorded video, and then crop the video to the traditional square Instagram-style aspect ratio. There is also a new feature that will level and straighten imported photos, so you can do things like correcting a crooked horizon. 

Software Updates

Nikon released new firmware for the COOLPIX P7100. The update fixes a handful of issues associated with RAW images and the display orientation.

Download the New Nikon P7100 Firmware Here

More news:

  • Kanex announced new adapters that enable you to connect gadgets like the Nexus 7 tablet and Galaxy smartphones to an HDTV. You can read more about it over at Engadget.
  • Sony announced the HT-ST7, a new high-end soundbar. Get more info over at The Verge.

    And that's your news for August 9, 2013. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news on B&H Pulse.