B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: April 5th, 2012

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This week in the news: Canon announced a new camera for those looking up at the sky, while Phase One announced a new camera for those looking down at the ground; Instagram came to Android; Sigma added a new lens to their lineup, and more...

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for April 5th, 2012.


Sigma Announces New 50-150mm f2.8 Lens for Cropped Sensor DSLR Users

A new standard telephoto zoom lens was released for APS-C sensor DSLR owners, in the form of Sigma's 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC HSM OS. The new lens is available with Canon’s EF mount, and will shortly be available with Nikon and Sigma mounts. It updates the previous lens, which did not feature image stabilization. Other features include a 9-bladed aperture, as well as internal zooming and focusing.

Via InDepth

Instagram Comes to Android

TechCrunch tells us that Instagram has finally come to Android devices. And according to The Verge, it broke a million downloads on the first day.

The insanely popular app is where various users log on to share moments that they've captured with their smartphones. The charm comes in the fact that after you shoot a photo, it is cropped to a square (which is usually more aesthetically pleasing to the eye). Afterward, all you need to do is throw in one of the various filters, and publish it.

The Android version doesn't yet have as many filters as the iPhone version, but future updates may fix this, and bring other enhancements, too.

You can follow us on Instagram at BHphoto.

Two New Sony Pro Camcorders

        

Right before NAB, Sony has announced two new camcorders for professionals. One is the NEX-FS700U. The camcorder features an NEX mount, which means that the user can change lenses. The system currently offers a handful of NEX-native lenses, an adapter to utilize Sony's Alpha lenses, and Sigma's two pancake lens offerings. However, more are on the way. The camcorder also records 4K video, and has a Super 35mm sensor, plus a 3.5-inch LCD screen.

The other is a fixed lens camcorder—the HXR-NX30U. This model is significantly smaller than the FS700U and is designed to be held in the palm. There is a fixed lens in front of the 1/2.88" sensor. But here's the kicker: There is a gyro-stabilized lens and a projector that’s quite useful for screening instant dailies just about anywhere.

You can read more about them on InDepth

Canon's New 60Da for Stargazers

This week, Canon outed a new camera designed for those searching the stars eagerly in search of Darth Vader's Death Star for the natural beauty of space. The Canon 60Da is the long-awaited follow up to the 20Da, for astrophotography enthusiasts.

So what's so different? Essentially, the IR filter was modified to make the sensor more sensitive to infrared light, and to achieve hydrogen-alpha light transparency. Hydrogen-alpha—also referred to as H-alpha or Hα—is a very specific red visible spectral line created by hydrogen, with a wavelength of 656.28nm. The need to photograph light at this wavelength is so important, because the color of light emitted from nebulae is strongest and most pure at the hydrogen-alpha line. The color of this light is outside the parameters of the visible spectrum, and our eyes—or cameras—cannot accurately render this light without filtration.

Canon has a tendency to release specialized versions of their cameras, such as the 7D SV for studio photographers.

You can read more about the new camera at InDepth

Phase One's New Aerial-Photography Cameras

For those that always wanted a bird's-eye view of the world (or those actually taking pictures from way up above) Phase One announced new cameras designed specifically for aerial photography. The new iXA cameras are available in 80MP and 60MP models, and are available in either full color or near-infrared.

Infrared photography from the air has been in use for a while. Surveillance planes used to use Kodak Aerochrome. Since the film has been discontinued for a while, there has been need for a replacement designed specifically for airplane use.

The systems will start shipping in May.

Via PDNOnline

Panasonic Introduces the GF5

Pop Photo brings us news of the new Panasonic GF5 Micro Four Thirds Camera. According to them, it will live alongside the current GF3, and brings a couple of new updates. In a nutshell, the new features include a new interface that makes it easier to switch between camera modes; 3-inch, 920,000-dot touch screen; 1920 x 1080 at 60i HD video recording; and a slight jump in shooting speed, to 4 frames per second. It also sports a revamped 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus processing engine, which enable the ISOs to top out at 12,800.

And that's your news for April 5th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.