B&H Gear News Roundup: February 6, 2015


This week in the news: Just after catching its breath from the avalanche of new products unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, The Gear Roundup is earning its keep once again as some big-time announcements at ImagingUSA are creating a stir in the photography world.

B&H Explora is the place to go to keep up with all of the conference announcements from Nashville, Tennessee! Click here to get to all of your ImagingUSA news!

If you like your news in short form, Gear Roundup has you covered! Here are the big cannonball-sized splashes from ImagingUSA this week:

Canon unveils a FIFTY-megapixel EOS 5DS and 5DS R and L lens

Were you feeling that 22.3MP was just not cutting it for you? Are billboards more your speed? Well, Canon definitely has you covered now with the release of two 50.2MP versions of the venerable full-frame workhorse, the Canon EOS 5D. The new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R (same camera without a low-pass filter) are now the title holders for the highest-resolution full-frame DSLRs on the market.

The dual Canon DIGIC 6 processors handle the incoming information, and the camera ranges from 100-6400 ISO. You can bump it down to 50 or up to 12800 if needed. If you haven’t learned this, or heard it through the Interweb, extreme high-resolution imaging really puts your lenses and technique to the test. The more pixels your camera has, the more that your lens’s flaws and your possibly poor technique gets magnified. To combat this, the new 5DS and 5DS R have an advanced mirror control system to minimize vibrations and, if you just thought the Gear Roundup was full of hot air with its previous comment, Canon has even fortified the base plate and tripod socket to further minimize vibes when mounted on a support.

Need an ultra-wide lens for your new EOS 5DS? No worries, mate! Canon just launched its new EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens to give landscape and architectural photographers an exciting new tool for their kit bags. Coatings, coatings, coatings—the L lens has them all; SubWavelength and Air Sphere coatings reduce flare while a Super UD and UD element reduce chromatic aberrations.

There is a lot more to share about this pair of megapixel monsters and the new lens, but instead of rambling on here, check out our announcement and video about the new Canon EOS 5DS cameras.

New Canon Rebel DSLRs, PowerShots, and accessories

With all the buzz about the new ultra-high-megapixel aforementioned EOS 5DS cameras, Canon’s other releases are flying a bit under the radar. Gear Roundup knows that not everyone needs 50.2MP or full-frame DSLRs. Canon has not forgotten the prosumer and consumer shooters and has announced the arrival of the Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR and the EOS Rebel T6s DSLR cameras. The primary difference between the T6s and T6i is the layout on top of the camera. The T6s has an informational LCD screen on top and the T6i has the traditional mode dial.

Both cameras sport a 24.2MP APS-C format CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600). Their guts are powered by a DIGIC 6 processor supporting 5 fps photography and full HD moviemaking at 24 or 30fps.

Need a lens, as well? The T6 cameras come in kit form with the EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens,  EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens, and  EOS Rebel T6s DSLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens available. And, to increase shooting time, the BG-E18 Battery Grip is available, along with other accessories.

Need something smaller and more portable? The new Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is here in Black or Silver. The point-and-shoot cameras feature full HD video shooting, Wi-Fi, and more with a 20.2MP sensor and DIGIC 4+ processor at their heart.

Added to the Canon stable of super-zoom point-and-shoots, the new Canon PowerShot SX410, available in Black or Silver, sports a 40x optical zoom that gives a 35mm equivalent of 24-960mm for its 20MP sensor. The DIGIC 4+ processor provides for the 720p HD video and 2.2fps shooting rate.

More details on this Canon announcement are available on Explora here and in this ImagingUSA video coverage.

The new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and TG-860

Olympus has created a lot of buzz with the release of its new OM-D E-M5 Mark II mirrorless interchangeable lens camera- available in Black or Silver. The redesigned camera carries with it many great features from the flagship OM-D E-M1 camera, as well as some exciting and unique features. Chief among these is a super-high-resolution eight-shot “sensor shift” composite shooting mode that virtually bumps the 16MP sensor up to an output of 40MP by moving the sensor the width of ½ a pixel, eight times, to collect data from different color channels. The TruePic VII image processor handles the incoming data while also giving the E-M5 Mark II robust HD video capability. Last, but in no way least, the in-camera five-axis VCM image stabilization is, incredibly, rated to give you a five-stop advantage over a non-stabilized system. Impressive.

The E-M5 Mark II is available with a slew of new accessories, grips, an underwater housing system, and a redesigned and improved M.ZUIKO ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II lens that is weatherproof, just like the OM-D bodies, and sports the advanced ZERO lens coating. Making waves on its own, unless you already know about holographic sights, is the EE-1 Dot Sight that pops into the E-M5 Mark II hot shoe and allows fast framing for action subjects.

Joining the big Olympus announcement is the new BlackWhite, or Orange TG-860 tough camera that can dive down to 33'. Improvements over its predecessor include GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as a new programmable multi-function button on the face of the camera to facilitate easier all-important selfie shooting.

For more information on the exciting new Olympus gear, see this hands-on review and video.

Samsung NX500 is here

Samsung continues to roll out top-of-the-line cameras with eye-watering capabilities. The new Samsung NX500 is a virtual miniaturized version of the company’s flagship NX1 camera. Packed into its small form factor are a 28.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DRIMe V image processor that give this mirrorless interchangeable lens camera full DCI 4K video capabilities (four times the resolution of HD—also supported at up to 60 fps) and 9 fps still shooting with a 30 fps reduced-resolution burst mode.

With those specs, you can tell that Samsung has quite an electronics mind packed inside of it. To prove this, Samsung gives you some modes that make you want to go out and play. Tracking action at 240 fps, the Baseball mode will trigger the shutter when a batter makes contact with a pitch, the Group Jump mode snaps a photo when everyone is airborne (with a grateful nod to the late Philippe Halsman), and Trap Shot mode fires the camera when an object comes into the frame so you can see which horse made it to the pole first.

And, readers, it’s no longer just a rumor, Ricoh is working on the development of a new full-frame DSLR that will enjoy these lenses. See the official press release here.

See more information about the new NX500 in this Explora article and video.

Pentax Telephoto Zooms

Pentax is bolstering its lens lineup with a pair of impressive new zooms. The HD PENTAX D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW gives Pentax shooters a solid dust- and weather-sealed pro lens with a constant wide f/2.8 aperture and popular focal-length range. The Pentax * rating means this is top-of-the-line Pentax glass and it features HD, Super Protect, and Aero Bright coatings. On Pentax APS-C cameras, the lens has an equivalent 35mm focal range of 105-300mm.

The  HD PENTAX D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 DC AW features a 35mm equivalent superzoom range of 225-675mm and, like the 70-200mm lens, has extra-low dispersion elements, HD and SP coatings, as well as a quiet Direct Current AF motor. This lens is dust- and weather-sealed as well.

For more information on the new Pentax zooms, see this announcement in Explora.

Other news you might have missed...

  • iPhoto is dead: We saw the new photo app from Apple this week.
  • Rest easy: Big TV manufacturers all agree upon a UHD logo
  • Look out: DJI’s Phantom “geofencing” update causes “unanticipated flight behavior”
  • Add the look later: Fuji’s new RAW converter lets you add cool effects after shooting
  • More fun at your computer: Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor makes panoramas

... and that's your gear news for the week of February 2, 2015.

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