B&H Gear News Roundup: July 25, 2014


This week in the news: Pentax announced the new K-3 Prestige Edition DSLR and battery grip, both of which feature an eye-catching gunmetal finish. Fujifilm unveiled its X-mount lens roadmap, which shows the upcoming lenses through the end of 2015—and it's peppered with some new additions. And new audio gear from Dave Smith Instruments, Novation, and PreSonus was announced at Summer NAMM 2014.

The New Prestige Edition Pentax K-3 DSLR

Let’s cut right to the chase. Compared to the currently available Black and Silver versions of the Pentax K-3 DSLR cameras, there’s nothing different about the new, limited-edition Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition DSLR camera and battery-grip bundle, aside from their matching, Gunmetal gray finish, and prestigious included strap. However, Pentax deserves credit for striking a chord with this newly hued K-3. The camera just looks like it means business, and successfully triggers that primal "I gotta have it" urge that lies deep in the hearts of gear-obsessed camera fans. You can learn more about the new Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition and check out its full specs in this B&H Explora post

Fujifilm Unveils the X-mount Lens Roadmap

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Fans and owners of the hot Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless camera received good news this week with the unveiling of the X-mount lens roadmap, which reveals the new lenses that are in the works through the end of 2015. The world's second weather-resistant X-mount lens showed up in the new roadmap, the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR, which will be the first of the newbies to hit the market later this year, and a nice companion to the weather-resistant X-T1. Other new members of the X-mount family include the XF 90mm f/2.0 R and the XF 16mm f/1.4 R primes, both of which are due in the second half of 2015.

New Audio Gear from Dave Smith Instruments, Novation, and PreSonus

Summer NAMM 2014, a show which brought us new gear from a smattering of pro audio manufacturers, recently came to a close. Dave Smith Instruments rolled out the DSM01 Curtis filter module, which marks the legendary instrument maker’s first entry into the growing modular synth market. Novation released a nifty new MIDI controller with the Launch Control XL, which shares the same footprint as its popular Launchpad controllers, and provides 24 knobs, 8 faders, and 16 multi-color backlit buttons. And PreSonus debuted its new AudioBox iOne and iTwo interfaces, which offer compatibility with Windows, Mac, and iPads. More details about the new Summer NAMM audio goodies are available in this B&H Explora post.

More news:

  • Metabones announced the new and structurally improved fourth-generation Canon EF to Sony E-mount camera adapter. Get the details at Photography Bay.
  • Blackmagic Design updated the firmware of the Production Camera 4K, which adds a histogram, peak audio meters, and more. Learn more over at Fstoppers.
  • The popular photography website 500px is now compatible with interactive Light Field images taken only by Lytro cameras. Read more about it at PetaPixel.

... and that’s your gear news for the week of July 21st, 2014.

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