B&H Gear News Roundup: November 14, 2014


How do you know it is Friday? Because you are reading the B&H Gear Roundup! This week in the news: DJI launched the 4K-capable Inspire 1 Quadcopter; Canon announced the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens; and JVC debuted a new line of 4K video cameras with three different offerings to satisfy the needs of hobbyists and pros.

DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

Before I begin, I’d like to offer huge congratulations to the ESA and its partners for landing the Philae spacecraft on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimeko this week. Absolutely amazing!

The new DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter might not be able to land on a comet, but it looks like it can do just about anything else.

DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

DJI has been at the forefront of the quadcopter market since the introduction of the Phantom 1, and the new Inspire 1 is a culmination of all it has learned while developing very capable and remarkable vehicles for use as photographic platforms and more.

Is that an aftermarket camera hanging from the copter's belly? Nope. It is a three-axis gimbaled, 360-degree pan-able, 4K-capable camera system. 360 degrees you say? Won't the landing gear ruin my stabilized 4K movies? Nope. Retractable gear.

Check out our take on the exciting new quadcopter in this B&H announcement.

Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

You might have seen some Internet leaks about this lens, but it is officially revealed now. The newest version of the versatile zoom, the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is waiting to be attached to the front of your camera.

Canon Announces the Updated EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

Updates to the legacy lens, introduced in 1998, include a zoom ring, versus the older push-pull system, upgraded image stabilization, and an additional aperture blade.

The original version is still for sale here at B&H if you are one of those photographers who likes the speed of a push-pull zoom.

See the specs and more details about the features of the new lens inside this B&H announcement.

Three New 4K Video Cameras from JVC

Are you just getting caught up in the world of High Definition? Well, start saving for your next jump into the world of 4K, because it is coming fast. Luckily for those on a budget, eventually we will reach a resolution that matches reality and we can all stop trying to catch up with technology.

Three New 4KCAM Video Cameras from JVC

For those ready to start making 4K videos, JVC just rolled out a trio of handheld camcorders: the Super 35 GY-LS300 with a Micro Four Thirds mount, the GY-HM200 with a built-in zoom lens, and another zoom-lens-fitted GY-HM170. Compact and highly portable, these camcorders are packed with a treasure trove of features.

For a breakdown of each of the new 4K camcorders, please see this B&H article.

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... and that's your news for the week of November 10th, 2014.