B&H Gear News Roundup: September 12, 2014


This week in the news: Photokina is about to get underway in Cologne, Germany, and, as usual, the run-up to the convention means a lot of new releases from lens and camera manufacturers. So, settle in and buckle up for this week's gear roundup, and get ready for more exciting releases next week!

The New Nikon D750 FX DSLR, AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED, SB-500 AF Speedlight

Nikon released a handful of new products, including the D750 DSLR, which features a full-frame 24.3MP sensor, built-in Wi-Fi, and fantastic features from its stable mates, the flagship D4s and super-high-resolution D810. The D750 features the same autofocus and metering technology of those cameras with the addition of a new -3 EV autofocus low-light capability. Full HD video is available in 1080p at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps. The D750 is the first Nikon FX camera to incorporate Wi-Fi connectivity and a tilting LCD screen. The Wi-Fi lets you transfer images to your compatible mobile device wirelessly while you shoot, and the tilting screen allows some creative viewing angles for the camera.

Accompanying the D750 is a D750 plus NIKKOR 24-120 lens kit and a new MB-D16 Multi Power Battery Pack.

Joining the D750 on the new-release shelf is a brand new AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens, featuring Nikon's Nano Crystal lens coating, ED elements, and a Silent Wave Motor. Illuminate your subjects with the new SB-500 AF Speedlight―a compact, lightweight, i-TTL unit that features 100 lux LED continuous lighting for use when creating videos or doing close-up still photography.

Read more about the new gear from Nikon in this B&H Explora announcement.

The New Fujifilm X100T, X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD, Instax Wide 300, Instax Mini 8 and Mini 90

Fujifilm announced the latest camera in its X100 series of highly capable and sophisticated fixed-lens cameras. The excellent Fujinon 23mm f/2 familiar to X100 fans still rides onboard the X100T, along with a new and improved viewfinder, a larger LCD screen, and other improvements in the gorgeous retro-rangefinder shape.

The new Graphite Silver Edition of the X-T1 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera features more than an attractive new paint job. This version of the X-T1 features the same electronic shutter function of the X100T and can shoot at speeds up to 1/32,000 of a second. It also has some new viewfinder functionality added.

Joining the Fujifilm X-mount family is a new dust- and moisture-resistant XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens that covers the popular 70-200mm focal length, when paired with an X-series camera, and features a new Nano-Gradient Index coating and image stabilization. Also added to the lineup is a new version of the wide-aperture XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD lens that features an apodizing filter for further refinements of out-of-focus background bokeh.

Fujifilm has also announced a new member of the INSTAX line of instant film cameras. The INSTAX Wide 300 is a large-format instant camera armed with a 95mm f/14 lens and built-in automatic flash. Does your quiver of INSTAX Mini 9 and Mini 90 instant film cameras need a refresh? Fujifilm has you covered with some new, and colorful, color options.

For more info on the new Fujifilm gear, check out this B&H Explora article.

The New Sigma dp1 Quattro Digital Camera, 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports, 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM, TC-1401 1.4x teleconverter, and TC-2001 2x teleconverter

Sigma, following the release of the dp2, has launched the dp1 Quattro digital camera with the same 29MP Foveon X3 sensor and processor as the dp2, paired with a wide-angle 19mm f/2.8 lens that provides 28mm equivalency for the APS-C sensor.

For Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sigma SA DSLR cameras, Sigma has announced two distinct super-zoom lenses with identical focal lengths. The 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary are the same in name only. The Sports version features 24 optical elements with 2 FLD lenses, while the Contemporary has 20 elements and a single FLD lens. The Contemporary is also slightly smaller than the Sports version. Both lenses are designed for full-frame cameras and feature weatherproofing and optical stabilization, among other performance features.

Joining the Contemporary line is a new 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM all-in-one lens that features an APS-C-equivalent 27-450mm focal length. The new 18-300mm is also equipped with the standard package of features, including image stabilization and a Hyper Sonic Motor for quiet autofocus.

Extending the reach of your lenses is a pair of new teleconverters from Sigma, the TC-1401 1.4x teleconverter and the TC-2001 2x teleconverter. Both feature SLD elements and are available for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA mounts.

For more information on the Sigma launches, please see this Explora piece on the dp2 Quattro or this write-up on the lenses.

The New Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* Lens

Already rocking the reviews and reviewers, Zeiss officially announced the Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*, available in a Nikon F mount and Canon EF mount, and there seems to be no stop to the avalanche of superlatives that are coming in about this lens.

The sizable manual-focus lens is designed to provide unmatched performance for today's ultra-high-resolution DSLR cameras. With 11 elements in 9 groups and excellent Zeiss T* coatings, this lens, by all accounts, has raised the standards of optical performance to new heights.

Please see John Harris's hands-on review of the lens in this Explora article.

The New Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Sony has announced the release of the new FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS lens that is designed to work equally as capably as a still photography lens, while meeting the high demands of 4K and HD video production.

To meet those cinematography demands, the lens features a power zoom function with the world's first Super Sonic wave Motor on a cinema lens, as well as ultra-quiet focus and iris functions. Zoom, aperture, and focus are controlled, when in manual modes, through specially engineered control rings with great tactile feel. Additionally, the lens has been specially designed so that angle-of-view variation while focusing (breathing) and axial displacement while zooming are greatly reduced.

For more information on the Sony lens, please see this B&H Explora article.

The New Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 Digital Back and Camera Kit

Featuring a newly developed 44 x 33mm 50MP CMOS sensor, the new Credo 50 Digital Back from Mamiya is designed to bring ISO 6400 sensitivity, 1.2 fps shooting rate, and an incredible 14-stop dynamic range to your interchangeable-back digital camera system.

The back is being offered initially in a kit with the Mamiya Leaf 645DF+ camera body and the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8 LS AF lens. It will be available soon for the Mamiya 645, Hasselblad V, Hasselblad H, and Contax systems.

For more information on the Credo 50, please see this B&H Explora announcement.

Apple Announced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch

In case you missed it, Apple announced the latest iteration of their iPhone this week―the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the promise of an Apple Watch in 2015.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus mark a departure from the previous iPhones, in size and a more curvaceous shape. The success of Apple's competition with larger and larger screens has led Apple to increase the size of the new phones over the iPhone 5, as well as round off the edges and corners.

The larger screens on the 6 and 6 Plus feature Retina HD displays and full sRGB standard color, and the phones come with internal hardware and external control improvements over their predecessors.

The Apple Watch, due next year will be offered in two case sizes and several colors. The phone is packed with a ton of technology and designed to work with your iPhone 5 or iPhone 6/6 Plus.

For more information about the latest from Apple, please see this B&H Explora article.

Sony Announces PXW-X200 XDCAM Camcorder

Sony’s PXW family of camcorders continues to grow with the announcement of the PXW-X200. The successor to the venerable PMW-200, the camcorder features three 1/2" Exmor CMOS sensors with higher sensitivity and improved signal-to-noise ratio, and records up to 1080p60 video using Sony’s XAVC Intra and Long GOP codecs. To fit into existing workflows, MPEG HD422, HD420, and DV recording options are still available. With a 17x zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal range of 29.3-498.7mm, the camcorder gets wider and provides more telephoto reach than the 14x lens on the PMW-200. Additional features include Wi-Fi and NFC functions, a multi-interface shoe, and parallel recording to SxS cards.

The New Novation Audiohub Computer Audio Interface + USB Hub

Novation has just announced a unique addition to its product line, in the form of the Audiohub 2x4, a professional quality audio interface and USB hub that will allow beat makers, DJs, and musicians to power and use all the USB gear they need for producing music or playing shows. Great for connecting drum pad and keyboard controllers, computers, and iOS devices with the Apple camera connection kit, the Audiohub 2x4 will help de-clutter your electronic music production or performance setup, plus allow you to record and play back your audio at up to 96 kHz, 24-bit resolution.

More news:

  • It started spinning way back in 2001, but this week Apple discontinued the click wheel. Read more about it in this B&H news post.

  • B&H announced its partnership with Amphenol Audio, the inventors of the XLR connector. More info is available in this B&H post.

  • Ricoh announced the new WG-M1 rugged action camera with a 14MP sensor, 1.5” LCD screen and built-in Wi-Fi. More information is available at PetaPixel.

... and that's your news for the week of September 8th, 2014.