B&H Gear News Roundup: September 19, 2014


This week in the news: The photokina show is underway, in Cologne, Germany, and we have lots of cool stuff to share this week in the Explora Gear News Roundup. You can check out the complete feed from our photokina coverage at this link. Let's get started!

The New Canon 7D Mark II DSLR

The biggest splash of the week came from Canon when the company announced its newest DSLR, the 20.2MP EOS 7D Mark II―a significant upgrade to the very popular leading APS-C camera with a list of exciting upgrades and features too numerous to spell out here. Our friends at Canon brought one of the first production models to B&H this week for us to play with. Check out B&H's comprehensive coverage of the new 7D and join the discussion on Explora with our extensive release announcement, pro impressions, and hands-on report from Photokina.

Along with the remarkable 7D Mark II, Canon has released some exciting new lenses and accessories for the Canon EF system. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is an upgraded lens that features multi-layer diffractive optical (DO) technology that minimizes aberrations while enabling the unique, compact build of these lenses. Protect your new 400mm f/4 with the Lens Case 400D. The new EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens and EW-83M Lens Hood is designed for full-frame sensors, and is the first of its kind to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM), designed for quiet focusing during video production. Fans of the "pancake lens" can rejoice! Canon also rolled out a prime lens for their APS-C cameras, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens. Even with its small form factor, it features an STM stepping motor for exceptional autofocus performance.

For more on the Canon lenses, check out this B&H Explora article.

The New Leica S, S-E, M-A, X, X-E, D-Lux, V-Lux, Lenses and more!

Leica had a busy summer, and the fruits of this were shown in an avalanche of releases at photokina this week, with something every Leica shooter should want. Leading the release is the new Leica S (Typ 007) Medium Format DSLR Camera, featuring a switch from CCD to a 37.5MP CMOS sensor, which enhances performance speed and brings with it higher ISO sensitivity to 6400, and 4K and Full HD video capture. For CCD fans, the S-E Medium (Typ 006) Format DSLR Camera features the 37.5MP CCD sensor with micro lenses and ISO sensitivity from 100-1600.

Leica film shooters will no doubt take note of the new, fully manual (Look, Ma! No batteries!) analog Leica M-A Rangefinder Camera, in Black or Silver models. Like its stable mates in the X-Line, the new Leica X (Typ 113) Digital Compact Camera with Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens is available in Black or Silver and features a 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor.

Joining the X is the X-E (Typ 102) Digital Compact Camera with Elmarit 24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens and 16.2MP APS-C sensor. Both new X cameras provide the shooter with the classic 35mm view favorited by legendary Leica street photographers. For accessorizing your X camera, Brown leather and canvas Visoflex Cases for the Leica X (Typ 113) and X-E (Typ 102) optional electronic viewfinders are now available.

Also arriving, the updated D-LUX (Typ 109) Digital Camera is a do-everything camera and features an enlarged 12.8MP sensor and the Leica DC Vario-Summicron zoom lens that can capture 4K video and features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Accessorizing the D-Lux are a Handgrip,  Auto Lens Cap, Leather Camera Jacket Case, leather Wrist Strapleather Neck Strap and Twist with Wrist Strap.

The new V-LUX (Typ 114) Digital Camera features a versatile 35mm equivalent 25-400mm lens with a 1" 20.1MP sensor with ISO sensitivity up to 25000, 4K video capability, and Wi-Fi and NFC features as well. Carry your V-Lux around with a new, optional Leather Neck Strap.

Leica also launched four updated Summarit lenses for its venerable film and digital M system. The lenses are all updates of legacy lenses and feature a faster maximum aperture of f/2.4, improved optical performance, and lighter, more compact all-metal barrels. The lineup features the Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH available in Silver or Black, the Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4 in Silver or Black, the Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4 in Silver or Black, and the Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4 in Silver or Black.

Leica has also introduced Silver versions of two of its more popular manual focus M-mount lenses, the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH and the legendary Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH lenses.

Fans of the new Leica T Mirrorless system can celebrate the announcement of two zoom lenses to go along with its standard zoom and wide-angle prime. The new wide-angle zoom Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm/f3.5-4.5 ASPH and the Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm / f3.5-4.5 ASPH lens provide T-system users with a 35mm equivalent 17-35mm and 80-200mm focal length shooting experience. Also for the Leica T are new accessories, including lens hoods for the 11-23mm and 55-135mm T-mount lenses and replacement lens caps for 60mm and 67mm diameter T lenses.

Rounding out the new stuff from Leica are Messenger-style System Cases that fit the Leica M, X, or T systems. A Cotton Bag also fits a 13" laptop and Medium and Small Aneas for Leica System Cases. Beautiful Artisan & Artist and handcrafted Schedoni cases are also available.

For more on the huge amount of new Leica gear, see this B&H Explora piece.

The New 4K-Capable Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Samsung continues to expand its photography lineup and has announced the new Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with a 28.2MP APS-C format CMOS sensor and DRIMe V image processor that can record  4K, UHD, or HD MP4. A comprehensive all-in-one kit contains the Samsung NX1 Mirrorless Digital Camera, a 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens, a dedicated battery grip, a battery charger, and an additional camera battery. Adding to the NX lens lineup is the new Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 S ED OIS Lens, a ED-VGNX01 Vertical Battery Grip for NX1 Camera, a ED-BP1900 Rechargeable Battery Pack for NX1 Camera, and the ED-BC4NX03 Charger for ED-BP1900 Battery Pack.

New accessories for the NX Mini line are a dedicated Jacket Case available in Black or White, an NX Mini Lens Case, also available in Black or White, as well as the ED-BC4NX02 Micro-USB Charger that can be used with ED-BP1130 or ED-BP1030 batteries.

For more on the Samsung release, see this B&H Explora announcement.

The New Panasonic LX100 4K Point-and-Shoot, GM5, and 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens

Panasonic announced two new LUMIX cameras: the 4K-capable 16.8MP DMC-LX100 and the 16MP DMC-GM5 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera. The DMC-LX100 features a Leica DC Vario-Summilux zoom lens providing a 35mm equivalent focal-length range of 24-75mm with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.7-2.8. The DMC-GM5 comes with a LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens covering wide to portrait focal lengths, and featuring a retractable design that complements the form of the GM5.

In addition, Panasonic has also announced the LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S Lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras covering the popular 70-200mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and featuring Panasonic’s MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer

For more information on the Panasonic releases, see this B&H Explora article.

The New Sony Vario-Tessar T* 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens and Accessories

Sony followed last week's lens release with a Zeiss-designed Vario-Tessar T* 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS wide-angle zoom lens, designed for full-frame, yet equally at home on APS-C E-mount cameras, too. Adding to the Alpha line accessories is the new HVL-F32M TTL external flash, unique in that it packs many of the high-performance, advanced features of its larger siblings into a compact body. The new XLR-K2M microphone is compatible with Sony's a7 series, RX series, and select camcorders; the adapter features two XLR channels with independent controls. A RMT-VP1K Wireless Receiver and Remote Commander Kit features a 360° IR receiver, works on any Sony camera with a multi terminal, and allows camera control for still photography or video. And the nylon LCS-PSC7 System Bag, is coming―designed to carry an E-mount camera and attached lens, as well as your new accessories.

For more on this week's Sony release, please see this B&H Explora article.

The New Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM Lens

Zeiss's new Zeiss 35mm f/1.4mm Distagon T* ZM is an exciting wide-angle addition to the M-mount rangefinder camera lines made by Zeiss, Leica, or Voigtlander. The metal body contains10 elements in 7 groups that are engineered to produce a flat image field, Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings; a circular-aperture diaphragm comprises 10 blades for smooth out-of-focus highlights.

For more information on the Zeiss lens, click here.

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, MC-14 Teleconverter, Silver OM-D E-M1

Olympus has announced its latest top-tier lens, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens. The lens brings expanded telephoto capability to the PRO line with a 35mm equivalent of 80-300mm and features an industry-first Dual VCM (Voice Coil Motor) autofocus system. The metal-bodied lens comes with the LH-76 Lens Hood that can collapse onto the lens for storage.

Also new is the MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter and a new OM-D E-M1 with a Silver finish, as well as a significant version 2.0 firmware update, a new ZUIKO PRO line of protection filters, in 62mm and 72mm sizes, that feature a black anodized-aluminum frame, high-quality optical glass, and the same ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating found on the PRO lenses.

Please click here for the expanded Olympus announcement and stay tuned to B&H Explora for an upcoming extensive hands-on review of the OM-D E-M1.

The New Sony PXW-FS7 Compact XDCAM and PVW-X200 DXCAM Camcorder

Sony has released a pair of new digital camcorders for high-definition video production. The PXW-FS7 Compact XDCAM Camcorder professional large-sensor camcorder can record 4K and 1080p slow-motion footage internally to XQD memory cards and the PXW-X200 features three newly developed 1/2" type EXMOR CMOS sensors with a 17x Fujinon HD zoom lens offering a 35mm equivalent focal-length range of 29.3-498.7mm.

Check out these Explora announcements for more information on the PXW-FS7 and PXW-X200.

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... and that's your news for the week of September 15th, 2014.