B&H Gear News Roundup: December 13, 2013


This week in the news: Zeiss confirmed that a new Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens was in the works; Lightroom was updated to version 5.3, with support for the Nikon Df and D610; Instagram announced a messaging feature called Instagram Direct; and the Canon 7D received a firmware update.

This is your B&H Gear News Roundup for December 13, 2013.

Zeiss Confirms a New Otus 85mm f/1.4 is Coming

It never hurts to ask. This week, someone simply asked—on the official Zeiss Facebook page—what focal lengths were in the works for the Otus line. The German manufacturer replied that a new Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens was planned for release in 2014. A close family member, the 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens (pictured above), which was announced in October, is designed for full-frame cameras, with the goal of delivering the very best image quality possible. The new Otus 85mm f/1.4 will strive for the same heights.


Lightroom 5.3 Adds Support for Nikon Df and D610

Lightroom was updated to version 5.3 this week, and includes support for the Nikon Df, D610 and D5300 DSLRs; the Sony a7, a7R and RX10; the Pentax K7, and a bunch of others (including the Lumia 1020 smartphone). The update also features new lens profile support and a sizable number of bug fixes.

You Can Now Send Direct Messages in Instagram

Instagram announced a new feature on their iOS and Android apps, called Instagram Direct, which enables mobile users to send and receive private video and photo messages. With Instagram Direct, you can now share a moment with one person or with multiple people, rather than sharing everything with your entire group of followers. A version of the Instagram app with the messaging feature is currently in beta for Windows Phone as well.

New Firmware for the Canon 7D

Canon released a new firmware update for the venerable EOS 7D. The new software corrects an issue that could sometimes occur while transferring image files via FTP protocol when using a USB cable. The download is available on Canon's website.

More news:

  • Microsoft updated Photosynth, their popular panoramic photo app. You can read more about it at Engadget.
  • The United States is exporting a record decade-high amount of photographic film to China. Get all the details at Quartz.
  • Eye-Fi released a new application for Windows, which lets you send images to your computer when using an Eye-Fi Mobi card. Find out more info at Engadget.

    And that's your news for December 13, 2013.