B&H Gear News Roundup: December 20, 2013


This week in the news:  Fujifilm announced the new Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens; five full-frame lenses for the Sony E-mount are now available from Samyang; the much-anticipated new Mac Pro finally went on sale; and Sony's innovative QX cameras received a substantial firmware update.

This is your B&H Gear News Roundup for December 20, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

The New, Ultra-Wide Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens

This week, Fujifilm announced the new Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens, which was designed for their X-series interchangeable-lens cameras. The new lens offers an ultra-wide field of view, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15-36mm. With this lens in the lineup, Fujifilm now offers focal length options from 15mm to 350mm. Its f/4 aperture is fixed throughout the focal range, which is ideal for shooting landscapes with maximum detail. Optical image stabilization is provided, to minimize shake and blur when shooting in low light. The XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is already available for pre-order at B&H.

Five New Samyang Lenses for the Sony E-mount

Samyang announced that five of their full-frame lenses are now available for the Sony E-mount, which is exciting news for owners of the recently-released Sony a7 and a7R compact mirrorless, interchangeable-lens full-frame cameras. The full roster consists of the 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, the 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC, the T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC, the 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC and the 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC.

Apple Shipped the New Mac Pro

Apple shipped the completely redesigned Mac Pro desktop computer this week. It was great news for power-users, because the new machines offer a giant step forward in performance over the previous generation. It's also exciting because the new Mac Pro has such a radical and innovative design. It stands only 10 inches tall, and it's just 6.5 inches in diameter. It does feature internal fans, but its operation is said to be extremely quiet. Its small size and low-noise nature make it a perfectly sensible machine to put on your desk, where it will be ideal for recording music, editing video, handling intensive graphic- and image-processing software, etc. We took a look at the curious visual evolution of Mac desktop computers this week, which you can check out here.   

Sony Released Major Firmware Updates for the QX Cameras

This week, Sony announced that major firmware updates were coming to their unique QX-series cameras. The two models—which look like lenses, yet feature built-in sensors, processors and Wi-Fi—were designed to be attached to smartphones, in order to improve vastly the image quality of mobile photography. The new firmware will increase the ISO capabilities and add widescreen 1080p video capture to both models. The QX100, which is essentially equal in quality to the highly-regarded Sony RX100 II, will receive Shutter Priority Mode from the update. Sony is updating their PlayMemories app with improvements as well, for both iOS and Android. The new firmware is due next month, but the improved app can be downloaded now.

More news:

  • Flickr significantly changed their image-embedding feature, which now adds their watermark to your images. You can read more about it at PopPhoto.
  • Blackmagic shared the first 4K footage from their Production Camera 4K. You can check it out over at Fstoppers.
  • Apple included the VSCO Cam app in their "Best of 2013" list. More info is available at PopPhoto.

    And that's your news for December 20, 2013.