B&H Pulse Weekly News Round-Up: March 16th, 2012


This week in the news: the possibility of a digital Bolex camera; Sony announces a new DSLR, and more.

This is your B&H Pulse news feed for March 16th, 2012.

A Digital Bolex Camcorder: Old School Filming for the Digital Videographer


A recent KickStarter campaign that was featured all over the internet was that of the Digital Bolex (shown in the prototype stage above). Planet5D published information on the still-budding project, created by Joe Rubinstein. Joe's vision is to create a digital camcorder modeled after the old Bolexes of the 1970's. Additionally, the camcorder will have a sensor the size of super 16mm film, will be able to use interchangeable lenses and shoot at 2K resolution.

As of this writing, the project has fully reached its funding. That means we should be seeing them sooner or later in stores.

More Android-Powered Cameras?


Polaroid announced the first Android cameras back at CES. However, according to Petapixel, Samsung and Panasonic are considering this idea. Engadget, who broke the story, stated that it could open up the camera ecosphere to third-party app developers.

Currently, there are cameras available with WiFi connectivity, but none of them feature interchangeable lenses, and only the Polaroid camera features Android.

The Sony Alpha a57


Sony announced an update to their Alpha line of cameras in the form of the a57. Replacing the a55, the camera continues Sony's new SLT tradition of using a fixed pentaprism. There are minor upgrades from the previous model, which include better video recording (plus 60p video), the addition of Sony's Super Auto feature, 8 fps/ 12 fps shooting, and a bit of added girth.

You can read more at BHInDepth.

Zeiss Discontinues the Ikon; Announces new 15mm f2.8 Lens


This week, Zeiss announced that they are discontinuing their Ikon line of rangefinder cameras. These rangefinders were often reached for by those who couldn't afford Leica M models, but wanted something a bit more than what the Voigtlander Bessa offered. The camera accepts M-mount lenses, and has TTL metering.

At the moment, the only digital rangefinders available are made by Leica. You can read more about this on Mirrorless Rumors.

However, they also announced their new 15mm f2.8 Distagon lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

The lens features an all-metal build, autofocus confirmation chips, a large focusing ring, and a 95mm front-thread filter. It was designed with landscape and architecture photographers in mind.

The official Zeiss blog has more specs and details.

And that's your news for March 16th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about on B&H Pulse.