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This week in the news: We say goodbye to an old friend; Panasonic announces a bunch of new cameras; a medium format camera back with more megapixels than you'll probably ever need; Voigtlander announced a new lens, and much more.
This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for July 20th, 2012.
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We are extremely sad to announce that Fujifilm has chosen to discontinue certain Velvia films, citing lackluster sales.
According to the British Journal of Photography, the following films are now discontinued in Britian (no word about America yet):
We know that there are lots of fans of the R-Strap out there. So now we have good news: The company has developed not only a strap for left-handed photographers, but also a new limited-edition color strap being targeted at women.
First up is the Sport-L strap. The strap is designed to fit the contour of a photographer who wants the camera strap to sit on their right shoulder, while grabbing the camera from the left side of the body. The Sport-L Camera Strap compliments BlackRapid’s Classic and Cargo camera straps, which can be worn by right- or left-handed shooters.
Then there is the women's strap. According to them, "The BlackRapid Women's Strap is the camera strap designed for women, by women. The shoulder pad is ergonomically curved to fit the female body. This sleek, durable design is available in classic black ballistic, black floral textured, and now—in a limited edition—BlackRapid is making the women's strap available in vivid white."
There are more details over at Cameratown.
The Sony Walkman has been out for ages—since the cassette tape days! This week, the Verge showed us the latest evolution of the device in the form of the new F800. Most importantly, it features Google Play, runs Android 4.0, and sports a 3.5-inch LCD screen.
To boot, it will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB varieties, and Sony is claiming 4.5 hours of battery life for video, and 20 hours for audio.
Is anyone here a ring-flash fan? Well, if you are, you may want to take a look at this interesting new light. Lighting Rumors showed us this interesting new light from Cononmark.
First off, it is essentially four speedlight heads (or speedlite, depending on what camera system you're using), wrapped around a ring and attached to a bracket. The heads can flip their angle, so they don't have to be straight on. That means that you can offer directional light in so many different ways.
Now, here is the other interesting feature: It also can be controlled via radio from a fairly decent range.
It will be interesting to see what kind of work can be done with the new light.
This week, Panasonic also announced major updates to their various camera lines.
Most prominent is the new G5 Micro Four Thirds camera, which seems like a modest update to their old G3, but with various ergonomic changes.
It also features a 16.5MP Live MOS sensor, a 1440k-dot LCD electronic viewfinder (which is very highly detailed), and can record 1080p 60p HD video.
But a lot more came out too: The new Panasonic LX-7 replaces the old LX-5, and features an f1.4 lens. Meanwhile, the FZ200 features a 25mm-600mm zoom range, while maintaining a constant f2.8 aperture.
There are lots more details over at B&H InDepth.
If you're a D800/D800E owner and read Nikon Rumors often, you probably know about Nikon's latest AF focusing fix. According to the story, the camera needs to go back to Nikon, where the focusing is recalibrated by laser, point by point. This helps to provide better, more accurate focusing.
This isn't totally official yet, but apparently NPS has been doing it. So if you're an NPS member, it should work for you.
Are you into some high-quality, super-chic lighting? Well, Broncolor announced a new Para 88 reflector to Profoto lights.
According to them, "Because of the growing demand for the Para 88 in all applications, Broncolor has enabled its use with Profoto lamps; this allows Profoto users an easy path of introduction into the Broncolor line. With the use of only one screw, the adapter is easily fastened and mounted to the focusing system."
Indeed, the need for parabolic systems has grown with recent trends in lighting. That's one of the reasons why we see so many parabolic umbrellas come out as well.
Pop Photo brought us the news of the pre-announced Voigtlander 28mm f2.8 pancake lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras.
We have yet to get full specs on the lens, but the European prices have been announced, while we wait here in the USA with bated breath.
For starters, though, it is manual-focus only, and significantly smaller than other similar lenses.
Get ready to invest in new hard drives, due to lots of data. Pop Photo also has news of the new Sinar medium-format camera back. Coined the eXact, it can capture192MP images. It captures 48.8MP, 8000x6000 images, but it can sample colors and details at half-pixel steps to raise the output significantly.
The camera will have an ISO range from 50-800, and can shoot at 1/10,000 second to 32 seconds. There are also a lot of cameras that can support it.
No word on pricing yet, but you may want to consider refinancing your home.
We've been hearing word for a while about the development of Windows 8, but this week we saw that the latest version of Office has been announced. According to the Boy Genius Report, this version is targeted to work on both tablets and personal computers, due to the emphasis on a more mobile-friendly web and experience. It also includes cloud storage, social functionality, and more.
Think the television in your living room is big enough? Well Samsung's ES9000 is 75 inches, and 3D TV-capable.
Engadget has a hands-on review of it, and states that the bezel measures just 0.31 inches, and the frame sports a rose-gold finish.
It is also very web-capable, featuring a built-in web camera and other smart TV features, like Voice and Smart Gestures.
The price: a cool $10,000.
Engadget also had hands-on with the new MV900F camera from Samsung. The special features are the 180° swivel display that flips up for self-portraits. The screen on that display is 3.3", and is an AMOLED.
Other standout features are a 16MP Back-Side Illuminated CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video, and a 5x optical zoom.
And that's your news for July 20th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.