B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: May 18th, 2012


This week in the news: Sony updates their entry level DSLR and mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm offers a wide angle conversion lens for their ultra popular X100 camera,  and a new softbox for Speedliters (and Speedlighters).

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for May 18th, 2012.

Sony's New Cameras Feature an Auto Portrait Crop Mode

Sony went ahead and updated their latest entry level interchangeable lens cameras this week. In a nutshell here are all the specs that you care about:


- 16.1 MP

- ISO 100 - 16,000

- 1080p HD at 24p or 60i (Recording to an MP4 codec in 3:2 mode is possible)

- Auto Portrait Framing Crop

- 180 degree LCD for easier self portraits when combined with the self-timer.

- Pop-up flash that when pulled back can function like a bounce flash.

- Improved battery performance to 470 images per charge

- Charge on the go via USB to PC for vacation goers.

- Accessory terminal for you to add the Sony TruFinder or Sony's microphone for NEX cameras.

- Ergonomic grip addition like the 5n.

- 3fps capabilities

- Available in silver, black and white.

Sony A37 DSLR

- 16.1 MP sensor

- ISO100 -16,000

- Steadyshot image stabilization with up to 4 stops of stabilization

- Auto Portrait Framing Crop

- 7fps shooting

- 15 AF points (3 cross sensor points)

- Tiltable LCD

- TruFinder from the A57 with 100% coverage

- 1080 24p HD video and 60i

- Available in June

You can read more about the new cameras and lenses over at B&H InDepth.

Fujifilm's Wide Angle Converter for the X100

Fujifilm's X100 camera is extremely popular for its stunning good looks and its exceptional image quality. This week, the company announced a wide angle conversion lens for the camera. The X100 was launched with a 35mm equivalent field of view with the fixed prime lens that was part of the body.

According to Fujifilm's website, the new lens will give the camera an approximate 19mm field of view when attached. The company also claims that the performance will be on par with the standard lens at f2.

That is exciting news for street photographers.

A New Softbox for Canon Speedlite and Nikon Speedlight Users

Rime Lite announced this week that they'll be releasing their new Speedbox softbox light modifiers for hot-shoe flashes. According to Lighting Rumours, the new Speedboxes will be hexagonal in shape and point in the same direction as the flash head: unlike Westcott's Apollos. It also comes standard with a bracket specifically shaped to fit hot-shoe flashes.

It's nice to know that strobists have more options.

And that's your news for May 18th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.