B&H Gear News Roundup: August 15, 2014


This week in the news:  Samsung has announced the Galaxy Alpha smartphone, encased in lightweight metal. Manfrotto has unveiled a carbon fiber version of the BeFree Tripod, as well as the Pro Light series of photo and video bags with accessories. Profoto announced the Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon cameras. The Telefunken THP-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones are now available for pre-order.

Profoto has announced that the Nikon Through-The-Lens (TTL) - compatible Air Remote for the B1 Air monolights will be available on September 15th.

The revolutionary B1 500 Air battery-powered monolights have been available with the TTL-C remote for Canon TTL shooters―Nikon users have been able to use the remote in the manual mode. But now, Nikon TTL shooters will get their own Air Remotes soon that bridge the Profoto B1 Air lights seamlessly with all of the Nikon TTL functionality.

Profoto says that the TTL Profoto Air remote system works by basically translating the incoming Nikon or Canon TTL signal into a Profoto TTL signal, which is then relayed to the B1 lights, and vice versa.

Profoto customers with the older Profoto Air Remote for Pro-8a and D1 Air monolights can use the original Air remote in manual (non-TTL) mode with the new B1 Air system.

Manfrotto has announced the release of a carbon fiber variant of its BeFree tripod, weighing 2.4 lb (the aluminum version weights 3 lb). The carbon version offers increased rigidity and sporty racing stripes, while lightening your load by more than half a pound. Both the carbon fiber and aluminum versions of the BeFree have 4-section legs, an 8.8-lb payload, and come with a Manfrotto ball head, quick-release plate, and protective case.

Manfrotto has also announced a new line of professional photo and video bags: the Pro Light Collection. According to the company, this new line, designed for "on-the-move professional photographers, videographers, and advanced hobbyists," offers the lightest carrying solutions in the Manfrotto range.

The comprehensive Pro Light lineup features 30 products ranging from backpacks, rolling gear, camera straps, rain covers, and more. The Pro Lights feature innovative protective and comfort technology for both you and your gear with lightweight materials and enhanced shock-absorption designs.

Samsung Electronics has rolled out the latest evolution of its Galaxy Design smartphone line: the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The Alpha features a thin (7mm) metal frame, soft-to-touch back cover, solid finish, 4.7" HD Super AMOLED display (slightly smaller than the Galaxy S5), and, for the growing masses of smartphone photographers, an advanced rear camera featuring a 31mm f/2.2 lens and a 12-megapixel sensor (the largest in the Samsung smartphone lineup). The front camera features a 2.1 megapixel camera for your selfies.

Powering Android 4.4.4 KitKat is a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5340 octa-core SoC and 2GB RAM with 32GB of memory. Most importantly, for shopping at the B&H Photo mobile website, the smartphone has a PayPal-certified fingerprint scanner!

More news:

  • The USB 3.0 Promotor group has announced that a new USB Type-C connector will be coming to an electronic device near you... more speed, power, durability... more better.
  • Propellerhead has just announced the upcoming release of the newest version of its popular music-creation software, Reason 8. More info found on B&H Explora.
  • Microsoft has developed the hyperlapse algorithm for smoothing shaky time-lapse videos. For more details, head over to the Microsoft research site.
  • Renowned microphone manufacturer Telefunken has entered the world of isolation headphones. Read more on B&H Explora.
  • Manley Laboratories, Inc. introduces line of professional-quality all-tube equipment for recording and mastering studios. Read more on B&H Explora.

... and that's your gear news for the week of August 11, 2014.