This week in the news...
- Panasonic announced a new lens that's just a little too thick to call pancake: the new Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH.
- Lectrosonics unveiled a compact line of battery-powered wireless mic systems that provide prime-time TV sound quality in a camera-mountable form factor: the new L Series.
- Nvidia unleashed a really powerful graphics card with dual GPUs in a single-slot chassis for gaming and post-production PCs: the new GTX Titan Z.
The New Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH
If you're a fan of the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens for Micro Four Thirds, there was exciting news this week with the announcement of the Lumix 15mm f/1.7 ASPH. Available in black or silver and sporting the Leica namesake, this new lens provides a focal length that's different enough to make it an interesting companion to the much-loved 20mm f/1.7, yet not so wide as to classify it as a traditional wide angle. It features all-metal build quality and the pristine optical performance of Leica glass.
Learn more details and see the specs on the new Lumix 15mm f/1.7 in this B&H Explora post.
The New Lectrosonics L Series
Lectrosonics is one of the most beloved brands in the world of wireless microphones and, this week, they announced the new L Series wireless systems. This is the basic gist: the L Series will provide the same world-class Digital Hybrid audio quality for which Lectrosonics is famous, in an ultra-compact, camera-friendly size. It's a big deal. Unfortunately, the new LMb and LT transmitters won't be available for several months, and the required LR receiver likely won't hit the market until the end of the year, but you can start thinking about how you will use these diminutive dynamos right now.
Learn more about the many features of the Lectrosonics L Series in this B&H Explora post.
The New Nvidia GTX Titan Z
A powerful new graphics card was announced this week, and it should be of some interest to users of GPU-aware programs like DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro. Nvidia's new GTX Titan Z packs two of the manufacturer's most powerful GPUs into a single card. This provides ample processing power for color correction and other kinds of resource-consumptive post-production work for video, and it's also the most powerful single-slot graphics solution for video game fanatics.
You'll find all of the nitty-gritty details on the new GTX Titan Z in this B&H Explora post.
- Transcend announced new UHS-1 Class 3 SD cards that are fast enough to shoot 4K footage with cameras like the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony AX100. More info is available at CNET.
- The subscription-style sales model appears to be working out quite well for Adobe's Creative Cloud products. Read up on it over at PetaPixel.
- HTC unveiled the new One smartphone, which features excellent industrial design, and the ability to focus pictures after they've been taken. Check it out at The Verge.
... and that's your gear nerd news for the last week of March, 2014. :)