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This week’s technology news

  [bjp_ad_slot]After a brief post-Photokina pause to catch our breath, we’re back with a round-up of recently announced technology and product news. One of the biggest announcements this week (beginning 29 September 2014) comes from GoPro, which has announced a new range of Hero cameras – the Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver. The former, (“the highest performance GoPro yet”, according to the company), offers twice the performance of the previous Black Edition GoPro, claims the brand, and features 4K video capture at 30fps, 2.7K video at 50 fps, and 1080p at 120fps. It also has a redesigned audio system that can capture sound at twice the dynamic range of previous models. Its US retail price is $500. The Hero4 Silver, which has built-in touch display, costs a hundred dollars less.   CineStill has announced it will produce tungsten-balanced film for medium format cameras. The company, which recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, says the 800Tungsten film (already available in 35mm) is “a high speed colour film created for still photography in low light.” Swiss lighting manufacturer Elinchrom has announced it is to launch a number of new products. First up is the new Litemotiv softbox with 16 sides, allowing users …


Weekly briefing: a round-up of this week’s technology news

While the majority of brands are holding off on announcing new releases until the Monday and Tuesday of Photokina, (15 and 16 September), one or two have announced products already. Although Hasselblad will officially launch the H5X system (above) at Photokina, this week the company announced that its latest medium format camera body has been developed primarily for photographers using the H1, H2, H2F and H4X, those who “seek H5 capability”, and H5D users who might use the new system as a backup body. Based on the H5D range, the H5X, which has a HVD 90x viewfinder optimised for 36×48 mm format, is compatible with most of the digital backs from older H System products, says the company, and also most third party digital backs. The H5X can be used with Hasselblad’s H System lenses. It is priced €4,595 without viewfinder and €5,795 with viewfinder. UK price and availability not yet known. As reported on bjp-online this week, Nikon decided to jump in ahead of Photokina and make its latest announcements. The company has launched the anticipated FX-format D750, and ultra-wide AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens, plus a new Speedlite – the SB-500 – and a new Coolpix …


Weekly briefing: a round-up of this week’s technology news

New from Syrp, a New Zealand-based company specialising in affordable film equipment for DSLR cameras, is the Magic Carpet Camera Slider + Motion Control for achieving smooth tracking slider shots. With high precision ball bearing rollers, a counter weight roller for vertical shots, and quick release adjustable legs, the Magic Carpet tracking slider retails at $300 (UK price not available.) [bjp_ad_slot]The company, which is looking to crossover from the video market into photography, has also released a variable ND filter that limits the amount of light entering the lens by f/1-8.5 stops. Aimed at photographers and filmmakers, the ND filter kits are available in small (67mm) and large (82mm), and are priced $139 and $189.   Domke bags have been a particular favourite of photojournalists for nearly 40 years, thanks largely to their discreet, functional, no-nonsense approach to design. Now comes the ‘New Generation’, available across the Journalist, Metropolitan, Viewfinder and Adventure series, using a newly developed component storage system made up of of pockets, patches and pouches, and further scope to tailor the bags to your individual needs. Full details, specifications and US-only pricing here.     Kenro …


Product news-in-brief

In the first of a new series we present our pick of newly announced cameras, lenses, accessories and software that have caught our eye this week. Cameras and lenses Towards the end of last week, news broke about the latest addition to the Leica stable – the M-P rangefinder. Billed as a camera that is “photography stripped back to the essentials”, the M-P is based on the Leica M (Typ 240), but has an enlarged buffer memory of 2GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. For selfie fans, there is the new Olympus Pen E-PL7. With a flip-down, tiltable LCD touchscreen, the Pen E-PL7 has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and built-in wifi, which allows users to share images via their (compatible) smart phone and the bundled Olympus Image Share app. [bjp_ad_slot] Pentax announced the K-S1, the latest digital SLR to join the Ricoh Imaging UK family. Aimed at enthusiasts, the lightweight, compact and portable camera features “outstanding imaging performance, progressive design and an innovative illuminated body,” says the company. The camera, which is available in 12 colours, has a newly developed CMOS sensor with approximately 20.12 effective megapixels, LED body illumination, a three-inch, high-resolution …


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