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Sony presents new lens at Photokina

The latest addition to the Sony lens stable is the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 full-frame wide-angle zoom (with a 35mm-equivalent focal length, when attached to an APS-C body). Unveiled at a press conference this afternoon at Photokina, the Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) lens is compatible with E-mount cameras and camcorders. The lens, which has been optimised for use with the A7 range of full-frame cameras, sits alongside Sony’s existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom optics. Featuring five aspherical lens elements, the new lens, which comes with in-built image stabilisation, is able to achieve “outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness”, says the company, while also reducing distortion and keeping colour aberration to a minimum. The T* coating – a feature of Zeiss lenses – minimises flare and ghosting, boosting contrast, claims Sony. The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens is available to pre-order now from It will be on general sale in Europe from November 2014. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.


The NX1 is unveiled; Samsung’s flagship compact system camera

With its 28-megapixel resolution, innovative 205-point phase detection autofocus system and 4K UHD video capture, the newly announced NX1 has serious pro-worthy credentials. Indeed, for the first time with any seriousness, Samsung is using the ‘p’ word a lot, claiming the new addition is “about giving professional photographers choice and an alternative to the DSLR”. Its speedy autofocus, 15fps continuous shooting and advanced focus tracking capabilities should mean it delivers for both still and moving image capture. And its Back Side Illumination sensor design allows a clear lightway from the lens, which will reduce the signal-to-noise ratio significantly. [bjp_ad_slot] The AF system can “instinctively track subjects almost anywhere in the frame, regardless of their location”, claims Samsung. “Photographers can capture even the briefest of moments as there is no need to re-compose a shot – they can simply focus and shoot immediately, allowing for extreme speed and flexibility. This technology will be of particular interest to those who love to shoot video, as the NX1 supports the use of Phase AF during movie recording, so that results …


Canon unveils EOS 7D Mark II

It was the announcement we’ve been waiting for: this afternoon Canon unveiled their latest DSLR – the EOS 7D Mark II – to a packed room of journalists at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. “We never stand still as a company,” said Masaya Maeda, chief executive, Image Communication Products Operations, Canon Inc. “We help to shape the evolving landscape, and today we move forward again with the EOS 7D Mark II.” [bjp_ad_slot] The 20-megapixel 7D Mark II is an extension of the 7D released five years ago, but “is a huge upgrade,” Alessandro Stanzani, head of Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, told journalists. The camera, which harnesses EOS-1D X technology, is able to shoot at 10fps – “a speed no other APS-C sensor can currently match”, Stanzani said. Designed to shoot fast-paced action, the 7D has a new 65-point AF system and Dual DIGIC 6 processor. The camera’s ISO 100-16,000 range, expandable to ISO 51,200, will appeal to those wanting to shoot in low-lit conditions. The new camera will also appeal to filmmakers with its pro-level movie features, which include live, uncompressed HDMI output and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The 7D Mark …


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 …


80th anniversary of Canon Kwanon camera

Canon Europe has today announced that its parent company Canon Inc. is commemorating the 80th anniversary of Canon’s first camera, the Kwanon. The 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, which was produced in prototype form in 1934, was “the culmination of the dreams of engineers who wanted to catch up with Europe, the leading presence in the camera industry at the time,” says Canon Europe in a press statement. [bjp_ad_slot] The camera was named after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The hope was that her benevolence would shine down on the company in their technological endeavours. A symbol of the thousand-armed Kwannon was engraved in the top of the camera body. In addition, the camera’s lens was called Kasyapa after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha. Goro Yoshida, born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1900, was behind the camera’s creation. As a child he “showed a keen interest in cameras, often disassembling and rebuilding them,” says the company. In a market monopolised by German Leica cameras in the mid-1930s, Yoshida took apart one of these cameras and believed it would be possible to manufacture the components in Japan. Two years …


Review: Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash kit


I recently worked in a studio that still had the original strobe flash packs dating back to the late 1970s. I was able to explain to my assistant the joy (and fear) of working with these flash generators, which, despite their size and weight, photographers used to take on location. Back then we didn’t have much choice, but flash technology has come a long way and the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash kit is a prime example of how a powerful studio flash system can now be made truly portable. The kit featured here consists of two Profoto B1 flash heads, two lithium-ion batteries, a fast charger, car charger, plus backpack. The B1 flash heads have a nine f-stop range, from 2W to 500W, offering 1/10s stop, or full incremental exposure adjustments. The flash recycling time varies from 0.1s to 1.9s, depending on the power setting, and provides a quick burst of up to 20 flashes per second. The lights will still fire even if they are not yet fully charged to the required power level, but this is only …


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