[Ed. Note: Peter Burian’s “Imaging Products Review” in the current April/May Photo Life presents a selection of new products revealed at the recent CES/PMA trade show in Las Vegas and at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan. These are some additional products that he wanted to share with you.]
Identical to Nikon’s D800 with one exception, the new Nikon D800E ($3450) has been modified to eliminate the blurring effect of the low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter for even better resolution of fine detail. Intended for studio and landscape photographers, the extra crispness is ideal, but there is a trade-off: moiré patterns will appear in certain subjects. However, that can be corrected with Nikon software if you use Raw capture mode.
Anyone who owns a Panasonic Lumix G-series camera should be interested in the four new conversion lenses for the 14-42 mm PZ lens and for the 14-mm G lens. The models include the DMW-GWC1 wide-angle adapter, the DMW-GTC1 2x telephoto adapter for the 14-42 mm lens, the DMW-GMC1 macro adapter and the DMW-GFC1 fish-eye converter for a 180-degree view when used with the 14-mm G lens (prices not yet set).
If you want a sturdy camera, check out the new 14-MP Fujifilm Finepix XP150 or XP 100 with 5x zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD, image stabilizer, Panorama mode, full HD video and easy upload to YouTube and Facebook ($250 and $280, list). They’re waterproof to 10 m, shockproof to 2 m and freezeproof to -10°C—plus they have extensive weather seals to repel dust and sand. The XP150 includes a built-in GPS for geotagging photos plus an electronic compass and Photo Navigation feature.
Pentax is a leader in the “tough-camera” category, and the 16-MP Optio WG-2 ($350) and WG-2 GPS, with built-in geotagging options ($400), are their latest models. Shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof and waterproof to 40 m, both feature 28-140 mm stabilized zooms and full HD video capture modes.
Sigma is the first aftermarket lens manufacturer to announce specifics about lenses for Micro Four Thirds (Lumix G and Olympus E-P) and Sony NEX cameras. The Digital Neo series will start with a 19 mm f/2.8 EX DN (with three aspherical elements) and a 30-mm f/2.8 EX DN (with two aspherical elements) lens.
In addition to the improved 24-70 mm zoom, Canon also introduced the upgraded EF 24 mm f/2.8 IS USM ($950) and EF 28 mm f/2.8 IS USM ($900), now with an image stabilizer and improved optics, including an aspherical glass-moulded (GMo) element to correct aberrations and improved Super Spectra Coatings.
Sony Japan has confirmed that the 500-mm f/4 G super telephoto for Alpha cameras will be available by special order in April, at an undisclosed price. Important features include sturdy construction with dust and moisture resistance, an improved supersonic AF system for superior subject tracking, Nano AR Coating and three Extra Low Dispersion elements to correct chromatic aberration.
There’s an entirely new memory card format that’s smaller than CompactFlash called XQD, with write speeds of at least 125 MB/s (PCI Express specs), currently supported only by the Nikon D4. Sony was the first to announce such cards, as well as a USB 3.0 card reader for XQD (prices not yet set). We expect these to become more readily available when additional cameras support this new format.
If you still own a Polaroid camera, you can now find various types of film for it, including Classic for the Spectra and Image cameras, from The Impossible Project of Enschede, Netherlands. The new film is currently being stocked in the following Canadian stores: Beau Photo (Vancouver), The Camera Store (Alberta) and Aden Photo (Toronto).