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2017.05.25

Think Tank Photo, makers of durable camera bags for professionals, expanded their offerings today with the introduction of version 2.0 of their TurnStyle series and a new rolling addition to the StreetWalker series of backpacks.

Think Tank TurnStyle V2.0

The TurnStyle series was upgraded to improve stability. These body-conforming slings are designed to swiftly move from the back to the front of the wearer for easy access to photographic gear. The new version adds a stabilizer strap to keep it from moving much while walking. There are 3 sizes of TurnStyle V2.0 bags, each available in two colors: charcoal or indigo blue:

  • The TurnStyle 5 fits a mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and an eight-inch tablet.
  • The TurnStyle 10 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet.
  • The TurnStyle 20 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10” tablet.

TurnStyle bags offer a slim, contoured, body-conforming design with a wide shoulder strap provides a very comfortable fit. They are build with lightweight materials and breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps cool during long days. Each has an easily accessible front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories and a rear internal pocket holds documents. All bags come with fully customizable interior dividers and a seam-sealed rain cover. The TurnStyle 20 includes in dedicated pocket for the rain cover. Here are they key specifications:

TurnStyle 5 V2.0

  • Interior Dimension: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8 lb. (0.3 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 32–64.5” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 58.3” (includes length of product)

TurnStyle 10 V2.0

  • Interior Dimension: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lb. (0.4 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 35–68.3” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 59.3” (includes length of product)

TurnStyle 20 V2.0

  • Interior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2 lb. (0.5 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 36.5–73” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 60” Maximum (includes length of product)

Think  Tank Street Walker Roller

The StreetWalker Roller is the newest member of the excellent StreetWalker series of light-weight photography backpacks. The Roller adds two wheels and a retractable handle to use it as a rolling case. Additionally, all existing models of the StreetWalker series got updated with additional pockets.

The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached, and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm F/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits  two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm F/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm F/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm F/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm F/2.8, and a 10” tablet.

The StreetWalker Roller Backpack V2.0 features a comfortable harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back and a dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop. It fits two bodies with lenses attached including a 200–400mm F/4.  This bag is specially designed to maximize gear for carry-on and meets most US and International airline carry-on requirements. It offers a reinforced telescoping handle with rubberized touch points, plus a tripod mount on front panel. New pockets fit a smartphone with a 5.5” (14cm) screen. A seam-sealed rain cover included.

The StreetWalker Roller features user-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extends product life. It packs adjustable dividers allow a customized fit for your DSLR or Mirrorless gear and has a hypalon reinforced rear panel for increased durability.

All StreetWalker Backpacks V2.0 have a tripod mount on front panel, padded shoulder straps comfortable for all day trekking, YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high density velex and closed-cell PU foam. Adjustable dividers allow to customize the fit of your DSLR or Mirrorless gear. There are two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets and interior clear zippered pockets for accessories. The revised StreetWalker series have the following specifications:

StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 11.8” W x 19.7” H x 6.3–7.1” D (30 x 50 x 16–18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 21.9” H x 9” D (32 x 55.5 x 22.9 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 9.8” W x 14.5” H x 0.9” D (25 x 36.8 x 2.3 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 x 19 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg)

StreetWalker V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 16.1” H x 6.3” D (24 x 41 x 16 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 17.3” H x 7.1” D (25 x 44 x 18 cm)
  • tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

StreetWalker Pro V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 17.3” H x 7.5” D (24 x 44 x 19 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 18.5” H x 8.3” D (25 x 47 x 21 cm)
  • Tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)

StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 19.7” H x 7.1” D (28 x 50 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.4” H x 8.7” D (29 x 52 x 22 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10” W x 16.1” H x 0.9” D (25.5 x 41 x 2.2 cm)
  • Tablet: 8.9” W x 11.9” H x 0.4” D (22.5 × 30.3 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs (2 kg)

All these new Think Tank Photo bags are available directly from the manufacturer website.

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2017.05.24

Ricoh WG-50

Just now, Ricoh unveiled their latest rugged digital camera. The Ricoh WG-50 is waterproof to depths of 14 meters for up to 2 hours, freezeproof to -10C, crushproof to 100kg pressure, shockproof to 1.6m drops and obviously completely dustproof.

This waterproof digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor paired with a 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28-140mm. It has an F/3.5-5.5 maximum aperture and is surrounded by 6 LED to illuminate macro subjects. The lens is not stabilized though. The sensor can record full 1080p HD video at 30 FPS using the H.264 Codec in an unspecified format (most likely Quicktime).

The Ricoh WG-50 is expected to ship in the near future for a price of $280 USD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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2017.05.17

Today Olympus launched their latest rugged digital camera. The Tough series is probably the most successful line of rugged digital cameras. With each iteration, Olympus has been alternately improving their basic and flagship models. The new Olympus Tough TG-5 is one of the latter with its extremely durable body building upon the already extremely tough TG-4.

Olympus Tough TG-5

The Olympus Tough TG-5 boasts the same 25-100mm F/2-4.9 lens as its predecessor which is now behind a double anti-fog reinforced glass to prevent condensation. The previous 16 MP sensor has been replaced with a new and more sensitive 12 megapixels Back-Side-Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor which boasts an expanded ISO range of 100-12800. This new sensor can capture full-resolution images at an impressive 20 FPS with no limit for JPEG images or up to 14 RAW files. The TG-5 is 4K Ultra-HD video capable plus offers Full HD video at 120 FPS and HD at 240 FPS which gives an 8X slow-motion video when played back.

A new deeper grip was added to the TG-5 body which is still waterproof down to 15 meters, freezeproof to -10C, crushproof to 100kg, shockproof to 2.1 meter drops and, of course, dustproof. The revised design supports a wide variety of accessories such as fisheye converter, tele converter, macro flash diffuser and silicon armor. Inside, Olympus updated the sensors with a new GPS, Digital Compas, Manometer and Temperature Sensor. The TG-5 records and displays all the information gathered by its sensor. On the back, Olympus expanded the number of controls and covered the 3″ LCD with anti-fog glass.

This Tough camera is one of the most flexible rugged models out there. It offers Aperture-Priority shooting, a choice of JPEG or RAW, Spot metering and a flexible built-in flash which can also serve was wireless controller. There is a 40.5mm thread to accept filters. Its internal optics lens is capable of focusing 1cm from the front of the lens.

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is expected next month for $450 USD. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are all ready to accept pre-orders.

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2017.05.16

Every one in a while, there is a significant leap in technology which results in a new level of performance. Last month, after offering 6 variations of A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Sony jumped forward with their new A9. Externally looking similar to the highly successful A7 series, the A9 incorporates all-new technology which delivers unprecedented capabilities.

Sony A9

The Sony A9 is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless digital camera with the world’s first Full-Frame Stacked CMOS-Sensor. This technology developed by Sony and first appearing on smaller 1″ sensors of Premium fixed-lens digital cameras, is significantly faster than traditional High-Speed CMOS sensors. It works by building layers of silicon to include memory with direct access to the imaging layer of the sensor. All layers are CMOS which allows extremely fast read-out speeds. Using such speed, the A9 is capable of continuously measuring exposure, focus and provided a Live-View of the scene without any blackout.

The key specifications of the Sony A9 are a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with standard ISO 100-51,200 sensitivity range, expandable to a very impressive 50-2,048,00. Not only is the sensor ultra-sensitive to low-light, it is also mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system rated at 5-stops of stabilization, currently the maximum achieved by any camera. The Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor in this mirrorless also features a whopping 693 Phase-Detection AF-points. This combines with the ultra-fast read-out to equally fast autofocus speeds.

The A9 features a whole new hybrid shutter which features all-electronic speeds of up to 1/32000s or mechanical speeds up to 1/4000s. This allows completely quiet and vibration-free operation. With both a fast shutter and read-out, this full-frame digital camera can capture full-resolution images at 20 FPS for up to 362 JPEG images or 241 RAW files, making it more suitable for high-speed action photography than any mirrorless camera.

Sony A9

Clearly aimed at professionals, the A9 is designed for efficient use in any conditions. Its magnesium-alloy body is weatherproof and offers a huge number of controls, including triple control-dials plus a dedicated EC dial, Mode-Dial, Drive-Mode dial, Focus-Mode dial and Focus-Selection joystick. Controls are highly customizable and made for easy of use while reducing the potential of accidental changes.

The back of the A9 offers a class-leading built-in 0.5″ EVF with an incredible 3.6 megapixels, 0.78X magnification and 100% coverage. All this without showing any black-out during shooting as it refreshes at 60 Hz without interruption. There is also a 1.4 megapixels 3″ Touchsreen LCD with tilting mechanism.

There are plenty of video features in this flagship mirrorless. It records 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS by oversampling to render very smooth video. Three codecs are supported: XAVC S, AVCHD 2 and MPEG-4. There are mini-jacks for stereo input and output, plus 4K HDMI, USB and an Ethernet port. The camera is equipped with Sony’s multi-interface Hot-Shoe plus a Sync-Port and Wired Remote support. Built-in WiFi is also included for good measure.

Reading this description, it clear that the Sony A9 is perfecting camera technology to an unprecedented level. This full-frame mirrorless camera is expected later this month for a retail price of $4500 USD. It is certainly bound to be a hot item among professionals, particularly those who have moved to mirrorless technology already, so pre-order yours from Adorama or B&H Photo to secure on of the first ones.

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2017.05.16

After challenging myself on an 80-Day Journey Around The World, I am back at the helm of Neocamera to resume operations. All new cameras and lenses have been added to our database and news news announcements will resume shortly. Digital camera reviews are starting soon to help you choose the ultimate digital camera for your needs! Also stay tuned as we work on major improvements to Neocamera.

Carnaval

Over 80 days starting in February, my journey crosses 4 continents and 11 countries: Ecuador, Brazil, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the UAE, the Seychelles, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and the USA. It took 36078 miles of international flights, plus 6 domestic flights, overland and boat travel. Vietnam was the only open-jaw segment where arrival was in Hanoi and departure was from Saigon. This trip-of-a-lifetime covered cultural sights, historic places, breath-taking landscape, sleepy villages, modern metropolises and the world’s largest Carnaval in Rio.

Fun it was! And I return with thousands of photos and stories to tell. Photography makes the trip more alive but many of the stunning sights, sounds and experiences never make into images and they shall remain memories to be cherished forever! 🙂

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