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2013.01.09

Just today , Think Tank Photo took the wraps off its new series of shoulder bags, the Sub Urban Disguise. Plus, the unveiled a new version of the Change Up convertible shoulder-to-belt-pack.

The new Sub Urban Disguise series is designed for efficiency. All four models open at the top away from the wearer to give unencumbered access to photography gear. Changing lenses, installing filters and swapping bodies is a breeze thanks to  intrusiveness access to the main compartment. All Sub Urban Disguise bags are built with the highest quality materials including reputable YKK RC Fuse zippers and a seam-sealed rain cover.

Think Tank Sub Urban Disguise 30

Four sizes of Sub Urban Disguise are available:

  • Sub Urban Disguise 5: The smallest of a series accommodates a single mid-range DSLR with lens attached and one additional zoom or prime lens.  Mirrorless cameras can be packed more tightly though. Very compact and light with exterior dimensions of 8” x 8.5” x 6.4”and an interior of 6.6” x 7.4” x 5”.
  • Sub Urban Disguise 10: Slightly wider than the 5, this one can fit an additional lens in its main compartment. Exterior dimensions of 10.5” x 8.5” x 7” and interior of 8.8” x 7.4” x 5”.
  • Sub Urban Disguise 20: Even wider than the 10, the one has same for up to 4 medium lenses along with a professional DSLR without integrated vertical grip. Exterior dimensions of 12” x 8.5” x 7” and interior of 11” x 7.4” x 5”.
  • Sub Urban Disguise 30: The largest of the series packs the same content as the 20 with an additional compartment accessible from the outside for a mid-size tablet such as an Apple iPad. Has exterior dimensions of 11.5” x 10” x 7.3” with an interior of  11” x 9.5” x 5” and tablet pocket measuring  10.7” x 8.5” x 0.8”. Its increased height allow it to fit a larger zoom, such as a 70-200mm F/2.8, detached from the camera.

The new Change Up V2.0 is the latest incarnation of a convertible back which switches between shoulder-bag for greater freedom of movement and belt-pack to greater balance and maneuverability in tight spaces. A hidden hardness system also allows the Change Up V2.0 to be used as a chest pack which can be more practical in cramped vehicles. It is Modular Component compatible allowing you the ability to add extra pouches to increase carrying capacity as needs change.

Think Tank Change Up V2.0

Designed to carry a standard-size DSLR and a 70 – 200 f/2.8 detached, it has a good capacity in a lightweight body-conforming shape. It will hold a DSLR with 24 – 70 f/2.8 attached, plus 1 – 3 additional lenses, along with additional accessories. Its exterior dimensions are 11.5” W x 10.5” H x 6” D and its interior measures  11.2” W x 10” H x 5.8” D .

All these new bags will be available next moth directly on the Think Tank Photo website.

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2013.01.08

At CES 2013, Nikon launched two new mirrorless cameras and two CX lenses for its Nikon 1 system. Both the Nikon 1 S1 and Nikon 1 J3 enter as entry-level offerings. This shows an emphasis on getting new users to buy into a mirrorless system.

Nikon 1 S1

The Nikon 1 S1 enters below the J-series with a simplified user-interface and the original 10 megapixels high-speed CMOS sensor with built-in phase-detection. This sensor can shoot continuously at up to 60 FPS without autofocus or at 15 FPS with.. Its electronic shutter allows it to reach shutter-speeds of 1/16000s, something unmatched by even the best DSLRs and useful for freezing ultra-fast motion.

Nikon 1 J3

The Nikon 1 J3 supersedes the recently announced J2 with a minor interface upgrade while keeping the new 14 megapixels CX sensor which is still capable of 60 FPS shooting and 1/16000s shutter-speeds.

Nikkor 1 10-100mm F/4-5.6 VR

A new lens with a relatively compact design turns any Nikon 1 camera into an ultra-zoom. With a native focal-range of 10-100, which is equivalent to 27-270mm, wide-angle to telephoto is covered by a single lens. This one has a mechanical zoom link, unlike the previous 10-100mm lens, which makes it much more suitable for photography.

Nikkor 1 6.7-13mm F/3.5-5.6 VR

A 6.7-13mm lens, equivalent to 18-35mm, brings ultra-wide-angle capabilities to the Nikon 1 system. Its collapsible design make it very small when put away. This focal-range was a huge gap in the Nikon 1 system up until now because of the 2.7X multiplication factor which makes lenses much longer.

Both cameras and the ultra-zoom lens are expected to ship next month. The S1 carries a suggested retail price of $529 USD/CDN including a 10-30mm lens, while the J3 is being announced for $629 USD/CDN. There will be additional kits with the 10-100mm or with both a 10-30mm and 30-110mm one. The Nikkor 1 10-100mm alone has been announced for $579 USD/CDN. Finally, the 6.7-13mm ultra-wide-angle lens is expected in March for $529 USD/CDN.

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2013.01.08

Fuji Finepix XP60Along with the X-series and ultra-zooms, Fuji introduced a new rugged camera continuing the XP-series: the Fuji Finepix XP60 which brings the megapixel count to 16 using a high-speed CMOS sensor.

The XP60 is waterproof down to a depth of 6m for a maximum of 2 hours. It is also shockproof to drops of 1.5m and freezeproof down to -10C. This is Fuji’s most rugged digital camera to date. Like other models in the series, this one is completely point-and-shoot and equipped with a 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28 – 140mm.

The Fuji Finepix XP60 is expected to arrive in March 2013 for a suggested retail price of $199 USD, making it one of the most affordable rugged digital camera on the market.

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2013.01.07

The highly acclaimed unique X-Trans sensor which debuted in Fuji’s mirrorless cameras has now made it into two of its X-series fixed-lens cameras.

The Fuji X100S follows the Finepix X100 and keeps its bright F/2 Fujinon lens, equivalent to 35mm, in a retro-styled body. It replaces the original 12 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with an all-new 16 megapixels X-Trans II sensor. Like the first generation X-Trans sensor of the Fuji X-Pro1 reviewed here, its special color-filter arrangement requires no anti-alias filter. This one adds built-in phase-detection elements right on the sensor, promising much faster autofocus than the X100.

The Fuji X20 follows the X10 reviewed here, replacing its sensor with a 2/3″ X-Trans II CMOS sensor. This is the first time this technology is used on a small-sensor-scale and it also lets the X20 do without an anti-alias filter. As the one on the X100S, the X20’s new sensor features built-in phase-detection. The upgraded X20 also adds a transparent LCD in the optical tunnel viewfinder to show information and autofocus points.

Both these cameras otherwise remain mostly identical to their predecessors. Pricing and availability has not been disclosed yet.

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2013.01.07

Today at CES 2013, Fuji took the wraps of 12 new cameras, including 9 ultra-zooms. Fuji has always released a refresher of its entire consumer lineup every January, so they are giving a break to reporters by releasing only 12 updates!

The 9 ultra-zoom cover optical zoom ranges from 12X to 50X, matching the Canon Powershot SX50 IS reviewed here in terms of reach. Here are the new models in alphabetical order:

  • Fuji Finepix HS35 EXR – Minor upgrade to the HS30 EXR with improved image quality and speed. Retains full manual-controls, the hot-shoe, high-resolution EVF, tilting 3″ LCD and a fantastic mechanical zoom lens.

Fuji Finepix HS35 EXR

  • Fuji Finepix HS50 EXR – 42X Optical zoom, equivalent to 24-1000mm in a similar but slightly simplified body compared to the HS35 EXR. Built around a new EXR CMOS II sensor with built-in phase-detect autofocus and promises to lock focus extremely quickly. Just like the other HS-series, uses a mechanical zoom for smooth and infinitely precise framing.

Fuji Finepix HS50 EXR

  • Fuji Finepix S8200 – Simple ultra-zoom with full-manual controls and an electronically-controlled 40X optical zoom lens.

Fuji Finepix S8200

  • Fuji Finepix S8300 – Same as the S8200 but with 42X optical zoom. Not available in all markets.
  • Fuji Finepix S8400 – Same as the S8300 but with 44X optical zoom. Not available in all markets.
  • Fuji Finepix S8500 – Same as the S8400 but with 46X optical zoom. Not available in all markets.
  • Fuji Finepix SL1000 – Mid-range ultra-zoom with full-manual controls and a hot shoe for external lighting. Features a class-leading 50X optical zoom, equivalent to 24-1200mm.

Fuji Finepix SL1000

  • Fuji Finepix T500 – Compact point-and-shoot with a 12X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom and a 2.7″ LCD.
  • Fuji Finepix T550 – Same as the T500 but with a 3″ LCD instead.

These new Fuji digital cameras are expected to be available in March 2013. For flagship HS50 EXR carries a suggested retail price of $549 USD. Both the HS35 EXR and SL1000 will retain around $399 USD. The S8200 has a suggested retain price of $299 with $10 extra for each additional 2X zoom of its siblings.  The T550 is announced at $159 USD with the T500 priced a few dollars below it.

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