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2014.11.27

Today, Sony announced their newest and most ambitious mirrorless digital camera yet. When Sony launched their NEX system, they originally said that image-stabilization could not be implemented in-body due to size constraints. At the time, the system was restricted to APS-C (1.5X FLM) sensors. They later introduced Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless models, also without stabilization.

Now, after a collaboration with Olympus which took sensor-shift stabilization to 5-axis for use in their OM-D E-M5 reviewed here, Sony did it. The new Sony Alpha A7 II is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless digital camera with built-in 5-axis image-stabilization, yet it is not much larger than the original A7. This alone is an incredible technological achievement which unleashed a huge potential for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Sony Alpha A7 II

The A7 II features a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor with 5-axis in-body image-stabilization and on-sensor 117-point Phase-Detect AF. Although not confirmed by Sony, the A7 II most likely uses an anti-alias filter, just like the original A7. Dare we expect an A7R II soon? And even A7S II? Both are highly likely. The Sony A7S, being one of the most capable low-light cameras on the market, would take an incredible leap forward with 5-axis stabilization.

A refined body which includes triple control-dials, a deeper hang-grip and 5 customizable buttons takes the A7-series to a new level. As its siblings, the A7 II features an incredibly sharp 2.8 megapixels EVF with 100% coverage and 0.71X magnification. The EVF has an Eye-Start sensor and is Exposure-Priority which Sony calls Tru-Finder, making it much more usable than most electronic viewfinders on the market.

This new mirrorless retains the main features of its predecessor, including an ISO 100 – 25600 sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50 – 51200. The shutter-speed remains at 1/8000s – 30s using a front-curtain electronic-shutter to achieve an extremely short shutter-lag. There is a multi-interface hot-shoe with a flash-sync speed of 1/250s.

Sony Alpha A7 II

The Alpha A7 II is aimed at professional photographers with its large full-frame sensor in a weather-sealed body with a huge number of direct controls, not counting the triple control-dials already mentioned. A traditional mode-dial and dedicated EC dial, marked in 1/3 EV increments, leave all major camera controls within easy reach.

The Sony Alpha A7 II is scheduled to ship next month for a retail price of $1700 USD. This is an impressively low-price for any full-frame digital camera, even more so when considering its 5-axis stabilization which is unique in its class. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. Get yours quickly as we expect this model to fly off the shelves!

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2014.11.20

Just now, Fuji unveiled two X-mount Macro Tubes and an unprecedented number of firmware updates for their X-series of digital cameras, including mirrorless and fixed lens models.

Fuji MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 Macro Extension Tubes

The new MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 are the first X-mount extension tubes. Little is known about them but we presume they provide an extension of 11mm and 16mm, respectively. These rings work with an XF or XC lens and forward all electronic contacts, retaining auto-exposure and full control over the attached lens.

Using these tubes, Fuji lenses will resolve to a higher magnification suitable for macro work. The effective magnification depends on the lens used, as always. They will have greater effect on short focal-length lenses. The Fujinon XF60mm F/2.4 R Macro is obviously an ideal candidate for using these extension tubes.

Both Fuji Macro Extension Tubes are scheduled to ship in mid-December this year for $99 USD or $109 CDN each.

Fuji X-T1 Graphite

The recently-announced Fuji X-T1 Graphite and its original black version reviewed here will both receive Firmware 3.0 on December 18, 2014. This will bring both models to par. This includes the 1/32000s electronic-shutter mode of the Graphite version, plus additional customization options:

  • Autofocus Area Direct-Selection – Users can select the focus area with the 4-way controller, without pressing the Fn button first.
  • Switch of the AE-L/AF-L buttons – The currently locked AE-L/AF-L button function will now be interchangeable, depending on the user’s preference.
  • MF Focus Area Sizing – Users will be able to change the focus area in Manual mode during One Push AF with the AF-L button.
  • Macro Direct-Selection – Users will be able to directly turn ON or OFF the Macro function in Auto Focus mode to expand the distance measurement range to the short-distance range. This will be possible without accessing the pop-up menu screen.
  • Q Menu Customization – The update will render the items and layout of the Q Menu, used for quick access of frequently-used items, changeable to the user’s preference.
  • Video Frame Rates – In addition to the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps and 25fps, as well as a 24fps selection will become available to users. 50fps and 25fps allow video editing in the PAL region, such as Europe and elsewhere, without converting the frame rate. The 24fps will offer movie-like video capture and play back.
  • Video Manual Exposure – Users will be able to select ISO sensitivity prior to shooting videos, as well as adjusting the aperture and shutter speed during video shooting.
  • Phase Detection AF-On – Operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF with quicker focusing speeds.
  • Metering and Focus Linking – The update will enable users to interlock the AF area position with the metering area when spot metering is selected.
  • Program Shift Expansion – The update will enable the current Program Shift, in which the low-speed side is 1/4 second, to be shifted to a maximum of 4s.
  • Classic Chrome Film Simulation – Film simulation that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction.
  • Support for INSTAX Share Printer – Photos can be sent directly to the INSTAX Share Printer for instant prints.
  • Lock Function – Users can lock the camera to prevent unexpected dial and button operations.
  • DMF – Users can half press the shutter to focus, and then make fine adjustments using the manual focus ring.
  • 3 Custom White Balance Memories – Expands number of white balance users can store.
  • Expanded EVF/LCD for Manual Exposure – Users can now customize the way the image is displayed on the EVF or LCD.
  • LCD Brightness and EVF/LCD Adjustment – Users can customize display brightness based on environment.
  • Flash Compensation via Fn Button  – Users can now add Flash Compensation to any of the six custom function buttons.

There will also be a  3.0 firmware version of the Fuji X-E2. This one adds WLAN Remote Control, Interval Timer, Classic Chrome and DMF for all X-mount lenses. Its predecessor, the Fuji X-E1 will receive firmware version 2.4 to add DMF. Finally, the Fuji X30 reviewed here gets an AF-L function with firmware version 1.01.

This is the most massive firmware update any camera maker has announced to date and confirms Fuji’s position to slow down obsolescence among its existing lineup of premium digital cameras.

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2014.11.03

As mirrorless cameras penetrate the market and reach more and more common use by professionals, Think Tank Photo is continuing their support of this new form-factor. They unveiled an entire series of mirrorless backpacks and a new smaller holster for such smaller cameras.

ThinkTank Digital Holster 5

The Digital Holster 5 is a single-camera bag which is worn over the shoulder or attached to a belt. It is the smallest holster and can accommodate a mirorless camera with a standard zoom lens attached. This allows quick access to gear while it remains visible to the wearer at all times. Like all holster-type bags, it provides top-access with a single zipper to open.

This new holster measures 6.3″ x 6.3″ x 4.5″ externally with an interior size of 5.1″ x 5.3″ x 3.5″ which fits something like an Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 12-50mm F/3.5-6.3 lens or a Fuji X-E2 with 18-55mm F/2.8-4. The Digital Holster 5 will be available shortly from the Think Tank website for around of $40.

Think Tank Perception Mirrorless

Think Tank Perception bags are a new series of photo backpacks designed for use with mirrorless cameras. There are 3 different sizes, each available in 2 colors. These ultra-light day-packs offer multiple compartment to carry a mirrorless system, accessories, plus a tablet and even a laptop for the larger model.

The smallest, called Perception Tablet, fits a mirrorless camera with one or two lenses, plus a small 7″ tablet. There is an intermediate size, the Perception 15, which allows for 2 somewhat larger lenses and a large 10″ tablet instead. The Perception Pro is the flagship with, unusually, two computing compartments. One fits a 15″ laptop, while the other fits a 10″ tablet. It allows for up to four lenses, including one attached to the camera.

All the Perception series will be available shortly from Think Tank. They will be priced from $90 to $150, depending on the size.

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2014.09.21

Just in time to carry all those new cameras and lenses announced at Photokina, Think Tank Photo has added 3 new set of bags to their collection.

Urban Disguise Classic

Four new bags make up the Urban Disguise Classic series. This is a high-end and refined version of the versatile Urban Disguise which we reviewed a while ago. These shoulder bags are enhanced with leather accents. Their launch coincides with the 10th anniversary of Think Tank Photo.

ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise Classic

The Urban Disguise Classic features the professional good looks of a briefcase without calling attention to it obviously being a camera shoulder bag carrying expensive photographic equipment. The Classic features new design elements over its predecessors, including the wide-mouth camera compartment for unencumbered access. For greater convenience, the Urban Disguise Classic’s pass-through strap fits any Airport International roller’s handle for easy transport. When paired with the Airport International LE Classic, they work together as a high-end, coordinated set.

For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Urban Disguise 35 Classic:

  • Interior: 10” W x 11.8” H x 4.5–6.3” D (25.5 x 30 x 11.5–16 cm)
  • Exterior: 10.6” W x 14” H x 7.5” D (27 x 35.5 x 19 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 9.8” W x 13.4” H x 1.4” D (25 x 34 x 3.5 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 7.9” W x 11” H x 2.0” D (20 x 28 x 5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

Urban Disguise 40 Classic:

  • Interior: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 5.5” D (35 x 25 x 14 cm)
  • Exterior: 14.1” W x 10.8” H x 7.5” D (36 x 27.5 x 19 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 13.8” W x 10.6” H x 1.2” D (35 x 27 x 3 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 10.2” W x 8.3” H x 0.6” D (26 x 21 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 3.9 lbs (1.8 kg)

Urban Disguise 50 Classic

  • Interior: 13.8” W x 10.4” H x 6.7” D (35 x 26.5 x 17 cm))
  • Exterior: 15” W x 10.8” H x 7.5” D (38 x 27.5 x 19 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 14.3” W x 9.8” H x 1.2” D (36.4 x 24.9 x 3 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 10.2” W x 8.3” H x 0.6” D (26 x 21 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)

Urban Disguise 60 Classic

  • Interior: 15” W x 11.8” H x 7.5” D (38 x 30 x 19 cm)
  • Exterior: 16.7” W x 12.6” H x 7.9” D (42.5 x 32 x 20 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 15.6” W x 11.4” H x 1.2” D (39.5 x 29 x 3cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 10.2” W x 8.3” H x 0.6” D (26 x 21 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)

Airport International Limited Edition Classic

Another refined version the new ThinkTank Photo Airport International Limited Edition makes the roller-bag concept more luxurious than ever. Crafted with genuine, full-grain leather accents and panels, this classic version represents everything the Think Tank brand is known for: premium quality, innovative design and long-lasting durability. Designed to complement Think Tank’s all-new Urban Disguise Classic shoulder bags series, together, these two bags make a beautiful set of matching cases that meet international airline carry-on standards.

ThinkTank Photo Airport LE Classic

The Airport International LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.

Key Features

  • Limited Edition with full-grain leather accents and panels.
  • International and US carry-on size for most carriers.
  • TSA-approved combination zipper locks secure main compartment.
  • Two lock and cable systems: one to secure a laptop, keys, etc., one to secure the entire bag to a fixed object.

Dimensions

  • Interior: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
  • Weight depending on accessories used: 9.5–11.5 lbs (4.3–5.2 kg)

Production Manager 40

Think Tank Photo’s newly released Production Manager 40 is a professional-strength, high-capacity rolling gear case designed for professional photographers. It is the most convenient way to safely transport a large amount of lighting equipment. Creative professionals will appreciate the superior design of this large roller with room for multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and light-stands.

ThinkTank Photo Production Manager 40

The Production Manager 40 features:

  • Stores and transports all types of gear on location with wide set wheel base.
  • Lock and cable secures the main compartment and the bag.
  • Attachments for light-stands or tripods on both sides (straps included).
  • Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, cables, and more.
  • Multiple sizes of Velex wrapped dividers for endless configuration options.
  • Rigid shell and reinforced Velex dividers ensure optimum gear protection.
  • Robust handles on three sides, rear slide rails, and custom-wheel housings for easy loading.
  • Replaceable, roller bearing wheels roll smoothly and quietly while holding up under the toughest conditions.
  • Large interior mesh pockets for organizing small accessories.
  • Adjustable, standing lid straps keep bag open and accessible.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.

For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Dimensions

  • Exterior Dimensions: 15.7” W x 40” H x 12.6” D (40 x 101.6 x 32 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 13.7” W x 38” H x 10” D (35 x 96.5 x 25 cm)
  • Weight depending on accessories used: 17.8–22.2 lbs (8.1–10 kg)

The Production Manager 40 is available immediately from Think Tank Photo. The other bags are expected to ship some time this year.

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2014.09.21

Just recently during Photokina, two new bags were introduced by MindShift Gear, both derivatives of the Rotation series, expanding the concept to different sizes and uses.

Rotation180° Trail Backpack

The new, smaller, lighter Rotation 180° Trail backpack makes accessing gear easier than ever for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With it, it is easy to hike, mountain bike, ski and bird-watch without breaking stride. No need to remove a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, the belt-pack can rotate to allow gear to be accessed without removing the backpack.

The compact yet spacious Rotation 180° Trail is designed to accommodate a day’s necessities and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. The belt-pack can be worn on its own for traveling light.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Trail

The Rotation 180° Trail offers:

  • Rotating belt-pack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet, binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak.
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more.
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access.
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel.
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items.
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle.
  • Bike-light attachment.
  • Beltpack compression straps.
  • Lightweight materials.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap.
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology.

For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Backpack Dimensions

  • Exterior: 9.4” W x 21.3” H x 5.9” D (24 x 54 x 15 cm)
  • Interior: 8.5″ W x 11″ H x 4″ D (22 x 28 x 10 cm)

Belt-pack Dimensions

  • Exterior: 9.1” W x 7.1” H x 5.1” D (23 x 18 x 13 cm)
  • Interior: 8.7” W x 6.3” H x 4.3” D (22 x 16 x 11 cm)
  • 8” Tablet Compartment: 7.9” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (20 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Belt-pack: 4.5 liters
  • Backpack: 11.5 liters
  • Total: 16 liters
  • Backpack: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
  • Beltpack: 0.8 lbs. (0.4 kg)

Rotation 180° Travel Away Backpack

The first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed belt-pack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.

Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the Rotation 180° Travel Away’s innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the belt-pack can fit an 8” tablet.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Travel

The Rotation 180° Travel Away backpack offers:

  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • Removable belt-pack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock.
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).

For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Dimensions

  • Exterior: 11.8” W x 20.1” H x 7.1” D (30 x 51 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 6.7” W x 16.9” H x 1.6” D (17 x 43 x 4 cm)
  • 10” Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 10.6” H x 0.6” D (21 x 27 x 1.5)
  • Belt-pack exterior: 10.2” W x 6.7” H x 2.0” D (26 x 17 x 5 cm)
  • Belt-pack Interior: 9.8” W x 5.9” H x 1.8” D (25 x 15 x 4.5 cm)
  • 8” Tablet Compartment: 8.1” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (20.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Backpack: 18.5 liters
  • Backpack: 2.2 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Belt-pack: 0.6 lbs (0.4kg)

Both new back-packs are expected to be available later this year directly from the MindShift Gear website.

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