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Nikon unveiled today the most waterproof digital camera to date. Their latest Nikon Coolpix W300 can be taken down to a depth of 30 meters for up to an hour, the deepest of any digital camera without using an underwater case.

Nikon Coolpix W300

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is a rugged compact digital camera which stays waterproof until 30m underwater, is freezeproof to -10C, shockproof to 2.4m drops and is completely dustproof. One thing that Nikon omitted to keep the W300 lighter than its peers is a crushproof design. Still, the Nikon Coolpix W300 is designed for adventure with a built-in GPS, built-in compass, built-in altimeter and depth-meter.

This compact digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor that can shoot continuously at 7 FPS and record 4K Ultra-HD videos at 30 FPS. Full HD videos are also possible at 60 FPS. The imaging sensor is paired with an optically stabilized 5X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 24-120mm.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is expected to be available this summer for $390 USD or $500 CDN.

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Nikkon launches three entirely new lenses earlier today. One is a DX lens for DSLRs with APS-C sensor while the other two also cover Full-Frame sensors.

Nikkor DX AF-P 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G

First up, the ultra-wide Nikkor DX AF-S 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G is a lightweight lens with a dim aperture for Nikon APS-C cameras. This one covers a 10 to 20mm focal-length, giving it a maximum angle-of-view of 109° while weighing a mere 230g. This is incredible for such an ultra-wide lens, with the trade-off being a maximum aperture of F/4.5 at the wide-end and F/5.6 at the long end. The lens can stop down to F/29 which is way beyond the diffraction limit of any DSLR.

The Nikkor DX AF-S 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G is the first ultra-wide lens to use a Pulse-Linear motor for quiet and smooth focusing which is useful for those who use their DSLR to record video. This lens manages to squeeze in a Nikon Vibration Reduction system. As an entry-level lens though, it is mostly made of plastic, including the lens mount.

Nikkor AF-S 28mm F/1.4E

The second lens is a high-end wide-angle prime with ultra-bright aperture. The Nikkor AF-S 28mm F/1.4E is a weatherproof lens with rear focusing system and durable lens barrel made of a single piece. All movements are internal giving it excellent resistance to adverse conditions and stability. Its single focal-length of 28mm makes it wide-angle on a Full-Frame camera or almost Normal on an APS-C one.

Nikkor AF-S 8-15mm F/3.5-4.5E

The third lens is an unusual fisheye zoom. The full-frame Nikkor AF-S 8-15mm F/3.5-4.5E Fisheye is exceptional in that it is only the second lens to switch between a circular and rectangular fisheye. At its widest it creates a circular image covering 180° angle-of-view. At the longest it still covers an impressive 175° diagonal-angle-of-view rendered as a rectangular image.

This Nikkor fisheye is one of the few to be weatherproof. It is fitted with a super-sonic autofocus drive which can focus down to 16cm, giving it a maximum magnification of 0.34X. This is almost the highest magnification of any fisheye lens.

Availability is scheduled as mid-summer for all three lenses. The suggest prices reflect their expected performance: $310 USD or $415 CDN for the 10-20mm, $1900 USD or $2700 CDN for the 28mm and $1250 USD or $1700 for the 8-15mm fisheye.

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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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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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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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