There is an interesting Kickstarter project on new series of ultra-slim, weather-sealed X-Series ND and UV filters:
- Highest Quality Optics: Capture critically sharp images with SCHOTT B270 and AGCglass from Germany and Japan allows near 99% light transmittance. The X-Series filters have been precisely designed and engineered with the highest quality lenses in mind.
- Traction Frame: CNC Machined no-slip Traction Frames makes taking filters on and off a snap. No more wasted time removing filters means when you use your X-Series Traction Filter you’ll have more time to capture your time sensitive shots
- Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC): State-of-the-art MRC hardens both optical surfaces, increases light transmittance, achieves true color neutrality, and maximizes contrast fidelity - while at the same time decreasing flaring and ghosting. This means you don’t have to worry about loss of image quality - your photos are more true to life and will have more impact with your audience bringing you more satisfaction in your work… or more sales!
- Nano Coatings: Our new nanotec® nano coating layer protects your lens by repelling dirt, water and other elements by beading rather than absorbing. This means your X-Series Traction Filter stays crystal clear for years to come.
- Eliminates Vignetting: Machined down to 3.5mm (X2, X1) and 3.2mm (X3) to eliminate unintended and undesired optical vignetting on full-frame wide-angle setups. Again, this means your photos are more true to life and you can save time in post-production correcting optical vignetting
- Completely weather-sealed construction: Residue left after evaporation can make your lens appear dirty and lead to hours of tedious cleaning and post production “spot removal.” When you’re shooting in the elements with your the X-Series Traction Filter, you don’t have to worry about moisture getting into the lens because of the weather-sealed construction.
- 25 Year Ironclad Guarantee: We’re so confident in our materials that we offer an unparalleled 25 Year Ironclad Guarantee.
The new Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens is now shipping in the US and is currently in stock at B&H. DxOMark recently published their test results of the lens:
The combination of a strong dollar, slow camera sales and the upcoming Black Friday is bringing some very good deals in the US. Nikon just offered a new rebate program and further reduced the price of the D610. Even Leica is now offering significants savings on the M 240 digital rangefinder and M lenses - something we have not seen in the past few years. Canon recently reduced the prices of their lenses. Fuji also offers some incentives and Sony brought back their a7 trade-in program.
The latest significant price drop is on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera - now listed for $599 at B&H, Adorama and Amazon. A big Olympus lens savings (up to $800 off) will be coming up for Black Friday on November 28th. Here are the details:
You can track all recent and future price drops, rebates and discounts here and here.
Sony announced the first 21MP Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor with image plane phase detection signal processing function for high-speed AF designed for smartphones:
Phottix announced two new Mitros TTL flash units for Sony multi-interface hotshoe:
→ DJI announced Inspire 1: a new quadcopter capable of capturing 4K video and transmitting the HD video signal to multiple devices straight out of the box (check pricing, specs and availability at Adorama and B&H).
→ The Sigma dp1 Quattro camera is now in stock.
→ Spend over $450 on a Gitzo tripod by 12/31/2014 and get $150 prepaid Visa giftcard (rebate form).
→ Amazon prime members now have free unlimited photo storage that also includes RAW files.
→ Phase One announced new A-Series medium format "mirrorless" camera. Additional information is available here.
→ Three new JVC 4KCAM professional camcorders were announced: GY-HM170, GY-HM220 and GY-LS300.
→ New Sony 1.5-inch 4.85MP IMX189AEG 9.78um x 4.89um pixels with global shutter sensor leaked online: it can record 6K video @ 240fps and 2K @ 16,000 fps, it also features "Active Pixel Color Sampling" and each pixel can sense three RGB colors. Keep in mind that this sensor will be used in future Sony Xperia Z4 smartphones and there is no indication for now if this technology will move over to the camera business.