Tenba Expands Roadie Video Bag Series

Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces that it has expanded their popular Roadie II video bag series with two new larger sizes. The new Roadie Video Backpack and Roadie Shoulder Bag will be about 20 percent larger than the bags that were launched earlier this year. Both bags are designed to fit the latest digital camera / video systems, including DSLRs from Canon (5D Mark III, EOS-1D X) and Nikon (D4, D800), and larger gear from RED (Epic, Scarlet), Canon (C100/C300/C500) and Sony (FS100/FS700), along with a laptop and a full assortment of accessories.

The new larger sized bags include the same video-specific features as the existing Roadie Video bags, which are designed to meet the demands of image makers who switch between DSLR and full-size video camera systems. Features include monopod/shotgun mic pockets, quick-access audio compartments, padded integrated laptop storage, wide, unobstructed openings, oversized pockets for large batteries, hard drives and cables, and much more.

New Bags From Crumpler

Crumpler, has just announced three new bags designed for traveling photographers, video shooters and anyone who travels with lots of gear. The Bronzed Extravaganza is a shoulder-style bag that offers lots of space and mobility, the Flaked Extravaganza, is a carry-on-sized model with a collapsing handle and anti-jam wheels, and the Gourmet Extravaganza is an overhead compartment compliant full-sized bag that can either hold all of your gear, all of your vacation clothes or a mixture of the two.

All three models share a professional-looking dark exterior, with bright red padded material on the inside. The bright color will help you locate small pieces of gear inside the bag, and the dark exterior helps you remain low-profile in transit. Even though each one has a totally different form factor, they all share a unified style, the ability to strap-on a tripod, military-grade 1680D ballistic nylon construction and a lifetime guarantee.

New Tripod from Induro

Induro has announced the new LFB75S Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat TableTop Tripod Set. Just like its slightly bigger brother, the new LFB75S was designed with both photographers and videographers in mind. This unique support system provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting up to a 165lb load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 75mm Bowl, and a 75mm Half Ball Adapter.

Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat’s go far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on virtually any surface, plus the capability to be screwed, spiked or otherwise firmly secured to establish a rock-solid connection to a tabletop, the ground or a board.

Bubble levels are incorporated on the tripod spider, and three evenly spaced points provide secure 3/8″ and 1/4 inch threaded mounts for accessories.

The new Induro LFB75S DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set will be available in December 2012

Leica ME : High Quality on a Budget

Leica’s more affordable rangefinder, the ME is built around a full-frame 18MP CCD – ts core specifications are essentially the same as the M9′s, including an ISO range of 160-2500, 0.68x magnification viewfinder, and the same 230k dot 2.5″ screen.

The Leica ME will be available here at Camera West later this month with a retail price of $5,450.

Details on the New Leica M

The new Leica M is the long rumored follow-up/upgrade to the M9. The M stands for Messsucher, the German term for a combined rangefinder and viewfinder.

The new Leica M unites decades of Leica experience in rangefinder technology with a newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses, delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.

The Leica M features a completely newly designed high-resolution, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400. And now, thanks to the 1080 pixel, full-HD video capability of the Leica M, the impressive imaging quality is available for moving pictures, too.

The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M. Because, with the new Leica R-Adapter M, almost all Leica-R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M expanding the options of the Leica M into the world of Leica R photography.

In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor lets the Leica M set entirely new standards in terms of image-processing speed. It processes the image data arriving from the sensor and transforms them into visible images at extremely high speeds and can also perform even the most complex processing steps very fast. Thanks to the energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor, a single charge of the Leica M’s new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery can last an extremely long time.

The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature Live View and Live View Focusing. This means that now, for the first time, images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens – with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. Its large, high-resolution 3″ monitor allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. This opens up entirely new opportunities for M-Photographers that previously lay far beyond the limitations of rangefinder photography, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder.

Live View can be used with both M and R lenses. Indirectly, it also enables owners of R lenses to use the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder. The Leica M can be used with an R-Adapter, R-Lenses and a viewfinder exactly like an SLR, without using the monitor.

The new Leica M is also weather sealed with specially designed rubber seals to protect the camera body against dust and water spray. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass. All this makes the Leica M particularly resilient and helps guarantee it a long and reliable working life.