Leica’s new V-Lux 4 superzoom camera features a 24X, 25-600 millimeter (35 millimeter equivalent) lens with an impressive maximum aperture of f2.8 across its entire zoom range. With an ISO sensitivity that tops out around 6400 and a new 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, it could be the perfect choice for a light-weight travel camera.
In addition to a three-inch LCD display on the back packing 460,000 pixels, a new electronic viewfinder provides 100 percent coverage and an incredibly sharp image with a resolution of 1.4 megapixels. The viewfinder even has its own zoom capabilities for magnifying the subject and fine tuning the focus. At full resolution the camera is capable of snapping frames at a rate of 12 per second. It also has a full HD video mode capturing 1920×1080 clips at up to 60 frames per second.
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.
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.
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’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.