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The Samyang Five…Zoom, zoom goes the drone…Hard drive for road warriors…Photoplus in October…Like a silver Leica lens…

The Samyang Five
Korean lens manufacturer Samyang has announced in the US that it intends to launch five new lenses in five weeks starting this week and running into August.

Samyang makes inexpensive, mainly manual focus lenses for still and movie photographers. Based on reviews, optical quality represents good value for money. Samyang has a fairly low profile in Australia among potential customers and retailers, but will provide some great options in store once the word gets out that these lenses deliver good results.

First cab off the rank in the current round of releases is a ‘Xeen’ 135mm T2.2 cinema lens, which will be offered with interchangeable mount fittings for PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds bodies.

Zoom zoom goes the drone
DJI has announced its first aerial zoom camera, the Zenmuse Z3, optimised for still photography and combining a 3.5x optical zoom with 2x digital zoom.

It covers a 35mm equivalent focal ranges from 22-77mm. Aperture ranges from f2.8 to f5.2. The camera weighs 262 grams. Sensor is a 12-mergapixel, 1/2.3-inch. It can record 4K video at 30fps and save DNG Raw files.

The camera can be used on the DJI’s Inspire 1, Matrice 100 or Matrice 600 drones, and comes with an upgraded gimbal. US retail price is US$899.

Hard drive for road warriors
The Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro hard drive has built-in WiFi, an SD slot, and a USB connection, making it useful as an on-the-go backup solution for photographers shooting on-location.

This is a new take on a My Passport Wireless drive. The first, released in 2014,  had all the right connections, but it was too slow.

In this new, improved version, the built-in WiFi is faster (transfer rates up from 9MB/s to 20MB/s), the SD card slot is faster (transfer rates up from 10MB/s to 75MB/s), and the battery is twice the size.

WD claims it can run for up to 10 hours of continuous use or 6 to 8 hours of ‘hard use.’ The battery can actually be used to charge other devices.

You can even use the battery in reverse to charge other devices:

The Wireless Pro drive also has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports built-in. It also talks to Adobe’s Creative Cloud for transferring photos to Adobe’s server.

The 2TB version has a local street price of around $300. There is also a 3TB version.

Best conference over, largest to come
You may have missed photo retailing‘s best annual event (IPIC 2016), but Photoplus, North America’s largest photography conference and expo is on in October ( Oct19-22) at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

PhotoplusPhoto Plus has a professional photography orientation with conference sessions on Mastering Lighting to Filmmaking Essentials to Photoshop and Lightroom and a ‘Wedding Intensive’

Seminars feature legendary photographers such as Jay Maisel, Gregory Heisler, Ami Vitale, Gerd Ludwig, Gillian Laub, Kira Pollack, Kathy Ryan, Art Streiber, Joe McNally, Cig Harvey, and Deanne Fitzmaurice.

There are over 100 conference Seminars, Intensives, Photo Walks, and Master Classes; the Photography Resource Center; and the WPPI wedding/portrait photographers pavilion.

Over 200 exhibitors from the industry’s top brands will feature the latest products, previews, and more. Early-bird pricing is currently on offer:

Like a Leica lens in silver?
LeicaLeica Australia has announced July availability of the $10,400 Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH in a silver anodized version, for those to whom basic black simply doesn’t appeal.

A total of eight lens elements are used, three made from glass types with that all-essential anomalous partial dispersion to apochromatic correction. Two of the others have a high refractive index. The other three are quite good.

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