Our comprehensive new product section includes a basic overview along with full press releases from all distributors: New tripods feature ‘beautiful colourways’…18-400mm for Nikon Z APS-C…Smartphone instant prints get bigger…All new 70-200mm f2.8 for Sony FE…Tamron unveils three zooms for Sony, one for Fujifilm… Brands Australia take 1shot at reusable
New tripods feature ‘beautiful colourways’
3-Legged Thing has announced updates to its Punk range of premium-priced tripods featuring detachable legs and ‘two beautiful new colourways; Black with striking copper accents with a matte black AirHed Neo 2.0; or Blue with stunning metallic blue accents and a blue AirHed Neo 2.0.’ ‘Colourways’ is a neat new neologism meaning ‘colour scheme’. Or something like that.
The three new models are: Brian 2.0 ($663), Billy 2.0 ($593), Corey 2.0 ($453) and Travis 2.0 ($433). Features include:
– 3 detachable legs that enable the user to reconfigure their tripod into a monopod and/or boom arm. All three legs can be removed and replaced with 3 Legged Thing’s ‘tripod footwear’ to create a table top or low-level tripod.
– a ‘1/4″-inch -20’ at the top of the legs for attaching an arm for a light or monitor;
– newly-designed leg locks for greater stability.
18-400mm for Nikon Z APS-C
Originally announced in June, the Nikkor Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens is scheduled for availability in November, with an RRP of $999.
Weighing just 315 grams, the new lens has a satin finish and a modicum of dust and drip resistance. Minimum focal distance range of 20-40cm. Nikon says the built-in VR stabilisation will give up to 5 stops of camera shake correction, even at the telephoto end. The electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism is designed to keeps exposure levels constant during zooming. The control ring on the lens can be programmed to adjust functions such as ISO sensitivity, aperture, or exposure compensation.
Smartphone instant prints get bigger
Fujifilm has flagged a new Instax printer that makes prints from smartphones with a 99 x 62mm image area.
The Instax Link Wide can printing images straight from the smartphone camera roll, using a dedicated app. It will be available in white or grey and comes with its own stand. The printer is offered in Ash White and Mocha Gray and will be available from the end of October with an RRP of $229. The prints are $22.95 per pack.
All new 70-200mm f2.8 for Sony FE
Sony has announced an all-new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II, which it says will be available in Australia mid-November, at a hefty $4199.
It has a minimum focusing distance of 40cm at 70mm and 82cm at 200mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.3x. Sony says it’s the lightest in class, at 1045g. It is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters as well as being dust- and moisture-resistant. Autofocusing is via four XD (Extreme Dynamic) linear motors, which Sony claims operate up to four times faster than the older model and supports focus tracking while zooming.
The new 70-200mm includes an aperture ring and focus distance limiter switch. It accepts 77 and comes with a lens hood which allows for easy operation of circular polarising filters or variable ND filters.
Tamron unveils three zooms for Sony, one for Fujifilm
Tamron has announced the October 28 availability of three new lenses for Sony E-mount – a 35-150mm f2-2.8 Di III VXD zoom, 28-75mm f2.8 G2 standard zoom, and a 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD all-in-one zoom, which is also available for Fujifilm X-mount.
The Tamron 35-150mm f2-2.8 has an RRP of $2999, and is described as a ‘travel zoom’ due to covering focal lengths from wide-angle through to telephoto. The optical design features four LD (low dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements for desireable optical performance across the zoom range.
The autofocus uses a VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) focus motor that is, according to the press release, high speed and high precision.
Other features include:
– Minimum Object Distance of 0.33m at the wide end;
– Moisture-resistant construction, with fluorine coating;
weighs 1165 grams.
Click here for the 35-150mm lens press release.
The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 has an RRP of $1599, and is a new model that incorporates the VXD focus motor which is apparently faster and smoother.
The optical construction has also been re-configured to have 17 elements in 15 groups. This includes two LD and a GM lens element, with optical aberrations under control ‘to the maximum degree possible’.
Other features include:
– Minimum Object Distance of 0.18m at the wide end;
– Body has improved surface grip;
– weighs 540 grams.
Click here for the 28-75mm lens press release.
Lastly, the 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD for Fujifilm X-mount and Sony E-mount has an RRP of $1199.
It’s the first Tamron lens for Fujifilm, and was given the ‘development announcement’ treatment back in July. It, too, has a VXD motor and Tamron in-built ‘VC’ (Vibration Compensation) image stabilisation.
Click here for the 28-75mm (Fujfilm) press release.
Brands Australia take 1shot at reusable
Brands Australia has announced the 1Shot Retro 35mm reusable camera is now available to order with an RRP of $69.95. The camera features a 31mm f9/11 single element lens, with settings locked at focus free and 1/120 shutter speed. It takes a AAA battery.
Press release here.