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SHORTS & BRIEFS: January 27

Fujifilm PRO 400H discontinued…NiSi announces first lens…Low cost lighting from Aputure…Nikon USA adds premium pro service…

Fujifilm PRO 400H discontinued

Fujifilm has announced it will discontinue production of Fujicolor PRO 400H Professional colour negative film.

The announcement relates to both 35mm and 120mm formats and explains that the film’s unusual fourth layer coating makes the film challenging and expensive to produce: As it has become increasingly difficult to procure the raw materials needed to produce PRO 400H, we regret to inform you that after careful consideration, Fujifilm has made the difficult business decision to discontinue PRO 400H. 

Existing stocks of both films will continue to be available in stores until they run out. The Pro 400H 120 film is expected to last until the end of the year based on current demand, but stocks of the 35mm will probably be depleted by March 2021.

NiSi announces first lens

NiSi, a Chinese company which has made strong inroads into the lens filter market over the past few years, has announced its first stills camera lens, a 15mm F4 wide-angle lens for Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z and Sony E mount cameras which creates ‘sunstars’ through the aperture range.

– In case you were wondering…

The fully-manual lens features an all-metal construction and is comprised of 12 elements in 10 groups, including one double-side aspherical element and two extra-low dispersion elements. It has an aperture range of F4 through F22 and uses a ten-blade aperture diaphragm with straight blades, which apparently helps to create the sunstars.

Other features include a minimum focusing distance of 20cm and a 72mm front filter thread. The lens measures 75.6mm in diameter, 80.5mm long and weighs 470g.  Local RRP is $799.

Low cost lighting from Aputure

Several new Aputure studio lights and lighting kits for professional and advanced amateur photographers have been scheduled for release in the first quarter.

The Light Storm 60D kit will be available in two formats: with a daylight balanced LED (5500K) and with a bi-colour LED (2700-6500K). Both models offer high precision adjustments with beam spread, power, and light intensity options. The light’s beam spread ranges from a tight 15 degrees to a medium flood of 45 degrees. It can be further modified by the included 4-way barn doors for selective lighting. Both models are compatible with the Bowens mount adapter and Spotlight Mini Zoom projection lens. The RRP for the Light Storm 60D Daylight LED model is $585, while the Light Storm 60X Bi-Colour LED is priced at $650.

Also coming is the Aputure Amaran 100d/200d/100x/200x series of daylight and bi-colour point-source LED studio lights. With outputs ranging from 34,300 LUX to 65,000 LUX and prices between $299 and $535.

Apurture is distributed by Kayell Australia.

Nikon USA adds premium pro service

Nikon USA has added two new paid tiers to its Nikon Professional Services (NPS) memberships. The new Pro+ and Platinum+ plans include everything Nikon’s free Pro plan offers while adding additional benefits, including equipment loans, gear checks, cleanings, discounts on repairs and more.
 Nikon USA’s basic Pro membership includes access to Nikon’s NPS support hotline, priority repairs, free return shipping on repairs, priority shipping when buying new products through Nikon, access to members-only webinars/meetups/events, a virtual membership card and a welcome gift.

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