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Manfrotto has revealed a brand new design of tripod head that not only looks very different, but uses new technology in different ways. The brand new Nitrotech head is suitable for lots of different types of cameras, easy to set up and use, offers easily adjustable control over camera motion and solves many of the headaches of using tripods for filmmaking. Such as finding and maintaining perfect counterbalance for the huge range and size of cameras.

Manfrotto’s N8 Nitrotech video head is the first model to be revealed in the range, and costs just £449.95. It’s on sale now.

It is also available in a range of kits with Manfrotto’s well-established tripods. With the 535 Single Leg tripod the whole kit is £1119.95, and 546GB Twin MS tripod it’s £959.95. Both are available now.

A Nitrotech N8 with 536 Single Leg tripod is £1279.95 while the 546GB Twin GS is £959.95 and both these will be available to buy in May/June. The official press release says:

Sony has revealed a new G-Master 100-400mm zoom, as an ideal complement to the new superfast sports camera A9 which was launched today. To answer the need for longer focal-length lenses for its new £4500 mirrorless camera, the new zoom will be available in June for approximately £2500. The variable maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6 is slightly disappointing, but it means the price and weight can be kept down. Sony's official information says:

Metabones has upgraded its adapters to support the new Panasonic GH5 and the Canon 18-80mm cine zoom, via a free firmware upgrade. Metabones' official information says: 

DJI has introduced the new Phantom 4 Advanced with a 1"-type, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter which can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. The camera now records H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, with a 100Mbps bitrate. The Phantom 4 Advanced+ version comes with its own 5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated into the controller. Flight time extended to 30 minutes. The Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Advanced+ is £1,469 (1,549 EUR) and £1,699 (1,849 EUR) and will be on sale on April 30. The official info says: 

Nikon has added many of the 4K video capabilities of its prosumer D500 to the new D7500 enthusiast model, which has just been revealed. Like the D500, the cheaper D7500 uses the same 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS sensor with an ISO up to 1,640,000 and can record 4K UHD video but with a 1.5x crop - of its already-cropped DX sensor compared to full frame. At 1080p it gets three-axis image stabilisation and Active D-lighting to control dynamic range, and there is no crop factor.

The aperture can be power-adjusted, there is 4K output via HDMI, a flat picture profile that assimilates log gamma, and both a mic and headphone jack. There is zebra patterns to aid exposure in video, too. The D7500 is priced at £1299 body only. Nikon's information says:

High Dynamic Range may be the buzzword of the moment for video right now, but there have been very few affordable consumer output device like TVs that can cope with it. Sony has now announced its European pricing for its new Bravia 4K HDR TVs, which start at £3500 for a 55-inch OLED model in the UK. The screen is very thin and the OLED technology gives a much more detailed, rich picture. The official information says:

Zeiss has added a new 135mm f/2.8 lens to its Batis family of full-frame autofocus optics for Sony E mount. There’s built-in optical image stablisation and an OLED display in a metal housing which is weather resistant. The lens will be available in May for £1749.99/ $1999. Zeiss’ official information says:

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