Canon has revealed a new Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens. It's the second in the new range of Canon cine lenses, to go alongside the similarly sized and specced 18-80mm lens. It's for Super35-sized sensors and will be priced at £6,099, not including the servo grip, in the UK later this year. Canon's information says:
Sony has revealed its most expensive but feature-packed mirrorless camera ever, the all-new full-frame A9. Costing roughly £4500 when it hits the shelves in June, it's largely aimed at sports still photographers as the video spec seems little improved from the current A7S Mark II.
With a shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 sec, the camera uses a world first stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor and solves the problem of viewfinder blackout for action shooters as now it doesn't black out when shooting continuously at up to 20fps.
The AF has had a much-needed boost, with a 693-point phase-detect system. The viewfinder blackout and poor AF has been the biggest issue with stills action shooters using the A7 series so far.
There is now double the battery life and twin card slots, too.
The video spec offers similar features as the current A7S Mark II with 4K (3840x2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor - although the sensor is new and higher resolution. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage. Recording is also available in the popular Super 35mm size.
The camera can record also Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking which could be a game-changer for sports and action video shooters. Sony's official information says:
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: