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In Focus: April 2014

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Introduced by the manufacturer as the "Olympus for all," the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 includes the power and quality of the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 in an affordable interchangeable-lens system. A 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor, with an ISO range of 100-25,600, are housed in a lightweight metal body with a 1.4K-dot EVF viewfinder, tilting three-inch touch screen and built-in flash. The three-axis stabilization system is similar to the five-axis system found in the E-M5 and E-M1, providing a steady shot even in low light and when using a slow shutter speed. The FAST AF system provides 81 target spots throughout the frame, allowing Small AF Target and Super Spot AF modes to capture specific accurate focus at 8 fps. The E-M10 includes built-in WiFi, which syncs to smart devices using the free Olympus Image Share app for image sharing or remote camera control. List Price: $699 (body only). Contact: Olympus, www.getolympus.com
The D3300 is Nikon's newest entry-level DSLR, delivering pro image quality with a 24.2-megapixel DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor, the latest EXPEED 4 image processing and no OLPF (optical low-pass filter) for maximum sharpness. Normal ISO range is 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600). The new camera can shoot stills at 5 fps and do 1080 full HD video with full-time AF at 60p. The eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows about 95% of the actual image area, while the three-inch, 921K-dot LCD monitor shows 100% (in Live View mode). Shutter speeds range from 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., with X flash sync up to 1⁄200 sec. (with built-in or optional external flash unit). Images are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (one slot), and the camera also can take Eye-Fi cards. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter adds WiFi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device (which can be used to operate the D3300 remotely). The camera also is compatible with the optional GP-1A GPS. Dimensions are 4.9x3.9x3.0 inches and 15.1 ounces (body only). List Price: $649 (with 18-55mm VR II kit zoom). Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH POWER OIS

Pushing the aperture range of Micro Four Thirds lenses, Panasonic recently announced the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm ƒ/1.2 ASPH Power OIS lens for the LUMIX G system. With an 85mm equivalent, a portrait go-to, the rugged metal case has 14 lens elements in 11 groups. Two aspherical elements, an extra-low dispersion element and an ultra-high refractive index element ensure sharp images from corner to corner with high contrast without color bleed. Nine blades create a smooth bokeh, and the Power OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) compensates for handheld shake, allowing you to take full advantage of the large aperture range. List Price: $1,599. Contact: Panasonic, www.shop.panasonic.com.
The Uinta pack by Gura Gear takes you from the street to the trail. The Cordura and weatherproof ripstop X-Pac bag protects your pro-sized DSLR system using either a Small or Medium Pro Module to customize your gear setup for personalized weight distribution and gear retrieval—either grabbing your gear traditionally from the front or through the quick-access back. The Uinta provides a breathable harness system for added support for long days. An interior padded pocket holds a 17-inch laptop. An additional Tripod & Hydration System accessory can be added to carry a two-liter water bladder and tripod. List Price: $199 (Uinta); $69 (Small Pro Module); $89 (Medium Pro Module); $39 (Tripod & Hydration System). Contact: Gura Gear, www.indurogear.com.
For photographers using compact system cameras with an APS-C sensor, Zeiss created the Touit lens line. Adding to the successful Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 lenses, Zeiss is now offering the Touit 2.8/50 Macro lens. Providing a magnification power of 1:1, the lens is incredibly versatile and works well for both detailed macro shots and standard portraits. With a floating element design, including two aspherical elements and two low-dispersion elements, the lens delivers high image quality with reduced chromatic aberration. The round nine-blade iris creates a soft bokeh. Available for E and X mounts in March 2014. List Price: $999. Contact: Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.


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