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In Focus: July 2014

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Fresh on the heels of releasing the a7 and a7R, Sony has now announced an exciting addition to the family for the photo and video shooter with the a7S full-frame, interchangeable-lens camera. With a 12.2-megapixel 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, it employs the same Fast Intelligent AF system as the a7R, with improved low-light sensitivity boasting a 100-102,400 (50-409,600 extended) ISO range. But the real excitement is for video shooters. The camera features a 35mm large pixel image sensor rated at 15.3 stops of dynamic range. Plus, 4K video capabilities utilize the full sensor width—no cropping or line skipping—which reduces aliasing, moiré and false color artifacts. A 120 fps shooting mode is supported in HD resolution. A multi-terminal interface shoe is compatible with the Sony XLR Adapter Microphone Kit. The a7S is compatible with E-mount lenses (many optimized for full frame) and can be used with A-mount and other systems with adapters. The a7S will be available in early July. List Price: $2,499 (body only). Contact: Sony Electronics, www.sony.com/a7S.
Designed for use with full-frame sensors, as well as APS-C sizes, the Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG HSM OS Sport lens is ideal for wildlife photography. The Hyper Sonic Motor provides quiet, fast autofocus, while the Optical Stabilizer compensates for any handheld camera shake. Inner Focusing and Zooming ensures ease of use. Two FLD glass elements perform similar to fluorite in conjunction with an SLD element to reduce color aberration and produce sharp images. Splash- and dustproof, the lens is compatible with the Sigma USB Dock & Mount Conversion Service. List Price: $3,599. Contact: Sigma, www.sigmaphoto.com.

Infuse your video with unique, fully stabilized aerial shots with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. This drone carries a 14-megapixel camera that shoots full HD video with slow-motion capabilities. Using 3-axis camera stabilization for smooth shots, the Phantom 2 Vision+ allows you to tilt as you fly, pointing the camera straight down. The integrated GPS autopilot system provides position holding, altitude lock and stable hovering for precise flight, ensuring you get your shot. The GPS system also includes radar parameters. When you fly outside the radar, the Phantom 2 Vision+ automatically returns. For more about aerial drone photography, see "Get Above It All, Parts I and II" at outdoorphotographer.com. List Price: $1,299. Contact: DJI, www.dji.com.
For large-format enthusiasts, Wanderlust has created the lightweight 4x5-format Travelwide camera system. At 9.7 ounces, lighter than a DSLR body, the Travelwide employs a high-impact, unibody construction. Using focus marks on the barrel for fine-tuning focus and composition from the back screen, the Travelwide focuses from infinity to 0.55 meters. Compatible with most 90mm lenses, a Pinwide pinhole is included. Three accessory cold-shoes for levels, rangefinders or viewfinders are featured. It accepts standard 4x5 film holders and Polaroid 545i holders. List Price: $149. Contact: Wanderlust, www.wanderlustcameras.com.
For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90º. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropelene fitted with the Lexan camera receptacle. Included with the Carry-Lite is the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap and Universal Adapter Plate for quick and safe transitions from handheld to tripod use. List Price: $139. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.


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