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In Focus: June 2014

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As of our press date, the specs for the Pentax 645Z are still being finalized, but this small-bodied, 51-megapixel, CMOS, medium-format-sensor camera is packing serious punch. The AA filterless design has increased the resolution for incredibly sharp details. Of particular interest to night shooters, the 645Z can reach ISO 204,800, with delicate noise-processing ability. Including a new SAFOX 11 AF module and increased sensitivity, the AF system has 27 selectable AF points. The 645Z shoots full HD video at 60i/30p with an HDMI terminal, built-in stereo mic and auto/manual sound level recording. A tiltable LCD screen is featured for shooting in tight spaces or new perspectives. The Pentax Flucard provides instant transfer to your mobile device. Visit our sister publication's website at digitalphotopro.com for finalized specs and a full hands-on review. List Price: $8,499. Contact: Pentax, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

Gura Gear has created the Sabi, a stabilizing sack for even the longest lenses. The tethered double-pillow design makes it possible to adapt the Sabi to your shooting situation, creating a ground support, car or fence mount, or simply a ballast for your tripod. Available in two sizes and colors, the Sabi is made of heavy-duty PU-coated Cordura and YKK zipper components, and uses buckwheat hull filling. List Price: $39-$109. Contact: Gura Gear, www.guragear.com.
Manfrotto has made some upgrades to the 055 series tripod. Now with extra locking power, the leg locks increase stiffness of the legs, also allowing for an increase in weight bearing, which handles loads of up to 19.8 pounds. The leg locks still have the one-hand opening mechanism, which decreases setup time. The four leg angles increase versatility when setting up on uneven surfaces. A new Easy Link attachment turns the tripod into a portable studio, making it possible to connect an arm for LED lights, a reflector or other accessories. Available in aluminum and carbon fiber. List Price: $267-$556. Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.us.

Canon's new flagship PowerShot, the G1 X Mark II, is now available. With a 12.8-megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor, the camera provides a quick autofocus and ISO 100-12,800. The ƒ/2.0-3.9 5x optical zoom lens (24-120mm equivalent) has been designed with Dual Control Rings to give a DSLR-like feel within a compact body. The three-inch LCD touch screen tilts 180º up and 45º downward. The G1 X Mark II includes Wi-Fi for instant image sharing and remote camera control. An optional electronic viewfinder and grip are available. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

The Acratech Panoramic Head is specifically designed as a multi-row panoramic and long-lens head capable of handling a 600mm ƒ/4 lens. Weighing less than one pound itself, the satin black anodized-finish head has a large bull's-eye level, adjustable tension controls and engraved degree markings. The quick-release clamp is compatible with Arca, Kirk and other plates, and rotates 90º for attaching a body/lens directly to the head via a tripod collar. List Price: $379. Contact: Acratech, www.acratech.net.


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