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In Focus: May 2014

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The Nikon D4S has been designed to meet the needs of the modern-day multimedia photographer. With a 16.2-megapixel, FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 processor, the camera excels at shooting in low light with an ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to a full 409,600. For capturing quick-moving wildlife, shoot 11 fps at up to 200 shots at full resolution. The D4S has increased video quality with 1080p60 capabilities, as well as a 2.7x crop mode to extend the reach of the lens. With the possibility of shooting in a small RAW size, there's flexibility in storing more files while still maintaining full control in postprocessing. The 1000 Base-T wired LAN provides 10x faster transfer speeds. List Price: $6,499. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.
For photographers who want more flexibility with less gear, Tamron has announced the "All-In-One" 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro lens, providing an 18.8x zoom ratio for DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor. Tamron has adopted a new design approach to make the lens particularly compact, using UXR glass, a 5-lens-group zoom design and precise mechanical engineering. The lens includes macro capabilities across the entire zoom range with a 15.3-inch focus distance and 1:2.9 magnification ratio. The Piezo Drive (PZD) ensures quick and quiet AF capabilities, and the Vibration Compensation (VC) enables handheld shooting at long focal lengths. List Price: TBA. Contact: Tamron, www.tamron-usa.com.

Ricoh Imaging has designed the lightweight HD PENTAX DA AF 1.4x AW Rear Converter for Pentax K-mount lenses. With a low profile of 20mm in length, the converter increases the focal length of a lens by 40% and has been designed specifically to maintain the AF systems inherent in the camera body and the lens. Its four elements in three groups feature HD coating for optimizing light transmission while reducing internal reflections, flare and ghosting. Three airtight seals work with weather-resistant DSLR/lens systems to create a versatile kit ready for any weather. List Price: $599. Contact: Ricoh Imaging, www.us.ricoh-imaging.com.

The still camera and video camera continue to intertwine as Panasonic releases the LUMIX GH4, a DSLM (digital single-lens mirrorless) camera system that shoots both stills and 4K video. The 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor combine with an integrated noise-reduction system for detailed low-light shooting at ISO 25,600 and a quick 12 fps burst rate. Depth from Defocus technology increases the speed of the contrast AF system. The GH4 also shoots high-quality 4K and HD video without a recording time limit in MOV, MP4 and AVCHD at various frame rates. Video can be recorded to an external recorder in real time via HDMI. The DMW-YAGH Interface attachment unit provides four SDI outputs, two XLR inputs with LED-monitored audio levels, time code and an external power terminal. The GH4 also provides a 2,359K-dot OLED live viewfinder and 1,036K-dot rear monitor. The entire magnesium-alloy body is splash- and dustproof. List Price: TBA. Contact: Panasonic, www.shop.panasonic.com.

Cotton Carrier has created the Binocular Bracket to relieve shoulder and neck strain caused by binoculars swinging while you're hiking. One side of the L-shaped Binocular Bracket attaches directly to the binoculars, allowing them to slide and lock into the hub with a 90° rotation. When used with the StrapShot holster, the Bracket can be attached to backpack straps or pant belts. The Bracket is also compatible with the Cotton Carrier Camera Vest and Carry-Lite. List Price: $39 (Binocular Bracket); $79 (with StrapShot). Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.


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