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Pentax Reveals the Medium Format 645Z

Medium format digital cameras are not known for their affordability. Ricoh is keeping the dream alive for photography enthusiasts with the Pentax 645Z. This 51 megapixel body will retail for $8,500 when it arrives in June. An update to the well-known 645 line, the 645Z comes in four years later and $1,500 cheaper than its predecessor, the Pentax 645D.

Pentax 645Z medium format

While $8,500 isn't pocket change, the 645Z price is comparable to high-end DSLR cameras, and undercuts the entire medium format category. The Pentax 645Z also brings video recording capabilities to a medium format digital camera for the first time. Providing more versatility, Ricoh announced that thirteen 645 lenses previously unavailable in the US would be making their way stateside.

Sigma 50mm Art Lens Now Available for Pre-Order

Sigma's new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma cameras is now available for pre-order. The new Art lens is a standard-length prime for pro-level portrait, landscape, studio and still-life photography. It features three Special Low Dispersion glass elements and one molded glass aspherical element, which promises to provide high image sharpness and clarity.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens

The Art lens is equipped with a Hyper Sonic AF motor for a quieter and quicker autofocus , and it has received a new optimized autofocus algorithm which provides a "smoother focusing" system, according to Sigma.

“Our Art lenses, such as the 35mm F1.4, 24-105mm F4 and 18-35mm F1.8 have been incredibly well received to date, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the excitement around the news of this upgraded 50mm F1.4,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Clearly, the industry is hungry for reasonably priced, powerful, high-quality, multi-purpose lenses – and they’ve seen the image quality that’s being produced by our new Global Vision lenses. There are no sacrifices with these products, and the new 50mm F1.4 is sure to be another star in our lineup.”

Pre-Order the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm VR Lens

Nikon has announced that AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is now available for pre-order. The all-in-one zoom lens is equipped with a standard Silent Wave Motor for silent autofocus, and Vibration Reduction to reduce camera shake. It also features a zoom range of 18-300mm, equivalent to 27-450mm in a 35mm format, aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion glass elements.

NIKKOR 18-300mm

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm VR Lens is now available for pre-order through B&H Photo for $896.95. It is expected to start shipping on April 24, 2014. Here's a complete list of features:

Canon XF200 and XF205 HD Camcorders Now Available for Pre-Order

Canon's new HD camcorders the XF200 and XF205 are now available for pre-order. Both cameras were officially unveiled earlier this week at the annual NAB trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Canon XF200 HD Camcorder

The XF200 is a compact camcorder suitable for weddings, filmmaking, event coverage and so on. It features a 1/2.84" CMOS sensor, an integrated Canon 20x HD Optical zoom lens, and a 3.5-inch OLED display. The camcorder is capable of capturing 1920 x 1080 video and it can easily transfer MP4 video files via its built-in dual-band Wi-Fi (5GHz and 2.4GHz).

Latest Phantom UAV Sports 3-Axis Gimbal and Faster Speed

DJI Innovations continues to improve its Phantom quadcopter, showing off the latest hardware this week at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Phantom 2 Vision+ incorporates three major improvements to DJI's ready-to-fly aerial video solution. While the price has increased by $100, the tweaks are well worth the extra money.

Phantom 2 Vision+ front

First of all, the Phantom 2 Vision Plus is capable of speeds up to 34 miles per hour. This is 50 percent faster than its predecessor. Aside from speed, range has also been improved on the Wi-Fi module. This is important when using a smartphone to monitor live video with DJI's free Vision app. The improved range means camera control, live flight parameters and live video can reach up to a whopping 2,300 feet away.

Blackmagic Reveals World's Smallest Live Broadcast Camera

What happens when the world's smallest live broadcast camera is paired with the world's largest viewfinder? Attendees to the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas just found out, as the Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Studio Camera has been officially launched. The new models are designed specifically with live production in mind, coming in 1080 HD and Ultra HD varieties starting at $1,995.

Blackmagic live studio camera

Besides a built-in fiber optic connection, the Blackmagic Studio Camera packs a four hour battery, SDI connections, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections and talkback into a super tough magnesium alloy body.

Sony Announces Alpha a7s Mirrorless Digital Camera With 4K Video Output

Sony today announced a new addition to the α7 and α7R family. The Alpha a7s is Sony's new full-frame mirrorless camera with a focus on video and sensitivity. While the a7s can also capture still images its biggest selling point is its ability to record 8-bit 4:2:2 4k video over HDMI at up to 30p. It also features a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 4096002 for shooting in low-light conditions.

Sony α7S

"The α7S gives Sony the most complete, versatile lineup of full-frame cameras in market today," said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics. "Between the α99, VG900, RX1, α7, α7R and now α7S models, we have completely revolutionized what it means to be a 'full-frame' camera, bringing a new level of quality and portability to enthusiast photographers and videographers."

Canon and Nikon Rebates End Saturday, Won't Be Extended

Last call! Canon and Nikon rebates end on Saturday, March 29 and they will not be extended past this date. You can save up to $680 on select Nikkor lenses like the AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR, and up to $200 on Canon lenses such as the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM.

Nikkor Lens Deals

You can take advantage of the Nikkor instant rebates by visiting the B&H "great savings page. The savings such as $100.00 off the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens will be added automatically to your purchase.

You can take advantage of the Canon rebates by visiting the B&H Canon lens sale page. The Canon lenses will include a mail-in rebate up to $200 depending on the lens you choose.

Samsung Announces NX mini Mirrorless Camera in 5 Colors and 2 NX mini Lenses

Samsung has officially announced the new NX Mini mirrorless camera and 2 NX mini lenses. The NX mini ships with a 9mm lens or 9-27mm, a 20.5MP 1" BSI CMOS sensor, and an extended sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600. It is capable of shooting full-resolution RAW files at 6 fps, and recording videos in resolutions up to 1080/30p. Other features include a hinged 3" LCD, an integrated flash, microSD storage, contrast-detection AF system, built-in Wi-Fi and several smart shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Landscape, Macro and so on.

Samsung NX mini Mirrorless Camera

Pre-orders will open on April 1 from camera retailers such as Adorama and B&H. The NX mini will be available in black, brown, mint green, pink and white for $449 with 9mm lens, or $549 with 9-27mm, in mid-April.

Nikon Announces 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera and Two New Nikon 1 System Lenses

Nikon today announced the 1 V3 mirrorless digital camera, Nikon 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR PD-Zoom lens, and Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. The new Nikon 1 flagship is a compact camera with DSLR-like capabilities. It sports a 18.4-MP image sensor, Nikon's new EXPEED 4A image processor, a fast autofocus system and built-in Wi-Fi. The Nikon 1 V3 is capable of shooting 20 fps at full resolution and can capture cinematic 1080/60p video. The 1 V3 with the Nikon 1 10-30mm PD-Zoom lens is now available for pre-order for $1,196 from both Adorama and B&H.

Nikon 1 V3

The 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 is also available separately from Adorama for $296. The lens is a pocket-sized companion with a built-in lens cover and silent zoom for filming video.