Spring 2016 Product News
Want the power and performance of Nikon’s flagship D5 DSLR in a more compact body? The DX-format D500 delivers it. From the speedy 153-point AF system to 4K video recording, the two powerhouse DSLRs hail from the same high-performance pedigree, but the D500 brings the goods within reach of both pros and enthusiasts alike. The D500 boasts a new 20.9-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor that deliver a native ISO range of 100-51,200 and an extended ISO range on the high side of 1,640,000, allowing you to shoot in extreme low-light environments with confidence. This camera is a speed demon, with burst modes clocking in at 10 frames per second for full-resolution images with both autofocus and auto exposure engaged. In addition to sharp stills, you’ll enjoy 4K video recording (3840x2160p30) alongside the ability to output an uncompressed video signal through the camera’s HDMI output to an external recorder. Shoot in Full HD and you’ll enjoy up to 60 fps recording plus the ability to use a new 3-axis electronic stabilization system that can be paired with any lens to minimize motion-induced jitters. There are memory card slots for both SD cards and the speedier XQD format, so you’ll have plenty of space for your 4K films. The D500 also marks the debut of Nikon’s updated SnapBridge technology for wireless image transfers to mobile devices. SnapBridge automatically transfers JPEG images to your compatible phone or tablet in real time while you shoot, so you can focus on the moment, not fumble with your phone.
Price: $2,000 (body only)
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
This high-end lens is a great complement for a D500, D7200 or any other DX-format camera in Nikon’s lineup. It features several firsts for Nikon’s DX lens series. It’s the first DX-format glass to use Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, an exclusive optical coating that reduces ghosting and lens flare. It’s also the first DX lens to incorporate an electromagnetic diaphragm, which electronically adjusts the aperture in the lens and helps improve exposure during high-speed shooting. This lens’ 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal length makes it a versatile shooter for everything from landscapes to tight close ups. In fact, you’ll enjoy a minimum focusing distance of 1.2 feet throughout the zoom range. The lens’ maximum aperture is variable from f/2.8-4, depending on your focal length, and the seven-bladed aperture diaphragm creates a circular bokeh when shooting with a shallow depth of field. The lens uses Nikon’s Vibration Reduction technology to deliver up to four stops of image stabilization per CIPA standards and can automatically detect when you’ve mounted the camera on a tripod. If you’re prone to making a mess, the lens’ fluorine coating on both the front and rear elements make it easier to wipe away any dirt, moisture and finger prints that glom onto your glass.
Glow ParaPop 38
The Glow ParaPop 38 is a portable parabolic softbox that creates a 105-degree spread of light. It’s an ideal key or fill light for studio or environmental portraits. The 12-sided shape and parabolic profile of its 38-inch diameter and 16.5-inch depth will ensure that the photons streaming from your flash land evenly from edge to edge. It packs down quickly thanks to jointed positioning rods that lock with a simple click into the dedicated speed ring. It earns its “pop” moniker by the popping sound you’ll hear when you collapse the softbox using twin safety tabs. Adorama promises that setting up the ParaPop will take three minutes the first time you take it out of the box and collapsing it takes a mere second. Custom interchangeable rings (sold separately) let you use the ParaPop with a variety of speedlights, monolights and studio strobe heads. It includes a bracket for hot-shoe mounted speedlights. The ParaPop is built from heat- and water-resistant material and features a reinforced support rod pocket, seams and Velcro closures. At 2 pounds, the ParaPop is easy to carry with you wherever your photography takes you.
Tenba Cooper Messenger Bags
Tenba’s Cooper messenger bags are made from peach-wax cotton canvas with full-grain leather accents and trim. The canvas is water repellant—and there are rain flaps that fold down to keep your gear dry—and when the skies really open up, you can use the included WeatherWrap cover to shield your bag. It can also protect your gear from the sun with a reflective silver side on the reversible cover. There’s also a secondary zippered enclosure inside the bag for a bit more security. The leather base panel is water and scratch resistant and the interior is lined with a water-repellent ripstop nylon. The padded camera insert can be customized depending on your lens size and can be removed entirely, and the shoulder pad is removable as is the hand strap. The bags also have MOLLE-compatible side loops to attach accessory pouches. Sizes range from the petite Cooper 8, large enough for a mirrorless or rangefinder camera with up to three lenses and a flash, up to the Cooper 15, which can store a pro DSLR with battery grip, three to four lenses, a flash and 15-inch laptop.
Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight
This is Nikon’s first flash to operate using radio frequency, so it has a bunch of new and creative tricks up its sleeve. First, it can operate without a direct line-of-sight at a range of 98 feet when used with select Nikon cameras (the D5 and D500, for now) and Nikon’s WR-R10 and WR-A10 wireless remote-control set. That means you can drop them in another room, around a corner, on a rooftop—basically anywhere you need them—and be confident they’ll fire. Owners of older Nikon models can still use the SB-5000, but you’ll rely on an optical trigger so you will need to stay within view of the flash to fire it. If you use the new speedlight with the WR-R10 wireless transceiver and the D500, you can control up to six groups (A-F) or 18 flashes in all. Besides radio control, the SB-5000 sports a new, more compact design and a new cooling system that enables it to fire up to 120 continuous flashes at 5-second intervals. Owners of older Nikon speedlights will notice the redesign extends to the flash’s exterior as well. There’s now an “i” button for quick access to commonly used settings. The flash head can be pointed down at -7 degrees or up to 90 degrees as well as rotate horizontally 180 degrees to the left and right, affording you a wide latitude to direct your light as needed.
Epson Legacy Paper
Epson’s Legacy Paper is the company’s new, top-of-the-line inkjet photo paper collection. The papers feature a micro-porous inkjet receiver layer that Epson claims will produce deep blacks, an expanded color gamut and smooth tonal gradations. The paper lineup includes Legacy Platine, a 100-percent cotton fiber paper with no optical brightener additives (OBA) and a smooth satin finish. Legacy Fibre is another 100-percent cotton fiber paper that’s OBA free and offers a smooth matte finish. For darkroom lovers, the Legacy Baryta paper has a smooth satin finish and, unlike other baryta-based papers on the market, is more durable thanks to a pair of layers separating the baryta base and inkjet coating. Last but not least, Epson’s Legacy Etching paper has the feel of traditional etching papers, no OBAs and a 100-percent cotton fiber base. The Legacy Papers have already been tested for print permanence by Wilhelm Imaging Research with encouraging results: Color prints made using Epson’s HD and HDK inks on the Legacy papers should last for 200 years if properly cared for; black-and-white prints will reach 400 years of light fastness. The paper will be sold in cut sheets from 8.5 x 11 inches up to 17 x 22 inches and in 50-foot rolls in 17-, 24- and 44-inch widths. Custom sizes are also available.
Price: From $39
Multitasking is our modern imperative, a truth that holds as much for photo gear as it does for personal life. The LP605M is a photographic multitasker. One minute, it’s a light stand for off-camera flashes; the next minute, it’s a monopod for your DSLR. As a monopod, the LP605M can support a camera and lens up to 5 pounds. It extends from a minimum height of 24.8 inches to a max height of 6.4 feet. The monopod features a fluid chamber with adjustable tension for locking your camera in place or panning smoothly during video shots. When you’re ready to illuminate your scene, simply retract the monopod’s feet. As a light stand, the LP605M can extend from its minimum height of 19.5 inches up to 7.5 feet, and it features built-in ground spikes to secure the stand on semi-soft surfaces. The stand’s legs can flatten when extended for low-profile support and fold tight to the center column to give the LP605M maximum portability. The LP605M’s aluminum build weighs in at a very portable 3.6 pounds. It collapses down to 24.6 inches with the adapter attached and features metal locking collars, five sections and four risers. The monopod feet are made of aluminum and have rubberized ends. The LP605M features a standard 5/8-inch top with 3/8-inch thread and includes a platform mounting adapter and the LP605-3 3/8-inch to 1/4-20 adapter.
Manfrotto Digital Director
Manfrotto’s Digital Director turns your iPad Air/Air 2 into a giant remote control and live-view monitor for your DSLR, giving you a huge screen to check focus and navigate camera functions. The Director uses a dedicated CPU housed in an iPad bracket and connects to your camera via USB. Once connected, you use a free app to gain remote-control, live-view and touch-focusing capabilities over your camera. The app provides live, dynamic control over white balance, shutter speed, image quality, ISO, aperture and more. You’ll be able to view a histogram, audio levels and use touch-focusing as well. The Digital Director can save high-resolution JPEGs to your iPad as well as generate and save high-res preview JPEG images if you’re only shooting RAW (RAW images won’t be saved to the iPad). The app can play back videos stored on a memory card too, but won’t save video locally to an iPad. The app has some basic sorting functions, such as star ratings, and supports email, FTP and saving to the iPad’s camera roll so you can share your work on social networks. A nice bonus: If you use Manfrotto’s Bluetooth-enabled LYTRO LED lights, you can control them wirelessly through the Director app.