Available in 512GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, they offer some impressive speeds. Read speeds go up to 3,400MB/sec, with burst write speeds up to 3,000MB/sec. Sustained write speeds are a guaranteed 2,400MB/sec.
Laowa has announced two new full-frame lenses. At least, they’re sort of new. They’re the Laowa Ranger Lite, available in 28-75mm T2.9 (buy here) and 75-180mm T2.9 (buy here) varieties. They’re identical to the Laowa Ranger lenses, except in weight.
The two lenses combined shave 300g off their regular Ranger counterparts. Laowa says they also offer greater durability thanks to a new magnesium alloy housing.
It’s been the source of much speculation over the past few months, but now it’s official. Sigma has announced the new 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports lens (buy here). Designed for mirrorless cameras, it’s available for Sony E and Leica L mounts.
The new lens offers up to 7.5 stops of image stabilisation and rugged construction. It has fast AF motors and an inner zoom mechanism that doesn’t affect lens length.
Kron Technologies has announced two new high-speed cameras. The Chronos 4K12 (buy here) and Chronos Q12 (buy here). The new cameras are targeted at scientific and academic use, as well as cinematography and content creation.
The Chronos 4K12 offers 4K DCI slow motion at up to 1,397 frames per second and up to 29,002fps at minimum resolution. The Chronos Q12 Shoots 2K at up to 2,782fps and 29,411fps at minimum resolution.
Ricoh has announced the new Pentax WG-90. And true to form, it’s pretty much identical to its predecessor. In fact, I can’t see a single difference in the specs. The only change is that it has a Pentax logo instead of a Ricoh one.
The camera that’s been largely unchanged since 2017’s Ricoh WG-50 and sees no upgrades from the Ricoh WG-80 (buy here) whatsoever. It comes in either black or blue and will become available in early 2024.
On October 19th this year, I was able to tour the Fujifilm Taiwa Factory in the Miyagi Prefecture north of Sendai, Japan. This factory is where the GFX cameras and lenses, as well as the X100 and X-Pro line of cameras and lenses, are manufactured.
Having worked closely with Fujifilm since 2019, it was a huge honor to go see the factory where the incredible GFX line of medium format cameras is manufactured. In talking with the camera designers, they impressed upon me years ago just how challenging it is to mass produce a camera like the GFX100, 100S and now the 100 II. With my physics background, I had some idea of the challenges, but touring the factory showed those challenges quite clearly.
Comica recently announced the Vimo Q, their latest installment in the Vimo lineup. It’s a four-channel wireless lavalier microphone system for $249. Most wireless microphone systems only use two transmitters and are limited to recording two people. It’s interesting to see the Vimo Q with support for recording up to four people.
The Comica Vimo Q will feature 48kHz/24bit recording and their new CalMix audio processing technology. It has a low audio delay of under 20ms and a transmission distance of up to 200 meters. Overall, it’s pretty impressive, so let’s take a closer look.
Zhiyun has announced its newest lights, the Zhiyun Fiveray M20 (buy here) and M20C (buy here). Unlike most of their previous lights, these ones are teeny tiny. They come in a familiar-looking package but with very different components.
The Fireray M20 offers a white balance range of 2700-6500K with a CRI of 95+. The M20C, on the other hand, is RGB with a wide 2500-10,000K range and CRI of 94+, as well as full red, green and blue colour control. This is Zhiyun’s first foray into coloured lights, after releasing quite a few Bi-colored video LED.
Do you not like dangling batteries? Do you hate the idea of getting a camera cage just to mount a bigger battery? It seems Hobolite feels the same as they made a solution for you. The Hobolite LiteDock ($169) is a USB-C battery grip with a built-in 3450mAh Li-ion battery. Oh, and it’s really stylish, too – definitely fancier than using standard power banks for your LED lights.
Fresnel lens attachments for LED lights have become pretty popular over the last couple of years. Now, SmallRig’s entering the fray with their new RA-F150 Fresnel Lens (buy here). SmallRig claims it boosts light output by 13.2x, and would be extremely powerful, especially on the 450 Watts RC450 LED.
It boasts single-handed adjustment, making it easy to use on busy sets, with a triple cooling system to stop your lights from overheating. Naturally, it sports a Bowens mount, making it compatible with most lights on the market.