The WPPI Show kicked off this week in Las Vegas with a few new products. You can follow all the gear news from WPPI here. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
An update to the company’s D7100, the APS-C (DX format) camera boasts a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter. It will offer a more generous buffer and faster processing than its predecessor, enabling the D7200 to shoot at 6 frames per second for up to 18 14-bit RAW files (up from the D7100′s six), 27 12-bit RAW images or 100 JPEGs. Drop the camera into 1.3x crop mode and you can bump continuous shooting up to 7 fps.
You’ll enjoy a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 with an option to expand beyond this range to 51,200 and 102,400 when shooting in black-and-white.
The D7200 also sports a 51-point autofocus system that uses Nikon’s new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500II DX high-density system to keep your subjects in focus. There are 15 cross-type sensors to pin down moving subjects, with a center point that works down to f/8. Shutter speeds range from 1/8,000 sec. to 30 sec. with a bulb mode available for longer exposures. The shutter is rated for up to 150,000 cycles.
In a first for Nikon, the D7200 has both Wi-Fi and NFC so you can quickly pair the camera with mobile devices to share images and remotely control the camera.
Nikon’s Picture Control settings are now available in live view mode and can now be previewed in real-time on the camera’s 3.2-inch display. There are a pair of SD card slots and you’ll enjoy 1,110 shots per charge from the camera’s battery, according to CIPA standards.
On the video front, the D7200 records 1080p video at up to 30 fps or up to 60 fps when in 1.3x crop mode. You’ll have Auto ISO sensitivity in manual mode for the first time to control exposure transitions without altering shutter speed or aperture. There are also zebra stripes to alert you to over-exposed highlights during video recording.
The D7200 ships in April and is available for pre-order now for $1,200 (body) or $1,700 (with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens).
Profoto hit WPPI 2015 with a brand new flash, the B2, doubling down on the promise of greater mobility first introduced in the B1 but in a smaller, battery-powered device that can be used on or off camera.
Like the B1, the B2 features TTL metering for Nikon and Canon cameras via Profoto’s Air Remote. Unlike the B1, the B2 requires an external battery pack, a design concession that makes the head small enough to be used as an on-camera flash—like a speed light on steroids.
This 250W/s flash offers a recycle time of 1.35 seconds when shooting at full power or as quick as .03 seconds at the lowest power setting. Flash output is adjustable over a range of nine f-stops in 1/10th f-stop increments with flash durations as short as 1/15,000 sec. High-speed sync is also available up to 1/8000 sec. There’s a 9W LED modeling light, which is equivalent to a 50W halogen source, on the flash head as well.
The B2 will be sold in two main configurations. A B2-To-Go Kit will bundle the flash, battery, charger, a location bag and carrying bag for $2,195. A B2 Location Kit features all of the above, plus an extra flash head and battery for $2,995. The Air Remote is sold separately for $395.
Phottix Indra360 TTL
The Indra360 delivers 360 w/s of power with built-in TTL triggering for Canon and Nikon cameras. It also offers manual and strobo modes, second curtain sync and high speed sync up to 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds.
You can adjust the Indra360′s power over 8 stops from 1/128 to full in 1/3 increments. Wireless control is available using the company’s Odin or Mitros+ systems. You can also trigger the flash in manual mode using the Strato II transmitter.
The flash will use a smaller Li-ion battery than the one introduced with the Indra550. The new battery is good for up to 300 flashes at full power and has an LED readout of the power level. It only has one outlet but if you opt for the original Indra battery pack, you can power two Indra360s at once.
The Indra360 TTL is due in April for $880 for a single light and battery kit.
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