Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – March 2, 2015

Apologies for the lateness of this roundup. Your reporter is pursuing bald eagles along the Hudson river these days, which takes up most mornings.

Nikon announced the D7200, with a bigger buffer than the D7100. Resolution is 24.2 megapixels. Available in April for $1200. Specs and pre-order info: B&H Adorama

Profoto announced the B2, a combo of a battery pack and an off-camera flash that can also be used on camera. Links to the system below. A kit starts at $2200.

Petapixel reviewed the Canon 11-24mm f/4L. It’s the one to get, if you have the money: B&H

DPReview finished its review of the Sony A7S. A bit of a mixed bag, with a gold award for its video capabilities but some doubts about its pedigree as a stills camera: B&H

Staying with Sony, Photozone tested the Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS for the Sony FE mount. This quote sums it up: “All in all it is not a perfect lens but a desirable one.” B&H

The Photography Blog reviewed the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. So, the site calls the camera a five-star ‘essential’ piece of gear, but has doubts about the price, especially considering the competition, including Olympus’ own E-M1, Fuji’s X-T1 and Panasonic’s GH4. B&H

Olympus posted its announced firmware update for the E-M1, increasing the continuous shooting speed and improving AF tracking in continuous mode.

Deals

As predicted in my comparison piece a while back, Canon is bringing the price of the 5D Mark III in line with the comparable Nikon D750, at least for now. Prices drop by $300 plus a temporary (?) $300 instant savings. The Canon 6D drops $100 in price and comes with a similar $300 instant rebate. The new D7 Mark II gets $100 off for now and several other cameras also see savings.

All Adorama Canon deals

B&H Canon deals:

Profoto B2 sytem at B&H:

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