Covering the full range of categories here at B&H, this week we've seen a new wireless systems from Shure for the pro audio world, new LED lights from Aputure and amaran for video and photo applications, a new FUJIFILM INSTAX instant film camera, a few unique accessories for cinematographers, the latest Godox lights, and a couple of special edition releases from Bose® and Leica.
Shure broadens its bandwidth with the GLX-D+ Dual-Band Wireless System
Expanding into the 5.8 GHz range, Shure has made it easier to find a reliable wireless band with the new GLX-D+ Dual-Band Wireless System. Improving on the former GLX-D, this new system scans the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz bands for transmitting a clear digital audio signal, free of interference.
The system automatically scans both bands to find the one with the greatest number of clean channels and uses two antennas and two independent receiver modules to reduce any signal dropouts. By expanding into the 5.8 GHz band, the additional 125 MHz of bandwidth greatly increases the number of potentially open channels than the more crowded 2.4 GHz band.
Within the GLX-D+ system there are three new receiver types, a wide range of new transmitters, a dual-band Frequency Manager for those working with applications that require the greatest number of channels, and a series of additional power, mounting, and antenna accessories.
Check out our dedicated GLX-D+ announcement for more detailed info on the new system.
Aputure and amaran Release a Trio of LEDs
Moving to lighting, Aputure and amaran made a splash this week with three distinct LED releases.
In the Aputure corner, there is the range of INFINIBAR RGBWW LED Pixel Bars, available in 1', 2', and 4' lengths. These slim bars create unique, blended color designs with fully tunable RGB color and a 2000-10,000K color temperature range. The most unique aspect of their design, though, is the variety of 10 different splicing connectors for physically attaching multiple INFINIBARs together to create shapes, banks, or long strips. They support AC and battery power options, and the splicing connections maintain power and control throughout the system.
amaran also launched two new lighting series: the PT1c, PT2c, and PT4c RGB LED Pixel Tube Lights and the COB 60, 100, and 200 S LED monolights. The Pixel Tubes are sleek and portable lighting options for adding a colorful accent to a scene. Available in 1', 2', and 4' lengths, these lights all feature internal batteries, support USB power delivery, and have full RGB color tuning and 2700-10,000K color temp adjustment.
amaran's second release is a series of monolight-styled LED fixtures, the COB 60, 100, and 200 S lights. These 65W, 100W, and 200W-output fixtures, respectively, are each available in bi-color and daylight options and all support battery and AC power options for use on location or in the studio. These lights are designed to provide high color accuracy, thanks to a new dual-blue LED chipset, making them great for critical product and portrait shoots, for video and photo needs.
For more on Aputure and amaran's releases, take a look at our announcement here.
Because a new INSTAX MINI will always make you happy
This week, FUJIFILM also launched the latest iteration of its popular, much beloved instant film camera, the INSTAX MINI 12.
As a camera that's cherished for its simplicity, there aren't a lot of technological improvements here. Instead, the MINI 12 sees some slight tweaking for a fresh, contemporary look and the camera is available in five Spring-appropriate colors: Lilac Purple, Clay White, Pastel Blue, Blossom Pink, and Mint Green. This small camera takes the same INSTAX MINI film as previous generations and features a useful auto-exposure system, built-in flash, a dedicated close-up focus position on the lens barrel, and an integrated selfie mirror on the front of the lens, too. This is a camera that's all about fun and really a must-have no matter how serious a photographer you are.
In other news…
Another week, another Godox release. This time it's the bi-color versions of its SL150III, SL200III, and SL300III monolight-style LED fixtures.
Teradek has announced an improved RT MOTR.S lens motor, offering light weight with speedy focus, iris, and zoom control along with a more compact form, higher voltage, and improved torque compared to the previous MOTR.X and MK3.1 options.
For those lucky enough to be working with ARRI's Signature Prime and Zoom lenses, the brand has released a new set of Impression V Filters to fine-tune your look, alter the image character, and invoke unique bokeh effects. These are magnetic rear-mounted filters and come in positive and negative designs.
And finally, for the James Bond fans out there, Leica has released maybe the coolest special edition camera ever: the D-Lux 7 007 Edition. This little point-and-shoot is limited to 1962 units (1962 is the year Dr. No, the first film in the franchise, was released), has a 007 logo on the top plate, and comes fitted with a custom "gun barrel" design lens cap reminiscent of the opening sequence of the films.
That's it for news this week. We'll be back next week to cover all the latest news and releases.