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Sigma lens has X appeal The lens manufacturer has made its Sigma 100- 400mm f/5-6.4 DG DN OS Contemporary series lens – previously released for Sony E-mount and L-Mount camera owners – available for Fujifilm X Mount. Twinning the lens with the APS-C sensors of the X Series provides an equivalent focal length of 150-600mm, with the effectiveness of its optical stabilisation increased from four to five stops. Sigma says that due to the difference in camera software between Fujifilm, Sony and L-Mount systems, the AF/ MF switch and AF-L button have been replaced with a new AF function setting switch and AF function button on the X Mount example, with the switch swapping between AF and AF-L modes. Available now, the X Mount version of the lens is priced at £899.99. Sigma has also given us a price for the X Mount version of its 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens. Available now, it’s priced at a suggested £449.99.

The action cam specialist has unveiled its Hero12 Black. The new model not only has the expected durable design, but also serious upgrades to its performance and usability. These include run times up to twice as long, with the ability to capture 70 minutes of recordings at 5.3K/60p, over 95 minutes of 5.3K/30p, or a whopping 155 minutes of continuous 1080/30p video – all with its HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilisation feature engaged. There’s also an eight-times slow-motion feature and wireless support Bluetooth-enabled audio devices. The camera is compatible with standard mounts and accessories. Speaking of which, a Max Lens 2.0 modification is available for £99 that enables what it claims is the market’s widest 177° field of view at 4K resolution and 60fps. This accessory features glass that’s up to twice as scratch resistant as its predecessor along with a hydrophobic lens coating that ensures water drops fall away. Suggested pricing for the latest GoPro camera is £399. GoPro is back in black

Bokeh glory from Meyer Optik

The German lens specialist has announced a new edition of what it’s calling one of the most sought-after bokeh lenses in the world. The Biotar 75 f/1.5 II is an update to a lens that was developed in the 1930s, of which there are now a small number of well-preserved original units. Happily then, the new version is available now. Its characteristics include high image sharpness in the centre with swirly bokeh at open aperture. The lens aims to capture the historic imaging capabilities of the original Biotar 75 while optimising the design using the latest technologies. With extremely high demand anticipated, direct delivery

time is two weeks, and the price has been set at €1,399/£1213.

MPB has announced five inductees into The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame for 2023. The entrants were selected based on more than 146,000 votes cast around the globe, with the 25 nominees over five categories initially put forward by industry experts. The 2023 inductees are the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, the DJI Mavic 3 Pro, the Sony A7 IV, the Fujifilm X100V and the Leica M6. MPB’s famous five

HIT THE STREETS The Sigma 23mm f/1.4 with the X Series’ Film Simulations make for a potent combination

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