December will see the release of three products Olympus unveiled at Photokina: the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, CBG-12 camera backpack and STF-8 Twin Flash.


The OM-D E-M1 Mark II, shown without a lens, will be available in black only from December 2016. (Source: Olympus.)
The new flagship M4/3 model, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, features a new TruePic VIII image processor, 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped, new 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor and advanced 5-axis Image Stabilisation. It is capable of sequential shooting at up to 18 fps with AF and AE tracking and supports 4K movie recording. New functions include a Pro Capture Mode for time lag-free shooting of brief actions, a 50M High Resolution Shot option and dustproof, splash-proof and freeze-proof (-10 °C) performance in a compact, lightweight body. The camera will be available in body-only format for an RRP of AU$2,799.


The new Camera Backpack CBG-12, shown with all compartments opened. (Source: Olympus.)

The new Camera Backpack CBG-12 has been designed by Olympus to store the entire Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II system with room to spare. It can accommodate two OM-D E-M1 Mark II bodies with Power Battery Holder HLD-9 attached, M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO, M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO interchangeable lenses, along with other accessories such as Electronic Flash FL-900R and a laptop. It features a load distribution design that makes it possible to carry a full shooting kit with minimal discomfort, making highly mobile shooting possible yet it is compact enough to clear carry-on luggage standards for aircraft and weighs only 2.3 kilograms.

The exterior of the Camera Backpack CBG-12 is made of high-durability, high-strength 2520D (denier) polyester material plus cushioning in appropriate locations for improved shockproof performance. The exterior shell is water repellent and waterproof and abrasion resistant tarpaulin material is used on the bottom of the backpack. Rubber feet on the bottom deliver enhanced dirt resistance and durability. It is due for release in December at an RRP of AU$499.  


The new STF-8 lightweight Macro Flash, shown fitted to an OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.  (Source: Olympus.)

The Macro Flash STF-8 expands the Olympus accessory line-up with a compact, lightweight, environmentally resistant twin flash. When combined with a dustproof and splash-proof  OM-D camera and a compatible M.Zuiko lens, this macro system is highly mobile in any shooting environment. It is compatible with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro, M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lenses.

A guide number of 8.5 (when firing both heads) or 6 (when firing 1 head)  provides a high level of control over exposure. In addition to high-precision TTL auto sync, the output can be fine-tuned for manual flash firing within 1/1 to 1/28 (control dial: 1 step increments, camera body: 1/3 step increments). The left and right flash heads (A/B) are equipped with flexible functions for more fine control over lighting during macro shooting. The A/B output ratio (fire one head or adjust from 1:8 to 8:1) and manual flash output can be controlled with two dials on the control section. The angle of the flash heads can be adjusted within a range of 60 ° upward to 40 ° downward, and they can be slid along the ring adapter. The Olympus Macro Flash STF-8 will be available from December 2016 for an RRP of AU$699.

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