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  2. Tamron New Patent

    Tamron has a patent (201854708A) for a star-shaped lens iris/aperture.
  3. Olympus M.Zuiko Pro 12mm f/1.2 Lens Patent

    Olympus has a patent (201821951A) for a 12mm f/1.2 lens - this will be a nice addition to the other three Olympus f/1.2 Pro MFT lenses
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  5. Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF Announcement

    Meike, a company known from the production of budget photography accessories and lenses, has just announced a portrait full-frame 85mm lens, for the first time equipped with the autofocus. Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF consists of 9 elements placed in 6 groups. Unfortunately, this is all information that the producer has shared. However, taking into consideration previous constructions, we should not expect the use of special lenses and coatings which improve the optical quality. 1). Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF The lens is made of plastic and the mount - of metal. In addition, on the housing there is an autofocus switch and a rubber ring for manual regulation. Popular filters with the diameter of 67mm can be mounted on the lens. The price and the date of availability have not been revealed yet.
  6. Venus Optics will have several major announcements at the Beijing P&E show that starts on May 3rd. The following new Laowa lenses are rumored/expected: Laowa 10-18 f/3.5-4.5 full frame manual focus lens for Sony FE Laowa GF 17mm f/4 for Fuji GFX Laowa 2x tele macro for DSLR cameras Laowa fisheye lens wider than 180° (not 100% sure about this lens) Laowa 25-100mm f/2.8 full frame mirrorless lens (also not 100% sure about this lens)
  7. Photokina 2019+

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    Photokina will take place annually as of 2018. It will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry. As of 2019 the trade fair will also have a new date in May. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. With these changes, the transformation process begun in 2016 shall be consistently continued: under the umbrella of "Imaging Unlimited", photokina last year inspired both exhibitors and visitors and accessed new target groups for the industry. "The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture," Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state. The imaging ecosystem today also includes, in addition to the core areas from the imaging workflow, trend areas like virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, as well as image recognition and holography. The growing flood of images and videos must be processed and administered, so that archiving and content management, social media and communities are coming increasingly into focus. Apps and software solutions have become indispensable both for professional use and for the end consumer. Smart home applications and computer-generated imaging are once again increasing in importance. photokina should in future serve as an important international innovation platform. Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, has a positive perspective on the future of the trade fair: "photokina 2016 has shown us that this traditional brand in our portfolio has lost nothing of its attraction worldwide and in the region. The new concept has been a complete success. photokina has continued to develop further over time, as have the products, services and the market environment presented there. Now we are taking the next logical step by offering a digitally powered product environment an attractive annual platform for presenting the latest innovations and for entering into discussion with traders, specialist users and end customers." For the 2018 event, only the series of days is changing: it will take place from Wednesday, 26.09. to Saturday, 29.09, and thus enables a more compact, more intensive trade fair experience. More Info: photokina.com via Photokina.com
  8. Photokina 2018+

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    Photokina will take place annually as of 2018. It will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry. As of 2019 the trade fair will also have a new date in May. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. With these changes, the transformation process begun in 2016 shall be consistently continued: under the umbrella of "Imaging Unlimited", photokina last year inspired both exhibitors and visitors and accessed new target groups for the industry. "The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture," Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state. The imaging ecosystem today also includes, in addition to the core areas from the imaging workflow, trend areas like virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, as well as image recognition and holography. The growing flood of images and videos must be processed and administered, so that archiving and content management, social media and communities are coming increasingly into focus. Apps and software solutions have become indispensable both for professional use and for the end consumer. Smart home applications and computer-generated imaging are once again increasing in importance. photokina should in future serve as an important international innovation platform. Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, has a positive perspective on the future of the trade fair: "photokina 2016 has shown us that this traditional brand in our portfolio has lost nothing of its attraction worldwide and in the region. The new concept has been a complete success. photokina has continued to develop further over time, as have the products, services and the market environment presented there. Now we are taking the next logical step by offering a digitally powered product environment an attractive annual platform for presenting the latest innovations and for entering into discussion with traders, specialist users and end customers." For the 2018 event, only the series of days is changing: it will take place from Wednesday, 26.09. to Saturday, 29.09, and thus enables a more compact, more intensive trade fair experience. More Info: photokina.com via Photokina.com
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  10. World Press Photo 2018 Cameras

    Here is a breakdown of the cameras used by photojournalists in the 2018 World Press Photo contest Via Photolari
  11. New Gitzo Adventury Backpacks Line

    Gitzo has presented a new series of backpacks for field photographers and those who demand a convenient and safe way of moving photography equipment. The new series consists of two models: the 30L one and the 45L one. Both models make it possible to pack a big reflex camera with a big connected lens and a few additional lenses. Apart from that, the producer has created two separate reinforced pockets for 15'' laptops and tablets. 1). Gitzo Adventury Backpack Both models are equipped with the GITZO G-Cushion inserts which make it possible to turn the backpacks into ordinary travel backpacks. Both models are already available on pre-sale. The 30L one costs $250, whereas the 45L one - $350.
  12. Meyer Optik announced a new Trioplan 50 f/2.9 Classic lens that will be available for Nikon, Canon and Leica M mounts (rangefinder coupling for Leica is supported). The estimated shipping date is October 2018. The EU pricing is 799/899 EUR (including VAT). via Photorumors.com
  13. Fujifilm has just presented a long-awaited medium-format lens - GF 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR. Apart from the lens, the GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter and the MCEX-18G WR 18mm and MCEX-45G WR 45mm macro rings have also had their premieres. Fujinon GF 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR is a construction consisting of 16 elements placed in 11 groups. Among them we can find two lenses made of ED glass and one made of Super ED glass. The lens has a 9-blade aperture with the maximum light of f/4. With the focal length of 250mm, which is the equivalent of 200mm for full-frame frame, we can expect perfect background blurring. The new lens has been equipped with a quiet and quick autofocus and a new mechanism for adjusting the position of the linear motor. Its minimum focus distance is 1.4 metres. Apart from that, the lens is equipped with the image stabilization with the 5-grade vibration reducing. 1). Fujifilm Fujinon GF 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Everything is enclosed in a resistant magnesium body which has the dimensions of 204x108mm and which weighs 1425g. The lens is, of course, sealed and the front lens is additionally covered with water and dirt resistant fluorite coating. 2). Fujifilm GF 1.4X TC WR Teleconverter Fujifilm has also presented the GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter, which will extend the focal length of the lens to 277mm (the equivalent for full-frame frame) and two Macro rings: MCEX-18G WR 18mm and MCEX-45G WR 45mm. 3). MCEX-18G WR 18mm and MCEX-45G WR 45mm Macro Rings The GF 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR lens is to appear on sale at the end of May and it will cost $4125 dollars. The GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter will cost $1060 and the macro rings - $410.
  14. Fujifilm Fujinon GF 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Lens and Adapters Officially Announced
  15. Eizo ColorEdge CG319X DCI-4K HDR Announcement

    Eizo has announced a display, which is a successor of the CG318-4K model, presented in 2014. The display is targeted at professional graphic artists, photographers and filmakers, for which color science is a priority. Eizo ColorEdge CG319X DCI-4K HDR, similarly to its predecessor, is equipped with the 31.1'' IPS sensor in the DCI-4K format (4096 x 2160 pixels), which offers the contrast of 1500:1 and the brightness of 350 cd/m2. The Adobe RGB gamut coverage is 99%, and the DCI-P3 space - 98%. The screen is also equipped with the display support and HDR (Hybrid Log-gamma function) material processing. The user can quickly switch between 9 gamuts (REC2020, REC709, DCI, PQ_DCI, PQ_REC2100, HLG_REC2100, Adobe RGB, sRGB). 1). Eizo ColorEdge CG319X DCI-4K HDR Similarly to other displays of the ColorEdge series, the CG319X model has a built-in calibrator, which enables automatic calibration during work, and a thermometer (!) which makes it possible to correct the settings, depending on the ambient temperature. When it comes to the connectors, the display has two HDI connectors, two DisplayPort connectors and three USB 3.0 connectors. In a set, we can also find a protective hood. 2). Eizo ColorEdge CG319X DCI-4K HDR The display is to appear on sale in May. The price has not been revealed yet but we can expect that it won't be low since the predecessor cost around $5000 during its premiere.
  16. ProGrade Digital is first to publicly demonstrate CFexpress 1.0 technology in 1TB capacity: Industry-leading speeds Greater than 1,400MB/second read Greater than 1,000MB/second burst write CFexpress Type B format factor with two lanes of PCIe® and NVM Express® support XQD form factor interoperability Dimensions: 29.6 mm x 38.5 mm x 3.8 mm ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II V90 memory cards: High performance speed verified to perform at a sustained read rate of up to 250MB/second; sustained write speed of up to 200MB/second Video (V90) tested and certified to perform at a minimum sustained recording rate of 90MB/second Recommended specifically for use with the Panasonic GH5S, Panasonic AU-EVA1, Canon Cinema EOS line and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Optimized for 6K, 4K, UHD, Full HD, Motion JPEG and most high bit rate MPEG-4 CODECs Rigorous full card testing with serialized tracking of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control Component-level testing down to individual memory chips for optimal quality Professional-level capacities 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Packaging: jewel case in a sleeve 3-year warranty via Photorumors.com
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  18. NAB Show

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    With over 1 million net square feet of exhibit space and over 1,700 exhibiting companies, NAB Show is the global event highlighting the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. More Info
  19. Lomography has surprised us once again. This time it has presented an ultra wide-angle lens based on the Neptune System. In the middle of 2017, Lomography presented the Neptune system, which is based on the almost 200 year-old project of a French optician, Charles Chevalier. The basis of the whole construction is the module with aperture, focus ring, and mount with 3 lenses, to which we can connect various front optical elements. Thanks to this solution, the system is more convenient and compact. 1). Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 consists of 9 elements, placed in 7 groups. As the producer assures, the lenses have been made of high quality optical glass and they are supposed to ensure the sharpness of image and faithful color reproduction. In addition, the lens is equipped with f/3.8 aperture, which can be closed up to f/22. The minimum focus distance is merely 1cm. The latest lens is, of course, manual and it is not equipped with any contacts. It has been designed having in mind full-frame reflex cameras of Canon, Nikon and Pentax, but it, of course, works with APS-C sensors. An interesting solution used in the lens is a sun shield, which is at the same time a holder of filters with the width of 100mm and the thickness of 2 mm. (the producers of wide-angle lenses should take a note of it!) 2). Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 is already available on sale. The lens will cost $499 – for this price we will get the mentioned sun shield, front and back lids as well as a case and a cleaning cloth. The lens with the required Neptune module costs $699. It is also available in the premium set – full Neptune Convertible Art lens system with four fixed lenses and additional filters. Such a set will cost $1249. 3). Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 - Sample Photo 4). Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 - Sample Photo 5). Lomography Naiad 15mm f/3.8 - Sample Photo
  20. 15MP 4K Camera Adjustable Pitch Adjustable settings for manual, ISO adjustment, White balance, and Video size Time-Lapse Burst Mode Resolutions: 720P, 1080P, 4K Gyro (seems to be EIS, not a gimbal) GPS Optical flow sensors Brushless motors Easy propeller replacement by spinning them off. 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz Wifi Cheap replaceable batteries
  21. GoPro Hero Announcement

    GoPro has added to its offer a new budget version of its flagship product - GoPro Hero. This model is supposed to satisfy the needs of less demanding users who do not need all the functions of Hero6. The new model enables recording films in FullHD 60p as well as taking photographs with the resolution of 10Mp and the maximum speed of 10f/s. With the use of this camera, we can also record timelapses. 1). GoPro Hero When it comes to the construction, the new GoPro Hero is practically the same as the top model - we have a 2'' touch screen on the back wall and a monochromatic screen on the front wall. The camera is equipped with the voice control functions and it is compatible with Quick Stories. It has electronic image stabilization. Similarly to Hero6, the camera's housing is sealed (it can be immersed up to 10m without any additional housing) and it is resistant to falls. GoPro HERO is already available on the market and it costs $200. The price seems attractive when compared to the top Hero6 model, which costs twice as much. However, the main rival of the model, YI Lite, costs $100 and it offers practically the same parameters.
  22. Compare it to YI Black: 4K UHD and 2.5K Video at 30 fps 1080p up to 120 fps / 720p up to 240 fps 12MP Photos with 30 fps Bust Mode Ultra-Wide-Angle Glass Lens In-Camera Lens Distortion Correction Electronic Image Stabilization Dual-Band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity Video and Photo Time-Lapse 2.19" LCD Touchcreen with Gorilla Glass 1400mAh Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery For Just $167. GoPro as always overpriced.....
  23. We Can Expect New GoPro Camera on March 30th

    Entry-level GoPro HERO camera is now officially announced Spec: 1440p or 1080p video 10MP camera Waterproof to 33' Voice control Rear 2" touchscreen Wi-Fi for remote monitoring and control Includes flat and curved adhesive mounts Price: $199
  24. Huawei P20 and P20 Pro Announcement

    Huawei is a company which presented the first smartphone with double camera 2 years ago. Now, it has again beaten the competitive companies by presenting a smartphone which is equipped with 3 cameras. In comparison to other solutions on the market, Huawei P20 Pro offers two cameras with the same focal length of 27mm, which differ when it comes to the sensor type and the lens brightness. The main module provides a colorful sensor with the resolution of 40Mp and the lens with the light f/1.8, whereas the second monochromatic sensor has the resolution of 20Mp and the lens brightness of f/1.6. Both sensors are supposed to cooperate, which enables us to obtain better image quality in the case of colorful photographs and work in low light - maximum ISO of 102400. 1). Huawei P20 and P20 Pro Both cameras cooperate also in the portrait mode, in which, thanks to the stereoscopic view, they make it possible to simulate realistic image blurring. The third camera, similarly to other top smartphones, is a telephoto lens. Its focal length is 80mm and it has the light of f/2.4. The sensor resolution is merely 8Mp. The most interesting thing about the 8Mp module is its software which, by connecting information provided by this sensor with the 40Mp main module, is supposed to enable photographers to make lossless smooth zooms (maximally - 5x ones). The smartphone is also equipped with the fourth, front face camera with the 24Mp sensor, so all selfie lovers should be satisfied. 2). Huawei P20 and P20 Pro When it comes to the technical side, we have at our disposal the following: 8-core Kirin 970 processor with the Mali-G72 MP12 graphic system, 6 GB of RAM, 6,1'' OLED screen with the FHD 1080x2240px resolution, 4000 mAh battery and 128GB of storage space. Everything works under Android 8.1. What's more, Huawei P20 Pro automatically recognizes the scene type and adjusts proper photography parameters. It also offers the 3D Portrait Lighting mode, which simulates various lighting types, just like in the case of iPhone X, the movie mode (4K, 60 f/s) and the possibility of recording films in slow motion in HD, with the speed of 960 f/s. 3). Huawei P20 and P20 Pro When it comes to the design, Huawei P20 Pro has been largely inspired by iPhone X. The similarities are so big that if it wasn't for the "Home" button and the presence of three cameras, the two phones could be easily mistaken. Unfortunately, the smartphone, similarly to iPhone X, does not offer the headphone connector and the microSD card slot. Besides the P20 Pro model, its simpler and cheaper P20 version will also appear on the market. The P20 model will also offer 2 modules of cameras with the lenses equivalent to 27mm (15Mp with the light of f/1.8 and 20Mp with the light of f/1.6). This model will have a little worse specification - the 4-core processor, 4GB of RAM and the 3400mAh battery. Both smartphones will appear on sale on 12 April. They will cost around $1110 for the Huawei P20 Pro version and around $800 for the standard version. Here's the P20 Pro camera breakdown: 40-megapixel main RGB (Aperture: F1.8) 8-megapixel telephoto (Aperture: F2.4; has OIS) 20-megapixel monochrome lens (Aperture: F1.6) 24-megapixel front-facing camera (Aperture: F2.0) And here's the Huawei P20 camera sitch: 12-megapixel main RGB (Aperture: F1.8) 20-megapixel monochrome lens (Aperture: F1.6) 24-megapixel front-facing camera (Aperture: F2.0)
  25. As I already reported GoPro will announce a new camera at the end of March. Today the Japanese site Nokishita confirmed the date and posted some additional information on the new GoPro: via Photorumors.com
  26. Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 ZERO-D Announcement

    Venus Optics has just extended its offer by the construction for which many users of mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors have waited. The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 ZERO-D model is the widest fixed lens with the light of f/2.8, which can be connected to the cameras with Fujifilm X, Sony E and Canon EF-M mounts. The lens, as its name suggests, is characterized by minimal distortion, thanks to which it is perfect for architecture and interior photography. 1). Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 ZERO-D The optical system consists of 15 elements, placed in 10 groups. Among them there are 2 aspherical lenses and 3 lenses made of ED glass. The minimum focus distance is 12cm. The lens is equipped with a 7-blade aperture and it is, of course, manual. The body is made of metal and it weighs only 215g. 2). Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 ZERO-D Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 ZERO-D APS-C is to appear on sale at the beginning of April. The producer hasn't revealed its price yet.
  27. Leica M Monochrom Stealth Edition Announcement

    Leica M Monochrom „Stealth Edition“ is a limited version of Leica M Monochrom (type 246), which was designed by Marcus Wainwright, the founder and general director of the fashion brand Rag & Bone. A characteristic element of this model is a black matt body and the marks which light up in the darkness. As the very name of the camera suggests, only monochromatic photographs can be taken with the use of this camera, which is also the case with the standard version. The camera is equipped with the 24Mp CMOS sensor, without a low-pass filter, which has the dimensions of 23.9x35.8mm, as well as the Maestro image processor and 2GB buffer. 1). Leica M Monochrom „Stealth Edition“ The camera enables work within the ISO range of 320-25000 and recording films in FullHD 1080p. The films are recorded in the Motion JPEG format, which is loved by Canon. The 3'' LCD screen has the resolution of 921600 pixels. In the Live View mode, we can find the functions of focus enlargement and focus peaking, which enable precise adjustment of focus. 2). Leica M Monochrom „Stealth Edition“ The body is made of resistant magnesium alloy, whereas the upper and bottom parts are made of a milled uniform piece od brass. The camera is covered with a black matt paint. Most of the standard white letters on the buttons and other marks have been darkened and covered with a fluorescent paint which shines in the darkness. A significant part of the body has been covered with a cowhide, which is supposed to ensure better adhesion during photographing. 3). Leica M Monochrom „Stealth Edition“ Together with Leika M Monochrom (Type 246) in the „Stealth Edition“ version, the producer has also presented a dedicated lens - Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. The lens has an identical design so we get luminescent marks and a black matt tube. 4). Leica M Monochrom „Stealth Edition“ As the producer assures, only 125 of such sets will be manufactured. The camera with the lens shall appear on sale on 20 March. The limited set will cost $15750...
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