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  1. Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 is yet another Zeiss lens which enlarges the series of manual lenses intended to be used with full-frame Nikon and Canon cameras. Professional Milvus family are designed to work without any problems with the cameras having high resolution sensors. Inside the new 35 model, we will find 14 optical elements placed in 11 groups, including 5 lenses made of special glass and one aspherical element. Such an advanced optical system should translate into the above-average image resolution, high contrast and proper color transfer. Thanks to the use of special elements, chromatic aberration is almost non-existent in this lens. What's more, due to anti-reflection coatings, the lens should fulfill its role perfectly in the contrasting lighting conditions. 1). Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Thanks to f/1.4 aperture, we will be able to successfully separate a photographed object of its background and achieve bokeh as well as the malleable blur of out-of-focus parts. The minimum focus distance is 30 cm. The advanced optical system has been enclosed in the tube made of metal, which is additionally sealed against the influence of weather conditions. 2). Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 will be available on sale with Nikon and Canon mounts already in July this year. It will cost around $2000.
  2. Resolution: 26.2MP Dual pixel CMOS AF AF point: 45 points cross type Continuous shooting: 6.5 fps Maximum ISO sensitivity: 40,000 (extended ISO: 102,400) Video: Full HD, 5 axis electronic image stabilization LCD screen: 3.0" vary angle touch screen Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Built-in GPS Size: 144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm Weight: 765g Via Nokishita
  3. The latest two Sigma Art DSLR lenses are now available for pre-order: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art: $1,299.00 Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art: $1,599.00
  4. Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens specification and photos: Model: B028 Mount: Canon/Nikon Lens design: 16 elements in 11 groups Diaphragm blades: 9 (circular stop) Minimum shooting distance: 17.7 inches (about 0.45 m) Maximum magnification: 1:2.9 Image stabilization: approximately 3.5 stops Filter diameter: 72 mm Diameter × length: 3.1 in × 4.8 in (79 mm × 122 mm) Weight: 25.6 oz (726 g) North American price: $649 via Photorumors and Nokishita
  5. Specification and first pictures of the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens: Model: A032 Lens design: 17 elements in 12 groups Diaphragm blades: 9 (circular stop) Minimum shooting distance: 15 inches (about 0.38 m) Maximum magnification: 1:5 Image stabilization: about 4.5 stops Filter diameter: 82 mm Diameter × length: 3.5 in × 4.4 in (89 mm × 112 mm) Weight: 31.9 oz (approx 904 g) via Photorumors.com & Nokishita
  6. So.... We know now USA pricing on the items: Nikon D5: $8,000 Nikon D500: $2,800 Nikkor 70-200E: $4,000 Set of three Nikkor lenses (14-24, 24-70, 70-200): $8,000 Nikon 100th anniversary premium leather bag: $400 Nikon 100th anniversary premium camera strap: $100
  7. Tenba, a company producing camera cases and bags, has refreshed its series of cases for the most demanding users. In the refreshed collection we can find four camera cases which differ when it comes to size and used solutions. The “Roadie” series includes cases of the highest quality. They are made of the waterproof and dirt-resistant material. The walls, handles and wheel mounting mechanisms have been strengthened. 1) Tenba Roadie The chambers are fully configurable, thanks to removable partitions. The main chamber has been equipped with a fully removable insert which can be placed inside a cover and used as a shoulder bag. The bags are also equipped with partitions for tablets, laptops and accessories. Some models of the series have arm straps, thanks to which they can be used as backpacks, which additionally makes traveling easier.
  8. Here is the Japanese pricing on some of the items Nikon D5: 1 million yen (around $9,000) Nikon D500: 350,000 yen (around $3,100) Set of three Nikkor lenses (14-24, 24-70, 70-200): 1 million yen (around $9,000) By NikonRumors.com
  9. Arsenal is the newest device presented by an engineer and photographer, Ryan Stout. It uses artificial intelligence to automatically choose proper parameters of exposure and take a perfect photograph, even in the hardest lighting conditions. The device consists of a special transmitter which is to be mounted on a hot shoe of the flashes and is to be connected with the camera via USB connector. The second part is the application (available for iOS and Android) which is based on the technology using artificial intelligence. Arsenal will choose the best parameters for a given situation, scene and weather conditions, having previously analyzed hundreds of thousands of similar frames and existing photographs. 1). Arsenal Despite appearances, the controversial device is not only dedicated for beginners who, theoretically, will not have to get into the secrets of photographic techniques. It will surely prove useful also for more advanced photographers and professionals. Arsenal enables us to, for instance, create time-lapses and see their previews while recording. We can also use the photostacking function already at the stage of taking photographs. We can also send photos to various social media from the level of the application. 2). Arsenal After Arsenal became a hit on Kickstarter, exceeding the assumed sum 30 times, we can expect that it will end up as part of many photographers' equipment. However, in order to test it thoroughly, we will have to wait until the next year since it is then that we can expect the first deliveries, according to the constructor. If the idea of this device is appealing to you, you can buy it for around $150 here.
  10. Announced earlier this year at CES 2017, Kodak's Kodachrome Magazine is now available for sale in the United States. Price - $20 plus shipping You can buy it here
  11. 1957 was a year when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was relocated from Earth to the outer space. In order to do that, Americans established a space agency (NASA) which was to enable us to become the leaders of space exploration. Unfortunately, the Soviet Union was the first one to send Sputnik into a low Earth orbit, making it at the same time the first satellite. The next great success was also the one of the Soviet Union – it was sending the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into the outer space. In 1961, President Kennedy promised that until the end of the decade the United States would send an American astronaut to the Moon and let him safely come back, and in this way they would become the leader of the race, which they finally managed to do. During the Apollo Missions, NASA took hundreds of thousands of photographs and audio files which were published by the government on the websites flickr.com and archive.org in September 2015. Two Austrians, Christian Stangl and his brother Wolfgang Stangl (who is a composer) used these photos (yes!) and audio files in order to create possibly the most beautiful short film from this expedition to the Moon that I've ever seen. Christian used panoramic stitching (several photographs which were taken in sequences) and stop motion sequences (photographs in which the camera is moving) and, as a result, created something which looks like an animated collage. It took him 18 months.
  12. Back on March 8 Sony Alpha Rumors published post an A9 and A9r (or A7rIII) rumor from a reliable source. The A9 info he shared proved to be correct. This means his info about the A9r or A7rII shared BEFORE the A9 launch is correct too: The camera under development seems to have 2 models. One is high-resolution model around 60-70MP, and the other is super high-performance AF, super high speed continuous shooting, and super high ISO sensitivity model. (SAR note: One is obviously the new A9 and one is the new A7rIII or A9r). The first model to be released will be the low rez and super high-performance AF camera Now they got informations from trusted source confirmed those informations: The new A7rIII (or A9r) will have more Megapixels than the A7rII (probably around 60 MP) Will not be released soon (not within 3-4 months).
  13. Nikon W300 is the newest version of a resistant compact camera - the camera which will fulfil its role in the situations in which there is a risk of serious damage to a phone or an ordinary camera. The camera is waterproof up to 30m, resistant to falls from a height of up to 2.4m and resistant to low temperatures. When it comes to the inside of the camera, the most important element - BSI CMOS sensor (ISO range 125-6400) still has 16Mp. The same zoom lens, with an equivalent of 24-120mm and the light of f/2.8-4.9, is also at our disposal. At the back, we have the same 3'' LCD display with the resolution of 921k points. 1). Nikon W300 When it comes to the new features, the most important change is the possibility of recording films in 4K, with the speed of 30f/s, or in Full HD 1080, with the speed of 60f/s. The producer has also added a diode with the use of which we will be able to light a photographed scene, and Active Guide mode in which we will gain access to additional GPS data, such as height, speed or location. 2). Nikon W300 The camera is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Snapbridge functions which, with the use of Bluetooth, automatically send the taken photos directly to your smartphone. 3). Nikon W300 The camera will appear on sale in the summer. It'll have four color versions and it'll cost $389.
  14. The third Nikon lens which had its premiere is a wide-angle budget zoom, intended to be used with the cameras equipped with APS-C sensor. The AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR model with a Nikon multiplier of x1.5 is an equivalent of 15-30mm for full frame. The lens has been designed having in mind beginners concerned with landscape and architectural photography. The optical system of this DX lens consists of 14 elements placed in 1 group, including 3 aspherical lenses, which are to minimize distortion. The lens is also equipped with a quiet motor, designed with Pulse technology, which is to ensure quiet and precise focus adjustment, and a 7-blade aperture. What's interesting, the lens is also equipped with the image stabilization system. 1). Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is to appear on the market in June and we'll be able to buy it for a reasonable price - $309.
  15. Nikon has also presented an interesting fisheye zoom lens - AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. At the widest focal length, the lens offers a circular image with the 180º angle of view. The optical system consists of 15 elements placed in 14 groups, including 3 elements made of low-dispersion glass (which are to reduce aberrations) and two aspherical ones. Of course, the lenses are covered with Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings. 1). Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED The lens is equipped with a 7-blade aperture, it is sealed and weighs 485g. Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED will be available in the next days within the next few days and it will cost $1250.