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Venus Optics Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 lens to be announced soon (for Leica L, Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon RF)

26 juin 2022 à 23:57
Par : PR admin


The Laowa FFii 12-24mm f/5.6 C-Dreamer ultra-wide full-frame zoom lens from Venus Optics has been rumored for a while and it seems that we are getting closer to the official announcement – here are the first unboxing pictures of the final product:

Previous coverage of the Venus Optics Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 lens can be found here:

  • Supported formats: Full size
  • Focal length: 12-24mm
  • Aperture: F5.6-F22
  • Angle of view: 121.9 ° -84 °
  • Lens configuration: 15 elements in 11 groups (2 aspherical elements, 3 ED lenses)
  • Aperture blade: 5 pieces
  • Shortest shooting distance: 15cm
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.4x
  • Size: φ69.4 × 74mm
  • Weight: 497g
  • Mount: Leica M, Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon RF

Venus Optics Laowa 12-24mm f/5.6 lens specifications (Leica M, Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon RF)

Venus Optics displayed nine new Laowa lenses in a photo show in China

Additional details on the upcoming Laowa lenses from Venus Optics: 25mm f/0.95, 33mm f/0.95, 35mm f/0.95, 45mm f/0.95 and 12-24mm f/5.6

Via SonyAddict

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7artisans lenses are up to 20% off for Independence Day

25 juin 2022 à 23:51
Par : PR admin


7artisans is currently running up to 20% off on select lenses for Independence Day – see the details here. This offer is valid until July 11.

Use coupon code Welcome5 at checkout for an additional $5 off.

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Insta360 has a new teaser for what appears to be a new modular camera with a Leica lens

25 juin 2022 à 23:38
Par : PR admin


Insta360 has a new teaser for what appears to be a new modular camera with a Leica lens. The official announcement will be on May 28th. The text “Our next camera brings a new level of image quality, from dusk till dawn” suggest very good low light capabilities and possibilities of astrophotography as the teaser picture above suggests.

Insta360 has already worked with Leica before on another camera). Back in 2020 Leica and Insta360 announce a strategic partnership to reinvent the action cam:

Leica and Insta360 announce strategic partnership to reinvent the action cam (Insta360 ONE R)

Here is the video teaser and some enhanced screenshots of the new camera where you clearly see the Leica branded lens:





Here is the current Insta360 camera line-up:

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DPReview TV: Leica - the good and the bad

In our continuing series about each camera manufacturer's strengths and weakness, we turn our judgemental gaze to Leica. Cherished and derided in equal measure, what does Leica get right, and where can it improve?

We went to Wetzlar Germany to give our opinions.


Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week.


BCN+R published their latest DSLR camera sales data

25 juin 2022 à 18:08
Par : PR admin

BCN+R published their latest DSLR camera sales data – Nikon DSLR sales are down, Canon DSLR sales are up, while Ricoh/Pentax DSLR sales remain virtually unchanged:


From the BCN+R report (Google translated):

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras , which now account for 80% of the total sales and amount of money, have become the mainstream. One SLR is becoming a thing of the past. While the camera market continues to shrink due to being pushed by smartphones, it can be said that Corona has accelerated the end of SLR cameras. Looking at the year-on-year changes in sales, both the number of units and the amount of money have continued to fall sharply from the previous year. The index with the sales volume and amount of 1 each in May 2019 before the Korona-ka fell sharply in the spring of 2020 when it entered the Korona-ka, and in April the number was 0.26 and the amount was 0.25, which is a quarter of the previous year. I was depressed.

However, from March to May last year, due to the reaction of the previous year and the cancellation of the state of emergency, the year-on-year increase temporarily recorded a double-digit increase. After all, it was only the last three months that I was able to make a positive change. After that, the severe year-on-year decline continued again. However, the index gradually improved after hitting the bottom in February of this year. In May, the number of units was 0.26 and the amount was 0.34, which was a slight recovery, and the amount increased from the previous year for the first time in a year.

In terms of market share of manufacturers, Canon and Nikon continued to compete with each other until last spring. However, in May, there was a big difference between Canon’s 74.5% and Nikon’s 21.4%. This is because Nikon has stopped selling mainly entry models since last spring. Currently, there are three full- frame Nikon SLR models, the D850 and D780, in addition to the flagship D6. The APS-C is only the D7500 , and there are only four SLR models. Nikon’s year-on-year sales were 11.9% in November last year and 20.0% in value. In other words, it recorded a large minus of 80% to 90%. However, in May, the number of units recovered to 59.5% and the amount of money recovered to 90.3%. This is because the price of the cheapest D750 among the current products has dropped and sales are increasing. Canon, which has the top market share, has not narrowed down its lineup to the extreme. The year-on-year rate of change in May was 108.6%, and the amount was 107.5%. In particular, sales of the top-selling E OS Kiss X10 are growing,

Nikon has also discontinued sales of the popular D500 and Df, and it seems that they are enthusiastic about betting on the mirrorless Z series. It is unlikely that the SLR will reverse in the future. It can be said that it is a correct decision. In other words, it was Nikon that drove the rapid contraction of the SLR market. However, SLR lens assets are abundant. There are also a certain number of layers that prefer optical viewfinders. The SLR market will continue to be a niche category in the future (source: BCN+R, translated).

BCN Ranking collects real sales data from approximately 40% of the Japanese retailers – this is not a worldwide market share report.

Previous BCNR reports can be found here.

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Pre-orders of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens are temporarily paused because of high demand

24 juin 2022 à 20:12
Par : PR admin


OM Systems announced that pre-orders of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens are temporarily paused because of high demand (check Adorama and B&H Photo for the latest pre-order status). This is the third warning about the lens being in high demand (see this and this post). Here is the full text of the release:

We appreciate your continued support of OM SYSTEM products.

Demand continues to exceed supply for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens. As we prioritize and accommodate customers who have already placed orders from our online store and through retail partners, we have therefore made the difficult decision to temporarily pause the acceptance of new orders in the Japanese market effective June 23, 2022 until further notice. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an approximate delivery schedule to customers who place orders on or after June 23, 2022. We will provide additional details as soon
as an estimated delivery schedule is available. Customers who have already placed orders will receive the product as soon as it is available.

This situation relates only to the Japan market and the acceptance new orders will be resumed
as soon as possible.

As the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens is manufactured and assembled using advanced production and assembly technologies under strict quality control standards, the daily production volume is limited. Therefore, manufacturing is on a built-to-order basis. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your patience and understanding and will provide additional updates as they become available. (Source)

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens now shipping, first unboxing pictures

Announced: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO lens

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Video: Fly around the inside of a dentist office with this one-take FPV drone video

In recent years, the adoption of one-take FPV (first-person-view) drone videos for filmmaking and promotional purposes has seen an uptick. Pilots such as Jay Byrd Christensen and Johnny FPV have captured incredible, up-close-and-personal perspectives of bowling alleys and sports arenas using a tiny drone.

Zahnarzt Schumacher, a general dentist based, employed a skilled team of pilots to create an FPV video to showcase their business. DPReview contacted the office and found out it was House of Drones pilots Moritz Werffeli and Laurin Göllerused who used a NakeX HD BNF (bind and fly) cinewhoop drone that carries GoPro's Hero (7, 8 and 9 at this time) cameras.

'We are specialized it all kind[s] of FPV footage and live productions for sport[ing events] with FPV drones,' Werfelli tells DPReview. Red Bull is one of their many clients. The NakeX was designed and built by the House of Drones team in Switzerland.

Clocking in at a little under one minute and thirty seconds, the video starts outside of the office, in the 6102 Malters block, flies through a van waiting outside the entrance and makes its way into the building. After a flight past reception, it maneuvers through several dental offices where you see both a child and two adults getting dental work done.

Drones are known for giving one a 'bird's-eye view.' In this case, it feels like being a fly passing through a variety of spaces given the close proximity you get to the dental chairs, trays, and even the patients and employees. This is a perspective that is made possible with a small cinewhoop and skilled FPV pilot or, in this case, team.

All drones used by the House of Drones team can be found on their FPVFrame.ch website.

Samsung announces 200MP ISOCELL HP3 image sensor with industry's smallest pixels

Samsung has announced a new 200MP image sensor, the ISOCELL HP3. The mobile imaging sensor features the industry's smallest pixels, at 0.56-micrometer (μm), reducing the overall image sensor and camera module size.

'Samsung has continuously led the image sensor market trend through its technology leadership in high resolution sensors with the smallest pixels,' said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics. 'With our latest and upgraded 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push on to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.'

The ISOCELL HP3 isn't Samsung's first 200MP image sensor. The company announced the ISOCELL HP1 last fall, and we recently saw some real-world images captured with that 200MP sensor. The ISOCELL HP3 features 12 percent smaller pixel size than the HP1 in a 1/1.4"-type format (11.5mm diagonal, giving a 3.78x crop factor).

Samsung states the reduction in pixel size results in an approximately 20 percent reduction in camera module surface area compared to the HP1, allowing smartphone manufacturers to make smaller, thinner smartphones.

The ISOCELL HP3 includes Super Quad Phase Detection (QPD) autofocus technology, meaning all the sensor's pixels contribute towards its autofocus capabilities. Super QPD is comparable with Sony Semiconductor's 'Quad Pixel AF' system, using a single lens over four adjacent pixels, allowing the sensor to detect phase differences in horizontal and vertical directions (cross-type). Samsung promises' more accurate and quicker' autofocus performance for smartphone camera users.

As for video, the HP3 records 8K resolution video at up to 30 frames per second and 4K video at up to 120 frames per second. There's 'minimal loss' in the field of view when recording 8K footage, but it's unclear what precise crop factor will occur.

Like the ISOCELL HP1, the HP3 has an over-sized Bayer pattern, with each color extending across 4x4 squares of photosites. This is an extension of the company's 2x2 'Tetracell' (c.f Quad Bayer) technology, and is now branded Tetra2.

This allows the camera to combine groups of 16 photosites to deliver 12.5MP images with effectively 2.24μm pixels. It's also possible for processing to try to reconstruct the a conventional Bayer arrangement would have produced for its 50MP and 200MP images (a process Samsung calls 're-mosaicing'). This ability to combine pixels delivers improved performance in low light, but means the full res images won't be as detailed a 200MP Bayer sensor would.

The sensor also includes what it calls a 'Smart-ISO Pro' feature. This exploits the oversized Bayer pattern by capturing different rows of pixels with different amounts of gain to capture more dynamic range. In previous instances, Samsung talked about using different levels of 'conversion gain' (ie: the two in-pixel readout modes). Instead with the HP3 Samsung talks about combining 'ISO' levels, rather than gain levels. It says the new chip can combine a 'low ISO mode' with either a mid or a high ISO mode, to capture even more dynamic range. This suggests Samsung is using an amplifier, rather than just the sensor's two conversion gain modes.

This new approach and the wider dynamic range it captures has prompted a move from combining the data in 12-bit files to 14-bit instead, providing room for this additional dynamic range.

Since the Smart-ISO Pro HDR mode is presumably delivered at a lower resolution, the chip also offers a staggered HDR mode, shooting three photos with different exposures, one after the other (with a risk of subject movement between frames). Both the staggered and Smart-ISO Pro HDR modes are also offered in video mode. The HP3 can shoot at up to 8K/30 or deliver its HDR capture in 4K and FullHD.

Samsung already has available samples of the ISOCELL HP3 sensor and expects mass production to begin this year. It's unclear when users should expect the first smartphones equipped with the ISOCELL HP3 to ship.

Film Friday: Photographer uses a rare converted French cinema lens on his Leica M3

One of the neatest aspects of film photography is its rich history. Despite photography really only being a century-old technology, at least for the masses, there are so many diverse lenses you can adapt to a wide range of analog cameras.

As reported by 35mmc, photographer Rajat Srivastava recently discovered just how diverse and unique the search for an optic could be while searching for a new portrait lens for his Leica M3. Srivastava wanted a 75mm lens because it would work as a 100mm lens on his Leica M8.2 digital rangefinder.

As it turns out, Srivastava happened upon a very unusual lens for sale at The Latent Image in Shrewsbury, UK. The specialty film photography store was selling a French SOM Berthiot 75mm cinema lens. The lens was converted to M mount from C mount, and Srivastava believes there cannot be many other lenses like it, perhaps none.

SOM Berthiot, which is shorthand for Société d'Optique et de Mécanique Berthiot, made C and D mount motion picture lenses. Its lenses were designed for amateur, and professional use and the company won an award for 'Scientific or Technical Achievement' from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1958. SOM Berthiot lenses are quite rare and popular among collectors.

The lens that Srivastava purchased was designed for the H-16 Bolex Cine cameras in the late 1950s. The lens is not especially large, and its usability proved quite nice. Srivastava says that most of the time, he's used the lens at F2.5 or F2.8. 'There is a lot of vignetting but this does not bother me,' he writes. 'The images have what I consider to be a classic look.'

Srivastava continues, 'Needless to say, this is my favorite lens and I find myself using my other M- mount lens much less frequently.' To see a few more sample shots, head over to 35mmc. You can view more of Rajat Srivastava's photography on his website and Instagram.


Image credits: Rajat Srivastava

About Film Fridays: We've launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we'll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI version 3.7 released, currently on sale

24 juin 2022 à 04:03
Par : PR admin



Topaz Labs released DeNoise AI version 3.7 which introduces improved color consistency with Low Light v4, updated TensorRT models, important stability improvements, and bug fixes:

  • Improved color consistency with Low Light v4 – Improvements to how we trained Low Light v4 allows us to provide more consistent color while reducing blotchiness in the highlights and shadows.
  • Updated TensorRT models – Users of supported NVIDIA GPUs will experience performance improvements, especially when using the RAW model.
  • Important stability improvements and bug fixes – Additional camera model RAW files are now supported, including the highly requested Olympus OM1. Bug fix highlights include plugging up a memory leak when batch processing using the RAW model, improved handling of batch import into Adobe Lightroom Classic, and a new workflow that prevents crashes when applying the RAW model to Canon CR2 files.

For a limited time, DeNoise AI is $20 off and you can get an additional 15% off with promo code DENOISE15 (expires July 8, 2022).

Additional information on the latest Topaz Labs DeNoise AI version 3.7:



Improved color consistency with Low Light v4
When using the Low Light v3 model in DeNoise v3.6, you may have experienced blotchiness, or patterns, especially in the highlight and shadow regions of very noisy photos. This was due to the Low Light model preserving some of the color in the noise pattern of the original at a very local level, in an effort to provide more consistent color.

To alleviate that issue, we adjusted our approach and reduced that color consistency constraint (say that three times fast 😁) to work on larger regions of the image as opposed to at a very local level. This new approach allows the model to focus on improving noise reduction without worrying about color consistency… yet. That’s because we added a smaller model with the sole purpose of matching the input and output color, thereby establishing improved color consistency of the image after the model processes it.

With these updates, color blotchiness and patterns are significantly reduced, especially in the highlight and shadow regions. The improvements will also be most visible with images suffering from stronger color noise. Here are some examples that illustrate the improvements between Low Light v3 (in DeNoise AI v3.6.2) and Low Light v4 (in DeNoise AI v3.7).

Updated TensorRT models

With the implementation of TensorRT models, users who have computers containing NVIDIA GPUs that are 30, 20, or 10 Series will experience model performance improvements. We optimized the library used for NVIDIA GPUs from DirectML to TensorRT and have included these models with the DeNoise AI installer. While users should experience performance boosts with all models, the RAW model will yield especially huge gains when using a supported NVIDIA GPU. Here are two benchmark tests comparing the NVIDIA RTX 3080 and RTX 3060 performance of the DeNoise AI RAW model using DirectML and TensorRT. As you can see, the performance gains are notable.

Important stability improvements and bug fixes

We’re constantly working to improve our support of new camera model RAW files. With DeNoise AI v3.7, we’ve added support for the Olympus OM1, as well as a number of other camera models. We’ve also improved the JPEG Quality and PNG Compression sliders, giving users more granularity for those settings when saving those respective files. Now, the slider for both formats goes from 1 – 100 instead of 1 – 10.

While DeNoise AI v3.7 has a large number of bug fixes, here are some notable ones:

  • We fixed an issue that prevented Adobe Lightroom Classic from not being able to import all images from large batch processes.
  • We’ve improved the reliability of applying the RAW model to Canon CR2 files. Previously, this could have resulted in the app crashing.
  • Previously when batch processing a large amount of RAW files, a memory leak could cause the program to crash. This should now be resolved.

Major Changes:

  • Updated Low Light model and some color correction changes
  • Updated Libraw to support OM-1 files
  • Added TensorRT models on Windows which should speed up processing on Nvidia GPUs in the 10, 20, and 30 series

Changes:

  • Added new processing error messages (updated wording, missing model dialogs, etc)
  • Added ability to cancel update in manual update mode
  • Added Ctrl/Alt/Shift + Scroll shortcuts for Masking mode to change radius/softness/opacity
  • Added show password toggle on the login screen
  • Added a Lightroom Classic troubleshooting link under the Help menu on Mac
  • Changed JPG and PNG quality/compression sliders go from 1-100 now instead of 1-10
    – JPEG quality settings should now get reset to 95 whenever the user last used anything 30 or lower (prevents bad saves)
  • Changed default quality from 90% to 95% when preserving input settings to match default JPEG quality
  • Removed animations when loading files which should make the program feel faster

Fixes:

  • Fixed CR2 files crashing on open
  • Fixed Lightroom not being able to import all images in large batch imports
  • Fixed memory leak when saving a large amount of RAW images
  • Fixed JPG DPI not being saved when overwriting file
  • Fixed TIFF metadata being lost when overwriting file
  • Fixed apply/cancel both being hidden when in external editor mode with no images selected
  • Fixed black block issue on first proc on Mac
  • Fixed Make/Model exif data not being written correctly when it comes from manufacturer specific tags
  • Fixed issue where PS last filter would freeze forever
  • Fixed issue where PS last filter wouldn’t show the preview for the image being processed
  • Fixed issue where manual update would be disabled after adding strokes in masking mode
  • Fixed mouse area for the file list view delegate not taking the entire area
  • Fixed zoom and view selection buttons being enabled when exporting
  • Fixed links inside of dialog boxes not being link colored
  • Fixed CoreML cache not being cleared between app updates which caused some processing errors
  • Fixed file list view height being incorrect when exporting in plugin mode

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Kickstarter updates

24 juin 2022 à 02:14
Par : PR admin

SPINN.DESIGN (they already had several very successful crowdfunding campaigns) just launched another project on Kickstarter – the SPINN CW.01 is a protective wrap for camera gear: $52,583 pledged of $7,927 goal.


The new Viltrox AF 13mm f/1.4 STM APS-C lens for Nikon Z and Sony E mount: $53,401 raised so far from 146 backers.


The ATOLL camera accessory that allows users to adjust the camera angle on a tripod quickly: $138,236 pledged of $10,000 goal.


Pinhole Pro Max – the world’s most advanced pinhole lens is now on Indiegogo: $263,374 raised by 1,034 backers.


This Duovox Mate Pro camera can capture and see the night as if it were day: $271,948 raised by 437 backers.


Venus Optics released a new silver version (neutral flare) of their world’s tiniest Laowa Nanomorph 1.5X Anamorphic lens: $640,247 raised so far by 298 backers.


Moment has a new Anamorphic 1.33x lens adapter on Kickstarter: $271,860 pledged of $50,000 goal.

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Blackmagic announced a new BMPCC 6K G2 Pocket Cinema Camera

23 juin 2022 à 19:33
Par : PR admin





Blackmagic announced a new BMPCC 6K G2 Pocket Cinema Camera:

  • Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
  • 6144 x 3456 sensor with 13 stops and dual native ISO up to 25,600.
  • Compatible with a wide range of popular EF lenses.
  • Up to 25,600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
  • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
  • Adjustable LCD screen.
  • Includes Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science.
  • Optional Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF.
  • Professional mini XLR inputs with 48 volt phantom power.
  • Larger NP-F570 battery, optional Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip.
  • Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

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Another cheap new lens: Meike 85mm f/1.8 AF STM full-frame lens for Sony E-mount for $200

23 juin 2022 à 19:12
Par : PR admin


This is the fourth new Meike lens announced in the past few weeks – the new Meike 85mm f/1.8 AF STM full-frame lens for Sony E-mount costs only $200. Here are the details:

  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Format: Full Frame
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Aperture range: F1.8-22
  • Lens diameter: 79.5mm
  • Aperture blades: 9 blades
  • Lens structure: 6 groups 9 elements
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.85m
  • Angle of View:  Horizontal: 16° Vertical: 24° Diagonal: 28.5°
  • Weight: 386g/0.85lb (only body)
  • Price: $199.99

Meike lenses are sold at B&H Photo and Amazon.

Additional pictures:







Source: Meike

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Meike releases $200 85mm F1.8 AF lens for Sony E-mount cameras

Photo accessory manufacturer Meike has released a new 85mm F1.8 autofocus lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless camera systems.

The new 85mm F1.8 lens is constructed of nine elements in six groups and has multi-layer coatings on the front and rear elements. A stepping motor is used to drive the autofocus system and It uses a nine-blade aperture diaphragm with electronic aperture control. Thanks to the contacts, all lens information is sent back to compatible cameras and an onboard Micro USB port can be used should future firmware updates be released.

The lens’ minimum focusing distance is 85cm (33.5”), uses a 67mm front filter thread and measures 79.5mm (3.1”) in diameter with a weight of 386g (13.6oz). Below is a small collection of sample images taken with the lens and provided by Meike:

The lens is available to purchase today for $200 on Meike’s online shop. It comes with the lens, front and rear lens caps, and a petal-shaped lens hood.

Blackmagic announces BMPCC 6K (G2), activates dormant gyro in whole PCC series

Blackmagic Design has announced a new version of its Pocket Cinema Camera 6K that features a flip-up screen and a bigger battery, as well as new firmware for the whole PCC series that activates an image stabilization gyro that tracks camera movement for software correction.


The Blackmagic PCC 6K (G2) model is an update rather than a dramatically new camera, but as well as the new hinged 5in LCD monitor and compatibility with the same NP-F550 battery that the current PCC 6K Pro uses, the new version of the camera also offers support for the existing Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF detachable electronic viewfinder. The new model doesn't have the built-in ND filters seen in the Pro version.

The company says the new model uses the same ‘generation 5 color science’ as its high-end URSA Mini Pro 12K, which brings more accurate skin-tones and a new ‘dynamic 12-bit gamma curve’ which helps to capture more color data in highlight and shadow areas.
The rest of the camera is much the same as the existing PCC 6K, and it uses the same 6144 x 3456-pixel S35 sensor and retains the Canon EF lens mount.

At the same time Blackmagic has released new firmware (7.9) for the whole Pocket Cinema Camera series that, amoung other things, activates a dormant motion-sensing gyro inside the cameras. The gyro records the motion of the camera and saves the data inside the video file. When the file is brought into Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve the software can use the embedded data to provide better image stabilization to the footage.

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (G2) is available now and costs $1995 / £1659 – the same as the existing PCC 6K. The Pro EVF costs £475/$495.

For more information see the Blackmagic Design website.

Press release:

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2, a next generation model of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 includes an adjustable touchscreen screen for easier framing of shots, a larger battery for longer shooting without needing to charge or change batteries, as well as support for an optional electronic viewfinder. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 has the latest Blackmagic generation 5 color science and retains the popular cinematic Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO and EF lens mount from the previous model.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$1,995.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at customers’ fingertips. Because it’s an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. Plus the large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to get perfect focus at 4K and 6K resolutions.

Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 lets customers use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects.

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, customers get an intuitive and user friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Customers also get full control over advanced camera features such as on screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings and more.

Whether users are shooting in bright sunlight or in almost no light at all, the 13 stops of dynamic range with dual native ISO up to 25,600 provide stunning low noise images in all lighting conditions. Plus the 6K models feature a larger Super 35 sensor that allows shooting with a shallow depth of field and anamorphic lenses. All models let customers shoot up to 60 fps or 120 fps windowed. An amazing sensor combined with Blackmagic color science means customers get the same imaging technology as the most expensive digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. On screen overlays show status and record parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels, frame guides and more. The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 LCD monitor is a more advanced display that can be tilted up and down so it’s easy to monitor a shot from any position.

Featuring the same generation 5 color science as the high end URSA Mini Pro 12K, the new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 delivers an even greater advancement in image quality with stunning, accurate skin tones and faithful color in every shot. Customers get a new dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, for better looking images. The color science also handles some of the complex Blackmagic RAW image processing, so color and dynamic range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata which customers can use in post production.

The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K models support an optional viewfinder to make outdoors and handheld shooting accurate and easy. Customers get an integrated high quality 1280 x 960 color OLED display with built in proximity sensor, 4 element glass diopter for incredible accuracy with a wide -4 to +4 focus adjustment. A built in digital focus chart ensures customers get perfect viewfinder focus setup. Customers can also view critical status information such as frame guides. The Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF connects quickly via a single connector. The viewfinder has a 70 degree swivel range and comes with 4 different types of eyecups for both left and right eyes.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K models both now use larger NP-F570 batteries for longer shooting times without needing to change or charge batteries. A locking DC power connector is used so customers won’t have to worry about losing power during a shoot. Plus the included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery simultaneously. Even the USB-C expansion port can trickle charge the battery, so customers can use portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or laptops. The optional battery grip lets customers add extra batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera so customers can keep shooting all day.

All Pocket Cinema Camera models include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is the same software used in Hollywood for creating high end feature films, episodic television shows, commercials and more. DaVinci Resolve features the new cut page with intelligent editing tools and innovative new features designed to help customers quickly find the footage customers want, edit it together and output it fast. In addition to the new cut page, customers also get DaVinci’s legendary professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools, all in a single software application.

“Since the release of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, customers have been asking for some of the features to be added to the 6K model,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’ve been able to achieve even greater manufacturing efficiencies which means that we are now able to release this new 6K model which adds an adjustable LCD touchscreen, larger longer battery life, support for the OLED viewfinder and improved on screen menus. We are excited to be offering these additional features that have been so popular with customers!”

* Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 features
* Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
* 6144 x 3456 sensor with 13 stops and dual native ISO up to 25,600.
* Compatible with a wide range of popular EF lenses.
* Up to 25,600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
* Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
* Adjustable LCD screen.
* Includes Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science.
* Optional Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF.
* Professional mini XLR inputs with 48 volt phantom power.
* Larger NP-F570 battery, optional Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip.
* Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

Availability and Price
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 is available now for US$1,995, excluding local duties and taxes, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II sample gallery

The OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II is an updated version of one of our favorite Olympus zoom lenses. Check out this ensemble gallery from our team that includes photos from Washington's North Cascades National Park, the Canadian north, the streets of Seattle, and rural England to see how it performs.

View our OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II sample gallery

Ricoh’s new firmware for Pentax K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III adds season-specific presets, but only if you have the right lenses

Ricoh Imaging’s Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR camera system.

Update (9:50am ET June 23, 2022): We removed a few sentences that suggested these modes would only be available during certain times of the year. That does not appear to be the case, although we are confirming with Ricoh Imaging.


Ricoh Imaging has announced new firmware updates for three of its DSLR camera systems that, quite frankly, add one of the most unusual ‘features’ we’ve ever seen a company add to a camera. The updated firmware for Ricoh’s Pentax K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III cameras will enable season-specific Custom Image modes when used with select Pentax Limited-series lenses.

Ricoh describes the process as follows:

‘When a compatible limited series lens is mounted, the camera automatically detects and confirms compatibility with the firmware, allowing the user to select the special-edition Custom Image mode. When selected, the mode allows adding unique finishing touches to images to enhance outdoor, seasonal landscapes.’

Ricoh is kicking off this new style of Custom Image modes with ‘Katen,’ or ‘Summer Sky,’ a preset made ‘in honor of summer.’ Ricoh says Katen ‘is designed to emphasize the rich blues of summer skies and depict the fine details of dazzling white clouds.’ At launch, this Custom Image mode will be compatible with the HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR and HD Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited lenses.

Ricoh says 'autumn, winter and spring scenes will be available later this year.'

Press release:

Ricoh announces function-expansion firmware update with season- specific Custom Image mode for PENTAX K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III cameras

Custom Image modes provide unique visual effects when DSLRs are used with PENTAX Limited-series lenses; effects enhance outdoor images based on season of year, first is for summer

PARSIPPANY, NJ, June 23, 2022 - Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the release of new function-expansion firmware for PENTAX K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III digital SLR cameras that enables season-specific Custom Image modes when the cameras are used with specific PENTAX Limited-series lenses. Throughout the year, a series of season-specific Custom Image modes will be released, the first being issued today - KATEN, in honor of summer. When a compatible limited series lens is mounted, the camera automatically detects and confirms compatibility with the firmware, allowing the user to select the special-edition Custom Image mode. When selected, the mode allows adding unique finishing touches to images to enhance outdoor, seasonal landscapes.

The first season-specific mode available today is called KATEN or “Summer Sky.” It is designed to emphasize the rich blues of summer skies and depict the fine details of dazzling white clouds. This mode can be selected in combination with HD PENTAX-D FA 21mmF2.4ED Limited DC WR and HD PENTAX-DA 15mmF4ED AL Limited lenses. Both lenses feature an ultra-wide angle of view and the latest High Definition (HD) coating, which effectively minimizes ghost images even when photos are captured under harsh summertime sunshine, or when the sun is in the image field. These two lenses have been selected for the KATEN Custom Image mode because they best optimize the intended visual effects of the mode.

Custom Image modes that have been specially designed for capturing autumn, winter and spring scenes will be available later this year. The chart below shares detailed information on compatible cameras and lenses for each season-specific mode.

Special-Edition Custom Image mode Compatible Camera Body Partner Lens*
(Usable on all compatible camera bodies)
Summer (Katen) K-1, K1 Mark II, K-3 Mark III HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm F2.4ED Limited DC WR HD PENTAX-DA 15mm F4ED AL Limited
Autumn HD PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
Winter HD PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
Spring HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4ED Limited DC WR

* Lenses compatible with autumn, winter and spring Custom Image modes are tentative choices and may be changed later.

Note: Special-edition, season-specific Custom Image modes other than KATEN will be named later and announced with the release for each firmware.

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