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Hier — 26 juin 2022Photo Rumors

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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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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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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More pictures of the Light Lens Lab Barnack replica film camera

22 juin 2022 à 22:01
Par : PR admin




Here are a few more pictures of the new Light Lens Lab Barnack replica film camera I mentioned online last week – this is a modern version of the original Leica Oskar Barnack camera (recently sold for $15M):

Please note that this is not the final production model – the pictures above are from the latest prototype. There is still no announcement date available for this LLL film camera.

LLL also sells several different lenses for Leica M-mount. If you are interested in purchasing any of the LLL lenses, you can contact me here and I will forward your request to the company. LLL does not have a website or a way of purchasing a lens online but they do ship internationally.

Leitz Photographica Auction results: Oskar Barnack’s 0-Series Leica camera no. 105 sold for 14.4 million Euros

Oskar Barnack’s 0-Series Leica camera expected to fetch over $3M at the next Leitz Photographica Auction

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New Profoto Connect Pro announced for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, and Fujifilm

21 juin 2022 à 18:54
Par : PR admin


Profoto announced a new Connect Pro for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, and Fujifilm cameras. The new Profoto Connect Pro is marketed as being more than just a remote trigger – “it’s the central nervous system of the shoot – because everything flows through it“.

Pre-orders are now open at Adorama, B&H Photo, and WEX (UK).

Features:

  • Intuitive interface on a large display
  • Connect it via your camera’s hot-shoe
  • 100 available channels with six groups for each channel (three groups are for TTL usage, whereas the other three are for manual use)
  • Extended battery life and rechargeable batteries
  • Seamless firmware updates via Profoto AirX
  • Control all groups from the Profoto Control app on your iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone
  • Switch from TTL Mode to Manual Mode with the automated TTL settings intact
  • Sync and remote control 0.5-100 m (1.5-330 ft)
  • Price: $399

Press release:

Profoto Connect Pro – Trigger ultimate connectivity

When you’re on set, shooting off-camera with multiple lights, you need more than just a reliable trigger – you need complete control. It’s why we created the Profoto Connect Pro; it’s more than a remote – it’s the central nervous system of the shoot – because everything flows through it.

The Profoto Connect Pro is remarkably easy to use. Forget the user manual; the large display is intuitive and straightforward, with improved TTL group control. Simply slide it on your camera’s hot-shoe – and you’re ready to create great images.

Yes, in the first instance, it connects your camera with multiple flashes – but beyond that, it allows instant and complete control of each individual flash setting from your shooting position so you can finesse and fine-tune at will.

This ‘over abundance’ of control is thanks to Profoto’s awarded AirX connectivity, which allows you to tailor your workflow to whatever shooting situation you find yourself in.

You can also choose where you receive the information because the group controls on the Connect Pro are easily mirrored in the Profoto Control app on your iPad, iPhone, or Android smartphone. And with up to 100 available channels, there will always be a free channel for your lighting setup, even in the largest commercial studios.

Add to that improved battery life and seamless firmware updates via Profoto AirX, and you have a remote that takes connectivity to new heights.

“Our overarching mission is to make access to great light easy for all professional photographers. And with the introduction of Connect Pro, we take yet another step towards accomplishing our mission,” says Marko Pirc, Product Manager at Profoto.
“The Connect Pro and AirX will be at the very heart of the Profoto system, the keys to the kingdom, so to speak. And our plans for the system don’t stop here. We have great plans for it to grow and develop for years to come.”

Of course, with the Connect Pro, you’ll benefit from Profoto’s typically impeccable build quality alongside minimal and stylish design. And as you’d expect from a Profoto product, it’s utterly reliable, delivering superior consistency flash after flash – so you’ll never miss a shot.

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Light Lens Lab 50mm f/1.2 ASPH “1966” lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

20 juin 2022 à 19:32
Par : PR admin



Here are the first sample photos from the upcoming Light Lens Lab 50mm f/1.2 ASPH “1966” lens for Leica M-mount:

Light Lens Lab 50mm f/1.2 ASPH “1966” lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

Direct link to Flickr.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the LLL lenses, you can contact me here and I will forward your request to the company. LLL does not have a website or a way of purchasing a lens online but they do ship internationally.

Additional pictures of the Light Lens Lab 50mm f/1.2 ASPH “1966” lens prototype:

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