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New mounts add convenience for iPhone users of Zeiss ExoLens PRO optics

Create: 04/09/2017 - 09:50
ExoLens PRO mounts

If you own one of the Zeiss ExoLens PRO products for Apple’s iPhone, one of the keys is convenience.

A shortcoming of the original ExoLens Bracket is that it isn’t something that most iPhone owners would want to keep attached all of the time, because it’s a bit ungainly and not compatible with aftermarket cases.

Canon hopes to entice smartphone users with PowerShot SX730 HS

Create: 04/09/2017 - 07:55
Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

It’s no secret that smartphones have sharply cut into the sales of digital point and shoot cameras.

Canon hopes to make this segment relevant again with the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS – replacement for the SX720 HS that has been on the market for roughly a year.

In its press release, Canon specifically describes the SX730 HS as “a great transitional camera for those looking to use something other or move from a smartphone.”

Canon's 35mm EF-S macro lens adopts LED lights from EOS M system

Create: 04/08/2017 - 22:18
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

Canon has borrowed from its mirrorless EOS M system in announcing its latest lens – the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM.

As its name indicates, this is a macro lens for Canon’s EOS DSLRs with APS-C sensors, where it becomes a full-frame equivalent 56mm.

Zeiss Batis 135mm is for full-frame Sony E-mount bodies

Create: 04/08/2017 - 17:07
Zeiss Batis 135mm

Zeiss has added its fourth lens for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras.

The Zeiss Batis 135mm is a medium telephoto lens that can be used in many situations, including travel and portrait photography.

Its maximum aperture is f/2.8, which might seem slow in an era of f/1.4 lenses, but Zeiss has never shown an interest in ultra high-speed lenses.

While it’s intended for full-frame cameras, it also can be used with Sony’s APS-C E-mount bodies, where it becomes a 203mm lens.

Nikon commemorative cameras, collectibles mark its centennial

Create: 04/08/2017 - 15:21
Nikon 100th Anniversary products

Nikon is celebrating 100 years in existence with special photographic and optical products, as well as a limited line of collectible items.

Nikon has set up a microsite at http://www.nikon.com/100th/, which contains a timeline, some videos and more information about its 100th anniversary products.

Black and white reversal film Scala returns under Adox name

Create: 03/25/2017 - 12:39
Adox Scala

Back in the film days, Agfa Scala was popular among photographers.

What made Scala special? It was a black and white reversal film. Or simply put, a black and white slide film.

Then Agfa went through a number of financial problems before withdrawing from the market. It became a victim of the shift to digital photography, and Agfa Scala disappeared.

Irix lens line goes wider with 11mm

Create: 03/21/2017 - 23:23
Irix 11mm

TH Swiss entered the photography market in 2016 with the first of a new line of manual focus lenses, delivering its initial offering – the Irix 15mm – to customers in September.

TH Swiss has now gone wider, adding an 11mm optic.

The Irix 11mm borrows many features from the Irix 15mm and again is offered in two barrel styles.

Meyer-Optik announces the Trioplan 35+ Kickstarter project

Create: 03/11/2017 - 12:08
Trioplan and classic triplet design

The revived Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is filling out its series of Trioplan lenses with a third lens – a wide-angle optic. Like the previous lenses, it is being backed by a Kickstarter project.

Meyer-Optik says its modest US$10,000 funding goal was reached in six minutes. However, there are various funding packages still available to support the production of this lens.

Nikon kills DL premium compact cameras

Create: 02/28/2017 - 10:52
Nikon DL premium compact cameras

Nikon has canceled its long-delayed line of DL premium compact cameras, before they ever arrived on the market.

Nikon cited several things in killing off the three cameras, the DL18-50, DL24-85 and DL24-500 .

Nikon said there were “issues” with the image processing electronics, which caused the cameras to be delayed.

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