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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.

Sigma announces fast 14mm, 135mm primes and 24-70mm, 100-400mm zooms

Create: 02/26/2017 - 13:11
Sigma 14mm, 135mm, 24-70mm, 100-400mm

Sigma has announced four lenses – two primes and two zooms – each serving a different type of photographer.

  • f/1.8 14mm
  • f/1.8 135mm
  • f/2.8 24-70mm
  • f/5.6-6.3 100-400mm

Three of the lenses are part of Sigma’s “Art” series while the 100-400mm is one of its “Contemporary” optics.

All of the lenses are intended for full-frame cameras, although they also can be used on cameras with APS-C sensors.

Canon refreshes its entry-level and mid-range EOS DSLRs with Rebel T7i and 77D

Create: 02/25/2017 - 13:33
Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D

Canon has refreshed its low-end and medium-range of DSLRs with two new models: the Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D.

The two new models take advantage of an improved focusing system, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which Canon says provides “the world’s fastest focusing speed” of 0.03 seconds. Canon’s recently released mirrorless camera, the EOS M6, uses the same autofocus sytem.

The T7i and 77D share a number of other features:

Canon EOS M6 mirrorless promises faster, more accurate autofocus

Create: 02/22/2017 - 19:46
Canon EOS M6

Canon’s brings an updated focusing system to its latest mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M6.

The Canon EOS M6 uses a 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-25,600. Images are fed through Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processor and saved as RAW and JPG to SD memory cards with the ability to simultaneously record RAW + JPG.

Autofocus is handled by Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which has 49 points. Canon says this system should be quicker to lock onto subjects.

Tamron promises better performance with updated 70-200mm and 10-24mm zooms

Create: 02/17/2017 - 21:19
Tamron 70-200mm and 10-24mm

Tamron has updated two of its zooms that sit at opposite ends of the optical spectrum.

The 70-200mm zoom has several new features, while the 10-24mm lens also gets a makeover.

Visually, both lenses align with Tamron’s new design that includes the gold ring near the lens mount that it began using last year with its SP series lenses. The 11-24mm is not an SP lens, but still gets the gold (ring).

Sony 85mm, 100mm optics expand E-mount portrait-lens offerings

Create: 02/17/2017 - 18:11
Sony FE 100mm and 85mm

Sony has released two full-frame E-mount lenses to satisfy different types of portrait photographers.

The two autofocus lenses should appeal to different buyers – specifically, those with a large photography budget and those on a tight budget, as well as those who are interested in the special feature of one of the lenses.

Sigma product updates cover 30mm lens, SD Quattro H and Sigma Photo Pro software

Create: 02/06/2017 - 17:38
Sigma Photo products

Sigma has released several updates that are noteworthy, covering a lens, a camera body and its own image-editing software.

All of the updates are available from Sigma's website, and the links are provided below.

Sigma f/1.4 30mm DC DN | Contemporary for Micro Four Thirds mount

Firmware update v1.2 addresses an issue when the lens was mounted to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in which the autofocus did not work when C-AF was selected.

The great outdoors awaits the 24.3-MP Pentax KP DSLR

Create: 01/25/2017 - 23:42
Pentax KP

While there are many digital SLRs that are made to operate in all kinds of conditions, Ricoh Imaging is marketing the Pentax KP as a camera for all seasons.

The Pentax KP has a 24.3-MP APS-C CMOS sensor that is linked to the Prime IV image-processing system. There is no low-pass filter, which is being seen increasingly these days. The ISO range is 100 to an astounding 819,200. Whether the top of the range is a usable ISO will remain to be seen.

Fujifilm looks to the X-T2 to create the X-T20

Create: 01/22/2017 - 21:25
Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm’s successor to its X-10 seems to have a lot in common with another of its newer bodies, the X-T2.

The X-T20 uses the same 24.3-MP X-Trans III CMOS sensor. Like Fujifilm’s other X-series cameras, this is an APS-C sensor. Its ISO range is 200 to 12,800, which can be extended to 100 to 51,200.

Coinciding with the announcement of the X-T20 is a new f/2.0 50mm lens.

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