Photokina To Become Yearly Trade Show After 2018

May 24, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Photokina To Become Yearly Trade Show After 2018

photokina 2018: the world’s leading trade fair for photo, video and imaging is repositioning itself

photokina will take place annually as of 2018. It will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry. As of 2019 the trade fair will also have a new date in May. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. With these changes, the transformation process begun in 2016 shall be consistently continued: under the umbrella of “Imaging Unlimited”, photokina last year inspired both exhibitors and visitors and accessed new target groups for the industry.

“The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture,” Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state.

The imaging ecosystem today also includes, in addition to the core areas from the imaging workflow, trend areas like virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, as well as image recognition and holography. The growing flood of images and videos must be processed and administered, so that archiving and content management, social media and communities are coming increasingly into focus. Apps and software solutions have become indispensable both for professional use and for the end consumer. Smart home applications and computer-generated imaging are once again increasing in importance. photokina should in future serve as an important international innovation platform.

Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, has a positive perspective on the future of the trade fair: “photokina 2016 has shown us that this traditional brand in our portfolio has lost nothing of its attraction worldwide and in the region. The new concept has been a complete success. photokina has continued to develop further over time, as have the products, services and the market environment presented there. Now we are taking the next logical step by offering a digitally powered product environment an attractive annual platform for presenting photokina 26.09.–29.09.2018 www.photokina.com Your contact: Judith Mader Tel. +49 221 821-2486 Fax +49 221 821-3544 E-mail j.mader@koelnmesse.de Koelnmesse GmbH Messeplatz 1 50679 Köln P.O. Box 21 07 60 50532 Köln Germany Tel.+49 221 821-0 Fax +49 221 821-2574 info@koelnmesse.de www.koelnmesse.de Executive Board: Gerald Böse (President and Chief Executive Officer) Katharina C. Hamma Herbert Marner Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board: Mayor of the City of Cologne Henriette Reker Headquarters and place of jurisdiction: Cologne District Court Cologne, HRB 952 Press Release Page 2/2 the latest innovations and for entering into discussion with traders, specialist users and end customers.”

For the 2018 event, only the series of days is changing: it will take place from Wednesday, 26.09. to Saturday, 29.09, and thus enables a more compact, more intensive trade fair experience.

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New cycle, new series of days, new date, new themes: photokina is repositioning itself for the future. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. As of 2019, photokina will take place annually in May. Only the trade fair duration is changing in 2018: it takes place from 26-29.09.2018. We look forward to four intensive days of “Imaging Unlimited”!

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Source: Photokina To Become Yearly Trade Show After 2018

Patent: New Tilt-Shift Lens Designs & More Information

May 24, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Patent: New Tilt-Shift Lens Designs & More Information

The 45mm and 90mm tilt-shift lens have yet to be replaced years after the TS-E 17mm f/4L & TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II were released. A lot of people, myself included figured we’d be seeing new 45mm and 90mm tilt-shift lenses relatively soon, that obviously hasn’t been the case.

We now see (thanks dilbert) that Canon continues to work on a long tilt-shift lens, and a new patent for multiple optical formulas has appeared.

  • TS-E 90mm f/2.8
  • TS-E 125mm f/4
  • TS-E 130mm f/4

You can few the patent here.

While we haven’t heard anything directly about a new tilt-shift lens, there has been some talk about a new kind of 135mm lens, which is not a replacement for the EF 135mm f/2L. There has been an optical formula patent for a 135mm APO and now a 130mm tilt-shift.

We do know something along these lines is coming later in 2017, and we hope to confirm it some time soon.


Source: Patent: New Tilt-Shift Lens Designs & More Information

Olympus Magazine May/June 2017

May 23, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Olympus Magazine May/June 2017


The May/June issue of Olympus magazine is available here. There is also an opportunity inside to win a M.Zuiko 60mm Macro lens.

Source: Olympus Magazine May/June 2017

Patents, Patents & More Patents from Canon

May 23, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Patents, Patents & More Patents from Canon

Forum regular rrcphoto has done some dirty work and found a bunch of Canon USA patents you may be interested in. Since the demise of Egami, these have been harder to come by.

Stacked sensor patents

Stacked sensor patents for mobile phone use:

Microlens patent, likely for mirrorless cameras.

An SLT patent?

Continuous liveview in EVF

Linear USM patent.

If you speak patentese and can better explain what these are, please sound off in the forum.


Source: Patents, Patents & More Patents from Canon

Size Comparison of All Current Sony FE GM Lenses

May 23, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Size Comparison of All Current Sony FE GM Lenses

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After announcement of FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens and FE 100-400mm GM lens, Sony FE lens lineup now has a total of six FE GM lenses. Above is the image of all these GM lens in real size, take a look.

From left to right:

  1. Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens – $1,498.00Amazon / B&H Photo Video / Adorama
  2. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens – $2,198.00Amazon B&H Photo Video / Adorama
  3. Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens – $2,498.00Amazon / B&H Photo Video / Adorama
  4. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens – $2,598.00AmazonB&H Photo Video / Adorama
  5. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens – $2,198.00Amazon / B&H Photo Video / Adorama
  6. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens – $1,798.00Amazon / B&H Photo Video / Adorama

Source: Size Comparison of All Current Sony FE GM Lenses

Adorama: Sony a9 Giveaway & Up to 70% Trade In Value for a9 !

May 23, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Adorama: Sony a9 Giveaway & Up to 70% Trade In Value for a9 !

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Sony Alpha a9 is scheduled to be shipping on May 25th, this week, you can already pre-order this camera at Amazon/B&H Photo/Adorama/Wex/Jessops. Now for a limited time until May 25th, Adorama Camera offers Sony Alpha a9 giveaway, you just need to Pre-order the Sony a9 and one lucky customer will get a full refund of the purchase price !

And Adorama Camera also offers that you can trade in your used camera gears and get up to 70% credit towards the purchase of Sony Alpha a9 (Offer expires June 30th, 2017).

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Below are full pre-order links of Sony a9:

In USA:

In UK:

  • Sony Alpha a9 – Pre-order at Wex, Jessops
  • Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens – Pre-order at Wex, Jessops

Source: Adorama: Sony a9 Giveaway & Up to 70% Trade In Value for a9 !

Rumors: First Sigma FE Lens will be Sigma FE 35mm f/1.4 (or 1.2) AF Lens

May 22, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Rumors: First Sigma FE Lens will be Sigma FE 35mm f/1.4 (or 1.2) AF Lens

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As rumored before, Sigma will announce their first full frame E-mount lens in 2017. According to recently rumors on SAR, first Sigma lens will be Sigma FE 35mm f/1.4 AF lens or Sigma FE 35mm f/1.2 AF lens.

In previous interview with Sigma CEO, CEO said that new Sigma FE lens will have all new optical design, and need two years to develop their first FE lens. That’s why we have seen any Sigma FE lens until now.

According to the source, this Sigma 35mm FE lens may much faster than we thought, and the size of Sigma FE 35mm lens will be between Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 lens and Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 lens.

Source also said the second Sigma FE lens will be a zoom lens.

via: SAR

Source: Rumors: First Sigma FE Lens will be Sigma FE 35mm f/1.4 (or 1.2) AF Lens

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Coming in September [CR2]

May 22, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Coming in September [CR2]

We reported back in February that we’ll be seeing an EOS Rebel SL2 some time in 2017. We’re now being told to expect the camera to come in September of this year.

The new king of small DSLRs will apparently be slightly smaller and a bit lighter than the EOS Rebel SL1, which at the time of its launch was the smallest DSLR in the world.

We’re also told to expect a specifications list that is relatively similar to the Canon EOS 77D.

The next DSLR to be announced by Canon will be the EOS 6D Mark II some time in July.

More to come…


Source: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Coming in September [CR2]

Olympus and Rokinon Savings Sunday

May 21, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Olympus and Rokinon Savings Sunday


Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II w 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II w ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R & ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus PEN-F (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Zoom (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II Zoom (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4-5.6 “R” Zoom (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro (Save $100)
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 Pro (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker (Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Rokinon Savings
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 – Black
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 – Silver
Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC

 

Source: Olympus and Rokinon Savings Sunday

Triple Honors at the Camera Grand Prix 2017 Awards for OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO

May 21, 2017  |  Camera & Photo, News  |  Comments Off on Triple Honors at the Camera Grand Prix 2017 Awards for OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO


Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) is pleased to announce that the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the flagship model of Compact System Camera (launched in December 2017) has received two prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2017 awards, “Camera of the Year” and “Readers Award”. In addition, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO (35mm equivalent focal length: 24-200mm), a compact, high-magnification interchangeable zoom lens (launched in November 2016) was selected for the “Lens of the Year” award.

The Camera Grand Prix considered one of the widely recognized camera and lens award in Japan, is sponsored by the Camera Press Club, and is managed by the Camera Grand Prix Committee. The “Camera of the Year” and “Lens of the Year” awards are presented to the best still camera and the best lens introduced in the Japanese market within the past year. The “Readers Award” was selected by general readers’ votes.

About the Camera Grand Prix Japan
The Camera Grand Prix (started in 1984) is recognized as one of the historical and leading camera awards in Japanese camera industry and its products. The “Camera of the Year” is awarded each year to the most excellent model of camera released during the year, while the “Lens of the Year” awards the excellent lens. These two awards are determined and voted by Camera Press Club members, the chief editors or representatives of member magazines, learning and experienced personnels nominated by the committee, photo technology writers, and also by noted professional photographers (the 2017 awards were voted by a committee of 49 judges).

In addition, the “Readers Awards” is voted by general magazine readers, and the “Editors Awards” is chosen by the Camera Press Club members among all photo related equipment and not limiting to cameras or lenses.

Reason for selection: OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Comments from Camera Grand Prix 2017 Executive Committee
“As three years passed since OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1, a Camera Grand Prix 2014 Editors Award winner, was first launched in 2013, this new flagship model OM-D E-M1 Mark II has marked another development and further expanded the concept of the mirrorless camera. It shows us an exciting future vision. Its sequential shooting performance exceeds that of single-lens reflex cameras, with the maximum fps at 18 in continuous AF/AE tracking and even 60 fps in single AF/AE on the silent sequential shooting mode. Its autofocus performance is such that you can readily capture even fast-moving subjects. It is amazing that its 5-axis in-body image stabilization system provides up to 6.5 shutter speed steps when paired with a compatible lens. The image quality and credibility are great enough for professionals and amateurs alike, with its good portability allowing them to use it quite casually. As the dust-proof and splash-proof body gives a comfortable grip, you can use it for a wide variety of photo opportunities.

In recognition of these features, we have selected OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark II for Camera Grand Prix 2017 Camera of the Year.”

Camera Grand Prix 2017 Readers Award
A selection of comments from users

  • This mirrorless model excels single-lens reflex cameras. This is remarkable in the history of cameras. (male, age 55)
  • It can focus on a flying bird in no time, while showing an excellent camera shake compensation even for night scene shooting. This is astonishing. (male, age 42)
  • Its auto focus is so quick that I can easily capture moving subjects. It gave me an opportunity to try a new type of pictures that I had never taken. (male, age 25)
  • It is dust-proof and splash-proof, having up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation with the 5-axis in-body image stabilization. You can use it without any worries. (female, age 55)
  • I vote for this because its specs can match digital single-lens reflex cameras’, while it is compact and lightweight enough to carry on a long trip. (male, 37)
  • I am surprised to see how far they downsized the body while keeping up the image quality at the same time. The level of camera motion compensation, among others, impressed me enormously! (male, age 57)
  • It is compact, lightweight, full of useful functions and innovative features on top, such as Pro Capture and Focus Stacking. I cannot find any other model that could be better than this one. (male, age 60)
  • I am thrilled at the plenty of functions and features, all packed into the compact body. (male, age 56)
  • I held it at “CP+”, Camera & Photo Imaging Show. It demonstrated an unprecedented level of autofocus tracking and sequential shooting. This is notable because conventional mirrorless cameras have generally been weaker at these points. (male, age 31)

Reason for selection: M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO

Camera Grand Prix 2017 Lens of the Year

Comments from Camera Grand Prix 2017 Executive Committee”Although classified as a high magnification zoom lens, its performance goes beyond what is expected for the class. It provides not only standard but also telephoto zooming, with its constant f4.0 aperture. This is quite an all-rounder you can rely on for every type of subjects and locations. It boasts superior resolution in all the zoom range with suppressed aberration. The image quality is so excellent that you might doubt it is really a zoom lens. When combined with OM-D E-M1 MarkII, the image stabilization goes up to surprising 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation (based on CIPA standards), which enables your handheld shooting for 1 second or longer. You might say you don’t need a tripod anymore.

“Although classified as a high magnification zoom lens, its performance goes beyond what is expected for the class. It provides not only standard but also telephoto zooming, with its constant f4.0 aperture. This is quite an all-rounder you can rely on for every type of subjects and locations. It boasts superior resolution in all the zoom range with suppressed aberration. The image quality is so excellent that you might doubt it is really a zoom lens. When combined with OM-D E-M1 MarkII, the image stabilization goes up to surprising 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation (based on CIPA standards), which enables your handheld shooting for 1 second or longer. You might say you don’t need a tripod anymore.

In recognition of these features, we have selected OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO for Camera Grand Prix 2017 Lens of the Year.”

Camera Grand Prix Japan Awards for Olympus

  • 1994 Olympus μ Zoom Panorama (Stylus Panorama)
    5th Camera Journal Press Club Special Award
  • 1998 Olympus CAMEDIA C-1400L
    9th Camera Journal Press Club Special Award
  • 2010 Olympus PEN E-P1
    27th Camera Grand Prix 2010 and Camera of the Year and Readers Award
  • 2012 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8
    29th Camera Grand Prix 2012, Editors Award
  • 2014 Olympus OM-D E-M1
    31st Camera Grand Prix 2013, Editors Award
  • 2015 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
    32nd Camera Grand Prix 2015, Editors Award
  • 2016 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO
    33rd Camera Grand Prix 2016, Lens of the Year
  • 2017 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
    34th Camera Grand Prix 2017, Camera of the Year and Readers Award

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO
34th Camera Grand Prix 2017, Lens of the Year

Via Olympus

Source: Triple Honors at the Camera Grand Prix 2017 Awards for OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO

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