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You’re Invited: Nikon 100th Anniversary’s Second Special Exhibition, “Prototype Cameras — Developers’ Memories” at the Nikon Museum, Tokyo, Japan: No Cost, April 4 – July 1, 2017

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Prototype cameras are developed to test and verify new functions and those functions that show any promise may eventually end up into production models. The prototypes are then usually discarded, but some survive. The Nikon Museum will exhibit approximately 40 such prototype cameras.

The Second 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Prototype Cameras — Developers’ Memories”

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Nikon Canada + Alpine Canada: Nikon KeyMission 360 Camera Captures 360° Video to Create an Immersive World in 4K Resolution to Help Visually Impaired Paralympic Skiing Champion See Track Clearly for the First tme

The following video presents How it works: shooting in 360° Nikon KeyMission 360:
“The KeyMission 360 action camera takes creativity to the next level with 360 degrees of shooting! In this video, we show you how the KeyMission 360 camera works to offer vivid 4K UHD video recording capability and how it can be viewed and shared online.

Create fully immersive stories with the footage you shoot. Capture more than just one side to your story with the new KeyMission 360:”

Nikon KeyMission 360, front view

Nikon KeyMission 360, front view

Alpine Canada, the national governing body for Alpine, Ski Cross and Para-Alpine ski racing, has partnered with Nikon Canada to equip visually impaired Paralympic skiing champion Mac Marcoux and his team with Nikon KeyMission 360 and KeyMission 170 cameras.

Nikon KeyMission 360, side view

Nikon KeyMission 360, side view

  • The Nikon KeyMission 360 captures 360° video with two super wide-angle lenses.
  • The two images are stitched together using software to create an immersive world in 4K resolution.
  • With the use of immersive 360° video, Marcoux can see the track clearly.
Nikon KeyMission 170, 4K, front view

Nikon KeyMission 170, 4K, front view

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Visually impaired Canadian Paralympic skiing champion trains with new 360° video technology

Para-Alpine athlete Mac Marcoux can see track clearly for the first time with help from Nikon cameras

Mississauga, ON – February 22, 2017 – Decorated Paralympic skier Mac Marcoux has a new tool in his training arsenal – a 360° camera that allows him to see the track clearly for the first time. (more…)

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Cameras Fujifilm

Fujifilm Alert: Limited Delivery of GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera System

The following video presents GFX challenges with Bernd Ritschel | FUJIFILM:
“X-Photographer Bernd Ritschel from Germany shoot landscape photography with FUJIFILM GFX 50S and GF Lenses. Watch the photographer as he climbs up the winter mountain covered in snow and take stunning images from the above!”

There is a delay in the delivery of the Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera system.

NEWS RELEASE

Notification on limited delivery of GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless Camera system

February 22, 2017

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Fujifilm Launches the MK Cinema Lenses for the ‘Emerging’ Cinematographer: Ultra-Compact & Lightweight FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 and MK50-135mm T2.9

The following video presents FUJINON MK Lens Official Introduction movie / FUJIFILM:

This is an update to the previous blog, Fujifilm Lens Roadmap 2017: Interchangeable Lenses for the X Series of Digital Cameras + MK Cinema Lenses.

Fujifilm launches the “MK lens” series of cinema lenses with the following key highlights:

  • ultra-compact and lightweight design,
  • excellent cost performance,
  • fast lenses with T2.9 speed across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow depth-of-field.

The following video presents BTS FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 Shot by Philip Bloom:

NEWS RELEASE

FUJIFILM LAUNCHES NEW “MK” SERIES OF CINEMA LENSES

Compact and Lightweight MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm Deliver Advanced Optical Performance with an Excellent Cost/Performance Ratio

FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9

FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9

Wayne, N.J., February 22, 2017 – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM has unveiled the MK Series of cinema lenses for E-mount cameras, which boast advanced optical performance, ultra-compact and lightweight design, as well as superb cost performance. The first in this series to be introduced, the FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9, is a standard zoom with an 18-55mm focal length. It will be available in early March for$3,799. The entire “MK” series is designed with the ‘emerging’ cinematographer in mind, whether shooting a live event, online programming, documentary, corporate video, wedding, independent or short film production.

FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 with camera

FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 with camera

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Fujifilm Lenses

Fujifilm Lens Roadmap 2017: Interchangeable Lenses for the X Series of Digital Cameras + MK Cinema Lenses

Fujifilm today unveiled the latest development roadmap of interchangeable lenses for the X Series that now includes the following MK Cinema lenses:

Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

  • Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9
Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Lens (Sony E-Mount)

  • Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9

The “MK” lenses are compatible with E-mount (lens mount format developed by SONY Corporation) cameras with the Super 35mm*/ APS-C sensor.

X Mount versions of the MK lenses (with focal lengths of 18-55mm and 50-135mm) used in the FUJIFILM X Series line of digital cameras (with APS-C sensors) are being developed for launch by the end of this year. Information about the X Mount lenses will be provided as soon as more details are confirmed.

The following video presents FUJINON MK Lens – Image movie making / FUJIFILM:

NEWS RELEASE

FUJIFILM UNVEILS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP FOR X SERIES THAT NOW INCLUDES MK CINEMA LENSES

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Lenses Sigma

Sigma Unveils New Global Vision Lenses: 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary

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Feb 20, 2017

Sigma Unveils Four Brand New Global Vision Lenses at CP+

Sigma Corporation today announced its brand new Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses introduced at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan.

Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art

Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art

Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
Debuting the world’s first 1.8 wide-angle lens, the 14mm F1.8 Art incorporates the same groundbreaking aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. In addition to the great IQ from edge to edge, the new 14mm F1.8 offers a superfast and efficient AF system.

With a minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches at 14mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.
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Phone Sony

Sony Develops the Industry’s First 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM for Smartphones: Fast Data Readout Speeds to Capture Still Images of Fast-Moving Subjects with Minimal Distortion & Super Slow Motion Movies at Up to 1,000 fps in Full HD

Sony recently announced the development of the industry’s first*1 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones. The key highlights include:

  • Fast data readout speeds, making it possible to capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion*2. This newly developed sensor with DRAM is capable of reading one still image of 19.3 million pixels in only 1/120 of a second (approximately 4x faster than conventional products*3), thereby supporting high-speed image capture.
  • Super slow motion movies at up to 1,000 frames per second (approximately 8x faster than conventional products*3) in full HD (1920×1080 pixels).
  • Reducing the noise generated between the circuits on each of the three layers.

The following silent video presents The Super Slow Motion Movie Taken by 3-layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM :

Sony: Conventional 2-layer stacked CMOS image sensor (left) and newly developed 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM (right)

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Develops the Industry’s First*1 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM for Smartphones

High-Speed Data Readout Minimizes Distortion*2 in Still Images, and Enables Super Slow Motion Movie Shooting

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Lenses Tamron

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon & Nikon, a High-Speed Telephoto Zoom Lens for 35mm Full-Frame DSLR: Faster AF Speed, Image Stabilization Performance of 5 Stops*1, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant & Compatibility with Tele Converters

Tamron recently announced the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras.

The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. in March.

NEWS RELEASE

Tamron redefines the fast telephoto zoom category with the introduction of the next-generation 70-200mm F/2.8 zoom
All-new optical design delivers a dramatically faster autofocus speed and image stabilization performance of 5 stops*1

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Design details

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Design details

February 7, 2017, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor.
These included a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to enhance increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with tele converters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism.

Product name
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
(Model A025)
Date of Launch (in Japan)
February 23, 2017
The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.

*1 CIPA Standards Compliant Using in VC MODE 3 (For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used)

Product Highlights

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 100mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO 400: Estonia Image by Noboru Sonehara

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 100mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO 400: Estonia Image by Noboru Sonehara

1. Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron tele converters

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 118mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO200: South America image by Ian Plant

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 118mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO200: South America image by Ian Plant

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