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Zenit have a Leica rangefinder… and a 35mm f/1.0 lens!

1 Oct

Russian photography industry legend, Zenit, has teamed with Leica to release a Russian-designed version of the Leica M (Typ 240), and they pair this with a new lens, a 35mm with f/1 aperture, which is quite some chunk to behold.

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Meike announces 6-11mm fisheye for APS-C

1 Oct

The f/3.5 lens is reported to give a 180 degree maximum field of view. However, it is not stated whether this is true for Nikon or Canon – since they use different crop factors, they can’t have the same field of view with the same lens without further modification.

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Silkypix Developer Studio 9 released (and special deal)

28 Sep

Ichikawa Laboratories have released the latest version’s of Japan’s photo industry’s RAW converter, Silkypix Developer Studio. Version 9 includes a dehaze slider, lens profile based corrections either from an embedded profile or from the Lensfun database, periphery sharpness effects (sounds like a Lensbaby effect), and a new automatic correction button that corrects exposure, white balance and “levels” automatically for an image. Improvements have been made to selection tools for selective edits (curve/polygon selection) and noise reduction (shadows corrected separately). Release notes can be found here.

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Zeiss ZX1 – compact full-frame camera or photo computer?

27 Sep

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the name ZX1 is some twisted reference to Konrad Zuse, who in 1941 built the first computer, since the ZX1 with its 35mm/2 lens and 512GB internal storage includes a fully functioning Adobe Lightroom CC that can be used via its 720p (bent!) rear touchscreen. Since the camera can update its own software over Wi-Fi, it can truly be considered a computer in its own right.

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SQ20 allows best-of-video-clip still image printing

27 Sep

Fujifilm has announced an incremental upgrade of its “hybrid” instant camera, the SQ10. For those unfamiliar, the SQ10 combines a digital sensor with a photo printer for instant film, so you can store your images, print them more than once, and even load them onto your computer for further processing. Promotional video below:

 

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Panasonic draws ticket for the bright zoom train

27 Sep

After Samsung, Sigma and Canon, Panasonic is now hopping aboard that train with a Leica-branded 10-25/1.7 (or 20-50/3.4 in full frame terms) for Micro Four Thirds.

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Capture One now supports Fujifilm GFX

26 Sep

As of today, I believe the Fujifilm GFX series is the only other-brand (i.e. not Phase One or MamiyaLeaf) digital medium format camera supported by Capture One. This announcement came yesterday. Cameras that can be tethered with the software include the X-T1 through 3, X-Pro 1 and X-Pro 2 and X-H1 as well as the GFX 50S!

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Capture One Express Fujifilm with GFX 50S RAW files open, files copyright RC Concepcion via BorrowLenses.

 

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