Canon has patented a new lens with diffractive optics, a technology that reduces the size, weight, and chromatic aberration of a lens. The Canon 180mm f/3.5 DO macro lens has been patented in Japan and it could be the potential successor of a current optic, the EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, which has been around for ages.
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The rumor mill is once again targeting Panasonic and its Micro Four Thirds line-up. It appears that two new Panasonic MFT cameras will be unveiled soon. How soon? Well, late August or early September, so that the Panasonic mirrorless and compact models will be ready to show up at the Photokina 2014 event taking place in mid-September.
Here is a crazy rumor concerning the Photokina 2014. A trusted source is claiming that a Nikon medium format camera is in development and will become official during the world’s largest digital imaging event. It appears that Nikon’s MF camera will feature a Sony 50-megapixel CMOS sensor, which can also be found in other MF cameras.
Sources familiar with the matter have leaked more Olympus E-PL7 details. Among them we can find new specs, such as 3-axis image stabilization technology, and availability information. It has been confirmed that the Micro Four Thirds camera will be announced soon and will be scheduled for a September 20 release date in Japan.
New Pentax Q-S1 photos have appeared on the web. The mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has been leaked recently, with the rumor mill undecided on its name: Q2 or Q-S1. It seems like the latter is the right one, as it can be seen in the new set of leaked images. The Pentax Q-S1 camera will be announced sometime in the near future.
Canon India has posted a teaser on its official Facebook page, inviting people to get their cameras ready. The company added that “something big is coming”, further fueling the speculation that the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera is nearing. Moreover, this could also point to the launch of the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens.
Sources familiar with the matter are claiming that Ricoh is preparing to launch the Pentax Q2 mirrorless camera and 28-45mm f/4.5 lens for medium format cameras. In order to prove it, the sources have also leaked some photos of these two products. Ricoh is expected to officially announce these products ahead of the Photokina 2014.
Flickr has announced “Curated Connections”, the website’s new way of providing a commercial licensing experience for its members. The new Flickr licensing program will allow photographers to earn money by having their work licensed by agencies, such as Getty Images, and high-profile websites, such as Reuters and BBC.
Canon’s “year of the lenses” is not turning out as expected. Only three units have become official so far, one for each full frame, APS-C, and mirrorless cameras. However, more goodies should become official by the end of this year. However, two of them, new Canon 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm “L” lenses, are actually coming in 2015.
The rumor mill has been pretty active when it comes to upcoming Olympus products. The latest details are hinting at a Olympus OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera, which is expected to become official this September. It is said that the mirrorless camera will not replace the OM-D E-M5 and that it will record 4K videos.
Canon has launched another bridge camera today, after the introduction of the PowerShot SX520 HS. The second model is called Canon PowerShot SX400 IS and it comes packed with an even lower-end set of specs, such as a CCD image sensor and 30x optical zoom lens. This bridge camera will be released soon for only $250.
Canon has decided that there is no point in waiting until the Photokina 2014 to reveal a bridge camera aimed at beginner photographers. The new Canon PowerShot SX520 HS camera is now official with an impressive 42x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-1008 as well as many other features.
Are you a beginner photographer without a camera or flash trigger? Do you actually own one, but you are unhappy with it? Well, here comes MIOPS, a camera and flash trigger, which can be controlled using a smartphone. MIOPS is now available on Kickstarter with the promise that it will take your photography skills to the next level.
Good news for Micro Four Thirds camera owners! Mitakon is preparing to release a new optic for photographers using such mirrorless cameras. According to highly-reliable sources, the Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens has resumed development and will become available for purchase sometime by the end of the year.
The rumor mill is claiming that we will see plenty of new Sony lenses being announced at the Photokina 2014 or just before the beginning of the world’s biggest digital imaging fair. Sources are reporting that new A-mount, E-mount, and FE-mount optics will be unveiled, including new gear from Sony’s long-standing partner: Zeiss.