Voigtlander 21mm f/1.4 Preorders Start

B&H Photo and Adorama have started preorders for the Voigtländer Nokton 21mm f/1.4 Aspherical. I hope to get this lens for astrophotography, but right now all of my camera money is going towards a Fujifilm GFX100 which launches this week.

Voigtlander 21mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony and Microsoft Will Cooperate on “Intelligent Image Sensor Solutions” (AI Sensors)

TOKYO and REDMOND, Wash. — May 16, 2019 — Sony Corporation (Sony) and Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) announced on Thursday that the two companies will partner on new innovations to enhance customer experiences in their direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services. In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services. By working together, the companies aim to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers. These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, Sony and Microsoft will also explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and AI. For semiconductors, this includes potential joint development of new intelligent image sensor solutions. By integrating Sony’s cutting-edge image sensors with Microsoft’s Azure AI technology in a hybrid manner across cloud and edge, as well as solutions that leverage Sony’s semiconductors and Microsoft cloud technology, the companies aim to provide enhanced capabilities for enterprise customers. In terms of AI, the parties will explore incorporation of Microsoft’s advanced AI platform and tools in Sony consumer products, to provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences. Read More »

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Voigtlander 21mm f/1.4 Coming June 2019

Sample Images

Voigtlander 21mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

We realize amazing large aperture F 1.4 as 21mm lens. In addition to the dynamic perspective effect peculiar to super wide-angle lenses, it is a creative lens that can expand the width of photographic expression by making use of blur. The floating mechanism provides excellent image quality from a short distance to a distant view. Read More »

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Camera GP Japan 2019 Awards

Camera of The Year
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Camera of the Year is to be awarded to “LUMIX S1R”, produced by Panasonic Corporation.

Lens of The Year
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Lens of the Year is to be awarded to “FE 24mm F1.4 GM”, produced by Sony corporation.

Readers Award
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Readers Award is to be given to “OM-D E-M1X”, produced by Olympus Corporation.

Editors Award
Camera Grand Prix 2019 Editors Award is to be given to “RICOH GR III” produced by Ricoh Company, LTD. and to “28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036)” produced by Tamron Co., Ltd.

Reasons for choice
This large-aperture prime lens provides the widest angle as of today in Sony G Master series, in which the company has achieved, with its advanced optical technology, high resolution as well as spectacular bokeh at the same time.

Although it is a large-aperture, wide angle lens, the image quality is well preserved even towards the image peripheries in both sagittal and meridional directions, so an unwanted spreading of point light sources is thoroughly suppressed, offering a high resolution, beautiful picture with little aberration. It gives spectacular resolution even at the widest F1.4 aperture, realizing the long-awaited capability for shooting a starlit sky. Furthermore, its glassy bokeh is not only beautiful but natural as well.

Unlike other manufacturers’ large-aperture lenses, this one is highly small and light, going against the current trends of higher-performance, larger and heavier lenses. With little distortion, its great usability goes beyond scenic photography.

Reasons for choice
This model expresses Tamron’s very essence, with which the company provides interchangeable lenses with distinctive uniqueness that no camera makers could match with their original lenses.

This lens, with the wide-angle end at 28mm, is surprisingly small, although it has the maximum F2.8 aperture in all the zoom range and is for a 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera.

It gives a high-quality image to the image peripheries, with high resolution befitting a latest high-performance image sensor, while maintaining beautiful bokeh as a large aperture lens.

Compact enough to carry around, it lets you take photos with a shallow depth of field quite easily. Its short MOD (minimum object distance) is handy for so many shooting purposes that you may find any other lenses unnecessary.

Moderately priced on top, it seems to have been developed and offered with keen attention to users’ needs.

This well-balanced, carefully designed lens would help increase the users of full-size mirrorless cameras.

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Development of a Film That Can Repeat Drawing and Erasing in Full Color

Development of a film that can repeat drawing and erasing in full color
We realize various color decoration designs to user preference

Sony has newly developed a film that can be repeatedly drawn and erased in full color and a laser irradiation technology that realizes it at high speed. By using this film and laser irradiation technology, design and color variation are realized according to each user’s preference. In addition, because it is possible to draw repeatedly, it is also possible to change the design and color later according to the change of the user’s interest and preference.

The film developed this time contains a photothermal conversion agent that converts laser light into heat, leuco dyes that have each color of cyan, magenta, and yellow, materials that can change its color development state by heat, etc. using Sony’s proprietary technology Achieved by layering. Since the drawing is performed by the change of the coloring state by the heat, the gradation can be expressed not by stepwise dot expression but by fine gradation. Vivid color expression of the picture quality level is possible.

In addition, because it uses non-contact laser light, it corresponds to various shapes and increases design freedom. It is possible to draw even through transparent glass and plastic, which was difficult with conventional printing technology, and can express various designs and color variations while maintaining the high-quality surface texture inherent to materials such as glass. In addition, this developed product is considered to be applied to various applications other than decorative applications where full-color repetitive drawing is required.

Sony will continue to create new value through technology.

This result was selected as Distinguished Paper at Display Week 2019 of the Society for Display Displays (Society for Information Display) held in San Jose, California, USA from May 12, 2019 (local time). We announced at this meeting on Thursday 16th.

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Cameras Coming From Fujifilm, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Hasselblad in 2019

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but this is what we know is coming so far from reliable sources. September should be a big month for Sony.

  1. Fuji GFX100: or will be announced on May 23
  2. Hasselblad X1D-100: It will be available in the second half of this year and will be equipped with a new Sony 100 million pixel sensor
  3. Leica SL2: launched in the second half of this year, using the same sensor as the Panasonic S1R
  4. Canon’s high-end EOS-R camera: may be equipped with a new 64 million pixel sensor, will be available in the fall
  5. Canon EOS-M500: The entry-level APS-C camera will be available this fall
  6. Sony A9II: will be released in September and has some revolutionary advances (especially in terms of sensors)
  7. Sony A7sIII: appeared with Sony A9II or slightly announced…
  8. Olympus E-M5 III: will be released in late summer/early autumn, and may use a new 32-megapixel Sony sensor
  9. Nikon may not release a new Z camera this year
  10. Panasonic is currently not sure if it will bring their new 8K GH6 camera this year.

via FujiAddict

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