Net SE The Company Behind Meyer Optik Görlitz is in Bankruptcy

There’s been a pretty big jump in third-party lens releases over the past two years and Meyer Optik Görlitz has been a part of that jump. Unfortunately, Net SE which is the company behind Meyer Optik Görlitz, Ihagee and Schacht has been in bankruptcy since mid-July.

At this time it is unknown what will be the effect of this bankruptcy, but Meyer Optik Görlitz has almost nothing left in stock on their site. The current Indeiegogo and Kickstarters campaigns are further complicated by the lawsuit and the following statement was released as an update.

“we have a rather sad message for you today. A few weeks ago, our founder, CEO and main investor Stefan Immes had a serious traffic accident, which he barely survived. Although we have been able to talk to him and although, for a very short time of the day he has become the astute, humorous and positive entrepreneur we know, it is now clear that due to the severity of the injuries he will not be able to continue running the company in the foreseeable future.

For a company of 15 employees only, this entails a large number of changes. Currently, we are in the process of reorganization and are trying to establish a working system as no successor regulation can yet be found for the Net SE Group. For this reason, we are currently undergoing a restructuring process with an as yet unknown outcome for the individual divisions.

Especially as far as Crowdfunding is concerned, we think that we will need until the end of October to be able to share our conclusions on how to proceed. One of the top priorities of the Oprema Crowdfunding team is, of course, to deliver the orders we receive as promised. However, we ask for your understanding that, for legal reasons alone, we cannot make any faster decisions without having reorganized the company. For technical questions, our support team is of course still available, but we can only make limited forecasts about the development progress of our projects.

We are honestly touched and the shock still sits deep. We are also extremely sorry that we are not able to spread better and more positive news at the moment, but we are working very hard to change this at short notice.

Yours sincerly, team at Oprema Optik”

The following Kickstarter/Indiegogo are likely affected by Net SE’s bankruptcy and could lead to a total loss for backers.

We have always had a good relationship with Meyer Optik Görlitz and we wish them well. Hopefully, backers are made whole in this process so that future backers aren’t reluctant to get involved in future lens projects on Kickstarter/Indiegogo.

via Photorumors, FujiAddict

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Shipments Around August 11th

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD has been a hot seller and there are bundles that are easier to get than the lens if you simply must have one. The above bundle says they will have stock on August 11th on Amazon, while B&H Photo says they will have lenses by Mid-August so it is pretty safe to presume that there will be available for at least a short time around August 11th if you’re still trying to purchase a lens. I am currently following this lens closely because I have been waiting for my order to be filled for over a month now through my preferred seller.

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New J.B. Camera Designs Wood Grip-Base XL For Sony a7III, a7RIII, And a9

This is a J.B. personal favorite and a new finish we are debuting! Add the MUCH NEEDED height to the Sony A7III series camera bodies with our new XL grip handcrafted from super strong (and light) White Oak. We carefully perfected our grip design for the A7III, A7RIII, and A9 and made it TALLER to accommodate room for you to finally place your pinky finger and feel confident in your grip!

This new XL grip is made of strong White Oak and then painted with special black paint. We then distress the grip to give each one it’s own unique finish. This grip feels awesome on my A7RIII and I finally feel confident and comfortable holding large pro lenses while shooting.

The total weight of the grip and hardware piece is only 3.0 ounces! The Sony vertical grip makes the system too bulky IMO, but with this XL grip base, it just feels perfect.

Each A7III Series XL grip is uniquely handcrafted and finished in the USA! Coming Soon

via JBDesign

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Cactus RQ250 TTL Wireless Monolight Kickstarter

The  Cactus V6 II triggers their new Cactus RQ250 TTL Wireless Monolight on Kickstarter. There are still a lot of early bird specials left for this affordable lighting option and if you already own a Cactus V6 II, you might want to take advantage and pick up a few lights before other Sony sites copy this post later.

Press Release:

Cactus RQ250 is now on Kickstarter

The Cactus RQ250, a palm-sized, 250Ws, Li-ion battery-powered TTL wireless monolight, is now on Kickstarter!
Cactus, the award-winning manufacturer of the world’s first cross-brand wireless trigger, is proud to present its first project on Kickstarter: The RQ250 Li-ion battery-powered TTL wireless monolight.

With the freedom of going wireless using portable flashes, location shooting is much easier than before. “Over the years, Cactus started to think about making a flash with all the essentials of a studio strobe, powerful yet portable enough like a speedlight, a light that can pair up with various kinds of modifiers to shape the light photographers want. A light photographers can use on location, fast and smart,” says Henry Chan, the head of R&D at Cactus.

The Cactus RQ250 is small, versatile, fits all kinds of light modifiers in just a click, and addresses all location shooting needs. Read More »

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7artisans Photoelectric 12mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E-mount

7artisans released their Photoelectric 12mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E-mount. This lens is a very good value and the samples look pretty good too. You can find the Photoelectric 12mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E-mount at B&H Photo.

Compatible camera mount: Sony E-mount;  Canon and Fuji cameras
Full frame: No, APS-C
Focus: manual
Focal length: 12mm
Aperture range: F2.8-F16
Angel of View: 102°
Closet Focus Distance: 0.2m
Blades Number: 7 diaphragm blades
Construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
Weight: 295g

Manufacturer’s preferred price ¥ 29,000 (excluding tax)

World’s smallest size 12 mm “APS-C” super wide-angle lens. It corresponds to 18 mm in terms of 35 mm format, the lens composition is 10 lenses in 8 groups, and the inner focus which does not change in focus adjustment is adopted. Keeping high resolving power from the center to the periphery, thoroughly suppressed distortion aberration can be widely used for scenes, buildings, shooting in narrow indoor spaces, etc. It uses an aluminum alloy for the exterior, and it has an appearance with a high-class feeling. The aperture ring is a stepless type with no click feeling, and you can enjoy movie shooting.


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Lensbaby Sol 45 f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Lenses Available For Sony E-Mount

Sony decided to focus on their telephoto line of lenses before turning to tilt-shift so, for now, you really have to rely on the third party options available to you. Until that time the Lensbaby Sol 45 f/3.5 Tilt-Shift is a good inexpensive option to practice with that is relitively compact. Lensbaby even released a step by step guide which you can read here about how to do tilt-shift photography.

Create unique-looking photos with the selective-focus SOL 45 f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Lens from Lensbaby for Sony E-mount cameras. With 8.5° of tilt, this lens lets you easily isolate a subject within the frame and surround it in blur and smooth bokeh. The lens also features a center-locking feature that will lock the lens into place for dead-center focus. Furthering its creative potential are two adjustable bokeh blades that can add slight lines or textures to bokeh. This manual-focus lens also has an all-metal construction and accepts 46mm filters.

photographyblog – Lensbaby Sol 45 Review

dpreview – samples

You can find the Lensbaby Sol 45 f/3.5 Tilt-Shift at B&H Photo.

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