Ricoh announced the “100 Years of History Campaign” today. Later this year, on November 27th, the company will mark 100 the 100th anniversary of Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. Asahi Optical is the original manufacturer or Pentax -brand products. Read the press release here.
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Pentax announced that the company will exhibit reference models of the HD Pentax-D FA 85mm F1.4 lens and Pentax KP Custom DSLR at CP+ later this month. The KP Custom is a special edition of the Pentax KP. It features a wooden grip. Read the Ricoh press release here.
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Sigma announced the launch of the Art series lenses in full-frame L-mount. The announcement specifies eleven prime lenses from 14mm to 135mm in focal length. All of the lenses are currently available for other systems. In addition to the lenses, Sigma announced the MC-21 mount converter. The converter allows Sigma SA mount and Sigma’s Canon EF mount compatible lenses to fit L-mount cameras and is similar in design to Sigma’s MC-11. The L-mount is a mount produced in partnership between Sigma, Panasonic, and Leica.
Sigma’s announcement also includes discussion of Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The service modifies Sigma mount lenses to other camera mounts.
The lenses in the announcement are (links to currently available versions):
- 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
- 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
- 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
- 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Samyang announced the extra-wide angle manual focus 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens for APS-C cameras. The lens features 14 elements in 10 groups. Two of the elements are aspherical and one is low-dispersion glass. The combination will provide a 109.5 degree angle of view. The lens is available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, and Fujifilm X mounts. Price varies between $280 US And $399 US depending on the mount.
Ricoh is on a product announcement spree. Today, the company announced the Theta Z1, a compact 360-degree still camera with 23MP resolution form a back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The device will be on display at CP+ 2019. It is currently available for preorder with an April 2019 ship date. Read Ricoh’s press release here.
Ricoh announced the WG-6 compact digital camera. Designed to withstand rough conditions, the 20MP WG-6 works up to 20 meters under water. Additionally, the body is crushproof and can withstand 100 Kgf (Kilogram Force), has a built in multi-light for macro work, and a GPS module.
in addition to that impressive feature set, it shots 4K in H.264 format and is capable of ISO6400. The camera is available in black and striking orange. The expected ship date is March 22, 2019. For more WG-6 info, read Ricoh’s press release here.
The G900 is a business/industry-oriented version of the WG-600 with features like password protection and the ability to withstand sterilization equipment in medical environments. The SE version of the G900 also adds Lan functionality. Read the G900 press release and the G900SE press release.
Ricoh announced the GR III compact camera. It replaces the GR II and continues a long line of GR cameras. Ricoh improved the sensor (up to 24MP from 16), upgraded the lens, and added in-body image stabilization can compensate for four stops of shake. Remarkably, the camera remains the same size. Read Ricoh’s press release here.
Tokina announced the new Opera 16-28mm f2.8 FF lens. The lens will ship worldwide on March 15, 2019 in both Canon EF and Nikon F mounts.
What to Read
World Press Photo Nominations – The World Press Photo of the Year awards are in their 62nd year. The 2019 awards include a new category: World Press Story of the Year. Photographers from around the world submitted entries and 43 of them, from 25 countries, received nominations. Check out World Press Photo’s site for more and Read BJPs article here.
Also on BJP’s site, check out this article on Temp Zero– a photography and music collaboration held in Europe. The event started in 2012 and will be part of Foto Wien 2019. Read about it on BJP and also check out Temps Zero’s website.
How to Survive Rejection. Photo District News published a quick piece by Maggie Steber on “How to Survive Rejection.” It’s a quick read and worthwhile.
Also on PDN: National Geographic reverses course on a photo contest that came under fire as a “massive rights grab.” National Geographic changed the licensing structure after complaints. Read about it here.
“When we speak of “shooting” with a camera, we are acknowledging the kinship of photography and violence.”Teju Cole.
When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.) –New York Times. This is a far reaching article by Teju Cole with an interesting slant. Teju cole is, according to his NYT bio, “the photography critic of The New York Times Magazine…[and the author of] “Blind Spot,” a book devoted to his photography.”
What to Watch
The Leica Camera blog published a fascinating piece about Daniel Zvereff and his work on Okay Kaya‘s music video for the song Emulate. Zvereff shot the video with a Leica M-P. Read the article on Leica’s blog and watch the video below.
According to Canon Rumors, a G5 X Mk 3 is in the works. The site reports that the new camera is “finally on the way” but does not provide specific information or an estimated release date. The current G5 X came out in 2015 . It features a 20.2 MP 1″ sensor.
In pro-camera-body news, Canon Rumors also reports that field testing of the 1Dx Mk III is underway.
Rumors about the Leica Q2 are heating up, with some predictions that it will be announced in March. According to Leica Rumors the Ginza store confirmed the camera.The current Leica Q and Leica Q-P feature a 24.2 MP sensor. Some rumors suggest the Q2 could have a 47MP sensor as well as improved weather sealing.
Olympus is likely to announce the follow-up camera to the Olympus PEN-F. The PEN-F is already listed as discontinued on Olympus Japan’s web site.