According to Canon, a survey by Canon USA found that 47 percent of Americans “Would Feel Sad in a World Without Print.” Thus, Canon’s new initiative seeks to “highlight the power of print’s versatility by coupling Canon’s deep heritage…with [statistics] to educate and help empower future business leaders.”
The study’s results found that 48% of millennials still read books, 51% of millennials gave someone a printed card in 2018, and 43% of millennials use printed calendars.
Nikon announced that its Z camera system and the COOLPIX 1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight received the iF Design Award for 2019. According to the announcement, the “iF Design Award is a globally prestigious award sponsored by IF International Forum Design GMBH since 1953.” Read Nikon’s announcement here.
The FAA recently changed the marking requirement for both hobby and commercial drone operators. Prior to the rule change, operators had to display the drone registration number anyplace that did not require tools to access. Given recent drone incursions and concerns over drones rigged with explosives, the required registration number must now be clearly visible on the outside of the aircraft. This change applies to both hobbyists operators and Part 107 licensed commercial sUAV pilots. You can find drone registration and marking requirements at FAA Dronezone.
Nikon announced the newest lens in the Nikon Z lineup. The 24-70mm zoom range is a staple in many pro shooters’ bags. This iteration of the lens features the all new ARNEO coating, Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon’s new Multi-focus system. Read Nikon’s Press Release here.
Canon announced the second RF-mount camera body, the EOS RP — a 26.2 MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP retails for approximately $1300 and is available in kits that include an EF mount adapter and a small grip extension.
The camera itself looks similar to the EOS R but is smaller. It has a buil-in 2.36MP electronic viewfinder and a vari-angle touchscreen that should please vloggers. Video capabilities include 40K 24P and 1080 60P. Mobile workflows, bluetooth, and built-in wifi make it pair well with canon’s Digital Photo Professional Express App.
Canon released an intro video about the camera as well.
In addition to the camera body announcement. Canon also announced six new RF lenses that they are developing and expect to release later in 2019. The six lenses are as follows:
RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
The 85mm F1.2L USM DS is interesting. Its defocus smoothing feature should yield very nice results coupled with a lens with a maximum f1.2 aperture. However, the difference between it and the standard 85mm F1.2L USM will have to be remarkable for both to have a place in the market.
Datacolor announced the new Spyder X Pro and Spyder X Elite monitor calibration devices. The new devices are twice as fast at calibrating your monitor with improved accuracy. Spyder X is available in Pro and Elite trim. Check out Datacolor’s page here.
Prograde Digital announced Recovery Pro, a software solution to assist with recovery of photo and video files “that have become lost, accidentally deleted, and/or corrupted.” It is compatible with a large variety of file types. Additionally, it reverse more than 90 audio file formats. Recovery Pro is compatible with Mac OSX and Windows 10 and higher. The software requires a $49.99 US annual subscription. Read more here.
Leica announced the latest limited edition of the M10-P rangefinder camera today. The Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. It comes with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, a VISOFLEX electronic viewfinder, and an M-PL Mount adapter.
Additionally, the camera features “authentic Cine Looks” looks–shooting modes accessed through the camera’s menu. The looks include ASC Cine Classic, ASC Contemporary, as well as cinematic aspect ratios.
Leica announced new limited production variants of three lenses for the Leica M-System. The text below is from Leica’s announcement. Read the full press release here.
APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 F/2 ASPH., BLACK CHROME Available February 21, 2019 Reminiscent of the vintage Summicron 50 mm f/2 (II) from 1956, the APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH., black chrome features a scalloped focusing ring with barrel components machined from brass. This special lens has engravings for the focal length and distances measured in feet with red enamel paint, meticulously applied by hand. Limited to 700 lenses worldwide.
SUMMARON-M 28 F/5.6, MATTE BLACK PAINT Available February 28, 2019 The Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5., matte black paint bolsters the range of classic Leica lenses with a new and exclusive color option, making for a stealthier variant of such an iconic lens with vintage aesthetic signature. Limited to 500 lenses worldwide.
SUMMILUX-M 28 F/1.4 ASPH., SILVER ANODIZED Available February 28, 2019 For the first time, the Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens is available in a silver anodized version. Owners of M-System cameras and lenses in silver now have another matching high-performance lens for their systems in one of the most versatile and fast wide-angles of the Leica portfolio. Limited to only 300 worldwide.