Voigtländer announced three lenses today: the Nokton 21mm f1.4 Aspherical, the Nokton 50mm f1.2 Aspherical for Sony’s e-mount, and the Nokton Vintage Line 75mm f/1.5 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount.
Additionally, Voigtländer announced six mirrorless lens adapter for using m-mount lenses and e-mount lenses on various mirrorless cameras. The adapters include standard mount adapters that mate lenses to bodies and close focus adapters that include a helicoid that shortens the focusing distance of the lens on the mounted body. The new adapters are similar to Voigtländer’s close focusing adapter for M-mount to Sony-E mount. There new adapters are as follows:
VM-Z close focusing lens adapter
VM-RF lens adapter
VM-RF close focusing adapter
VM-X close focusing lens adapter
For more info on Voigtländer’s offerings, check out their site here.
Both Sony and Prograde Digital announced CFExpress Type B memory cards today. The new cards use the PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe host controller interface and perform at read speeds of 1,600MPB/s. Prograde also announced that sample cards and readers are available for “qualified partners.” Prograde will offer two lines of the cards. The CFExpress Cobalt will perform at the full 1,600MB/s read speed and have burst write capability of 1400MB/s. The CF Express Gold feature a burst write speed of 600-1000MB/s. Read Prograde’s news release for more info.
Sony announced their own CFExpress Type B cards. The “Tough” cards. Sony claims performance of 1700MB/s read speeds and 1480MB/s write speeds. The “Tough” label highlights Sony’s tripling of the CFexpress standard to withstand force at 70N bending force and “five times greater reliability to endure falls from up to 5m high.” Read Sony’s press release here.
If all this XQD, CFast, CFExpress jargon has you perplexed, read this article by SLR Lounge. It does a decent job of clearing it up.
Leica announced the a new wide angle lens for the L-mount, a shared mount between Leica, Sigma, and Panasonic. The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups with multi-coating. Additionally, the lens’s Dual Syncro Drive autofocus motor can traverse its entire focal range in 240 milliseconds. It joins the 75mm APO-Summicron-SL and the 90mm APO-Summicron-SL in Leica’s lineup. Read Leica’s press release here.
Sony announced the 135mm F1.8G Master Lens. The lens joins a growing lineup of G Master lenses. Sony claims the lens design maximizes the appearance of pleasing bokeh. The company built the lens with Super ED and ED elements that include “extreme aspherica (XA)” elements and four XD linear motors. An 11-blade aperture controls the roundness of out-of-focus highlights, allegedly even at F4. DPReview published an article on the lens and also has a sample gallery. Check it out here.
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.
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.
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.