Leica Rumors reports that, according to Japanese site DC Watch, Leica Japan announced a black, limited-edition version of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 lens. The Summaron-M 28mm lens is a vintage lens design that was originally produced in screw mount at the Wetzlar, Germany, factory from 1955-1963. According to Leica’s website, the new version, originally only available in silver, is a “slightly revised design” with an M-bayonet mount and 6-bit coding for modern Leica rangefinders. The Photo Beat has not been able to find a corroborating news release from Leica Camera.
The IPTC Preset Manager is an application used to enter preset metadata for supported cameras. Currently the application supports the D500, D4, D4S, and D5 and is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. IPTC stands for International Press Telecommunications Council. Get the update and read more on Nikon’s download page.
Facebook notified developers that third party apps had access to a “broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 and September 25, 2018.” Facebook believes 6.8 million users may have been affected and states up to 1,500 apps by 876 developers were affected. Facebook says the issue has been corrected. Additionally, the announcement states Facebook will roll out tools in the coming week to help developers who was impacted. Finally, Facebook will notify users they think have been impacted and advise all users log into third party apps to “check which photos they have access to.” Read the full Facebook announcement here.
What to Read
Rhiannon Adam: Fracking in the UK #1 — a photo essay from the “frontline of the fracking resistance” –British Journal of Photography
What to Watch
On the Frontlines of Photography — A CBS Sunday Morning video in which Ted Koppel examines the lives and work of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, both killed in Libya in 2011. Additionally, the piece features filmmakers Jim Campbell and Sebastian Junger. It’s a worthwhile use of 10 minutes of your time.
Free Solo — this one will still require a trip to theaters but it’s worth it. Jimmy Chin an Chai Vasarhelyi document Alex Honnold as he achieves a climbing dream–climbing the 3,000 ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. The film is a treat for photographers not only because of it’s stunning imagery and scale, but in the many behind the scenes moments during which Chin and his team discuss how they will capture the imagery without disrupting the climber. Any slip will likely kill Honnold. Check out National Geographic’s page with images and a trailer.
On December 11th, Adobe released updates to its photography ecosystem. According to the blog post announcing the release, the updates focus on workflow and performance improvements. While the list of updates is long and comprehensive, one of the key features of the update is the ability for photographers to customize the Develop module. Jump to the full Adobe Blog Post for detailed information.
GSM Arena reports Google Photos has implemented restrictions to its free photo and video storage service. RAW files will no longer be stored for free and will count against a user’s storage quota. Similarly, free storage for video files will require videos to be at least one second long and “the right file type.”
Roger Cicala of Lensrentals published a tear down of the new Canon RF 50mm F1.2L lens earlier this week. His findings lead him to conclude “Canon has invested very heavily into developing the lenses of the R system. This level of engineering didn’t all happen in the last year, they’ve been working on this for quite a while.” Click here for the full article complete with plenty of photographs of the disassembly.
Leica announced the CL street kit which consists of a Leica CL system camera and a Summicron-TL 23mm F2 ASPH lens. The camera boasts a 2.36 million pixel electronic viewfinder, a 24MP sensor, the ability to shoot 4K video and connects wirelessly to mobile devices with the Leica FOTOS app. The kit is priced at approximately $4200 US. Read the Leica announcement here.
Sigma Corporation of America announced that its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” will be priced at $1499 US and will ship for Canon mount in late December 2018. According to Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick, the lens completes “the must have trio” of DG HSM lenses alongside the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art. Read the full announcement here.
Olympus — 43rumors.com published alleged leaded images of Olympus’s new E-1MX. It appears to be a gripped, pro-body style camera with rumored specifications featuring an 18fps frame rate and a 20MP sensor in addition to improved autofocus features.
Sony — According to an Amateur Photographer interview with Kenji Tanaka, Senior General Manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business, the lens mount diameter of a camera is not a significant factor in lens design. He touts the performance of Sony’s 400mm f2.8 as an example that superior performance can be achieved with a smaller diameter mount. He goes on to assert that Sony could make an f1.0 lens, but that it makes little business sense. Read the full article here.
Canon — According to Canon Rumors the next iteration of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras will feature five-axis in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS). There is no rumored release date for the next EOS R body. However, there is speculation that Canon is working on a 75MP EOS R body for release in the second half of 2019 with an additional entry-level body seeing the light of day in the first half of the year alongside a possible PowerShot release.
Nikon — Nikon Rumors reports Nikon will release a D760 and discontinue the D610 in the second half of 2019. The new camera will allegedly feature 4K video and have minor control layout changes as well as improved image quality at higher ISO settings and an improved autofocus system.