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.
Canon Watch, Canon Rumors, and Camera News are all reporting new information on the expected Canon RP mirrorless body. Read more here.
Also on Canon Rumors, somewhere between five and eight new RF-mount lenses could be announced next week. The lenses rumored are as follows:
- Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
If the rumor proves true, Can will have a very robust lineup of lenses for its mirrorless system including very fast primes in the 50 f1.2 and 85f1.2, the EF mouth version of which have been very popular for many years.
The New Camera also reports that a replacement for the Leica SL is imminent. The next generation SL is expected to have a 47.3MP sensor. Read the article here.
According to Nikon Rumors the next Z-mount lens announcement is the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens. This will expand the Z line to include a medium, fast aperture zoom. The current F-mount 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens is a staple in many shooters’ bags and combined with the 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED lens rounds out a very common professional set-up.
According to 43rumors, Olympus will announce a new 12-200mm lens on the 13th of February. Read the article here.
Leica announced the submission timeline for the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award photographic competition. See the press release here.
Inside Imaging reports that Kodak Alaris is for sale for an estimated $34M US. Click here for the article.
Leica released updated firmware for the Leica Q/QP cameras. Version 3.1 is available for download and the update addresses compatibility with Leica’s updated FOTOS app.
Leica also released firmware version 3.4 for the Leica SL. Click here to get it.
Sigma also released a series of firmware updates for its Nikon F-mount and Canon EF-mount lenses as well as the Sigma Mount converter MC-11. Click here for more info.
Sony also recently announced updated firmware for the A9, the A7III and A7RIII. The updates are not available yet, but Brian Smith has a good run down of the improvements to camera function once the software is available.
Additionally, Sony announced a firmware upgrade for its VENICE motion-picture camera system. Click here to read more.
Panasonic announced the S1 and S1R cameras. The S1 features a 24.2MP sensor and the S1R doubles that with 47.3MP. If that’s not enough for you, both bodies also feature a high-resolution shooting mode that produces 96MP images in the S1 and 187MP images in the S1R. Both cameras feature contrast detection autofocus systems with 225 AF points as well as internal image stabilization.
Video shooters will appreciate the 4K 60P capabilities of both cameras. The S1 can capture 4K 60P 8-bit video internally. Its big brother, the S1R can capture 4K 60P externally, with V-Log.
The S1 is priced at $2500 and available for preorder with an expected release date of April 4, 2019. The S1R is priced at $3700 and also available for preorder with the same release date. Both bodies are available with bundled lenses. Jump to News Shooter’s article for more info. There is also an extensive article on L-rumors.
Multiple sites report a new Canon R series body for mid-2019. Canon Rumors’ article claims that the body has not begun production and will feature dual card slots, thought not for the same memory format, and that the camera will feature a traditional joystick controller instead of the touch bar.
In Canon video news, the site reports that the XA40 and XA45 camcorders should appear at NAB 2019 this coming April.
Leica Rumors updated their list of expected Leica cameras and lenses. As of this writing the Safari Edition of the M10-P was announced, the remainder of the extensive list includes a Summilux-M 90mm lens with expected f/1.5 max aperture. Additionally, speculation includes a new Noctilux-M 35mm lens which would join the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.2 lenses in the Noctilux lineup. Additionally, a silver version of the Summilux-M 28mm f1/4 lens is apparently on the way.
The article goes on to say that Leica will continue to develop vintage lenses including a 135mm M mount lens.
In another article, Leica Rumors published an article describing Alexander Hude’s hack of the M8, M9, and M240 cameras’ firmware.
Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.
Nikon announced the second year of The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship. The scholarship awards $10K US to ten winners. The dates of the competition are as follows:
The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Key Dates (2019-2020)
- Application Open: January 29, 2019
- Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Recommendation Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Semi-finalist Open: March 18, 2019
- Semi-finalist Deadline: April 15, 2019
- Notification of Selection Results: June 2019
- Funds Disbursed: August 2019
For more information on the contest, click here.