Meike announced the MK 85mm F1.8 lens for Sony E-mount. The full-frame, manual focus lens has nine elements in six groups, and a nine-blade aperture. It’s worth pointing out that the lens product photo features a Sony APS-C body, but according to Meike’s info, it is a full frame design. The lens is listed on Amazon, but without pricing.
The SD Association announced microSD Express. The new memory format features PCIe and NVMe interfaces and is capable of 985MB/s transfer speeds. However, there are no micro SD Express cards currently available for purchase. Check out Videomaker’s article here.
Fujifilm announced today that due to increasing costs, the company will raise the price of film at least 30 percent. Additionally, all photographic papers will also see at least a percentage increase in the double digits. The price increases will take effect April 1, 2019.
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.
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.”
This is an interesting look at what senior players at camera manufacturers are faced with when confronting a changing photography landscape. In an interview reported by both DPReview and Canon Rumors, but officially published by Nikkei (originally in Japanese, but translated), Fujio Matarai, Canon’s CEO, provided insights on the camera market. It is important to note that this discussion is about all interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), not just the typical mirrorless vs. DSLRs.
The market has declined 10% year-over-year. This trend will continue for the next several years. Mirrorless cameras are a replacement for DSLRs, but do not drive up total units sold.
What we’re most curious about given a contracting market segment is what it will do to prices of professional-level gear. Costs, even if adjusted for inflation, of flagship systems are already well above where they were ten years ago. Given the smaller market, what will the price of a flagship system camera be in 2025?
Leica Fotopark, established in 2014, and curated by Leica Fotografie International posted a simple message on their home page:
We have made the decision to shift our focus to concentrate on the exchange between photographers and photography experts. In light of this, we would like to recommend the LFI.Gallery as the ideal location for your photos in the future.
There is no further explanation, but there are several links to the LFI Gallery.
Last week, FStoppers published a story about Dutch photographer J Salmeron’s copyright conflict with the band Arch Enemy and one of their sponsors, Thunderball Clothing–a small independent company based in Poland. Thunderball reposted an image of Salmeron’s without permission — by reposting it from the sponsored musician’s Instagram feed, not the photographer’s.
Today, FStoppers issued an update to the story. Apparently, the owner of Thunderball Clothing reached an agreement with Salmeron, but due to the intense amount of backlash from the public, has decided to shut down her company.
Both articles are worth reading. At The Photo Beat, we imagine that the opinions will vary widely across the spectrum of possible interpretations. However, there are certainly lessons to be learned here.