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AS CP+ is underway in Japan, scoops, rumors, and product teases are everywhere. Here’s a brief summary of what’s getting attention:

Source: DC Watch. Canon Kids Camera at CP+

Canon Rumors reports on Canon’s concept cameras on display at the show. Everything from action cameras to brightly colored kids cameras is on display (sourced from Japanese site DCWatch).

Nikon Rumors reports on a new Nikon Z camera coming for the consumer market. Additionally, Nikon demonstrated improved eye autofocus coming in a future firmware upgrade for Nikon Z cameras. Check the video below.

Nikon eye autofocus demo

Also on display: New Nikon lenses and Techart showed off the new TZE Nikon Z-mount to Sony E-mount adapter.

Meanwhile, News Shooter published more info on the Nikon Z 58mm F/0.95 S Noct lens. See the video below for more info.

Finally, in the L-mount arena, check out this video about the Leica, Sigma, Panasonic partnership:

Leica Announces APO-Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH for L-Mount

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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.

Sigma Announces Eleven L-Mount Lenses and Mount Converter MC-21

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art

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Sigma Product Photo of MC-21 L-Mount Converter

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.

Sigma Offers a Lens Mount Conversion Service

Sigma’s announcement also includes discussion of Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The service modifies Sigma mount lenses to other camera mounts.

The lenses in the announcement are (links to currently available versions):

Read the press release for the lenses here and for the press release for the MC-21 here.

Recent Firmware Updates for Leica, Sigma, and Sony Cameras & Lenses

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 SL Product Photo
Leica SL Product Photo

Leica also released firmware version 3.4 for the Leica SL. Click here to get it.

Sigma MC-11 Product Photo

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 A9 product Photo
Sony A9 Product Photo

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.

Sony VENICE System Camera

Additionally, Sony announced a firmware upgrade for its VENICE motion-picture camera system. Click here to read more.

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 21, 2018

What to Read

Harold Feinstein: America’s Forgotten Photographer — Huck

Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog

Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog

Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers

FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography 

What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York — Artsy

What to Watch

Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary” 

Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.

A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.

And Then There’s This:

Photo of Couple Boning on Top of Pyramids Prompts International Investigation — Vice

Sigma Begins Shipping its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens and Announces Pricing

Sigma Corporation of America announced that the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM — its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” 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