Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT Officially Announced


Press Release
Venus Optics announces 4 new & unique lenses in development, led by the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE, World’s widest zoom lens for Sony full frame E-mount cameras

All 4 lenses will make their debut in the coming Beijing P&E Imaging Fair.


Anhui China, Apr 20, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce 4 new and unique lenses.

–  Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
–  Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
–  Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
–  Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
–  Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom

This lens is currently the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-mount cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Venus optics have managed to compress the size to smallest in its class, less than 10 inch (<10cm) and only 1.1 pounds (<500g). The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) angle of view provides flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element to deliver exceptional performance. It can focus as close as 15cm for some mini-macro shooting. A rear filter slot is included to fit with 37mm filter. Click/clickless aperture can be toggled by the switch on the lens barrel.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found. The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Canon EF / Nikon AI / Pentax K / Sony FE mounts are available.

Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
This is currently the widest available native lens option for Fujifilm G-mount cameras. The new Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX has a field of view equivalent to 13mm in 35mm format (113°). Featuring a close-to-zero distortion and 86mm filter thread, this lens is ideally suited for landscape, architecture & interior photography. The 21 elements in 14 groups design with 2pcs of aspherical & 3pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements successfully help to control the distortion & chromatic aberrations to the minimal.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
Featuring a 210° angle of view, this lens delivers unique circular fisheye field of view on Micro four thirds cameras. The ultra-wide angle view allows photographers to create 360° panorama with ease. Despite the unique & ultra-wide perspective, the lens only weighs 0.3 pounds (135g).
Availability
All four lenses will be available for trial at Venus Optics’ booth (T225) in Beijing P&E Imaging fair during 3rd-6th May 2019. They are expected to be shipped in mid/late 2018. Exact shipping date and pricing are to be confirmed.

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Phase One Releases Capture One 11.1 With Panasonic G9, GH5S, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk III, E-PL9 Support


Update Provides New Resource Hub, Expanded Camera Support and Improved Workflow

COPENHAGEN, Apr. 19, 2018 – Phase One, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end digital camera systems, today released Capture One 11.1, a feature release to the industry’s premier RAW conversion and image editing software. The release enhances the Capture One user experience, through a new support platform and functionality updates to ensure a faster, smoother workflow. Improved Styles and presets workflow, support for 11 new cameras, including Sony A7 Mk III and Fuji X-H1 and 10 new lenses, including Tamron lenses for both Nikon and Canon, and an all-new Resource Hub are among the latest updates.

“Capture One remains dedicated to the needs of ambitious photographers. These latest updates introduce an extension to camera and lens support, as well as an all-new Resource Hub. The Resource Hub is an in-app portal that allows users to easily access news, tutorials, updates and much more – all designed to inspire photographers and ensure the best workflow and user experience in Capture One,” said Jan Hyldebrandt-Larsen, VP Software Business at Phase One. Read More »

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Cinema 5D: Z Cam E2 Interview

The Z Cam E2 is one of the most interesting cameras launched at NAB 2018 offering full 4k 120p support. It’s interesting how flexible this camera is and I wonder what users will do with the sdk and deep learning technology when it hits the market. Hopefully, this camera does really well so we can see a lot of developers take on this unique camera.

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Panasonic G9 vs Sony a7III vs Fujifilm X-H1

Hugh Brownstone can’t seem to pick a clear winner between these three great cameras, but it’s kind of interesting that the Panasonic G9 is now the “value” flagship camera for photography. While the Sony a7III might AF better than the G9 it’s more expensive and the Fujifilm X-H1 really requires the handgrip to compete. The mirrorless market is certainly changing a lot in 2018 and there are great choices for everyone needs now, but m43 is still the only system, where you can find a significant size advantage without losing quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-H1 w Battery Grip Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7III: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Panasonic GH5 VS GH5S – Which is Best For Video?

If you don’t need high ISO the Panasonic GH5 is probably all you will ever need, but the Panasonic GH5S does offer a high ISO edge.

Panasonic GH5: B&H photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic GH5S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Atomos Ninja V 5″ 4K HDMI Recording Monitor Pre-orders Available


You can now pre-order the Atomos Ninja V 5″ 4K HDMI Recording Monitor at B&H Photo and Adorama.

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