Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Announced


Laowa 4mm f/2.8: Venus Optics

Anhui China, Aug 7, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer specializes in making unique camera lenses, unveil the pricing and availability of the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye Lens for Micro Four Thirds (M43) cameras.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens is an 8mm equivalent fisheye prime specially designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. On the contrary to the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ wide angle lenses, the new 4mm fisheye lens is designed to create an extremely distorted fisheye perspective.

210° angle of view
The lens features an ultra-wide 210° angle of view. Photographers can take advantage of the dramatic field of view to capture. A full 360o panorama can also be done using a few as 2 images as opposed to shooting 6 or more images with conventional fisheye lenses. This lens is also particularly good for VR photography, shooting virtual tour and spherical panorama.

Focus as close as 3.14” (8cm) from sensor
Photographers can take advantage of the super close focusing distance to capture some heavily distorted & impactful shots.

Drones friendly
The lens can be mounted on DJI Inspire X5 drones to create some epic ‘God’s vision’ shots.

Outstanding sharpness
Houses with 7 elements in 6 groups, the new 4mm has an outstanding sharpness throughout the frame. Along with the 210o ultra-wide angle, photographers can either ‘de-fish’ the image in post-processing or crop to transform the image into a rectilinear image.

Super Tiny & Lightweight
The lens is extremely tiny and lightweight. Measuring only 1.77” (45mm) long and weighing 4.7 oz (135g), the lens is so small that can be put into pocket for shooting anywhere, anytime.

Huge Depth of Field
The depth of field of this lens is so deep that no focusing operation is required. Simply park the focus ring at infinity focus and stop down the lens to around f/5.6, everything will be in focus.

Pricing & Availability
The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/).

The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 199/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries. First shipment is expected to start in mid Aug 2019.

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Blackmagic Design 6K Announced


BMPC 6K: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fremont, CA, USA – Thursday, 8 August 2019 – Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. This new model builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K but has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality. The EF lens mount model works with a wide range of lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss, Sigma and Schneider. Read More »

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Metabones Announced Speed Boosters Designed For Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Los Angeles, CA, USA, July 31, 2019:  Caldwell Photographic Inc. and Metabones® are pleased to announce a new series of Speed Booster for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC4K).

The BMPCC4K Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x and XL 0.64x are similar to the standard m43 Speed Booster adapters, but the optics have been re-designed to optimize for the filter stack thickness of the Blackmagic cameras, which is substantially thinner than that of standard m43 cameras.

The thickness of the camera’s filter stack is an important component of the overall optical design, and the re-designed optics ensure that both versions can achieve the same high performance as the Speed Booster versions for standard m43. This is especially critical at the extremely large apertures made possible by Speed Booster technology.

In addition to the new optical designs, the new series of Speed Boosters also features a longer tripod mount to perfectly match the height of the BMPCC4K camera body. This way the camera and the Speed Booster can be mounted firmly on the same quick release plate.

Both versions – the Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x and XL 0.64x – are available with Nikon G lens mount, with Canon EF lens mount and with Canon EF CINE lens mount. The ARRI PL lens mount is available in ULTRA 0.71x version only. The Canon EF CINE lens mount creates a positive lock for a secure electronic connection, and together with the matching length of new the tripod mount, allows for a rock-solid mechanical setup, which is important when using follow focus attachments.

This new series of Metabones Speed Booster adapters is designed exclusively for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC4K). They cannot be attached to any other m43 cameras such as JVC, Olympus or Panasonic cameras.

Crop Factor on BMPCC4K
Video Mode Metabones

Plain Adapter

Metabones

Speed Booster

ULTRA 0.71x

Metabones

Speed Booster

XL 0.64x

4096 x 2160

4K DCI

1.9x 1.35x 1.22x
3840 x 2160

Ultra HD

2.03x 1.44x 1.3x
1920 x 1080

HD

2.03x 1.44x 1.3x
1920 x 1080

HD (Windowed)

4.05x 2.88x 2.6x

* Calculations based on the width of sensor in relation to a full-frame sensor. Read More »

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Sky’s The Limit: Luminar 4 Introduces The First Automatic Sky Replacement Technology


Official Luminar 4 Early Offer to give artists a unique chance to pre-order Luminar 4 at the lowest price:
1. Luminar 4 + Signature Looks bundle for US$59 instead of US$138
2. Luminar 4 + Signature Looks + Luminar 3 bundle for US$99 instead of US$207

Sky’s the limit: Luminar 4 introduces the first automatic Sky Replacement technology
Utilizing the proprietary technology based on machine learning, Luminar 4 will be the first photo editor to have a fully automated Sky Replacement tool to save the artists hours of editing.

BELLEVUE, WA – July 23, 2019—Today, Skylum announces the upcoming release of Luminar 4, set to ship this fall. Skylum continues to push innovations forward through machine learning tools. In addition to the new AI Sky Replacement tool, Luminar users can expect to see more machine learning present in Luminar 4. With its easy-to-use interface and sensible workflows, Luminar 4 is a great choice for creatives looking to move their photography forward.

“With Luminar 4 we continue to empower everyone who loves photography to make incredible images faster and easier,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum. “No one needs a “simply another photo editor” these days. That’s why with every Luminar update we bring photographers something truly meaningful, something that will really level up their creative skills.

In Luminar 2018, Skylum introduced the AI Sky Enhancer filter, helping to add depth and color back into flat or blown-out skies. Earlier this year, Skylum added the Accent AI 2.0 filter to Luminar 3, a powerful content aware filter powered by machine learning to automatically enhance images. Now, with Luminar 4, AI Sky Replacement offers the first automatic tool for replacing skies. Machine learning tools like these are the foundation of the Luminar platform, helping to save photographers hours of manual labor so they can achieve their creative dreams.

Why AI Sky Replacement?
Sky replacement methods have become popular in recent years with landscape photographers, in order for them to truly showcase their creative vision. Up until now, photographers have spent minutes or even hours manually replacing skies, through tools like Smart Selection, Luminosity Masking, Overlaying, Layers, Masking, Smart Brush, Color Range and more. And even with all those tools, it was hard to get a perfect sky.

While development of AI Sky Replacement has been equally challenging, Skylum’s machine learning technology means that photographers can apply a realistic sky to their photograph in mere seconds, freeing up time to be more creative.

How does it work?
AI Sky Replacement works by automatically detecting not only the sky, but also objects in a photograph’s scene. This helps make sure the photo ends up being as realistic as possible once you insert a new sky. It removes things like halos, artifacts and edges of transitions, problems that often were present in existing sky replacement techniques. With the AI Sky Replacement you will also be able to adjust the sky to fit the rest of an image — things like depth of field, tone, exposure and color — making it great for not only landscapes, but also portraits.

When working on an image, the AI Sky Replacement technology automatically creates a mask for the sky, taking a step that would oftentimes take minutes or even hours, and boiling it down to mere seconds with just the click of a mouse. But that’s not all it does — AI Sky Replacement also correctly detects the horizon line and the orientation of the sky to replace so that it looks as realistic as possible.

Furthermore, with the scene relight technology, you’ll see the rest of your photo change in terms of light and color when you select your sky of choice. This makes sure that an image and sky match so they appear they were taken during the same conditions. Because of the toning that AI Sky Replacement does to an image, it looks as natural and smooth as possible.

The new AI Sky Replacement filter is the perfect tool for recreating that special moment that you might not otherwise be able to revisit. It’s great to bring life into vacation photos where the weather wasn’t perfect, or surprise moments where you couldn’t plan for the perfect conditions. And best of all, it’s available through a simple, easy-to-use tool in the Luminar 4 interface.

Now, with AI Sky Replacement, it’s easier and faster than ever for photographers to achieve their goals, and focus on what they enjoy most — photography.

Pricing and availability
Luminar 4 is set to be released this fall. Pre-orders are now available on http://skylum.com/luminar-l4.
Pricing will be announced at a later time, and upgrade pricing will be available for current users.

About Skylum Software
Skylum is a global imaging technology company with offices in Bellevue, USA; Kyiv, Ukraine; and Tokyo, Japan. Skylum allows millions of photographers to make incredible images faster. We automate photo editing with the power of Artificial Intelligence yet leave all the creative control in the hands of the artist. The Skylum Team has won the Red Dot Award, Apple’s Best of the Year, and other top industry awards. To learn more about Skylum, visit http://skylum.com.

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New Kenko One-Touch Filter Kit: A Unique Bayonet Based Filter System


Kenko is releasing a new filter system call the Kenko One-touch filter kit and it’s based on an interesting bayonet there is already a review up for the new system at DC.Watch and below you can find the press release. Kenko products can be found at Amazon and B&H Photo.

Press release:
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. (President: Toru Yamanaka) will start selling a filter kit “One-touch filter filter kit” and a special option that employ a new system that can instantly remove and mount a filter from June 21, 2019. The release lineup is as follows. (Price is manufacturer suggested retail price · tax excluding) 67S One Touch Detachable Filter Kit 67mm ¥ 42,500 72S One Touch Detachable Filter Kit 72mm ¥ 45,000 77S One Touch Detachable Filter Kit 77mm ¥ 50,000 Protector for one-touch detachable filter kit (67mm: ¥ 8,000, 72mm: ¥ 8,900, 77mm: ¥ 10,000). C-PL (67 mm: ¥ 16,800 72 mm: ¥ 17,800 77 mm: ¥ 21,000) for one-touch detachable filter kit. One-touch filter kit for ND4, 8, 16 and 1000 (67 mm: ¥ 11,200 72 mm: ¥ 13,000 77 mm: ¥ 14,500).


It is necessary to select and change the most suitable filter in order to reduce reflection with PL filter, to slow shutter speed with ND filter, and to pursue photographic expression. However, people who make full use of filter work may find it more difficult to attach and remove the filter. Therefore, we will release a revolutionary new product “One-touch Detachable Filter Kit (67 mm / 72 mm / 77 mm)” that can instantly remove the filter.


Features Can be removed instantly “One-touch filter kit” is a set of special filter and lens adapter, by attaching the adapter to the lens in advance, the filter can be instantly attached and removed by the bayonet type. You can quickly remove the filter without turning around like a normal screw-in filter. There is little vignetting Because the adapter is used, vignetting may occur more than a normal filter, but the thickness of the frame is reduced as much as possible by using a system of a dedicated filter + lens adapter to suppress vignetting. Set C-PL and ND16 frequently used in landscape photos In particular, I used a set of two frequently used filters in landscape photography. C-PL controls the reflected light to enhance color contrast. The ND16 uses a dimming effect to slow down the shutter speed and prevent overexposure. The easy-to-use concentration makes the best-selling ND16 among the ND filters a set. C-PL and ND16 can be quickly attached and detached depending on the application.


Optional special filter also available A lineup of lens protectors and ND filters (ND4, ND8, ND1000) with different densities are sold separately. ※ C-PL and ND16 are also available separately. Please see below for details. www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/imaging/filter/one_touch/ Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/

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Prime Day 2019 Has Started


Amazon will have deals throughout the next two days and if you shop through our links it will help support the site. I will update this post through the next two days with any photography deals I come across, but many of the deals are timed exclusives to check back frequently.

Nanuk 920 Waterproof Hard Case with Foam Insert
Pelican Storm iM2750 Case With Padded Divider Set
Pelican Storm iM3075 Case No Foam (Black)
Pelican 1520 Case With Foam
Pelican 1610 Case with Foam

Leica SL

Storage: Almost all sizes and configs on sale too
Drobo 8D
Drobo B810n: Network Attached Storage (NAS) 8-Drive Hybrid Storage Array – Gigabit Ethernet x 2 ports

WD Blue 3D NAND 4TB Internal PC SSD – SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5″/7mm

PNY CS900 960GB 2.5” Sata III Internal Solid State Drive
HyperX Fury RGB SSD 960GB SATA 3 2.5″ Solid State Drive Black Case with Multi-Color RGB

WD Red 6TB NAS Internal Hard Drive – 5400 RPM Class, SATA 6 GB/S, 256MB Cache, 3.5″
Seagate Barracuda Pro Performance Internal Hard Drive SATA HDD 14TB 6GB/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch

Samsung Duo Plus 256GB – 300MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive
Samsung T5 Portable SSD – 1TB – USB 3.1 External SSD
Lexar Professional SL100 Pro Portable Solid-State Drive 1TB
G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile SSD Durable Portable External Storage – USB-C

PNY P-SDX128U395-GE Elite Performance 128 GB High Speed SDXC Class 10 UHS-I, U3 Up to 95 MB/Sec
Lexar Professional 633x 128GB SDXC UHS-I
Lexar Professional 633x 1TB SDXC UHS-I/U3 Card
Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB SDHC UHS-II – SAVE ALMOST 50%
Lexar Professional 1000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II – SAVE OVER 50%

Note: The savings are not always shown until check out, but you should see the following in the text if you look closely


This is from the above Lexar 2000x savings

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