If it is similar to the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is going to be a huge hit.
Tamron Announces Launch of Large Aperture, Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras that is Extremely Compact and Lightweight with a Filter Diameter of 67mm
June 28, 2019, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046), a large aperture, ultra-wide-angle lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Model A046 features a filter diameter of Ø67mm (astonishingly small for a full-frame, large aperture, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens) as well as an unprecedented light weight of 14.8 oz. and diminutive length of 3.9 in. The compact size provides excellent balance on the small profile mirrorless cameras and is easy to carry. The lens will be available July 25 at approximately $899 at authorized Tamron USA retailers.
The Model A046 offers a large F/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range and delivers high-resolution and contrast edge-to-edge. The combination of ultra-wide-angle focal length, large constant F/2.8 aperture and an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.5 in. at the wide-angle end encourages richly expressive and creative photography in a multitude of scenarios.
The new 17-28mm zoom's AF drive system is powered by the RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit that enables it to deliver high-speed, high-precision and superbly quiet operation, making it suitable for shooting virtually noise-free video as well as still photographs.
In addition, the new zoom lens features Moisture-Resistant Construction and a hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that repels fingerprints and dirt. Plus, the Model A046 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. High performance, combined with exceptional portability, make the 17-28mm zoom ideal for daily use.
1. Companion model to the compact, popular Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) zoom
Sharing the same development concept as the highly esteemed Model A036 that launched in May 2018, the 17-28mm zoom (Model A046) was designed with the top priority of high optical performance in a form factor that is light and compact. Tamron engineers have achieved an unrivalled small size (3.9 in) and light weight (14.8 oz) for a zoom range of 17-28mm. The overall length does not change when zoomed or during focus, thereby creating stable, well balanced operation and excellent mobility. In addition, Model A046 features a filter diameter of just 67mm, very small for an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. It has the same filter size as its sister lens the Model A036 allowing the use of the same lens cap and filters. The two zooms together create an extremely compact system that covers 17 to 75mm and weighs less than 35.3 oz.
2. Superb high-resolution performance
The 17-28mm zoom's optical design consists of 13 lenses in 11 groups, including three aspherical lens elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens element that has properties close to those of fluorite. Together they efficiently suppress chromatic and other aberrations. Additionally, Tamron's legendary BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. Leveraging camera functions*, it provides excellent optical performance matching the latest high-resolution image sensors from edge-to-edge throughout the entire zoom range. The combination of compact size and light weight plus high-resolution performance lets users capture a wide variety of genre including landscapes, architecture and casual snapshot photography. *When shooting with the camera's lens correction function enabled.
3. Extreme close-up capability enables versatile creative expression with ultra-wide-angle zoom
The 17-28mm zoom focuses close. The MOD at the 17mm wide position is 7.5 in (same as Model A036) and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:5.2. At the 28mm end, it achieves the maximum magnification ratio of 1:6 while reaching the MOD of 10.2 in This remarkable performance allows users to create compositions that emphasize perspective (the closer subject is larger and the more distant one is smaller) and that are unique to wide-angle lenses.
4. The RXD stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet
The AF drive incorporates a sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens while the RXD motor unit delivers optimized AF control. This achieves very fast and accurate autofocus operation, allowing users to maintain pin-sharp focus on continually moving subjects or when filming video. The exceedingly quiet operation is an important advantage because it virtually eliminates extraneous sounds during video recording. In addition, the compact configuration of the RXD AF drive system contributes to the unprecedented size and weight reduction.
5. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating
Environmental seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance.
6. Consistent design and operation throughout all Tamron lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras
Similar to the 28-75mm (Model A036), the 17-28mm (Model A046) has a zoom ring at the front and a focus ring at the rear. Zooming, focusing and other functions are identical in this series to ensure consistent operation. The design is not only beautiful, it is functional as well and features an outer housing hugging the smooth contours of the lens body, deftly worked Luminous Gold brand ring and the precise, rigid metal lens mount. The Luminous Gold brand ring solidifies the characteristic look of a Tamron-branded lens whether on its own or attached to a camera body.
7. Versatile, exciting combination when paired with the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036)
Two high-performance partners, the 17-28mm combined with the 28-75mm, cover the super-broad range from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 75mm medium telephoto, and maintain excellent speed with an open aperture of F/2.8. The total weight of the two lenses is 34.2 oz, less than 1kg. This compact but potent combo makes the most of the mobility of mirrorless cameras. In addition, both models have a filter diameter of 67mm, so the same filters such as PL (Polarizer) and ND (Neutral Density) may be used with both models, and lens caps are interchangeable.
8. Compatible with main camera-specific features and functions
Tamron's new 17-28mm zoom is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. This includes the following:
- Fast Hybrid AF
- Eye AF
- Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
- In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
- Camera-based lens unit firmware updates
* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera's instruction manual for details.
* As of May, 2019.
* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
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BRUSSELS - Japanese camera and printer maker Canon was hit with a 28-million-euro ($31.8 million) fine on Thursday for jumping the gun in its acquisition of Toshiba Corp’s medical unit three years ago before securing EU antitrust clearance.
The European Commission said Canon had breached EU merger rules by using a so-called “warehousing” two-step transaction structure involving an interim buyer to purchase the company prior to obtaining the relevant approvals.
The unorthodox method allowed Toshiba, which was struggling for cash after an accounting scandal, to book proceeds in time for the financial year-end in March.
“Our merger assessment and decision-making depends on the Commission being sure that companies are not jumping the gun and implementing mergers without our approval,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.
The deal was cleared unconditionally in September 2016. The EU competition enforcer charged Canon with breaching EU merger rules in July 2017.
French telecoms provider Altice was penalized to the tune of 124,5 million euros for a similar offense last year. Facebook and General Electric have also been sanctioned in recent years for breaching merger rules.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel
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HELSINKI – June 26, 2019 – Loupedeck, the custom photo and video editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its integration with Adobe’s Camera Raw for Photoshop, expanding its compatibility within the Adobe ecosystem. The Camera Raw integration provides more flexibility for Adobe users, allowing them to bring some of the basic features to the Loupedeck+ and increase functionality with Photoshop. Camera Raw is one of several Loupedeck+ integrations announced since launching one year ago, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition.
Camera Raw and Photoshop users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
“We value a customer experience that is always evolving to benefit our users most,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “We’re looking forward to offering our users new Adobe product compatibility with Camera Raw, as it’s something many of them have been specifically asking for. We’re confident bringing this new integration into the mix will help them further increase their productivity with the Loupedeck+ and provide the flexibility they require on a day-to-day basis.”
Vancouver, Canada, June 24, 2019 - Two years ago, Metabones added support for Sony A9 with a maximum continuous autofocus (AF-C) frame rate of 10 fps by firmware to its EF-E Speed Booster and EF-E Smart Adapter lines of fully-electronic adapters. Today, the same feat is extended to A7 Mark III.
How to upgrade:
To achieve the highest possible AF-C frame rate on A7 Mark III, the adapter is set to "Advanced Mode". On the camera we recommend setting "Priority Set in AF-C" to "AF" for the best accuracy and the highest hit rate, even though that will decrease the frame rate. 10 fps is the theoretical maximum and just how close we get to that is highly dependent upon the AF speed of the lens used and the speed of subject movement.
The fastest frame rate is achieved when the subject is at or near the center where phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) is used. Unfortunately only the central PDAF points are effective, because using all of the PDAF points of the camera would have required metadata about the optical formula of the specific lens used, which we do not have. All the PDAF points can be used by setting the Speed Booster or Smart Adapter to "Green Mode", although the periphery points will still not be as effective as the central ones. Some older lenses may have reduced accuracy and/or speed in “Advanced Mode”, but they can still be used in "Green Mode" on A7 Mark III at a lower frame rate (3 fps). “Green Mode” is also faster at single autofocus (AF-S).
With Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters breaking down compatibility barriers, Metabones believes that the products themselves need to be continuously updated with new firmware to cope with new technologies, new cameras and new lenses. Patrons see value in Metabones products in the long term for compatibility with the broadest range of cameras and lenses and for the firmware updates. Leverage the 10 fps continuous autofocus feature of the best-selling full-frame mirrorless camera today using 32 years' worth of EF Mount lenses.
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Photographers and Filmmakers Can Choose the Ideal Size Target for Any Shot
Grand Rapids, MI USA – June 18, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, introduces an extended ColorChecker family with new sizes including Nano, Mini, XL and MEGA. With a range of new sizes for both the ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Video targets, now there is a ColorChecker to help every photographer and filmmaker tell their story, no matter the size of their shoot. ColorChecker targets are essential color tools designed to save valuable time from pre-production through post-production.
The ColorChecker Classic target has been a photo industry standard for more than 40 years. It is an array of 24 natural object, chromatic, primary and gray scale colors, arranged in four rows. This iconic color reference target is now available in five sizes – Nano, Mini, Original, XL and MEGA. Simply include your preferred size ColorChecker Classic in your photo or video capture and then when editing, use it to create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, color grade video footage or visually compare, measure and analyze differences in color reproduction in any color rendition system.
The ColorChecker Video target was first introduced in 2015 and is now available in 3 sizes – Original, XL and MEGA. This target, developed specifically for the filmmaker workflow, has gained wide adoption by filmmakers, DITs, editors and colorists. It includes chromatic color chips, skin tone chips and gray reference chips so filmmakers can easily set exposure, match multiple cameras and speed up color grading for ideal color balance throughout their footage. These targets are great for Cine wide shots – landscapes, cityscapes, custom sets; for Event filmmaking – concerts, churches, sports, stage; and for Aerial filmmaking – drones, booms, planes and helicopters.
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“Over the years, X-Rite has produced custom-sized ColorChecker targets for specific applications across many industries. Bringing these various sized targets to the broader photo and video markets is a natural extension of the line to better meet the needs of all our customers. Now every photographer and filmmaker will have the ability to use an appropriate size target no matter the size of the subject, project or idea.” - Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated
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ColorChecker Classic targets have been used by color perfectionists for the past decade to create custom DNG profiles for Adobe Lightroom® and Photoshop® workflows. Now photographers can build custom ICC camera profiles for use in Capture One® (or other ICC compatible software) when combining ColorChecker Classic with the latest version of X-Rite ColorChecker Camera Calibration software. Camera profiles provide accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit. This software is also compatible with X-Rite ColorChecker Digital SG target for creating even higher quality custom ICC camera profiles.
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Portland, OR – Lensbaby – makers of award-winning lenses, optics and accessories announces today the availability of the OMNI Creative Filter System by Lensbaby.
The OMNI System offers control and repeatability when shooting through crystals and other objects engineered by Lensbaby to create distinct and compelling in-camera effects. This unique, professional system is unlike anything currently on the market and geared to work on photographers’ existing prime and zoom lenses.
The OMNI Creative Filter System utilizes a lightweight ring that screws onto the lens’s filter threads. It includes three Effect Wands that magnetically attach to the filter ring, for quick and easy positioning anywhere around the front of the lens.
“This system brings Lensbaby’s pursuit of in-camera creative effects to those who don’t shoot with Lensbaby lenses,” said Strong. “OMNI is not another camera lens. It’s the ultimate tool for adding artistic control while you are interacting with your subject and making pictures.”
The OMNI Creative Filter System and the Crystal Expansion Pack will be available for pre-order June 18. The OMNI Creative Filter System will retail for $99.95. The Crystal Expansion Pack will retail for $49.95.
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This firmware corrected the phenomenon related with the selection range of AF frame (AF point) of the camera.
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later.
Benefit of the update
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June 20, 2019 – TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) has invested USD $7.5 million in wrnch, Inc. (CEO: Dr. Paul A. Kruszewski, head office: Quebec, Canada, hereafter referred to as wrnch), a computer vision and deep learning startup.
Established in 2014, wrnch uses deep learning to develop and provide tools and software development kits (SDKs) that enable computers to see and understand human movement and activity. wrnch has also used its advanced work in pose estimation technologies to establish ties with major entertainment and communications companies. The company continues its operations in technical development, while raising funds continuously.
In accordance with its Medium-Term Management Plan, Nikon is striving to enhance its Imaging Business not only in the BtoC, but also in the BtoB markets. Nikon decided to make this investment based on the determination of new synergies created by combining resources of each company, which will expand the range of Nikon's Imaging Business.
By fusing Nikon's optical technologies and the automatic tracking shooting technologies of Mark Roberts Motion Control Limited, a subsidiary of Nikon, with wrnch's pose estimation technologies, Nikon hopes to enhance its automatic shooting solutions, primarily for the sports market. Additionally, Nikon will endeavor to provide new imaging experiences with technologies such as AI.
Nikon will continue to pursue imaging possibilities by making further use of its optical technologies and collaborating with companies that offer their own innovative solutions and technologies.
|Company Name||wrnch, Inc.|
|Head Office||1001 rue Lenoir Suite B101, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|CEO||Dr. Paul A. Kruszewski|
|Business||The development and sale of computer vision and deep learning software|
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Achieves 25 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth with Strong Creative, Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud Revenue
SAN JOSE, Calif.–Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2019 ended May 31, 2019.
Q2 FY2019 Financial Highlights
"Adobe's continued momentum is being fueled by the explosion of creativity across the globe and the widespread business transformation agenda to deliver engaging customer experiences," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "With an innovative technology platform, exciting product roadmap and strong ecosystem of partners, we are well positioned for the second half of FY19 and beyond."
"Adobe delivered another record quarter in Q2," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. "Highlights include 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth, strong net new Digital Media ARR and operating cash flow of $1.11 billion."
Adobe Provides Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Targets
The following table summarizes Adobe’s third quarter fiscal year 2019 targets.
|Adobe total Q3 fiscal year 2019 revenue||~$2.80 billion|
|Digital Media segment revenue||~20% year/year growth|
|Digital Experience segment revenue||~34% year/year growth|
|Net new Digital Media annualized recurring revenue (“ARR”)||~$360 million|
|Tax rate||GAAP: ~11%, Non-GAAP: ~11%|
|Share count||~491 million shares|
|Earnings per share||GAAP: ~$1.40, Non-GAAP: ~$1.95|
Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA, June 18, 2019 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, announced the launch of two new product bundles for photographers to manage their color workflow: SpyderX Capture Pro and SpyderX Studio. Both include the recently launched SpyderX color calibrator for monitors – the most accurate, fastest (4X faster) and easiest-to-use Spyder, ever.
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Datacolor is kicking off the launch of these two products with a special 20% savings introductory offer. From June 18 through July 14, 2019, you can purchase the SpyderX Capture Pro for $319.99 (reg. $399.99) or the SpyderX Capture Pro for $399.99 (reg. $499.99).
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