Leica announced two new limited edition M-P camera kits

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Leica Camera announced two new limited edition M-P camera kits:

Additional images of the actual kits:

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Konost FF is a full frame digital rangefinder camera that seeks funding

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The Konost FF is a full frame digital rangefinder camera that is currently seeking funding opportunities. The prototype shown has an optical viewfinder with electronic frame-lines and a focusing patch:

With a 20.0 megapixel 35mm full-frame image sensor, the Konost camera delivers image quality on par with any modern camera. Our analogy is to think of it as driving a 800hp manual Ferrari.

There are only a handful of digital rangefinder cameras on the market today, a domination held by Leica Cameras. The Konost camera is unique in that instead of using rotating mirrors and prisms in the rangefinder mechanism, it uses a secondary image sensor and image processing algorithms to display the rangefinder patch in the viewfinder. This allows the camera to be all-digital, decreasing manufacturing costs, and does not require high maintenance or re-callibration.


From Konost's website:

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Panasonic Lumix 30mm f/2.8 and 42.5mm f/1.7 lenses announced

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Panasonic just announced two new lenses:

Panasonic LUMIX G MACRO 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens

Panasonic LUMIX G MACRO 30mm f:2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 60mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Multi-Layer Coating
  • Stepping AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Maximum Magnification: 1:1
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 4.1"
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Additional information available here
  • Price: $397.99

Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens

Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm f:1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 85mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.7 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Stepping AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Additional information available here
  • Price: $397.99
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What to expect from Sony in the next few weeks

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As I already reported previously, Sony did not announce any photography gear at the CES and CP+ shows. In the next few weeks Sony will release/start shipping some of their latest products and will most likely officially announce some of their new FE full frame mirrorless lenses:

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New Panasonic video and stills camera to be announced at the 2015 NAB show

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Panasonic will introduce a new Micro Four Thirds hybrid photo/video camera at the 2015 NAB show (April 11-16th). Here are some of the rumored specs:

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What else is new?

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→ Meike announced new MK-A7II battery grip for the Sony a7II camera. Check pricing and availability on eBay and Amazon.

→ New Veydra 85mm T2.2 cinema lens for Micro Four Thirds mount announced.

Adorama released a new Flashpoint transmitter/receiver set and other new accessories for the Zoom Li-on flash. More information is available here.

→ The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens is now shipping again.

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Adobe Lightroom 6 leaked online

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The French website fnac.com already has a listing for the upcoming Adobe Lightroom 6. Here is are some details on the new LR6 (Google translation):

  • Release date: March 9th, 2015
  • Windows compatibility: Windows 7, 8, 8.1
  • Mac OS compatibility: Mac OS X v10.8, v10.9 or v10.10
  • Price: 130 EUR

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Bring out the best of each photo

Test your ideas freely with non-destructive tools - your original pictures remain intact. Lightroom lets you optimize every pixel of your photos, they were taken with a professional digital SLR camera or mobile phone.

Key features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Environment nondestructive

Unleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.

Advanced conversion feature black and white

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Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.

Face Recognition

Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.

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