The new Meyer Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 35mm f/2.8 lens is now on Kickstarter

The Meyer Optik Gorlitz teaser was for a new Trioplan 35mm f/2.8 lens that is already listed on Kickstarter and has reached its funding goal of $50k in just a few minutes.The Trioplan 35+ is the final lens of the Trioplan Trilogy, which includes also the Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/2.9:

The Trioplan 35+ is expected to be available at the retail price of $1,599 later this year but Kickstarter backers can secure the lens for a much lower investment. What backers will get is a groundbreaking lens.

Previously, it was thought too difficult to achieve the soap bubble effect in a wide angle lens. But Meyer-Optik engineers designed the new lens according to the historic Cook Triplet design but added two elements to boost the lens. The extra two lens elements is why Meyer-Optik decided to add the "+" to the name of the lens.

Update: Red, green and blue versions of the lens will be offered for certain support levels on Kickstarter:

Here is the technical data of the lens prototype:

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Kodak reports net earnings of $16 million for 2016

Eastman Kodak Company today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2016, delivering net earnings of $16 million on revenues of $1.5 billion and continued growth in key product lines:

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New mystery lens from Meyer Optik Gorlitz will be unveiled tomorrow on Kickstarter

Meyer Optik Gorlitz will be unveiling a new lens tomorrow (Thursday) on Kickstarter. This is what we know so far:

  • "The final jewel of our Trioplan Trilogy of lenses" (in addition to the Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/2.9 lenses pictured above)
  • "Soap bubble bokeh"
  • It will be a fast wide angle lens - here is a photo taken with the lens:

Here is the full email I received today:

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Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) 9.9, Lightroom CC 2015.9 released

Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) 9.9 is now released with support for the following cameras and lenses (DNG converter 9.9 download links: Win | macOS):

Update: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.9 was also released (Adobe keeps making it more difficult to download the stand alone version, see this download info and also this page).

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There are still several not-yet-announced cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus

There are still several cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus that have already been registered with various government agencies and are not yet announced:

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Camera production graph (1933-2016) compared to smartphones

This graph will give you an idea of why smartphones are killing the camera industry (based on CIPA data):

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Sample video footage taken with the unusual Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x macro lens

Venus Optics published three new sample footage videos taken with the unusual Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x macro lens:

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