Is this the new Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 full frame lens?

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Update: the lens is now officially announced.

I received those pictures of a new Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 full frame lens that could be what the Mitakon teaser on Facebook was about. Here are few additional details:

  • Manual focus lens
  • 9 elements in 6 groups, 2 ED elements
  • Minimum focusing distance: 1m
  • 11 blades aperture
  • Available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts (Pentax version may be released later)
  • Sample images:

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First Fuji Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens review published online

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Fuji XF 16mm f:1.4 R WR lens

The first Fuji Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens review got published online prematurely by fujilove.com and later removed but thanks to Google, you can read the cashed version here. The official announcement is tomorrow.

Update: here is another review of the upcoming Fuji lens.

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What’s new at the 2015 NAB show?

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→ Blackmagic announced three new cameras with different mounts: URSA, URSA Mini ($2,995 - $5,495) and a new Micro cinema camera ($995-$1,295).

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Panasonic announced new wearable POV action cam HX-A1 ($199.99).

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→New HDC-4300 camcorder from Sony.

Livestream Studio HD550
Livestream Studio HD550 is a new compact all-in-one live production switcher.

→ Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad Air announced ($499.99).

→ New action cameras from Garmin: VIRB X ($299.99) and VIRB XE ($399.99).

→ RED announced a new 8K full frame WEAPON camera.

→ Panasonic announced the AG-DVX200 4K MFT and DVX200 camcorders.

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens (Canon mount) tested at DxOMark

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DxOMark tested the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens for Canon mount ($849). Here is their conclusion:

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New Mitakon lens teaser

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ZY Optics has a teaser on Facebook for a new Mitakon lens. Here are the clues:

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Sony Cybershot WX500 and HX90V compacts announced

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At the 2015 NAB show Sony announced two new compact Cybershot cameras:

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Compact hi-zoom Sony HX90V camera with built-in retractable EVF

  • Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
  • Built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ high contrast and vivid colors
  • 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
  • Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
  • 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
  • Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 mbps
  • Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps
  • Available in June for about $430 (pre-order link)

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Ultra-compact Sony WX500 camera with 30x optical zoom

  • Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
  • 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
  • Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
  • 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
  • Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 mbps
  • Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps
  • Available in June for about $330 (pre-order link)
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Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens to be announced this week

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Fuji XF 16mm f:1.4 R WR lens
The Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens was already listed on the latest roadmap and was on displayed at the CP+ show. The official announcement will be in the next few days. Here are the rumored details:

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Deal of the day: up to 69% off Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB and 128GB memory cards

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Today only on Amazon Gold Box deal of the day:

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 camera announced, Stylus 1s coming to the US and Europe

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

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The new Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 camera (previously leaked here) will be available in two colors: black an red. Here are the basic specifications:

  • 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS Sensor
  • TruePic VII Image Processor
  • Olympus 4x Optical Zoom f/2.0-4.9 Lens
  • 25-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Water, Crush, Shock, Freeze & Dustproof
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video Recording
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, GPS, and eCompass
  • ISO 6400 and 5 fps Shooting at Full Res.
  • RAW Capture & Live Composite
  • Microscope and Underwater Modes

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 is currently available for pre-order at AdoramaAmazon and B&H.

Olympus Stylus 1s

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Olympus also announced the US and EU price and availability for the Stylus 1s camera that was previously announced only in Japan: shipping will start mid-April 2015 with a price tag of $699.99. Pre-orders are now open at AdoramaAmazon and B&H.

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Panasonic to announce a new firmware update v2.2 for the Lumix GH4 camera

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I received some information that today Panasonic will announce a new firmware update v2.2 for the Lumix GH4 camera. The new firmware will include:

  • Anamorphic (4:3) mode with 3328 x 2496 video recording (8.3MP)
  • 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output
  • New 1/16,000 shutter

Panasonic is also rumored to announce a new 4K Micro Four Thirds camera today.

Update: the firmware is now officially announced. Here is a preview from The Camera Store:

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