2018 and 2019 Photokina dates announced

Until last year, Photokina (the biggest photo show in the world) was taking place every other year in September. Back in May, I reported that Photokina will start taking place annually starting from 2018. We now know the exact dates for the 2018 and 2019 Photokina shows:

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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.11, Camera Raw 9.12 now available

Adobe released Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.11 and Camera Raw 9.12. Here are the direct download links:

In addition to several bug fixes, here is the list of new cameras and lenses that are now supported:

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New Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 portrait lens launched on Kickstarter

Last week I reported about a new “Petzval-like” portrait from a German company. Today the Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 is officially launched on Kickstarter:

In 1910, Emil Busch introduced the Glaukar, a fully corrected photographic lens, which besides solving spherical aberration, corrected coma and astigmatism was a "usable" lens. Unlike Rudolph’s Protar, which did not work properly at the time of invention because its construction required glass coatings not available at the time, the Emil Busch Glaukar lens was the first anastigmatic lens for daily portrait photography. By creating his anastigmatic lenses, Busch corrected the above mentioned faults by careful combination of the lens elements. Sharpness and artistic images were possible for the first time.

The modern Glaukar will come in the following mounts:

  • Nikon
  • Canon
  • Sony E
  • Fuji
  • Micro Four Thirds
  • Leica M
  • Leica T

Lens technical specifications:

  • Focal length: 97mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:3.1
  • Aperture range: 1:22
  • Image circle: 43mm
  • Field of view: 25°
  • Electronic contacts none
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.5 m
  • Filter thread: 37mm
  • Max diameter: length 73mm/80mm (DSLR), approx. 85mm mirrorless
  • Weight: 410 g

Sample photos:

Emil Busch Glaukar 3.1 portrait lens sample photos

Press release:

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Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T10 cameras officially discontinued

Fujifilm Japan now lists the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T10 mirrorless cameras as discontinued.

The X-T1 was announced in January 2014, the X-T10 camera was announced in May 2015.

Both X-T1 and X-T10 models are still available for sale for $1,299 and $799 (no significants discounts yet).

Here is the full list of discontinued Fuji cameras and lenses (updated from last year):

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Additional information on the 7Artisans / DJ-Optical mirrorless lenses

Here is some additional information on the 7Artisans / DJ-Optical mirrorless lenses I mentioned here on the blog two weeks ago:

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What else is new?

→ Sigma announced pricing and availability of their new 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF cine prime lenses: $4,999.00 USD each, shipping will begin late July.

→ New ALPA Macro Switar 5.6/105mm lens announced: this is a high-performance lens for image scales of 1:4 to 4:1 where you can optimize the specific image scale via a ring-operated floating element. The lens can be mounted on the ALPA bellows system or fixed mounts for exact reproduction. See what the lens is capable of in this post.

→ The Light L16 camera is now shipping.

→ New interview with Sigma's CEO Kazuto Yamaki (he likes to read rumors websites 🙂

This week’s recap from the rumors and addicts blogs:

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Bowens going into liquidation?

It seems that another brand is going under - Bowens, the manufacturer of photography and video accessories (mainly lighting), reportedly has now gone into liquidation:

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