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Confirmed: Bowens is going out of business

An update on my post from last week – it is now official: the lighting manufacturer Bowens is going out of business. In a statement today the parent company Aurelius Group confirmed the news:

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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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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 […]

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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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“Petzval-like” portrait lens to be announced next week by a new German company

I received this partial image of a new portrait lens that will be officially announced next week. The lens does have some similarities with the Lomography Petzval lens, but I was told that it will be produced by a new German company. The lens body is styled after a vintage brass lens but is actually […]

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May CIPA report: uptrend compared to last year continues

CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association in Japan) published their May report where the uptrend from previous months in the total shipment of interchangeable lens digital cameras continues (orange: 2017, black: 2016, blue: 2015, click for larger view):

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Another new cheap Chinese lens: Kamlan/SainSonic 50mm f/1.1

In addition to the 7Artisans/DJ-Optical lenses I reported last week, there is another new and cheap ($170) Chinese lens designed for APS-C cameras: Kamlan/SainSonic 50mm f/1.1. The lens is currently available for Sony E-mount and Canon EOS-M mounts. A Fuji version is going to be released soon. Additional information:

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