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Ricoh Theta SC2 4K 360 spherical camera officially announced

Updated set of specifications for the Nikon D750 replacement

New black chrome Leica M Monochrom “Leitz Wetzlar” limited edition camera

Leica CL ‘Edition Paul Smith’ camera announced

$1,300 iPhone 11 Pro vs. $20,000 Leica, can you tell the difference?

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Yasuhara ANTHY 35mm f/1.8 lens additional information



Some addition information on the new Yasuhara ANTHY 35mm f/1.8 lens:

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Hasselblad X1D Mark II medium format mirrorless camera now shipping



The new Hasselblad X1D Mark II medium format mirrorless camera is now shipping and all pre-orders will be fulfilled by the end of November. In the US you can check availability and pricing at Adorama and B&H.

Hasselblad released also a new X1D II firmware update with general system improvements and Focus Tethering stability for desktop. You can download the firmware update 1.0.2 here.

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Ricoh to announce a new Theta SC2 camera next week


Next week Ricoh will announced a new Theta SC2 camera:

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Olympus: we will continue to work on improving the profitability and efficiency of the Imaging Business


This is the "official answer" to the Olympus shutting down their camera business rumor, given by an Olympus representative and reported by Sina Finance:

"The Imaging business has always been the driving force of technology, including imaging technology and mass production technology, and has made tremendous contributions to the Medical and Scientific Solutions businesses. As stated in the new business strategy, since the Imaging business and the Scientific Solutions business are important businesses supporting the group, we will continue to work on improving the profitability and efficiency of these two business segments."

According to the current medium-term management plan, the targets for the group are a 6% CAGR (including external growth) and a 20% operating margin:

"The business plan for the next fiscal year is designed to ensure the development of the Scientific Solutions business and the stability of the Imaging business and to focus on the best market for each product portfolio. Detailed information about these business plans will be made available in the next quarter's earnings report." (sina.com)

This was not really convincing. Olympus did not address the Imaging business directly and kept mentioning it together with the Scientific Solutions business which are two completely different business domains (the Scientific Solutions Division is profitable, the Imaging Division is not):


In another recent press release, Olympus continued to talk about Imaging Business and the Scientific Solutions:

"Focus the corporate portfolio centering on Medical, the company’s key contributor to revenue and profit with the greatest market growth potential. The Imaging and Scientific Solutions divisions remain crucial components to the overall Olympus business, and will strive to improve profitability and operational efficiency." (Olympus)

Note also that Olympus did not directly address or decline the rumors of closing their camera business. Similar rumors circulated also a few months ago (the source was Business Journal Japan):

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Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF macro full-frame DSLR lens for Nikon F and Canon EF announced


The Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF macro full-frame DSLR lens for Nikon F and Canon EF is officially announced. The US price is $429. Pre-orders are open at Adorama and B&H. Additional information, including MTF charts, can be found here:

Tokina ATX-i 100mm f/2.8 FF macro lens for Nikon F-mount officially announced

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Kodak reports a net loss of $5 million on revenue of $315 million (up 21%) for third-quarter


Eastman Kodak Company reported their financial results for the third quarter 2019, including a net loss of $5 million on revenues of $315 million and growth in key print and film product areas:

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