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DJI addresses alleged corruption scandal that reportedly increased product prices by 20%

DJI Technology, China's largest drone manufacturer, is looking at a substantial financial loss in the midst of ongoing investigations wherein 45 current and former employees are facing allegations of corruption.

According to a report from Yicai Global, more than 100 individuals are involved in an alleged widespread corruption scandal for falsely increasing the prices of parts and materials used to make DJI drones.

The report says 26 people allegedly involved in the scandal 'are from the research and development department, as well as the procurement division.' Another 19 individuals work in other various departments including administration, design, factories and sales. 16 people have been reported to authorities regarding the allegations.

In a statement to DroneDJ, DJI said:

'We hold our employees to the highest ethical standards and take any violation of our code of ethics very seriously. During a recent investigation, DJI itself found some employees inflated the cost of parts and materials for certain products for personal financial gain. We took swift action to address this issue, fired the bad actors, and contacted law enforcement officials. We continue to investigate the situation and are cooperating fully with law enforcement?s investigation.'

DJI is facing losses of more than CNY1 billion (approximately $147.6 million USD), according to Yicai Global's estimates. It is believed DJI products suffered from a 20% price increase in 2018 due to the alleged widespread corruption within the supply chain.

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Resources for shooting this weekend's Super Blood Wolf Moon

Photo captured and provided by NASA

Astrophotography fans will be treated to the sight of a rare 'super blood wolf Moon' this weekend, and lots of helpful people are offering advice on how best to photograph it. The event will bring together the drama of the year?s first full moon at the same time as a total lunar eclipse ? and the Moon passing very close to the earth. Mix all three factors and we get a very large-looking full Moon that appears a deep copper color in the sky.

Depending on where you live the blood Moon will be visible on the evening of Sunday 20th or the early morning of Monday 21st, but only those in the Americas, northern and western Europe, the eastern Pacific and the north-eastern tip of Russia will be able to see the full eclipse. Some in western Africa may get a partial eclipse.

The event will occur as the Moon passes into the earth?s shadow. As this happens sunlight is refracted by the earth?s atmosphere, bending around the earth to faintly illuminate the Moon in a warm red light ? hence the ?blood Moon? name. As the moon will appear relatively dim in the sky it?s a great chance to get a manageable exposure to include the Moon and stars in a single shot. 'Wolf' in the name is present because it will be the first full moon of the year.

Resources:

  • PhotoPills has produced a video explaining how to use its app to determine where the Moon will appear and its size, so you can plan your foreground and composition.
  • Mr Eclipse is a constant source of information on different ways to capture the spectacle, with tips and techniques for a wide range of shots.
  • Fred Espenak from Mr Eclipse has also written a piece for the Nikon USA website on the subject, and shows some pretty stunning pictures.
  • Newsweek has a piece by physics professor Walter Freeman explaining a little more how and why this phenomenon occurs.
  • The Royal Astronomical Society also has information and advice for observers in the UK, where the full eclipse will occur at 05.12GMT. The official guidelines state that to enjoy the sight ?all you have to do is dress warmly and go outside.? Sensible advice.
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K&F Concept Nikon Z lens adapters start shipping on January 22nd

If you own a Nikon Z camera and still have a bunch of older lenses from other brands sitting around, K&F Concept's new line of Nikon Z lens adapters, which will start shipping on January 22, could be worth a look. They could give your old lenses a new lease on life.

In total eleven different Z-mount adapters will be available:

  • KF-FDZ for Canon FD mount
  • KF-EFZ for Canon EF mount
  • KF-PKZ for Pentax K mount
  • KF-NGZ for Nikon F mount (G-type)
  • KF-NFZ for Nikon F mount
  • KF-CYZ for Yashica-Contax mount
  • KF-OMZ for Olympus OM mount
  • KF-AAZ for Sony/Minolta A mount
  • KF-SRZ for Minolta MD mount
  • KF-42Z for M42 mount
  • KF-LMZ for Leica M

The adapters are made of brass and aluminum and manually operated. They're also pretty affordable, with prices ranging from $30 to just over $60. You can find an overview of all adapters with more detail on the K&F website.

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Nikon quietly announces Coolpix B600, A1000 compact cameras

Nikon has quietly announced the upcoming availability of two new compact cameras, the Coolpix B600 and the Coolpix A1000. The B600 fills a gap between Nikon's current Coolpix B500 and B700 cameras while the A1000 is a lower-resolution successor to Nikon's A900.

Nikon Coolpix B600

The Coolpix B600 is a bridge-style camera with a 60x optical zoom lens with an equivalent focal length range between 24-1440mm. The lens features Nikon's Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR) technology ? rated for three stops of compensation ? and offers a dedicated macro mode.

Full specs for the B600 are yet to be released, but from what's known so far, the B600 houses a 16-megapixel sensor that's also capable of shooting 1080p30 video. The B600 also features Nikon's Active D-Lighting, which is designed to reduce the loss of detail in highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes.

On the rear of the camera is a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD monitor with an anti-reflective coating. Like its P600 counterpart, the B600 includes target-finding AF and multiple creative modes for both photos and videos.

Nikon Coolpix A1000

The Coolpix A1000, an apparent successor to the A900, is a compact camera with a 35x optical zoom lens with an equivalent focal length range between 24-840mm. Like the B600, it too uses Nikon's Hybrid VR technology and Active D-Lighting.

Inside the A1000 is a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapxiel backside illuminated CMOS sensor ? a drop from the 20-megapixel sensor inside the A900 ? with a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400. The A1000 has Raw photo capture in Nikon's NRW format and is capable of recording 4K30 video.

The A1000 features 1166k-dot equivalent electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch tilting 1036k-dot touchscreen LCD display on the rear of the camera. Nikon has also included its SnapBridge technology, meaning the A1000 can be paired via its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with supported smartphones and tablets to review and transfer photos on the go.

Pricing and availability

The Nikon Coolpix B600 and A1000 are currently available for pre-order at Wex Photo and Video for 329 / ?359 and 409 / ?449, respectively.

Nikon hasn't mentioned whether or not the B600 and A1000 will be available in the U.S. market. DPReview has contacted Nikon for details on the exact availability and will update this article accordingly if and when it gets a response.


Press releases:

Nikon releases the high-power zoom COOLPIX B600

A versatile camera that covers wide-angle to super-telephoto shooting for imaging experiences simply not possible with a smartphone

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX B600, a compact digital camera equipped with a high-performance 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens.

The COOLPIX B600 employs a 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a range of equivalent focal lengths beginning at wide-angle 24 mm*1 and ending at super-telephoto 1440 mm*1 (Dynamic Fine Zoom further expands the zoom ratio to 120x*2), making it possible for users to enjoy super-telephoto photography without compromising sharp and clear resolution.

The camera has an effective pixel count of 16.0 megapixels and supports a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400. Its combination of backside illumination CMOS sensor and EXPEED high-performance image-processing engine captures superior still and video quality, even at high sensitivities. The COOLPIX B600 is also equipped with a variety of functions that enable a diverse power of expression, including 19 scene modes, as well as a Creative mode that offers a total of 36 different effects.

The camera also features functions that make it easier to use as a high-power zoom model and ensure increased operability, such as a Snap-back zoom button and Side zoom control, as well as a shooting mode dial that enables immediate switching between frequently used shooting modes. It is also SnapBridge compatible, so high-quality images can be automatically downloaded to a smart device*3 for easy sharing.

  • *1 Equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format.
  • *2 At the maximum image size. The maximum zoom ratio varies by image size. Dynamic Fine Zoom refers to the area in which the camera can zoom while maintaining resolution from the maximum zoom position, and is the combined ratio of optical zoom from the maximum wide-angle position and digital zoom.
  • *3 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android? devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play?. See Nikon's website for further information.

Primary features

  • 1. A compact body equipped with a 60x optical zoom lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths from wide-angle to super-telephoto

    The COOLPIX B600 employs a high-performance 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 24 mm to super-telephoto 1440 mm*1 range of focal lengths. Sharpness is preserved throughout the digital zoom range, which is expandable to 120x*2, or a focal length equivalent to approximately 2880 mm*1, with Digital Fine Zoom realizing sharp and clear rendering even when shooting in super-telephoto mode. The COOLPIX B600 is also equipped with Macro mode, which allows users to enjoy macro photography with shooting as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.) to the lens at the maximum wide-angle position.

    • *1Equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format.
    • *2At the maximum image size setting.
  • 2. Superior image quality that enables recording of beautiful stills and movies

    The combination of the backside illumination CMOS sensor and high-performance image processing engine EXPEED makes the most of the superior resolution of the high-performance NIKKOR lens, and enables recording of photos and movies with excellent image and picture quality, even at high sensitivities. The COOLPIX B600 is also equipped with a Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism capable of reducing the effects of camera shake to the same degree as would a 3.0-stop* increase in shutter speed with still-image photography, and 4-axis Hybrid VR that effectively reduces blur with movie recording. This allows users to capture sharp photos and movies with noticeably less blur, even at the maximum telephoto position and in dark or dimly lit surroundings.

    • *Measured in accordance with CIPA Standards; at approx. 350 mm (equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format).
  • 3. Diverse power of expression that is easy to achieve

    The COOLPIX B600 is equipped with a variety of functions that enable diverse power of expression, including 19 scene modes, with which the user simply selects the most appropriate mode for the scene, while the camera automatically applies the appropriate settings, as well as Creative mode with its 36 effects offering the optimal combinations of exposure, contrast, and color reproduction, making it easy for users to express themselves as intended.

  • 4. Superior operability that pursues user friendliness as a high-power zoom model

    The COOLPIX B600 is also equipped with a Snap-back zoom button that temporarily expands the visible area (angle of view) a certain degree while it is held down so that the subject may be reacquired. In addition, the Side zoom control enables smooth zooming even while recording movies.

  • 5. SnapBridge support for automatic transfer of photos captured with the camera to a smart device

    A constant connection between the camera and a smart device is possible using the SnapBridge app, built-in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technology. Not only can images recorded with the camera be transferred to a smart device automatically*1, they can also be automatically uploaded to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE*2. The SnapBridge app supports a number of other features as well, including the ability to add copyright information and comments, such as exposure information to images, and to automatically synchronize camera date/time and location information with that of the smart device. SnapBridge also makes remote shooting of still images possible with real-time display of the view through the camera's lens in the smart device screen.

    • *1 Images are resized to 2 megapixels (2 million pixels) with automatic transfer. The transfer of original JPEG images and movies is not supported. Transfer of RAW (NRW) images is not supported.
    • *2 There is no limit on the number or size (volume) of JPEG thumbnail images (2 megapixels) that can be automatically uploaded from the SnapBridge app. Storage for original JPEG images is limited to 20 GB. A Nikon ID must be registered to take advantage of this feature.
  • 6. Additional features
    • A mode dial that allows users to easily apply one of the ten most frequently used shooting modes by simply rotating the dial to the appropriate icon
    • A Pre-focus function that is effective with zooming and shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings due to the camera always focusing automatically
    • Target finding AF, where the user simply points the camera at the intended subject and the camera automatically predicts and focuses on it
    • Recording of 1080/60i (50i) and 1080/30p Full HD movies with stereo sound
    • Short movie show that allows users to easily create a movie up to 30 seconds in length from multiple movie clips
    • Support for the ML-L7 Remote Control, which is capable of a variety of operations over a Bluetooth connection to the camera
    • Adoption of the EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, which can be charged while inserted in the camera, over a USB connection

Nikon releases the COOLPIX A1000

A stylish and compact high-power zoom model with a built-in electronic viewfinder providing superior image quality and operability

Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX A1000, a stylish compact digital camera equipped with an electronic viewfinder that supports 35x optical zoom.

The COOLPIX A1000 boasts a compact size for ease of portability, and comes equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens that covers a range of equivalent focal lengths ? from the wide-angle 24 mm*1 to the super-telephoto 840 mm*1 (Dynamic Fine Zoom further expands the zoom ratio to 70x*2). This allows users to easily enjoy super-telephoto photography that delivers images with sharp and clear resolution.

The COOLPIX A1000 supports a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400. The camera is also equipped with a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function for still-image shooting, and hybrid vibration reduction (VR) for movie recording that is effective even when recording 4K UHD movies. The camera's Active D-Lighting function reduces the loss of details in highlights and shadows in high-contrast situations such as backlit scenes. The function can be applied to both still images and movies. Additionally, photos can be captured in RAW (NRW) format, which allows users to process and edit images according to their own artistic preferences and intent without compromising image quality.

The COOLPIX A1000 is also equipped with a number of features designed to make this high-power zoom model easier to use. These include an approximately 1166k-dot equivalent electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor, a 3-inch, approximately 1036k-dot, tilting TFT LCD monitor with a touch screen, Snap-back zoom button and Side zoom control, as well as four exposure modes (P/S/A/M). The camera is also compatible with SnapBridge, an application that provides support for the automatic download and sharing of high-quality images using smart devices*3.

  • *1 Equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format.
  • *2 At the maximum image size. The maximum zoom ratio varies by image size. Dynamic Fine Zoom refers to the area in which the camera can zoom while maintaining resolution from the maximum zoom position, and is the combined ratio of optical zoom from the maximum wide-angle position and digital zoom.
  • *3 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android? devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play?. See Nikon's website for further information.

Primary features

  • 1. A stylish body equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths - from wide-angle to super-telephoto

    The stylish COOLPIX A1000 is equipped with a high-performance 35x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 24 mm to super-telephoto 840 mm range of focal lengths (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format). With Dynamic Fine Zoom, sharpness is preserved throughout the digital zoom range, which can be expanded up to 70x*, or a focal length equivalent to approximately 1680 mm (in 35mm [135] format), ensuring sharp and clear rendering even with super-telephoto shooting. Additionally, the A1000 is equipped with a macro close-up mode that allows users to enjoy macro photography when shooting as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.) to the lens at the maximum wide-angle position.

    • *At the maximum image size setting.
  • 2. Superior image quality that is sharp and clear, even when shooting at high sensitivities, and support for RAW (NRW) recording

    The COOLPIX A1000 has an effective pixel count of 16.0 megapixels. Its backside illumination CMOS sensor is capable of collecting sufficient light, even in dimly lit or dark surroundings, to capture a wide variety of scenes with superior image quality. It supports a higher maximum sensitivity, with a range of standard sensitivities of ISO 100-6400. The camera is also equipped with a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function. This ensures that images are sharp and clear, even in dark or dimly lit scenes. Further, support for RAW (NRW) recording has been added, allowing users of the COOLPIX A1000 to use Capture NX-D, Nikon's RAW processing software, to create beautiful photographic works without compromising image quality.

  • 3. 4K UHD movie recording that supports vibration reduction (VR), and Active D-Lighting which prevents loss of detail in highlights and shadows

    The COOLPIX A1000 captures the finest details with its ability to record high-resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) movies. The camera's hybrid vibration reduction (VR) system, which combines lens-shift VR with electronic VR, can also be used with 4K UHD recording, enabling smoother and clearer hand-held and telephoto zoom recording. In addition, the Active D-Lighting function, which effectively reduces the loss of details in highlights and shadows in scenes exhibiting great contrast, such as those that are backlit, can also be applied during movie recording*.

    • *Cannot be used with HS 1080/4x (1920 x 1080) recording.
  • 4. Superior operability with enhanced user friendliness as a high-power zoom model

    The COOLPIX A1000 is equipped with an approximately 1166k-dot equivalent electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder has an eye sensor that automatically switches the display between viewfinder and camera monitor as the camera is lowered or raised to the eye. Not only does viewfinder shooting achieve a steadier shooting stance that helps reduce camera shake - by making only the recordable angle of view visible - it also allows the user to concentrate on the intended subject, aiding the process of composing shots.

    The camera is also equipped with a 3-inch tilting monitor for which a touch panel has been newly adopted. The tilting mechanism makes shooting from high and low angles easier, and the approximately 1036k-dot LCD monitor, which supports a high-definition display and intuitive touch operation, enables smooth camera operations from shooting to image playback. In addition, the monitor uses an anti-reflection coating that makes viewing under strong lighting easier, ensuring better visibility even when outdoors in harsh lighting.

    The COOLPIX A1000 is also equipped with a Snap-back zoom button that temporarily shifts zoom position to the wide-angle side to some degree for easy framing when shooting fast-moving subjects or during super-telephoto shooting. Side zoom control that enables smooth zooming even while recording movies has also been added on the side of the lens. Other functions, including aperture, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, or white balance setting can also be assigned to the Side zoom control.

  • 5. SnapBridge support for automatic transfer of photos captured to a smart device

    A constant connection between the camera and a smart device is possible using the SnapBridge app, built-in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technology. Not only can images captured with the camera be transferred to a smart device automatically*1, they can also be automatically uploaded to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE*2. The SnapBridge app supports a number of other features as well, including the ability to add copyright information and comments to images, and to automatically synchronize camera date/time and location information with that of the smart device. SnapBridge also makes remote shooting of still images possible with real-time display of the view through the camera's lens on the smart device screen.

    • *1 Images (JPEG) reduced to 2-megapixel equivalent can be transferred automatically. Automatic transfer of original JPEG images and movies is not supported. Transfer of RAW (NRW) images is not supported.
    • *2 There is no limit on the number or size (volume) of JPEG thumbnail images (2 megapixels) that can be automatically uploaded from the SnapBridge app. Storage for original JPEG images is limited to 20 GB. A Nikon ID must be registered to take advantage of this feature.
  • 6. Additional features
    • An MF peaking function that highlights areas in focus to make manual focusing easier (for still-image photography)
    • 20 creative modes support the application of preferred effects to photos (for still-image photography)
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Tamron confirms compatibility with Nikon Z6 for six of its Di, Di II lenses

Lens maker Tamron has confirmed new firmware issued at the end of last year to make certain lenses compatible with Nikon?s Z7 camera will also work for owners of the Z6. The firmware applies to six lenses from the Di and Di ll ranges, and allows the following lenses to be used with the cameras via the Nikon FTZ adapter:

  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Nikon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Nikon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) for Nikon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Nikon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Nikon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Nikon

(Links to firmware below)

Tamron initially faced issues with compatibility when the company?s lenses were used on the new Nikon mirrorless cameras, and issued new firmware for certain lens models at the end of last year to make them work with the Z7. This latest announcement appears to come after tests have confirmed that the same firmware also works when the lenses are mounted on the Z6.

Users need the Tamron TAP-in to update lens firmware - or a visit to a Tamron service centre. The TAP-in console costs around $60.


For more information see the Tamron support pages.

{pressrelease}

Notice about compatibility for Nikon Z6 with Tamron lenses for Nikon mount


Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.


Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.


We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility for general operations (*1) of the following Tamron Di & Di II lenses with the latest version of lens firmware (*2) when used with the Nikon Z6 and Nikon mount adapter FTZ.


*1 Defined to work on existing DSLR cameras
*2 Firmware for Nikon Z7 (announced on November 16th and 22nd, 2018)


1. Compatible models for general operations

The lens firmware can be updated with the separately sold TAP-in Console.


If you do not have a TAP-in Console, please contact your nearest Tamron distributors.
For a list of Tamron distributors, click here.


2. Lens Update Service Information
https://www.tamron.jp/en/support/release_note.html


3. How to Update
https://www.tamron.jp/en/support/update.html


4. For other models, once we confirm the compatibility with Nikon Z7 and FTZ adapter, we will announce the models sequentially at our support website.


We are sorry to keep you waiting, and also ask for your understanding of the situation.

{/Pressrelease}

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captures image of Earth from 71 million miles away

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which achieved a record orbit at asteroid Bennu earlier this month, has returned an image that, at first glance, is unremarkable. The photo, below, features two bright dots -- the larger one on the right is Bennu, and the smaller one on the left is Earth and the moon as seen from a distance of 114 million kilometers / 71 million miles.

The image was captured by OSIRIS-REx's black and white NavCam1 camera on December 19, 2018, according to the Bennu mission website. The asteroid's brightness is due to the image's five second exposure time, which was long enough to make both the Earth and moon visible.

Photo provided by NASA

The OSIRIS-REx probe has been tasked with exploring Bennu, a large asteroid located around 70 million miles from Earth. On December 31, OSIRIS-REx became the first spacecraft to successfully orbit an object as small as Bennu, where it will remain before briefly touching down in 2020 to acquire a small sample.

The spacecraft has returned a number of images to its team on Earth, including close-up shots of the asteroid's rocky surface. The latest image joins the iconic Pale Blue Dot photo as a rare example of space photography that puts Earth's tiny place in the universe into perspective. Future images from OSIRIS-REx will be shared in the mission's Gallery.

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GoPro Fusion beta firmware brings resolution bump and 24fps recording

GoPro has announced a major beta firmware update for its Fusion 360-degree camera. With the new firmware the camera gets a resolution bump from 5.2 to 5.8 video (5.6K when stitched) and the new resolution also supports 24fps frame rates, making it easier to incorporate the Fusion into TV and film production processes.

In addition the gets a new 5.6K/24fps time lapse video mode and RAW photo support for night and time lapse modes with intervals of 5 seconds or longer.

The Fusion Studio and Adobe Premiere and After Effects plug-ins have been revamped as well. Fusion Studio v1.4 gets 5.6K exports for the new higher resolution 24fps mode and a range of updated controls and options. GoPro?s VR plug-ins have been updated for use with Adobe Premiere CC 2019 and Adobe After Effects CC 2019.

A full list of new features can be found on the GoPro website.

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Lens sample gallery: Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD

The Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD is a compact and light-weight lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs. This wide angle zoom features a nearly-silent AF motor and coatings to repel water and grime. We took it on a grand tour of Seattle's best tourists destinations and found it makes a pleasant, albeit wide, walking around lens.

See our Tamron 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di OSD lens gallery

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Olympus teases upcoming sports-oriented camera once more

Olympus has released teaser number three for the sports-oriented camera the company is releasing in a week. The previous teasers only gave a quick glimpse of the camera, instead focusing on what it can do: sports.

In this latest episode, the camera is seen out in nature (including the rain). We'll have a lot more on this intriguing new camera when it launches on the 24th!

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Fujifilm announces 100-200mm F5.6 lens for GFX system

Fujifilm has announced its new GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR tele-zoom lens, for medium format. When attached to a GFX body, the lens covers an equivalent focal length range of 79-158mm (the GF 1.4x teleconverter is supported if you need extra reach). The lens is stabilized, with Fujifilm claiming 5 stops of shake reduction. Optical construction comprises 20 elements in 13 groups, including one aspherical and two super ED elements.

The 100-200 uses a linear motor for 'silent and high-speed autofocus' which locks in place when the camera is powered down. The minimum focus distance is 0.6m at wide-angle and 1.6m at telephoto, with a max magnification of 0.2x. The lens is weather-sealed and weighs just over a kilogram (2.3 pounds).

The GF 100-200mm F5.6 will be available in late February for $2000.

Press release:

FUJIFILM INTRODUCES NEW TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS FOR THE GFX MEDIUM FORMAT MIRRORLESS SYSTEM

The FUJINON GF100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR lens is a welcome addition for outdoor photographers

Valhalla, New York, January 17, 2019 ? FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that it will release the FUJINON GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens for the GFX Medium Format mirrorless digital camera system on February 14th, 2019. Designed with outdoor enthusiasts in mind, the camera has a durable, lightweight design paired with Fujifilm?s excellent image quality and five stop image stabilization features.

?Outdoor photographers need to consider a plethora of challenges including lighting, environment and timing ? all while battling the natural elements,? said Yuji Igarashi, General Manager, Electronic Imaging Division & Optical Devices Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. ?As the first GF telephoto zoom lens that has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 79-158mm in a compact, weather-resistant design, this lens will meet the needs of outdoor and landscape photographers.?

Ideal to shoot landscape, travel and nature photography, the new telephoto zoom lens is resilient with its ability to operate in extreme temperatures (down to 14 F) and sealed lens to resist dust and moisture ?all without sacrificing image quality.

Key features of the FUJINON GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens:

Ultra-High Image Quality: The lens is made up of 20 elements in 13 groups including two super Extra Low Dispersion Glass lenses and one aspherical lens to reduce chromatic and field curvature aberrations.

Powerful Image Stabilization: Equipped with an excellent five stop image stabilization (CIPA guidelines), the lens allows photographers to make the most of the GFX?s high image resolution performance even without the use of a tripod.

Silent and High-Speed Autofocus: The linear motor which drives the focus is accurate, quiet and fast. The lens also includes an enhanced mechanism for fixing the linear motor position when turning the power off or using playback mode to avoid any additional vibration.

Robust Durable Design, Appropriate for Tough Shooting Environments: The lens is sealed across 10 areas for dust and weather resistance allowing photographers to shoot with stability in tough environments.

GF1.4X TC WR Compatible: The 1.4x teleconverter (GF1.4X TC WR) extends the telephoto shooting range to 140-280mm (equivalent to 111-221mm in 35mm format) while maintaining superior image quality.

The GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens complements the FUJIFILM GFX 50S and FUJIFILM GFX 50R as well as the full lineup of GF lenses for the Fujifilm GFX mirrorless digital camera system. GF lenses are known for top image quality using the finest optical design and production technologies to achieve high-resolution and rich tonal reproduction, making them popular among professional photographers and photo enthusiasts.

The GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in late February 2019 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $1,999.95 and CAD $2,599.99.

Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeMedium Format (44x33mm)
Focal length100–200 mm
Image stabilizationYes
CIPA Image stabilization rating5 stop(s)
Lens mountFujifilm G
Aperture
Maximum apertureF5.6
Minimum apertureF32
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements20
Groups13
Special elements / coatings1 aspherical + 2 super ED elements
Focus
Minimum focus0.60 m (23.62)
Maximum magnification0.2×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeLinear Motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Focus distance limiterYes
Physical
Weight1050 g (2.31 lb)
Diameter90 mm (3.52)
Length183 mm (7.2)
MaterialsMagnesium alloy
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Tripod collarYes
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