Lomography announced a new addition to its growing line up of art lenses: the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens.
This brass lens features a high quality Russian optical design, delivering sharp images with a “deeply strong color,” and offers a maximum aperture of f/1.9. While the Petzval 58 will be made in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, it can be easily adapted to work with other systems, such as Sony or Olympus.
Back by popular demand, Englewood Camera has created one more date for our A Shot in the Dark: Night Photography at Mt. Evans workshop! If you missed out registering for the June and August dates, here’s your last chance to join us for a fun-filled weekend shooting the stars and the Milky Way on Mt. Evans! This workshop runs Friday, September 11th (lecture) and Saturday, September 12 (shooting in the field).
Fujifilm announced a new firmware this morning for the X-T1, offering more accurate focusing and faster AF targeting moving subjects. New features in the focusing mechanism include:
Zone mode, allowing you to choose a 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 zone from the 77-point AF area. When combined with the AF-C continuous focusing mode, the camera tracks a subject in the center of the selected zone. In Wide/Tracking mode, the camera displays the area in focus, identified automatically out of the 77-point AF area, and tracks the subject across the entire 77-point AF area.
Single-point AF divides the focus area into smaller sections to more accurately determine the distance to the subject for even greater focusing accuracy. The built-in phase detection pixels have the detection range of 0.5EV, an improvement from the previous 2.5EV, delivering phase detection AF performance that enables fast focusing in low-light conditions and on low-contrast subjects.
Activate Face Detection to automatically detect human faces and focus with Eye Detection AF to ensure accurate focus on human eyes, even when using a shallow depth-of-field. Combine these two functions to take your portrait photography to a new level.
The new AF system features an Auto Macro function that eliminates pressing the Macro button before shooting close-ups while maintaining the conventional AF speed. This update eliminates the Macro function assigned to the Macro Button, allowing you to assign a different function to the button.
The optimized algorithm delivers more natural, smooth AF action during movie recording.
Canon USA announced the brand new EF 50mm f1.8 STM lens this morning. This lens will be an exciting replacement for the previous EF 50mm f1.8 II lens, and retailing at the same price–$125.99. Updates to the design include a metal mount, replacing the plastic design of the previous generation, and adds the stepping motor (STM) for nearly silent, smooth autofocus during video recording.