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CIPA April 2018 Reports - Interchangeable Camera Market Increasing

Latest reports coming from CIPA shows a slight spike in the demand of interchangeable lens camera. And that’s a good news at least the camera industry isn’t falling down more and more every year.

In the year of 2016 the total no. of Compact camera, DSLR and Mirrorless for leading camera manufacture was 60. That’s in year of 2016 we have seen 60 new cameras but the figure dropped radically in 2017 and the total no. of announcement shrinked to 30 [click here to see the chart]. This year we have 7 Months left and till now we have 15 new cameras already and most of them are coming from Mirrorless makers, let’s hope this year we will have more camera announcement compared to 2017.

Also see – Worldwide Digital Camera Sales Stats Q1 2018

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Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Lens Auto Focus Problem

Ok, let’s start from  the beaning. That1cameraguy first reported the AF issue and later on we have also received conformation from Max. That yes the tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Lens Auto Focus Problem, although it occurs rarely and the issues goes away once you switch on-off the camera.

The issue isn’t big, but the best part is Tamron responded very quickly and promised to fix this issue ASAP via a firmware update. Just have look at the problems spotted by two well known Vloggers and Camera Experts.

Notice about 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) Operation

Dear Tamron product users and potential purchasers.

Thank you for your interest in Tamron products.

We would like to announce that we discovered some issues with the auto focus of our new lens, 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) for Sony E-mount, 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras, released on May 24, 2018. The issues occur primarily when using the camera in video recording mode.

Rest assured, we are evaluating the cause of the error and for the solution to this matter. We expect this issue to be resolved very shortly and we will release a firmware update at that time.

Regarding the firmware updating process, please be assured that the process is accomplished directly through the Sony camera and supported by the Sony firmware updating function. As soon as the process is finalized, we will explain the process in detail on our website.

We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience this issue may cause.

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Fuji UK - We Don't Manufacture Bridge Cameras Anymore

No More Fuji Bridge Cameras coming in near future – We have got a official reply from Fuji UK that they are out from Bridge camera business. Take a look what said when we have asked about  X-S1 sucessor

Hi, thank you for contacting Fujifilm UK. Unfortunately, we don’t manufacture bridge cameras anymore. Please see link below for our current line of products: https://fujifilm-x.com/uk/. Kind regards

Those who are waiting for Fuji X-S2 OR HS50EXR successor, they have to switch to Sony RX10, Panasonic FZ1000 OR Canon G3X. We will update you soon as we get any new information, take a look at the screen shot of reply we have got from Fuji.

Fuji reply

Okay in a recent update Fuji film also confirmed us that they are not planning any schedule firmware update of the Fuji X-S1 camera.

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Film is Dead - Canon Discontinued EOS-1v - The Last Film Camera from Canon

Canon last film camera finally discontinued, the 18 year old EOS 1v film camera  was released on March 2000. The Canon 1v was the last model of Canon professional film camera. In a press release today issued from Canon Japan, they have terminated the sales of the camera. However the service and repair support for 1v consumers will going to be remain active till October 31 2025.

A look-back to Major Features of Canon EOS 1v

  • Canon’s Last 35mm Flagship
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Extensive Rubber Sealing
  • 150,000-Cycle Shutter
  • 45-Point Autofocus System
  • 7 Cross-Type AF Sensor Points
  • 10 FPS in One Shot AF w/ PB-E2
  • 100% Viewfinder w/ Glass Pentaprism
  • PC Link for Data Transfer/Remote Cntrl
  • Made in Japan

Canon was making Film cameras from past 80 years, Finally they have announced end of film era. If you are still interested in getting a film camera today don’t worry, Nikon do have to active models that include Nikon F6 and Leica still have several models active film models, check at B&H store

Canon Press Release

Notice concerning sales end of film single lens reflex camera “EOS-1v” and extension of repair correspondence period
Thank you very much for your continued patronage of Canon products.

By the way, we are finally decided to end sales for the film single lens reflex camera “EOS – 1v”.

We will also take repair measures until October 31, 2025, even after the repair correspondence period of our company’s repair service contract for the purpose of improving service and support for customers who use this product.

※ After the repair correspondence period of our company repair service contract (October 31, 2020), we may refuse the repair due to parts inventory situation.
Although it is truly selfish, thank you for your kind understanding of the circumstances

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Sony Working on 500mm F4 and 600mm F4 lens for Fullframe Mirrorless

Sony working on Fullframe Mirrorless camera lenses, as we all know Sony FE system cameras doesn’t have long telephoto Zoom lenses. As the Canikons have in their arsenal, so its nice see they working on to solve the issue and we will see new range of super-telephoto G-master lenses soon.

Sony 500mm and 600mm F4 Lenses from Patent Documents

Sony 600mm Lens Patent Image

Sony 500mm Lens Patent Image

Well a patent roughly take 2 or three years of time to become reality. So, we do hope these two lenses will become reality possibly in 2020. We will update you soon as we any new information.

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Sony A7S III to Have UXGA OLED Micro-display

Sony finally announced a new 0.5-type UXGA OLED Micro-display, which is can be used as Viewfinder of  upcoming Mirrorless cameras such as Sony A7S III or may be A9R. The newly announced OLED display features Top-of-Class UXGA Resolution, Featuring the World’s Smallest Pixel Pitch of 6.3µm

OLED Microdisplays are widely used in digital camera electronic viewfinders (EVF) for their superior high contrast, high color gamut, and high-speed responsiveness. Sony, having achieved this high resolution and high frame rate, now offers even more realistic image display and accurate capture of subjects for use in high-end cameras that demand extremely high image quality.

Estimated Shipping date and Mass Production

Model name Sample shipment date Mass-production shipment date (planned) Sample price (excluding tax)
ECX339A 0.5-type OLED Microdisplay January 2018 November 2018 50,000 JPY

As you can see, Sony planned mass production of device from the beginning of Nov 2018. But, you anyone grab the sample of new product at 50,000 JPY.

Sony A7S III to Have New UXGA OLED Display ?

Of course yes, Sony will going to use the new UXGA display in all its upcoming Sony A7 series and A9 series Mirroless cameras. They have made the new OLED viewfinder to use as EVF in Mirrorless cameras.  In the previous post we have already discussed about the reason behind the delay in announcement of the Sony A7S III camera. We have already received first set of specification the upcoming Sony A7S III camera -> Take a look here for more details.

UXVGA (left) vs QVGA (Right) – Image Comparison

You can read the full press release here

.Sony Releases 0.5-type OLED Microdisplay with Top-of-Class UXGA Resolution, Featuring the World’s Smallest Pixel Pitch of 6.3µm

Tokyo, Japan—Sony Corporation today announced the upcoming release of the ECX339A OLED Microdisplay featuring UXGA (1600 x 1200 resolution), the highest in class for a 0.5-type. This product achieves the world’s smallest pixel pitch of 6.3μm by leveraging Sony’s OLED display technology and miniaturization technology, enabling a resolution 1.6x higher than the previous model*1. By employing a new drive circuit design that operates on half the voltage of the previous model*1, the new product achieves the same level of low-power operation as its predecessor but with much higher resolution. When paired with Sony’s original driving system*2, a frame rate up to 240 fps is supported—double that of previous product*1.

Model name Sample shipment date Mass-production shipment date (planned) Sample price (excluding tax)
ECX339A 0.5-type OLED Microdisplay January 2018 November 2018 50,000 JPY

Enhancing the resolution on microdisplays has traditionally presented problems such as deteriorating image quality due to decreased pixel pitch and inferior viewing angle properties. The new product features optimized transistors layout and process to address uneven characteristics and loss of withstand voltage, the issues associated with transistor miniaturization. The Sony original variation compensation circuit also enhances picture quality. Additionally, the color filter is deposited directly on the silicon substrate, reducing its distance from the light emitting layer, and the filter’s color array has been modified. This helps to secure the viewing angle properties while achieving high resolution.

OLED Microdisplays are widely used in digital camera electronic viewfinders (EVF) for their superior high contrast, high color gamut, and high-speed responsiveness. Sony, having achieved this high resolution and high frame rate, now offers even more realistic image display and accurate capture of subjects for use in high-end cameras that demand extremely high image quality.

Going forward, Sony expects this high-definition OLED Microdisplay to be employed in a diverse range of fields and applications such as AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) head-mounted displays.

  • *1Compared with the Sony OLED Microdisplay ECX337A (0.5-type QVGA (1280×960)).
  • *2Driving method of dual vertical line simultaneously (“Dual-line progressive” driving technique)

Main Features

  1. High-resolution UXGA in a 0.5-type
    The new product has achieved the world’s smallest pixel pitch of 6.3μm by leveraging Sony’s proprietary OLED display technology and miniaturization technology, and has superior resolution 1.6x higher than the previous model*1. Generally, transistor miniaturization results in characteristic variation and reduced withstand voltage. This product uses a Sony original compensation circuit and optimized layouts and process for each individual transistor to address these adverse effects. Furthermore, the color filter is deposited directly on the silicon substrate, reducing its distance from the light emitting layer, and the filter’s color array has been modified to secure the viewing angle properties while achieving high resolution.
  2. High-speed frame rate
    A new drive circuit design supports a high frame rate of up to 240 fps*2, nearly double that of its predecessor*1. This has made it possible to capture fast-moving subjects in the viewfinder with higher accuracy, so users will not miss a photo opportunity, delivering a more comfortable shooting experience. In head-mounted display devices, this will help to improve image delay issue for items superimposed on real-world vision of AR and to avoid motion sickness during usage of these kinds of devices.
  3. Low power consumption
    By employing newly-designed peripheral circuits that operate on half the voltage of previous model*1, the new product delivers the same low-power operation as its predecessor when operating at the same frame rate, despite the nearly 1.6x increase in the number of pixels.

Key Specifications

Name ECX339A
Display Size 0.5 type (12.6 mm Diagonal length)
Resolution UXGA(1600×RGB×1200)
Pixel pitch 6.3μm
Max. frame rate 120 fps (progressive) / 240 fps (dual-line progressive)
Power consumption (200cd/m2) 310 mW @ 60 fps (progressive) / 120 fps (dual-line progressive)
Video interface LVDS/Sub-LVDS
Max. luminance 1,000cd/m2
Contrast 100,000:1 or higher
Color gamut (u’v’) sRGB ratio: 110%

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Sigma 105mm F1.4 Bokeh Master Lens

Bokeh master lens image

Sigma special Bokeh master lens finally arrived [Available at B&H for Pre-order] and it cost less than Nikon 105mm F1.4 and have price almost equivalent to Canon 85mm F1.4. The Bokeh master lens will cost you $1,599.  The lens will become available for Canon and Nikon Mount and later this year we will have it for Sony FE Mount.

The lens for sure will going to become a must have lens for wedding and portrait shooters.

Take a look what Sigma said about this lens ” This optical setup minimizes axial chromatic aberration to deliver ultra high resolution along with ample peripheral light volume, which minimizes vignetting. As a result, the area in focus is extremely sharp, while the out-of-focus area features a beautiful bokeh effect with highly natural colors, making this a desired lens for portrait ”

The lens also offers Canon built-in lens correction tool [for Canon Version]. A rugged design so you can use this lens in harsh weather condition.

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