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Image and specification of Ricoh Theta S camera leaked

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The next generation of Ricoh Theta S camera leaked online take a look at the detailed specification below.

  • up to 14 MP pictures
  • can record spherical video in full 1920x1080p HD at 30fps with a maximum recording time of 25 minutes
  • f/2.0 lens
  • image sensor size: 1/2.”
  • Google Maps will introduce new app that will be compatible with the Theta S
  • improved WiFi with faster data transfer
  • rubber coating
  • LED indicators
  • 8GB memory
  • microUSB 2.0, HDMI micro ports
  • Live stream via USB at 1280x720p at 15fps and 1920x1080p at 30fps for HDMI.
  • price: $349 (EUR 399, GBP 299)
  • shipping in late October 2015

About Rioch Theta

The first version of The Theta announced on 5 September 2013 at Tokyo and Berlin by Rioch. Theta is a powerful small spherical camera that captures the entire space around you. you can capture the entire view of the image ilcuing you as well as the subject and the environment.

Me and my new friend “llama” in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

A part of the Theta Press Release

The RICOH THETA features a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device in one shot for unprecedented, fully spherical images. Fitting easily in a pocket or the palm of a hand, the slim, lightweight (95-gram) RICOH THETA is a go-anywhere device suited to confined spaces, the great outdoors and everywhere in between.

The device is synchronized with smartphones, where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi® and viewed with a dedicated free app. The app also allows images to be pinched, swiped or rotated to edit size, shape and composition. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks such as Facebook™, Twitter™ and Tumblr, as well as Microsoft®’s Photosynth®.

 

Sony RX10 II at DxOMark Lab

RX10-II-vs-RX10-imageThe Score of the RX10 II score is bit better than the RX10 and look very similar to RX100 M4 camera. Sony used same new stacked-type back-illuminated sensor in Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II as well as RX100 M4.

DxOmArk-score-imageThe RX10 II sensor score clearly out-performs the FZ1000 and Canon G3X, however the low-light performance of Canon G3X is noticeably good and better than Sony RX10.

Buy Sony RX10 II from Amazon | B&H

source – DxOMark Lab

Tamron Announces SP series 35mm and 45mm F1.8 Lenses

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Today Tamron updated its two old lenses 35mm F1.8 and 45mm F1.8 SP series prime lenses. According to Tamron the newly announced lenses are best in it’s class and uses advance optics and improved AF speed. The lenses are made for Canon, Nikon and Sony mount but the Optical image stabilization will work only with Canon and Nikon cameras.The 35mm lens offers close focusing distance of 20cm and on the other hand the 45mm lens features close focusing distance of 29mm.

While no pricing is available yet, the lenses will go on sale in October in Canon and Nikon mounts. Sony Alpha mount will follow without the VC function.

REDEFINING THE SP SERIES LENSES 
DESIGNED FOR THE NEW ERA OF IMAGING

First to debut: two fast, fixed focal standard lenses packed with exceptional features that deliver ultimate performance

SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)

September 2nd 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces launch of a new series of SP lenses that are optimized to make the most of the superior imaging performance delivered by the latest advancements in digital photography. Sporting a totally revamped external appearance, the new lenses provide the ultimate in functionality and operation. The first two lenses in the series are compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras and offer fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths. The pair consists of the SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and both can be used with APS-C format cameras as well.

Background of the SP Series Renovation
In 1979, Tamron unveiled the first SP Series lens, the 90mm F2.5 Macro, a legendary product that was designed to achieve the highest level of performance possible. Since then, a significant number of lenses designated SP have been introduced. During the ensuing 35 years, cameras and imaging devices have made dramatic advancements and diversification centered mostly around innovations in image sensor technology and sophisticated signal processors.

Constantly innovating, Tamron developed new lenses to stay abreast of the exciting technological evolution. Lenses launched after 2012, including SP 24-70mm F2.8 VC USD, SP 70-200mm F2.8 VC USD, SP 90mm F2.8 MACRO 1:1 VC USD, SP 15-30mm F2.8 VC USD and SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD, received rave reviews for their high performance and richly refined functionality to sustain sophisticated requirements of the latest DSLRs with high pixel counts.

To leap forward, Tamron has gone back to the root of optics to redefine all of the core attributes of lenses to be selected as photographers’ “ultimate partners.” The new series of SP lenses are developed seeking the highest level of performance, functionality and maneuverability, and a prestigious external appearance that reconfirms the high quality of the properties that are inside.

Features of fast-aperture fixed focal lenses: 35mm and 45mm, the first of new SP Series
To develop these two standard fixed focal lenses, goals were established to provide exquisite characteristics certain to set them distinctively apart from ordinary, conventional models. This required a new approach. 
All of the key performance criteria were redefined to achieve the ultimate in optical performance. VC (Vibration Compensation) was incorporated as an integral part of the opto-electronics design to expand shooting freedom. Priority was set to allow dramatically closer focusing capability to remove what would otherwise be a barrier to the subject. Yet with all this innovation, the overall mechanical package had to be kept within practical size limits with an elegantly sophisticated external design as a human interface.

Having optimized every prerequisite, remarkably versatile lenses have been developed that boast amazing performance from F1.8 wide open aperture. These lenses can be enjoyed by users of APS-C cameras as well as full-frame.

1.  F1.8 fast-aperture, fixed focal lenses aimed at ultimate performance
Optimal use of the latest glass materials, coupled with Tamron’s world renowned optical design technology, thoroughly compensated for aberrations of all types to achieve higher resolving power, while fine textures of materials and details are reproduced with subtle tonal gradations. The F1.8 aperture delivers more light to the viewfinder—making it brighter for easier focusing – and more light to the sensor, allowing use even in very dim lighting conditions. In addition, the bokeh (background blur) effect obtained using the F1.8 fast aperture delivers impressively smooth and soft transition from the main subject to the background.

2.  Dynamic close-focusing capability, unprecedented among standard lenses
Both models deliver astonishingly short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) not available from other 35mm or 45mm standard lenses. Photographers can get closer to the subject with ease, unleashing new photo opportunities with an expanded scope of freedom. Superb image capture is ensured throughout the entire range from the closest to normal shooting distances, thanks to Tamron’s proprietary Floating System built into both lenses.

3.  VC (Vibration Compensation) system, a feature crucial for high-pixel-density cameras
Beneficial under all lighting conditions and especially useful in low light levels, the VC function provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake. Cameras with high pixel densities, in particular, are sensitive to minute vibrations which cause unsharpness and degradation of image quality. VC works to ensure the maximum imaging performance even in dim lighting to allow photographers to enjoy the fast F1.8 maximum aperture to the fullest extent.

4.  User-friendly product design with close attention to all details
Opening a new chapter in the SP legend, product design, opto-mechanical construction and engineering processes are totally integrated. Every single detail and operating function has been thoroughly reexamined, explored and matured to a form that has a friendly, human touch.

External Design

(1)  Product design with maximum emphasis on the human interface in order to achieve the ultimate in functional beauty
While the lens is constructed with the absolutely most modern technologies inside, the exterior is articulated to offer the best possible comfort and confidence under a product design philosophy of “Human Touch.” Organically composed lines and patterns on the barrel produce subtle changes in its appearance by reflecting ambient light on the surface. Metal-based barrel materials provide a pleasant feeling of comfort, high quality and durability, fitting firmly in the hands of the photographer. Design of the front face of the lens is also taken into consideration so that it is not intimidating.

(2)  Brand ring and SP emblem
A brand ring that’s tinted “Luminous Gold” adorns the lens just above the lens mount. On one side of the lens barrel there is an SP emblem in the same luxurious color.

(3)  Design of distance and aperture scales
The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.

(4)  Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback
The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AFMF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.

(5)  Lens hood and caps
To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability

SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)

35mm Standard Wide-Angle Lens with VC and World’s First 0.2m (7.9”) 
Minimum Object Distance for Full-Frame DSLR Cameras

<Overview>
* Natural perspective and field-of-view for instinctive image capture.
* Provides the ideal balance of performance and functionality to deliver unexpected opportunities for creative imaging.
* A fast, primary standard lens for those who prefer wide-angle shooting.
* Provides an equivalent focal length of 54mm on APS-C cameras.

<Key Features>

1.  Even when used wide open at F1.8 aperture, provides outstanding image quality with maximum aberration compensation, thanks to optimal use of sophisticated glass materials and highly advanced optical design
SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) is a 10-element, 9-group construction, utilizing two molded glass aspherical elements, one LD (Low Dispersion) and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element.

Two of the aspherical elements effectively correct the field curvature to ensure planarity of the image plane, while efficiently compensating for spherical and comatic aberrations to achieve superb uniformity across the field with high-fidelity point spread reproducibility. Outstanding resolution is rendered from corner to corner and the sagittal comatic flare (a type of aberration that a point image at corners induces a comet tail-like blur), which tends to become prominently noticeable in night scenes, is corrected.

The LD and the higher grade XLD glass elements optimally compensate for chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in fast-aperture lenses in general, and deliver crystal clear images without any residual color fringe.

2.  35mm focal length with fast F1.8 maximum aperture and integral VC (Vibration Compensation) for full-frame DSLR cameras
The desirable maximum aperture of F1.8 was chosen as part of the very challenging design goals which included achieving superb optical performance, minimizing the closest shooting distance and integrating VC functionality while packaging those key attributes in a reasonably-sized barrel construction for better practical handling. Repeated performance simulations were conducted throughout the entire design phase to assure achieving the essential, fundamental property of a fast-aperture lens in full-frame format, namely the harmony between excellent resolving power and beautifully-tuned background blur (bokeh).

The VC feature has become virtually indispensable in the era of high-pixel-density cameras. Freedom in handheld shooting at dusk or in a dimly lit room is dramatically expanded by cancelling the camera shake that often occurs under such low light conditions due to slower shutter speeds. Minute vibrations that plague cameras with high pixel count can be well muted to make the most of the performance of the camera and lens outfit.

3.  MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.2m (7.9”), the best-in-class close-focusing capability*
MOD measures just 0.2m (7.9”), yielding a magnification ratio of 1:2.5, the shortest close focusing capability among fast-aperture fixed focal lenses in full-frame format*. Since the lens allows for shooting at distances extremely close to the subject (similar to a macro), close-up pictures with spectacular background blur effect (bokeh) can be obtained with the aperture wide open, thereby expanding the scope of photo opportunities. Tamron’s proprietary Floating System, which places a group of elements at the optimal location as the focusing group travels relative to shooting distances, ensures the best imaging performance at any range. From the closest to a normal shooting distance range, image quality is excellent.

* Rated top among current 35mm fixed focal length interchangeable AF lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras excluding macro lenses (as of July 2015; Tamron).

4.  Optimal relative illumination means no dark corners
Some fast-aperture lenses “vignette” or have darkened corners due to uneven light distribution. However, even at the full open aperture, the overall illumination level across the entire field is well balanced and optimized. Because there is a sufficient amount of corner illumination, photographers can enjoy making full use of the wide open aperture.

5.  eBAND Coating deployed to thoroughly suppress ghosting and flare
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings, both providing outstanding anti-reflection effect, are applied to critical element surfaces for maximum light transmission. Internal reflections from element surfaces which cause ghosting and flare are reduced to an absolute minimum. Flawless, crystal clear images can be obtained. eBAND Coating, a hybrid nano-structured layer with extremely low refractive index coupled with multi-layered anti-reflection coating technology, efficiently minimizes reflection of extremely angulated incident light—something that cannot be achieved by conventional anti-reflection coatings alone.

6.  High-speed AF with USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)
Fast, quiet AF is achieved by employing a USD ring-type ultrasonic motor which enables remarkably precise focusing drive with high torque and responsiveness. Because the rotational torque of the USD is generated by waves of ultrasonic vibrations, inherent operating noise is extremely low and practically imperceptible. In addition, Full-time Manual Focus override is available at any point during the autofocus operation for deliberately shifting focus without switching the AF-MF mode back and forth.

7.  Fluorine coating on the front element repels water and fingerprints
Fluorine coating technology, developed for use in industrial optics applications, has been adapted to photographic lenses. The water and oil repellant coating applied to the front element surface allows instant removal of dirt or smudges with ease. The coating also provides a reasonable level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.

8.  Moisture-resistant construction for shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and provide moisture-resistant construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

9.  Circular aperture for enhanced bokeh
The 9-blade diaphragm retains a nearly circular opening even when stopped down by two stops. Marvelously tuned blur in the subject background can be obtained without generating undesirable shapes of aperture patterns.

10.  Compatibility with Adobe and Silkypix software
Supplied with SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0, advanced editing software that features correction menus for various aberrations (lateral color, distortion, relative illumination) based on the optical design data of this specific lens. Shooting RAW image files enables creation of more stringent and high-fidelity image quality.

SPECIFICATIONS

Model: F012 
Focal Length: 35mm 
Maximum Aperture: F1.8
Angle of View (diagonal): 63°26′ (for full-frame format): 43°29′ (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction : 10 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Object Distance: 0.2m (7.9 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:2.5
Filter Size : 67mm
Maximum Diameter : 80.4mm 
Length*: for Canon 80.8mm (3.2 in): for Nikon 78.3mm (3.1 in)
Weight: for Canon 480g (16.9 oz): for Nikon 450g (15.9 oz)
Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum Aperture: F16
Standard Accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony.

SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)

First High-Speed 45mm Fixed Focal Standard Lens in Full-Frame Format with VC, Offers Unique Perspective with Significantly Shorter Minimum Focusing Distance

<Overview>
* A New Standard among all standard lenses.
* Slight wide-angle delivers a new photographic perspective.
* Responsive to your intuitive and inspirational motives.
* Provides an equivalent focal length of 70mm on APS-C cameras.

<Key Features>
1.  Even when used wide open at F1.8 aperture, provides outstanding image quality with maximum aberration compensation, thanks to optimal use of sophisticated glass materials and highly advanced optical design
SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) is a 10-element, 8-group construction, utilizing two molded glass aspherical elements and one LD (Low Dispersion) element.

Two of the aspherical elements effectively correct the field curvature to ensure planarity of the image plane, while efficiently compensating for spherical and comatic aberrations to achieve superb uniformity across the field with high-fidelity point spread reproducibility. Outstanding resolution is rendered from corner to corner and the sagittal comatic flare (a type of aberration that a point image at corners induces a comet tail-like blur), which tends to become prominently noticeable in night scenes, is thoroughly corrected.

The LD glass element optimally compensates for chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in fast-aperture lenses in general, and delivers crystal clear images without any residual color fringe.

2.  World’s first* full-frame 45mm focal length with fast F1.8 maximum aperture and integral VC (Vibration Compensation)
The aperture is optimized to F1.8 to create the most practical lens offering superior imaging performance, a shorter minimum focus distance and image stabilization mechanism. Countless simulations during the design phase ensured the high resolution expected of a full-frame, high-speed lens coupled with spectacular background blur.

It is also the world’s first* full-frame, fixed focal length standard lens to be equipped with VC. Freedom in handheld shooting has been dramatically improved by reducing camera shake that tends to occur when using shooting in low light such as at dusk and in dark rooms. Also, the full potential of the high performance of the lens is realized by reducing minute vibrations that lower image quality conspicuous in high resolution cameras.

* As of July 2015; Tamron.

3.  MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.29m (11.4”), the best-in-class close focusing capability**
MOD measures 0.29m (11.4”), yielding a magnification ratio of 1:3.4, the best-in-the-class close focusing capability among fast-aperture fixed focal lenses in full-frame format**. The freedom of shooting at a closer distance to the subject expands photographic possibilities. Tamron’s proprietary Floating System, which places a group of elements at the optimal location as the focusing group travels relative to shooting distances, ensures the best imaging performance at any range. From the closest to a normal shooting distance range, excellent image quality is obtained.

** Rated top among current 45mm and 50mm fixed focal length interchangeable AF lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras excluding macro lenses (as of July 2015; Tamron).

4.  Optimal relative illumination means no dark corners
Some fast-aperture lenses “vignette” or have darkened corners due to uneven light distribution. 
However, even at the full open aperture, the overall illumination level across the entire field is well balanced and optimized. Because there is a sufficient amount of corner illumination, photographers can enjoy making full use of the wide open aperture.

5.  eBAND Coating deployed to thoroughly suppress ghosting and flare
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings, both providing outstanding anti-reflection effect, are applied to critical element surfaces for maximum light transmission. Internal reflections from element surfaces which cause ghosting and flare are reduced to an absolute minimum. Flawless, crystal clear images can be obtained. eBAND Coating, a hybrid nano-structured layer with extremely low refractive index coupled with multi-layered anti-reflection coating technology, efficiently minimizes reflection of extremely angulated incident light—something that cannot be achieved by conventional anti-reflection coatings alone.

6.  High-speed AF with USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)
Fast, quiet AF is achieved by employing a USD ring-type ultrasonic motor which enables remarkably precise focusing drive with high torque and responsiveness. Because the rotational torque of the USD is generated by waves of ultrasonic vibrations, inherent operating noise is extremely low and practically imperceptible. In addition, Full-time Manual Focus override is available at any point during the autofocus operation for deliberately shifting focus without switching the AF-MF mode back and forth.

7.  Fluorine coating on the front element repels water and fingerprints
Fluorine coating technology, developed for use in industrial optics applications, has been adapted to photographic lenses. The water and oil repellant coating applied to the front element surface allows instant removal of dirt or smudges with ease. The coating also provides a reasonable level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.

8.  Moisture-resistant construction for shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and provide moisture-resistant construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

9.  Circular aperture for enhanced bokeh
The 9-blade diaphragm retains a nearly circular opening even when stopped down by two stops. Marvelously tuned blur in the subject background can be obtained without generating undesirable shapes of aperture patterns.

10.  Compatibility with Adobe and Silkypix software
Supplied with SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0, advanced editing software that features correction menus for various aberrations (lateral color, distortion, relative illumination) based on the optical design data of this specific lens. Shooting RAW image files enables creation of more stringent and high-fidelity image quality

SPECIFICATIONS

Model: F013 
Focal Length: 45mm 
Maximum Aperture: F1.8
Angle of View (diagonal): 51°21′ (for full-frame format) : 34°28′ (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction : 10 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Object Distance: 0.29m (11.4 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:3.4
Filter Size: 67mm
Maximum Diameter: 80.4mm
Length*: for Canon 91.7mm (3.6 in): for Nikon 89.2mm (3.5 in)
Weight: for Canon 540g (19 oz): for Nikon 520g (18.3 oz)
Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum Aperture: F16
Standard Accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony***

Nikon Patent - 28mm F1.8 VR Lens

Nikon-8mm-Lens-imageA new patent Nikon surfaced over the web of 28mm F1.8 Lens with VR (optical image stabilization), the current 28mm F1.8 Lens doesn’t have VR.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-152812
    • Published 2015.8.24
    • Filing date 2014.2.17
  • Example
    • f 28.8
    • FNO 1.86
    • ω 37.48
    • Ymax 21.6
    • TL 124.35
    • BF 38.55
  • Nikon patents
    • Rear focus
    • Anti-vibration (1 part of the first group)

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Canon 7D Mark III Surfaced at Canon Austria’s site

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Don’t get too excited, Canon 7D Mark III announcement is at-least 2 years away but Someone at Canon Austria’s does a Big Typo mistake. As you can clearly see in the image above Canon EOS 7D Mark III is mentioned on Canon Austria’s site for a cash back action.

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Olympus E-M10 II Sample Images

e-m10markii-blk-frontPre-order Olympus E-M10 from B&H

Finally we have the full size sample of the recently announced Olympus E-M10 II camera, take a look at the image below and click on the images to download the full size samples. Also see What’s new inside the Olympus E-M10 II camera and you can also check out the side by side comparison of E-M10 II vs E-M10 here.

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Get Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code

Panasonic-GH4-with-V-logPanasonicFinally Adds V-Log L Gamma Profile to GH4, but it’s isn’t free and its activation code is Can be purchased from here.

Take a look at the Major features of the Update

  • Wide Dynamic Range of up to 12 Stops
  • Improved Color Matching with Varicam
  • Similar Characteristics to Cineon
  • Same LUT and Curve as Standard V-Log

Maximize the dynamic range of the Lumix DMC-GH4 with this V-Log L Function Activation Code from Panasonic. This code allows you to easily install the V-Log L gamma onto the camera, giving you a flat profile that provides a wide dynamic range of up to 12 stops, improving upon the 10 stops previously attainable with the GH4.