Earlier on this year, the Lomography company announced the development of a Petzval lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. While that one has a super classic look to it, a new Kickstarter wants to aim for those reaching for higher fruit. The Petzvar is a 120mm f3.8 medium format lens that is using the crowd sourcing platform to make the lens come to the mass market. The lens will be designed for medium format cameras (specifically Pentacon P6 mount) but will work with 35mm full frame cameras via an adapter. In a case like this, it might work best with a Sony A7 or A7r unless you get a split image focusing screen.
Like other Petzval lenses, it will be sharp in the center with a swirly effect on the corner. Additionally, this lens will have a very clear, cool, modern look to it. If anything, it looks like something made by Zeiss.
The Kickstarter video is after the jump, but it doesn’t show very much to it. Tech specs and sample images are also after the jump.
In a totally unexpected move, Leica Camera AG has just purchased the Swiss large format camera maker Sinar. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but the press release states that the companies will collaborate in digital technologies, distribution and customer service. Sinar Photography AG’s headquarters will remain in Zürich, Switzerland, but Leica will henceforth manage the distribution of Sinar products.
Sinar covers the complete range of large format products, including camera bodies, digital backs, lenses, shutters as well as workflow software. The largest format camera that Leica is currently offering is the S medium format system. Leica’s acquisition of Sinar now raises the question whether we’ll see Leica-branded digital large format products in the future, which would only make sense considering that large format photography is both a niche and premium market–exactly what Leica is trying to serve.
When the Lomography Belair X 6-12 medium format panoramic camera first came out, the only lenses available were the 58mm and 90mm kit lenses, which are made from plastic. In our review, we mentioned that these are pretty weak in the corners, especially in 6×12 panoramic format, but nicely sharp in the center. A while ago then, Lomography announced the development of proper glass lenses, manufactured by Zenit in Russia. We recently go the 90mm and 114mm Belairgon lenses in for review, so here’s what we think about them.
It’s ben a little while since we’ve heard about anything new coming for Leica’s S system of cameras. But if you’re part of the 1% that owns the system, you’re in luck. Today, the company is announcing their new 45mm f2.8 ASPH wide angle lens for the system. How is a 45mm f2.8 a wide angle? Well, Medium Format systems essentially have a reverse crop factor–so something around an 80mm or 75mm lens will instead render a more normal field of view around the 50mm range.
The lens has twelve elements. According to their product page, “Three of the twelve lens elements are manufactured using specialized glass with anomalous partial dispersion that minimizes chromatic aberration, and two others of high-refractive-index glass with exceptionally low dispersion. In addition to these, one aspherical surface is employed for the minimization of monochromatic aberrations. Rear group focusing guarantees consistently outstanding imaging performance from infinity to the closest focusing distance.”
Along with the announcement of the lens, the S cameras are also getting a firmware update. We’ve used the original Leica S2, and really liked it. But couldn’t justify it unless we were renting it. We don’t have an official word on the pricing, but we’re very positive that none of us will be able to afford it. It is, afterall, Leica glass.
A while back, we reported on a project being worked on by Badass Cameras that involved connecting a smartphone to a medium format camera via a special back. And now, it’s on Kickstarter–complete with rage-inducing awe-inspiring video and all. The best part: it’s called HASSELNUTS. Hasselnuts pledges to bring new life to your medium format Hasselblad film camera by letting you mount your iPhone to it and shoot away.
Sounds cool right? Not if you’re a medium format lover! You’re shooting with a small area of the entire medium format lens coverage. However, we’re going to admit that it is still significantly more affordable than professional medium format backs–even if it doesn’t allow you the dynamic range, color depth, or full manual controls. Editor’s Correction: There is ground glass, and you’re shooting with the entire area of the imaging circle.
A demo video is after the jump. Head on over to their website to check out their sample images too.
It’s not a secret that digital camera sales are nowhere as high in 2013 as they were in the years before. With the market being pretty much saturated, fewer consumers opt to buy new products, especially as the speed of technological progress appears to be slowing down. International Data Corp had to correct a positive two-digit growth prognosis for the interchangeable lens camera market in the year 2013 to a negative two-digit decline prognosis.
In the face of these developments, Canon decided to focus more on the surveillance tech market, in which they aim to achieve sales of $1bn by 2016. With its lens and sensor technology, the company thinks it is well suited to become a major player on that market. Canon’s CEO Mitarai claims that, “security cameras are going to become an important pillar for us. We’ve already made it a separate division, and think that the global market has limitless possibilities for growth.”
So what are we going to see next? Surveillance cameras sporting huge, white L lenses at every street corner? Hopefully not. We’d rather have this rumored Medium Format camera instead.