Gary Fong Gamma Diffuser For Sony

It’s been a while that I (a landscape photographer) has heard the name Gary Fong, but that doesn’t mean that they’re sitting still. Gary Fong is known for their flash accessories and diffusers, like the very hackable Lightsphere. They have just recently announced the Gamma Diffuser for the Sony HVL-F43AM and HVL-F58AM flashes.

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The Rokinon 8mm f2.8 Fisheye We Reviewed A While Ago Will Soon Be Available

A couple months ago we reviewed the Rokinon 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens for Sony NEX here on The Phoblographer. We were pretty smitten with its compactness, ergonomics and overall quality (build and image wise), and are all the more happy to be able to announce that the lens will soon be available for general purchase. (It should have been available months ago, but apparently Samyang had some delay in its production.) Since the lens is designed for APS-C mirrorless formats, it is only logical that Samyang will ship it in both Sony NEX and Samsung NX mount. The lens will be available from July, and retails under the Rokinon brand name for GBP 279.99 / EUR 349.99 (~ USD 430).

Rokinon lenses can be purchased from B&H, who should have the new lens in stock as soon as it becomes available.

Samyang/Rokinon 8mm f2.8 Fisheye Specs

Focal length: 8mm
Angle of view: 180°
Max. aperture: f2.8
Min. aperture: f22
Min. focusing distance: 30 cm (~ 12 in)
Optical construction: 10 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical, 1 ED)
Size (L x D): NEX: 55.8 mm x 60 mm (2.2 in x 2.36 in) / NX: 48.3 mm x 60 mm (1.9 in x 2.36 in)
Weight: NEX: 217 g (7.65 oz) / NX: 203 g (7.16 oz)

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Canon Announces Internet’s Worst Kept Secret in the Form of the Rebel T4i and 40mm F2.8 Pancake Lens

Today, Canon’s Rebel T4i has finally been unofficially unveiled after what I’d probably say was as the company’s largest NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) breach in the 5 years I’ve been a technology journalist. And it really seems that the rumor sites and bloggers have nailed it quite well this time around. Indeed, Canon has not only announced the new camera, but also a new 40mm f2.8 pancake lens: something that has been missing from their product lineup for quite a while.

All the specs you care about minus the press release are after the jump.

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UPDATED! Quick News: Panasonic To Rescue Olympus?

Olympus E-P1 camera sporting a Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens. Are the two companies about to join in a similar fashion?

According to a news article by the New York Times, Panasonic may actually step in to help free Olympus from its financial woes, by investing $635m into the company. Allegedly, Panasonic is “interested in expanding into the healthcare industry, which offers more stable revenues” (NYT). In return for providing Olympus with fresh money, which they desperately need in order to fund their restructuring, Panasonic will receive a considerable amount of Olympus shares, allowing them to directly partake in any future profits Olympus makes.

The two companies have already been working together for quite some time: first on the Four Thirds system, and recently on the Micro Four Thirds system. For us Micro Four Thirds users, then, this can only be a good thing, since it means that the diversity of the system (cameras and lenses from Panasonic and Olympus, lenses and accessories from a number of different companies) will continue in the future. Here’s to hoping that the Panasic/Olympus deal works out, so we can continue to enjoy both companies’ excellent products!

UPDATE June 8th, 2012: According to this latest blog post by 43rumors, Panasonic and Olympus both officialy denied the rumored deal. Seems someone has gotten something wrong there. Who knows, maybe next week they deny the denial?

Olympus Still Not Out Of Trouble: Losses Continue, Woodford Demands Millions

The Olympus Story continues with the company’s report for the fiscal year ending March, 2012. According to an official PDF, while the net sales have been rising in comparison to the previous fiscal year (from JPY 847.1 bn to JPY 848.5 bn), operating income has decreased from JPY 38.4 bn to JPY 35.5 bn, with a total net loss of JPY 48.9 bn. The Medical Systems sector seems to be the one gaining the most profit for Olympus, while the Imaging sector — despite increased sales on the home market — is still making losses. Nonetheless, Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds models are still selling well, according to this article by Thom Hogan.

Meanwhile, according to The Amateur Photographer, the dispute between Olympus and their former CEO and scandal whistleblower Michael Woodford has been settled out of court, with Woodford receiving a not-yet disclosed sum (but probably a high seven or eight digit figure) in compensation. Woodford, who uncovered the financial scandal that has been keeping Olympus in the news for the past months, was originally seeking up to US-$ 60 m from Olympus according to this AP artcile.

At the same time, the reports about companies interested in investing in Olympus continue. Latest candidate is Panasonic, who is reported to be debating a capital alliance with Olympus. In order to consolidate their own medical sector, Panasonic could possibly become the major Olympus shareholder. The same report also states that Olympus may sell off sectors that do not form part of their “core business”. Some 2500 jobs could be lost, some of them possibly in the Imaging sector.

As we here at The Phoblographer are all huge fans of Olympus’ photographic products, this is all not very good news to us. We can only hope that the company will get back on its feet eventually, and especially that they will be able to restructure their Imaging sector to become profitable at last — after all, their Micro Four Thirds lineup is pretty damn amazing.

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Manfrotto’s Lino Apparel For Female Photographers Isn’t The Type of Stuff That Would End Up on Pinterest

Manfrotto has recently announced their Lino line of apparel for female photographers. While they aren’t really the most stylish of items, the line of products seem to have an emphasis on productivity and functionality vs style. Here’s a quick rundown of the new items:

PRO FIELD JACKET – $349.00

The Pro Field Jacket features photographic working tools combined with comfort, convertibility, and a sleek design. It offers a classic style and comfortably holds camera gear and accessories.

PRO PHOTO VEST – $229.00

The Pro Photo Vest combines sleek design with the functionality of an everyday vest. It comfortably holds and supports your camera gear and accessories

PRO SOFT SHELL JACKET – $169.00

The Pro Soft Shell Jacket is a warm and stylish shooting jacket designed to protect from cold while accommodating the functionality needed for day to day shooting.

PRO AIR JACKET – $159.00

The Pro Air Jacket is a breathable wind and waterproof jacket that folds into its own integrated compact pouch

PRO PONCHO – $149.99

The Pro Poncho is a wind and waterproof poncho designed to protect the photographer and her gear from any weather conditions.

Fujifilm Wants You to Put A Ring on Before Your Leica Lenses and X Pro 1 Mate

Though this has been shown off before, Fujifilm is now coming out to everyone about their Leica M to X Mount adapter. Being officially announced today, it seems to be very much alike to other adapters. I’d go even as far to say that this looks like the Dot Line adapter that I use for Micro Four Thirds.

The design consists of an aluminum mount for the body, stainless steel for the lens, and an aluminum central tube. All in all, the adapter from Fuji will maintain the 27.8mm needed to be from the sensor. With firmware 1.10, the adapter will also recognize the lens mounted and transmit necessary information to the camera. That means that the framelines you see in the viewfinder will correspond to the lens used. It will also transmit distortion control information, vignetting correction and color shading correction.

You can expect it in June for $199.99.

Joby’s Latest Gorillapods Can Hang With all the Stylish Clothing on Your Closet Rack

You know how Gorillapods were first marketed to being awesomely strong and look a bit like gorillas that could also cling to stuff? Well today, someone seems to have died their fur a bit. The company announced today that there will be cosmetic alterations in their original version. Now, they’re available in lime green, fuschia, charcoal, and sky blue.

And to kick off the launch, they’re featuring a contest on their Pinterest page.

They will ship on June 4th for around $19.99.

FUJIFILM Announces New Rugged Camera the Finepix XP170

 

FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the launch of the all new waterproof FinePix XP170 digital camera that combines rugged protection and durability with a new innovative Wireless Image Transfer function that allows users to wirelessly connect to their smartphone or tablet and then upload images to the Internet for online sharing. The FinePix XP170 is the latest edition in Fujifilm’s bestselling line of waterproof cameras for three years in a row.
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ioShutter Cable Release For iOS Devices Now Available

ioShutter, the world’s first shutter release system for iPhone and iPad announced back in November 2011, is now available for Canon, Samsung, Pentax and Hasselblad Cameras. The ioShutter system combines a proprietary iOS software with a shutter release cable that connects your iPhone or iPad to your camera, enabling you to control your camera’s shutter from your iOS device.

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Olympus’s New Olympus TG-1 Tough Camera Won’t Leak As Much as This Camera Was Across the Net

The internet previously chose to all jump on the bandwagon and report that the Olympus TG-1 tough camera was about to be announced after a retailer leaked it. What do you know? The camera was real after all. With a sleek chassis and compact body, the new tough camera’s most interesting new feature will be its lens: which opens up to f2.0. Plus it has a 4x optical zoom, 12MP sensor (1/2.3 CMOS, nowhere as big as premium point and shoot cameras), 3 inch LCD screen, tap controls like other Tough cameras, and more. There is also 1080p 30p video recording and it is waterproof to 12m/40ft, freezeproof to -10C/-14F, crushproof to 100kgf, shockproof to 2m and dustproof.

The one major downfall: it doesn’t shoot RAW. Specs and more after the jump.

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ThinkTank Introduces Heavy-Duty Backpacks For Travellers And Communters

ThinkTank has just announced a new range of heavy-duty traveller backpacks in the Airport series. The backpacks called Airport Accelerator, Airport Commuter and Airport Essentials (in order of size) were designed with maneuvering through airports quickly in mind. Aimed at travelling photographers, each backpack integrates quick access pockets for both laptops and iPad, a top pocket for boarding passes, and three robust handles to ensure easy placement and retrieval from overhead bins. The two smaller bagsare designed to fit under-seat in regional commuter planes. Other features are a light, adjustable, contoured harness, air mesh paneling the keeps your back cool, a height-adjustable sternum strap, a removable waist belt, side water bottle pocket, tripod/ monopod mounting system and seam sealed rain cover. Additionally, the Airport backpacks can be used with Think Tank’s Pro Speed Belts for additional support and capacity by adding component pouches and cases from the company’s Modular Rotation Component System. Read more after the jump.

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Lensbaby Pro Effects Kit Comes With Everything You Need

Lensbaby just introduced the Pro Effects Kit, a collection of Lensbaby products to get you started with Lensbaby photography. The kit contains the Composer Pro module, the Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics, an 8mm and a 16mm macro converter, a microfiber lens cleaning cloth and a bag to tuck it all away. With two focal lengths that cover everything from moderate wide-angle to short telephoto, the tiltable Composer Pro module and the macro converters, this kit really contains everything you need. From landscapes to protraits, from flower details to product shots, or just for some creative experimenting — there isn’t much that can’t be done with this kit. However, it comes at a price. At US-$ 750, it is still better value for money than buying each product seperately, though.

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Hähnel Introduces “Tuff” Wireless Flash Trigger For Heavy-Duty Use

Ireland-based manufacturer of photographic accessories Hähnel has introduced a new entry-level wireless flash trigger called the “Tuff”. In accordance with its name, it is made from tough rubber, has a reinforced housing and is encapsuled in a silicone case, to give the photographer “peace of mind against any accidental impact” (Hähnel’s own words.) This probably makes the Tuff the ideal companion for outdoor and action shoots, where cameras and/or models are being hurled through the air (on purpose or by accident.) Or for a safari, where you risk being attacked by lions and elephants — chances are the Tuff will outlive you in such a case. But, according to Hähnel, it is also suitable for studio work (where raging models throw things at you.) Continue reading…

ThinkTank Airport 4 Sight Goes Through Airplane Isles Like Butter

ThinkTank announced today that they are releasing the industry’s first four-wheeled roller. The bag is sized to meet international airline carry-on standards. So on those cramped airline aisles you will be able to easily glide your bag sideways instead of picking it up to avoid people. In the instance where you need to roll on 2 wheels this also can easily be done as well. The bag will be able to hold 2 DSLR bodies plus 3-5 lenses plus accessories.

The bag also features 3 handles for easy carrying and retrieval. The wheel housings are extra high to provide protection from curbs or stairs. If the wheels ever get worn out ThinkTank will send a free kit so that you can replace the wheels.

The unit will ship in May and will be available to purchase on the ThinkTank website.