More Fujifilm F1 Lenses Are on the Way? Yes, Please!

Have you ever been so giddy with joy that you squeal just a bit? If you’re a Fujifilm camera owner, there’s a good reason to be this happy! Reports are hinting at new Fujifilm f1 lenses coming in the future. If you’re a Fuji shooter, then this is intriguing news. If you’re not a Fujifilm shooter, you’re probably wondering why your camera brand isn’t making lenses like this. And if you’re a GFX shooter, you’re probably bewildered.

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New Patents Further Point to Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless System

We have been following reports for months now that Nikon is at work on a full frame mirrorless system to take on Sony in the full frame mirrorless segment. These reports have been based, at least in part, on Nikon confirmations of a ‘pro’ mirrorless system that they have in development. However, to this point, no official confirmation has been made in regards to the system being full frame or not. But we have been given yet another clue pointing to a full frame mirrorless system. Continue reading…

Wait, What?! Patent for Tamron 115mm f1.4 VC Lens Shows Up Online

Seems like Tamron has something cool in the works! Coming off of the success of their newest lens offerings such as the unique Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD (our review here), Tamron seems to be back at it again with another unique focal-length lens on the horizon.

According to The Digital Picture, Tamron has filed a patent for a 115mm f1.4 VC lens. Many photographers swear by lenses covering the focal range from 85-135mm for portraiture, so this offering seems to sit square in the middle. It could definitely shake things up a bit if its performance is up to par and rivals some of the lenses from Tamron’s competition. The included VC (vibration compensation) and 1.4 aperture is sure to pique the interests of many shooters.

I personally have found the 135mm offerings from both Canon and Nikon to be incredible, although a bit long at times for studio portraiture. This 115mm from Tamron could be just what I, and I’m sure many other indoor shooters, are hoping for! Let’s hope it gets an actual release!

Fujifilm May Introduce a Zooming Optical Viewfinder

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Fujifilm has been knocking out great viewfinders on its cameras, from the hybrid optical sight on the X100s and the incredibly large EVF in the X-T1. Now it seems Fujifilm is looking into patenting an optical viewfinder that zooms in to match the focal length of the attached lens. Fuji is calling this technology a “real-image zoom viewfinder” and supposedly it will come with optical elements in at least three groups that allows the viewfinder to change its focal length.

In the patent drawing, the Fujifilm camera has two optical elements labeled Sb and Sc that move back and forth to magnify the optical image. Supposedly this real-image zoom viewfinder will be able to match what the image sensor sees through the lens. Despite the extra bits of glass Fuji claims this new viewfinder will remain compact without sacrificing the optical performance of the viewfinder.

The zooming optical viewfinder is a very interesting piece of technology we imagine to would be a shoe in for the rumored X-Pro 2. Currently the X-Pro 1’s OVF can only magnify its viewfinder magnification from 0.37x to 0.60x when using a 35mm or 60mm lens. With a hybrid system that zooms, the viewfinder could be a much more effective framing device as the current technology only overlays a smaller highlighted box denoting the focal length.

Of course there’s still a lot of complexity behind this system that ultimately could make it amazing if it all works. We’ve got our hopes up Fujifilm will find some way to create something awesome out of this patent, but we’ll hold off believing in it too much until we’re actually holding it in our hands.

Via Photography Bay

iPhone 6 Spotted with a Interchangeable Lens Bayonet in This Latest Patent

Image courtesy of Apple Insider

Image courtesy of Apple Insider

There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding the iPhone 6‘s new from a 10MP Camera and f1.8 Lens to dual sensors. Now a new patent has come up today—no this one isn’t a April fool’s joke—suggests Apple is toying around with a bayonet that will fit around the iPhone camera to attach removable lenses. From the patent illustrations the lens mount would feature a three-pronged locking mechanism just like most interchangeable lens cameras, where the piece of glass rotates to lock in place.

This additional round plate of metal would have to sit around the lens. Interestingly enough recent leaked images of the iPhone 6 showed a protruding lens, which would create the perfect point for this new ring adapter to wrap around.

Lenses for the iPhone aren’t necessarily a completely novel idea. For years Photojojo among many other companies have made both telephoto and wide-angle lenses users can mount on their smartphones. This will simply be the first time the company has decided to offer such accessories by itself. Previously, the company jumped on making official cases and bumpers, so we could easily see lenses becoming a reality.

Via Ubergizmo

Canon Patents IS Macro Lenses and a 17-40mm f2.8 Lens

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There aren’t any breaks on the Canon Patent train. Egami spotted a new slew of patents suggesting the Japanese camera company is looking into image stabilized macro lenses. If the patents ring true, image stabilization could come to the 100mm f2.8 L (a new version), 180mm f3.5, 200mm f3.5, and 300 f 3.5 macro lenses. On top of adding a set of motion sensors to detect vibrations during exposures the 180mm f3.5 could get a lot heftier with 18 elements in 14 groups.

In another set of patents spotted by Egami, Canon could have plans to produce new f2.8 versions of the popular 16-35mm and 17-40mm wide-angle zoom lenses. Canon already has a Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM Lens, but for the 17-40mm f4 L it could be a serious aperture upgrade letting it bring in a one full stop of light. Of course both lenses, wide open speaking, still won’t be able to hold a candle to the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8.

Via Photo Rumors

New Tamron Lens Patents Seem to Be Going After the Budget Macro Crowd

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Egami seems to have found new patents from Tamron showing that they’re trying to go after the more affordable APS-C budget friendly crowd. The patents are specifically for a 30mm f2.8 and a 28mm f2.5. We’re not quite sure why they would create two lenses so close in aperture range and focal length. Perhaps they just put in the patent and will only produce one of them. There also isn’t any major indication of whether the lenses will be a 1:1 Macro or something close.

Many macro lenses are already at the f2.8 aperture and if you plan on focusing in the super duper close ranges at that aperture, good luck. You’ll need to stop down heavily in order to get anything in focus at all due to the way that depth of field works.

When we tested the company’s 90mm f2.8 Macro, we were quite impressed with how it performed. Given this, we’re expecting great results from these upcoming lenses when combined with the new 20+ MP sensors that seem to be coming out and good lighting.

Canon Patents Curved Diaphragm Technology for Smaller Lenses

Canon PatentCanon has been on a bit of a patent spree in the last few days and its latest idea could be curved diaphragm. A patent filing originally spotted by Egami suggests the Japanese camera giant will implement a new curved diaphragm to match the rounded shape of the lens. In theory the domed shape could save more space in smaller lenses such as the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens or EOS M lenses.

More recently, Canon patented a new string of pancake zoom lenses ranging from a minimum 10mm focal distance all the way to 55mm. These curved diaphragms might be the key to actually manufacturing collapsible zoom lenses. Still, this domed design leaves a lot of unanswered questions like how it will impact the lens’ bokeh. Normally every piece of glass has a flat iris aperture, where more blades (coupled with good glass) can create rounder bokeh balls with a smooth blurred background. Alternatively, a round aperture implemented with a Tilt-Shift lens might create some truly perspective shifting images if light manages to catches underneath the edges of the diaphragm.

Via Canon Watch

Image Stabilization Might Come to Canon’s 85mm f1.8, 100mm f2, and 135mm f2.8

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A new Canon patent has surfaced and this one purposes Image Stabilization features are coming to the Canon 85mm f1.8, 100mm f2, and 135 f2.8 lenses. Egami spotted the patent that said IS would come to three of Canon’s popular prime telephoto lenses. Optically stabilized lenses would be a welcome sight especially for the handheld portrait shots these lenses are meant to take from farther away. It also makes more sense on the longer focal lengths than with the 35mm and 28mm versions currently out. Overall though, the addition of IS makes the value sweeter for videographers that don’t want to spring for true cine glass.

Last summer we spotted a patent suggesting the fan favorite nifty-fifty would get new IS technology, so perhaps this is Canon’s way of repurposing research. We’ve already seen added stabilization tech implemented with Canon’s new 35mm f2 IS lens, albeit with the trade off a slightly smaller maximum aperture. So we imagine it would be a simple task to add the feature to more pieces of mid-range glass.

Via Canon Rumors

Canon Patents a New (Almost) 100x Superzoom Camera

large_sx50_3qIn a race to win the crown for the most absurd levels of magnification, Canon may have a camera with a 100x optical zoom waiting in its wings. Egami spotted a new patent that describes such a superzoom camera sporting a lens with a 3.6-340mm reach. In the 35mm equivalent world, the lens would work out to a focal length of 20-1900mm. The lens is also listed to have 13 elements in 10 groups with an aperture range of f3-9.

Right now the superzoom camera world is doing pretty well with the 50x capable Canon SX50 HS, Sony HX300, and Fujifilm FinePix SL1000. There’s also the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 that broached 60x. A 100x lens, however, would be truly record breaking for the entire superzoom segment, as well as being a twice the camera Canon’s last superzoom was in some respects. Comparatively, the SX50 offers an equivalent field of view of 24-1200mm with an aperture range of f2.9-7.1.

Of course, just having a patent doesn’t mean we’ll see a 100x zoom superzoom camera any time soon. But if Canon’s new 100x camera were to come out at sub $500 price range like the SX50 HS, shooters could have another camera that’s way more pocketable than any telephoto lens—such as the Sigma 120-300mm Art lens—and at a fraction of the price. We’ve got our fingers crossed to see something come out of this at CES in January.

Via PhotographyBay

Sony’s Latest Patent Reveals Rotating Mirror and Other Translucent Oddities

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It seems as though Sony is interested in taking its translucent mirror technology to the next step. Egami (google translated) spotted a Sony patent that stipulates a new type of rotating semi transparent mirror technology. Supposedly this mirror on a hinge would allow photographers to alter the angle at which light hits the sensor.

On top of changing angle, users could also affect the spectrum of light reaching the sensor. The patent gives such examples as blocking off certain colors from the RGB sensor or only allowing infrared light to pass through, letting you create black and white photos without post processing. For now the patent is only a patent, but if it’s ever implemented it could be the extremely interesting use of semi translucent mirrors.

We’re not really sure what something like this could cost, but it surely wouldn’t be something that would be initially introduced to the entry level crowd that Sony caters to so well. Infrared photography is completely different than typical photography and only specialized users or those more experiences would want to work with it. Of course, that statement could be totally invalid if the company develops a metering system for the Infrared spectrum.

What would be even cooler is if Sony somehow or another developed a way to make your images look like Kodak Aerochrome with this technology. To recap: Aerochrome was an infrared film that was developed for military spy plane use. However, there are lots of artistic projects that have been done with it.  Lomography has tried to mimic it as well with Lomochrome Purple.

Via Sony Alpha Rumors

Ricoh Agrees to Pay Kodak $75.8 Million in Royalties

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Via RiceHigh’s Pentax Blog

In the aftermath of Kodak’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company (or what remains of it) will see a $75.8 million royalty payment from Ricoh, the new owner of the Pentax camera brand. Kodak originally sued Ricoh back in April 2012, shortly after the company’s acquisition of Pentax, who Kodak claimed had never signed an imaging licensing agreement with them. During the trial at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this week, the jury ruled in favor of Kodak. However, the two companies had already settled the matter outside of court, agreeing on a payment of US-$ 69 million plus interest.

This is a very interesting development, especially considering that Kodak has in the meantime sold its digital imaging patents. They will receive the money nonetheless, as they were still holding the patents at the time of Ricoh’s acquisition of the Pentax brand.

For a recollection of the events leading to Kodak’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy emergence, see this article.

Could This Be One Of Sony’s New Full Frame NEX Cameras?

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Editor’s Correction: This is a reader-made mock-up

We’ve been hearing rumors about this for a while and also reading into hints of it coming. Sony Alpha Rumors believes that the photo above is one of two full frame sensor NEX cameras that may be coming to us soon. The site is saying that the cameras will be called the A7 and A7r. They continue to state that, “Both have exactly the same design (with NEX-7 grip, EVF in the middle and RX1 size). The difference is in the sensor. The A7 has 24MP sensor, more fps and different AF speed. The A7r has a 36MP sensor and less fps (and I have been told a bit “different” AF).

Based on Sony’s naming conventions, this doesn’t sound right at all. When they released the RX1R, it was essentially the same camera as the RX1 but with no low pass filter. Perhaps, Sony is doing the whole Nikon D800/D800E approach?

We have yet to hear more about the full frame mirrorless lens patents; but with Photo Plus coming in just a couple of weeks, the rumors of the camera launching in October may be true.


Nikon 1 Camera Concept Drawings and Lens Patents Emerge

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Over at Nikon Rumors, a couple of concept drawings for Nikon 1-series cameras have been unearthed, together with some lens patents. Whether or not we actually see upcoming cameras and lenses in these sketches cannot be said definitely, but two of the camera concepts look like they could be the next 1 J and 1 S models. The third concept drawing seems to show an even more simplified camera body that might be operated mostly via touchscreen. As to the lenses, there are patents for an 11-28mm f3.5-5.4 lens, a 10-47mm f2.8-7 lens (both CX) as well as 40mm f3.5 VR macro lens for Nikon DX cameras.

Head over to the original post on Nikon Rumors to see all the pictures they found.