Those are the winners of the 2016-2017 EISA awards

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The EISA group announced the 2016-2017 winners of the EISA award. Here are the winners video introductions:

EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2016-2017 – Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN PHOTO INNOVATION 2016-2017 – Panasonic DUAL I.S. System from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2016-2017 – Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA 2016-2017 – Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2016-2017 – Sony α7S II from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2016-2017 – Sony α6300 from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2016-2017 – Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMPACT CAMERA 2016-2017 – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN ACTION CAMCORDER 2016-2017 – Olympus TG-Tracker from EISA on Vimeo.

EUROPEAN PHOTO SOFTWARE 2016-2017 – DxO OpticsPro 11 from EISA on Vimeo.

Not joking: Pokemon Go could revive the 3D camera market!

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A couple of years ago there was that big 3D hype. Panasonic even launched a special 12,5mm lens for Micro Four Thirds system. But the hype got killed by the fact that the consumer didn’t care about these kind of products.

But now everything is changing! Micronews reports that for the Pokemon GO game “3D cameras would make a better job at catching the small monsters.”. As a consequence “the share of Lenovo did take a good 10% upward due to this rumor. With the recent release of Phab 2 Pro, Lenovo integrated a PMD made 3D camera making it the first Google Tango enabled phablet.”

The day may come soon where camera manufacturers will make a special Pokemon GO camera????

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via Image Sensor World.

Samyang announces the new Full Frame 20mm f/1.8 lens (for all mounts)

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Samyang announced the new Full Frame 20mm f/1.8 lens. it will be available for all mounts including Sony E, Fuji X, MFT and even for the “dead” Samsung NX system. There is also a Cine version of the lens with t/1.9 aperture. The price of the non Cine lens is 549€ while the Cine versions cost a bit more 599€.

This is the image of the Cine lens version:

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Sony rumored to launch new FE lenses at Photokina. And one of those will be a STF lens!

dsc04491 Image above shows the Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF A-mount lens (Image from Jörg Haag on SystemKameraForum).

SAR spotted news on the Japanese site Kakaku. A Sony lens engineer said that Sony is close to launch a new FE lens with STF feature:

Sony’s Smooth Trans Focus (STF) technology has a very unique effect on defocused light sources, changing the way defocused areas appear depending on how it is adjusted. Smooth Trans Focus (STF) employs a special “apodization” element that controls the parts of the image that are not in focus. This does not affect the focused part of the image, only what is out of focus, and is set independently from the camera’s focus and aperture via the STF ring.  

This will be a lens similar to the Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Lens.

One more thing: I am pretty sure this will not be the only lens Sony will launch at Photokina!