TTartisan announced a “non Tilt & Shift” version of their 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

As you know TTartisan is offering a 100mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift 2x macro lens at TTartisan store, Pergear shop and Amazon worldwide store.(400$ / 499 euros).

Today TTartisan announced they will soon launch a “non tilt-shift” version that should be more affordable. There is no reorder option yet but the lens will be available in all different mount version (E / X / Z / RF / L / GFX / EF / F)


New Topaz Video AI brings All-new enhancement model, Plus After Effects integration, alpha layer support, and more

Topaz just released the new Video AI 5.2 version (Click here to see th product page). Press text:

This release includes the new Rhea Enhancement model, Pro seat management, Frame Interpolation for After Effects, Alpha layer support, and many UI and backend fixes.

  1. Rhea Enhancement Model

Rhea represents a combination of Proteus and Iris. The model is intended to be more accurate in preserving fine details across a wider range of subjects, while also handling text in a less destructive way.

This model and Rhea internally processes inputs at 4x scale and then downscales to your selected output resolution.

We’re very excited to see your results with Rhea, here are some example frames from this model:

  1. Frame Interpolation for After Effects

Today we are also launching Frame Interpolation in Adobe After Effects. This plugin addition includes access to all Frame Interpolation models for up to 16x slow motion conversion.

For more information on using the After Effects Frame Interpolation plugin, see this post in the Video AI Plug-ins forum section. 62

  1. Alpha (transparency) layer support

Video AI can now copy alpha layers from inputs and merge them back with AI model output videos. Alpha layer copying is supported in the following codecs:

  • QuickTime Animation
  • TIFF
  • PNG


Pro seat management

After a pre-launch period with several Pro teams around the world, Video AI Pro will be officially launching later this week. This new license tier offers seat management, commercial usage rights, and multi-GPU support for teams working with Video AI.

As part of this transition in licensing, we will be discontinuing the previous implementation of multi-GPU rendering for the standard license. Our team found that less than 2% of users made use of the multi-GPU setting, and further development will be focused on multi-GPU optimization for Pro teams.

If you are affected by this change and would like to discuss further options, please contact

Bug fixes & other improvements:

  • Preview set saving functionality restored.
  • UI lag greatly reduced, specifically for long operations.
  • Ensures colorspace correctness for input videos with a wider list of colorspace related flags.
    – Uses the setparams filter instead of -colorspace, ... flags to explicitly override the input metadata to ensure only the metadata tags are updated without changing the video data itself.
  • Timeline width now adjusts correctly between different video inputs.
  • Export preferences now save consistently.
  • Added pause/resume controls to right-click menu.
  • Fixed crop settings auto-populating after first digit.
  • Time remaining/elapsed toggle now available for both Previews and Exports.
  • Fixed “Open in Explorer/Finder” button for previews and exports.
  • Disabled automatic generation of TIFF sequences for Previews. These temporary files are no longer in use and the app now reads preview files in the selected Export format.

Canon launched an official teaser for the July 17 announcement: Canon R5II and R1 coming!

Now it’s official! Canon will announce new products on July 17. I expect them to announce the R5II and share many more details about their new flasghip Canon R1 model.

CanonRumors reported a new list of possible R5II specs:

New Canon EOS R5 Mark II Information (Unconfirmed)

  • No blackout during continuous shooting
  • A better implemented pixel-shift high resolution mode (no details)
  • “Some” illumination with the buttons
  • LCD resolution more than doubled
  • Focus sensitivity of -8EV
  • Increased battery performance (don’t expect a quantum leap here)
  • Maximum Electronic Shutter Speed “beyond” 1/8000s
  • Dynamic range claim of 16 stops (claimed vs real world can differ)
  • Full Size HDMI Port
  • New “firsts” for Canon in AF algorithms (I’m sure the EOS R1 would also have those firsts and more)
  • Slightly heavier body (Probably not noticeable)
  • New IBIS performance modes (No details)

Previously Reported EOS R5 Mark II Specifications

  • 45mp BSI Stacked Sensor
  • New EVF design
  • 12fps Mechanical & 30fps Electronic max burst rates
  • Eye Controlled AF from the EOS R3
  • New passive cooling design with two new vents
  • Active cooling grip accessory
  • Battery grip accessory
  • 8K60P (with cavaets)
  • CFexpress Type B / SD card configuration
  • Launch Price: $3999 USD
  • Announcement: July 17, 2024
  • Shipping: August, 2024

Ricoh-Pentax will consider increasing production of the new Pentax 17 film camera

Pentax 17 film camera at BHphoto, Adorama, FotoErhardt.

ITmedia had a chat with the product manager of the Pnetax 17 camera. Here are his answers:

  • (How did the film camera project begin?)
    It started when I brought the project to an internal presentation around 2020. We were discussing the next digital camera strategy, and the expressions of the executives listening were frozen. I persistently persuaded them. The top executive began to give in, saying, “It’s not impossible, but…” so I pressed on, saying, “I’ll find a reason why it’s possible.” From there, planning and development were finally able to discuss together.
  • (Why film cameras?)
    The number of film camera users, especially among young people, was beginning to increase, but the only option was to buy second-hand cameras. Some young people were using cameras that didn’t work well and were in an environment where they couldn’t easily be repaired. So, as a manufacturer, we wanted to release a new film camera, provide a warranty, and create an environment where people could enjoy it with peace of mind.
  • (Product concept)
    What we focused on in making a film camera was to create a new film camera that is perfect for current users, rather than simply reproducing old models. In particular, we combined functions that allow the younger generation, who are experiencing a film camera for the first time, to feel the “fun of manual operation.”
  • (Features we focused on)
    The younger generation is used to vertical screens, so when they look through the viewfinder, they compose the picture vertically. Also, instead of automatic mechanical winding, we wind it manually using a crank. We think that the fun of manual winding is condensed in “hand winding”.
  • (Why did we adopt the half-size format?)
    The main reason is the soaring price of film due to the recent rise in prices. Considering that beginners to film cameras often make mistakes, this format, which allows twice the number of shots, has the advantage of keeping running costs low.
  • (Half-size format also has the drawback of reduced image quality.)
    To overcome this drawback, a new lens was developed. Based on the lens technology that had been well-established in the past, the latest lens coating technology was combined. The image quality was so clear and sharp that even the development team was surprised.
  • (The number of preorders exceeded expectations, so they stopped accepting them immediately.)
    They stuck to the price of $500, as it was the lowest price that even young people overseas could afford. The product is produced in Vietnam, and in Japan, due to the weak yen, it is more expensive than other places, but they still received more orders than expected. Orders are currently temporarily suspended and it is unclear when they will resume, but they are considering increasing production to accommodate the situation.

This is the google translated summary from Digicameinfo

Pixii SAS announces Pixii Max, its first full-frame camera with a high-performance 24.5MP sensor

Pixii SAS announces Pixii Max, its first full-frame camera with a high-performance 24.5MP sensor, wide-angle optical viewfinder and a seamless upgrade option for existing Pixii owners. Available for pre-order on July 5, with a launch price of 3999 euros w/o taxes.

Pixii SAS, the rising French startup, unveils Pixii Max today, its first full-frame digital rangefinder camera. Building on the success of its predecessors, Pixii Max marks a significant leap forward with exciting new features:

New 24.5MP full-frame sensor: The carefully selected, high-resolution 24.5MP full-frame sensor, builds on the strength of its pixel technology to deliver outstanding image quality, with exceptional dynamic range surpassing even its top-ranked predecessors. Photographers will appreciate the familiar feel of the 24×36 sensor paired with their rangefinder lenses of choice.

Wide-Angle Viewfinder: The new optical viewfinder complements the sensor capabilities,with high-index optical glass and fully multi-coated anti-reflective surfaces, to offer unmatched clarity and a wider field of view. The new design features comfortable frame lines for 35mm lenses, while offering an ultra-wide field of view, up to 28mm.

Upgrade option: Pixii Max isn’t just a new camera; it’s also another new upgrade path for existing Pixii camera owners. It packs all the power of Pixii Max into the existing compact form factor, with even a slight reduction in overall depth. The new upgrade confirms Pixii’s commitment to preserving the investment made by photographers in their cameras.

Additional Key Features of Pixii Max:
Modern 64-bit Platform, shared with the current Pixii cameras models, providing exceptional performances, connectivity and seamless over-the-air software upgrades.
Native Monochrome, Pixii’s exclusive feature to capture true B&W digital negatives with a bayer sensor. Pixii Max is also fully capable of producing native monochrome files.
Interactive Rangefinder Viewfinder, another Pixii exclusive feature providing real-time controls and indicators right inside the optical viewfinder, for a truly modern and immersive experience.

The Pixii Max joins the Pixii camera family, offering photographers a new option for rangefinder photography. Pixii remains committed to producing and developing the well-loved APS-C model, proposing two exceptional cameras to choose from for photographers with different needs.

Pricing and Availability
Pixii Max (Model A3410) will offer photographers a new entry point into the world of full-frame
digital rangefinders, with special introductory prices:
● Pixii Max (32GB): 3999 EUR w/o taxes.
● Pixii Max (128GB): 4249 EUR w/o taxes.
Pixii Max will be available for pre-order on July 5.