Just announced: New Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 for Sony E, MFT und PL

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Irix extends its line of film lenses with the ultra wide-angle Irix Cine 15mm T2.6
Irix, the producer of the Cine series, currently has a set of cinematographic lenses in its portfolio, including an 11mm ultra wide-angle lens, a standard 45mm lens, and a 150mm macro telephoto lens. Today Irix premieres their fast, filter-ready wide-angle cine lens, the Irix Cine 15mm T2.6. This product will open unlimited possibilities for filmmakers and cinematographers alike.

New Lens, New Possibilities
The newest member of the family, the Irix Cine 15mm T2.6, is a fast, filter-ready ultra wide-angle lens, which makes it an extremely versatile piece of equipment that works in a multitude of lighting conditions.
The Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 optical system is made up of 15 elements arranged in 11 groups (including 3 HR lenses, 2 EDs, and 2 ASPHs). Its precise construction ensures beautiful and vivid colors, image sharpness, and minimal distortion, despite the ultra-wide field of view. The high quality construction ensures low lens breathing, which is an extremely important feature in filmmaking.
Like all Irix Cine line lenses, it is designed for filming at a maximum resolution of 8K UHD, allowing for super-panorama shots (CinemaScope).

Irix Cine family
Ease of use and convenience is extremely important to us. Irix Cine lenses are ready for any film set. Very similar weights (as well as equal distances between rings) between Irix Cine lenses accelerate work on the set, without forcing changes of gimbals, rigs, tripods, etc. Irix also offers an innovative magnetic mounting system (MMS) for accessories, such as sun visors or lens covers.

Irix Cinematic Design
Irix lenses are used by both professional operators and amateurs alike. Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 has all the features and properties necessary to wora on the set. By minimizing the phenomenon of diffraction, the lens aperture (made of 9 rounded blades), provides a sharp image, regardless of the T value. The precise mechanics allow for the smooth adjustment of the T value from T2.6 to T22.
As with other Irix Cine lenses, the product has been equipped with an innovative adaptive ring that allows for ergonomic work both in manual sharpening and with follow-focus systems, thanks to which you can easily and quickly adjust your lens to your rig. The 180 degree focusing ring ensures precise alignment and a smooth focus pulling.
The lens front has been optimized to work with 95mm matte boxes. Toothed rings (Mod 0.8 M standard), ensure compatibility with most follow focus accessories and aperture adjustment available on the market.

Ready to work in any conditions!
With film lenses, it is extremely important that the equipment is suitable for work regardless of weather conditions. Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 has been sealed in four key places, so you can shoot in the desert and in full rain, meaning you can be sure that your equipment will remain safe.

Main features:
UltraHD 8K resolution
43.3 mm imaging field (Full Frame)
Fast aperture T2.6
86mm front filter thread
ultra wide angle imaging field
minimal distortion
compact and lightweight construction
very low lens breathing
sealed construction
95mm front diameter
magnetic accessory mounting system (MMS)
Removable lens hood
compatible with follow focus systems
engraved markings filled withUV-reactive paint
adapter ring for faster work on the set
possibility of mounting an additional lens support foot

Available mounts
Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 is available in Canon EF, Sony E, MFT, and PL mounts, each with either metric or imperial focus markings.

Pricing and availability
The lens will soon be available in a wide network of dealers available at: https://irixlens.com/dealers- list/ and at https://storeeu.irixlens.com for 1195 Euro.

Nikon says: “We plan to move faster on our lens roadmap for Nikon Z”

The french website Phototrend had a chat with the Nikon marketing department. A couple of highlights:

  • we plan to move faster on the schedule presented with the introduction of the Z mount system in terms of expanding the range of lenses.
  • we have a lot of demand for pancake type lenses
  • the development priority will be the extension of both our range of (Z-mount) cameras and lenses,
  • we will meet the needs of hybrid photographers who take not only still images, but also video,
  • we recognize that DX format (APS-C) hybrid cameras are an important category for providing a portal for amateur photographers.

 

New “SD Express” standard unveiled: Made for massive Megapixel cameras and 8K video

Now we are ready for 500 megapixel cameras and 8K video :)

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The SD Association announced today the SD 8.0 Specification for SD Express memory cards receives even faster transfer speeds by using the popular PCI Express® (PCIe®) 4.0 specification delivering a maximum of nearly 4 gigabytes per second (GB/s) data transfer rate. These full sized cards continue to use the NVMe Express™ (NVMe™) upper layer protocol enabling advanced memory access mechanism. As always SD Express memory cards using SD 8.0 specification maintain backward compatibility.

“SD Express’ use of even faster PCIe and NVMe architectures to deliver faster transfer speeds creates more opportunities for devices to use SD memory cards,” said Mats Larsson, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource. “This combination of trusted and well-known technologies makes it easier for future product designs to leverage the benefits of removable storage in new ways.”

SD Express gigabyte speeds bring new storage opportunities for devices with demanding performance levels, across a variety of industries. The cards can move large amounts of data generated by data-intense wireless or wired communication, super-slow motion video, RAW continuous burst mode and 8K video capture and playback, 360 degree cameras/videos, speed hungry applications running on cards and mobile computing devices, ever evolving gaming systems, multi-channel IoT devices and automotive to name a few. SD Express will be offered on SDHC, SDXC and SDUC memory cards.

“By dramatically increasing the speeds for SD Express we’re giving device manufacturers and system developers more storage choices,” said Hiroyuki Sakamoto, SDA president. “SD 8.0 may open even more opportunities for extra high performance solutions using removable memory cards.”

“PCI-SIG® is pleased to see that SDA is continuing to adopt even faster PCIe technology configurations using PCIe 4.0 interface and dual lanes for one of the top leading removable memory cards – SD,” said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG president and chairman. “PCIe specification conformance tests are available today by major test vendors, offering a significant advantage for any new PCIe technology adopter.”

“NVMe is the industry-recognized performance SSD interface from the client to the datacenter, shipping in millions of units,” said Amber Huffman, NVM Express™ Inc. president. “Consumers will benefit by SD Association continuing the adoption of the NVMe base specification for their latest SD Express cards.”

SD Express uses the well-known PCIe 4.0 specification and the latest NVMe specification (up to version 1.4) defined by PCI-SIG and NVM Express, respectively. SD 8.0 specification provides two transfer speed options for SD Express memory cards. The two transfer speeds are accomplished by supporting either PCIe 3.0 x2 or PCIe 4.0 x1 architectures with up to ~2GB/s and with PCIe 4.0 x2 technology with up to 4GB/s. SD Express cards offering PCIe 4.0 x1 architecture use the same form factor as defined for SD 7.0 specification cards with a second row of pins to deliver transfer speeds up to 2 GB/s. SD Express cards supporting dual PCIe lanes (PCIe 3.0 x2 or PCIe 4.0 x2 technologies) have three rows of pins.

The SDA makes adoption of SD Express easy allowing companies to use existing test equipment and saving in product development costs. The SD 8.0 specification continues giving system developers access to PCIe and NVMe technologies, such as Bus Mastering, Multi Queue (without locking mechanism) and Host Memory Buffer.

Two revised white papers, “SD Express Cards with PCIe and NVMe Interfaces,” and “SD Express and microSD Express Memory Cards: The Best Choice for Your Future Product Designs” provide an in-depth look at the opportunities created by SD Express. More information is available on our website.

Visit the SDA Virtual Tradeshow to learn more about SD Express solutions offered by our members.