CRAZY: Nikon patented two f/1.2 zooms! Check out the specs and images here…

If this ever will become a real product I swear I will run naked on the street :)

Nikon patented a 35-50mm f/1.2 and 50-70mm f/1.2 lens! I guess they are only doing this for fun, just to show off what could be technically possible but still financially crazy. Below you can find the schematics and exact specs mentioned by the Japanese patent:

Focal length: 35.00-51.60
F value: 1.23
Angle of view: 72.14-46.70
Image height: 21.70
Overall length: 210.04-168.19
Back focus: 17.77-25.82

Focal length: 51.60-70.00
F value: 1.23
Angle of view: 48.78-34.53
Image height: 21.70
Overall length: 210.03-169.53
Back focus: 18.93-26.72

via Asobinet

Apple, Audi, Sony…everyone is nor reporting about production shortages because of missing chips

This week Apple (Macrumors), Audi (Automobilwoche), Sony (Press here) and a lot of other companies announced their products will have considerable shipments delay because of the shortage in chips.

This means that not only you will have issues finding current cameras in Stock (like the Sony A1 for example) but also that future new cameras like the A7IV, GH6, Z9 and so forth might be hard to get the first months after their announcement.

The situation is expected to improve only by late 2022 :(

This is a curious looking lens: new Canon RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens announced!

Canon just announced this new RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens. Here is the Press text:

Add a whole new dimension to your story with the RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens. As part of the EOS VR System – this lens paired with the EOS R5 updated with firmware 1.5.0 or higher and one of Canon’s VR software solutions – you can create immersive 3D that can be experienced when viewed on compatible head mount displays including the Oculus Quest 2 and more.* Viewers will be able to take in the scene with a vivid, wide field of view by simply moving their head. This is the world’s first digital interchangeable lens that can capture stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery to a single image sensor.*^ Now, creators can go from traditional stills or video shooting to stereoscopic 3D capture with a simple lens swap. The pairing of this lens and the EOS R5 camera brings high resolution video recording at up to 8K DCI 30p and 4K DCI 60p. With a beautifully engineered folded optical design, the dual high-performance L-series fisheye lenses combine imagery onto a single image sensor delivering impressive results to a single file. This can help simplify your workflow by eliminating the need to sync and stitch multiple video files. An integral part of the EOS VR System, Canon’s EOS VR Utility software can easily convert footage to your choice of editing software. For Adobe® Premiere Pro® users, the EOS VR Plug-in software can help streamline your editing process. Both paid subscription-based software solutions (currently in development with availability and details to follow on or about early 2022) allow for convenient post-production.

With this lens paired with an EOS R5 camera, creatives, industry professionals and newcomers to VR can create an immersive experience, capturing dynamic scenes for entertainment, tourism, training & education, real estate, storytelling or anywhere you want to bring your audience to.

More images and specs here: