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Nikon Canada Inc. has announced a new short telephoto lens for its Nikon 1 system of mirrorless cameras. The 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens provides the same field-of-view as an 86mm lens on a 35mm film SLR. That focal length and the lens' wide maximum aperture make it ideal for portraiture and available-light photography, Nikon Canada notes.
Think Tank Photo has announced a series of bags designed specifically for Compact System Cameras (CSCs). The Mirrorless Mover series features antique nickel-plated metal hardware, YKK zippers, stretchable side pockets, front pocket, removable closed-cell foam dividers, and magnetic closures.
Olympus has officially unveiled its latest flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, the E-P5. The E-P5 is modeled after the Olympus Pen F half-frame 35mm camera from the late 1970s. It's the first Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera with explicit PEN branding. It's also is the first Olympus camera with built-in Wi-Fi.
A new USB dock for Sigma DLSR lenses lets users apply firmware updates and make fine adjustments to the lens' autofocus function. The dock connects to the USB port on a PC or Mac, and works with new Art, Contemporary and Sports series lenses.
Printing in 3D got a boost this week, at least in public awareness, with news of 3D portraits derived from the DNA of persons unknown, along with the first posting online of a program to print out a plastic pistol capable of firing a live round. Perhaps not surprisingly, one story originates in New York City, the other in the heart of Texas.
Instagram has introduced Photos of You, a new app element that allows the user to tag friends in images. Considering Facebook's ownership of Instagram, it had to only be a matter of time before such a feature was added.
Panasonic Canada has announced two new Micro Four Thirds Lumix G interchangeable-lens cameras, the DMC-GF6 and DMC-G6, along with a premium enthusiast-oriented compact fixed-lens model, the Lumix DMC-LF1, all with advanced connectivity features.
Matterform Inc. isn't exactly a household name in the electronics industry, just yet. But this Toronto-based startup has drawn wide attention online. Its crowd-funding project on went sailing past its modest $81,000 goal, to garner over $370,000 (with 12 days still to go until the deadline.)
Fujfilm Canada Inc. has announced the first telephoto zoom lens for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless compact system cameras. Arriving in June, the Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens covers a short to medium telephoto range, equivalent to 83-300mm on a 35mm camera.
Pentax Ricoh Imaging Canada Inc. has announced a new fixed-lens camera aimed at enthusiasts who want a high-quality compact street shooter. Arriving in May, the Ricoh GR sports a 16.2MP APC-C size CMOS sensor.