Venus Optics recently announced the launch of Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. Currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens in the market, it is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. Weighing around 500g (~1.1 pounds), the lens is 8 cm long and comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extralow dispersion elements. It provides an extreme 110° angle of view and ultrafast f/2 aperture. The lens provides a super close focussing distance of 15cm and is specially designed to remove the optical distortion commonly exist in wide angle lenses at infinity focus. The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers at an approximate retail price of USD 849.
Sony launches its new camera, the a9 in the Indian market. The a9 features a 24.2 MP Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ X processor and front end LSI. The new camera offers high-speed, blackoutfree continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second. It features 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor which enables data speed processing at up to 20x faster than previous Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-51200, expandable to ISO 50-204800. It is equipped with a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage. The a9 offers an Ethernet port (wired LAN terminal), that allows the user to conveniently transfer files to a specified FTP server at high speeds. It is powered by Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models and support of 4K (3840x2160p) video recording. Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120fps at up to 100Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking. Dimensions of the new a9 are 126.9 x 95.6 x 63.0mm and it weighs about 586g (body only) The a9 is available at all Sony centres and retails outlets for INR 329,990 (body only).
HP Inc. India has installed the HP Indigo WS6800 digital press at Skanem Interlabels in Mumbai. Skanem Interlabels is one of India’s leading labeling solution providers and leader in selfadhesive labels. The installation of Indigo press from HP will enable Skanem Interlabels to offer a complete digital labeling solutions for their clients. With the latest HP Indigo WS6800 installation, Skanem Interlabels is all set to double their capacity and offer faster service to their customers. The HP Indigo WS6800 Digital Press delivers high productivity, wide versatility, and intelligent colour automation. This will enable Skanem Interlabels to cater to the self-adhesive labels and also deliver innovative printing solutions to both its global and domestic clients as well. Speaking on the continued business association with Skanem Interlabels, Country Manager of Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, HP Inc. India—A. Appadurai said, “Skanem Interlabels has been one of our most valued partners since 2011 and is known to provide state of the art labelling solutions to their customers across the country. To help them further their growth, we partnered with them to provide our best-inclass HP Indigo WS6800. With its capability for printing variety of labeling and packaging applications, high productivity through higher speed and in line priming units and accurate colour management through the inline spectrophotometer, HP Indigo WS6800 will help Skanem Interlabels in catering to challenging requirements of their end customers.”