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.
Shari Academy launched LuXoculus 2017, to celebrate their Silver Jubilee, with its graduates of the Mastercraftsman Diploma course. The event was held at their brand new colaba premises. The LuXoculus 2017 was inaugurated by Kenichiro Hibi (Managing Director, Sony India Pvt. Ltd.), Hiroyuki Tokuno (Deputy General Manager, Sony India Pvt. Ltd.), Jayesh Mehta (President of AIPTIA), Chandrakant Shah (Hon. Secretary), Mukul Kashyap (Regional Sales Director Indian Subcontinent, Manfrotto), Kakubhai Kothari, Jai Shankar Sharma, Shari Senior faculty members and senior industry members. To add to the celebrations, Sony India announced 4 scholarships worth INR 7 lakhs to the top award winning students. Along with that companies like Zeiss, Manfrotto, Photoquip, Kingston and AIPTIA sponsored a combined reward for all the award winning students of over 14 lakhs (in cash and kind). On the occasion of its Silver Jubilee, Shari Academy formally announced the launch of a new course - Diploma in Digital Video Production, starting on from 14th September 2017.
Sony Corp. will boost production of CMOS image sensors from current monthly production capacity of 88,000 wafers in 300mm including those produced by the third party consigned partners to 100,000 wafers per month by March 2018. Demand for the image sensors are mounting for smartphone cameras, digital cameras and on vehicle cameras. As smartphones popular in China are getting feature-driven especially camera features to take better photos that most users post their photos on their SNS sites such as Instagram and Facebook. In China, dual camera models are getting popular with a high-quality front camera as well as the main cameras to take better selfie pictures. In order to take better selfies, the quality of the front camera is getting important. Image sensors are being used now to detect color wavelength or depth information that the human eyes cannot recognize, to be mounted on cars and for IoT devices. Sony will absorb such demand for industrial use to sell 680 billion worth sensors for fiscal 2017 ending March 2018 and its semiconductor business including LSI chips to sell 880 billion yen with profit in operation to 120 billion yen from 7.8 billion loss in the previous year.