Seiko Epson Co. said it will market 12 new projector models for business and home use. The company has readied seven models for business use and five for home use. For the business use, all the models feature brightness range of 3,200lm to 3600lm, keeping high visibility even in a bright room, and resolution from SVGA to WUXGA. All the models are compact and lightweight – less than 3kg. The top of the line, model EB-U42 features full HD resolution (WUXGA 1920 x 1200) and brightness of 3600lm, carrying a suggested price tag of 132,000 yen. The most affordable model EB-S05 features 3200lm and SVGA (800 x 600) resolution, with suggested price of 44,980 yen. The company targets to sell 150,000 units a year. Epson has readied five models as home projectors in two high-quality lines with 2 models and one basic model. The high-quality lines come with the projector itself as a set, with a projector and screen. All the models feature brightness of up to 2500lm enabling viewing in a bright room. The basic model EB-W05 features WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution and 3300lm, selling under expected price of 64,980 yen. The high-quality models, the EH-TW5650 is equipped with a 1080p panel equivalent to full HD resolution, brightness of 2500lm and contrast ratio of 60,000:1. When using a media streaming device, it can be wirelessly connected with AV equipment. It will be available at an expected price of 129,980 yen (without a screen) and 135,980 yen (with a screen). The EH-TW650/TW650S features full HD resolution, brightness 3100lm and contrast of 15,000:1. Expected selling prices are 99,980 yen and 105,980 yen, respectively.
Nikon Corp. announced on August 3 the financial results for the first quarter ending on June 30, reporting that the total revenue for the period gained a 0.6% year-on-year to 170.3 billion yen, profit in operation declined 31.1% to 12.4 billion yen and net profit down 39.5% to 8.89 billion yen. In the Imaging Products segment, sales of mid-class cameras such as the D7500, a digital SLR camera released in June this year were firm, with unit sales increasing significantly in the U.S. Accordingly, the performance in revenue and operating profit exceeded the planned targets, but compared to the last year, a decease in revenue and operating profit was recorded due to a product mix change caused by the stagnant demand for the D5 and the D500. The company sold 720,000 units of interchangeable-lens cameras, 1.08 million units of interchangeable lenses and 770,000 compact digital cameras. The company said the unit sales of compact digital cameras declined but the average unit price rose about 30%.
Venus Optics recently unveiled the Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. The Laowa Magic Shift Converter is a lens adapter built with a patented optics system, which expands the image circle of the ultra-wide angle lenses. The shift mechanism on the adapter takes advantage of the enlarged image circle and shifts the camera sensor along the axis. The MSC is specially designed for the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens and it converts the lens into a 17mm f/4 Zero-D lens with +/- 10mm shift capability. It comes with a close-to-zero distortion feature. Additionally, the MSC comes with a 360° rotation structure which allows the user to shoot in both horizontal and portrait orientation. The lens structure includes 5 elements in 4 groups. Its dimensions are 69.6 x 44.1mm and weighs about 360g. The Laowa Magic Shift Converter's Canon variant is currently available on the official website of Venus Optics (http://www. venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. The shipment of its Nikon variant is expected in two months.