Nikon Corp. has released a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens, AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR for full-frame D-SLR cameras. The lens employs a stepping motor to the AF drive to realise high speed and quiet shutter release, also important to videography. The lens is equipped with optical vibration reduction (VR) function giving about 4.5-step advantage. It is also equipped with a SPORT mode to photograph fast-moving subjects. The lens consists of 18 elements in 14 groups, including one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element to correct chromatic aberrations. The closest shooting distance is 1.2m for the entire zoom. The lens is also designed as ‘antidust and antisplash’. The maximum diameter is 80.5mm, length 146m and weighs about 680g. Suggested list price: 94,000 yen.
GoPro recently announced that the first shipment of the Fusion Pilot Cameras has been sent, exclusively to ten brands. The company has selected nine organizations and one travel vlogger to be the first to receive GoPro's spherical camera. This list includes Golden State Warriors, USA TODAY NETWORK, FOX Sports, AccuWeather, Digital Domain, Getty Images, Legend 3D Inc., Rapid VR, RYOT, and travel vlogger Louis Cole (FunForLouis). The company started accepting applications from content professionals in the month of April. GoPro received applications from numerous brands, agencies and talented content creators, seeking to be among the first to use GoPro's new 5.2K spherical camera as part of a pilot program. GoPro has initiated this programme to produce inspiring content that demonstrates the creative potential of Fusion. GoPro has selected its first ten pilot partners from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants. The application process for the GoPro Fusion Pilot Program remains open, and the company expects to add more pilot partners to the program in the coming year. A limited commercial release of Fusion is expected by the end of 2017. GoPro will provide the details on pricing and other technical specifications at Fusion's launch.
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.