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.
Ricoh India Ltd., announced the launch of its new digital SLR camera-PENTAX KP. The D-SLR features an APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, supported by approximately 24.32 megapixels and sensitivity ranging up to ISO 819200. It is equipped with a 5-axis shake-reduction system, an electronically controlled shutter unit for super-high-speed shooting at 1/24000 second and an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% field of view. The Pentax KP is dustproof, weather-resistant and can endure temperatures as low as -10°C. It can also capture high-resolution Full HD movie clips in the H-264 recording format. It is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with a vertical tilt function, a Real-time Scene Analysis System and a High-speed 27-point autofocus system with the SAFOX 11 module. The PENTAX KP provides a range of customisation features, such as a grip replacement system to personalise the camera's grip to accommodate the photographer's shooting style or a mounted lens. RICOH Pentax KP is available on Ricoh India web store and at retails outlets at INR 88,584. Commenting at the launch, Yuki Uchida, VP and CMO, Ricoh India said, "Ricoh is persistent in its effort to leverage technology to design innovative products that improves the quality of life. The new D-SLR reflects our engineering expertise that weaves design, stateof-the-art features in a compact body that delivers the highest level of experience to customers. Photography enthusiasts will love the outstanding specifications and customizable features of the camera that can shoot great stills and video clips."
Japan's leading printer and photocopier maker Konica Minolta Inc. announced at the company will be acquiring Ambry Genetic Corp. - a US diagnostic company, in a deal valued at up to USD 1 billion. This is one of the largest deals for Konica Minolta and the company will jointly carry out the acquisition with the funds provided by Innovation Network Corp of Japan. Konica Minolta, which has a market value of around $4 billion, will account for 60 percent of the investment and the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) will provide for the remaining 40 percent. Both the companies intend to enter into the precision medicine segment which is expected to have a great potential for the treatment of cancer. KMI has its own diagnostic technique, utilising a High Sensitive Tissue Testing (HSTT) technology, while Ambry excels in genetic tests for breast, colon and cancers, heart and respiratory diseases, etc. Further, the company will combine its HSTT technology and Ambry's genetic diagnostic technology to offer high-standard cancer diagnostic services and aid the development of new reagents which will help produce new medicines. Talking about the acquisition, Shoei Yamana - Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta Inc., said, “Together with Ambry, we will have the most comprehensive set of diagnostic technologies for mapping an individual's genetic and biochemical makeup." The companies expect to complete the necessary procedure for the deal by the end of October, 2017 and post which, Ambry will become a subsidiary of KMI while Ambry's business will be continued in the US.