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.
Canon India Pvt. Ltd., unveiled the highly anticipated EOS 6D Mark II, featuring a 26.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS 6D Mark II possesses a continuous shooting speed of up to 6.5 fps. In Live View mode, it provides a continuous shooting speed up to 4 fps. The sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-40000 (expandable range 50- 102,400). It also provides a 5-axis image stabilization to support handheld shots. It features a 3.0-inch touchscreen vari-angle LCD monitor, the first in the Canon EOS series, and is equipped with a full-frame sensor. It supports 4K timelapse movie recording, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The EOS 6D Mark II features Bluetooth low energy technology and is equipped with a GPS receiver. The EOS 6D Mark II will be available at the following prices: EOS 6D Mark II Body: INR 132,995 EOS 6D Mark II (w ith EF 2 4 70m m f/4L IS USM): INR 184,995 EOS 6D Mark II (w ith EF 24 105m m f/4L IS II USM): INR 202,995
Sumitomo Chemical Co. has developed a new technology which can reduce production costs of large-format OLED panels to a great extent. The company has developed a new chemical pigment material for manufacturing OLED panels that targets to cut the production cost to half of the current deposition method. The company plans to enter quantity production by 2019 and sell to panel manufacturers in and outside Japan, expecting reduction of prices for OLED TVs to expand the market. The current deposition method requires expensive equipment and lots of the chemical pigment materials are wasted. The light-emitting elements of red, green and blue are supplied by Idemitsu Kosan Co. of Japan, Merck from Germany, and so on. The new printing method can reduce production costs because it requires less manufacturing processes than the deposition method but has a drawback of difficulty of coating light-emitting pigment evenly on the panel plate, which becomes more difficult when the panel sizes get larger. The new pigment that Sumitomo Chemical has developed is expected to reduce colouring of the light-emitting pigments on to the panel. Sumitomo Chemical said it has developed new manufacturing equipment for the printing method. To develop the new pigments, the company has cooperated with foreign panel makers and JOLED, which was established by integrating the OLED business division of Sony and Panasonic in 2015. JOLED plans to develop 21.6-inch display for medical use by using the new OELD panel produced in the printing method and market this autumn.