Meyer Optik Görlitz Trademark Acquired, Lenses Will Be Made Again, No Money Back For Kickstarters

Meyer Optik Görlitz

News8.de reports that Meyer Optik Görlitz got acquired by another German company, OPC Optic. A press text can be read below.

Two important points to list:

  • OPC Optic will make Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses again
  • If you had a lens on preorder on Kickstarter/Indiegogo you will not get your money back. OPC Optic acquired the brand name but not the “net SE” company that is behind the mess. Still, OPC Optic is considering to give those people a discount on future lens purchases

The takeover by OPC Optics includes all brand rights to Meyer Optik Görlitz and the associated products. Open claims from customers and suppliers towards net SE remain with net SE.

Press release after the break.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]
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Canon Dominates: EOS R Ranked First By Map Camera

Canon Eos R

Things look good for the EOS R in Japan. Map Camera reports that the EOS R was the top selling camera in November 2018. This stats are slightly different from BCN. BCN considers different camera kits while Map Camera rolls up all kits to a camera model.

The ranking:

  1. Canon EOS R
  2. Sony α7 III
  3. Nikon Z6
  4. Fujifilm X-T3
  5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M6
  6. Sony α7R III
  7. Nikon Z7
  8. Olympus Tough TG – 5
  9. Nikon D850
  10. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The Nikon Z6, although released earlier than the EOS R, didn’t manage to get above rank 3. The Fujifilm X-T3 on the other hand shows it can hold up to the full frame cameras and gets a respectable 4 place. It’s the highest ranking APS-C camera. However, it’s Canon to dominate. And that’s after just a short time the EOS R was released. So much to the “Canon has failed/is dead/will die soon” arguments.

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Kipon Announced 8 Different Baveyes/Focal Reducers For Canon EOS R And Nikon Z Systems

Kipon

Kipon announced eight Baveyes/focal reducers for the new Canon EOS R and  Nikon Z mounts

  • Baveyes Pentax645-Nikon Z 0.7x
  • Baveyes Pentax67-Nikon Z 0.7x
  • Baveyes MAMIYA645-Nikon Z 0.7x
  • Baveyes Hasselblad V-Nikon Z 0.7x
  • Baveyes Hasselblad V-EOS R 0.7x
  • Baveyes MAMIYA645-EOS R 0.7x
  • Baveyes Pentax67-EOS R 0.7x
  • Baveyes Pentax645-EOS R 0.7x

The adapters are already listed on Adorama | Amazon | eBay

Press release:

KIPON Baveyes introduces a lineup of the world’s first lens adapters that bring the famous medium format optics to Sony E, Leica SL and Leica M ,Nikon Z, Canon R 35mm full frame cameras, virtually eliminating any crop factor image loss and maintaining diagonal angle of view.

The transformation results in a 0.7x factor to the original lens focal length with a gain of one stop in lens speed. Foremost in the advanced adapters, is the custom designed five element multicoated formula by German optics research institution, with the ability to use full frame SLR lenses on crop sensor camera bodies and mirrorless cameras.

Many medium format lenses are legendary for contrast, flare resistance, color saturation, bokeh and are in a class of theirown compared to even the best 35mm format glass. And the Sony, Leica ,Nikon, Canon image sensors, in the heart of their robust camera bodies, give new life to these medium format legendary lenses. The retailer price for these optic focal reducer is 695USD ,can order from Amazon Japan and Tmall China and Ebay factory shop from this week.

IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Lens Pre-Order Available At $595

IRIX 150mm F/2.8

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Neutrino Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 1.1′ Minimum Focus
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Dragonfly Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm

The IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens can now be pre-ordered for $595 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Focus Camera. The video below tells you about the lens.

Kipon Set To Release First Third-Party Lenses For Canon EOS R And Nikon Z Systems (the “Elegant” line-up)

Kipon

Kipon announced They will release five new manual focusing lenses for Canon EOS R and Nikon Z system cameras. The lenses are expected to be available at the end of December 2018.

Kipon lenses and adapters lenses are available on Amazon | Amazon DE | Amazon UK.

Press release:

KIPON announced ELEGANT series lenses, world-first full-frame lenses for new Nikon Z mount and Canon R mount cameras from third-party.

After 6 years non-stop learning for how to make high quality lenses, KIPON accumulated rich experience now, The reason why we use ELEGANT to name this lineup is because we want to transfer exactly how we develop these lenses from design to manufacture.They are consistent with our inertial thinking and philosophy about developing products in our company.

Lenses would be available before the end of Dec 2018, price as below,

  • 24mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 499USD
  • 35mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 468USD
  • 50mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 325USD
  • 75mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 355USD
  • 90mm/f2.4 (For Nikon Z&Canon RF) 386USD
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Sigma Ships Its Most Anticipated Global Vision Lens of the Year – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

The Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports will begin shipping in Canon mount in late December for $1499. You can pre-order it at B&H Photo

Sigma press release:

Sigma Ships Its Most Anticipated Global Vision Lens of the Year – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Ronkonkoma, NY – December 10, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced the pricing and availability of the highly anticipated Sports line addition announced at Photokina – the new flagship large-aperture telephoto zoom Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports. The new lens to complete the Sigma F2.8 zoom trio, including the award-winning 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Artwide-angle zoom and the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art modern workhorse zoom – the essential tools for professional photographers, will begin shipping in Canon mount in late December for $1499.00. The advanced optical formula delivers the renowned Sigma Art image quality inside the rugged, weatherproof build of a Sports lens.

As Jim Koepnick, a leading aviation photographer and a Sigma Pro, states, “There are three lenses a working professional photographer always wants in his or her camera bag – a wide zoom, a medium zoom and a telephoto zoom. All of professional quality and F2.8 brightness. We call it the must-have trio. With those three lenses you can handle just about any job a client throws at you. The trio in my camera bag has just been updated in a most professional way. I’ve just added the new Sigma 70-200 F2.8 Sport lens. For my type of photography, which includes action, commercial and photojournalism, this lens will get the majority of my use. Putting it to work the last few days, the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 Sport lens delivered in every case with professional caliber results.”

Key Features and Benefits
Outstanding Action-Capture Performance
With the strongest possible optical formula, sturdy yet lightweight design and exceptional handling, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 Sports lens is a staple for professional photographers and advanced amateurs looking to expand their artistic expression in an action setting. The lens incorporates Intelligent OS with an acceleration sensor and the latest algorithm capable of panning in all directions. This algorithm, alongside high-speed AF and HSM, allows photographers to capture instantaneous photography movement, an absolute necessity for the best sports and action lenses.

10 Exclusive Low-Dispersion Glass Elements
The Sigma 70-200 F2.8 Sports’ optical design delivers excellent correction of color aberration through its 9 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements. This ensures high resolution from the center to the edges of the image, making it suitable for all photography genres, from news to sports to wildlife. It’s even great for portrait photography, with a smooth bokeh effect achieved through 11 rounded diaphragm blades and optimizing spherical aberration.

Strong Build Withstanding the Toughest Weather
Like all other lenses from the Sigma Sports line, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 is handcrafted with a dust- and splash-proof structure featuring a water- and oil-repelling coating on the front element. Photographers can take on the most difficult shooting conditions without having to worry about lens safety – instead, they can rest assured they will capture sharp images even in the most challenging situations. Despite its robust structure, this lens stands out with its light weight and high mobility thanks to the magnesium alloy components incorporated into its build. The new state-of-the-art facility located at the Sigma Aizu factory in Fukushima, Japan is now fully operational and solely dedicated to the processing of magnesium alloy. It provides toughness and durability while being lightweight, and minimizes the weight typically associated with a telephoto zoom lens.

Versatility with Multiple Customization Options
Equipped with customization options such as a Focus Limiter and Manual Override, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 lens is extremely versatile. An AF Function button is present to allocate various functions. By selecting it from the menu on the camera body, or using the optional Sigma USB Dock, users can locate and manipulate functions other than AF Lock to expand and accommodate their shooting styles. In addition, the tripod socket with 90° click stops, also made with a tough yet lightweight magnesium, is incorporated to ensure easier changes of shooting position from vertical to horizontal and vice versa. It can be attached directly to an Arca Swiss type clamp.

The Third Lens in a Maximum Performance Trio
The 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, alongside the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art and the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, completes the lineup of three F2.8 large-aperture zoom lenses capable of covering focal lengths from 14mm to 200mm. The three F2.8 zooms consisting of wide, standard and telephoto, are also known as “The Big Three Zooms,” offer wide coverage of the focal range, F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and extreme durability. Together, the lenses produce maximum performance in various scenarios, including scouting filming locations or overseas reporting assignments.