This Quick Access Camera Bag With Lifetime Warranty Raised $250.000 In One Day (on Kickstarter)

The DUO Daypack is a dawn-to-dusk daypack and camera bag for commuters, creators, photographers, and travelers looking to elevate the way they carry their daily gear. The project raised $250.000 in one day on Kickstarter. You can back the DUO Daypack camera bag project here.

More about the DUO Daypack can be seen here.

More noteworthy Kickstarter projects:

  1. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for $199
  2. Peak Design super light travel tripod

What Is Value Angle And Why Does Fujifilm Think Canon Has The Edge With The EOS M System

Value Angle

Ever heard about the value angle?

Without diving into too much engineering stuff, the value angle is a computed parameter that has a strong influence on the design of a camera mount and hence of the whole system. But there is more. It also gives a glance about what can be made lens design wise and how far optical engineers can push the design. In one word: it expresses the potentiality of a camera system.

The idea behind it is that a larger value is generally speaking more advantageous and that it allows the design of lenses that provide a particularly high image quality. Oh, and it’s a concept invented by Fujifilm.

The formula for calculating the value angle is: 

ValueAngle = 2 × arctan ((2 × flange distance) / (mount diameter – sensor diagonal)) 

In a recent Fujifilm summit, the company introduced the concept of value angle to discuss the X System. And it turns out Canon has a real winner here with the EOS M system. If you have a look at the table below, you’ll see Canon’s EOS M mount ranks first when it comes to this very parameter, i.e. it has the most flexible lens mount (please note: “Kleinbild” means “full frame”).

value angle

If you want to learn more about, German site Profifoto has good introduction (Original | machine translated).

Canon EOS M mirrorless system:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon’s APS-C Mirrorless Cameras Still Top Ranked In Japan

Mirrorless

The Canon EOS M50 and EOS M100 are best sellers in Japan, especially the former.

No surprise that latest BCNRetail data for May 2019 confirm once more that Canon is doing very good in the APS-C mirrorless market, and not just in Japan.

The EOS M50 has a market share of 20.5% (most sold), the Sony a6400 has 11.5% (second most sold), and the EOS M100 has 7.8% (third ranked).

Skylum Luminar 3.1.1 Released, Brings Huge Speed Improvements

Skylum Luminar

Skylum released the free Luminar 3.1.1 update. Among other things, Luminar 3.1.1 brings substantial speed improvements, as you can see in the image in top.

You can get $10 instant discount in you purchase of Skylum Luminar by using code WATCH at checkout.

What’s new?

Apple Mac OS X:

  • Change the language. Now you can set the language in Luminar regardless of your system settings. Simply go to Main menu > Language and choose one from the list.
  • Easier navigation. Want to quickly find the folder that contains a specific photo but have too many folders to go through? Now all you have to do is right-click on the photo and select Go to > Folder in Library and you’re there!
  • Improved launch time. Now, starting from the second launch, the average launch time for Luminar is significantly faster. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of photos in your Library.
  • Faster album creation. In this update, we’ve boosted the speed of Luminar when creating new albums with large numbers of photos.

MS Windows:

  • Easier navigation. Want to quickly find the folder that contains a specific photo but have too many folders to go through? Now all you have to do is right-click on the photo and select Go to > Folder in Library and you’re there! You can even find all photos from the same date by right-clicking and selecting Go to > Images from the same date.
  • Improved launch time. Now, starting from the second launch, the average launch time for Luminar is significantly faster. Even if you have hundreds of thousands of photos in your Library.
  • Masking Brush. With this update, the masking brush becomes even smoother and more pleasant to use – and almost 2.5 times faster!
  • updated “What’s new”

Last 12 Month’s Japanese Camera Market: Canon Top Dog But It’s Fuji Who Wins

BCNRetail posted the Japanese camera market shares from April 2018 to March 2019.

  • Canon did hold 37.3% of the overall camera market shares (fixed lens plus system cameras)
  • Nikon did hold 26,7% of the overall camera market shares
  • Sony did hold 13,1% of the overall camera market shares
  • Olympus did hold 6% of the overall camera market shares
  • Fuji did hold 5.8% of the overall camera market shares

Canon is still the top dog in the bunch. But things look differently when compared to the previous year:

  • Canon sold -1,3% cameras (units of sales)
  • Nikon sold -15% cameras
  • Sony sold -6,6% cameras
  • Olympus sold -13,8% cameras
  • Fuji sold +19,4% cameras

And an even more different picture is given by the overall value of camera sales:

  • Canon camera sales value dropped -11,4% 
  • Nikon camera sales value dropped -28,5% 
  • Sony camera sales value increased +14,5% 
  • Olympus camera sales value dropped -21,3% 
  • Fuji camera sales value increased +0,6%

Canon, Nikon and Olympus saw a huge drop in overall value of the sales. Fuji on the other hand is doing pretty good, having been able to sell 19.4% more cameras than the previous year.

[via Digicameinfo via Mirrorless Rumors]

Can Panasonic DFD (Depth from Defocus) Hold Up To Canon Dual Pixel Autofocus?

Dual Pixel Af Panasonic Dfd

Panasonic’s proprietary autofocusing technology, Panasonic DFD (Depth from Defocus), is not everyone’s darling.

Panasonic DFD is a technology that calculates the direction and the amount to move the focus lens at a single movement by predicting it with 2 images that have different depth of field (more here).

Canon’s Dual Pixel AF is an established technology and the reference in the industry. The next iteration of this autofocusing technology has already by filed as patent application.

The video below by DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan discuss Panasonic DFD and how it compares to Canon Dual Pixel AF.