Leica’s “Tank Man” Photo Wasn’t Shot With A Leica But With A Nikon

Tank Man

You might have heard about the outcry that a Leica promotional video caused in China.

The short flick published by Leica (see below) shows a news photographer covering the protests around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. The promotional video shows the photographer hiding and running from policemen and then taking the iconic picture of “Tank Man”. At the end the Leica logo in shown. But it seems there was no Leica camera involved.

As renowned German newspaper Der Spiegel reports, none of the photographers covering the protests and the crackdown were using a Leica. Jeff Widener (AP), Charlie Cole (Newsweek), Stuart Franklin (Magnum) and Arthur Tsang (Reuters) have confirmed to Der Spiegel that they used Nikon cameras and not Leicas.

And here is the Leica promotional video:

All this mess caused the term “Leica” to get banned in China, which is weird since Leica partners with Huawei. Reuters reports that people searching for the term “Leica” in China receive warnings that they are violating laws.

Btw, Der Spiegel‘s article about the Leica video is titled “Real Photographers use Nikon” :-)

Camera Market In Loss, CIPA March Report Suggests

Camera Market

The CIPA March 2019 report doesn’t draw a good picture of the camera market.

It’s in loss, as various execs in the industry have already stated, with the notable exception of Fujifilm (guess they are the only company with good reasons to be optimistic).

In their reports about the Q1 Financials, Canon sees smartphones as the major reason for the shrinking camera market. More and more people switch to a smartphone for their photography, and with phones having a sensor and the optical performance of the Huawei P30 Pro it’s understandable. The future is in computational photography, a domain where smartphone will have an advantage in the foreseeable future.

Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens Announced, Pre-Orders Open At $799

Tamron 35-150mm

Tamron announced the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD lens. The version for Canon mounts will be available starting June 20th, 2019. Pre-orders are open at $799: Adorama | B&H Photo.

Tamron press release:

Tamron announces fast, compact Portrait Zoom

35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043)

April 25, 2019, Saitama, Japan–Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new zoom lens, the 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Photographers everywhere, especially those who enjoy photographing people, can add wider range to their creative expression with the new Model A043 that extends from 35mm to 150mm and offers a fast F/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end while maintaining a bright F/4 at the telephoto end. 

The zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (often regarded as optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding area to sharp head-and-shoulders shots that stand out from a natural defocused “bokeh” background for which Tamron is renowned. The compact Model A043 is designed for fast handling and easy transport, measuring only 124.3mm (4.9 in) long and perfectly balanced. On the technical side, three optimally placed LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and three hybrid aspherical lenses quash various optical aberrations. Autofocus is exceptionally quiet with improved precision and speed thanks to the OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor. Furthermore, the Model A043 incorporates the Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system, which strikes the perfect balance between AF performance and effective vibration compensation. For close-focusing, the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is 0.45m (17.7 in) across the entire zoom range. Providing greater flexibility when used outdoors, a Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction deliver extra measures of protection. All in all, the new 35-150mm portrait zoom is the most useful and most creative lens a portrait photographer can own.

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Latest Skylum Luminar 3 Update Brings Enhanced Artificial Intelligence Filter

Skylum Luminar 3

Skylum released the free update ver. 3.1 for Skylum Luminar 3. The most notable feature of the update is the improved Accent AI filter (see video and description below).

We offer Canon Watch readers an exclusive $10 discount on the purchase of Skylum Luminar 3, just use code WATCH at checkout.

Skylum pres release:

We’ve been hard at work on Luminar and we’ve got a significant update to share with you. With Luminar 3.1.0 you’ll find several new improvements for both Mac and Windows. The next generation of Accent AI makes enhancing your images easier than ever before. Plus some performance and usability enhancements will make your editing workflow even faster.

Accent AI 2.0. Reimagined.

The improved Accent AI filter lets you get natural-looking results in less time. New “human-aware” technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.

With Accent AI 2.0, you can make dozens of adjustments (done quickly) with just one slider. Fix tone, detail, exposure, depth, color, and more thanks to behind-the-scenes AI. In less than a second, your photos can look their absolute best. Make Accent AI 2.0 your go-to filter. (Tip: It can even replace the Develop step for most photographers!) For beautiful photos, rely on Accent AI 2.0 as your starting point.

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Canon Q1 2019 Financials Published, Smartphones Erode Profits But Company Still Alive and Kicking

Canon

Canon Inc. published the financial results for Q1 2019.

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How is the imaging sector doing?

In the first quarter, sales of interchangeable-lens cameras were down 19% to 850 thousand units. This reflects the combined impact of accelerated market contraction for DSLRs, in particular entry-level models, and economic slowdown in China, which is a sizeable market for interchangeable-lens cameras.

The habit of capturing images with smartphones with improved cameras has become a part of daily lives of consumers. As a result, the market for entry-level DSLRs is contracting at a pace that exceeds the outlook we had at the beginning of the year. That said, we expect the user base of professionals and advanced-amateur, people who value the image quality and expressive possibilities afforded by cameras with large sensors and an abundance of interchangeable-lenses to remain. For the market overall, however, we expect the trend of market contraction to continue for some time.

In light of these circumstances, we decided to reexamine our full-year projections for the market and our own unit sales. We now expect the market and our own unit sales to decline 17% to 8.6 million units and 4.2 million units, respectively.

Mirrorless cameras, known for being small and lightweight, are increasing their presence in the market. Amid this situation, we will steadily shift our focus from DSLR to mirrorless cameras with the aim of maintaining our overwhelming competitiveness, which we have built upon DSLRs.

In the first quarter as well, we grew our unit sales of mirrorless cameras at a pace far exceeding the overall market, thanks to such new products as the EOS M50 and EOS R. Additionally, at the end of the quarter, we further enhanced our lineup, with the launch of the EOS RP, a smaller and lighter mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame sensor and the same new mount found on the EOS R. Additionally, we plan to release six new models of RF lenses within the year. Users have not only praised the performance of these bodies and lenses, but also expressed their high expectations for the R system overall having felt our sense of urgency in strengthening our lineup over a short period of time. We will work to maintain sales growth of the EOS RP, which got off to a flying start, while also successively launching new RF lenses as we work to further stimulate sales of our strengthened mirrorless lineup.

From a profit perspective, in the full-frame sensor category where particularly high growth continues, even among mirrorless models, we will work to improve our product mix, actively expanding sales of both R System products. Additionally, for lenses with high profitability, we will not only promote sales of RF lenses, but also continue to promote the appeal of our broad range of EF lenses. Furthermore, we will work to expand automation initiatives not only to other products, but also other processes, raising our cost competitiveness and linking this to a recovery in profitability.

Next, compact cameras.

For the full-year, we expect the market to shrink by 19% to 8.5 million units and our unit sales to decline 18% to 2.6 million units. This is the same outlook we had at the beginning of the year. Going forward, we will continue our efforts to expand sales of premium G-series models in our effort to link this to a recovery in profitability.

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Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 Lens Officially Announced

Zeiss Otus 100mm

Zeiss announced the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens, available for Canon and Nikon mounts.

ZEISS Otus 1.4/100

The Telephoto Lens.

With its new Otus 1.4/100, ZEISS has expanded the tried and tested Otus family to include a new telephoto focal length. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.

With the same uncompromising performance that makes all Otus lenses stand out, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is a truly exceptional lens. A lens that is a reflection of the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of ZEISS.

Although developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, the Otus® 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.
Whether in the studio or on location, this lens stands out in every situation thanks to its high resolution and excellent sharpness – even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.

Whether portrait or product photography, the bokeh will impress you. The apochromatic lens design with aspherical lenses and special glass prevents almost all conceivable aberrations. In addition, the high-quality coating keeps the contrast high, even when shooting against the light, and minimizes lens flare.

Focal length100 mm
Aperture rangef/1.4 – f/16
Camera mountCanon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
Format compatibilityFull Frame
Focusing range1,0 m (39.4″) – ∞
Free working distance0,83 m (32.7″) – ∞
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)24° / 20° / 14°
Diameter of image field43 mm (1.69″)
Coverage at close range (MOD)**206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17″)
Image ratio at minimum object distance1 : 8.6
Lens elements | groups14 / 11
Flange focal distanceZE: 44 mm (1.73″) | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83″)
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)35 mm (1.38″)
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Filter threadM86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring315°
Diameter max.ZE: 101 mm (3.96″) | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.96“)
Diameter of focusing ringZE: 90 mm (3.54″) | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54″)
Length (with lens caps)ZE: 152 mm (6.00″) | ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91″)
Length (without lens caps)ZE: 129 mm (5.07″) | ZF.2: 127 mm (4.98″)
WeightZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs) | ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)