Thursday, January 11, 2018

Say hello to Kodak's new KODAKCoin cryptocurrency

via - Kodak
Kodak has officially launched their latest digital rights management platform called the KodakOne , a system which uses Blockchain technology to protect past and present work of artists who have registered themselves through the KodaOne platform ,therefore they will do the honors of tracking down cases of copyright infringement of registered content  and in the meantime provide its registered users payment in the form of KODAKcoin cryptocurrency .

Read the press release below .

Source - DPreview


KODAK and WENN Digital Partner to Launch Major Blockchain Initiative and Cryptocurrency

KODAKOne platform and KODAKCoin cryptocurrency give photographers a new revenue stream and a secure platform for protecting their work

Rochester, NY, Tuesday, January 09, 2018 --

Today Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership, announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.

Utilizing blockchain technology, the KODAKOne platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. With KODAKCoin, participating photographers are invited to take part in a new economy for photography, receive payment for licensing their work immediately upon sale, and for both professional and amateur photographers, sell their work confidently on a secure blockchain platform. KODAKOne platform provides continual web crawling in order to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system. Where unlicensed usage of images is detected, the KODAKOne platform can efficiently manage the post-licensing process in order to reward photographers.

“For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem,” said Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke. “Kodak has always sought to democratize photography and make licensing fair to artists. These technologies give the photography community an innovative and easy way to do just that.”

“Engaging with a new platform, it is critical photographers know their work and their income is handled securely and with trust, which is exactly what we did with KODAKCoin,” said WENN Digital CEO Jan Denecke. “Subject to the highest standards of compliance, KODAKCoin is all about paying photographers fairly and giving them an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new economy tailored for them, with secure asset rights management built right in.”

The initial coin offering will open on January 31, 2018 and is open to accredited investors from the U.S., UK, Canada and other select countries. For more information visit www.kodakcoin.com. This initial Coin Offering is issued under SEC guidelines as a security token under Regulation 506 (c) as an exempt offering.

For more information and to sign up for product updates, please visit www.kodak.com/go/kodakone.

About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at Kodak.



About WENN Digital

WENN Digital, in partnership with Kodak, is the creator of the KODAKOne platform and the KODAKCoin cryptocurrency. WENN Digital is an experienced development and operations team with deep expertise in proprietary blockchain development, big data, copyright law, AI-enabled image recognition and post licensing monetization systems. WENN Digital has a strategic relationship with the Deloitte Analytics Institute in Berlin and the Deloitte Blockchain Institute in Munich. Further, WENN Digital leverages the market position of its 30-year old subsidiary WENN Media, which works with approximately 2,500 professional photographers. WENN Digital’s live operational copyright infringement management system is delivering revenues to photographers worldwide today and will form Phase 1 of the KODAKOne platform.


Kodak, KODAKOne and KODAKCoin are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

YI's Horizon VR180 brings 5.7K stereoscopic 3D to the table!


Xiaomi’s YI division has officially announced their new stereoscopic 3D camera - the VR180 .
The new camera , designed to capture 5.7K and designed with the help of Google’s VR team
(Project Tango!) The camera shoots 5.7K and it even has the ability to do stitching in camera
and do live broadcasting via a companion app (Google VR180) . The rear features a 2.2" LCD
touchscreen 4 microphones for audio with noise reduction and a USB Type C . Pricing and avilability
details are yet to be announced .


Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - DPreview

Xperia XA2 , XA2 Ultra and L2 unveiled

XA2's Rear camera structure - (Xperiablog)
Sony has officially announced their new mid range lineup for 2018 . The Xperia XA2 ,
XA2 ULTRA and the L2 sit below their XZ series brethren ,but new spec upgrades make
these mid rangers easily capable of taking on phones of their same class .

XA2 Ultra's new Dual front camera layout (via Xperiablog)

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra .

XA2 Ultra 

The XA2 and XA2 Ultra are basically the same phone internally . Both phones have a
metal unibody and are both designed with the Xperia SP aesthetics . The XA2 , which is
the smaller variant of the two features a smaller 16:9 5.2” display with a 1080p
resolution (424 ppi) . The screen is protected by a sheet of Gorilla glass 5 and it also houses a
slot for the 8 MP front facing camera which has a f/2.4, , the sensor is said to be 1-4” model . The
rear sensor , which is basically borrowed from the Z5 Compact - has a 23mp count (f2 1-2.3”
sensor) and has HDR and 4K video built in .

XA2

Powered by a Snapdragon 630 Soc with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage(With MicroSD expansion of course) , the phone is certainly capable and thanks to Android 8.0 Oreo , it will certainly be fast as well . Oh and the phone has a 3300 mAh battery and USB Type C fast charging (3.0) as well .

The XA2 Ultra has basically the same rear 23mp rear camera as the XA2 , but it has 2 front facing
cameras instead of the 8mp one . The two front cameras - a 16MP f2 with OIS (1-2.6” sensor) and has a 6" 1080p display with Gorilla glass protection (the PPI is down to 367) .

Processing power remains the same as both have Snapdragon 630 processors with Adreno 510 Graphics . The phone however has 4GB of RAM (up from the 3GB found in the XA2) and has a 32/64GB storage option with MicroSD expansion .The battery has also been increased to 3580 meh , and it too is backed by USB C fast charging .

Both the XA2 and the Ultra variant will ship by February with Android Oreo out of the box.

Xperia L2


The Xperia L2 is the more entry level option of the trio launched at CES 2018 .The phone features a 5.5" 720p display with 267ppi and has a Gorilla Glass protection . The phone runs on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat ) rather than Oreo found on the other two , but considering that this is a more budget option , its not all that bad . The L2 is powered by a Mediatek MT6737T Quadcore processor with 4 A53 cores clocked to 1.5Ghz ,the phone also has 3 GB RAM and 32GB of storage as well with MicroSD expansion of course . The rear camera is said to be a 13MP unit with 1080p recording and it is backed up by a 8MP front facing camera . The battery on the phone is said to be a 3300 mAh unit and it has USB Type C (but does not support any Fast charging standards) .




Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Xperiablog


DJI OSMO Mobile 2

DJI has officially announced their successor to the OSMO Mobile handheld gimbal . The first
version , was received positively but it was mostly knocked out by the market due to
aggressive pricing by rival companies such as Zhyiun . The new version , priced at a decent
$129 brings much needed improvements (more tilt,pan ,rotation angles ) and the ability to shoot
hyperlapse stle videos with its built in software . The gimbal has a battery life of 15 hours per
charge and you can shoot and charge at the same time thanks to MicroUSB charging . The
companion app - available for iOS and Android allows your phone to easily tether via Bluetooth
LE . The gimbal will ship starting on the 23rd of January and will sell via DJI’s website , Apple
and retailers all over the world (pricing is $129 if you TL:DR)


Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview
Preorder link - Bhphotovideo

Panasonic GH5s - Panasonic's new Low light monster

via - Panasonic CES 2018 press kit
Panasonic is basically on a roll with their Lumix Mirrorless cameras . The newly Announced G9 -
a photo centric version of the highly praised GH5 pushed the envelope for Micro 4/3 by bringing
both a highly capable photo and video option to go toe to toe with it’s larger sensor peers , but
apparently Panasonic is still not done with the GH5 chassis yet , so after a few leaks and some
blurred photographs , the GH5s - Panasonic’s low light video centric camera is finally official .
The GH5s at first glance looks just like its standard (GH5) brother , the chassis has a few minor
tweaks including the red ring (from the G9) and the Red letter S plus a large red record button
indicating that this is for solely for “video work” . The rest of the chassis specs (Dual SD card
slots , USB C , the same dust ,splash and freezeproof sealing.) includes the same Vari-angle
touch screen , the same mode dial and the same 3.68million dot OLED viewfinder with 100%
viewfinder coverage , but the similarities end here as the GH5s internals are the first of its kind .
The new sensor , designed for ultra low light situations is a first for Micro 4/3’s as it features a  12.5 MP - a lower value than the 20.3MP found on the G9 and GH5 allows the GH5s to excel in low light as it has a new Dual Native ISO readout circuits which allows the user to
select between having a high dynamic range at lower ISO’s and lower dynamic range with
better noise reduction if you want to reach higher sensitivities ,the fewer-larger pixels of the
GH5s also helps to its advantage .



The GH5s also has a -5EV AF - a value better than the -4
EV found on the Standard model .The GH5s also has a TC In/Out / Synchro Terminal .


The rest of the sensor spec’s include the ability to shoot ISO 80-204800 or (160-51200 without
boosting ) the sensor also has a electronic shutter capable of 1/16000th of a second and 1/8000
mechanical shutter with 12fps . The video capabilities of the GH5s are second to none as the
model shoots internal 10bit 4.2.0 DCI 4k (4096x2060) in 60fps with a small crop (s35 “look”)
making the sensor read 10.23MP (it also shoots 10bit 4.2.2 in 24fps) . The equivalent GH5 on
the other hand shoots DCI 4K at 24p . The GH5s , just like its bigger brother , shoots UHD 4K at
60fps as well (Full readout) and FHD at 240fps max .The only omission is IBIS and therefore the GH5s only has the Lens IS.

Sound’s mouthwatering eh? Well get ready to churn out $2499 (Body only) and this includes a
copy of Panasonic’s V-LOG and REC 709 LUT as well . Shipping will start after the second of
February .



Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview
Preorder link - Bhphotovideo

Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS


Sony has officially released a new zoom lens for their APS-C E-Mount cameras . The new
18-135mm f3.5-5.6 features Sony’s Optical Steady Shot (OSS) as well as a quiet linear motor for
silent AF .

The lens ,designed for cameras such as the A6000/6300/6500 and possibly a future A5xxx
successor will give an equivalent focus range of 27-202.5mm (35mm eqv) . The lens weighs 326g
and has 16 elements in 12 groups (including 2 ED elements ) and has a 7 bladed aperture system .
Pricing for the new lens is said to be about $600 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Petapixel

Preorder link - Bhphotovideo

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF

Samyang has officially announced their first Autofocus lens for Canon EF . The new lens - a 14mm
f2 aperture lens features smooth and quiet AF without breaking much bank (compared to Canon’s
offering ) . Featuring 12 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical ,1 ED and 4 high refractive lenses
will also feature a weather resistant metal body . The lens , which features a 7 bladed aperture will
result in stunning bokeh if you plan on shooting anything with a 116.6 angle of view . Pricing starts at
$849 and apparently Rokinon will release the same version under their name in the U.S)

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Petapixel
Preorder link - Bhphotovideo

NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR SUPER TELEPHOTO ZOOM

Nikon has officially announced their new Nikkor 180-400mm f4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super
telephoto lens . The new glass ,which comes with a rather long name tag actually the first to
feature a 1.4x teleconverter built in . The teleconverter , which extends the range of this already
extreme zoom lens will give a 252-560mm eqv field of view on a FX system or 378-840mm on a
DX camera (with the 1.4x teleconverter on) . The F4 aperture , which is excellent for such
super-zoom lenses also has a 9 bladed aperture inside and a 4 stop VR compensation .
The lens features 27 elements in 19 groups (8 ED , 1 FL , and fluorine coatings on the elements) .
The lens barrel - made out of a magnesium alloy will give the lens a total weight of 3.5Kg . Pricing
for the new lens starts at $12399 with shipping starting in March .


Written by Rakitha for MasHD


Source - dpreview

Preorder link - Bhphotovideo

DJI RONIN S

DJI has officially announced the RONIN S - a handheld gimbal designed to take on similar
systems from Zhyiun and Feiyu and many others . The gimbal , designed with large Mirrorless
and DSLR cameras in mind (example 5Dmk4 / A7 series cameras) uses brushless motors to
stabilize any device connected to DJI’S cradle mounting plate . The gimbal , equipped with an
axis lock to stop the gimbal from rattling around during setup . The companion Ronin app ,
designed to give users the ability to set up pre positioned camera movements , calibrate axis
movement and control aspects of the gimbal without turning the system off , also included with
the system is a joystick for manual control and the gimbal is also ready for external attachments
such as a follow focus system if need be . Pricing for the RONIN - S is to be unveiled soon.





Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source -
dpreview
Preorder link - Bhphotovideo

Godox AD600 Pro unveiled


GODOX has officially announced their AD600 Pro outdoor flash system . The light , designed to
take on Profoto and Broncolor systems which are at least 3 times the cost is also the company’s
first light to feature consistent color accuracy* (+/-75k) unlike the standard AD600 system .
The system , which will also be known as the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 in the U.S and some
other specific markets will feature the ability to run off a rechargeable 2600 mAh power pack
with a 0.01-0.9 second refresh cycle and deliver 360 full power flashes at 1/1 . The flash
also features the ability to support wireless(X1/R2) TTL on Canon , Nikon , Sony ,
Panasonic , Fuji , Olympus systems and it also has a built in 2.4Ghz remote to sync to
multiple devices .









































The flash supports HSS upto 1/8000s and has a guide number of 87m at ISO100 and it also
has the ability to sync to 1/220 to 1/10,100 flash durations . The AD600 pro also has a
38w (400w standard bulb eqv) modeling lamp as well . Pricing is said to start at $899 .

Written By Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Petapixel

Preorder link -
Bhphotovideo
Adorama -
Flashpoint

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Universal Lens Cap by KUVRD

Are you frustrated with your lens cap falling off ? well worry no more as KUVRD has you covered with their new Universal Lens cap solution which will not only roll over your existing lenses , but also protect it to some degree from drops , splashes and dust . The ULC - universal lens cap is a one size fits all design which would allow you to pop it onto just about any lens available right now and due to its rubberized construction , it can stretch from 60mm unto 150mm over any lens (you can also pair it with a second one to cover the rear portion and make a snug carrying case for a small profile prime or zoom lens ) . The case , which is flexible and collapsible will fit perfectly in your bag or pant pocket and therefore you won't have a need to deploy your precious rubber sheaths to protect your lenses when it starts to drizzle outside . So how much will the ULC cost then ? . well right now , you can still pledge $30 and get one ULC + another if you share on social media , you can get unto 10 if you pledge more than $150 ( + 1 free if you share about them on social media )  . Interested ? well , head on over to their Kickstarter page and read more by clicking right here .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Via - DPreview

Yongnuo 14mm f2.8

Yongnuo has officially announced a 14mm f2.8 fish-eye lens for the Canon EF mount . The new lens , designed as a cheaper alternative to similar lenses from Canon and other third parties feature an f2.8 aperture , full manual and autofocus/manual control and a 7 bladed aperture for rounder Bokeh (Even Canon's own $2000+ 14mm f2.8 II version has 6 blades ) .  The lens , designed with 12 elements in 9 groups offer a not so silent autofocus motor as well  .


 Although the lens is probably set to appeal to novice shooters who shy away from Canon's pricy offering , the lens does have one ace up its sleeve as the Micro USB port on the lens allows it to work with future firmware updates . Interested ? .. well Apparently Yongnuo will be selling the lens online for a mere ~$500 ( A Nikon F variant will also follow soon )


Written by Rakitha for MasHD

via - DPreview