I recently talked about the goals of C-mount as ” Toy objectives “, a definition that I fear you will not like too much of Kenko, as it is about to present a complete system to use these objectives in the digital world. This will occur sometime during the Spring Tokyo International Gift Show, which opened its doors today and will last until Friday.
The central point is a compact camera with a 1/2.3 sensor “and 14Mpixels , and without support RAW. These characteristics place it in a totally new, since it is the camera interchangeable lenses with the smaller sensor on the market: doing the calculations, the crop factor should be around 5.6X , compared with four micro 2X thirds, and 1.5/1.6X Sony and Samsung.
In the past Photokina already showed a prototype of the camera, and today we can see on the website of Kenko (above) along with a large group of targets. Also, the image appeared several flashes , and what appear to be adapted for purposes of digiscoping mount T.
Do not forget that all these elements Kenko manufactures for many manufacturers, so you have to have today a production line capable of this without much trouble.
Your standard lens seems to be a 6mm f/1.4 , roughly equivalent to a 35mm full frame, resulting in a very bright wide angle , though (because of the size of the sensor) with a few creative possibilities for the selective approach, one of the points trying to highlight the other cameras EVIL .
Please remember that the objectives are primarily designed for C camera surveillance , and are often conspicuous for their quality, although its small size and luminosity. Moreover, today there are already adapters for use objectives Nikon, among other brands, for this mount.
For my part, would this press anecdotal (it is in an area where both the compact as Evil can beat him easily), but considering that brands Kenko, Hoya and (especially) Tokina belong to the same group, is open the door to the system at its disposal a large number of lenses and accessories, in a relatively short time.
As mentioned, the fair is underway and the official launch is imminent , so be very attentive to the web, as we will be expanding the news as we get more data.
On the other hand we have a Ricoh , who promised to get adapters for classical lenses for photographic system (which we remind you that each target is characterized comes with its own sensor), and has met with a versatile module that includes a sensor CMOS of size APS-C , and 12.9Mpixels (probably the same one that had the 28mm and 50mm are available).
According to its press release, this module will use a new type of shutter , which sounds reasonable considering it is the first time allowed to use Ricoh aims not designed for them.
Initially, this adapter will use mount lenses Leica M , but it seems that in the future will expand the range of options to support other mounts. The fact start with the M is a good blow, as it competes head to head with cameras like the NEX from Sony, which has long since have adapters for these lenses, among which we find some of the best on the market.
In this case, the official presentation will be in a CP + fair, taking place over the next 9 to 12, in the conference center Pacifico Yokohama , in the Japanese city of that name.
In summary, we have a new baby, who has yet to demonstrate its future, and another (but departed with similar doubts) is becoming one of the most versatile and versatile on the market.
In either case, we opened a new field to use the same goal in different chambers. I, for example, I have a 40mm f1.4 Voigtländer Nokton M mount (like the one pictured), relatively cheap, and that has given me more than happiness. Today I use a micro four thirds camera, but I hope to use in all my next camera.
Thinking of any other examples, it occurs to me that you have a goal as the 26mm f1.4 for SLRMagic (which really is mount C) in a chamber micro 4 / 3, and use the new Kenko as a backup body. In this way, you will cover the 52mm and 145mm focal, in a not too distant total space that can occupy a compact superzoom.
On the other hand, and in a similar way, the Ricoh becomes a great alternative as a second body to a telemetry frame traditional M. With the kit of the picture, for example, a 40mm f1.4 would in chemical, f1.4 60mm and digital, and the confidence to continue using the lens in almost any EVIL that may appear in the future.
It seems that 2011 will be a year to decide many things, and I’m sure there will be many changes in the distribution of the pie among the brands within the average range.
For now, we do not have any official information on the price or specific date of availability of the products discussed, but not take much to give more signs of life.
Rumors suggest that the camera Kenko will almost immediate availability, and will cost the equivalent of about $ 350. Module Ricoh, on the other hand, only know that is expected in autumn.