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Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF for Canon DSLRs

The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF is a Full Frame Canon EF Mount lens that sets new standards for portrait lenses thanks to its compact size and light weight construction. The new Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF lens will be available from July 2018 for £599.99.

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Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review

The Lensbaby Velvet 85 is a classic portrait lens with a twist - it's an art lens for APS-C and Full Frame cameras that creates soft and velvety effects with buttery smooth bokeh. Does it deserve a place in your camera bag? Find out by reading our in-depth Lensbaby Velvet 85 review, complete with full-size sample images.

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Wunder360 Unveils New 360° camera

The Wunder360 is a new 360° camera with an all new view pilot, point-to-frame feature for effortless editing, sharing and storage. Pocket sized and light weighing only 95g the first of its kind, the surprisingly affordable Wunder360 has a whole host of features to enable effortless photographs and cinematic videos.

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Luminar rolls out its development platform and scores Volvo partnership and investment

The wizards in lidar tech at Luminar are doubling down on the practical side of autonomous car deployment with a partnership with and investment from Volvo, as well as a new “perception development platform” that helps squeeze every last drop out of its laser-based imagery. Volvo Cars has been one of the big investors in autonomous vehicles, and while they have produced some cars equipped for driverless operation, the company seems to understand that this is a very long game it’s playing. There’s more to it than just slapping some sensors on a production vehicle and sending it on its way. Part of that long game is picking winners in the industry, as well, and Volvo seems to be confident that Luminar, whose lidar tech is in many ways leaps and bounds beyond the competition, will be among them. Volvo’s recently established Tech Fund has made an investment in Luminar — its first, and of an undisclosed size. That doesn’t mean they get a seat on the board or anything — it’s purely a financial play, Luminar’s founder and CEO Austin Russell told me. The two are also doubling down on their partnership as far as the actual lidar tech being used . Luminar today announced its “perception development platform,” for which Volvo is the first customer. Essentially Luminar itself is taking over some of the duties of spotting and identifying common objects its lidar units see, rather than leaving that entirely to the car’s systems. Russell told me that it was a matter of making sure that its data was being used effectively. “A lot of times we see 2D algorithms applied to true 3D data, and it just doesn’t make the most of it,” he said. He said that his team often sees partners (not necessarily Volvo) applying dated 2D analysis to rich 3D data. That might have been fine a couple years ago, he said, but with advances in lidar tech the point clouds and 3D data have improved by orders of magnitude — it’s become “almost camera-like.” So Luminar is making its own algorithms for detection and labeling of what its hardware sees. “We’re providing data that you can rely on to understand a given situation — the data you need to make a decision,” he said, though in response to my questions he emphasized that Luminar’s platform was not making any decisions on its own

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR fixed focal length super-telephoto lens for Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras. Currently under development, the Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 lens uses the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR (pictured). The release date and recommended retail price will be provided at a later date. 

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Moshi Launches New Photography Accessory Range

Moshi, a premium accessory and peripherals company, has just launched launch its complete accessory range for photographers. The range includes the Arcus Backpack, iGlaze laptop cover, iVisor screen cover, ClearGuard keypad cover, USB-C Multimedia Adapter and IonSlim 10K portable battery.

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Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE

The Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE is a new, budget, autofocus lens for Sony mirrorless shooters. Weighing in at 93g and measuring just 37mm long, the Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE delivers a quiet, fast and accurate autofocus system and a minimum focusing distance of just 24cm. Available from July 2018, the Samyang AF 24mm F2.8 FE will cost £279.99 in the UK.

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Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Review

The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is the first non-Sony standard zoom lens for the popular Alpha series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Is this the perfect partner to the likes of the popular Sony A7 III camera? Find out now by reading our Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD review...

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