According to reports, two suicide bombers detonated bombs in Kabul, killing more than 21 people and wounding 27. Marai was killed in the second blast, which targeted journalists who rushed to the scene to report on the first bomb, AFP said on its Twitter feed.
Marai was AFP’s chief photographer in Afghanistan.
Nocturnus 75mm f/0.95 Unveiled: It’s the World’s Fastest 75mm Lens
The German brand Meyer-Optik Goerlitz has just announced the Nocturnus 75mm f/0.95, the world’s fastest 75mm lens. It’s designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras with Leica M, Sony FE, and Fuji X mounts.
The lens features a 15-blade steel aperture with anti-reflection coating for creamy bokeh that’s “ideal for portrait photography in difficult light conditions.” Paired with the massive f/0.95 maximum aperture, the lens “creates a three-dimensional appearance separating the subject from the background in a characteristic manner,” the company says.
Handmade in Germany, the lens uses a clickless aperture ring that allows for smooth and silent exposure adjustments while recording video.
Other features include a filter thread size of 72mm, 5 lens elements in 5 groups, a minimum focus distance of 0.9m (~2.95ft), and a weight of 750g (~1.65lbs).
Meyer-Optik Goerlitz actually has a legacy of creating pioneering fast lenses: the Kinoplasmat 75mm f/1.5 was one such lens when it was announced in the 1920s. The company considers itself one of the premier brands for “available light lenses.” It says it’s planning to also release a 35mm Nocturnus lens in the future to complete the lineup (it already sells a 50mm Nocturnus lens).
The new Nocturnus 75mm f/0.95 is set to launch in May 2018 with a price tag of €3,499 (~$4,240), but early birds will be able to snag it at a special price of €1,899 (~$2,300) through May 20th.
Casio to Shutter Its Compact Camera Business: Report
Casio point-and-shoot cameras have long been popular among consumers looking for an affordable way to capture memories, but it seems that the rise of smartphones has taken a toll on the brand. The company is now reportedly shutting down the business.
Nikkei reports that Casio is citing the decline of compact digital camera shipments as the reason the business has been unprofitable in recent times, and the company isn’t expecting the market to grow again moving forward.
Casio’s digital camera business lost over $4.5 million (500 million yen) in the fiscal year that ended March 2017, Nikkei reports.
It was also the first to release a 3-megapixel camera and was an early pioneer in the area of ultra-slim point-and-shoot cameras. The company’s Exilim line featured cameras 10mm to 15mm thick when it was launched in 2002, and it sparked a war among compact camera manufacturers over ultra-thin designs.
While Casio is abandoning its compact digital cameras, it will reportedly maintain a foothold in the industry by focusing its attention on “high-value camera products.”
Canon Unveils IVY, A Compact Wireless Photo Printer
Canon has just announced IVY, a new compact photo printer that lets you create tiny prints on the go without any cables involved in the process.
The IVY itself measures just 4.7×3.2×0.7 inches (11.9×8.1×1.8 cm) and weighs 5.6 oz (160 g), so you can carry it around in your camera bag without it weighing you down.
You won’t need any cables around when using the printer, as it’s powered by a rechargeable battery and it communicates with your devices through Bluetooth 4.0.
After connecting to the app using the Canon Mini Print app on an iOS or Android device, you can apply things like creative filters, photo frames, stickers, photo edits, and augmented reality face distortions.
The printer uses ZINK Zero Ink technology, creating 2×3 photo prints and stickers without the use of ink cartridges. Both the prints and stickers are water-resistant and smudge-free. You can also automatically print a photo as a large photo mosaic made up of 4 to 9 individual 2×3 prints.
Each print is finished and spit out by the printer in as little as 50 seconds.
The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is available now in Rose Gold, Mint Green, and Slate Gray with a price tag of $130. The photo paper will be available in packs of 25 and 50 sheets for $10 and $25, respectively.
Instagram ‘Focus’ is Portrait Mode for Single-Camera Phones
Instagram just released a new camera format called “Focus” that brings the magic of iPhone Portrait Mode-style portraits to single-camera smartphones.
The feature is found as a new “Focus” option under the shutter button when the Instagram camera is open. It’s found between “Boomerang” and “Superzoom”.
While in Focus mode, frame a portrait with either your front-facing or rear-facing camera and you’ll notice that the background is automatically softly blurred by the app while the subject (or subjects) remains in focus.
Tap the shutter button to capture this “shallow depth of field” photo, or hold the button to begin recording a video that contains the effect as well. Resulting photos and videos can still have creative touches such as filters, stickers, and text applied to them.
You can start using Instagram’s new Focus mode by download version 39.0 of the app for iOS or Android on iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X and select Android devices.