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We had already reported on the patent infringement cases which Nikon had raised against ZEISS and ASML. Now ZEISS has also filed lawsuits against Nikon. Both companies emphasize that the other side is not willing to negotiate and that there is no choice but to take legal action. Counting everything together now results in more than 25 pending cases in three countries, more are announced to come.
OBERKOCHEN, 28/04/2017. ZEISS today announced that it is filing initial legal claims against Nikon for infringement of more than ten patents, related to a broad range of products in the fields of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and digital cameras. This follows Nikon’s announcement on 24 April, 2017, that it has sued ZEISS. ZEISS categorically denies any infringement allegations.
ZEISS has today filed suits in Japan, both on its own and jointly with its strategic partner ASML. Additional suits will be brought in the United States.
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Hasselblad, the leader in high-quality professional medium format cameras, Tuesday marked the start of the next era of aerial photography by introducing the first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform.
The DJI M600 Pro drone, the Ronin-MX gimbal and the Hasselblad H6D-100c camera combine each company’s unparalleled technological expertise to create an unprecedented tool for precise, detailed and accurate aerial imaging. Professional drone users can continuously control camera operations in flight using the DJI GO app, in order to provide rich imagery for landscape and fine-art photography, robust data for surveying and mapmaking, and endless possibilities for future professional endeavors.
The ten compact prime lenses provide metadata and enable the correction of distortion and shading. For the first time, even low-budget productions can employ visual effects.
No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the footage has required expensive tools – until now. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ZEISS presented new metadata technology that makes this possible: the company has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.
Nikon today announced that the company has entered into a series of legal disputes in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan to investigate the infringement of intellectual property rights by the Dutch semiconductor lithography system manufacturer ASML Holding N.V and its affiliates, as well as by ASML’s optical component supplier Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH. Nikon complains that ASML and Zeiss use Nikon’s patented technology without Nikon’s permission in the ASML lithography systems that are used throughout the world to produce semiconductors.
A total of eleven patent infringement cases have been filed against ASML at the District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands, two cases against ASML at the District Court in Tokyo and two cases against Zeiss in Mannheim, Germany where Zeiss produces optical components used in the ASML immersion lithography systems.
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the development of two new SIGMA CINE lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line: 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF. With these additions, the FF High Speed Prime Line will comprise of seven lenses covering 14mm to 135mm and T1.5 to T2, empowering cinematic expression to an even higher degree.
These new SIGMA CINE LENS models will be available for test shooting at the 2017 NAB Show to be held in Las Vegas between April 24th and 27th. For further details about the new FF High Speed Prime Line lenses and updates about previously released SIGMA CINE LENSES, please see the sections below.
Sony Expands Flagship G Master™ Lens Series with New 100-400mm Super Telephoto E-Mount Zoom
Sony today introduced its furthest reaching E-mount lens, the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom (model SEL100400GM).
The new full-frame lens maintains the high standard of resolution that is the hallmark of Sony’s flagship lineup of G Master™ lenses, while also offering incredibly fast, precise AF capabilities, a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions and customisability. It’s an exceptionally powerful photographic tool for a variety of enthusiast and professional shooters, particularly those that are commonly shooting sports or wildlife.
Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting[iii] at up to 20fps[iv] for up to 241 RAW[v]/ 362 JPEG[vi] images
Silent[vii], Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec[viii]
693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
Extensive professional features including Ethernet port for file transfer, Dual SD card slots and extended battery life
5-axis in-body image stabilisation with a 5.0 step[ix]shutter speed advantage
Sony today introduced its new revolutionary digital camera, the α9 (model ILCE-9).
The most technologically advanced, innovative digital camera that Sony has ever created, the new α9 offers a level of imaging performance that is simply unmatched by any camera ever created – mirrorless, SLR or otherwise.
A revolutionary video head with a nitrogen-powered piston core which allows you to continuously counterbalance your gear.
High tech-tripod head with infinitely variable counterweight
– Innovative Nitrogen technology for exact counter balance of 0 to 8 kg – Swing variably adjustable damping on two axes (and inclining) – Quick change unity with Gleitplatte and additional protection – Easy-left connection with anti-rotation thread for external monitor or other accessories – Manfrotto quality – high-quality processing and revolutionary design
The Italian premium manufacturer Manfrotto, leading in the areas of Accessories for photo and video, announces the market launch of the Nitrotech N8 of Fluid-videohead. The revolutionary tripod head for professional and ambitious filmmakers offers for the first time the possibility of an infinitely variable counterweight (counter balance) of 0 to 8 kg. This permits exact settings for a big range of different camera configurations and therefore the exact control of the camera movement. The Nitrotech N8 Fluid-videohead is presented on the show NAB in Las Vegas (from the 22nd to the 27th of April) for the first time to the wide public and is available at the same time worldwide in trade.
Enabling developers to build low cost, compact photo solutions
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 19 April 2017 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces the release of a Software Development Kit (SDK) for the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, a powerful compact camera with outstanding image quality¹. Following feedback from Canon’s community of software developers, the SDK allows users to control major functions of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, such as zoom and exposure, perfect for the likes of ID photograph booths, 3D scanning or medical research. Read more →