March 2009 news and reviews
Pentax's parent company, Hoya, is to reduce its digital camera staffing levels in Japan to around half their current levels, according to the respected Japanese business paper, Nikkei. The report says jobs will be lost in sales, production management and development. Up to 300 sales-related jobs outside Japan may also go. The company has not discussed precise details but says the Nikkei story restates the company's restructuring plans announced with its third-quarter financial results in February.
Dynamic range and the various ways of trying to capture and represent it are the topic of many a heated discussion on the forums. We spoke to Apical, a company working on this challenge whose technologies are incorporated in cameras from the biggest brands, to find out what it is doing to address the matter. We think this interview with managing director Michael Tusch will help shine a little light on this shadowy corner of image processing.
Just posted! Our hands-on preview of Canon's new perspective control lens, the TS-E 24mm F3.5 L II. As one of the more interesting announcements of a somewhat uninspiring PMA 2009, Canon's new TS-E design allows independent rotation of the tilt and shift axes relative to each other and the camera, answering the prayers of many an architecture and landscape photographer. We've had a pre-production model in the dpreview offices for just enough time to bring you a description of how the new mechanism works; click through to find out.