Category: Lenses

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lensrentals and LensProToGo Merge

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Lensrentals, the leading online photo, video, drone and lighting equipment rental company, has merged with LensProToGo. The two brands have served approximately 300,000 customers since beginning their respective rental businesses.

Lensrentals, the leading online photo, video, drone and lighting equipment rental company, has merged with LensProToGo. The two brands have served approximately 300,000 customers since beginning their respective rental businesses.

Primoplan 75 II Lens Launched by Meyer Optik Goerlitz

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Meyer Optik Goerlitz announced today that it is developing the next generation of the Primoplan 75/1.9, dubbed the the P75 II. Meyer Optik has reduced the lens' minimum focal distance by almost 30% to just 55cm or 1.8 ft, improved image contrast and resolution, and added support for mirrorless medium format cameras such as the Hasselblad XD 1 or Fuji’s GFX 50s.

Meyer Optik Goerlitz announced today that it is developing the next generation of the Primoplan 75/1.9, dubbed the the P75 II. Meyer Optik has reduced the lens' minimum focal distance by almost 30% to just 55cm or 1.8 ft, improved image contrast and resolution, and added support for mirrorless medium…

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. ‘LHSA’ Special Edition Lens

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The International Leica Society (LHSA), the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. ‘LHSA’ special edition lens boasts design details from its 1954 predecessor alongside modern, outstanding imaging performance. The ‘LHSA’ lens is available in two colors, the outer brass elements of the lens and the lens hood are finished either in black paint or in silver chrome, and is limited to just 500 units: 300 in black paint finish and 200 in silver chrome. The lens will be available in January 2018 for $9,595.

Launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The International Leica Society (LHSA), the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. ‘LHSA’ special edition lens boasts design details from its 1954 predecessor alongside modern, outstanding imaging performance. The ‘LHSA’ lens is available in two colors, the outer brass elements of the lens…

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. Lens Costs $12,795

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. lens opens up entirely new opportunities in portrait and close-up photography. The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at the beginning of 2018 for $12,795 / £10,250 (incl. VAT).

The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. lens opens up entirely new opportunities in portrait and close-up photography. The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at the beginning of 2018 for $12,795 / £10,250 (incl. VAT).

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Official Sample Images

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Official sample images taken with the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens are now available. Sigma Japan have published 3 full-size Sigma 16mm photos, whilst Sigma Canada have posted a gallery of samples from a pre-production lens. The Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is expected to begin shipping in December with a suggested retail price of $599.95.

Official sample images taken with the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens are now available. Sigma Japan have published 3 full-size Sigma 16mm photos, whilst Sigma Canada have posted a gallery of samples from a pre-production lens. The Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is expected to…

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mitakon SPEEDMASTER 135mm F1.4

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Mitakon SPEEDMASTER 135mm F1.4 is the world's fastest 135mm lens, newly available in 7 different mounts. First launched in 2015, the Mitakon 135mm f/1.4 is now available in Canon EF / Nikon F / Pentax K / Sony E / Sony A / Fuji Film G / Leica L mounts for ¥330,000 / $3000. The new version can be pre-ordered for an initial part-payment of ¥60,000 here.

The Mitakon SPEEDMASTER 135mm F1.4 is the world's fastest 135mm lens, newly available in 7 different mounts. First launched in 2015, the Mitakon 135mm f/1.4 is now available in Canon EF / Nikon F / Pentax K / Sony E / Sony A / Fuji Film G / Leica L…

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Panasonic G9 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic G9 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our massive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix G9 camera, including:

  • the Panasonic G9 with the Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens
  • the Panasonic G9 with the Leica 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 lens
  • the Panasonic G9 with the new Leica 200mm f/2.8 lens
  • a side-by-side comparison of the Panasonic G9 with the GH5 model
  • with the new BGG9E battery grip fitted

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic G9 camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our massive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix G9 camera, including: the Panasonic G9 with the Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lensthe Panasonic G9 with the Leica 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 lensthe Panasonic G9 with…

Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 lens mounted on the new Panasonic G9 camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Leica 200mm f/2.8 lens mounted on the new Panasonic G9 camera.

Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S.

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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The Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S. is a compact and lightweight super-telephoto lens. The Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 lens offers a 400mm super-telephoto focal length equivalent, f/2.8 maximum aperture, built-in optical image stabilisation, a rugged dust/splash/freeze--proof design, and a triple linear motor system and max.240 fps sensor drive for high-speed, high-precision auto-focusing.

The Panasonic 200mm lens will go on sale in December 2017 with an RRP of £2,699 (€3,099). The free bundled 1.4x Teleconverter (DMW-TC14) increases the focal length to 560mm.

The Panasonic LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 POWER O.I.S. is a compact and lightweight super-telephoto lens. The Panasonic 200mm f/2.8 lens offers a 400mm super-telephoto focal length equivalent, f/2.8 maximum aperture, built-in optical image stabilisation, a rugged dust/splash/freeze--proof design, and a triple linear motor system and max.240 fps sensor drive…

Friday, November 3, 2017

​Hasselblad XCD 135mm and XCD 80mm Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Hasselblad is expanding the XCD lens range to a total of nine lenses in 2018 with the addition of the XCD 135mm f/2.8 and XCD 80mm lenses. The XCD 135mm f/2.8 lens comes with a dedicated 1,7x converter that extends the tele lens to 230mm f/4.8, while the XCD 80mm is set to become the highest aperture lens that Hasselblad has ever introduced. 

In addition, the previously announced XCD 22mm ultra-wide-angle lens has been updated to 21mm with an aperture of f/4.0, the XCD 35-75mm zoom lens will have f/3.5-4.5, and the XCD 65mm lens will have f/2.8.

Hasselblad is expanding the XCD lens range to a total of nine lenses in 2018 with the addition of the XCD 135mm f/2.8 and XCD 80mm lenses. The XCD 135mm f/2.8 lens comes with a dedicated 1,7x converter that extends the tele lens to 230mm f/4.8, while the XCD 80mm…

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get up to £100 / €120 Off Panasonic Lumix Cameras and Lenses

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Panasonic is offering up to £100 (€120) cashback when purchasing a Lumix or Lumix G-Series camera and £100 (€120) off Panasonic and Panasonic Leica Lenses. All cashback is available from 25th October 2017 – 30th January 2018 from participating retailers.

Panasonic is offering up to £100 (€120) cashback when purchasing a Lumix or Lumix G-Series camera and £100 (€120) off Panasonic and Panasonic Leica Lenses. All cashback is available from 25th October 2017 – 30th January 2018 from participating retailers.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Nikon Closes Digicam Factory in China

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras , Global , Lenses
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Nikon today announced that operations of their consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging China (NIC) will be discontinued. In practice, this means the closure of a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which used to manufacture digital compact cameras, as well as lens units. Nikon says, "due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC and creating a difficult business environment." In future, the Nikon will focus more on high value-added products - which probably means DSLR cameras, flashguns and interchangeable Nikkor lenses. The closure of the Wuxi City plant is effective today. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal.

Nikon today announced that operations of their consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging China (NIC) will be discontinued. In practice, this means the closure of a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which used to manufacture digital compact cameras, as well as lens units. Nikon says, "due to the rise of smartphones…

Thursday, October 26, 2017

HD-Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and HD-Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh today announced a new generation of high-performance Star-series lenses optimised for high-megapixel digital SLR cameras. The first two lenses developed for the new-generation of Star-series quality—the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and the HD Pentsx-DA* 11-18mm F2.8—will be on display as reference products at Photo Plus Expo 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in New York (October 26-28) and SALON de la PHOTO 2017 in Paris (November 9-13). The HD-Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW is an all-weather full-frame standard prime with a newly-developed Supersonic Direct-drive Motor for faster, quieter AF operation. The HD-Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras. The full-frame lens will be available from spring 2018, while the zoom lens will hit the shelves in summer 2018.

Ricoh today announced a new generation of high-performance Star-series lenses optimised for high-megapixel digital SLR cameras. The first two lenses developed for the new-generation of Star-series quality—the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and the HD Pentsx-DA* 11-18mm F2.8—will be on display as reference products at Photo Plus Expo…

Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron today revealed a new ultra-telephoto zoom lens, 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. The lens delivers fast and precise AF performance and 4 stops of image stabilisation (Vibration Compensation in Tamron parlance) thanks to the manufacturer'shigh-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system. The optical formula comprises 17 elements in 11 groups, includinglens elements for optimal optical design and aberration correction; and an electromagnetic diaphragm system in both the Canon and Nikon versions. The lens is compatible with Tamron's 1.4X tele converter and the Tamron TAP-in Console that enables lens customisations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more. Additionally, an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount is available as an optional accessory. The new Tamron 100-400mm will be available in both Canon and Nikon mounts from 16th November for $799.

Tamron today revealed a new ultra-telephoto zoom lens, 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. The lens delivers fast and precise AF performance and 4 stops of image stabilisation (Vibration Compensation in Tamron parlance) thanks to the manufacturer'shigh-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system. The…

Official Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus Japan have released a pair of high-resolution sample photos captured with their brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens. Taken with the lens mounted to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera, these M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO samples were taken at f/1.2 and f/1.6.

Website: Official Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO Sample Images

Olympus Japan have released a pair of high-resolution sample photos captured with their brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens. Taken with the lens mounted to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera, these M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO samples were taken at f/1.2 and…

Official Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus Japan have released a couple of high-resolution sample photos captured with their brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens. Taken with the lens mounted to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera, these M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO samples were both taken at the lens' maximum aperture of f/1.2.

Website: Official Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Sample Images

Olympus Japan have released a couple of high-resolution sample photos captured with their brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens. Taken with the lens mounted to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II compact system camera, these M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO samples were both taken at the…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sony A7R III Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R III camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R III camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous A7R II model and a look at the internal component parts.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R III camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R III camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous A7R II model and a look at the internal component parts.

Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous A7R II model.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous A7R II model.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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oly17pro.jpgThe M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO is a new professional-grade, 34mm equivalent prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The optical formula comprises 15 elements in 11 groups, including aspherical lens elements and includes newly developed ED-DSA (Extra-low Dispersion Dual Super Aspherical) lenses. Olympus claims to be the first manufacturer to successfully mass produce these lens elements which allow a reduction in the number of lenses used and make it possible to achieve a lighter-weight lens with a similar overall length to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO (read review). Sporting a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof construction, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens has an angle of view of 65 degrees and a close-focus point of 20cm (measured from the sensor plane). The lens will be available from March 2018 at £1,299.99 including VAT.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO is a new professional-grade, 34mm equivalent prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The optical formula comprises 15 elements in 11 groups, including aspherical lens elements and includes newly developed ED-DSA (Extra-low Dispersion Dual Super Aspherical) lenses. Olympus claims to be the first…

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO is a new, professional-grade portrait lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. The optical construction comprises 14 elements in 10 groups and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded aperture blades. The back focus and relay lens system allowed a reduction in the number of lens elements required, resulting in a very compact, light-weight lens. Olympus has used optimally placed lens elements to effectively compensate for aberrations such as out-of-focus colour bleeding – a common problem on large-aperture lenses – as well as peripheral colour bleeding. The lens also uses the same Z Coating Nano technology found on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO for sharp, clear image quality that significantly reduces ghosts and flares that tend to occur in backlit shots. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO lens will be available from late November 2017 for £1,199.99.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO is a new, professional-grade portrait lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. The optical construction comprises 14 elements in 10 groups and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded aperture blades. The back focus and relay lens system allowed a reduction in the…