Category: Lenses

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss today officially announced their new Milvus 1.4/25 Distagon lens. Developed for full-frame Canon and Nikon cameras, this 25mm lens is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography and journalistic applications. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any colour fringes,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at Zeiss. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.” The large, 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing, whilst the metal housing offers protective seals against dust and dirt, making the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25 a real all-weather lens. Thanks to the de-click function in the the Nikon-mount version, the aperture can be adjusted continuously, which is great news for videographers. The Zeiss Milvus 1.4/25 retails for £1,999 including VAT (RRP) and will be available from December 2017.

Zeiss today officially announced their new Milvus 1.4/25 Distagon lens. Developed for full-frame Canon and Nikon cameras, this 25mm lens is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography and journalistic applications. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any colour fringes,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at Zeiss. “The finest…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Canon Produces 90 Millionth EOS Camera and 130 Millionth EF Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses
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Canon today announced they have reached two major production milestones — a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV (pictured) was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the company’s 130 millionth interchangeable lens. Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for film AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.

Canon today announced they have reached two major production milestones — a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV (pictured) was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became…

Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 is a specialised soft-focus telephoto lens for Leica M-mount cameras. Its focal length of 90 mm is suitable for photography in a multitude of scenarios and is as good as predestined for capturing portraits with a uniquely aesthetic atmosphere that cannot be reproduced in digital postprocessing. The optical formula comprises 4 elements in 3 groups and 20-bladed iris diaphragm diaphragm that allows the lens to deliver a unique bokeh with perfectly round rendition of point light sources. The soft look of the Thambar is the result of intentionally accepted under-correction of spherical aberration. This under-correction increases towards the edges of the optical system with the consequence that not only the depth of focus, but also the degree of softening can be precisely controlled by means of the stepless aperture setting. The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 will be on sale from mid-November 2017 for £5,095.

The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 is a specialised soft-focus telephoto lens for Leica M-mount cameras. Its focal length of 90 mm is suitable for photography in a multitude of scenarios and is as good as predestined for capturing portraits with a uniquely aesthetic atmosphere that cannot be reproduced in digital postprocessing…

Monday, October 16, 2017

Get Hands-on with Fujinon's MK Lenses for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Hireacamera and Fujinon have joined forces to offer photographers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Cine Zoom lenses in Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. This free, ticket-only event, on Monday the 30th of October at Hireacamera’s London base Cherryduck Studios (12-18 Sampson Street, London E1W 1NA), will allow you to get a feel for the MK lenses and experience the quality of image they produce. There will be five 60-minute sessions at 09.30am / 11.00am / 12.30pm / 2.30pm / 4.00pm. Reservations are essential.

Hireacamera and Fujinon have joined forces to offer photographers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T2.9 and the Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Cine Zoom lenses in Sony E and Micro Four Thirds mounts. This free, ticket-only event, on Monday the 30th of October at Hireacamera’s London…

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Irix to Unveil New Product at PDN PhotoPlus 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events , Lenses
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TH Swiss today announced that the Irix Team from the USA will be attending the PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York City to present a brand new Irix product. The company remains tight-lipped about exactly what they are planning to launch at the event, but they have already stated that it isn't going to be a new lens. The PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 show will be taking place this month from 26th October until 28th October at the Javits Convention Center.

TH Swiss today announced that the Irix Team from the USA will be attending the PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York City to present a brand new Irix product. The company remains tight-lipped about exactly what they are planning to launch at the event, but they have already stated that…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have just announced their fourth autofocus lens for Sony's full-frame E-mount cameras, the Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE. The optical formula comprises 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating. The lens will be available globally from November and will carry a suggested retail price of £599.

Samyang have just announced their fourth autofocus lens for Sony's full-frame E-mount cameras, the Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 FE. The optical formula comprises 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating. The lens will be available globally from November and…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sigma to Reveal Brand New Lens at PDN Photo Plus Expo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses

Sigma will showcase its full range of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from 26-28 October 2017. The company will also have on hand its Sigma Cine high-speed Primes and Zooms as well as the Foveon sensor-based sd Quattro and Quattro H cameras. Last but not least, a distinguished line-up of Sigma Pro speakers will take to the Sigma stage and offer attendees a behind-the-lens look at the techniques and technology that captured some of the year’s most outstanding photographs in the areas of aviation, editorial, glamour, landscapes, travel and weddings (click through / scroll down for the schedule). PPE 2017 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 837 will have a chance to enter and win a Sigma grand giveaway – a 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens – an MSRP value of $1299.

Sigma will showcase its full range of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from 26-28 October 2017. The company will also have on hand its Sigma…

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oprema Jena to Launch Biotar 75-Cine Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Oprema Jena today announced that it will add the Biotar 75-C to its line-up, promising to bring "the look and feel of the historic Biotar Cine lenses to 21st Century filmmaking." According to the company, the Biotar 75-C will offer film and video makers beautiful and natural focus transitions, authentic colour rendition, swirly bokeh and remarkable centre sharpness that is typical for the Biotar lenses, which were originally produced by Carl Zeiss Jena. While the new Biotar 75-C pays homage to the historic Biotar lenses, it has been redesigned and reengineered with modern sensors in mind. The Biotar 75-C will join the Biotar 75/f1.5 and the Biotar 58/f2.0 in the current campaign on Indiegogo. Backers will get the chance to pre-order the Biotar 75-C for $2,799 USD, about 44% off its expected retail price.

Oprema Jena today announced that it will add the Biotar 75-C to its line-up, promising to bring "the look and feel of the historic Biotar Cine lenses to 21st Century filmmaking." According to the company, the Biotar 75-C will offer film and video makers beautiful and natural focus transitions, authentic…

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Canon Receives 2017 Technology & Engineering Emmy Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon U.S.A.today announced that its parent company will be recognised at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for its complete lineup of 4K field production zoom lenses, which includes all of Canon’s CN-E, CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO lines. 

"We are grateful to receive this esteemed recognition for our comprehensive collection of 4K zoom lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. "As resolutions leap from HD to 4K and beyond, it is important to recognize the lens’ role in resolving those pristine images and the importance placed on manufacturers and optical engineers to keep pace and match the sensor technologies of the more advanced cameras and sensors in the market today. The images we admire on screen all start with the lens.”

Canon U.S.A.today announced that its parent company will be recognised at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for its complete lineup of 4K field production zoom lenses, which includes all of Canon’s CN-E, CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO lines. "We are grateful to receive this esteemed recognition for our comprehensive…

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens.

Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories , Lenses
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Lensbaby have announced the launch of the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic, an 80mm f/2.8 tilting lens designed for portrait photographers or anyone looking for selective focus at longer focal lengths. By bending the depth of field around photographers’ subjects, the Sweet 80 achieves Lensbaby’s classic “sweet spot” effect of sharp focus on the subject while the surrounding area fills with compelling streaky bokeh. The new optic features an internal 12-blade aperture which can be stopped down all the way to f/16. The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic will be available for purchase in early October 2017 for $379.95. For those who already own an Optic Swap compatible Lensbaby lens body, the Sweet 80 Optic will be available separately for $199.95.

Lensbaby have announced the launch of the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic, an 80mm f/2.8 tilting lens designed for portrait photographers or anyone looking for selective focus at longer focal lengths. By bending the depth of field around photographers’ subjects, the Sweet 80 achieves Lensbaby’s classic “sweet spot”…

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens.

Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron today announced the new, moisture resistant Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Canon and Nikon dSLRs. This image-stabilised, full-frame telephoto zoom lens features an ultrasonic AF motor, wide and ribbed zoom and focus rings, an AF/MF switch, a distance scale sheltered behind a clear plastic window, and a zoom lock switch that prevents zoom creep during transport. The optical design includes 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron’s original eBAND Coating for superior anti-reflection performance. The 100-400mm is fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4X tele converter that multiplies the lens’s focal length, and the Tamron TAP-in Consolewhich enables lens customisations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more. Additionally, an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount is available as an optional accessory. Availability and pricing will be communicated at a later date.

Tamron today announced the new, moisture resistant Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Canon and Nikon dSLRs. This image-stabilised, full-frame telephoto zoom lens features an ultrasonic AF motor, wide and ribbed zoom and focus rings, an AF/MF switch, a distance scale sheltered behind a clear plastic window, and…

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR lens will be released in November 2017. The Fujinon GF 45mmF2.8 R WR is a highly versatile wide angle lens with a focal length equivalent to 36mm (on a 35mm format) and maximum F2.8 aperture. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design (weighing only 490g), this lens is ideal for street and documentary photography. The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR lens will be available in November 2017, with an RRP of £1699.

The Fujinon GF 45mm F2.8 R WR lens will be released in November 2017. The Fujinon GF 45mmF2.8 R WR is a highly versatile wide angle lens with a focal length equivalent to 36mm (on a 35mm format) and maximum F2.8 aperture. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design (weighing…

Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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The Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens for the X Series range. This lens features a focal length equivalent to 122mm (on a 35mm format), a maximum aperture of F2.8. The lens supports hand-held shooting thanks to a powerful image stabilizer and ultra-lightweight design. The Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro will be available in November 2017, with an RRP of £1249.

The Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens for the X Series range. This lens features a focal length equivalent to 122mm (on a 35mm format), a maximum aperture of F2.8. The lens supports hand-held shooting thanks to a powerful…

Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR and GF 1.4X TC WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Fujifilm has added the GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens and GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter to the G Mount lens roadmap. The GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR is a telephoto prime lens with a focal length equivalent to 198mm. The GF 1.4X TC WR is a high-performance teleconverter capable of multiplying the focal length by 1.4x.

Fujifilm has added the GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens and GF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter to the G Mount lens roadmap. The GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR is a telephoto prime lens with a focal length equivalent to 198mm. The GF 1.4X TC WR is…

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR and XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Fujifilm has added the XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR and XF 200mmF2 R LM OIS WR lenses to the latest X Mount lens roadmap. In addition, the release date of the “MK Series for X Mount version” will now be 2018 rather than 2017, as previously communicated.

Fujifilm has added the XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR and XF 200mmF2 R LM OIS WR lenses to the latest X Mount lens roadmap. In addition, the release date of the “MK Series for X Mount version” will now be 2018 rather than 2017, as previously communicated.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Meike MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meike have unveiled the manual-focus MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Canon, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony cameras. Weighing in at 500 grams, the Meike MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro lens offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1.5 and a minimum focus distance of 25cm, and also doubles as a medium telephoto prime. The optical formula comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, with nano-technology multi-layer coating. The suggested retail price is $299.99.

Meike have unveiled the manual-focus MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Canon, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony cameras. Weighing in at 500 grams, the Meike MK-85mm f/2.8 Macro lens offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1.5 and a minimum focus distance of 25cm, and also doubles as a medium…