Category: Lenses

Friday, January 19, 2018

15% Off Irix Blackstone 11mm and 15mm Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Irix are offering a 15% discount on their 11mm and 15mm Blackstone DLSR lenses between 22 January and 10 February 2018. It means that you can get the luxurious version of each lens for a similar price to the more basic Firefly version.

Irix are offering a 15% discount on their 11mm and 15mm Blackstone DLSR lenses between 22 January and 10 February 2018. It means that you can get the luxurious version of each lens for a similar price to the more basic Firefly version.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH and APO-Summicron SL 90mm f/2 ASPH Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Leica Camera has announced the first two editions of a new line of high-performance Summicron-SL lenses for the Leica SL-System; the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. Both lenses seamlessly work with the SL-System’s lightning-fast autofocus and, as with all SL-Lenses, have been designed and constructed in Germany with exceptional materials for a long work life.

In the USA the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. will be available in February.

In the UK the APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f/2 ASPH. will be available from 25 January 2018, and the APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f/2 ASPH. from 8 February 2018 at £3,750 an £4,100 (including VAT) respectively.

In the second half of 2018, Leica will launch two more lenses, the Summicron-SL 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and APO-Summicron-SL 50 mm f/2 ASPH.

Leica Camera has announced the first two editions of a new line of high-performance Summicron-SL lenses for the Leica SL-System; the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. Both lenses seamlessly work with the SL-System’s lightning-fast autofocus and, as with all SL-Lenses, have been designed and constructed…

Friday, January 12, 2018

When Camera Worlds Collide...

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What a strange and exciting time we live in! This is the new Tamron 100-400mm lens for full-frame DSLRs, in a Canon EF fit, mounted on the new Sony A7R III mirrorless camera, via a Sigma MC-11 adapter! Talk about worlds colliding! And it actually works too...

(disclaimer: we've initially reviewed the lens on a Canon 5DS R)

Read our in-depth Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD review

What a strange and exciting time we live in! This is the new Tamron 100-400mm lens for full-frame DSLRs, in a Canon EF fit, mounted on the new Sony A7R III mirrorless camera, via a Sigma MC-11 adapter! Talk about worlds colliding! And it actually works too... (disclaimer: we've initially…

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lensbaby 46mm Macro Filter Kit

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Lensbaby 46mm Macro Filter Kit is a new set of +1, +2 and +4 close-up filters. The 46mm Macro Filter Kit is multi-coated to deliver the highest possible contrast and is compatible with the Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Sweet 80, Edge 50, Edge 80, Twist 60 and Creative Bokeh Optics. The Lensbaby 46mm Macro Filter Kit is available now for $49.95.

The Lensbaby 46mm Macro Filter Kit is a new set of +1, +2 and +4 close-up filters. The 46mm Macro Filter Kit is multi-coated to deliver the highest possible contrast and is compatible with the Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Sweet 80, Edge 50, Edge 80, Twist 60 and Creative Bokeh…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180–400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180–400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is the first Nikon telephoto lens to have a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Priced at a whopping £10,999 / €12,400 / $12,399, the Nikon 80-400mm f/4 promises edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range, even when shooting wide open, plus built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) which offers a four-stop advantage. Sales of the Nikon 80-400mm f/4 lens will start on March 8th 2018.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180–400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is the first Nikon telephoto lens to have a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Priced at a whopping £10,999 / €12,400 / $12,399, the Nikon 80-400mm f/4 promises edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range, even when shooting wide open, plus built-in Vibration…

Monday, January 8, 2018

Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF Lens for Canon Full-frame DSLRs

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses
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The AF 14mm F2.8 EF is Samyang's first ever autofocus lens for Canon full-frame DSLR cameras. The optical construction features a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups that include 7 special optic lenses to maximise image quality. The compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood and also features weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch.

The Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF lens will be available globally from February, with a suggested retail price of £649 in the UK.

The AF 14mm F2.8 EF is Samyang's first ever autofocus lens for Canon full-frame DSLR cameras. The optical construction features a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups that include 7 special optic lenses to maximise image quality. The compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighs only 485g without lens…

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens and Silver Sony A6300 Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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The Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is a new compact, lightweight APS-C lens. Featuring a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 and optical SteadyShot stabilisation, the Sony 18-135mm lens produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range, while its maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus distance of 0.45m promises pleasing bokeh and background defocus. The Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SEL18135) will be available from February 2018, priced at approximately £570 / $600 US / $780 CA.

Sony will also be releasing a new silver colour option for the popular A6300 camera. The sleek new silver camera body will be available in February 2018 at select retailers in Europe.

The Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is a new compact, lightweight APS-C lens. Featuring a versatile 18-135mm focal length, aperture range of F3.5-F5.6 and optical SteadyShot stabilisation, the Sony 18-135mm lens produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range, while its maximum magnification ratio of 0.29x and minimum focus…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hasselblad XPan Lens Adapter for X System Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Accessories , Lenses
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The new Hasselblad XPan lens adapter for X System cameras allows photographers to use their legacy XPan lenses on the X1D. The XPan Adapter will be available in mid-January and will retail at €179 / US $179 / £159 / RMB ¥ 1,580 / JPY ¥  21,999 incl. VAT.

The new Hasselblad XPan lens adapter for X System cameras allows photographers to use their legacy XPan lenses on the X1D. The XPan Adapter will be available in mid-January and will retail at €179 / US $179 / £159 / RMB ¥ 1,580 / JPY ¥  21,999 incl. VAT.

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…