Category: Lenses

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary telephoto zoom lens boasts and optical image stabiliser, fast AF and a dust- and splash-proof construction. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.8), and a push/pull zooming mechanism for ease of use. The all-new Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon variant features a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the lens will be announced later.

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary telephoto zoom lens boasts and optical image stabiliser, fast AF and a dust- and splash-proof construction. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.8), and a...

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art is a new stabilised standard zoom for full-frame cameras. Featuring a brand new optical stabiliser and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art covers a wide range of shooting scenarios, the lens includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon version features the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability will be announced later.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art is a new stabilised standard zoom for full-frame cameras. Featuring a brand new optical stabiliser and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art covers a wide range of shooting scenarios, the lens includes three SLD ...

Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is an ultra-fast standard telephoto prime lens for Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras.. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences, weddings and studio/location portraiture; the Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is highly capable of isolating your subject from the background. Its new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) provides ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation focus groups for factors including gravity, producing faster and more responsive AF. Equipped with a focus limiter, the 135mm F1.8 Art can be easily optimised for a variety of camera-to-subject distances. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art lens will be announced later.

The Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is an ultra-fast standard telephoto prime lens for Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras.. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences, weddings and studio/location portraiture; the Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is highly capable of isolating your subject from the...

Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is the World’s first f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens. Boasting outstanding image quality from centre to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. The all new Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the lens will be announced later.

The Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art is the World’s first f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens. Boasting outstanding image quality from centre to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS lens.

Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 lens.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

75% of Photographers Use Canon Gear at Super Bowl

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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According to Canon U.S.A., an estimated 75 percent of the photographers covering the Big Game between the teams from New England and Atlanta used Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses in the Houston stadium. “It’s an honor to see yet another major sporting event where the country’s most talented and acclaimed sports photographers captured exciting moments with Canon equipment. These images will be seen by millions of people around the world and will forever be etched in sports history. We understand there are many equipment options for professional photographers and Canon is honoured to serve these professionals and provide assurances that both our products and support live up to the requirements and expectations of our devoted customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A.

According to Canon U.S.A., an estimated 75 percent of the photographers covering the Big Game between the teams from New England and Atlanta used Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses in the Houston stadium. “It’s an honor to see yet another major sporting event where...

Zeiss at BVE 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses
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At BVE 2017, Zeiss will be showcasing a wide variety of cinematography and photography lenses, paired with a number of market leading cameras such as the RED Epic-W 8K, Sony FS7 and ARRI Amira. These will include the new Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3, the company's range of Cinema Zoom CZ.2 lenses and Compact Prime CP.2 lenses, as well as the Otus, Milvus, Batis, Loxia and Touit family of lenses designed for Canon, Nikon, Sony E and Fuji X-mount camera systems. In addition to displaying their products, Zeiss will be giving visitors to the stand the chance to enter a competition to win a brand new ExoLens Pro Wide-Angle lens for their smartphones.

At BVE 2017, Zeiss will be showcasing a wide variety of cinematography and photography lenses, paired with a number of market leading cameras such as the RED Epic-W 8K, Sony FS7 and ARRI Amira. These will include the new Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3, the company's range of Cinema Zoom CZ.2 lenses...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sony FE 85mm F1.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 is a new mid-telephoto prime lens for full-frame Sony cameras. The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customised and assigned together with functions in the camera body like the popular Eye-AF feature. There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant. The Sony FE 85mm F1.8 will be priced at approximately £550. Availability is slated for March 2017.

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 is a new mid-telephoto prime lens for full-frame Sony cameras. The lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button...

Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is a new mid- telephoto prime lens with a unique STF (Smooth Trans Focus) design. Built to produce a truly unique and beautiful bokeh while maintaining the high standard of resolution that is showcased throughout Sony’s line-up of flagship G Master series lenses, the FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS features a newly designed 11-bladed aperture and a unique optical apodization lens element. Similar to a neutral density filter that increases in density towards the edges, the apodization element creates beautiful transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image, making for exceptionally soft, smooth bokeh that adds depth and dimensionality. This allows the subjects to stand out against beautifully defocused elements in both the foreground and background, producing an image that is naturally pleasing to the eye, the company says. Additionally, the new 100mm lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF, and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures fast and accurate auto focus performance. Priced at approximately £1700, the lens also offers up to 0.25x magnification with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, a customisable focus hold button, AF/MF switch and aperture ring.

The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS is a new mid- telephoto prime lens with a unique STF (Smooth Trans Focus) design. Built to produce a truly unique and beautiful bokeh while maintaining the high standard of resolution that is showcased throughout Sony’s line-up of flagship G...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] UWA zoom. Building on that lens’s popularity, this new lens has improved optical performance and new features. It offers Vibration Compensation, Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, and the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low Torque Modulated Drive Motor). When shooting in AF mode, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes. The optical formula comprises 16 elements in 11 groups. Special lens elements include one LD (Low Dispersion) element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens. Availability is slated for late March, with pricing to be confirmed.

The Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] UWA zoom. Building on that lens’s popularity, this new lens has improved optical...

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a new full-frame telephoto zoom lens with an all-new optical design and "dramatically faster" AF speed. New features include eBAND Coating, a moisture-proof and dust-resistant construction, fluorine coating and compatibility with teleconverters. The optical design of the new lens consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. The deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations, while ensuring uniform image quality even on the periphery of the image frame. Bokeh has been enhanced to deliver outstanding background effects across the entire zoom range. The improved Vibration Correction system provides a 5-stop advantage over non-stabilised lenses. Availablity is slated for late February, with pricing to be confirmed.

The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a new full-frame telephoto zoom lens with an all-new optical design and "dramatically faster" AF speed. New features include eBAND Coating, a moisture-proof and dust-resistant construction, fluorine coating and compatibility with teleconverters. The optical design of the new lens...

Fantasea UWL-09F Wide-Angle Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Fantasea and AOI have just released the UWL-09F wide-angle conversion lens for compact, mirrorless and SLR underwater housings. According to the manufacturer, the UWL-09F offers unmatched quality with 5 multi-layered precision optic elements. The combination of a super wide field of view (130 degrees) and zero minimal focus distance provide unlimited opportunities for image framing and creative compositions, including close-focus wide-angle images. The lens barrel is made from durable aluminium alloy with black coating. The dome is covered with hard coating as well, protecting it from easily getting scratched or damaged. The lens features a 67mm thread mount, compatible with most housings available in the market today. The base of the mount is covered with a rubber ring, providing a firm grip of the lens during installation and removal. Non-corrosive front and rear lens caps are included in the box. A quality padded carrying case allows safe storage and transportation. Weighing in at 1033g/36.4oz, the Fantasea UWL-09F wide-angle conversion lens is depth rated to 60m / 200ft. Available now, the lens carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $799.95.

Fantasea and AOI have just released the UWL-09F wide-angle conversion lens for compact, mirrorless and SLR underwater housings. According to the manufacturer, the UWL-09F offers unmatched quality with 5 multi-layered precision optic elements. The combination of a super wide field of view (130 degrees) and zero minimal focus distance provide...

Samyang XEEN 20mm T1.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang XEEN 20mm T1.9 is a new full-frame wide-angle lens designed for professional video- and cinematographic applications. Like the existing 14mm, 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm XEEN lenses, the new Samyang 20mm T1.9 wil be available in five different mounts - PL, EF, F, E, and MFT -, and with two different focus scales (metric and imperial). Priced at £1799.99, the Samyang XEEN 20mm T1.9 lens is expected to hit the shelves in March 2017.

The Samyang XEEN 20mm T1.9 is a new full-frame wide-angle lens designed for professional video- and cinematographic applications. Like the existing 14mm, 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm XEEN lenses, the new Samyang 20mm T1.9 wil be available in five different mounts - PL, EF, F, E, and...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fantasea and AOI Introduce Nw Macro Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Fantasea and AOI have released a selection of new, high-quality macro conversion lenses for underwater photography. The lenses mount on the underwater housing's lens port and can be installed and removed during the course of the dive. The range includes the UCL-05LF +6 Macro Lens - a +6 dioptre close-up lens with 4 elements arranged in 3 groups -, the UCL-06LF +12 Macro Lens - a +12 dioptre close-up lens with 6 elements in 4 groups, pictured -, and the UCL-09F +12.5 Super Macro Lens, a +12.5 dioptre close-up lens with 5 elements in 2 groups. All of these conversion lenses are depth rated to 60 metres. The UCL-05LF +6 Macro Lens is available for $199.95, the UCL-06LF +12 retails for $249.95, and the UCL-09F +12.5 Super Macro Lens sells for $359.99.

Fantasea and AOI have released a selection of new, high-quality macro conversion lenses for underwater photography. The lenses mount on the underwater housing's lens port and can be installed and removed during the course of the dive. The range includes the UCL-05LF +6 Macro Lens - a +6...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The new Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt lenses from Schneider-Kreuznach combine a similar form factor and capabilities as the company’s popular full-frame primes with an added tilt function up to ±4°. By sustaining the field of view during focus and tilt actions, the new cine-tilt design means that previously unimaginable images can be taken by moving and tilting the focus plane. Designed and built in Germany, the new design incorporates sophisticated mechanics for smooth and accurate tilt action. The tilt of the lens is controlled via a high-precision ring with 120° rotation that is as intuitive to operate as pulling focus. Thanks to the common 0.8 module gear, the Cine-Tilt can be used with standard follow-focus systems. The Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt line-up comprises focal lengths of 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm – all with a maximum aperure of T2.1. The lenses will be available in a Sony E-mount this spring, either individually or as a set. Pricing to be confirmed.

The new Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt lenses from Schneider-Kreuznach combine a similar form factor and capabilities as the company’s popular full-frame primes with an added tilt function up to ±4°. By sustaining the field of view during focus and tilt actions, the new cine-tilt design means that previously...

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR lens.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm announces its third compact, light and stylish lens for X Series - the FUJINON XF 50mmF2 R WR. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers high speed AF and weighs just 200g. The Fujifilm FUJINON XF 50mm F2 R WR will be available in black and silver from 23rd February 2017 with an RRP of £449.00.

Fujifilm announces its third compact, light and stylish lens for X Series - the FUJINON XF 50mmF2 R WR. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Canon EOS System Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Canon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Electro Optical System (EOS), which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories. The system debuted in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera (pictured) and EF lenses, making EOS cameras the World’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system, representing a new generation of auto focus SLR cameras. Currently, the EOS system, including the Cinema EOS system, comprises 24 models with a selection of 97 EF lenses.

Canon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Electro Optical System (EOS), which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories. The system debuted in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera (pictured) and EF lenses, making EOS cameras the World&rsquo...