Category: Lenses

Monday, September 22, 2014

Canon Issues Service Advisory for 4 Super Telephoto Primes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has issued a firmware update for its EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. Version 1.1.1 changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track erratically moving subjects such as players at a sports event. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. This update is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0 - click through / scroll down to learn how to find out if your copy is affected.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see what the new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 AF lens for Micro Four Thirds.

This lens was announced back at Photokina 2012 but its development was delayed for unspecified reasons. However, the company was now able to show us a working sample, noting that availability and pricing were still to be determined.

Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 14mm f/2 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Schneider Kreuznach Super Angulon 14mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 14mm f/2.0 auto focus lens for Micro Four Thirds.

This lens was announced back at Photokina 2012 but development was delayed for unspecified reasons. However, the company was now able to show us a working sample. Availability and pricing are still to be determined.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lenses.

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens.

Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lenses.

SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1

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Want to see exactly what the new SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1 lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1 lenses.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Lenses Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax full-frame lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax full-frame lenses.

Simply referred to as "High magnification super-telephoto zoom lens" and the "Large diameter telephoto zoom lens", we'd assumed that these prototypes were for Pentax's well-established range of APS-C sensor digital SLR cameras. But they're actually for a future full-frame 35mm system instead, which Pentax have confirmed they're currently working on. We're not quite sure why Pentax would choose to display mockups of two telephoto lenses, rather than a camera body, but they do provide further evidence that Pentax are set to join Canon and Nikon in the full-frame DSLR market.

Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens.

Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens.

The Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens is still a prototype, but it'ssheer size and bulk clearly shows that Samsung mean business. It offers a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8. opticalimage stabilisation, weather sealed magnesium alloy construction to match the NX1 camera, and rather incongruously has an i-Function button just like Samsung's more consumer-oriented lenses.

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the XF Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 lens.

Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens.

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron lens.

Voitglander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens.

Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens.

Development of Pentax Full-Frame DSLR is Officially Underway

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In an interview with Photography Blog, Ricoh's European Product Manager Laurence Bouly has confirmed that development of a Pentax full-frame DSLR camera is officially underway. No launch date has yet been set, but she said that the launch itself would be communicated through the usual formal channels, rather than Facebook (as Ricoh France did earlier this week). In addition, the two lens prototypes (high magnification super-telephoto zoom lens and large diameter telephoto zoom lens) on show at Photokina are actually full-frame lenses, rather than APS-C. Exciting news for ever-patient Pentax users...

Zeiss Photokina Presentation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Zeiss have launched several new products at Photokina, including the Loxia lenses for Sony Alpha full-frame compact system cameras, Otus 85mm f1/4 DSLR lens, and the Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 lens for the Leica M system. We attended the Zeiss press event - here are all forty of the presentation slides that were shown.

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 1.6/35mm, Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 1.6/35mm, Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm lenses for full-frame DSLRs look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 1.6/35mm, Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm lenses.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO Hands-on Photos

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Olympus are displaying a prototype verion of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO lens at Photokina. Displayed behind glass, the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO also looks like a finalised product, like its 7-14mm sibling. Olympus also provided us with a graphic showing the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO alongside a typical 600mm DSLR lens to highlight the massive size difference between the two.