Category: Lenses

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens, a brand new fast, moderate wide-angle lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras.

Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R is a new fast, moderate wide-angle lens for Fujifilm's X-mount compact system cameras. With a focal length equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format, the Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R prime lens is suitable for a wide range of applications including street photography, landscapes and reportage. According to Fujifilm, the new lens design provides enhanced resolving power with high contrast to draw the maximum performance out of the company's X-Trans CMOS sensors. The optical formula comprises 11 elements arranged in 8 groups, while the focusing lens group consists of three cemented lens elements and one aspheric lens element to keep weight down while the built-in high-torque DC coreless motor delivers ultra-fast AF performance, Fujifilm claims. The Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 lens will be on sale from October 2013, priced at £849.99.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Lenses
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Want to see what the innovative Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style cameras look like in the flesh?

Check our our extensive gallery of hands-on photos of the Sony QX10 and QX100, which unite the creative power of a premium camera with the convenience of your smartphone.

Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules attach to your smartphone to provide "image quality and creative options to rival a premium standalone [compact] camera." The 20-megapixel DSC-QX100 combines a fairly big 1"-type (13.2x8.8mm) sensor with a 28-100mm (eq.) f/1.8-4.9 lens, while the lighter, 18-megapixel DSC-QX10 offers a combination of a smaller 1/2.3"-type imager and a 25-250mm (eq.) f/3.3-5.9 zoom. Both the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 boast a Bionz processor, Optical Steady Shot and Wi-Fi with NFC (Near-Field Communications). Both are capable of shooting 1440x1080-pixel videos at 30fps, and each comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 attach to your smartphone with the supplied adapter that fits several popular models. Going on sale at the end of September, both modules (or "lens-style cameras" as Sony calls them) are available to pre-order now via the website below. The suggested retail prices for the Sony QX100 and QX10 are £399 and £179 respectively

Canon EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has unveiled a new EF Cinema prime lens. Featuring an eleven-bladed iris diaphragm, 300° focus rotation and a close-focus point of 30cm, the 4K-ready Canon EF CN-E35mm T1.5 L F is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact, precision-matched EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm focal lengths. Ensuring consistency when shooting across a number of different Cinema prime lenses, the new 35mm lens provides colour reproduction that matches others in the range, as well as featuring the same form factor and uniform markings, making it easy to switch between lenses when on a shoot. The Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens is expected to be available in December 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ricoh Announces Five HD Pentax-DA Limited Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh has announced the upcoming launch of five HD PENTAX-DA Limited lenses designed for use with K-mou nt interchangeable-lens digital cameras. These new lenses - including the HD Pentax-DA15mm F4ED AL Limited (pictured), the HD Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited, the HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited, HD Pentax-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited and the HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited - inherit the distinctive looks and premium appearance of the earlier Pentax Limited products, while adding state-of-the-art HD coating and a round-shaped diaphragm for a pleasing bokeh. Pricing for the new lenses ranges from £439.99 to £639.99 depending on model. Availability is slated for late September.

Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4, Black 50mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony 16-70 f/4, 18-105mm f/4 and black 50mm f/1.8

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS is the first ever G lens that has been created specifically for the manufacturer's E-mount cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-157.5mm, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS power zoom boasts an optical image stabiliser and 16 lens elements in 12 groups, including two ED glass elements and three aspherical lens elements. Equipped with an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS maintains a maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range. Weighing in at 427 grams, the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS takes 72mm filters, and offers a close-focus point of 45cm. Availability is slated for October in the UK and December in the US. The estimated street price is £500/$600.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS is a new, optically stabilised, 24-105mm equivalent standard zoom for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras and camcorders, including all NEX series models as well as the new, "SLR-styled" Sony A3000. The optical formula comprises 16 lens elements in 12 groups, with an iris diaphragm featuring 7 rounded aperture blades. Weighing in at 308 grams, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS takes 55mm filters, and offers a 0.23x magnification and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS len will be available in the fall of 2013, priced at around £840/$1000.

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 Black Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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In addition to the new 16-70mm f/4 and 18-105mm f/4 zoom lenses, Sony has announced that its E 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait prime will now be available in black, in addition to the existing silver version. "This bright, wide-aperture prime lens is ideal for capturing atmospheric handheld portraits with flattering background defocus (bokeh)," the company says. "Optical SteadyShot cuts the effects of camera shake for crisp, blur-free images when you’re relying on available light. Smooth, quiet autofocus is less likely to disturb your subject – whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video." The Sony E 50mm f/1.8 Black Edition will be available in fall 2013, priced at around $300.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today unveiled the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens. Incorporating a new design, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM sports an optical formula comprising 15 elements arranged in 12 groups (including an ultra-low-dispersion lens element), with an improved close-focus point of 85m throughout its zoom range. The manufacturer's STM technology ensures the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM provides high-performance auto focus when capturing stills, and smooth, near-silent AF in movies with compatible cameras. The integrated optical image stabiliser promises to give users a 3.5-stop advantage over non-IS models. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available from late September 2013 with an SRP of £349.99 / €419.99 / $349.99.

Samsung UK Announces Two New Promotions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Samsung today announced two new promotions for its NX range of compact system cameras. From today until the 31st October 2013, customers are eligible to receive a free 50-200mm lens worth £249, when they purchase a Samsung NX2000 or Samsung NX300 from participating retailers. Do note that the promotional offers are available to UK and Ireland residents only. To learn more, visit the website below.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tamron Launches Garden Macro Photography Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron USA will celebrate World Photography Day with a "Garden Macro" photography contest. Entrants will creatively photograph garden-themed macro images and set-up an exhibit at Tamron's 3D virtual online sharing site, MyPhotoExhibits.com, between August 19 and September 19, 2013. Tamron will pick the best overall exhibit based on image quality and creativity. The winner will receive a Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 VC USD lens. The Tamron "Garden Macro" photography contest is open to users of any photographic equipment who reside in the USA and are at least 18 years old. The exhibit must be set up at  by September 19, 2013 and must contain at least 8 images as they relate to topic of Garden Macro photography and use the new "Garden Patio" furniture/ceiling option. All exhibits must be named "Tamron Garden Macro Contest."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 Garners EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 lens has been honoured by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). At this year's ceremony for the coveted EISA Awards, the international jury selected the Touit 2.8/12 lens as the “European Compact System Lens of the Year 2013 – 2014”. Since its launch, the Touit 2.8/12 has already received the iF product design and red dot product design awards in addition to the EISA Award.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Canon Picks Up Three EISA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Canon has been honoured with three product awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The Canon EOS 100D has been awarded the ‘European SLR Camera 2013-2014’, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens (pictured) has been named ‘European Professional Lens 2013-2014’ and the Canon EOS 6D has won the ‘European Advanced SLR Camera 2013-2014’ award. “Offering first-class products that enable creative expression is what drives Canon, so we’re honoured to receive these awards,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “By offering truly innovative products and technologies, our vision is to help photographers at all levels take the next step in their imaging journey. These products are a great example of that vision, and this recognition from the EISA judging panel is a testament to their outstanding quality.”

EISA Awards for Panasonic GH3 & New 14-140mm Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic has received EISA awards for its Lumix DMC-GH3 compact system camera and the new version of its Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph. / Power O.I.S.lens. Established in 1982, the European Imaging Sound Association (EISA) is a multimedia association that tests consumer electronic products. The Lumix GH3 won the ‘European Photo-Video Camera 2013-2014’ award for its versatility as a high class still and video camera, while the updated Lumix G Vario 14-140mm lens was named the ‘European Compact System Zoom Lens 2013-2014.'

Tamron Wins Two EISA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has today announced that the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has presented Tamron with two European Lens awards for 2013-2014. The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (read review) has won the “European Lens 2013-2014” and the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (read review) has won the “European Zoom Lens 2013-2014.”

Tamron USA Announces Faster Service Turnaround

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron USA now offers 3-business-day repair service turnaround for photographic lenses. Now, all lenses received in the company's system by noon EST are estimated the same day and moved onto the next stage. Lenses under warranty are repaired and shipped back to the customer within three business days. Out of warranty lenses are repaired and shipped back within three business days of the customer's approval of the repair estimate.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a new "travelzoom" lens for Nikon digital SLR cameras with DX sized sensors. The optical formula comprises 17 elements in 12 groups, including one extra-low dispersion glass element and one aspherical lens element. Other highlights include Vibration Reduction (VR), a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quiet auto focus, and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is available for $599.95/£579.99.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Samyang 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang has announced a new lens for VDSLR cameras. The Samyang 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS cinema lens is a wide-angle, bright lens for cameras equipped with an APS-C sensor. Its optics comprise of 13 elements arranged in 11 groups, including an ED lens element, aspherical element and hybrid-aspherical lens element. Like all other Samyang models, all lens elements are covered with anti-reflection UMC coatings to ensure good light transmission. The lens will be released in the following mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E (pictured), Canon M, Fujifilm X and MFT. The suggested retail price £449.99 including VAT.