Category: Lenses

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 32mm f1.8 lens, a high-quality standard prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit Planar 12mm f2.8 lens, a high-quality ultra-wide-angle prime for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series cameras.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Firmware 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has posted a firmware update for its Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2,8 ASPH. lens. Version 1.2 improves the performance of the optical image stabiliser during video capture. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: Panasonic Japan

Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 is an ultra-fast short telephoto lens for Nikon 1 System cameras. The 85mm equivalent lens, whose development was announced last October, is ideal for portraiture and boasts a compact, contemporary design as well as a silent-wave auto focus motor. A seven-blade rounded diaphragm promises a pleasing bokeh, and this is the first 1 Nikkor lens to feature Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, which is claimed to "greatly reduce" ghosting and flare even in backlit situations. Available in June, the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens can be yours for $899.95.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today officially announced its EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens. For a new product, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x already has quite a bit of history. Canon first issued a development notice in February 2011. A "hand-built" (prototype) version was used at the 2012 Summer Olympics by sports photographer Jeff Cable, and we firrst delivered a set of hands-on photos in March 2013, during the Focus on Imaging show held in Birmingham, UK. Key features include a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to extend the reach to 560mm with very little loss of quality (easily activated by a switch on the lens barrel), a built-in filter holder, 2 customisable function buttons, and an innovative stepped focusing ring designed especially for video. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens will go on sale in June, priced at £11,999.99 / €13,999.99.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Olympus E-P5 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus E-P5 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus E-P5 compact camera. We've included all three colours of the EP5, the new black versions of the 17mm, 45mm and 75mm lenses, and the E-P5 with the optional VF-4 electronic viewfinder fitted.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sigma Wins Two TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma scooped up two accolades at this year's TIPA awards ceremony. The critically acclaimed Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (pictured), which was announced in November 2012, has been named 2013's Best Expert DSLR Lens; while the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO (OS) HSM has been granted the Best Entry-level DSLR Lens award.

Canon Wins Five TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses, Printers
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Canon has been awarded five honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). These include te Best Entry-Level DSLR (Canon EOS 100D), Best Expert DSLR (Canon EOS 6D), Best Video DSLR (Canon EOS 1D C, pictured) ,Best Professional DSLR Lens (Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM) and Best Expert Photo Printer (Canon Pixma Pro-10). “This is yet another strong showing from Canon in the TIPA Awards,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “Such recognition from TIPA clearly demonstrates the level of quality and innovation that is present throughout our product range, from our consumer and amateur models to our professional line.”

Triple Honours for Fujifilm

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Fujifilm has received three awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Best Expert Compact System Camera award went to the Fujifilm X-E1, the Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R was named "Best Compact System Camera Prime Lens," while the Fujifilm X20 (pictured) received TIPA's Best Expert Compact Camera award.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 for Fujifilm and Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 is a 48mm equivalent "standard prime" for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a diagonal angle of view of 48°, which is roughly the same as that of the human eye (excluding periperal vision), the Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 features an optical formula comprising 8 elements in 5 groups and a filter thread with a diameter of 52mm. Capable of focusing down to 37cm, the smallest area the Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 can capture is 214x142mm. The main difference between the Sony and Fuji versions is that the latter features a traditional aperture ring. Availability and pricing details have yet to be communicated.

Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 for Fujifilm and Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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First showcased at Photokina 2012, the Carl ZeissTouit 2.8/12 is an 18mm equivalent ultra-wide angle lens for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a 99°angle of view, the Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 has an optical formula comprising 11 elements in 8 groups and a filter thread with a diameter of 67mm. Capable of focusing down to 18cm, the smallest area the Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 can capture is 220x144mm. The main difference between the Sony and Fuji versions is that the latter features a traditional aperture ring. Availability and pricing details have yet to be communicated.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Canon UK Launches Summer Cashback

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Canon has just launched its summer cashback offer in the UK. Eligible customers may claim up to £55 cashback on a range of selected products across digital SLR cameras and lenses, compact cameras, inkjet printers and camcorders. Plus, if you purchase two promotional products within the same transaction, you're eligible to claim one additional £30 bonus payment. Click through for the full list of participating products.

Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN Gets a Price Tag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced availability and pricing details for its 60mm f/2.8 DN lens in the US. First revealed at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Japan earlier this year, the 60mm F2.8 is a new focal length in the Sigma lineup for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems. It joins Sigma’s other DN lenses for MILCs: the 19mm F2.8 DN and the 30mm F2.8 DN. Featuring Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimise axial and transverse chromatic aberration, the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN offers a minimum focusing distance of 19.7 inches and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:7.2. The new 60mm F2.8 DN Art lens will hit shelves mid-May at an estimated street price of $239.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pentax Instant Rebates

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To celebrate National Photo Month, Pentax Ricoh Americas have announced significant savings on numerous products. The promotional offers include several price drops and consumer instant rebates on a variety of compact and interchangeable-lens cameras as well as lenses. Click through / read on for the details.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Intro2020 has announced availability and pricing details for the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens in the United Kingdom. Manufactured in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A. fittings - with Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Pentax and Sony E-mount versions coming soon -, the lens has an optical formula comprising 16 lens elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lenses and two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements. Each optical component has been covered with multi-layered, anti-reflective UMC coatings, which are claimed to provide superb light transmission, high contrast and natural colours. The tilt-shift function in the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC allows for tilt and swing movements up to +/-8.5° and enables shift, rise and fall movements of up to +/-12 mm. The Tilt-Shift section may be rotated left by 90° (with 30° adjustment), while the lens mount may be rotated both ways by 90° (in 30° increments). The Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens will be available from mid-May, at a suggested retail price of £949.99 including VAT.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Panasonic 14-140mm Power O.I.S. Lens Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.

Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. is a new 28-280mm equivalent superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. Significantly lighter and more compact than Panasonic's previous 14-140mm lens, the new Lumix G VARIO 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER OIS is capable of taking maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF such as the Panasonic GH3 and the new Lumix G6. Incorporating the manufacturer's POWER O.I.S. optical image stabiliser, the new lens is also optimised for HD video recording. The new Panasonic Lumix G VARIO 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens will be available from the end of June, priced at £599.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Hands-on Preview

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is an exciting new standard zoom lens for APS-C DSLR owners. Offering a short focal length of 27-52.5mm in the 35mm format, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM’s most interesting innovation is its constant aperture of f/1.8 throughout the zoom range. Whereas most standard zoom lenses, even the more expensive optics, offer a maximum aperture of f/2.8, Sigma’s new lens offers a faster shutter speed and even shallower depth of field. The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM could effectively replace a fast 28mm, 35mm and 50mm prime lens in your camera bag, although it doesn’t offer the mild telephoto reach that a lot of standard zooms offer.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens, which is the first zoom lens ever to have a constant aperture of f/1.8 throughout its 27-52.5mm equivalent range.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is the first zoom lens ever to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range. Offering a focal range equivalent to 27-52.5mm in the 35mm format, the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM is standard zoom-lens for digital single lens reflex cameras with APS-C size sensors. The 9 blade rounded diaphragm creates an attractive round bokeh at large-aperture settings, while the HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. The price and availability of the new Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM lens are still to be announced.