Category: Lenses

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is a new, 189–810mm equivalent super-telephoto zoom lens for the Nikon 1 system. In a first for a 1 Nikkor series lens, the Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 boasts a focus limit switch that lets you reduce focusing time when shooting within a specific distance range. Other features include Vibration Reduction (VR) and a retractable-lens mechanism that ensures easy portability between locations. Nikon’s Voice Coil Motor delivers fast, quiet auto focus, and the focus ring with M/A focus mode lets users make quick and precise manual focus adjustments during auto focus operation. The 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens will be available for £879.99 / €1,029.00 / $999.95.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sigma Ordered to Pay JPY 1.5bn in Compensation to Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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A district court in Tokyo, Japan, has ruled in Nikon's favour in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2011 against Sigma. Nikon claimed that a number of Sigma lenses infringed on some of its patents related to lens-based vibration reduction technology (VR). The court has ordered Sigma to pay 1.5 billion yen (14.5 million dollars) in compensation.

Source: Lexology

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Kowa Prominar lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8, 12mm f/1.8 and 25mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the exciting new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a Sony A7R.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Panasonic GH4 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic GH4 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera, including the YAGH interface grip,the metal chassis and an exploded view of the inside of the camera.

Panasonic were also exhibiting early samples of the Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and a non-working protototype of an intriguing super-compact 35-100mm lens.

Tamron 16-300mm and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 VC PZD and 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of these new lenses, which are apparently the only ones in the world...

Monday, March 3, 2014

Canon UK Launches Spring Cashback

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Canon UK has launched its Spring 2014 cashback promotion. Customers can claim up to £210 cashback on a range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses, compact cameras, camcorders and Pixma PRO printers. The offer runs from 1 March 2014 to 7 May 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Nikon UK Announces Spring Cashback Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK today launched its spring consumer promotion offering up to £120 cashback. Eligible products include selected digital SLR cameras, selected DX lenses, plus the SB-300 Speedlight. The offer is valid through 28 May 2014 and all claims must be received by 30 June 2014. For more details, visit the website below.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Egami Spots Olympus Patents for Ultra-Fast Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Japanese camera and imaging blog Egami has spotted Olympus patent applications for two 12mm  f/1 and two 14mm f/1 AF lenses. The Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system already offers an assortment of f/0.95 lenses, courtesy of Cosina and SLRmagic - but these are all manual-focus lenses, whereas the patent-pending Olympus designs would allow for the incorporation of auto focus. Filed on 19 August 2012 and published on 20 February 2014, these patent applications include elaborate technical drawings that reveal some extremely complex optical designs, prompting Egami to speculate that software correction might be necessary to elminate chromatic aberrations and geometric distortions. In addition to the two 12mm and two 14mm MFT lens designs, Olympus has also filed patent applications for similarly fast lenses intended for smaller-sensor cameras - a 9mm f/1 lens covering an 1" sensor and a 5.46mm f/0.95 lens matching a 1/1.7" imager.

Via IR

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Firmware Updates for Three Fujinon Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fujifilm has posted firmware updates for three Fujinon lenses. Version 1.11 for the Fujinon XF55-200mm f3.5-48 R LM OIS, version 1.12 for the Fujinon XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS (pictured) and version 3.11 for the Fujinon XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS improve the effectiveness of the optical image stabiliser when shooting stills or movies. Additionally, the upgrades for the 18-55mm and 55-200mm improve auto focus response when the lenses are used in combination with the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-E2 compact system cameras.

Website: Fujinon XF55-200mm f3.5-4.8 Firmware Version 1.11
Website: Fujinon XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 Firmware Version 1.12
Website: Fujinon XF18-55mm f2.8-4 Firmware Version 3.11

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kowa Announces Three MFT Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Japanese optics manufacturer Kowa has unveiled three new 'Prominar' lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system. The Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f/2.8 MFT is a 17mm equivalent rectilinear lens with a surprisingly low amount of geometric distortion (0.12% barrelling). The Kowa Prominar 12mm f/1.8 MFT is a fast 24mm equivalent wide-angle lens, whilst the Kowa Prominar 25mm f/1.8 MFT is a 50mm equivalent "normal" prime. All three lenses have proper distance scales and aperture rings. Availability is slated for Summer 2014.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f0.95 Type II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Cosina is set to release an updated version of the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0l95 Micro Four Thirds lens. This revised edition benefits from a new aperture control mechanism which allows the user to switch between "clicked" and stepless operation as required, just like the Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 and Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95. Otherwise unchanged from the previous version, the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f0.95 II is a manual-focus lens with an optical formula comprising 11 elements in 8 groups and a 10-bladed iris diaphragm. The new lens will go on sale in March 2014, priced at 105,000 yen.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM for Pentax & Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced the release of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens in Pentax and Sony mounts. With an optical formula comprising nine elements in eight groups and an iris diaphragm with nine rounded blades (and no “EX” designation in the name), this lens features a completely different design to the older Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM, which was introducedback in 2005. It also has a shorter close-focusing distance of 30cm and a higher maximum reproduction ratio of 1:6.8. The filter attachment size is unchanged at 62mm, as is the 30mm focal length that translates into 45mm on Pentax and Sony cameras with APS-C size image sensors. As part of the manufacturer’s ‘Art’ line, the new 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM is compatible with Sigma’s separately sold USB dock accessory and Sigma Optimisation Pro software.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Olympus Develops Two New Pro Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus has announced it is developing a 7-14mm (14-28mm eq.) f/2.8 and a 300mm (600mm eq.) f/4 lens for Micro Four Thirds. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO will compete directly with Panasonic's 7-14mm f/4 lens, while offering a full stop faster maximum aperture; and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4 PRO will be the first dedicated AF prime in the Micro Four Thirds sytem to offer 600mm equivalent telephoto reach. Both lenses will have a splash- and dustproof construction for use in adverse weather conditions and dusty locales. Mock-ups of the lenses will be shown at the Camera & Photo Imaging Show CP+ starting this Thursday.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x 50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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SLR Magic has launched its Anamorphot 1.33x 50 anamorphic adapter for indie filmmakers. Developed with the help of EOSHD, the Anamorphot 1.33x 50 (£749 / €899 is designed to improve image quality in widescreen formats, while creating special horizontal flare effects, commonly referred to as anamorphic streaks when pointed toward a light source. In addition to the Anamorphot 1.33x 50, SLR Magic has also launched a 77mm Achromatic Dioptre Set (£249 / €299), designed for use with the anamorphic adapter. Both products will be available late March 2014.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ricoh to Showcase New MF DSLR, Lenses & Film Duplicator at CP+

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Ricoh is planning to exhibit four new reference products at CP+ 2014. Among these is a completely new medium-format DSLR camera - tentatively named the Pentax 645D 2014 - boasting the "latest, super-high-resolution CMOS image sensor" and an articulated LCD screen; a new medium-format ultra-wide zoom lens; a Q-mount telemacro lens and an interesting film duplicator that "produces digital duplicates of silver-halide-film images in combination with a digital SLR camera and a dedicated flash unit." Judging by the product shot - see gallery after the jump - this essentially means a focusing rail combined with a macro bellows, film holder and diffusor screen

HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh has announced a new AF teleconverter for Pentax K-mount interchangeable-lens cameras. The HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter has been engineered to maintain the auto focus functionality while working seamlessly with both camera-driven as well as lens-driven AF systems. Composed of four elements in three groups, the HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter incorporates the Pentax-developed HD coating to minimise reflectance inside the converter while optimising light transmittance. The converter will be available in March 2014 for a price of £379.99 / $599.95.

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron is developing a new 11.zx ultrazoom lens for 35mm full-frame dSLRs. The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD features a Piezo Drive auto focus motor, Tamron's exclusive Vibration Compensation technology and an optical formula comprising 19 elements in 15 groups. Equipped with a petal-shaped lens hood, the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD has a 67mm filter thread, a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.5, and a minimum focus distance of 0.49m. A prototype of the lens will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014 trade show, taking place from 13-16 February 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is a new, 24-450mm equivalent ultrazoom lens for dSLRs with APS-C sized sensors. Currently in development, the lens will have an optical formula comprising sixteen elements in twelve groups and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. Shipping with a petal-shaped lens hood, the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD will have a 67mm filter thread, 39cm minimum focus distance and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2.9. The lens incorporates a PZD (Piezo Drive) focus motor and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) technology to combat motion blur resulting from shaky hands. A prototype will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from 13-16 February in Yokohama.