Category: Lenses

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new mirrorless system camera that marks "the beginning of a new era in professional photography". The Leica SL features the fastest auto-focusing of any full-frame system camera, a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second, 4.4million pixel electronic viewfinder, 2.95” back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170°, Maestro II Series processor, 11fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and a highest ISO setting of 50,000.

Three new lenses have also been unveiled alongside the Leica SL - the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. standard zoom, Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4, and the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4. In addition, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter as they share the same mount. In addition, appropriate adapters allow almost all Leica S, M, and R system lenses ever made to be mounted on the Leica SL, as well as lenses from other manufacturers.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) body is scheduled to be available in the UK from authorised Leica stockists from 16 November 2015, at a suggested retail price of £5,050 including VAT.
The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. zoom lens is scheduled to be available at the same time, at a suggested retail price of £3,150 including VAT. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8–4 will be available in Q2 2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. will be available in Q4 2016, pricing for both to be confirmed at a later date.

In the USA the Leica SL (Type 601) body (SRP: $7,450) and Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH zoom lens (SRP: $4,950) will be available beginning November 16 at your local Leica Store, Leica Boutique or Leica Dealer.

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a new mirrorless system camera that marks "the beginning of a new era in professional photography". The Leica SL features the fastest auto-focusing of any full-frame system camera, a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second, 4.4million pixel...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The new Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is billed as the World’s first f/1.4 ultra-wide-angle lens for full-frame digital SLR cameras. Constructed of 15 elements in 11 groups including two FLD glass and five SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens also features an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades for a pleasing bokeh. Allowing the photographer to leverage the perspective provided by the wide-angle and the shallow depth of field provided by the large aperture, this lens is ideal not only for such ultra-wide-angle subjects as landscapes and starry skies, but also for snapshots in low light, indoor photography, environmental portraits and more. Weighing in at 950 grams, the new Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens carries an MSRP of £849.99.

The new Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is billed as the World’s first f/1.4 ultra-wide-angle lens for full-frame digital SLR cameras. Constructed of 15 elements in 11 groups including two FLD glass and five SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens also...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Canon UK Announce Winter Cashback

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Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact cameras, six camcorders and four printers (click through / scroll down for the full list). Registering with Canon to claim cashback on any of these products will give you the chance to win a luxury trip to St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact...

ZEISS Otus 1.4/28

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 lens offers unrivalled image quality unseen until now in wide-angle photography, even with a wide-open aperture. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also excels due to its high speed of f/1.4.

The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2 and ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 ZE will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date.

The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 lens offers unrivalled image quality unseen until now in wide-angle photography, even with a wide-open aperture. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens...

Monday, October 12, 2015

ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 is a super wide angle lens for compact full-frame cameras with E-mount. With a new optical design based on the ZEISS Distagon, the Zeiss Loxia 21mm lens has an angular field exceeding 91 degrees (diagonal) on a full-frame camera and a minimum object distance of just 0.25 meters (9.84”).

The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 will be available worldwide starting December 2015. The lens shade is included with delivery. The recommended retail price is USD 1,499 (excl. VAT) or EUR 1,259.66 (excl. VAT).*

The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 is a super wide angle lens for compact full-frame cameras with E-mount. With a new optical design based on the ZEISS Distagon, the Zeiss Loxia 21mm lens has an angular field exceeding 91 degrees (diagonal) on a full-frame camera and a minimum object distance of just 0.25 meters (9.84...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Voigtländer to Release Trio of E-mount Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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In Spring 2016 Voigtländer will release a new line of Sony-E-Mount lenses including a 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar, a 12mm f/5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar and a 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar. While the 12mm and 15mm primes are already available in M-mount versions, the 10mm focal length is completely new. The new E-mount lenses will be equipped with all the necessary contacts to transmit data such as focal length, aperture and camera-to-subject distance, so that they can be included in the EXIF information embedded in the image files produced by the camera. Additionally, all three lenses will incorporate a stepless aperture control mechanism, a feature that's especially important for videographers. Pricing and specifications have yet to be communicated.

In Spring 2016 Voigtländer will release a new line of Sony-E-Mount lenses including a 10mm f/5.6 Hyper-Wide-Heliar, a 12mm f/5.6 Ultra-Wide-Heliar and a 15mm f/4.5 Super-Wide-Heliar. While the 12mm and 15mm primes are already available in M-mount versions, the 10mm focal length is completely new. The new E-mount lenses...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kistar 55mm f/1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Japanese optics manuafacturer Kinoshita Kogaku Kenkyujyo has just announced the Kistar 55mm f/1.2 lens. Paying homage to a 1970s Tomioka lens, the Kistar 55mm f/1.2 large-aperture standard prime comes with a Yashica/Contax mount but can be used on most modern compact system cameras with an adapter. The optical construction features 7 elements in 6 groups and an 8-bladed iris diaphragm. Weighing in at 310 grams, the Kinoshita Kistar 55mm f/1.2 carries a recommended retail price of 134,100 yen (approximately £740/$1,115) but actually sells for $1,465 on eBay.

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Japanese optics manuafacturer Kinoshita Kogaku Kenkyujyo has just announced the Kistar 55mm f/1.2 lens. Paying homage to a 1970s Tomioka lens, the Kistar 55mm f/1.2 large-aperture standard prime comes with a Yashica/Contax mount but can be used on most modern compact system cameras with an adapter. The optical construction...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

HD Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED SDM WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The HD Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED SDM WR is a full-frame standard zoom for Pentax K-mount SLR cameras. Designed with Ricoh's new 35mm full-frame DSLR (currently under development) in mind, this zoom lens is constructed of 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 ED glass elements and 4 aspherical lens elements. The built-in SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) provides a quiet, high-speed autofocus operation. The lens comes equipped with the Pentax-developed Quick-Shift Focus system, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing as needed. The HD Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED SDM WR features a weather-resistant construction with special seals to effectively prevent water reaching the inside of the lens (despite having an extending zoom mechanism). The lens will be available from late October for £1149.99/$1,299.99.

The HD Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8ED SDM WR is a full-frame standard zoom for Pentax K-mount SLR cameras. Designed with Ricoh's new 35mm full-frame DSLR (currently under development) in mind, this zoom lens is constructed of 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 ED glass elements and 4 aspherical lens elements....

Monday, September 21, 2015

Samyang Announce Four New Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have introduced four new manual-focus lenses for compact system cameras with APS-C and FourThirds sized imagers. The Samyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS (£279.99/€349.00, pictured) is a moderate wide-angle/normal lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and an optical formula comprising 8 lens elements in 7 groups, including one extra low dispersion lens (ED) and three glass aspherical lenses. The Samyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS (£309.99/€399.00) is a short telephoto lens with a bright f/1.2 aperture with impressive bokeh, incorporating 9 elements in seven groups with two glass aspherical lenses. For an extra £30/€50, both the 21mm and 50mm lenses will be available in cine versions featuring quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture gear rings and maximum apertures of T1.5 and T1.3 respectively. These new lenses will be available from mid-October in Sony E, MFT, Fujifilm X and Canon M mounts.

Samyang have introduced four new manual-focus lenses for compact system cameras with APS-C and FourThirds sized imagers. The Samyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS (£279.99/€349.00, pictured) is a moderate wide-angle/normal lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and an optical formula comprising 8 lens elements in 7 groups, including...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 Lens Now Official

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has officially announced the Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 MFT lens, which was first unveiled a week ago by way of the company's Facebook fan page. This tiny yet ultra-fast manual-focus lens features 11 elements in 9 groups, and a diaphragm with 11 aperture blades. Weighing in at 230 grams, the Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 takes 43mm filters, and offers a close-focus point of 25cm, measured from the sensor plane. Equivalent to a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera, the Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens is available to pre-order for $399.

Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has officially announced the Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 MFT lens, which was first unveiled a week ago by way of the company's Facebook fan page. This tiny yet ultra-fast manual-focus lens features 11 elements in 9 groups, and a diaphragm with 11 aperture blades. Weighing in at 230 grams,...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Schneider-Kreuznach Release FF Primes for Sony CSCs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider-Kreuznach are showcasing an FF-Prime lens with Sony E-Mount for the first time at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC). Up to now, Schneider-Kreuznach's Xenon-branded FF-Primes - which were first announced in 2013 - have been available in Canon, Nikon and PL fit. The FF Prime lenses with Sony E-Mount will become available later this year in 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm focal lengths (all with a maximum aperture of T/2.1), priced from €2,998-€4,320.

Schneider-Kreuznach are showcasing an FF-Prime lens with Sony E-Mount for the first time at the International Broadcast Conference (IBC). Up to now, Schneider-Kreuznach's Xenon-branded FF-Primes - which were first announced in 2013 - have been available in Canon, Nikon and PL fit. The FF Prime lenses with Sony E-Mount will...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Zeiss Milvus Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Milvus lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/2 Macro, 85mm f/1.4 and 100mm f/2 Macro lenses.

Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Milvus lenses look like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the new Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/2 Macro, 85mm f/1.4 and 100mm f/2 Macro lenses.

Zeiss Milvus Presentation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss today launched the Zeiss Milvus product family for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras. Initially comprising six lenses, the Milvus range is optimised for today's high-resolution professional cameras. We attended the launch event in Oberkochen, Germany - here are some of the presentationn slides that were shown.

Zeiss today launched the Zeiss Milvus product family for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras. Initially comprising six lenses, the Milvus range is optimised for today's high-resolution professional cameras. We attended the launch event in Oberkochen, Germany - here are some of the presentationn slides that were shown.

Zeiss Announces Milvus Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has announced the new Zeiss Milvus line, which initially comprises six all-metal manual-focus primes optimised for today's high-resolution digital SLR cameras from Canon and Nikon. These include the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 (€1,699/$1,843), 35mm f/2 (€1,099/$1,177), 50 f/1.4 (€1,199/$1,199), 50 f/2 Macro (€1,199/1,283), 85mm f/1.4 (€1,799 / $1,799) and 100 f/2 Macro (€1,699/$1,843) lenses. The new optics will be available from 15 October 2015. Further focal lengths will be added to the Zeiss Milvus product family over the next few years, the company says. Click through / read on for more details.

Zeiss has announced the new Zeiss Milvus line, which initially comprises six all-metal manual-focus primes optimised for today's high-resolution digital SLR cameras from Canon and Nikon. These include the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 (€1,699/$1,843), 35mm f/2 (€1,099/$1,177), 50 f/1.4 (€1,199/$1,199), 50 f/2 Macro (€1,199/1,283), 85mm f/1.4 (€1,799 / $1,799) and 100 f/2 Macro (€1,699/$1,843)...

Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Mitakon have taken the wraps off their newest Micro Four Thirds lens, the Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95. This tiny yet ultra-fast manual-focus lens is available to preorder now, priced at $399. According to the company, the optical construction features 11 elements in 9 groups, and a diaphragm with 11 aperture blades. Weighing in at 230 grams, the Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 takes 43mm filters, and offers a close-focus point of 25cm, measured from the sensor plane.

Zhongyi Mitakon have taken the wraps off their newest Micro Four Thirds lens, the Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95. This tiny yet ultra-fast manual-focus lens is available to preorder now, priced at $399. According to the company, the optical construction features 11 elements in 9 groups, and a diaphragm with 11 aperture blades. Weighing in at 230...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Canon Introduces Its First Two 4K Field Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon U.S.A. today announced two new long-zoom 2/3-inch 4K field lenses for 4K UHD broadcast camera systems. The UJ86x9.3B (UHD-DIGISUPER 86) is the flagship Premium 4K field lens and is flanked by the UJ90x9B (UHD-DIGISUPER 90) standard 4K field lens. The zoom ratios of 90x and 86x of these two lenses make them the longest and second-longest 4K broadcast lenses in the world. The UHD-DIGISUPER 86 (pictured) offers a focal range extending from the wide-angle 9.3mm setting out to the telephoto 800mm extremity (18.6-1600mm with the 2x extender). The UHD-DIGISUPER 90 has a wide-angle setting of 9mm and a telephoto extremity of 810mm (18-1620mm with the 2x extender). The UHD-DIGISUPER 86 and 90 lenses will be shipping in October 2015 and March 2016, respectively.

Canon U.S.A. today announced two new long-zoom 2/3-inch 4K field lenses for 4K UHD broadcast camera systems. The UJ86x9.3B (UHD-DIGISUPER 86) is the flagship Premium 4K field lens and is flanked by the UJ90x9B (UHD-DIGISUPER 90) standard 4K field lens. The zoom ratios of 90x and 8...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. is a new standard prime for the Micro Four Thirds system. Weighing in at 125 grams, the new 50mm equivalent lens features 8 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 1 ultra-high-refractive-index element. The lens has an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades for a pleasing rendering of the out-of-focus areas. An inner focus drive system and stepping motor designed for smooth, silent operation work with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast-detect AF system for both photo and video recording. The lens is currently available to preorder for $297.99.

The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. is a new standard prime for the Micro Four Thirds system. Weighing in at 125 grams, the new 50mm equivalent lens features 8 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 1 ultra-high-refractive-index element. The lens has an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades for a pleasing rendering...

Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first full-frame standard prime with Vibration Compensation technology. Its optical formula comprises 10 elements arranged in 8 groups including two moulded glass aspherical elements and a low-dispersion element; plus an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades. The Vibration Compensation feature provides up to 3.5 stops' worth of image stabilisation for steady hand-held shooting. The Canon and Nikon versions will become available in October, with a non-VC model in Sony fit coming at a later date.

The Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first full-frame standard prime with Vibration Compensation technology. Its optical formula comprises 10 elements arranged in 8 groups including two moulded glass aspherical elements and a low-dispersion element; plus an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades. The Vibration Compensation...

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a stabilised, moisture-resistant moderate wide-angle lens for full-frame SLR cameras, featuring a minimum focus distance of 0.2m and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2.5. The optical formula comprises 10 elements in 9 groups, including two moulded glass aspherical elements, a low-dispersion and an extra-low-dispersion element; as well as an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The front lens element boasts an oil- and water-repellent coating, while some of the other optical elements have been treated with eBAND and BBAR coatings to minimise flare and ghosting. The Canon- and Nikon-mount versions of the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD feature Tamron's Vibration Compensation technology, which provides up to 3 stops' worth of of image stabilisation when shooting hand-held. The lens will be available from October in Canon and Nikon fit, with a Sony version (sans VC) to be announced at a later date. Pricing has yet to be communicated.

The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a stabilised, moisture-resistant moderate wide-angle lens for full-frame SLR cameras, featuring a minimum focus distance of 0.2m and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2.5. The optical formula comprises 10 elements in 9 groups, including two moulded glass aspherical elements, a low-dispersion and an extra-low-dispersion...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hasselblad Announces Two New Promotions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Hasselblad has announced two new promotions for those wishing to buy the CMOS-powered Hassleblad H5D-50c medium-fomat camera. The first offer enables you to purchase either the H5D-50c / H5D-50c with Wi-Fi for €20,900 / €21,400 and get the HCD 28mm lens plus the HC 2.8/80mm lens for free. The second promotion allows current medium-format camera owners to trade in their gear for an H5D-50c (also including the Wi-Fi version) and receive a €1,500 discount on any one Hasselblad lens or a €3,200 discount on any two Hasselblad lenses of their choice.

Hasselblad has announced two new promotions for those wishing to buy the CMOS-powered Hassleblad H5D-50c medium-fomat camera. The first offer enables you to purchase either the H5D-50c / H5D-50c with Wi-Fi for €20,900 / €21,400 and get the HCD 28mm lens plus the HC 2.8/80mm...