Category: Lenses

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Official Fuji XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fujifilm has released 9 sample photos taken using the brand-new Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras at a variety of f-stops ranging from f/4.5 to f/9, these official Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS samples are available as full-resolution JPEGs. You can download the sample pictures from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm - Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Sample Photos

Fujifilm Updates X-Mount Lens Roadmap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Along with the introduction of the Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telezoom, Fujifilm has released an updated version of its X-mount lens roadmap. The updated chart includes 10 Fujinon lenses and 3 Carl Zeiss optics. Click through / scroll down to see the roadmap in its entirety.

Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fuji has just unveiled its first telephoto zoom lens for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 compact system cameras. The Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a stabilised, mid-speed telezoom boasting two linear motors for high-speed AF of 0.28 seconds. Equivalent to a 84-305mm optic in a 35mm system, the Fujinon XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS features 2 ED lens elements including one Super ED lens element that boasts performance equivalent to that of fluorite lenses and comes with Fujinon’s proprietary “HT-EBC Coating” on the entire lens surface to control flare and ghosting. The focus ring and aperture ring are made from metal and have been designed to have a high quality feel, with the benefit of being extra robust. At the launch of the XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens, Fujifilm will upgrade the firmware for both the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras. “Thanks to a new algorithm, the firmware will be able to harness the full capability of the lens enabling both cameras to search the contrast AF quickly throughout the full range of focal lengths,” the company claims.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sigma UK Confirms Availability of USB Dock and New 120-300mm Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Sigma UK has announced availability and pricing for its new USB Dock and 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens. The USB Dock (£39.99, pictured) allows users of the company’s new, USB-enabled lenses to update their lenses’ firmware and customise the working of the auto focus. The new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM telephoto zoom lens (£3599.99) is a dust- and splashproof professional lens with a constant maximum aperture, optical stabilisation, USB docking, hypersonic motor and a focus limiter. Both products will go on sale in the UK at the beginning of May.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Canon Develops 35mm Cinema Prime Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses

Canon is developing a new 35mm cinema prime lens for large-sensor digital cameras. Compatible with a wide range of sensor sizes including super 35mm, full-frame 35mm and APS-C, the new EF-mount 35mm lens in development would become the sixth prime lens in Canon’s EF Cinema lens line-up, fulfilling the requirement for an option between the existing 24mm and 50mm lenses. A development sample of the 35mm cinema lens will be on display in the Canon booth during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 8-11, 2013, with the aim of an official launch during 2013.

Prime Circle XE System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Developed by LockCircle, the Prime Circle XE System is a complete range of innovative prime lenses with electronic aperture and wireless control up to 300 feet. Prime Circle XE lenses blend world-class optics (Carl Zeiss) with cine-style ergonomics complete with dedicated XE and XE-Z wireless controllers and an FZ intelligent mount. Available in 10 different focal lengths from 15mm to 135mm, PrimeCircle XE lenses feature large focus scales on both sides of lens barrel for precise focus-puller work and a 95mm front mount across the range. The lenses will be on display at the NAB 2013 show, in Booth # C 9921.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pentax PR-80 EDA Spotting Scope

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Pentax has launched a new spotting scope kit that will enable users to attach any Pentax digital SLR camera for digiscoping purposes. The PR-80 EDA spotting scope (£1,249.99) features a double-ED objective lens and FBMC (Fully Balanced Multi Coating) on all lenses with enhanced light transmission and resolution values for superior colour, contrast and brightness. The PR-80 EDA lit is argon-purged, fully water- and dustproof, and unusually compact. The adapter that will allow for the attachment of a DSLR is currently under development. By means of this adapter, the spotting scope can be “converted” into a high-power telephoto lens. The estimated focal length will be around 1500mm, the company says.

Schneider Kreuznach Xenon Full-Frame Primes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider Kreuznach has launched a completely new series of full-frame lenses, the “Xenon full-frame primes.” Developed specifically for video enabled DSLRs (but also usable on professional cine cameras), the series initially comprises three fixed focal lengths: T2.1/35mm, T2.1/50mm and T2.1/75mm. The lenses support 4K Ultra HD video resolution and can also be used for stills photography. Cinematographers will be pleased to learn that they are all compatible with standard professional cine accessories like rigs, follow focus or matte boxes. Each Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon full-frame prime lens features a maximum aperture of T2.1, an iris diaphragm with 14 rounded blades, an M95 filter thread, robust cine-style lens mechanics and a focus ring with a 300° angle of rotation. For more information, visit the website below.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is a new standard zoom for the manufacturer’s APS-C digital SLR cameras, featuring near-silent STM technology optimised for focussing in live view and video modes. Other highlights include optical image stabilisation, an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, a non-rotating front element, Super Spectra coating and a close-focus point of 25cm. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will be available from late April, at suggested retail prices of £239.99 / €299.99 / $249.99.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Amazon Rolls Out Lens Finder Feature

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Websites
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Amazon has recently added a new tool helping users find the ‘right’ lens for their cameras. After selecting their camera brand, series and model, customers are presented with a matrix showing all available lenses for the chosen camera. They can then filter the results by lens brand (if more than one is applicable) and lens type (such as fisheye, telephoto, macro etc.). It seems that the project is currently going through a “soft launch” phase as the ‘Find Lenses for This Camera’ link is not yet available with every interchangeable-lens camera carried by Amazon - only select models, with presumably more coming soon.

Via 1001 Noisy Cameras

Monster Zoom Used to Photograph Pope

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photographers
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Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez used a huge Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED super-telephoto lens to take photos of Pope Francis from ground level on Saint Peter’s Square. This is a rare but not exactly new manual-focus lens - in fact it was first used at a Japanese tournament held in March 1990. The large (888mm long), expensive and unwieldy (16kg) lens isn’t often seen out in the wild but when you do see one in person you won’t mistake it for anything else. Italian newspaper La Stampa published a couple of pictures of Martinez working the monster lens on 12 March 2013 here. The pictures he took with the rare super-telephoto zoom appeared on the Reuters blog as well as in publications worldwide.

Via MLZPhoto

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pentax Announces Rebates

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas has announced consumer mail-in rebates on its 645D medium-format system as well as select Limited series lenses when bundled with the K-5 IIs dSLR. The rebates, valid through 31 March 2013, range from $250 to $500. Photographers who buy a 645D camera body will receive a free D-FA 55mm lens and a $500 Pentax VISA prepaid card on the purchase of the D-FA 25mm and HD 90mm lens when bought at the same time as the body. Those purchasing the K-5IIs camera body will receive a $250 Pentax VISA prepaid card on the purchase of FA 31mm, 43mm and 77mm Limited series lenses when biught at the same time as the body. To print a mail-in rebate form, visit the website below.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Availability & Pricing Announced for Three Sigma Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced availability and pricing for the three lenses unveiled at the CP+ trade show held earlier this year in Yokohama, Japan. The new and restyled Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN and 30mm f/2.8 DN (pictured) will be available for MFT and NEX cameras from late March, priced at £189.99 / $199.00 each. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM dSLR lens will hit the shelves in Canon and Sigma fit, in late March / early April respectively, priced at £499.99 / $499.00. The availability of the F mount version has yet to be announced.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Canon UK Launches Spring Cashback Promotion

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Starting today photographers living in the UK and Ireland can claim cashback on a range of Canon products including DSLRs, lenses and accessories, compacts, camcorders and printers. The amount of cashback ranges from £20/€25 on the PowerShot S110 camera (pictured) to £235/€300 on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses. To take part in the offer and check the terms and conditions, visit the website below.

Firmware Updates for Panasonic GH3, 14-42mm, 45-150mm & 45-175mm Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic has announced the upcoming release of firmware updates for the Lumix GH3 compact system camera and three Micro Four Thirds lenses. Scheduled to be available later this month, the Panasonic GH3 firmware upgrade will enable users to connect their camera to a PC over Wi-Fi by inputting the computer’s name, and add a 60p, 28Mbps Full HD video recording mode for MP4 movies. The firmware updates will also enhance AF speed and continuous shooting performance when using the camera in AF-C mode in conjunction with the 14-42mm, 40-150mm and 45-175mm lenses.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens. An updated version of Nikon’s immensely popular AF 80-400mm telephoto lens, the new AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom boasts an improved optical construction, Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system which allows up to 4-stops of compensation, and a greatly improved autofocus mechanism. The new Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will go on sale in the UK on 19th March 2013 for £2,449.99 / €2,999.00. In the US it will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price of $2,699.95.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Hands-On Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM is a new professional lens that first appeared at last year’s Olympics. Still in pre-production and not even officially announced, but looking like very much the real deal, we were able to take a look at one of three samples that were being shown to journalists to the Focus on Imaging Show in Bimingham, UK. The Canon 200-400mm features a built-in 1.4x tele-convertor 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 especially for video. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM is expected to ship sometime this year, price yet to be announced.

Check our our hands-on gallery of 16 photos of the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM lens.

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm Lens, 2013 Lens Road-map

Mark Goldstein | Focus On Imaging, Lenses
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Fujifilm have revealed the full specifications of the upcoming XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8R LM OIS lens. Due for release in May 2013, the Fujfilm 55-200mm will offer 5 stops of stabilisation and faster maximum apertures than comparable zooms at a substantially cheaper price. Fujifilm were also showing a new lens roadmap at Focus on Imaging, with the new 23mm f/1.4R, 27mm f/2.8, 56mm f/1.4R, and the 10-24mm f/4R OIS lenses set to be launched this year. Exciting times for X-series owners.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tamron UK Joins Facebook

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Websites
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Intro 2020 has launched a new Tamron UK Facebook page. Offering plenty of news and editorial content as well as regular competitions, reviews of Tamron products, galleries of inspirational images and exclusive offers for fans; the page went live on Monday, 25th February 2013. To celebrate the launch month there will be a different themed photo-competition each week for the next four weeks – with a total of four Tamron 18-270mm PZD lenses up for grabs.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sony 70-400mm Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 lens.