Thursday, February 6, 2014
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 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.
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.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The new Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is a macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Designed for compact system cameras with APS-C sized imagers, the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M is equivalent to a 75mm lens in a 35mm system. The optical formula comprises 14 elements arranged in 11 groups and an iris diaphragm with nine rounded blades. The Touit 2.8/50M with Sony E and Fuji X mount will be available worldwide in March 2014. The recommended retail price is €755/$999.
Olympus Japan has announced a special OM-D E-M5 Black Elite Pro Lens Kit. Comprising an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera body and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens, this Japan-only special edition features a leather-like finish on the outside of the body including the right-hand grip, plus redesigned main and sub command dials. This Black Elite edition comes with Firmware Version 2.0 as standard. Availability is slated for March.
Source: Olympus Japan
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ is billed as the world's most compact pancake zoom lens. Scheduled for release in late February, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 is only 22.5mm thick when retracted. The optical formula incorporates 8 elements in 7 groups, including 1 Super HR, 1 ED and 3 aspherical elements. Weighing in at only 93 grams, the lens is compatible with the separately sold LC-37C automatically closing lens cap, which is an industry first for an interchangeable lens. The M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ will be available for £299.99.The automatically closing lens cap is priced at £39.99.
The M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 is a new normal prime for the Micro Four Thirds system. Equivalent to a 50mm lens in 35mm terms, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f/1.8 features a diagonal angle of view of 47 degrees, a silent auto focus motor and an optical formula that comprises 9 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical lens elements. Other highlights include an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades, a close-focus point of 0.25m, a 46mm filter thread and Olympus-original ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to reduce flare and ghosts. The Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens will be available from March, priced at £369.99/$399.00.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sigma UK has announced the recommended retail price (RRP) of its new 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens. The Canon version of the lens will be available in February at an RRP of £349.99 including VAT. The Nikon variant will follow in March with the Sony and Pentax editions (both without an optical stabiliser) being available in May.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.
The Lens of the Year 2013 award goes to the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM.
“...we can whole-heartedly recommend the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM as a fast, well-built prime lens that delivers superb results.”
Congratulations to Sigma and the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM!
Nikon has announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has surpassed the 85-million mark. As the 80 millionth interchangeable Nikkor lens was manufactured in June, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in a bit more than half a year. In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a versatile 7.8x high-power zoom lens compatible with DX-format DSLR cameras, while in November, Nikon introduced the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G, a fast FX-format offering capable of elite low-light performance, earning accolades for its ability to minimize sagittal coma flare. Also introduced was another addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 lens lineup, the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G for FX and film cameras. Additionally, Nikon has released the world’s first waterproof and shockproof 1 Nikkor lenses, the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (read review) and the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8, alongside the Nikon 1 AW1 camera.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
As part of its "Art" line, Sigma has added a new 50mm lens to its product portfolio. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM has an optical formula featuring 13 elements in 8 groups and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens incorporates a floating system that adjusts the distance between lens groups while focusing, thereby reducing the amount of lens movement required. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) enables fast and quiet auto focus operation. Availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.
Sigma has announced a new version of its 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 superzoom lens as part of its "Contemporary" product line. The new lens is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and bears the "Macro" designation to reflect its maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3. The close-focus distance is 39cm, which translates into a minimum working distance of less than 15cm. This lens incorporates SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that have a high refractive index, and corrects chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end very well, the company claims. As before, the Canon, Nikon and Sigma versions have an Optical Stabiliser on board, while the Pentax and Sony variants come without this feature. Availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II is a collapsible-barrel zoom lens for digital SLR cameras with DX sized sensors. Available separately and in a kit with the new Nikon D3300 camera, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II weighs in at 195 grams and covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-83mm. The lens is just 76mm long when extended and in use and boasts a retractable lens mechanism that makes it a mere 59.5mm long when retracted. The optical design features 11 elements in eight groups, and an aspherical lens element minimises spherical aberration and other forms of distortion while ensuring high resolution and contrast. Nikon's compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology enables quiet, fast, and accurate autofocus performance. Available next month, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II is priced at $250 on its own and $650 with the Nikon D3300.
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is a moderate wide-angle lens for Nikon's FX-format digital and film SLR cameras. Covering the full 24x36mm frame on 35mm film and perfectly matched for Nikon's high-resolution FX-format sensors, the new FX version of the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G boasts an optical formula comprising 11 elements in 8 groups, including one asperical lens element and one ED glass element. Other highlights include a Silent Wave auto focus motor and a minimum focus distance of 25cm. Going on sale in February, the FX-format AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G carries an SRP of £519.99 / €635.00 / $599.95.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Panasonic has taken the wraps off four new Lumix cameras to coincide with this year’s CES. The new models are: the TZ60, a 30x travel zoom with Leica lens and promised March 2014 availability in the UK; the TZ55, a 20x zoom compact appearing the same month; the LZ40, a whopping 42x zoom surfacing in April 2014; plus the SZ8, a 12x zoom model, also available from March.
Fujifilm have updated their X mount lens roadmap for 2014 and early 2015.
1. A high speed wide angle prime lens (Focal length and Aperture TBC)
2. A bright XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS tele-photo zoom
3. A bright XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS standard zoom lens
4. A super telephoto zoom lens (Focal length and Aperture TBC)
5. A high magnification XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS zoom lens
The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a new fast portrait lens for X-series cameras. It features a fast maximum aperture of f/1.2, a focal length of 85mm and delivers beautiful bokeh, making it particularly suitable for high quality portraits. The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R will be on sale from February 2014 for £999.99.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Samsung NX30 is a new APS-C compact system camera. The traditionally-styled NX30 features a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. The price and availability of the Samsung NX30 are still to be announced.
Samsung have also unveiled two new lenses, the premium ‘S’ Series 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens, and the more consumer 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS is a new, optically stabilised wide zoom for X-mount compact system cameras. Equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm format, the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS from Fujifilm has an optical formula that comprises 14 lens elements arranged in 10 groups, including 4 aspherical and 3 extra-low-dispersion elements. The lens features Fujifilm's unique High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating to minimise ghosting, and boasts an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. Its high-speed AF is achieved via its inner focusing system which drives smaller lenses in the middle or rear lens groups without moving the larger lenses in the front lens groups. Thanks to light weight internal lenses and the addition of a stepping motor, the XF10-24mm lens is also very quiet to use. Going on sale in March, the lens is expected to retail for £849.99.
Two months ago, Samyang announced that it planned to release five of its full-frame lenses with Sony E mount. The company says the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC, T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift, 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC are now available for purchase. All of these are manual-focus lenses originally designed for SLR cameras.