Category: Lenses

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sigma Announces Pricing for 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced pricing and availability details for its 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens. Billed as the first zoom lens ever to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.8 throughout the zoom range, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is designed for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size sensors, and offers a focal range equivalent to 27-52.5mm in the 35mm format. The lens will arrive in the United States early July for the street price of $799. The UK RRP will be £799.99 including VAT. This new lens will be available in Canon and Sigma mount in early July with Nikon mount following towards the end of July. Availability for Sony and Pentax mount is to be announced at a later date.

Total Production of Nikkor Lenses Reaches 80 Million

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses

Nikon today announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has surpassed the eighty-million mark. As the 75 millionth Nikkor was manufactured in November, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in about half a year. In January, Nikon announced two new additions to the Nikkor line-up, including the AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, which offers the longest focal length in the history of AF Nikkors; and .the compact and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. In March, the 5x telephoto-zoom AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR was announced, offering one of the fastest AF speeds in its class.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS Mirror Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS is a small-size, manual focus, reflex lens for compact system cameras. The optical structure features 9 elements arranged in 6 groups, including one ED-type lens ensuring high contrast and effectively preventing chromatic aberration. Available from July for Sony E, Fujifilm X, MFT and Canon M mounts, the Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS has a suggested retail price of £289.99. In addition, the company has re-announced the Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS lens, which will be offered for £419.99 (or £459.99 for the Nikon version).

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pentax-07 Mount Shield Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Pentax-07 Mount Shield Lens is a 11.5mm f:9 body cap lens for the Pentax Q system. This product is the fourth model in the Unique-Lens series and features an angle of view equivalent to 53.0mm in 35mm terms when mounted on the new Pentax Q7 body (or 63.5mm on the older Pentax Q or Q10 models). Measuring a mere 6.9mm in length, the lens is thin and compact, allowing users to take it anywhere. The Pentax-07 Mount Shield Lens will be available from September for $79.95. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Schneider Kreuznach Re-announces FF Primes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider Kreuznach has reconfirmed its plans to launch several full-frame lenses for video shooting with DSLR cameras, called “FF-Primes." Aimed at satisfying the growing demand from ambitious and professional cinematographers and photographers, the new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes will be available for Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras. The new Schneider Xenon FF-Prime lenses will be available in the second half of 2013.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Samsung NX 10mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samsung has announced a 10mm fisheye lens for its NX system. Billed as the smallest AF fisheye lens on the market, the Samsung 10mm f/3.5 weighs in at only 72 grams, and has a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees. The optical formula comprises 7 elements in 5 groups including one aspherical element, and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. The Samsung 10mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens will be available to buy in the UK later this year.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lensbabies Used in “Much Ado About Nothing”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby has announced that its products were used to shoot the film “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by the renowned Joss Whedon. "We shot the flashback scenes on a Canon 7D with a Lensbaby Composer with Double Glass," says Jay Hunter, Director of Photography. "I really love how the Lensbaby sends you into an abstract world, by defocusing and warping the frame while leaving other portions of the frame sharp."

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has announced an optically stabilised ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Roughly equivalent to a classic 18-35mm optic in 35mm terms, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM features a retractable lens design locked in place by a switch, which allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. As Canon's first-ever incterchangeable ultra-wide-angle lens boasting an optical image stabiliser, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is also optimised for movie shooting, courtesy of an advanced Dynamic IS mode that helps users capture steady video footage. The near-silent STM technology also ensures focus noise is suppressed during movie capture. The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available from July, priced at £380 / €450.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Zeiss Puts a Price Tag on Touit Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Carl Zeiss has announced availability and pricing details for its Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 compact system camera lenses. Available now, the Carl Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 ultra-wide angle lens (pictured) carries a recommended retail price of €920 / $1,250, whilst the Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 "standard prime" can be yours for €670 / $900. Both lenses come in Fuji X and Sony E mount versions.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Via its Facebook fan page, Samyang Asia has announced the upcoming launch of a 24mm equivalent rectilinear lens for dSLRs and CSCs with APS-C sized sensors. The new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS is a manual-focus lens featuring 13 elements arranged in 11 groups and a 77mm filter thread. Weighing in at 571g, the Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS will be available in Canon EF, Canon EF-M, Four Thirds, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X, Nikon F, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony A and Sony E mounts. Note that on Canon and - especially - Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds bodies, the lens will have a tighter field of view (~26mm equivalent on Canon and 32mm on [M]FT). Pricing has yet to be communicated.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Canon Celebrates Production of 90 Million EF Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens manufacturing milestone - the company’s 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens. The manufacture of Canon’s EF lenses first began in March 1987 alongside the introduction of Canon’s first EOS SLR camera system at the company’s Utsunomiya plant. The range now comprises 80 different models including the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x (pictured). In addition to a range of EF and EF-S lenses designed for DSLRs, the line-up now includes an expanding selection of 4K-resolution EF Cinema Lenses. In July 2012, Canon also announced a new line of EF-M lenses developed specifically for the company’s EOS M compact system camera.

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.