Thursday, August 1, 2013
Sigma today announced a new, fee-based service that will enable the company’s Global Vision lens owners to change their lens mounts for use on different camera systems. Starting on 2nd September, Global Vision lens owners can request the Mount Conversion Service to convert their current Sport, Contemporary or Art SLR lenses to their choice of a Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon mount. Current, applicable full-frame lenses include the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS Sport and 35mm F1.4 DG Art; APS-C crop sensor lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS Macro Contemporary and 18-35mm F1.8 DC Art. Global Vision category lenses for CSCs (including the 19mm F2.8 DN Art, 30mm F2.8 DN Art and 60mm F2.8 DN Art) can be updated to either a Micro Four Thirds MFT or Sony E- mount. All lenses that undergo the Mount Conversion Service will be covered under warranty for six months following the update.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Lomography has announced its newest product, the Petzval portrait lens. Designed for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras, this 85mm f/2.2 lens has an angle of view of 30 degrees, close-focus distance of 1m, a 67mm filter thread, multi-coated lens elements - and a totally unique bokeh that is said to be "impossible to reproduce with any filters or computer programs". The recreation of the original Petzval lens - which was invented in 1840 by the Hungarian engineer and mathematician József Petzvál - is funded through a Kickstarter project. Those who donate $300 or more to the cause will be able to get the new Petzval lens for "a very-very special price," Lomography says.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Fujifilm has released an updated lens roadmap for its X-mount compact system cameras, showing current and upcoming lenses (including the Touit range from Zeiss). Compared to the previous version, the updated roadmap includes two XC branded lenses, the already announced Fujinon XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and the brand new Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS, which will be available by the end of this year. Fujinon XC optics are “compact and casual” lenses that are more affordable and accessible to amateur photographers.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Nikon has released updated lens distortion control data for a number of its DSLR cameras including the Nikon D4, D90, D600, D800, D800E, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000 and D7100 (pictured). Version 1.009 is now available from the websites below.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Via its official blog, Carl Zeiss has announced that it "will... label its lenses differently: Carl Zeiss will become ZEISS." Throughout its long history, Carl Zeiss has used various labels on its lenses. From the 1920s, the moniker "Carl Zeiss Jena" would appear on a variety of its products. After WW2, some of the company's employees established a new factory in Oberkochen, West Germany, and adopted a new label with the inscription "Carl Zeiss," while the East German factory located in Jena continued to brand its products "Carl Zeiss Jena." After several, often long-winded international lawsuits, the West German factory dropped the founder's first name, Carl, from its logo; while in the US - where the Oberkochen-based company was granted exclusive use of the name "Carl Zeiss" - the East German factory's produts were relabelled "aus Jena." The reunification of Germany brought about a merger of the two Zeiss firms, and a new company logo was created - but the branding of the photographic lenses continued to differ from that of the firm's other products (such as eyeglasses and microscopes). Now the company decided that it will use only the ZEISS logo on the front ring of its lenses. "The changeover for the lenses will take place at the family level: existing lens families will not be changed after-the-fact, but future families will be labelled with ZEISS," the company said in a statement. "The first family to introduce this change is the ZEISS Touit lenses."
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Panasonic has unveiled a new version of its Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 "pancake" lens. Comprising seven elements in five groups, the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II ASPH uses two aspherical elements to minimise both distortion and chromatic aberrations and comes with an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. According to the company, the new lens "supports Contrast AF system for high precision auto focusing," although it's unclear if the focusing speed has been improved since the previous iteration. The main novelty seems to be the "newly designed metallic profile" of the lens. The new addition will be available from 29th July 2013, priced at around £350.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Fujifilm X-M1 is a new compact and lightweight compact system camera. Featuring the same 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the flagship X-Pro1, the X-M1 weighs just 330 grams and is about half the size of a regular SLR body. It also offers a 920,000 dot tiltable 3-inch LCD, 5.6fps burst shooting, wireless image transfer, full HD (1920x1080) video recording at 30 frames per second, a built-in flash and hot shoe, ISO200-6400 and a 49 point AF system.
Fujfilm are also announcing the Fujinon XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens, which will ship as a kit lens with the X-M1. Offering a focal range of 24mm-76mm in 35mm terms, the XC16-50mm lens consists of 12 all-glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. It will be available in black and silver.
The X-M1 is available in three colours - Black, Silver and Brown In the UK, the X-M1 and XC16-50mm lens kit will be on sale from end July 2013 for £679.99.
The Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 is a new prime lens for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 compact system cameras. The lens has a fixed focal length of 27mm (41mm in 35mm format equivalent), offering a field of view similar to that of the human eye. Weighing 78g and measuring 23mm in length, it's one of the smallest and lightest single focal length lenses available for APS-sensor mirrorless cameras. The Fujifilm XF27mm lens will be on sale from August 2013, price to be announced.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tokina has announced availability and pricing details for the Nikon version of its new AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX wide zoom. Designed for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors, the Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX offers users a 35mm equivalent focal range of 18-42mm on Nikon DX bodies. Weighing in at 600 grams, the Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX features 14 elements in 12 groups and boasts a minimum focus distance of only 25mm from the sensor plane. Furthermore, the lens sports Tokina’s exclusive one-tocuh focus clutch mechanism that allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. In the euro zone, the Nikon version of the Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f4 PRO DX will be available from the first half of the summer, priced at €659.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
From now until 15th September Olympus UK are offering a bonus M.ZUIKO 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens with the purchase of any PEN E-PL5 or E-PM2 body or kit from authorised stockists. The offer will be promoted throughout the Olympus dealer network, both in-store and online, with artwork provided by Olympus user and street photographer Adam Thirtle. His shot entitled CCTV (above) "perfectly illustrates the off-the-cuff style achievable with the pancake lens and an eye for a photo opportunity," Olympus says. For more information, visit the website below.
Friday, June 14, 2013
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.
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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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.