Category: Lenses

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm announces its third compact, light and stylish lens for X Series - the FUJINON XF 50mmF2 R WR. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers high speed AF and weighs just 200g. The Fujifilm FUJINON XF 50mm F2 R WR will be available in black and silver from 23rd February 2017 with an RRP of £449.00.

Fujifilm announces its third compact, light and stylish lens for X Series - the FUJINON XF 50mmF2 R WR. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Canon EOS System Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Canon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Electro Optical System (EOS), which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories. The system debuted in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera (pictured) and EF lenses, making EOS cameras the World’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system, representing a new generation of auto focus SLR cameras. Currently, the EOS system, including the Cinema EOS system, comprises 24 models with a selection of 97 EF lenses.

Canon is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Electro Optical System (EOS), which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories. The system debuted in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera (pictured) and EF lenses, making EOS cameras the World&rsquo...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses look like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 12-60mm, 45-200mm and 100-300mm lenses.

Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Panasonic has announced the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 lens, the renewal of four LUMIX G lenses and a firmware update for its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 lens.

Panasonic has announced the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 lens, the renewal of four LUMIX G lenses and a firmware update for its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 lens.

Meike 6.5mm f/2 Fisheye Lens for Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meike have launched a new fisheye lens for Sony E-mount compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors. Featuring 6 elements in 5 groups and a 9-bladed aperture diaphragm, the Meike 6.5mm f/2 lens has a diagonal angle of view of 190° and offers a minimum focus distance of 2" (5cm). Boasting "supeiror multi-layer nano coating" to minimuse flare, this manual-focus lens weighs in at 300 grams and sells for £125.99 including a lens pouch.

Meike have launched a new fisheye lens for Sony E-mount compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors. Featuring 6 elements in 5 groups and a 9-bladed aperture diaphragm, the Meike 6.5mm f/2 lens has a diagonal angle of view of 190° and offers a minimum focus distance of 2" (5cm). Boasting "supeiror...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Optics has released a new compact super macro lens for full-frame cameras. Boasting a maximum reproduction ratio of 4.5:1, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens comprises 6 elements in 4 groups, and weighs in at 230 grams. The all-manual lens features a minimum working distance of 0.2m, and comes in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts. The Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens is now available to purchase, priced at $199.

Zhongyi Optics has released a new compact super macro lens for full-frame cameras. Boasting a maximum reproduction ratio of 4.5:1, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro lens comprises 6 elements in 4 groups, and weighs in at 230 grams. The all-manual lens features a minimum working distance of 0.2m, and comes in...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica announced today the release of its Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens and Firmware Version 2.2 for the Leica SL compact system camera. Available from today, the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first prime lens for the Leica SL-System and sets a new standard on the market. Its large maximum aperture makes it the ideal partner in situations with challenging light, enabling the use of shallow depth of field as a creative tool. Fast, precise and reliable autofocus helps guarantee optium sharpness, leaving photographers free to concentrate on composition and creativity.  The combination of its resolving power and soft bokeh in out-of-focus areas clearly isolates subjects from their surroundings, particularly when shooting at maximum aperture. The suggested retail price is £3,850 including VAT. Firmware version 2.2, the latest update for the innovative Leica SL mirrorless camera system, provides improved support for the Mac versions of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 and Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0. It also supports the new Microsoft Windows version of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5, improving compatibility and workflow efficiency for tethered shooting with the Leica SL. Image Shuttle 3.5 also allows users to control the camera from a computer via a USB 3.0 cable connection and manipulate shutter speed, aperture, ISO value and autofocus, displaying images directly on a large monitor screen for assessment. Registered camera owners can log into the Leica Owners’ Area and download the new software and firmware updates.

Leica announced today the release of its Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens and Firmware Version 2.2 for the Leica SL compact system camera. Available from today, the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first prime lens for the Leica SL-System and sets a new standard on the market. Its large...

Friday, December 9, 2016

ExoLens PRO for iPhone 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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ExoLens has announced the availability of the ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the Apple iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such as external video light) and key ring loop. Available now, the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle Kit ($199.95) with Optics by Zeiss includes a Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens, which provides virtually no distortion and exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, resulting in an image quality that is unmatched by any other iPhone accessory lens. The ExoLens PRO Telephoto Kit with Optics by Zeiss, also available now, features a Zeiss Mutar 2.0x Asph T* Telephoto lens, and sells for $249.95.

ExoLens has announced the availability of the ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the Apple iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meyer-Optik Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meyer-Optik USA has announced the 50mm f0.95 II lens designed for use on full-frame compact system cameras with a Sony E-Mount. The optical formula comprises ten elements in seven groups and a near-circular iris diaphragm with fifteen steel aperture blades. The clickless aperture ring and smooth focus control operate in near silence, making this lens especially attractive for videographers. Weighing in at 680 grams, the manual-focus Meyer-Optik Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 II has a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m (19.7") and takes 67mm screw-mount filters. The lens is expected to begin shipping in January at an estimated retail price of $2,999.

Meyer-Optik USA has announced the 50mm f0.95 II lens designed for use on full-frame compact system cameras with a Sony E-Mount. The optical formula comprises ten elements in seven groups and a near-circular iris diaphragm with fifteen steel aperture blades. The clickless aperture ring and smooth focus control operate in...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Handevision Announce Availability of Full-Frame Iberit Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Handevision have announced the imminent launch of their full-frame Iberit lenses. The line-up includes a 24mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 75mm lens; each with a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Jointly developed by Kipon and IB/E Optics, the lenses are available in Sony E, Leica M, Leica SL and Fujifilm X-mount versions. The four primes will start shipping on 5 December 2016, and will be joined by a 90mm f/2.4 lens in January 2017.

Handevision have announced the imminent launch of their full-frame Iberit lenses. The line-up includes a 24mm, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 75mm lens; each with a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Jointly developed by Kipon and IB/E Optics, the lenses are available in Sony E, Leica M, Leica SL...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fujifilm UK Double their Cashback for Black Friday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji UK have announced they are doubling the cashback on their winter promotion for the Black Friday weekend. This means they are offering up to £250 cashback on selected X Series cameras and lenses. These include the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF56mm APD (pictured), XF16-55mm and XF50-140mm lenses, and more. For the full list of qualifying products, visit the website below.

Website: Fuji Promotions

Fuji UK have announced they are doubling the cashback on their winter promotion for the Black Friday weekend. This means they are offering up to £250 cashback on selected X Series cameras and lenses. These include the Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera, the Fujinon XF56mm APD (pictured), XF16-5...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Jessps Black Friday Deals

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Jessops will offer a number of deals this Black Friday on more than 200 products, including cashback offers and savings of up to £235 across cameras, drones, lenses, photographic courses, accessories and photo gifts. The Jessops Black Friday event will start online at 8pm on Thursday 24th November and will take place across 54 nationwide stores and online until midnight on Monday 28th November. Some of the deals include a free ‘create your own’ photobook with every camera, lens or camcorder purchased this weekend; a Canon EOS 1300D Twin lens kit for £299; DJI Phantom 3 Standard for £399; GoPro Hero Session Gift bundle for £149; a 30% discount on selected lenses; a free Nikon accessory kit worth £49.99 with selected Nikon DSLRs; and much more. Pete Duncombe, Commercial Director at Jessops says: “We are delighted to reveal some of our best Black Friday deals before they even launch to help our customers plan their purchases this weekend. We are pleased to be able to offer excellent savings coupled with our Price Match Promise, outstanding customer service, and expert impartial advice.”

Jessops will offer a number of deals this Black Friday on more than 200 products, including cashback offers and savings of up to £235 across cameras, drones, lenses, photographic courses, accessories and photo gifts. The Jessops Black Friday event will start online at 8pm on Thursday 24th November and will take...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lomography's new Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens is now available for regular purchase. The lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital cameras – available in Canon EF OR Nikon F mounts. "Photographers and videographers can delve into an extensive variation of moods and special effect: silky soft focus at f/2.9, crisp sharp shots from f/5.6 onwards, and a focal length of 64mm," the society says. The Daguerreotype Achromat Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with depth of field and bokeh effects. Priced at €/$499, the Daguerreotype Achromat is available now from the Lomography Online Shop and Gallery Stores worldwide.

Lomography's new Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens is now available for regular purchase. The lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital cameras – available in Canon EF OR Nikon F mounts. ...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Red Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica have announced the first-ever special-edition Leica lens in a red anodised finish. Renowned for being the World's sharpest standard lens, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is recognised for its exceptional imaging performance, outstanding reproduction of fine details, and high  contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image frame at maximum aperture. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this is also maintained at close shooting distances. Three of the eight lens elements emplozed are made from glass with high anomalous partial dispersion for apochromatic correction, and two have a particularly high refractive index.  The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f.2 ASPH. in red anodised finish is scheduled to be available from 9 December 2016, at a suggested retail price of £7,575 including VAT.

Leica have announced the first-ever special-edition Leica lens in a red anodised finish. Renowned for being the World's sharpest standard lens, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is recognised for its exceptional imaging performance, outstanding reproduction of fine details, and high  contrast rendition from corner to...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nikon Winter Cashback 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK has launched its Winter Cashback promotion offering up to £510/€600 on selected Nikkor lenses and DSLR cameras. The promotion runs from 27 October 2016 – 15 January 2017 and all claims must be received by 13 February. Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management at Nikon UK says: “Our Winter Cashback promotion is designed with Christmas shoppers in mind, as it’s the ideal promotion for those looking for that special gift for a loved one this year.” Click through / scroll down for the details.

Nikon UK has launched its Winter Cashback promotion offering up to £510/€600 on selected Nikkor lenses and DSLR cameras. The promotion runs from 27 October 2016 – 15 January 2017 and all claims must be received by 13 February. Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management at Nikon UK says: “Our Winter Cashback promotion...

Monday, October 24, 2016

Schneider Xenon 18mm T2.4 Full-Frame Prime Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider Kreuznach have announced that their Xenon 18mm T2.4 Full-Frame Prime lens is now available to preorder. Adding to the current Full-Frame Prime line-up, the 18mm is available in feet and metre scales, and in Canon EF/Nikon/PL/Sony E Mount fittings. Weighing 1530g, the 18mm lens is the fastest in the market at T2.4 with a close-focus point of 0.4m. It is identical in size to the rest of the Full-Frame Prime lens range, which allows for quick swapping of the lenses with no adjustment to the rig. The 18mm Schneider Xenon Full-Frame Prime lens carries a recommended retail price of £5499.95.

Schneider Kreuznach have announced that their Xenon 18mm T2.4 Full-Frame Prime lens is now available to preorder. Adding to the current Full-Frame Prime line-up, the 18mm is available in feet and metre scales, and in Canon EF/Nikon/PL/Sony E Mount fittings. Weighing 1530g, the 18mm lens is...

Friday, October 21, 2016

YI M1 Camera Kits Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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YI Technology has announced that its YI M1 compact system camera is now available to purchase. Featuring a 20.2-megapixel FourThirds sensor, a Micro FourThirds lens mount, a 3" touchscreen, an 81-point CDAF system, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE connectivity and 4K video recording capabilities, the YI M1 offers a mostly touchscreen-based user interface and comes in two single-lens kit (either with a 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom or a 42.5mm f/1.8 portrait lens) and a double-lens bundle. Pricing starts at $499.

YI Technology has announced that its YI M1 compact system camera is now available to purchase. Featuring a 20.2-megapixel FourThirds sensor, a Micro FourThirds lens mount, a 3" touchscreen, an 81-point CDAF system, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE connectivity and 4K video recording capabilities, the YI M1 offers a mostly touchscreen-based user...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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With the new Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6, Leica is expanding the lens portfolio of its celebrated M rangefinder system with the modern reincarnation of a classic lens. First introduced as a screw-mount lens in 1955, the predecessor of this new lens is still one of the most compact wide-angle lenses in the Leica M-System and is famed for its characteristic visual signature. Its exceptionally short length of less than two centimetres makes it incredibly unobtrusive, and together with the inherent unassuming nature of a Leica M it is an ideal lens for street photography. The optical design of 6 elements in 4 groups, arranged symmetrically around the iris of the new Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6, is identical to that of its ancestor. The combination of a large depth of field, natural contrast rendition, excellent resolution of details and a slight visible vignetting create a unique visual signature, and lend pictures a special classic look reminiscent of earlier days of film photography. Customers wishing to purchase a Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6 lens must place a pre-order with a Leica Store, Boutique or Dealer.

With the new Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6, Leica is expanding the lens portfolio of its celebrated M rangefinder system with the modern reincarnation of a classic lens. First introduced as a screw-mount lens in 1955, the predecessor of this new lens is still one of the most compact wide-angle lenses in...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The new PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED is Nikon's first FX-format tilt-shift lens to employ two perspective control rotation mechanisms. This means that the lens now allows independent rotation of the tilt and shift axes, which wasn't the case with the previous generation of Nikon Perspective Control lenses (see our review of the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED lens, for example). With an angle of view of 97 degrees, the PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED is Nikon's widest PC lens to date; and offers up to +/-7.5° of tilt and +/-12mm of shift, plus up to 90° of rotation in either direction. Two aspherical lens elements greatly reduce coma, whilst three extra-low-dispersion glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates ghosting and flare throughout the frame, even in backlit situations. Weighing in at 885 grams, the Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens will be available from November, priced at £3,299.99/$3,399.95.

The new PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED is Nikon's first FX-format tilt-shift lens to employ two perspective control rotation mechanisms. This means that the lens now allows independent rotation of the tilt and shift axes, which wasn't the case with the previous generation of Nikon Perspective Control...

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a new professional telephoto zoom lens from Nikon. Offering improved AF tracking, exposure control and edge-to-edge performance, a new VR SPORT mode and configurable buttons on the barrel; the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is lighter and more portable than its predecessor. The new optical design includes an electromagnetically controlled diaphragm, six ED glass elements, a fluorite lens element, and a High Refractive Index (HRI) element. Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare for greater image clarity, whilst colour fringing and distortion are controlled throughout the zoom range. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will become available next month, priced at £2,649.99/$2,799.95.

The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a new professional telephoto zoom lens from Nikon. Offering improved AF tracking, exposure control and edge-to-edge performance, a new VR SPORT mode and configurable buttons on the barrel; the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E...