Category: Lenses

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tamron Mobile Learning Center 2016 Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses
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Tamron USA announced that its new Mobile Learning Center Tour will commence on 14th April in Fairfield, NJ. The new fully-equipped and customised Tamron vehicle will travel around the USA through December 2016, making over 70 official stops at authorised Tamron retailers. The Tamron vehicle will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education to help people with their photography questions, see the latest in Tamron products, and provide valuable tips and tricks on subjects attendees frequently photograph. Each day will feature team members leading free seminars under the Tamron Mobile Learning Tent - "Travel & Nature Techniques," "The Art of Macro," and "Light Like a Pro." Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras so that after each seminar, they can try out Tamron lenses on subjects such as birds of prey or other animals brought to the event by local conservationists and sanctuaries.

Tamron USA announced that its new Mobile Learning Center Tour will commence on 14th April in Fairfield, NJ. The new fully-equipped and customised Tamron vehicle will travel around the USA through December 2016, making over 70 official stops at authorised Tamron retailers. The Tamron vehicle will pull into the parking lot and...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sony FE 50mm F1.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony have announced a new full-frame standard prime for their E-mount camera system. Weighing in at 192 grams, the lightweight FE 50mm F1.8 lens features a new optical design with an aspherical element that effectively compensates for all forms of aberration, plus a circular aperture diagram. The new FE 50mm f/1.8 prime lens will be available in April for £240.

Sony have announced a new full-frame standard prime for their E-mount camera system. Weighing in at 192 grams, the lightweight FE 50mm F1.8 lens features a new optical design with an aspherical element that effectively compensates for all forms of aberration, plus a circular aperture diagram. The new FE 5...

Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony today introduced the FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS telezoom for their E-mount camera system. The longest reaching E-mount lens to date, the new FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS features an optical design including four aspherical glass elements, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and Sony’s Nano AR coating. The new telezoom also boasts near-macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of less than 3 feet and a maximum magnification of 0.31x. The lens offers Sony's built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation system and a linear actuator that allows it to achieve fast, smooth and quiet autofocus and is also dust and moisture resistant to ensure reliable operation in harsh outdoor conditions. The new FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS telezoom will be available in April for £1,150.

Sony today introduced the FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS telezoom for their E-mount camera system. The longest reaching E-mount lens to date, the new FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS features an optical design including four aspherical glass elements, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and Sony...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica today introduced a new addition to the Leica T Camera System portfolio – the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. telephoto lens. Delivering maximum sharpness, and superb resolution and colour reproduction, the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first of two new prime lenses for the Leica T Camera System that is fully compatible with the bayonet mount of the Leica T, as well as the L-mount of the Leica SL-System. The Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is available now in a choice of black or silver anodised finish from authorised Leica stockists in the UK, at a suggested retail price of £1,650 including VAT. A matching lens hood is also available at an SRP of £65 including VAT. The second TL lens, the Leica APO Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH., will be available from Autumn 2016.

Leica today introduced a new addition to the Leica T Camera System portfolio – the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. telephoto lens. Delivering maximum sharpness, and superb resolution and colour reproduction, the Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first of two new prime lenses for the Leica T Camera...

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced the recommended retail price of its new SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD telephoto lens. Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements, the new lens is constructed with Tamron’s new SP design, incorporating a new look and feel which includes larger and more tactile switches, together with Tamron’s Moisture-Resistant Construction. VC (Vibration Compensation) is also included in the lens design to help reduce camera shake making it easy to take handheld photographs in low light. USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) focusing is also a key part in delivering sharp and precise focus every time, with full-time manual override for extra creative control. The lens will go on saleon sale on March 24th  in Canon and Nikon mounts, priced at $749. The Sony version willbe launched at a later date.

Tamron has announced the recommended retail price of its new SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD telephoto lens. Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion)...

Tamron SP 85mm and 90mm Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 and SP 90mm Macro F/2.8 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro F/2.8 lenses.

Want to see exactly what the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 and SP 90mm Macro F/2.8 lenses look like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro F/2.8 lenses.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter.

Want to see exactly what the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter.

Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma 50-100mm lens.

Want to see exactly what the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma 50-100mm lens.

Panasonic 12-60mm Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH.POWER O.I.S lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 12-60mm lens.

Want to see exactly what the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH.POWER O.I.S lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 12-60mm lens.

Irix 15mm f/2.4 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 full-frame DSLR lens (Canon, Nikon and Pentax mounts).

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 is available in the standard Firefly version (around £400) and the weather-proof Blackstone version (around £650). The Blackstone edition of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens also has flouresecent markings for easier operation at night.

Irix were also showcasing a new 11mm f/4 lens, due for release in Summer 2016.

Want to see exactly what the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 full-frame DSLR lens (Canon, Nikon and Pentax mounts). The Irix 15mm f/2.4 is available in the standard Firefly version (around £400) and...

Irix 15mm f/2.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Irix 15mm f/2.4 is a new rectilinear, manual-focus UWA lens for full-frame digital SLR cameras. Offering a diagonal angle of view of 110°, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 has an array of features including focus lock, infinity click and separate distance, depth-of-field and hyperfocal scales as well as both a 95mm front filter mount and a rear gelatin filter slot. The optical formula comprises 15 elements in 11 groups, including 3 high-refractive-index elements, 2 extra-low-dispersion glass elements and 2 aspherical lenses. According to the manufacturer, this complex optical construction - coupled with a special "neutrino" coating - reduces colour aberration, ghosting and flare "to the absolute minimum." The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens comes in two versions, Irix Blackstone (pictured) with engraved fluorescent markings, and Irix Firefly, which is billed as "the most lightweight lens in its class." Availablity is slated for Spring 2016.

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 is a new rectilinear, manual-focus UWA lens for full-frame digital SLR cameras. Offering a diagonal angle of view of 110°, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 has an array of features including focus lock, infinity click and separate distance, depth-of-field and hyperfocal scales as well as both<...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sigma Global Vision Telephoto Kits Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma UK has announced the immediate availability of two new Global Vision Lens kits. First announced by Sigma USA, the 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports + Tele Converter TC-1401 bundle (£1649.99) and the 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary + Tele Converter TC-1401 kit (£1,349.99) expand the focal range from 150-600mm to 210-840mm, offering Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera users a more powerful telephoto reach. Each kit represents a saving of over £100 compared to buying the lens and tele converter separately.

Sigma UK has announced the immediate availability of two new Global Vision Lens kits. First announced by Sigma USA, the 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports + Tele Converter TC-1401 bundle (£1649.99) and the 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary + Tele Converter TC-1401 kit (£1,349.99) expand the focal range...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8-4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica has revealed pricing and availability for the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8-4 lens. First announced alongside the Leica SL (Typ 601) camera, the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8-4 is a telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range which complements that of the already available Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. standard zoom. Its integrated optical image stabilisation offers a 3.5-stop advantage over non-stabilised lenses, while the new dual internal focusing system ensures very fast and quiet auto focus operation. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8-4 is sealed against dust and moisture, and features a detachable tripod plate for easier handling. On sale from 24 March 2016, the new telezoom is priced at £4650 including VAT.

Leica has revealed pricing and availability for the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8-4 lens. First announced alongside the Leica SL (Typ 601) camera, the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280mm f/2.8-4 is a telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range which complements that of the already available Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Olympus UK at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus will showcase the new Olympus PEN F camera and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens at The Photography Show 2016 taking place from19th to 22nd March at the NEC in Birmingham. Photographers can pre-book a 30 minute session to sit down in an exclusive PEN-F area with a member of the Olympus team and get to know the camera. Sessions can be booked online and also from the Reception desk on the stand. The Photography Show will also host a number of talks by Olympus visionaries such as Jay McLaughlin, Edmond Terakopian, Robert Pugh and R Cleveland Aaron. Additionally, Olympus will have two photographers speaking on the prestigious Super Stage at the Show; Nick Danziger and Peter Dench.

Olympus will showcase the new Olympus PEN F camera and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens at The Photography Show 2016 taking place from19th to 22nd March at the NEC in Birmingham. Photographers can pre-book a 30 minute session to sit down in an exclusive PEN-F area with...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

US Pricing Announced for Laowa 105mm f/2 STF Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Venus Optics have announced the US SRP of the new Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens. This unique manual-focus lens has an integrated apodisation filter that promises to deliver "superior bokeh rendering and crystal sharp images." The full-frame Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens features 11 elements in 8 groups with a 14-bladed diaphragm and a minimum focus distance of 0.9m. The STF abbreviation stands for Smooth Trans Focus, a reference to its special optical system, which is intended to deliver smooth transitions between crisp in‐focus areas and a defocused background or foreground. Weighing in at 745 grams, the Laowa 105mm F2 STF will be available from April for $699. In the UK, the lens will be priced at £649.99, with first shipments expected later this month.

Venus Optics have announced the US SRP of the new Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens. This unique manual-focus lens has an integrated apodisation filter that promises to deliver "superior bokeh rendering and crystal sharp images." The full-frame Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens features 11 elements in 8 groups with a 14-bladed diaphragm...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sigma Announce Instant Rebate on 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Sigma Corporation of America has announced a special $80 instant rebate on its Sigma Global Vision18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens. Available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony camera mounts, the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 is designed for APS-C cameras and features an enhanced optical stabiliser, an optimised hyper-sonic AF motor, four FLD elements and a 1:3 macro ratio. In addition to the rebate, Sigma is packaging in, at no additional cost, its Sigma AM72-01 close-up lens, a $55 value. Designed exclusively for the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lens, the Sigma close-up converter offers a maximum reproduction ratio  of 1:2. The instant rebate and close-up lens bundle is available now.

Sigma Corporation of America has announced a special $80 instant rebate on its Sigma Global Vision18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens. Available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony camera mounts, the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 is designed for APS-C cameras and features an enhanced...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sigma at WPPI 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced its presence at the 2016 Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV from 7-9 March 2016. Sigma will showcase its brand new products including the 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens (pictured), the MC-11 mount converter and the 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens; as well as feature a lineup of Sigma Pro speakers in its theatre at booth 521. Attendees who visit the Sigma booth will have multiple chances to win Sigma lenses each day by simply scanning their badge or participating in the new Sigma Social Studio.

Sigma has announced its presence at the 2016 Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV from 7-9 March 2016. Sigma will showcase its brand new products including the 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens (pictured), the MC-11 mount converter and the 30mm F1.4 DC DN...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Laowa 105mm f/2 STF

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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UK Optics (Laowa UK) has announced the Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens. This unique manual-focus lens has an integrated apodisation filter that promises to deliver "superior bokeh rendering and crystal sharp images." The full-frame Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens features 11 elements in 8 groups with a 14-bladed diaphragm and a minimum focus distance of 0.9m. The STF abbreviation stands for Smooth Trans Focus, a reference to its special optical system, which is intended to deliver smooth transitions between crisp in‐focus areas and a defocused background or foreground. Weighing in at 745 grams, the Laowa 105mm F2 STF will be available later this month, priced at £649.99.

UK Optics (Laowa UK) has announced the Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens. This unique manual-focus lens has an integrated apodisation filter that promises to deliver "superior bokeh rendering and crystal sharp images." The full-frame Laowa 105mm f/2 STF lens features 11 elements in 8 groups with a 14-bladed diaphragm and a minimum...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has announced a new power zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. The Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is a durable, weather sealed 24-120mm equivalent lens that is claimed to offer "the highest standards of detail and sharpness." Incorporating an inner focus drive system and a stepping motor, the new Panasonic G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is capable of smooth, silent operation to work with the camera's contrast-detect AF system for both photo and video recording. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max. 240 fps to take maximum advantage of cameras with high-speed AF. The lens also features 0.54x (35mm camera equivalent) magnification offering near-macro capabilities.  Comprising 11 elements in 9 groups, the optical system features three aspherical lens elements and an ED lens which effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration. The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens will be available in May for $499.99.

Panasonic has announced a new power zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. The Lumix G Vario 12-60mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. is a durable, weather sealed 24-120mm equivalent lens that is claimed to offer "the highest standards of detail and sharpness." Incorporating an...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Sigma Global Vision Telephoto Bundles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Sigma USA has announced two new Global Vision Lens kits: the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle ($2,229) and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Telephoto Contemporary Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle ($1,289). Expanding the focal range from 150-600mm to 210-840mm F6.3-9, the new bundles offer Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera users a more powerful telephoto reach. “These bundles are ideal for photographers – both professional and enthusiast – who continually seek out longer ranges and want more options for their shooting style,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma’s high-performance telephoto offerings cover the range of photographic scenarios from professional sports to nature and more. Combined with the Sigma 1.4X Teleconverter, customers have even more options with the same great performance they have come to expect from Sigma.”

Sigma USA has announced two new Global Vision Lens kits: the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle ($2,229) and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Telephoto Contemporary Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle ($1,289). Expanding the focal range from 150-600mm to 210-840mm F6.3-9, the...