Category: Lenses

Friday, February 6, 2015

Canon EOS 5DS , EOS 5DS R, EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Canon EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R are a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs, offering the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6 MP. The EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.

The EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens, the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

The EOS 5DS is available from June 2015 with an RSP of £2999.99/€3999.99 body only.

The EOS 5DS R is available from June 2015 with an RSP of £3199.99/€4249.99 body only.

In the USA, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2015 for estimated retail prices of $3,699.00 and $3,899.00 for the body only, respectively. 

The EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is available from March 2015 with an RSP of £2799.99/€3699.99. In the USA, it is scheduled to be available in late February 2015 for an estimated retail price of $2,999.00.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus have unveiled an improved version of its M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This new edition features a dust- and splashproof construction and "greatly improved" design, as well as ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating on the surface of the front element to eliminate scratches as well as reduce ghosting and flare. The lens will be available in a kit with the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II compact system camera, priced at £1249.99. In the USA the  will be sold separately, at an estimated street price of $599.99.

Olympus Develops 8mm f:1.8 Fish-Eye Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus has announced the development of the world's fastest fish-eye lens. The new M.Zuiko Digital 8mm 1:1.8 Pro has a maximum aperture of f/1.8, whereas most high-grade fish-eye optics max out at f/2.8, i.e. more than a full stop slower. The new lens will come equipped with a built-in petal-shaped hood and a dedicated Micro Four Thirds mount. As with other lenses in the Pro series, the M.ZuikoDigial ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro features a dustproof and splashproof construction. A dedicated underwater lens port is also under development, allowing users to capture wide-angle images at depths of up to 45m when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PT-EP13 protective case. Availability is slated for summer 2015. Pricing is to be announced.

Olympus Air

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Olympus Japan has announced a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled camera unit designed for use with smartphones. The Olympus Air features a Four Thirds sized 16-megapixel MOS sensor, a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, an electronic shutter with a top speed of 1/16,000s, an 81-point AF system, a shutter release and a tripod socket. Weighing-in at 147 grams, the Olympus Air can be controlled via a smartphone app. Going on sale on 6 March 2015, the Olympus Air has a recommended retail price of 36,504 yen. The product will only be available through the Olympus Online Shop, and there is no word on international pricing.

HD Pentax-D FA 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The HD Pentax-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW is a new full-frame telephoto lens for Pentax KAF mount cameras. This telephoto zoom lens has been developed as the latest model in the Pentax Star series, which boasts the highest image quality of all Pentax interchangeable lenses. The optical construction features 19 lens elements in 16 groups plus an aperture diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The minimum focus distance is 1.2m, and the lens takes 77mm filters. Additionally, this zoom lens is equipped with the Pentax-developed Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows users to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system. In order to improve its operability, a three-position switch has been installed on this lens, allowing instant switching among QFS/A, QFS/M and MF modes. QFS/A is an autofocus-priority mode, which allows the user to switch to manual-focusing operation when autofocus operation is complete. QFS/M is a manual-focus-priority mode, which enables the user to switch to manual focusing at any time — even when the AF system is in operation. MF mode allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing with a simple twist of the focus ring on the lens. Available in March, the new HD Pentax-D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW will retail for $2,299.95.

HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Ricoh have now confirmed the official name and specifications of the "high magnification super zoom" lens they had on display at photokina 2014. Designed for use on K-mount 35mm film cameras as well as the upcoming full-frame Pentax dSLR body (but also compatible with APS-C models), the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW features three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a super-low dispersion glass element, HD Coating to optimise image rendition; and a dustproof, weather-resistant construction. Additionally, this zoom lens is equipped with the Pentax-developed Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows users to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system. In order to improve its operability, a three-position switch has been installed on this lens, allowing instant switching among QFS/A, QFS/M and MF modes. QFS/A is an autofocus-priority mode, which allows the user to switch to manual-focusing operation when autofocus operation is complete. QFS/M is a manual-focus-priority mode, which enables the user to switch to manual focusing at any time — even when the AF system is in operation. MF mode allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing with a simple twist of the focus ring on the lens. Available in March, the new HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW lens is priced at $2499.95.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Petzval In All Its Glory

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses, Photographers
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Fashion photographer Chris Pollard will be exhibiting his Petzval photographs at the Lomography Gallery Store Soho from February 5th - March 5th. Pollard took the Petzval lens along to the catwalks and presentations of the London Collections: Men show. He managed to capture some amazing shots on the night and will be exhibiting his work at the Lomography Soho Store, 3 Newburgh St, London, W1F 7RE.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UK Pricing Announced for Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Intro2020 has announced the UK price and availability of the Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens. Featuring an optical construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements used throughout the optical system, the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is billed as the world's first full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will go on sale on 16th February, at a recommended retail price of £949.99.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced pricing and availability for the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD wide zoom. Featuring an optical construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements used throughout the optical system, the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is billed as the world's first full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will go on sale on 30th January, priced at $1199.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Official Tokina AT-X PRO 11-20mm f/2.8 DX Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Kenko Tokina have posted a total of 32 high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Tokina AT-X PRO 11-20mm f/2.8 DX zoom lens. Shot with the Canon EOS 70D and the Nikon D7100 dSLR cameras, these samples depict a variety of subjects and span a number of genres from portraiture to landscapes to architectural photography.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Official Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji have published seven full-resolution sample images captured with the just-announced Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera and new Fujinon XC16-50mm II & Fujinon XC50-230mm lenses. Shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200 to ISO 800, these Fujifilm X-A2 samples span a variety of genres including wildlife, landscape, portraiture, street and architectural photography.

Website: Fujifilm X-A2 Samples

Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II is a new, optically stabilised telezoom lens for Fujifilm's X-series compact system cameras. Featuring a 35mm equivalent focal range of 76-350mm, the Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS II's optical formula comprises 13 all glass elements in 10 groups including 1 aspherical lens and 1 ED element. Availability and pricing to be confirmed..

Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II is a new 24-76mm equivalent, optically stabilised zoom lens for Fujifilm's X-series compact system cameras. The lens consists of 12 all-glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element, and an iris with 7 rounded aperture blades. The lens can be purchased in a bundle with the new Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Samyang 135mm T2.2 AS UMC VDSLR Cine Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 135mm T2.2ED UMC VDSLR Cine Lens is the cinema / video version of the Samyang 135mm f2.0 ED UMC telephoto prime. Featuring a floating type design, one extra-low-dispersion lens element and a clickless diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades, the Samyang 135mm T2.2ED UMC VDSLR Cine Lens comes with geared aperture and focus rings to accommodate a range of video accessories. The optical construction comprises 11 elements in 7 groups. Initially expected to be released in Canon, Nikon, Sony E and MFT mounts, the new Samyang VDSLR lens can now be preordered for $599. In the United Kingdom, the Samyang 135mm T2.2ED UMC VDSLR Cine Lens will be priced at £429.99.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC is a new full-frame telephoto lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Pentax and Olympus/Panasonic cameras. Featuring one extra-low-dispersion (ED) element, ultra-multi-coating, an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades, and a 77mm filter thread; the Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC has a close-focus point of 2.6 feet and an angle of view of 18.8 degrees (11.7° on APS-C, 9.4° on Micro Four Thirds). The new lens can be preordered now for $549. In the UK, the Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC will be available in early February, priced at £419.99 for Nikon AE and£389.99 for Canon, Sony A, Pentax and Sony E fittings.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR DSLR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR DSLR lens, including a side-by-side comparison with the previous model.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II DSLR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II DSLR lens.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lens of the Year 2014

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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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 2014.

The Lens of the Year 2014 award goes to the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R.

“The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a superb addition to the X-series range, offering a classic portraiture focal length and an ultra-fast aperture that produces simply beautiful background bokeh with a minimum of fuss.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the XF 56mm F1.2 R!

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR from Nikon is billed as the world's lightest 300mm full-frame fixed-focal-length AF lens. Almost 30% shorter and 1.5 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, the new 300mm f/4E PF boasts Phase Fresnel optical technology to  help correct chromatic aberration and reduce the overall size and weight of the lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR features electromagnetic aperture control - hence the E designation in the product name - a VR Sport mode, VR tripod detection as well as a Silent Wave Motor for quiet AF operation, ED glass for further controlling chromatic aberrations and Nano Crystal Coat for superior image quality. The optical formula comprises 16 elements in 10 groups and a 9-bladed iris diaphragm. The lens takes 77mm filters and offers a minimum focus distance of 1.4m.  The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR will be available in late January / early February for £1639.99 / $1,999.99.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Compact and lightweight, the new retractable-design AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II telezoom presents an affordable way to get closer to the action. The optical formula comprises 13 elements in 9 groups - including one extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element -, with Super Integrated Coating and a 7-bladed iris diaphragm. The lens takes standard 52mm filters and has a minimum focus distance of 1.1m.  The AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II will be available from 5th February, priced at £279.99 / $349.95.