Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM is a new prime lens for Leica M rangefinder cameras. At a maximum aperture of f/1.4, this lens creates a pleasing bokeh, which optically enhances the background as the main composition element. At the same time it directs attention to the main motif in the foreground. Optimized for digital sensors, the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM also stands out for its excellent flat image field. Thanks to the Distagon’s optical design, the lens delivers a high resolution across the entire image field. The Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM will be available worldwide, in silver and black, starting in the fourth quarter of 2014. The suggested retail price will be EUR 1.679,84 or USD 2.290,00.
Leica presents two high-performance lenses for the Leica T camera system at Photokina 2014. With a zoom range equivalent to 17 to 35 mm in 35 mm format, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. offers excellent sharpness for particularly wide-coverage shots. A zoom range equivalent to 80 to 200 mm in 35 mm format makes the Leica APO Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. particularly versatile. Both lenses will be available from authorised Leica dealers beginning in January 2015. The Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH will cost £1350 RRP. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. will cost £1350 RRP.
The iconic Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Leica M-Lenses are now available in silver. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. The NOCTILUX-M 50m /f0,95, silver anodized will cost £7500.00 RRP. The SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Silver will cost £3550.00 RRP.
Leica have unveiled a new generation of the Leica Summarit-M-Lenses with improved performance and new design. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodised finishes.
Pricing: SUMMARIT-M 35 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1450.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 50 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1250.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 75 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1400.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 90 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1500.00 RRP.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sony have updated their lens roadmap for their Full-Frame E-Mount camera range. In addition to the 6 new lenses that have been unveiled recently, there's a placeholder for a new "Large aperture prime" lens. The new roadmap also states "Short term goal: a total of more than 20 FE Lenses" will be achieved by the end of 2015, which would go a long way towards addressing one of the main criticisms of Sony's mirrorless camera system, namely the lack of lens support.
Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens looks like in the flesh?
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS lens looks like in the flesh?
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Sony is exhibiting 4 lenses (FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, FE 28mm F2, Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) and 2 converters (FE Ultra Wide Converter and FE Fisheye Converter) supporting 35 mm full-frame sensors under development for reference at Photokina. Including these lenses, Sony is introducing its lens development roadmap, which shows that Sony aims to release a total of over twenty α E-mount lenses supporting 35 mm full-frame sensors in 2016.
The ‘Capture One’ RAW converter and image editing software from Phase One has been newly adapted for Sony. ‘Capture One Express (for Sony)’ will be provided at no extra charge to users who purchase an α interchangeable-lens camera or Cyber-shot RX digital still camera.
The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS is a new full-frame wide-angle zoom for Alpha E-mount cameras. Sony’s latest full-frame ZEISS wide-angle zoom packs serious imaging power into a light, compact addition to the E-mount lens range for α camera users. The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS goes on general sale in the UK from November 2014, price and availability to be announced.
Panasonic have announced the development of a 30mm F2.8 macro lens. The Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds lens enables life-size macro photography, offering a close focusing distance of 60mm. It also supports 240 fps high-speed AF, while integrating optical image stabiliser and sports a metallic finish.
Canon has unveiled three new lenses - the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, and the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. Canon’s new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. The affordable EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is the slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced.
The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM are both scheduled to be available in November for estimated retail prices of $6,899.00 / £6,999.99 / €8,799.99 and $149.99/ £179.99 / €224.99 respectively. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $599.99 / £479.99 / €599.99.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic 14mm and 35-100mm lenses look like in the flesh?
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Photography Blog was invited along to Panasonic’s UK HQ in Bracknell , Berkshire, late August to hear more about its GM5 and LX100 releases, as well as the two new versions of its 35-100mm and 14mm lenses also launched today for its system cameras.
Present at the meeting and making presentations were Panasonic UK’s Marketing Manager Dai Mukai, Head of Imaging Barney Sykes and Imaging Product Specialist Mark Baber, as well as the brand’s technical expert Mr Uematsu from Japan. A transcription of the presentations and discussions follows…
The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is the World’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with a Live View Finder. The Panasonic GM5 builds on the successes of the GM1, incorporating a variety of new functions and a practical LVF for even greater control over composition, and an external flash unit (GN7, black or silver) is also bundled to fit on the newly added hot shoe.
Panasonic is also introducing two new lenses. The new LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S has been designed with a metallic profile and a retractable structure. The LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A), has been updated in both black and silver.