Category: Lenses

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Venus Optics have unveiled the new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT lenses. The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE is currently the World’s Fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for Full Frame cameras. The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds Cameras. The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT will be available to the market in early 2017.

Venus Optics have unveiled the new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT lenses. The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE is currently the World’s Fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for Full Frame cameras. The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Zeiss Tease New Sony A7 Lens for Photokina

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Zeiss have released a teaser for a new Sony A7-series lens on Facebook and Twitter. The announcement reads "Hey friends of the Sony α7! At photokina you will have the chance to test a new lens. The announcement will follow soon! What‘s your guess? #ZEISSphk16". From the design, we'd guess at a new manual focus Loxia...

Zeiss have released a teaser for a new Sony A7-series lens on Facebook and Twitter. The announcement reads "Hey friends of the Sony α7! At photokina you will have the chance to test a new lens. The announcement will follow soon! What‘s your guess? #ZEISSphk16". From the...

Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF Lens for Sony E-Mount

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF is a new wide-angle, manual focus lens for Sony E-Mount full frame mirrorless cameras. It is a perfect match to a Sony A7 series body in terms of design, high-precision Japanese made parts and form factor. The FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF performs excellent optical abilities due to perfectly placed two all-glass precision molded aspherical elements with 3 Super-Low Dispersion (SD) glass lens elements. It has the ability to encode and transmit aperture, distance and optical data to the camera body making this lens fully suitable in terms of using MF assist function, 5 axis image stabilization and view finder electronic distance scale. The Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF will be available in the First Quarter, 2017.

The Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF is a new wide-angle, manual focus lens for Sony E-Mount full frame mirrorless cameras. It is a perfect match to a Sony A7 series body in terms of design, high-precision Japanese made parts and form factor. The FíRIN 20mm...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz Primoplan 75/f1.9

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz announced today that it is adding the Primoplan 75/f1.9 to its already successful Kickstarter campaign to resurrect the Primoplan 58/f1.9. The Primoplan 75/f1.9 was developed by legendary designer Paul Schäfter. The new version will also be handbuilt in Goerlitz, with Meyer-Optik developing them with the support of engineer Dr. Wolf-Dieter Prenzel, who was part of the former Meyer-Optik engineering team in Goerlitz in the 1970s.

Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz announced today that it is adding the Primoplan 75/f1.9 to its already successful Kickstarter campaign to resurrect the Primoplan 58/f1.9. The Primoplan 75/f1.9 was developed by legendary designer Paul Schäfter. The new version will also be handbuilt in Goerlitz, with Meyer-Optik developing them with the support of...

Samyang 85mm F1.2 and 14mm F2.4

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The Samyang 85mm F1.2 and 14mm F2.4 are the first lenses in in Samyang's new premium lens line-up. The manual-focus 85mm F1.2 is the brightest lens in existing full frame DSLR lenses, while the 14mm F2.4 is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang lenses, featuring 18 elements in 14 groups. The Samyang 85mm F1.2 (Canon EF) and 14mm F2.4 (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E) lens will be globally available within 2016, and the suggested retail prices will be announced at a later date.

The Samyang 85mm F1.2 and 14mm F2.4 are the first lenses in in Samyang's new premium lens line-up. The manual-focus 85mm F1.2 is the brightest lens in existing full frame DSLR lenses, while the 14mm F2.4 is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang lenses, featuring 18 elements...

Friday, September 9, 2016

Meyer-Optik Launches Primoplan f1.9/58 on Kickstarter

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The legendary Primoplan f1.9/58, last produced in the 1950s, will return in modern form with the help of a Kickstarter project that German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz launched today. Like its vintage namesake, the revived Primoplan 58 will produce a variety of signature bokeh, from the so-called butterfly bokeh where he bubbles seem to melt to a creamy, dreamlike bokeh to  a more subtle swirling out-of-focus area that gives portraits and urban photography, alike, a unique look.

Through the Kickstarter project, Meyer Optik Goerlitz offers backers the chance to be first in line to receive the new Primoplan 58 at a greatly reduced price. The initial offering allows early backers to pre-order the lens for $499, about a third of the expected retail price when the modern version of the Primoplan 58 comes out next year.

The legendary Primoplan f1.9/58, last produced in the 1950s, will return in modern form with the help of a Kickstarter project that German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz launched today. Like its vintage namesake, the revived Primoplan 58 will produce a variety of signature bokeh, from the so-called butterfly bokeh where he...

120 Million Canon EF Lenses Produced

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Canon has now produced 120 million EF lenses. On August 26, 2016, Canon's 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras was an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens.

Canon has now produced 120 million EF lenses. On August 26, 2016, Canon's 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras was an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2/135 Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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ZEISS have announced three new Milvus lenses for high-end DSLR cameras - the 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2/135. The three new lenses ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15, Milvus 2.8/18 and Milvus 2/135 expand the Milvus family that was introduced last September, bringing the total number of focal lengths to nine. The delivery worldwide of the three new lenses will begin at the end of October 2016. Sales prices are EUR 2,699 (including 19% VAT) or USD 2,699 (excl. VAT) for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15; EUR 2,299 (including 19% VAT) or USD 2,299 (excl. VAT) for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18; and EUR 2,199 Euro (including 19% VAT) or USD 2,199 (excl. VAT) for the ZEISS Milvus 2/135.

ZEISS have announced three new Milvus lenses for high-end DSLR cameras - the 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2/135. The three new lenses ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15, Milvus 2.8/18 and Milvus 2/135 expand the Milvus family that was introduced last September, bringing the total number of focal lengths to nine. The delivery worldwide of the three new lenses...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SIGMA Launches Cine Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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SIGMA is entering into the cinema lens market by releasing a new line of SIGMA CINE LENSES, designed specifically for cinematography. For the first phase, SIGMA will release two zoom lenses in Japan and the USA for Canon EF and Sony E mount camera systems. Another zoom lens and five prime lenses will be released to the market in sequence from 2017 onward.

SIGMA is entering into the cinema lens market by releasing a new line of SIGMA CINE LENSES, designed specifically for cinematography. For the first phase, SIGMA will release two zoom lenses in Japan and the USA for Canon EF and Sony E mount camera systems. Another zoom lens and five...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

LAOWA 12mm f:2.8 Zero D

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The LAOWA 12mm f:2.8 Zero D is a new ultra wide angle lens for full frame cameras. The Laowa 12mm F/2.8 ZERO-D lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon AI, Sony A, Pentax K and Sony E mounts from  the end of November 2016 and will cost £899.99 in the UK. 

The LAOWA 12mm f:2.8 Zero D is a new ultra wide angle lens for full frame cameras. The Laowa 12mm F/2.8 ZERO-D lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon AI, Sony A, Pentax K and Sony E mounts from  the end of November 2016 and will cost £899.99...

Irix 15mm f/2.4 Now Available

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Blackstone and the Firefly versions of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens are now available to buy. The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is an ultra-wide-angle lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Blackstone is the premium version, with a durable body made with aluminium-magnesium alloy that ensures foolproof protection of the lens, even in extreme situations. Both versions are available for Canon EF and Nikon F cameras now. By the end of September there will be also a Pentax K mount available.

Recommended retail prices are:

695 EUR for Irix Blackstone

475 EUR for Irix Firefly

The Blackstone and the Firefly versions of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens are now available to buy. The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is an ultra-wide-angle lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Blackstone is the premium version, with a durable body made with aluminium-magnesium alloy that ensures foolproof protection of the...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica has re-announced the Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, which offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Like the existing Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH., the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. is fully compatible with the bayonet mount of the Leica T, as well as the L-mount of the Leica SL-System. The Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is scheduled to be available from mid-September at a suggested retail price of £1,800 including VAT ,in a choice of black or silver anodised finish. An optional lens hood will be available for £80.00.

Leica has re-announced the Leica APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, which offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. Like the existing Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH., the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60mm f/2.8 ASPH. is fully compatible with the bayonet mount of the Leica T, as well as the L-mount of the Leica SL-System. The...

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron have announced the upcoming launch of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 telephoto zoom lens. This second-generation lens builds upon the success of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD, which was announced in December 2013, but promises to deliver superior optical performance with today’s high resolution DSLRs and to add improvements to several features including the speed and accuracy of the Vibration Compensation and auto focus systems. The design incorporates an upgraded optical construction (21 elements in 13 groups, including 3 low-dispersion lens elements) and a metal lens barrel. The minimum object distance has been reduced to 2.2m from 2.7m in the previous model. A new FLEX ZOOM LOCK mechanism enables the locking of the zoom ring at any position, while the Vibration Compensation system has been upgraded to offer three distinct image stabilisation modes; Standard, Panning and VC Mode 3, which prioritises the stabilisation of the captured images and forgoes the stabilisation of the viewfinder image. Additionally, an electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in the Nikon version too. Two exclusive, separately sold teleconverters, which perfectly match the optics of the new SP 150-600mm G2 offer 1.4x and 2.0x magnification to extend the lens' reach to 1,200mm. The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched in the second half of September, with a Sony version being released at a later date. In teh US, the lens will be available for $1,399.

Tamron have announced the upcoming launch of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 telephoto zoom lens. This second-generation lens builds upon the success of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD, which was announced in December 2013, but promises to deliver superior optical performance with...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hasselblad 4116 Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad ‘4116 Collection’ - a range of products and collaborations to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The company has teamed up with Motorola for the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ – a
10x optical zoom Moto Mod compatible with Moto Z smartphones. Offering a physical shutter, Xenon flash and zoom, the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ instantly snaps on to the Moto Z smartphone using magnets. The mod allows users to shoot raw images which can be edited using Hasselblad’s Phocus software. Furthermore, Hasselblad and Alpa have formed a collaboration allowing optimised integration of all ALPA technical cameras with both Hasselblad digital backs from H System and CFV as well as Hasselblad HC/HCD lenses in existing and future products. Last but not least, Hasselblad has fostered a relationship with Swedish accessories brand, Sandqvist, creating functional, stylish camera bags to accent the Hasselblad range of offerings. The Sandqvist x Hasselblad collection consists of three high quality bags, created by Hasselblad and Sandqvist, and will be launched at Photokina in September.

Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad ‘4116 Collection’ - a range of products and collaborations to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The company has teamed up with Motorola for the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ – a 10x optical zoom Moto Mod compatible with Moto Z smartphones. Offering...

New Laowa Lens to be Unveiled at Photokina

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Venus Optics have launched a teaser campaign for a new E-mount lens. So far the company hasn't disclosed any details, but the silhouette of the new product hints at another wide-angle lens joining the existing Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro and 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D offerings. However, this lens was apparently designed specifically for Sony cameras, whereas the 12mm and 15mm Macro lenses are also available in Canon, Nikon and Pentax fit.

Venus Optics have launched a teaser campaign for a new E-mount lens. So far the company hasn't disclosed any details, but the silhouette of the new product hints at another wide-angle lens joining the existing Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro and 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D offerings. However, this lens was apparently...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. Boasting a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1, the Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp photos. Weighing just 236g, the lens offers a 0.16m minimum focusing distance and a near-circular aperture that produces beautiful bokeh effects. The dust- and moisture-resistant Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens will be available in Europe in October priced at approximately £500 and €660.

Sony today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. Boasting a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1, the Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp photos. Weighing just 23...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fujifilm have announced the upcoming release of the Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR lens. Dustproof and weather-resistant, the new XF23mmF2 R WR has a highly versatile focal length equivalent to 35mm (in the 35mm film format), suitable to a range of genres and subjects from street photography to landscapes and environmental portraits. The inner-focus AF system uses a stepping motor to drive the focusing group of lens elements for silent and fast auto-focus. When combined with the phase detection AF system of the Fujifilm. X-Pro2 or X-T2, the lens can lock focus in 0.05 seconds. The optical formula comprises 10 elements in 6 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, plus an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades. This lens can be used with the vented metal hood LH-XF35-2, which is also compatible with the XF35mmF2 R WR. Coinciding with the launch of the XF23mmF2 R WR, a silver version of the lens hood LH-XF35-2 will also be released, allowing users to choose an optional hood that matches the colour of the lens. The Fujifilm XF23mmF2 R WR lens will be on sale in the UK from September 2016, at a suggested retail price of £419.

Fujifilm have announced the upcoming release of the Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR lens. Dustproof and weather-resistant, the new XF23mmF2 R WR has a highly versatile focal length equivalent to 35mm (in the 35mm film format), suitable to a range of genres and subjects from street photography to landscapes...

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the most versatile EOS DSLR camera yet. Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the 5D Mark IV fuses speed and resolution with excellent low light capability and movie functionality. The EOS 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to premiere the innovative Dual Pixel RAW file format, allowing photographers to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting.

Canon have also added the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM and the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM to their extensive lineup of lenses.

Finally, Canon have announced a new firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark II. Adding IPTC support and LCD colour tone as featured in the EOS 5D Mark IV, the update also improves the network and GPS functionality. The firmware will be available in September.

Pricing

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV - RRP £3,629 / €4899.99, available September 2016

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L II USM - RRP £1,129 / €1,449.99, available Q4 2016

Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM - RRP £2,349 / €2,999.99, available October 2016

The new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the most versatile EOS DSLR camera yet. Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, the 5D Mark IV fuses speed and resolution with...