Category: Lenses

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens.

HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8ED SDM WR

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8ED SDM WR is a large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras. When mounted on the PENTAX K-1 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera body, this zoom lens provides an ultra-wide-angle focal-length coverage from 15mm to 30mm.

The HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8ED SDM WR lens will retail for £1449.99 and will be available from the end of April 2016.

In the US the HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm f/2.8ED SDM WR lens will be available in April 2016 at http://www.ricohimaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,499.99.

HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR is a compact, lightweight standard zoom lens for PENTAX K-mount digital SLR cameras. This new compact, lightweight standard zoom lens provides a focal-length range from wide angle to medium telephoto.

The HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens will retail for £499.99 and will be available from the end of April 2016.

In the US the HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lenswill be available in April 2016 at http://www.ricohimaging.com and retail outlets nationwide for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.99.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Optics have released an improved version of their first f/0.95 lens, the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95. Delivering improved sharpness and better control of chromatic aberration, the new edition is a lot more smaller and lighter (460 grams vs. 680 grams) than its forebear. Available with a Fuji X / Sony E / EOS-M mount, the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II has an image circle covering APS-C sized sensors and an optical formula comprising 11 elements in 8 groups (including one extra-low dispersion element, two extra-high refractive index elements and three high refractive index elements. The new lens is now available for $599.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens, including a side-by-side comparison with the Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens and a sliced-through view of the interior.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens, including a side-by-side comparison with the Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS lens, the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II A-mount lens, the new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, and a sliced-through view of the interior.

Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM lens, including a side-by-side comparison with the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens and a sliced-through view of the interior.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Samyang Xeen 14mm T3.1 and 35mm T1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have announced two new full-frame video lenses including the Samyang Xeen 14mm T3.1 and Xeen 35mm T1.5. The lenses are available in five different mounts - PL, EF, F, E, and MFT - and with two different focus scales (metric and imperial). The Xeen 14mm and 35mm lenses will be globally available in early March. The recommended retail price of each lens is £1599.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8, 85mm F1.4 and 70-200mm F2.8 G Master Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Sony today introduced their flagship G Master brand of interchangeable lenses. The new brand includes three new E-mount full frame lenses including a 24-70mm constant F2.8 standard zoom, an 85mm F1.4 prime and a 70-200mm constant F2.8 telephoto zoom.

The new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Standard Zoom and 85mm F1.4 GM Telephoto prime lenses will be available in Europe in March 2016 priced at approximately €2,400 (SEL2470GM) and €2,000 (SEL85F14GM).

In the UK the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens will retail for around £1,800 and the 85mm F1.4 GM for around £1,500.

The 70-200mm F2.8 GM Telephoto Zoom Lens and its compatible 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters will be available in Europe and the UK in May 2016 with pricing still to be confirmed.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Jupiter 3+ 1,5/50 Art Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Lomographic Society has announced a new version of the classic Jupiter 3 lens for rangefinder cameras. Featuring an L39 screw mount, the 50mm f/1.5 Jupiter 3+ Art Lens ships with a Leica M mount adapter for use on bayonet-mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 7 elements in 3 groups, and the lens takes 40.5mm filters. In addition to having a modified 0.7m closest focusing distance (an improvement from 1m on the original lens), the New Jupiter 3+ Art Lens is much more durable than the original Jupiter 3 as it is constructed from chrome-plated solid brass. The new lens is available for £499.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Behind the Scenes: How Fujifilm X-Series Lenses Are Made

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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As well as being shown the production of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera, we were also lucky enough to find out how the XF 35 f/2 and new XF 100-400mm X-series lenses are made at Fujifilm's Sendai factory.

To avoid contamination of the lenses, a strict Cleanroom Suit protocol is followed in this part of the factory, causing much mirth among the assembled journalists.

Again, the production process is surprisingly manual and labour intensive, with a small team of workers (one line for each lens) taking around 3 hours to produce the XF 100-400mm lens from start to finish, and around half that time for the less complicated XF 35mm f/2 lens.

The completed lenses are then laser-engraved, inspected, spot-checked and finally packaged up, again all by hand.

Fujifilm also conduct their own in-depth target testing of sample lenses, which we weren't allowed to photograph for confidentiality reasons.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Unveils in UK at The Societies’ Convention Trade Show

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The newly announced Fujifilm X-Pro2, along with the premium compact X70 and XF100-400mm lens, will be on display - for the first time in the United Kingdom - at the The Societies’ Convention held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London, from January 22nd-24th. This unique opportunity to get a first look at the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be exclusive to visitors to the Convention. In addition, the Fujifilm stand will also have a full range of Fujifilm X-series cameras on display, including the X-T1, X-T10 and X100T. Fujinon lenses will be on show, offering the opportunity for visitors to ‘touch and try’ the cameras and lenses.

Leica Launch New Generation of Classic Leica M Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica have introduced next-generation models of three of their classic M lenses. The Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. (£2,250), Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. (£2,975) and Leica Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH. (£1,650) are claimed to deliver enhanced image performance and quality, thanks to their new optical design. Additional improvements to the lenses include a more robust construction, now featuring a full-metal rectangular lens hood with thread mount, and a threaded protection ring for the front of the lens when the hood is not attached. The lens cap is now also made of metal. The two 28mm lenses are scheduled to be available from the end of this month, with the Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. coming in February.

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a super telephoto zoom lens that covers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 152-609mm. The high performance optical construction of 21 elements in 14 groups includes five ED lenses and one Super ED lens to help reduce chromatic aberration that often occurs in telephoto lenses. The lens has been designed for handheld shooting with a 5.0-stop* image stabilisation system and weighs less than 1.4kg. The Fujifilm XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 for £1399 or £1499 with the XF1.4X TC WR.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Leica UK Partners with Pro Centre

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Lenses
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Leica has announced a partnership with Pro Centre in the UK, providing a rental and sales service for its professional product portfolio. Renny Lee, managing director, Pro Centre, said, “We’re thrilled that Leica has chosen Pro Centre as its rental partner for its premium S-System, SL and M ranges. Having served the pro community for 28 years, customers know that they can count on our reliability and efficiency. The addition of the Leica portfolio gives our customers the opportunity to rent the highest-performance camera and lens technology available on the market, while benefitting from the ultimate service and support from our expert team.” Pro Centre is located at 14 Union Walk, London, E2 8HP.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Lens of the Year 2015

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Lens of the Year 2015 award goes to the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD.

“...we can heartily recommend the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD as an attractively priced, excellent quality ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR owners.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Tamron and the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Zeiss Teams Up with ExoLens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses

Felleowes' ExoLens brand and Zeiss have announced their collaboration in the design and development of accessory lenses for camera phones. The companies presented the first jointly developed accessory lenses at the Fellowes booth (no. 31016) at CES 2016. The first three lenses – wide-angle, telephoto and macro (pictured) – are scheduled to be launched later this year. The new lenses can be used on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus with customised mounting brackets (the companies plan on releasing brackets for more devices in future). The ExoLens bracket features a standard tripod mount (1/4”-20) as well as a cold shoe for mounting accessories. All lenses incorporate the T* anti-reflective coating from Zeiss, which minimises reflections at the glass-to-air surfaces and improves the transmission of light.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus have revealed the suggested retail price and availability of their pro-grade 600mm equivalent Micro Four Thirds prime. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens, whose development was first announced at photokina 2014, is claimed to have the World's most powerful 6-step image stabilisation system (in combination with the matching Olympus camera models), and boasts the shortest focusing distance for telemacro photography in its class (1.4m). When mounted to an OM-D E-M1 or E-M5 Mark II, it achieves autofocus speeds of less than 300 milliseconds, while the dust-, freeze- and splashproof build makes this an ideal choice for nature and outdoor sports photographers. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO will be available in black from early March 2016 for £2199.99/€2799.00/$2499.99.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has today introduced a new telephoto zoom lens for MFT cameras. The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH. is a 200-800mm equivalent lens featuring Power Optical Image Stabilisation (O.I.S.) and an optical formula comprising 20 elements in 13 groups plus an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The weather sealed telephoto lens comes with a dedicated, quick-shifting tripod mount and an integrated shift-away lens hood.