Monday, August 4, 2014
The HD Pentax-DA645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for medium-format Pentax cameras. Providing focal lengths from 22mm to 35.5mm in 35mm format, this is the first medium-format Pentax lens designed specifically for digital imaging. Thanks to its dustproof, weather-resistant construction, this newest member of the AW (All Weather) series offers outstanding reliability and durability in demanding shooting conditions, allowing photographers to capture images outdoors without worry. Incormporating the Pentax-original built-in SR (Shake Reduction mechanism), the HD Pentax-DA645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR will be available from early September for £3,399.99/$4999.95.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Zeiss has announced the availability of a firmware upgrade for the E-mount version of its Touit Makro Planar 2.8/50mm T* lens. This update addresses two issues including AF hunting in continuous auto focus mode and "clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash." Note that you cannot install this firmware update yourself - you will need to send the lens, together with a completed copy of Zeiss' delivery note, to the Zeiss Service address nearest to you.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent World Cup in Brazil, the company said in a statement. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the events utilised Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of the matches, the company claims. At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted football matches in Brazil, Canon Professional Service had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Fujifilm has released a new roadmap for its X-mount lenses. The updated chart includes one new lens (the Fujinon XF90mm f/2 R), whilst a previously announced but hitherto unnamed ultra-wide angle lens has now been confirmed as the Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R. Additionally, the company has changed the release dates for three lenses that we have already seen on earlier editions of the roadmap. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, which is now scheduled to hit the shops at the end of this year. This will be Fujifilm’s second weather resistant lens designed to partner its X-T1 camera. The Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2.8 R WR, on the other hand, has been pushed back to 2015 Q1. The still unspecified "super tele photo zoom lens" is now being promised to arrive at the end of that year.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tamron has announced the addition of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon mount and the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (pictured) for Canon / Nikon mount to the lens profile library for aberration correction offered for Adobe Photoshop CC, ACR and the Lightroom 5. The lens profile will be bundled with the Camera Raw 8.5 update and Lightroom 5.5. With the new profile, customers who own either of these lenses will be able to utilise the above software for easy correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberrations and peripheral light fall-off based on design data.
Canon has launched a new microsite devoted to camera lenses. "Visitors will be enlightened about the possibilities unlocked through the many different kind of lenses available to them: macro, zoom, telephoto, prime, wide-angle, STM, tilt-shift and fisheye," the company says. "Through informative videos, sample imagery, and educational video content, photographers and videographers from entry level to advanced amateur status will learn how to determine which Canon EF or EF-S Lenses will best help them create more powerful images with their EOS digital SLR camera. Additionally, visitors will find helpful quick tips for shooting with each category of lens, from fisheye to telephoto."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Intro 2020 has announced the UK availability and RRPs of the three new Tamron lenses unveiled last week. The Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Micro Four Thirds lens (pictured) and the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di lll VC in Canon M mount will be available in July for £389.99. The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD full-format lens will also go on sale next mont, priced at £619.99.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD is a new superzoom lens for full-frame cameras, featuring a Piezo Drive AF motor, moisture-resistant construction, and a more compact build than its immediate predecessor. Headline features include optical vibration compensation, advanced anti-reflection coating, four low-dispersion elements, three molded glass aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element, one extra-refractive-index glass element and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass. The lens will be available in the U.S. in both Canon and Nikon mount on June 26, 2014 at $849.
Tamron today announced the price and availability of its 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III superzoom lens for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Originally released for Sony mount in 2011, this 29-320mm equivalent lens employs two (Low Dispersion) elements, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one XR (high refractive index) element, and one Hybrid Aspherical element to reduce aberrations "to a bare minimum" as Tamron put it. The lens also has optical vibration compensation and a stepping motor adopted for the AF drive, a construction that accommodates contrast-detect auto focus and movie shooting. This feature also supports the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function, which allows the user to make fine manual adjustments after initially focusing by AF. The Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon will be available in the US starting 26 June 2014 priced at $499.
Tamron announced the price and availability of its first superzoom lens designed for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras. Employing one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element, Tamron's new 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III lens is housed in a compact body with a filter diameter of just 52mm. The metal lens barrel exterior is available in two colours: black and silver, providing the most popular colour options to match high end cameras. The Tamron 14-150mm Di III will be available in the USA starting June 26, 2014 at $589.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is Canon's first EF-M mount telephoto zoom lens. Featuring the manufacturer's lens-based optical image stabiliser, the Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 88-320mm. The lens will be available from July with a SRP £329.99/€389.99.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Fujifilm has released its first weather resistant lens for its compact system cameras. The Fujinon XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR covers a wide shooting range of 27mm wide-angle to 206mm telephoto (35mm equivalent). Fujifilm claims that the lens "has the world’s most advanced 5.0-stop image stabilisation technology" and features a dust-proof and waterproof structure with weather resistant sealing. The Fujinon XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR will be available from July 2014, priced at £749.00.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
If you’re not directly aware of Maidenhead, UK based photographic distributor Intro2020, you’ll certainly be au fait with most if not all of its 28-strong brand offerings. These include lens brands: Samyang photo and video lenses, Tamron photo lenses and Tokina Cine Lenses. Filters from Hoya, Kenko and Cokin and many other leading brands such as Velbon tripods, Metz flash, plus photographic bag ranges including Tamrac and Interceptor.
With responsibility for distributing all these in the UK, Intro2020 is constantly in touch with product developers in Japan and the Far East, and decided to share some of its current and future offerings with PhotographyBlog across a recent press trip to Amsterdam and back.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Schneider Kreuznach reports that the Schneider Group's consolidated sales reached 71.8 million euros in 2013, down approximately 7.9% compared to the previous year. "This was mainly due to the negative performance of the market for compact cameras," the company said in a statement. On the other hand, Jos. Schneider Optische Werke GmbH in Bad Kreuznach itself contributed 44.3 million euros to the Group’s sales and delivered positive results," says Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group. “We are in the middle of a transitional and restructuring process. High demand for our full-frame lenses for videos with DSLR cameras shows that we are on the right track.” In future, the company intends to focus even more on high-quality photographic lenses. In particular, Schneider Kreuznach plans to expand its range of “Xenon FF-Prime” full-frame lenses for video shooting with DSLR cameras to seven lenses by autumn 2014.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Phase One has announced the immediate availability of the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter zoom lens. Designed specifically for the Phase One 645 camera platform, the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6 is the latest result of close optical collaboration between Schneider Kreuznach, Phase One and Mamiya Digital Imaging. Featuring 15 elements (including 2 aspherical ones) in 11 groups, the new 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6 complements the existing Schneider Kreuznach 75-150 mm f/4.0-5.6 leaf shutter zoom lens. The Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is priced at €6.990 / $8,990.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Leica M Edition 100 is a special kit comprising a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography – the Leica M-A, which is based on the currently available Leica MP – and a digital Leica M Monochrom, alongside three Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50mm. Of these, the Leica Summilux-M 1,4/28 mm ASPH. is a completely new lens, designed specifically for the Leica M Edition 100 bundle. These cameras and lenses will be available exclusively as sets from Leica Stores and Boutiques and strictly limited to 101 sets.
The Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is a new, collapsible macro lens for the Leica M-System. Featuring four elements in four groups, the lens has a close-focus point of 0.8m and comes with a detachable, metal lens hood. In combination with the new Leica Macro-Adapter-M,, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 allows photographers to capture macro shots at a reproduction ratio of up to 1:2. The Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 (£2250) and the Leica Macro-Adapter-M (£500) are planned to be available from June.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S is a new, stabilised, full-frame telezoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras. First announced on 29 January 2013, the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S has an optical formula comprising 19 elements in 14 groups, with a 9-bladed iris diaphragm and a 67mm filter thread. Promising three stops of advantage versus non-stabilised lenses, the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S carries a suggested retail price of JPY 150,000, which is equivalent to about £880. Availability is slated for 30th May (in Japan). An optional tripod collar (Tokina TM-705) will also be on offer starting 30th June, priced at JPY 24,000. International availability and pricing to be confirmed.
Source: Tokina Japan
Friday, May 16, 2014
Canon China has posted half a dozen high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-29mm, the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM features both a UD lens element and a range of optimised lens coatings, as well as a quiet STM focus motor, 4-stop image stabiliser and a circular iris diaphragm. The EF-S 10-18mm IS STM will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £299.99 / €349.99 / $299.99.
Website: Canon China
Canon China has released six full-resolution sample photos captured with the new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon’s first ultra-wide L-series lens to feature image stabilisation. The lens’s optical formula includes two UD elements to minimise chromatic aberration. Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements prevent dust and water drops sticking to each element. The newly-designed IS system features a number of additional improvements, including gyro sensors for greater accuracy in traditional shooting or when capturing panning motion. The EF 16-35mm f4L IS USM will be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £1,199.99 / €1,399.99 / $1,199.00.
Website: Canon China