Category: Lenses

Monday, September 15, 2014

Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1, Firmware 2.0 Upgrade, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, 1.4x Teleconvertor

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Olympus has announced a silver OM-D E-M1, version 2.0 firmware upgrade, super-fast 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens and 1.4x teleconverter booster. The 2.0 firmware upgrade delivers tethered shooting, on-camera Digital Shift and Live Composite. The extremely fast M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO (80-300mm*) is available with a booster for ultra-high zoom photography: the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter.

The silver Olympus E-M1 upgrade goes on sale in early October – at £1099.99 for the body only, or £1799.99 in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The new 40-150mm PRO zoom lens and 1.4x Teleconverter both follow in early November. The Olympus 40-150mm lens will cost £1299.99 with the 1.4x teleconverter priced at £299.99. Alternatively, they will be available together for £1499.99.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm Black

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 lens is now available in a classic black metal finish. The black Olympus 12mm lens will be available from late September for £739.99.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7 Lenses

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Zhongyi Optics have announced two new lenses, the 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7, for mirrorless cameras. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens features an incredibly fast aperture of f/1.2, making it ideally suited for low-light conditions shooting, greater control over selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Lens is a fast prime wide-angle lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it ideally suited for everyday shooting applications. The recommended retail price of the 42.5mm f/1.2 is $359 and the 24mm f/1.7 is $289.

Schneider-Kreuznach Full-frame DSLR Lenses

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Schneider-Kreuznach has unveiled the Xenon 1.6/35mm Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm, three new lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera. All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Friday, September 12, 2014

SLR Magic APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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SLR Magic has unveiled a brand new cine lens. The APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is an apochromatic lens featuring a completely new optical and mechanical design, which meets the demands of high-resolution cameras including those with 4K and 6K sensors. The lens comes standard in PL mount and can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems. Optional mount adapters will include a PL-mFT adapter, a PL-E adapter, and an EF mount conversion adapter. Featuring a standard focus rotation angle of 300 degrees, the SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 will be on display at Photokina, Cologne 16th to 21st September 2014. The SLR Magic stand is located in Hall 5.1, Booth L-011. SLR Magic will start shipping the APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 in early 2015. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Tamron today announced development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world's first in its category. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD features an optica 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. 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 be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is the world’s first interchangeable 35mm full frame digital lens with power zoom capability. Ideally suited to cameras such as the Sony A7 and A7S, the new FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS has three separate rings offering independent control over focus, zoom and aperture, with optimal torque for a satisfyingly responsive, professional feel. Powered by the SSM drive, the zoom is exceptionally smooth and silent. Zooming speed can be precisely controlled over a wide range, with the ability to switch zoom rotation direction as desired to suit personal preference (available on selected cameras only). The minimum focus distance is 40cm at the 28mm end and 95cm at full telephoto. When attached to an E-mount camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 42-202.5mm. The optically stabilised FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is available to pre-order now from Sony UK.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is a new wide-angle FX-format prime lens. The bright aperture delivers shallow depth of field, plus smooth bokeh, and ensures this lens excels in low-light settings. High-performance optics deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion, and the compact, lightweight design ensures easy portability. The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED comes with the CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch and the HB-72 Lens Hood and retails for £679.99 / €809.00 / $799.95, available from 25th September.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports / Contemporary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced two new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses. The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (pictured) delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature a dust and splash-proof construction, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated optical stabiliser that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning. The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is priced at $1999.99. Pricing and availability of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is not yet available.

Sigma Reveals US Pricing for 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced the US pricing and availability of its new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens. Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-450mm. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element to minimise the chromatic aberration. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical image stabiliser for improved shake compensation. The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS is a new full-frame fish-eye lens, which will be officially introduced at Photokina in Cologne on 16 September 2014. Offering a 180-degree angle of view, the Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS has a complex optical construction comprising 12 elements in 8 groups, including three elements made of low dispersion ED glass and two aspherical lens elements. Availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.

Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD - billed as the world’s first AF lens with an apodisation filter - is a new ultra-fast telephoto lens for Fujifilm's X-series compact system cameras. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 85mm, the lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.2, making it the world’s brightest autofocus lens designed for digital cameras with an APS-C sensor. The XF56mm F1.2 R APD offers "brilliant levels of sharpness," even when shooting  wide open at f/1.2. In addition, the apodisation filter smooths the outlines of out-of-focus highlights resulting in superior bokeh. The apodisation filter delivers its best results at wider apertures. To enable wide apertures to be used even in bright environments, an ND filter is included that adjusts brightness in three levels. To indicate the apodising effect, the lens features an aperture ring showing the effective F-number in red. The difference between the FNo. and the effective FNo. indicates the effectiveness of the apodisation filter. The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD will be available in the UK from November 2014 with a suggested retail price of £1099.99.

Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is a new weather-resistant X Series telephoto zoom lens featuring optical image stabilsation and the world’s first Triple Linear Motor, which enables quiet and high-speed auto focus. With a 35mm focal length equivalent of 76-213mm, the Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR has an optical construction with 23 elements arranged in 16 groups, including 5 ED lens elements, and 1 Super ED lens element with low dispersion characteristics. Fujifilm’s unique HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) ensures ghosting and flare are controlled for sharp, clear images. Also, using the newly developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, which alters the refractive index between glass and air, ghosting and flare are effectively reduced for diagonal incident light, the company says. The Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR will be available in the UK from November 2014 with a suggested retail price of £1249.99 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Zeiss Otus 1.4/85

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 is a new short telephoto lens for Canon EF and Nikon F-mount cameras. Featuring 11 elements in 9 groups, this 85mm f/1.4 lens is claimed to deliver "unprecedented" image quality, even wide open. "Specifically, that means a neutral bokeh in the background, highly detailed images without any optical artifacts, consistently high resolution power across the entire image field, no colour fringing or distortion, and an extremely high image contrast all the way into the edges," the company says. The Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 will be available worldwide with EF-mount (ZE) and F-mount (ZF.2) from mid-September 2014. The recommended retail price is €3,360.50 / $4,490.00.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE is an ultra wide angle lens aimed at videographers using Micro FourThirds cameras. Offering a 20mm equivalent focal length in 35mm terms, the SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE lens has a maximum aperture of T2.1, ideal for low-light photography and cinematography. Other notable features include a silent “clickless” aperture ring, an 11-bladed iris diaphragm and an optical formula comprising 13 elements arranged in 11 groups. The SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE lens will be available from resellers at the end of October 2014 with a MSRP of £699 / €869.

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lenses for Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Olloclip has introduced 4-in-1 photo lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4. Each of these quick-connect conversion lenses offers fisheye, wide-angle, and two macro optics in a single package. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses adjacent to each other, selecting a lens is as simple as shifting the desired lens over the device’s camera. The macro lenses are cleverly revealed by unscrewing either the fisheye or wide-angle lens. The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens retails for £59.99.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Official Sony QX1 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Sony have released three high-resolution sample images captured with the new ILCE-QX1 camera. Taken at ISO100/21° and ISO200/24°, these Sony QX1 samples can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Sony Global

Sony ILCE-QX1 and DSC-QX30

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony ILCE-QX1 is a new lens-style camera that allows you to use an E-mount lens with your smartphone. The Sony ILCE-QX1 has an APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels, BIONZ X processor, advanced camera features including RAW image files, and even a pop-up flash. The compact DSC-QX30 keeps things crisp and clear with its powerful 30x optical zoom lens, supported by Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation that helps eliminate blurring.

Shipping as standard with the ILCE-QX1 and available as an optional accessory for all other QX models, the FSK1 Free Angle Shooting Kit includes a tilt adaptor and a grip, allowing you to shoot from low or high angles or take effortless selfies.

The QX1 (£249) and QX30 (£249) lens-style cameras and new colour variations of QX10 are available to pre-order now from http://www.sony.co.uk. The QX10 colour variants and QX30 are available in the UK from the end of September 2014 and QX1 and FSK1 (£25) from October 2014.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has announced two new manual-aperture, manual-focus lenses for Sony's E-mount full-frame compact system cameras. The Zeiss Loxia 2/35 (€1149 / $1,299) is a 35mm f/2 lens that features 9 elements in 6 groups and weighs in at 340 grams. The Loxia 2/50 (€849 / $949) is a 50mm f/2 "normal" prime comprising 6 elements in 4 groups. The Loxia 2/50 will be available worldwide starting October 2014 and the Loxia 2/35 from the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.