Thursday, October 18, 2012
Canon has launched its Winter Cashback offer giving you a chance to receive up to £160 cashback on your purchases. Included in the offer are various compact and interchangeable-lens cameras, lenses, accessories, and Legria camcorders. Click through / scroll down for a complete list of eligibel products.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Fujifilm UK has announced availability and pricing for the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. The 27-84mm equivalent Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS is a compact standard zoom with optical image stabilisation and a linear motor-driven focussing system that allows the camera to lock focus on the subject in a matter of 0.1 second. In the United Kingdom the lens will go on sale at the end of October / beginning of November, priced at £599.00. (The US MSRP is $699.95, as announced earlier.)
Sigma UK has announced a short-term special offer that enables anyone who purchases a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens to claim a free Sigma 77mm UV DG filter. Worth over £60, the Sigma 77mm UV DG filter benefits from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors. Starting today, the offer is open to UK residents only and runs until 31st December. To read the terms and conditions, download the claim form.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Olympus UK has announced an upcoming consumer promotion. Those purchasing an Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera between 15th October and 31st December can claim a 45mm (90mm eq.) f/1.8 short telephoto lens absolutely free by redemption. This offer will only be valid for the UK and the Republic of Ireland and only through authorised stockists. You will need a valid UK/ROI VAT receipt to claim your free lens, subject to the promotion’s Terms and Conditions, which will be posted at the website below, starting 15th October.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
We have collected the most interesting lenses announced at (or just before) Photokina 2012. They are not necessarily the “best” lenses out there—making comparisons across multiple platforms would be quite pointless anyway—but they are all intriguing in one way or another.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Want to see exactly what the new Kenko 400mm f/8 and Tokina 300mm f/6.3 mirror lenses look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Want to see exactly what the new Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1.8 M-system lens looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a gallery of hands-on photos for your perusal.
Additionally, we took the opportunity to capture a couple of sample images with the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens.
Fujifilm has shown us prototypes of the five new lenses they plan to release next year. We’ve compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
The Bavarian Brenner Import- und Großhandels GmbH (B.I.G.) has introduced a new, compact shift lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Weighing in at 200 grams the B.I.G. 15mm f/4.5 shift lens comprises 8 lens elements in 6 groups and comes with a built-in hood. With a maximum shift of 5.3mm, the lens enables users to avoid keystoning in architectural shots. On display at Photokina 2012, Hall 2.1 - Stand D024, the B.I.G. 15mm f/4.5 shift lens is available for €999.
The Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1.8 is a new, ultra-fast ultra-wide angle lens for M mount rangefinder cameras. With an optical formula comprising 13 elements in 11 groups, the Voigtländer Ultron 21mm f/1.8 features an all-metal barrel and a smooth manual focus ring. Other key specifications include a built-in (non-removable) hood, a ten-bladed diaphragm and a close-focus point of 0.5m. The recommended retail price of the lens is €1,149.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Want to see exactly what the SLR Magic Cine 35mm f/1.4, HyperPrime 23mm f/1.7, HyperPrime Cine 50mm f/0.95 and HyperPrime Cine 25mm f/0.95 lenses look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM lens looks like in the flesh? We have put together a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new, stabilised Tamron 90mm Macro and 70-200mm lenses VC look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Sigma lenses - and USB dock - look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
At Photokina 2012, Schneider Kreuznach is showcasing its newest lenses under glass.
Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss lenses look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 manual-focus ultra-wide angle lens looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Carl Zeiss has introduced a new family of autofocus lenses for compact system cameras (CSCs). Initially comprising a 12mm f/2.8, a 32mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens - equivalent to 18mm, 48mm and 75mm respectively -, this new range of Zeiss AF lenses will be available for Sony E-bayonet (Sony NEX cameras) and for Fujifilm X-bayonet (Fujifilm X cameras). The X-mount lenses will come equipped with manual aperture rings. Zeiss says it uses several “different types of glass” for the lens elements and “a mix of materials” - which include, but are not limited to, metals - for the mechanical parts. Exact pricing for the Carl Zeiss CSC lenses has yet to be communicated but the company says they will be “around the €1,000 mark” each.
Source: Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Blog
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Schneider Kreuznach has announced four new SLR lenses, including two Xenons, a Makro-Symmar and a Super-Angulon tilt-shift lens. The Xenon 35mm f/1.4 and Xenon 50mm f/1.4 are the fastest lenses in the line-up, while the Makro-Symmar 85mm f/2.4 provides outstanding resolving power to match the resolution of 30+ megapixel image sensors. The Super-Angulon 28mm f/4.5 Aspheric tilt-shift lens (pictured) offers 12mm of shift and 8 degrees of tilt, and an oversized image circle with a diameter of 72mm. According to the company, “[t]he advanced technology of the mechanics allows for movements independent of each other without degrading the image quality in resolution or in distortion which makes extreme displacements possible up to the edge of the coverage.” All lenses are available with bayonet mounts for Canon EOS, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K series SLR cameras.
Schneider Kreuznach has unveiled a new range of lenses especially for video applications with full-format single-lens reflex cameras. The new series includes three fixed focal lengths: T2.1/75mm, T2.1/50mm and T2.1/25mm. The main feature of this new series is the precise manual focus ring, which means that the lenses can be used with professional accessories such as follow focus mechanisms. As with all Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, they are robust enough to withstand intensive daily use without any problems. All lenses are available with Canon or Nikon mount.