Category: Lenses

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Fujinon XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Distributor Intro2020 Supplies a Sizeable Headwind of Product

Gavin Stoker | Accessories, Lenses
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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 to Expand Xenon FF-Prime Lineup

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm f/4-5.6 for Phase One

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Leica M Edition 100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Film, Lenses
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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.

Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Official Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Official Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Official AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon France has posted eight high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens (pictured). These sample images were taken at various sporting events using an AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR attached to a full-frame Nikon D4s digital SLR camera.

Website: Nikon France | Flickr

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Canon Summer Cashback

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Canon UK has launched its summer cashback promotion giving you the chance to.get up to £100/€120 cashback on a range of selected Canon products across DSLRs, compact cameras, lenses, video cameras and printers. The offer runs from 15 May 2014 to 13 August 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Canon is also taking its cashback offer on the road this summer, visiting locations across the UK. To learn more, visit Canon UK’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a new full-frame super-telephoto lens for professional photographers. Offering improved auto focus and superior exposure accuracy owing to an elecro-magnetically controlled iris diaphragm (hence the E designation in the product name), the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is almost 2lbs lighter than the company's previous 400mm f/2.8 lens. In addition, the lens features a new VR Sport mode, nine rounded aperture blades, two fluorite elements two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nano Crystal Coating. The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens will be available in August 2014, and will have a suggested retail price of £10,399.99 / $11,999.95.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ricoh Lowers Prices of Key Products

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Ricoh UK has announced the repositioning of a number of its key products. The compact, lightweight and fully weather-resistant PentaxK-3 is now available at £949.99, the K-50 can now be had for £499.99, the weather-resistant DFA 100/2,8 MACRO WR lens has a new RRP of £549.99, the Pentax Q7 (pictured) has a new price tag of £339.99 - and the list goes on. Click through / read on for the details.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a new ultrawide-to-wide zoom for dSLRs with APS-C sized sensors. 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.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is Canon’s first ultra-wide L-series lens to feature image stabilisation. The lens’s optical structure includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (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.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 White Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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The white-grey edition of the Canon EOS SL1 camera (originally launched in Japan as the EOS Kiss X7 White) will be available in the USA from the end of June. The white EOS Rebel SL1 camera is complemented by a matching white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. "[N]ew to the U.S. market, the white EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera with its companion white lens, provides users with high-quality images in a small, compact body that is easy to bring along on all their summer adventures," says Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit in white will retail for an estimated retail price of $749.99.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mitakon Speedmaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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MxCamera has started taking preorders for the manual-focus Mitakon SpeedMaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95 full-frame E-mount lens. Developed for Sony A7 and A7R users, the Mitakon SpeedMaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95 has an oprical formula comprising 10 elements in 7 groups, including 4 ED lens elements and 1 high-refractive-index element. Other key features include a stepless aperture control ring, a 9-bladed iris diaphragm and a close-focus point of 50cm. Weighing in at 720g, the Mitakon SpeedMaster Series FE 50mm f/0.95 features a distance scale with depth-of-field marks, a metal barrel, 58mm filter thread and a metal bayonet mount. The lens sells for $799.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Canon Produces 100 Millionth EF Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today celebrates the achievement of a new lens manufacturing milestone, with the production of the company’s 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens. Over the past 27 years, since the launch of the company’s proprietary EF lenses and EOS SLR cameras in March 1987, Canon has developed a wide range of innovative technologies and world’s firsts, such as the lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabiliser (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. Recent innovations have seen the EF range extend into new fields, with the launch of the company’s EF Cinema lenses for digital cinematography in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for its Compact System Camera, the EOS M, in September 2012.  More recently, Canon’s EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x (pictured) became the world’s first super telephoto zoom lens to feature a built in 1.4x extender; at least among interchangeable lenses designed for SLR cameras.

Nikon UK Launch Summer Cashback Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK have just announced a new cashback offer. Running until 30 July 2014, the promotion offers up to £50 cashback on selected DSLR cameras and lenses and £30 cashback on the SB-300 flash (pictured). Click through / read on for the details.