Category: Lenses

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (VR) Soon Available in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses, which were first announced back in January, will become available in the US in September 2016. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR utilise stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet focusing, and boast a retractable-barrel design for enhanced portability. When shooting video footage, the stepping motor allows you to smoothly shift focus from subject to subject with practically no drive noise. Each lens incorporates 2 aspherical glass elements to correct various types of aberration, and the VR version additionally offers up to four stops of vibration reduction. The VR function can be turned on or off using the menu on compatible camera models (Nikon D3300, D3400, D5300 and D5500). The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G standard zoom will be available for $199.95. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will retail for $249.95.

The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses, which were first announced back in January, will become available in the US in September 2016. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang has announced the upcoming release of the full-frame Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE auto-focus UWA lens for Sony E mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical glass elements and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. On a full-frame camera body, the Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE lens offers an angle of view of 113.9 degrees, making it the widest rectilinear lens designed for Sony E-mount cameras. The lens is compatible with both phase-detect and contrast-detect AF systems. The Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE will be globally available from September, priced at €699.

Samyang has announced the upcoming release of the full-frame Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE auto-focus UWA lens for Sony E mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical glass elements and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. On a full-frame camera body, the Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens (read review) has won the EISA Award for 'European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.' Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements, the award-winning lens is constructed with Tamron’s new SP design, incorporating a new look and feel which includes larger and more tactile switches, together with Tamron’s Moisture-Resistant Construction. VC (Vibration Compensation) is also included in the lens design to help reduce camera shake making it easy to take handheld photographs in low light. USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) focusing is also a key part in delivering sharp and precise focus every time, with full-time manual override for extra creative control.

The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens (read review) has won the EISA Award for 'European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.' Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD ...

Sigma Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens (see our full-resolution sample images) has won the “EISA EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017” Award. Equivalent to a 75-150mm lens in 35mm terms, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM features an internal zoom mechanism and an aperture diaphragm with nine rounded blades. Weighing in at 1,490 grams; the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM has an optical construction comprising 21 lens elements in 15 groups and a minimum focus distance of 95cm. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma fit.

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens (see our full-resolution sample images) has won the “EISA EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017” Award. Equivalent to a 75-150mm lens in 35mm terms, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM features an internal zoom mechanism and an aperture...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have just introduced a new ultra-bright, ultra-wide manual-focus prime lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Featuring an optical construction comprising 13 elements in 12 groups - including 3 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements - and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC offers an angle of view of 94.8° and a close-focus point of 20cm/8". The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FourThirds and Micro FourThirds fit; at a recommended retail price of €499.00.

Samyang have just introduced a new ultra-bright, ultra-wide manual-focus prime lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Featuring an optical construction comprising 13 elements in 12 groups - including 3 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements - and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC offers an angle of...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hama Launch “Uni” 3-in-1 Lens Set for Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13 mm. The new three-in-one set is available for €12.99.

Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Now Available through Kickstarter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is now available via Kickstarter. Billed as, the "World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with Close-to-Zero Distortion," the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens comprises 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion. This manual focus lens offers a field of view of 122°, 7 aperture blades, minimum focusing distance of 18cm, and an aperture range of f/2.8 - f/22. The recommended retail price is $949.00. Along with the new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens, Venus Optics also announces the Laowa Magic Shift Converter which is able to enlarge the full frame image circle to provide a sufficiently large image field for shift movements. It will transform the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens into a 17mm f/4 Shift Lens with +/- 10mm shift capability for Full-Frame E-mount cameras.

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is now available via Kickstarter. Billed as, the "World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with Close-to-Zero Distortion," the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens comprises 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion. This manual focus lens offers...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS is a new cine lens for compact system cameras with APS-C sensors. Like the also-new 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS photography lens, the Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS features 9 elements in 7 groups including 1 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements plus an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. Other features include quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture gear rings. Additionally, the distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens barrel for convenience when filming. Pricing and availablity to be confirmed.

The Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS is a new cine lens for compact system cameras with APS-C sensors. Like the also-new 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS photography lens, the Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS features 9 elements in 7 groups including 1 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements plus an...

Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is a new standard prime for compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors. The bright f/1.2 maximum aperture allows users to isolate their subject from the background and enables hand-held shooting in low-light conditions. Available in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds fit, the manual-focus Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS has 9 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical lens elements and 1 ED element, plus an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded aperture blades. The lens boasts Samyang's Ultra-Multi-Coating to minimise flare and ghosting, and takes 62mm screw-on filters. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.

The Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is a new standard prime for compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors. The bright f/1.2 maximum aperture allows users to isolate their subject from the background and enables hand-held shooting in low-light conditions. Available in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Total Production of Nikkor Lenses Reaches 100 Million

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon has announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has reached one-hundred million in June 2016. As the 95 millionth interchangeable Nikkor lens was manufactured in July 2015, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in less than a year. The company's line-up of Nikkor lenses currently consists of more than 90 different models, including primes covering ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 Nikkor lenses for compact system cameras.

Nikon has announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has reached one-hundred million in June 2016. As the 95 millionth interchangeable Nikkor lens was manufactured in July 2015, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in less than a year. The company's...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is a new full-frame telephoto prime lens with a class-leading maximum aperture and electronic diaphragm control technology. The optical formula comprises14 elements in 9 groups, including three ED glass elements, and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens also features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat technology to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare. The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late August for a suggested retail price of £2,049.99 / €2,419.00 / $2,199.95.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is a new full-frame telephoto prime lens with a class-leading maximum aperture and electronic diaphragm control technology. The optical formula comprises14 elements in 9 groups, including three ED glass elements, and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens also features Nikon&rsquo...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE Price and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have announced the global availability of the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE auto focus lens. Specifically designed to work in harmony with full-frame compact system cameras in Sony E mount, the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE is the first AF lens in Samyang’s history and is compatible with both phase-detect and contrast-detect auto focus systems. The optical formula comprises 9 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical glass elements, and the lens takes 67mm screw-on filters. The Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE standard prime for Sony will be globally available from August for €579.

Samyang have announced the global availability of the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE auto focus lens. Specifically designed to work in harmony with full-frame compact system cameras in Sony E mount, the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE is the first AF lens in Samyang’s history and is compatible with both phase-detect and...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Silver Version

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. This lens is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this quality is also maintained at close shooting distances. Eight lens elements are employed to achieve this outstanding optical performance. Three of the lenses are made from glass types with anomalous partial dispersion or apochromatic correction, and two have a high refractive index. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. (silver anodised) is scheduled to be available at the end of this month at a suggested retail price of £5,900.

Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. This lens is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this quality...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 is a new full-frame video-cine telephoto lens available in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro FourThirds fit. Featuring a maximum aperture of T2.2, the Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens comes with two different focus scales, displaying distances in either imperial or metric units. The lens has a click-less aperture ring and a near-circular iris diaphragm with 11 blades. The Samyang, XEEN 135mm T2.2 will be globally available in August, at a recommended retail price of £1799.99/€2200.00. Samyang has announced the release of a total of five lenses throughout five weeks as a 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbuster campaign. The other four lenses will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 is a new full-frame video-cine telephoto lens available in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro FourThirds fit. Featuring a maximum aperture of T2.2, the Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens comes with two different focus scales, displaying distances in either imperial or metric units. The lens...

Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is a new telezoom lens for the Phase One XF Camera System. Supporting flash sync speeds of up to 1/1,600s; the Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens is promising to deliver edge-to-edge coverage of full frame 645 format. Used on a Phase One XF 100MP system, the lens is capable of taking full advantage of the sensor's resolution, while the new built-in electronics permit individual focus calibration. Additionally, the lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Zoom is shipping now, priced at €5,490/$5,990.

The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is a new telezoom lens for the Phase One XF Camera System. Supporting flash sync speeds of up to 1/1,600s; the Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens is promising to deliver edge-to-edge coverage of full frame 645 format. Used...

Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Phase One today revealed the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Blue Ring zoom lens for the Phase One XF 100MP system. The lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The built-in leaf shutter supports flash synchronisation up to 1/1600s.  The new built-in electronics permit individual focus calibration when used with the Phase One XF Camera System. The Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mmLS f/4.0-5.6 Zoom is expected to ship by August 1, 2016, at na MSRP of €7,990 / $8,990.

Phase One today revealed the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Blue Ring zoom lens for the Phase One XF 100MP system. The lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The built-in leaf shutter supports flash...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Pricing Confirmed

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The price of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS has now been confirmed. Available from July, the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens will cost £2,500 in the UK and $2,500 in the US. In addition, the new 2x and 1.4x teleconverters will cost £550 each and also be available in July.
 

The price of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS has now been confirmed. Available from July, the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens will cost £2,500 in the UK and $2,500 in the US. In addition, the new 2x and 1.4x teleconverters will cost £550 each...

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS brand. The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July and will be available across Europe for approximately €1,800 and in the UK for £1,500.

The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS brand. The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fujifilm XF Lens Roadmap Update, July 2016

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses

Fujifilm have updated their XF Lens Roadmap, with three new lenses scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017.

2016

XF 23mm f/2 R WR

2017

XF 50mm f/2 R WR

XF 80mm f/2 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro (this replaces the 120mm Macro lens that has previously appeared on the lens roadmap)

Fujifilm have updated their XF Lens Roadmap, with three new lenses scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017. 2016 XF 23mm f/2 R WR 2017 XF 50mm f/2 R WR XF 80mm f/2 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro (this replaces the 120mm Macro lens that has previously appeared on the...