Saturday, March 28, 2015
Samyang has posted a mysterious picture on its Facebook fan page, accompanied by the words, "With immense focus and unparalleled features, Samyang Optics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned." Reprinted above, the image depicts what looks like a new telephoto or standard zoom lens featuring both a focus ring and a zoom ring, as well as a lens hood.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sony are showcasing the new FE 28mm F2, FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA at this year's Photography Show. We grabbed some hands-on shots of the three new lenses (there wasn't a 90mm sample) and the two convertor lenses for the 28mm lens that were also recently announced.
Panasonic are showing samples of the brand new Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 and 30mm f/2.8 Macro lenses to the press at The Photography Show. The Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 in particular has to be seen to be believed - it really is a tiny prime lens that's perfectly matched to the GM-series of cameras.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The new Zeiss Education Programme is targeted to US-based students, educators, plus accredited institutions and workshops teaching photography and film-making. Developed in response to numerous requests especially from students, the Zeiss Education Programme is a purchase incentive plan that enables pre-approved students, accredited schools and photo educators to purchase Zeiss camera lenses at a fixed, discounted price. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a certificate that entitles you for the student discount. The discount can be claimed with an authorised Zeiss dealer.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
UK Optics have been nominated as the exclusive UK distributors of lenses manufactured by Venus Optics including their new brand Laowa (formerly branded Venus). This includes the recently announced Laowa 60mm f/2.8 Macro 2:1 lens. End users will be able to purchase the Laowa 60mm Macro lens direct from the UK in a range of mounts including Canon, Nikon, Sony A and Pentax. The suggested retail price is £299. The 60mm f/2.8 Macro will be available to view and try at the forthcoming Photography Show 2015, 21st-24th March on stand F134. For more information, visit the website below.
Website: UK Optics
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Sony today announced the launch of the four full-frame E-mount lenses that were first shown at Photokina 2014. These include the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS ($1100), FE 28mm F2 ($450), FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS ($1000) and Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA ($1600). In addition, the company has unveiled the SEL057FEC Dedicated Fisheye Converter ($300) and SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter ($250) for full-frame cameras, plus the VCL-ECU2/VCL-ECF2 Ultra Wide & Fisheye converters ($160/$180) for E-mount cameras with APS-C sensors. Click through / read on for the details.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sigma UK today revealed the recommended retail prices and availability of their 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lenses. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A lens will have an RRP of £799.99 and be available in March in Canon and Sigma fit, with the Nikon version arriving in April. The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C lens will have an RRP of £1,199.99, becoming available in March in Sigma mount. The Canon variant will go on sale in April, with the Nikon version being launched in May.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Panasonic has unveiled two new Micro Four Thirds lenses. The Lumix G 42.5mm f/1.7 Power O.I.S. is an 85mm equivalent short telephoto lens with optical image stabilisation and 240fps Drive Auto Focus. The lens will become available in May in black and silver versions. The Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 Macro Mega O.I.S. (pictured), whose development was announced back in 2014, is a stabilised macro lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. This lens will also go on sale in May. Pricing - for both lenses - has yet to be communicated.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Schneider Kreuznach has announced the launch of the Xenon Full Frame Prime lenses in the United Kingdom. Each Schneider Kreuznach Xenon full-frame prime lens features an M95 filter thread, a focus ring with a 300° angle of rotation, robust cine-style lens mechanics, a maximum aperture of T2.1, a circular aperture with 14 diaphragm blades and an exchangeable bayonet interface. The Xenon FF-Prime lens family will eventually include an 18mm T2.4, 25mm T2.1, 35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1, and 100mm T2.1 focal lengths.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Ricoh has unveiled updated versions of its lens roadmaps for Pentax K, Q and 645 medium-format optics. For K-mount cameras, the company is planning to release a DA wide zoom, a D-FA large-diameter standard zoom, another D-FA standard zoom and a D-FA large-diameter wide zoom this year (or later). For the Pentax Q series, Ricoh will introduce a telemacro lens, and the line-up of Pentax 645 lenses will be expanded with a standard zoom and a telezoom. The actual focal ranges of these zooms have not been specified, but from the charts it looks like the DA wide zoom might be a 14-35mm, the D-FA arge-diameter zoom is likely to be a 24-70mm, the D-FA standard zoom could be a 28-100mm, and the D-FA large-diameter wide zoom may be a 18-36mm. The Q-mount telemacro lens could be anywhere between 85mm and 105mm, whereas the Pentax 645 series standard zoom and telezoom lenses appear to be 45-85mm and 95-180mm, respectively.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
The FUJIFILM Xseries Japan Facebook page has published a photo of all the new XF lenses. Shown in the image are the XF 16mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2, 90mm f/2, 120mm f/2.8 Macro, 100-400m (apertures tbc), and the 1.4x tele-convertor. The photo confirms that the 16mm, 35mm and 120mm lenses will all be weather-resistant (but not the 90mm).
The upcoming Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R lens will be weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X World Facebook page has published an image of the Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR lens with "WR" included, which denotes "weather resistant" on other Fujifilm lenses.
They also comment "And in 2015 there will a be a new addition, XF16mmF1.4 R. It is wide angle large diameter lens, and yet compact in size. It takes the full advantage of X-mount being a mirrorless system, and it will certainly be optimized for the X-Trans CMOS sensor. The lens will be a favorite for many."
Sigma Corporation of America has announced pricing and availability of its 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Promising the highest optical performance in its class, the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art wide-angle lens is the ninth addition to the company’s iconic Global Vision Art line-up. It is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens will be available in Sigma and Canon mounts next month for the street price of $849. The Nikon version will follow in April, and in Sony variant will be available later in the year.
Sigma Corporation of America has announced pricing and availability of its 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and features a light-weight and compact construction for higher usability. In order to allow for mobile, handheld shooting in the field, it has a new and improved image stabiliser and features a new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. Its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches and will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements – with a minimum aperture of f22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. The lens will become available in Canon and Nikon mounts in March for the street price of $1089.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Kenko Tokina has released the official specifications of the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX standard zoom lens. The optical formula comprises 15 lens elements in 11 groups, the minimum focus distance is 38cm, and the maximum reproduction ratio is 1:4.73. The lens will weigh around a kilogram. Price and availability are to be communicated.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The upcoming Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R lens will be weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X World Facebook page has published an image of the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR ASPH lens with "WR" included, which denotes "weather resistant" on other Fujifilm lenses.
They also comment "And, today we are happy to make an announcement on the development of a new lens; XF35mmF2 R, that would definitely be another killer lens for such use. Whether you prefer to shoot wide angle or standard angle of view, this lens is definitely to look out for. Stay tuned for its size, performance, and image quality, soon to come in 2015."
Fujifilm has released an updated road map for its X mount interchangeable lenses. The new lenses that have been added to the Fuji X Mount Lens Roadmap are:
XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro 1:1 Macro, telephoto lens
XF 35mm F2 R compact and lightweight standard focal length lens
1.4x Teleconverter for XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF 120mm F2.8 R Macro, XF 100-400mm
Fujifilm have also confirmed that the "Super Telephoto Zoom" lens that was announced on its previous roadmap update will have a focal range equivalent to 150-600mm.
The Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is a new premium wide-angle lens that offers the highest optical performance in its class. Available for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art joins the existing 35mm and 50mm Art lenses. Pricing and availability of the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art are yet to be announced.
Update: the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art will retail for $849 in the US.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Want to see exactly what the new Olympus 8mm f/1.8 Fish-Eye lens, 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro lens, and the EE-1 Dot Sight look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus 8mm f:1.8 Fish-Eye lens, 7-14mm f/2.8 lens, and the EE-1 Dot Sight.
The HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE is a new standard zoom lens for Pentax K-mount cameras with APS-C sized sensors. Billed as the World’s shortest standard zoom lens, the HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE boasts a new retractable mechanism and measures a mere 41mm in length in the stored position. The lens also features a dependable weather-resistant construction with nine special seals to effectively prevent the intrusion of water into the interior. By pairing it with a weather-resistant Pentax digital SLR camera body, the user is guaranteed a durable digital imaging system that performs reliably in demanding shooting settings — even in the rain or mist, or at locations prone to water splashes or spray. The HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE lens is equipped with a quick-shift focus system, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual-focus operation, even when the camera’s AF system is in operation. The recommended retail price of the lens is £229.99.