Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Zeiss are set to launch a new family of lenses at Photokina, dubbed Loxia. Rumoured to be for Sony FE full-frame mirrorless cameras (A7S, A7R, A7), the new range will be joined at the show by another Otus full-frame DSLR lens as well as new rangefinder products. Zeiss are currently running a special interactive puzzle on their blog which will eventually reveal the new Photokina 2014 products.
Samyang have officially announced the 50mm f1.4 and T1.5 lenses, due later in 2014. The much rumoured 50mm lenses will be available in the Samyang 50 mm f1.4 AS UMC photographic version and the Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC VDSLR cine lens version with decoupled aperture and follow focus gearing. Both lenses will be vailable in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony A, Fujifilm X mount, Pentax and Micro Four Thirds (MFT) fit, retailing for £449 for the f1.4 lens and £479 for the T1.5 version.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Lensbaby has launched the LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for mobile devices and the Sweet 50, a 50mm selective-focus optic compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System for SLR, mirrorless and motion picture cameras. The LM-10 ( $69.95) is less than 1.5 inches long and weighs in at 0.7 oz. It attaches to a mobile device fitted with a strong adhesive-backed stainless steel ring. Additionally, the lens has magnets on both ends, which allows it to be used alone or in conjunction with other magnetic mobile lenses such as those made by Photojojo. The lens comes with a free iOS or Android app, which is required to select the focus point and properly orient the image. The Sweet 50 optic ($299.95) is a 50mm selective focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture ranging from f/2.5 through f/22. Along with controlling depth of field, the aperture controls the size of the sweet spot of focus. The Sweet 50 is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System and attaches to your SLR, mirrorless or motion picture camera via the Lensbaby Composer Pro.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
MXcamera has announced The Dark Knight, a Pro version of the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens. The new lens features improved lens coating, a smaller 58mm filter thread and a new bayonet lens hood to minimise flare. For more information, visit MXcamera's Facebook page.
Friday, August 8, 2014
The Leica Summicron-S 2/100 mm ASPH. is a fast short telephoto lens for the Leica S system. Designed for portrait, glamour and available-light photography, the Leica Summicron-S 2/100 mm ASPH. features 7 elements in 5 groups and a maximum aperture of f/2. The dust- and splashproof lens has a close-focus point of 70cm and weighs in at 910g. Available from mid-September, the Leica Summicron-S 2/100 mm ASPH. has an RRP of €6,500.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Fujifilm UK have launched some very special cashback offers: Buy a Fujifilm X-T1 body or X-T1 kit (X-T1 with 18-55mm lens) and any Fujinon XF lens to claim £100 cashback. Or, buy a Fujifilm X-E2 body or X-E2 kit any XF lens and claim £200. Those who already own a Fujifilm compact system camera can also claim £200 cashback when purchasing two XF lenses at the same time. These offers apply to all Fujinon XF lenses except for the XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, and are available through 30 September 2014.
Monday, August 4, 2014
The HD Pentax-DA645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for medium-format Pentax cameras. Providing focal lengths from 22mm to 35.5mm in 35mm format, this is the first medium-format Pentax lens designed specifically for digital imaging. Thanks to its dustproof, weather-resistant construction, this newest member of the AW (All Weather) series offers outstanding reliability and durability in demanding shooting conditions, allowing photographers to capture images outdoors without worry. Incormporating the Pentax-original built-in SR (Shake Reduction mechanism), the HD Pentax-DA645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR will be available from early September for £3,399.99/$4999.95.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Zeiss has announced the availability of a firmware upgrade for the E-mount version of its Touit Makro Planar 2.8/50mm T* lens. This update addresses two issues including AF hunting in continuous auto focus mode and "clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash." Note that you cannot install this firmware update yourself - you will need to send the lens, together with a completed copy of Zeiss' delivery note, to the Zeiss Service address nearest to you.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent World Cup in Brazil, the company said in a statement. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the events utilised Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of the matches, the company claims. At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted football matches in Brazil, Canon Professional Service had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Fujifilm has released a new roadmap for its X-mount lenses. The updated chart includes one new lens (the Fujinon XF90mm f/2 R), whilst a previously announced but hitherto unnamed ultra-wide angle lens has now been confirmed as the Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R. Additionally, the company has changed the release dates for three lenses that we have already seen on earlier editions of the roadmap. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, which is now scheduled to hit the shops at the end of this year. This will be Fujifilm’s second weather resistant lens designed to partner its X-T1 camera. The Fujinon XF16-55mm f/2.8 R WR, on the other hand, has been pushed back to 2015 Q1. The still unspecified "super tele photo zoom lens" is now being promised to arrive at the end of that year.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tamron has announced the addition of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon mount and the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (pictured) for Canon / Nikon mount to the lens profile library for aberration correction offered for Adobe Photoshop CC, ACR and the Lightroom 5. The lens profile will be bundled with the Camera Raw 8.5 update and Lightroom 5.5. With the new profile, customers who own either of these lenses will be able to utilise the above software for easy correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberrations and peripheral light fall-off based on design data.
Canon has launched a new microsite devoted to camera lenses. "Visitors will be enlightened about the possibilities unlocked through the many different kind of lenses available to them: macro, zoom, telephoto, prime, wide-angle, STM, tilt-shift and fisheye," the company says. "Through informative videos, sample imagery, and educational video content, photographers and videographers from entry level to advanced amateur status will learn how to determine which Canon EF or EF-S Lenses will best help them create more powerful images with their EOS digital SLR camera. Additionally, visitors will find helpful quick tips for shooting with each category of lens, from fisheye to telephoto."
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Intro 2020 has announced the UK availability and RRPs of the three new Tamron lenses unveiled last week. The Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Micro Four Thirds lens (pictured) and the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di lll VC in Canon M mount will be available in July for £389.99. The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD full-format lens will also go on sale next mont, priced at £619.99.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD is a new superzoom lens for full-frame cameras, featuring a Piezo Drive AF motor, moisture-resistant construction, and a more compact build than its immediate predecessor. Headline features include optical vibration compensation, advanced anti-reflection coating, four low-dispersion elements, three molded glass aspherical elements, one hybrid aspherical element, one extra-refractive-index glass element and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass. The lens will be available in the U.S. in both Canon and Nikon mount on June 26, 2014 at $849.
Tamron today announced the price and availability of its 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III superzoom lens for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Originally released for Sony mount in 2011, this 29-320mm equivalent lens employs two (Low Dispersion) elements, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one XR (high refractive index) element, and one Hybrid Aspherical element to reduce aberrations "to a bare minimum" as Tamron put it. The lens also has optical vibration compensation and a stepping motor adopted for the AF drive, a construction that accommodates contrast-detect auto focus and movie shooting. This feature also supports the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function, which allows the user to make fine manual adjustments after initially focusing by AF. The Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon will be available in the US starting 26 June 2014 priced at $499.
Tamron announced the price and availability of its first superzoom lens designed for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras. Employing one LD (Low Dispersion) glass element, two AD (Anomalous Dispersion) glass elements, two Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and one Hybrid Aspherical element, Tamron's new 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III lens is housed in a compact body with a filter diameter of just 52mm. The metal lens barrel exterior is available in two colours: black and silver, providing the most popular colour options to match high end cameras. The Tamron 14-150mm Di III will be available in the USA starting June 26, 2014 at $589.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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
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
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 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.