Thursday, May 28, 2015
Two years after the introduction of their first Petzval lens, Lomography have launched a new Kickstarter project to help fund the commercialisation of their latest product, the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens. This is a 58mm f/1.9 lens with adjustable bokeh and a brass or black finish. Using the newly developed Bokeh Control Ring on the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens, you are totally free to determine the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photos. "[T]his allows you to get the characteristic swirly bokeh effect in ways it has never been possible before," the company says. Additionally, the New Petzval 58 features a Waterhouse Aperture system (with plates ranging from f/1.9 to f/16) and a Gear Rack Focusing Knob for smooth and fast focusing. The lens will be available in Canon and Nikon fit.
Olympus have announced a free new opportunity for photographers to test their cameras and lenses. They can choose from the OM-D or PEN series including the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II (pictured), in combination with one or more M.Zuiko Digital lenses. The Olympus’ ‘Test & Wow’ programme lets photographers trial the cameras for three days, in their own time, away from the retailer with no strings attached. For more information, visit the website below.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Fuji have announced a new summer promotion. The Fujifilm X-T1 (pictured) is now available to buy with £75 cashback. Those that purchase the X-T1 in a kit with the Fujinon XF18-135mm will also receive a free vertical battery grip worth £179.99. Photographers wishing to expand their range of XF lenses can also get £75 cashback when purchasing a lens. Those who buy two XF lenses are entitled to a cashback of £225. Three lenses will give you £375 cashback and if you decide to buy 4 XF lenses you’ll get £525 back. For 5 or more lenses you’ll get an additional £150 cashback, per lens. For terms and conditions, visit the website below.
Monday, May 25, 2015
The brand new Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the world's first Leica M lens to combine a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and a focal length of 28mm. The optical construction incorporates 10 elements in 7 groups, one of which is aspherical with curvature that deviates from the typical spherical form and contributes significantly to the very compact size of the lens. The focusing system features a floating element to guarantee constantly high imaging performance at close focusing distances. Three cemented elements and seven lenses with anomalous partial dispersions guarantee the extremely effective colour correction of the lens. Contrast gradation is uniform and consistent from infinity to the minimum focusing distance and is maintained with almost no loss of performance across the entire image field, the company claims. Weighing in at 440 grams, the Leica Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. ships with an all-metal lens hood, and sells for £3,975. Availability is slated for June.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Net SE, the company which took ownership of the Meyer Optik Görlitz brand name in 2014, has opened a new subsidiary, Meyer Optik USA, headquartered in Atlanta. The new office will support the distribution of Meyer Optik Görlitz products in the United States. It will also spearhead the relaunch of the legendary Trioplan f2.8/100 lens, which will contain fifteen steel diaphragm blades, resulting in a circular aperture. The original Trioplan was constructed in 1916 and is recognised for its classic ‘soap bubble’ bokeh. The first remanufactured Trioplan f2.8/100, due to be announced in June 2015, will fit Canon, Fuji, M42, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon, and Sony-E camera mounts. To sign up for updates, visit the website below.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tamron USA has introduced its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favourite Tamron lenses, tag them with #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter and Instagram accounts. Tamron staff will select the best images to appear on the Tamron USA website, and users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media.
Nikon UK today launched their newest promotion, offering up to £60 cashback on selected dSLRs, lenses and flashes. The offer will run from 21 May 2015 – 26 August 2015 and all claims must be received by 30 September 2015 in order to qualify. Eligible products include the Nikon D3300, D 5200, D5300 and D5500 (pictured) digital SLR cameras, four AF-S DX Nikkor zooms, plus the Nikon SB-500 and SB-300 speedlights. For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, visit the website below.
Monday, May 18, 2015
The Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is a short fast-aperture telephoto lens that is ideal for portrait and sports photography. Offering a focal length equivalent to 137mm and a maximum aperture of F2.0, the Fujinon XF 90mm F2 R LM WR delivers ultra-sharp images with rich bokeh even at the maximum aperture setting. The XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is both compact and, at 540g, lightweight while the minimum working distance of 60cm delivers a wide shooting range. A newly-developed Quad Linear Motor delivers fast, accurate autofocus, plus the lens also features a weather- and dust-resistant structure that can work in temperatures down to -10°C.
The Fujifilm XF 90mm lens will be on sale in the UK from late July 2015. The suggested retail price will be £699.00.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Olympus Japan have released five full-resolution sample photos taken with their M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO ultra-wide zoom lens. Shot with the manufacturer's OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 II compact system cameras, the officialr M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO sample images were captured at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO1000/31°. You can download the files from the website below.
Website: Olympus Japan
Olympus Japan have posted five high-resolution sample images shot using the brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED Fisheye 8mm 1:1.8 PRO lens. Taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and E-M1 compact system cameras, these sample photos were captured at a variety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO200/24° to ISO800/30°. You can download the official M.Zuiko Digital ED Fisheye 8mm 1:1.8 PRO samples from the website below.
Website: Olympus Japan
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye f:1.8 PRO is the World’s first fisheye lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The optical construction features 17 lens elements in 15 groups to diminish peripheral chromatic and comatic aberration (including 1 aspherical, 3 Super ED, 2 ED, 1 Super HR and 2 HR elements). The super-large aperture and the cutting-edge thin ZERO coating ensure photographers top-notch optical performance in any conditions, especially in low light. The 2.5-cm minimum focusing distance (measured from end of the lens) and maximum magnification of x0.2 make it a logical choice for nature photographers with a passion for quirky perspectives and eye-catching bokeh. For underwater specialists, it likewise opens up exciting new opportunities – it’s compatible with a range of accessories via the new underwater lens port PPO-EP02. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:1.8 PRO is priced at £799.99 and available at all major UK retailers from June 2015.
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO is a new professional-grade ultra-wide zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. It weighs just over half as much as equivalent f:2.8 aperture rivals, and features 14 elements in 11 groups. Like the other lenses in the M.Zuiko PRO family, this 14-28mm equivalent zoom is fully weatherproof – thanks to 11 separate seals – and lets you get just 7.5cm from your subject (measured from the end of the lens), which is about 20% closer than equivalent rivals. It’s also packed with practical PRO features, such as the manual focus clutch that lets you instantly switch from AF to MF by pulling the focus ring toward the camera body. There’s also an L-Fn button on the base of the lens that lets you make changes in an instant with your thumb. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO is priced at £999.99, and available at all major UK retailers from June 2015.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Canon China has posted four high-resolution sample photographs taken with the brand new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. Captured with a variety of APS-C and 35mm full-frame bodies, these Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM samples demonstrate what the lens is capable of when used wide open (and slightly stopped down). You can download the official EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sample images from the website below.
Website: Canon China
Canon have unveiled a new 50mm lens. The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM features Canon's proprietary STM stepping motor technology and supports the manufacturer's EOS Movie Servo AF function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording. Boasting an improved exterior design, including a new focus ring placement, it provides photographers with the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever, at just 1.5 inches in length. In addition, this new lens uses a metal mount providing additional stability and ruggedness compared to its predecessor. The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of £129.99/€189.99/$125.99.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lomography has announced the Lomo LC-A MINITAR-1 Art lens for M-mount rangefinder cameras. This pancake type interchangeable lens has a focal length of 32mm, a minimum focus distance of 0.8m and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The optical construction features 5 elements in 4 groups and a 4-step zone focusing system. "The signature vignetting, sharp contrast and gloriously rich character of the LC-A legacy can now be achieved on a wide array of both digital and analogue cameras," the company says. Interested photographers can pre-order the lens for £249. Delivery is currently planned for July 2015.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Zeiss have posted several high-resolution sample images taken with their new Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses mounted to a variety of bodies including a mysterious new Sony camera. The pictures can be downloaded from Carl Zeiss Lenses' Flickr photostream and one of them is an 56-megapixel portrait taken with the Batis 1.8/85 telephoto prime. The pixel size is 8910x6300, with the aspect ratio being 1.41:1, suggesting that the photograph has been cropped to this size from an even higher-resolution original.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sigma have issued a product advisory stating that some of their Canon-mount lenses cannot be used with live view on the Canon EOS 750D and 760D digtial SLR cameras. Specifically, when the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor, the company says. This issue affects 7 current and 6 discontinued Sigma zoom lenses. The company will provide users with a firmware update free of charge. Click through / read on for a detailed list of affected lenses.
Sony have unveiled two new A-mount lenses at a press event in London - the Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and the Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II.
Both the SAL1635Z2 and the SAL2470Z2 are updated versions of current lenses, offering significant improvements in image quality, ghost reduction and AF performance, together with a new dust and moisture- resistant design.
Pricing and availability are still to be announced.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Zeiss has announced their first full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony's E-mount cameras. "The Batis family of lenses is the first time we have launched autofocus lenses for Sony's full-frame E-mount cameras which are Zeiss through and through – in other words exclusively developed and distributed by us," says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product Manager at Zeiss Camera Lenses. The lenses feature an OLED display that shows the distance between the camera system and the plane of focus, as well as the depth of field. The Zeiss Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 lenses will be available for purchase in April and start shipping in July 2015. The 25mm lens comprises 10 elements in 8 groups, and offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:5.2. The Zeiss Batis 1.8/85 is an 85mm telephoto prime comprising 11 elements in 8 groups. The recommended retail prices are $1,299/€1092 for the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and $1,199/€1008 for the Zeiss Batis 1.8/85.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Yongnuo has announced a new full-frame 35mm prime with auto focus. The Canon-mount Yongnuo YN35mm F2 lens has a minimum focus distance of 25cm, and a maximum magnification of 0.23x. The optical construction features 7 elements in 5 groups and an iris diaphragm witrh 7 rounded blades. The lens takes 52mm filters, and will be available from Yongnuo's Amazon and eBay stores.