Category: Lenses

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

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The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is a new wide-angle FX-format prime lens. The bright aperture delivers shallow depth of field, plus smooth bokeh, and ensures this lens excels in low-light settings. High-performance optics deliver edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal distortion, and the compact, lightweight design ensures easy portability. The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED comes with the CL-1015 Flexible Lens Pouch and the HB-72 Lens Hood and retails for £679.99 / €809.00 / $799.95, available from 25th September.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports / Contemporary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced two new 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses. The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (pictured) delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature a dust and splash-proof construction, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated optical stabiliser that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.

Sigma Reveals US Pricing for 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma has announced the US pricing and availability of its new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens. Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-450mm. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element to minimise the chromatic aberration. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical image stabiliser for improved shake compensation. The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS is a new full-frame fish-eye lens, which will be officially introduced at Photokina in Cologne on 16 September 2014. Offering a 180-degree angle of view, the Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS has a complex optical construction comprising 12 elements in 8 groups, including three elements made of low dispersion ED glass and two aspherical lens elements. Availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.

Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD - billed as the world’s first AF lens with an apodisation filter - is a new ultra-fast telephoto lens for Fujifilm's X-series compact system cameras. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 85mm, the lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.2, making it the world’s brightest autofocus lens designed for digital cameras with an APS-C sensor. The XF56mm F1.2 R APD offers "brilliant levels of sharpness," even when shooting  wide open at f/1.2. In addition, the apodisation filter smooths the outlines of out-of-focus highlights resulting in superior bokeh. The apodisation filter delivers its best results at wider apertures. To enable wide apertures to be used even in bright environments, an ND filter is included that adjusts brightness in three levels. To indicate the apodising effect, the lens features an aperture ring showing the effective F-number in red. The difference between the FNo. and the effective FNo. indicates the effectiveness of the apodisation filter. The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R APD will be available in the UK from November 2014 with a suggested retail price of £1099.99.

Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is a new weather-resistant X Series telephoto zoom lens featuring optical image stabilsation and the world’s first Triple Linear Motor, which enables quiet and high-speed auto focus. With a 35mm focal length equivalent of 76-213mm, the Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR has an optical construction with 23 elements arranged in 16 groups, including 5 ED lens elements, and 1 Super ED lens element with low dispersion characteristics. Fujifilm’s unique HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) ensures ghosting and flare are controlled for sharp, clear images. Also, using the newly developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, which alters the refractive index between glass and air, ghosting and flare are effectively reduced for diagonal incident light, the company says. The Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR will be available in the UK from November 2014 with a suggested retail price of £1249.99 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Zeiss Otus 1.4/85

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 is a new short telephoto lens for Canon EF and Nikon F-mount cameras. Featuring 11 elements in 9 groups, this 85mm f/1.4 lens is claimed to deliver "unprecedented" image quality, even wide open. "Specifically, that means a neutral bokeh in the background, highly detailed images without any optical artifacts, consistently high resolution power across the entire image field, no colour fringing or distortion, and an extremely high image contrast all the way into the edges," the company says. The Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 will be available worldwide with EF-mount (ZE) and F-mount (ZF.2) from mid-September 2014. The recommended retail price is €3,360.50 / $4,490.00.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE is an ultra wide angle lens aimed at videographers using Micro FourThirds cameras. Offering a 20mm equivalent focal length in 35mm terms, the SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE lens has a maximum aperture of T2.1, ideal for low-light photography and cinematography. Other notable features include a silent “clickless” aperture ring, an 11-bladed iris diaphragm and an optical formula comprising 13 elements arranged in 11 groups. The SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 HyperPrime CINE lens will be available from resellers at the end of October 2014 with a MSRP of £699 / €869.

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lenses for Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Olloclip has introduced 4-in-1 photo lenses for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4. Each of these quick-connect conversion lenses offers fisheye, wide-angle, and two macro optics in a single package. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses adjacent to each other, selecting a lens is as simple as shifting the desired lens over the device’s camera. The macro lenses are cleverly revealed by unscrewing either the fisheye or wide-angle lens. The olloclip 4-IN-1 lens retails for £59.99.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Official Sony QX1 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Sony have released three high-resolution sample images captured with the new ILCE-QX1 camera. Taken at ISO100/21° and ISO200/24°, these Sony QX1 samples can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Sony Global

Sony ILCE-QX1 and DSC-QX30

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony ILCE-QX1 is a new lens-style camera that allows you to use an E-mount lens with your smartphone. The Sony ILCE-QX1 has an APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels, BIONZ X processor, advanced camera features including RAW image files, and even a pop-up flash. The compact DSC-QX30 keeps things crisp and clear with its powerful 30x optical zoom lens, supported by Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation that helps eliminate blurring.

Shipping as standard with the ILCE-QX1 and available as an optional accessory for all other QX models, the FSK1 Free Angle Shooting Kit includes a tilt adaptor and a grip, allowing you to shoot from low or high angles or take effortless selfies.

The QX1 (£249) and QX30 (£249) lens-style cameras and new colour variations of QX10 are available to pre-order now from http://www.sony.co.uk. The QX10 colour variants and QX30 are available in the UK from the end of September 2014 and QX1 and FSK1 (£25) from October 2014.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss has announced two new manual-aperture, manual-focus lenses for Sony's E-mount full-frame compact system cameras. The Zeiss Loxia 2/35 (€1149/$1,299) is a 35mm f/2 lens that features 9 elements in 6 groups and weighs in at 340 grams. The Loxia 2/50 (€849/$ 949) is a 50mm f/2 "normal" prime comprising 6 elements in 4 groups. The Loxia 2/50 will be available worldwide starting October 2014 and the Loxia 2/35 from the end of the fourth quarter of 2014.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Black Edition Lands in America

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Two years after its introduction, Olympus is launching the all-black edition of its M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Micro Four Thirds lens in the United States. Equivalent to a 24mm ultra-wideanlge optic in a 35mm system, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 (read review) is a high-grade, all-metal, fast lens that features built-in depth of field and distance indicators, making it ideal for zone focusing. In the U.S., the lens will be available for $799.99.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Zeiss Loxia Lenses at Photokina

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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 50mm f1.4 and T1.5 Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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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 LM-10 and Sweet 50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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

Leica Summicron-S 2/100mm ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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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.

Via Photoscala

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fujifilm Summer Sizzlers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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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.