Category: Lenses

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS

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The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS is a new full-frame wide-angle zoom for Alpha E-mount cameras. Sony’s latest full-frame ZEISS wide-angle zoom packs serious imaging power into a light, compact addition to the E-mount lens range for α camera users. The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS goes on general sale in the UK from November 2014, price and availability to be announced.

Panasonic 30mm F/2.8 Macro Lens

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Panasonic have announced the development of a 30mm F2.8 macro lens. The Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds lens enables life-size macro photography, offering a close focusing distance of 60mm. It also supports 240 fps high-speed AF, while integrating optical image stabiliser and sports a metallic finish.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lenses

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Canon has unveiled three new lenses - the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, and the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. Canon’s new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. The affordable EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is the slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced.

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM are both scheduled to be available in November for estimated retail prices of $6,899.00 / £6,999.99 / €8,799.99 and $149.99/ £179.99 / €224.99 respectively. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $599.99 / £479.99 / €599.99.

Panasonic 14mm and 35-100mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic 14mm and 35-100mm lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic 14mm and 35-100mm lenses.

Interview: Panasonic Pitches Premium Compact Pair and Two New Lenses

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Photography Blog was invited along to Panasonic’s UK HQ in Bracknell , Berkshire, late August to hear more about its GM5 and LX100 releases, as well as the two new versions of its 35-100mm and 14mm lenses also launched today for its system cameras.

Present at the meeting and making presentations were Panasonic UK’s Marketing Manager Dai Mukai, Head of Imaging Barney Sykes and Imaging Product Specialist Mark Baber, as well as the brand’s technical expert Mr Uematsu from Japan. A transcription of the presentations and discussions follows…

Panasonic Lumix GM5

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The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is the World’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with a Live View Finder. The Panasonic GM5 builds on the successes of the GM1, incorporating a variety of new functions and a practical LVF for even greater control over composition, and an external flash unit (GN7, black or silver) is also bundled to fit on the newly added hot shoe.

Panasonic is also introducing two new lenses. The new LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S has been designed with a metallic profile and a retractable structure. The LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A), has been updated in both black and silver.

Samsung 50-150mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung 50-150mm 2.8 S ED OIS lens.

Olympus Silver OM-D E-M1, Firmware 2.0 Upgrade, 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, 1.4x Teleconvertor

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Olympus has announced a silver OM-D E-M1, version 2.0 firmware upgrade, super-fast 40-150mm telephoto zoom lens and 1.4x teleconverter booster. The 2.0 firmware upgrade delivers tethered shooting, on-camera Digital Shift and Live Composite. The extremely fast M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO (80-300mm*) is available with a booster for ultra-high zoom photography: the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter.

The silver Olympus E-M1 upgrade goes on sale in early October – at £1099.99 for the body only, or £1799.99 in a kit with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO lens. The new 40-150mm PRO zoom lens and 1.4x Teleconverter both follow in early November. The Olympus 40-150mm lens will cost £1299.99 with the 1.4x teleconverter priced at £299.99. Alternatively, they will be available together for £1499.99.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm Black

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The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm 1:2.0 lens is now available in a classic black metal finish. The black Olympus 12mm lens will be available from late September for £739.99.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7 Lenses

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Zhongyi Optics have announced two new lenses, the 42.5mm f/1.2 and 24mm f/1.7, for mirrorless cameras. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens features an incredibly fast aperture of f/1.2, making it ideally suited for low-light conditions shooting, greater control over selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Lens is a fast prime wide-angle lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it ideally suited for everyday shooting applications. The recommended retail price of the 42.5mm f/1.2 is $359 and the 24mm f/1.7 is $289.

Schneider-Kreuznach Full-frame DSLR Lenses

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Schneider-Kreuznach has unveiled the Xenon 1.6/35mm Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm, three new lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera. All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Friday, September 12, 2014

SLR Magic APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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SLR Magic has unveiled a brand new cine lens. The APO HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is an apochromatic lens featuring a completely new optical and mechanical design, which meets the demands of high-resolution cameras including those with 4K and 6K sensors. The lens comes standard in PL mount and can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems. Optional mount adapters will include a PL-mFT adapter, a PL-E adapter, and an EF mount conversion adapter. Featuring a standard focus rotation angle of 300 degrees, the SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 will be on display at Photokina, Cologne 16th to 21st September 2014. The SLR Magic stand is located in Hall 5.1, Booth L-011. SLR Magic will start shipping the APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 in early 2015. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Tamron today announced development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world's first in its category. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD features an optica construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is the world’s first interchangeable 35mm full frame digital lens with power zoom capability. Ideally suited to cameras such as the Sony A7 and A7S, the new FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS has three separate rings offering independent control over focus, zoom and aperture, with optimal torque for a satisfyingly responsive, professional feel. Powered by the SSM drive, the zoom is exceptionally smooth and silent. Zooming speed can be precisely controlled over a wide range, with the ability to switch zoom rotation direction as desired to suit personal preference (available on selected cameras only). The minimum focus distance is 40cm at the 28mm end and 95cm at full telephoto. When attached to an E-mount camera with an APS-C sized sensor, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS offers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 42-202.5mm. The optically stabilised FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS is available to pre-order now from Sony UK.

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?

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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. The Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is priced at $1999.99. Pricing and availability of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is 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.