Category: Lenses

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Silver Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The iconic Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Leica M-Lenses are now available in silver. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. The NOCTILUX-M 50m /f0,95, silver anodized will cost £7500.00 RRP. The SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Silver will cost £3550.00 RRP.

New Generation Leica Summarit-M Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Leica have unveiled a new generation of the Leica Summarit-M-Lenses with improved performance and new design. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodised finishes.

Pricing: SUMMARIT-M 35 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1450.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 50 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1250.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 75 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1400.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 90 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1500.00 RRP.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sony Full-Frame E-Mount Lens Roadmap Updated

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Sony have updated their lens roadmap for their Full-Frame E-Mount camera range. In addition to the 6 new lenses that have been unveiled recently, there's a placeholder for a new "Large aperture prime" lens. The new roadmap also states "Short term goal: a total of more than 20 FE Lenses" will be achieved by the end of 2015, which would go a long way towards addressing one of the main criticisms of Sony's mirrorless camera system, namely the lack of lens support.

Canon 400mm f/4 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens.

Canon 24-105mm STM Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EF-S 24mm STM Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens.

Olympus 40-150mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO lens.

Sony Distagon T* 35mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lens.

Sony 24-240mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens.

Sony 90mm Macro Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens.

Sony 16-35mm F4 Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS lens.

Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, FE 28mm F2, Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

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Sony is exhibiting 4 lenses (FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS, FE 28mm F2, Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA, FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS) and 2 converters (FE Ultra Wide Converter and FE Fisheye Converter) supporting 35 mm full-frame sensors under development for reference at Photokina. Including these lenses, Sony is introducing its lens development roadmap, which shows that Sony aims to release a total of over twenty α E-mount lenses supporting 35 mm full-frame sensors in 2016.

The ‘Capture One’ RAW converter and image editing software from Phase One has been newly adapted for Sony. ‘Capture One Express (for Sony)’ will be provided at no extra charge to users who purchase an α interchangeable-lens camera or Cyber-shot RX digital still camera.

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.