Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality. The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance.
The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G costs £1,599.99 / $1,699.95 / €1,949.00 and will be available from 31st October 2013.
The olloclip 4-in-1 quick-connect lens offers fisheye, wide-angle, and two macrolenses in a single package. With the fisheye and wide-angle lenses on opposite sides, selecting a lens is as simple as flipping the lens over. 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 and can be purchased at the website below.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7R compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7R compact system camera, which has a 35mm full-frame sensor with 36.4 effective megapixels and no low-pass filter.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony A7 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony A7 compact system camera, which has a 35mm full-frame sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony FE compact system camera lenses and A7/A7R battery grip look like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of four of the new lenses - the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS, and the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS - and the battery grip.
Sony have unveiled the roadmap for their new range of FE branded, 35mm full-frame E-Mount lenses. Having announced 5 new lenses today, Sony have promised to release 5 more in 2014, with 15 lenses in total due to be available by the end of 2015. These will include an f/4 ultra-wide-angle zoom, large aperture prime, and macro lens.
The new LA-EA4 A-mount Adapter has also been announced today, which will provide compatibility with 54 lenses in total from day one (including A/E Mount and the new lenses).
Carl Zeiss will release a new 50mm f/2.8 Touit lens at the beginning of 2014. The Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 will have a magnification ration of 1:1. Expect to see Sony E-Mount and Fujifilm versions, as with the previous two Touit lenses.
A spokesman for Carl Zeiss also revealed that one more Touit lens will be released in 2014, although no more details were forthcoming.
The SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is a wide to mid-telephoto for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The Sigma 24-105mm can pparently "bring out the potential of a high-resolution sensor" and boasts a constant aperture of F4, OS (Optical Stabilizer), HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), and a 9 blade rounded diaphragm. The price and availability of the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM will be announced shortly.
To complement the new A7 and A7R compact system cameras, Sony has introduced five new E-mount lenses that project an imaging circle large enough to cover a 35mm full frame sensor. These include the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA (pictured), the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS, the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS and the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS. In addition, the company has also taken the wraps off a new A-mount lens, the ‘Mark 2’ version of the coveted 70-200mm f/2.8 G optic. The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II features a super-quiet SSM focus motor that is approximately four times faster than the one in its predecessor, offering improved AF tracking of moving subjects. Most of these lenses go on general sale in UK from the end of November, except for the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8, FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS, which will be available in January 2014, and the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS, which will be launched in Spring 2014.
Samyang has announced that five of its full-frame lenses will shortly be available for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras. These include the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC, T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift, 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC. All of these products are manual-focus lenses originally designed for SLR cameras.
Nikon UK is launching a bumper Christmas promotion, offering cashback on a huge amount of products including selected digital SLR cameras, selected lenses and speedlights and selected Nikon 1 cameras. The promotion is limited to one claim per person per product and will run from today until 26th January 2014 (inclusive) and all claims must be received by 28th February 2014. Click through / read on for the details.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
SLR Magic has announced an upgraded version of its HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens. The new variant offers a refined design that is better suited to the needs of professional cinematographers. specifically, the lens now has built-in gears around the aperture and focus rings to facilitate the use of the lens with a follow-focus device. The optical formula, which comprises 12 elements in 10 groups including 3 'Tantalum' glass elements and an iris diaphragm with a dozen rounded aperture blades, is unchanged from the previous version. The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 Lens with Gears will be available from late November 2013. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax K-3 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Here are 41 hands-on photos of the Pentax K-3, a new enthusiast DSLR camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, full HD movies, 27-point AF system, 8.3fps burst shooting, 3.2-inch LCD screen, excellent build quality and weather-resistance.
Click through to view the Pentax K-3 gallery, including pictures of the new 55-300m lens that has also just been announced.
The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR is a versatile telephoto zoom lens for K-mount DSLR cameras. The new lens features PENTAX-original HD coating to deliver sharp, clear images, and a weather-resistant construction. The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8ED WR will be available from November 2013 for £399.99.
Zeiss has officially announced the upcoming launch of its new 55mm f/1.4 lens, the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55. Otus is the Latin name for a type of owl known for its excellent vision in darkness, so the product name hints at the remarkable low-light capabilities of the new lens. Indeed, Zeiss claims that the Otus 1.4/55 "creates the highest-possible image quality, even with an open aperture." Other unique features of the Otus 1.4/55 are its high image contrast all the way to the edges (even for low f-numbers) and the consistent high-resolution performance across the entire image field. The optical formula incorporates a floating elements design with 12 elements in 10 groups, including a double-sided aspheric lens element and six elements made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 will be available for Nikon (ZF.2) and Canon (ZE) mounts, starting at the end of October in all global markets. The recommended retail price will be €2,940 or US$3,999.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Leica-Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. is a new wide-angle lens for the Leica S-System. Available with or without a central (leaf) shutter, the Leica-Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. has an optical formula comprising 12 elements in 9 groups, a focusing range of 60cm to infinity, and a diagonal angle of view of 62 degrees. Three lens elements made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion minimise chromatic aberrations, and two further elements are manufactured from glass with particularly low dispersion. An additional lens element with an aspherical surface minimises monochromatic aberrations. Thanks to its extremely elaborate optical design and construction, the lens also offers excellent control of flare to ensure high-contrast images, even when shooting a backlit subject. The suggested retail price for the Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. without an integrated leaf shutter is £4,650; the SRP for the central shutter (CS) versionof the lens is £5,500.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Kenko Tokina has announced the Tokina 16-28mm T3.0 Cinema Lens for video-enabled EF-mount dSLRs and PL-mount movie cameras. The optical formula comprises 15 elements arranged in 13 groups and a nine-bladed diaphragm. The minimum focus distance is 28cm, and the maximum reproduction ratio is 1:5.26. The lens takes large 123mm filters. In Japan, the PL-mount version is available now for 580,000 yen, with the EF-mount variant scheduled for a late November release. International availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, and including the new water/shock/freeze-proof 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 and 10mm f/2.8 lenses.
Nikon today announced the world’s first water/shockproof interchangeable lenses for use with the Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera. The Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is a standard zoom equivalent to a 30–74mm lens in a 35mm system, and the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 is a 27mm equivalent wide-angle prime lens with a tough build and a metallic exterior. Both lenses are waterproof (to 15 m and 20 m respectively), shockproof from heights of up to 2m and freezeproof for temperatures down to -10°C. The Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 will only be available in a kit with the Nikon 1 AW1 camera, while the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 can also be bought separately, for £299.99 / €359.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens, a professional telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.
Note that this is a prototype version of the Olympus 40-150mm, apparently one of only two in the world.