Category: Lenses

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lensbaby Circular 180+ Lens for GoPro Hero Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Lensbaby today announced limited early availability of the Circular 180+ lens for use with GoPro Hero cameras through Kickstarter. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree field of view, wider than the human eye can see. “I wanted a lens that would give me the perspective of our Circular Fisheye lens for DSLRs in a small, rugged package so I wouldn’t have to worry about my gear when I’m in the wild,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-Founder and CCO. “A good circular fisheye, and this is a great one, makes adventures more adventurous. GoPro shooters are all about exploration, making this the perfect Go-Pro add-on.” Lensbaby’s goal is to raise at least $30,000 through this campaign to help fund lens production and to guarantee availability by this August.

Lensbaby today announced limited early availability of the Circular 180+ lens for use with GoPro Hero cameras through Kickstarter. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree field of view, wider than the human eye can see. “I wanted a lens that...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback Offer

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Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS M3 & M10), digital compact cameras, camcorders, printers, lenses and the Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash. The offer runs to 31 August 2016.

Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fujinon XF2X TC WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Available next month, the Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical construction of 9 elements in 5 groups. In addition, thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10°C. Phase detection AF is still available when using the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR with the teleconverter mounted. With the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, photographers can use CDAF. The camera’s optical image stabilization performance is unaffected by the addition of the teleconverter. The Fujinon XF2X TC WR will be on sale in the UK from the end of June with a suggested retail price of £349.

The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Available next month, the Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is the world’s first autofocus lens which is capable of focusing at both infinity and at 1.2x magnification. With a close-focus point of 13mm, the lens may cast its own shadow on the subject, but counters this with a built-in Macro Lite, which can be controlled by a switch letting you change the lighting intensity and direction on one or both sides. Giving you the flexibility to shoot handheld without camera shake, Canon’s optical Image Stabiliser also corrects angular camera shake, usually seen when shooting macro. For smooth movies, near silent focusing from the lens’s STM removes the worry of noise interruption as you shift focus. The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is available from June with an RRP of £289.99/€389.99.

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is the world’s first autofocus lens which is capable of focusing at both infinity and at 1.2x magnification. With a close-focus point of 13mm, the lens may cast its own shadow on the subject, but counters this with a built-in...

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art for Pentax

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lomography have decided to make their Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens available for Pentax K-mount cameras. Funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital cameras. Originally planned for release in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts only, the lens will now also be manufactured in Pentax fit.The Daguerreotype Achromat Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with a variety of depth-of-field and bokeh effects. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is available through Kickstarter.

Lomography have decided to make their Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens available for Pentax K-mount cameras. Funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sigma USA Rolls Out Two New Photography Bundles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Sigma Corporation of America today announced two special Mother’s Day promotions. From now until 10 May 2016, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | Contemporary lens (pictured) will include an instant rebate of $80 off its original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $579 as well as a free USB dock, a $50 value and a Sigma macro close-up lens, a $55 value for a total saving of $185. Also offered during the same time period, the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens will include a free USB dock.

Sigma Corporation of America today announced two special Mother’s Day promotions. From now until 10 May 2016, the 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM | Contemporary lens (pictured) will include an instant rebate of $80 off its original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $579 as well as a free USB...

Samyang Optics Unveil 14mm and 50mm Auto-Focus Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have announced the upcoming launch of two auto-focus primes for Sony E mount CSCs. Scheduled for a July 2016 release, both the 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC lenses are specifically designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. These will be the first auto-focus lenses in Samyang's history, and both models are claimed to be fully compatible with contrast-detect as well as phase-detect AF systems. Aspherical lenses have been included in both lenses to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, promising high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. Each lens has a 67mm filter thread. The Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC lenses will be exhibited at the Photo & Imaging 2016 Show in Seoul. Pricing to be confirmed.

Samyang have announced the upcoming launch of two auto-focus primes for Sony E mount CSCs. Scheduled for a July 2016 release, both the 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC lenses are specifically designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. These will be the first auto-focus lenses in...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tamron Lenses Selected As Winners Of Two Design Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced that its SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) have now won the "iF Design Award 2016" and the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016." Established in 1953 and conferred by Industry Forum Design (iF), the iF Design Award covers the 7 categories of "Product", "Packaging", "Communication", "Interior Architecture", "The disciplines of Architecture", "Service design", and "Professional Concept." The "Red Dot Design Award" is an international award established in 1955 and conferred by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The award comprises 3 categories including "Product Design", "Communication Design", and "Design Concept."

Tamron has announced that its SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) have now won the "iF Design Award 2016" and the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016." Established in 1953 and conferred by Industry Forum Design (iF), the iF Design Award covers the 7 categories of "Product", "Packaging", "Communication", "Interior Architecture", "The...

Friday, April 22, 2016

Interview: Trioplan f2.9/50 Soap Bubble Lens

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The new Trioplan f2.9/50 lens that was announced last week has a new front focusing element which garnered a lot of attention. This innovative front focus lens gives users a second way to focus, and allows nature and macro photographers to take 1:4 images, reducing the minimum focusing distance to 0.28 m from 0.8m. We've interviewed Dr. Wolf-Dieter Prenzel, one of the chief engineers at the original Meyer-Optik company and the company's Chief Technology Officer, to find out more how this new focusing mechanism works and why it lets you get even closer to your subject.

The new Trioplan f2.9/50 lens that was announced last week has a new front focusing element which garnered a lot of attention. This innovative front focus lens gives users a second way to focus, and allows nature and macro photographers to take 1:4 images, reducing the minimum focusing distance...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime 18mm T2.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider-Kreuznach has added a new ultra-wide-angle lens to its range of FF-Prime lenses. The design of the Xenon 18mm FF-Prime features a specially developed internal focusing mechanism and a T2.4 maximum aperture. The minimum focus distance is 0.4m (measured from the sensor plane). The T2.4/18mm FF-Prime will be available in the 4th quarter of 2016, priced at €5,498+VAT.

Schneider-Kreuznach has added a new ultra-wide-angle lens to its range of FF-Prime lenses. The design of the Xenon 18mm FF-Prime features a specially developed internal focusing mechanism and a T2.4 maximum aperture. The minimum focus distance is 0.4m (measured from the sensor plane). The T2.4/18mm FF-Prime will be available...

Panasonic Scoops Three TIPA Awards

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The Technical Image Press Association today presented Panasonic with three TIPA awards. The Lumix DMC-FZ330 was named ‘Best Superzoom Camera,’ the the Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH. normal prime (for the Micro Four Thirds system, pictured) has won the title ‘Best CSC Entry Level Lens,’ while the Panasonic HC-VXF990 has received the accolade for Best Camcorder.

The Technical Image Press Association today presented Panasonic with three TIPA awards. The Lumix DMC-FZ330 was named ‘Best Superzoom Camera,’ the the Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH. normal prime (for the Micro Four Thirds system, pictured) has won the title ‘Best CSC Entry Level Lens,’ while...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Official Irix 15mm f/2.4 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Irix have released thirteen high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone and Firefly lenses. Captured with high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D810, many of these official Irix 15mm f/2.4 samples demonstrate excellent border-to-border sharpness, a high resolving power, good flare control and relatively low levels of barrel distortion. You can download the sample images from the website below.

Website: Irix on Flickr

Irix have released thirteen high-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone and Firefly lenses. Captured with high-end DSLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D810, many of these official Irix 15mm f/2.4 samples demonstrate excellent border-to-border sharpness, a high...

Sigma Wins 3 TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art (pictured) and 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lenses have received TIPA awards. The 50-100mm f/1.8 lens has been named "Best Telephoto Zoom," the 24-35mm has won the title "Best Wide-angle Zoom" and the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art prime has been chosen as this year's best professional DSLR lens.

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art (pictured) and 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lenses have received TIPA awards. The 50-100mm f/1.8 lens has been named "Best Telephoto Zoom," the 24-35mm has won the title "Best Wide-angle Zoom" and the 20mm...

Tamron Wins Two TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced that two of its lenses have been presented awards at the “TIPA Awards 2016” ceremony hosted by the Technical Image Press Association. The Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (pictured) has been named "Best DSLR Prime Lens of the Year," whilst the Tamron18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC has won the title "Best Entry-Level DSLR Lens."

Tamron has announced that two of its lenses have been presented awards at the “TIPA Awards 2016” ceremony hosted by the Technical Image Press Association. The Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (pictured) has been named "Best DSLR Prime Lens of the Year," whilst the Tamron18-200mm...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meyer-Optik Trioplan f2.9/50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meyer Optik Görlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the launch of the Trioplan f2.9/50 lens. The new 2016 Trioplan f2.9/50 offers creative photographers the most versatile Trioplan yet with a built in front element that provides a macro capability of 1:4 and the brand’s famous 'soap bubble' bokeh. The new Kickstarter project takes the legendary Trioplan 50 design and updates it with state-of the art materials and handmade manufacturing capabilities. Backers will be able to fund the lens and get it at an extraordinary low price, starting at $449. Meyer-Optic expects the lens to retail for $1,299 once Kickstarter fulfillment is completed next winter. The Trioplan 50 will be available for both mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Leica brands.

Meyer Optik Görlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the launch of the Trioplan f2.9/50 lens. The new 2016 Trioplan f2.9/50 offers creative photographers the most versatile Trioplan yet with a built in front element that provides a macro capability of 1:4 and the brand’s...

Zeiss Batis 2.8/18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 is a new full-frame UWA lens for Sony E-mount cameras. Featuring eleven elements in ten groups, the new lens offers a diagonal angle of view of 99° and a close-focus point of 9.8". Four of the lens elements are aspheric on both sides and seven are made from special types of glass. Weighing in at 330 grams, the Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 has an innovative OLED display showing the current focus distance and depth of field. The lens will be available from May at an SRP of $1,499 + VAT.

The Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 is a new full-frame UWA lens for Sony E-mount cameras. Featuring eleven elements in ten groups, the new lens offers a diagonal angle of view of 99° and a close-focus point of 9.8". Four of the lens elements are aspheric on both sides and seven are made from...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lensbaby Twist 60

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby today announced the availability of their new Twist 60 lens. This metal-bodied 60mm f/2.5 lens with gold anodised accents creates powerful portraits, spotlighting subjects by freeing them from their background and surrounding them with swirly blur and enhanced vignette. The brighter the aperture, the greater the swirl and the greater the vignette. The optical formula comprises 4 elements in 3 groups and a 12-bladed iris diaphragm that can be stopped down all the way to f22. The Twist 60 lens retails for $279.95 and is available via pre-order beginning today. Shipments commence on 5th May. A Twist 60 Optic ($179.95) will also be sold separately for use with other Lensbaby Optic Swap System-compatible lenses.

Lensbaby today announced the availability of their new Twist 60 lens. This metal-bodied 60mm f/2.5 lens with gold anodised accents creates powerful portraits, spotlighting subjects by freeing them from their background and surrounding them with swirly blur and enhanced vignette. The brighter...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Lomography Daguerrotype Achromat Art Lens Preview

Amy Davies | Lenses
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Lomography has introduced a new lens for its “art” range of lenses designed to work in conjunction with digital cameras.

The Daguerrotype Achromat, like several other Lomography lenses will be launched via a Kickstarter campaign to get it launched before becoming available for regular purchase in shops once the required funding has been achieved.

It is based on an optical design dating back to 1839, where a Chevalier Achromat lens was mounted on a Daguerrotype camera. The main characteristic of the lens is that at wide apertures it produces a soft effect.

The new lens has a focal length of 64mm, making it ideal for a number of subjects including portraits. The maximum aperture is f/2.9, and it will be available to buy in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts - you can also use it with other cameras via mount adapters.

Lenses bought via Kickstarter are likely to start shipping in August, with availability in normal shops some time after that.

Lomography has introduced a new lens for its “art” range of lenses designed to work in conjunction with digital cameras. The Daguerrotype Achromat, like several other Lomography lenses will be launched via a Kickstarter campaign to get it launched before becoming available for regular purchase in shops once...

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Lomographic Society has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of its new Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital cameras – available in Canon EF OR Nikon F mounts. "Photographers and videographers can delve into an extensive variation of moods and special effect: silky soft focus at f/2.9, crisp sharp shots from f/5.6 onwards, and a focal length of 64mm," the society says. The Daguerreotype Achromat Lens works with a Waterhouse Aperture Plate system, which allows full creativity with depth of field and bokeh effects. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is available through Kickstarter, where in addition to exclusive offers and prices, backers can secure their own Daguerreotype Achromat Lens from the first-ever batch – estimated to start shipping in August of this year.

The Lomographic Society has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of its new Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens. The Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens has been designed by Lomography’s technicians based on an 1839 design – and condensed into a bold brass lens for modern analogue and digital...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tamron Mobile Learning Center 2016 Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Lenses
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Tamron USA announced that its new Mobile Learning Center Tour will commence on 14th April in Fairfield, NJ. The new fully-equipped and customised Tamron vehicle will travel around the USA through December 2016, making over 70 official stops at authorised Tamron retailers. The Tamron vehicle will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education to help people with their photography questions, see the latest in Tamron products, and provide valuable tips and tricks on subjects attendees frequently photograph. Each day will feature team members leading free seminars under the Tamron Mobile Learning Tent - "Travel & Nature Techniques," "The Art of Macro," and "Light Like a Pro." Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras so that after each seminar, they can try out Tamron lenses on subjects such as birds of prey or other animals brought to the event by local conservationists and sanctuaries.

Tamron USA announced that its new Mobile Learning Center Tour will commence on 14th April in Fairfield, NJ. The new fully-equipped and customised Tamron vehicle will travel around the USA through December 2016, making over 70 official stops at authorised Tamron retailers. The Tamron vehicle will pull into the parking lot and...