Category: Lenses

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is a new full-frame telephoto prime lens with a class-leading maximum aperture and electronic diaphragm control technology. The optical formula comprises14 elements in 9 groups, including three ED glass elements, and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens also features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat technology to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare. The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late August for a suggested retail price of £2,049.99 / €2,419.00 / $2,199.95.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is a new full-frame telephoto prime lens with a class-leading maximum aperture and electronic diaphragm control technology. The optical formula comprises14 elements in 9 groups, including three ED glass elements, and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The lens also features Nikon&rsquo...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE Price and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have announced the global availability of the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE auto focus lens. Specifically designed to work in harmony with full-frame compact system cameras in Sony E mount, the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE is the first AF lens in Samyang’s history and is compatible with both phase-detect and contrast-detect auto focus systems. The optical formula comprises 9 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspherical glass elements, and the lens takes 67mm screw-on filters. The Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE standard prime for Sony will be globally available from August for €579.

Samyang have announced the global availability of the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE auto focus lens. Specifically designed to work in harmony with full-frame compact system cameras in Sony E mount, the Samyang AF 50/1.4 FE is the first AF lens in Samyang’s history and is compatible with both phase-detect and...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. Silver Version

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. This lens is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this quality is also maintained at close shooting distances. Eight lens elements are employed to achieve this outstanding optical performance. Three of the lenses are made from glass types with anomalous partial dispersion or apochromatic correction, and two have a high refractive index. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. (silver anodised) is scheduled to be available at the end of this month at a suggested retail price of £5,900.

Leica Camera has today announced that the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is now available in a silver anodised version. This lens is characterised by extremely high contrast rendition – at maximum aperture and throughout the aperture range. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this quality...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 is a new full-frame video-cine telephoto lens available in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro FourThirds fit. Featuring a maximum aperture of T2.2, the Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens comes with two different focus scales, displaying distances in either imperial or metric units. The lens has a click-less aperture ring and a near-circular iris diaphragm with 11 blades. The Samyang, XEEN 135mm T2.2 will be globally available in August, at a recommended retail price of £1799.99/€2200.00. Samyang has announced the release of a total of five lenses throughout five weeks as a 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbuster campaign. The other four lenses will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 is a new full-frame video-cine telephoto lens available in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro FourThirds fit. Featuring a maximum aperture of T2.2, the Samyang XEEN 135mm T2.2 lens comes with two different focus scales, displaying distances in either imperial or metric units. The lens...

Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is a new telezoom lens for the Phase One XF Camera System. Supporting flash sync speeds of up to 1/1,600s; the Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens is promising to deliver edge-to-edge coverage of full frame 645 format. Used on a Phase One XF 100MP system, the lens is capable of taking full advantage of the sensor's resolution, while the new built-in electronics permit individual focus calibration. Additionally, the lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Zoom is shipping now, priced at €5,490/$5,990.

The Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 is a new telezoom lens for the Phase One XF Camera System. Supporting flash sync speeds of up to 1/1,600s; the Schneider Kreuznach 75-150mm LS f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens is promising to deliver edge-to-edge coverage of full frame 645 format. Used...

Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Phase One today revealed the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Blue Ring zoom lens for the Phase One XF 100MP system. The lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The built-in leaf shutter supports flash synchronisation up to 1/1600s.  The new built-in electronics permit individual focus calibration when used with the Phase One XF Camera System. The Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mmLS f/4.0-5.6 Zoom is expected to ship by August 1, 2016, at na MSRP of €7,990 / $8,990.

Phase One today revealed the Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6 Blue Ring zoom lens for the Phase One XF 100MP system. The lens is equipped with a zoom lock function on its barrel and is designed to maintain focus position while zooming. The built-in leaf shutter supports flash...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Pricing Confirmed

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The price of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS has now been confirmed. Available from July, the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens will cost £2,500 in the UK and $2,500 in the US. In addition, the new 2x and 1.4x teleconverters will cost £550 each and also be available in July.
 

The price of the Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS has now been confirmed. Available from July, the new Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS lens will cost £2,500 in the UK and $2,500 in the US. In addition, the new 2x and 1.4x teleconverters will cost £550 each...

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS brand. The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July and will be available across Europe for approximately €1,800 and in the UK for £1,500.

The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system. This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS brand. The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fujifilm XF Lens Roadmap Update, July 2016

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses

Fujifilm have updated their XF Lens Roadmap, with three new lenses scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017.

2016

XF 23mm f/2 R WR

2017

XF 50mm f/2 R WR

XF 80mm f/2 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro (this replaces the 120mm Macro lens that has previously appeared on the lens roadmap)

Fujifilm have updated their XF Lens Roadmap, with three new lenses scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017. 2016 XF 23mm f/2 R WR 2017 XF 50mm f/2 R WR XF 80mm f/2 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro (this replaces the 120mm Macro lens that has previously appeared on the...

Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm have announced the development of three new lenses for the X series of digital cameras. The latest Fujifilm lens roadmap adds three new lenses - the XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, and the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.

Fujifilm have announced the development of three new lenses for the X series of digital cameras. The latest Fujifilm lens roadmap adds three new lenses - the XF 23mm F2 R WR, XF 50mm F2 R WR, and the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8

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The Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is a new ultra wide angle lens for 35mm full-frame cameras. Available in Canon ,Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts, the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion. This manual focus lens offers a field of view of 121.96°, 7 aperture blades, minimum focusing distance of 18cm, and an aperture range of f/2.8 - f/22. The lens is so new that we don't have an official picture yet (we've shown you the Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro lens instead), and the scheduled release date is "more likely to be August rather than July", according to distributor UK Optics Ltd.

The Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is a new ultra wide angle lens for 35mm full-frame cameras. Available in Canon ,Nikon, Pentax and Sony E mounts, the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 is comprised of 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Panasonic at the Farnborough International Airshow

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Panasonic will be exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow public weekend, taking place in Hampshire on 16th and 17th July. With an array of products suited to enthusiasts and families alike, Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Lumix G & Lumix cameras and HD camcorders on their stand. Having only just been announced, this will be one of the first chances for consumers to see the new ultra wide-angle Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens (read review) that has been created to satisfy professional needs for shooting landscapes. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 and a selection of Panasonic’s 4K camcorders will also be on the stand. For those interested in purchasing a product, Panasonic has teamed up with London Camera Exchange to give visitors the chance to secure exclusive show offers on the Lumix G, Lumix and camcorder range.

Panasonic will be exhibiting at The Farnborough International Airshow public weekend, taking place in Hampshire on 16th and 17th July. With an array of products suited to enthusiasts and families alike, Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Lumix G & Lumix cameras and HD camcorders on their stand....

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meyer-Optik Trimagon f2.6/95

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Meyer-Optik Goerlitz announced today the availability of its new portrait lens, the Trimagon f2.6/95. According to the company, the Trimagon 95mm lens uses a unique coating and design that delivers sharp images with minimal reflections. “While the Trioplan 100 restored Meyer-Optik’s long lens to the artistic photography market, the Trimagon 95 provides professionals a dynamic modern lens that delivers extraordinary portraits and natural-looking photographs,” said Dr. Stefan Immes, CEO, Meyer-Optik Goerlitz.  “The remarkable nature of the lens is its rendering of secondary light, specifically providing realistic reflections of the finest structures.” Handmade in Germany, the Meyer-Optik Trimagon f2.6/95 has an optical construction comprising 3 elements in 3 groups, an angle of view of 25°, and a 52mm filter thread. The Trimagon f2.6/95 is available for Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica, Sony and Micro Four Thirds, priced at $1,699.

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz announced today the availability of its new portrait lens, the Trimagon f2.6/95. According to the company, the Trimagon 95mm lens uses a unique coating and design that delivers sharp images with minimal reflections. “While the Trioplan 100 restored Meyer-Optik’s long lens to the artistic photography market,...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meyer-Optik Offers Limited Editions of Trioplan f2.8/100 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Trioplan lens, Meyer-Optik Goerlitz announced today a special series of its new Trioplan f2.8/100. “The revival of the Trioplan lenses series became even more special for us this year with the 100 year anniversary of the lens,” said Dr. Stefan Immes.  “Our new Titanium and Golden Eye edition is the ultimate collectors item with a titanium or real gold coating. The titanium edition not only commemorates the Trioplan brand, but also creates a lens that is suitable for the highest demand environments.” Only 100 titanium lenses are available to the public.  In addition, Meyer Optik has issued a second series of 10 special gold plated Golden Eye versions of the lens (pictured). The 100 Titanium editions are available at $2499, and the 10 Golden Eye lenses are available for $3499. Pre-orders are currently being taken on the Meyer-Optik website.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Trioplan lens, Meyer-Optik Goerlitz announced today a special series of its new Trioplan f2.8/100. “The revival of the Trioplan lenses series became even more special for us this year with the 100 year anniversary of the lens,” said Dr. Stefan Immes....

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH is a new ultra wide-angle lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4. It also boasts 15 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, a rugged splash/dustproof design, an aperture ring for direct, intuitive aperture control, 9 aperture blades, and smooth, silent operation. The Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH lens is priced at £1199.99 in the UK.

The Panasonic LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm F1.4 ASPH is a new ultra wide-angle lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4. It also boasts 15 elements in 12 groups, including two aspherical lenses, two UED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses and an ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, a rugged splash/dustproof design, ...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Now Available: ExoLens with Optics by Zeiss

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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ExoLens have announced three new accessory lenses for the Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus smartphones. Leading the collection is the new ExoLens with Optics by Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens. The lens is virtually distortion free thanks to its aspherical design, has exceptional edge-to-edge contrast and a picture quality unmatched by any other iPhone lens in the world. The wide-angle lens (18-mm equivalent) is ideal for landscape, architecture as well as creative shots with unusual perspectives. The Telephoto Mutar 2.0x Asph T* lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 56mm and an optical construction featuring 5 elements in 3 groups, while the Vario Proxar is a 40-80mm equivalent zoom lens designed for close-up photography. An optionally attachable and semi-transparent diffuser serves as a spacer, allowing light to shine evenly on the object and enables convenient focusing. ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS wide-angle lens kits are available today for $199.95 at Apple retail stores. A la carte macro and telephoto lenses will be available for purchase later this summer.

ExoLens have announced three new accessory lenses for the Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus smartphones. Leading the collection is the new ExoLens with Optics by Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens. The lens is virtually distortion free thanks to its aspherical design, has exceptional edge-to-edge contrast and...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The new HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE is a compact, weather-resistant telephoto zoom lens delivering enhanced AF performance and a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 metres. When mounted to an APS-C-format digital SLR camera, the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE lens provides an angle-of-view coverage similar to that of an 84.5-460mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera. Its upgraded AF performance ensures that it delivers quiet, high-speed AF operation in still-image shooting, as well as smooth AF tracking operation during movie recording to minimise noise caused by focus and aperture shifts. With the incorporation of a retractable structure, the lens measures a mere 89 millimetres in length. The HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE lens carries a recommended retail price of £399.99. The launch date will be announced at the beginning of July.

The new HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE is a compact, weather-resistant telephoto zoom lens delivering enhanced AF performance and a minimum focusing distance of 0.95 metres. When mounted to an APS-C-format digital SLR camera, the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sigma Announce Compatibility Issues with Canon 1D X Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma have announced that their 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lenses are not fully compatible with the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera. This partial incompatibility may cause exposure inaccuracies when “Evaluative Metering” or “Centre-weighted Average Metering” metering is employed. Sigma are currently working on a firmware fix for each lens. Release dates for the firmware updates will be announced later.

Sigma have announced that their 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lenses are not fully compatible with the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera. This partial incompatibility may cause exposure...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PolarPro to Offer Modules for OtterBox uniVERSE Case System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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PolarPro, a manufacturer of professional-grade accessories for action cameras, drones and smartphones; has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer 7 accessory modules as part of the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. Designed for the latest iPhone 6 models, the protective OtterBox case offers the ability to expand the iPhone’s features with swappable modules, each of which attach seamlessly to the case using a slotted rail. One of the seven accessory modules offered by PolarPro is a multi-coated clip-on fish-eye conversion lens ($29.99) compatible with both front- and rear-facing cameras, which attaches directly to the OtterBox uniVERSE case. A snap-on lens cap safeguards the lens when not in use.

PolarPro, a manufacturer of professional-grade accessories for action cameras, drones and smartphones; has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer 7 accessory modules as part of the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. Designed for the latest iPhone 6 models, the protective OtterBox case offers the ability to expand the iPhone’s...