Category: Lenses

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED is a new "Gold Ring" wide-angle prime for Nikon DSLR cameras with FX size sensors. With a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and a nine-bladed blade rounded diaphragm, it offers a shallow depth of field with a pleasing bokeh and excellent low-light performance. The body of the lens is composed of lightweight magnesium alloy, and features dust and water drop resistant sealing to withstand the elements, combined with a fluorine coating to resist dirt and smudges. The optical construction of the lens consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, with three aspherical elements that virtually eliminate coma, aberration and distortion, with two ED glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration. The lens also uses Nikon’s Nano Crystal coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR and AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late June for a suggested retail price (SRP) of £2,079.99/€2,479.00/$1999.95.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED is a new "Gold Ring" wide-angle prime for Nikon DSLR cameras with FX size sensors. With a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and a nine-bladed blade rounded diaphragm, it offers a shallow depth of field with a pleasing bokeh and excellent low-light performance....

Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon today introduced a new fisheye zoom for DSLR cameras with FX size sensors. The new lens design provides a creative circular 180-degree vertical / horizontal angle of view on full frame cameras, and zooms to a non-circular fisheye view (180-degree diagonal angle of view) on the long end of the focal range. The lens can also be used on DX-format cameras for a distinctive point-of-view and extreme wide-angle applications. The AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is also the latest in Nikon’s Gold Ring Series of premier lenses and features a next-generation design for high-resolution Nikon DSLR cameras. It is also Nikon’s latest lens to use an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposure during high speed shooting, or smooth exposure control while capturing video. The optical formula of the Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm consists of three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberration, while two aspherical lens elements minimize coma, even at the widest aperture, and enable a more compact lens size. Additionally, the front lens element is coated with Nikon's non-stick Fluorine coat to help resist dirt, fingerprints and smudges, while the company's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps reduce ghost and flare. The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is available now for a suggested retail price of £1,299.99/€1,549.00/$1249.95.

Nikon today introduced a new fisheye zoom for DSLR cameras with FX size sensors. The new lens design provides a creative circular 180-degree vertical / horizontal angle of view on full frame cameras, and zooms to a non-circular fisheye view (180-degree diagonal angle of view) on the long end of the...

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is a new, stabilised UWA zoom for DSLRs with DX size sensors. The lens features the equivalent of 3.5 stops1 of Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, to help capture sharp images while handheld or in challenging light. Additionally, it utilizes Nikon’s Pulse Motor technology for super-fast and quiet AF operation- which is especially useful when recording video. The optical formula contains three aspherical elements for excellent image quality with minimal distortion even at the widest focal length. The AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR zoom will be available in late June for a suggested retail price of £329.99/€389.00/$309.95.

The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is a new, stabilised UWA zoom for DSLRs with DX size sensors. The lens features the equivalent of 3.5 stops1 of Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, to help capture sharp images while handheld or in challenging light. Additionally, it utilizes Nikon...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TH Swiss Release New Lens Profiles for Irix 11mm and 15mm Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Listening to requests and inquiries from their customers, TH Swiss today released updated correction profiles for their Irix 11mm and 15mm lenses to use with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The update offers improved correction data for distortion and vignetting, and makes it easier to find the profiles within Lightroom.

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Listening to requests and inquiries from their customers, TH Swiss today released updated correction profiles for their Irix 11mm and 15mm lenses to use with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The update offers improved correction data for distortion and vignetting, and makes it easier to find the profiles within Lightroom. Website: Irix...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM and FE 12-24mm F4 G

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony today unveiled two new full-frame wide zoom lenses for their E-mount cameras. The new lenses include the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large-aperture wide-angle zoom and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra-wide angle zoom lens. The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM joins the acclaimed FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS to round out Sony’s line-up of F2.8 large-aperture zoom lenses. Equipped with a variety of Sony’s most advanced lens technologies, it is the first wide-angle G Master model, making it ideal for landscapes, architecture, close up portraits, sports, action and much more. The front XA element on the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens is the largest XA element ever produced, ensuring optimum quality. There are also two ED (Extra low-Dispersion) glass elements that keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximising resolution, and Sony’s original Nano AR coating that suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.

The new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing approximately 566g. Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens, the FE 12-24mm f/4 G offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting. The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, it has three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element that minimises chromatic aberration throughout the entire image and benefits from Sony’s original Nano AR coating.

The FE 16-35mm lens will start shipping from August 2017 priced at approximately €2,700/$2,200. The FE 12-24mm will start shipping from July 2017 priced at approximately €2,000/$1,700.

Sony today unveiled two new full-frame wide zoom lenses for their E-mount cameras. The new lenses include the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large-aperture wide-angle zoom and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra-wide angle zoom lens. The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM joins the acclaimed FE 24-70mm F2.8...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Neptune Convertible Art Lens System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Lomographic Society has announced the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. Presently raising funds on Kickstarter, the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System is a prime lens kit for every photographer who has ever lamented the size and weight of high quality prime lenses. It comprises a base element which mounts to a wide range of film and digital cameras, and three front lens elements of fixed focal lengths: the Thalassa 3.5/35, the Despina 2.8/50, and the Proteus 4.0/80. What’s more, you can switch through a range of apertures and use special drop-in aperture plates to achieve countless shooting styles. Not content with offering only three focal lengths, Lomography is already designing new lens components with a range of unique effects and possible focal lengths from an ultra-wide-angle 15mm to a 400m monocular. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the system's Kickstarter page.

The Lomographic Society has announced the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. Presently raising funds on Kickstarter, the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System is a prime lens kit for every photographer who has ever lamented the size and weight of high quality prime lenses. It comprises a base element which mounts...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Nikon Travel and Macro Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Nikon UK have launched their 2017 Travel and Macro Cashback promotion offering up to £130/€150 on selected Nikkor lenses and D-SLR cameras. Running until 4 August 2017, the promotion is valid for the Nikon D5600 + AF-P 18-55 VR bundle, the Nikon D3400 + AF-P 18-55VR kit, the D3400 + AF-P 18-55 non-VR bundle, the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED, AF Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8D, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8E FL ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 200–500mm f/5.6E ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lenses. All claims must be received by the 4th September 2017 (inclusive) in order to qualify.

Nikon UK have launched their 2017 Travel and Macro Cashback promotion offering up to £130/€150 on selected Nikkor lenses and D-SLR cameras. Running until 4 August 2017, the promotion is valid for the Nikon D5600 + AF-P 18-55 VR bundle, the Nikon D3400 + AF-P 18-55VR kit, the D3400 + AF-P 18-55 non-VR bundle,...

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the World’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimised the weight of the lens to less than 200g (150g in the case of the special light-weight version), and the dimensions to just 50x55mm. The optical formula comprises 13 elements in 9 groups (including 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low-dispersion elements). The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is currently available to pre-order via the official website of Venus Optics. The lens carries a recommended retail price of $499 for the standard edition and $519 for the light-weight version.

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the World’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Samyang VDSLR 16mm T2.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang today unveiled a new addition to their VDSLR lens line-up. Designed specifically for video shooting with DSLR cameras, the Samyang VDSLR 16mm T2.6 is an affordable wide-angle lens offering a traditional distance scale with depth-of-field marks and built in follow focus gearing on both the focus and aperture rings. The new lens will be available from June, priced at £529..

Samyang today unveiled a new addition to their VDSLR lens line-up. Designed specifically for video shooting with DSLR cameras, the Samyang VDSLR 16mm T2.6 is an affordable wide-angle lens offering a traditional distance scale with depth-of-field marks and built in follow focus gearing on both the focus and aperture rings....

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Canon Compact-Servo CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon U.S.A. today announced their new Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens (also known as the CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S), a compact and lightweight 4K lens designed for professional videographers. The second in a new class of Canon lenses, the Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens is a cinema-style lens that includes a servo drive unit as a standard feature. Additionally, the lens incorporates image stabilisation, auto focus and Auto Iris functionality The lens also provides high image quality that supports 4K image productions and was designed to be utilised in a variety of shooting styles including, hand-held, shoulder mounted, and tripod mounted. Compatible with EF-mount Super 35mm large-format cameras, the lens maintains brightness across the entire focal range at T4.4 (equal to f/4.0). The lens is also compatible with both the Canon EF 1.4x III (expanded focal range of 98-280mm) and EF 2x III (expanded focal range of 140mm-400mm) external extenders, expanding the focal range of the lens for additional versatility when the shooting situation calls for it. The Canon COMPACT-SERVO 70-200mm Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available later in 2017.

Canon U.S.A. today announced their new Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens (also known as the CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S), a compact and lightweight 4K lens designed for professional videographers. The second in a new class of Canon lenses, the Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto...

Sigma CINE 135mm T2 FF

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sigma today announced the development of a new full-frame CINE lens, the 135mm T2 FF High Speed Prime. Based on the existing Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art telephoto lens, the new Sigma CINE 135mm T2 FF High Speed Prime offers an angle of view of 15.2° when mounted to a full-frame camera (10.4° on Super35 and 10.0° on APS-C). Available in June-July 2017 in Canon EF, Sony E and PL mounts, the Sigma CINE 135mm T2 FF lens has an 82mm filter thread and a close-focus point of 0.875m / 2'11". Like all of Sigma's FF High Speed Primes, the 135mm T2 FF lens has an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The new lens will be available for test shooting at the 2017 NAB Show held in Las Vegas from 24-27 April 2017.

Sigma today announced the development of a new full-frame CINE lens, the 135mm T2 FF High Speed Prime. Based on the existing Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art telephoto lens, the new Sigma CINE 135mm T2 FF High Speed Prime offers an angle of view of 15.2° when mounted to...

Sigma CINE 14mm T2 FF

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma CINE 14mm T2 FF High Speed Prime is a new full-frame UWA lens aimed at cinematographers. Currently under development, the Sigma CINE 14mm T2 FF High Speed Prime will be available in Canon EF, Sony E and cine-standard PL mounts. Offering an angle of view of 104.3° when mounted to a full-frame camera, the new lens has a 9-bladed iris diaphragm and a close-focus point of 0.27m / 11" (measured from the sensor plane). Based on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens, the Sigma CINE 14mm T2 FF High Speed Prime will be available for test shooting at the 2017 NAB Show held in Las Vegas from April 24th and 27th.

The Sigma CINE 14mm T2 FF High Speed Prime is a new full-frame UWA lens aimed at cinematographers. Currently under development, the Sigma CINE 14mm T2 FF High Speed Prime will be available in Canon EF, Sony E and cine-standard PL mounts. Offering an angle of view of 104.3° when...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS is the furthest reaching E-mount lens in the range. The Sony FE 100-400mm GM lens will start to ship from July 2017, priced at approximately £2,500.

The Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS is the furthest reaching E-mount lens in the range. The Sony FE 100-400mm GM lens will start to ship from July 2017, priced at approximately £2,500.

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH.

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. is a new wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Equivalent to a 16-36mm lens in a 35mm system, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. covers a variety of photographic genres and shooting situations, from interiors and landscapes to environmental portraiture and street photography. The non-rotating 67mm filter thread allows users to mount a variety of creative filters such as polarisers and ND grads. Comprising 15 elements in 10 groups, the lens system features an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, three aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The use of these lenses effectively suppress spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from centre to corners. The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. will be available from the end of May (RRP £1049).

The Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. is a new wide zoom for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Equivalent to a 16-36mm lens in a 35mm system, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. covers a variety of photographic genres and shooting situations, from interiors and...

New Fujifilm GF Lens Roadmap

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm has unveiled an updated lens roadmap for the GFX 50S lens system. New additions include a telephoto prime lens and tele converter. With the addition of the two new lenses, the GF lens lineup has now expanded to a total of eight lenses.

Fujifilm has unveiled an updated lens roadmap for the GFX 50S lens system. New additions include a telephoto prime lens and tele converter. With the addition of the two new lenses, the GF lens lineup has now expanded to a total of eight lenses.

Fujinon GF 110mm F2 R LM WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon GF 110mm F2 R LM WR is a new medium telephoto lens for the Fujifilm GFX 50S 43.8×32.9mm format digital camera. Available from June, this lens has a focal length equivalent to 87mm in 35mm terms, and offers fantastic bokeh thanks to its large maximum aperture. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 9 groups, including 4 ED lens elements, and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. The aperture ring has a C position (command dial mode) that allows the lens aperture value to be changed via the command dial on the camera body to suit the photographer’s preference. A locking mechanism has been added to the A (Auto) and C positions to prevent unintended movements of the aperture dial. In terms of construction, the lens has been sealed in nine areas, allowing the user to shoot in dusty environments and in light rain outdoors.

The Fujinon GF 110mm F2 R LM WR is a new medium telephoto lens for the Fujifilm GFX 50S 43.8×32.9mm format digital camera. Available from June, this lens has a focal length equivalent to 87mm in 35mm terms, and offers fantastic bokeh thanks to its large maximum aperture. The...

Fujinon GF 23mm F4 R LM WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fujifilm today announced that it will release the dust- and weather-resistant Fujinon GF 23mmF4 R LM WR medium-fromat lens in June. With a focal length equivalent to 18mm in 35mm terms, this super wide-angle lens is optimal for shooting landscapes and architecture with the Fuji GFX 50S 43.8×32.9mm format digital camera. The optical formula comprises 15 elements (including two aspherical lenses, one super ED lens, and three ED lenses) and an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded aperture blades. The aperture ring has a C position (command dial mode) to allow the lens aperture value to be changed via the command dial on the camera body. A locking mechanism has been added to the A (Auto) and C positions to prevent unintended movements of the aperture dial. Nano GI coating has been applied to the lens to minimise ghosting and flare.

Fujifilm today announced that it will release the dust- and weather-resistant Fujinon GF 23mmF4 R LM WR medium-fromat lens in June. With a focal length equivalent to 18mm in 35mm terms, this super wide-angle lens is optimal for shooting landscapes and architecture with the Fuji GFX 50S 43.8×32.9mm format...

Monday, April 10, 2017

Leica Offers Free Replacement of Defective AF Drive Units in their S Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Leica has found a fix for the faulty auto-focus drive units built into some of their S-system lenses. The company is now offering a free replacement of the autofocus drive unit of the affected lenses "within the terms of a goodwill arrangement." This goodwill arrangement will remain valid for a period of five years from the date of purchase of the respective S-lens. Users can send their defective lenses directly to Leica’s Customer Care or the authorised Customer Care department of their country’s Leica subsidiary.

Leica has found a fix for the faulty auto-focus drive units built into some of their S-system lenses. The company is now offering a free replacement of the autofocus drive unit of the affected lenses "within the terms of a goodwill arrangement." This goodwill arrangement will remain valid for a...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is a stabilised macro lens with built-in LED lights. Designed for Canon DSLRs with a crop factor of 1.6, the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM offers a similar angle of view as a 56mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera. The Hybrid IS system delivers up to four stops of shake correction (measured according to CIPA standards), while the Smooth Movie Servo AF with Lead Screw-type STM ensures quiet AF operation. The optical formula comprises 10 elements in 6 groups and a 7-bladed iris diaphragm. The lens can focus down to 3cm and achieves a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:1. The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June 2017 for an estimated retail price of £399.99/€479.99/$349.99

The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is a stabilised macro lens with built-in LED lights. Designed for Canon DSLRs with a crop factor of 1.6, the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM offers a similar angle of view as a 56mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera. The Hybrid...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Meyer-Optik Primagon 24mm f/2.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Today, Meyer-Optik announced the development of their new Primagon 24mm f/2.8 lens. "Even though the Primagon takes its name from a famous line of historic Meyer-Optik lenses, the new Primagon 24 is a totally new development," the company said in a statement. "With the help of world famous development engineers, the Meyer-Optik team has been working on the Primagon 24 for more than a year." The optical formula will comprise 7 elements including 1 aspherical glass element. Weighing in at 250 grams, the new lens will be available for "practically all mirrorless cameras," starting early 2018. The suggested retail price will be €4.999/$5,499.

Today, Meyer-Optik announced the development of their new Primagon 24mm f/2.8 lens. "Even though the Primagon takes its name from a famous line of historic Meyer-Optik lenses, the new Primagon 24 is a totally new development," the company said in a statement. "With the help of world famous development engineers, the...