Category: Lenses

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD for Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron have announced the imminent launch of the Sony version of their SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD lens.The construction of the lens includes an all-metallic barrel, with large switches reconfigured for smoother function. Tamron have incorporated a new standard of Moisture-Proof & Dust-Resistant construction, plus Tamron’s Fluorine coating which is applied to the front element to help repel water and oil. Users can update firmware, customise autofocus positions and adjust the mechanical setup and preferences of the lens by simply attaching it to the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console and connecting it via USB to a PC. Unlike the existing Canon and Nikon variants, the Sony version lacks Vibration Compensation (optical image stabilisation), as Sony's compatible camera bodies incorporate built-in image stabilization functionality. Availability is slated for 25th August. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Tamron have announced the imminent launch of the Sony version of their SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD lens.The construction of the lens includes an all-metallic barrel, with large switches reconfigured for smoother function. Tamron have incorporated a new standard of Moisture-Proof & Dust-Resistant construction, plus Tamron’s...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sony Tops Five Categories at 2016 EISA Awards

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The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) have honoured Sony with 5 awards in their 2016 round-up. The full-frame Sony RX1R II (pictured) has been chosen as this year's "European Premium Compact Camera," the A7S II has won the "European Photo & Video Camera 2016-2017" category, the A6300 has received the "European Prosumer Compact System Camera 2016-2017" award, while the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens took the title of "European Professional Compact System Lens 2016-2017." (The fifth EISA award went to an in-car HD player.)

The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) have honoured Sony with 5 awards in their 2016 round-up. The full-frame Sony RX1R II (pictured) has been chosen as this year's "European Premium Compact Camera," the A7S II has won the "European Photo & Video Camera 2016-2017" category, the A6300 has...

Canon Scoops Four EISA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses, Printers
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Canon has been honoured with four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association. The EOS 80D (pictured) has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’ and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 received awards for ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017’ and ‘European Photo Printer 2016-2017’ respectively. “At Canon, we understand photography doesn’t end with the press of a shutter, and are consistently striving to produce high-quality products that help novices and professionals alike to get the best from their photographs,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “Be it capture, print, store or share, every element matters, and we’re committed to ensuring Canon quality comes through at every step. Each of the awards we’ve received demonstrate our dedication and commitment to creating pioneering products and once again we’re extremely proud to have been recognised by the esteemed EISA panel.”

Canon has been honoured with four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association. The EOS 80D (pictured) has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’ and the...

Fujifilm Achieve Double Honours at the 2016 EISA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm have announced that two of their products, the X-Pro2 mirrorless camera (pictured) and the Fujinon XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, have been crowned winners at the recent 2016 EISA awards. The X-Pro2 has been named "European Professional Compact System Camera 2016-2017," whilst the XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR has won the "European Compact System Zoom Lens 2016-2017" category.

Fujifilm have announced that two of their products, the X-Pro2 mirrorless camera (pictured) and the Fujinon XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, have been crowned winners at the recent 2016 EISA awards. The X-Pro2 has been named "European Professional Compact System Camera 2016-2017," whilst the XF100-40...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (VR)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon today announced the addition of two new telezoom lenses with stepper motors to their DX lens line-up. The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (400 grams, £299.99/€369.00/$349.95) and AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (415 grams, £349.99/€429.00/$399.95) offer a 35mm equivalent focal range of 105-450mm and ultra-fast, near-silent auto focus allowing users to capture fleeting moments with ease. Both models feature an optical formula comprising 14 elements in 10 groups (including an ED glass element) and a 7-bladed iris diaphragm. The VR version adds Vibration Reduction - Nikon's proprietary optical image stabilisation system - for sharp hand-held shots at critical shutter speeds. The lenses can focus down to 3.7 feet (1.1m) at all zoom positions, for a maximum magnification of 0.22x, and take 58mm screw-on filters. Availability is slated for next month.

Nikon today announced the addition of two new telezoom lenses with stepper motors to their DX lens line-up. The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED (400 grams, £299.99/€369.00/$349.95) and AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR (415 grams, £349.99/€429.00/$399.95) offer a 35mm equivalent...

Nikon D3400

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon D3400 is a new entry-level digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized 24-megapixel sensor and SnapBridge support. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), SnapBridge creates a connection between a camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to wirelessly and automatically transfer images from the camera to your smartphone or tablet. SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service. The Nikon D3400's other main claim to fame is an improved battery life, which is rated to 1200 frames per charge; up from 700 in the existing D3300. The new model continues to offer an 11-point AF system, a 3" rear screen with a resolution of 921,000 dots, a continuous shooting speed of 5fps, as well as Full HD video capture at 60fps and an EXPEED 4 image processor. The Nikon D3400 will become available next month, bundled with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens for £489.99 / €599 / $649.99; as well as in a double-zoom kit (with the afore-mentioned AF-P 18-55mm lens plus the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED telezoom) priced at $999.95. In the UK and Ireland, the camera will also be available in a body-only configuration for £399.99 / €489; and in an 18-55mm non-VR kit for £469.99 / €579.

The Nikon D3400 is a new entry-level digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized 24-megapixel sensor and SnapBridge support. Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), SnapBridge creates a connection between a camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to wirelessly and automatically transfer images from the camera to your...

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (VR) Soon Available in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses, which were first announced back in January, will become available in the US in September 2016. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR utilise stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet focusing, and boast a retractable-barrel design for enhanced portability. When shooting video footage, the stepping motor allows you to smoothly shift focus from subject to subject with practically no drive noise. Each lens incorporates 2 aspherical glass elements to correct various types of aberration, and the VR version additionally offers up to four stops of vibration reduction. The VR function can be turned on or off using the menu on compatible camera models (Nikon D3300, D3400, D5300 and D5500). The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G standard zoom will be available for $199.95. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will retail for $249.95.

The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses, which were first announced back in January, will become available in the US in September 2016. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang has announced the upcoming release of the full-frame Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE auto-focus UWA lens for Sony E mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical glass elements and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. On a full-frame camera body, the Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE lens offers an angle of view of 113.9 degrees, making it the widest rectilinear lens designed for Sony E-mount cameras. The lens is compatible with both phase-detect and contrast-detect AF systems. The Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE will be globally available from September, priced at €699.

Samyang has announced the upcoming release of the full-frame Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE auto-focus UWA lens for Sony E mount cameras. The optical formula comprises 14 elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical glass elements and an iris diaphragm with seven rounded aperture blades. On a full-frame camera body, the Samyang AF 14/2.8 FE...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens (read review) has won the EISA Award for 'European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.' Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements, the award-winning lens is constructed with Tamron’s new SP design, incorporating a new look and feel which includes larger and more tactile switches, together with Tamron’s Moisture-Resistant Construction. VC (Vibration Compensation) is also included in the lens design to help reduce camera shake making it easy to take handheld photographs in low light. USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) focusing is also a key part in delivering sharp and precise focus every time, with full-time manual override for extra creative control.

The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD lens (read review) has won the EISA Award for 'European DSLR Lens 2016-2017.' Introduced in February, the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World's first image-stabilised 85mm f/1.8 lens for SLR cameras. Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD ...

Sigma Wins EISA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens (see our full-resolution sample images) has won the “EISA EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017” Award. Equivalent to a 75-150mm lens in 35mm terms, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM features an internal zoom mechanism and an aperture diaphragm with nine rounded blades. Weighing in at 1,490 grams; the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM has an optical construction comprising 21 lens elements in 15 groups and a minimum focus distance of 95cm. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma fit.

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens (see our full-resolution sample images) has won the “EISA EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2016-2017” Award. Equivalent to a 75-150mm lens in 35mm terms, the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM features an internal zoom mechanism and an aperture...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Samyang have just introduced a new ultra-bright, ultra-wide manual-focus prime lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Featuring an optical construction comprising 13 elements in 12 groups - including 3 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements - and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC offers an angle of view of 94.8° and a close-focus point of 20cm/8". The lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FourThirds and Micro FourThirds fit; at a recommended retail price of €499.00.

Samyang have just introduced a new ultra-bright, ultra-wide manual-focus prime lens for full frame DSLR cameras. Featuring an optical construction comprising 13 elements in 12 groups - including 3 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements - and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades, the Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC offers an angle of...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hama Launch “Uni” 3-in-1 Lens Set for Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13 mm. The new three-in-one set is available for €12.99.

Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Now Available through Kickstarter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is now available via Kickstarter. Billed as, the "World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with Close-to-Zero Distortion," the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens comprises 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 122°, 7 aperture blades, minimum focusing distance of 18cm, and an aperture range of f/2.8 - f/22. The recommended retail price is $949.00. Along with the new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens, Venus Optics also announces the Laowa Magic Shift Converter which is able to enlarge the full frame image circle to provide a sufficiently large image field for shift movements. It will transform the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens into a 17mm f/4 Shift Lens with +/- 10mm shift capability for Full-Frame E-mount cameras.

The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 from Venus Optics is now available via Kickstarter. Billed as, the "World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with Close-to-Zero Distortion," the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens comprises 16 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements made of glass with anomalous dispersion. This manual focus lens offers...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS is a new cine lens for compact system cameras with APS-C sensors. Like the also-new 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS photography lens, the Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS features 9 elements in 7 groups including 1 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements plus an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades. Other features include quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture gear rings. Additionally, the distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens barrel for convenience when filming. Pricing and availablity to be confirmed.

The Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS is a new cine lens for compact system cameras with APS-C sensors. Like the also-new 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS photography lens, the Samyang 35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS features 9 elements in 7 groups including 1 extra-low-dispersion and 2 aspherical glass elements plus an...

Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is a new standard prime for compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors. The bright f/1.2 maximum aperture allows users to isolate their subject from the background and enables hand-held shooting in low-light conditions. Available in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds fit, the manual-focus Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS has 9 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical lens elements and 1 ED element, plus an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded aperture blades. The lens boasts Samyang's Ultra-Multi-Coating to minimise flare and ghosting, and takes 62mm screw-on filters. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.

The Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is a new standard prime for compact system cameras with APS-C sized sensors. The bright f/1.2 maximum aperture allows users to isolate their subject from the background and enables hand-held shooting in low-light conditions. Available in Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Total Production of Nikkor Lenses Reaches 100 Million

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Nikon has announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has reached one-hundred million in June 2016. As the 95 millionth interchangeable Nikkor lens was manufactured in July 2015, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in less than a year. The company's line-up of Nikkor lenses currently consists of more than 90 different models, including primes covering ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 Nikkor lenses for compact system cameras.

Nikon has announced that total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras has reached one-hundred million in June 2016. As the 95 millionth interchangeable Nikkor lens was manufactured in July 2015, this means that Nikon produced no less than 5 million interchangeable lenses in less than a year. The company's...

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...