Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Lenses Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax full-frame lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax full-frame lenses.

Simply referred to as "High magnification super-telephoto zoom lens" and the "Large diameter telephoto zoom lens", we'd assumed that these prototypes were for Pentax's well-established range of APS-C sensor digital SLR cameras. But they're actually for a future full-frame 35mm system instead, which Pentax have confirmed they're currently working on. We're not quite sure why Pentax would choose to display mockups of two telephoto lenses, rather than a camera body, but they do provide further evidence that Pentax are set to join Canon and Nikon in the full-frame DSLR market.

Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens.

Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens.

The Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens is still a prototype, but it'ssheer size and bulk clearly shows that Samsung mean business. It offers a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8. opticalimage stabilisation, weather sealed magnesium alloy construction to match the NX1 camera, and rather incongruously has an i-Function button just like Samsung's more consumer-oriented lenses.

Fujifilm X100T Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X100T camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X100T camera.

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the XF Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 lens.

Sigma LVF-01 Loupe Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma LVF-01 loupe looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma LVF-01 loupe.

Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens.

Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron lens.

Voitglander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 lens.

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens.

Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens.

Development of Pentax Full-Frame DSLR is Officially Underway

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In an interview with Photography Blog, Ricoh's European Product Manager Laurence Bouly has confirmed that development of a Pentax full-frame DSLR camera is officially underway. No launch date has yet been set, but she said that the launch itself would be communicated through the usual formal channels, rather than Facebook (as Ricoh France did earlier this week). In addition, the two lens prototypes (high magnification super-telephoto zoom lens and large diameter telephoto zoom lens) on show at Photokina are actually full-frame lenses, rather than APS-C. Exciting news for ever-patient Pentax users...

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera.

Update: We've added more hands-on images live from Photokina.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon PowerShot G7 X compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon PowerShot G7 X compact camera.

Update: We've added more hands-on images live from Photokina.

Nikon D750 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon D750 DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon D750 DSLR camera.

Update: We've added more hands-on images live from Photokina.

Nikon Coolpix S6900 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix S6900 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix S6900 compact camera.

Update: We've added more hands-on images live from Photokina.

Zeiss Photokina Presentation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Zeiss have launched several new products at Photokina, including the Loxia lenses for Sony Alpha full-frame compact system cameras, Otus 85mm f1/4 DSLR lens, and the Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 lens for the Leica M system. We attended the Zeiss press event - here are all forty of the presentation slides that were shown.

Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 1.6/35mm, Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 1.6/35mm, Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm lenses for full-frame DSLRs look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon 1.6/35mm, Xenon 1.4/50mm and Macro Symmar 85mm lenses.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO Hands-on Photos

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Olympus are displaying a prototype verion of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO lens at Photokina. Displayed behind glass, the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO also looks like a finalised product, like its 7-14mm sibling. Olympus also provided us with a graphic showing the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 PRO alongside a typical 600mm DSLR lens to highlight the massive size difference between the two.

Leica SUMMARIT-M 75mm/f2.4 ASPH Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica SUMMARIT-M 75mm/f2.4 ASPH lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica SUMMARIT-M 75mm/f2.4 ASPH lens.