Category: Lenses

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 (Rumour)

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens is due to be released in 2019, according to Japanese rumour site Nokishita. Sporting an APO Sonnar lens design, the Otus 100mm has a filter size of 86mm and an aperture range of f/1.4-f/16. It will be available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts.

The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens is due to be released in 2019, according to Japanese rumour site Nokishita. Sporting an APO Sonnar lens design, the Otus 100mm has a filter size of 86mm and an aperture range of f/1.4-f/16. It will be available in Nikon F and Canon EF…

Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 Full-frame Lens Available on October 26th

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Sales of the new Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens for full frame Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras will begin on October 26th.

Sales of the new Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens for full frame Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras will begin on October 26th.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Testing the Canon EOS R's Autofocusing

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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One of the key selling points of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera is its backwards compatibility with Canon's vast range of EF lenses - 130 million produced so far and counting - not to mention 3rd-party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. This backwards compatibility is made possible by the new Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter.

So we've tested out the autofocusing system of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera, firstly with the RF 24-105mm f/4 kit lens and then with a wide variety of EF lenses.

One of the key selling points of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera is its backwards compatibility with Canon's vast range of EF lenses - 130 million produced so far and counting - not to mention 3rd-party lenses from the likes of Sigma and Tamron. This backwards compatibility is made…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

7 Artisans 35mm F1.2 for Canon, Sony, Fujifilm and Micro Four Thirds

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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The 7 Artisans 35mm F1.2 is a fast manual focus lens for mirrorless cameras. It's available now in Canon EF-M, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds mount.

The 7 Artisans 35mm F1.2 is a fast manual focus lens for mirrorless cameras. It's available now in Canon EF-M, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds mount.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Meike 6-11mm F3.5 Fish Eye Lens

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Hong-Kong manufacturer Meike have unveiled an intriguing 6-11mm F3.5 fish eye lens for full-frame and APS-C cameras. This fish eye zoom has a constant aperture of f/3.5, minimum focusing distance of 15mm (at 6mm), measures 64x94mm, and weighs 541g. The Meike 6-11mm F3.5 Fish Eye Lens is available in Canon and Nikon mounts.

Hong-Kong manufacturer Meike have unveiled an intriguing 6-11mm F3.5 fish eye lens for full-frame and APS-C cameras. This fish eye zoom has a constant aperture of f/3.5, minimum focusing distance of 15mm (at 6mm), measures 64x94mm, and weighs 541g. The Meike 6-11mm F3.5 Fish Eye Lens is available in Canon…

Friday, October 5, 2018

Some Tamron Lenses Don't Work with the Nikon Z Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Tamron have announced that some of their lenses do not work on the new Nikon Z mirrorless camera. The company has discovered issues that affect some of their Di/Di II series lenses when mounted on the Nikon Z7 with the FTZ Nikon Mount Adapter. Tamron haven't yet disclosed which lenses are affected.

Tamron have announced that some of their lenses do not work on the new Nikon Z mirrorless camera. The company has discovered issues that affect some of their Di/Di II series lenses when mounted on the Nikon Z7 with the FTZ Nikon Mount Adapter. Tamron haven't yet disclosed which lenses…

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Firmware Update

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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A new firmware update for the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens improves the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition.

A new firmware update for the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens improves the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition.

Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 Firmware Update

Mark Goldstein | Accessories , Lenses
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A new firmware update for the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available, making it compatible with the latest firmware of Sigma interchangeable lenses.

A new firmware update for the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available, making it compatible with the latest firmware of Sigma interchangeable lenses.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Up to £85 Cashback on Selected Olympus OM-D Cameras and M.Zuiko Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Get more for less with Olympus’ new winter promotion offering up to £85 cashback on a selected OM-D camera models and M.Zuiko lenses. The promotion is valid for the following Olympus products:

OM-D cameras E-M5 Mark II and E-M10 Mark III (body only & kit versions) as well as the M.Zuiko lenses ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6,

ED 12mm F2.0, 17mm F1.8, ED 60mm F2.8 Macro, ED 75mm F1.8 and ED 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II.

Get more for less with Olympus’ new winter promotion offering up to £85 cashback on a selected OM-D camera models and M.Zuiko lenses. The promotion is valid for the following Olympus products: OM-D cameras E-M5 Mark II and E-M10 Mark III (body only & kit versions) as well as the…

Free 30mm F3.5 Portrait/Macro Lens With the Olympus E-PL9

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Get a free 30mm F3.5 Portrait/Macro lens worth £249.99 when you buy an Olympus E-PL9. This offer runs from 01.10.2018 to 06.01.2019 at participating retailers.

Get a free 30mm F3.5 Portrait/Macro lens worth £249.99 when you buy an Olympus E-PL9. This offer runs from 01.10.2018 to 06.01.2019 at participating retailers.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Current Sigma Lenses Will Work on the Nikon Z7 Camera

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Sigma has confirmed in a statement that its current lenses will work on the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera via the FTZ adapter without any issues.

Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus, while some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November 2013 that are not compatible with the latest DSLR cameras will not operate.

Sigma has confirmed in a statement that its current lenses will work on the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera via the FTZ adapter without any issues. Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus, while some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November…

Friday, September 28, 2018

Voigtländer Lenses at Photokina 2018

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Voigtländer are showing three new concept lenses at Photokina, including two different versions of the Nokton 50mm F1.2 Asph. for Sony E-mount.

The Voigtlander rep told us that they're not sure which version to put into production - the black with a declickable aperture ring, or classic silver without.

They also showed us concept versions of two Leica M-mount lenses, the Color-Skopar 21mm f/3.5 and the Ultron 35mm f/2.

Voigtländer are showing three new concept lenses at Photokina, including two different versions of the Nokton 50mm F1.2 Asph. for Sony E-mount. The Voigtlander rep told us that they're not sure which version to put into production - the black with a declickable aperture ring, or classic silver without. They…

Reflex 40mm f/1.8 Lens Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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The Reflex 40mm f1.8 is a manual focus lens originally conceived for the Reflex manual 35mm SLR camera, which Reflex has decided to launch for lots of other lens mounts too.

There are three versions on the Reflex booth at Photokina 2018 - Sony E-mount, Canon EF mount, and the native Reflex AR-i. Check our our hands-on gallery below to see all three versions.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Reflex 40mm f1.8 lens will go live in November 2018, with delivery expected in early 2019.

The Reflex 40mm f1.8 is a manual focus lens originally conceived for the Reflex manual 35mm SLR camera, which Reflex has decided to launch for lots of other lens mounts too.There are three versions on the Reflex booth at Photokina 2018 - Sony E-mount, Canon EF mount, and the native…

Eight New Laowa Lenses Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Laowa have launched no less than eight new lenses at Photokina 2018. Want to see exactly what they all look like in the flesh?

Then check our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of all the new Laowa lenses launched at the show.


Laowa have launched no less than eight new lenses at Photokina 2018. Want to see exactly what they all look like in the flesh? Then check our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of all the new Laowa lenses launched at the show.

Sigma 28mm, 40mm, 56mm, 70-200mm and 60-600mm Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma 28mm, 40mm, 56mm, 70-200mm and 60-600mm lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma 28mm, 40mm, 56mm, 70-200mm and 60-600mm lenses.

As a reminder, here are the full names:

  • 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – January 2019
  • 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – October 2018
  • 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary – November 2018
  • 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports – October 2018 (£1899.99)
  • 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports – December 2018

Oh, and Sigma told us that the new 40mm f/1.4 is the sharpest Art lens that they've ever released...

Want to see exactly what the new Sigma 28mm, 40mm, 56mm, 70-200mm and 60-600mm lenses looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma 28mm, 40mm, 56mm, 70-200mm and 60-600mm lenses. As a reminder, here are the full names: 28mm F1.4 DG HSM…

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens.

Zeiss ZX1 Mirrorless Full-frame Camera Features Built-in Adobe Lightroom

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I've just arrived at the last press event at Photokina 2018. What have Carl Zeiss got up their sleeves? New lenses? A new camera?! Let's find out...

More than 300 people are attending "a very special occasion" - press, photographers, dealers and distributors.

Zeiss are truly committed to photography, and to their distributors. So first announcement of the evening - the Zeiss Distributor Award of the Year 2018! And the winner is...LStream from Russia!

Some really exciting new about Batis is coming...

There are four current Batis lenses in the range, two wide-angle and two telephoto, but there's something missing in the middle.

So Zeiss have officially announced the much-rumoured Batis 40mm f/2 CF lens for Sony Alpha cameras, which uses a Distagon optical design. The lens has a shortest shooting distance of 24cm, focus limiter switch, 67mm filter diameter, and 1:3.3 magnification.

The big announcement of the night, though, is the...wait for it...

Zeiss are launching an exiting new device that combines the image quality of a Zeiss lens with a smartphone. Shoot. Edit. Share. All on the same device.

Introducing the Zeiss ZX1. A 35mm, 37.4 megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera with a superb quality, newly developed 35mm f/2 lens that has no distortion even what shooting in RAW. The sensor is made by Zeiss in Germany. There's an EVF, a massive 4.3 inch touchscreen display, intuitive user interace, 512Gb SSD internal memory, and a slight bend to the aluminium body on the right-hand side for better ergonomics.

Zeiss are the first manufacturer to integrate Lightroom Mobile CC directly into a camera for ease of editing. That's right - onboard RAW editing via Adobe!

Sharing is the third element that Zeiss are addressing. You can instantly share on services like Flickr and Dropbox and update firmware over the air, so the camera is always up to date.

The Zeiss ZX1 will be available in early 2019. Price to be announced.

And that's a wrap. Time for the hands-on experience...

I've just arrived at the last press event at Photokina 2018. What have Carl Zeiss got up their sleeves? New lenses? A new camera?! Let's find out... More than 300 people are attending "a very special occasion" - press, photographers, dealers and distributors. Zeiss are truly committed to photography, and…

Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF (Close Focus) Lens

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera , Lenses
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The Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF (Close Focus) is a new lens for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony that bridges the gap in the ZEISS Batis family lineup. This standard lens in the ZEISS Batis family features a quick autofocus and an extremely short minimum focus distance.

Delivery of the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF will start in November 2018 priced at £1129.99 / $1299.99 / €1,299.

The Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF (Close Focus) is a new lens for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony that bridges the gap in the ZEISS Batis family lineup. This standard lens in the ZEISS Batis family features a quick autofocus and an extremely short minimum focus distance. Delivery of the Zeiss…

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens.

Samyang 10mm f/3.5 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras , Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 10mm f/3.5 lens for full-frame DSLR cameras looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 10mm f/3.5 lens for full-frame DSLR cameras, which is the World's widest-angle lens for full-frame cameras.

Apparently this lens will be released "in 2019" (nothing more specific than that) for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 10mm f/3.5 lens for full-frame DSLR cameras looks like in the flesh? Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 10mm f/3.5 lens for full-frame DSLR cameras, which is the World's widest-angle lens for full-frame cameras. Apparently this lens will…