September 16th, 2014
September 15th, 2014
Ricoh didn’t bring much in the way of product launches to Photokina 2014, but they did let it be known that some new K-mount lenses are in the works.
The most detailed of the bunch, set to launch later this year, is the Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR (pictured above). It will have a quiet AF driving motor, “high grade” HD coating and a weather resistant construction.
Two other lenses were tipped with scant details. Ricoh said it had a high magnification super telephoto zoom lens and a large diameter telephoto zoom lens in the works. Design mock ups for both are below, starting with the super telephoto.
September 12th, 2014
Olympus announced today at Photokina that it will bring a new 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens to the market in November.
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm lens keeps a constant f/2.8 aperture and uses dual linear voice coil motors to keep focusing fast and quiet. Capable of focusing on objects as close as 20 inches away, the lens offers a dedicated function button, manual focus clutch and a sliding protective lens hood. It’s also dust, splash and freeze proof and measures in at a little over 6 inches.
The lens will set you back $1,499. Olympus will also sell a 1.4x teleconverter, the MC-14, for use with the lens in November for $349.
The OM-D E-M1 is also getting a firmware upgrade the will enable several new capabilities including USB tethered shooting using the new Olympus Capture software utility. Capture will display the E-M1′s live view display on a computer monitor and allow for remote controlling the camera from a desktop or laptop.
The firmware will also allow keystone compensation to correct trapezoidal distortion in live view and delivers the Live Composite Mode found on the E-M10 for capturing light trails in a dark sky. There are also two new Art Filters, improved EVF display lag, and a panning scene mode that sets optimal shutter speed to match the movements of your subject.
The new firmware will come pre-installed in a new Silver edition of the E-M1 (shipping this month) and will be available for current E-M1 owners on September 24th.
May 13th, 2014
Sony’s continued its push to make its full frame mirrorless system attractive to filmmakers with the new FE PZ 28-135mm F G OSS, the first full-frame lens with a power zoom for smoother focusing.
The new E-mount lens is part of Sony’s effort to boost its full frame cameras among filmmakers by tackling three issues that bedevil still photo lenses during video shoots: changes in angle of view during focusing, focus shifts during zoom and the movement of the optical axis during zooming.
The new lens will combat these maladies with a supersonic wave motor drive and a double linear motor to reduce focus noise.
The FE PZ 28-135 will also have separate control rings for focus, zoom and aperture and features a maximum aperture of f/4. Optical image stabilization is also on hand to keep things steady—it can be switched off via a button on the lens barrel.
The new lens is set to ship in December for $2,499.
January 6th, 2014
Nikon unleashed a new super telephoto lens and tele extender this morning: the AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens and 1.4x magnifying AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III. Sports photographers and wildlife shooters should find a lot to like here; the Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 features improved autofocus, exposure accuracy and speed, while the teleconverter TC-14E III multiplies the focal length of Nikon lenses by 1.4x with reportedly only a one-stop loss of exposure.
Unfortunately for those photographers looking to get their hands on these big guns they don’t go on sale until August 2014 and they won’t be cheap. The the AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens will sell for $12,000, while the AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III will retail for $500.
Read more of this story here.
October 17th, 2013
Sigma introduced two new lenses at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today. The company says the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM is “improved and redesigned” from the previous model, while the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM has been “reengineered and redesigned” from its predecessor.
Pricing and availability has not been announced for either lens, which, as per usual, are expected to be available in a variety of lens mounts including for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs. More info in the press release after the jump.
October 16th, 2013
Nikon has just announced two new products for photographers: the prosumer-friendly 24.2MP, APS-C sensor-based D5300 digital SLR, and the pro-worthy AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G portrait lens.
The Nikon D5300 will go on sale this month as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,399. It will come in black, red, and gray color options, if you like your DSLR to have a little pizzazz.
The NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, which is the higher end product of the two and designed for both full-frame (FX-format) and APS-C (DX-format) cameras, goes on sale this month for $1,699.
Read the rest of the story about this Nikon news here.
October 3rd, 2013
Sony went where no camera manufacturer has gone before this morning, unveiling the world’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 36.4-megapixel Alpha 7R and 24.3-megapixel Sony Alpha 7. Both compact system cameras use 35mm-sized Exmor-branded, CMOS image sensors but the Sony Alpha 7R has no optical low pass filter over its chip to help it capture more detail in photos. The Alpha 7, meanwhile, boasts a new Hybrid AF system, designed to quickly lock in focus on subjects.
Both cameras will go on sale this December, with the Sony Alpha 7R retailing for $2,300, body only, and the Sony Alpha 7, selling for $1,700, body only; or as a kit with a new 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 lens for $2,000.
You could also pair these full-frame mirrorless cameras with five new full-frame E-Mount lenses that Sony just unveiled. The new Sony E-Mount lenses include three Carl Zeiss-branded models: the Sonnar T* 55mm F1.8 ZA ($1,000) and Sonnar T* 35mm F2.8 ZA ($800) prime lenses, and the Vario Tessar T* 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS mid-range zoom ($1,200).
We’re curious what PDN readers think of the new Sony Alpha 7R and Alpha 7 mirrorless cameras. Does the addition of full-frame sensors make you want to give these these high-end compact system cameras a second look or do you plan to stick to your DSLR?
Read more of this story here with details on all of Sony’s announcements this morning and then leave your thoughts in the comments below.
September 5th, 2013
Leica has added a new, wide-angle lens to its S medium-format system lineup. The Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH delivers a 35mm (equivalent) angle of view. The lens, which is available immediately, comes in two versions, with the CS model offering an integrated central shutter for sync speeds up to 1/1000th of a second. The non-CS model’s maximum sync speed is 1/125th of a second. The CS version costs $7450, while the non-CS lens is priced at $6350.
A new firmware update is available for the S-system cameras: version 18.104.22.168 for the Leica S and version 22.214.171.124 for the Leica S2/S2-P. In addition to ensuring “optimum functionality” of the new lens when mounted on the S/S2/S2-P cameras, the firmware update provides enhancements to tethered shooting for DNG-compressed file output, the firmware update also enables the flash triggering signal to pass to the sync socket at all speeds. Additionally, users who install the firmware update will be able to store bracketing sequences and self-timer settings in user profiles. It also corrects errors experienced with the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens, including the lens’ focusing behavior. The firmware update can be downloaded from the Leica owners’ site (login required).
Leica also announced new accessories including a lightweight, carbon tripod and two ball heads. The former weighs 2.64 pounds, is compact enough for travel and the ball head “disappears” inside the tripod when in a collapsed position. A carrying case with strap and shoulder pad can be purchased separately. The two ball heads–the Leica 24 and 38–are compatible with all Leica cameras and, with a set of three quick-change plates, users can move from one camera to another without switching plates. Both models can hold up to, for example, a Leica M with a light lens. The Leica 38 ball head offers extra features including a tilt button, which locks the head so that it can only be moved in a vertical plane. The 38 also features a 360 degree panorama function.
The accessories will be available in November.
Leica Traveller Tripod: $525.00
Tripod Bag: $125
Leica Ball Head 24: $285.00
Leica Ball Head 38: $390.00
Set of 3 exchangeable mounting plates for ball head 24 / 38: $70.00
May 14th, 2013
Following its projected lens roadmap, Fujifilm has just announced the addition of the Fujinon f/1.4 R, 23mmm prime lens to its XF lens line-up. The lens delivers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm on Fuji’s X-series compact system cameras and is equipped with a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the lens barrel to assist with manual pre-focus. This X-mount lens features an internal focusing system with a built-in high torque DC coreless motor, a 7-bladed diaphragm, 22 stops in 1/3 EV steps and multilayer coating.
With the addition of the 23mm lens, Fuji’s X-mount lens series now consists of six prime (14mm, 18mm, 23mm, 27mm, 35mm, 60mm), two zooms (18-55mm, 55-200mm) XF lenses and one XC 16-50mm model. A trio of Zeiss lenses is also available for Fuji’s X-mount CSCs.
Looking at Fuji’s July 2013 global lens roadmap, we see a 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens scheduled for later this year and an XF 56mm f/1.2 R slated for January 2014 (subject to change, of course) but Fuji seems to be pretty much on track with expanding its lens selections.
The XF 23mm lens will be available in October. Fuji will be exhibiting at PhotoPlus Expo in New York October 24-26.
Nikon has announced a new addition to the Nikon 1 system, a 32mm f/1.2. Not only is it the fastest lens in the 1 Nikkor lineup, but it is one of the fastest lenses available for any mirrorless system. The lens is compatible with the entire Nikon 1 system (J1, J2, J3, S1, V1, V2),
For a run down of its features, plus pricing and availability, see our full story on the Gear news page of PDNOnline.com.
There you’ll also find a link to information on Nikon’s website.