Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH. Lens Officially Announced

Leica has just announced the Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH. lens. This is the new low-light monster and according to Leica, it boasts ‘impeccable speed’ and ‘exceptional imaging performance’ as well as “hair-thin depth of focus [that] isolates subjects with extreme precision.”

The Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. is the ideal optic in portrait and close-up photography, including a shallower depth of focus than that of the Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and a close focusing distance of 0.85m, making for a reproduction ratio of 1:8.8 for even more precise isolation of subjects. Additionally, the eleven blades of its iris ensure a soft and harmonious bokeh in out-of-focus areas.

The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH will be available at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers at the beginning of 2018. According to Leica, the lens will retail for $12,795. … Continue reading


Leica CL Camera and Elmarit-TL 18mm F2.8 ASPH Lens Announced

Leica has just officially announced the new mirrorless camera: Leica CL. It is a compact APS-C camera with a touchscreen LCD, customizable twin dials and a beautiful 2.36M-dot EVF, featuring  an ISO range of 100-50000 and shoots at up to 10 fps, 4K/30p video and Wi-Fi for transferring photos to a smartphone.

Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F2.8 ASPH lens is a compact fixed prime lens, featuring  8 elements (4 of which are aspherical,) a minimum focus distance of 30cm and a light weight of only 80g.

The Leica CL and Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH will both be available from Leica stores, boutiques and dealers at the end of November. The Leica CL body, in black anodized finish, will be $2,795.00 while the Prime and Vario Kits will be $3,795.00 and $3,995.00 respectively. The new Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH, in black or silver anodized finish, will be $1,295.00. You can pre-order Leica CL at AmazonB&H Photo Video & Adorama.com … Continue reading


Panasonic G9 and Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 lens officially announced

The Panasonic G9 camera and Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 POWER O.I.S. lens are now officially announced.

The Lumix G9 is the company’s first mirrorless camera aimed specifically at professional stills photographers. The camera offers the same 20MP Four Thirds sensor as the video-centric GH5, but with tweaked image processing for better JPEG image quality. The Panasonic G9 is able to shift its sensor eight times to create an 80MP Raw image with ultra-high resolution.

The specs list includes ‘Depth from Defocus’ AF system which offers 225 selectable points and improvements in both speed and subject tracking. It provide 20 fps with continuous autofocus using its electronic shutter (9 fps with mechanical) and 60 fps with single AF (12 fps with mechanical). The buffer allows for up to 50 Raw images to be captured in a single burst. … Continue reading


Olympus 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lenses Officially Announced

Olympus offficially announced the new 17mm F1.2 PRO and 45mm f/1.2 PRO prime lenses for its Micro Four Thirds system cameras.

The lenses use the same 60mm filters that the existing 25mm F1.2 Pro uses and, like that lens both are weather sealed and dust proof. The two lenses expand the company’s series of F1.2 lenses, which are equivalent to 35 and 90mm F2.4 lenses for full frame.

The Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO lens will be released on November 17, 2017, and the 17mm f/1.2 PRO lens will be available on January 19, 2018.

  • Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO Lens: $1,199 at Amazon
  • Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO Lens: $1,199 at Amazon

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Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 G Master OSS Telephoto Development Announced

Along with the A7R Mark III camera and FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS standart zoom lens, Sony has announced development of the new FE 400mm f/2.8 G Master OSS lens too.

Designed for Sony full frame E-mount cameras, the FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens will arrive in Summer 2018. The lens will give a 600mm equivalent, in 35mm equivalent terms, when used on Sony’s APS-C cameras such as the Sony A6500.

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 G Master OSS lens will be compatible with Sony FE 1.4X and 2X Teleconverters. Specs and pricing to be announced later. … Continue reading


Sony unveils FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Along with the A7R Mark III camera, Sony has introduced the new FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS standart zoom lens. This is a wide-angle to short-telephoto zoom designed for Sony full frame E-mount mirrorless cameras.

The lens has a close focusing distance of 38cm, is weather-sealed, and is said to be the lightest lens of this type in its class, weighing 663g.

The construction of the lens consists of 17 elements, arranged into 14 groups with 4 aspherical and 3 ED elements.

Sony announces FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Sony announces FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens Features:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • 4 Aspherical Elements, 3 ED Elements
  • Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus Design
  • Focus Hold Button; AF/MF Switch
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS standart zoom lens will ship this November for about $1,300 US.


Sony a7RIII Officially Announced, Price $3,199

Sony officially announces the Sony a7RIII full frame E-mount camera.

This is a high-res full frame camera capable of 10 fps shooting with AF. Sony A7RIII features 42mp BSI CMOS sensor, 10fps continuous shooting with AF.  Updated design includes dual SD card slots, and 5-axis sensor based image stabilisation with up to 5.5 stops.

The new camera also gets the 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder from the a9, providing a 1280 x 720 resolution view. Sony claims 15 stops of dynamic range and 14-bit Raw capture across more of its shooting modes, though it still drops to 12-bit when shooting 10 fps uncompressed Raw.

4K video recording now supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) for HDR video recording, and instant playback with compatible 4K HDR TVs.

The Sony a7R III (model ILCE-7RM3) will start shipping from November at a recommended selling price of $3199. … Continue reading


Sigma announces the development of 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

Sigma officially announced the development of the new 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds.

The release date and price information to be determined later. The lens hood will be available as an accessory (LH716-01).

The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens would be the second budget-friendly fast aperture optic after the 30mm version. We expect the price will stand around $399 just like the 30mm F1.4 DC DN.

Development of SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

These lenses from Sigma are designed to use on mirrorless cameras for Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds systems.

Sigma announces the development of 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens

The Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens will provide a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm for Sony E-mount and 32mm for Micro Four Thirds bodies. It would be useful for perfect for low-light, indoor and street shootings especially with Sony A6500 and Olympus E-M1 mirrorless cameras.

 

The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the development of a new high-performance, large-diameter wide-angle lens, SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary.

This is the world’s first interchangeable lens for mirrorless Sony E-mount cameras in the APS-C format to offer a 24mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and F1.4 brightness. This is the large-diameter wide-angle lens for which mirrorless camera users have been waiting.

With an optical system that rivals that of interchangeable lenses for full-size SLRs, the lens features a wide variety of high-tech optical elements. SIGMA has crafted a lens that leverages optical aberration minimization via the in-camera digital correction. This lens effectively minimizes optical aberrations and offers superb resolution at wide-open aperture and throughout the aperture range. The optical design and stepping motor deliver smooth autofocus during video shooting, while the mount features special sealing creating a dust- and splash-proof design.

Additional information can be found here.


Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens announced for Sony E-mount

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens officially announced for Sony E-mount system cameras. This is the fourth in the lineup of autofocus lenses that are designed for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras.

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens features a fast aperture of f/1.4 and autofocus system. The optical formula of the prime optic comprises 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating.

This lens now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to four which includes three existing autofocus lenses, AF 14mm F2.8 FEAF 35mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE. Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens will be available globally from November with a retail price of £599 (check for US pricing).

Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens officially announced

The Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is specifically designed to work with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C size image sensor cameras like Sony A6500 and A5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm.

Aim High, Create Artwork

This new AF 35mm f/1.4 FE works in harmony with full-frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount such as Sony α7 or α9 series. It is designed to appeal to enthusiasts and professionals who are ready to take the next step up in photography. It is the excellent companion to create artworks from everyday moments, while the tiny AF 35mm f/2.8 FE released in June of this year is the perfect partner for everyday photographers.

High Performance beyond Expectation

Absolute resolution across the entire image field is the key feature of Samyang AF 35mm f1.4 FE. The lens includes 11 elements in 9 groups and features 2 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses, plus Ultra Multi Coating. The optical design minimises various aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion to deliver outstanding resolution. Fast, precise and quiet autofocus performance meets Samyang’s exceptional optical technology to capture any moments clearly. The bright F1.4 secures fast shutter speed and creates shallow depth of focus images in wide-standard angle of view. The new AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens is ideal for professional photography including low-light events, landscapes and portraits with expressive characteristics.


Metabones Released Nikon G to Pentax Q Speed Booster

Metabones released a new 0.50x Speed Booster adapter for the Pentax Q mirrorless camera. It’s called the “Devil’s Speed Booster” because it permits a world record f/0.666 lens speed when a f/1.2 lens is attached. Even “ordinary” f/1.4 lenses will give you f/0.7 output.

The unusual nickname apparently stems from the fact that the new adapter boasts a record-breaking f/0.666 aperture and a 0.5x magnification. Like all Metabones Speed Boosters, the Speed Booster Q666 is optimised to fully account for the camera’s filter stack located near the sensor surface.  This is especially critical at the maximum aperture of f/0.666.  As a result, a huge range of optics, from vintage film lenses to the latest digital designs, will function flawlessly when adapted to any Pentax Q camera. Planned lens mounts for the Speed Booster Q666 include a Pentax-K version and a Nikon F/G version with what Metabones claim to be “the most advanced Nikon G aperture adjustment mechanism in the industry.”

The Speed Booster Q666 is available from the Metabones website and its worldwide dealer network for $489.

Metabones Released Nikon G to Pentax Q Speed Booster

Metabones Nikon G to Pentax Q Speed Booster Q666 0.50x specifications

  • Model Code:  MB_SPNFG-Q-BM1
  • Color:  Black Satin exterior; Black Matte interior
  • Magnification:  0.50x
  • Crop Factor for Pentax Q, Q10:  2.8x
  • Crop Factor for Pentax Q7, Q-S1:  2.3x
  • Maximum Output Aperture:  f/0.666 (with f/1.2 lens attached)
  • Rectilinear Distortion:  < 0.666%
  • Lens Elements/Groups:  6/4
  • Length Reduction:  10.1 mm
  • Supported Cameras:  Pentax Q, Q10, Q7, Q-S1
  • Camera Mount:  Pentax Q-mount
  • Image Format:  7.44 mm x 5.58 mm (1/1.7”)
  • Lens Mounts:  Nikon F/G
  • Lens Compatibility:  Any full-frame (36 mm x 24 mm format) or DX format (APS-C) lens with the appropriate mount can be used.
  • Special Features:  Long-throw clickless aperture ring on Nikon F/G version
  • Dimensions: 27 x 76 x 72mm for Nikon F/G version
  • Weight: 193 grams for Nikon F/G version
  • Tripod Mount:  Robust removable type with Arca Swiss compatibility