Canon Patent for EF-M 9-17mm f/3.5-5 mirrorless lens

Canon has filed a patent in Japan. It is the EF-M 9-17mm f/3.5-5 lens designed for company’s mirrorless interchangeable lens system.

From the patent application we can see that Canon is working on a new super wide-angle zoom lens with a maximum aperture range between f/3.5-5. If becomes available, it will be aimed at Canon EOS-M mirrorless cameras.

Canon EF-M 9-17mm f/3.5-5 patent describes a lens with a 35mm equivalent of 14.5-27mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.  … Continue reading

Olympus 300mm F4 reviews roundup & additional coverage

Olympus 300mm F4 reviews are now available online from several photography websites, along with hand-on videos and plenty of sample images.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO telephoto prime lens designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras provides a 600mm equivalent field of view into a 1.27kg (2.8 pound), complete with image stabilization, weatherproofing and an impressive close focusing distance.

This post contains latest Olympus 300mm F4 reviews, several hands-on videos with first impression peviews and sample photographs. … Continue reading

Fujifilm announces the XF2X TC WR Teleconverter & LH-XF23 Lens Hood

Fujifilm has announced the FUJINON XF2X TC WR teleconverter and the LH-XF23 lens hood for XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens.

The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

The Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical construction of 9 elements in 5 groups. It is weather and dust-resistant when used with the X-T1 and X-Pro2 camera bodies.

Phase detection AF is still available when using the XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR with the teleconverter mounted. With the XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, photographers can use CDAF. The camera’s optical image stabilization performance is unaffected by the addition of the teleconverter. … Continue reading

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens Test Results

DxOMark published their test results for the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 prime lens which is designed for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The test results shows the fast prime lens scored 39 points and performed an excellent optical performance. Currently selling for a price tag of $1,199, the optic has been tested using the Sony A7R full-frame E-mount camera.

From the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 test results, DxOMark finds that the lens offers uniform and strong resolution between f/4 and f/11. When aperture settings gets wider, good center resolution is recorded, with just a little drop-off in the outer field, and at f/22, sharpness levels drop to around 60%, but remain homogenous across the frame. … Continue reading

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR lens rumored to be unveiled for Photokina

Fujifilm is rumored to unveil the XF 23mm f/2 WR lens before the Photokina 2016 event.

As mentioned earlier that the company has listened to its fans and the Fujifilm is actively working on a 23mm wide-angle prime optic. Now the trusted sources are claiming that the Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 WR lens will become official at the Photokina 2016 event.

Looks like this Summer then the lens will be compatible with all X-mount cameras. XF 23mm f/2 WR lens will have a maximum aperture of f/2. It will provide a full-frame focal length equivalent of 35mm.

Check the camera stores for availability
XF 23mm F2 R WR $449.95 Amazon | B&H | Adorama

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Sigma 25mm f/1.2 lens patented for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Sigma has patented a 25mm f/1.2 lens designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

The patent application is describing a bright wide-angle prime optic developed by Sigma for mirrorless cameras with Micro Four Thirds cameras. If becomes real the Sigma 25mm f/1.2 will be great for users of Micro Four Thirds system.

However we have to underline that this is only the patent application, so don’t expect the product become available on the market in the near future.

It is also mentioned that Sigma has most likely designed this optic for Olympus. More details about the Sigma 25mm f/1.2 lens can be found below.  … Continue reading

First Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens reviews available online

First Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens reviews published on the web with several sample images and hands-on video tests.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN optic which is designed to use on mirrorless cameras for Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds systems combines an amazing image quality with a lightweight and compact design. The latest addition to the Contemporary series is a prime lens with a 30mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/1.4.

We have covered the latest Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens reviews and tests. The lens is available for a price tag of $339. … Continue reading

First Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 Lens Reviews

First Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 lens reviews now available on the web with new tests, sample images and videos.

The new Batis-series lens 18mm is a super wide optic designed for A7-series full-frame cameras. The lens delivers a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 27mm when attached to Sony E-mount mirrorless shooters with APS-c sized image sensors.

The design of the lens is based on Distagon and comprises 11 elements in 10 groups, and four of those elements are aspheric on both sides. Maximum aperture of the Zeiss Batis 18mm lens stands at f/2.8, where the minimum one is f/22.

After the launch of the wide-angle optic several Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 lens reviews appeared online.  … Continue reading

Olympus 30mm macro lens scheduled for Photokina 2016

Olympus 30mm macro lens is rumored to be in development which will be released sometime in the second half of 2016.

The new prime optic with macro capabilities will deliver a full-frame equivalent of 60mm and the maximum aperture is currently unknown. If the aperture seems to be fast than this lens might compete against the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 prime model.

As we are approaching the Photokina 2016, the worlds biggest digital imaging event in September. Olympus 30mm macro lens will likely be unveiled during or around the Photokina show. The macro lens for Micro Four Thirds system should become available in the market sometime in the second half of 2016. … Continue reading

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses unveiled with AF support

Samyang has finally unveiled the company’s first lenses that support autofocus. Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 are the first two optics comes with autofocus technology that are aimed at Sony FE-mount mirrorless cameras.

The first Samyang lenses with autofocus support will be offered in Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. Both models are claimed to be fully compatible with contrast-detect as well as phase-detect AF systems.

Both the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses come with a filter diameter measuring 67mm and a minimal design. These products have a metal-housing. The focusing system is internal and, as usual, this means that the front element will remain in place when focusing. … Continue reading