Fujifilm patent for XF 16mm F1.8 lens

Fujifilm has patented a new wide-angle lens for its X-series mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It is the XF 16mm F1.8 lens model.

The new wide-angle prime optic will be the f/1.8 version of the current XF 16mm F1.4 model. It provides a 24mm focal length, when mounted on an APS-C sensor X body.

From the patent application the optical design of the XF 16mm F1.8 is very similar to the f/1.4 version. It might be a good answer to the budget-friendly models with a bright aperture one. … Continue reading


Fujifilm Patent for XF 13mm F1.8 Lens

Fujifilm has filed a patent for a new wide-angle lens in Japan. The new patent describes a XF 13mm F1.8 lens designed for company’s APS-c size sensor X-series mirrorless cameras.

It is a 20mm equivalent focal length wide-angle prime optic with a bright aperture of f/1.8. However the patent application refers to a Fujinon XF 13mm f/1.8 when considering the crop factor.

It seems that a new Fujinon XF 13mm f/1.8 lens is in the works. Even the translation is not perfect this also explains the significant savings on the Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8 R model. … Continue reading


Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f/2.8 WR lens rumored to be in the works

Fujifilm is allegedly working on a new wide-angle zoom lens and it will be the new Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 WR lens.

Fuji is a busy company this year as they are expanding X-mount lens line-up seriously. The optic in mention is a new wide-angle zoom that will be weather sealed. It will have a focal range between 8-16mm for APS-c sized sensors which corresponds to 12-24mm in 35mm full-frame equivalent.

As a result a new Fujinon XF 8-16mm f/2.8 WR lens rumored to be in the works but it is not expected to become official soon.  … Continue reading


Canon EF-M 15-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM mirrorless lens patent

Canon has patented a new wide-angle to standard zoom lens in Japan. It is the EF-M 15-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens designed for company’s mirrorless interchangeable lens system.

From the patent application we can see that Canon is working on a new wide-angle to standard zoom lens with a maximum aperture range between f/3.5-5.6. If becomes available, it will be aimed at Canon EOS-M mirrorless cameras.

We can also say the upcoming optic will feature STM motor for silent and fast AF operation. Sure the IS designation refers to image stabilization technology.  … Continue reading


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


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


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

Samyang Optics has announced the company’s first autofocus lenses. Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4 are the first two optics comes with autofocus technology.

The first lenses with autofocus support will be offered in Sony’s E-mount mirrorless camera that are designed to cover a full-frame sensor. 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


Panasonic Leica 12mm lens coming in the second half of 2016

Panasonic Leica 12mm lens is rumored to be in development which will be released sometime in the second half of 2016.

The new Leica-branded wide-angle optic with a focal length of 12mm will deliver a full-frame equivalent of 24mm and the maximum aperture is currently unknown.

Trusted sources are reporting that the Panasonic Leica 12mm prime lens is scheduled to be released during the second half of 2016.

As we are approaching the Photokina 2016, the worlds biggest digital imaging event in September. Panasonic will likely reveal the new 12mm optic with Leica name on it. We might see the announcement of this lens around the Photokina show. The wide-angle optic should become available in the market sometime in the second half of 2016. … Continue reading


Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens Officially Announced with Autofocus

Zeiss has introduced a Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens with autofocus support for full-frame mirrorless cameras made by Sony.

The new Batis-series lens is the widest model in the lineup and sure a great welcome for landscape and architecture photographers. The brand new wide-angle prime optic features an OLED screen, just like its siblings.

The first two Batis models are the 25mm f/2 and the 85mm f/1.8 as these optics deliver a very high image quality and provides the same dust and weather seals. … Continue reading