The Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM is now in stock at B&H Photo for $899
Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM $899 at B&H Photo
Bryan over at TDP has posted his ISO 12233 test shots using the new Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM Art lens.
Bryan has spent a little while with the lens and has added some images and thoughts to his review page.
ISO 12233 Sample Images | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM Preview
….. The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is the best lens ever mounted to a Canon DSLR! DXOMark has completed their testing of the new king of the primes.
“Without doubt Zeiss has achieved their goal of producing the finest fast standard prime available on the market today for full-frame DSLRs, but at a shade under $4000, image quality like that doesn’t come cheap.
There are a couple of other concessions to consider as well. The Zeiss lacks autofocus and being slightly larger and heavier than the firm’s Apo Sonnar T* 2,0/135 it’s not particularly discrete.
Despite that the Zeiss Otus T* 1,4/55 is a breathtaking example of what’s possible, and will likely go down in history as one of the classic fast standard designs of our time.”
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Results on the EOS 5D Mark III
Read the full review | Preorder the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo
Roger at LensRentals.com has done some initial testing on the new $4000 Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 lens. When Zeiss announced the lens, they claimed it would be the best SLR lens ever made. By all accounts, it appears Zeiss has come through on that claim.
“I won’t try to say whether the Otus is worth $4,000 to you. But I can certainly say that Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture. From a resolution standpoint, it is, as Zeiss said it would be, “the absolute best SLR lens in the world today.”
Read the full article | Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 at B&H Photo
Bryan from TDP has completed his review of the highly regarded Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon lens. His thoughts on the lens match mine, it is simply the best full frame ultrawide lens available for Canon DSLRs.
“As I just said, I regard the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens as the best-available ultra-wide angle landscape lens available. This lens is also an excellent choice for architecture and other confined-space photography. The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens offers very impressive build quality and excellent prime lens image quality in a made-for-landscape and architecture focal length.”
Read the full review | Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon at B&H Photo
Tamron announces the development of a revolutionary new 150-600mm Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras
November 7, 2013, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display in showcase at the Tamron booth at the Salon de la Photo 2013 which will be held from November 7 to 11 in Paris, France.
Tamron’s previously announced 200-500mm (Model A08), still currently available, is a popular, compact, easy-to-use ultra-telephoto zoom lens, but customers have shown great interest in having a lens that provide an even greater focal length range.
This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC ( Vibration Compensation)*² image stabilization, speedy, precise USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*³, state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating*1, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting, and, in addition a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.
Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters.
SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm
The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model (Model A08), making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm, almost to 1000mm.
World class image quality
Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, it delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD ( Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end. The lens also adopts eBAND Coating*¹, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies, and conventional BBAR(Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.
Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package
Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.
Beautiful background blur effects
Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
VC ( Vibration Compensation)*² mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography.
Tamron’s proprietary VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.
Tamron’s new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive*³ for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times, and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.
New elegant, high-class external finish
Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users.
Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
Easy-to-use tripod mount
The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.
Comes with “SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron”, RAW image development processing software for Tamron’s SP lenses
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses – renowned for their high-depiction capability – this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.
Below is an image of the Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC lens that will be announced this Thursday.
This will be a replacement to the 200-500 f/5-6.3 lens. It will have a completely new optical formula, wider at the wide end and the addition of VC will be very welcomed.
We’re looking forward to seeing the optical performance.
Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC
Tamron announcement November 7, 2103
As previously mentioned, Tamron will be announcing a new lens on November 7, 2013.
Apparently the new lens will be a replacement for the current 200-500 f/5-6.3 lens. The new lens will have an increased zoom range (150-500?) and vibration correction (Tamron’s IS).
This is going to be a development announcement, we won’t see the lens until well into 2014. Pricing will not be immediately announced either.
A “serious” new Tamron?
Tamron is going to be announcing a new tele zoom lens next Thursday, November 7, 2013. Apparently it’s going to be a “serious” lens according to a Polish forum.
Something to compete with the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS or Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x perhaps?
Below is the teaser image found on the mentioned forum.
New 300 f/2.8 OS & 400 f/2.8 OS lenses coming?
We’ve been told again that Sigma will likely announce new “sport lenses” some time in 2014. The first two to come will be the 300mm f/2.8 OS and 400mm f/2.8 OS. One of these lenses may be in testing for the Sochi Olympics this winter. A new 500mm and 800mm zoom lens could also be on the horizon, but less is known about them at this time.
A recent patent for a 300 f/2.8 from Sigma does make a good case for the updates.