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Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test

Matt Granger got to spend some time with the recently announced Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens for full frame cameras. We think he’s one of very few that’s been able to take images and video with the lens.

You can see more at MattGranger.com

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Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap

Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap

 

Sigma has opened up about their future plans to Focus-Numerique and what sorts of lenses and products they are, and are not developing.

  • Sigma will update their 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM (with an f/2 version?) and 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenses.
  • Sigma’s next DSLR will have a brand new design philosophy.
  • Sigma is not interested in developing a new mirrorless interchangeable camera for now.

Source: [PR] / [FN]

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Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

NEW RANGE OF DSLR LENSES BY SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH

Schneider-Kreuznach presents newly designed lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras at photokina 2014, the leading trade show for photography. They are the first in a new series of Schneider-Kreuznach DSLR lenses with an electronic connection to the camera.

The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera.

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All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems.

The lenses have been developed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements in combination with a continuous decrease in pixel size. “The lenses are produced in Bad Kreuznach for sophisticated users. They stand out in particular with their high image quality,” says Frithjof Spangenberg, product manager for photo imaging at Schneider-Kreuznach.

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Sigma at Photokina 2014

Sigma announced 3 lenses, 2 teleconverters, filters and a new Quattro camera, and we were able to play around with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport lens. They did not have the contemporary lens on display.

The new sport lens is built to the same standard as the 120-300 f/2.8 OS lens that Sigma released over a year ago. The focus and zoom rings are extremely smooth, and the autofocus was relatively quick on the 5D Mark III I borrowed to try the lens out with. The weight is well balanced and the lens doesn’t expand as much as I thought it would when zooming to 600mm.

There’s definitely a space in the market between the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC ($1100) and the Canon EF 600 f/4L IS ($12,000). The added reach will also sway a lot of Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS ($1700) prospective buyers over to the Sigma camp if the autofocus can perform up the standards most birders and field sport photographers demand.

I suspect the contemporary version will be priced in the $1200 range, but we’ll have to wait on the official word from Sigma.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma at Photokina 2014 | 150-600 Contemporary is on the left | Click for Larger

As you can see from the image above, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sports series lens is bulkier and longer. Sigma told us that the lens is better built for the elements, autofocus performance and optical quality. At the $1999 price tag for the sports version of the lens, Sigma should be very competitive once again from a price standpoint.

Preorder: Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 C | Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S | Sigma 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 C

Preorder: Sigma TC-1401 Teleconverter | TC-2001 Teleconverter

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Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

If you love reading reviews, Zeiss seems to have done a wonderful job of getting the new Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 in the hands of photographers for a barrage of reviews praising its quality. Below is a rundown of reviews from around the web and they all have the same running theme, and that is the lens is pretty good.

List of Reviews

Preorder the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* $4490

Source: [PR]

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