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Review: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Review: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens.

At it’s current price of $669 after an instant rebate, this macro lens comes highly recommended when compared to the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS macro, which is currently retailing for $1033. Bryan does say the Canon is the better lens, but is it $400 better?

Says Bryan:
“I’ve had the Sigma 105 OS macro lens in my kit for over two years and have used it with some frequency. Some of the product images you have been seeing in the recent reviews have been captured with this lens and I have used it for many other needs. While this lens has a little room for improvement (especially with the IS system), the image quality it has reliably delivered has been excellent. I’m comfortable using the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for important macro projects that come my way.”

Read the full review | Sigma 105 f/2.8 DG OS at B&H Photo $669

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Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Price To Be Announced Around April 11, 2014

Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Price To Be Announced Around April 11, 2014

The speculation about the price of the upcoming Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens will end around April 11, 2014 according to a report at SLRLounge.

I haven’t posted the rumors about speculative price, as I have some contacts at the Canadian distributor that have assured me that the final price has not yet been decided. I can’t even begin to speculate what it might be, especially since Sigma is claiming it will be competing against the $4000 Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4. If it performs anywhere near the Zeiss and comes in at around $1000 and has autofocus, Sigma will definitely have another winner.

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Samyang Announces 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens

Samyang Announces 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens

Samyang has announced a bunch of mirrorless lenses, as well as a 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens for Canon.

Product Overview
The Canon EF mount Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens is a prime, manual focus wide-angle lens designed specifically for use with APS-C-sized image sensors. Providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 16mm and a broad 105.9° angle of view, this lens is ideally suited for interior, architectural, and landscape photography applications. One extra-low dispersion element and two aspherical elements have been incorporated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortion in order to produce sharper images. Additionally, a nano crystal anti-reflection coating system (NCS) has been applied to lens elements in order to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for improved light transmission and more contrast-rich imagery.

The price of the lens is $529 USD and will be available on March 25, 2014.

Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens for Canon at B&H Photo

Press release after the break…

From Samyang: The prototype version of the Samyang 10mm f/2.8 was first presented at Photokina 2012. Since then, intensive work to improve the lens and to achieve the highest possible optical quality while reducing its footprint. The result of this work is presented today lens Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS CS, which in terms of performance and capabilities can successfully compete with the best wide-angle designs available on the market.

Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS CS is a great tool to photograph interiors, architecture and landscapes. It offers an exceptionally wide field of view, ranging 109.5 degree and linear imaging performance. It features a wide f/2.8 aperture for shooting in low light conditions. It can therefore be successfully used in sports photography and reportage. The optical design of the lens consists of 14 elements divided into 10 groups, which include 2 AS aspherical lenses and one ED glass with a very low coefficient of dispersion. Also, the lens has gained a permanent hood to allow for its compact dimensions and to reduce weight by almost 160 grams from the prototype stage.

Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS CS is the first lens produced by Samyang Optics, which uses nano-crystalline anti-reflective coating. It is characterized by lower reflectance than the shell (U) MC, and the process of applying for a better fit to the structure of the lens surface. The benefits of using nanocrystalline coatings are: much better light transmission, greater resistance to glare and higher contrast, which positively affects the optical resolution of the lens.

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More Teasers From Samyang, Three New Lenses?

*UPDATE 2*
Apparently Samyang is not yet ready to announce their first autofocus lens this go around. So we’ll see a 10mm, 50mm and something else?

*UPDATE*
We hear a 50mm f/1.4 from Samyang is already in production and it could be a cine version or both.

Samyang posted another teaser on their Facebook page. They have what looks to be three lenses being announced this Friday. One of the lenses is said to be a manual focus 10mm f/2.8. A second lens is rumored to be their first autofocus lens and it’ll be 35mm. As for the third one? That’s still a total mystery.

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Source: [FB]

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Samyang To Announce First AF Lens This Week?

Samyang To Announce First AF Lens This Week?

Samyang announced on their Facebook page that they will be announcing a new lens on March 21, 2014.

It’s suggested by a few people that this will be Samyang’s first foray into autofocus and it will appear on a prime lens and not a zoom.

Source: [SY]

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art Gets Tested for the First Time

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art Gets Tested for the First Time

The first image tests of the upcoming and highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens have surfaced on Xitek.

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Sigma is boasting that their new 50mm lens will rival the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 for a fraction of the cost optically, and it’ll have autofocus to boot! Here’s hoping the claim is  true. Judging by this very small sampling of image quality, it’s quite possible it will be.

Source: [XT] via [PR]

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for Canon Coming in April? [CR1]

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for Canon Coming in April? [CR1]

We’ve been told by two people that the goal at Sigma is to have the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens to retailers around mid to late April of 2014. No official release date has been given to any of Sigma’s distributors as of yet.

Official pricing is expected in late March/early April along with a followup announcement with specifications, sample images and some additional marketing.

At this time the April goal is just that, a goal. There’s always a risk that ample production won’t be ready by then.

One piece of good news is that the Canon mount version of this lens will be the first to be released (along with the Sigma mount I imagine).

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Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 Pro FX Spotted

Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 Pro FX Spotted

Tokina showed off an AT-X PRO SD 24-70mm f/2.8 this past weekend at CP+ in Tokyo.

The new lens is expected until Photokina for an official announcement.

Source: [PR]

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Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

Tamron Announces Full Frame 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers.

Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron is developing a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)*1—a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF—and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.

Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an all-in-one™zoom lens.

Highlights and specifications after the break

Product Highlights

  1. State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality
    The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  2. Focus on portability – The lens is now even smaller and lighter
    In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design, which incorporates a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and PZD (Piezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, has made it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). These technologies are the fruit of Tamron’s more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  3. Advanced anti-reflection coating
    The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting to deliver sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  4. Upgraded cosmetic design – Elegant tungsten silver brand ring
    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 elegant tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  5. PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action
    The PZD (Piezo Drive)*1, a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  6. VC (Vibration Compensation)
    Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  7. Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects
    Using a circular diaphragm*4, this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field.
  8. Moisture-resistant construction for outdoor shooting
    Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.
*1 PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing-wave type ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. It delivers outstanding speed and quiet operation in the AF mode. It also provides greater flexibility in design compared with ring-type ultrasonic motors, thus contributing to reduced lens size.
*2 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary tri-axial image stabilization mechanism.
*3 The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is “28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD” without the VC designation.
*4 This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.

Specifications

Model A010
Focal Length 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°23’ – 8°15’ (for full-frame format)
52°58’ – 5°20’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 19 elements in 15 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.49m (19.3 in)
Max. Magnification Ratio 1:3.5 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.49m)
Filter Size Φ67mm
Maximum Diameter Φ74.4mm
Length*1 96mm (3.8 in)*
Weight 540g (19 oz)*
Diaphragm Blade Number 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Standard Accessory Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible Mount Canon/ Nikon/ Sony

Tamron Announces APS-C 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO

Tamron Announces APS-C 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.

Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-one™zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15X zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning plaudits throughout the world.

Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has begun developing a completely new all-in-one™ zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.

Highlights and specifications after the break

Product Highlights

  1. A further expansion of the imaging range. With a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent: 24.8mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.
    Responding to requests from consumers who wanted to be able to photograph subjects with a wider viewing angle than is possible with conventional high-power zoom lenses, Tamron has begun developing a unique lens with a minimum focal length of 16mm. At the telephoto end, the maximum focal length has been increased to an impressive 300mm. Users of this new lens can enjoy unprecedented framing flexibility by easily adjusting the angle of view using the convenient zoom ring.
  2. Superior, reliable image quality with a universal lens.
    The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in the design contributes to thorough compensation of optical aberrations. In addition, the use of the latest coating technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  3. Using a new design approach to create an ultra-compact lens.
    The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.
  4. A minimum focusing distance of just 0.39 meters supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.
    The new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 0.39 m over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. This makes it possible to get right up close to the subject of the photo to enjoy easy, stress-free macro photography.
  5. PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
    The PZD (Piezo Drive)*1, an advanced standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise AF action when the autofocus is engaged. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode has been made smoother. The new lens also features full-time manual focus, a function that was not provided by B008, making manual focusing more convenient.
  6. Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation).
    Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 mechanism is incorporated into the new lens.*3 VC reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld at long telephoto settings
  7. Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
  8. Upgraded cosmetic design.
    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 DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings, and an elegant tungsten-silver name-brand ring, etc., this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
*1 PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing-wave type ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. It delivers outstanding speed and quiet operation in the AF mode. It also provides greater flexibility in design compared with ring-type ultrasonic motors, thus contributing to reduced lens size.
*2 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary tri-axial image stabilization mechanism.
*3 The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is “16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD MACRO ” without the VC designation.

Specifications

Model B016
Focal Length 16-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 82°12’ – 5°20’
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.39m (15.3 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:2.9 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.39m)
Filter Size φ67mm
Maximum Diameter φ75mm
Length* 99.5mm (3.9 in)
Weight 540g (19 oz)
Diaphragm Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F22-40
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony