Archive for the ‘Third Party Lenses’ Category
Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 ZE Mount
Zeiss is rumored to be announcing a 70-200 f/2.8 at NAB in Las Vegas next month. This would be the first zoom lens Zeiss has produced for the ZE and ZF mounts.
Expect Zeiss to also announce new Cine CP.2 lenses at NAB.
Source: [PR] via [PG]
Infinitely Wide – The new Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lens
After plenty of guessing by Carl Zeiss fans, it’s now official: the new super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens has arrived. With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography. It will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2).
Read about it on the Zeiss blog
The lens will start shipping in May 2012 for a cool $2948 USD. It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II.
It’s possible that Zeiss is going to announce a Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZF.2/ZE super wide angle lens for EF on March 16, 2012 and it would begin shipping some time in May.
No rumored street price at this time. The Leica version of the focal length costs $4600, but it is made in Germany. It’s expected the SLR version would be made in Japan for less money.
February 6th, 2012, Saitama, Japan － Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), a full-size high-speed standard zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), with resolution at the top of its class.
The price and availability of the SP 24-70mm will be announced at a later date.
- A full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in VC ( Vibration Compensation). Even when shooting in low-light conditions with a slow shutter speed to render sharpness, Tamron’s acclaimed VC allows for stable handheld camera work, to more fully enjoy the benefits of this high-speed zoom lens.
- Uses special high-grade glass in the three LD elements, three glass molded aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses, delivering top-of-the-class quality images suited to this high-grade lens. Using a rounded diaphragm, the lens achieves gorgeous blur effects. This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.
- Features Tamron proprietary USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual mechanism.
- This high-speed standard zoom lens has a wide-end focal length of 24mm that expands the photographic area.
- The lens adopts the new technology including the latest optical design, VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), all in a lighter and more compact package.
- Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens.
Tokina has announced a replacement for their hightly regarded AT-X 11-16 f/2.8 for APS-C sensors.
AT-X 116 PRO DX Ⅱ
- 11 ~ 16mm F2.8 (IF) ASPHERICAL
- Retail Price: ¥ 90,000 (tax not included with hood)
- Product photography is Nikon mount specification.
- Nikon digital (APS-C)
- Will be released in late March 2012.
- Canon digital (APS-C)
- Will be released in late July 2012.
Tokina at B&H
Below is a Google translated spec list
The newly developed SD-M (Silent Drive-Module)
Using high-quiet DC motor, sealed by the shape and integral gear reducer motor, quiet to significantly enhanced.
GMR sensor (magnetic sensor Precision)
AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX like, AT-X 116 PRO DX II to the GMR sensor mounted directly under the high-resolution focus. Focus control enables precise than the rotation detection sensor is used as a normal AF sensor control, and succeeded in accelerating the speed AF as a result.
Adoption of new coating
AT is well received generally taken to improve the multi-coating as well as X 116 PRO DX has a more smooth gradation of the shadows.
Achieved by adopting high-dimensional depiction of ultra-low dispersion glass and aspherical lens
P-aspheric lens placed in front of the group MO. Together with molded glass aspherical lens placed in the rear lens group which, while correcting the distortion, we are ideally each aberration correction. In addition, SD very close to fluorite (ultra low dispersion) glass, “FK03″ by adopting two, we aim to eliminate chromatic aberration.
Compact and good operability
The one-touch focus clutch, AF-MF transition is simply sliding the focus ring to the front side. Feeling when manual focus, reasonable torque in the sense focus ring allows precise focusing.
While a large aperture zoom F2.8, achieve a minimum focusing distance 0.3m. Effective in taking advantage of the change in perspective drawing.
In addition, the filter size is 77mm. Frequent use C-PL Filter also available.
||11 ~ 16mm
||Number of aperture blades
||13 images in 11 groups
|Angle of view
||104 ° to 82 ° (with Nikon).
|Minimum focusing distance
||Flower-shaped bayonet hood (BH-77A)
|Macro maximum magnification
||Nikon digital (APS-C) :4961607-634349
Canon digital (APS-C) :4961607-634356
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25 f/2
B&H has limited quantity of the new Zeiss Distagon 25 f/2 that was announced at the end of October.
As per most of the Zeiss lenses, it’s coming highly regarded. Here’s just one review.
Zeiss Distagon T* 25 f/2 @ B&H for $1699
Stolen at CES?
The Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro lens that was showcased at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada has gone missing.
The lens was one of 2 pre-production models believed to be in existence. If you took it, give it back. For the record, I touched it, but I left it at the Sigma booth.
Off to Sigma
The first place I wanted to head to was Sigma and checkout the new Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro lens. It’s the first 180mm f/2.8 macro lens ever produced. Sigma hasn’t yet issued an official press release on the lens. The other lenses announced by Sigma were for the mirrorless market.
The new macro lens intro | Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 & my wife.
It’s an impressive size for a macro lens. It’s larger than the Canon 180 f/3.5L by a fair margin. Especially in width. The front element is quite impressive and it weighs accordingly. The tripod collar seems extremely solid and the switches on the side are of decent quality. The fit and finish on the lens is about what you’d expect from Sigma. This is another lens that no longer has the spray on hair coating of Sigma lenses in the past.
The lens didn’t have a lens hood on, so I have no idea how much that would extend the size of this large macro lens. I’ve yet to use a macro lens that isn’t sharp, and by appearance alone, this will probably continue the trend. I only hope Sigma has used quality parts inside the lens and quality control is up to par at launch.
The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro & 5D Classic
Availability & Pricing?
The official word I received from the representatives at the Sigma booth was the price was unknown and it would begin shipping in March.
I asked about more Sigma lenses in the pipeline and received the usual “no comment” and a smile.
Sigma will be announcing new photographic products on January 10, 2012 according to their web site.
There could be new cameras, both SD and DP as well as mirrorless lenses. We were told about new DSLR lenses that could be announced in January.
Source: [Sigma] via [PR]
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens @ Adorama (Save $100)
I received word that a few lenses are on schedule to be announced in 2012.
Lots of people would welcome some updated fast wide angle primes that dont cost $1500.
- 24 f/1.8 (Full Frame)
- 35 f/1.8 (Full Frame)
- 300 f/2.8 OS
- 500 f/4.5 OS
It may have been suggested that the 500 could turn out to be an f/4, I had a hard time with translation.
I’m told a new superzoom is on schedule. Something in the 18-300 range. An updated 70-200 f/2.8 VC was mentioned as well as a new macro.