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Review: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

Review: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon

From The-Digital-Picture
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.

Says Bryan
“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 reviewZeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon at B&H Photo

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Tamron Announcement: SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 VC USD

Tamron Announcement: SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 VC USD

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)

Product Highlights

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.

Comfortable autofocus

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.

 

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC on Thursday

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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 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC

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Tamron Announcing New 150-500 Shortly? [CR1]

Tamron Announcing New 150-500 Shortly? [CR1]

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.

Source: [PR]

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Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Sample Images

Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Sample Images

Sample images
Sample images from the upcoming Sigma 24-105 f/4L DG OS Art lens have appeared over at lenstip.com.

The sample images look good to me and the $899 price tag for the lens more than justified.

View sample images here | Preorder: Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS at B&H Photo

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Tamron to Announce New Tele Zoom Next Week.

Tamron to Announce New Tele Zoom Next Week.

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.

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Source: [PR]

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Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]

Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]

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.

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Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS Art Officially Official

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS Art Officially Official

….. and one more try
Sigma has officially announced the 24-105mm f/4 DG OS Art series lens.

RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced its newest addition to the Sigma Art line of lenses for full-frame cameras, the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM.

True to its categorization as a Sigma Art lens, the new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is designed for artistic expression and top-notch image quality. This versatile lens covers the basic shooting range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. It also boasts a constant aperture of F4, and contains Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for camera shake. Moreover, it was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.

“For many years, Sigma users have been seeking a standard zoom lens in this range,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is yet another example of Sigma listening to its users and delivering new and innovative products with the highest image quality.”

Amir-Hamzeh added that this new lens combines the largest possible fixed aperture to zoom ratio that will maintain optimal integrity for many kinds of photography, including landscapes, architecture, portraiture and still-life. With a minimum focusing distance of 45cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6, this lens is also excellent for close-up photography.

High-performance glass elements, including SLD, FLD, which is equal to fluorite, and glass-molded single- and double-sided aspheric lenses have been included into the optical system to prevent aberration, field curvature, distortions and color aberration. The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens is also able to suppress chromatic aberration very effectively at the telephoto-end, and can achieve superior image quality throughout the zoom range. Unlike lenses with similar specifications, this lens overcomes low peripheral brightness. Although it is designed for full frame cameras, it also works with APS-C sensors, giving an increase to focal length.

The lens’ Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed auto focus function and enables full-time manual focusing capability. The 24-105mm is also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock allowing photographers to update its firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s recently announced Mount Conversion Service.

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Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Outed?

Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS
We have received an image possibly showing a Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS lens. As with any image from an unknown source, there’s always a possibility it’s a fake, although those are becoming more and more rare.

We had previously written that such a lens was on the horizon.

Below is what we’re told is a soon-to-be-announced Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS. We’re told an announcement should come some time in the next 6 weeks.

This lens is apparently going to be bigger and heavier than the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS. It will have an 82mm filter, weigh 885 grams (the Canon is 670g). The lens will have 19 elements in 14 groups.

I will leave you guys to debate how legit the photograph is below. To my eyes, it looks pretty good. We’ll try to confirm this with a couple of our Sigma sources.

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Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo

Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo

From B&H Photo
B&H Photo has posted a quick review by Lloyd Chambers of the highly anticipated Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon lens. People are expecting this lens to set a new standard in SLR lens performance.

Says Lloyd
“Photographers looking for the very best in imaging quality need look no further. When everything is considered, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon is without a doubt the finest lens ever produced for a 35mm SLR or DSLR (or rangefinder). It sets a new benchmark.

The Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon on a high-resolution DSLR makes a strong challenge to medium format on total imaging quality (not just resolution). Moreover, in resolution terms, the 55mm f/1.4 has ample reserves for a future 60/70/80-megapixel DSLR.”

Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon $3999 | Read Full Review

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