Years in the making, the Canon 5D Mark IV is finally official and ships in a couple weeks (September 8 to be exact). If you’ve been following the rumor mill, there isn’t really much of a surprise here. It has everything we’ve expected and looks pretty good across the board. [Read more…]
Nikon has announced the new AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED lens for $2199. The lens is FX mount with internal focusing with manual override and a rounded 9-blade diaphragm.
As you would expect from a lens of this caliber, it has three extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to minimize flare. It has a minimum focus distance of 3.3′. This should be a killer portrait lens for full frame Nikon cameras.
The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED lens should be available in August. You can pre-order it now here at B&H Photo.
The new Leica M-D is a 24MP full frame digital camera with no LCD screen. Leica released a limited edition model with no LCD a couple years ago; however, this is the first serial production Leica digital rangerfinder without a display. [Read more…]
The new 50mm f/1.8 lens isn’t quite in the “nifty fifty” price range of others, but it still isn’t too expensive at just $248. It has a 7-blade aperture and a nice, large manual focus ring for better control. It also features a 49mm filter thread. The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 lens will ship in May 2016 and is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.
The new 70-300mm lens adds to Sony’s G line and features built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, two ED glass elements, four aspherical elements and a Nano AR coating to reduce ghosting and flare. It also features a 9-blade circular aperture and a 72mm filter thread. It has a minimum focusing distance of 3′ and a focus limiter for faster AF when shooting beyond three meters.
Priced at $1198, the Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G OSS lens will ship in May 2016 and is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.
The Pentax K-1 has finally been officially announced. The full frame camera has been a long-awaited model by the Pentax faithful going back for many years of hopes and rumors.
The Pentax K-1 features a 36.4MP full frame CMOS sensor with in-body 5-axis image stabilization and captures 1080/30p video. [Read more…]
Along with the killer new Sony A6300 announced today, Sony also introduced its new flagship G Master line of lenses with full frame coverage on Sony E-mount cameras. The new lenses include:
- FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM ($2200)
- FE 85mm f/1.4 GM ($1800)
- FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS (price TBD)
- 1.4x Teleconverter – SEL14TC (price TBD)
- 2x Teleconverter – SEL20TC (price TBD)
This new trio looks like the perfect start for premium professional lenses on the Sony A7 Series. At least for the specs, the lenses appear to compete with professional lenses from Canon and Nikon.
The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 features a 9-blade aperture, while both the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses feature an 11-blade aperture. The teleconverters are limited to compatibility with the 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens for now; however, I expect that compatibility to grow as Sony expands its G Master product line.
The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 and FE 85mm f/1.4 lenses will be available in March, while the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and the teleconverters will ship in May. Check out the close-up photos and press release below. [Read more…]