The new Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon lens is now available for Canon mount at B&H. Here’s the link.
B&H Photo has posted that the Zeiss Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 lens is now available for pre-order for the Nikon F Mount version. Here’s the link.
As is custom at B&H, when something is posted for pre-order, it generally means that stock is on the way and almost ready to ship out to customers. No word on the Canon version yet.
We have been waiting for this news since Nikon posted its new AF-S 50mm lens on its website and then removed it last week. Finally, the lens has been officially unveiled (permanently this time) and it’s got a decent price point of $220. All I can say is that it’s about time!
More details in the official press release from Nikon below. [Read more…]
If there has ever been demand for a company to produce a single lens, it’s the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8 lens. Ever since the Nikon D40 came out (with it’s lack of AF motor), Nikon users have been clamoring for something to replace the staple 50mm f/1.8D lens. Heck, I even wrote an open letter to Nikon last year pleading for this lens with a built-in AF motor.
And, finally, it appears that they have. [Read more…]
A whole lot of glass…
As of March 2011, Nikon has produced over 60 million NIKKOR lenses.
Check out Nikon’s nostalgic press statement below. [Read more…]
Lensbaby let the wraps off a new lens today – the Composer Pro.
The Lensbaby Composer Pro steps up its game with upgrades to the swivel ball and focus mechanism to make it (you guessed it) more “pro” oriented. The new focus ring is a dampened fluid ring, which (according to Lensbaby) is more akin to pro-caliber lenses from conventional lens makers. [Read more…]
Sigma has announced pricing and updates for a number of new lenses, which include the APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, the APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, the APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM, and MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM.
The previously announced 12-24mm, 120-300mm and 150mm lenses have retail price tags of $1400, $4700 and $1600, respectively. As usual with Sigma lenses, however, the street prices should be substantially lower.
The 12-24mm lens will be available in April. Initial availability at Amazon for $949.
The new 120-300mm lens will be available in February. Check availability on Amazon.com.
The new 150mm lens will be available in March. Check availability on Amazon.com.
Sigma has updated its 50-150mm f/2.8 and 105mm f/2.8 macro lens to include optical stabilization. Both lenses feature Sigma’s high-quality EX exterior and speedy hypersonic AF motor. The Sigma 105mm lens is capable of true 1:1 macro reproduction.
No word yet on pricing or availability for the new 50-150mm or 105mm lenses.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]
Refreshed versions of Canon’s popular 500mm and 600mm super-telephoto lenses will be available, respectively, in May and June 2011.
The Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM offer reduced weight and greater durability over their predecessors. The addition of two fluorite lens elements should also provide better image quality over the older lenses as well.
In addition to other features, the new lenses offer a feature aimed at HDSLR shooters, which Canon calls “Power Focus.” According to Canon, “This mode allows manual rack focusing to be operated smoothly by turning a playback ring that is normally used for the focus preset function. Both low-speed and high-speed focus shifting are available.”
All these improvements come at a price though.
Complete details and more images for the new lenses are below. [Read more…]
Canon is in the process of developing a new 200-400mm f/4L IS lens that features a built-in 1.4x extender. With the built-in extender, the lens will have a maximum focal length of 560mm.
This is great news for Canon DSLR shooters who have been clamoring for a lens equivalent to the highly-regarded Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR lens.
While Canon has not provided a release date or pricing info for the new lens, a prototype of it will be on display at CP+ in Japan this week.
Here’s a couple of photo of the new beast-of-a-lens:
You can read more about the new lens in the official press release below. [Read more…]