Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens and TC-20E III Teleconverter

Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

Nikon has announced the AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens and TC-20E III teleconverter.  The new AF-S 300mm lens features Nikon’s VR II image stabilization and Tripod Detection Mode, which detects and compensates for tripod-specific vibrations.  The new lens also features three Extra-low Dispersion glass elements for superior image quality and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor.  The TC-20E III teleconverter is a 2x focal length converter and uses an aspherical element to reduce aberrations.

The AF-S 300mm f/2.8 lens will be available in January 2010 at an initial retail price of $5899.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The TC-20E III will be available in January 2010 at an initial retail price of $499.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma has announced the 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma mounts.  The addition of optical stabilization and HSM focus motor will make the new 17-70mm an attractive carry-around lens for crop-sensor DSLRs.

No word on price or release date yet.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Announced

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR is a new lens for Nikon DX-sensor cameras like the D300s, D5000 and D3000.  The new 85mm lens should be available in December 2009 at an initial retail price of $529.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Olympus E-P1 and Lens Firmware Update

Olympus E-P1

Olympus has released a firmware update for the E-P1 Micro Four Thirds camera, along with updates for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 17mm f/2.8 lenses.

The firmware update for the E-P1 is described as providing improved operation when using the C-AF, which is something that I found to function quite poorly in the Olympus E-P1 Review.  The firmware updates for the lenses are described as providing improved AF operation.

You can download the updates on the Olympus Japan website.