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.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon DSLRs

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon DSLRs

Carl Zeiss announced the Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE lens for Canon DSLRs (EF-mount) today. Zeiss already produces an 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* lens for Nikon F-mount and Pentax K-mount cameras.  Canon users should be pleased that Zeiss is continuing its comitment to the EF-mount.

The new ZE lens should be available Fall 2009 at an initial price of EUR 1049.00.  No official word on US prices yet; however, if it matches up with the existing Nikon and Pentax mounts, expect it to be around $1250 in the US.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] Lens

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] Lens

The Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] is made exclusively for Nikon-mount DSLRs with an internal focusing motor.  This lens is equivalent to an 26-78mm angle of view on a full frame camera.

The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens will be available in September 2009 at an initial price of approximately $650.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

You can also check availability of the coming Canon version of this lens via this link.

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

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is designed for Canon EOS DSLRs that have an APS-C format sensor (1.6x crop).  The 15-85mm range is equivalent to a 24-136mm angle of view in a 35mm or full frame camera and is a natural substitute for the Canon EF 28-135mm IS lens on the Canon 50D, Canon Rebel T1i and Canon 7D.

The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens will be available in October 2009 at an initial retail price of $799.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS News Release

The versatile focal length, extreme wide angle and stunning image quality of Canon’s new EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens makes this the ideal multipurpose wide-angle zoom lens for the photographer shooting a wedding or exotic vacation. Featuring three aspherical elements and one UD glass element for outstanding image quality, the zoom range of this lens is equivalent to 24-136mm on a full-frame camera. When coupled with Canon’s new EOS 7D DSLR, this lens provides moviemakers and videographers with a phenomenal focal range for wide-angle scenic footage and zoomed in telephoto shots.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is designed for Canon EOS DSLRs that have an APS-C format sensor (1.6x crop).  The 18-135mm range is equivalent to a 29-216mm angle of view in a 35mm or full frame camera.

The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens will be available in September 2009 at an initial retail price of $499.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Canon News Release

Canon’s new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is the perfect Image Stabilized lens for advanced photographers looking for a wide-angle zoom lens with telephoto capabilities. Featuring a compact IS unit with shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, the zoom range of this lens is equivalent to 29-216mm on a full-frame camera.