Nikon AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Unveiled

Nikkor-AF-S-18–140mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-DX-VR-lens

Nikon has officially unveiled the new AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens. It offers a 7.8x zoom range and is designed for DX cameras.

The built-in Vibration Reduction is rated to four stops of image stabilization. The new lens features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor and should ship later this month for $599.95. Check availability here at B&H Photo and here at Adorama.

Sigma to Launch New Mount Conversion Service

Sigma Lenses at CES 2013-5

Sigma is launching a new mount conversion service for its line of Sport, Contemporary and Art lenses. The service will allow customers to have lens mounts converted to/from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma mounts. Current eligible lenses include the 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS Sport (shown above), the 35mm f/1.4 DG Art and the 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS Macro Contemporary, among others. Additionally, Sigma lenses for mirrorless cameras can be converted between Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount options.

The mount conversion service will launch on September 2, and will range in cost from $80 to $250, plus shipping. Mount conversion requests will be taken at your local Sigma subsidiary. US customers should visit Sigma’s US website for conversion requests.

In addition to the new mount conversion service, Sigma is also extending the warranty of all cameras, lenses and flashes purchased after July 1, 2013 – to 4 years.

Samyang 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens Announced

Samyang 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens

Samyang has announced a new cine lens based on its 16mm f/2 lens, which will feature geared focus and aperture rings for smooth control using follow focus systems. The Samyang V-DSLR 16mm T2.2 ED AS UMC CS lens should arrive in early September for most DSLR and mirrorless mounts with APS-C or smaller sensors.

Retail price will be EUR 419. No word on US pricing yet; however, based on the price of other Samyang cine lenses, I would guess it will be in the $500-$550 range.