The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer – New Book

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer is a new book from photographer NK Guy.  The Lens “is a momentous handbook that demystifies optical technology, decodes arcane terminology, and provides practical tips for both amateur and professional photographers to help them make smart purchasing decisions and build the perfect lens collection.”

The Lens: A Practical Guide for the Creative Photographer retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available for $23.96 on Amazon.com.

Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC Cine Lens Announced

Samyang 85mm Cine Lens

Samyang has added a 85mm T1.5 lens to its cinema lens line-up.  The new 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC lens joins the four existing Samyang cine lenses, the 8mm, 14mm, 24mm and 35mm.

Optical construction is the same as a standard version of the 85mm lens, including the 8-blade aperture for smooth bokeh wide open. This new version, however, is designed specifically for cinematography with focus gearing and a silent aperture ring.

No word yet on price, release dates or mount options; however, past Samyang cine models have been available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

New Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Slips Out at Photokina

Sigma 300mm f:2.8

It looks like Sigma will be launching a new stabilized version of its 300mm f/2.8 lens (seen above) soon based on the lens’ appearance during a slideshow at Photokina 2012.

There are no specific details about the upcoming lens other than the name designation that appeared on a slide during an official Sigma presentation.

You can watch the full presentation in the video below. [Read more…]