Note: This is labeled as a gray market lens. ebay seller GetItDigital has a positive feedback rating of 99.6% at the time of this post.
[Update: This lens is now official and is available for pre-order.]
As my wife and I were watching The People v. OJ Simpson a couple nights ago, we talked about how television programming has reached a renaissance era. The best programming ever is available today. And it’s because we have alternative platforms driving incredible content. Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and other platforms are forcing traditional cable to push the boundaries of the limited quality we’ve seen over the last three decades.
In a very similar vein, Sigma and other third-party lens manufacturers are holding the traditional guards’ feet to the fire with amazing new lenses. It’s like we’re hitting a lens renaissance now that the digital era is maturing and the market is moving up stream to the enthusiast and pro niches. And now that next crazy lens is almost here… [Read more…]
There are a number of big instate rebates available now for Fuji’s X-Series cameras and lenses ranging from $100 to $400 off regular prices. Check them all out here at B&H Photo.
The Canon USA online store has some great deals this month on loads of refurbished lenses. It’s worth mentioning that refurbished lenses purchased from Canon USA come with a 1-year Canon warranty. Check out what’s currently in stock below. [Read more…]
Along with the killer new Sony A6300 announced today, Sony also introduced its new flagship G Master line of lenses with full frame coverage on Sony E-mount cameras. The new lenses include:
- FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM ($2200)
- FE 85mm f/1.4 GM ($1800)
- FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS (price TBD)
- 1.4x Teleconverter – SEL14TC (price TBD)
- 2x Teleconverter – SEL20TC (price TBD)
This new trio looks like the perfect start for premium professional lenses on the Sony A7 Series. At least for the specs, the lenses appear to compete with professional lenses from Canon and Nikon.
The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 features a 9-blade aperture, while both the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lenses feature an 11-blade aperture. The teleconverters are limited to compatibility with the 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens for now; however, I expect that compatibility to grow as Sony expands its G Master product line.
The FE 24-70mm f/2.8 and FE 85mm f/1.4 lenses will be available in March, while the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and the teleconverters will ship in May. Check out the close-up photos and press release below. [Read more…]