Lensbaby Composer Pro Launched

Lensbaby let the wraps off a new lens today – the Composer Pro.

The Lensbaby Composer Pro steps up its game with upgrades to the swivel ball and focus mechanism to make it (you guessed it) more “pro” oriented.  The new focus ring is a dampened fluid ring, which (according to Lensbaby) is more akin to pro-caliber lenses from conventional lens makers. [Read more…]


New Canon Lenses Availiability Postponed

Canon has released a statement in which it apologizes for the postponement of recently announced lenses.  The EF 8-15mm f/4L, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II were all scheduled to be released in March 2011.

However, the recent earthquake in Japan caused damage to its manufacturing plants and, as a result, the availability of these lenses is currently unknown.  Canon stated that it will provide an update on the availability of these lenses once that date becomes clear.  Note that B&H Photo has listed an approximate availability date of May for the 8-15mm and 400mm lenses (see above links).

[via Canon]

Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic

Lensbaby has taken the wraps off of its new Sweet 35 Optic, which works in conjunction with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System.  As the name implies, the Sweet 35 Optic is a 35mm lens and features a 12-blade adjustable aperture.  The aperture controls is manually adjustable between f/2.5 and f/22 by rotating the front dial on the Sweet 35 Optic unit.

The Sweet 35 Optic is available for $180 from B&H Photo and Amazon.

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

2011 Samsung NX Series Lens Line Up Unveiled

Samsung has unveiled its plans for five new lenses for its NX system to be available later this year.  All of the new lenses will be i-Function lenses and will be staggered in their release beginning in May.  The new lenses are as follows:

  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 ED OIS (available in May)
  • 16mm f/2.4 (available in July)
  • 60mm f/2.8 Macro ED OIS SSA (available in August)
  • 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA (available in October)
  • 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 OIS (available in December)

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

Pentax Announces Silver K-5 DSLR and Lenses

Pentax has announced a limited edition of its K-5 DSLR, along with three prime lenses: (1)  the DA 12mm f/3.2 AL; (2) the DA 40mm f/2.8 and (3) the DA 70mm f/2.4.

The limited edition Pentax K-5 has a silver body and a revised grip.  It will cost $1700 for the body only and should be available in April.

Pentax has not provided info on the availability or pricing for the limited edition lenses (also silver in color) other than that they are TBA.