Canon has just announced an interesting new macro lens. The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM lens is the first macro lens for the EOS M camera system and also the first to feature a built-in Macro Lite flash around the front lens element. [Read more…]
Lensbaby has been teasing a new lens on its Facebook page over the past few days building up to the official launch next week on April 7. Previously, Lensbaby had been rumored to launch a 55mm f/1.6 lens in early April. Now, Lensbaby has confirmed that the lens is an f/1.6 aperture lens. See the three teaser images released thus far below. [Read more…]
Fuji has announced two new Macro Extension Tubes for its X-Series cameras. The new extension tubes are the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 feature electronic contacts to maintain normal AE functions and blend in with the overall X-Series aesthetics.
The new extension tubes should be available mid-December for $99.95. You should be able to find them soon here at B&H Photo.
B&H has a couple of Vello extension tube kits (includes 31mm, 21mm and 13mm tubes) in both Canon and Nikon kits for only $55.
If you aren’t familiar with extension tubes, they are mounted between you camera body and lens. This shortens the minimum focus distance and essentially turns all of your current lenses into macro lenses. These are a great and affordable option for trying your hand at macro photography without the need to invest a lot into a dedicated macro lens.
I’ve used a set of Kenko extension tubes for years. The great thing about these (as well as the Vello tubes that B&H has) is that they will transmit AF info between the body and lens, which means you don’t have to use manual focus if you don’t want to.
At $55, these Vello extension tubes look like a real steal. Note, however, that his is a 20% off sale that looks like it will end on March 22. Still, the $68 normal asking price should be well worth it.
Check out the Vello extension tubes here at B&H Photo.
It also appears to be in stock in the Sony mount option here at Adorama. Note that the Sony version does not include Optical Stabilization due to the built-in stabilization in Sony Alpha cameras; however, Sigma still prices the Sony mount version at the same price of the other OS versions.
Samy’s Camera has product pages and pre-orders listed for the Olympus E-PL5 and E-PM2, as well as new lenses with US pricing info confirmed.
The Olympus E-PM2 with 14-42mm kit lens is priced at $599 (link). The E-PL5 with 14-42mm kit lens is priced at $699 (link). As previously reported, both new cameras will sport a 16.05MP Live MOS sensor (apparently the same one used in the OM-D EM-5).
Expect official announcements on these products to hit tomorrow.