Cannon features a wide range of high end lens for their most advanced cameras, although their mounting is the same as the amateur’s models. L Series is the top ends lens of the japanese brand and has just welcome a new zoom, but rather it’s an update of an existent model. The new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is an update of the zoom lens that we already knew, but with some novelties that focus on improving the image quality. Is a professional lens intended to specific situations, as sports or nature photography, two areas where we are compelled to shot from quite long distances. The design has been maximum compacted to ease its portability an also there has been introduced improvements focused on a more fluent handling. We tell the details of this new Canon L Series zoom lens.
After several days of speculations about Samyang’s new lens, the rumors have finally been confirmed: the South Korean manufacturer has announced the launch of a new Samyang film lens—the 50mm V-DSLR T1.5 AS UMC—to be officially presented at the Photokina 2014 fair in Cologne, Germany.
This new lens will allow photographers as well as filmmakers to take advantage of a focal distance between the company’s 35mm and 85mm lenses, given that, in addition to the T1.5 for film, the f/1.4 photo lens will be launched simultaneously. Thus, we have a range of light lenses with an exceptionally broad focal range that meet the expectations of its most demanding users.
Of course, its excellent brightness value (T1.5 for film, f/1.4 for photos) makes it an ideal tool for low-light conditions, assuring great image quality and a smaller depth of field. The lens has been designed for cameras and camcorders with a 24x35mm or smaller sensor and has a 46.2-degree field of view.
Nikon just finished announcing the launch of a new tele-zoom for full frame; the AF-S NIKKOR 400 mm. f/2.8E FL ED VR, a zoom oriented towards the professional sector.
The main characteristics of this model are related to trying to offer a better focus thanks to a diaphragm type Iris (from it comes the “E”, f/2. 8E), besides being almost a kilo lighter than the previous 400mm. f/2.8. Let’s remember it includes a stabilizer VR Sport, specifically designed for workings on action scenes.
MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AF-S NIKKOR 400 mm. f/2.8E FL ED VR
Fluorite elements fluorites in the construction of the zoom have helped to reduce the weight of the tele zoom; it weighs only 3800 g. (approximately), resulting in a lighter zoom than its predecessor. Among the ergonomic improvements are the bearings that permit a soft change in between the horizontal direction and the vertical, affected on the ring of the tripod.
Anamorphic lenses have stayed in the analog photography world. Nowadays they are not in use due to their high price tag and used exclusively for cinematography with 35 mm film. However, if you were to find one, this lens would create surprising images.
Anamorphic lenses have been used for the production of cinematographic works and thanks to them the famous Panavision was created; this was a technique that was previously declared to be useful “only for filming coffins and snakes”. This film system allowed filming panoramic cinematographic works without wasting the negative film of 35 mm during filming.
We have been testing one of the best lenses from Canon: the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. We also had the chance to try it with the Canon EOS 1D-X and a 128GB SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card, which we reviewed a few days ago.
This proved to be one of the most powerful combination of components and devices, especially if you’re into action photography. Instead of doing a “traditional” test, today we tested this set of components in a rugby match.
Fujifilm has officially presented the TCL-X100, a Teleconverter lens that will be available in May. As we mentioned a couple of months ago, this teleconverter lens multiplies the focal length of the lens of the X100 and X100S by 1.4, going from 23mm (equivalent to 35mm in full format) to 33mm (equivalent to about 50mm).
The TCL-X100 and the WCL-X100 allows users to enjoy much higher focal lengths without changing lenses or getting new ones.
Although using these devices often means negatively affecting the image quality, Fujifilm ensures this won’t be the case. The TCL-X100 features four optical glass elements with anti-reflective coating to reduce aberrations. The latest updates of the Fuji X100 (version 2.10) and Fuji X100S firmware (version 1.20) are prepared to work with this device.
Panasonic introduces the new Lumix GH4, a camera designed for professional users based on the Micro Four Thirds technology. The new GH4 features the latest technologies, and its interchangeable lens offers excellent image quality, exceeding even its predecessor, the GH3. The new Panasonic Lumix GH4 evolves in performance, durability and performance to meet the needs of the most demanding users. It is the world’s first camera that can record 4K video (4096×2160 video at 24 fps and 3840×2160 video at 30 fps) in MOV or MP4 format. The user can record full HD videos with a bitrate of 200 Mb per second or at 100 Mbps for an unlimited time.
Panasonic Lumix GH4
The new camera can also shoot in RAW format, and you can even edit them from the camera itself. This new model features Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Also, with the Panasonic Image App, you can control the camera via a Smartphone or a Tablet. The user can remotely adjust the shutter speed, exposure or aperture, among many other parameters.
Panasonic has presented the new Leica DG Summilux 15mm/F1.7 ASPH designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras from Panasonic. This fixed lens can greatly improve the image quality of any camera.
Many manufacturers have been presenting highly luminous lenses. There’s no point in having an excellent sensor if you don’t have an excellent lens like Leica DG Summilux 15mm / F1.7 ASPH, for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Samyang has been announcing new lenses for a couple of days. Rumors talked about the arrival of new lens with autofocus, but the rumors were wrong. What the Asian manufacturer has done is inform about the availability of the Samyang 10mm f/2.8, announced on December last year. They also presented three new objectives: the Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC FISH-EYE II, Samyang 8mm T3.1 V-DSLR UMC Fish-eye II and Samyang 12mm 1:2.0 NCS CS. Remember that this brand is also marketed under the name Rokinon or Bower depending on the country.
The Samyang 10mm 1:2.8 ED AS CS NCS is the first lens that features Samyang’s anti-glare nanocrystal coating system, superior to the UMC technology used up until now. It is a wide-angle lens with a wide aperture and the manufacturer has described it as ideal for landscape architecture and indoor photography. It will hit the market on April for the following mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX and Sony E and micro four thirds systems. It will cost approximately $529.
As you may recall, last week we published a post in which we anticipated the possible specifications of the upcoming Nikon mirrorless camera, model 1 V3, which, will likely replace the current Nikon 1
The news this time is that the Japanese company has patented the optical architecture of a new telephoto lens designed for a camera equipped with a 1-inch sensor, which will possibly be the Nikon 1 V3 we talked about.
This new target is presumably intended to complement the Nikkor 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR PD that looks like it could go with the new compact system camera. Its focal range is 70-300 mm (190-810mm equivalent in 35 mm) with an f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture.
In addition, the company said they will use an advanced optics architecture with nanoparticles used in other Nikkor lenses. Nikon will probably present it this month, so maybe they will release their new CSC and the two above objectives together.