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.
Carl Zeiss, or just Zeiss, has presented at the Photo Plus Expo in N.Y. their third lens for CSC cameras. This lens is classified under the "Touit “series, and is known as "Touit 2.8/50M", which is Zeiss’ first macro for Fujifilm and Sony’s CSC cameras.
The version of this new device for Sony’s E mount won’t cover the 24×36 mm format of the new Alfa 7R and Alfa7, but will cover the APS-C sensors of the new NEX cameras that use the same mount, and in this case the lens will be equivalent to a focal length of 75 mm.
When used in the new Sony Alfa 7R and Alfa it will be capable of “cutting” pixels.
While we agree that saying “lomography” and “experimental” is redundant, this time our curiosity got the best of us, so we were able to spend a few days playing -this is the word that had to be used- with these new lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras .
The guys at Lomography have decided to approach the digital market timidly with three objectives which, as the name warns, are all an experiment. So don’t expect the ordinary and forget everything you’re used to, this is Lomography and they have their own rules. And here, plastic -in case anyone expected metal-made lenses- is the norm.
The experiment in question is a lens (equivalent to 24 mm), a fun-looking circular fisheye (160 degree coverage) and a more conventional standard lens (48 mm), which you can use an internal filter with (included in the kit); all of this to make you capable of producing the weirdest and most creative-looking results.
The group formed by these three objectives costs about 90 Euros, and it goes without saying that it is only suitable for long time fans of the guys at Lomography. That doesn’t me we –who aren’t exactly fans- didn’t have a great time using them.
Compatible with full-format SLR cameras, this lens is here to replace the 200-500 mm.
The reign of the veteran 200-500 mm Tamron as one of the zooms with longer focal is about to end. The company has already announced the development of a new 150-600 mm f5 -6.3 stabilized zoom, specially developed for full-format cameras, capable of offering coverage equivalent to 233-930 mm.