Another Nikon lens review today? So it is! Nikon has done a major renovation on its standard lenses this year and the super telephoto lenses have not been left behind with the Nikkor 200-500mm f / 5.6E ED VR. We will review its features, but before this, do you remember what a telephoto lens is? If you know, you can imagine what the function of a super telephoto lens is and you can skip the following explanation.
The general functions of a super telephoto lens and the Nikkor 200-500mm f / 5.6E
A telephoto lens is perfect for taking photos of elements that are far from the photographer. Thanks to its aperture and depth of field, telephoto lenses simulate a blurred background to give a better focal point to a central element. (more…)
Sigma announced the new Sigma 24-35 mm lens f/ 2 DG HSM Art, for 24×36 mm format, the first of its kind with brightness and focus range.
The Sigma 24-35 mm f / 2 DG HSM Art is indeed the only angle zoom f/2 lens line that follows an optical schematic of 13 groups from 18 lenses, seven of which are made of SLD optical glass of super-low chromatic dispersion, two of them non-spherical, while a lens uses the famous FLD optical glass invented by Sigma, as its features are equivalent to fluorite glass, but without the drawbacks. As for the non-spherical lenses, some of them are of a particularly large diameter, which required special production techniques.
The idea of Sigma engineers was to create a zoom lens whose optical quality was the same of the best fixed focal lenses, which covers -24 mm, 28 mm and 35 mm, a zoom that contravenes the concept of commitment associated with that type of optical lenses.
In the photographic life of an amateur, choosing a good lens is a very important moment, but it can be a stressful process. All photographers who begin to take firm steps into the world of digital photography go through this confusion with their SLR camera.
That is why, as a guide, I have been presenting to you the best lenses, brand by brand, for your SLR camera. It has been Nikon’s turn, then Canon, and now it’s Sony’s turn.
In the article below you’ll find a lens for each situation, a small gallery of photos taken with each of them and even opinions of colleagues who have already experimented with these and have decided to share their insights and experiences.
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.