100-400 mm

Sony 100-400 mm lens

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Sony has introduced a new E-mount lens, the FE 100-400 mm f/4.5–5.6 GM OSS. This full-frame lens offers what the company calls “incredibly fast, precise” autofocus capabilities, a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional and custom functions.

The company says the lens produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the lens’ zoom and focus ranges. The design features 22 lens elements configured in 16 different groups, including one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two ED glass elements, all of which minimize chromatic aberration. The lens also has Sony’s Nano AR coating to reduce unwanted reflections.

The zoom also features a combination of double linear motor and a Direct Drive SSM actuator, which also ensures precise, quiet operation. The double motor system allows rapid focus lens drive acceleration, while high precision positioning control and a newly optimized AF algorithm ensure the subject is quickly found and focused on.

The lens weighs in at 1,395 grams / 49.3 ounces, making it among the lightest in its class.

The lens has a zoom torque adjustment ring allowing the user to adjust the level of torque in the ring to zoom faster or slower depending on their shooting style. There is also a focus hold button that can also be assigned to variety of functions including focus mode selection, AF area selection or the Eye AF lock feature.

The telephoto zoom lens is dust and moisture resistant as well1, and has fluorine coating on the front lens that makes it easier to remove dust or grease. There is also a removable tripod mount.

The zoom features built-in optical image stabilization, ensuring sharp images can be captured during handheld shooting. It also offers a minimum focusing range of 0.98 m / 3.22 ft, and a 9 bladed circular aperture design.

The 100-400 mm lens is compatible with both the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters.

The Sony FE 100-400 mm GM lens is scheduled to ship in July for about $3,399.

Four Sigma lenses

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sigmaSigma has announced four new lenses, three in its Art category, one in its Contemporary category: 14 mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 135 mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, 24-70 mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art, 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary.

Sigma says the 14 mm lens incorporates the same aspherical element as the company’s 12-24 mm f/4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from centre to edge, the 14 mm lens features the largest glass mold (80 mm) in the industry, notes Sigma, offering an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. The company also touts the lens’ fast and efficient AF system. Minimum focusing distance is 10.6 inches at 14 mm.

The 135 mm lens boasts outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, a new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) providing ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation, producing faster and more responsive AF. The lens is equipped with a focus limiter.

Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70 mm includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The aspherical elements use Sigma’s thicker centre glass design and highly precise polishing process. The lens boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.

The 100-400 mm Contemporary zoom lens is said to offer great IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with new OS and AF, the lens claims exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds, and also features a macro function (1:3.8 ratio), and push/pull focal zooming.

The four Sigma lenses support Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature a new electromagnetic diaphragm.

The lenses can be updated with the latest lens software from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately). The new Sigma lenses are also available for mount conversion services.

Canadian availability and pricing have not yet been announced.

Fuji XF 100-400 mm lens

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fuji 100 400The Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a weather-sealed telephoto lens with a 152-609 mm equivalent in 35 mm format. The lens has an optical construction of 21 elements in 14 groups, and includes five ED lenses and one Super ED lens to help reduce chromatic aberration. Fujifilm says it delivers the highest image quality in its class.

The lens has been designed for handheld shooting with a 5.0-stop image stabilization system and twin linear motors for speedy autofocus. This, says the company, makes it perfect for shooting fast-moving subjects.

The lens is also water and dust resistant and can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C. A fluorine coating has also been applied to the front lens element to repel water and dirt.

The lens includes a hood features a sliding window for accessing a polarizing filter and locking mechanism.

The lens is compatible with the XF1.4X TC WR teleconverter and optional lens plate MLP-75XF.

The Fujinon XF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in February for $2,149.99.

Panasonic 100-400 mm lens

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pana 100 400Panasonic has added a new telephoto lens to its Lumix G range of Micro Four Thirds system cameras. It’s the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm f/4.0-6.3 lens (200-800 mm equivalent).

The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 13 groups and incorporates a number of aspherical and extra low dispersion elements to ensure best quality and avoid flaring.

The company says the lens provides superb image rendering across the entire zoom range.

The lens also incorporates Power O.I.S. to keep unwanted shaking under control and ensure pictures look crisp and clear.

A compact, two-part tripod mount has been incorporated to enable faster conversion between landscape and portrait orientation. While turning to the 90° angle, the levers for Focus Limiting, Power O.I.S. and the manual focus switch do not move when you turn the lens.

The lens incorporates Panasonic’s high speed 240 fps AF-motor.

The company notes the lens also sports weather sealing and an integrated, hideaway hood.

The Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm lens will be available starting in March with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $2,499.99.

Panasonic 25 and 100-400 lenses

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Panasonic has announced a new Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens, the Lumix G 25 mm f/1.7 ASPH.

The company says it will be available in October, with final pricing to be announced.

Dangling a carrot in front of us, Panasonic also says it’s working on the first Leica DG 100-400 mm f/4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (equivalent: 200-800 mm) for the Micro Four Thirds system.

The company notes Leica DG lenses are designed and developed in keeping with the stringent quality certification standards set by Leica.

The new zoom is claimed to achieve exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range. It features high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision autofocus with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on the Lumix G camera. Together with the Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), the lens allows users to focus on a target quickly. In addition, the new lens is features a splash/dust-proof rugged design.

Canon 100-400 mm lens

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canon 100 400Canon says its new EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens features “significant” advancements in optical quality, image stabilization performance, and rotating-zoom-ring design. The L-series lens features weather resistance and a rugged magnesium housing.

The lens features a completely redesigned optical formula containing one fluorite and one Super UD lens element, “a combination unique to lenses in this focal range,” says the company, to help deliver sharp images with high resolution and contrast. This combination of elements helps thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, Canon advises.

The minimum focusing distance of the lens has been reduced to 3.2 ft. (0.98 m), resulting in maximum magnification of 0.31x.

While the original EF 100-400 mm was known for its push-pull zoom adjustment, the new lens uses a rotation-type zoom ring similar to the one found on the EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens, allowing for more precise adjustments, easier handling, and consistently excellent weight balance during handheld photography, says Canon.

In addition, the lens features an improved zoom torque adjustment ring that allows for the easy setting of zoom tension based on personal shooting preferences.

The EF 100-400 mm also features an inner focusing system, a powerful yet quiet Ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized auto focus (AF) algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing in various shooting situations.

The lens features three Image Stabilization (IS) modes – standard, panning, and during exposure only. The optical IS provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction, increased from 1.5 steps in the previous model. In addition, the lens features Canon’s newly developed Air Sphere Coating (ASC) which helps to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting significantly, as well as a 9-bladed circular aperture Electro-Magnetic Diaphragm.

As with all L-series lenses, the new EF 100-400 mm is highly resistant to dust and water, with excellent durability in even harsh conditions. Fluorine coating on the front and rear surfaces of the lens can repel dust particles and water droplets. It also makes smears and fingerprints easy to remove without the use of lens cleaning fluid.

Included with the lens is a new lens hood with a “cleverly placed and convenient” side window allowing the user to easily adjust specialty filters while the lens hood remains in place.

In addition, the lens is equipped with a newly designed detachable tripod mount which can be removed to reduce weight during handheld operation.

The Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $2,599.99.