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Sony full-frame lenses

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Sony has announced two new additions to its full-frame E-mount lens lineup, the FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM and the FE 12-24 mm f/4 G.

The 16-35 mm zoom is the first wide-angle G Master model, and features exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness, says the company, with an optical design that includes five aspherical elements, two of which are Sony’s original XA (extreme aspherical) elements that reduce aberration and deliver the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom and aperture range, it notes. The front XA element is the largest XA element ever produced, Sony claims. Additionally, two ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution, and Sony’s Nano AR coating suppresses internal reflections to ensure excellent image contrast and clarity.

The lens features a near circular aperture shape at all settings, producing images with sharply focused subjects and beautifully defocused backgrounds or “bokeh.” It also has two DDSSMs (Direct Drive SSM) that compose a floating focusing system and ensure that AF acquisition is speedy and quiet.

The 16-35 mm lens is also dust and moisture resistant, has a fluorine coating on the front lens that helps to both prevent dust or grease marks and remove them easily if they do become a trouble.  There is also a customizable focus hold button and a hood release button.

The 12-24 mm lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, notes Sony. weighing in at approximately 20 oz.

The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element to minimize chromatic aberration throughout the entire image. The lens also includes Sony’s Nano AR coating.

The 12-24 mm lens includes a DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch.  It is also dust and moisture resistant.

The Sony FE 16-35 mm f/2.8 GM will ship this August and will be sold for about $3,000.

The FE 12-24 mm f/4 G will ship this July and sell for about $2,300.

Two Canon L-series zoom lenses

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16-35 mm

Canon has introduced two new L-series EF lenses, the Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom and EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom. Canon says both offer “fantastic” edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane, as well as improved durability and performance.

24-105 mm
24-105 mm

The 16-35 mm lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant.

The 24-105 mm lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating.

The Canon EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,849.99 and the EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,449.99.

Sony/Zeiss zooms

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16-35 mm

Sony has announced two new high-performance Zeiss zoom lenses for its alpha mount system.

Designed for pros and photo enthusiasts, the new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II deliver significant improvements in image quality, ghost reduction and AF performance over their predecessors and add a rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design.

The new lenses feature enhanced AF capabilities, delivering approximately 4x the subject tracking speed of their predecessors thanks to their SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system and faster, more powerful processing in the lens LSI.

24-70 mm
24-70 mm

Additionally, the lenses offer an enhanced Zeiss T* coating on optical surfaces that minimizes ghosting and flare combined with aspherical and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements that suppress aberration and minimize distortion.

The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II will be available in June for about $2549.99 and $2699.99, respectively.

Sony Zeiss 16-35 mm lens

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sony 1635 zeissThe Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm f/4 ZA OSS lens has been developed for the E-mount system. Sony says the lens features an uncompromising optical design with five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements.

This, says the company, ensures outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and minimizing colour aberration.

It features T* coating on its optical surfaces which minimizes flare and ghosting and boosts contrast, clarity and depth with landscape shots and strongly backlit scenes.

The lens is equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and is dust and moisture resistant.

The Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame lens will be available in November.

Canon wide-angle zooms

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Canon has added two new wide-angle lenses to its lineup, the new Canon EF 16-35 mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. The 16-35 is the first L-series wide-angle zoom lens equipped with image stabilization. The 10-18 is touted as an affordable option for entry-level DSLR users.

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16-35 mm

The 16-35 mm lens offers an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, and a CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning.

The 16-35 mm lens features newly developed, high quality Canon optics that incorporate three GMo (Glass-Molded) aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, which help improve image quality by correcting aberrations, says the company. Two additional UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from edge to edge throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast.

The lens also features enhanced fluorine lens coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces to repel dust particles and help ensure superb colour balance while minimizing ghosting, notes Canon.

The inner focusing and ring USM offer silent, fast and accurate autofocusing. Full-time manual focus adjustment is available in autofocus (AF) mode.

A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.

A new compact four-group zoom system provides a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 m/11 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.23x at the telephoto end for outstanding performance.

10-18 mm
10-18 mm

Created to be a companion lens for EOS cameras with APS-C size image sensors, the 10-18 mm lens expands Canon’s line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses.

The 10-18 mm lens features a compact and lightweight design with an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed steps, enabling handheld shooting in low light. The lens’ stepping motor and newly designed focus mechanism are said to be ideal for Canon EOS Movie Servo AF (available on EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i and EOS Rebel SL1 cameras) to provide smooth, quiet and continuous autofocusing during video shooting, as well as when taking photos.

The 10-18 mm lens features one UD lens element to help reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. It also features enhanced multi-layer lens coatings to help ensure superb colour balance while minimizing ghosting and flare, while a seven-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.

Compared to the EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide-angle lens, the new 10-18 mm lens is nearly 20 percent smaller and 38 percent lighter.

The compact four-group zoom optical system provides a maximum magnification of 0.15x at the telephoto end. (Canon notes having the new 10-18 mm lens plus current EF-S 18-55 mm IS and EF-S 55-250 mm IS STM lenses in your camera bag would cover just about all the bases.)

The Canon EF 16-35 mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $1,319.99 and $359.99, respectively.