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Tamron 24-70 mm lens

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A 24-70 mm lens offers probably one of the most versatile zoom ranges, a put-it-on-the-camera-and-leave-it range. So here comes Tamron with its new SP 24-70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The constant f/2.8 aperture makes it even more interesting.

The lens features Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) to provide rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class, says the company (CIPA level of 5 stops).

The use of specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) for the lens element are said to assure superior colour reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron’s nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall optical performance of the lens, Tamron notes. Additionally, the lens provides the added conveniences of protective fluorine coating, moisture-resistant construction and a locking lens hood.

The lens’ optical construction consists of 17 elements in 12 groups using two XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, three LD (Low Dispersion) elements, three GM (Glass-Molded aspherical), and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they are claimed to minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.

The lens is equipped with Tamron’s VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, says Tamron, ensuring the highest vibration compensation ability in the class.
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses.

The Tamron SP 24-70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts. Nikon mount will be available in August, the Canon mount in September.


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.

Sony G Master lenses

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sony GM lensesSony has announced its flagship G Master brand of interchangeable lenses. Three full-frame lenses lead the way, a 24-70 mm f/2.8, an 85 mm f/1.4 prime, and a 70-200 mm f/2.8.

The company says these lenses represent “the ultimate blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh,” and feature innovative optical element technology, design and calibration.

24-70 mm
24-70 mm

The FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM is built with three aspherical elements including a newly developed, extremely precise XA (extreme aspherical) element that reduces aberration and delivers the ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range, as well as from corner to corner of all image files, says Sony. Additionally, an ED (Extra-low-Dispersion) glass element and Super ED glass element keep chromatic aberration to a minimum while maximizing resolution and bokeh without any unnatural colouration.

The lens features a 9-bladed aperture that maintains a near circular shape at all settings and is coated with Sony’s Nano AR coating to suppress reflections and ensure spectacular contrast and clarity.

The lens has a direct drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) focusing system featuring a new set of algorithms that position the lens elements quickly and accurately. The motor is claimed to be smooth and quiet.

The lens is dust and moisture resistant and features a compact, streamlined design that includes an AF/MF switch as well as focus hold, zoom lock and hood release buttons.

There are two new matching filters for the lens, the VF-82MP MC protector and VF-82CPAM Circular PL filter.

85 mm
85 mm

Designed as the ultimate portrait lens, the FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM lens features a new XA element as well as three ED glass elements that work together to ensure in-focus areas are captured in extremely high resolution while the surrounding out-of-focus areas dissolve smoothly into a beautiful soft backdrop, notes the company. It has a circular aperture with 11 blades.  Externally, the lens has Nano AR Coating to help reduce flare and ghosting, even with backlit subjects.

The lens includes a ring drive SSM motor system that is said to provide ample power and speed to drive the lens’ large, heavy focus group. It’s also equipped with two position sensors to support flawless focus control of the large, heavy lens elements.

This new professional portrait lens is dust and moisture resistant and also has an aperture ring with on/off switchable click stops that can be adjusted based on whether a user is shooting still images or movies.  It also has an AF / MF switch and a focus hold button.

The FE 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM OSS is said to offer extremely high rendering, AF performance and image stabilization.

The new flagship telephoto zoom model is claimed to deliver extraordinary sharpness and clarity throughout the entire zoom range thanks to three advanced lens elements including XA, Super ED and ED glass components, as well as Nano AR coating.

The 70-200 mm lens features a floating focusing system – a first for an alpha zoom – delivering a minimum focusing distance of 0.96 m and ensuring AF performance is optimized during both still and video shooting. The lens includes an SSM (Super Sonic Motor) plus dual linear motors that work together to move large lens elements quickly – a task requiring a high level of drive control to ensure focus accuracy, explains the company.

The new model also has built in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for capturing sharp, blur-free subjects at all focal lengths and a rotating tripod mount that allows the camera to be quickly removed from a connected tripod.

The lens is dust and moisture resistant with an additional fluorine coating added to the front lens. It also has a focus hold button as well as a focal range limiter.

Sony has also announced new compact 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for the 70-200 mm lens.

The Sony FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM and 85 mm f/1.4 GM lenses will be available in March for about $2,900 and $2,400, respectively.

The 70-200 mm f/2.8 GM and its compatible 1.4x and 2x teleconverters will be available in May, with pricing to be announced.

Pentax 24-70 mm lens

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pentax 24 70A new Pentax 24-70 mm K-mount lens should be arriving at your favourite retailer’s store next month. The HD Pentax-D FA 24-70 mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR lens, as it is officially known, offers a weather-resistant design and constant maximum aperture.

The new lens is compatible with full-frame, 35 mm image sensors, making it usable with both current and future-model Pentax DSLRs. [Interestingly, the company has teased the arrival of a new full-frame model next spring.]

With current K-series APS-C bodies, the lens effectively covers the 37-107 mm range.

By incorporating three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) optical elements and four aspherical optical elements, the lens assures sufficient light levels even at the edges of the image field, and compensates for various aberrations to deliver fine-detailed images, rich in contrast and resolution, says the company. All elements are treated with a high-grade, multi-layer High-Definition (HD) coating that enables higher light transmittance and less reflection than conventional multi-layer coatings, providing high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight.

Weather-resistant construction with customized seals effectively prevents water intrusion into the lens interior. When paired with a weather-resistant Pentax DSLR camera body, it is said to withstand rain, mist or snow, as well as splashed water and spray.

Other noteworthy features include a built-in Supersonic Direct-drive Motor (SDM) that provides quiet, high-speed autofocus (AF) operation; the Quick-Shift Focus system, which allows the user to instantly switch to manual-focus operation after the subject is captured in focus by the camera’s AF system for fine tuning; and a zoom lock lever to prevent the accidental extension of the lens barrel when pointed downwards.

Three Nikon lenses

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24-70 mm

Hard on the heels of Nikon’s July announcement of three new lenses, along come three more lenses – a refined popular favourite, a lighter super-telephoto zoom and a fast wide-angle prime – all aimed at enthusiasts and pros.

The AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR is an evolutionary product, says the company, with improved versatility and image quality.

The lightweight AF-S Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR kicks out to 750 mm when used on a DX camera.

The AF-S Nikkor 24 mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses.

The new 24-70 improves upon its predecessor in nearly every aspect, says Nikon, adding the best Nikon lens technologies, including Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization with up to four stops of image stabilization. Tripod Mode helps banish blur for landscape shooters.

The 24-70 uses Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images. A first for Nikkor lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a new level of optical precision, the company says. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat also further reduces instances of ghosting and flare.

The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality while retaining the overall balance and handling of its predecessor. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh.

Additionally, the lens features a new filter diameter of 82 mm.

200-500 mm
200-500 mm

The new 200-500 mm lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. Additionally, the lens lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range.

The zoom weighs 2300 g (5 lbs 1.2 oz.) including the tripod collar, which Nikon suggests makes it easy to hand-hold for extended periods. Nikon also notes the availability of optional Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series teleconverters.

The 200-500’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus.

The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95 mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95 mm NC (Neutral Colour) and 95 mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.

24 mm
24 mm

The 24 mm f/1.8G ED is both lightweight and affordable, says Nikon. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers creamy bokeh and excellent low-light ability.

The new lens provides “amazing” image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.

The AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,799.95. The AF-S Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for an MSRP of $1,649.95. The AF-S Nikkor 24 mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for an MSRP of $879.95.

Sony/Zeiss zooms

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16-35 mm
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.

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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 lenses

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Carl Zeiss 24-70 mm

Sony has five new full-frame E-mount lenses, an A-mount lens, and a set of mount adapters designed to complement its new A7R and A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras [see above].

The new lens line-up features three advanced models from Carl Zeiss including two prime lenses – a Sonnar T* 55 mm f/1.8 ZA and Sonnar T* 35 mm f/2.8 ZA model – as well as a Vario Tessar T* 24-70 mm F4 ZA OSS mid-range zoom.

Additionally, there is a Sony 28-70 mm f/3.5-F5.6 OSS zoom lens and two premium zoom lenses from G Lens – a 70-200 mm f/4 telephoto zoom for E-mount and a 70-200 mm f/4 telephoto zoom for A-mount.

Carl Zeiss 55 mm
Carl Zeiss 55 mm

In addition to the A7 and A7R full-frame cameras, the new lenses fit any of the existing E-mount cameras.

The new LA-EA4 mount adapter adds compatibility for Sony’s existing line of A-mount lenses as well as the focusing speed and power of Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology to the new A7 and A7R cameras.

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70 mm lens features Optical SteadyShot and is designed with five aspherical elements with one ED glass element. Unique to Carl Zeiss, it also features T* coating on optical surfaces which cuts glare and internal reflections to boost contrast.

The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35 mm lens weighs 120g, is also dust- and moisture-resistant, and has Carl Zeiss T* coating for reducing glare and higher contrast and detail in images.

The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55 mm lens has a nine-bladed circular aperture, is dust and moisture resistant and has Carl Zeiss T* coating.

Sony 28-70 mm
Sony 28-70 mm

The Sony 28-70 mm will be paired as the kit lens for the new full-frame A7 camera. The lens features Optical SteadyShot and an advanced optical design with three aspherical elements and one ED glass element, which minimizes aberration and also minimizes size and weight. It is also dust- and moisture-resistant.

The premium 70-200 mm G Lens has two ED glass elements combined with three aspherical elements for high resolution and contrast throughout the entire zoom range, minimizing distortion and colour aberration, says Sony. It has a circular aperture and features Optical SteadyShot to cut the effects of camera shake while shooting.

Sony G 70-200 mm
Sony G 70-200 mm

The evolved ‘Mark 2’ version of the 70-200 mm G lens is approximately four times faster than the preceding model, offers quiet autofocus with improved AF tracking of moving subjects compared with its predecessor. Optical performance is further enhanced with addition of Sony’s Nano AR Coating that suppresses internal reflections for outstanding clarity contrast.

The LA-EA4 is an adapter for E-mount cameras that is compatible with Sony’s entire range of A-mount lenses – APS-C to full-frame. The adapter is equipped with Translucent Mirror Technology, adding extremely fast, accurate phase detection autofocus to any compatible A-mount lens (SAM or SSM) attached to an E-mount camera. This allows for fast moving subjects in focus at all times.

Mount adapter
Mount adapter

Also available, the LA-EA3 mount adapter lets photographers and videographers enjoy all benefits of full-frame shooting with their A-mount lens collection, however does not support autofocus.

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70 mm f/4 lens will be available in January for about $1200.

The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35 mm f/2.8 lens will be available in December for about $800.

The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55 mm f/1.8 prime lens will be available in January for about $1000.

The Sony 28-70 mm f/3.5 – 5.6 OSS zoom lens will be offered as the kit lens paired with the new Sony A7 camera for about $2000.

Pricing and availability of the G Lens 70-200 mm f/4 OSS lens has not been announced.

The G Lens 70-200 mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens will be available in January for about $3200.

The LA-EA4 and LA-EA3 mount adapters will be available in December for about $350 and $200 respectively.

Two Canon pro lenses

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EF 24-70 mm

Canon has two new EF lenses, the EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM.

The EF 24-70 mm has macro shooting capabilities at the telephoto end and the EF 35 mm adds Canon’s proprietary Image Stabilization (IS).

Featuring dynamic L-series optical performance in a compact, lightweight and durable design, the new 24-70 mm lens features a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range, with 15 lens elements in 12 groups including two aspherical and two UD lens elements and a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

Macro at the telephoto end delivers a 0.2 m/7.9-inch minimum focusing distance.

It has Canon’s Hybrid IS system, with up to four stops of stabilization.

The macro feature can be engaged through a switch on the lens barrel.

In addition, the lens features inner focusing and a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quiet, fast autofocus, and has full-time mechanical manual focus that’s enabled even during AF operation.

Compact at only 93 mm in length, with excellent dust and water resistance, the lens has a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements for easy maintenance and cleaning.

The EF 24–70 mm f/4L IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $1,649.99.

EF 35 mm

The successor to Canon’s EF 35 mm f/2, the EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM lens is a compact and lightweight wide-angle prime lens. The optics and mechanical workings are designed to improve image quality in the lens’s periphery and provide faster and quieter AF than its predecessor, as well as Optical IS and optional full-time manual focus, all in a durable lens body with a high-grade design.

Featuring a circular aperture diaphragm and lens coatings optimized for minimal ghosting and flare, the EF 35 mm is said to achieves beautiful, soft backgrounds and amazing image quality.

The EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $929.99.