70-200 mm

Tamron 70-200 mm lens

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tamron-70-200Immediately after announcing a 70-300 mm lens that’s apparently for the Japanese market only, Tamron has unveiled the SP 70-200 mm f//2.8 Di VC USD G2 which definitely will be coming to Canada.

Designed for full-frame DSLR cameras, the new lens was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor, says the company. These included a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to enhance increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten MOD.

New features include eBAND coating, moisture-proof and dust-resistant construction, Fluorine coating and compatibility with tele converters.

The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use.

Both the resolution and contrast reproduction performance have been improved. Bokeh has been enhanced and expanded. The optical design consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. Optimum deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements are said to thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations across the entire zoom range, while ensuring uniform, high-level image quality even on the periphery of the image plane.

The new lens is also fully compatible with the 1.4x (TC-X14) and 2.0x (TC-X20) teleconverters.

Utilizing Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which uses a moving coil mechanism, further reinforcement of the drive system power and control performance now delivers an image stabilization performance of 5 stops, says Tamron. Also, the VC system offers three VC modes, including one mode exclusively for panning.

The lens is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor. Incorporating two advanced, high performance microcomputers and optimizing the algorithm has improved both the focusing speed and accuracy compared with the previous model. Additionally, Full-time Manual Focus override lets photographers shooting with AF instantaneously make fine focusing adjustments using MF without switching modes.

Improvements made to the focus cam and zoom cam inside the lens barrel have reduced the MOD from 1.3 m (50.7 in) in the older model to 0.95 m (37.4 in) for the new lens, which has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:6.1.

The eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) coating combines a nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index with the conventional multiple-layer coatings. Optimized and exclusively designed for this new zoom, the eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection performance, effectively reducing any flare and ghosting, Tamron says.

The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now available for in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by the motor through electronic pulse signals.

A lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates.

A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. Because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.

The new lens is compatible with the TAP-in Console, an optional accessory, providing a USB connection to a personal computer enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

Filter size is 77 mm, weight is 1,500g (Canon) / 1,485g (Nikon).

The Tamron SP 70-200 mm lens is due for late February release in Japan in Canon and Nikon mounts, with Canadian availability to follow.


Two pro Nikon lenses

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Nikon says the next-gen AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sets a new standard for pro telephoto workhorse lenses, while new the PC Nikkor 19 mm f/4E ED is Nikon’s widest ever tilt-shift Nikkor offering. The company says the two FX-format lenses are designed to achieve “amazing optical performance” for the most demanding professional and enthusiast photographers.

nikon-70_200The redesigned 70-200 mm lens sports an updated optical formula capable of “amazing image quality,” while optimized for high-speed shooting.

The lens provides up to four stops of Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, an improvement from its predecessor. During burst shooting, the lens takes advantage of an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent auto-exposure control. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast and quiet AF operation with seamless manual focus override. Photographers will also appreciate assignable function buttons on the lens barrel that offer customization, perfect for engaging pre-set autofocus or other focusing options.

A new optical formula consisting of six ED elements, one fluorite element, a high refractive element and Nano Crystal Coat helps make for a lighter and more versatile lens, while reducing chromatic aberration and helping to all but eliminate distortion, ghosting and flare, says Nikon. The magnesium alloy lens barrel features superior weather-sealing to achieve anti-dust and waterdrop-resistance, while fluorine coating on both the front and rear glass facilitates easy cleaning.

nikon-19The perspective control 19 mm lens is a tilt-shift offering 97° of coverage. Tilt the lens to sharpen focus throughout a scene or create a miniature effect, or shift to adjust perspective in-camera, create panoramas or eliminate converging lines.

For the first time with a Nikkor PC lens, the direction of tilt operation can be made parallel or perpendicular to shift.

The lens was crafted with three ED and two aspherical elements that help combat distortion and glare, while virtually eliminating chromatic aberration and coma, even at the widest aperture settings. The lens also features Nano Crystal Coat to combat ghosting and flare, an electromagnetic diaphragm for fast auto-exposure control, as well as a fluorine coat that helps resist dirt, water spots and smudges.

Depending on combination of shift and rotation, operation may be restricted by mechanical interference between the lens and camera when used with certain Nikon cameras. Models that can be used without any limitation: D5, D4 series, D3 series, D810 Series, D500. Models that can be used with some limitations: Df, D800 series, D750, D610, D600, D300 series, D7200, D7100, D5500, D5300, D5200 D5000, D5100, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100. Models that are not compatible: D2 series, D1 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series, film cameras, Nikon 1 series with FT-1.

The AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm F/2.8E FL ED VR will be available in November for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $3,699.95.

The PC Nikkor 19 mm F/4E ED also will be available in November, for an MSRP of $4,499.95.

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.

Two Pentax lenses

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Two new HD Pentax D FA lenses have been announced, both designed for use with current K-mount DSLRs and “future Pentax sensor technology.”

The lenses feature a high-grade HD coating which is said to help produce extra-sharp, high-contrast images, minimizing flare and ghosting, even under demanding lighting conditions such as in backlight situations.

pentax 70 200The HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200 mm f/2.8ED DC AW has a new optical design in the Star (*) series, which claim the highest image quality of all Pentax interchangeable lenses. In addition to the HD coating, this lens features Aero Bright Coating II, assuring exceptionally low reflectance, says the company.

The lens is the equivalent of 107-307 mm in full-frame format. Interestingly, its image circle is optimized to cover full-frame, which ties in nicely to Ricoh’s announcement that it is working on a full-frame camera.

In addition to four super-low dispersion glass elements and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements, its optics includes a pair of new Super ED glass elements to effectively compensate chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range and deliver crisp, high-resolution images with edge-to-edge sharpness.

This zoom lens is treated with the newly developed Aero Bright Coating II, a lens-coating nanotechnology that employs a super-low refractive film fabrication process to assure light reflectance lower than that of the conventional Aero Bright Coating. By coupling this advanced lens coating with the high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating that reduces an average reflectance in a visible ray spectrum to less than 50 percent of conventional multi-layer coatings, this lens effectively reduces flare and ghost images to a minimum even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight.

The company says the ED and Super ED elements have optical properties similar to fluorite and assure lower light dispersion and more effective compensation of chromatic aberration.

The lens’ dustproof, weather-resistant body also makes it extremely dependable and durable in demanding outdoor conditions.

The new lens offers fast yet quiet internal focusing, and an AF limiter switch which improves autofocus response time.

The lens is equipped with 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. To improve its operability, a three-position switch is newly installed on this lens, allowing instant switching among QFS/A, QFS/M and MF modes. QFS/A is an autofocus-priority mode which allows the user to switch to manual-focusing operation only when autofocus operation is completed. QFS/M is a manual-focus-priority mode which enables the user to switch to manual focusing at any time, even when the AF system is in operation. MF mode allows the user to instantly switch to manual focusing with a simple twist of the focus ring on the lens.

pentax 150 450The HD Pentax-D FA 150-450 mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW also incorporates three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and a super-low dispersion glass element to effectively compensate chromatic aberration. The weather-resistance body protects the inside of the body from both dust and moisture.

When mounted on a K-mount body, this lens covers the equivalent of 230-690 mm. As with the 70-200 mm lens noted above, Ricoh says the image circle of the lens covers the full-frame sensor size, handy for the new full-frame camera expected late this year.

This lens is treated with the high-grade, multi-layer HD Coating. Compared with conventional multi-layer coatings, this coating assures higher light transmittance and less reflection to deliver bright, high-contrast images free of flare and ghost images, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight, says the company.

The lens also is equipped with the Quick-Shift Focus System.

To provide more stable AF operation and better hold of the lens regardless of the camera’s orientation – horizontal or vertical – this lens provides four AF buttons on its barrel, one at every 90 degrees. (The K-3 is currently the only model to accommodate the AF button functions. To activate these functions, the camera’s firmware must be updated to the latest version.) The user can assign preferred settings to these AF buttons, including: a Focus Preset mode to pre-program the focus position and instantly shift the focus to that position; and an AF Cancel mode to intentionally fix the focus at a desired point during Continuous AF operation.

The lens also features a focus range limiter to minimize AF operation time by fixing the focus range to one of three sub-ranges; SP (Super Protect) coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains; a zoom lock lever to prevent the lens barrel from free-falling; and a detachable tripod mounting with a newly designed anti-falling mechanism.

The HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200 mm f/2.8ED DC AW will be available in March with the suggested retail price of $2,499.99; the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450 mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW will also be available in March for a suggested retail price of $2,749.99.

Sony lenses

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Carl Zeiss 24-70 mm
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.

Nikkor 70-200 mm lens

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Nikon has announced the AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens, with constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers.

The lens is the first Nikkor lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology.

The AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November at an MSRP of $1,449.95.