70-300 mm

Nikon 70-300 mm lens

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Nikon has upgraded its 70-300 mm full-frame lens with the AF-P Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. The new lens offers enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens.

Interestingly, the new version of the lens is lighter than its predecessor.

The new lens provides up to 4.5 stops of VR stabilization, for sharper photos and smoother video. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes.

The stepping motor is said to deliver fast and quiet autofocus, reducing the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight.

The Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.

The lens features a minimum focus distance of 3.94 ft. (1.2 m) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x.

The lens also features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.

UPDATE: The AF-P Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR will have a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,029.95; Canadian availability is to be announced.


Canon EF 70-300 mm lens

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canon-70-300The Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens features NANO USM technology for high-speed and near-silent focusing in both still and video modes. The lens also features a new LCD information display and four-stop image stabilization.

NANO USM technology features a focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet video autofocusing (AF).

The lens features: high-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video; Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount; one UD lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high resolution and high-contrast results; Image Stabilizer effect at up-to-4 stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images; circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds; full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f//4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $649.99.

Nikon 18-55 mm, 70-300 mm lenses

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18-55 mm VR
18-55 mm VR

Nikon has unveiled two new lightweight zoom lenses, the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G. No, that’s not a typo; both are 18-55 mm, available in two configurations, with and without vibration reduction (VR).

The lenses are designed for DX-format DSLRs, and both lenses are equipped with Nikon’s Stepping Motor technology for quick, smooth and quiet autofocus.

Designated AF-P Nikkor, the lenses provide faster and smoother AF speed during live view (phase-detection AF) and are said to allow for whisper-quiet operation during video recording to minimize camera noise.

VR technology offers up to four stops of image stabilization, for better chance of blur-free images in challenging light or when handheld.

70-300 mm VR
70-300 mm VR

Similarly, there are two versions of the longer zoom, the AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED.

These too are equipped with Nikon’s Stepping Motor that helps achieve quick, smooth and quiet autofocus. The adoption of this technology also reduces the overall size and weight of the lens, says the company, making it easier to carry.

Likewise, vibration reduction (VR) technology offers up to four stops of image stabilization.

The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will be available in early September for an MSRP of $329.95. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G also will be available in early September, for an MSRP of $269.95.

The AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED will be available in early September for an MSRP of $449.95. The VR version carries an MSRP of $529.95.

Sony 70-300 mm, 50 mm lenses

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70-300 mm
70-300 mm

Sony has introduced two new full-frame lenses for their E-mount camera system, the FE 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS telephoto zoom and 50 mm f/1.8 prime lens.

Sony says the zoom is the first Sony alpha E-mount lens to reach 300 mm and features high resolution and excellent overall optical performance throughout the entirety of its range.  The 50 mm prime lens is extremely compact and lightweight, says the company.

The 70-300 mm lens features a state-of-the-art optical design, Sony explains, including four aspherical glass elements, two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and Sony’s Nano AR coating, all of which are said to work together to effectively suppress spherical aberration, distortion, and chromatic aberration.

The zoom has a minimum focusing distance of less than 3 feet (0.9 m) and a maximum magnification of 0.31x, and is said to display excellent corner-to-corner sharpness.

The lens includes built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and a linear actuator that allows it to achieve fast, smooth and quiet autofocus, and is also dust and moisture resistant.

50 mm
50 mm

Weighing less than 7 oz (192 g), the new lightweight 50 mm prime lens features a new optical design with an aspherical element that effectively compensates for all forms of aberration, says Sony, resulting in beautiful, crisp imagery. Additionally, it has a circular aperture producing beautiful ‘bokeh.’

The new prime lens is built with a solid metal mount.

The Sony FE 70-300 mm f/4.5 – 5.6 G OSS telephoto zoom lens will be available in May for about $1,700.

The FE 50 mm f/1.8 prime lens will also be available in May for about $350.

Sony 70-300 mm lens

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Sony has announced the 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II lens, featuring Nano AR coating to minimize flare and ghosting from reflections within the lens, plus moisture- and dust-resistant design.

Sony says the new lens has approximately 4x faster AF tracking than the current lens.