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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.

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.

Tamron 18-400 mm lens

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That’s no typo. Tamron has announced the 18-400 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (28-620 mm full frame equivalent) for APS-C DSLR cameras.

The company says the lens includes “the most advanced optical and mechanical designs,” an HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) for the AF system, and Vibration Compensation system.

A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming, Tamron advises.

The power-saving HLD motor produces “outstanding” driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.

The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
The lens also features moisture-resistant construction, and the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.

The device is compatible with the TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product. This provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lens’s firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

The lens is 123.9 mm / 121.4 mm long (Canon/Nikon) and weighs 710 g / 705 g (Canon/Nikon).

Tamron says its 18-400 mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lens in Canon and Nikon mounts will be available in late July.

Zeiss Milvus 35 mm lens

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Zeiss has unveiled a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon: the Milvus 35 mm f/1.4. The company suggests the lens is “particularly suitable” for portrait photography, but also notes it is “perfectly at home” when used for landscape photography.

The manual focus lens is protected against dust and splashes and features a metal barrel.

With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, Zeiss says it has given the lens a completely new optical design, delivering photos which are practically free from chromatic aberrations.

The lens, adds the company, is also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a Zeiss Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon cameras. Zeiss also has matched the colour characteristics of the ten Milvus lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform colour look.

The Zeiss Milvus 35 f/1.4 lens will be available in July. No Canadian price has been announced as yet, but its recommended retail price in Europe is 1,999 euros.

Three Nikon wide-angle lenses

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10-20 mm

Nikon has three new wide-angle Nikkor lenses on the way – the ultra-wide zoom and lightweight DX-format AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED (FX-format) circular fisheye zoom, and the AF-S Nikkor 28 mm f/1.4E ED. Both the 8-15 mm and 28 mm lenses are the latest additions to the Gold Ring Series of Nikkor lenses, a mark identifying Nikon’s premium lens offerings.

The new 10-20 mm lens is said to combine superior image quality and an attainable price. It features the equivalent of 3.5 stops of Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, utilizes Nikon’s Pulse Motor technology for super-fast and quiet AF operation, and the optical formula contains three aspherical elements for excellent image quality with minimal distortion even at the widest focal length. The lens has a close minimum focusing distance of 8.6 inches (0.22 m).

8-15 mm

The 8-15 mm is Nikon’s first fisheye zoom, an FX-format lens providing a 180-degree vertical / horizontal angle of view on full frame cameras, and zooms to a non-circular fisheye view on the long end of the focal range. The lens is constructed of lightweight magnesium alloy and employs internal focusing (IF) to retain its compact size, even while focusing.  It is also uses an electromagnetic diaphragm, for consistent exposure during high speed shooting, or smooth exposure control while capturing video.

The optical formula of the 8-15 mm zoom consists of three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberration, and two aspherical lens elements to minimize coma, even at the widest aperture, and enable a more compact lens size. Additionally, the front lens element is coated with Nikon’s non-stick Fluorine coat to help resist dirt, fingerprints and smudge, while Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps reduce ghost and flare.

28 mm

The 28 mm lens has a nine blade rounded diaphragm, in a body composed of lightweight magnesium alloy and featuring dust and water drop resistant sealing to withstand the elements, combined with a fluorine coating to resist dirt and smudges. The optical construction consists of 14 elements in nine groups, with three aspherical elements that virtually eliminate coma, aberration and distortion, with two ED glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration, says the company. The lens also uses Nikon’s Nano-crystal coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare.

The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, and AF-S Nikkor 28 mm f/1.4E ED will be available in mid-summer for a  manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1699.95, $414.95 and $2699.95, respectively.

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.

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.

Fujifilm 110 mm, 23 mm GF lenses

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23 mm lens

Fujifilm has announced two new Fujinon GF lenses for its GFX 50S medium-format mirrorless digital camera system, the GF110 mm f/2 R LM WR (equivalent to 87 mm) and the GF23 mm f/4 R LM WR (equivalent to 18 mm).

The company notes the G Mount has a short flange back distance of 26.7 mm that reduces the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting and achieves edge-to-edge sharpness. All GF lenses have been designed to support sensors of over 100-megapixels.

The company says the 110 mm lens is perfect for portraits, while the 23 mm lens is suited for landscape and architectural photography. Fujifilm states that, despite the super-wide angle of view of the latter lens, distortion is kept to a minimum.

110 mm lens

Both new lenses feature fast and quiet autofocus by using a linear motor, are dust and weather resistant, and are capable of operating in environments as cold as 14°F / -10°C.

The 110 mm lens has 14 elements in 9 groups, including 4 ED lens elements: Super ED lens and three ED lenses for suppressed chromatic aberration and high resolution performance all the way to the edges, with a 9 blade aperture. The 23 mm lens has12 groups and 15 elements construction using two aspherical lenses, one super ED lens, and three ED lenses, and uses a 9 blade aperture, plus Nano GI coating to suppress ghosting and flare.

The GF110 mm f/2 R LM WR will be available in late June for $3,599.99 and the GF23 mm f/4 R LM WR will also be available in late June for $3,399.99.

Panasonic 8-18 mm lens

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Panasonic has announced a new Micro Four Thirds zoom lens, the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18 mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH., the equivalent of a 16-36 mm lens in full format.

The lens features Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosting and flaring. The lens also boasts a rugged, dust/splash-proof design and is freeze-proof.

Filter size is 67 mm.

Comprised of 15 elements in 10 groups, the lens system features an aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, three aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and an UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The use of these lenses, according to Panasonic, effectively suppresses spherical distortion or chromatic aberration to achieve high resolution and contrast from centre to corners.

The company also notes the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to silent operation achieved by an inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly capture brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming, says the company, which also notes the AF tracking performance when zooming is also improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

Canon 35 mm macro lens

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Look closely at the picture and you’ll notice a white ring around the front element of Canon’s EF-S 35 mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens. That’s the lens’ own, built-in macro light.

The lens, the equivalent of 56 mm on full format is designed as an entry-level model capable of focusing as close as 30 mm.

The Hybrid IS system offers up to four stopsof shake correction and the Smooth Movie Servo AF ensures quiet AF operation. Full-time manual focus is available.

The built-in LED lights on each side of the lens let users create shadows on either side of a subject or adjust intensity to give images a sense of dimension.

The Canon EF-S 35 mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $459.99.