Three Canon tilt-shift lenses

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Canon has announced a trio of tilt-shift lenses: the TS-E 50 mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90 mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135 mm f/4L Macro lens.

Tilt-Shift lenses offer enhanced creative control over perspective through the tilt function and depth-of-field through the shift function in their images.

Enhanced optical elements like molded aspherical glass and UD lenses are at the core of the new lenses, providing edge-to-edge resolution, improved image quality over previous Canon TS-E lenses and minimum distortion, says the company. Canon also included two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the T50 mm and 135 mm lenses. and Air-Sphere Coating (ASC) in the 50 mm and 90 mm lenses. SWC helps reduce flare and ghosting, while ASC is a new technology that is said to provide amazingly high, anti-reflective performance, particularly when alleviating incidental light that can enter a lens.

The new tilt-shift lenses also offer improved operability over previous models, including larger tilt, shift-and-lock knobs, lock-release button and a new tilt-locking mechanism that firmly locks the lens in the zero-tilt position to help prevent unintended tilting. The rotation of the tilt-shift lenses also allows users to freely change the axis of tilt movement and shift from right angles to parallel to better adapt to various shooting conditions and situations.

The Canon TS-E 50 mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90 mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135 mm f/4L Macro lenses are scheduled to be available November.


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.

Sony 50 mm macro

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sony 50Sony has introduced a full-frame lens for its E-mount camera system, the FE 50 mm f/2.8 Macro lens, featuring 1:1 macro capability, focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter, and focus-hold button.

The lens offers a 6.3 inch minimum focusing distance and weighs 8.4 oz.

The lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion ) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens delivers less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood, says the company. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

The Sony FE 50 mm f/2.8 Macro will be available in September for about $650.

Canon EF-M 28 mm macro lens

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Note the built-in light surrounding the front lens element
Note the built-in light surrounding the front lens element

The Canon EF-M 28 mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is the first Canon macro lens specifically designed for the EOS M mirrorless camera system. What’s unique and quite interesting about the lens is a pair of built-in miniature electronic flash units to illuminate close-up subjects as needed. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to work simultaneously or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.

The standard focusing range of the lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications of up to 1.2 times.

Hybrid IS, the same feature found on the Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, helps reduce camera shake.

A stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.

Canon says one UD lens and two aspherical lenses help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.

The lens has an angle of view similar to a full-format 45 mm lens.

Canon’s EF-M 28 mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $449.99.

Sigma 18-250 mm lens

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The Sigma 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM, a compact, high-performance, high zoom ratio lens designed specifically for APS-C sensor DSLR cameras, arrives in Canada this month.

The company says by upgrading the optical and structural design of the previous version, the new lens achieves a more compact size, improved performance, and macro capability.

Minimum focusing distance is 35 cm throughout the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9.

The new design features Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, incorporated into the lens barrel. Compared to more commonly used polycarbonate, Sigma says TSC has higher elasticity and lower thermal shrinkage, and it has a high affinity to metal parts, which ensures high-quality lens construction with more compact components.

Sigma’s optical stabilizer (OS) system allows the use of shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible with handheld photos from macro to telephoto focal lengths or in low-light environments.

A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element is said to offer excellent correction of colour aberration.

Three aspherical lenses prevent and correct all types of aberrations, achieving superior optical performance throughout the entire zoom range, says Sigma.

And the new lens design, combined with Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating, is said to reduce flare and ghosting, providing sharp, high contrast images, even in backlit conditions.

The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures fast and quiet auto-focusing.

The suggested retail price of the Sigma 18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens is $649.95; it will be available initially for Canon and Nikon cameras.

Nikon 40 mm macro lens

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Nikon has introduced the lightweight AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40 mm f/2.8G lens with a minimum focusing distance of 0.163 m (6.4 inches) for extreme close-ups and High Definition (HD) video with a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.

Weighing in at approximately 235 g, the lens is equivalent to 60 mm in full frame. It features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology, manual focus, and manual-priority autofocus (M/A) which lets users switch focus modes without changing settings.

This new lens employs Nikon’s Close-Range Correction System. The lens elements are configured in a “floating” design where each lens group moves independently to help achieve critical focus. Additionally, Nikon’s Super Integrated Coatings are applied to help reduce instances of lens flare and ghosting. The seven blade diaphragm also helps to create a more natural out-of-focus component.

The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40 mm f/2.8G is scheduled to be available in late August with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $299.95.

Zeiss macro lenses for Canon

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Carl Zeiss has two new macro lenses, the 50 mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* and the 100 mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* in EF mount for Canon EOS cameras.

Both macro lenses render at 1:2. The lenses include a “floating elements” design, said to deliver high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 0.24 m to infinity as in the case of the 2/50 ZE lens. The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and Makro-Planar T* 2/100 are currently available for F bayonet (ZF) and K bayonet (ZK) cameras. The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 is also available as a ZF.2 version. Both lens systems are optimized for analog and full-format digital SLR cameras.

The 50 ZE should be in stores this month, while the 100 ZE is expected  in early 2010.

Pentax-D FA Macro 100 mm WR

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The smc Pentax-D FA Macro 100 mm f/2.8 WR lens is designed for use with Pentax SLRs, digital or film, combining a high-quality exterior finish with weather-resistant construction, for shooting macro in damp, inclement conditions.

The exterior design of the lens has been refined from that of the existing D FA-series lenses and features a high-grade knurled-aluminum barrel. In addition, the entire focus ring mechanism has been upgraded for improved manual-focus operation.

This macro lens features weather-resistant construction to minimize the intrusion of water and moisture into the lens barrel when taking pictures in rain or mist. The SP (Super Protect) coating on its front surface repels dust, water and grease and minimizes fingerprints.

It’s the first Pentax interchangeable macro lens to feature a completely rounded diaphragm blade. This creates a natural, beautiful bokeh, while minimizing the streaking effect of point light sources.

When mounted on a Pentax DSLR, this lens offers a focal length equivalent to 153 mm in the 35mm format. It delivers high-quality, true-to-life images, while minimizing flare and ghost images.

Tamron 60 mm lens

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tamron 60The Tamron 60 mm macro lens, designed for DSLRs with an APS-C image sensor, and with an f/2 max aperture, is now available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.

Tamron says the lens delivers sharp image quality at the point of focus, with soft blurring effects in the out-of-focus areas.

Minimum focusing distance is 0.23 m (9.1 inches) and maximum magnification ratio is 1:1.