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Canon adds f/1.4 85mm portrait lens, three tilt-shift macro lenses, close-up lighting rig

Create: 09/04/2017 - 11:03
Canon lenses, macro light setup

In its current lineup, Canon has two portrait lenses. One is f/1.8 and the other is f/1.2. The just-announced Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM is one of four lenses Canon has announced, as well as a macro-light setup.

The 85mm lens sits between its two current offerings for those who want the half-stop difference.

It uses 14 elements in 10 groups and includes a glass-molded aspherical element. The aperture is formed by nine blades, and Canon promises smooth bokeh.

Sony now has a premium Zeiss 50mm lens for full-frame E-mount cameras

Create: 07/12/2016 - 18:20
Zeiss f/1.4 50mm Planar for Sony E-mount

If there’s been one thing missing from Sony’s E-mount lineup, it’s a premium 50mm lens for its full-frame A7 models.

The vacancy has now been filled with the Zeiss FE f/1.4 50mm ZA lens – an autofocus optic.

The Planar has been Zeiss’ standard lens for 35mm and medium-format systems since the 1950s and has served as the basis for the standard lens for nearly all other camera makers.

Meyer-Optik is back with another Trioplan Kickstarter campaign

Create: 04/19/2016 - 22:15
Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz f/2.9 50mm Trioplan

If one Trioplan is good news for photography, then a second Trioplan is even better news.

The f/2.9 50mm Trioplan by Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz follows on the heels of the f/2.8 100mm optic. And like the 100mm lens, this one is getting out of the gates via a Kickstarter campaign, which has close to 600 backers as of the date of this article.

Sony answers Alpha E-mount owners with two full-frame FE lenses

Create: 03/31/2016 - 07:10
FE 70-300, 50mm

Sony has announced two lenses intended for full-frame Alpha E-mount models – a 50mm “normal” lens and a 70-300mm zoom.

Sony says the two FE lenses are in response to requests from its customers. The company said these are the two most-requested focal lengths from full-frame Alpha camera owners.

Both autofocus lenses are expected to be available in May.

Canon f/1.8 50mm STM: Low cost, light weight

Create: 05/23/2015 - 07:43
Canon's f/1.8 50mm STM

For Canon EOS film and digital photographers, there's a new 50mm lens in town - the compact EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.

It's compatible with full-frame, as well as APS-C sensors (80mm equivalent).

It has a metal lens mount, and that probably is the only significant use of metal in the lens, which weighs just 5.7 ounces (160 grams).

The lenses comprises six elements in five groups. and its aperture is formed by seven blades. The lens takes 49mm thread filters.

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