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Three Nikon lenses should please wide-angle enthusiasts

Create: 06/05/2017 - 16:07
Nikon 8-15mm, 10-20mm and 28mm

Nikon’s latest trio of lenses celebrates wide-angle photography end with two zooms – one of them a fisheye – and a high-speed lens.

The 8-15mm and 28mm lenses are intended for Nikon’s FX full-frame sensor bodies, while the 10-20mm zoom is for bodies fitted with the smaller DX APS-C sensors. Note that these are branded as Nikkor lenses, which signifies a higher-quality product.

Sony 100-400mm G Master zoom adds reach for E-mount bodies

Create: 04/22/2017 - 09:50
Sony FE f/4.5-5.6 100-400mm GM OSS

Photographers who shoot with Sony’s E-mount mirrorless cameras have been limited to a handful of Sony-branded telephoto lenses.

The addition of the Sony FE f/4.5-5.6 100-400mm GM OSS is the third pro-level telephoto zoom for the E mount. This lens also is Sony’s fifth lens in its premium G Master series.

Tamron promises better performance with updated 70-200mm and 10-24mm zooms

Create: 02/17/2017 - 21:19
Tamron 70-200mm and 10-24mm

Tamron has updated two of its zooms that sit at opposite ends of the optical spectrum.

The 70-200mm zoom has several new features, while the 10-24mm lens also gets a makeover.

Visually, both lenses align with Tamron’s new design that includes the gold ring near the lens mount that it began using last year with its SP series lenses. The 11-24mm is not an SP lens, but still gets the gold (ring).

Panasonic releases new versions of four Lumix Micro Four Thirds zooms, including two 'professional' optics

Create: 01/10/2017 - 22:16
Panasonic Lumix lenses

Panasonic was very busy at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. In addition to announcing three cameras, including the GH5, the company also announced four lenses for the Micro Four Thirds mount.

All four lenses are zooms, with two of them being marked as “Professional.” Here’s what was announced:

Panasonic adds to Lumix lens line with 12-60mm and 100-400mm zooms

Create: 02/27/2016 - 15:11
Panasonic Lumix 12-60mm and 100-400mm zooms.

Panasonic has two new zooms for its Lumix, as well as Olympus bodies using the Micro Four Thirds mount.

The two lenses sit on opposite ends with one being 12-60mm and the other 100-400mm.

Both lenses are water- and dust-resistant and have both Lumix Power Optical Image Stabilization that is compatible with Lumix Dual Optical Image Stabilization that is built into certain Lumix camera bodies. At the moment, that’s just one body – the Lumix GX8.

Sony unveils G Master lenses

Create: 02/04/2016 - 06:59
Sony G Master lenses

As good as Sony's E-mount cameras are, it's seen as lacking in its own high-quality optics.

The Japanese electronics giant wants to change that and has launched the G Master series, which is intended to bring a higher level of imaging to its branded lenses.

The first G Master offerings are three lenses and two teleconverters.

Tamron SP 18-200mm: Updating the all-purpose zoom

Create: 09/19/2015 - 23:51
Tamron's 18-200mm zoom

For those who hate to switch lenses, there is a new offering for you. It's the Tamron SP 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC, which replaces a similarly named model (18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical) that is 10 years old. Tamron said the first lens was one of its best sellers.

Two Olympus PRO lenses: M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 and M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye

Create: 05/14/2015 - 22:29
Olympus M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO, left, and M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO

Olympus has announced two PRO series lenses, which both have unique features and are aimed at the higher end of its market.

Olympus expects to ship both lenses in late June. While not stated explicitly, these lenses are intended for use on Micro Four Thirds cameras, as Olympus, Panasonic and others have largely abandoned creating lenses for the older Four Thirds mount.

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