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Sony gives its full-frame A99 a makeover with new sensor, smaller body

Create: 09/19/2016 - 21:52
Sony A99 II

Sony’s E-mount cameras seem to have gotten most of the attention this year, with its A-mount family standing on the sidelines.

Unknown to most, Sony was working behind the scenes and has announced the full-frame A99 II.

Priced at US$3,199, the A99 II ups the resolution with a 42.4-MP backside-illuminated full-frame CMOS sensor – a big increase in resolution from the 24.3-MP CMOS sensor of the original model. The A99 II omits the low-pass filter.

FíRIN f/2.0 20mm is Tokina's first lens for Sony E-mount

Create: 09/16/2016 - 22:07
Tokina FiRIN f/2.0 20mm lens

Tokina is entering the mirrorless market with a new line of lenses that bears an unusual name.

Its first product is a high-speed superwide-angle FíRIN f/2.0 20mm FE MF lens. While it’s intended for the full-frame Sony A7 cameras, it also can be used with Sony E-mount bodies that have an APS-C sensor, when it becomes a 30mm full-frame equivalent.

Tokina says FíRIN is derived from the Irish word “Fírrine,” which means truth.

Leica goes instant with SOFORT

Create: 09/15/2016 - 21:10
Leica SOFORT

Leica is making its first entry into the instant picture market with a camera that it is calling SOFORT.

The boxy camera uses Fujifilm Instax 800 Mini film.

Those looking for the Live View experience will need to readjust their approach, because there is no LCD viewfinder. There is a small optical viewfinder, as well as a narrow monochrome LCD display to control the camera's various functions and modes.

Zeiss adds 85mm portrait lens to Loxia line

Create: 09/15/2016 - 20:05
Zeiss Loxia f/2.4 85mm

What's been missing from Zeiss’ Loxia line of manual-focus lenses for the Sony E-mount is a portrait lens.

It's missing no more, as Zeiss has filled that vacancy with a f/2.4 85mm lens.

While the lens is intended for the Sony full-frame A7 cameras, it also can be used on models with an APS-C sensor, where it becomes a 127.5mm full-frame equivalent.

Canon fits 70-300mm zoom with stepping motor, LCD panel

Create: 09/15/2016 - 17:01
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM

Canon has udpated its EF 70-300mm telephoto zoom, adding a couple of noteworthy features.

The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens is driven by the company’s NANO USM technology for “high-speed and near-silent focusing,” which will be welcomed by those who shoot video.

NANO USM combines ring USM (ultrasonic motors) for high-speed autofocus and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for very quiet autofocus for video recording.

Canon EOS M5 provides a more serious approach

Create: 09/15/2016 - 07:34
Canon EOS M5

Just when most rumor sites had written off a new Canon mirrorless camera for this year, here comes the Canon EOS M5, plus a new kit lens.

Canon took a different approach with the M5’s styling – integrating an electronic viewfinder (EVF) into the body. That is, it’s not a separate accessory.

Visually, the camera looks to be a mix of its digital SLRs and its G5X, offering a more traditional look.

Zeiss ExoLens 2x and close-up lenses for iPhone 6 are now available

Create: 09/14/2016 - 17:43
Zeiss ExoLens

Zeiss has released more information about its branded accessory lenses for iPhone 6 models.

In January 2016, Zeiss announced that it was collaborating with computer peripheral maker Fellowes to produce add-on lenses for the iPhone. The first product from that partnership was a 0.6x Mutar wide angle. The two accessory lenses announced last week are a 2x Mutar telephoto and a Vario-Proxar close-up lens.

Primoplan becomes Meyer-Optik's next Kickstarter lens

Create: 09/12/2016 - 09:10
Meyer-Optik Primoplan

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is at it again.

With 50mm and 100mm Trioplans making their way into the hands of buyers, the revived company is now turning its attention to bringing back another of its classic lenses: the Primoplan.

And like the Trioplan, Meyer-Optik is turning to a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding and gauge interest in the lens.

Zeiss adds three lenses to its Milvus line: 15mm, 18mm and 135mm

Create: 09/09/2016 - 05:44
Nerw Zeiss Milvus lenses

Carl Zeiss is one of the oldest names in photography, producing high-quality lenses for more than a century.

In the past decade, Zeiss has made the transition into digital photography and now has expanded its Milvus line of lenses for full-frame Canon and Nikon digital SLRs.

The new lenses include two ultrawide-angle lenses – f/2.8 15mm, f/2.8 18mm – and a f/2.0 135mm telephoto.

Tokina unveils a fast f/2.0 14-20mm zoom for Canon, Nikon APS-C cameras

Create: 09/07/2016 - 09:17
Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX

There has been considerable development in the area of ultrawide-angle zooms, and Tokina has stepped up the competition with a fast offering for Nikon F and Canon EOS owners.

As the last two letters of its name indicates, the Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX is intended for use on Canon and Nikon digital SLRs with APS-C sensors.

Tokina said this is the fastest lens it has made in the ultrawide zoom category.

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