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Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70mm F2.8 ZA II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA II

Create: 05/09/2015 - 10:42
Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II, left, and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II

Zeiss has updated two zooms for Sony’s A-mount cameras.

In a press release, Sony says the Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II promise better autofocus performance and “significant” improvements in image quality.

The comment about image quality is interesting, because on most sites, both lenses consistently receive very high ratings.

Pentax K-3 II: Improved AF and no anti-alias filter

Create: 05/09/2015 - 10:26
Pentax K-3 II

As digital photography technology continues to evolve, the changes that are coming to camera isn't just about pixel count anymore.

The changes increasingly are about delivering the best possible image, from how it is captured to how it is processed.

The Pentax K-3 II is among that group of cameras. While both cameras use an APS-C 24.71MP CMOS sensor, the K-3 has slightly higher resolution: effective 24.3MP vs. 23.3MP in the first model. The lens magnification factor is 1.5X.

Zeiss Batis 25mm and 85mm: Premium lenses for Sony's full-frame Alpha cameras

Create: 04/28/2015 - 22:57
Zeiss Batis 25mm and 85mm lenses

A couple of years ago, Carl Zeiss AG unveiled new digital-only lenses and along with them some unfamiliar product names: Touit, Loxia and now Batis with the latter being two new lenses for mirrorless full-frame Sony Alpha cameras.

Zeiss said the two lenses – the f/2 25mm and f/1.8 85mm – are expected to go on sale in July.

Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 R WR

Create: 04/16/2015 - 21:51
Fujinon XF16mm f/1,4 R WR

If you own a Fuji X-series camera and the XF14mm is too wide and the XF18mm isn't wide enough, then Fuji has the lens for you – the XF16mm R WR.

The Fujinon XF16mm R WR is a high-speed lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, which should give you the ability to isolate your subject. When mounted to an X series camera, it will give a 35mm equivalent of 24mm.

Fuji claims an autofocus speed of 0.11 second and near-silent operation.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4: More toughness for the tough series

Create: 04/13/2015 - 22:18
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

Following quickly after the release of the Stylus Tough TG-860, Olympus has announced the Stylus TG-4, another offering in its "Tough" series.

At the heart of the camera is a 16-MP backside illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. That is coupled to a fast f/2.0 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) zoom. At the telephoto end, the maximum aperture s f/4.9.

The ISO range is from 100 to 6,400, and shutter speeds run from 1/2 second to 1/2,000.

Nikon 1 J5

Create: 04/02/2015 - 00:00
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon is expanding its line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with the Nikon 1 J5.

The Nikon 1 J5 has a new design with a kit lens that looks like it came from a point and shoot ... film or digital.

The body will be available in three colors: silver and black, silver and white and all black.

HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4.5-5.6 DC WR RE

Create: 03/28/2015 - 11:30
Pentax 18-50mm lens

Pentax has redesigned the "kit" lens, introducing the compact HD Pentax DA 18-50mm F4.5-5.6 DC WR RE.

What's different about this lens is that it collapses for easier storage and portability, making it more like the kit lenses that you see with many mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In the photo above, you can see how short the lens is when it is collapsed.

Tokina goes ultra wide with two zooms

Create: 03/15/2015 - 18:23
Tokina's 11-20mm and 11-16mm wide-angle zoom lenses.

Tokina has two wide-angle zooms available for Nikon and Canon photographers. One is intended for wide-angle lovers while the other lens is for serious videographers.

Tokina AT-X 11-20 F2.8 PRO DX, US$599.00

This lens replaces the similarly named Tokina AT-X 11-16 PRO DX-II and is intended for those who own a Nikon or Canon camera with APS-C-sized sensors and want a higher-quality wide-angle zoom.

Olympus Stylus SH-2 has a stylish body and 24x zoom

Create: 03/11/2015 - 15:03
Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus hasn't given up on the point-and-shoot segment, offering a new camera that takes some styling cues from its latest Pen cameras.

The Stylus SH-2 combines a 24x optical zoom with a 16MP CMOS BSI 1/2.3-inch sensor. Back-side illuminated sensors promise to increase low-light performance by increasing the amount of light that is captured. The ISO range is 125-6,400.


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