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Zeiss Batis 135mm is for full-frame Sony E-mount bodies

Create: 04/08/2017 - 17:07
Zeiss Batis 135mm

Zeiss has added its fourth lens for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras.

The Zeiss Batis 135mm is a medium telephoto lens that can be used in many situations, including travel and portrait photography.

Its maximum aperture is f/2.8, which might seem slow in an era of f/1.4 lenses, but Zeiss has never shown an interest in ultra high-speed lenses.

While it’s intended for full-frame cameras, it also can be used with Sony’s APS-C E-mount bodies, where it becomes a 203mm lens.

Nikon commemorative cameras, collectibles mark its centennial

Create: 04/08/2017 - 15:21
Nikon 100th Anniversary products

Nikon is celebrating 100 years in existence with special photographic and optical products, as well as a limited line of collectible items.

Nikon has set up a microsite at http://www.nikon.com/100th/, which contains a timeline, some videos and more information about its 100th anniversary products.

Black and white reversal film Scala returns under Adox name

Create: 03/25/2017 - 12:39
Adox Scala

Back in the film days, Agfa Scala was popular among photographers.

What made Scala special? It was a black and white reversal film. Or simply put, a black and white slide film.

Then Agfa went through a number of financial problems before withdrawing from the market. It became a victim of the shift to digital photography, and Agfa Scala disappeared.

Irix lens line goes wider with 11mm

Create: 03/21/2017 - 23:23
Irix 11mm

TH Swiss entered the photography market in 2016 with the first of a new line of manual focus lenses, delivering its initial offering – the Irix 15mm – to customers in September.

TH Swiss has now gone wider, adding an 11mm optic.

The Irix 11mm borrows many features from the Irix 15mm and again is offered in two barrel styles.

Meyer-Optik announces the Trioplan 35+ Kickstarter project

Create: 03/11/2017 - 12:08
Trioplan and classic triplet design

The revived Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is filling out its series of Trioplan lenses with a third lens – a wide-angle optic. Like the previous lenses, it is being backed by a Kickstarter project.

Meyer-Optik says its modest US$10,000 funding goal was reached in six minutes. However, there are various funding packages still available to support the production of this lens.

Nikon kills DL premium compact cameras

Create: 02/28/2017 - 10:52
Nikon DL premium compact cameras

Nikon has canceled its long-delayed line of DL premium compact cameras, before they ever arrived on the market.

Nikon cited several things in killing off the three cameras, the DL18-50, DL24-85 and DL24-500 .

Nikon said there were “issues” with the image processing electronics, which caused the cameras to be delayed.

Sigma announces fast 14mm, 135mm primes and 24-70mm, 100-400mm zooms

Create: 02/26/2017 - 13:11
Sigma 14mm, 135mm, 24-70mm, 100-400mm

Sigma has announced four lenses – two primes and two zooms – each serving a different type of photographer.

  • f/1.8 14mm
  • f/1.8 135mm
  • f/2.8 24-70mm
  • f/5.6-6.3 100-400mm

Three of the lenses are part of Sigma’s “Art” series while the 100-400mm is one of its “Contemporary” optics.

All of the lenses are intended for full-frame cameras, although they also can be used on cameras with APS-C sensors.

Canon refreshes its entry-level and mid-range EOS DSLRs with Rebel T7i and 77D

Create: 02/25/2017 - 13:33
Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D

Canon has refreshed its low-end and medium-range of DSLRs with two new models: the Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D.

The two new models take advantage of an improved focusing system, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which Canon says provides “the world’s fastest focusing speed” of 0.03 seconds. Canon’s recently released mirrorless camera, the EOS M6, uses the same autofocus sytem.

The T7i and 77D share a number of other features:

Canon EOS M6 mirrorless promises faster, more accurate autofocus

Create: 02/22/2017 - 19:46
Canon EOS M6

Canon’s brings an updated focusing system to its latest mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M6.

The Canon EOS M6 uses a 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-25,600. Images are fed through Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processor and saved as RAW and JPG to SD memory cards with the ability to simultaneously record RAW + JPG.

Autofocus is handled by Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which has 49 points. Canon says this system should be quicker to lock onto subjects.


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