Leica Unveils the Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH for $4,495 – Photography Article

Leica has just announced the new Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH, a new “all-purpose” lens for the Leica SL full-frame mirrorless system.“Often seen as the standard focal length for full-frame cameras, this new 50mm promises a level of performance high enough to demand a spot in the gear bag of any photographer looking to take advantage of the L-Mount system,” Leica says. “Whether the task at hand is travel photography, studio work, architecture, landscape, portrait or documentary photography, the Leica…

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A Prime Lens Photographer Tries Out Tamron f/2.8 Zoom Lenses – Photography Article

Being in the photography game over 12 years has given me some fixed routines that are hard to break. Routines like focusing solely on prime lenses. In the last few years I’ve been carrying 20mm, 35mm, 85mm, and 200mm fixed focal length lenses on my camera bag while occasionally wondering if the grass looks greener on the flexible focal length side.Spectacular clouds and the calm sea in the morning. Tamron 28-75mm @28mm, f/9, ISO 100, 6-25s, ND filter. 4 images…

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Canon Designed a Crazy 50-80mm f/1.1 Lens – Photography Article

Canon is apparently hard at work developing some never-before-seen lenses. A newly published patent shows that the camera company has at least toyed with the idea of a crazy 50-80mm f/1.1 lens.First spotted by Northlight Images, the patent (US20190243111) shows designs for a number of ultra-fast 50-80mm zoom lenses, including a f/1.8, f/1.6, f/1.4, f/1.2, and f/1.1. Canon has offered an f/1.0 lens before in the rare 50mm f/1.0, but offering a fixed f/1.1 aperture on a zoom lens of…

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Its Smallest Medium Format Lens Yet – Photography Article

Earlier today, Fujifilm unveiled its lightest, smallest medium format lens yet. The GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR expands the lineup of lenses available for the GFX series mirrorless medium format cameras, adding an incredibly portable, almost pancake-style 50mm that weighs only 335g (11.8 oz.). With a full-frame equivalent focal length of 40mm and a reasonably fast f/3.5 maximum aperture, Fujifilm is targeting this lens at street shooters who have also picked up its rangefinder-style GFX 50R. The press release…

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Can You Actually Tell the Difference? – Photography Article

Given how much more it costs to buy an f/1.4 prime compared to an f/1.8, beginners in particular often ask if the upgrade is worth it. Build quality and optical quality being equal, is the difference in light gathering capability and depth of field noticeable? Can you really tell? Photographer and YouTuber Pierre Lambert decided to do a blind “taste test” so to speak and find out if his viewers could actually tell the difference between photos shot at multiple…

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Moment Unveils the World’s First Anamorphic Lens for Drones, and More – Photography Article

Smartphone lens maker Moment has been branching out more and more. From filters, to camera apps, to fanny packs, the company’s high-quality smartphone lenses have opened the door to a variety of products, and today they’re kicking that door wide open by announcing a line of lenses and filters for drones. Perhaps the biggest departure from the company’s original smartphone-shooter target market, the announcement comes after years of planning and many requests from Moment users. Unveiled through the brand’s fifth…

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The Lightest Lens in Its Class – Photography Article

Sony has officially announced the much-anticipated and long-rumored FE 35mm f/1.8 lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lightweight new lens—which Sony claims “sets a new standard for portability”—will give Sony shooters an affordable, if slightly slower, alternative to the popular Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. Sony’s focus with this release seems to be weight and portability. At just 280g light and 77mm long, “the compact dimensions and light weight of this full-frame, large-aperture prime lens provide mobility…

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Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.4 IS is First Full Frame Lens with Dynamic IS – Photography Article

Canon has officially announced the new RF 24-240mm f/4-6.4 IS lens, a new 10x all-in-one lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras with an “entry-level price tag.” The new lens is the 6th in the RF lineup and the first telephoto zoom lens. Nano USM in the lens provides users with fast and precise autofocusing when shooting both still photos and videos. It provides full-time manual focusing, allowing photographers to make adjustments while in AF mode. A pioneering feature of the lens…

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Is Canon’s New RF 85mm f/1.2L Lens Worth It? – Photography Article

Ever since Canon and Nikon debuted their latest lens mounts, there’s been a lot of talk about the “optical advantages” of the shallower, wider Z and RF-mounts. Canon even released a video more-or-less shaming their own EF lenses by comparison. But does this translate into meaningful real-world results? Photographer Matt Granger recently set out to answer this question by comparing the tried and true Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II on the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR against the brand new…

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17-28mm f/2.8 Will Be Delayed Due to High Demand – Photography Article

The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD has only been available for pre-order one week, but already Tamron has had to issue an apology about availability. Apparently demand for the new Sony E-Mount lens has been so high that even those who have already placed an order might have to wait a little while longer to receive their unit—to say nothing of new orders. The apology was published by Tamron Japan, who made it pretty clear that not all pre-orders…

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Sigma to Reveal 35mm f/1.2, 45mm f/2.8 and 14-24mm f/2.8 Next Week – Photography Article

As we head into the weekend, Sigma has decided to (sort of) confirm an exciting leak we shared earlier this week: that a 35mm f/1.2, 45mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, and possibly a 24-70mm f/2.8 designed specifically for full-frame mirrorless cameras will be announced in mid-July. The confirmation comes in the form of the teaser image below, which provides the date and time of an upcoming announcement: July 11th, at 4pm Beijing time. That translates into 4am Eastern for us US-based…

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SANDMARC’s Anamorphic iPhone Lens Lets You Shoot Ultra-Wide Shots – Photography Article

SANDMARC has announced its new Anamorphic Lens for iPhone. Designed with professional mobile filmmaking in mind, the lens allows users to capture movie-style ultra-wide aspect ratios. Each lens is made with multi-element, multi-coated, anti-reflective glass. It captures additional horizontal information by squeezing the image. Then by “stretching out” the images in post, ultra-wide shots result. “This method is very popular among cinema cameras used by movie makers such as JJ Abrams and Stephen Soderbergh,” SANDMARC says. And if you’re a…

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Hasselblad’s 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 is the First XCD Zoom and Its ‘Best’ Lens Ever – Photography Article

Hasselblad has announced the new XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, the first zoom lens in the X System lineup. The company says it’s a compact zoom lens with “prime lens performance.” The 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 is the 9th XCD lens to be announced, joining the 21mm f/4, 30mm f/3.5, 45mm f/3.5, 65mm f/2.8, 80mm f/1.9, 90mm f/3.2, 120mm f/3.5, and 135mm f/2.8. “Delivering the same superb image quality from edge-to-edge as the XCD prime lenses, this extremely high performance, compact mid-range zoom…

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Sony to Unveil a $14,000 600mm, the Priciest E-Mount Lens Ever: Report – Photography Article

Sony is expected to announce two telephoto lenses on Monday, and one of them will reportedly be the most expensive E-mount lens ever made with a price tag of around $14,000. sonyalpharumors is reporting “with 100% certainty” that Sony will be announcing the new 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 GM and the 600mm f/4.0 GM. The 200-600mm, which was strangely leaked when an apparent prototype was listed for sale over in Japan, will be priced at around $2,000. But the 600mm lens, which…

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Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 II is a $250 ‘Bokeh Beast’ for APS-C Mirrorless – Photography Article

The Taiwanese lens maker Machang Optics has announced the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Mark II lens, a followup to the popular first version of the lens that provided photographers with an affordable option for achieving an ultra shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh. Machang Optics says its primary goal is “providing cost-effective large aperture lenses with high quality for every shutterbug and letting everyone enjoy the fantasy of large aperture lenses.” After hearing customer feedback regarding its first Kalman 50mm…

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