The number of fast, wide aperture prime optics we carry at B&H has grown over the past year, and in a market that has become increasingly populated by slower, variable-aperture zooms, this is encouraging news.
Sometimes technology gets in the way of quality. The convenience of features such as autofocus and optical image stabilization are hard to dispute, but some of the best glass in the world can be found in manual focus lenses that contain no electronics whatsoever. Such is the case with M-mount and M42-mount lenses made by Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander.
The new 16.3-megapixel Pentax K-5 II DSLR camera will replace the current Pentax K-5 in Pentax’s DSLR lineup. It features a 16.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor with integrated AD conversion circuitry, which works with Pentax’s PRIME II Imaging Engine to deliver high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images.
Sony has announced a new telephoto zoom lens optimized to work with its A-mount APS-C-sized DSLR and SLT digital cameras. The SAL55300 telephoto zoom lens is a perfect second lens for any Alpha shooter who is ready to explore the fun, the creativity and yes, the challenges of telephoto shooting.
Nikon has just announced a new 800mm f/5.6 lens to be added to its expanding line of NIKKOR super telephoto lenses. This lens will take its place as the longest lens in Nikon’s lineup, surpassing the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR in focal length.
Sigma has just announced a new wide angle to telephoto zoom lens which covers an ample range of focal lengths, from 18 to 250mm. This broad spectrum of angles of view is further enhanced by a minimum focusing distance of 13.8" (35 cm) across the entire zoom range.
How many lenses do you really need? If you’re Henri Cartier-Bresson, one might be enough. But if you’re shooting a complex event like a wedding, you’re going to need a more generously stocked camera bag. The most important tools for any photographer are cameras and lenses. Deciding which ones are necessary requires some serious thought.
Two new lenses from Sony have hit the market: The A-mount SAL18135 18-135mm and the E-mount SEL-18200LE 18-200mm zoom lenses, the former with a maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6, the latter with a maximum of f/3.5-6.3.
Further aligning itself with the needs of independent filmmakers, Zeiss announced at NAB two interchangeable-mount additions to its Compact Prime CP.2 family of cine primes. Joining one end of the lineup is a super-wide Distagon 15/T2.9, and complementing the other end is a Sonnar 135/T2.1 telephoto.