Canon has just announced a new telephoto-zoom lens that covers a range of oft-used longer focal lengths and brings with it the quality and usability of their L series lenses: the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens.
I come from a photojournalist background, so being asked to test the new Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC lens was a bit of a challenge for me. I am accustomed to grabbing gear from my bag and shooting in a hurry, often with little regard for the well-being of my equipment. Tilt-shift shooting tends to be a slower enterprise, maybe a bit too precise and precious for my taste.
The recently introduced Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens is the first lens to be part of Sigma’s Global Vision Sports line, and as such, strives to be a highly precise and optically sound lens that can function well in fast-paced situations.
Sigma has announced a very interesting new fast-aperture zoom lens. The 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens, which is available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, is an APS-C format lens with an exceptionally fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 throughout the zoom range.
Experienced wedding photographers know it’s essential to use a variety of different lenses to create a compelling visual document that sets their work apart, enhances their professional reputation, and will be treasured by their clients. Photographers using full-frame and APS-C-format Sony Alpha DSLRs now have an impressive optical array.
Fujifilm has just announced a new lens for their X series cameras, the XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. This new lens stands as the longest lens in the current XF lineup and picks up where their first zoom lens, the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, leaves off.
Rokinon has released a manual focus 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony Alpha full-frame DSLR cameras. Tilt-shift lenses provide the capability to control perspective and to correct the convergence of lines within the frame. They also offer depth-of-field control without the need for wide aperture settings and exacting selective-focus placement.
Sigma has announced three new lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount cameras. The three lenses are part of their Art line, which are generally prime lenses with wide maximum apertures, providing sharp, high-contrast images. In the case of these three lenses for mirrorless cameras, the generalization holds true.
Nikon has just announced two new models they've added to their expansive line-up of NIKKOR lenses: a super-telephoto 800mm f/5.6 and a wide-angle zoom 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5. These lenses incorporate advanced optical constructions, including aspherical and extra-low dispersion elements.
2012 has played host to numerous camera and lens announcements, many of which are improvements over past products, while others are entirely new designs full of intrigue. The main innovative duty of lenses is to keep up with the cameras themselves and to capture greater detail and information.