Lenses & Accessories

New Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 Lenses Announced at NAB

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.

Fast and Wide: Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

Filling a void in Nikon’s current autofocus FX-format lens lineup, the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is a general wide-angle lens with a fast maximum aperture. This fixed prime lens is ideal for almost any situation, providing a 75° angle of view (on full-frame sensors) that isn’t too wide or too narrow for most applications.

Sigma Adds Optical Stabilization to its 50-150mm f/2.8 DC Series Telephoto Lens

Upgrading its previous DC series telephoto lens this week, Sigma is releasing the APO 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM telephoto lens in Canon’s EF mount, with Nikon and Sigma mount versions to follow in early May. 

A New Pentax Wide-Angle Lens for Large Sensors

The recently announced Pentax SMC DA 645 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW lens is a highly attractive optic that fills the previous void for a wide-angle lens that can be used with the Pentax 645D camera system.  

Pancake Lenses that are Small, Light and Visually Succinct

Pancake lenses, those small fixed focal length lenses that barely protrude from your camera’s lens mount, are becoming increasingly common of late, and for several reasons. 

Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8: the New Standard for Super-Wide SLR Lenses

Zeiss’s new Distagon T* 2.8/15 combines two aspherical lenses and five special glass elements to correct extraordinarily for chromatic aberration and distortion. Since distortion is inherent to lenses of this focal length, this reduction provides a noticeable difference from past designs and sets a new standard for super-wide lenses.

New 24-85mm Zoom Lens for the Ricoh GXR Digital Camera System

Ricoh has just announced a new camera unit, or module, for its GXR digital camera system. The Ricoh Lens A16 24-85mm f/3.5-5.5 camera unit 5 provides yet another option in the continuously expanding Ricoh GXR digital camera system. 

New Sony 500mm f/4.0 G Series Super-Telephoto Lens: Very Long and Very Fast

Along with fast reflexes and the ability to keep a half step ahead of the action, sports and nature photographers depend heavily on the flexibility and performance of their gear. If you’re a Sony shooter with a penchant for sports and nature photography, you’ll be interested in Sony’s new SAL 500mm f/4.0G, an A-mount super-telephoto that according to the specs and features is quite a hunk of glass.

New Tamron SP 24-70mm Zoom for Nikon, Canon and Sony

Ask any serious Nikon, Canon or Sony DSLR owner which of their zooms is their favorite and chances are it will be their 24-70mm f/2.8, a lens that makes easy work out of shooting fast in tight environments. 

New Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Captures Sharp (and Soft-Edged) Images

Lensbaby, loved by many for its ever-growing line of fun-and-funky, special-effect optics, has introduced the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic, an 80mm f/2.8 flat field lens that like the Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic, sports a 12-blade adjustable diaphragm, which for a Lensbaby can be considered a major advance in lens design.


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