If you have been looking to buy a fast 18mm lens for your Fujifilm Mirrorless Camera, you would be happy to know Fujifilm has just launched a brand new Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR lens in the market. This has a launch price tag of $999.95in the US. It is now available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon ( check here). It will ship to customers on April 30, 2021.
Fujifilm XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR as the name suggests comes with a fast F1.4 aperture. This is an APS-C lens offering an equivalent full-frame view of 27mm when we take the crop factor into the consideration. Fujifilm claims this lens to have corner to corner sharpness with little-to-no distortion at the frame’s edges. It uses 15 elements in 9 groups including 1 ED and 3 aspherical elements to control optical aberrations.
XF18mmF1.4 has a 9 bladed aperture offering a rounded diaphragm opening. The lowest aperture it can go is F16. Minimum focusing distance achievable is 20cm with a max magnification of 0.15x. This lens just weighs 370g making it a great lens to carry around with your Fujifilm camera.
You can find the sample images taken by this lens here.
Fujifilm XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR Specifications
Lens type: Fixed Prime
Lens mount: Fujifilm X mount
Focal length: 16mm ( 27mm full-frame equivalent )
Max aperture: F1.4
Min aperture: F16
Aperture blades: 9 rounded diaphragm opening
Lens construction: 15 elements in 9 groups
Mim focus distance: 20cm
Filter thread size: 62mm
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Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM as the name suggests is a macro lens with a min focus distance of 0.86 ft. / 0.26m. It has Auto-focus support and offers a maximum magnification ratio of 1.4x for great close-up photography. Canon has equipped this lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 Stops of Shake Correction. If you are using it with a camera like EOS R5 which has built-in image stabilization, you get around 8 stops of shake correction. The lens also features Hybrid IS technology which reduces blurring in handheld macro photography by compensating for both angle and shift camera shake.
For the first time, Canon has implemented a Spherical Aberration (SA) Control Ring in a lens, that lets you adjust the bokeh characteristics on the fly. Using this ring, you can change the shape and character of the foreground and background bokeh paving way for some creative, unique-looking shots. There is also another Control Ring available on the lens which can be programmed to adjust shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure compensation, etc.
For faster and better accurate Auto-focus, Canon has equipped this lens with dual independent Nano USMs motors. The RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens features dust and weather-resistant construction in the lens mount, switch panel, and all rings. The fluorine coatings on the front and rear help you to easily clean smudges and fingerprints off the glass.
Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM Lens Specifications
Canon RF mount ( compatible with Canon EOS R-series cameras like EOS R5, R6, R3, etc )
100mm ( Full-frame )
Min Focus Disatance
0.86 ft. (10.2 in.) /0.26 m.
F2.8 – F32
17 elements in 13 groups
Super Spectra Coating; Fluorine coating
5 stops built-in ( up to 8 stops using a camera with build-in image stabilization like EOS R5 ), Hybrid IS support
SA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring to change Bokeh characteristics.
Rubber Ring on the lens mount, Focus Ring, Control Ring, SA Control Ring, switch panel, and switches
From the manufacturer
The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM lens is the world’s first medium telephoto AF Macro lens with a maximum magnification of 1.4x (as of 4/14/21). This lens is perfect for portraits, weddings, still life, and even landscapes with its Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 stops of shake correction, up to 8 stops when used in combination with an EOS camera with Optical Image Stabilizer, and an SA (Spherical Aberration) Control Ring that lets you change the look and style of the foreground and background blur.
Sony has launched 3 new Full Frame G Lenses for their Alpha Cameras. They are 24mm F2.8 G ( SEL24F28G ), 40mm F2.5 G ( SEL40F25G ) and 50mm F2.5 G ( SEL50F25G ). All these lenses have a price tag of $600.00 USD in the US and $800.00 in Canada.
These lenses will be available to pre-order online in the US from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama, etc in the coming days ( check here ). All these models will ship to customers in May 2021.
Sony has also launched the high-end 50mm F1.2 SEL50F12GM lens in the US and is now available to pre-order for a price of $1,999.
These 3 new lenses are part of the Sony G Series lineup which means they are of good quality, but not as great as the expensive G-Master series of lenses. All these lenses have a lightweight and compact design which makes these great lenses to use with the compact Sony A7C camera. You can also use these with APS-C cameras ( A6000 Series ).
Sony 24mm F2.8 G ( SEL24F28G ), 40mm F2.5 G ( SEL40F25G ), and 50mm F2.5 G ( SEL50F25G ) have the same size and filter diameter thread ( 49mm ). All 3 have similar weight as well (FE 50mm F2.5 G 172.9g, FE 40mm F2.5 G 172.9g, and FE 24mm F2.8 G 161.5g ). All three lenses focus internally and use aspherical elements and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to achieve better image quality and resolution.
The FE 50mm F2.5 G ( SEL50F25G ) lens has a minimum focus distance of 0.35m and a max magnification of 0.18x. The FE 40mm F2.5 G ( SEL40F25G ) has a min focus distance of 0.28m and a max magnification of 0.20x. The widest FE 24mm F2.8 G ( SEL24F28G ) has a min focus distance of 0.24m. All three lenses support Auto Focus as well as Manual Focus modes.
Sony has launched their first 50mm F1.2 lens for their E-mount mirrorless bodies. The Sony SEL50F12GM FE 50 mm F1.2 GM has a price tag of $1,998 in the US and $2,600.00 in Canada. It will be available to pre-order online from Amazon US, B&H Photo, Adorama etc in the coming days.
Mar 17 2021 Update: Sony 50mm F1.2 now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here ). This item will be released on May 13, 2021.
SEL50F12GM is the 60th lens made for the E-mount system by Sony. Since this is a G Master lens, Sony has used the premium materials available to make this lens offering excellent image quality, beautiful bokeh, and quick quiet autofocus. This lens has a 14 elements in 10 groups construction including three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements to get the best resolution across the range. Sony’s Nano AR Coating II which we also saw on many other GM lenses, helps to minimize internal reflections, eliminate flare and ghosting issues.
According to Sony, this lens has a newly developed 11-bladed circular aperture unit that offers smooth, deep bokeh in both the foreground and background. Since this has an extreme shallow depth of field, Sony is using 4 XD linear AF motors to quickly get the subject in focus. This lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.32 feet and has a 72mm filter thread. It weighs 27.5 oz ( 779.6g ) which is lighter than Nikon and Canon’s F1.2 lenses.
Pansonic has launched Lumix S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 Macro lens ( S-R70300 ) for the L-mount system. It has a pre-order price of $997.99 and an MSRP price of $1249 in the US. It is now available to pre-order online from Amazon ( check here ). According to the listing, it will ship to customers on April 18, 2021.
Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 MACRO O.I.S. (S-R70300) is a medium telephoto zoom lens made for L-mount cameras like the LUMIX S Series cameras. It uses 17 lens elements in 11 groups including one ultra extra-low dispersion ( UED ), two extra-low dispersion lenses ( ED ), and one ultra-high refractive index lens (UHR) element for better quality images.
For better bokeh, Panasonic has made this lens with an 11-bladed iris, offering a circular aperture. This lens has an excellent close focusing capability for better closeup and macro photography. It can achieve a maximum magnification of 0.5x (at 300mm). With lens image stabilization on, you can get up to 5.5 stops of slower shutter speed which will come in handy when you are in low light scenarios.
Panasonic LUMIX S 70-300mm S-R70300 Lens Specs and Features
Lens Construction: 17 elements in 11 groups (2 ED lenses, 1 UED lens, 1 UHR lens)
Built-in O.I.S with 5-Axis Dual I.S 2 Compatibility
Focal length: 70-300mm ( Full Frame )
Max aperture: F4.5 (Wide) – F5.6 (Tele)
Min aperture: F22
Aperture Type: Circular – 11 diaphragm blades
Closest focal length zoomed out at 70mm: 0.54m/1.77ft
Closest focal length zoomed in at 300mm: 0.74m/2.43ft
Max magnification at 300mm: 0.5x
Dust and Splash Resistant
77mm Filter size
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Fujifilm has launched GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens in the US online. It has a launch list price of $2,299.95 and is now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here for the lowest price ). This item will ship to customers on March 11, 2021.
Fujifilm GF80mmF1.7 R WR is a premium, F1.7 aperture Fast Prime lens made for Fujifilm Medium Format bodies ( GFX Series – GFX100 / GFX100S / GFX 50S / GFX 50R ). It claims to be the brightest lens with Auto Focus available for a Medium format or Large Format Camera.
GF80mmF1.7 R WR is a compact lens, weighing 795g. It has rounded 9 bladed aperture blades offering beautiful and smooth bokeh. To achieve auto focus, this lens uses a DC motor and a high-precision GMR sensor.
Fujifilm has made this lens with 12 elements in nine groups. It has 1x Aspherical element and 2x ED elements included to produce better high-resolution images from the demanding high MP GFX cameras. This is a WR lens, which means you don’t have to worry about taking it out in challenging conditions like rain or cold, as it is dust- and weather-resistance. It can operate in temperatures as low as -10°C
Fujifilm GF80mmF1.7 R WR Lens Full Specs
Max Aperture: F1.7
Minimum Aperture: F22
Lens Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups ( 1 Aspherical element, 2 ED element )
Aperture blades: 9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
Minimum Object Distance: 70cm
Filter size: 77mm
Max Magnification: 0.15x
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Sony has launched a 35mm F1.4 GM prime E-mount lens ( SEL35F14GM ) for their Sony Alpha Full Frame bodies. It has a launch selling price of$1,399in the US. It is now in stock online on Amazon US.
Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM lens is a high-end Prime lens “delivering first-class image quality and beautiful bokeh in a compact and lightweight design”. This lens weighs just 524 grams.
Sony is using Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and an ED Glass element for great optical performance and less chromatic aberrations.
For great bokeh, Sony has made this lens with 11 blades of aperture, offering a smoother and dreamy bokeh rendering. You can get circular bokeh even stopped down to F2.8.
This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10.6 inches (27cm). For fast and accurate autofocus performance, Sony has equipped this lens with Two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors offering a fast, smooth, and silent AF performance.
Sony SEL35F14GM E-mount Lens Specs
35mm Prime Lens
Full Frame E-mount lens
F1.4 Max Aperture
F16 Min Aperture
52.5 Focal Length of APS-C Cameras
Lens Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
67mm Filter thread
11 Aperture blades ( circular aperture )
Nano AR Coating II
Linear Response MF
XD Linear Motors
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
2 XA elements
Minimum focusing distance: 0.89 ft ( 27cm )
Dust and moisture-resistant design
Fluorine front-element coating
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Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras ( Model B070 / AFB070S-700 ) is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. It has a launch selling price of $799.00 in the US. This lens was announced back in December 3, 2020, but is only available to pre-order now. It will ship to customers on January 15, 2021, according to the Amazon.com listing (check here for the current lowest price ).
Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD is a high-speed standard zoom lens for the Sony E-mount APS-C cameras like A6000, A6100, A6600, etc. You can use it on Sony’s Full Frame bodies in APS-C crop mode, but you won’t get the Full MP of the sensor. For eg on a 24MP Sony A7, you get around 10MP photos in APS-C crop mode using this lens.
According to Tamron, It is the first F2.8 high-speed zoom lens in the world for APS-C mirrorless cameras to achieve a 4.1x zoom ratio. It offers a constant F2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. This lens has a variable focal length of 17-70mm, which on full-frame terms gives a 25.5 – 105mm equivalent focal length, making it a great walk-around lens to have on your crop sensor camera all the time.
It has a Moisture-Resistant Construction and has Fluorine Coating. It takes 67mm sized filters. This lens is compatible with Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF which are now common in many Sony Mirrorless Cameras.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x is PRO Lens is now available to pre-order online in the US on Amazon.com. It has a launch selling price of$7,499.99 in the US.
Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 Pro is a high-end, telephoto zoom, micro four third lens offering a full-frame equivalent focal length of 300-800mm. It also comes with an in-built 1.25x teleconverter extending the focal length to 375-1000mm. If that reach is not enough for you, you can add more teleconverters like MC-14 1.4x or MC-20 2x Teleconverter to extend the reach further. When you use the in-built teleconverter, the max aperture value becomes F5.6 instead of F4.5.
This lens offers 5-axis image stabilization and has a 9 bladed circular aperture for smoother bokeh. The max aperture supported is a 4.5 and the mini aperture supported is F22. It is made up of 28 elements in 18 groups.
Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 Pro lens Specs and Features
Magnesium alloy build
Carbon fiber hood
Fluorine coating on the front element
5-Axis Sync IS
Inner zoom system
Preset focus function
Tripod base plate
Lens construction: 28 elements in 18 groups
Built-in teleconverter lens construction: 7 elements in 4 groups
Closest Focusing Distance: 1.3m
Max aperture: F4.5
Min aperture: F22
High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
9 blade aperture
95mm filter size
IEC Standard publication 60529 IPX1 Dust & Drip Proof
Sony has launched FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 Full-Frame Compact Zoom Lens (SEL2860) in the US online. It has a pre-order price of $498 in the US. It is now in stock online on Amazon US (check here for the lowest price ).
Sony FE 28-60mm SEL2860 is the smallest and lightest full-frame E-mount standard zoom lens currently available to purchase from the Japanese giants. Sony launched this lens as a kit-lens combo with the recently launched Sony Alpha A7C Full Frame Camera.
This is a Full Frame lens and can be used with APS-C Sony bodies like A6400, A6600, A6000 etc as well. On APS-C due to the crop factor, the focal length will be 42–90mm. The max aperture of this lens is F4 at the widest end and F5.6 at the tele-end. It has 7 aperture blades and weighs just 167g, perfect to carry around on a mirrorless camera.