Olympus has launched M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO lens in the US online. It has a launch price tag of $1,099.99 USD. This Pro lens is now available to pre-order online from Amazon US. According to the listing, it will be released on July 9, 2021.
Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM is a constant F4.0 aperture lens coming under the Pro line-up. It weighs 411g and offers a full-frame equivalent focal length of 16-50mm making it a great walk-around lens for a micro four-thirds camera.
This has 16 elements in 10 groups lens construction with a few special lenses inside ( 1 DSA lens, 2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 ED lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens, 1 HD lens ).
This has a 7 bladed aperture. The max aperture it can open to is F4.0 and can be stopped down to F22 if needed. The closest focusing distance this lens can achieve is 0.23m and it takes 72mm filters.
Olympus has given this lens a IPX1 rating – which we rarely see on camera lenses. When used with a Olympus splashproof Body, this lens is Dust & Drip Proof.
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Olympus M.ZUIKO 8-25MM PRO Specifications
Focal length: 8-25mm ( 16-50mm Full frame equivalent )
Lens construction: 16 elements in 10 groups
Special lenses: 1 DSA lens, 2 Aspherical ED lenses, 1 Super ED lens, 1 ED lens, 1 Super HR lens, 1 HR lens, 1 HD lens
Auto-focus: High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Closest focusing distance: 0.23m ( all focal length )
Aperture: F4.0 – F22 ( 7 bladed aperture )
Filter size: 72 mm
In the box: LC-72C Lens Cap, LR-2 Lens Rear Cap, LH-76E Lens Hood, CS-53 Wrapping Cloth
Nikon has launched two new macro lenses for their Z Mirrorless Cameras – The NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 and the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S. Both of these lenses are now available to pre-order online from Amazon US.
Nikon has launched NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens in the US online. It has a launch price tag of $999.95 and is now available to pre-order from Amazon US ( check here ). This item will be released and ship to customers on June 30, 2021.
NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is the first Macro lens from the Nikon for its Z series Mirrorless cameras. It is part of the NIKKOR Z S-line of lenses. Nikon has also announced NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 lens along with this and has confirmed 28mm F2.8 and 40mm F2 prime lenses for Z-mount are coming later this year.
The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S has a minimum focus distance of 0.29m and offers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1.0. Nikon uses one aspherical lens element and three ED glass elements in the construction of this lens ensuring suppression of chromatic aberration.
This lens uses a new stepping motor (STM) made specially for this lens and comes with a multi-focusing system offering fast and precise AF performance. For greater stability, this lens has vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering up to 4.5-stops. Nikon is using Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coats to reduce Ghost and flare offering better overall image quality.
NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 Specs and Features
Z-mount macro lens
Full 1:1 reproduction ratio
4.5 stop Vibration Reduction
Max F2.8 aperture
Min f/32 aperture
Min focus distance: 0.29 m/0.96 ft from focal plane
Lens construction: 16 elements in 11 groups ( including 3 ED glass elements, 1 aspherical lens element )
Aperture opening: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Weight: 630 g
Accessories in the box: LC-62B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HB-99 Lens Hood, CL-C2 Lens Case
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Canon has launched two new high-end RF Mount super-telephoto lenses in the US. Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L is USM has a pre-order price tag of $11,999 and the Canon RF 600mm F4 L is USM sells for $12,999in the US. These lenses are now available to pre-order online on Amazon US ( check here for availability ). According to the listing, this will be ship to customers on July 29, 2021, only.
Canon RF 600mm F4 and RF400mm F2.8 lenses are made for EOS R Series mirrorless cameras like Canon R5, R6, etc. These lenses are optically the same as the EF mount versions. Looks like Canon didn’t want to redesign a lens from the ground up for a mirrorless mount to save money, as well as time, especially when Sony is launching new lenses every month. Also, those EF-mount lenses are excellent lenses to copy.
Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens has a max aperture of F2.8, offering that dreamy background blur and faster shutter speeds in low light. This lens has 3 Image Stabilisation modes and offers up to 5.5 stops. It uses Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to suppress ghosting and has one Super UD Lens to minimize color fringing. Canon has also included 2 Fluorite Lenses to cut down on chromatic aberrations. The min focus distance of this lens is 2.5m.
Canon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens has the same Super UD, ASC coating, and Fluorine lenses and offers up to 5.5 stops with three IS Modes. The minimum focus distance of this lens is 4.2m. Both these lenses are compatible with the Canon Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x to get even more reach and framing possibilities.
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 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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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.