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Four new Sigma lenses revealed CIPA+

It’s time for Japan’s big annual photographic industry event, CIPA+, which is held in late winter each year in Yokohama. So it’s no surprise that Japan’s largest independent lens maker, Sigma, has used the occasion this year to launch four new lenses. There are three new high-end Art lenses, inluding an f/!.8 14mm ultra wide angle, and a Comtemporary line 100-400mm tele zoom.

Here are all the details:

A | Art

SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Sigma Contemporary 100-400

Sigma Art 24-70
Sigma Art 24-70

Sigma Art 14mm f/1.8Top-level performance optimized for the era of ultra-high-megapixel cameras

Accessories: Case, Petal Hood(LH876-04)

AF Mounts: SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

The definitive large-diameter standard zoom lens for any shoot

What photographers demand from the 24-70mm F2.8 specification is much more than outstanding image quality. They want all the features that make this a go-to lens for a wide range of photographic opportunities, including optical design ideal for the latest ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras, HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) for high-speed autofocus, OS (Optical Stabilizer) with powerful stabilization effect, dust- and splash-proof mount with rubber sealing, and a metal barrel for a stable, rigid feel. This all-new 24-70mm F2.8 lens from SIGMA delivers the performance and functionality that help pros succeed in news, nature, and many other fields of photography.

【Key features】

  1. The large-diameter standard zoom ideal for today’s ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras
  • Outstanding optical performance

Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and four aspherical lens elements help minimize optical aberrations. To ensure outstanding image quality from the center to the edges of the photograph, the optical system minimizes coma, which causes points of light to streak, and transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, The optical system also minimizes distortion, which can be particularly evident in wide-angle shots, resulting in excellent optical performance throughout the zoom range.

  • 24-70mm F2.8 lens that meets the high standards of the Art line

SIGMA has continuously pioneered 24-70mm F2.8 lenses that are a step ahead of the times. The first model of this specification, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL DF, launched in 2001. Representing the fourth generation of the family, the new SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art accomplishes a challenging feat in optical design: incorporating optical stabilizer functionality in a large-diameter standard zoom. By leveraging all of its design and manufacturing expertise, SIGMA has ensured that this new lens fulfills the uncompromising requirements of the Art line for image and build quality.

  • Bokeh that is a cut above

At wide-open aperture, this lens offers outstanding photographic expression. The area in focus is extremely sharp, while the background exhibits a beautiful bokeh effect with only slight spherical aberration. Since large-diameter zoom lenses are often used at wide-open aperture, SIGMA has paid close attention to the shape of the bokeh, aiming for perfect circularity.

  • Incorporating advanced aspherical lens processing technology

Aspherical lenses necessitate refined expertise in the design and manufacturing of advanced, high-performance lenses. SIGMA’s representative products to feature this technology were the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, which both incorporated a large ⌀80mm aspherical lens as their front lens element. Building on the success of these predecessors, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art incorporates an aspherical lens element that helps achieve extremely high resolution. This element is much thicker at the center than the edges, and forming its unusual shape is a feat of manufacturing technology. Moreover, SIGMA processes the surface of this aspherical lens element with ultra-precise tolerances that are measured in hundredths of a micrometer. This extremely fine surface allows the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art to deliver a very natural and smooth bokeh effect, without the visible concentric rings that afflict typical aspherical lens elements.

  1. OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot

Designed for advanced utility in a wide variety of situations, the optical stabilizer OS (Optical Stabilizer) offers a powerful stabilization effect. The newly designed large hypersonic motor HSM(Hyper-Sonic Motor) offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor and exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds.

  1. Lens barrel designed for high rigidity

Since large-diameter standard zoom lenses tend to serve as a go-to lens and see frequent use, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art is designed to stand up to the challenging shooting environments that pros encounter. To this end, the lens barrel contains a large amount of metal, while the external moving parts feature TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which is resistant to thermal expansion and contraction. This structure contributes not only to the outstanding optical performance of the lens but also to its high rigidity and confidence-inspiring build quality.

  1. Other features
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof design

Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing * helps provide peace of mind. In addition, the front lens element features a water- and oil-repellent coating that helps the lens perform well in the rain, near water, and in other challenging conditions.

*Except for the SIGMA mount.

  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included

The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.

  • Fast AF with full-time manual focus
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan

With outstanding craftsmanship

  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service

Allows use with another camera body

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 19 elements in 14 groups | Angle of view (35mm): 84.1-34.3° | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Minimum aperture: F22 | Minimum focusing distance: 37cm./15in. | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4.8 | Dimensions (diameter x length): φ88mm×107.6mm /3.5in. x 4.2in. | Weight: TBD

Sigma Art 14mm f/1.8

A | Art

 

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM

Introducing the world’s first and only* F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens

A true high-speed lens that delivers a new dimension of visual experience

*Among interchangeable lens for digital SLRs as of February 2017

  1. 14mm ultra-wide angle of view and F1.8 brightness deliver a new dimension of visual experience
  2. Seventh 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line
  3. Other features

Launch: TBD

Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap

AF Mounts: SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

A true high-speed lens that delivers a new dimension of visual experience

In taking photographs of starry skies or other celestial scenes at night, or of the seashore with a wide perspective, a large-diameter lens is a strong ally, since it allows the capture of a moving subject by adjusting shutter speed without relying on ISO sensitivity. With its full-frame 35mm coverage, 14mm focal length for an ultra-wide angle of view, F2 barrier-breaking F1.8, the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art is the true high-speed ultra-wide-angle lens for which so many photographers have been waiting. Although some zoom lenses are available that can cover 14mm, the large diameter delivering F1.8 brightness is a singular advantage. Going beyond fast shutter speed, this lens can capture a swarm of fireflies with crystal clarity, a beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking.

【Key features】

  1. 14mm ultra-wide angle of view and F1.8 brightness deliver a new dimension of visual experience

By leveraging its extreme angle of view and the dramatic perspective this creates, an ultra-wide-angle lens can get up close and personal with a subject while at the same time taking in a vast background—an example of photography going beyond normal human vision.

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art combines the extremely deep depth of field that comes from an ultra-wide angle of view with the extremely shallow depth of field that comes from F1.8 brightness. The result is a sharply captured subject set against a vast background dramatically blurred with a beautiful bokeh effect. It is a highly impressive mode of photographic expression that until now simply has not existed.

  • Minimized chromatic aberrations

Three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and four SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements help minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which tends to be noticeable in shots taken with ultra-wide-angle lenses. The result is outstanding image quality from the center of the image to the edges.

  • Featuring a large-diameter aspherical lens element

The SIGMA 12-24mmF4 DG HSM | Art was the first SIGMA lens to feature a large ⌀80mm aspherical lens element. Building on the expertise derived from this success, the new lens features a large ⌀80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens as its front element. This technology has made possible the 14mm F1.8 specification—the first of its kind.

  • Minimized distortion

Serving as the front lens element, the large ⌀80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens effectively minimizes distortion. Offering excellent peripheral brightness, this lens delivers outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.

  • Distinctive bokeh effect

Even at the 14mm ultra-wide-angle of view, F1.8 brightness makes possible a very shallow depth of field with the subject standing out dramatically against a bokeh background. It’s the unique mode of expression that only a large-diameter lens can deliver.

  1. Seventh 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line

Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was the first lens in the Art line. Since then, SIGMA has developed a wide variety of lenses for the line, and the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art is the seventh prime lens in the line to offer 35mm full-frame coverage. Now even stronger, the Art line sets the new standard for prime lenses in the ultra-high-megapixel era.

  1. Other features
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override

Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type

  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service

Allows use with another camera body

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan

With outstanding craftsmanship

  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups | Minimum aperture (width): F16 | Angle of view (35mm): 114.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 27cm./10.6in. | Dimensions (diameter x length): ø95.4mm x 126mm/9.5in. x 5.0in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:9.8 | Weight: 1,170g/41.3oz.

Sigma Contemporary 100-400

C | Contemporary

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Introducing the light, new approach to the ultra-telephoto zoom

  1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit
  2. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality
  3. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated
  4. Telephoto plus macro functionality
  5. Other features

Launch: TBD

Accessories: Hood(LH770-04)

AF Mounts:SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

A compact body and top performance in one complete package   

An ultra-telephoto lens with an optical stabilizer (OS) system has several advantages. The OS allows the photographer to take photographs in unstable circumstances. The narrow angle of view makes it possible to dramatically compress perspective and flexible handling of the background. The photographer can thereby make the subject appear to jump out of the image, with the area in focus impressively sharp and clear. Nevertheless, ultra-telephoto lenses have traditionally had some disadvantages as well. With the goal of creating an ultra-telephoto lens that is far more accessible, SIGMA incorporated all of its latest technologies into SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary. With its outstanding combination of optical performance and compactness, this is an ultra-telephoto lens that is a joy to carry and use. While keeping the robust functionality and exceptional image quality of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens intact, SIGMA has achieved amazingly compact packaging enclosing 400mm optics. Introducing the new and greatly enhanced ultra-telephoto zoom lens.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary offers the compact size, lightweight, and high cost performance of a 70-300mm lens while delivering 400mm telephoto performance. This approach results in a tempting new ultra-telephoto choice for photographers. Offering a combination of stunning image quality and outstanding functionality, this lens satisfies the needs of pros and amateurs alike.

【Key features】

  1. Top performance with the specification and functionality of a more expensive unit

Since its release, the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary has won photographers over with its strong fundamental performance and exceptional image quality. The new lens retains all of this performance in a compact 400mm ultra-telephoto zoom package with a filter size of just ⌀67mm and weight of just 1,160g. Yet it also comes with the full range of features and functions expected of an ultra-telephoto zoom: optical stabilizer (OS), hypersonic motor (HSM) with updated algorithm for fast autofocus, focus limiter, and more. In addition, this uncompromising specification becomes customizable with the available SIGMA USB Dock accessory.

  1. Compact packaging with uncompromising image quality

In designing this lens, SIGMA strived to push both compactness and image quality to the limit. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and an optimized power distribution help minimize optical aberrations. Moreover, by taking special care to minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range.

  1. Push/pull zoom mechanism incorporated

For quick control of the angle of view, the zoom ring incorporates a push/pull mechanism in addition to the regular twist mechanism. The exclusive lens hood has also been designed to accommodate push/pull zooming and overall lens maneuverability. By making it possible to adjust the angle of view instantly, this lens gives photographers an even better chance of getting that crucial shot.

  1. Telephoto plus macro functionality

With a minimum shooting distance of 160cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8, this lens can shoot either from a distance or up close.

  1. Other features
  • Dust- and splash-proof mount

Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing helps provide peace of mind.

  • All-new optical stabilizer (OS) unit with exclusive algorithm

Featuring a newly developed gyroscopic sensor and a new and exclusive algorithm, the all-new OS unit provides a powerful stabilization effect. An acceleration sensor detects camera shake in any direction—horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. This technology allows the OS to stabilize the image very effectively, regardless of whether the camera is being held in horizontal or vertical orientation.

  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included

The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Compatible with the newly developed tele converters
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 21 elements in 15 groups | Minimum aperture (width): F22 | Filter size: ø67mm | Angle of view (35mm): 24.4-6.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 160cm./6.3in. | Dimensions (diameter x length): ø86.4mm x 182.3mm/3.4in. x 7.2in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.8 | Weight: 1,160g/ 40.9oz.

Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8

A | Art

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM

With F1.8 brightness, this telephoto lens for full-frame cameras further strengthens the Art line’s prime options

  1. The ultimate 135mm telephoto designed to prioritize optical performance
  2. Fast and nimble autofocus photography
  3. Sixth 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line
  4. Other features

Launch: TBD

Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap

AF Mounts: SIGMA, NIKON, CANON

Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Introducing the ultimate 135mm telephoto featuring top-level performance

135mm telephoto lenses are often categorized as the foundational telephoto, the first one to add to a lens collection. This focal length delivers a strong perspective compression effect, while the large diameter with F1.8 brightness provides a dramatic bokeh effect. By minimizing axial chromatic aberration, the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art makes this bokeh effect not only impressive but also beautiful while delivering superb contrast and sharp image quality in every shot. It offers the outstanding resolution required for 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs. By incorporating its latest innovations in design and optical glass and rethinking every aspect of the lens, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality all the way to the edges, establishing the new standard in 135mm telephoto lenses.

With resolution so crystal-clear that individual hairs can be discerned in a portrait, this large-diameter lens also delivers a beautiful bokeh effect, giving photographers everything they need. It is ideal for close-ups and full-body shots, with subjects standing out against a pleasantly blurred background. In addition to standard portraits, including bridal shots, this lens is a top performer for live events, with its super-fast autofocus capturing subjects with ease.

【Key features】

  1. The ultimate 135mm telephoto designed to prioritize optical performance
  • Image quality optimal for ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs

To deliver the ultra-high resolution that brings the best out of 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs, the focus mechanism features SIGMA’s floating system. No matter what the distance from the subject, this lens offers top performance from the center to the edges of the image. By minimizing distortion as well, the lens delivers impeccable image quality—no need for digital adjustment during image processing.

  • Ideal for portraits requiring a dramatic bokeh effect

The 135mm focal length delivers a stunning compression effect: even fairly close to the subject, the telephoto ring allows the photographer to establish a variety of dramatic perspectives. The compression effect truly shines in both close-ups and full-length portraits, making composition easy. Moreover, the large diameter with F1.8 brightness makes possible a body shot with an impressive bokeh background. In sum, this lens puts a full menu of compositional options at the photographer’s fingertips.

  1. Fast and nimble autofocus photography

The large hypersonic motor (HSM) offers two benefits. It delivers ample torque to the focusing group for outstanding speed, ensuring exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds. The acceleration sensor detects the orientation of the lens, allowing the autofocus system to respond to varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity. Along with the optimized AF algorithm, these features deliver fast autofocus photography. In addition, the focus limiter makes AF highly responsive to distance from the subject for even more nimble performance.

  1. Sixth 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line

Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was the first lens in the Art line. Since then, SIGMA has developed a wide variety of lenses for the line, and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM|Art is the sixth prime lens in the line to offer 35mm full-frame coverage. Now even stronger, the Art line sets the new standard for prime lenses in the ultra-high-megapixel era.

  1. Other features
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override

Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type

  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof construction
  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK

Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible

  • Available Mount Conversion Service

Allows use with another camera body

  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan

With outstanding craftsmanship

  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

For more information about the SIGMA GLOBAL VISION lineup of fine products, please visit the official SIGMA global website:

SIGMA GLOBAL VISION: http://www.sigma-global.com

Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups | Minimum aperture (width): F16 | Filter size: ø82mm | Angle of view (35mm): 18.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 87.5cm./34.4in. | Dimensions (diameter x length): ø91.4mm x 114.9mm/4.0in. x 4.5in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5 | Weight: 1,130g/40.2oz.

4.5:1 Super Macro Lens from Mitakon

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens

ZY Optics releases the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens for high magnification shots

Shenyang China, Dec 19, 2016 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new compact Super Macro Lens for full frame cameras, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens and it features a high reproduction ratio up to 4.5:1.

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is very compact in its class which allows photographers to capture extremely fine details or patterns with ease. The lens is capable of creating unbelievable macro images ranging from 4x to 4.5x magnification. Users no longer need to DIY or use any extension tubes to reach high magnification shooting. It incorporates a 6pcs of elements in 4 groups structure which delivers impressive resolution from corners to corners. Weighing merely 0.5 lbs (230g) and 6cm long, it is a perfect companion for wildlife and outdoor shooting. The wide angle of view and close focusing distance allows you to compose creative images with more information included into the frame. Greater magnification (up to 13:1) can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes or bellows. The high magnification is also extremely useful for scientific purposes.

The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts are available.

Pricing & Availability

Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is now available to ship and purchase at ZY Optics authorized resellers and at our official website (http://www.zyoptics.net/). The Recommended Retail price is USD 199.

Leica SL firmware 2.2 and Summilux SL ships

Press release issued by Leica UK:

Firmware update 2.2 for Leica SL with improved support for Leica Image Shuttle software and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens – available today

Leica Camera has released Firmware Update 2.2 for the Leica SL mirrorless system camera, improving support for the Mac versions of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 and Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0., as well as supporting the new Microsoft Windows version of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5.

Registered Leica SL owners can download the new software and firmware updates from the Leica Owners’ Area (https://owners.leica-camera.com) or take their camera to their local Leica Store or Leica Customer Care in the UK for a complimentary installation.

Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 improves workflow efficiency for tethered shooting with the Leica SL and allows the camera to be controlled from a computer via a USB 3.0 cable connection. All relevant exposure parameters such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO value and autofocus can be set and controlled from the computer, and exposures can be displayed directly on a large monitor screen for assessment.

The Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 (for Mac) – also available as a download from the Leica Owners’ Area – establishes a direct connection between the Leica SL and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC for Mac via USB cable. The camera’s shutter release can be activated from the plug-in and the images captured can be displayed directly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC (for Mac), making the workflow even faster and more reliable. The corresponding firmware update is required for the use of Leica Image Shuttle and the Leica Tethered Plug-in.

Firmware update 2.2 also removes the shutter speed limitation when shooting with 6-bit coded Leica M-Lenses, while further optimising the performance of the Leica SL system.

Available from today, the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first prime lens for the Leica SL-System and sets a new standard in its class. Its large maximum aperture makes this high-performance lens ideal for photography in challenging lighting conditions, and enables the use of shallow depth of focus as a creative tool. Furthermore, the fast, precise and reliable autofocusing ensures that photographers can concentrate fully on composition and creativity. The lens’ combination of resolving power and soft bokeh in unsharp areas clearly isolates subjects from their background, particularly when shooting at maximum aperture.

Lens Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Field angle

(diagonal, horizontal, vertical) 47.9°/40.5°/27.7°

Optical design

Number of lenses/groups 11/9

Number of aspherical lenses 2

Entrance pupil position 76.8 mm

Working range 0.6 m to infinity

Distance setting

Smallest object field 241 × 362 mm

Largest reproduction ratio 1:10

Aperture

Setting/function Electronically controlled aperture, set using turn/push wheel on camera, including half values Aperture setting range 1.4 -22

Lowest value 22

Bayonet/sensor format Leica L bayonet, full-frame 35 mm format

Filter mount E82

Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet mount 124 mm

Largest diameter 88 mm

Weight 1.065 g

For additional product specifications, please visit: Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Fotodiox announces Nikon to Sony FUSION Adapter

Fotodiox Pro, creator and distributor of several lines of specialty solutions for videography, cinematography and photography, has announced their new Nikon to Sony FUSION Lens Adapter. Available now on Fotodioxpro.com, the Nikon to Sony FUSION Adapter allows photographers to mount Nikon lenses onto Sony cameras and maintain electronic communication between the two, delivering decades of legendary Nikon imaging expertise to the hands of full frame or APS-C Sony E-Mount camera users.

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Get ready for control with the new PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens

Press release issued by Nikon Europe:

PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens
PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens

RRP:  £3,299.99 / €3,999

Sales start date: 27th October 2016

London, UK, 19th October 2016: Nikon takes compositional flexibility to a new level with the first FX-format perspective control (PC) lens to employ two PC rotation mechanisms. Ideal for architectural, fine art, and landscape photography, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is made for photographers who have a keen sense of space.

Thanks to its picture angle and unique tilt, shift, and double-layer rotation capabilities, this manual focus lens enables photographers to shoot from the perfect starting point. Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, and in combination, essentially replicating the movements of a large-format view camera. Photographers can exercise extensive control over the lens’ focal plane, and easily shift to create images unaffected by convergence. Or tilt to create landscapes that are sharp from the foreground to the background, without the need to close the aperture as you would with standard lenses. The 19 mm angle of view is ideal for large structures and spaces, and the unique optical construction ensures the distortion common in wide-angle lenses is minimised, even at the edges of the frame.

Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “This FX-format lens is a long-awaited addition to Nikon’s line-up of NIKKOR lenses with perspective control. Having been developed in response to the demands of professionals who work with PC lenses, it offers a powerful combination of picture angle and uncompromised edge to edge image quality”.

Summary of key features

19 mm ultra-wide angle of view

The 19 mm angle of view means photographers can capture the true proportions of a scene, or take in more of the structure and less of the foreground.

High precision: legendary NIKKOR quality

Two aspherical lens elements greatly reduce coma and other types of aberration. Three extra-low-dispersion glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates ghosting and flare throughout the frame, even in backlit situations.

Double-layer PC rotation: shoot from the perfect starting point

Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, or in combination. Tilt can be rotated independently up to 90° in either direction, and the whole lens can also be rotated up to 90°.

Smooth operator: superb build, exceptional ergonomics

The sturdy shift mechanism allows for smooth operation. The lens is compact and weighs approximately 885 g. And it boasts Nikon’s fluorine coating, which actively repels water, dust and dirt without compromising image quality.

ENDS

PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens
PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens

Specifications

  • Focal length: 9 mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/4
  • Minimum aperture: f/32
  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 13 groups (including 3 ED glass, 2 aspherical lens elements, and lens elements with Nano Crystal Coat or fluorine coat)
  • Angle of view: 97° (73° with a DX-format camera)
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.25 m / 0.9 ft. from focal plane
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.18x
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Perspective control: Horizontal and vertical tilt and shift. Shift of ±12 mm, tilt of ±7.5°
  • Rotation: 90° left and right with stops every 30°
  • Filter attachment size: No filter attachment possible
  • Diameter x length (extension from lens mount): Approx. 89 mm maximum diameter × 124 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange, based upon CIPA guidelines)
  • Weight: Approx. 885 g (based upon CIPA guidelines)
  • Supplied accessories: LF-4 rear lens cap, Slip-on front lens cap LC-K101, lens case CL-1120

Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance, specifications, and performance of this product at any time and without prior notice.

Raise your game with the new AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Press release issued by Nikon Europe:

AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

RRP:  £2,649.99 / €3,229

Sales start date: 10th November 2016

London, UK, 19th October 2016: Nikon makes the FX-format telephoto zoom of choice for professional photographers faster, lighter, and more agile than ever. Engineered to excel, the new AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will keep photographers working with Nikon’s fast-shooting DSLRs one step ahead.

Whether shooting sports, action, news, or reportage, the latest incarnation of this renowned lens boasts a range of enhancements that make a real difference in the field. Improved AF tracking and exposure control, as well as VR SPORT mode, combine to deliver exceptional burst shooting. Compared to its predecessor, edge-to-edge performance is improved, and light fall off has been reduced. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. Configurable buttons on the barrel make operation smoother, and the zoom and focus ring positions are reversed for more balanced handling. Thanks to a new magnesium alloy lens barrel, and HRI and fluorite elements, this lens has never been so light, yet the build is as tough as ever.

Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “The new NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E offers an astounding jump in image quality and a faster, smoother shooting experience all round. SPORT VR, and ergonomics inherited from Nikon’s recent 400 mm, 500 mm, and 600 mm telephoto lenses will make a unmistakable difference to photographers shooting fast, unpredictable action with a professional DSLR like the D5.”

Summary of key features

Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) and lens-to-camera precision

The latest generation of Nikon’s VR enables shooting at shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than without VR¹, and activates the instant the shutter is pressed halfway. SPORT VR mode delivers a more stable viewfinder image when shooting exceptionally fast action. Improved AF tracking enables photographers to respond swiftly and precisely to autofocus changes. An electromagnetic aperture mechanism enables exceptionally stable AE control—even during a high-speed burst.

Exceptional integrity: optical precision to the edge of the frame

A brand new optical construction ensures superior edge-to-edge performance. The new optical design includes six ED glass elements, a fluorite lens element, and a High Refractive Index (HRI) element. Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare for greater image clarity, whilst colour fringing, chromatic aberration and distortion are controlled throughout the zoom range.

¹ In Normal mode based on CIPA standard.

ENDS

AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Specifications:

  • Focal length: 70 – 200 mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8, automatic electro-magnetic aperture control
  • Minimum aperture: f/22, automatic electro-magnetic aperture control
  • Vibration reduction: 4.0 stops (in NORMAL mode, based on CIPA standards). Modes available: VR OFF, NORMAL, SPORT. Can be used in combination with tripods (automatic detection)
  • Lens construction: 22 elements in 18 groups (including 6 ED glass, 1 fluorite lens and 1 HRI lens elements and lens elements with Nano Crystal coat or fluorine coat )
  • Angle of view: 34°20′ – 12°20′ (22°50′ – 8°00′ with a DX-format camera)
  • Minimum focus distance: 1.1 m / 3.6 ft. from focal plane. Focus limit switch available (5 m – ∞ or 1.1 m – ∞): Maximum reproduction ratio 0.21x
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Filter attachment size: 77 mm
  • Diameter x length (extension from lens mount): pprox. 88.5 mm maximum diameter × 202.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange, based upon CIPA guidelines)
  • Weight: Approx. 1430 g (based upon CIPA guidelines)
  • Supplied accessories: LC-77 77mm snap-on front lens cap, LF-4 rear lens cap, HB-78 Bayonet Hood, CL-M2 semi-soft lens case

 

    Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance, specifications, and performance of this product at any time and without prior notice.

 

Leica Summaron lens revival

Press release issued by Leica UK:

Leica Summaron-M

The renaissance of a classic lens:

Ultra-compact LEICA SUMMARON-M 28mm f/5.6 wide-angle lens for unobtrusive reportage photography

Leica Camera has expanded the portfolio of its M rangefinder system with the modern renaissance of a classic Leica lens: the Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6.

First introduced as a screw mount lens in 1955, the predecessor of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 is still one of the most compact wide-angle lenses within the Leica M-System, and is famous for its characteristic signature. The new lens takes its lead from the classically compact construction of its ancestor and brings the unique, analogue look it lends to pictures into the age of digital photography.

The optical design and mechanical construction of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 are identical to those of its predecessor, which was manufactured at the Leitz factory in Wetzlar until 1963. Combining the latest optical developments, highest quality finishing and outstanding optical design, the new edition of this very special lens is much more than a simple reconstruction of an existing model.

With minimal contemporary design elements, the new version of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 has been reduced to the essentials, but loses none of the character of its legendary ancestor. Its exceptionally short length of less than two centimetres makes it particularly unobtrusive and, together with the incomparable discretion of the Leica M camera, an ideal lens for street photography. The combination of a clearly laid-out depth of field scale and long focus throw allows extremely precise pre-focusing.

The optical design of six elements in four groups arranged symmetrically around the iris of the new lens is identical to that of its precursor. Indeed, the historic optical design of the original lens has remained completely unchanged. For example, wide open, the new Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 renders subjects with rich contrast across almost the entire image field.

The combination of extreme depth of field, natural contrast rendition, excellent resolution of detail and visible vignetting create a unique visual signature, and lend pictures a special look reminiscent of the earlier days of analogue photography.

The exterior of the new Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 reflects the contemporary look of the current Leica M lens portfolio, including the Leica M bayonet mount with 6-bit coding, the shape of the focusing lock button, the diameter of the aperture ring and the style of the knurling on the barrel and rings. The design and construction of the lens hood also mirrors the original and evokes memories of the beginnings of rangefinder photography. The hood is machined from solid brass and finished in a meticulous manufacturing process, and is included with the lens.

As with all other Leica lenses, the Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 was designed and developed by Leica’s precision engineers and optical specialists in Wetzlar. As a particularly reliable product with enduring value, it is made in Germany from only the finest materials and assembled in an intricate process entirely by hand. The combination of cutting-edge technology and exceptionally thorough manufacturing procedures guarantees consistently excellent quality and durability.

Pricing and availability

The Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 has a suggested retail price of £1,900 including VAT.

Due to strong expected demand, the lens must be pre-ordered. Orders will be fulfilled in sequence according to order date.

Technical specifications LEICA SUMMARON-M 28mm f/5.6
   
Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical): 75°/65°/46°
Optical design

Number of lenses/groups:

Position of entrance pupil

(at infinity):

 

6/4

2.4 mm (behind the bayonet flange in the direction of impinging light )

Focusing

Working range:

Scales:

Smallest object field/

Largest reproduction ratio:

 

1m to infinity

Metric distance scale

801 x 1201 mm /

1:33.4

Aperture

Setting/function:

Smallest aperture value:

 

Preselection with click stops

22

Lens mount Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6-bit bar coding for Leica M digital cameras
Filter mount Inner thread for E34 screw-mount filters, non-rotating
Lens hood Detachable (supplied with the lens)
Viewfinder Camera viewfinder
Finish Silver chrome
Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet flange:

Largest diameter:

Weight:

 

≈ 18 mm

≈ 51 mm

≈ 165 g