Posts Tagged ‘lens’

Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2: A ‘Dream’ Portrait Lens from China

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ZY Optics, the Chinese company behind Mitakon and Zhongyi lenses and adapters, has announced its new Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens. It’s an ultra-fast, manual-focus portrait lens that gives photographers an f/1.2 aperture without breaking the bank.
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The Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 is a Zippy New Wide Angle Prime Lens

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Fujifilm lens announcements aren’t exactly a surprise these days, as the company has been releasing roadmaps to tease the glass that’s in the pipeline. As the roadmap and rumors foretold, there is indeed a new 16mm f/1.4, and that lens was just made official today.
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Lensbaby Velvet 56: A 56mm f/1.6 Manual Focus Lens for Soft Portraits and Macro Shots

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Lensbaby has just added a new lens to its lens lineup. The Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 lens that can be used for super soft portrait shots or for macro images that highlight the details of little things.
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Is This the First Leaked Photo of the Upcoming Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM Lens?

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The rumor mill is saying with relative certainty that Canon is planning to launch a new 50mm f/1.8 IS STM lens. The lens has been rumored for a while and may be announced sometime in the near future this month. Photo Rumors reports that it just received the image above, which appears to be the first leaked photograph we’ve seen of this upcoming lens.


Update: Canon Rumors believes this image to be a fake, saying:

We’re pretty sure it’s a fake, as the font used for the “50mm” is the old font Canon used to use. We’ve been told the lens would have a 49mm filter thread, STM AF and it would be f/1.8. We’ve seen no mention of IS, which this image seems to show.

The second sign that this is a fake is the zoom marker, a prime doesn’t need one of those.

Testing the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens Against Lenses by Major Manufacturers

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Most of you know I’ve been very impressed with Sigma’s new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The 50mm f/1.4 Art is also superb.
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Samyang Announces the Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for $549

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Korean camera gear company Samyang has announced a new Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. The manual focus lens provides life-size 1:1 magnification for macro photographs and can be used as a lens for portraits as well.
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Your Camera Lens Can Double as a Lighter in a Pinch

If you’re out shooting on a sunny day and suddenly find that you need to start a fire, your lens may be able to do the trick. The video above shows how a photographer named Mohammad recently used his Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 lens to light his cigarette while out hiking with friends. You could also use this handy little trick to light a fire if you’re out camping — as long as you have some direct sunlight to focus to a point.

Just the Lenses: The Great 200mm Shootout

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This ‘Just the Lenses’ article will take advantage of a Trioptics Imagemaster optical bench to compare lenses from different camera mounts with no camera involved. Why is that different? Because all other forms of testing (DxO, Imatest, or even photography) tests the camera-lens combination.
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Nikon 6mm f/2.8 Lens for Sale in UK… on Craigslist

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Another rare Nikon 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens is for sale, and this time in a rather unusual place: Craigslist. That’s right, someone around London is selling one of the rarest Nikon lenses through a simple classified listing spotted by one of our readers.
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Here’s an 80x Super-Telephoto Lens for Smartphones

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We recently shared an impressive demo of the 65x optical zoom lens on the Canon SX60. If you’re a smartphone shooter who wants the same reach without having to buy a new camera, check out this ridiculous 80x lens for smartphones.
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