Posts Tagged ‘lens’

A Closer Look at Nikon’s New Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens Technology

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Weighing just 1.66 pounds, Nikon’s newly announced 300mm f/4 is the world’s lightest 300mm full frame prime autofocus lens. It’s also the first Nikon DSLR lens to feature the company’s new Phase Fresnel (PF) technology, which is the main reason the lens can be so small and lightweight.
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The First Leaked Pictures of the Upcoming Rokinon 135mm f/2 Lens

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Rokinon, the lens brand owned by South Korea’s Samyang, has been teasing a new “three digit” lens for weeks now. The first images of the lens were leaked onto the Web today. As many commentators suggested, it will be a 135mm f/2 lens.
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Nikon May Be Working on a Modular Lens System with Mix and Match Pieces

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In the past several years, there have been quite a few mentions of modular camera designs that split sensors, screens, and bodies of cameras into separate, replaceable parts. Today is the first time we’ve heard of a completely modular lens system.

A recently published Nikon patent appears to show just that: a lens that is assembled by connecting a number of circular pieces to form a complete barrel.
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The Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 is a Strong and Silent Lens Designed with Photojournalists in Mind

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Fujifilm has officially announced the 16-55mm f/2.8, a lens that the world has known of since last year when Fuji released a detailed roadmap of upcoming products.
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The Venus 60mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro is the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus

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A new Chinese lens manufacturer called Venus Optics has unveiled a new 60mm f/2.8 ultra macro lens that it claims is the world’s first 2:1 magnification lens with infinity focus.
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Here’s a Look at the VR Sport Stabilization in Nikon’s New $12,000 400mm f/2.8 Lens

The Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a new $12,000 lens for sports and wildlife photographers. One of the new features to appear in the lens is a vibration reduction mode called VR Sport. The video above offers a look at how VR Sport compares to VR Normal and no stabilization.
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Deal Alert: Buy the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens for Just $648

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Here’s a first-come-first-serve deal alert: if you’re a Canon shooter in the market for a versatile zoom lens, you can currently purchase the popular Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for just $648 new on eBay from the store getitdigital. The lens is currently priced at $1,149 from B&H and Amazon, so that’s a savings of $501 (~44% off).
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Comparing the Optics of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 and the $125 Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

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I recently did a simple review that compared Yongnuo’s new $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. Today I will dive a little deeper into how the two lenses stack up optically.

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home.
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Lens Technologies: Fluorine vs. Fluorite

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There are two lens terms that have similar sounding (and potentially confusing) names: fluorine and fluorite. Apparently quite a few people have trouble distinguishing between the two, so here’s a quick look at what they each are.
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There’s a Nikon 2000mm f/11 on eBay, Complete with a Lens Cap and Carrying Case

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If you’ve been dying to get your own copy of the super rare Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 mirror lens, here’s a prime opportunity to snag one: a copy of the lens has appeared on eBay, complete with a leather “lens cap” and a nice aluminum case for transporting the beast. The buy it now price is a cool $32,777.
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