Posts Tagged ‘lenses’

Old Timers: Using 1980s Minolta Lenses on a Modern Sony Digital Camera

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Bear with me now. I promise there are photos after all this preamble. I’m going to try to keep the camera talk to a dull roar on this post even though it is principally about lenses.

Over the last 6 weeks, I’ve had a fever… a fever that has but one cure… more old Minolta lenses!
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Sony Unleashes Four New FE Lenses: A 28mm, 35mm, 90mm Macro, and 24-240mm

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Sony today announced four new full-frame lenses for its E-mount camera system today, bringing the total number of FE lenses to 11. The new lenses are: the 28mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, 90mm f/2.8 macro, and 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3.
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Battle of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Lenses: $2,200 Canon Versus $1,500 Tamron

Looking to buy a lens in the popular 70-200mm focal range for your Canon DSLR? If want the best money can buy, you’re probably looking at a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, which costs a hefty $2,200. If you’d like the same range, fixed f/2.8 aperture, and stabilization but at a more affordable price point, the $1,500 Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC might be a product you’ve been eyeing. But how do these two lenses stack up against each other, and how big of a difference is there?

In the 10-minute video above, Kai Wong of DigitalRev pits the two options against each other on the streets of Hong Kong.
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Murmurings of What’s to Come in Sigma’s Art Line of Lenses: 85mm, 135mm, and 24-70mm

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A week ago, Sigma unveiled its new 24mm f/1.4, the latest lens in its highly-regarded Art line of lenses. Now, the rumor mill is churning again as photographers look forward to which focal length Sigma will cover next.
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Video: The Technologies Inside Canon’s EF Lenses

If you’d like a primer on the technologies found inside Canon’s EF line of lenses, look no further than this 12-minute introduction created by Canon. We learn about things like aspherical lenses, fluorite lenses, diffractive optics, USM, lens coatings, and more.

Canon produced its 100 millionth EF lens back in April of 2014.

(H/T The Digital Picture)

Nikon Announces Two New Lenses: The 300mm f/4 and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II

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Nikon has announced two new lenses alongside its new D5500 entry-level DSLR: the 300mm f/4 telephoto and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II versatile zoom.
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Leaked Photos Offer a First Look at the Nikon D5500, 300mm f/4, and 55-200mm f/4-5.6

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The first leaked photographs have emerged showing the Nikon D5500 DSLR and two new lenses: the 300mm f/4 and the 55-200mm f/4-5.6.
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Yongnuo Will Unveil Cheaper Clones of Nikon Lenses Before the End of 2015

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One of the big stories in the world of camera gear this past year has been Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo’s expansion into cheap clones of Canon lenses. While Canon shooters are buzzing about their new budget glass options, Nikon photographers have been wondering if Yongnuo will ever offer clones of their favorite lenses.

We’ve got the scoop that answers that question: Yongnuo will offer cheaper clones of Nikon lenses by the end of 2015.
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A Brief Comparison of Canon 400mm Lenses, Mark I Against Mark II

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Canon shooters have a bit of 400mm excitement right now. The biggest news, of course, is the release of the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens, replacing the original version that’s had a very long, successful run.

Not quite so much excitement was generated by the release of the 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens. It too replaces a long running lens, but one that has been considered more of a niche lens. (I’ll admit, though, it’s been one of my favorite niches. I used the 400mm DO a lot over the years.)
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The Puzlook Case Attaches a Sliding Tile Puzzle of 5 Lenses Onto Your iPhone

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This is… interesting. Attachable iPhone lenses and even lens-carousels are nothing new, but the puzlook case is a bit different. Unlike most of the options we’ve seen, the puzlook manages to pack 5 lenses onto your iPhone 5 or 5s using something like a sliding tile puzzle game as a mechanism. Read more…