Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens to start shipping on June 13, 2013

Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens to start shipping on June 13, 2013

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Nikon Japan announced the shipping date for the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens: June 13, 2013. The lens was announced on May 14th. On June 13th Nikon will also start shipping the HB-N107 lens hood, MC-25A adapter cord and CB-N2200FA case (available only in Japan).

via Nikon Rumors.

June 5, 2013 3 comments
Is this the new Canon EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens?

Is this the new Canon EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens?

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Digicame-info just published this first picture of the preciously rumored EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens for the Canon EOS M mirrorless system. The official announcement will be in the next few days.

June 5, 2013 2 comments
DIY: printable Nikon bounce card flash diffuser

DIY: printable Nikon bounce card flash diffuser

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June 3, 2013 19 comments Read More
Canon celebrates production of 90 million EF interchangeable lenses

Canon celebrates production of 90 million EF interchangeable lenses

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TOKYO, Japan, May 29, 2013—Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone as production of the company’s EF-series interchangeable lenses for EOS cameras passed the 90-million-unit mark. Canon turned out its 90-millionth lens, an EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (released in September 2012), on May 23, 2013.

 

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant and since that time, supported by a wide range of users, demand has steadily increased and production has expanded. Today, Canon produces EF lenses at four of the company’s manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

June 3, 2013 5 comments Read More
Review: Canon’s 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x

Review: Canon’s 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x

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If camera manufacturers were high school boys, building super telephoto zooms would be their equivalent of a pissing contest to see who can shoot the farthest or most accurately. Sports photographers would arrive at the stadium packing the biggest lens to win bragging rights, acting like Arnold Schwarzenegger slinging his Gatling gun in Terminator. But Canon’s super telephoto zoom, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, is getting long in the tooth, and it’s time to say, “hasta la vista, baby” to that lens.

June 3, 2013 2 comments Read More
What is a Parfocal lens?

What is a Parfocal lens?

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A parfocal lens is a lens that stays in focus when magnification/focal length is changed. There is inevitably some amount of focus error, but small enough to be considered insignificant.

Microscopy

Parfocal microscope objectives stay in focus when magnification is changed; i.e., if the microscope is switched from a higher power objective (e.g., 40×) to a lower power objective (e.g., 10×), the object stays in focus

Photography

Zoom lenses (sometimes referred to as “true” zoom) are ideally parfocal in that focus is maintained as the lens is zoomed (focal length and magnification changed), which not only is convenient, but also has the advantage of allowing more accurate focusing at maximum focal length and then zooming back to a shorter focal length to compose the image.

Many zoom lenses, particularly in the case of fixed lens cameras, are actually varifocal lenses, which gives lens designers more flexibility in optical design trade-offs (focal length range, maximum aperture, size, weight, cost) than parfocal zoom, and which is practical because of auto-focus, and because the camera processor can automatically adjust the lens to keep it in focus while changing focal length (“zooming”) making operation practically indistinguishable from a parfocal zoom.

Cinematography

Zoom lenses used for moviemaking applications must have the parfocal ability in order to be of practical use. It is almost impossible to stay in correct focus (as done manually by the focus puller) while zooming. This could be possible theoretically, but if the subject and/or camera also move, there are too many variables to correct consistently.

Telescopes

Parfocal telescope eyepieces stay in focus when magnification is changed; i.e., if the telescope is switched from a lower power eyepiece (e.g., 10×) to a higher power eyepiece (e.g., 20×), or vice versa, the object stays in focus.

via Wikipedia

June 3, 2013 39 comments Read More
Review: Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit

Review: Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit

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The following article is a review bei Roger Cicala from lensrentals.com

I was lucky enough to be invited to New York for Zeiss’ Touit lens release and they were kind enough to loan me a 32mm f/1.8 lens in Sony E mount to experiment with. Unfortunately being away during our busiest repair season got me behind and I’ve only just now had a chance to experiment with the lenses a bit.

This is more speculative than what I usually write. Generally I wait until we have multiple copies to run Imatest, look at sample variation, etc. In this case, though, it became apparent that when we do get full stock in, it’s all going to go right back out on rental since there’s already a waiting list. So I thought it would be worth investigating the single Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 copy we had.

June 3, 2013 47 comments Read More
Review: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Review: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

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When I first began looking at the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4, I made judgements about its quality. “It’s plastic, yuck.” “I bet that focus control feels like a rusty zipper.” “The AF selector switch will tick me off.” “It won’t match the speed of my Nikon’s and my focusing tendencies.” My preconceived notions were that I was set for a so-so experience.

May 30, 2013 11 comments Read More
Kodak shows the final design of their soon to come S1 Micro Four Thirds camera

Kodak shows the final design of their soon to come S1 Micro Four Thirds camera

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DC.fever (google translated) published these images of the final Kodak S1 MFT production version. But there is still no info about the price and specs.

May 30, 2013 2 comments Read More
First image of the Leica Mini M

First image of the Leica Mini M

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LOL, I have been right! The Leica Mini M is an APS-C sensor camera with fixed zoom lens! These are the specs:
- Leica Elmar 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 (FF equivalent)
- 16,1 Megapixel APS-C sensor.
- external electronic viewfinder can be used
- Full Aluminum body
- FullHD recording
- Bundled with Photoshop Lightroom.

Share the news!!! The Camera will be announced on June 11 according to Leica. (Thanks A.!).

UDPATE: Price is 2450€! $500 more than the Leica X2 (here at Amazon).

Specs in french (Click on the image to see the full size version):

via Mirrorless Rumors.

May 30, 2013 3 comments Read More