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2020.05.27

Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6

Panasonic just revealed the most original lens for full-frame cameras of recent years! This unique zoom is designed for the Leica L-mount system of Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras uses by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. The innovative Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 covers an exceptionally wide angle-of-view and a normal view in a single lens. At its widest, the angle-of-view spans 94° on a Full-Fame. On the other end, its 60mm focal-length produces a 40° angle-of-view. This flexibility comes with a dim F/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture, depending on the focal-length.

This lens is part of the generic S-series which does not put it on the same level as the Pro S-series but allows Panasonic to make this lens compact and very light while remaining fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. At 350g, this is the lightest Full-Frame zoom for L-mount and one of the lightest lenses overall. All Panasonic Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras feature builtin image-stabilization, so this lens does not need any.

It is exciting to start seeing highly innovate products like this one! The focal-range provided by the Panasonic Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 is incredibly versatile. Being able to capture landscape and standard images with a single lens is sure to please travel and event photographers that take the whole view or details without swapping lenses. This lens even manages to achieve a 0.43X magnification to reach near-macro capabilities.

Panasonic expects to ship the Lumix S 20-60mm F/3.5-5.6 at the end of July for $600 USD. Canadian pricing has not been announced yet. Pre-order this incredible lens at Adorama or B&H Photo. Neither of these two reputable stores will charge your credit-card until the lens actually ships, while securing a spot among the first to receive one.

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2020.04.15

When Nikon launched its Z-mount platform with two Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras, it started a new line of compatible lenses and suspiciously specified the angle-of-view of each lens in both Full-Frame and APS-C terms, accounting for the 1.5X Crop-Factor of the latter. This foreshadowed the launch of the Nikon Z50 reviewed here, currently the only Z-mount camera with an APS-C sensor.

Even though the Nikon Z50 is compatible with all Z-mount lenses, those projecting a Full-Frame imaging circle are much larger and heavier than needed, negating the one true advantage of a smaller sensor. To address this, and that the Nikon Z50 does not feature builtin image-stabilization, Nikon released two DX lenses, both with stabilization, along with the Z50 announcement.

These new lenses are designed for compactness above all else, resulting in lightweight lenses that are very small for their focal-range, but also rather dim. A roundup of Nikon Z-Mount DX lenses was started at Neocamera with both the DX 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 VR and DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR each getting a review.

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2020.04.08

Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD

Continuing on delivering a set of unique lens for Sony E-mount, Tamrom just launched a new bright constant-aperture zoom for Sony Full-Frame mirrorless digital cameras. The Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD is designed specifically for to deliver the lightest possible constant-aperture telephoto zoom lens and even manages to provide a weatherproof constructions.

The Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD is medium telephoto lens which keeps a bright maximum F/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. The external zoom is quite packed with optical elements which makes the lens a little front-heavy and so Tamron included a locking mechanism to prevent zoom creep. As a match for Sony mirrorless which now all sport 5-axis image-stabilization systems, this new Tamron lens does not include stabilization to save weight and complexity, allowing it to sell at a lower cost. The only downside is that uses of low-end Sony APS-C mirrorless will not get stabilization at all with this lens.

A newly designed VXD motor promises faster autofocus while reducing the AF-range which is a highly unusual choice. The electronic autofocus motor can focus down to 85cm at any focal-length which gives it a magnification of 0.21X when set to 180mm. Switching over to Manual Focus though, the lens can focus down to 27cm which gives a much better 0.5X magnification. In theory, using a limited focus-range would allow the lens to autofocus more quickly.

What is really interesting about the new Tamron Di III 70-180mm F/2.8 VXD is that it offers a unique compromise. While there are already two longer 70-200mm constant aperture zoom made by Sony for their Full-Frame mirrorless, cutting down just 20mm on the long-end allowed Tamron to make their F/2.8 lens lighter than the Sony F/4 version while providing the same F/2.8 aperture a lens that weighs a full pound more!

Tamron expects to ship this new lens mid-May for a suggested retail price of $1200 USD. Those interested can already place pre-orders at B&H Photo or Adorama. No charge will be made until the lens actually ships, while ensuring to be among those to receive it first.

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2020.02.25

Sony expanded their lineup of Full-Frame lenses for E-mount this morning with a surprise announcement for the Sony FE 20mm F/1.8G. Joining the growing family of high-end G-lenses, this lens is the widest native prime for E-mount by Sony. Its bright maximum aperture a full-stop wider than zoom lenses covering its focal-length.

Sony FE 20mm F/1.8G

The new Sony FE 20mm F/1.8G is designed to deliver exceptional image-quality in a light-weight and relatively compact design. Its durable body is weatherproof and features a declickable aperture-ring and focus-hold button, plus the usual AF/MF switch. The front of the lens accommodates standard 67mm filters. This 20mm offers features for photography and videography, including a silent linear autotfocus motor. A switch on the side of the lens, allows the aperture-ring to rotate smoothly without stops.

With its combination of bright optics and ultra-wide angle-of-view, the Sony FE 20mm F/1.8G is  ideal for various types of night photography, from architecture to astrophotography.  This is attractive lens for travel photographers capturing images in interiors of monuments, churches and temples.

Sony expects this new lens to ship next month for $900 USD or $1200 CAD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders at the previous links.

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2020.02.12

Early this morning, Olympus launched a trio of new mirrorless products, one professional camera, one entry-level and a compact high-end lens. These expand the Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless platform at both ends of the product scale.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

First up is the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III professional mirrorless. This camera fits parallel to the flagship OM-D E-M1X designed for Action Photography with a camera that is much more compact and versatile, promising to be one of the best digital cameras for Travel Photography on the market.

The new E-M1 Mark III  features the same 20 MP High-Speed Four-Thirds CMOS sensor as the E-M1X and is therefore capable of continuously shooting full-resolution images at  60 FPS using an electronic-shutter. With the mechanical shutter, it manages an impressive 15 FPS. The fast readout speed lets this mirrorless record Cinema 4K video at 24 FPS or 4K Ultra-HD at 30 FPS.

Olympus perfected their already leading 5-axis image-stabilization mechanism with a new system that can correct for up to 7 -stops of shake compared to hand-holding. When paired with an optically stabilized lens, this extends further to a total of 7.5-stops. Having such an improved sensor-shift system makes it possible to assemble a Multi-Resolution image hand-held, something very few cameras can do.

This high-end camera offers everything expected from a professional model. It  has full manual-controls including Bulb exposures up to 30 minutes, numerous metering modes, extensive bracketing, including in-camera HDR and Focus-Stacking, plus the unique-to-Olympus Live-Time, Live-Bulb and Live-ND modes, further improved in the E-M1 Mark III. This camera features dual control-dials in an IPX1-rated body that is weatherproof, splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof to -10C.

The body of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is nearly identical to its predecessor, adding an 8-way joystick while keeping its sharp 2.4 MP 0.5″ EVF with 0.74X magnification, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor. This remarkable camera weighs in just 504g.

Olympus PEN E-PL10

Second, there is the Olympus PEN E-PL10, the follow up to the entry-level E-PL9. The new model has a nearly identical design and feature set. These models are part of the PEN series of highly compact Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless digital cameras that feature a 3-axis image-stabilization mechanism and simple ergonomics.

The PEN E-PL10 is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on the sensor-shift system that provides 3.5-stops of stabilization. This sensor is capable of outputting 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS and continuous shooting at 8.6 FPS. This mirrorless relies on Contrast-Detect AF only.

Olympus packs an exceptional number of features even in their entry-level offers such as this E-PL10. This includes Bulb exposures, unique metering patterns and flexible bracketing. There is no EVF nor provision to add one but the new tilting 3″ LCD display rotates 180° downwards. There is a single control-dial on this lightweight body that comes in at 332g.

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO

The new Olympus M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO is a high-grade lens for Micro Four-Thirds. It spans an equivalent 24-90mm focal-range with constant F/4 aperture. The optical design of this zoom makes it one of the most compact constant-aperture zooms, even within the Micro Four-Thirds system.

This lens bares the PRO label by Olympus which signifies professional-grade image-quality and construction. The M.Zuiko 12-45mm F/4 PRO is weatherproof and freezeproof to -10C and is even certified with an IPX1 rating. This lens weighs in just 254g.

Olympus is making the E-PL10 available immediately with the E-M1 Mark III following in the next two weeks. The 12-45mm F/4 PRO is expected to ship in early April. Follow these links to the full specifications of these new products along with preordering/purchasing options:

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