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2020.10.15

During a live presentation this morning, Fujifilm released the long-expected refresh of their first ultra-wide zoom for the X-mount. Shortly after launching their entirely new mirrorless platform with a handful of prime lenses, Fujifilm started expanding the lineup and on the second year, they added the XF 10-24mm F/4R OIS. This ultra-wide zoom delivers exceptional image-quality in very light form-factor but in hindsight missed weather-sealing since Fujifilm had not introduced any weatherproof mirrorless yet.

The X-platform turned into one of the biggest successes among mirrorless and was quickly adopted by professionals which prompted Fujifilm to create  the X-T1, their first weatherproof mirrorless, in early 2014. With almost 2 years of lenses already in the lineup, they produced new lenses at an unprecedented pace. The first weatherproof ultra-wide came as the spectacular and unrivaled XF 8-16mm F/2.8 LM WR which is also huge and heavy for an APS-C lens.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF10-24mm F/4R OIS WR

Today, a revised weatherproof Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm F/4R WR OIS lens was launched to deliver an ultra-wide field-of-view in a light yet professional-grade lens. Although just 2 letters in the name separate it from its predecessor, the new WR model includes a number of improvements over its predecessor in addition to being fully weatherproof and freezeproof down to -10C. The builtin image-stabilization now provides compensation for 3½-stops of shake, one stop more than the original. Although this number seems low, it was typical almost 7 years ago. Additionally. Fujifilm now started incorporating stabilization into camera bodies which can provide the new XF10-24mm F/4R WR OIS with 6½-stops of stabilization.

Nearly the same dimensions and overall design were kept which is understandable given how successful the original 10-24mm is. Internally though, the optical and mechanical construction has been completely reworked to deliver the level of performance demanded by recent X-series cameras. A new silent motors and mechanics allow the XF10-24mm F/4R WR OIS to be even lighter, at 385g, than its predecessor.

Fujfiilm switched the aperture-ring to one with a marked scale and locking mechanism to avoid accidental mode changes. This lens and its predecessor are among the view ultra-wide zooms which support standard front-mounted filters. Even with all these improvements, the price of the new XF 10-24mm F/4R WR OIS is surprisingly low at $1000 USD or $1350 CAD. It is expected to ship in November.

Reputable Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders for what is a guaranteed success, so pre-orders yours now to get it as soon as it becomes available.

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2020.09.30

Early this morning Sigma launched a completely redesigned macro lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras to exceed the performance of their DSLR equivalent offering which is already known to be among the best performing macro lens on the market.

Sigma A 105mm F/2.8 DG DN Macro

The new Sigma A 105mm F/2.8 DG DN Macro sports an optical system which is highly optimized for macro photography. Its typical F/2.8 maximum aperture allowed Sigma to render details with extremely uniform sharpness. The grouping of optics was built to minimize chromatic aberrations to make this macro lens usable even with a 2X extender. This allows it to push it magnification from 1X to 2X while still delivering exceptional output.

This macro lens is part of the Art series which indicates emphasis on image-quality above all else. The body of the lens is constructed with a highly rigid structure and fully weatherproof. There is a dedicated aperture-ring which is both declickable and lockable. Additionally, a switch can toggle the lens focusing-range from macro, telephoto or both.

According to Sigma, there was a surge of sales for their existing macro lenses as people shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, they took the lead on creating an even better lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras that have experienced growth lately. They expect to ship the Sigma A 105mm F/2.8 DG DN Macro on October 23 in both Sony E and Leica L mounts.

This is surely going to be a lens in high demand and so there are already ways to preorder one:

These reputable online stores ship to the US, Canada and many international destinations.

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2020.09.18

Venus just launched a new 14mm lens for Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras in their Zero-D family of ultra-wide lenses prime lenses with no optical distortion. It provides a middle ground somewhere between the incredibly wide 9mm Zero-D and the still quite wide 15mm Zero-D.

Venus Laowa 14mm F/4 FF RL Zero-D

The new Venus Laowa 14mm F/4 FF RL Zero-D is delivers an extremely wide 114° angle-of-view to capture architecture and sweeping landscape without any distortion. This prime lens is completely manual with an aperture-ring and long throw focus-ring with a depth-of-field scale. Give its 27cm minimum focus-distance, it gives a low 0.07X maximum magnification.

Venus designed this to be one of the smallest ultra-wide lenses on the market. It measures just 58mm wide and 59mm long, while weighing only 228g. Its solid metal barrel ends in a builtin lens hood with 52mm filter-thread.

This new lens is designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras and comes in three mounts: Sony E, Nikon Z and Leica L, all with Full-Frame coverage.

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2020.09.16

Nikon Z F/2.8 Trinity

The final member of the F/2.8 trinity for the Nikon Z mount just launched today. Joining the general 24-70mm F/2.8S and 70-200mm F/2.8S is new Nikkor Z 14-24mm F/2.8S. This new ultra-wide zoom turns a Nikon classic for the Full-Frame F-mount into a much lighter and relatively compact lens designed from the ground up for the wide-diameter Z-mount.

The Nikon Z 14-24mm F/2.8S is covers a  ultra-wide 114° field-of-view and zooms down to cover 84°, exactly where the 24-70mm F/2.8S takes over. This ultra-modern lens features an entirely new optical construction and nearly flat front element which allows it to be the only such lens that supports front-mount filters. Screw-in 112mm mount to the included lens hood, while there is also a builtin slot for gel filters at the back. Glass elements are coated with the latest nano-crystal coatings from Nikon that provide exceptional resistance to flare which can often be a problem when capturing ultra-wide scenes.

Nikon Z 14-24mm F/2.8S

Even among the high-end of Nikon Z lenses, the new 14-24mm F/2.8S is promising to deliver among the best optical performance of the entire S-family. This lens operates internally with multiple lens groups moving to achieve focus quickly and extremely quietly using dual linear focus motors. A LED panel shows distance digitally. The lens is equipped with a customizable control-ring and function button, in addition to a standard A/M switch. The entire lens is built to last and features a weatherproof construction.

Along with the ultra-wide zoom, Nikon unveiled their highest performing lens yet. The new Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.2S is stated to represent the crowning achievement of high-end optical design with a normal lens featuring an ultra-bright F/1.2 maximum aperture. This normal prime lens provides a standard 47° angle-of-view and razor-thin depth-of-field. It joins the Z 50mm F/1.8S already in the S-series but much lighter and the enormous Manual-Focus Only Z 58mm F/0.95S Noct.

Nikon Z 50mm F/1.2S

Taking advantage of the wide-diameter of the Z-mount, the new Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.2S manages to direct rays from the entire imaging area to achieve the most uniform sharpness and luminance possible. This makes the new lens capture extra-fine detail everywhere. The latest coating protect the 50mm F/1.2S against flare and other optical aberrations.

Nikon built the new Z 50mm F/1.2S to a high standard with a fully weatherproof body. Its extremely wide focus-ring allows for very precise control while the lens is fully capable of autofocus down to 45mm from the sensor plane. It comes at just over 1kg which twice the Z 50mm F/1.8S but half the Z 58mm F/0.95S Noct, showing exactly the balance reached by this exceptional lens. Like the Z 14-24mm F/2.8S also announced today, the new 50mm F/1.2S also features a customizable control-ring and function button, plus a standard A/M switch.

These two premium lens command an expected premium price. Nikon expects to ship the Nikkor Z 14-24mm F/2.8S for $2400 USD or $3400 CAD in November and the Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.2S for $2100 USD or $3000 CAD in December.

Amazon Canada is already accepting preorders for both lenses: Z 14-24mm F/2.8SZ 50mm F/1.2S.

US and International buyers can place preorders for the Z 50mm F/1.2S at Adorama and B&H Photo and also for the Z 14-24mm F/2.8S at both Adorama and B&H Photo.

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2020.09.16

ZY Optics expanded their series of extremely bright lenses this morning with the new Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95. This lens exclusively designed for the Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless platform provides a normal field-of-view of 65% comparable to a 35mm lens mounted on a Full-Frame camera. It is by far the widest focal-length available with a lens brighter than F/1.2 and provides the depth-of-field of a F/1.8 lens when accounting for the 2X Four-Thirds crop-factor.

ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95

For an extremely bright lens, the Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95 is exceptionally compact and manages a very reasonable weight for 461g or just over one pound. It takes a lot of glass to accumulate so much light and focus it. The rest of the lens is mostly made of metal with a plastic manual focus-ring. Like all current ZY Optics lenses, this is a completely manual lens which requires manual focusing and setting the aperture directly on the lens.

The focus ring has a wide throw for the extra precision needed to focus such narrow depth-of-field. Although the aperture ring is marked in full-stops, it can scale the iris smoothly from F/0.95 to F/16. There are no steps or detents throughout the aperture-range which is helpful during video recording when stops might cause jitters or sound to be captured.

ZY Optics include an unusual even 8-blade aperture ring in their Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95. This will render sunstars with fewer spikes that most cameras as even blades overlap each other. Although unlikely to be used on such an extremely bright lens, there is a 58mm filter-thread at the front.

This lens is scheduled to be imminently available. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are ready to accept preorders for around $400 USD.  Canadian pricing has not been announced yet but these reputable affiliates of ours ship to Canada and many international locations.

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