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Dan Havlik  |  Aug 15, 2014  |  0 comments

An extremely rare, Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM super telephoto lens has gone on sale at a UK retailer for £99,000 ($165,270). The lens is one of the largest interchangeable lenses in the world and the longest with autofocus.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Feb 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Ricoh Imaging just introduced two new HD PENTAX D FA Lenses. Designed for use with the current PENTAX K-mount D-SLR cameras (and future PENTAX sensor technology) these lenses offer ranges not found in previous models, including a star-series telephoto zoom and super-telephoto zoom for capturing clear images of distant subjects and weather resistant for shooting in all conditions.

The HD PENTAX D FA lenses feature a high-grade HD Coating which helps produce extra-sharp, high-contrast images, minimizing flare and ghosting, even under demanding lighting conditions such as backlight situations. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 01, 2015  |  0 comments

Ricoh recently announced a 24-70mm high-performance K-mount lens for PENTAX DSLR cameras. The HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR lens offers a versatile focal length range and weather-resistant design that makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications—from wedding, portraiture and sports, to nature, landscape and travel. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Rokinon & Samyang just introduced two new high-end lenses: a 100mm F/2.8 Macro and the new Cine DS 135mm T3.1 Macro. (The Korea-based Samyang company owns the Rokinon brand.)

Jack Neubart  |  Aug 16, 2013  |  0 comments

There are two types of fisheye: circular and diagonal. The Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye Lens is of the diagonal type, delivering a rectangular image with cropped-sensor lenses. The lens I worked with is designed for the Nikon DX (APS-C/cropped) sensor. The APS-C version provides a 180-degree field of view. Other versions are available for other “cropped-sensor” interchangeable-lens cameras, including Micro Four Thirds. My tests were conducted using the Nikon D300.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Rokinon unveiled two new high-speed lenses today: the 21mm F1.4 wide angle and 50mm F1.2 portrait lens. Designed for mirrorless compact system cameras, these lenses are available in mounts for Sony E Micro 4/3, Fuji X and Canon M cameras in black or silver models.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Aug 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Rokinon's new Xeen is a pro level cine lens system with a surprisingly affordable price tag, for this type of video quality and performance. The Xeen system includes three lenses: 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm.

C.A. Boylan  |  Jul 18, 2014  |  0 comments

Tamron recently added the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD (A011 for Nikon mount) and the 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro (B016 for Canon and Nikon mount) to the lens profile for aberration correction offered for Adobe’s Photoshop CC, Camera Raw and Lightroom 5. The lens profile will be bundled with the Camera Raw 8.5 update and Lightroom 5.5. Customers who use these lenses will be able to utilize the software for easy correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberration and peripheral light fall-off based on design data.

C.A. Boylan  |  May 06, 2014  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2014  |  0 comments

Nikon COOLPIX L830
The COOLPIX L830 is an ergonomically designed high-ratio zoom camera with a 3” high-resolution tilt LCD monitor. It features a 34x optical zoom range plus a 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom (an enhanced type of digital zoom) range and a 16MP backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. It records Full HD (1080p) video, even in low light, and reduces the danger of camera shake with the aid of the Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) system. The L830 model’s intelligent features include Easy Auto mode and Smart Portrait System as well as 18 Scene modes and a selection of special effects. The model is available in black and red and has a retail price of $299.95.

Ron Leach  |  May 04, 2016  |  0 comments

Samyang Optics has introduced the first-ever autofocus lenses in their 40-year history, both for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: A 14mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.4. Both lenses feature solid metal build quality, internal focusing, and a sleek minimal design.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jan 13, 2015  |  0 comments

Korean lens manufacturer Samyang has announced a new 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC len. The lens,  which will be available in The lens in Canon, Nikon, Sony E and MFT mounts, is a full frame compatible, prime telephoto lens with a fast f/2.0 aperture and 11 elements in 7 groups.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 08, 2016  |  0 comments

Samyang has continued its ambitious barrage of summer lens introductions with this morning’s unveiling of the 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC lens—a fast, wide-angle for full-frame DSLRs. This comes on the heels of last week’s launch of their SP 35mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS lens for mirrorless cameras.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Serious photography can be seriously expensive, especially for those who update their cameras often and insist on carrying a bag loaded with premium glass. But here’s a secret for photographers on a budget: For the same money (or less), you can often achieve far better results with a high-quality vintage lens, than by “saving money” on a modern mid-level or kit lens.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 03, 2014  |  0 comments

Schneider Optics has introduced a new tilt-shift prime lens created to cover the full-frame sensors of digital SLR cameras. Featuring a wide 28mm focal length, the Schneider-Kreuznach PC-TS Super-Angulon 4.5 / 28 HM Aspheric lens offers users an image circle of 72mm, making it ideal for landscape, architectural and industrial photography.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  0 comments

Filmmaker John P. Hess at Filmmaker IQ brings us this highly informative video that expertly documents the science behind the evolution of photography’s most vital tool—the lens. 

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