Words got out last week Leica is coming out with an ultra wide Super-Elmar-M 18 mm lens, and today, the announcement of the new Leica along with the SF58 flash unit are official. The new wide-angle lens is a better candidate than the Zeiss 18mm f/4 Distagon and can be used both on Leica M analog camera models, as well as on the digital Leica M8 or M8.2.
Last Month Sigma unveiled an exciting ultra zoom range 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM, and revealed its tentative EF-mounted launch date by February 21th. Today, they have postponed the release of the digitally optimized crop sensor lens for three more weeks. Retails of the holdback were not given, nor they have revealed further release dates for the rest of Pentax, Nikon or Sony’s mounted DSLRs.
PMA 2009 is nearly two weeks away, there aren't any news from Leica front so far; but super wide shooters get your wallet ready, the French has posted a preview of an upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar. A tap faster than Zeiss 18mm f/4 Distagon, less distortion and better vignetting control, but twice as expensive!
Our thought on Nikon’s lack of interest in much faster primes than the newly announced DX 35mm 1.8G could change this year, and probably around the PMA 2009. In an interview with folks from DPR, the Nikon’s Europe Region lenses product manager, Ludovic Drean, has revealed company’s plan to release more DSLR lenses by this year.
According to Drean, “ this [refer to AF-S DX 35mm F1.8 ] is not the lens announcement we’ll making this year” but details were thin on lenses focus distance and format.
Nikon has recently covered the 35mm digitally optimized DX, and 50mm Nikkor AF-S with field of view equivalent to about 50mm and 75mm lens on a 35mm sensor size camera. Would there be another affordable large aperture DX-format fast prime at wider end, says 20ish? Or they will finally get to fill one of the many holes in FX line-up, or a combination of both ? I’m sure the Nikonians are dreaming on a AF-S F1.2G for a very long time now.
Nikon has today announced the AF-S DX 35mm F1.8G lens with field of view equivalent to about a 52mm lens on a 35mm sensor size camera. It’s the faster Nikon’s DX-format digital SLR prime lens to date, but hardly ground breaking.
Shoot! I thought my stacked lenses with 2.7:1 magnification was extreme, Nikon optics geek-squad have came out a portable stereoscopic microscope, for the first time ever, allows the use of its DSLR lineup to capture images with magnification of up to 66 times from a 1.5 crop factor image sensor.
As you’ve probably aware, due to plunging of the major currencies against raising yen, Nikon has begun to implement a price raise to most of its Digital SLR optics, globally. First country to confirm new pricing came from our friendly neighbor to the North, then the UK, Australia and is now taking its toll in US major retailers.
An official announcement of the US prices adjustment was never revealed to consumers, but was shortly reported by camera vendors and Nikon Guru Thom Hogan with manufacturer’s plan to change in pricing term coming in the beginning of February. Camera bodies and bundle kits are said to hold its current pricings, only DLSR lens pricings are going up. As advertised, new prices are set in on number of camera lens, as much as 10-15% increases are being shown major online retailers such as B&H.
Nikon is not the only one that’s raising camera price, other camera and optical lens makers such as Sigma and Canon in Europe regions have announced similar pricing scheme to battle the currency fluctuations. An advice for Canon’s shooter, it’s time to practice your L-fever, store ‘em used L-lens up.
A typical manually focus camera lens shows focus distances and aperture values, but this innovative camera lens designed by Sharad Haksar, has adjustable ring elements to form calendar.
Sculpted from a single aluminum block into a lens shape, the front ring elements are marked with the year, month and date instead of the focus distance, shutter speed and aperture values you would normally expect from a camera lens. Each ring controls an aspect of the calendar to cue dates from 2008 to 2032. We aren’t sure if the calendar feature is powered electronically to keep data up to date, but we are pretty sure it doesn't come in F or EF bayonet mount.
Pentax prime junkies will have to stick with consumer FA 50 just a little longer, Pentax Japan has postponed the long overdue professional build quality SMC PENTAX DA Star 55mm F1.4 SDM to next month (February 20, 2009), parts procurement delays were to blame.
Sigma dished out a total of three HSM OS zoom lens last year at PMA, covering as wide as 18mm to 500mm of focus distance for a variety of shoot subjects. The 09 PMA is still one and a half month away; the manufacturer is already prepping another piece of ultra zoom lens with similar features- a digital APS-C crop sensor version of 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC with optical stabilizer (OS) and HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), extending 50mm more on the tele end to its popular line of 18-200mm.