We've talked about Lensbaby in the past with several interesting lenses for DSLR cameras. The company makes lenses that give you all sorts of strange photographic effects that remind me more than a little of some of the digital filters on Instagram. Lensbaby is back with the new lens called the Spark.
There are a couple new lenses out in the open today from Olympus, both of them with aspirations for greatness and a new generation of both control and limited edition coolness. The First of these is the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60MM F2.8 "Nature Macro Lens", made with dust proofing and splash proofing together with 1x magnification and a focusing distance of 19cm. The second is the Limited Edition M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 in Black, basically the same as the original M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f2.0 large-aperture, wide-angle, single-focal-length interchangeable lens, but this time in black.
Canon is one of the biggest names in the photography industry and offers a number of digital cameras and camcorders. The company's products range from high-end, very expensive professional-grade DSLR cameras to cheap nearly disposable point and shoot cameras for beginners. Canon has announced that it's celebrating a new milestone in the production of its EF lenses.
This week Panasonic is bringing the heat with new cameras, lenses, and more, all in one wallop - in this case, it's the LUMIX G X VARIO 45-150 mm Telephoto Zoom Lens. This piece of hardware is ready to be your new interchangeable telephoto zoom lens for your Micro Four Thirds System standard camera. The LUMIX G VARIO 45-150 mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS45150) brings on a giant zoom range of 45-150 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 90-300 mm), and can bust out telephoto shots with the best of them.
If you’re looking to step up from a smartphone camera but don’t want to lug around a DSLR, a Micro Four Thirds camera might just do the trick. The benefits include interchangeable lenses too, and Panasonic has a new one that’s compatible with Lumix G cameras. The LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm offers the 35mm equivalent of 24-70mm, and has a f/2.8 aperture at any zoom level.
This week Sony have revealed the a57 A-mount camera with translucent mirror technology and a set of advanced features set to impress mainstream SLR users across the market. This camera brings pro-level performance to the masses with 12 fps shooting, Full HD (60p) Video Capture, and a lovely high-resolution Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder. This camera is meant to be the direct successor of the Sony a55 camera and is set to take on the DSLR user masses immediately upon release.
It's time to get serious about the next big camera release from Canon, the 5D Mark III, also known with an X in the name to assure you its hardcore. This camera was spotted in the plains a few weeks ago sporting a gigantic lens and no less than a pre-build set of hardware surrounding it. The camera we're looking at here is set to have official information released on February 28th, 2012 - if the tips are true, that is.
Lensbaby has outed its latest unusual optic, the Lensbaby Edge 80, an 80mm focal length model that offers a "selective slice of sharp focus" in your frame. Mounting on the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak lens bodies, the $300 Edge 80 has a 12-blade internal aperture that can be adjusted from f/2.8 through f/22: it can either be used face-on for a flat field of focus, or angled to slice the focus through the picture at any angle.
Sony has a new super-telephoto lens for the size-queens and long-distance spies among you, the Sony SAL500F40G, a 500mm fixed focal length G Lens to add some serious heft to the front of your DSLR. An F.4.0 maximum aperture and weather-resistant body add up to a lens ideal for high-speed photos and video, Sony reckons, as well as delivering SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation with the company's Alpha-series cameras.
Tamron, budget alternative to the more expensive official lenses from the likes of Canon and Nikon, has a new baby they're showing off today. The 24-70mm F/2.8 zoom lens will compete with similar models from the official camera manufacturers, with one crucial distinction: it includes image stabilization technology, which no other manufacturer is offering at this size at present. Tamron's low-noise motor is also packed in under their "Ultrasonic Silent Drive" label. There's no word on pricing or availability for the "SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD", but expect it to come in mounts for all the popular Digital SLRs out there.