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Olympus launches M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom

Olympus has announced a weather-sealed 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 motor zoom lens with macro capabilities. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ covers the 24-100mm equivalent range and is optimized for video capture. It offers multi-speed powered zooming with a manual zoom option. It also has an AF-hold button (marked as L-Fn) that suspends AF to avoid re-focusing on the wrong object. It is the first Micro Four Thirds lens to feature the same level of sealing as the company's high-end SHG lenses for Four Thirds DSLRs.

SLR Magic announces 23mm F1.7 for Sony NEX's E-mount

Hong Kong-based lens maker SLR Magic has announced a 23mm F1.7 lens for Sony NEX cameras as part of its 'HyperPrime' range. The E-mount lens offers a 35mm equivalent field-of-view and a minimum focus distance of 0.15m to offer a good degree of control over depth-of-field. It becomes the company's forth E-mount lens (in addition to the recently announced 35mm F1.7, 50mm F0.95 and 28mm F2.8), which it claims it is the fastest APS-C lens of this focal length. The company is seeking volunteers to provide feedback, who will be able to buy the lens at a discounted price.

Tamron supports Sony NEX with E-mount 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC

Tamron has announced the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC superzoom for the E-mount used on Sony's NEX cameras. The lens, which comes in two colors, makes it the first third-party manufacturer to offer an autofocus lens for any mirrorless camera system. Unlike the existing, DSLR version, the E-mount lens uses a stepping motor designed specifically for working with contrast-detection AF. The lens offers an image-stabilized 27-300mm equivalent field-of-view on the NEX and comes as an alternative to the Sony 18-200mm. Sales will start in Japan on December 15th.

Sigma to launch non-stabilized 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM for Sony and Pentax

Sigma is launching a non-stabilized version of its 17-50mm F2.8 EX DG HSM for Sony and Pentax. The lens replaces the existing OS versions for these two mounts, for which most cameras have built-in stabilization. The latest version will be available from December 9th. The Japanese recommended selling price remains the same as for the OS version.

Samyang updates 8mm F3.5 fisheye with CPU for Nikon

Samyang has updated its 8mm F3.5 fisheye lens in Nikon mount, adding a CPU to allow better-integrated operation in auto exposure modes. The Samyang AE 8mm 1:3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fish-eye CS allows for full control over exposure from the camera, enables i-TTL flash exposure control, and records lens-related data into image EXIF data. Like its predecessor, the optical design includes 10 elements in 7 groups, with one hybrid aspheric element. The lens is manual focus only, and is designed for use on DX format SLRs. It will be priced at €325 (approx $430 / £280).

SLR Magic launches HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 for Micro Four Thirds

Hong Kong-based SLR Magic has formally announced its HyperPrime 12mm F1.6, a manual focus lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This fast wideangle prime, which has been doing the rounds of testers and reviewers for the past few months, features a traditional aperture control ring and metal-bodied construction. Its optics include three Tantalum glass elements for 'superior cinematic performance'. It will be on sale from the end of November.

Canon announces seven EF Cinema lenses
Alongside the EOS C300, Canon has launched seven EF Cinema lens series, all of which carry a new 'CN-E' designation. Two zooms, a 14.5-60mm T2.6 L and 30-300mm T2.95-3. 7 L, will each be available in EF and PL mounts and be compatible with both Super 35mm-equivalent and APS-C cameras. Meanwhile the 24mm T1.5L, 50mm T1.3L and 85mm T1.3L primes will come in EF mount and be compatible with all sensor sizes up to 35mm full frame. All of the lenses feature manual focus and aperture control, and include an 11-blade aperture diaphragm for attractive defocus effects.
Carl Zeiss announces Distagon T* 2/25 for Canon and Nikon
Carl Zeiss has announces the Distagon T* 2/25 fast wide-angle lens in ZE (Canon) and ZF.2 (Nikon) versions. The manual focus lens will cost around €1217 excluding VAT and is the first Zeiss 25mm for the Canon EF format. The ZF.2 version for Nikon includes a CPU to provide aperture information to the camera, allowing the use of automatic exposure modes and the recording of EXIF data. The company says the existing Distagon 2.8/25 ZF.2 for Nikon will continue to be available. The lens design, featuring 11 elements in 10 groups is more complex than the 9 element, 7 group design of the Sony/Zeiss 24mm F2 announced in July 2010.
Leica launches Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH fast wide-angle lens for S system
Leica has announced the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH fast wide-angle lens for its S-system medium format DSLR. The lens, which offers a 24mm equivalent field of view, can focus down to 0.5m. The company suggests the lens is likely to find use for interior, architectural and landscape photography and that its fast maximum aperture also enables 'available light' shooting.
Sigma reveals 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM with 'FLD' glass
Sigma has released version II of its 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM superzoom lens. The latest version adds Sigma's FLD glass, the 'fluorite-like' glass co-developed with Hoya and features a revised design (it now features a narrower body and 18 elements in 14 groups, rather than the 13 groups of its predecessor). The lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Pentax and Sony systems (without optical stabilization on the last two mounts). MSRP will be $720.
Nikon releases four '1 Nikkor lenses' for Nikon 1 system

Alongside the J1 and V1, Nikon has launched four lenses for its Nikon 1 system. The lenses, designed for the 1"-type CX sensors, start with the 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm F3.5-5.6, 27-81mm equivalent kit zoom. In additon there will be a 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm F3.8-5.6 lens, which gives a 81-297mm equiv range. Finally there will be the 27mm equiv. 1 Nikkor 10mm F2.8 pancake lens. There will also be a 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 (27-270mm equivalent) power zoom lens for video capture.

Samyang 7.5mm F3.5 fish-eye for Micro Four Thirds coming soon
The European distributor of Korean lens maker Samyang has announced the price and availability of its 7.5mm fish-eye lens for Micro Four Thirds. The Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT will be available from the middle of September at a recommended selling price of €299. The lens offers a 180° diagonal field-of-view and will be available in black and silver. The company says it will be the first in a range of lenses designed specifically for the Micro Four Thirds system.
Panasonic launches Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic has revealed the Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Power OIS power zoom. The telephoto zoom carries the company's 'Lumix X' branding that it will be using to denote premium quality lenses. Along with the PZ 14-42mm, it features a quiet variable-speed power zoom for smooth zooming during movie recording but, unlike the collapsible standard zoom, the 45-175mm also features 'by-wire' dials for direct control of zoom and focus. The lens features a compact, lightweight design and uses an internal zoom mechanism, meaning it stays the same length at all times.
Sony unveils four lenses for A and E mounts
Sony has announced four lenses, one Alpha mount and three E mount for its NEX system. The first is the DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM (SAL1650), a dust- and water-resistant fast standard zoom with a range equivalent to 24-75mm on full frame. NEX users get a premium fast prime, the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA (SEL24F18Z), plus the E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS telephoto zoom (SEL55210), and last but not least the E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) - the fastest optically-stabilized lens available for interchangeable-lens cameras. Click through for more details on availability and specifications.
Samyang announces 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC lens
Samyang Optics has announced a 24mm F1.4 lens in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Four-thirds mounts. This manual focus lens, with its large f1.4 aperture, is made up of 13 elements in 12 groups including 4 low-dispersion elements (ED). The lens is likely to start shipping by the end of this year at a price to be confirmed.
Nikon launches AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8 macro lens
Nikon has announced an inexpensive macro lens aimed at entry-level DSLR users. The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G offers true 1:1 macro in a compact, lightweight package. With its inbuilt silent wave motor it will autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs, including those that lack in-body AF motors such as the D3100 and D5100. It uses an internal focus system with close-range correction to attain a minimum focus distance of just 16cm / 6.4", equating to approximately 5cm / 2" from the front of the lens. It will be available from 25th August, at an MSRP $279.95.
SLR Magic releases 26mm F1.4 Toy Lens for Micro Four Thirds
SLR Magic has launched a 26mm F1.4 manual focus 'toy' lens for Micro Four Thirds. The 52mm equivalent lens comes with replaceable aperture and focus rings, seven colors of which are supplied. Panasonic owners looking longingly at Olympus' Art Filters (or PEN owners wanting to avoid the associated frame lag) might enjoy the toy-lens shooting experience. The lens is available from Japanese website Gizmoshop, which has placed a series of sample images on photo sharing site Flickr. (From DCWatch)
Olympus unveils 12mm F2.0 and 45mm F1.8 fast primes for Micro Four Thirds

Alongside its three PEN bodies, Olympus has announced the M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm F2.0 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.8 prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds. The 12mm F2.0 is a metal-bodied 24mm equivalent featuring a unique snap-focus manual focus mode. A snap-back focus ring reveals a traditional depth-of-field scale for 'zone' focusing and offers improved focus 'feel.' Later in the year it will be accompanied by the 45mm F1.8 portrait lens, making Olympus one of the only manufacturers to offer a fast prime at a roughly 100mm equivalent focal length, ideally suited to portraiture. There is also a relatively compact, bouncable and remotely commandable flash, the FL-300R, helping the PEN range look more like a complete system. More details of the 12mm F2.0 are included in our E-P3 preview, along with a gallery of sample images.

Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro now available
Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens. The optically stabilized version of the lens, originally announced back in February, is available now with a recommended selling price of $1,400. The 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM offers true 1:1 macro reproduction, and uses a floating focus system to maintain high optical performance at all distances.
Kenko-Tokina launches Tokina SD 17-35mm F4 AT-X PRO FX
Newly merged Kenko-Tokina has quietly launched the Tokina SD 17-35mm F4 AT-X PRO FX, a semi-fast wideangle zoom for full frame cameras. The company says the F4 maximum aperture makes it easier to produce a smaller lens with fewer aberrations, to sit alongside its 16-28mm F2.8 PRO. The lens features 'SD' glass that the company says offers similar properties to fluorite elements as well as its 'silent drive module' AF motor and high-precision AF position sensor for fast, accurate focusing. No details of pricing or availability are yet available from the company's distributors outside Japan.
Pentax announces four additional Q mount lenses
Pentax has announced four additional lenses for its new Q mount. As well as the kit 47mm equivalent F1.9 '01 Standard Prime' lens that will come with the camera, the company has also announced the '02 Standard Zoom' that will offer 28-83mm equivalent focal lengths. Alongside these will be three more affordable, fun lenses. The 03 Fisheye, 04 Toy Lens Wide and 05 Toy Lens Telephoto are designed to make accessible the creativity that interchangeable lenses can bring. The latter three lenses are all manual focus and fixed aperture to keep costs down.
Leica announces Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH
Leica has announced the Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4, a wideangle prime for its M-series rangefinder cameras. Weighing in at less than 10 ounces, it's extremely compact at just under 2 inches in length. It has a minimum focus distance of 0.7m, and uses a dual-sided aspheric element and 4 anomalous partial dispersion elements in its optical construction. On the M8 camera it offers an angle of view equivalent to a 28mm lens. It will be available from June 2011 at a price of £2025.
Canon creates EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II updated tele zoom
Canon has announced an updated version of its 55-250mm image stabilized telephoto zoom. The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II is a cosmetically refreshed version of the existing 55-250mm IS, launched in 2008. A consumer-grade tele zoom, it will be available on its own or alongside the recently updated 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II as a two lens kit with the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i), EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) or EOS 60D.
Panasonic unveils Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4 lens
Panasonic has announced its long-anticipated Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4 lens for the Lumix G system. Also known as the H-X025, it's the company's second premium Leica-branded lens for Micro Four Thirds, and the first to employ Nano Surface Coating for more efficient reduction of flare. It employs nine elements in seven groups, including two aspherical elements and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive) glass element, and a rounded 7-bladed aperture diaphragm designed to render pleasingly-blurred backgrounds. It will be available from August 2011, at a price to be announced.
Sony announces E-mount 30mm F3.5 Macro
Sony has announced its fourth lens for NEX cameras, in the shape of the E 30mm F3.5 macro (or SEL30M35). Billed as the world's lightest macro for interchangeable lens cameras capable of life-size 1:1 magnification, it uses internal focusing to achieve a minimum working distance of less than an inch from the front of the lens. It also promises quiet autofocus for both stills and video use. The lens will be available in October at a suggested retail price of around $250. We've had a pre-production example that we've used to prepare a samples gallery.
Sigma announces 120-300mm OS price and availability
Sigma has announced the pricing and availability of the stabilized versions of its 120-300mm F2.8 telezoom lens. The 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM will have an MSRP of $4,700. The lens, which features Sigma's latest FLD low-dispersion glass is available now in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts.
Samyang ships 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC & 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye CS VG10
Samyang Optics has announced it has started shipping its 35mm F1.4 lens in Canon and Nikon mount, as well as the 8mm F3.5 CS VG10 Fisheye lens for Sony's NEX-VG10 camcorder. The 35mm lens is available €399 for Canon's EF mount and €419 for the Nikon's AE mount. The 8mm fisheye lens is available for €299.
Nikon formally announces AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens
Nikon has formally announced the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens for both DX and FX DSLRs. The lens, whose details had previously been revealed by the company, features a totally new optical formula featuring an aspherical element - an unusual feature for this type of optic. The 50mm F1.8G features a built-in AF-S focus motor to allow autofocus with all Nikon DSLRs. The company says it expects the lens to retail for around $219.95/£199/€229 including a lens hood, pitching it around the same level as the Nikkor AF-S 35mm F1.8G and making it an accessible (if slightly short) portrait lens for owners of Nikon's APS-C DSLRs.
Nikon reveals AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens
Nikon has published details of an AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens on its US website. With a built-in Silent Wave focusing motor, this not-yet-formally-announced design should autofocus on all entry-level Nikon DSLR bodies, including the recently-released D5100. It uses an all-new optical design with 7 elements in 6 groups, including one aspherical element. The lens can be used on both FX and DX format DSLRs, with a short-telephoto 75mm-equivalent angle of view on the latter. The web page has now been removed from the Nikon site.
Zeiss announces video lens-set in a suitcase
Carl Zeiss has announced a bundled lens-set for Canon and Nikon video-enabled DSLRs. Comprising the Distagon T* 2,8/21, 2/28, 2/35, Planar T* 1,4/50 and Planar T* 1,4/85 lenses, the set comes in a custom-designed waterproof suitcase.
Nikon marks production of 60 millionth Nikkor lens
Nikon is celebrating the production of its 60 millionth Nikkor lens for its SLR cameras. The lens series was introduced in 1959 with the launch of the Nikkor S Auto 5cm f/2, while SWM was first incorporated in the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED in 1996. This closely follows a similar announcement marking its 55th million lens in September 2010.
Lensbaby unveils Composer Pro
Lensbaby has announced the Composer Pro version of its selective focus lens. Available for Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Pentax and Olympus DSLR mounts, the 'Pro' version uses a metal ball-and-socket assembly with refined focus mechanism for smoother operation. The manual focus lens with tilt control is currently available with either the company's Sweet 35 or Double Glass optics for $400 and $300 respectively.
Carl Zeiss CP.2 primes for E-mount to be available from June
Carl Zeiss has announced the E-mount versions for its CP.2 compact prime cine lenses will be available from June 2011. The announcement comes ahead of the NAB videography trade show to be held in Las Vegas from April 9-14.
Samyang shows prototype Micro Four Thirds 7.5mm fisheye
Samyang Optics has shown a prototype 7.5mm F3.5 fisheye lens for the Micro Four Thirds system at the Focus on Imaging trade show in Birmingham, UK. The new lens is considerably more compact than the company's existing 8mm fisheye designed for SLR cameras. In a brief press release, the company also reveals that this lens is intended to be the first in a new series of optics designed specifically for interchangeable-lens compact system cameras.
Samyang announces final version of 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens
Samyang Optics has released the final version of its 35mm F1.4 lens in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Four-thirds mounts. Announced at Photokina 2010, the company said it has revised its design since then. It retains the underlying 12 element in 10 group design announced at that time. It will sell at a recommended retail price of €379.
Lensbaby releases Sweet 35 optic with internal aperture
Lensbaby has introduced the Sweet 35 optic for its selective focus lens system. With a focal length of 35mm, it features an internal 12 blade aperture controlled by a dial on the front of the lens with an available range of f/2.5 to f/22, in contrast to previous optics which used drop-in aperture discs. The optical unit is composed of 4 multi-coated glass elements in 3 groups, has a 46mm filter thread and is compatible with the Composer, Muse, Control Freak and Scout lens bodies.
Samyang announces 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye for Sony NEX-VG10
Samyang has released a version of its 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens optimized for the Sony NEX-VG10 camcorder. The 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye CS VG10 manual focus lens features the same optical construction as the still photography version, but has been adapted for smoother focusing. The company also plans to introduce a smaller f/2.8 E-mount optically redesigned version of the lens for the NEX-5/3 cameras.
Samsung provides more detail on five forthcoming NX lenses
Samsung has announced details and release dates of five lenses for its NX interchangeable camera system. The latest additions include three prime lenses, alongside two movie-optimized zooms. The previously announced 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OIS will be joined by a 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 in December 2011. Meanwhile the previously discussed 16mm F2.4, 60mm F2.8 OIS Macro and 85mm F1.4 will be launched between July and October 2011. All five lenses are compatible with the company's i-Function focus-ring-as-function-dial feature.
Sigma to make lenses for NEX and Micro Four Thirds
CP+ 2011: Sigma has announced that it intends to make lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount (NEX) system cameras. In a brief statement on its website the company says that 'specifications, product names, pricing and launch schedules will be announced in due course'. A mockup lens will be displayed during the CP+ trade show that's currently being held in Yokohama, Japan.
Olympus shows M.Zuiko high-end Micro Four Thirds lens mockup
CP+ 2011: Olympus is showing a mockup of a 'high-end' M.Zuiko Micro Four Thirds prime lens it says it will release later this year. The mockup is being shown at the CP+ 2011 trade show in Yokohama, as the company celebrates 75 years of Zuiko-branded lenses. The lens is being displayed alongside a Semi-Olympus II from 1938, the second camera to feature the Zuiko name. The company gives no further details of the lens' focal length or maximum aperture.
Sigma announcements include 120-300mm F2.8 and 150mm F2.8  Macro pricing
CP+ 2011: In addition to its latest lens announcements, Sigma has announced the price and availability of its 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM and Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM weather-resistant lenses. Announced at Photokina 2010, the lenses will start shipping from the end of this month and next month respectively at suggested retail prices of $4700 and $1600. The company has also announced the DP2x digital compact, an OS version of its 50-150mm F2.8 and 105mm F2.8 Macro, and a redesigned 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 ultrawideangle for full frame.
Lens makers back Sony's disclosure of  E-mount specifications
CP+ 2011: Major lens makers have backed Sony's decision to share 'basic specifications' of its E-mount with lens and mount adapter manufacturers. Sony has issued a press release which includes endorsements of its decision by leading lens makers. Sigma, Carl Zeiss, Tamron and Cosina have all thrown their weight behind the move. Following the recent announcements of new inductees to the Micro Four Thirds group, it looks like the mirrorless camera sector could be about to benefit from a major expansion in lens availability. Unlike the Micro Four Thirds announcements, Sony's move appears to have the support of the two biggest makers of third-party autofocusing lenses.
Sigma stabilizes 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM
CP+ 2011: In a group of releases, Sigma has unveiled an optically stabilized version of its 50-150mm F2.8 fast telephoto zoom for APS-C DSLRS. The 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM gives a field-of-view range equivalent to around 75-225mm on a 35mm system, but in a design that is smaller and lighter than full frame 70-200mm F2.8 designs. The latest, 'OS' version is claimed to offer the ability to get stable shots at shutter speeds four stops slower than without it. It features a completely revised optical design with 21 elements in 15 groups.
Sigma updates 105mm F2.8 macro with optical stabilization
CP+ 2011: Sigma has announced an entirely redesigned version of its 105mm F2.8 macro lens that incorporates optical image stabilization. The 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM offers true 1:1 macro reproduction, and uses a floating focus system to maintain high optical performance at all distances. It also features a splash-proof barrel design and Sigma's Hypersonic Motor for fast, silent autofocus coupled with full-time manual focus capability. The lens is designed for use on both full frame and APS-C SLRs.
Sigma announces 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM II for full frame
CP+ 2011:Sigma has introduced the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM II, an updated version of its ultra-wideangle zoom for full frame SLRs. It uses a revised optical formula which now incorporates now fewer than four elements made from its latest 'F' low dispersion glass, plus one SLD element, to minimise chromatic aberration. Four aspheric elements (three glass mold and one hybrid) are also employed to reduce distortion and other aberrations. The lens features an integrated hood and splash-proof design.
Sony to disclose E-mount specifications
Sony has officially confirmed it will be sharing 'basic specifications' of its E-mount for free to manufacturers of lenses and mount adaptors starting April 1, 2011. A company statement says 'this move will open the way for manufacturers of various lenses and mount adaptors to develop products conforming to 'E-mount' specifications, allowing users of the NEX-3, NEX-5, NEX-VG10 and other 'E-mount' compatible Sony digital imaging products to be launched in the future to be able to use interchangeable lenses from both Sony and other manufacturers.' The company has not specified whether these 'basic specifications' will extend to the AF protocols or just the physical construction of the mount.
Pentax announces 25mm F4 lens for 645D medium format camera
CP+ 2011: Pentax has announced the smc D FA 645 25mm F4 AL [IF] SDM AW ultra-wide lens for the 645D medium format digital camera. The second lens designed for the camera, following the DFA 55mm 645 SDM lens kit lens, the 25mm weather-resistant lens offers a field of view equivalent to a 19.5mm lens on a 35mm system. Priced at $4999.95, it will be available from April 2011.
Carl Zeiss joins Micro Four Thirds system
Lens maker Carl Zeiss has joined the Micro Four Thirds group, adding yet another prestigious optics marque to the format. Just days after the news that Schneider Kreuznach had joined the system, it has been announced that Zeiss will start making its HD Video lenses available in the Micro Four Thirds mount. This sudden influx of high-end cine and photographic prime lens makers (Voigtländer maker Cosina joined in August 2010), suggests that format founders Olympus and Panasonic have been working hard behind the scenes to bring some high-end lustre to the system.
Canon announces 600mm and 500mm F/4L IS II USM
CP+ 2011: Canon has announced updated versions of its 500mm and 600mm f/4L IS USM professional lenses. Similar to the EF 300mm and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses released last August, the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM feature completely new optical designs and water-repellant Fluorine coatings along with lighter weight construction. A new IS mode has been added that activates stabilization only during exposure. The lenses also offer optional long or short foot tripod mounts suitable for monopods or tripods and an improved tripod collar rotation mechanism for smoother rotation from portrait to landscape orientation. The lenses will be available at retail prices of $9,499.99 and $11,999.99 in the US market, and £8999 and £11299 in the UK market respectively.
Canon develops EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender1.4x
CP+ 2011: Canon has announced it is developing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens, which features a built-in switchable 1.4x teleconverter. With the converter engaged, it becomes a 280-560mm F5.6 lens. Designed for sports and wildlife photographers the lens will feature weatherproof construction and is scheduled for launch later this year.
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