Rokinon Announces Xeen – An Affordable set of Cine Primes

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Rokinon, just announced a new set of Cine Primes: 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm, all T/1.5. (or Samyang if you live outside of the US, or Bower or Walimex depending on your location).

This is an interesting move on Rokinon’s part. up until now they were known for their very good dollar-to-value sub $500 lenses (in either their stills or cine versions, and now they are stepping their prices up to the $2,495.00 a piece level. Quite a jump.

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Nikon’s 24-70mm Gets VR, Their 24mm Gets f/1.8 And A 200-500mm Is Coming

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Nikon are sliding into the summer with a strong start, announcing three new lenses which will make any Nikonian happy (and any Nikonian significant other angry). Nikon’s lens collection is expanding with a full frame 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens, a 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens and an AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, all should hit the stores by September but can already be pre-ordered.

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Yongnuo Extends Their Lens Line with A 35mm f/2 Lens

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When Yongnuo launched their nifty fifty, we knew it was likely that they will extend their lens line and start making more lenses. If you are making clone-ware it only makes sense that once you have the means to produce a product you will want to utilize those capabilities to create more similar product.

And so, Yongnuo  now announced their 35mm f/2 Lens, which looks incredibly similar to Canon’s 25 years old EF 35mm f/2 lens. (Canon since upgraded to a newer Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens)

While initial reports on Yongnuo’s nifty fifty were not that promising, we would love to see a comparison between those two lenses.

As for the striking resemblance to Canon’s Lens, aside from the fact that the Yongnuo lens has 7 blades rather than 5 (a difference we have seen in their nifty-fifty as well), the lenses bare striking resembles.

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Comparing Eight 200mm Lenses Yields Interesting Results

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If you are an action, wedding, portraiture or a nature photographer you probably have (or want) a 200mm lens, either at fixed focal length or one that can zoom all the way to that spot.

It should also not surprise you that not all 200mm lenses are born equal. While weight, compatibility, stabilization and price may all play a factor, sometimes it all comes down to optics. Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz of Lensrentals compared 8 (yea, eight) different lenses at 200 and shares the results, optically speaking.

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Quick Tip: Using Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses

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This is another one of those, I am not sure if this is an awesome idea or a what the heck is going on, but it seems valid so I am going to point a light at it, and see what you think.

Lebanese photographer Alexy Joffre Frangieh does extreme conditions timelapses and every once in a while he has to give his lenses a good dry-off. Instead of using silica gels (like the rest of us) he came up with an interesting spin-off. Alexy uses menstrual pads both as means of keeping his lenses dry in their cases and as a way of drying off wet or humid lenses.

While it makes sense somehow since those pads contain polyacrylate gel which absorbs liquids. But still….

Alexy uses those quite freely and you can check his site below to see how well they work for him. But still….

[Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses | Alexy Joffre Frangieh]

New Flat Lenses Technology Could Offer Smaller Lenses with Zero Chromatic Aberration

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A new technology dubbed “achromatic metasurface” from Harvard’s SEAS aims at making Chromatic Aberration (CA), a thing of the past. Moreover, they are planning to do it with a flat lens design.

A flat lens prototype was introduced back in 2012, but it could only work with one wavelength creating significant Chromatic Aberration

The lenses we know are curved, making the acting like a prism and breaking different wavelength in different angles, creating an effect called Chromatic Aberration. Most lens companies have technologies to overcome this problem by either including several glass elements in the glass or by using different types of glass (like ED glass for Nikon).

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LensRentals Bust Open The Canon 100-400 IS L Mk II Teardown, Naming it “Best Built Lens Ever?”

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Lenses come and go and as we move on we move higher up the lens latter, but according to the Canon 100-400 IS L Mk II teardown post from LensRentals, Roger Cicala is so happy with the build of this lens that it may very well earn the “Best Built Lens Ever” title.

Of course, LensRentals have to fix their own lenses after coming back and having gone through abuse, so Roger is both experienced and equipped to open a $2,200 lens, I would not try this at home.

Roger goes through taking the lens apart step by step starting with the tripod foot and ending with the optical elements. Here are some f the thoughts that will ease you into shelling out the extra $500 from the previous version:

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Samyang 135mm F/2 Compared To The Canon 135mm F/2

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The newly announced Samyang 135mm f/2 has caused quite a bit of excitement with its wide aperture and modest ($550) price tag.

Now that all the specs have been revealed, it’s time to see how the lens compares to Canon’s version of the 135mm f/2 (@ $1,049.00 – almost double the price) .

A head-to-head comparison, conducted by South Korean blog Gear for Image, brings first results of the new portrait lens. Facing Canon’s superb lens, the Samyang has its work cut out.

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Mirrorless Photojournalists Rejoice – Fuji Announces An XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens

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If you asked photojournalists what was the lens they’d weld to their camera, there is a good chance that it would be the 24-70 f/2.8. And this is exactly the segment that Fuji is targeting with their announcement of their XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Weather-Resistant lens (preorder).

The lens features an X-Mount which is compatible with Fuji’s line of mirrorless camera and will probably provide a good argument to everyone who are saying that the mirrorless system is still lacking critical glass.

As for features, you can see the full list after the jump, but the main ones are 16-55mm focal length 2.8 all the way (equivalent to 24-82.5mm on a full frame sensor); a 14-point Weather-Resistant Construction; Optical Image Stabilization and Nano-GI and HT-EBC Lens Coatings.

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