I always find it interesting to see (or own) different kinds of items that were inspired by photography gear. The Japanese brand TACS has announced a collection of watches that have been inspired by lenses. So, if you’re looking to buy a gift for yourself or a photographer in your life or treat yourself, this is definitely something to consider.
We’ve seen our fair share of crazy, bold, funny and beautiful proposal ideas. And if the love of your life happens to be a photographer, Kelo Designs has a perfect ring box: shaped as a lens. When your loved one opens “the aperture,” they won’t let more light hit the camera’s sensor. Instead, the special ring will be revealed and hopefully make your significant other say “yes.”
Fujifilm has announced a roadmap of lenses for X series cameras, and it contains a very interesting lens. The company announces the development of 33mm f/1 lens. What’s interesting is that it will have autofocus, which will make it the first lens of its kind.
According to Photorumors, Tamron will be releasing a 28-75mm. f/2.8 Di III RXD lens on April 27th. The company hasn’t mentioned anything about how much it’s going to cost yet. However, Sonyaddict reported in March that the pre-sale price listed in China was Y5,300.00 (about $840) on Taobao.com. If that value is accurate, it’s going to be $1,349 cheaper than Sony’s very own 24-70mm.
Offering a 135° field of view, Lomography’s new Naiad 3.8/15 Art Lens builds on the Neptune Convertible Art Lens system. The 15mm lens was hinted at as far back as May last year when the system was initially announced. Neptune is designed as an expandable system, so now the new lens is finally here.
First mentioned nearly a year ago in May 2017, the Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS seems to have been spotted in use during the Winter Olympics in South Korea. An image posted to Instagram by Photoofthelife. Now for the bad news. Not surprisingly, it’s going to be as large as one would expect a 400mm f/2.8 lens for DSLRs to be, and it’s going to cost at least $10,000.
I know things with Leica written on them are supposed to be expensive, but wow. Leica has been producing Noctilux lenses for over 50 years. It kicked off in 1966 with the Noctilux 50mm f/1.2 at Photokina in 1966. That lens today has been updated with an f/0.95 aperture. Leica say that the new Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH is even better, and even more expensive.
At $12,795, one would hope so, too. Designed for the 35mm “full frame” format, the Noctilux-M 75mm contains 9 elements in 6 groups with 11 aperture blades. Leica says the elements are designed from material with high anomalous partial dispersion and low chromatic dispersion. This allows them to reduce aberrations to a “hardly detectable” level, Leica told Digital Trends.
I guess all of us had a misfortune or two when shipping or receiving a package. But the amount of damage Jacob Hawkins’ lens survived is hard to believe. Sheffield-based photographer sold a Tamron SP 70-300m lens on eBay. He carefully packed it in polystyrene and bubble wrap, but he got shocked when the buyer notified them what he’d received. The lens arrived smashed into pieces, literally looking “like an elephant has trodden on it.”