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.”
It’s been in development for a while, but now Tamron have officially announced the 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (model A035) lens. It’s an ultra-telephoto for full frame Nikon and Canon DSLRs. It comes with built in vibration control offering up to 4 stops of stabilisation. Handy when you’re at 400mm.
Tamron boast that the new lens is “the lightest in its class”, while offering fast and precise autofocus performance. It features magnesium alloy components to reduce the weight while keeping strength. It’s also weather and dust sealed, with lens coatings designed specifically to protect against dust, dirt and smearing.
What do you do when you shoot in the harsh wind? Well, photographer Mathieu Stern learned it the hard way that he should add weight to the tripod when it’s windy. Although he has quite a collection of cheap vintage lenses, the wind managed to tip over the tripod with his camera and an $800 Sony E 10-18mm f/4 lens. Since he was shooting the video at that moment, he accidentally captured the unfortunate event, too.
After successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign for the resurrection of Biotar 75mm f/1.5, Oprema Jena is bringing back its “little brother,” Biotar 58mm f/2.0. The lens features unique bokeh, and it’s very sharp even at wide aperture. However, one of its most interesting features is certainly the record number of 17 aperture blades.
A few weeks ago Laowa sent me a copy of their first lens dedicated to Sony’s full frame e-mount system, the 15mm f/2. This lens is meant for landscape & astrophotographers who want to capture as much of the beautiful night sky as possible; which means wide and fast.
Last year I was able to get a copy of their 12mm f/2.8 for Canon and used it on my Sony A7Rii with a Metabones adaptor. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the lens. A lot of what was great about that lens can be translated over to this one as well. First, let’s talk about the physical design and characteristics.
Last year, Yongnuo launched a budget 100mm f/2 lens for Canon mount. There was a word then that Nikon version would come soon – and it seems the time for that has finally come. Not only they will soon present us with the 100mm f/2 lens for Nikon, but they’ll also introduce a pancake 40mm f/2.8. Both lenses will be for Nikon F-mount, aimed primarily at full frame cameras.
Ads annoy most of us, but when they’re well-made and creative, they can even be fun to watch. Spa Nederland (mineral water company) has one of those brilliant ads – it shows shooting portraits with a lens made from a water droplet.
Photographer Robin de Puy used only a droplet, a glass plate and electricity to create a lens made of water, and it was even possible to focus it. She shot some portraits, and this little experiment turned out to give impressive results.
Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz has decided to bring a historic Lydith 30mm f/3.5 lens back to life. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign trying to raise funds for the rebirth of the lens originally released in 1964. More than 50 years later, they plan to remake the lens with all its qualities, but also with some additional improvements.