Chinese lens manufacturer TTartisan has just launched a lens that you may find interesting if you’re on a tight budget. The new TTartisan 35mm f/1.4 is a fast manual focus lens made for APS-C cameras. Judging from sample photos, the image quality is more than decent. And yet, the lens will set you back only $80.
Panasonic has just announced Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6, a zoom lens designed for full frame L-mount cameras. With it zoom range and close focusing distance it will have you covered in all sorts of shooting situations. And with its relatively low price, it could be a perfect choice as the first lens you’ll ever buy.
Lens roadmaps never used to really be a thing. A company developed a lens, then they announced it, then you could buy it, and that was it. But consumer demand has changed. People are more fickle and prone to swapping brands if they think the competition will offer something better suited to their needs. So, now they seem to be coming thick and fast.
So, in order to try and convince people that they are going to deliver what people want, Nikon has updated their Z mount lens roadmap. There are 13 previously unannounced lenses in the list. It adds some popular classics, like the 60mm and 105mm macros, and completes the holy trinity with 14-24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms.
A new Nikon roadmap for 2020/21 appears to have leaked, according to Nikon Rumors. They have no idea if it’s legitimate, but the lenses are, as they say, plausible. With, perhaps the exception of one, which seems something of an odd decision to me. Overall, though, it’s a very healthy looking list that would round out the lineup quite nicely.
It feels like every year or to, my camera bags get heavier and heavier, even though the total amount of kit I carry hasn’t really changed. It just gets replaced by newer stuff. And despite the push towards mirrorless, cameras seem to be getting heavier, too. Or are they? Apparently not. It’s no the cameras that are getting heavier, but the lenses we attach to them.
The folks over at Photography Life just did a study of the weights of 733 lenses released since the year 2,000 to see how they all measure up. And their results show that lenses are most certainly heavier than they used to be.