Canon has launched its first set of cinema prime lenses made for PL-Mount cameras. The series is named Sumire Prime, and it consists of seven prime lenses covering focal lengths from 14mm all the way to 135mm.
Along with the big announcement of the X-T30 mirrorless camera, Fujifilm has also announced a new lens you can pair with it. Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR is a wide-angle prime for X-Mount APS-C Fuji mirrorless cameras. It’s small, lightweight and therefore ideal for everyday use and travels.
I’ve been a big fan of Irix lenses since I first had the chance to check out their then-new Irix 15mm f/2.4 in person at The Photography Show in 2016. Later in the year, they let me have a bit of a play with the Irix 11mm f/4 at Photokina later in the year. They’re both very impressive lenses.
The only potential issue with them, though, is that until recently, if you wanted lens profiles for these lenses in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom, you needed to download them yourself and install them manually. Now, though, Adobe have officially added lens profiles to support these lenses to CC.
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.
Earlier this year, Sigma announced nine Art lenses with native Sony E mount. Jason Vong tested three of them and compared them to native Sony counterparts in terms of sharpness, AF performance for photo and video, and form factor.
Jason visited Anime Expo and shot some videos and stills in this lens shootout, testing the pairs of 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, and 85mm f/1.4. Let’s see his impressions and whether or not Sigma Art lenses can outperform their Sony counterparts.
Choosing prime or zoom lenses is mainly a matter of preference. And what to choose when you’re shooting portraits? Many photographers would rather reach for primes, but modern zoom lenses can also give you sharp, high-quality images. In this video, Manny Ortiz discusses his choice when it comes to the lens for portrait photography. He tests an 85mm f/1.4 and a 70-200mm f/1.8. They are both great, but they have both advantages and disadvantages.
7Artisans has launched four fast prime lenses for different mirrorless and Micro Four Thirds cameras. They are available for Fuji, Leica, MFT, and Sony cameras, and the prices start at only $70. The fastest among them is f/1.1, and still, it costs only $369.
The selection of lenses includes 50mm f/1.1, 35mm f/2, 25mm f/1.8 and fisheye 7.5mm f/2.8. Three of them were made for full-frame cameras, but they can be used on crop bodies as well. The fisheye is intended for APS-C cameras only. So, if you need a fast, yet really affordable lens, you should check them out.
After getting one’s first camera and kit lens, the first question that inevitably follows is “What lens should I buy next?”. For any given manufacturer, there’s such a huge variety. And that’s before you even consider the 3rd parties who produce lenses for that system. And, barring speciality glass like fisheye, macro and tilt shift, they generally fall into two categories. Zoom or prime.
Understanding the advantages that each has over the other can help you to make a more informed decision. This video from Craig Roberts at e6 Vlogs goes over those differences. What advantages they offer over zooms, as well as their pitfalls. With this information, it should help you narrow down your choices to at least a type of lens.
Lomography has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. It’s a set of small, handcrafted lenses, all compatible with the same lens base. Relying on Chevalier’s convertible lens design, Lomography has designed the base and the set of three prime lenses: 3.5/35, 2.8/50 and 4.0/80. They practically fit inside your pocket and give you versatility and good quality on the budget.
There will be five lenses in the FF High-Speed Prime line: 20mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. All of the lenses have T1.5 aperture, suitable for low-light cinematography and composition with shallow depth of field. After more than half a year, they are finally available and the price and shipping details are known.