On 7 April we had this year’s second supermoon, a so-called Pink Moon. It’s a real treat for photographers, and Ilja Kagan managed to get some stunning shots. He used his crop sensor camera, a second-hand telephoto lens and two teleconverters, ending up with a whopping a 3600mm equivalent focal length. We chatted with Ilja a bit about his process and he kindly shared the images and some details with us.
Nikon’s lightweight 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR has been removed from Amazon’s search results, and pre-orders seem to have been cancelled and refunded. The lens was first announced as being in development last June, with the first sightings in the wild appearing a month later. Finally, a month after that, it was officially launched.
Yet, here we are, seven months later, with the lens still showing up as a pre-order item on everywhere that still has the listing available. The product listing on Amazon still exists, although it states that the item is currently unavailable and that they don’t know when or if it will be in stock. It has been removed from search results completely.
Sony has announced a long-awaited addition to its G Master series of full-frame E-mount lenses. The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master is a full-frame, fast telephoto prime lens, and judging from sample photos – portrait photographers will love it thanks to its sharpness and creamy bokeh.
While the eyes of the photographic community are all pointed at the new Nikon Z mirrorless system, the company has released another impressive piece of gear. After announcing the development of a super-lightweight and compact 500mm f/5.6 lens, the glass now out and ready for preorders. Let’s take a look at the specs and more photos of the new telephoto lens from Nikon.
Sony has just launched the $12,000 lightweight monster FE 400mm f/2.8 GM lens, which was rumored last year. Matt Granger got his hands on this lens to test it out and see how it performs in different situations. And not only that, but he compared it to respective Nikon and Canon lenses to see how the Sony stacks up against them.
Panasonic has announced a new telephoto zoom lens. The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS. It’s a bit of a mouthful, so let’s just call it the Panasonic 50-200mm f/2.8-4. Designed for Micro Four Thirds with a 2x crop it’s a nice long zoom for many Panasonic & Olympus shooters.
Well, if Sony are introducing a new Alpha A9 camera aimed at sports and wildlife shooters, you just know they’re going to announce a lens to go with it. And that they have, with the new FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6GM OSS lens.
It’s a full frame lens, featuring a double linear motor and Direct Drive Super Sonic wave Motor to keep it quick, accurate and quiet. Advantageous for both sports, wildlife, and video shooting. Sony claim it has “corner to corner” sharpness. Although, on a variable aperture zoom, I’ll wait until I can see the results for myself.
Tamron has introduced two new lenses: tele-zoom SP 70-200mm f/2.8 and ultra-wide 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5. They feature improved optical performance and some new features to make image quality even better. These lenses are versatile, affordable, and definitely competing with Nikon and Canon in terms their prices.