Canon adds two 70-200 mm lenses

Two new Canon zoom lenses should now be waiting for you at your favourite retailer. They are the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS III USM.

EF70-200 f/4L

The EF 70-200 mm f/4L features numerous updates over its predecessor. Optical Image Stabilization is upgraded from three stops to five shutter speed stops of correction over the original f/4 lens. The new lens also features three IS modes, each uniquely designed and suitable for a variety of shooting situations, such as the capture of still subjects, panning or fast moving objects. The IS operational noise has been reduced.

Other features: one fluorite lens and two UD lenses help to provide high-image quality; minimum focusing distance shortened from 1.2 m to 1 m (3.9ft to 3.3ft); Super Spectra Coating technology and optimized lens element placement helps minimize ghosting and flaring; circular nine blade aperture; 20 lens elements in 15 groups; fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints; inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor.

EF70-200 mm f/2.8L

The EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L offers Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology to help reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.

Other features: Optical Image Stabilizer up to 3.5 shutter speed stops of correction; fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints; inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor; one fluorite lens and five UD lenses help to provide high-image quality; minimum focusing distance of 1.2 m (3.9ft); 23 elements in 19 groups; circular eight blade aperture.


Catching up

I’ve been away for more than a month, photographing in Europe. Because I didn’t have the time to do that and maintain this site, I’m behind in my posts. I’ve got some catching up to do . . .

Late May arrival for Tamron 28-75 mm lens

Tamron says its new standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount cameras, the 28-75 mm f/2.8 Di III RXD, is due to arrive in late May

The lens is claimed to deliver “superb” optical performance, including both outstanding image quality and beautiful background blur effects (bokeh), thanks to a new optical system designed specifically for mirrorless cameras.

The lens measures 117.8 mm (4.6 in) and weighs 550 g (19.4 oz). It incorporates an all-new high-speed and precise AF driving system. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) is said to strike a balance between speed and silent operation. The lens also features Moisture-Resistant Construction, plus hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that is highly resistant to fingerprints and dirt.

In addition, the lens is said to fully match with various camera-specific features including the in-camera lens correction and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) system features of Sony cameras.

The optical formula (15 elements in 12 groups) includes a special XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, LD (Low Dispersion) element, GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) element and two hybrid aspherical lens elements in the optimal arrangement to correct aberrations and reduce the overall lens size, says the company. The lens also employs Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating that boasts exceptional anti-reflection performance throughout the entire zoom range, even when shooting in backlit conditions.

The company notes the lens achieves a minimum operating distance (MOD) of 0.19 m (7.5 in) at the 28 mm end, delivering a maximum image magnification of 1:2.9. Working distance is 5.7 cm (2.24 in) from the front element. At the 75 mm end, the 0.39 m (15.3 in) MOD provides an image magnification of 1:4.

SmugMug buys Flickr

One of the images on Flickr’s front page, notifying its community of the purchase.

SmugMug, the independent photo management platform, has agreed to purchase Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application.

According to SmugMug, the two will continue to operate as separate entities.

SmugMug, one of the first photo storage and sharing services, was established in 2002. Flickr was founded in 2004.

Fujifilm GF250 mm lens here late May

The Fujinon GF250 mm f/4 R LM OIS WR lens is designed for the GFX 50S medium-format mirrorless digital camera system.

The lens is composed of 16 lenses in 10 groups, including one super ED lens and two ED lenses, delivering “unsurpassed” colour reproduction, three dimensional image quality, as well as ultra-high resolution and rich bokeh, says the company.

This lens is also equipped with five-stop optical image stabilization and a new focus preset function, allowing the photographer to instantly activate focus settings previously saved in the lens memory.

With a rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy lens barrel designed to be dust and weather-resistant, the lens is said to be capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

The front lens element has a fluorine coating designed to repel water and dirt.

Fujifilm notes the lens offers silent, high-speed autofocus operation and a new mechanism to fix linear motor position.

Made with magnesium alloy, ensuring a robust, durable body.

Dust and weather-resistant design capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

Also added to the lineup is a new Fujinon Teleconverter, the GF1.4X TC WR, designed for use with the new 250mm lens, giving approximately 277 mm (in 35mm format equivalent), without compromising image quality.

That’s not all. The MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes further expand the range of macro photography and are compatible with all existing GF lenses.

The Fujinon GF250 mm f/4 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in late May for $4,124.99. The Fujinon Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR will be available in late May for $1,059.99. Macro Extension Tubes MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR will both be available in late May for $409.99.

Leica 16-35 mm lens here in days

The Super Vario Elmar SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. wide-angle zoom lens is designed for the Leica SL. It’s protected construction and special AquaDura lens coating are said to make the lens an ideal companion for professional photographers at all times, even in adverse weather conditions.

The lens offers fast and quiet autofocus, driven by a specially developed focusing drive comprising a stepping motor and linear positioning and moves a single, very light focusing element that, due to its low mass, contributes to the high focusing speed.

The newly designed optical system of the lens contains a total of 18 elements in 12 groups. These include two asphericals for the correction of monochromatic aberrations, three elements made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion correct chromatic aberration, while an improved mount geometry and high-quality coating ensure optimum suppression of reflections and stray light within the optical system, says the company.

The Super Vario Elmar SL 16–35 f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. will be on sale before the end of April.

Leica SL gets new firmware

A new firmware version for the Leica SL is scheduled to be available before the end of April. Version 3.2 integrates numerous general improvements requested by SL photographers, including:

  • The joystick can now be deactivated from the menu to prevent inadvertent changes to settings while the camera is in use
  • Eco Mode can be set to reduce the power consumption of the camera
  • The standard white balance value for daylight has been changed from 6600 K to 6500 K
  • Various improvements have been made for entering text/numbers (e.g. at WiFi password)
  • Compatibility with the Leica SF 60 System Flash and the SF C1 wireless flash controller