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Pentax unveils a lightweight, ultra thin 40mm lens


Dennis Hissink : 2004-12-14 19:00:37
Pentax Imaging Company continues to expand its digital SLR lens family with the announcement of a fourth member, the smc Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens. Designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras, the unique pancake style standard lens measures a mere .59 inches in length and weighs just 3.17 ounces. Combined with the popular Pentax *ist DS digital SLR, the Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 Limited lens will offer the smallest and lightest digital SLR combination available from any manufacturer. As part of the Pentax Limited Series, the lens will offer exceptional image quality and construction, high contrast, high resolution, and minimal aberrations.


Sigma lenses introduction | Photokina 2004


Dennis Hissink : 2004-10-14 12:11:42
Sigma lenses introduction at Photokina : We have had the opportunity to meet Michihiro Yamaki, President of Sigma Corporation. During our meeting we were shown the latest Sigma. The new Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC for FourThirds mount is exclusively designed for use with digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and has a 1: 6.9 zoom ratio. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) and two aspherical glass elements produce a top quality optical performance throughout the entire zoom range. The new Super Multi Layer lens coating, which is optimized for digital SLR cameras, gives superb colour rendition whilst cutting down flare and ghost. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm at all focal lengths.


New Tamron SP AF 11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD lens


Mark Peters : 2004-10-13 10:00:19
Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., announced the successful development of the SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) (Model A13), a new high performance ultra wide-angle zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras using APS-C size image sensors. The new SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), an ultra wide-angle zoom lens, is Tamron's first lens designed for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras using APS-C size image sensors. The lens provides reliable performance in a compact size to meet the needs of digital SLR camera users pursuing creativity in wide-angle photography. The lens uses a new optical system specially designed for digital SLR cameras.


New Tamron AF 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD lens


Mark Peters : 2004-10-13 07:04:55
Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., announced the successful development of the AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model A14), a new high power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras using APS-C size image sensors. The new AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO is a high power zoom lens for exclusive use with digital (APS-C size) SLR cameras that inherits the product concept of the existing AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR zoom lens. Even two years after its introduction, the current AF28-300mm is still a favourite and highly evaluated by photographers around the world as a representative model of high power zoom lenses.


New Nikon Telephoto Converter TC-E3PF introduction


Mark Peters : 2004-09-20 02:32:59
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the TC-E3PF - an advanced new 3x telephoto converter born of unique Nikon technology for use with the new 8 Megapixel COOLPIX 8400. Smaller and lighter, the TC-E3PF illustrates how Nikon is taking existing lenses and redesigning them for "on-the-go" convenience. Furthermore, the widely acclaimed TC-E3ED is also compatible with the Coolpix 8400. In conventional telephoto converters, a lens with a pronounced convex shape is used to refract the light received through the first element to a greater degree. This results in the desired reproduction ratio, however chromatic aberration can occur. In the event that a convex ED lens is used, such chromatic aberration is corrected.


New AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-16 08:00:00
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED, a new high speed super-telephoto professional lens for Nikon digital and 35mm SLR cameras now with Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, focus preset functions, Meniscus front element and the first Nikkor lens to feature Nikon's Nano-Crystal anti-reflective coating, all to deliver professional quality sports and action photography. With Silent Wave Motor Autofocus Performance, Internal Focusing, Nikon ED Glass for extra-low dispersion, and G design for use with Nikon SLR models that feature Command Dial and Sub-Command Dial control, the lens has been extremely popular among professional photographers.


Konica Minolta zoom lenses introduction


Dennis Hissink : 2004-09-15 10:16:28
Konica Minolta zoom lenses introduction : Konica Minolta introduces two new interchangeable zoom lenses, each designed to provide optimum image quality when used with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. The new Konica Minolta AF ZOOM 17 - 35mm F/2.8 - 4 (D) lens and the new Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75mm F/2.8 (D) lens offer superior handling characteristics making them ideal in a diverse range of shooting situations. "Although the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D digital SLR camera is fully compatible with the existing line of Maxxum auto focusing lenses, nearly 40 in all, these two new lenses have been designed specifically with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D in mind," said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta.


Canon D-SLRs get new EF-S lenses


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-20 09:00:00
Canon today announces the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide-angle EF-S zoom lenses. Targeted at advanced digital photographers, both lenses are designed to work exclusively with Canon's EOS 20D and EOS 300D digital SLR cameras. The focal length ranges of the respective lenses translates to 27-136mm and 16-35mm respectively in 35mm film format, a spread carefully chosen by Canon to reflect the needs of its rapidly growing base of advanced D-SLR photographers. Both lenses feature Canon's ring-type Ultra Sonic Motors (USM) for fast, near-silent auto focus, and a range of features designed to deliver a level of image quality approaching that of Canon's revered L-Series professional lenses.


Pentax introduces two lightweight macro lenses


Dennis Hissink : 2004-08-17 10:15:05
Pentax announces the development of the new smc Pentax-D FA interchangeable lens series, designed to optimize image quality in digital SLR photography. The series also features an image circle covering accommodating the 35mm-format film. As the first models of this new series, PENTAX will market two compact, lightweight macro lenses for close-up photography up to a life-size magnification. Taking advantage of its advanced optical design technologies, Pentax successfully optimized the optical characteristics of these new lenses for digital photography, including lens coating and curvature and positioning of optical elements. In particular, flare and ghost images have been reduced to minimum for clear, high-quality digital images.


Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC lens introduction


Dennis Hissink : 2004-07-20 01:00:00
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC lens introduction : The characteristics of digital SLR cameras were taken into consideration when designing the lens power layout. The new advanced Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC lens design corrects various aberrations. This lens provides the utmost correction against lateral chromatic aberration which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras. This lens is coated to get the best colour balance whilst cutting down flare and ghost caused by reflections from the digital image sensor and lens. It has excellent correction for vignetting and superior peripheral brightness is ensured. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and two aspherical lens elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations.


Sigma macro 50mm F2.8 EX DG lens launch


Dennis Hissink : 2004-06-18 09:35:20
Sigma macro 50mm F2.8 EX DG lens launch : The Sigma macro 50mm F2.8 EX DG lens incorporates the very latest optical technology. The new advanced Sigma 50mm EX DG lens design corrects various aberrations and is specially coated to get the best color balance whilst cutting down flare and ghost caused by digital SLR cameras. It provides the utmost correction against transverse chromatic aberration which is a serious problem for digital SLR cameras. The Sigma macro 50mm F2.8 EX DG has a "floating mechanism" which enables to photograph objects precisely not only at life-size reproduction but also at infinity. This mechanism minimizes the fluctuation of aberration at different shooting distances and offers an excellent performance.


Sigma macro 105mm f2.8 EX DG lens launch


Dennis Hissink : 2004-06-18 09:10:47
Sigma macro 105mm f2.8 EX DG lens launch : The Sigma macro 105mm f2.8 EX DG lens employs a new design concept for digital SLR cameras, its new lens power layout produces an excellent optical performance. The new lens coating and new lens design cuts down flare and ghost. The lens is designed to reduce the influence of harmful light caused by reflections from the digital image sensor. Its outstanding optical performance provides the ultimate correction against transverse chromatic aberration and distortion. The lens demonstrates an excellent performance with both digital and 35mm film SLR cameras and boasts compact dimensions of 74mm (max. diameter) and 95mm (overall length).


Panavision debuts the 300x Digital Zoom lens


Dennis Hissink : 2004-06-04 01:15:00
Panavision, the market leader in optical lenses for filmed entertainment, will debut the 300x Digital Zoom Lens, a high-performance lens system with an unprecedented 300:1 zoom ratio, at NAB 2004. "For 50 years, Panavision Academy and Emmy award-winning cameras and lenses have helped the filmed entertainment industry create the highest quality images," said Bob Beitcher, President and CEO, Panavision. "Now, Panavision is embarking down another path as well, bringing its truly innovative design and manufacturing capabilities to other industries like sports broadcasting, news gathering, homeland security and surveillance, where high quality imaging is absolutely critical." The Panavision 300x Digital Zoom will be available later this year.


Nikon announces AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-28 08:32:08
Nikon Europe announces the introduction of a revolutionary new SLR photographic lens, the first f/2 aperture lens to feature Vibration Reduction (VR) technology (as of June 2004). The AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED heralds an exciting breakthrough in photographic performance to extend shooting opportunities beyond the limits of currently available photographic lenses. The unique combination of an f/2 maximum aperture combined with Vibration Reduction enables new photographic opportunities in light conditions previously impossible to achieve without resorting to grainy high-speed film or noise-prone digital ISO sensitivity settings. The introduction of today's AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II is a perfect accessory to use with this new lens.


Nikon introduces AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-28 08:23:44
Nikon Europe announces the introduction of a brand new photographic accessory, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II - the first teleconverter to offer a 1.7x lens focal length magnification, but with exposure compensation kept to just 1.5 stops. Designed exclusively for use with AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses, the AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II extends the Nikon teleconverter line-up to three teleconverters offering a choice of 1.4x, 1.7x, and 2.0x focal length magnification factors. With dimensions of just 66 x 31.5mm (2.6 x 1.2 in.) and a weight of only 250g (approx.) the AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II is compact and lightweight to use. (Availability might vary by region and/or dealer).


Sigma 12-24mm lens wins Award


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-26 01:00:00
Sigma 12-24mm lens wins Award : Sigma announces that the super-wide angle zoom lens 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM introduced to market last November (first zoom lens that has 122 degree diagonal angle of view at 12mm focal length) was awarded Camera Grand Prix 2004 Special Prize by Camera Press Club. Camera Grand Prix is the official prize of "Camera Press Club" which consists of 13 main Japanese Camera and Photography magazines. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Camera Press Club's Special Prize award given to popular, advanced imaging products. Sigma wins "camera press club Special Prize" second time. First time, "SA-300" and Interchangeable lenses of Sigma have won this award in 1993.


Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-F5.6 DC lens launch


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-22 09:30:00
Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-F5.6 DC lens launch : Sigma announces the launch of the new Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC. This Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-F5.6 DC zoom lens was exclusively designed for use with digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras and has 6.9x high magnification zoom ratio. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) and two pieces of aspherical glass elements produce high level of optical performance through the entire zoom range and also this has resulted in a compact, lightweight lens that features a length of 77.7mm (3"), maximum diameter of 70mm (2.7"), weight of 385gr (13.5oz) and filter size of just 62mm. The new lens coating reduces flare and ghost, which is a common problem of digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance.


Pentax announces availability of 14mm f2.8 lens


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-15 02:00:00
Pentax has announced a second lens designed for the *ist D digital SLR will ship later this month. The smc PENTAX-DA 14mm F2.8 ED [IF] interchangeable wide-angle lens was developed as a second model of the new DA-series line-up. At 14.8 ounces and measuring just 2.7 inches long and 3.3 inches in diameter, the lens is one of the lightest in its category. The lens features a standardized DA-series design incorporating high-grade metallic components with green accents. Featuring a focal length of 14mm (equivalent to 21mm in the 35mm format) and a 90-degree angle of view, this high-performance wide-angle lens incorporates a high-refraction, low-dispersion glass element and an Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element.


Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG lens launch


Dennis Hissink : 2004-05-13 00:30:00
Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG lens launch: Already announced at the PMA 2004 we inform you with the real launch of this new Sigma lens. From super-wide-angle of 24mm the Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG lens has a very compact design as well as a large-aperture. By effective arrangement of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) and aspherical glass elements, this lens has compact dimensions of 83.6mm maximum diameter, and 84.5mm length. It is capable of taking pictures from a close distance, minimum focusing distance is 38cm at all focal lengths, and has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.8. Two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements are provided for effective compensation of color aberration, which is a common problem with super-wide angle lenses.


CeBIT introduction of Pentax DA 2.8/14mm ED (IF)


Dennis Hissink : 2004-03-22 15:21:36
We already saw this new lens during our visit to the PMA event in Las Vegas, and during this CeBIT 2004 show Pentax shows it again to the audience. With the smc Pentax DA 2.8/14 mm ED (IF) lens, Pentax will expand its line of lenses for digital SLR cameras in the very important wide-angle range with an important focal length. Because it's perfectly matched to the format of the Pentax *istD digital SLR camera, the 14 mm wide-angle lens (approx. 21 mm in the 35 mm format) produces pictures with an outstanding image quality. It is uncompromisingly tailored to the concept of the *istD, the smallest and lightest 6.2 megapixel digital SLR camera on the market, launched very successfully in September.






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