Last year, Zeiss officially announced the development of a trio of mirrorless camera lenses specifically designed for the Fuji X and Sony NEX system, hinting at the eventual release of a Planar 12mm f/2.8, Distagon 32mm f/1.8 and Planar 50mm f/2.8 macro.
While rumors of its existence started to gain substantial traction this past week, a constant doubt lingered around the report due to its “too good to be true” nature. But alas, the initial rumors were true, and the constant f/1.8 aperture, 18-35mm standard zoom from Sigma is a reality – the industry has officially been put on notice.
Quick News – The folks at ePhotozine are reporting word from this year’s Focus On Imaging conference, outing Fuji’s updated XF lens roadmap for 2013 which points to five releases throughout the course of the year.
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A fresh batch of XF 14mm f/2.8 R sample images have just been released to the public by Fuji, giving us our first chance to see what the highly-anticipated wide angle prime can bring to the table in terms of image quality.
Quick News – According to Samyang/Rokinon’s Facebook activity, the budget-centric optics maker may indeed be working on their first “fast-fifty” – responding directly to a fan’s inquiry on whether or not they will introduce a 50mm lens in the foreseeable future.
Quick News - As of now, the only way to secure Sony’s new 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 retractable zoom lens for yourself is to either buy the kit option of the NEX-6 or pay a unconscionable premium price on eBay. Luckily for us, Sony doesn’t agree with their customers pursuing the latter, as the camera maker has officially priced and dated the E-mount-optic as a stand alone item.
Quick News – Fuji has officially announced plans to divert the production efforts for their upcoming Fujinon 14mm F/2.8 in lieu of the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4′s apparent strong sales. The wide-angle prime was initially expected to start shipping later this month, but given the current demand priorities, will be pushed back until January 19th.
Sigma has just released the first sample images from their recently announced 35mm F1.4 DG HSM – a Hyper-Sonic-Motored, fast prime lens that’s set to be released by month’s end. The shots, all of which can be clicked for an original resolution view, were shot on the Sigma SD1 by photographer Kimio Yajima.