Sigma booth employees said they were “mystified” when the new tele-macro was “nowhere to be found the following morning.” PR stunt? Or the case of the CES 2012 bandit? We may never know…
Sigma has revealed the successor to their current 180mm macro, updating the close focusing tele with a larger maximum aperture, improved optics, and a 1 to 1 magnification ratio.
The Sigma 180mm F/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM now packs three FLD low dispersion elements for improved color fidelity with their Super Multi-Layer coating to prevent ghosting and flaring. Sigma has also utilized the company’s proprietary Optical Stabilization (OS) technology, allowing for up to four-stops of extra exposure. The now faster macro-tele has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 with a minimum focal distance of 18.5″ or 47cm, which is pretty darn close considering the focal length.
Just as expected and right on time. Olympus has just announced their all new, weather-sealed, macro power-zoom for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F/3.5-6.3 EZ covers an effective focal range of 24-100 mm and is the first interchangeable micro 4/3 lens to pack a multi-speed motorized zoom optimized for video use. Macro abilities enable this semi wide-angle zoom to focus as close as 8 to 20 inches with the option to toggle the L-Fn (Lens Function) button which “suspends the autofocusing operation temporarily to avoid unintended focusing on obstacles that appear suddenly between the camera and the subject.”
Despite all the recent turmoil and fraudulent behavior of a certain few in the senior ranks of Olympus corporate, it appears as though the company will proceed business as usual, unscathed by the negative reputations bestowed upon them in the court of public opinion.
Tomorrow, around 6-7 A.M. GMT Standard Time, Olympus will announce a new 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 macro lens with powerzoom. 43Rumors has also unearthed an early specification list for what might be the new E-PL3/E-P3 kit lens. Take a look:
In addition to revealing Zeiss’ plans to expand their CP.2 line of cinema primes, as well as new compact tele-zooms and anamorphic offerings, the December issue of the FD Times is also debuting Leica’s latest batch of Summilux-C cinema lenses.
Set to be officially announced at NAB 2012, the Summilux-C 16, 29, and 65 mm cinema primes will all carry a maximum aperture of T/1.4, weigh between 1.6-1.8 kg and share the same length of 145 mm from the front flange. The three new titanium PL mounts will expand Leica’s current cinema lens line-up to eleven in total, covering effective focal lengths of 16 to 100 mm.
Quick News – The first image and details of the soon to be announced e-mount addition to the SLR Magic family of lenses was just revealed. The Hyperprime 23mm f/1.7 will land early next year with a street price of around $379.99.
NEX users can also inquire for a chance to test review units of this lens before its release. If you are interested, send an email to Sales@noktor.com with the subject “SLR Magic 23mm F1.7 volunteer.”
Although there is currently an alpha version of this lens, the folks at Tamron decided to design a model specifically for the NEX system, optimized for the use of the contrast-detection autofocus cameras in the line. Through the use on Tamron’s proprietary “stepping motor,” the e-mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC’s autofocus has also been improved for video and stills, as well as granting the ability to manual focus on the fly, thanks to the Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function.
When Ricoh Japan unveiled their updated GXR Roadmap, no details were given on the mysterious silhouette of a 16mp 24-85mm sensor/lens module shown below. However, PhotoRumors has posted an updated piece of information from Christian Sorega, reporting that the APS-C zoom combo will have an aperture range of f/3.5-5.6. Furthermore, Ricoh’s official press release is rumored to land on January 5th, showcasing at PMA & CES 2012, which will be held from January 10th to the 13th, and shipping out to customers by the 20th.
Ricoh Japan has just released a new tease for GXR users, revealing a new APS-C sensor-lens unit set for release in early 2012. No concrete details were given other than the 16MP CMOS sensor/24-85mm lens kit shown in the roadmap below. Take a look: