Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lenses

The latest optics for dslr & mirrorless systems

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Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T*; Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II

SONY
More Recent Sony Lenses List Price
FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
$799
$999
$499
$1,499
$999
$599
Though most recent Sony development has centered around their mirrorless systems, they haven't abandoned their TMT (Translucent Mirror Technology) lineup. Evidence: the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II, an update to its popular predecessor, with a fast ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture and improved AF tracking system, ideal for sports and wildlife. List Price: $2,999.

Sony's longtime partnership with renowned optics maker Carl Zeiss continues to produce some of the most interesting lenses in Sony's lineup, such as the FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T*. The constant ƒ/4 aperture throughout the zoom range, premium construction and Optical SteadyShot make this a versatile lens for portraits, as well as street and scenic photography. Sony FE mount lenses, designed for the full-frame mirrorless Alpha a7 series, also can be used with Sony's mirrorless APS-C-sensor models; this lens would be the equivalent of a 36-105mm when paired with an a6000, for example. List Price: $1,199.


Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III; Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD

TAMRON
More Recent Tamron Lenses List Price
16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Canon EOS M)
$629
$499
Tamron is well known for their versatile zoom lenses, like the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD, an update to one of their most popular models. The new version is smaller and lighter as the result of a new optical layout and PZD (Piezo Drive) AF system, which is simpler and more compact than the previous AF system. The ultrasonic AF system not only is faster and more precise, you also have access to full manual focusing, if you prefer. List Price: $849.

Tamron's first lens designed for the Micro Four Thirds system, the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III provides a zoom range equivalent to 28-300mm, covering practically all but the most specialized focal lengths in a very compact body. The stepping AF motor is quiet, perfect for video work. List Price: $589.

For extreme telephoto reach, the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is hard to beat, and when used with APS-C-sensor cameras, it provides an incredible focal length of 930mm on the tele end. Though you're well advised to use a tripod for telephoto work, the lens has Vibration Compensation. Considering its immense range, this lens is also a great value. Estimated Street Price: $1,069.


Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S

TOKINA
Though Tokina has been busy with their all-new Cinema ATX lenses for professional motion cameras this year, they haven't forgotten their still photography fans.

The Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S, available in a Nikon mount, is the first lens to incorporate Tokina's Vibration Correction Module (VCM), allowing up to three stops of shake correction. It also features a new ultrasonic AF motor that allows minute manual adjustments for precise focus control. List Price: $1,099.


Zeiss Otus 1.4/55M; Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M

ZEISS
More Recent Zeiss Lenses List Price
Otus 1.4/85M $4,490
In addition to the lenses they produce for Sony's camera systems, Zeiss also offers some models of their own, like the Touit 2.8/50M, available in Sony E-mount and Fujifilm X-mount variants. The lens provides a 75mm-equivalent focal length when used with APS-C-sensor cameras and true 1:1 macro magnification with a minimum focusing distance of 6.02 inches. List Price: $999.

Available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55M is truly a professional-grade lens with top-shelf construction and a very fast ƒ/1.4 maximum aperture. Optimized for full-frame cameras, this is a manual-focus lens—uncommon these days, to be sure, but emphasizing that this is a lens aimed squarely at the photographic perfectionist. The bright yellow focus scale is highly readable and mitigates the fact that you're focusing on your own. By all accounts, it's one of the finest standard prime lenses available today, if heavy and expensive in the trade-off. List Price: $3,990.

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