Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The best new optics for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
|Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM|
The Sony lens lineup added four new lenses this year. For full-frame Alpha cameras, the first is the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA SSM, a high-quality, superfast normal prime lens that fills a void in the middle of the company's prime lineup.
The other is a telephoto zoom—the 70-400mm ƒ/4-5.6 G SSM II—which is a redesign of an existing focal length. This new version maintains the same optical design, but features upgraded glass coatings and four times faster autofocus for improved image quality and a better user experience. This is a great lens for wildlife and sports shooters, and those who want a little extra reach in their telephoto zooms. Estimated street prices: $1,499 (50mm); $1,999 (70-400mm).
Sony E 20mm f/2.8 Pancake Prime
Sony hasn't forgotten about mirrorless camera users, either. The E 20mm ƒ/2.8 is a pancake prime with a moderately wide angle of view equivalent to 30mm, and a compact total length of only 20mm. Estimated street prices: $219 (18-55mm); $349 (20mm).
|Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD|
Tamron has three new lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. The SP 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD is a wide-to-tele-zoom covering a popular focal range. The fast and constant ƒ/2.8 aperture is sure to make low-light shooters happy, and unlike lenses of the same range from Canon and Nikon, Tamron's offering also includes image stabilization.
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD 1/1 Macro
|Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 PRO DX Lens|
Tokina has replaced its popular 12-24mm zoom with an upgraded AT-X 12-28mm ƒ/4 Pro DX lens for Canon and Nikon cameras with APS-C sensors. It performs like a versatile 18-42mm wide-to-normal zoom. The constant ƒ/4 aperture means there's no sacrifice in low light, even when zoomed to full telephoto, and the Silent Drive Module offers quiet focus for video. Instant switching from AF to manual simply requires pulling on the focus ring. Estimated street price: $599.
(Left) Touit 12mm f/2.8. (Right) distagon* 15mm f/2.8 Ultra-wide angle
The first two lenses in Zeiss's family of Touit compact camera lenses are available for Fujifilm X and Sony NEX APS-C cameras. The Touit 12mm ƒ/2.8 and 32mm ƒ/1.8 feature Zeiss's famed image quality, as well as aesthetically pleasing designs. Equivalent to 18mm and 48mm, respectively, both lenses feature T* anti-reflective coatings and rigid metal construction. The Fuji-mount versions of the lenses also include an old-school aperture ring for manual on-lens control. A third Touit lens, the 50mm ƒ/2.8 Macro, has been announced for release later this year. Estimated street prices: $1,249 (12mm); $899 (32mm); TBA (50mm).
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