TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 lens for Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon R and Leica L

The TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 lens is now available for Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon R, and Leica L mounts.

Fast and wide, the 21mm f/1.5 from TTArtisan is an ultra-wide prime designed for mirrorless cameras. The broad field of view is complemented by the bright f/1.5 maximum aperture, which excels in low-light conditions as well as for isolating subjects using selective focus techniques. The lens’s manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3′ away and it features a 10-blade diaphragm that contributes to a smooth bokeh quality. Additionally, a lens hood is included that protects the front of the lens as well as reduces stray light from causing flare.

The lens is currently available on Amazon.com and  B&HPhoto ranges from $250 –  $429. Continue reading “TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 lens for Nikon Z, Sony E, Canon R and Leica L”

Leica D-Lux 7 Street Kit for Spontaneous Photography

Leica has announced the DLux 7 Street Kit aimed at travel and street photographers. The US price is $1,549 and it is now in stock and shipping at B&HPhoto.

Leica is now offering its D-Lux 7 Black camera version in a “Street Kit”. The camera kit includes a hand grip, a black paracord wrist strap (made by COOPH), a lens cap with automatic opening mechanism, and a spare battery, which are ideal as light luggage for street photography and when traveling.

The new Street Kit gets most of its features from the black-finish Leica D-Lux 7. Looks like a more rebranded Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II, the Street Kit D-Lux 7 offers a 17MP Four Thirds sensor with a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34mm F1.7–2.8 ASPH lens in front (24 – 75mm full-frame equivalent). Continue reading “Leica D-Lux 7 Street Kit for Spontaneous Photography”

Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II Lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, MFT, Pentax K, Sony E, Fuji X, Leica M & L

The Meyer-Optik Gorlitz brand has expanded its range with a new full frame lens – the Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II. As expected, this new lens has been released for various mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, M42, Pentax K, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Leica L, Leica M, as well as Micro Four Thirds.

The Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II lens is marketed by the manufacturer as a “reborn” version of the original lens, developed by Meyer-Optik designer Paul Schefter 80 years ago. Then this lens became popular due to the extremely high aperture for that time, as well as the ability to create a wide range of bokeh effects – from swirling to “creamy” with small details in a blur.

The manufacturer focuses on the quality of the optics assembly, high-quality color reproduction with high sharpness of the image, and, of course, on the possibility of creating an expressive bokeh effect (see sample images on the Primoplan 58mm f/1.9 II).

Price and availability

The cost of the Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II lens is $899 and it can be purchased via the B&HPhoto website. Here are all updated/new Meyer Optik Görlitz lense. Continue reading “Primoplan 58mm F1.9 II Lens for Canon EF, Nikon F, MFT, Pentax K, Sony E, Fuji X, Leica M & L”

7artisans 35mm f/5.6 Photoelectric Lens for Sony E, Leica L, Canon RF and Nikon Z

7artisans released the new 7artisans 35mm f/5.6 Photoelectric Lens for Sony E, Panasonic/Sigma/Leica L, Canon RF, and Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras. The lens has a very compact dimension, almost like a lens cap. The manual focus optic offers f/5.6 constant aperture and stylish design.

7artisans 35mm f/5.6 lens for Sony E, Panasonic/Sigma/Leica L, Canon RF, and Nikon Z mount is now available to order on the Bhphotovideo.com store for $138.

7Artisans lenses are sold at: AmazonUS | AmazonUK | AmazonDE | eBayUS. Continue reading “7artisans 35mm f/5.6 Photoelectric Lens for Sony E, Leica L, Canon RF and Nikon Z”

Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH Lens Announced

Leica has announced the release of the APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH. The compact 35mm F2 is the closest-focusing M-mount lens, with a minimum focus distance of just 30cm (11.8″).  The US price of the lens is $8,195 and it is now available for pre-order at B&H.

The lens has a close focusing distance of 30cm, and has been designed to give maximum image performance, with 10 elements, in 5 groups, with 3 aspherical elements, and 6 of the elemtns are designed to reduce chromatic and apochromatic aberrations. The lens has 11 aperture blades for an almost circular aperture circle, and the lens has been designed to give exceptional image quality even when used wide-open.

Pre-order links:

Pre-order Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH Lens: $8,195 at B&H.

Leica APO-Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH Lens Key Features

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
  • Apochromatic Design
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • 10 Elements in 5 Groups
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 11.8″
  • Filter Thread: 39mm
  • Included Lens Hood and Leather Pouch

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2021 Black Friday Camera & Lens Deals

Here are the best 2021 Black Friday Camera and Lens deals, sales, rebates, specials and discounts this holiday shopping season. If you are looking for the best 2021 Black Friday Camera and Lens deals here is an excellent buying guide for you!

We are getting ready for 2021 Holiday Camera Deals & Sales, along with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Monday digital camera and photo gear deals. Here you can easily find all the best camera and lens deals & sales from the biggest online retailers, including DSLR Cameras, Mirrorless Cameras, Point & Shoot Compact Cameras, Sports & Action Cameras, Lenses, Drones, Camera Bags, Memory Cards, Speedlites, Camcorders, software and other accessories.

So, we’ve created the detailed saving page for every brand, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Leica, Sigma, Tamron, GoPro, DJI, Samyang/Rokinon, Tokina and Zeiss. All the pages (by brands) will be updated on a rolling basis, you can bookmark the page now, and check back later to find the latest Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Green Monday/Holiday deals. Continue reading “2021 Black Friday Camera & Lens Deals”

Atomos Ninja V Firmware Update 10.6.1 Released

Atomos has just released the latest AtomOS firmware 10.61 for the Ninja V.  With this firmware update Ninja V has now benefits of a Time-lapse function, HDMI to SDI cross conversion, and RAW over SDI.

The RAW over SDI option is already activated for those purchasing the new NINJA V Pro Kit. However, thanks to the new firmware 10.61 existing Atomos Ninja V owners can also purchase the $99 activation license (directly from Atomos) and record ProRes RAW over SDI from the Sony FX6, FX9 and other compatible cameras.

  • Atomos Ninja V 5″ 4K HDMI Recording Monitor (B&H)
  • Atomos Ninja V Pro Kit (B&H)

What’s new in AtomOS 10.61 for NINJA V:

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Best SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards in 2021

Here are the best SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The SD memory card format might be the most widely used and the speed of your SD memory card is extremely important.

With cameras being able to shoot 10 frames per second at 20 megapixels, and 4K video at 60fps, you need an SD card that can write these large files quickly. Not only do the best memory cards need to offer large capacities for storing photo and video files, they also need to be able to transfer data quickly and effectively.

Most card manufacturers offer ranges that give you a choice of SDHC and SDXC, which both broadly do the same thing, just at slightly differing speeds and capacities.  It can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out if a certain card is fast enough and compatible with your camera, so we’ve decided to check out everything available. Use our best SDHC/SDXC memory cards guide. Continue reading “Best SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards in 2021”

Leica M10-R, M10-P & M10 Monochrom Firmware Updates Released (Add Perspective Control)

Leica has released the new firmware updates for Leica M10-RM10-P and M10 Monochrom cameras. This new firmware update introduces an exciting feature: the Leica Perspective Control function, abbreviated as LPC. Having installed the update, owners of the above-listed cameras are able to activate the Perspective Control function.

The technical details and the handling of the Leica M10 Monochrom are identical to those of the Leica M10-P. Check Adorama | B&H.

Download links:

Leica M10-R Firmware Version 20.20.47.37

Leica M10-P Firmware Version 3.21.3.50

Leica M10 Monochrom Firmware Version 3.21.2.50 Continue reading “Leica M10-R, M10-P & M10 Monochrom Firmware Updates Released (Add Perspective Control)”

ZY Optics adds the Leica M version to its popular Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 line-up

ZY Optics, the leading fast-aperture lenses manufacturer in China, has announced the launch of the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 lens in Leica M mount. The lens is specially redesigned to work well with Leica M camera systems and supports rangefinder coupling for focus assistance. The lens is also compatible with 3rd party Autofocus Adapter where a Autofocus performance can be enjoyed when used with Nikon Z or Sony FE cameras.

Great Control over Depth of Field
Its f/0.95 maximum aperture makes the lens one of the fastest lens in the market for Leica cameras. A shallow depth of field endows pictures with an enchanting and dreamy ambience, with the main character perfectly separated from the background. Soft and enticing bokeh can be formed in this picture, adding additional romantic sense to the picture. Its 9 rounded blades aperture creates a soft and perfectly circular bokeh that all photographers are craving for.

Superior Image Quality
Compared to the Nikon Z/ Canon RF/ Sony FE version, the image is further improved by the new 11 elements in 8 groups optics formula, bringing high definitions and sharpness even at wide open aperture. Colour fringing and chromatic aberration are greatly suppressed thanks to the addition of extra-low dispersion elements. The colour rendered is also carefully calibrated to manifest a greater contrast on Leica cameras. Unlike other f/0.95 lenses where the sharpness is only optimized at certain distances, the new Mitakon 50mm has an outstanding sharpness at both portrait distances as well as infinity, making it one of the most versatile 50mm lens in the market.

Extraordinary Night Photography
The ultra-wide f/0.95 aperture is also tailor-made for night photography. With the improved sharpness and coma correction, the new Speedmaster outperforms any 50mm lenses in the market in the genre of night photography.

Full Support of Leica Cameras’ Rangefinder Coupling Focusing System
One special feature about Leica cameras is their unique Rangefinder Coupling system. The new Speedmaster is designed to perfectly support the rangefinder system of the Leica cameras to achieve a more accurate, convenient, and quicker focusing performance through the camera’s viewfinder. More precise control of manual lens shooting is not impossible now.

Autofocus Realization with Third Party Adapters
A hybrid focusing performance can now be enjoyed. For Nikon Z and Sony E mount users, there are a few automatic adapters in the market which can turn Leica M-mount manual lenses into autofocus. Users can now take advantage of the short-flange distance of Leica M mount and experience a new focus performance with these AF adapters. Both Megadap MTZ11 and Techart TZM-01/LM-EA7 are supported. The adapters can support AF-S, AF-C, AF-F and face/eye detection with IBIS of the cameras, making focusing with f/0.95 as painless as ever.

Impeccable finishing with 2 colors available
Taking care of the high aesthetic standard of all Leica users, both matte black and silver version are available to best match with the beautiful Leica cameras. In addition, the lens will be shipped with a specially designed black leather box. The lens is equipped with a delicate and durable metallic exterior like all other Mitakon lenses. A solid feel of precision is given by a smoot aperture control ring and engraved markings on the lens body.

Shenyang Zhongyi Optical & Electronic Co., Ltd was established in 1984 as a joint venture company with a Japanese investor. We are a China leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial optical solutions. ZhongYi is providing optical elements for industrial as well as distributing its unique and truly high-performance lens products to consumers worldwide under the Zhongyi and Mitakon brands.

More details can be found at ZY Optics announces Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 lens for Leica M mount