Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO Lens Announced

Venus Optics announced a new lens, the Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO for designed specifically for mirrorless camera systems.

The Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO sells at $499 and is available at Venus Optics and available for Canon R, Leica L, Nikon Z and Sony E mount. Venus Optics lenses are sold at AmazonAdorama and B&H.

This manual focus macro lens offers a maximum 2:1 magnification ratio for larger-than-life macro photos. The 58mm lens is constructed of 14 elements in 11 groups, including 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and 3 Ultra-High Refractive Index elements. It uses a 13 blade aperture diaphragm, has an aperture range of F2.8 through F22, has a minimum focusing distance of 18.5cm (7.3”) and uses a 67mm front filter thread. The lens measures 74mm (2.9”) in diameter by 117mm (4.0”) in length and weighs 595g (1.3lbs).  Continue reading “Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2x Ultra-Macro APO Lens Announced”

Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Announced, Price $899

Sigma officially announced the new Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E-mount. The US price is $899 and it will be released in late June 2022. Now the new Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens is available for pre-order at  BHphotoAdoramaAmazon.

Designed for  full-frame Sony E mount, you can use this premium lens on mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7 IVSony A7R IV.

Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary Lens Key Specifications

  • Lens construction: 11 groups, 16 elements (5 FLD and 4 aspherical elements)
  • Angle-of-view: 107–75.4
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 25cm
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5.6
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Dimensions (max diameter x length): 77.2mm x 100.6mm Weight: 450g

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Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens specs leaked

Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens specs have been leaked online.

Venus Optics will announce the new Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens for Sony E mount, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Leica L mounts. The officiall announcement will be on May 23, 2022.

Here are the leaked images and specifications of the upcoming Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens.  are sold at Adorama and B&H

Laowa FF II 90mm f/2.8 CA-Dreamer 2X Lens Specs

  • 13 sheets in 10 groups (3 ED lenses and 3 high-refractive)
  • 13 diaphragm blades
  • Shortest shooting distance 20.4cm
  • Filter size 67mm
  • Size 74 x 120mm
  • Weight 619g
  • mount Sony E / Canon RF / Nikon Z / Leica L

Leica Releases Firmware Updates for 10 Different Cameras

Leica released new firmware updates for 10 different cameras (M10-M|M10-P|M10-R|M10-P|M10|M10-DSL2|SL2-S|Q2|Q2-M). Here are the details :

Leica M10

  • Leica M10 Monochrom Firmware 4.22.11.52
  • Leica M10-P ASC Edition Firmware 3.22.11.52
  • Leica M10-R Firmware 30.22.11.52
  • Leica M10-P Firmware 4.22.11.52
  • Leica M10 Firmware 3.22.11.52
  • Leica M10-D Firmware 3.22.11.52

Leica SL2

  • Leica SL2 Firmware.4.0
  • Leica SL2-S Firmware 3.0

Leica Q2

  • Leica Q2 Firmware 4.0
  • Leica Q2 Monochrom Firmware v.2.0

New Leica firmware updates can be downloaded here.

Leica M11 Sensor Review and Test Results (100 Points)

DxOMark completed their full in-depth review for 60MP BSI sensor inside the Leica M11 camera. According to their sensor review and test results; the Leica M11 achieved an excellent overall DxOMark sensor score of 100 points, with a combination of 26.3 bits color depth, 14.8 EV dynamic range, and 3376 ISO low-light score.

With an overall sensor score of 100, Leica M11 is a state-of-the-art high pixel count full-frame 35mm format sensor.  This is also 4 points higher than the Leica Q2  at 96 points, the last best performing Leica sensor they tested. Continue reading “Leica M11 Sensor Review and Test Results (100 Points)”

Rumors: Leica Q3 Coming in 2023 with a new 60MP sensor

Leica is rumored to announce a new Q3 camera in 2023 with a 60MP sensorThe current Leica Q2 models have a 47MP sensor. The new Leica M11 that was recently announced has a 60MP sensor. So it’s quite possible that we will meet a new Leica Q3 with 60MP sensor.

The Leica Q2 is a fixed-lens, full-frame camera sporting a new 47.3MP sensor and a sharp, stabilized 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens. Leica has paired the sensor with an updated Maestro processing engine to enable a sensitivity range of ISO 50–50,000, a maximum continuous shooting rate of up to 20fps with the electronic shutter, and 4K (3840 x2160) video recording at 24/30fps (or C4K 4096 x 2160 at 24p).

The US price for Leica Q2 is $5,795.00, and available at B&H Photo/Adorama.

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Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Lens Announced, Price $1,099

Venus Optics has announced the new Laowa 20mm f/4 ultra-wide-angle shift Lens. The US price of this lens is $1,099 and available in 8 mounts including Canon EF and RF, Nikon F and Z, Sony E, Pentax K, L mount and Fujifilm G mount (via an adapter).  are sold at Adorama and B&H

Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift is an ultra-wide-angle shift lens that you cannot resist. On top of the high image sharpness and nearly no distortion (Zero-D), the lens also comes with a rotatable lens hood for avoiding flares and protecting the front lens element.

The amount of shift is ±11mm for full-frame cameras and ±8mm for medium format cameras, making it super easy to capture architectural and interior photography in a corrected perspective. Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift expands Laowa’s Shift Lens line-up giving you an addition option for distinct needs. Continue reading “Laowa 20mm f/4 Zero-D Shift Lens Announced, Price $1,099”

Venus Optics unveils Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens

Venus Optics unveils the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO LensIt is the World’s Smallest 2x macro lens for full frame mirrorless cameras.

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO is currently available to order on the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in the US (without tax) is USD 449/pc (Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE) & USD 499/pc (Leica M). Pricing may vary in different countries. Shipping starts from early December onwards. Venus Optics lenses are sold at Adorama and B&H. Continue reading “Venus Optics unveils Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Lens”

Sigma 20mm F/2 DG DN | Contemporary Lens Announced

Sigma 20mm F/2 DG DN | Contemporary Lens Announced For Mirrorless Cameras. The US price is $699 and available for pre-order at B&HPhoto and Adorama.

The lens is the seventh—and widest—in the company’s premium all-metal ‘I series’ lens lineup designed for Sony E mount and L-Mount camera systems.

The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 11 groups, including one ‘F’ low dispersion element, one Special low dispersion element and three aspherical elements. Sigma has also used its Super Multi-Layer Coating and Nano Porous Coating (NPC) to reduce flaring and ghosting when shooting into bright light sources. Continue reading “Sigma 20mm F/2 DG DN | Contemporary Lens Announced”

Leica M11 Rangefinder Camera Officially Announced

The Leica M11 Rangefinder Camera is now officially announced. The US price is $8,995 and available for pre-order at AdoramaAmazonB&HPhoto.

Perfectly meshing timeless design with contemporary performance, the Leica M11 is a rangefinder camera featuring a revised sensor design and updated connectivity and while maintaining the familiar design of a Leica M camera. Continue reading “Leica M11 Rangefinder Camera Officially Announced”