Nikon’s New NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR Superzoom Lens

The Nikkor Z 28-400mm F4-8 VR is a high-magnification zoom lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths, from 28mm to 400mm. Users will appreciate the versatility and powerful capabilities of the 14.2× zoom.

The Nikkor Z 28-400mm F4-8 VR is available at a  suggested retail price of $1,299. You can pre-order this lens at B&HPhoto / Adorama/Amazon. See Additional information and Sample photos. Continue reading “Nikon’s New NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR Superzoom Lens”

Leica SL3 Mirrorless Full-Frame System Camera Now Available

Leica Camera has announced the launch of the long-awaited mirrorless, full-frame SL3; an update to their already impressive SL2. The US price is $6,995 and it is now available for pre-order at B&HAdorama.

In 2015, Leica Camera introduced the SL-System, uniquely combining the two worlds of photography and videography. From the beginning, Leica has focused on partnering with its users and the photographic community to ensure that their products achieve exceptional standards. The result is a system which meets the highest requirements in image quality, manufacturing quality, and ease of handling. Now, the long-established company presents the next generation of the mirrorless full-frame system: the Leica SL3.

The rigorous demands of professional photographers have long served as a benchmark and inspiration for the development of the system, in particular the Leica SL3.The result is an extremely versatile camera, offering unprecedented image quality in both photography and videography. The SL3 combines state-of-the-art technology, extraordinary design, and masterly manufacturing quality – more compact, lighter, and even more user-friendly than its preceding model. The new functions of the Leica SL3 are based on an ongoing dialogue with professionals, which is highly valued and cultivated by the company in the ever-changing world of photography.

At the core of the Leica SL3, you can find the BSI CMOS full-frame sensor with Triple Resolution Technology, which is safely protected in a solid all-metal body with elegant leather. To meet a variety of photographic requirements, the sensor records raw files in DNG or JPEG format with a resolution of either 60, 36 or 18 MP. In each case, the full sensor surface is used. Together with the dynamic range expanded to 15 f-stops and the impressive ISO range from 50 to 100,000, the SL3 delivers remarkably detailed images in outstanding quality – in all light conditions. With phase detection (PDAF), depth mapping (Object Detection AF), and contrast recognition (Contrast Detection AF), the innovative autofocus system of the SL3 combines the strengths of three technologies to create razor-sharp pictures even in dim light. In addition, intelligent subject recognition supports the photography of dynamic scenes. Continue reading “Leica SL3 Mirrorless Full-Frame System Camera Now Available”

Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens for L-Mount Announced

Panasonic has just officially announced the smallest and lightest zoom lens for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras: Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens. The US price is $897.99, and it is now available for pre-order at B&HPhotoAdorama. Shipping is scheduled to start at the end of April 2024.

With an impressive zoom range and exceptional portability, the Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens serves as an ideal complement to your full-frame L-mount mirrorless camera setup. Notably, it stands out as the inaugural wide-to-tele zoom lens to join the S-series lineup, offering a broad focal length spectrum that eliminates the need for multiple lenses when capturing both portraits and landscapes.

Despite its remarkable capabilities, this lens maintains a remarkably compact and lightweight design, weighing just approximately 413g. Representing the first wide-to-tele zoom lens in our esteemed S series, it delivers not only high resolution and exceptional photographic performance but also breathtaking bokeh. Moreover, the lens facilitates close-up photography from a minimal distance of merely 3cm from the lens tip.

Enhancing its appeal further, the lens features high-speed, high-precision autofocus functionality that operates silently. Additionally, its compatibility with 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 (Image Stabilizer) technology ensures effective compensation for blurring in various shooting scenarios, empowering photographers to focus on capturing their subjects with confidence. Continue reading “Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens for L-Mount Announced”

Sony FE 24-50mm f/2.8 G Lens Announced, Priced $1,09

Sony has just officially announced the new Sony FE 24-50mm f/2.8 G Lens. It is a versatile mid-range zoom lens built for everyday mobility Bringing a bright, wide maximum aperture to an easy-to-carry form factor. Coming in at just 440 grams (just under 1 pound), this lens covers the most popular focal lengths for everyday shooting in a chassis 92mm (3.6″) long.

Sony FE 24-50mm F2.8 G lens costs $1,098, first available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama.

Sony FE 24-50mm f/2.8 G Lens Specs

  • Focal Length: 24 to 50mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Lens Mount: Sony E
  • Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
  • Angle of View: 84° to 47°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.1″ / 18 cm
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.33x
  • Optical Design: 16 Elements in 13 Groups
  • Diaphragm Blades: 11
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Filter Size: 67 mm (Front)
  • Dimensions (ø x L): 2.9 x 3.6″ / 74.8 x 92.3 mm
  • Weight: 1 lb / 440 g
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Sony claims that they’ve made no compromises with the lens. It has an 11-blade circular aperture, uses ED and aspherical elements, and has twin linear motors for responsive and quiet focusing. Sony says that the lens can keep up with the 120 fps burst mode of its flagship a9 III.

The lens has focus, zoom, and aperture rings; the latter can be “de-clicked” for video shooting. There’s also a focus hold button, whose function can be customized. The lens is dust and moisture-resistant (but not 100%, Sony points out), and the front element has a fluorine coating to fight off water and oil.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 24-50mm F2.8 G will begin shipping in May 2024 for approximately $1,099.99 USD. Pre-orders live at B&H , Adorama.

Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports and 15mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens Announced, Available for Pre-Order

Sigma has just officially announced two new lenses for Sony E and Leica L mounts: Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports lens and Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens. Both the lenses are now available for pre-order at  B&HAdorama. Continue reading “Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports and 15mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens Announced, Available for Pre-Order”

Fujifilm X100VI Camera Officially Announced

Fujifilm has just announced the eagerly awaited X100VI camera, marking a significant leap forward with its 40-megapixel successor to the beloved Fujifilm X100V. The X100VI will be available at an MSRP of $1599 ( B&H | Adorama), a $200 increase over the previous models. It will be available from early March 2024.

Renowned among serious photographers who demand a portable powerhouse capable of delivering professional-grade results, the X100 series has established itself as a go-to choice. Now entering its sixth generation, this camera continues to embody the perfect blend of retro charm, cutting-edge imaging technology, and innovative design, featuring a hybrid EVF/OVF and a fixed wide-angle lens.

Fujifilm X100VI camera is now officially announced and available for pre-order:

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Zeiss announces six new Cine E-mount Lenses

Zeiss announced six new Cine E-mount lenses you can preorder at B&Hphoto.

About the Zeiss Nano Prime 6 Lens Set – E Mount

ZEISS Nano Primes are cinema lenses designed for modern full frame mirrorless cameras – initially available for Sony E-mount. Lenses for everyone looking for highest performance and cinematic look in a small package. The six focal lengths all feature a consistent high speed of T1.5, come with a small and robust real cine lens housing with professional cine ergonomics and have an interchangeable mount.

Nano Primes are lenses for all cinematographers. No matter if up-and-coming or seasoned DP. For all budgets. No matter if small or big. For all projects. No matter if for commercials, documentaries, or music videos, for series, independent or features films. Lenses that check all the boxes when it comes to look, ergonomics, size and weight or lens data workflow. Lenses that you can afford. Lenses that won‘t let you down.​

​ZEISS Nano Primes are the go-to lenses for everyday: True Cinema. For All.​

Comprehensive Focal Range
Featuring focal lengths of 18mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm, Nano Primes offer a comprehensive range, delivering versatile angles of view from wide-angle to telephoto. This makes them the preferred choice for a broad spectrum of cinematic requirements.

Covering Cinematic Full-Frame
Leveraging full-frame sensors enhances visual depth and character. Nano Primes are designed to accommodate these larger sensors, providing cinematographers of all levels – from aspiring to seasoned professionals – the ability to create images abundant in volume and personality.

Cinematic Look in Every Shot
The high speed of the Nano Primes, coupled with their close focus capability, achieves a mesmerizing shallow depth-of-field, even in wide-angle shots. With a maximum aperture of T1.5 and a rounded 12-blade iris, these lenses produce an exquisite bokeh, allowing the creation of authentic cinematic visuals. Providing a versatile and subtle sharpness reminiscent of Supreme Primes, they serve as an excellent choice for B-Cam and C-Cam, or as a cost-effective alternative.

Full Cine Ergonomics in a Small Package
Nano Primes showcase exceptional precision and durability. With a compact design housing a 95mm compendium ring and an 86mm screw-in filter thread, these lenses seamlessly integrate with gimbals and drones. The uniform positioning of focus and iris rings simplifies lens changes, complemented by easy-to-read calibrated scales, a fluid 280° focus rotation, and a precise 90° iris ring rotation for meticulous control.

Tested for Harsh Conditions
Made for challenging conditions such as cold and rain, Nano Primes undergo rigorous testing to guarantee unparalleled durability in the most demanding filming environments. Nano Primes stand as the reliable choice for everyday lenses.

Interchangeable Mount
The Nano Primes are equipped for seamless mount exchange, facilitated by the trusted ZEISS IMS (Interchangeable Mount System). Featuring user-adjustable back focus through shims, these lenses guarantee precise scales, even with entry-level cameras that typically exhibit higher mount mechanics tolerances.

Electronic Interface for Real-Time Lens Data
The Nano Primes come with an integrated electronic interface on the mount, enabling real-time transmission of metadata, including focal length, focus distance, and aperture, directly to the camera. Additional lens data, covering distortion and vignetting, is accessible within the ZEISS CinCraft ecosystem. This information proves valuable for post-production (CinCraft Mapper) and is compatible with the newly introduced CinCraft Scenario camera tracking system.

Used and Maintained Around the Globe
Hand-assembled and meticulously engraved with individually calibrated scales, ZEISS Nano Prime lenses prioritize serviceability from the early stages of development. ZEISS has established a robust global service network in recent years, with authorized service stations providing maintenance to factory standards in the US, Europe, and Asia.

OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II, 9-18mm and 150-600mm Lenses Announced

OM SYSTEM is entering 2024 with a trio of significant announcements for its Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system. These include the unveiling of a new flagship camera, the OM-1 Mark II camera, an updated M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 II wide-angle zoom lens, and a versatile super-telephoto zoom M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm f/5-6.3 IS lens.

OM-1 Mark II costs $2,397.99, 9-18mm f/4-5.6 II costs $697.99 and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 IS costs $2,697.99.  All the products are now available for pre-order at  Amazon/ B&HAdorama.

OM-1 Mark II Body – $2,399.99
OM-1 Mark II 12-40 II kit – $2,999.99
M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 IS – $2,699.99
M.Zuiko 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 II – $699.99

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Panasonic Lumix S 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for L-Mount Announced

At CES 2024, Panasonic officially announced the new Lumix S 100mm F2.8 Macro lens for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras. Panasonic calls it “the world’s smallest and lightest medium-telephoto fixed focal length macro lens.”

Impressively small and lightweight (weighing approximately 298g), the Panasonic Lumix S 100mm f/2.8 Macro is a medium-telephoto fixed focal length macro lens is suitable for a wide range of situations, from close-up photography to natural snaps and portraits. The US price is $997.99 and it is available for pre-order at AmazonB&HAdorama. Shipping is scheduled to start on February 4, 2024.

Key Features

  • Full-Frame | f/2.8 to f/22
  • Fast Macro Prime
  • Dual AF System: Linear & Stepping Motors
  • 1:1 Magnification, 8″ Minimum Focus
  • Two UED Elements, One ED Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • 9-Bladed Circular Diaphragm
  • Dust- and Splash-Resistant Design

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Sony a1 & a7S III Firmware Updates Officially Announced

In addition to the Sony a9 III (B&H /Adorama ) & FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens (B&H/Adorama ), Sony also announced the new firmware updates for firmware updates for a1 & a7S III cameras.

Press Release:

Firmware Updates for the Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III Models

In addition to the release of Alpha 9 III, Sony has announced new firmware updates for the Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III full-frame mirrorless cameras xvii. The new software will provide both models with some of Sony’s latest imaging technologies including the highly requested Focus Breathing Compensation feature, IPTC and FTP workflow enhancement, and C2PA format support. The firmware will also update the Alpha 1 with Relay Playback, and the Alpha 7S III with DCI 4K 24.00P shooting format. The camera software update will be available in Spring 2024.

Sony a1 body: $6,498 at (AmazonB&HAdorama).

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