Tokina Announce AT-X 70-200mm f/4 Lens

Tokina has launched a 70-200mm telephoto lens with built in camera shake correction. The lens first came to light at CP+ back in 2013.

The AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens has been officially announced in Japan, and is currently only available for Nikon FX mount DSLRs. 

The lens also features a ring-type ultrasonic motor for autofocus and its coil motor driven image stabilisation system will offer three stops of stabilisation. There will also be a tripod collar available as an optional accessory. It will focus internally, offering a minimum focussing distance of 1 meter.

The lens is set to be available in Japan from the end of May for around £880 at current exchange rates. For more information, take a look at the Tokina Japan website

Canon Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lenses Launched

Canon has introduced two new high-performance, wide-angle zoom lenses to its EF range – the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM.

Designed for experts and enthusiasts, the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is a professional quality L-series lens, offering exceptional performance throughout the zoom range. The compact and lightweight EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is for Canon’s consumer range of APS-C sensor EOS DSLRs, and is ideal for people who want to expand their view and get more into each shot – with both optical IS and STM technologies helping to deliver consistently sharp and crisp wide-angle stills and HD movies.

EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM key features:

  • L-series construction and optics
  • Constant f/4 maximum aperture
  • 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • Fast, silent AF
  • Superb image quality
  • 9-blade circular aperture
  • Full-time manual focusing
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.28m
  • Non-rotating front element
  • Water and dust resistant

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM key features:

  • Ultra-wide angle zoom for APS-C EOS DSLRs
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • Superb image quality
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.22m
  • Manual focus ring
  • Circular aperture
  • Optional lens hood

The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM will be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £1,199.99, and the The EF-S 10-18mm IS STM will be available from May 2014 with an SRP of £299.99. For more information, take a look at the Canon website

From Canon:

High-precision, high-performance, wide-angle view – the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM provides greater versatility for professionals and keen enthusiasts who regularly capture wide-angle perspectives – such as landscape or architecture photographers – or those who typically shoot in confined spaces. The lens offers wide-ranging flexibility, with first-class optical construction and a fixed f/4 aperture providing clear, sharp results even in the most challenging situations.

The new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM is Canon’s first ultra-wide L-series lens to feature Canon’s signature optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which offers a four-stop advantage over non-IS lenses and helps to ensure that shots are always captured with precision detail. The newly-designed IS system also features a number of additional improvements, including gyro sensors for greater accuracy in traditional shooting or when capturing panning motion.

First class optical technologies and design

Photographers can quickly achieve focus using the powerful, fast and silent autofocusing (AF) performance of Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) – ideal when shooting in AI Servo AF mode. Complete control over image composition is also possible using the lens’s full-time focus ring in manual and AF modes, giving photographers the freedom to fine tune focus on demand.

Designed to deliver the highest image quality, the lens’s optical structure includes two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements to minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements prevent dust and water drops sticking to each element. Photographers can also enjoy beautiful background blur and bokeh thanks to the lens’s 9-blade circular aperture.

The lens’s exterior is optimised to provide exceptional ease-of-use and professional performance. The high-grade design includes a compact and lightweight shape that’s comfortable to hold, whilst providing intuitive access to the zoom and focus control. A leather-texture coating also provides a professional feel.

See more, capture more – the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

The new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is the ideal lens for people looking to widen the range of their existing kit and get more into every shot. The lens’s impressive ultra-wide 10-18mm focal range provides the freedom to capture a diverse range of scenes, from holiday snaps of vast, sweeping landscapes and cityscapes, to wide group shots in confined spaces at parties and celebrations. Using Canon’s expertise in optics, the wide focal range is packed into an impressively compact and lightweight lens, which can comfortably fit into kitbags, or even small handbags and backpacks when travelling.

Consistently sharp and steady handheld results are provided by a four-stop optical Image Stabilizer. Additionally, Canon’s STM technology ensures high-performance AF when shooting stills, and near-silent AF when capturing movies. Combined with EOS DSLRs that support AF during movies, STM technology provides fluid continuous focus, ideal for tracking moving subjects, and providing smooth transitions as focus shifts between subjects. Quiet focusing also prevents unwanted noise interfering with movie soundtracks, ensuring that recorded sound is both crisp and faithful to the original scene. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM features both a UD lens element and a range of optimised lens coatings to deliver outstanding image performance at all focal lengths. 

Leica M Edition 100 Limited Edition Kit And New Lenses

Leica M Edition 100 kit

Leica has announced the Leica M Edition 100 limited edition kit to celebrate its 100th anniversary, as well as two new lenses. 

The Leica M Edition 100 kit will be limited to just 101 sets worldwide, and consists of the Leica M-A, a mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography, and a Leica M Monochrom digital camera, along with three summilux lenses, a 28mm, 35mm and 50mm focal length. The 28mm f/1.4 ASPH is a new lens, and no further information has been released as yet. 

Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH.

The visible metallic elements of the cameras are made for the first time out of stainless steel, a material that Leica say is extremely difficult to work with. 

Leica say the sets will be available from Leica stores and boutiques from June 2014, and none of the items contained in the sets will be available as separate items. The first set will be auctioned today in Wetzlar, Germany, with a starting price of 22,000 Euros.

MACRO-ELMAR-M 90mm f/4


Also announced was the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4 lens , along with the Leica Macro Adapter M. This collapsible macro lens has exceptionally good imaging performance at close focusing distances, as well as being a good universal telephoto lens. 

For more information, take a look at the Leica website

From Leica:
With the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4, Leica Camera AG presents a new, collapsible macro lens for the Leica M-System. As in the case of the previous generation of this lens, its performance has been optimised to cover the entire working range, from infinity to the closest macro focusing distance. This makes the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 ideal not only as a moderate, universal telephoto lens, but also as a macro lens with exceptional imaging performance at close focusing distances. For example, in combination with the new Leica Macro- Adapter-M, specially designed and constructed for use with the Live View function of the Leica M, it allows photographers to capture spectacular close-up exposures at a reproduction ratio of up to 1:2.

The Leica Macro-Adapter-M is designed to be mounted between the camera and the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4. Its integrated helical screw system allows a variable extension of the lens of between 18 and 30 mm and thus enables the variation of the reproduction ratio. When mounted on the adapter, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 can also be used in its collapsed position for exposures up to infinity. Thanks to a new locking function, this allows photographers to set any distance from 41 cm (reproduction ratio 1:2) to infinity without having to dismount the adapter.

As the Macro-Adapter-M is also compatible with other M lenses, it offers Leica M photographers an even wider range of opportunities for creative composition and additional variety in reportage portfolios. With Leica lenses from 50 mm and greater, it enables macro exposures up to a reproduction ratio of 1:2 and, with wide-angle lenses, even larger ratios. The lens-to-subject distance decreases with decreasing focal lengths. The use of the adapter with 28, 35 or 50 mm lenses creates fascinating effects. The short distance from the subject creates extremely distorted perspectives and highly selective sharpness. Because, in contrast to a macro lens design, the imaging performance of these lenses is not optimised for such close focusing distances, it is advisable to stop them down by one or two aperture values. The use of the Macro-Adapter-M with lenses with focal lengths of less than 28 mm is not recommended, as the lens-to-subject distance must be extremely short to allow correct focusing.

Without the adapter, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is an extremely versatile telephoto lens – for example, for portraits with shallow depth of field and in travel photography for capturing details in landscapes. For reportage photography, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 allows photographers to capture discreet shots at a greater distance from their subjects. In comparison, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is a compact and lightweight alternative to existing Leica M-Lenses of this focal length. When not in use, the lens can be collapsed to save valuable space in the camera bag.

The optical design of the new Leica-Macro Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 comprises four lens elements in four groups. Its imaging performance is very good across the entire image field. Even wide open, at f/4, the lens delivers near optimum performance. This high imaging performance is preserved almost completely in its closest focusing range. The only significant effect of stopping the lens down is an increase in the depth of focus.

The Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 and the Leica Macro-Adapter-M will be available from June 2014. The lens is set to be priced at 2850 Euros, while the adapter will cost 550 Euros.

Olympus Firmware Upgrades for E-M1 and E-M10

has announced firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1 and OM-D E-M10 cameras. 

Features of the updates are listed below:

OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 1.4

  • Improved remote control functionality when using the Olympus Image Share app.* (Art Filter mode, custom self timer, zoom operation when using electric zoom lenses, digital tele-converter and cable remote release mode)
  • AF response when using Four Thirds lenses has been improved
  • Stabilisation when shooting in C-AF mode has been improved

*It is necessary to use the latest version of the  Olympus Image Share app, available on iOS & Android devices.

OM-D E-M10 Firmware version 1.1

  • Improvement to image stabilisation while shooting movies
  • A 0 second setting has been added for Anti-shock mode

The firmware will update when the is connected via Olympus Camera Updater. The updates can also be found on the Olympus Support page

Corel AfterShot Pro 2 Launched

Corel has announced new AfterShot Pro 2, which is now 30% faster and offers a 4x faster performance advantage over the competition. 

AfterShot™ Pro 2 gives photographers a more responsive and productive way to work with RAW photos.

Corel AfterShot Pro 2 Key features:

  • 64-bit power: Now 30% faster! Get even more processing power and remove memory limitations with new 64-bit architecture. Enjoy greater stability and responsiveness app-wide. AfterShot Pro 2 is 4x faster than the competition—delivering faster results and saving you more time.
  • Updated RAW camera profiles: Adding 26 new profiles, AfterShot Pro 2 supports more than 250 camera profiles, including RAW formats from all major camera manufacturers. New camera profiles will be updated throughout the year. Read more about supported cameras at www.aftershotpro.com.
  • Workspace enhancements: Enjoy a more fluid workflow with a modern, streamlined interface. Enhanced Zoom delivers better previewing of smaller images, and a new Image Reset button lets you undo all your changes and view your original photo in a single click.
  • Complete High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools (Windows): Now available in the Windows version and coming later this summer to Mac and Linux, new HDR tools make it simple to create stunning photos with intense visual contrast. Combine multiple exposures to create a single, stunning HDR photo. Apply Smart Photo Fix, White Balance, Brightness/Contrast, Fill Light/Clarity, Local Tone Mapping, High Pass Sharpening, and Digital Noise Removal.
  • Easier batch processing: Redesigned batch processing controls make it simpler and faster to configure any batch processing task.
  • Red Eye Removal: New manual Red Eye Removal gives you precise control when cleaning up your photos.
  • Local Contrast: Recreate the look of a high-end camera lens and make objects within an image ‘pop’ by bringing out the texture and dimension in your photos.
  • Bigger Images, Better TIFF performance: 64-bit performance supports much larger images including files of up to 250 Megapixels and TIFF files larger than 30MB.
  • Noise reduction by Athentech: Optimize your images with new Athentech Imaging Noise Removal. This award-winning technology automatically adjusts lighting for every pixel in a shot while maintaining true color and zero clipping.

AfterShot Pro 2 is available now for £57.99. Existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of £45.99. For a limited time, AfterShot Pro, PaintShop Pro X6, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom 5 registered customers may purchase AfterShot Pro 2 at the upgrade price. For more information, take a look at the Corel website

The NPS expand LiveDrive offer to members families

Starting this week The NPS are expanding their online cloud backup offer to include an additional 5 LiveDrive accounts.  NPS members can give these to their families and friends to allow them to have the same peace of mind cloud backup that they currently enjoy with their membership.

The cloud backup offered with The NPS is from LiveDrive, recognised as one of the largest providers in the world with over a million customers enjoying their cloud backup solution.

This offer will save £180 to each member and their families  on top of the saving they are already enjoying by being a member.

Livedrive is the fastest growing and most loved cloud storage and online backup company on the web today.

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