Canon RF 24-240mm F/4-6.3 IS USM Zoom Lens Is Official

Compatible with the Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera, the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM is the second lens to be introduced by Canon in 2019 (the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM was introduced earlier this year) after the company said it was developing 6 RF lenses back in February. 

The Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM weighs 750g, offers 10x zoom, 5-stop IS and variable f/4-6.3 apertures. There’s also a diamond knurled focus/control ring and a large, lockable zoom ring with 100-degree rotation.

RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Key Features:

  • 24-240mm Zoom Range
  • 5 Stop IS with Dynamic IS
  • Aspheric and Ultra-Dispersal Lens Elements and Super Spectra Coating
  • Circular 7-Bladed f/4-6.3 Aperture
  • Nano USM Autofocus
  • Switchable Focus/Control Ring
  • Built-in DLO Profile and Electronic Distortion Correction

Pricing & Availability:

The Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens will be available from September 2019. 

  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM: £899.99
  • EOS RP & RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM: £1999.99
  • Lens Hood EW-78F: £34.99

Sony Announce 35mm f/1.8 Lightweight Prime Lens

Sony has announced a new lightweight full-frame lens, the 35mm f/1.8 (model SEL35F18F). It’s an E-Mount lens, for use on cameras such as the Sony Alpha 7 Mark III.

Sony say this light-weight prime lens provides mobility and convenience for shooting a wide range of subjects. It provides outstanding corner-to-corner image quality from a maximum f/1.8 aperture and features quiet autofocus. 

Sony 35mm f/1.8 full frame lens key features:

  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture, weighing in at just 280 grams and measuring 65.6 mm (diameter) by 73.0mm (length); this new lens sets a new standard for portability.
  • Smart optical construction including an aspherical element to suppress aberration and deliver high resolution throughout the entire image frame. 9-blade circular aperture enables beautiful bokeh.
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.22m and maximum magnification of 0.24x offer easy access to the world of close-up photography.
  • Conveniently placed, customisable focus hold button and a focus mode switch for instantaneous switching between auto and manual focus.
  • Linear Response Manual Focus for fine, responsive manual focus control.
  • Dust and moisture resistant design[ii] add to the versatility and reliability of this new lens and invoke a feeling of confidence in the user.
  • Fast, precise and quiet linear-motor AF drive system for precise focus for both stills and movies where “wobbling” is employed for delicate continuous focus control.

“A 35mm prime lens is a go-to lens for so many photographers as its versatility means that it is the right choice for so many different kinds of shot,” said Yann Salmon-Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing for Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “Our new 35mm FE lens combines brilliant corner to corner clarity with a truly lightweight design and we are confident that it will appeal to a wide range of stills and movie shooters.”

Pricing and availability

The FE 35mm f/1.8 will ship in Europe in August 2019, priced at approximately €700 and £630.

Gitzo 3-Way Fluid Head Announced

Gitzo has announced a 3-way fluid head, featuring an independent fluid cartridge for each axis to guarantee smooth movement. 

Made from an ultra-light and rigid magnesium body, it weighs less than 1kg and can hold up to 13kg of weight. It’s also very compact compared to other fluid heads of its kind. 

The Gitzo 3-way Fluid Head has innovative and ergonomic retractable tilt handles, and a 7cm rubberised Arca-Swiss style plate with quick release holder which can rotate 90 degrees for easy portrait shooting. 

Gitzo 3-way Fluid Head key features:

  • Extremely versatile, optimal precision fluidity and control
  • Impressive payload in a lightweight and compact body
  • Easy set up and framing with 90° rotating quick release plate/holder, Arca-Swiss compatible

The Gitzo3-way Fluid Head is available for £439.95. It can also be purchased as part of a kit with a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod starting at £1189.95.