Pricing For Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro

Sigma has announced the pricing for the 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro lens.

The lens, first revealed at CP+ in February 2018, is the long-awaited first macro optic in the Art line of lenses. It will be available for £499.99 including VAT. Canon mount will be available at the end of May and Sigma mount in June. A Sony FE mount is also in the works.

The lens will also be dust and splash proof. The focus-by-wire system eliminates the direct mechanical connection between the focus ring and the focus drive system. Controlled by SIGMA’s latest algorithm, a newly developed coreless DC motor adjusts focus with optimal speed and low noise. Full-time manual focus is available even during autofocus, allowing the photographer to make minute focus adjustments simply by turning the focus ring.

Meike 50mm f/1.7 Full Frame Lens

Meike have announced a new version of the 50mm f/1.7 lens for full frame Sony mount cameras.

This prime manual lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.5m and consists of 5 groups in 6 elements, with a 52mm filter thread.

Earlier in 2018, the mirrorless version of the lens was released in several mount options.

The lens is priced at £114.99 and is available through Amazon.

Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 Now Available

Hasselblad has announced that the XCD 21mm f/4 lens, which is the widest lens available for the X1D camera, is available for order.

Hasselblad say the lens will be shipping to customers in mid-May. The lens provides a 17mm full-frame equivalent view, which Hasselblad say makes it ideal for landscape and architecture photography.

Like the other XCD lenses, XCD f4/21mm lens has an integral central shutter offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second.

The XCD 21mm f/4 lens can be ordered now for £3299.

Samsung’s Latest Memory Card Can Record Up To 43,800 Hours Of Continuous Video

The Samsung PRO Endurance microSDHC / microSDXC is a new memory card that offers users up to 128GB of storage space and delivers read speeds of up to 100 MB/s as well as FHD recording and 4K support via write speeds of up to 30 MB/s.

Even though the memory card can be used in smartphones and cameras, it’s actually designed with Dashcamowners in mind as it can capture 43,800 hours of continuous video recording.

The Samsung PRO Endurance offers 25 times higher endurance than previous speed-focused cards, comes with a limited warranty up to five years and features Samsung’s 4-Proof protection making it water, temperature, magnetic and x-ray-proof.

The PRO Endurance memory cards are now available, starting at £30.99 for 32GB, £58.99 for 64GB and £111.99 for 128GB. For more information, visit the Samsung Memory Card website.

Meike Announce First AF Lens In Range

Meike have announced their first auto-focus lens for Canon EF mount cameras.

The MK-85mm f/1.8 lens is a full frame optic that offers AF capability. It features a construction of 6 groups with 9 elements and has a 28.5 degree angle of view. The minimum focus distance is 0.85m and a filter thread size of 67mm.

No pricing or availability has been announced as yet.

Venus Optics has announced the 9mm f/2.8 lens

Venus Optics has announced the 9mm f/2.8 lens.  It’s priced at £499 and is available in Fujifilm X-Mount, Sony E-Mount and Canon EOS-M.

Laowa say this is the widest lens available for APS-C cameras and features a 113 degree angle of view, fast f/2.8 aperture and close to zero distortion.

The extreme 113° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting. For videographers, the compact size of this lens is friendly to the use of gimbals or even handheld shooting without much of shaking. The lens is designed with a 49mm filter thread which gives additional portability for screw-in filters.

The lens is available to order on the Venus lens website. The first 100 orders will get a set of Laowa 49mm filters for FREE (CPL + UV + ND1000). Shipping is expected to start from early April.

Zonlai Launch 22mm f/1.8 Lens In Fujifilm X Mount

Sainsonic have released the Zonlai 22mm f/1.8 lens in Fujifilm X-Mount for the very affordable price of $159.99 in the US.

The lens is said to offer excellent bokeh opportunities and features 8 elements in 7 groups, and an 11 blade aperture. The 22mm f/1.8 optic is available for MFT cameras in the UK for £114. No information on a UK release of the X-Mount version has been confirmed as of yet but you can get the lens over on Amazon US.

Sainsonic also manufacture the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens, which is also available in MFT, Sony E Mount and Canon EOS M fittings for £169.99

Sony Announces New HVL-F60RM Flash And Accessories

Sony has announced a new powerful flash, aimed at professional photographers using the alpha system cameras.

The HVL-F60RM has a guide number of 60 and covers illumination angles from 20mm to 200mm. The recycle time has been improved from 1.7 seconds on the previous model to just 0.6 seconds with the new external battery adaptor, the FA-EBA1.

The flash has ‘quick shift bounce’, allowing the photographer to switch between horizontal and vertical orientation. Independent light output level (LEVEL -/+) buttons allow direct control of output or compensation, supporting an efficient workflow. A comprehensive display facilitates adjustments and flash output level confirmation, and also provides intuitive access to flash output settings for paired wireless flashes.

Functions can be freely assigned to the unit’s four-way controller, centre button, and control wheel for easy access when required. Furthermore, TTL flash output can be memorised and recalled in manual mode when needed for immediate use or use after minor adjustment. This is another feature that can simplify manual workflow and save time

The dust and moisture resistant design[vi] of the HVL-F60RM allows flash shooting, even in challenging environments.

In addition to an auto white balance function that automatically adjusts for light colour in the scene being photographed, amber and green colour filters are supplied as standard and can be used to match or complement existing lighting in order to achieve natural white balance or create a specific atmosphere.

The new HVL-F60RM will be available in Europe in April, 2018 priced at approximately £620 / €700. The new FA-EBA1will be available in Europe in April, 2018 priced at approximately £270 / €300.

On1 Photo Raw is now available for download

The software is pitched as an alternative to Adobe’s Lightroom

On1 Photo Raw
The latest version of On1 Photo Raw includes an HDR module and tool for stitching panoramas

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