Photo Plus Expo

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN ‘C’: hands-on and additional details

Hands-on with new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Sigma has used the Photo Plus Expo show in New York as a launchpad for an all-new lens – the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is a fast, high-quality prime for cropped-sensor Sony E-mount and M43 cameras.

In person, the new lens is a small, but beautifully well-made prime that fills a useful gap in focal lengths for both systems. On a Sony E-mount APS-C format camera, it is equivalent to 24mm, while on a Micro Four Thirds ILC it becomes an effective 32mm medium-wide.

Hands-on with new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Sony claims that despite being a ‘C’ (Contemporary) class lens, the new 16mm should have performance in line with the company’s premier ‘Art’ series. As far as build quality is concerned, that’s definitely true. Mechanically, this lens is gorgeous – something that is exemplified in the large, very smooth manual focusing ring.

Hands-on with new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

At 92.3mm (3.6 inches) long, the 16mm is relatively small, but becomes a lot bigger with the included hood attached, beginning to dwarf the compact Sony a6300 shown in this image. But at 405g (14 oz) it’s relatively heavy for its size.

Hands-on with new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary

Optical construction comprises 16 elements in 13 groups, including two aspherical, two SLD (super-low dispersion) and three FLD (“F” low dispersion) elements. That’s an impressive number of specialized elements and the just-published MTF graphs suggest that sharpness at optimal apertures will be impressive.

Nine rounded aperture blades should ensure pleasant bokeh at wide apertures.

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Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

We’re at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, where Fujifilm is showing off its new XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and GF 45mm F2.8 R WR prime lenses.

First up is the snappily-named XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR. It’s equivalent to a 122mm prime on X-series bodies, and as you can see, it’s a big lens. It also fills an appropriately big gap in Fujifilm’s historical lens lineup, being the first of Fuji’s X-mount lenses to give full 1:1 macro reproduction.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

As usual for Fujifilm’s current lenses, the 80mm offers the option of manual aperture control via a dedicated dial, and a large focusing ring provides very fine control over focus, if required.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

The XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR is optically stabilized, and is rated to provide around 5 stops of correction. This should help greatly in the macro focusing range, as well as making the lens more usable in general, in lower lighting conditions.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

Toggle switches on the lens barrel allow the photographer to restrict the lens’s focusing range, as well as activate / deactivate the OIS stabilization system. The XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR is weather sealed (that’s what the ‘WR’ means) and like all of Fujifilm’s high-end lenses, it’s built to a very high standard of construction.

The Fujifilm XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR will be available next month for $1200.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses

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Leica’s ‘new’ Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 costs $325 per aperture blade

Hands-on with Leica’s new classic 90mm Thambar

Leica’s newest lens is actually one of its oldest. The Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 is a (slightly) modernized recreation of a classic 1930s design, famed for decades thanks to its unique soft focus rendering for portraits. At $6500 it costs a pretty penny too, which for our own amusement we figured works out to $325 for each of its 20 aperture blades.

We’re at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, where we just got our hands on Leica’s latest crazy diamond. Click through for a closer look.

Hands-on with Leica’s new classic 90mm Thambar

Cosmetically, the new Thambar is virtually identical to the original. The biggest difference is that now, it’s designed natively for the M-mount rather than the original screw-mount (and 6-bit coded). As such, it can be used on modern rangefinders (like the M10 pictured above) without adaptation.

Sorry about the weird color balance in this image by the way. I have no excuse.

Hands-on with Leica’s new classic 90mm Thambar

Yes, that is a 20-bladed aperture. The optical construction of the new lens is the same as the original – four elements in three groups – but in a grudging concession to the needs of photographers in the mid 20th Century, the elements are now single-coated.

Hands-on with Leica’s new classic 90mm Thambar

There are two reasons the original Thambar is famed among Leica collectors. One is its scarcity, and the other is its unique rendering. ‘Soft-focus’ would be a bit of an oversimplification – its more of an etherial glow. I can’t describe the appearance very well in words, but people who love it really love it. The → continue…

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First look at upcoming Pentax ‘star series’ lenses and silver edition K-1

First look at upcoming Pentax 50mm F1.4 and 11-18mm F2.8 lenses

Ricoh is showing off two upcoming lenses at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York this week. The HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW is designed for full-frame cameras, while the HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 is intended to be paired with the company’s APS-C DSLRs.

We weren’t able to get our hands on the new lenses, sadly – they’re still under glass – but we’re told that they’re cosmetically near-final. Click through for a closer look.

First look at upcoming Pentax 50mm F1.4 and 11-18mm F2.8 lenses

We’ve known about the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW for a while, but the last time we saw it (also under glass) it was little more than a lens-shaped lump of plastic. Things have advanced since then, and the copy on show here appears to be a working prototype.

The upcoming 50mm is one of a new generation of ‘star series’ lenses that Ricoh intends for high-resolution imaging with its flagship K-1 and (presumably) follow-up full-frame models.

First look at upcoming Pentax 50mm F1.4 and 11-18mm F2.8 lenses

The 50mm F1.4 will come with a generously proportioned lens hood. The ‘AW’ in the designation stands for ‘All Weather’ and denotes environmental sealing, which should mean that like the K-1, it will stand up to use in harsh conditions.

A new ring-type SDM autofocus drive promises fast, quiet focusing. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the new 50mm should be available in spring of next year.

First look at upcoming Pentax 50mm F1.4 and 11-18mm F2.8 lenses

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Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

Two months ago Canon announced four new L-series prime lenses: the TS-E 50mm, 90mm and 135mm F2.8L Macro and the 85mm F1.4L. We’re at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, and we just got our hands on them. Click-through for some images and first impressions.

Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

All of the new TS-E lenses are (like all tilt-shift designs) manual focus, and all feature broad, well-damped focus rings. The TS-E 90mm F2.8L Macro (shown above) covers a classic portraiture focal length and should be useful for both portraiture and product photography.

Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

While people tend to associate tilt-shift lenses with landscape photography, short and medium-telephoto designs are very handy for portraits, where it can be difficult to maintain sharp focus on a subject’s eyes (both of them) at wide apertures.

Similarly, close-up product images and macro photography where it isn’t always practical or desirable to stop down too much for increased depth of field. Using a tilt-shift lens, sharpness can be maintained across the depth of a subject, without sacrificing background blur.

Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

This is the 135mm F2.8L Macro – unsurprisingly, a larger and heavier lens than the 90mm pictured in the previous slide. All three of Canon’s new TS-E primes feature the same basic tilt-shift mechanism, offering a wider range of adjustments compared to Canon’s older lenses, and updated coatings. In the 135mm F4L, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) helps reduce flare and ghosting.

Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes

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Ricoh announces new lenses for both APS-C and full-frame Pentax cameras

The two lenses Ricoh has announced today are part of the company’s Star-series line of high-performance lenses, being designed from the ground up for use with higher megapixel DSLR camera bodies.

Let’s start with the HD Pentax-DA* 11-18mm F2.8. Designed for crop-sensor cameras such as the Pentax KP, K70 and K-3 II, it offers an equivalent focal range of 17-27.5mm with a constant F2.8 aperture. Pricing has yet to be disclosed, and you have a bit of a wait if you’re interested in this lens; availability is scheduled for the summer of 2018.

Up next will be of particular interest to Pentax K-1 users. The HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW is designed for full-frame image sensors, and is the first new prime lens Ricoh’s announced for the K-1 since that camera was released. To go with the K-1’s rugged design, the FA* 50mm F1.4 comes with all-weather construction, and also a newly developed supersonic direct-drive autofocus motor for both faster and quieter AF operation. The FA* 50mm F1.4’s pricing is also unavailable, though it’s scheduled to be released a little sooner in the spring of 2018.

Press Release

RICOH ANNOUNCES NEXT-GENERATION, HIGH-PERFORMANCE PENTAX STAR-SERIES LENS LINE

Optimized for super-high-resolution photography with high-megapixel digital SLRs, new Star-series lenses on display at Photo Plus Expo 2017 and Salon de la PHOTO 2017

NEW YORK (Photo Plus Expo 2017, Booth #845), October 26, 2017 — Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced a new generation of high-performance Star-series lenses optimized for super high-resolution photography and high megapixel digital single-lens reflex (D-SLR) cameras. The first two lenses developed for the new-generation of Star-series quality—the HD PENTAX-D FA 50mm F1.4 SDM AW and the HD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm F2.8—will be on display as reference products at Photo Plus Expo 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in → continue…

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Hands-on with the impressively small Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon’s new PowerShot G1 X Mark III combines a 24MP APS-C sensor and hybrid autofocus system in a pricey but impressively compact body. Canon has been showing it to us at the Photo Plus Expo show in New York, and we’ve compiled some first impressions of how it handles.

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

As should be obvious from this photograph, the G1 X Mark III is very small indeed, for an APS-C format camera. Despite being barely larger than the 1″ format PowerShot G5 X, the G1 X Mark III’s sensor and Dual Pixel autofocus system are lifted directly from the company’s latest APS-C DSLRs.

Unlike the G5 X or Canon’s Rebel-series DSLRs though, the G1 X Mark III offers weather-sealing. We didn’t get the chance to soak it with water yet, but just from initial impressions of this late pre-production sample, build quality seems excellent (which it should, for a compact camera at this price).

Hands-on with new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

A front control dial isn’t in quite the same position as it is in Canon’s DSLRs, but it works in exactly the same way. Our model for these shots has pretty small hands, but even with my big banana fingers, the G1 X Mark III is comfortable to hold and the manual controls are (by and large) easy to find by touch.

The 24-72mm F2.8-5.6 sacrifices brightness and zoom range for size, but covers a useful range for everyday photography. Despite the relatively slow aperture at 70mm, autofocus is fast and impressively positive, even in the very dim conditions of a show floor meeting room. Obviously this → continue…

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