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Tamron has been relatively quiet this year in terms of new lenses, but just in time for Photokina 2014, the company has a brand new wide angle zoom offering. Tamton has announced the development of a new 15-30mm f2.8mm lens with vibration control built in. This pretty much trumps Nikon’s 14-24mm f2.8 in terms of usefulness and more or less also trumps Canon’s 16-35mm f2.8 offering as well for landscape and architectural uses.

This lens features 18 elements in 13 groups, aspherical elements, low dispersion elements, an ultrasonic silent drive motor, vibration compensation with three ceramic ball bearings, and a new eBAND coating. According to them, the new coating is “A nano-structured layer (1nm = 1/1,000,000mm), with dimensions smaller than the wavelengths of visible rays of light, is deployed on top of multiple coating layers to maximize efficiency.”

“Reflections occur at the interface between the lens and the air because of the difference in refractive indices of the two substances. The nano-structure of the eBAND Coating renders an extremely low refractive index by minimizing the differential with that of air while actively inducing air to its own structure, thus significantly suppressing the extent and degree of reflections.”

More tech specs are after the jump. We also have no word yet on pricing.

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Given the fact that the Sony A7s is pretty much designed for videographers, Sony has decided to find a way to support the video front even more with their new 28-105mm f4 G OSS lens. This lens features power zooming capabilities more suited for news and documentary videographers as well as sports shooters.

In our meeting with Sony, they told us that a lot of work went into the design of this lens to ensure that focus breathing didn’t occur at all when focusing in and out, lest it otherwise mess with the quality and framing of a scene being shot. Additionally, the zooming was made to be very silent by using Sony’s SSM motor technology. Otherwise, it features aspherical elements, multi coating technology, and is designed to be very contrasty. For serious videographers, that will mean that you’ll get an extra boost of faux-sharpness due to how the human eye sees blacks. But it will also mean that your color profiles will need to be even flatter. Finally, a lens like this would be nothing would optical stabilization–and of course it’s built in.

Expect this lens to hit the stores at a $2,500 price point.

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Product Images 1

Photokina season must be in full swing because the gear announcements are coming in hot and fast. Today Sigma is introducing a three new zoom lenses and two new teleconverters. Starting with the big one, the lens maker is introducing two different 150-600mm f5-6.3 lenses for its Sports and Contemporary lines. The two lenses feature optical image stabilization and a water and oil-repellant coating on the front and rear elements.

Where the two lenses diverge is the Sports version is a big larger and made up of 24 elements in 16 groups whereas the Contemporary lens features 20 elements in 14 groups. Overall the optics in the Sports edition of the 150-600 f 5-6.3 are better with two “F” low dispersion elements (FLD) and three special low dispersion (SLD) glass elements. By comparison the Contemporary counterpart has just one FLD and three SLD glass elements.

Of course the Sports lens is built better with a dust and splash proof construction though out the barrel while the Contemporary version only features ruggedized mount. Speaking of mounts the two new 150-600 f 5-6.3 lenses will be available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony users. Sigma has yet to announce availability or pricing for it’s latest telephoto lenses, but read on to see Sigma’s new 18-300mm superzoom lens and more.

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In addition to the new D750 that Nikon has announced tonight, they’re also announcing a brand new 20mm f1.8 wide angle lens. This adds onto the company’s 85mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8, 35mm f1.8, and 28mm f1.8. The new wide angle lens is designed for full frame cameras and offers a super wide perspective. It sports a nano-crystal coating on the lenses, whisper quiet autofocus, and will set you back $799.99.

The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, seven aperture blades, two ED elements, two aspherical elements, and roughly the same construction as Nikon’s other f1.8 lenses.

Nikon didn’t see a reason to stop at a lens though, they’re also announcing the new SB-500 flash. More details on that are after the jump.

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The rumors have been circulating for some time now that Nikon was going to deliver a true D700 successor. But if you’re one of those folks that still feels like the D800/D810 isn’t the true successor then you’ll need to keep hoping. Today, Nikon is announcing their new D750–which is more or less a D610 with superpowers and even an automatic mode on the mode dial.

Yes, there is a mode dial–unlike the Df and the D810.

What you really want to know is that the new D750 sports a 24.3MP full frame sensor, 14 bit RAW shooting, two SD card slots, approximately 100% viewfinder coverage, more video modes, EXPEED 4 processor, flash sync of 1/200th, can shoot 6.5 frames per second, ISO ranges from 100-12,800, 51 AF points, can shoot 1080 60p video, and has weather sealing incorporated. Most notably, it’s the first new full frame Nikon DSLR with built in WiFi transmission.

Nikon told us in our meeting that the camera can focus down the -3 EV, which we will be happy to test.

The camera will be available in late September for $2,299.95. More images are after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Ricoh WG-M1 Product Images 4

Ricoh has announced its first ruggedized action camera, the WG-M1. Sporting a compact design, the camera looks like a miniature flashlight. Add in the robust orange body and the top mounted 1.5-inch LCD surrounded by a round watch like circle and the WG-M1 is one of the strangest (and coolest) looking action cameras around.

As you might expect with the WG-M1’s tank-ish build it’s designed to take some punishment. Users will be able to drop the WG-M1 from six-feet without having to worry about damage as well as taking the camera 32-feet underwater or into below freezing conditions in -10° Celsius. While adventure seekers are taking the camera underwater they can also switch the camera to a narrower 90-degree field of view mode.

The WG-M1 also sports a 14MP sensor coupled with an ultra-wide-angle 3mm f2 fixed focal length lens. The lens is effectively 17mm in terms of full-frame equivalence and it captures a 160-degree angle of view for still images. When capturing 1080p 30fps video, the camera will narrow this wide field of view to 135-degrees in order to add electronic shake reduction. The camera can also shoot 60fps video at 720p or 120fps slow motion at standard definition.

The action camera also includes integrated stereo microphone and built-in Wi-Fi to offload flies. Plus there’s a strip of adhesive on the WG-M1’s body letting users quickly mount the camera to a surface such as a wall or surfboard. The WG-M1 will be available in October for $299.95. Check past the break for more images and video of the WG-M1 [click to continue…]