Upon popular request, SLR Magic has decided to redesign the exterior of their HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds, adding fixed gears around the focus and aperture rings (the previous CINE version of the lens had optional gears.) This way, the lens can be easily used with a follow-focus system in videography applications. For still photography, the added gears provide extra grip when operating the focus and aperture rings. Existing users of the HyperPrime 12mm f1.6 (non-CINE version) can have their lens upgraded to the current version with gears for US-$ 250.
Our review of the original SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm f1.6 for Micro Four Thirds can be found here.
The Micro Four Thirds system is all about great image quality in a small package. That was evident pretty much from the start, when Olympus introduced the legendary E-P1 camera with its minuscule 17mm f2.8 pancake kit lens. When buying a new Micro Four Thirds camera today, you’ll probably end up with one of the kit zooms from Olympus and Panasonic, ranging in focal length between 12mm and 50mm. While these may be a great entry into the system and provide some versatility and image quality, you will at some point want to upgrade to more specialized and higher-end glass. Here’s our list of three essential Micro Four Thirds lenses that provide great image quality and don’t break the bank.
At this year’s IBC show in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Zeiss will present two new cinema lenses: the 15-30mm T2.9 CZ.2 Compact Zoom as well as the ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 100mm T1.9 cine lens. Both lenses complement the existing lineups of CZ.2 and ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic lenses respectively.
The 15-30/T2.9 will cover the full 36x24mm image circle and will deliver 4K UHD resolution. It will feature an interchangeable mount system, so that it can be used on cameras with PL-mount, EF-mount, F-mount, E-mount and MFT-mount. Weighing in at 2.5 kgs (5.7 lbs), the lens will be available for NAB in April of 2014, at a price “under €20,000″ (US-$ 26,000). Pricing and availability of the MA 100/T1.9 have not been announced yet.
Among all the buzz that Sony caused with the announcement of their new QX-series of lens cameras, this Canon announcement went by almost completely unnoticed. Expanding their lineup of cinema prime lenses, Canon today announced the CN-E 35mm T1.5 cinema prime lens. As with all cinema primes, the 35mm T1.5 is manufactured to the highest standards, and promises outstanding sharpness for both HD and UHD (4K) video. It comes in Canon EF mount, and can thus be used with all EF-system cameras. However, being aimed at the professional videographer, it is intended for use with cameras such as the EOS 1D C, and the EOS C-series of cinema cameras. And as with all cine gear, the 35mm T1.5 comes with a rather hefty price tag of US-$ 5,200. More info can be found on Canon’s website.
Ricoh Imaging today announces five new Pentax Limited lenses in their new HD series, which promises improved optical performance over the previous Limited lens lineup. The New HD Pentax DA Limited lenses announced today are the 15mm F4 ED AL, 21mm F3.2 AL, 35mm F2.8 Macro, 40mm F2.8 Limited, and 70mm F2.4 Limited. What all five lenses have in common is the new HD coating, promising higher light transmittance and lower reflectance than conventional multi-layer coatings. They also feature Super Protect coating to keep the front surface free of dust and stains, rounded aperture blades for a circular aperture, and an enhanced exterior design. Details after the break.
The fixed-lens compact camera with a larger-than-average sensor is the prothusiast’s most valued companion. Why? Because it promises excellent image quality in a small and light package. Often equipped with lenses between 28 and 35mm, these cameras lend themselves to street photography and journalistic styles. Due to the success and popularity of this camera type, there is now a significant number of models on the market, which can make it difficult to decide which one to get. In order to make things easier for you, here are five fixed-lens compacts that The Phoblographer recommends.