Sturdy Workhorse, or One Trick Pony? Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 Review

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The 24-70mm f2.8 lens is a workhorse, but it’s a bit of a Clydesdale. The zoom mixed with the bright aperture creates a heavy lens that’s difficult to carry around all day. That’s why Sigma (gasp!) shaved four mm off the traditional workhorse wide-to-mid to craft the Sigma 28-70mm f2.8. The Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 DG DN Contemporary is nearly half the weight of the Sony G Master and even Sigma’s own 24-70mm Art series lens. At 16.6 ounces and $900, the E-Mount lens has several advantages before you even take it out of the box.

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Beautiful, Streaky Lens Flares. Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro Review

The Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro is an incredibly versatile, durable lens, but it doesn’t denounce the older 7-14mm f2.8.

The Micro Four Thirds system is made for telephoto lenses, but ultra-wide angles are tougher for the smaller system. That’s not stopping Olympus from adding another wide-angle zoom to its lineup, however. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f4.0 Pro (we’ll call it the Olympus 8-25mm f4 Pro for short) is a 16-50mm equivalent lens wrapped in Pro line features. Unlike the mount’s current M.Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 Pro, the 8-25mm can accept filters without an adapter.

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This Colorful Zoom Is a Tank: Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR Review

Weather-sealing, stabilization, and a small size make the Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR a worthy contender.

Telephoto lenses tend to get all the love — and by love, I mean stabilization. Yet the new Fujifilm 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR packs a stabilization system into one of the widest zooms you can get without breeching fisheye territory. Pair it with the Fujifilm X-T4, and get 6.5 stops of stabilization.

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Review: Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Canon EF Mount)

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 incorporates a number of enhancements to the company’s already excellent flagship ultra-wide angle zoom lens

When Tamron released the original version of their SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD high-speed ultra-wide angle zoom back in 2015, we praised it for its sharpness, color rendition, and versatility, but felt that there were some areas that Tamron could improve on. Enter the Tamron SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2, Tamron’s 2nd generation refresh of the same lens that we had reviewed some four years ago which incorporates a number of improvements upon the well-received original. A pair of MPUs (Micro-Processing Unit) along with a VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism resides within the SP 15-30mm f2.8 G2 and work in tandem to ensure snappy autofocus performance while maintaining image stabilization.

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Ricoh Brings a New Pentax 29-45mm f4.5 Lens to its Medium Format System

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Ricoh has announced a new 28-45mm f4.5ED AW SR lens offering for Pentax medium format cameras such as the 645D and 645Z. Offering up an equivalent 22-35.5mm focal length range in the smaller 35mm world, it’s a wide-angle zoom lens that perfect for landscapes, a portrait lens on the far end of its zoom range, and somewhat candid street photography.

Internally the lens is comprised of 17 elements in 12 groups, including two high-performance aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements. On the outside Ricoh has also given the lens a HD lens coatings to optimize light transmission and minimize reflection. There’s also an Aero Bright Coating to help improve image quality.

To top it off this piece of kit features a Shake Reduction mechanism to help mitigate vibrations while trying to handhold this big honking camera. Ricoh says its stabilization technology can effectively compensates for camera shake up to approximately 3.5 shutter stops. The lens is also dust and waterproof thanks to eleven special seals, though we still would not dare to leave this expensive lens out in the rain for too long.

The ens will ship later this month with a hefty price tag of $4999.95. See past the break for another look at the lens.

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