Zeiss Introduces Milvus Manual Focus DSLR Lens Line

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Shortly after the launch of its Batis lenses for the Sony full-frame E-mount, Carl Zeiss is rolling out yet another lens line, this time a series of manual focus lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, called Milvus.

The Milvus series will initially consist of the following focal lengths:

  • 21mm f/2.8
  • 35mm f/2
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 85mm f/1.4
  • 50mm f/2 Macro
  • 100mm f/2 Macro

Prices range from a little over $1,100 for the 35mm to $1,843 for the 21mm and the 100mm. They’re expected to ship mid-October.

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Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – February 16, 2015

Whereas many were expecting the next Sigma ART lens to be an 85mm, the company instead rolled out a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Canon version out in March, Nikon in April, Sony later. Price $849. Specs and pre-order info at B&H:

Sigma also announced pricing and availability of its 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C (for contemporary) lens. March at $1089 for Nikon and Canon mounts.

Ricoh Pentax announced the Pentax K-S2 with 20 megapixels at $700.

Tokina announced a new 11-20mm f/2.8.

No news was news too last week. While Sony showed several new FE-mount lenses at the CP+ show (35mm f/1.4, 28mm f2, 90mm f/2.8 macro) it didn’t actually announce them or mention pricing and availability.

Photographer Dustin Abott wrote a comprehensive review of Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II lens. He loves it.

The Photography Blog reviewed the Leica X-E (Typ 102). Gets an ‘above average’ rating. Translation: don’t buy it.

Finally, software company Serif announced the beta of Affinity Photo, a competitor to Adobe Photoshop for the Mac platform. Sign up here.

Deals

Up to $400 off on Nikon lenses: Adorama, B&H
Up to $200 off on Fuji X lenses: B&H

 

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Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – February 9, 2015

Canon

The big news this week was Canon’s announcement of the Canon EOS 5DS and the Canon EOS 5DS R, 50.6 megapixel DSLRs. Entering the marketplace in June, the ‘S’ will have a low-pass filter to avert moiré, while the ‘R’ will have its low-pass filter canceled out. As such, the ‘S’ is mainly aimed at fashion and architecture shooters, while ‘R’ is eyeing landscape shooters. The Canons will cost $3700 and $3900, respectively.

It was hard to get a real take on this camera, though.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II – A Roundup of Previews & First Impressions

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On Thursday, Olympus announced its long-rumored successor to the OM-D E-M5 micro-four thirds mirrorless camera, the Mark II version. The new camera offers several small improvements and even better in-body image stabilization than its predecessor. The body is redesigned and adopted several pro features from the flagship E-M1 model. Headline news was the addition of a sensor-shift function that allows the 16-megapixel sensor to produce 40-megapixel images of static objects.

Several sites had access to early models and published their initial reviews, previews or first impressions of this camera. What follows is a roundup of those impressions.

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Photography Gear News & Reviews Roundup – February 2, 2015

Not much going on in terms of real news, so the web was abuzz with rumored cameras, which by now have already been discussed and criticized with abandon. Expect the actual announcements to start this week.

The Luminous Landscape likes the Panasonic LX-100.

Tokina’s 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX lens is now available for pre-order. (At B&H: Canon, Nikon)

Canon offered new firmware for the 5D Mark III and the 1D X.

Deals

LensProToGo gives you 15% off in February if you use code FEB15.