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Sigma announces the launch of the new 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM lens

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

This autofocus fisheye lens is designed for use with digital SLR cameras equipped with APS-C size image sensors. The Nikon version produces a diagonal angle of view of 180°(154° for Sigma, 167° for Canon).
The diagonal field of view of this fisheye lens produces striking images with exaggerated perspective and distortion. The minimum focusing distance of 5.3 inches, and maximum magnification 1:3.3 allows subjects to be as close as 0.7 inch from the lens’ front element.

Sigma's 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM lens. (Photo Credit: Sigma Photo)

Sigma's 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM lens. (Photo Credit: Sigma Photo)

This close focusing capability allows close-up photography and also it is possible to make use of large depth of field that covers wide range of subjects. The Integral hood blocks out extraneous light and the Super Multi-Layer Coating minimizes flare and ghosting, creating superior image quality. The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures fast and quiet autofocusing and allows full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. This lens is supplied with a gelatin filter holder at the rear.

The lens is now available for Sony/Minolta digital SLRs, and Pentax digital SLRs.
The street value of the lens in about $1,000 US.

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Equipment Profiles: Nikon’s AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D lens

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Nikon’s AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D lens is the perfect portrait lens for any serious photography hobbyist. This lens provides very sharp images in a lightweight, well-constructed design.

Nikon's AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D lens. (Photo Credit: Nikon USA)

Nikon's AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D lens. (Photo Credit: Nikon USA)

Who Needs This Lens?
This lens needs to be in the bag of every serious amateur photographer. This lens will allow you more creative freedom to explore photography with its fixed and super-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture. The focal range on this lens is perfect for portrait work.

Where Will I Use This Lens?
The wide aperture setting will really allow beginning photographers and advanced hobbyist the ability to achieve a shallow depth-of-field, thus giving portraits a professional look. Furthermore, with its f/1.8 maximum aperture, photographers are able to shoot quality images in low-light situations. The lens is also perfect for indoor sports photography, especially capturing images at basketball games.

By the Numbers
Lens: Nikon’s AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D
Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8 feet
Focusing: Auto and manual focus.
Weight: 13.2 ounces
Price: About $450 US

Equipment Profiles: Canon’s EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens

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Canon’s EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is the photojournalist’s workhorse lens. Because of its zoom range, 70-200mm, and it’s wide maximum aperture, photojournalists have relied on this lens as the de facto lens of choice. This lens provides razor-sharp images in a well-constructed design.

Canon's EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Canon's EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Who Needs This Lens?
Obviously, this is the lens of choice for working pros. Students should seriously consider saving up their pennies to purchase this piece of equipment, especially photojournalism students and those considering sports photography. Finally, serious photo enthusiast, especially those of you who have children in sports, should consider making the investment in this lens.
This is an ideal lens for sports photography because of its zoom range, it’s large maximum aperture and because of the Image Stabilization (the IS in the camera’s name) technology. The IS technology provides three-stops correction for camera shake.

Where Will I Use This Lens?
This lens is heavy (it weighs a little over three pounds) and most people – especially those not used to heavy, pro-grade lenses, will find it uncomfortable as a walk-around lens. If you’re a photo hobbyist and have children in sports then you should absolutely consider owning this lens. It’s ideal for all sports and with the f/2.8 maximum aperture, even crisp images of indoor and night sports are possible.

By the Numbers
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Lens Construction: 23 elements in 18 groups
Focusing: Auto Focus and full-time manual focus even in AF mode.
Price: $1,200-$1,900 US

Sigma Announces New Zoom Lens Available in March

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of new SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM on March 10.

The Sigma 18-250mm lens will be available March 10.

The Sigma 18-250mm lens will be available March 10. (Photo Credit: Sigma)

The SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM incorporates Sigma’s original anti-shake compensation function, with a 13.8 times zoom ratio. As opposed to having an anti-shake function in the camera body, this lens’s Hybrid Optical Stabilizer provides not only an anti-shake function for the camera body, but also compensates for image shaking in the view finder as the Optical Stabilizer is built in to the lens.

Incorporating four Special Low Dispersion glass elements and three aspherical lens elements provides excellent image quality throughout the entire zoom range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7 inches) at all focal lengths and a maximum magnification of 1: 3.4 reproduction ratio, making it ideal for close-up photography. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making it suitable for use with circular polarizing filters and the supplied petal-type hood. Incorporating super multi layer coating reduce the ghost in the backlight photography.

Written by jeremyparce

February 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Equipment Profiles: Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens

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Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is a perfect lens for any serious amateur photographer. This lens provides very sharp images in a lightweight design at an extremely affordable price.

Canon's EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Canon's EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Who Needs This Lens?
This lens needs to be in the bag of every serious amateur photographer. The lens that came with your camera, the “kit lens,” is most likely a lens at the lower end of the quality spectrum. This lens will allow you more creative freedom to explore photography with its fixed and super-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture.

Where Will I Use This Lens?
The wide aperture setting will really allow beginning photographers and advanced hobbyist the ability to achieve a shallow depth-of-field, thus giving portraits a professional look. Furthermore, with its f/1.8 maximum aperture, photographers are able to shoot quality images in low-light situations. This is a great all-purpose lens and with it, you’ll be able to capture sharp images.

The only downside to this lens is its construction. Although it’s lightweight, it feels a little too plastic. For the price, however, it’s a great way for beginners to get into a prime lens without hurting the wallet.

By the Numbers
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
Focusing: Auto and manual focus.
Weight: 4.6 ounces
Price: $85-$100 US

Written by jeremyparce

February 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Nikon Introduces the ‘Fastest DX-Format Lens to Date’

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Inc. recently announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens, which is the first fixed focal length, fast-aperture DX-format lens that affords photographers superb image quality along with the creative possibilities and versatility of the classic 50mm focal length (FX-format equivalent of 52mm).

When mounted on a DX-format camera body, it enables photographers to document their world with a lens that produces a picture angle similar to the field of vision as seen through the human eye. Whether new to D-SLRs or a seasoned enthusiast, users will appreciate the extreme low-light performance and the expanded ability to dramatically separate the subject and background with the new 35mm DX lens’ wide f/1.8 aperture.

“The development and release of the 35mm f/1.8 NIKKOR lens delivers new and added versatility to the Nikon DX-format digital SLR system and provides DX-format photographers with a broader range of fast-aperture lens options,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “This f/1.8 prime lens provides users with exceptional control of background and foreground, superb low-light ability, and the natural focal length that has been the staple of photography since its inception.”

Lightweight, compact and affordable, this lens can easily become a fast favorite for any level of photographer. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens is ideal for travel, general photography, landscape shooting, portraiture or pushing creative boundaries.

The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning March 2009 at an estimated selling price of $199.95.

Written by jeremyparce

February 15, 2009 at 5:20 am

Equipment Profiles: Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens

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Canon’s EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens is a must-have piece of equipment for any serious amateur or professional photographer. This lens provides razor-sharp images in a lightweight but well-constructed design.

Canon's EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Canon's EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Who Needs This Lens?
This lens needs to be in the bag of every serious amateur and professional photographer. Macro photography not only is fun, but it’s a way to bring both a new look to your images and a whole new world of photographic possibilities. With a macro lens, you can get closer than you’ve ever been to a subject and bring out details that will wow both you and those who observe your images.

If you want to add an additional “wow” factor to your image making, then a macro lens is the way to go.

Because of the 100mm range of this lens, you can unobtrusively photograph otherwise skittish subjects, such as birds, butterflies and other insects.

Where Will I Use This Lens?
This is a great all-purpose lens. Want more interesting portraits? Then aim this lens at your subject and get close. Have a backyard garden? Perfect. This lens will allow you to photographically capture all the life thriving in your garden. For up-close photos of flowers to the insects that live among the plants, you’ll be able to capture sharp images and show incredible detail. With this lens, you’ll soon discover a brand new field of photographic imaging.

By the Numbers
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Lens Construction: 12 elements in 8 groups
Focusing: Auto Focus and full-time manual focus even in AF mode.
Price: $490-$600 US