FUJIFILM X-Mount Lens Roadmap latest updates , and it includes a couple of Carl Zeiss lenses

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is issuing an updated version of the roadmap for FUJIFILM X-mount lenses for its FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1 compact system cameras. This is further to the last XF lens roadmap issued in June 2012.

In response to the large amount of feedback and many requests from users regarding its interchangeable lenses, Fujifilm aims to further improve the quality and has carried out a review of the lens design and has added new technology.

When you combine the below 10 XF Lenses with the three X-Mount Lenses that Carl Zeiss announced in September 2012*, there will soon be 13 high-performance lenses available for the X-Mount system which should meet the needs of every photographer and will support a wider range of photography from ultra-wide-angle at 15mm** to super-telephoto at 305mm**. . . . read more

DXO Mark almost a year after the release of the Nikon D800, publishes a four part review trying to discover the best lenses for the 36 megapixel beast

“Nikon D800 functions as Nikon’s flagship camera” according to DXO Mark, and it is currently the top camera on their Sensor Scores. The 36mp image sensor is an extremely demanding piece of photography both to the photographer and the lens. The resolution advantage is easily lost when it's not focused properly, or the quality of the lens does not meet the highest standards. Only when using lenses like the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR  will get some decent zoom performance wile the best results will only come when using prime lenses like the Carl Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G and will shine with the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM.

"Announced in 2012, the Nikon D800 is the current undisputed king of DxOMark, with results that eclipse every other camera from all other manufacturers. However, with so much resolution on tap, the question is, which lenses should you use to make the best of what you’ve got? The DxOMark labs have tested 61 different lenses on the D800 to bring you an unparalleled resource of which lenses are best and which should be avoided. . . . read more

DXO Mark compares the best full frame 35mm prime lenses for the Nikon D800, and the winner is. . . .

"After years of unadventurous, unexciting “slow” speed zooms “fast”, high-quality primes are experiencing a comeback thanks to the popularity of full-frame DSLRs and the merging of video capture. The moderately wide 35mm focal length has seen numerous new versions from most lens makers over the last two years or so, including this ultra-high speed offering from Sigma. . . . read more

Sony: 3 new lenses, 1 Dslt camera, and one NEX camera pics leaked ahead of official launch.

Source is as usual our favorite suspect,the Japanese Digicame.info site. List of goodies: The NEX-3n, entry level NEX camera, the A58 aps-c sized 20 Megapixel Dslt camera, and 3 new lenses: Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II, 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM II and the Sony Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM. Compared to the prototypes displayed at CP+ the final versions of the lenses appear to have at least some cosmetic differences, such as in color, and name plate position. . . . read more

A good introductionary guide to lens adapters, by Ian Plant, at Pop Photo.

These guides don't come often. Ian has written an extensive introduction and tutorial on the how and what of lens adapters, and has also included a rundown of his favorite lenses: 

"These days, there seems to be no shortage of lens adapters available on the market—some good, some not so good. There are a number of reputable manufacturers making adapters, including Adaptimax, Bower, CameraQuest, Fotodiox, Novoflex, Vello, Voigtländer, and others. You can find cheap adapters on places such as eBay, many of which are quite good—but you can also find many adapters that will be inadequate for critical use. . . . read more

Wide-angle head-to-head: Sigma 14mm f2.8 EX Aspherical HSM vs Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 comparison at DXO Mark

This is a two-in-two test, the DXO Mark labs check out the Zeiss lens performance difference between Canon and Nikon mounts (5D Mark II vs D3x) and then pits the Zeiss versus the Sigma: 

"In DxO Mark’s testing the quality of the Zeiss lenses over the Sigma lens is very clear. A DxO Mark score of 17 for the Sigma lens is an OK score for a lens with this extreme wide angle: there are few wider corrected lenses on the market to cover full frame 35mm so if the lens were considered in isolation the score might possibly be accepted as a reasonable consequence of the focal length. However, when you look at the other lenses in this category the score does not look quite as good. Zeiss on the other hand have a shining DxO Mark score of 23 for their Nikon version, the highest for any lens of 20mm or wider with a Nikon FX mount (the Canon version scores a creditable 21). The Zeiss lens is much more expensive, nearly 4 times the price of the Sigma, so there will . . . read more

5 reasons why you need an 85mm lens, at DigitalRev TV.

Kai W chooses the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens as a showcase for the 85mm necessity. Coming up: 5 reasons why you need a pinhole lens.

"Carrying on from "5 reasons you need a 50mm lens" and "5 reasons why you need a 35mm lens", we are giving you 5 reasons why you need a bokehlicioius 85mm lens!"

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 mm lens review at 3D-Kraft.de: It provides exceptional center sharpness already at F2.8 and vignettes at open aperture in a significant degree but correction is just one click away.

"The lens has an exceptional haptics and build quality. If you compare the RAW images without any software lens correction to those with a lens correction profile applied correction in post processing (Adobe Lightroom 4.1 and Camera Raw 7.1 already have profiles for that lens), you can see that this lens needs only very little distortion correction. It providies exceptional center sharpness already at F2.8 and vignettes at open aperture in a significant degree but correction is just one click away in many raw processors and not always favored. . . . read more

Ultrawide Comparison at 3D-Kraft.de: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15 mm f/2.8 vs Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ED-IF vs Samyang 14mm f/2.8 mounted on Nikon D800E and Sony NEX-7

"o you see that at F5.6 all three candidates deliver very sharp centers, the Nikon zoom shows slightly better contrasts here. As the images from the Zeiss and the Samyang were about 0.5 to 0.8 F-stops overexposed and had to be dimmed in that degree for better comparison, the difference in contrast may also be caused a little bit by that. I recognized quite often that the images with the Nikon zoom were about 0,2 to 0,8 stops shorter exposed which may be caused by the different degree of vignetting. . . . read more

Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA review at SLR Gear

The Vario Sonnar is more expensive (and almost always backordered) than its Canon and Nikon counterparts. Is it as good as them? The answer to that is a very complex one:

"The lens produced a pretty heavy barrel distortion at 16mm - ~2.5%, which unfortunately impacts the image quality, specifically . . . read more

The bigger picture: the Nokia 808 PureView's massive 41 mpixel sensor compared, at Mobot

Yes, we're all shocked by the extreme specs of this sensor, Mobot tries to make some sense out of it:

"Pixels, of course, we're familiar with. The pixel count is the first thing we want to know about any camera, and it's what we're playing around with when we crop, edit and resize images digitally. . . . read more

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25 mm f/2.0 ZE/ZF.2 review at Lens Tip.

Let's  for a moment suppress the EOS 5D mark III/X rumor mill that unwinds around us, and check out if this manual focus lens is better than Canon's own and similarly priced EF 24mm f1.4 L I like this reviews because it is very detailed, and tests the lens on both full frame and cropped cameras, Canon 1Ds Mark III and 50D in this case:


"A manual focus ring is the next part of the casing. It is as wide as 39 mm and most of it is taken by metal ribbing under which you . . . read more

Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZE Lens Review at The Digital Picture

"The manual-focus-only Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens is a remarkably well-built lens that delivers very good image quality at a reasonable, moderate price. The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Lens review was created in conjunction with its wider-aperture sibling lens review - the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review. As these lenses share some similar attributes - especially

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Sony roadmap shows 8 lew lenses coming during 2012 and 2013.

Sony's NEX mount, the one with more cameras (and roadmaps) than active lenses is finally about to receive a healthy dose of new glass in the next 2 years. Specifically, Sony promises 8 new lenses, using vague terms like 'mid-magnification zoom' and 'large-aperture standard' to describe them. . . . read more

7 $tunning Lenses @ Photo District News

With the total worth of these lenses you can buy a nice ranch in Montana, or a night at a boutique hotel in Tokyo. What you CANNOT buy however, are the 7 aforementioned lenses, since at least a couple of them are/will be backordered forever.

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The 35mm focal length has long been a first-choice for photojournalists. Wedding photographers, who work in some of the worst lighting venues to be found, also frequently often use 35mm f/1.4 lenses. Portrait photographers like the 35mm focal length for full to mid-body portraits and for group portraits. Landscape photographers have plenty of use for the 35mm focal length. Parents love 35mm . . . read more

Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE Lens Review at The Digital Picture

"Selecting a focal length that will work well for your application is always the important first step in choosing a lens. The moderately wide angle 35mm focal length lenses have a huge range of uses - especially when they have an ultra-wide f/1.4 aperture available as does this model. 35mm is wide enough to capture the big scene but not so wide that people are readily distorted.

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Nokia Lumia 800 Review @ PhotographyBlog

So, have we reached the point where a phone's camera outsmarts that of a cheap point and shoot?  Or are we way past that point? 

"Using the Nokia Lumia 800 to take photos is very much like using a modern compact camera. It produces appealing images that are perfect for sharing in a multitude of different ways, whether that's via the LCD screen, your usual social networks, email or even good old-fashioned prints . . . read more

Zeiss 24mm ZA vs 18-55mm OSS Lens @ FM forum

By "mco_970": I tested my kit lens at 18-55 versus the ZA 24 1.8 - setup was gorilla pod on car window, using self timer, and using AF to focus (sorry Herb). I did not check focus point manually because I hate MF'ing fly by wire lenses.  Too fiddly for me. These are from the RAW files, with whatever little bit of default sharpening LR applies (something like 25). . . . read more

Six of the best portrait lenses @ BJP

"Professionals don’t like to capture images with all effects in place today. They cannot be removed. In the past there was no choice; diffusing a portrait in the darkroom produced a dark veil – not a light glow and soft focus had to be done at the taking stage. That is no longer so, and a good sharp raw file can be processed as desired without losing the original. . . . read more

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/50 review at SLR Gear

"The 50mm ƒ/2 Makro-Planar is available in the Nikon F-mount, the Pentax/Samsung K-mount and the M42 screw mount. The 50mm ƒ/2 is designed to cover a 35mm frame, built to ''old-school'' specifications that guarantee compatibility with older camera bodies. On a sub-frame digital sensor body, the lens will

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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 review at SLR Gear

"The Zeiss 35mm ƒ/2 Distagon is a very sharp lens. Mounted on the D200, the APS-C sensor is concentrated on the 'sweet spot' of the lens, producing very sharp results even fully open at ƒ/2. In this case we note around 1.5 blur units across the frame. Stopping down to ƒ/2.8 produces slightly more

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Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The 100mm focal length is an ideal one for portraits with a full frame camera and is still quite good for tight portraits on an APS-C 1.6x/1.5x DSLR. The Zeiss 100's capabilities make it a great product and still life photography lens. 

While the lack of autofocus will make keeping action in focus difficult for many, the wide f/2 aperture will do its part in freezing the action

Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 Lens Review at The Digital Picture

"The anticipation of receiving a new lens always brings on a smile. Most lenses generate a smile when you open the just-arrived box - concluding the anticipation. Some lenses bring a smile to your face when, upon removing them from the box and during use, you realize their build quality. And some lenses bring a big smile to your face when you see the results they produce. The Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens completely covers all

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Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 review at SLR Gear

"January 2006: Carl Zeiss announced they are producing a new line of lenses aimed at the 35mm SLR market. Its ''Z'' series starts with four lenses, one of which is the 50mm ƒ/1.4. Carl Zeiss now produces two 50mm lenses in its ZF series: the 50mm ƒ/2 Makro, and the 50mm ƒ/1.4, the subject of this review.

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Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* 1.4/85 review at SLR Gear

"The Carl Zeiss 85mm ƒ/1.4 Planar is a sharp lens, but for maximum sharpness it must be used stopped-down to at least ƒ/4. Wide open at ƒ/1.4, the lens is not tack-sharp, producing images on the full-frame D3x where the center is in the range of 2 blur units, and there is some corner softness, around 3 blur . . . read more

Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* 2/100 review at SLR Gear

"Carl Zeiss produces two macro lenses in its ZF series: the 50mm and the 100mm. The 100mm ƒ/2 model is available in the Nikon F-mount, the Pentax/Samsung K-mount and the M42 screw mount.

The 100mm ƒ/2 is a full-frame lens, built to ''old-school'' specifications that guarantee compatibility with

Zeiss Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE Lens Review at The Digital Picture

"When used on a full frame DSLR (example above is from a Canon EOS 5D Mark II), 18mm has a very wide angle of view. Ultra-wide angles of view are great for emphasizing the foreground subject, for de-emphasizing but retaining the background (making background details appear smaller but remaining sharp) and for creating a sense of presence.

The longer I shoot, the more I love shooting ultra-wide angle focal lengths. I find it challenging to locate a composition where everything in such a wide angle of view falls into place - and challenging to find

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Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review @ The Digital Picture

"The longer I shoot, the more I love shooting ultra-wide angle focal lengths. I find it challenging to locate a composition where everything in such a wide angle of view falls into place - and challenging to find a foreground that adds to the big picture taken in by these lenses. When the right composition is found and the shot is properly executed, dramatic images are the result. Landscape and . . . read more

Sony Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM review @ DPreview

"Sony has been grabbing the headlines over the past year or so for its innovative 'SLT' cameras, the mirrorless NEX system and prolific launches of inexpensive SLRs. But it has also been quietly building up an impressive line of high-end full frame equipment, spearheaded by an array of Carl Zeiss branded optics. And it's into this upper half of the company's curiously bifurcated product line . . . read more

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