Nikon Announces 2 new FX lenses, the exotic ultra tele AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR and the modest AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra wide zoom.

Neither lens was a complete surprise, the 800mm was spotted by some eagle-eyed connoisseurs back at the London Olympics, and the 18-35mm lens saw its picture and spec list posted on the net many days ago. No word from Nikon if the 800mm monster is part of the Nikkor 80 years celebration theme. The lens will come bundled with a 1.25x tele converter, the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, designed to work exclusively with the new 800mm lens. I wonder why they didn't incorporate the converter into the lens in the first place. Talking about firsts, the usage of 2 fluorite elements in the 800mm lens is one such feat. . . . read more

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF review at Digital Photography School: So good, it can be tempting to switch systems just for this lens.

Professional photographer Peter West Carey tested this lens with a Nikon D800E body. Lots of gorgeous full size EXIF-ed sample photos inside:

The lens is a joy to use and the results, to me, are stunning. It has me seriously thinking of adopting a Nikon camera and this lens in the future. It was very useful both in Utah when I had to get a little closer, without getting physically closer, at Mesa Arch. It was also helpful when shooting from a helicopter over Hawaii, The Big Island as the blades and skids started to show as I could zoom in just a little and make it work. If I had a Nikon camera body, I would already own this lens and it will be the first Nikon lens I ever buy. It is an excellent lens. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: I was surprised at how sharp it was wide open – now I have to go and clean the house after noticing the particles of dust in this image :)

Roël​ tested this lens on a X-Pro1 body, and Kudos to him for leaving the EXIF information intact. Too many reviewers remove the EXIF nowadays, why?

"One thing that I have come to appreciate over the past year is that Fujifilm knows how to design/build high quality lenses and their XF 14mm f/2.8 R is no exception. They also have listened to photographer’s feedback and incorporated better manual focus (plus other items such as focus/DOF lens markings) which made this lens really nice to use.  Combine that with its excellent optical quality and you have a winner – especially if you are in the market for a wide angle lens for your X-Pro1/X-E1. $US 899.99 might seem a bit steep to some buyers, but I believe it is fairly . . . read more

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

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens (mounted on a NEX-7) review at 3D-Kraft.de: This lens get's a strong recommendation from me and I think it will be a big challenge for the Zeiss Distagon 12mm F2.8 E-Mount prime lens.

After NEX users had to go for such a long time without a good ultra wide angle, now Sony is on target with its new E 10-18mm F4 OSS (SEL1018). We were very curious to see how it performs especially on the NEX-7, which is very challenging as many short focal lengths adapted from Leica M mount produced strong color shifts.

The zoom lens starts at a viewing angle of 109° comparable to a 15mm UWA lens on a fullframe camera allowing dramatic perspectives for close ups as well as for architecture and landscape photography. The lens is constructed  . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS lens on Ebay right now for $99.000: “No Fungas, No Bubbles, No Scratches. Glass is Clear and Beautiful!”

Fungas, heh. Before you bid, remember this is a manual focusing lens, and you'll also need an adapter for your modern Dslr. Also, this thing is bigger than whatever Dsrl you have, in every dimension.  Fun facts: it was released in 1970 and only built in a few hundred exemplars, comes with built in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60) filters, and consists of 93.7% Unobtanium:

"I am sure you can appreciate this True Gem! AMAZING! Very Bright at f2.8. Giant piece of glass. I have seen some . . . read more

Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 Lumix G Vario review at ePhotozine

​I expected better test results from this super expensive, ultra wide zoom. Maybe Panasonic should let Leica have a look at the design for the successor?

"Due to the extreme wide angle of view the lens offers a petal-shaped hood is permanently fixed to the front, protecting the bulbous . . . read more

Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G was one of the first "DX" (reduced image circle) lenses Nikon developed, to give shooters using cameras with APS-C size sensors a true wide angle capability.

When we first tested this lens, we were dismayed to see severe asymmetry in the blur results at the longer

Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"We confess to being a little disappointed in the Nikkor 14mm f/2.8's performance in our tests, we were expecting more from a $1,400 prime lens. If you need the f/2.8 maximum aperture, this might be a good choice for you, but we found that many ultrawide zooms better it in most areas, apart from maximum . . . read more

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM review at SLR Gear

"The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is an update to a classic ultrawide lens. If you're reading this review, you probably already know what you're looking for - a versatile wide-angle zoom lens with a constant wide aperture, built tough as nails. The II version of this lens has only a few refinements on the . . . read more

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH Review @ Photography blog

Probably the best wide-angle zoom lens available for any mirrorless mount. It also costs as much or more than the best mirrorless cameras.

"The LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4.0 ASPH lens offers virtually silent focusing. In use, we have also found the system surprisingly quick on the DMC-GH2, though not quite as zippy as the GH2 and 14-140mm lens combo.
Manual focusing is possible in a focus-by-wire fashion. This should not put you off using it as it feels pretty natural in use, . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH review @ DPreview

"The Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH was the third lens Panasonic announced for its fledgling Micro Four Thirds system, back in March 2009. It certainly created a significant buzz on release, with the company taking advantage of the short back focus of the mirrorless mount to deliver a lens whose compact size belies its dramatically wide 114º angle of view and constant F4 maximum . . . read more

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM review at SLR Gear

"The type II 14mm ƒ/2.8 shows a dramatic improvement in sharpness over the previous model. On a sub-frame sensor the original 14mm exhibited corner softness at every aperture setting; for the type II, even wide open at ƒ/2.8 there is very little corner softness (1 blur unit in the center, and 3 units in the corners).

By ƒ/5.6 corner softness is negligible, and by ƒ/8 it's non-existant. Diffraction limiting begins . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF at momentcorp

"This is an amazing piece of glass, it's performance is truly amazing. With excellent sharpness even in the corners @ f/2.8, you start to realize the potential of this lens. The lens is really well balanced on the D3, the focus and zoom ring have just the right feel to them. The new weather seal on this lens is also a good upgrade over previous lenses made by Nikon.  . . . read more

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM review at SLR Gear

"The Canon 10-22 EF-S is a surprisingly high quality optic, although one would perhaps expect that, given its premium pricing. It does unusually well wide open, although some softness creeps into the corners of the frame at its longest (22mm) focallength. It's "sweet spot" of maximum sharpness ranges from f/5.6-8.0 . . . read more

Olympus 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 wide-angle zoom review at photodo

"A nicely put together lens that sports a 31mm zoom ring marked at 11,14,18 and 22mm which extends the lens by just 10mm when zoomed to the short end. Yes, this lens is the ‘wrong way round’ and is at it’s most compact at the longer focal length.

A distance window, marked in metres and feet separates the zoom ring from the ‘fly-by-wire’ manual focus ring, the switching of which is achieved through the camera menus. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF DX review at momentcorp

"The lens is close to perfect, but there is just so many nit-picks that does not make it perfect. For one the price, you are paying for a "pro" grade lens, but you are not getting one. For the high price you would expect a f/2.8 aperture, instead Nikon gave us f/4. The amount of CA is also disappointing, but it's not . . . read more

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"In the film days, a 18-35mm lens counted as a super wide angle zoom. With the 1.5x crop factor of Nikon's "DX" sensor format, the equivalent 27-52.5mm range only amounts to a range from moderately wide to normal focal length. Still, a zoom lens like the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF likely offers . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF review at momentcorp

"The good got better, the Nikon 17-35 AF-S f/2.8D ED-IF is one of the sharpest AF zoom lenses ever built. Nikon certainly did their job well when they upgrade this lens from the AF 20-35mm f/2.8D. This is one of my favorite lenses, and its always in my bag. I`ve always been a sucker for wide angle lenses, the wider the better.

For a working pro this is a must have lens. This lens handles everything you throw at it, good contrast, excellent sharpness, and it  . . . read more

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