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Panasonic S1R and S1 First Impressions


The Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 are two new full-frame mirrorless cameras, offering 47 megapixels and 24 megapixels respectively and using the Leica L-mount. In development for the last 4 years, the Lumix S Series promises to offer “Full frame without compromise”.

We were shown a very early prototype version of the S1R/S1 back in September 2018 by Panasonic. We weren’t allowed to take any photos of the camera or presentation slides, such was the high level of secrecy at the time.

Early prototype versions of the S1R and S1 were then displayed under glass at Photokina 2018, with a promised simultaneous launch date for both models of “early 2019”.

Fast forward to 31st January 2019, and we’ve been able to shoot with a working version of the Lumix S1R and S1 at the Global press launch in Barcelona, Spain. We’ve updated our initial first impressions of the cameras and new lenses with some more detailed observations.

So read on for our first impressions of the new Panasonic S1R and S1 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras…

The Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 are two new full-frame mirrorless cameras, offering 47 megapixels and 24 megapixels respectively and using the Leica L-mount. In development for the last 4 years, the Lumix S Series promises to offer “Full frame without compromise”. We were shown a very early prototype version…

Panasonic S1 and S1R Hands-on Photos


Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras and three new Lumix S lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless camera and the three new L-mount lenses.

Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras and three new Lumix S lenses look like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless camera and the three new L-mount lenses…

Panasonic L-Mount Full Frame Lens Roadmap


Panasonic have released an updated lens roadmap for their L-mount full-frame lenses.

In addition to the three lenses that have already been announced today, Panasonic will launch 3 more new lenses in 2019 – a 24-70mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 and 16-35mm F4 – plus 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.

Then in 2020 they will add a super telephoto lens, 2 fixed focal length lenses and a macro lens to their L-mount range, bringing the total to 10.

In a separate announcement at the launch of the Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 cameras, Sigma have revealed that they will release 14 new L-mount lenses by the end of 2019, plus a Canon EF/Sigma SA converter.

In total, together with Leica’s existing range, this means there will be 42 L-mount lenses available by the end of 2020, an impressive start to the new L-mount alliance.

Panasonic have released an updated lens roadmap for their L-mount full-frame lenses. In addition to the three lenses that have already been announced today, Panasonic will launch 3 more new lenses in 2019 – a 24-70mm F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 and 16-35mm F4 – plus 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. Then in…

HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 Lens for Pentax DSLRs


The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 is a new wide-angle lens for Pentax full-frame DSLR cameras. This compact lens features the latest lens coatings to further upgrade image quality.

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 lens will cost £399.99 and be available in February 2019.

The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 is a new wide-angle lens for Pentax full-frame DSLR cameras. This compact lens features the latest lens coatings to further upgrade image quality.
The HD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2 lens will cost £399.99 and be available in February 2019.

HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW Lens for Pentax DSLRs


The HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW is an ultra-wide-angle, Star-series lens for Pentax DSLRs, featuring a large F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range to deliver exceptional optical performance.

The HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW will cost £1,399.99 and be available in February 2019.

The HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW is an ultra-wide-angle, Star-series lens for Pentax DSLRs, featuring a large F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range to deliver exceptional optical performance.
The HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 ED DC AW will cost £1,399.99 and be available in February 2019.

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Version 3 Firmware Update


Tamron have just released a new firmware update, version 3, for the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD lens. This update improves the stability of control signal communication in continuous shooting for a long time.

Tamron have just released a new firmware update, version 3, for the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD lens. This update improves the stability of control signal communication in continuous shooting for a long time.

Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 Hands-on Photos


Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus 150-400mm lens.

Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens looks like in the flesh?
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus 150-400mm lens.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Professional Mirrorless Camera


The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a new professional mirrorless camera offering enhanced reliability and performance.

The most compact and lightweight camera system in its class, the EM1X features a 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor, Cinema 4K movie recording, 18fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking, the world’s best image stabilization, a re-developed and fast autofocus system, an integrated vertical grip, and two TruePic VIII image processors allowing for high-speed responsiveness and handheld High Res Shots.

The Olympus E-M1X will be available from late February, body only, priced at £2799.99 / 2999 EUR.

In addition, Olympus are introducing the FL-700WR high-performance electronic flash and the Wireless Commander FC-WR andWireless Receiver FR-WR accessories.

Finally, Olympus have announced the development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO super telephoto zoom lens and the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20. Combining both products will make handheld super telephoto shooting possible at 2000mm (35mm equivalent). Both products are scheduled to go on sale in 2020.

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a new professional mirrorless camera offering enhanced reliability and performance. The most compact and lightweight camera system in its class, the EM1X features a 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor, Cinema 4K movie recording, 18fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking, the world’s best image stabilization, a…

Olympus Lens Roadmap January 2019


Olympus have just released a new lens roadmap that contains at least 8 new future lenses.

They are:

  • M.Zuiko Pro Telephoto Zoom Lens (possibly 50-225mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro Telephoto Zoom Lens (possibly 70-250mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro Wide Zoom Lens (possibly 8-25mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro Standard Zoom Lens (possibly 12-40mm)
  • M.Zuiko Pro Bright Prime Lenses
  • M.Zuiko High Magnification Zoom Lens (possibly 14-210mm)
  • M.Zuiko Super Telephoto Zoom Lens (possibly 100-400mm)

The Olympus lens roadmap doesn’t indicate each of these lenses will actually be released, other than referring to them as “future lenses”.

Olympus have just released a new lens roadmap that contains at least 8 new future lenses. They are:M.Zuiko Pro Telephoto Zoom Lens (possibly 50-225mm)M.Zuiko Pro Telephoto Zoom Lens (possibly 70-250mm)M.Zuiko Pro Wide Zoom Lens (possibly 8-25mm)M.Zuiko Pro Standard Zoom Lens (possibly 12-40mm)M.Zuiko Pro Bright Prime LensesM.Zuiko High Magnification Zoom Lens…

Kenko TELEPLUS HD 2x and 1.4x Teleconverters for Nikon and Canon DSLRs


Kenko have released new 2x and 1.4x teleconverters for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. The TELEPLUS HD pro 1.4x DGX and TELEPLUS HD pro 2x DGX feature redesigned optics and multi-layer coatings to match contemporary high-resolution DSLR cameras and lenses.

Kenko have released new 2x and 1.4x teleconverters for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. The TELEPLUS HD pro 1.4x DGX and TELEPLUS HD pro 2x DGX feature redesigned optics and multi-layer coatings to match contemporary high-resolution DSLR cameras and lenses.

Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens


The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR is a new telephoto zoom Lens for the GFX medium format camera system. The lens is the first telephoto zoom lens of its kind that has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 79-158mm. Thanks to its optical image stabiliser and weather resistant construction, the GF100-200mm is ideal for photographers shooting landscape and nature photography.

The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR will be available from 14th February 2019 for $1999.

The Fujifilm GF 100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR is a new telephoto zoom Lens for the GFX medium format camera system. The lens is the first telephoto zoom lens of its kind that has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 79-158mm. Thanks to its optical image stabiliser and weather…

Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Will Cost £1099 / $1399, Available January 2019


The official price of the new SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is £1,099.99 including VAT. Sigma, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts will be available later this month. The ETA of the Sony E-mount version is currently TBA.

The official price of the new SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is £1,099.99 including VAT. Sigma, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts will be available later this month. The ETA of the Sony E-mount version is currently TBA.

Nikon Updates Z System Lens Roadmap


Nikon have updated the lens roadmap for the Z series mirrorless camera system. The 20 mm f/1.8 S, 50 mm f/1.2 S and 14-24 mm f/2.8 S lenses will now definitely ship in 2020, while the 24mm f/1.8 S has been moved from 2020 to 2019. In addition, 7 TBA lenses are now scheduled for 2021, bringing the overall total to 23.

Nikon have updated the lens roadmap for the Z series mirrorless camera system. The 20 mm f/1.8 S, 50 mm f/1.2 S and 14-24 mm f/2.8 S lenses will now definitely ship in 2020, while the 24mm f/1.8 S has been moved from 2020 to 2019. In addition, 7 TBA…

NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 Lens for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras


The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 is the world’s first full-frame ultra-wide-angle lens to boast a flat front element. This unique design feature allows use of 82 mm filters without the need for bulky filter holders.

The new Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 lens will be available in April for £1349 / €1499 / $1299.

The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 is the world’s first full-frame ultra-wide-angle lens to boast a flat front element. This unique design feature allows use of 82 mm filters without the need for bulky filter holders.
The new Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 lens will be available in April for £1349 / €1499 / $1299.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 DL Zero-D for DJI Inspire 2


Venus Optics have unveiled the widest lens for DJI X7 cameras and Inspire 2 drones, the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 DL Zero-D. The new DL mount has the same specifications and optical performance as the existing Fuji X, Sony E and Canon EF-M mounts launched in 2018.

The retail selling price of the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DL mount in $499, available to order now.

Venus Optics have unveiled the widest lens for DJI X7 cameras and Inspire 2 drones, the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 DL Zero-D. The new DL mount has the same specifications and optical performance as the existing Fuji X, Sony E and Canon EF-M mounts launched in 2018. The retail selling price…

Tamron 150-600mm Lens Now Compatible with Canon EOS R


The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens is now compatible with the Canon EOS R and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R.

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens is now compatible with the Canon EOS R and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R.

First Real-World NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Photo


Instagram user Yusuf Kathawala (@yusufk1207) has published the first real-world shot of the upcoming NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens mounted on the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.

You can’t actually see all of the lens in the photo, but even so, it’s clearly going to be huge!

Accroding to yusufk1207, who seems to be an employee of Nikon Professional Services in India, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens will be available in January 2019 “most probably”.

Instagram user Yusuf Kathawala (@yusufk1207) has published the first real-world shot of the upcoming NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens mounted on the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.You can’t actually see all of the lens in the photo, but even so, it’s clearly going to be huge!Accroding to yusufk1207, who…

Photography Blog Lens of the Year Award 2018


We’re revealing our favourite products from 2018 in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2018.

The Lens of the Year 2018 award goes to the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art.

“Overall, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art concedes a couple of mm in wide-angle focal length to its 12-24mm sibling, but gains a faster f/2.8 aperture, better weather-sealing, wider focus ring, less barrel distortion, and, somewhat surprisingly, a lower price-tag, making it worthy of our highest Essential! accolade.”

Read our full Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art review.

Congratulations to Sigma!

Honorable mentions go to the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO and the Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2.

We’re revealing our favourite products from 2018 in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2018. The Lens of the Year 2018 award goes to the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art. “Overall, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art concedes a couple…

Kipon Elegant Full-frame Lenses for Nikon Z mount and Canon R Cameras


Kipon are the world’s first third-party manufacturer to release new lenses for the Nikon Z and Canon R full-frame mirrorless camera systems. The new Kipon Elegant range of lenses will feature 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm f/2.4 optics.

Kipon are the world’s first third-party manufacturer to release new lenses for the Nikon Z and Canon R full-frame mirrorless camera systems. The new Kipon Elegant range of lenses will feature 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm f/2.4 optics.





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