Canon 70-300mm Replacement coming for Photokina 2016?

I am hearing rumblings of a Canon 70-300mm replacement lens coming for Photokina later this month (September 20-25) . The rumors that are currently circulating indicate the lens will be a little larger and heavier than the current 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, will feature Canon’s newest Nano USM focusing motor and a digital distance scale. I am intrigued by the digital distance scale as this is a feature that we have seen on some of the newer Zeiss lenses. I would love to see this feature incorporated as long as it can provide more accurate distances than the traditional analog scales, and especially if it finds it’s way into wide angle lenses, indicate Depth of Field scales. This has always been a challenge for zoom lenses, but with a digital display, this could be done. Read more Canon 70-300mm Replacement coming for Photokina 2016?

Tamron Announces New 150-600mm G2 Lens

Tamron has announced a 2nd generation version of their extremely popular 150-600mm ultra telephoto lens. This new version, dubbed “G2”, promises improvements to auto focus tracking, Image Quality, Build Quality and compatibility with their Tap USB console for Firmware and AF Micro Adjustments. Read more Tamron Announces New 150-600mm G2 Lens

Tamron Announces New 35mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 Lenses

Tamron has announced 2 new fast prime lenses: a 35mm f/1.8 and a 45mm f/1.8. both lenses will feature Tamron’s VC “Vibration Compensation” image stabilization technology and weather resistant builds. The new 35mm will compete directly with the Canon 35mm f/2 IS that was released not to long ago, with the Tamron sporting the slightly faster max aperture and weather resistant construction over the Canon. The 45mm is a rather odd choice to me – not sure why they didn’t make it a traditional 50mm instead. The Sigma Art Series lenses (24mm 35mm and 50mm) have been very successful so it will be interesting to see if the Tamron lenses will be as popular. Read more Tamron Announces New 35mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 Lenses

Canon Announces New Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens

Today Canon announced the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This lens replaces the curren “L” series 35mm f/1.4 lens with a new version that incorporates a new lens formula called “Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics” and a stronger build quality. The lens will be available in October for around $1800. Read more Canon Announces New Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens

Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera Coming to the US

Canon USA announced today that the Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera Coming to the US. It will be interesting to see how it does in a market that is dominated by Sony and Olympus/Panasonic. I currently own a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony A6000, and the thought of having a single system that can share lenses is appealing. Read more Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera Coming to the US

New Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED

Nikon has announced another fast enthusiast prime lens in the new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED. Nikon has been aggressively working to round out their FX/1.8 prime lens selection recently and this lens fills the gap between the new 20mm and 28mm offerings. Read more New Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED