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  1. Press release: TAMRON Announces Category-Disrupting, Fast-Aperture Standard Zoom 20–40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062) New lens is smallest and lightest in its class* and opens new video opportunities August 17, 2022, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the development of the 20–40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is scheduled to launch in Fall 2022. Due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule could change. Overview of the 20–40mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A062) features The 20–40mm F2.8, TAMRON’s latest innovation, is an unparalleled new fast-aperture standard zoom lens that can be easily carried around for everyday shooting for both still images and video. Designed for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, the lens was created in aggressive pursuit of portability that is ideal for everyday use. Starting from 20mm at the ultra wide-angle end and covering up to 40mm in the standard focal range, it is the smallest and lightest in its class. The 20–40mm F2.8 delivers beautiful images across the entire zoom range and is great for still photography and for creating vlogs and other video content. The lens incorporates TAMRON’s VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), an AF drive system using a linear motor focus mechanism. The VXD boasts superior quietness and agile performance and achieves high-speed and high-precision autofocus. With an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of just 6.7” and maximum magnification ratio 1:3.8 at the wide end, the lens provides exceptional close-range shooting capability, offering the added feature of wide macro photography. Main features 1. Fast F2.8 aperture, compact size and exceptionally versatile 20–40mm zoom range The 20–40mm F2.8 is TAMRON’s innovative creation of a new standard zoom lens, born from the unbridled desire to produce a compact size that can be carried around easily. It delivers a fast F2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range from 20mm to 40mm and achieves a class-leading compact and lightweight design at just 3.4” and 12.9 oz. At the longest zoom end, the lens offers a standard focal range of 40mm, handy for everyday shooting of snaps, portraits, and food photos. Meanwhile at the wide end, the ultra-wide 20mm focal length lets users enjoy a broad range of photography including stunning and powerful natural landscapes that make use of the unique ultra wide-angle perspective, something that cannot be expressed as readily with a fast-aperture standard zoom lens that starts at 24mm. 2. Fabulous family videos, vlogs, and other online content The compact and lightweight 20–40mm F2.8 offers excellent handling that is well balanced even when accessories like camera grips or gimbal stabilizers are attached. With this single lens, you won’t miss a shot, from street videography to vast landscapes during travel and selfies that include wide backgrounds. 3. High image quality in a compact, lightweight body 4. TAMRON’s VXD linear motor for high-level AF speed and precision 5. Wide macro shooting: 6.7” MOD and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8 at the wide end 6. Rapid zooming (Zoom ring rotation arc is just 65°) 7. TAMRON Lens UtilityTM software for Focus Ring Function Setting and firmware updates 8. New design with improved texture and scratch resistance 9. Ø67mm filter size, same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras 10. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating) 11. Compatible with many camera-specific features and functions, including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF *Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc., are subject to change without prior notice.
  2. Press release: Fujifilm Introduces FUJINON GF20-35mmF4 R WR, a Compact and Lightweight, Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Valhalla, N.Y., September 8, 2022 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of FUJINON GF20-35mmF4 R WR lens (GF20-35mmF4 R WR), a compact and lightweight, ultra wide-angle (UWA) zoom lens for GFX System cameras. GF20-35mmF4 R WR’s focal length ranges from the UWA at 20mm to the wide-angle at 35mm (equivalent to 16mm – 28mm in the 35mm format). With the UWA coverage, the lens can freeze information-dense subject matters such as a wide landscape or cityscape with precise details in high resolution, powered by the large-format sensor¹ in the GFX System. “Photographers will be able to expand creative horizons with what is now our widest GF lens, with numerous options to beautifully freeze every detail in landscape, travel and architecture photography. It also has the added convenience of a constant F4 maximum aperture throughout its focal range, which ensures exposure consistency and fast, accurate autofocusing regardless of the focal length,” said Victor Ha, vice president of the Electronic Imaging and Optical Device Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Unlike traditional large-format photography gear which is heavy and bulky, the compact and lightweight design of GF20-35mmF4 R WR enables mobility for photographers on-the-go.” Main product features: UWA zoom lens offering premium image quality The optical construction of GF20-35mmF4 R WR comprises 14 elements in ten groups, including three aspherical, one ED aspherical and three ED elements, for effective control of distortion and chromatic aberration. With these elements, the lens delivers high-resolution images of up to 100-megapixels with edge-to-edge sharpness at all focal lengths and aperture settings. The optical quality is further ensured through Fujifilm’s unique, Nano GI coating technology, which cuts down reflected light to minimize ghosting and flare, boosting sharpness, color and detail. Compact design that brings mobility to large format equipment Measuring just 4.4 inches (112.5mm) and weighing 25.6 oz. (725g), GF20-35mmF4 R LM WR has the filter thread size of 82mm despite being an UWA zoom lens, which allows photographers the versatility of choosing a variety of filters when creating landscape images. In addition, GF20-35mmF4 R WR uses an internal zoom mechanism, so its physical length and weight remain constant at every focal length. A total of four aspherical elements are used in each of the lens groups to optimize the overall number of elements and their configuration, thus efficiently correcting aberrations to maintain advanced image quality while keeping the compact form factor. The concave lens surface of strong curvature, typically seen in UWA lenses, is applied with a specialized coating with even thickness to minimize ghosting. As part of the design construction, magnesium alloy is used for components around the lens mount to make it lightweight and robust at the same time. Rugged design for all conditions Like all FUJIFILM G Mount lenses, GF20-35mmF4 R WR features a weather-resistant design with 12 sealed points protecting the lens from dust and moisture, while also keeping it functioning in temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). The front lens element is applied with fluorine coating to repel water, fingerprints and other marks. Pricing and Availability GF20-35mmF4 R WR is expected to be available in early October 2022, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,499.95 USD and $3,200 CDN. For more information about GF20-35mmF4 R WR, please visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en- us/products/lenses/gf20-35mmf4-r-wr/. Footnotes: ¹ Fujifilm’s GFX System products incorporate a large-format sensor that measures 55mm diagonally (43.8mm x 32.9mm) and is approximately 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full-frame sensor. Specs: Lens type - Zoom lens Max Format size - Medium Format (44x33mm) Focal length - 20–35 mm Lens mount - Fujifilm G Aperture Maximum aperture - F4 Minimum aperture - F22 Aperture ring - Yes Number of diaphragm blades - 9 Aperture notes - Rounded blades Optics Elements - 14 Groups - 10 Special elements / coatings - Three aspherical, one aspherical extra-low dispersion (ED), three ED elements. Focus Minimum focus - 0.35 m (13.78″) Autofocus - Yes Full time manual - Yes Distance scale - No DoF scale - No Physical Weight - 725 g (1.60 lb) Diameter - 89 mm (3.48″) Length - 113 mm (4.43″) Sealing - Yes Colour - Black Zoom method - Rotary (internal) Power zoom - No Filter thread - 82 mm Tripod collar - No
  3. Press release: SIGMA Announces 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, the World’s First and Only 20mm F1.4 Lens Designed Exclusively for Mirrorless Ronkonkoma, NY – August 8, 2022 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art, a full-frame, wide-angle prime lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. It is the first and only lens of this specification, joining its predecessor – the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – as the only 20mm F1.4 lenses available for full-frame platforms. With superb optical clarity from corner to corner, outstanding build quality with a dust and splash-resistant structure, and new details that consider the needs of discerning users, the new SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is optimized for astrophotography, while offering performance that makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, wide-angle prime lens. In addition to its impressive imaging capabilities and premium Art line features, the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art introduces a Manual Focus Lock, which allows the user to set focus manually and lock it in place, especially useful for time-lapse shooting or long exposures. A new Lens Heater Retainer keeps this useful astrophotography weather accessory firmly in place while in use. A Rear Filter Holder provides an opportunity to use rear-mounted filters for various effects without causing distortion or vignetting. And a convenient front filter thread allows users to also utilize commonly available 82mm filters. The 20mm F1.4 joins the new 24mm F1.4 DG DN and the existing 35mm and 85mm F1.4 DG DN primes designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The new SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens will be available for both Sony E-mount and L-Mount systems in the U.S. at SIGMA Authorized Dealers for a retail price of $899 in late August 2022. Learn more about the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art: https://www.sigmaphoto.com/20mm-f1-4-dg-dn-a The F1.4 series represents the SIGMA Art line, which pursues the highest optical performance and rich expression. The full-frame SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is a mirrorless version of the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art; the one and only lens* with its unique specification of maximum aperture of 1.4 and an ultra-wide angle of 20mm. This lens offers overwhelming optical performance and unlimited potential for ultra wide-angle creativity at a compact physical size. The exceptional F1.4 brightness and the breathtaking sharpness across the entire image even at maximum aperture make this lens the ultimate choice for astrophotography. In nightly darkness and focused to infinity, the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art captures stars in the sky as clear, precise pinpoints of light. State-of-the-art optical design and the large, high-precision double-sided aspheric glass front element made it possible to add a front filter thread without any compromises regarding optical performance or size. The addition of other invaluable features such as a rear filter holder and a variety of useful switches further increases the creative possibilities and easy usability of the lens. Its incredible sharpness and very bright aperture, coupled with the compact body and thoughtful features, make the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art the ultimate lens for astrophotography and an ideal companion for any photographically demanding situation. * As an AF interchangeable lens for mirrorless cameras that covers 35mm full-frame (as of August 2022, by SIGMA) Key Features 1. Highest optical performance on a new level The SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art delivers exceptionally detailed results that easily satisfy the high demands of professional photography and other high-end applications. With 17 glass elements arranged in 15 groups, including two SLD, three aspherical glass elements and the largest class double-sided aspherical glass element in SIGMA's history, the 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art rigorously suppresses various optical aberrations such as sagittal coma flare or image distortion to produce highly-detailed images with exceptional sharpness and accuracy from the center to the furthest corners, allowing photographers to make use of the entire field of view afforded by its ultra-wide viewing angle. This ultimate astrophotography lens is the culmination of the unparalleled manufacturing technology of SIGMA's sole production base in Aizu, Japan, as well as the company's know-how and experience with large-aperture wide-angle lenses, such as the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art. 2. Designed for perfect results even in the most demanding conditions SIGMA's outstanding design and high-precision manufacturing capabilities made it possible to equip the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art with a front filter thread despite its very large F1.4 aperture and 20mm ultra-wide viewing angle. The lens also comes with a rear filter holder, allowing photographers the freedom to combine multiple filters to suit a huge variety of shooting situations for near-unlimited creative potential at an ultra-wide viewing angle — for example, using a front filter to reduce light pollution and a softening filter on the rear to take impressive photographs of nightly landscapes with star-filled skies. The new MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch to turn off the focus ring makes it easier to concentrate on the shoot without worrying about accidentally changing the focusing distance. Further, the lens also equips a lens heater retainer, meaning that lens heaters used to prevent internal condensation as the temperature drops on longer night shoots will stay securely attached to the barrel without protruding into the image and causing unsightly vignetting. With its brilliant optical power and its full range of useful features despite its compact and lightweight body, the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is the ultimate choice when photographing the night sky. 3. Superb build quality and usability, uncompromising attention to detail Its dust- and splash-resistant structure*1 and the water- and oil-repellent coating on the front glass element make the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art safe to use during longer outdoor shoots, especially during the night. Thoughtful features such as a focus mode switch, a customizable AFL*2 button, and an aperture ring lock switch enhance the lens usability. An aperture ring click switch can be used to turn the aperture ring click on and off, allowing photographers to enjoy the sound and feel of the click, as well as smooth aperture operation during video recording. The robust body is built from a combination of aluminum and Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), giving it a sleek finish, and the included petal-shaped lens hood is equipped with a lock mechanism to keep the hood securely fastened to the lens, and the rubberized grip area makes attaching and removing the hood a quick and easy process. Manufactured in Japan with an uncompromising approach towards every single detail, the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG DN | Art offers photographers an exceptional experience with high-end results even in the most difficult conditions, thanks to its outstanding optical performance, exceptional build quality perfect for professional use, brilliant and precise ergonomics, and a range of useful features. *1 Although this construction allows the lens to be used in light rain, it is not the same as being waterproof. *2 Only on compatible cameras. Available functions may vary depending on the camera used. Principal specifications Lens type - Prime lens Focal length - 20 mm Lens mount - L-Mount, Sony E Aperture Maximum aperture - F1.4 Minimum aperture - F16 Aperture ring - Yes Number of diaphragm blades - 11 Aperture notes - Rounded Optics Elements - 17 Groups - 15 Special elements / coatings: Two Super-Low Dispersion elements, three aspherical elements, Super Multi-Layer coating, and water- and oil-resistant coating. Focus Minimum focus - 0.23 m (9.06″) Autofocus - Yes Motor type - Stepper motor Full time manual - Yes Focus method - Internal Distance scale - No DoF scale - No Physical Weight - 635 g (1.40 lb) Diameter - 88 mm (3.46″) Length - 111 mm (4.38″) Materials - Aluminum, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) Sealing - Yes Colour - Black Filter thread - 82 mm Filter notes - Rear filter holder + front thread Hood supplied - Yes Hood product code - LH898-04 Tripod collar - No
  4. Press release: Sony Electronics Introduces Three Wide-angle E-Mount APS-C Lenses The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G, E 15mm F1.4 G and E 11mm F1.8 Bring Sony’s E-mount Lineup to 70 Lenses and Offer Wide-angle Views, Outstanding Image Resolution, and Compact Designs SAN DIEGO, CA – June 1, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. today has expanded its E-mount lens lineup with the introduction of the power zoom G lens E PZ 10-20mm F4 G (model SELP1020G), versatile G lens E 15mm F1.4 G (model SEL15F14G), and the ultra-wide prime E 11mm F1.8 (model SEL11F18). The three newest additions bring Sony’s E-mount lens family to a total of 70 different models, offering more options than ever for still, video and hybrid content creators. The first new lens, the E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is the world’s smallest and lightest[i], ultra-wide angle, constant F4 APS-C power zoom lens. This compact zoom lens brings together outstanding G Lens imagery, impeccable autofocus (AF) performance, and versatile power zoom. The end result is a lens that remains a constant length throughout the zoom range and offers refined visual expression and operability that only a power zoom lens can provide. The second new lens, the E 15mm F1.4 G, offers beautiful shallow depth of field plus superb G lens resolution in a versatile APS-C lens design, empowering users with vast creative potential. This compact and lightweight prime lens delivers dynamic imagery, and includes excellent AF (autofocus) capabilities, along with high operability and control. The E 15mm F1.4 G is great for both still and cinematic imagery. The E 11mm F1.8 is a compact large aperture, ultra-wide APS-C prime lens designed for vloggers and shooting video on the go. With a 35mm full-frame equivalent of 16.5mm, this lens delivers outstanding corner-to-corner resolution, gorgeous bokeh and fast, reliable AF for dramatic expression and stunning selfie-style content. “Amidst the ever-changing camera market, Sony’s commitment to creating industry-leading tech for all its customers is unwavering,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “In recent years we’ve seen a growing customer demand for video-and-vlogging-first products that are lightweight and include creator-driven features. We see the APS-C platform as the perfect option for these video-first and hybrid creators, and we’re dedicated to creating new products that will allow them to capture and create in ways they never could before.” E PZ 10-20mm F4 G Outstanding Image Quality and Dynamic Perspectives The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G provides an extremely wide angle of view with a 10-20mm zoom range and a clean and clear image from corner to corner at all zoom settings. Three aspherical elements are ideally positioned to suppress field curvature and astigmatism, both of which are common problems in ultra-wide-angle lenses. The optical path also includes two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that effectively subdue chromatic aberration. An ED aspherical element further contributes to high resolution to the image edges. A circular aperture and carefully designed control of spherical aberration work together to deliver naturally rendered G Lens bokeh that can contribute to impressive imagery. The minimum autofocus distance is 8 inches (0.2 meters) with a maximum magnification of 0.14x, while minimum manual focus distance is 5 to 6.7 inches (0.13 to 0.17-meters) with a maximum magnification of 0.18x. Advanced AF Performance for Both Stills and Video With astonishing AF performance that gives still and video shooters unprecedented freedom, it uses two linear motors for focus drive, delivering fast, quiet AF. Fast, reliable AF can smoothly track subjects when shooting high frame rate video, and reliably follow fast-moving subjects when shooting stills continuously at high speed. The new lens also reduces focus breathing so that angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video. Refined Expression and Control for Video The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G features a new electronic power zoom system that ensures direct, responsive control and adjustable zoom speed. Even the subtlest zoom ring rotation is precisely detected and immediately converted to actual zoom operation. Users have extensive control of zoom speed and operation from the lens, the camera and even compatible remote controls to support creative opportunities not possible with other zoom lenses. Power zoom minimizes camera shake so that solo shooters can produce smooth, stable imagery. Moreover, the lens uses internal zoom and focus mechanisms, to maintain a constant length when zooming or focusing. Shifts in the lens’ center of gravity are minimal, making it a great choice for stable vlogging and gimbal-mounted video shooting. A constant F4 at all focal settings makes it possible for the lens to maintain stable image quality when recording. In addition, buttons can be assigned on compatible bodies for convenient custom zoom control[ii]. Unequalled Mobility and Handling The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is 20% lighter than its predecessor (SEL1018), making it the smallest and lightesti lens in its class with a total weight of just 6.3 ounces (178 grams). The compact power zoom lens E PZ 10-20mm F4 G is designed to maximize control and versatility for video as well as stills with a focus ring, zoom ring and zoom lever. A customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch have been thoughtfully incorporated to easily adapt in changing shooting conditions. Users can attach 62mm screw-on filters, such as variable ND filters, for more creative control. The lens has also been designed to be dust and moisture resistant[iii] to provide extra reliability. E 15mm F1.4 G G Lens Resolution and Beautiful Bokeh The E 15mm F1.4 G lens has a wide 15mm view with impressive G lens resolution. Three aspherical elements in an advanced optical design effectively compensate for distortion and deliver excellent corner-to-corner resolution, despite the lens’ wide 15 mm angle of view. The addition of one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element and one Super ED glass element effectively suppresses chromatic aberration. The large F1.4 maximum aperture, precisely controlled spherical aberration and circular aperture mechanism make it easy to produce smooth, background bokeh for an artist effect. With a minimum focusing distance of 6.7 inches (0.17 meters) and maximum magnification of 0.15x when manual focus is used[iv], impressive close-ups can be achieved for both stills and video. AF Performance That Makes Full Use of Camera’s Speed Potential Fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video is achieved with two advanced linear motors. This maximizes the speed potential of the camera body used to maintain accurate focus, even when focusing on fast-moving subjects. The E 15mm F1.4 G uses Sony’s latest lens technology to reduce focus breathing so that angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video. It also supports the breathing compensation function provided in compatible Alpha series bodies[v], minimizing breathing that can hinder post-shoot editing. Excellent Control and Reliability for Stills and Video Linear Response MF (manual focus) ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually. Focus ring rotation translates directly to a corresponding change in focus, so control is immediate, repeatable and precise. By combining aspherical elements and an effective design, this lens achieves a large aperture and high resolution in a lightweight 7.7 ounces (219 grams) lens that is only 2.6 inches (66.6 mm) in diameter and 2.74 inches (69.5 mm) in length. Despite its compact dimensions, the E 15mm F1.4 G includes an aperture ring for direct, intuitive control with an aperture click switch that can be switched ON or OFF: ON for tactile feedback that lets the user “feel” the stops, or OFF for smooth, continuous, silent aperture control. The OFF setting enables smooth and stable control for video and is also ideal when silent operation is essential. A focus hold button and focus mode switch are also provided for extra flexibility. The focus mode switch makes it possible to quickly switch between AF and MF as needed. A wide angle of view, compact dimensions, and light weight make it ideal for shooting starry skies, landscapes, architecture, and indoor scenes, as well as subjects that require mobility such as sports. The E 15mm F1.4 G is designed with dust and moisture resistance[vi] providing extra reliability for outdoor use in challenging conditions. E 11mm F1.8 Designed for Vlogging and Delivers Superb Resolution and Exquisite Bokeh The E 11mm F1.8’s ultra-wide angle of view and compact size are ideal for vlogging which includes selfie-style recording at arm’s length as well as interior shots and images that make expressive use of depth of field. Three aspherical elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements achieve consistently high resolution in the entire image frame. The aspherical lenses are carefully positioned to compensate for distortion and deliver excellent corner-to-corner resolution even with the aperture wide open. The addition of ED glass further suppresses chromatic aberration and effectively reduces color fringing that is more likely to occur in the image periphery. The large F1.8 maximum aperture of this lens makes it easy to achieve deep and natural background bokeh. Users can blur the background, so they stand out clearly when vlogging, or create beautiful blur in ultra-wide night scenes. Precisely controlled spherical aberration and a circular aperture mechanism further contribute to the smooth bokeh produced by this unique lens. With a minimum focusing distance of 4.7 inches (0.12 meters) and maximum magnification of 0.2x[vii] the lens can deliver impressive close-ups for both stills and videos. Optimized for Video Two advanced linear motors provide fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking for both stills and video, maximizing the speed potential of the camera body used to reliably maintain accurate focus even on moving subjects. Linear Response MF ensures that the focus ring responds directly and linearly to subtle control when focusing manually so it feels immediate and precise. Sony’s latest lens technology greatly reduces focus breathing[viii] and angle-of-view variations are minimized for smooth, stable video. The E 11mm F1.8’s ultra-wide 11 mm angle of view makes vlogging against a wide background easier than ever. Compact and Lightweight with Exceptional Control and Reliability Its small size and light weight are great for mobility and handling for lengthy walk-around shooting sessions. The E 11mm F1.8 boasts a large F1.8 maximum aperture in a compact, lightweight lens. It weighs 6.4 ounces (181 grams) and is only 2.6 inches (66 mm) in diameter and 2.26 inches (57.5 mm) in length - a perfect match for compact APS-C format bodies. The lens’ dust and moisture resistant design[ix] provides extra reliability. Despite its compact dimensions, this lens offers flexible, intuitive control with features such as a focus hold button and focus mode switch. An alternative function chosen by the user can be assigned to the focus hold button from the body menu. The E 11mm F1.8 also accepts front filters, which is a feature that is often lacking on ultra-wide-angle lenses. Pricing and Availability The E PZ 10-20mm F4 G will be available in July for approximately $750.00 USD and $950.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. The E 15mm F1.4 G will be available in July for approximately $750.00 USD and $950.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. The E 11mm F1.8 will also be available in July for approximately $550.00 USD and $700.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America. Links To Detailed Product Information (US) – E PZ 10-20mm F4 G (CA) – E PZ 10-20mm F4 G (US) – E 15mm F1.4 G (CA) – E 15mm F1.4 G (US) – E 11mm F1.8 (CA) – E 11mm F1.8 Links To Product Videos E PZ 10-20mm F4 G E 15mm F1.4 G E 11mm F1.8 Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new E PZ 10-20mm F4 G, E 15mm F1.4 G, E 11mm F1.8, and Sony's other imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony α - Alpha brand. Footnotes [i] As of June 2022, Sony survey of interchangeable ultra-wide-angle APS-C zoom lenses for mirrorless cameras (when ready to shoot). [ii] Zoom operation depends on the body used. Refer to the help guide for details [iii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof. [iv] 0.2 meters and 0.12x when autofocus is used [v] Compatibility info at: https://www.sony.net/dics/breathing/ Available in movie mode only. Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this function is used. Compensation may not be able to cover all situations. [vi] Not guaranteed to be 100 % dust and moisture proof. [vii] 0.15 meters and 0.13x when autofocus is used [viii] It also supports the breathing compensation function provided in compatible α series bodies. Compatibility info at: https://www.sony.net/dics/breathing/ Available in movie mode only. Angle of view and image quality may change slightly when this function is used. Compensation may not be able to cover all situations. [ix] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof Principal specifications Lens type - Zoom lens Max Format size - APS-C / DX Focal length - 10–20 mm Image stabilization - No Lens mount - Sony E Aperture Maximum aperture - F4 Minimum aperture - F22 Aperture ring - No Number of diaphragm blades - 7 Aperture notes - Curved aperture blades Optics Elements - 11 Groups - 8 Special elements / coatings - 2 extra-low dispersion (ED) element, 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED Aspherical element Focus Minimum focus - 0.13 m (5.12″) Maximum magnification - 0.18× Autofocus - Yes Motor type - Linear Motor Focus method - Internal Distance scale - No DoF scale - No Physical Weight - 178 g (0.39 lb) Diameter - 70 mm (2.76″) Length - 55 mm (2.17″) Sealing - Yes Colour - Black Zoom method - Rotary (internal) Power zoom - Yes Zoom lock - No Filter thread - 62 mm Hood supplied - Yes Hood product code - ALC-SH169
  5. Press release: SIGMA Announces 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary, the 7th and Widest Lens in the All-Metal I series of Premium Compact Primes Exceptional optical performance and superb build quality give photographers the joy of creating images – introducing the new ultra-wide SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary Ronkonkoma, NY – February 9, 2021 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary lens, part of SIGMA's I series. This new lens is the widest in the I series released to date. Equipped with a metal, knurled, petal-type lens hood, this ultra-wide prime is compatible with 62mm threaded front filters. It is also an addition to the fast F2 aperture group of I series lenses alongside the 24mm F2 DG DN | C, 35mm F2 DG DN | C, and 65mm F2 DG DN | C. All F2 I series lenses feature a distinctive arc-type AF/MF switch and stylized barrel design near the "Made in Japan" marking. The fast F2 maximum aperture and total optical performance makes this a natural choice for astrophotography, along with landscapes, cityscapes, street photography, low-light interiors, and other nighttime situations. Due to its wide focal length and compact size, this 20mm lens is also an ideal choice for handheld vlogging and video streaming. And the ability to mount front filters, such as neutral density filters, for video and long-exposure landscapes on such a fast-aperture ultra-wide will be appreciated by many content creators. The SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary lens will be available in the U.S. at SIGMA Authorized Dealers for a retail price of $699 on February 25, 2022. This all-new full-frame premium compact prime for mirrorless systems is the latest addition to SIGMA's I series lineup, combining a bright maximum aperture of F2, an ultra-wide 20mm focal length and stunning optical performance. The lens boasts an exceptionally small form factor, weighing in at just 370g and measuring just 72.4cm in length*, which makes it a highly practical optic that is portable enough for everyday shooting. It's ideal for landscapes, wide-angle portraits, weddings and interiors, and is particularly well-suited to astrophotography owing to its very well-controlled sagittal coma flare. It is the fourth I series lens with an F2 aperture, joining a 24mm, 35mm and 65mm, which together make a well-matched lens set for L-Mount and Sony E-mount users. *Figures are for L-Mount Remarkably, the 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary is almost identical in size and weight to the very compact SIGMA 24mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary. A sleek, all-metal design, with a signature I series magnetic lens cap, a manual aperture ring and exceptional production quality means using this lens is a highly intuitive and satisfying experience, making the photo-taking process even more enjoyable. This sharp and beautifully built I series prime, the SIGMA 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary captures the essence of the I series, bringing a new level of user experience―the pleasure of owning and using a lens. 1. I series | "Premium Compact Primes" for mirrorless users The SIGMA I series features full-frame compatible lenses that offer new value to mirrorless systems. The combination of superb optical performance with a level of compactness that is perfectly suited to smaller and lighter modern mirrorless cameras will bring you new opportunities for a perfect shot. SIGMA is aware that in today's world we have a wide range of camera choices, especially with the increase in mobile phone ownership. But with many photographers looking for something more than something that simply captures images when they choose to own a camera and lens, I series lenses offer the ultimate combination of superb optical performance, outstanding usability and compact form- factor. SIGMA's excellence in development and production technologies has been built up since our founding in 1961 and became increasingly sophisticated with the introduction of the SIGMA Global Vision brand in 2012. With this as a base, SIGMA has given careful thought to the quality of the products, the feeling of using it and the pleasure of owning it. This is how the I series was born. 2. New standards of optical performance for the Contemporary line The 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary achieves the highest level of optical performance even at the widest aperture setting of F2 from the center of the image to the periphery. Based on the latest optical design technology, the lens construction includes three high-precision glass-molded aspherical lens elements, one SLD element, and one FLD element to suppress a range of optical aberrations. The result is clear and sharp images even in the extreme corners of the frame. By focusing on the suppression of sagittal coma flare, which is difficult to correct in post-processing, accurate reproduction of very bright points of light has been achieved. This also provides extremely detailed results across the entire image, especially important for night sky photography. The lens' optical design, as well as its Super Multi-Layer Coating and Nano Porous Coating (NPC), ensures very minimal flare and ghosting even when shooting into bright light sources. This makes it much easier to photograph backlit subjects and still achieve punchy, high contrast results. 3. Exceptional I series build quality with a compact form-factor All I series lenses have an all-metal construction. The precision-cut aluminum parts not only give the barrel a sleek, stylish finish, but provide superb durability that improves the quality of the entire product. Metal materials are also used in internal structures that slide with the operation ring for added robustness. These high-precision components crafted with SIGMA's cutting-edge metalworking technology are also used in SIGMA's CINE LENS lineup for professional cinematographers and provide a tactile, ergonomic feel that make the lens a pleasure to use. The cover ring between the focus ring and the aperture ring has hairline processing that is also used for the rear cylinder of the Art line. This covering functions as a finger hold when attaching or detaching the lens. Additional Features Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 1 SLD and 3 aspherical lens elements Inner focus system Compatible with high-speed autofocus Stepping motor Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction *Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. Supports DMF and AF+MF Nano Porous Coating Super Multi-Layer Coating Aperture ring Focus mode switch Petal-type lens hood (LH656-03) Magnetic metal lens cap (LCF62-01M) Mount with dust and splash resistant structure Support for switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (for L-Mount only) Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately / for L-Mount only) Designed to minimize flare and ghosting Every single lens undergoes SIGMA's proprietary MTF measuring system 9-blade rounded diaphragm High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount "Made in Japan" craftsmanship Key Specifications The figures below are for L-Mount: Lens Construction: 11 groups, 13 elements (1 FLD, 1 SLD, 3 aspherical) Angle of view: 94.5° Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) Minimum aperture: F22 Minimum focusing distance: 22cm / 8.7 in. Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.7 Filter size: 62mm Dimensions (Max. Diam. x Length): 70 x 72.4mm / 2.8 x 2.9 in Weight: 370g / 13.1 oz.
  6. Press release: Introducing the Compact, Lightweight, High-Resolution, Single-Focal-Length M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO Lens Bethlehem, PA, November 4, 2021 – OM Digital Solutions Americas, Inc. is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO (35mm equivalent: 40mm) lens. This Micro Four Thirds System standard compliant lens delivers both beautiful feathered bokeh and the outstanding resolution and performance the M.Zuiko PRO series is known for. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens will be available from the end of December 2021. This compact, lightweight, and high-performance single-focal-length lens utilizes the natural perspective of the 40mm equivalent* angle of view for a versatile shooting experience, from landscapes to portraits and snapshots. This lens is the first product to feature the recently announced "OM SYSTEM" brand logo. Compact, lightweight PRO lens featuring beautiful feathered bokeh Outstanding resolution unique to M.Zuiko PRO lenses: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens features an 11-element, 10-group lens configuration consisting of Super ED, ED, Super HR, and aspherical lenses arranged to provide sharp imaging from the center to the farthest corners of the frame. This high-resolution lens makes the most out of camera performance, producing high image quality when using such functions as High Res Shot mode. ZERO coating is used to reduce lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions. Feathered bokeh: Using the knowhow gained in the development of the M.Zuiko PRO F1.2 series, feathered bokeh transitions the in-focus to the out-of-focus area of the images, creating smoother background bokeh, thus allowing the subject in focus to stand out beautifully. To accomplish this, an aberration measurement instrument is used to calculate defocusing at the aberration level, allowing the lens to create a beautiful, softly blurring bokeh effect while maintaining high resolution. Compact, lightweight design with a maximum aperture of F1.4: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens remains compact and lightweight at just 247 grams with a bright maximum aperture of F1.4. When paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III, the system is compact and lightweight at approximately 661 grams**, for mobility that enables nimble shooting. Comfortable and stress-free shooting in a variety of circumstances Highly reliable dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof construction (to 14 °F): Sealed throughout, this lens offers industry leading IPX1 equivalent splashproof performance. It also features a dustproof and freezeproof construction to 14 °F, and pairing it with a dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof camera body makes it possible to continue shooting in punishing environments, such as rain and snow, with peace of mind. Fluorine coating on the front-most lens allows for water droplets to roll off and for dirt to be cleaned off easily. High-speed, high-precision Autofocus: Superb optical design and lens processing technologies are used to design a lighter focusing lens, enabling faster, more accurate autofocus, allowing users to enjoy stress-free, high-speed, high-precision AF shooting. A variety of expression for any genre Close-up shooting to make the most of feathered bokeh: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens is designed for amazing close-up shooting performance with a closest focusing distance of 25 cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.22x*. An angle of view that balances natural perspective with bokeh effects: The 40mm equivalent angle of view is slightly wider than that of standard lenses, providing a natural sense of perspective and beautiful, feathered bokeh effects. This unique angle of view is perfect for landscapes, portraits, and snapshots. Availability & pricing: The M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm F1.4 PRO lens will be available from end of December 2021 at an MSRP of $799.99 (US) / $999.99 (CAD). Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at https://getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/m-zuiko-20mm-f1-4-pro.html for specifications and more information. * 35 mm equivalent ** The weight of the OM-D E-M5 Mark III is for the camera body only. *** Recommended Retail Price **** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase Specifications: Principal specifications Lens type - Prime lens Max Format size - FourThirds Focal length - 20 mm Image stabilization - No Lens mount - Micro Four Thirds Aperture Maximum aperture - F1.4 Minimum aperture - F16 Aperture ring - No Number of diaphragm blades - 9 Aperture notes - Circular aperture diaphragm Optics Elements - 11 Groups - 10 Special elements / coatings - 1 x Super ED, 3 ED, 2 Super HR, 2 Aspherical Focus Minimum focus - 0.25 m (9.84″) Maximum magnification - 0.11× Autofocus - Yes Motor type - Stepper motor Full time manual - No Focus method - Internal Distance scale - No DoF scale - No Physical Weight - 247 g (0.54 lb) Diameter - 63 mm (2.5″) Length - 62 mm (2.43″) Sealing - Yes Filter thread - 58 mm Hood supplied - Yes Hood product code - LH-61G Tripod collar - No
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