Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 FF Lens for Nikon and Canon Full-frame DSLR’s

The Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 FF is a new lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs. In addition to the Tokina AT-X series, which has been highly evaluated in the past, Tokina will expand the Opera series as a top model group for full frame in the future. The 50mm F1.4 FF is the debut premium lens in Tokina’s new opera series for high-performance full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens incorporates Tokina’s latest advancements in optical engineering and electronic design to meet the demands of today’s DSLR technology. With advanced features like ring-shaped ultrasonic motors for fast and quiet operation, Tokina’s new ELR lens coating technology, and advanced weather sealing technology, the new 50mm F1.4 FF opera lens will be a go-to lens in many camera bags.

With the debut of 50mm F1.4 FF Tokina is launching a new series of next generation, premium full-frame lenses for high-end DSLR cameras called “opera” series. The new series is designed to perfectly match recent high-resolution full-frame DSLR cameras that demand the highest quality optical designs. Building on the award winning heritage of Tokina’s AT-X line of lenses, the new opera series will offer an ever-expanding, premium line of Full-frame lenses that meet the growing demands of high-performance DSLR cameras.

Superior optical performance and Natural Bokeh

The opera 50mm F1.4 FF optical construction includes 3 lens elements molded from SD (Super-low Dispersion) glass and one aspherical glass element in the rear-focus lens group which effectively suppresses chromatic aberrations and deliver sharp edge-to-edge images at all apertures. The lens incorporates a 9-blade, round-shaped diaphragm for naturally beautiful bokeh. Tokina also incorporates an electric diaphragm specific to the Nikon mount for more accurate and precise aperture control. Fast and quite AF along with superior optical performance at all apertures and focus points makes this lens suitable for a variety of photographic genres and scenes.

Next Generation Exclusive Tokina ELR coating

The Tokina ELR (Extremely Low Reflection) newly developed coating was engineered to specifically target the visible light spectrum as it enters and passes through the lens. This drastically reduces the reflection ratio when compared to traditional Tokina lens coatings. This results in dramatically reduced ghosting and flare when shooting in challenging lighting conditions especially when strong light sources are within the image.

Dust & Weather Resistant Sealing

The lens employs the latest advancements in dust-resistance and weather sealing targeting 8 areas in the lens construction most vulnerable to dust and water penetration. When coupled with a dust and weather sealed DSLR camera, the lens will not let you down even in many adverse weather conditions.

Focus ring rotation matches the proprietary direction of Nikon and Canon lenses.

Silent and precise AF drive module

To ensure fast and accurate AF, the opera 50mm F1.4 FF incorporates a high-speed, ring-shaped ultrasonic motor for near-silent operation. This provides photographers and filmmakers a valuable tool when speed and quiet are critical features to capturing their vision.

Hood with filter operation window

The BH-726 lens hood included with the opera 50mm F1.4 FF has a special filter window incorporated into the design. When the BH-726c window is removed from the hood the user has access to the filter allowing them to rotate polarizer or other rotation type filter.

 

Canon Goes Full Frame Mirrorless

Meet the new Canon EOS R, which is their intro to the full frame mirrorless DSLR game.

With a high-speed and wide lens mount, EOS R is an interchangeable lens camera that’s compatible with the new era of RF lenses which have been designed to work at the optimum distance from a full-frame sensor. This combination of high performance optics and a pioneering lens mount form a truly creative camera that pushes forward the frontiers of photography and filmmaking.

 

See and capture more, with a sensor built around precision

 

The EOS R boasts a full-frame 30.3 Megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor which focuses without compromise thanks to its advanced phase detection system advanced DIGIC 8 processing and in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer.

For photographers and filmmakers who already own a range of EF and EF-S lenses, the EOS R offers full compatibility via an adapter with no loss of performance or quality. Canon’s Speedlite flash range offers flexible and creative lighting possibilities while EOS accessories open the door to greater creativity.

EOS R has the same comfortable handgrip found on EOS DSLRs and coupled with a high degree of customisation. Innovations such as a multi-function touch bar, a high resolution electronic viewfinder and vari-angle screen, makes it a camera designed to perform effortlessly and intuitively.

Connect, upload and share anywhere

The EOS R has been designed for photographers and filmmakers on the move. Always-on low energy Bluetooth allows a smartphone to be paired and built-in Wi-Fi allows instant share to cloud services. For additional creative capture, remote shooting and tethering offers even greater freedom.

Specifications

30.3 Megapixels Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor
8fps continuous shooting
ISO 100-40000
4K and 10-bit movies
Silent shutter
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
-6 EV low light AF
USB 3.1 port

What’s in the box? (body only configuration)

The EOS R comes ready to use right from the moment you switch it on.
EOS R Body
Camera Cover R-F-5
Neck Strap
Battery Charger LC-E6E
Battery Pack LP-E6N
AC Cable
Interface Cable IFC-100U
User Manual

If you are looking for one for Christmas then be prepared to part with around £2400

 

New Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Bridge

Canon’s new PowerShot SX70 HS bridge camera has the same processor as the EOS R, making it a DSLR-styled bridge camera, which includes 4K video in it’s arsenal.

 

As you would expect from a bridge camera, it has a good focal range of 65x zoom, which is an equivalent of 21-1365mm in 35mm terms, with a variable aperture of f/3.4-6.5, but still falls way short of the ever impressive Nikon P900’s 24mm to 2000mm star gazing focal range.

 

What is impressive though is it houses the 20.3MP CMOS sensor along with a DIGIC 8 processor that powers the recently revealed Canon EOS R mirrorless DSLR. And it even goes a step further than the EOS R in that it has in-body image stabilisation in the form of Intelligent IS with Dual Sensing IS plus 5-axis Advanced Dynamic IS.

 

The PowerShot SX70 HS DIGIC 8 processor enables the Canon PowerShot HS to give a 10fps continuous shooting speed, along with 4K video, as well as 4K time-lapse and 4K frame shots.

The 7.5cm 922,000-dot LCD screen isn’t touch-enabled but it is fully articulated to view the subject at almost any angle or position. For fine tuning though it also has a 2.36 million-doat electronic viewfinder.

 

As you would expect it has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for use with the Canon Camera Connect app giving quick and simple file transfer as well as Remote Live View shooting.

 

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will hit the shelves for around £520 from November 2018 just in time for Santa’s sack. It comes with the usual lens cap, hand strap, battery and battery charger. As seems to be the norm these days there’s no sign of a memory card to get the buyer up and running. If you are buying one don’t forget to put a carry case and a memory card in the basket.

 

Battery Photo case for iPhone X and XS launched by Moment

The new iPhone XS and X model will have a new Battery Photo Case available by the time they are released – smartphone accessory lens maker Moment has announced.

 

Aimed at iPhone photographers, it comes with a range of features such as a two-stage shutter button that locks focus on half-press.

The case was first announced earlier this year as a Kickstarter campaign.

The Moment lens range comprising of telephoto, wide, super fish and macro lenses, as well as a soon-to-be-released Anamorphic lens are all compatible with the new case.

With a late November release it’s expected to be attractive to the Christmas shopper looking to stocking fill accessories for the iPhone gift.

 

It’s expected to cost around the £100 mark, give or take when it becomes available in November 2018.

 

It gives a bit of extra battery power, which is always a welcome addition.

 

The battery is compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard and offers a 3,100mAh capacity for charging your device on the go.

 

 

 

Nikon Z mount Lenses Released

Nikon releases:
NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S,
NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S,
NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S,
Mount Adapter FTZ, and develops the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct
August 23, 2018
Designed exclusively for the Nikon Z mount system, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount.

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of three new lenses compatible with the Nikon Z mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, for which a new larger-diameter mount has been adopted, as well as the Mount Adapter FTZ. The three new lenses are the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

NIKKOR Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance, by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount with its inner diameter of 55 mm, and a short flange focal distance of 16 mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution with both still-image and movie recording capability, and are equipped with functions that include: compensation for focus breathing (the shifting of the angle of view when focus is adjusted), quiet operation, smooth exposure control, a control ring, and performance that are all well suited to movie recording.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S are S-Line interchangeable lenses. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control. These lenses realize a rendering performance that surpasses that of conventional f/4 standard zoom lenses and f/1.8 wide-angle or standard prime lenses. From maximum aperture, clear and sharp resolution can be achieved as well as beautiful bokeh characteristics.

Additionally, the Mount Adapter FTZ has been designed to allow users of Nikon SLR cameras to utilize their existing NIKKOR F mount lenses with the Z mount system and enjoy taking advantage of an even wider variety of lens characteristics with their photography.

Development of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

Nikon is currently developing the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, the fastest lens in Nikon’s history*, a standard prime manual focus lens. The design of the Noct lens exemplifies Nikon’s mission to pursue the ultimate optical performance in the mirrorless category. As the result, the Noct is positioned it at the top of the S-Line. In addition, Nikon is planning on releasing a variety of new lenses that will continue to expand its line of attractive, high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses that further extend photographers’ creative expressions.

  • *Within interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S primary features

Standard focal-length range from wide-angle 24 mm to medium-telephoto 70 mm can effectively cover a wide variety of scenes and subjects with rendering performance that will change the perception of zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4

Optical design that suppresses variations in aberrations from shooting distances of close-up to infinity, demonstrating sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture, and fine point-image reproduction

Achieved a minimum focus distance of just 0.3 m across the zoom range

Adoption of an ED glass element, an aspherical ED lens element, and three aspherical lens elements

Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghost and flare

Has the size needed to deliver an extremely high standard of optical performance, yet provides outstanding portability; employs a retracting mechanism that can be set on/off without pressing a button and reduces total length for a compact lens that can easily be taken anywhere

In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed

Fluorine coat applied to front lens surface

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S primary features

Rendering performance that redefines perceptions of what a 35 mm f/1.8 lens can do
Sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture, provide effective suppression of sagittal coma flare that enables superb point-image reproduction when capturing point light sources in night landscapes, and the soft and natural bokeh characteristics expected of a fast (bright) lens
Adoption of a new multi-focusing system achieves quiet, fast, and accurate AF control, as well as high image-forming performance at any focus distance
Adoption of two ED glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements
Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghost and flare
In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S primary features

Superior rendering for exquisite image expression that redefines perceptions of what a 50 mm f/1.8 lens can do
Thorough suppression of axial chromatic aberration ensures superior resolution with faithful reproduction of the fine textures in subjects, even from maximum aperture
Sharp and clear rendering of details from the center of the frame to the peripheral edges, regardless of the shooting distance
The soft and beautiful bokeh characteristics at any shooting distance possible only with a fast (bright) lens
Adoption of two ED glass elements, and two aspherical lens elements
Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghost and flare
Adoption of a new, powerful stepping motor (STM) enables quiet and accurate AF control with both still-image and movie recording
In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed

Mount Adapter FTZ primary features

Shooting with AE, or AF/AE, is available with approximately 360 NIKKOR F lenses from AI type onwards*
The unique characteristics of NIKKOR F mount lenses can be applied to Z mount system image quality
In-camera VR (Vibration Reduction) available when attaching a NIKKOR F lens without built-in VR; in-camera VR also performs well with movie recording
When attaching a NIKKOR F lens with built-in VR, lens VR and in-camera VR effectively work together to compensate for camera shake by enabling three-axis VR
Various sections of the adapter are effectively sealed to ensure dust- and drip-resistant performance equivalent to that of NIKKOR F lenses
Designed to be lightweight yet tough, with consideration for superior operability as a part of a complete system
* Shooting with AF/AE is not possible with some lenses

Development of the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens that pursues ultimate optical performance

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct that Nikon is currently developing will be a large aperture, standard 58 mm prime focal-length, the fastest lens in Nikon’s history*, manual-focus lens positioned at the very top of the S-Line. It will symbolize the Nikon Z mount system’s new dimension in optical performance.
It has inherited the design concept behind the original AI Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2, a standard prime lens released in 1977, named for “Nocturne” (a musical composition inspired by or evocative of the night), and popular for its ability to finely reproduce point light sources as point images. This new Noct lens that is currently in development will take advantage of advanced design flexibility, afforded by the Z mount, pursuing ultimate optical performance. Development continues with the goals of achieving an extremely fast maximum aperture of f/0.95, offering the ultimate in NIKKOR rendering performance with superior detail and sharpness. Additionally, the goal is to achieve beautiful blur characteristics, or bokeh, with good continuity, while ensuring outstanding point-image reproduction capabilities for more compelling, three-dimensional imaging.
* Within interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.

Nikon introduces the new Nikon Z mount system

Nikon introduces the new Nikon Z mount system, and releases two full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6  – August 23, 2018

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the full-frame, Nikon FX-format mirrorless cameras Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount.

Mirrorless reinvented through the Nikon Z mount system

The Z mount system comprises mirrorless cameras featuring a new, larger-diameter mount, and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories. This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance. It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, great operability, and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras.
At the heart of the new Z mount system is the new, larger-diameter mount, which unlocks further possibilities of lens design, greatly increasing capabilities in optical performance. The Z mount system will offer a variety of high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history, with f/0.95*. Additionally, the new mount adapter will enable compatibility with NIKKOR F mount lenses, adding to the range of choices for photographers.
The letter “Z” represents the culmination of Nikon’s relentless pursuit of ultimate optical performance, and a bridge to a new chapter. It is about redefining possibilities to provide image-makers with tools to realize greater creativity.
Nikon will expand the value of mirrorless cameras through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, and by upholding Nikon’s tradition of quality while responding to the evolution of imaging technology. By providing image-makers with stimulating new products, Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture.

Z 7 and Z 6 product overview

The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.
The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600. In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.
The Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide range of ISO 100-51200 standard sensitivities. With superior performance at high sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs, such as shooting in dimly lit environments, and movie recording.

Primary features of the Z 7 and Z 6

1 – Equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels
A backside illumination CMOS sensor, with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, has been adopted for both the Z 7 and the Z 6. The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports the ISO 64-25600 range of standard sensitivities (reduction to the equivalent of ISO 32 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 102400 is also possible). The Z 6 has a 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100-51200 (additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 50 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800).

2. A hybrid AF system with focus points covering approximately 90% of the imaging area. The Z 7 has 493 focus points* and the Z 6 has 273 focus points*, enabling broad coverage of approximately 90% of the imaging area both horizontally and vertically. This hybrid AF system uses an algorithm optimized for the FX-format sensor, and automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF to achieve focus. The use of NIKKOR Z lenses further increases AF accuracy with both still images and movies.

* With FX (36×24) format and single-point AF.

3. The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine for sharp and clear imaging, and new functions that support creative imaging expression

The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with the new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. Employing the superior resolving power of NIKKOR Z and NIKKOR F lenses, subjects are rendered more sharply than ever before. Noise is also effectively reduced.
Additionally, a mid-range sharpening option has been added to Picture Control sharpness parameters. This option, along with existing sharpening and clarity parameters, allows users to make various textures within the screen sharper or softer, for both still images and movies*. The cameras also offer 20 options of Creative Picture Control, supporting creative imaging expression. The effect level is adjustable from 0 to 100.
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Mid-range sharpness adjustment is only possible at “High quality” movie setting.

4. An electronic viewfinder that utilizes Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view
The electronic viewfinder adopted for the Z 7 and Z 6 is comfortable and easy to use, comparable to optical viewfinders. Both cameras are equipped with an electronic viewfinder for which an approximately 3690k-dot OLED panel has been adopted. The electronic viewfinder has, respectively, frame coverage and magnification of approximately 100% and 0.8x, as well as an approximately 37.0° diagonal viewing angle. It draws on Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies, ensuring a clear and comfortable view comparable to that of optical viewfinders, with reduced aberration and minimum eyestrain, even during extended shoots. Furthermore, a fluorine coat that effectively repels dirt has been applied to the eyepiece protection window. In addition, the <i> menu can be displayed in the electronic viewfinder, allowing users to quickly view and adjust a variety of shooting settings, including ISO sensitivity, AF-area mode, and Picture Control, all while looking through the viewfinder.

5. An ergonomic design unique to Nikon that enables intuitive operation
The Z 7 and Z 6 have inherited the superior operability that Nikon has cultivated over the years through its development of cameras. The bodies are compact, while boasting a firm grip that is easy to hold, and buttons such as that for the sub-selector, AF-ON, ISO, and exposure compensation are all placed so that they can be operated swiftly and easily. Additionally, a display panel has been positioned on the top part of the camera, where information about settings can be displayed, the same as with high-end digital SLR camera models.

6. Movie functions such as 10-bit N-Log that captures a wide dynamic range, and timecoding, responding to professional needs
The Z 7 and Z 6 support recording of not only full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p movies using the FX-based movie format, but also Full-HD/120p movies. Sharper 4K UHD movies are made possible, using the full-pixel readout.*1 Additionally, Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking can be used with 4K UHD and Full-HD movie recording. Nikon’s original N-Log can also be used with 10-bit*2 HDMI output. The cameras utilize extensive color depth and twelve-stop, 1300% dynamic range to record a wealth of tone information from highlights and shadows for more effective color grading. Timecode support*3 makes synchronizing video and sound from multiple devices easier. Additionally, the control ring built into NIKKOR Z lenses can be used to quietly and smoothly adjust settings such as aperture and exposure compensation.

Parliament Nikon Sponsored Photo Competition

Nikon sponsored a photo competition for members of the House of Lords and MP’s. Each winning entry receiving a £100 donation from Nikon to a charity of their choice. And visitors to Houses of Parliament were able to view the winning snaps and the ones that made the shortlist from Monday 2nd July.

Some Members of Parliament and the House of Lords enjoy photography as an hobby and Nikon came forward to sponsor a little competition between them all this year.

There was a ceremony to unveil the exhibition on Monday 2nd July and the winners were named as: Baroness Floella Benjamin, Lord Birt, Lord Crathorne, Sir David Amess MP and Lord Greenway. The overall winner was named as Lord Greenway

Here’s the winning snaps, see what you think…

Lord Greenway
Baroness Floella Benjamin
Lord Crathorne
Lord Birt
Sir David Amess MP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nikon new “Advanced” MONARCH HG Binoculars

TOKYO – Nikon Vision Co., Ltd., (Nikon Vision), a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation (Nikon), is pleased to announce that lightweight and compact 30mm-diameter models (8×30 and 10×30) will be available in the MONARCH HG series of binoculars, which are the most advanced models in the history of MONARCH binoculars.

These 30mm-diameter models were designed to achieve both compactness and light weight, and their magnesium alloy body weighs only approx. 450g (15.9 oz). A sharp and clear view all the way to the periphery while maintaining a wide field of view with natural colour fidelity, that are features of MONARCH HG 42mm-diameter models, are also provided in the smaller body of these new 30mm-diameter models.

As with other models in the MONARCH HG series, these new binoculars are made in Japan, feature an innovated exterior and deliver the finest performance among MONARCH models. That’s because of the wide apparent field of view (60.3° for the 8×30 and 62.2° for the 10×30) that provides spectacular viewing. While achieving a wide field of view, the Field Flattener Lens System assures a sharp and clear view all the way to the lens periphery. The use of extra-low dispersion (ED) glass, moreover, corrects chromatic aberration that causes colour fringing, thus also realising a contrast-rich and high-resolution image.

A high-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms. Dielectric high-reflective multilayer coating and phase correction coating are applied to the roof prisms. All this combines to achieve a bright view with light transmittance of up to 92% or higher, plus natural colour fidelity.

The compact body is made of magnesium alloy and offers waterproof/fogproof performance (up to 5m/16.4 ft for 10 min.) with nitrogen gas. This higher level of performance prevents fogging inside the optical system even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 5,000m/16,404 ft equivalent.

These new models are supplied with a neck strap that reduces strain on the user’s neck, and a semi-hard type case. Nikon MONARCH HG 30mm-diameter binoculars feature compactness and a lightweight body while maintaining superior optical performance, making them ideal for enthusiasts of bird- or nature-watching, and many other kinds of outdoor activities, who want to travel light.

Key Features

  • Wide apparent field of view (60.3° for 8×30 and 62.2° for 10×30). While realising a wide field of view, the Field Flattener Lens System assures a sharp and clear view all the way to the lens periphery.
  • Extra-low dispersion (ED) glass corrects chromatic aberration that causes colour fringing and realises a contrast-rich and high-resolution image
  • High-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms while dielectric high-reflective multilayer coating is applied to the roof prisms, achieving up to 92% or higher light transmittance, which enables a bright view and natural colour fidelity
  • Phase-correction-coated roof prisms for high resolution and contrast
  • Scratch-resistant coating is applied on the objective lens and eyepiece surfaces
  • Long eye relief design ensures a clear field of view, even for eyeglass wearers
  • Lead- and arsenic-free glass is used for all lenses and prisms
  • Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups with multi-click facilitate easy positioning of eyes at the correct eyepoint
  • Dioptre adjustment ring locking system prevents unintentional rotation
  • Sturdy, lightweight magnesium alloy body (approx. 450g/15.9 oz only)
  • Superior waterproof/fogproof performance with a nitrogen-filled body that resists water pressure to a depth of up to 5m/16.4 ft for 10 minutes and prevents fogging inside the optical system even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 5,000m/16,404 ft equivalent
  • Soft-to-the-touch neck strap
  • Objective lens caps are integrated to prevent loss. Interchangeable objective rubber rings without caps are included and can be switched according to applications.
  • Optional tripod adaptor enables attachment to a tripod [TRA-3/Adaptor H (hard type)]

Specifications

MONARCH HG 8×30 MONARCH HG 10×30
Magnification (x) 8 10
Objective diameter (mm) 30 30
Angular field of view (Real/degree) 8.3 6.9
Angular field of view (Apparent/degree) 60.3 62.2
Field of view at 1,000m (m) 145 121
Field of view at 1,000 yd. (ft) 435 362
Exit pupil (mm) 3.8 3.0
Relative brightness 14.4 9.0
Eye relief (mm) 16.2 15.2
Close focusing distance (m/ft) 2.0/6.6 2.0/6.6
Length (mm/in.) 119/4.7 119/4.7
Width (mm/in.) 126/5.0 126/5.0
Depth (mm/in.) 47/1.9 47/1.9
Weight (g/oz.) 450/15.9 450/15.9
Interpupillary distance adjustment (mm/in.) 56-74/2.2-2.9 56-74/2.2-2.9
Type Roof Roof

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO “Lens of the Year”

Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) is pleased to announce that the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) interchangeable lens (launched in January 2018) is the recipient of the Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” award in Japan.

News Release Details (PDF: 86.7KB) PDF

Olympus recently expanded its M.Zuiko F1.2 PRO prime lens lineup with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO (34mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO (90mm focal length in 35mm equivalent). These Micro Four Thirds® system lenses join the currently available M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO (50mm focal length in 35mm equivalent) to deliver outstanding resolution and beautiful feathered bokeh at a maximum aperture of F1.2.

The prestigious honor of the Camera Grand Prix 2018 “Lens of the Year” award for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens marks the third consecutive year that the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club has awarded Olympus the “Lens of the Year” award at the Camera Grand Prix. The brand previously won the award for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO in 2016, and M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO in 2017. Olympus is the first manufacturer in the industry to achieve the high honor for three consecutive years.

Comments from Camera Grand Prix 2018 Executive Committee

“Realizing both outstanding resolution and high-quality bokeh, this super-fast lens provides the widest angle as of today in the Olympus max F1.2 lens lineup. While the lens angle is handy in use, a moderate depth of field is also available with the maximum F1.2 aperture. The quality and quantity of its bokeh, realized through the company’s technological experiences, is great enough as a full-blown camera, giving a beautifully blurred, feather-like image. The lens does deserve any photographer’s trust. High contrast and resolution can be provided even at the widest aperture setting. Despite its intricate structure, the lens gives quite a natural image, representing wider possibilities of the Micro Four Thirds System Specification, with which a smaller image sensor device can shorten an actual focal length. It also works well as an AF lens when paired with an Olympus camera, enabling accurate focusing. A finest lens for an utmost depictive quality.”

Canon upgrades the popular 70-200mm L-series lenses

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7th June 2018 – Canon has today announced an upgrade to two of its most loved and well-regarded L-series lenses, with the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The 70-200mm lens has been instrumental for professional, semi-professional and photography enthusiasts for many years, thanks to the ability to easily change image composition by switching from standard to telephoto. This adaptability means both lenses can capture a wide range of subjects, from portraits to wildlife, reaffirming the pivotal role the 70-200mm lens plays in a photographer’s kit bag.

Commenting on the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, Michael Burnhill, European Product Specialist, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, said: “Following feedback from our global photography community, we are very proud to be introducing these two lenses. We are committed to delivering the best quality and performance-driven products for today’s visual storytellers to ensure we provide unsurpassable choice for photographers looking to meet their image requirements with confidence. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM epitomises the very finest in L-series optical technology, whilst being compact in size, robust and lightweight, and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM offers unbeatable performance, versatility and durability.”

Superior quality, robust and compact design – the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
Built on the high standards of its predecessor, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM possesses the superior build, durability, and ergonomic design that Canon’s breadth of lenses are renowned for. Weighing just 780g, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM is great for those on the move. Whether shooting on a beach, or at a wedding, this lens is guaranteed to deliver stunningly crisp images in a range of environments. The Fluorine Coating reduces dirt and water drops clinging to the lens, and Super Spectra coatings eliminate ghosting and flare. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM’s fluorite lens elements are capable of correcting colour aberrations, guaranteeing high resolution and high contrast images. This excellent and reliable image quality is invaluable in reducing time spent on post-production.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM’s f/4 constant aperture provides consistent exposure in a range of varying lighting scenarios. The nine blades on the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM ‘s circular aperture create a pleasing bokeh effect, blurring the background and helping to accentuate the subject. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM comprises a new Image Stabilizer unit, based on the design of Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, which delivers the equivalent effect of a shutter five-stops faster, compared to the previous lens’ three-stopsi. This is beneficial for any shooting scenario where the camera may be jostled, such as at film premieres, or shooting wildlife on safari.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM uses a combination of a Ring USM and a new third generation EF engine, which features a new high-performance control CPU and newly developed firmware, to drive greater speed and accuracy in achieving high-speed autofocus. The silent functioning autofocus can also be tweaked manually and allows a close focusing distance of 1m, compared to the 1.2m on its predecessor. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM perfect for unobtrusive and precise shooting, characteristics required to successfully capture street photography.

High-performance, versatile and durable – the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM replaces Canon’s flagship 70-200mm lens, enhancing the experiences of photographers using this industry leading lens. It has been designed with high-performance and robustness at its heart, ideal for a photographer who requires a high-quality telephoto lens for accurate detail. Built to meet the demands of professionals, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s protective seals make it an obvious choice for challenging conditions. Resistant to both moisture and dust, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM also comprises fluorine-coated front and rear elements, which are easy to clean. With the functionality photographers love, updates to the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s durability means it is excellent for shooting high-quality travel photography.

With its wide f/2.8 maximum aperture and eight-bladed circular diaphragm, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM opens up a world of creative options. It enables the photographer to emphasise pin-sharp subjects against a silky smooth, out-of-focus background. Thanks to its first-class fluorite and UD optics, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM delivers high contrast and excellent resolution. When using this lens, a photographer can be confident that they can achieve the perfect shot. Shooting in low light is also no problem for the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, thanks to its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, which is constant throughout the zoom range and lets in twice as much light as an f/4 lens.

Camera shake isn’t something users of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM should be concerned about as a 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer compensates any blur caused by movement. A ring-type USM motor offers silent autofocus at outstanding speeds, and manual adjustments can be made at any time with a simple twist of the focus ring. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM an exceptional lens for perfectly, and quietly, capturing animals in their natural habitat.

EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM – Key Features

  • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range
  • Constant f/4 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM focusing
  • 5-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Highly portable, weighs just 780g

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM – Key Features

  • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range
  • Constant f/2.8 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM focusing
  • 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Tough, weather-proof construction

Pricing and availability

  • The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM is available from summer 2018 with an SRP of £1,299.99/€1,519.99
  • The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is available from summer 2018 with an SRP of £2,149.99/€2,499.99