As well as making wide range of retro-themed film cameras and lenses, Lomography also makes ‘retro’ lenses for modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and its new Neptune Art Lens system goes a step further by introducing an new three-lens system sharing a common base mount. It won’t be available until 2018 but you can pre-order now, and it will come in Canon-fit, Nikon-fit and Pentax-fit versions, though adaptors for other camera types will be available.
The Neptune Convertible Art Lens system consists of a base unit which attaches directly to the camera’s lens mount, and three interchangeable front lens elements. These include a ‘Thalassa’ 35mm f/3.5 lens ideal for street photography, a ‘Despina’ 50mm f/2.8 general purpose lens and a ‘Proteus’ 80mm f/4 lens for shallow depth of field portraiture.
Also included is a macro adaptor for extra-close focusing and a series of six custom aperture plates for producing artistic bokeh effects.
The Neptune Convertible Art Lens system is manual focus only and designed for a slower, more creative approach. It won’t be cheap, alas, costing £839/$990.
Chinese company Venus Optics has announced a lens adaptor which will allow its Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D ultra-wideangle lens to act as a 17mm f/4 shift lens on full frame Sony E-mount cameras.
It fits between the lens and the camera body and has an optical design which increases the image circle of the lens to allow for the lens to be shifted up or down or from side to side relative to the camera.
This shift movement is used in architectural photography to correct converging verticals. Normally, you have to tilt the camera upwards to get tall buildings into the frame and this is what causes converging verticals. With a shift movement, however, you can keep the camera level and still get tall buildings in.
The Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) for Sony FE mount cameras is the first version, with a Canon fit version available for pre-order and a Nikon-fit version should be available a couple of months later.
The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens is a specialised and expensive ultra-wide lens for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The Magic Shift Converter turns it into a shift lens, albeit with an increase in focal length to 17mm. It’s an interesting alternative to a regular (and expensive) perspective control (tilt shift) lens.
Rokinon is the US name for the Samyang brand, and it specialises in fixed focal length manual focus lenses for interchangeable lens DSLRs. It’s announced that it’s now making its Rokinon SP14mm F2.4 full frame in Nikon AE mount – the company says Nikon’s exposure control modes are enabled and EXIF info is registered.
The SP14 is already available in the Canon EF mount and has a sophisticated optical design consisting of 18 elements in 14 groups, with three high refractive index, two Aspherical, two Extra Low Dispersion and one Hybrid Aspherical lens element.
It’s constructed of high quality aluminum alloy with an ergonomically designed shape and grip. Rokinon says the lens “can actually capture more detail than your eyes can see, even beyond the capabilities of the latest high resolution pro cameras”.
Lenses of this type are popular amongst expert photographers willing to swap the convenience of autofocus zoom lenses for the optical quality and direct manual focus of a prime lens.
Traditional lens specialist Voigtländer has announced a new 65mm f/2 macro lens to fit full-frame Sony E-mount cameras. Continue reading “Voigtländer Macro APO-LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical announced”
olloclip makes all sorts of add-on lenses for smartphones and it’s announced a special Filmer’s Kit in collaboration with accessory maker Incase. Continue reading “olloclip Filmer’s Kit announced”
Nikon has announced a new mid-range telephoto zoom for its DX and FX format digital SLRs. The Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR uses Nikon’s new AF-P autofocus system to offer faster, quieter autofocus. Continue reading “Nikon 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR announced”