Zeiss teases a new Batis portrait tele lens for next week

A reader just sent me a link to a Zeiss teaser on their Instagram account about a new Batis portrait telephoto lens that is supposed to be announced next week (probably 135mm, since we already have a Batis 85mm lens). Here is a photo taken with the actual lens:

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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens additional coverage (sample photos, AF test, price)


Sigma has released the various performance tests/graphs for their new Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens on their global website. The lens looks absurdly sharp (according to Sigma, the diffraction MTF better represents real-life performance, even if almost everyone in the industry uses the geometric MTF, which tends to be sharper than reality).

Sigma has uploaded two official sample photos on their website. More sample photos and price info for the 135mm f/1.8 lens (via AP, for US pricing and pre-order options check Adorama and B&H):

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Pricing for the three new full frame Voigtlander lenses for Sony E-mount

DC.watch reported the potential pricing for the three new full frame Voigtlander lenses for Sony E-mount that were announced last week:

  • Voigtlander APO-MACRO LANTHAR 65mm f/2 Aspherical: around ‎¥150,000 ($1,320)
  • Voigtlander Classic NOKTON 35mm f/1.4: around ‎¥100,000 ($880)
  • Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm f/1.2 Aspherical: around ‎¥150,000 ($1,320)

The lenses are expected to be released later this year. Here are two hands-on videos of the lenses:

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The new Olympus trade-in promotion includes the Olympus PEN-F, E-M1 Mark II cameras and three lenses


Olympus introduced a new trade-in promotion where you will receive $200 off the Pen-F or OM-D MK II cameras with any camera trade in or $200 off the M.Zuiko 12-100mm, 25mm f/1.2 or 300mm f/4.0 with any lens trade-in.

To receive the $200 coupon, fill out the submission form on this page. After filling out the form an exclusive coupon will populate on the page which can be applied at checkout - it will also be sent to the customer's email address. The customer will also receive the value of their traded item as valued by our used department.

The limit is 4 trade-ins per customer ($200 discount per item purchased - savings of up to $800). The cameras and lenses below also include 4% back in Adorama rewards (prices below are after applying the $200 exclusive coupon at checkout):

Eligible lenses:

The same deal is available also at B&H: use the promo code TRADENTIME to receive $200 off each item.

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What else is new?

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Here is this week's recap from both the rumors and addict blogs:

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Interesting bits of information from a recent interview with Fuji executives


Dpreview recently did an interview with Fujifilm executives. Here are the key points:

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2017 Sigma price increase in Europe, list of discontinued Sigma lenses


Recently I received a report from a reader on the Sigma lens price in Europe I reported about a few months ago:

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