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Samyang reveals 14mm EOS RF ultra wide-angle lens

Press release issued by Intro 2020:

Samyang Launches World’s First AF 14mm F2.8 for Canon RF Mount

October 25th 2019 – Seoul, South Korea: Global optics brand Samyang Optics has announced the world’s first ‘AF 14mm F2.8 RF’ specifically designed for RF mount.

Samyang Optics, known for its wide-angle lenses, packs 113.9 degree ultra-wide angle and excellent optical performance into a compact lens designed for mirrorless cameras.

The World’s First AF 14mm F2.8 for RF mount

Samyang launched the first manual focus lenses for RF mount (MF 14mm F2.8 and MF 85mm F1.4) in February to meet consumer demand for lenses to fit Canon mirrorless RF cameras and now this new AF lens follows in its footsteps. Samyang Optics, which first introduced autofocus lenses for Sony FE mount in 2016 and in the 3 year since, it has become known for being the world’s first third-party lens manufacturer to release lenses for new camera mounts, making it one of the world’s leading companies in the global lens industry. In 2018, Samyang also launched autofocus lenses for Canon EF mount and Nikon F mount. The new RF lens has been added to the line-up as the Canon RF mirrorless camera market grows.

Outstanding Performance from the Master of Wide Angle Lens

From the world-renowned master of wide angle lenses, Samyang’s AF 14mm F2.8 RF has 14 lens elements in 10 groups, with 6 special elements including 3 aspherical, 1 high refraction and 2 extra-low dispersion elements. These special optics provide minimum distortion and outstanding image quality from corner to corner, with 113.9 degrees of wide angle. Also the 7 aperture blades create soft and circular bokeh with sharp light-rays.

Light and Compact Mirrorless AF Lens

Previously, Canon RF camera users had to put an RF adapter onto their Canon EF lens to enjoy a 14mm wide-angle, making a size and weight that is not ideal for use with a mirrorless camera. The new Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 RF is designed exclusively to prioritise the user experience of mirrorless cameras. As a result, the length of the flange back was reduced and so the length and weight of the lens were also lowered to maximise the handling experience. Also minimised is the weight of the focusing system, for fast and accurate AF performance.

User-oriented Lens Device Design

The new lens is equipped with a switch that allows easy changing between AF and MF when manual focus is required, or for fine adjustments. Dust and moisture resistant weather sealing ensures a more secure experience under outdoor conditions. There is also a rear filter holder on the mount to create more diverse images and a new Lens Station which allows USB updating of firmware and other lens settings.

Available in November

The Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 RF lens will become available during in November 2019 with a suggested retail price of £629 (including VAT).

More detailed information about the product can be found on the official Samyang Optics website: www.samyanglensglobal.com

Samyang Lenses are imported and distributed in the UK & Ireland by Intro 2020 Ltd.

A pair of new RF lenses from Canon

Press release issued by Canon Inc.:

Canon launches a world first RF lens – the third addition to its F2.8L trinity series – and a new portrait lens for the RF mount

Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS
Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS

 

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24 October 2019 – Canon Europe, world leader in lens manufacturing, launches the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, delivering on its commitment to introducing six RF lenses for the EOS R System to the market in 2019. Completing  Canon’s F2.8L trinity series for the RF mount, the  RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is the world’s shortest and lightest[i] interchangeable lens with a focal length of 70-200mm f/2.8 for interchangeable lens cameras[ii] with a 35mm Full Frame image sensor. The RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS sits in the new RF line-up as a complementary lens to the RF 85mm F1.2L USM. Sharing the same optical excellence, but with an added Canon unique DS coating, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS does not compromise on quality while achieving the desired soft bokeh look. With its shallow depth of field capabilities, it’s an ideal choice for capturing portrait shots with smooth backgrounds and drawing attention and focus on the subject.

Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

Both lenses join Canon’s innovative RF lens line-up enabling photographers and videographers to capture high-quality still and moving images across all genres – from landscape and architecture, to portrait and nature, or sports and media. Offering incredible quality, durability and versatility there’s now a lens for all photographers – from enthusiasts to professionals – looking to expand their skill set and take stunning shots with the EOS R System in any shooting scenario. 

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM – a lighter, shorter and trinity staple lens

Following the announcement of the RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM in August this year, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM completes Canon’s F2.8L zoom trinity lens series – three kit bag essential RF lenses enabling professionals and enthusiasts to capture subjects in practically any scenario with their large, bright f/2.8 aperture and zoom range.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is a great example of Canon’s commitment to supporting photographers with kit that helps push creative boundaries, futureproofing their content with the EOS R System. Weighing approximately 1,070g and is 146mm in length at its shortest – that’s around 28 per cent lighter and 27 per cent shorter than the existing EF mount model – photographers have the flexibility to shoot for longer periods of time, comfortably to capture the winning shot. The first RF lens with a white heat shield coating, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM will perform at a premium high standard whatever the weather.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is the first Canon lens to support an electronic floating focus control that drives the two lens groups individually with Dual Nano USMs – with this a high degree of quietness, power saving, and high-speed operation is achieved without sacrificing the lens’ compact size.

Equipped with Dual Nano USMs, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM also achieves high-precision still image AF and smooth movie AF in combination with the EOS R series Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This combination reduces focus breathing for video shooting. Coupled with 5 Stop IS (Image Stabilizer), images will be pin-sharp even when slowing the shutter speed down and in dark scenes – expanding the possibilities for handheld shooting.

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS – a picture perfect portrait lens

Retaining the stunning image quality and ease of use of the RF 85mm F1.2L USM, the addition of RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS to Canon’s RF line-up is its response to the variety of portrait photographers’ needs. Combining the large, maximum aperture of f/1.2 and close-up shooting, with a minimum focusing distance of 85cm, with its DS coating the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS achieves greater expression – its dramatic blurring capabilities makes the subject ‘pop’ more than ever before.

This bokeh effect is made possible thanks to Canon’s original DS coating – a vapor-deposited coating technology that has a high transmittance at the center and a low transmittance toward the periphery. Without compromising on quality, the DS coating applied on the front and rear surfaces of the lens softly and smoothly blurs the entire outline of bokeh – not just on one side which is common of similar lenses on the market.

Not only is the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS perfect for portraiture photography, the resulting bokeh effect this lens produces is perfect for achieving the desired ‘cinematic’ look many video content creators, across multiple genres from documentary to film, strive for. Dull, flat talking head videos are a thing of the past and the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS is a RF lens that helps eradicate that.

Lenses which optimise Canon’s optical excellence

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM’s world’s first lens of its category status is made possible with Canon’s innovative new optical design. Utilising a large diameter and short back focus the degree of freedom in lens design, compared to conventional EF lenses, helps achieve exceptionally high image quality. Ensuring images are of premium quality, each aberration is successfully corrected by glass-molded aspherical lenses, UD lenses and Super UD lenses. In addition to this, SWC – a coating that achieves anti-reflectivity reducing flaring and ghosting – is used.

Mirroring the optical excellent standard of the rest of the RF line-up, by combining Canon’s proprietary technologies such as BR[iii] optics and UD lenses, chromatic aberration is thoroughly suppressed in the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS enabling photographers to also achieve the highest of image quality. With its ASC anti-reflective coating reducing flaring and ghosting and the effective arrangement of ground aspherical lenses, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, like the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and the rest of Canon’s RF lens line-up, enables professionals and enthusiasts to achieve outstandingly optically excellent images in their desired style. 

Designed with professionals and enthusiasts in mind

As with all Canon products the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS have been designed using customer feedback. Both lenses are dust and water-resistant enabling photographers to handle all weather conditions – giving peace of mind that, whatever the scenario, the kit will withstand the pressures and produce optically excellent images.

The highly customisable control ring of the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS makes it possible to assign aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, and exposure compensation as desired. The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM features, a newly designed compact tripod mount which can be removed with a simple operation, to quickly change the vertical and horizontal framing when using a tripod.

Pricing & Availability:

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS will be available from December with the following RSPs:

  • RF 85mm f/1.2 DS: £3,249.99 / €3799.99
  • RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS UMD: £2,699.99 / €3149.99

For product information on the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS please visit:

https://www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-85mm-f1-2l-usm-ds-lens/

https://www.canon.ie/lenses/rf-85mm-f1-2l-usm-ds-lens/

For product information on the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM please visit:

https://www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-70-200mm-f2-8l-is-usm-lens/

https://www.canon.ie/lenses/rf-70-200mm-f2-8l-is-usm-lens/

 RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM Key Features:

  • World’s shortest and lightest[iv] interchangeable lens with a focal length of 70-200mm f/2.8 for interchangeable lens cameras[v] with a 35mm Full Frame image sensor – ideal for sports, wildlife and portraits
  • Fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • 5 Stop IS (Image Stabilizer ) for shake free images
  • Fast-focusing with Dual Nano USMs
  • L- series quality and weatherproofing

RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS Key Features

  • High-performance 85mm prime lens
  • DS Coating for soft, smooth and defocused rendering
  • Large f/1.2 aperture
  • Customisable control ring – giving direct control over Tv/Av/ISO settings
  • L-series quality and weatherproofing

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[i] Based on Canon research and as of October 2019

[ii] SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras

[iii] BR optics (Blue Spectrum Refractive optics) reduce chromatic aberration ensuring the highest image quality

[iv] Based on Canon research and as of October 2019

[v] SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras

Canon officially announces EOS-1D X Mark III is on the way

Press release issued by Canon Inc.:

The new action hero: Canon Inc. announces development of the EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24 October 2019 – Canon Inc. today announces the development of the highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III  – the successor to the world-renowned EOS-1D X Mark II. Perfect for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers, including extensive real-world testing with professional photographers globally. Boasting Canon’s rich heritage creating optically excellent products, the EOS-1D X Mark III offers an impressive step change in autofocus, with dramatically improved image quality, video and communications. Using the camera, professionals have the confidence they will get ‘the shot’ and can deliver it at a competitive speed – faster than ever before – ideal for the increasingly fast-paced industry.

Canon’s DSLRs continue to dominate professional photography. Speed, autofocus and high-speed communications are at the heart of the EOS-1D X Mark III making it ideal for professionals – especially in sports or wildlife – that are under pressure to capture and deliver optically excellent images of action that could be over in a fraction of a second.

Unrivalled: a step change in autofocus

The EOS-1D X Mark III is blisteringly fast – offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus and subject tracking – giving photographers a greater choice when it comes to the perfect shot selection. The camera’s new autofocus algorithm improves stability and tracking – with both optical viewfinder and Live View shooting – using deep learning technology to ensure accurate focus tracking for every shot. When using the optical viewfinder the EOS-1D X Mark III makes use of a new autofocus sensor offering approximately 28x the resolution in the centre of the sensor than the one in the EOS-1D X Mark II – the current go to camera for professional photographers.

Richard Heathcote, Senior Sports Photographer, Major Events, Getty Image said: “The new autofocus algorithm in the EOS-1D X Mark III takes subject tracking to a new level, with an intuitive controller and accurate results. It delivers as you would expect from the ultimate professional sports photography camera.” 

Offering expanded AF brightness range with greater precision, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a range of autofocus capabilities enabling photographers to get ‘the shot’. In Live View users can make use of 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system covering approximately 90×100 percent of the image sensor. Using the same AF algorithm as when shooting with the optical viewfinder, it ensures enhanced flexibility when framing subjects, whether it’s a race car on a track or a bird in flight. The EOS-1D X Mark III supports significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder (up to approx. 16fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to approx. 20fps mechanical or electronic shutter), in addition to this the camera’s CFexpress card slots enable five times the RAW burst depth of its predecessor.

Challenge creativity – capture everything

A clear example of Canon’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging with optically excellent technology, the EOS-1D X Mark III supports an all new, Canon-developed, CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor, delivering greater image quality, at even higher ISOs, with the ability to capture stills in 10bit using the HEIF file format. The power of 4K resolution brings stories to life with the capabilities to shoot cinematically with 4K movies including 4K60p with 10bit Canon Log internal recording. Reducing the amount of equipment needed for professionals on any given project, the EOS-1D X Mark III also shoots in RAW for both movie and stills.

Content delivery, quicker than ever before

For professionals, content delivery is just as important as image capture – the EOS-1D X Mark III makes it easy, featuring built-in Wi-Fi and low-energy Bluetooth in addition to GPS. To keep pace with ever-shortening deadlines, the camera transfers data at twice[i] the speed of the EOS-1D X Mark II when using the built in ethernet, or the new optional wireless file transmitter – the WFT-E9 – which is also compatible with Canon’s recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera. Coupled with simpler network set-up, the EOS-1D X Mark III greatly enhances the professional workflow.

An extension of the professional kit bag

Existing EOS-1D series users will be comfortable handling the EOS-1D X Mark III, allowing seamless navigation with trusted ergonomics – whilst the magnesium alloy body offers the durability expected from Canon’s EOS-1 cameras. Professional photographers can expect the same impressive build-quality as the EOS-1D X Mark II – phenomenal weather-sealing allows the camera to stand up to harsh conditions, including wind, rain and humidity. With incredible low-light shooting capabilities, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s illuminated buttons allow for precision operation in challenging, dark and dimly-lit conditions. The camera also offers a new additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition – further simplifying their work. Dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 – also allows professionals to shoot for longer periods of time, without having to change batteries, reducing the chance of missing a shot.

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Upgraded Ellie L-brackets from 3 Legged Thing

Press-release issued by 3 Legged Thing:

Announcing Upgrade to Ellie L-bracket System

* Press Release *

3 Legged Thing Announces Huge Upgrade to Ellie L-Bracket System

New 3 Legged Thing L Bracket verdsions
New 3 Legged Thing L Bracket versions

The British tripod and photo accessory manufacturer builds on the success of its Ellie L-bracket System with three alternative base options for ultimate universal compatibility.

STAGSDEN, ENGLAND – 24th October 2019

Following the success of Ellie, their highly-configurable, universal L-bracket, 3 Legged Thing has announced new versions of the L-bracket which offer improved battery door access on smaller camera bodies, as well as unique compatibility with camera clip systems, including Peak Design® Capture v3.

L-brackets are used to maintain the focal plane and a level horizon when switching from landscape to portrait on a tripod. Ellie was released in March 2019 and immediately became a global success for 3 Legged Thing. Ellie has an unprecedented level of functionality and two-axis adjustability, making it a firm favourite for photographers around the world.

“It was always the plan to expand upon the Ellie System,” explains 3LT Founder & CEO, Danny Lenihan. “The ultimate goal for any universal product is to make it truly universal, so this is a huge step forward. Creating an L-bracket with the ability to lock into Peak Design’s Capture system has been on my mind since we launched our first L-bracket in 2016, so I’m really excited that my little brand has innovated something globally unique.”

Three Legged Thing ELLIE-S-C-3450 L brackets
Three Legged Thing ELLIE-S-C-3450 L brackets

Danny continues: “The moment we launched Ellie there was a resounding call for a version to fit on smaller camera bodies, or those where the camera screw mount is near the battery door. In response we spent some time, primarily with mirrorless cameras, which led to the production of ELLIE SHORT. This new version retains all the functionality of its wider-based predecessor, but with a shorter base plate which better accommodates access to the battery door on some models from Fujifilm, Olympus, and smaller Canon consumer DSLRs.”

Alongside Ellie Short, 3 Legged Thing is also releasing BASE 70, a standalone base plate which can be used as a quick release plate on its own, or for existing Ellie owners, can replace the original base plate.

At the same time, 3 Legged Thing will also release BASE 85 – the original ELLIE base plate – as a standalone product. This provides a wider, stable base for users of larger DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and broadens 3LT’s release plate offering which already includes the Arca Swiss compatible QR4 and QR7.

Both BASE 70 and BASE 85 are made from aerospace grade anodised magnesium alloy. They feature a stainless steel ¼”-20 Stagsden camera screw, and rubberised pads to ensure a secure connection with the camera. They also have a slot at the end for attachment of camera straps.

A number of photographers prefer not to use a strap to carry their camera, instead they use clip systems which attach to belts or bags. The most popular of these is Peak Design’s Capture. It’s been a brand ambition to introduce Capture compatibility to an L-bracket, and as such 3 Legged Thing has now designed compatible universal L-Brackets which can be mounted into a clip system.

These L-brackets, expanded from the original design of Ellie, feature Peak Design geometry on the base that clips into a Capture v3 and can be locked in place. This “shoe” is also Arca Swiss compatible, and being square it has the added attraction of being able to mount in any one of four positions in any Arca-Swiss compatible clamp or head. The vertical aspect has the same design as Ellie, and features a space on one side for cable management. This space can be placed in one of four positions by rotating and/or inverting the upright.

The Capture v3-compatible brackets will be available in two sizes – ELLIE PD with an 85mm / 3.35” long base for standard DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and ELLIE PD SHORT with a 70mm / 2.75” base for smaller camera bodies or those where the screw thread is close to the battery door.

For photographers who wish to use a larger base plate, or current owners of Ellie who want to use the Peak Design Capture system, the new base plates are being made available for purchase separately. BASE 85 PD is the 85 mm length plate with the Capture shoe and BASE 70 PD is the shorter 70mm plate. These also feature a stainless steel ¼”-20 Stagsden camera screw, and rubberised pads to ensure a secure connection with the camera, as well as a slot at the end for strap attachment.

All versions of ELLIE and BASE are now available to pre-order with participating retailers, or at www.3leggedthing.com/ellie

Suggested retail prices are:

ELLIE SHORT – £61.99 / $64.99

ELLIE PD – £72.99 / $79.99

ELLIE PD SHORT £69.99 / $74.99

BASE 70 – £31.99 / $34.99

BASE 85 – £34.99 / $39.99

BASE 70 PD – £39.99 / $44.99

BASE 85 PD – £44.99 / $49.99.

Products are expected to be released in mid November 2019.

For a list of 3 Legged Thing retailers, visit www.3leggedthing.com/where-to-buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three new Sony E-mount full frame prime lenses from Tamron

Press release issued by Intro 2020:

Tamron announces three close-focusing fixed focal lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras

20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2Model F050

24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2Model F051

35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2Model F053

October 23, 2019. Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the launch of three fixed focal lenses for Sony E–mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050), the 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051), and the 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053).

Having already produced award-winning zoom lenses* in this mirrorless category, we turned our attention toward fixed focal lenses. When using a fixed focal lens, the photographer must decide the composition based on their distance from the subject.

This  puts  the joy of capturing the image exactly as envisioned and the pure fun of shooting on a different level. The three new models include a 20mm focal length (Model F050) to fully explore the world of ultra wide-angles, a 24mm focal length (Model F051) as the perfect general-purpose wide-angle lens, and the versatile 35mm focal length (Model F053) that is ideal for everyday/every subject use.

Developed under the concept of “letting as many as possible learn the joy of fixed focal lenses in a more accessible way,” each lens strikes a balance between gorgeous image rendering and superior operation. We managed to match the same filter size  (φ67mm) for all three fixed focal lenses as well as the two previously launched zooms and achieve our aim of compactness.

Furthermore, the 20mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses are all capable of focusing very close, to an unprecedented in this category magnification ratio of 1:2. Other features include Moisture-Resistant Construction (for outdoor shooting) and a Fluorine Coating on the front element for easy maintenance and fingerprint removal.

They also support various camera features offered by certain Sony cameras,  such as Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF, and offer a multitude of advanced functions to  ensure  a pleasant shooting experience and fantastic results.

This series of highly practical lenses lets photographers enjoy the photographic expression of wide-angle lenses, often regarded as the sweet spot for most photographic pursuits, plus unprecedented light weight and ful-blown performance.

*28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) standard zoom and 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046).

PRODUCT NAME DATE OF LAUNCH
24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051)

35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053)

 

December 2019

20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050) Launch planned by January 2020

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Enhanced close-focusing capability expands lens usefulness and versatility

These fixed focal lenses focus very close. The MOD (Minimum Object Distance) for the 20mm, 24mm and 35mm is 0.11m, 0.12m and 0.15m (4.3, 4.7 and 5.9 inches) respectively. Plus, the maximum magnification ratio for all three is 1:2. This remarkable performance allows users to create compositions that emphasize perspective (closer subjects are larger and distant ones are smaller) and that are unique to wide-angle lenses.

Being able to get in close is one of the most desirable specifications for a wide-angle lens. With dramatic closeup shooting performance for full-frame lenses, the series unleashes an unprecedented level of shooting freedom. Plus, by moving close to the subject, strongly blurred backgrounds are easier to attain.

2. A compact, lightweight 67mm filter diameter system offering excellent portability

Weighing in at 220g (7.8 oz) for the 20mm (Model F050), 215g (7.6 oz) for the 24mm (Model F051)  and 210g (7.4 oz) for the 35mm (Model F053), the lenses are exceptionally light, allowing photographers to enjoy shooting comfortably without hesitating about whether to  carry  the  lens. All three lenses combined weigh under 1.5 pounds (645g)! Meanwhile other lenses in Tamron’s lightweight full-frame mirrorless series such as the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036) standard zoom or 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046) ultra wide-angle zoom make the perfect companions to broaden the range of shooting possibilities.

As testament to their compactness, all three new models feature the same 67mm filter diameter as Tamron’s zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This significantly reduces cost and packing space when working with PL, ND and other filters. Even the front lens caps are the same  size, eliminating the hassle of sorting caps when switching lenses. These  features  combine  to produce a highly convenient and mobile system that adds more fun to photography.

3. Superb high-resolution performance that matches the latest high-resolution image sensors

The sophisticated optical formula created with the latest lens design technologies boasts exceptionally high rendering performance from edge to edge thanks to the optimal arrangement of LD (Low Dispersion) and GM (glass-molded aspherical) lens elements. Any remaining minor distortions sometimes common in wide-angle lenses are corrected using in-camera functions.

Additionally, Tamron’s legendary BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. With excellent resolving power achieved through uncompromising optical performance and camera-based distortion correction, these lenses can be used with complete confidence for a wide range of applications from casual family snaps to serious professional photography.

4. Consistent 64mm (2.5 in) overall length facilitates ease-of-use

All three lenses are the same length: 64mm (2.5 in). Achieving excellent balance with Sony E-mount cameras, these compact lenses employ a front element extension system but are designed to maintain the same exterior length during focusing operations. Therefore, there is less chance of an extended front element accidentally coming into contact with a subject during closeup shooting. And optional manual focusing is easier because the focus ring is positioned toward the front of the lens within natural reach of the thumb and index finger.

5. Silent autofocus driven by OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor

The AF drive system employs an OSD to ensure quiet operation. In comparison to conventional AF types with built-in DC motors, Tamron was able to greatly reduce the drive noise as well as vastly improve AF performance and speed. The lower  ambient  noise  level  is  sure  to  be appreciated by video shooters. Overall, this fixed focal  lens  series  provides  superlative  AF  precision for exact focus even when shooting  moving  subjects,  as  well  as  outstanding  accuracy and tracking capability. Additionally, this fixed focal  series  supports  various  AF  features  offered by certain Sony cameras, including Fast Hybrid AF, Eye AF, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to ensure a pleasant shooting experience.

6. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating

Environmental seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional  layer  of  protection  when  shooting  outdoors  under  adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing    for much easier maintenance. These protective features are keenly important for lenses that allow   you to get in close to a subject.

7. Compatible with main cameraspecific features and functions

All three of Tamron’s new fixed focal lenses are compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. These include the following:

-Fast Hybrid AF

-Eye AF

-Direct Manual Focus (DMF)

-In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)

-Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera’s instruction manual for details

* As of September, 2019

SPECIFICATIONS 

Model F050 F051 F053
Focal Length 20mm 24mm 35mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View

(diagonal)

94°30’ʹ 84°04’ʹ 63°26’ʹ
Optical Construction 10 elements in 9 groups 10 elements in 9 groups 9 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Object

Distance

0.11m (4.3 in) 0.12m (4.7 in) 0.15m (5.9 in)
Maximum

Magnification Ratio

1:2
Filter Size φ67mm
Maximum Diameter φ73mm
Length** 64mm
Weight 220g (7.8 oz) 215g (7.6 oz) 210g (7.4 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperture F/22
Standard Accessories Lens hood (Flower-shaped), Lens caps Lens hood (Cap-type),

Lens caps

Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

 

* for full-frame mirrorless format

** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

*** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

 

 

Huawei P30 Pro smartphone hands-on review

Huawei reinforces its claim to the smartphone photography crown with the new P30 Pro

Note the square lens on the left of the three camera lens array; that’s the folded optics telephoto. The fourth ToF camera is below the triple

Key points:

  • Quadruple cameras: three photo cameras plus a ToF (Time Of Flight) 3D sensing camera
  • No more mono camera
  • Radical new SuperSpectrum 40MP camera sensor enables remarkable low light capability
  • Longer 125mm (5x) telephoto lens thanks to clever folded optics
  • Mate 20 Pro style 16mm (0.6x) ultra wide-angle lens
  • Almost 100% 6.5 inch display apart from a ‘tear drop’ style micro-notch for the selfie-camera
  • On-screen optical fingerprint sensor (don’t worry it’s better than the Mate 20 Pro’s)
  • No 3D face-sensor (Mate 20 Pro) so face-unlock will be less-efficient and less-secure
  • Mate 20 Pro style extra-large 4200mAh battery and fast 40W Supercharging
  • Mate 20 Pro style wireless charging with reverse charge mode
Notice the 10x zoom indicator.

Improving on the already remarkable P20 Pro

A year ago Huawei built on its already established reputation for photography innovation in smartphones with the P20 Pro. This was the first triple-camera smartphone, featuring a 40 megapixel sensor and a mono camera, plus remarkable low-light capabilities. It also brought AI smartness to the fore.

Today, Huawei has unveiled the P30 Pro, and what a successor it is. I’ve had the privilege of being briefed by Huawei in advance, which included hands-on use of pre-production samples, though no images taken with these were allowed to be retained.

A radical new image sensor and a cleverly implemented telephoto camera, plus a fourth ToF camera/sensor, top the list of exciting new features the P30 Pro can boast. Here’s my hands-on preview:

Seeing in the dark and that new sensor

It was widely speculated that Huawei would opt for Sony’s new 38 megapixel Exmor RS IMX607, which features a modified Bayer filter array that incorporates white, as well as red, green and blue (RGB) pixel filters. White (colourless) filters increase light transmission and the effective sensitivity of the sensor.

Using the P30 Pro to shoot in almost complete darkness and this is the result.

 

The darkness test scene taken with a Mate 20 Pro

So imagine our surprise when we were told that the P30 Pro uses a sensor that substitutes all the green filters in the Bayer array for yellow filters. Yellow filters transmit substantially more light than green filters. You could call this a RYB filter.

Huawei says this enables the effective maximum ISO sensitivity rating of the sensor to be raised from ISO 102400 on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro to 409600 ISO, or two stops (EVs) extra sensitivity. That’s four times more sensitivity.

To back up this seemingly outlandish claim Huawei invited us to use pre-production P30 Pros in an almost completely darkened room. Lo and behold, the P30 Pro was able to record discernable images in what appeared to be almost total darkness.

I also tried a Mate 20 Pro at the same time and virtually nothing recorded on the image.

Under those conditions the picture quality wasn’t great but I’d certainly be thankful of being able to take a picture, without the need for flash, in certain circumstances, when a typical camera would be unable to.

I can’t wait to see for myself if the extra sensitivity of the sensor can be harnessed to improve quality in more realistic low light shooting conditions.

You might think that using yellow instead of green Bayer Filter Array pixels would be a recipe for chromatic disaster. While we were unable to bring shots taken with the pre-production sample devices away with us to show you in this preview article, examination of the P30 Pro results in-phone at the time revealed no obvious colour anomalies.

Indeed, top pro photographer and Leica ambassador, Alex Lambrechts, who has used the older P20 Pro extensively, told me the colour and tonal quality he has been seeing in P30 Pro images is discernibly better than the P20 Pro.

We just have to find out if that’s because the P30 Pro’s new 6.47 inch AMOLED display is better, or maybe the camera and the display are both improved. Alex also says the photographic aperture blur/bokeh effects are processed in a more pleasing way.

What is the ToF camera for?

We’ve already seen a ToF camera on Huawei’s sub-brand model, the Honor View20. Samsung followed this example in its Galaxy S10+.

So what is ToF? It stands for Time of Flight – think of it as a kind of radar or sonar using invisible LED or laser light, transmitted in pulses. This light is reflected back and the time it takes to return to the ToF camera sensor can be calculated in real time as a distance between the phone and whatever reflected it back to the phone.

ToF cameras are like digital cameras and they have thousands of sensor photosites and each one can record a distance value, building up a three-dimensional view of what the camera sees. And it can do this in real time.

It’s really accurate and potentially better than existing optical image-reliant measuring apps, like Google Measure. You will be able to use it to measure in one and two dimensions and also three, for volume.

ToF capability will also boost the power of AR (Augmented Reality) where 3D computer-generated animated graphics are blended with a real scene.

The Honor View20 prioritises the use of its ToF camera for gaming; you can model your own body and a game can then sense your body motion for real-time avatar control.

I understand that on the P30 Pro the ToF camera aids the optical cameras to more-precisely sense object boundaries so artificial background blur/aperture algorithms make less mistakes. I suspect that the ToF camera can also assist in focusing and object/scene sensing in dark conditions.

Folded telephoto optics

The P30 Pro’s extra-long 125mm (native optical 5x) equivalent telephoto lens camera would have required an unsightly lump in the phone’s otherwise slimline form. Telephoto lenses, by their very nature, have to be long. So Huawei and Leica went for a folded-optics arrangement.

Folded optic lenses in other more conventional digital cameras have also been around for a long time and for the same reason, to fit a powerful telephoto lens into a slim camera body.

This means the lens elements are stacked 90 degrees between the front and back of the device. A key benefit is that there is less of a compromise on the optical design forced on engineers trying to keep the optics as short as possible.

To enable the lens to see in the same direction as the other cameras, a 90 degree prism is used at the top of the lens stack, resembling a periscope. You can tell which is the tele lens because the prism is square rather than round on the camera array.

As far as I know this is a first for a contemporary smartphone. Apple did patent a folded optic layout for an iPhone optical zoom lens a couple of years back, though it hasn’t been demonstrated yet. The P30 Pro telephoto lens is a fixed-focal length lens, though seamless bybrid optical and digital zooming is possible in conjunction with the other cameras from 16mm (0.6x) to 125 mm (5x).  A lower resolution 10x tele mode is also provide and there is even a 50x mode for emergency use.

The P30 Pro’s telephoto camera has a resolution of 8MP, is optically stabilised (OIS) and has a native optical equivalence to a 125mm lens, or 5x the main 27mm (1x) 40MP camera lens. 10x and 50x digital zoom options are available. The ultra-wide camera is equivalent to a 16mm lens (full frame), or 0.6x.

There is another tweak to the main camera, which now has a faster (brighter) aperture of f/1.6 compared to f/1.8 on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro.

The P30 Pro next to a Mate 20 Pro

Comparing the P30 Pro with the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro

P30 Pro P20 Pro Mate 20 Pro
Screen size 6.5 inches 6.1 inches 6.4 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2240 1080 x 2240 (408ppi) 1440 x 3120 (538 ppi)
Curved edge display Yes No Yes
Camera 1 40MP SuperSpectrum 27mm f/1.6 (1x) 40MP 1/1.7” 27mm f/1.8 (1x) 40MP 1/1.7” 27mm f/1.8 (1x)
Camera 2 20 MP 1/2.7” 16mm ultrawide f/2.2 (0.6x) 20MP 1/2.7” 27mm f/1.6 MONO (1x) 20 MP 1/2.7” 16mm ultrawide f/2.2 (0.6x)
Camera 3 8MP 135mm f/3.4 OIS (5x) 8MP 1/4” 80mm f/2.4 OIS (3x) 8MP 1/4” 80mm f/2.4 OIS (3x)
ToF camera sensor Yes (back facing) N/A Front facing proximity
Selfie camera 32MP 24MP 26mm f/2.0 24MP 26mm f/2.0
Face/selfie depth sensor N/A N/A IR dot projector
Laser focusing Yes Yes Yes
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 980 HiSilicon Kirin 970 HiSilicon Kirin 980
Battery 4200 mAh 4000 mAh 4200 mAh
Supercharging 40W 22.5W 40W
Wireless charging 15W with reverse mode N/A 15W with reverse mode
Headphone socket No No No
Fingerprint sensor In-display (improved) Front below display In-display
Water/dust resistance IP68 IP67 IP68

 

Other features

Fingerprint sensor

The in-screen fingerprint sensor on the Mate 20 Pro was a cool entry on the features list and a headline-grabber, but in reality it was slower and less-reliable than the P20 Pro’s conventional scanner built into a button-like pad below the display.

Huawei P30 Pro showing in-screen fingerprint scan position

The P30 Pro also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner but I am cautiously optimistic it has been significantly improved after trying it on a pre-production device. It’s also further down the display, which – personally – I feel is a more sensible position.

 

I certainly hope my initial impressions are confirmed because the P30 Pro doesn’t inherit the 3D face sensing IR dot projector of the Mate 20 Pro, which makes that phone fast and secure at face-unlocking, even in darkness.

The P30 Pro relies solely on the selfie-camera, which is less secure and not likely to work in low light.

Power

The P30 Pro borrows all the power goodies from the Mate 20 Pro, including the huge 4200 mAh battery, 40W charger, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging so you can top-up other devices from your phone. With Huawei’s more efficient HiSilicon Kirin 980 chip-set, more processing grunt isn’t at the cost of huge battery drain.

Display

Resolution remains at 1080 x 2240 for the AMOLED screen, which is marginally larger (6.47 inches) than the P20 Pro, so you don’t get the super-fine res display of the Mate 20 Pro, but it’s an impressive looking display, nonetheless.

Huawei P30 Pro

It’s also a curved-edge display, which may polarise opinion. I like this because it makes Android Pie 9 gesture navigation from the sides of the display more comfortable. However, it will severely limit your choice of screen protector options.

Miscellaneous

The Infra red transmitter or IR Blaster has been retained, however, rumours that a headphone socket had made a return are only half-correct; the lower-spec P30 (not the Pro version) gets the headphone socket.

Huawei are constantly tempting us with mesmerising new colours and the P30 Pro has a suitably cool selection, including a pearlescent white, which is my favourite.

Initial conclusion

As a photographer, the radical new RYB sensor and the folded optics 125mm telephoto, with Leica genes, is very exciting indeed. I’ll post my feedback on using a production device as soon as possible; we’ll be provided with a production P30 Pro for testing after today’s launch event.

The loss of the P20 Pro’s mono camera will frustrate some. It’s a polarising issue, but my personal view is that I can convert colour to mono effectively in post-processing, with especially good results when shooting RAW. Therefore, the ultra-wide camera, first introduced with the Mate 20 Pro, is very much worth the change. But I do concede this view is not universal.

The fact that the P30 Pro gets much of what was, until now, exclusive to the Mate 20 Pro is also very welcome.

I’m also looking forward to finding out what the fourth ‘camera’ – the ToF camera/sensor contributes and if it makes noticeable improvements to the photographic capabilities of the P30 Pro.

There’s so much to report back on! Watch this space.