Sony Released A New Pro Lens, The Redesigned Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II

Sony FE 70-200mm

A new Sony lens for professional photographers. The Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II has been redesigned and comes with a new optical formula.

At a glance:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One XA & One Aspherical Elements
  • Four ED Elements & Two Super ED Elements
  • Nano AR Coating II
  • 4 XD Linear AF Motors
  • Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm

Preorders are live at B&H Photo ($2,798).

Gordon from Camera Labs already had the chance to test the lens.

Sony press release:

Sony Electronics Continues to Redefine Excellence in Imaging with the Introduction of the new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II

Sony Electronics – 10/13/2021

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –Sony Electronics Inc. announced the newest lens in their G Master lineup – the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II, which delivers an extraordinary combination of resolution and bokeh as well as unequalled AF (autofocus) performance known to Sony’s G Master design.

“Sony is always listening to our customers. Thanks to feedback from users around the world, including leading professionals, Sony continues to develop and evolve the G Master lineup,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is lightweight and offers outstanding handling in any shooting situation. The newest addition to our G Master series will make a perfect telephoto zoom addition to any creator’s kit who is looking to maximize their gear potential for both stills and video.”

Designed to perfectly pair with Sony’s E-mount camera bodies, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II not only offers outstanding optical quality and advanced AF performance, but it is the lightesti F2.8 70-200mm zoom in the world and allows for unprecedented shooting freedom and flexibility. Sony continues to strengthen the Alpha system with this newest addition to the broadest selection of mirrorless lenses on the market as the 65th lens in its E-mount lens lineup.

New Levels of Performance
The new FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II delivers outstanding image quality with high resolution and clarity. Users can expect a clean and clear image from corner to corner throughout the entire zoom range, even when the aperture is wide open. Thanks to the two aspherical lens elements, including one XA (extreme aspherical) element manufactured to 0.01-micron surface precision, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II effectively controls distance-related aberration variations to ensure outstanding resolution throughout the image area.

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also employs two ED (extra-low dispersion) spherical glass elements and two Super ED spherical glass elements to significantly reduce chromatic aberration without color bleeding. This lens also includes an ED aspherical element for the first time in an Alpha system lens, which simultaneously suppresses chromatic and spherical aberration, common issues in other telephoto lenses.

Smooth, beautiful bokeh is made possible by a large F2.8 maximum aperture and a newly developed 11-blade circular aperture unit. In addition, the lens’ advanced optical design including an XA element thoroughly suppresses the unwanted ‘onion ring’ effect, further enhancing the bokeh. The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II also offers excellent close-up performance with deep bokeh. The minimum focusing distance is just 15.7 inches (0.4 meters) at 70mm and 32.3 inches (0.82 meters) at 200mm, with a maximum magnification of 0.3x. Moreover, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II can be easily paired with Sony’s high-performance 1.4x or 2.0x teleconverteriii to extend the lens’ focal length to 400mmiv at an F5.6 aperture, all while maintaining its G Master quality.

To avoid any unwanted flare and ghosting in challenging lighting conditions, Sony’s original Nano AR Coating II produces a uniform anti-reflection coating on the surface of the lens. In addition, the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II’s optical design also effectively suppresses internal reflections to improve clarity.

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Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS In Stock At Canon Store

Canon RF 14-35mm F/4L IS

Not easy to find the Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS lens. The Canon Store now has it in stock.

At a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three UD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Air-Sphere and Fluorine Coatings
  • Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The Canon Store has the recently announced RF 14-35mm f/4L IS in stock and ready to ship at $1,699. Do you want this lens? Then act fast.

World-wide links (good luck):

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK

Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 Sells for Whooping $580000 At Auction

Canon EF 1200mm F/5.6

You wanted this lens and have more than a half of a million US Dollars? Sorry, you are too late.

At a glance:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 1200mm f/5.6
  • Lens Construction 13 elements in 10 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View 2° 05′
  • Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance 14m / 45.9 ft.
  • Filter Size 48mm Drop-In
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 9.0 x 32.9, 36.4 lbs. / 228.0 x 836.0mm, 16,500g

The Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 was sold for $580,000 at Wetzlar Camera Auctions:

Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM, 1997 – the world’s largest interchangeable SLR autofocus lens, in terms of both focal length and maximum aperture – available on special order only, each lens was produced after it was actually sold – the annual production volume was approximately two lenses, each lens took more than a year to be built, due to the time required growing its massive fluorite crystals – only very few specimens are known to exist today – offered for sale at our coming auction on October 09th 2021 in Wetzlar!

If you are rich and have money to throw away, why not purchase a Leica camera? They have a Sony sensor and everyone will know you have more bucks than you need.

Canon Announces A Black Color Version Of The PowerShot Zoom

Canon PowerShot Zoom

Remember the Canon PowerShot Zoom? Canon’s concept camera with a 100-400mm optical zoom? Here is a black color version, but I guess only for the Asia market.

PowerShot Zoom at a glance:

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 100-400mm Equivalent Optical Zoom
  • One-Touch Switchable Zoom
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 2x Digital Zoom, 800mm Equivalent
  • USB Type-C Port, microSD Card Slot

The black color Canon PowerShot Zoom will be available in December 2021. This seems to be for the Asian X-mas business. Canon PowerShot Zoom coverage is listed here.

[via asobinet.com]

It Seems Canon Is Discontinuing EF/EF-S Lenses One After The Other

Canon EF 40mm Canon Rf Lens Rumor

Canon appears to be rather active in discontinuing their EF and EF-S lenses at fast speed. Latest reports state that more lenses have been retired.

asobinet.com reports a tweet by photographer Kimio Tanaka, stating that Canon is discontinuing EF and EF-S lenses (machine translated):

CANON’s EF / EF-S lenses for SLR cameras are “low in stock” and “discontinued” at a tremendous speed (that is, production has been discontinued, and the rest is only in market stock).
Currently, about 70 are “on sale”, but about 25 of them are treated as discons. I don’t want to think of a single-lens reflex camera as a light in front of the wind, but the remaining expectation is PENTAX. I want you to do your best.

Nozomi Tanaka (@thisistanaka) October 12, 2021

The EF 40mm F2.8 and EF 85mm F1.2L II show up as discontinued, according to asobinet.com (the latter is not in stock at B&H). it seems Canon’s stock of EF and EF-S lenses is shrinking pretty quickly. The future is the RF mount, that seems ascertained.

Canon Adds The RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye To List Of Gear With Supply Issues

RF 5.2mm F/2.8L

Canon added the recently announced RF 5.2mm f/2.8L dual fisheye lens to the list of gear with supply issues.

Here is the full list:

We have received more orders than expected for each of the following products, and it will take some time before delivery.

We thank you for your many orders and apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.

[Applicable products]

・ RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 IS USM

・ RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM

・ RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM

・ RF600mm F4 L IS USM

・ Ring type tripod mount E (B)

・ RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM

・ EOS R3

・ Eye cup ER-h

・ Eye cup ER-hE

・ Strap ER-L1

・ RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM

・ RF16mm F2.8 STM

・ Lens hood EW-65C

・ Multi-accessory shoe adapter AD-E1

・ Speedlight transmitter ST-E10

・ Multi-accessory shoe directional stereo microphone DM-E1D

・ Multi-accessory shoe Smartphone link adapter AD-P1

・ RF5.2mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE