Band Pro Unveils New Line of IB/E Macro Lenses

IB/E Macro

Band Pro announced three new IB/E macro lenses. The lenses cover a full-frame sensor and come with three focal lengths: 100mm, 150mm, and 180mm.

As my friends at DicaHub (translated) points out, the lenses support PL mount, but have “adjustable flange focal distance”, which appears to mean that they will have interchangeable lens mounts. Canon EF and other mount types should hence be supported.

Press release:

Band Pro Unveils New Line of IB/E Macro Lenses

IB/E President, Klaus Eckerl and Band Pro President & CEO, Amnon Band unveiled a new line of professional APO Macro FF lenses at Band Pro’s One World Open House event on December 10th, 2015.

The new macro lenses were designed to address the industry-wide movement toward larger format sensors (including RED Weapon 6K and 8K, Sony A7, and ARRI ALEXA 65 cameras).  These larger sensors deliver a convincing film-look and interesting bokeh due to their very shallow depth of field, and require lenses that can cover their larger camera sensor sizes.

The new APO Macro FF lens family consists of 3 focal lengths: 100mm, 150mm, and 180mm.  The lenses feature full frame (24mm x 36mm) coverage, 1:1 magnification, consistent T-stop T2.9, as well as robust and durable cine mechanics.  Based in Germany, IB/E is a globally respected optics manufacturer known for cutting edge expanders, adapters, and lenses, including the new Arri 65 lenses.

APO Macro FF lenses will be available Summer 2016.

IB/E Macro

Amnon noted at the event: “Today’s announcement is a continuation of what Band Pro has always done.  From the early days of Zeiss DigiPrimes, to our involvement with the Leica Summilux-C project, to the new IB/E Macro FF lenses, Band Pro has always lead the way for embracing new technologies.

To preorder the new APO Macro FF lens set, or for more information, please contact Band Pro at 1-888-BAND-PRO or by emailing [email protected] .

[via Band Pro via DicaHub]

Venus Optics announces the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angle 1:1 Macro lens, world’s widest 1:1 macro lens

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Venus Optics announced the world’s widest 1:1 macro lens, the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angle 1:1 Macro. The Laowa 15mm f/4 wide-angle macro lens is currently available at authorized resellers and at the English official website (http://www.venuslens.net). The recommended retail price is at USD 479. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Pre-order starts from today and shipping will start from late July. Sample photos are here.

Specs:

  • 110 degrees of view angle
  • 1:1 macro ability with infinity focus
  • +/- 6mm Shift ability
  •  12 elements in 9 groups with 3 pieces of High Refractive elements and 1 piece of Extra-low dispension lens
  • Multi-layer low-reflective coatings to avoid unnecessary flare
  • Carefully control on the sharpness both in the centre and the edge.
  • Limited barrel distortion
  • 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture
  • Flat Front element surface for filter installation.
  • The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.
  • Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Sony FE & Pentax K mounts are available.
  • Full Frame Sensor Supported

The first 1:1 Macro lens with a 110° angle of view. It offers an impactful and unprecendented macro photography experience.

Anhui China, Jun 12, 2015 – Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer who had launched the world’s first 2:1 Macro Lens in last Sept, has just released the world’s widest Macro lens for full frame cameras, Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angled 1:1 Macro Lens.

The new Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens is the first lens in the market which posseses a ultra wide angle of view and 1:1 Macro ability. This allows photographers from around the world to start experiencing the rather undeveloped field of ‘Wide Angle Macro Photography’ without using an extension tube. Macro Lenses currently in the market tends to have a mid to long focal length and it limits users to take very close-up shots on the insect or flowers, without showing much of the background details like its habitat or environment.

The new Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens features an ultra wide angle of view of 110 degrees with 1:1 maximum magnification. Photographers can focus very close to the subject and let the foreground dominates in the photo but at the same time, have the background telling viewers about where and how the subject lives. You picture will immdiately become very informative and intriguing.

The lens can also serve as an excellent ultra-wide angle lenses with infinity focus for cameras with full frame sensors. A shift mechanism is added at the rear end of the lens with a maximum adjustment of +/- 6mm, which is extremely useful for landscape/architecture photography for distortion correction.

The lens houses with 12 elements in 9 groups with 3 pieces of High Refractive elements and 1 piece of Extra-low dispersion elements to deliver crystal sharpness both in the center and the edge. Barrel Distortion was also carefully controlled. 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view. The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, Sony FE and Pentax K mounts are available.

Sample photos and videos can be found in our English website (http://www.venuslens.net)

Pricing and Availability
The Laowa 15mm f/4 wide-angle macro lens is currently available at authorized resellers and at the English official website (http://www.venuslens.net). The recommended retail price is at USD 479. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Pre-order starts from today and shipping will start from late July.

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Laowa 15mm

Canon Deals Of The Day: EOS 6D, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Rebel T3i

Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.4% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens on sale for . Bonus items: UV filter and camera and lens cleaning kit. Free shipping, limited quantity at this price.

The same seller 6ave has the Canon EOS 6D body only on sale for . Bonus items: two spare batteries, charger, case, and a no-name 32GB memory card. Free shipping, limited stock.

eBay seller blinq (99.5% positive feedbacks) has the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens on sale for . New item in original packaging. Free shipping, full warranty.

Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) body only on sale for . Free shipping, USA model and warranty.

Finally, 6ave has the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens on sale for . Bonus items: UV filter and camera and lens cleaning kit. Free shipping, limited quantity at this price.

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review (The Phoblographer)

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review
Image: The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer reviewed the Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM. It’s nice to see that Sigma is delivering this lens with a padded lens case (a good one, with shoulder strap). From the review:

The Sigma 180mm is a highly impressive lens. Not only has Sigma added their 4-stop OS (Optical Stabilization) system to their existing 180mm macro, they managed to pry open to aperture to f/2.8 up from f/3.5 (where most 180mm macro lenses fall). They have also added 3 FLD elements (similar to Fluorite) to the lens to help combat Chromatic Aberrations (commonly referred to as: CA). All of this results in a lens that is exceptionally sharp, capable of true 1:1 macro magnification and able to be hand-held at speeds well below 1/200 (where one would normally have to shoot this focal length for an acceptably sharp exposure).

Pluses

  • Impressive sharpness
  • Accurate AF
  • Excellent macro capabilities
  • Accurate AF (wait didn’t I already say that? Yeah, it’s that important)
  • Very usable stabilization system

Minuses

  • Somewhat heavy
  • Somewhat specialized (potentially limited uses)
  • Quite expensive at $1699 (at time of this writing)

The Phoblographer’s review has sample images and more information about the Sigma Macro 180mm.

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review

Product description (B&H):

The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon) is a high-speed macro lens offering a magnification ratio of 1:1 and a focal length of 180mm. This lens is compatible with the Canon EF mount for use on full-frame and APS-C DSLRs.

This lens incorporates 3 FLD glass elements for color aberration corrections, as well as a floating inner focusing system to reduce other aberrations such as field curvature and distortion, resulting in accurate scene rendition from 1:1 magnification to infinity. A Super Multi-Layer coating helps to eliminate ghosting and flare as well as produce images with more contrast and sharpness. The rounded 9 blade diaphragm also provides an appealing bokeh, especially when photographing at the maximum aperture or at 1:1 magnification.

The integrated OS (Optical Stabilizer) system permits users to photograph handheld with shutter speeds up to 4 stops lower than usually possible. An HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) is also incorporated into the design, ensuring quiet and quick auto focusing and manual focus capabilities.

High-speed f/2.8 180mm macro lens provides 1:1 magnification ratio.

FLD glass elements and a floating inner focusing system help to correct for color aberration, field curvature, and image distortion.

Multi-layer coating reduces ghosting and flare and provides greater contrast and color fidelity.

Rounded 9 blade diaphragm produces an attractive out of focus quality.

Integrated Optical Stabilizer system permits users to photograph handheld with shutter speeds up to 4 stops lower than usually possible.

A Hyper Sonic Motor is incorporated into the lens design, ensuring quiet and quick auto focusing and manual focus capabilities.

 

[Pre-Order] New Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS Available For Pre-Order

Both Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here) have the brand new Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS ready for your pre-ordering pleasure. Price tag is $499. The lens has a wide zoom range and covers wide angle, telephoto and macro photography. One size fits all! Moreover: minimum focusing distance is 35cm. The lens is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), a material that has characteristics similar to metal (and thus avoids problems with thermal contraction). The OS (Optical Stabilizer) is said (by Sigma) to give you 4 stops. What else? The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor for fast and silent focusing, maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.9. For a hands-on by ephotozine click here.

Focal Length 18mm – 250mm
Angle of View 6.5° – 76.5°
Max Aperture f/3.5 – f/6.3
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 62mm
Min Focus
35cm
Elements 16
Groups 13

Press Release

Sigma Corporation of America announces new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens

Sigma Corporation of America announces new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens
New Thermally Stable Composite material offers wide range of photography in compact, stabilized, macro lens

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[Deal] Discounted Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Bundle & Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Bundle

Adorama has the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens discounted at $199 (click here), and even better: the lens comes with some useful accessories, such as a Tiffen 58mm UV Filter, a Lens Cap Leash, and a Professional Lens Cleaning Kit. Hurry up ’cause such deals usually won’t last long (click here to see al Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG deals). Technical specifications:

Construction 10 Groups /14 Elements
Angle of view 34.3°-8.2°
F stop range 22-32
Closest Focusing Distance 150 macro (95)cm/59.1 macro (37.4)”
Maximum Magnification Macro (1:2)
Filter Size 58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) 4.7″ x 2.9″
Weight 545g / 19.2oz.

Cool travel lens IMO. Free shipping in the US.

There is more. Adorama also has a nice EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM kit available (see pic below). The kit includes a Tiffen 77mm Wide Angle Filter Kit, a Lens Cap Leash and a Professional Lens Cleaning Kit. The whole bundle is yours for $1,099 (click here)