Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 Wide Prime Lens Review

December 15th, 2012 226 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

Olympus Imaging Australia announced the development of the new M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 wide-angle prime lens.
The 34mm equivalent M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 will utilise a high-performance optical design and a premium metal exterior. Its fast f1.8 aperture is ideal for natural and low-light wide-angle photography of various kinds, including street photography and reportage.
A design mockup of this lens will be exhibited at Photokina 2012, the world’s largest photographic and imaging equipment trade fair in Cologne, Germany, from September 18th to 23rd, 2012.
The M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8 is expected to be available in the first half of 2013 The corners on full-frame are soft at f/2 and f/2.8, get good at f/4 and f/5.6, and therefore are sharp by f/8.

Pentax Optio LS465 Review

September 1st, 2012 56 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

PENTAX  is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Optio LS465. The new Optio LS465 not only offers a host of advanced, user-friendly features but it also comes in an eye-catching compact casing that is perfect for any occasion.

The Optio LS465 is much smaller and lighter than conventional compact cameras without compromising on image quality.  The LS465 weights just 104g with dimensions of 10.2 x 4.6 x 1.8cm making its unique compact body the perfect pocket sized camera. The user can easily change the camera’s appearance to match their style, mood or occasion by simply attaching one of the 10 stylish acrylic inserts included with the camera. It features 16 effective megapixels, a 5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage, and full HD movie recording.

By combining size and style with a host of imaging tools, the Optio LS465 makes high-quality digital photography fun and effortless.

The Optio LS465 is available in: Sapphire black, Ruby pink and Amethyst purple.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm Review

June 16th, 2012 92 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

While I hope to create a full Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools available on the site. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for me to post information and standard results for the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens.

If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle groups to ultra-high-power zoom shots, look no further than the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Boasting the longest reach of any NIKKOR all-in-one zoom lens, it delivers the equivalent of 450mm – enough reach to bring the most distant action up close. Nikon’s second generation VR II technology ensures every photo and HD video is razor-sharp, and Nikon’s advancements in lens design deliver consistent, exceptional performance in any setting. It’s also great for close-up shooting. Even more amazing, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR does all this in a surprisingly compact, lightweight lens.

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS Review

February 18th, 2012 192 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Canon’s PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS feature 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom lenses with 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS). Canon’s ZoomPlus further extends the reach of each lens to 39x.

The new Intelligent IS technology selects the most appropriate IS settings from seven (Intelligent IS modes include: Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Dynamic & Macro IS, and Tripod Mode) modes for steady, blur-free shots. While Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto mode which now detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result. The camera’s also feature Advanced Multi-area White Balance technology which detects multiple light sources and corrects the colour balance for each, removing unsightly colour casts to give more natural results.

Lensbaby Scout With Fisheye Optic Review

May 28th, 2011 101 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

Scout, the first Lensbaby lens that does not bend, features the Fisheye Optic, which delivers an ultra-wide 12mm focal length capable of capturing a 160 degree angle of view from infinity all the way down to 1/2 inch from the front of the lens. The Fisheye Optic can also create unique flare effects in an image.

“The Scout is for adventurous photographers wanting an easy to use fisheye lens combined with the creative freedom of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby president and co-founder. “We chose to combine the straight-shooting, non-bending Scout with our 12mm Fisheye Optic so that Lensbaby users could have a simple, affordable, and fun way to play with the Fisheye’s creative flare and eye-opening close focus.”

Due to the extremely wide angle of view of the Fisheye Optic, full frame shooters will generally see a black circle around almost the entire image, and APS-sized sensor shooters will see black at the corners of their images. With Scout, the Fisheye image is always ideally situated in the center of the frame.