Leica News from Photokina 2014

Sean and Diana Cranor of Camera West and the Leica Store San Francisco are in Cologne, Germany, checking out the latest products. They recently blogged about all the new Leica products announced just this week. Check it out here : http://www.leicastoresf.com/blog/photokina-2014-news-and-products-from-leica/

And check out all  the details of the new equipment on the Leica Store SF site : http://www.leicastoresf.com

New Lenses from Canon

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

In addition to the EOS 7D Mark II, Canon announced three new lenses. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. The EF 400mm f/4 II weighs half of what its EF 400mm f/2.8L counterpart does, and claims four additional stops of shutter speed thanks to Canon’s optical image stabilization.

The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM also claims four additional stops of shutter speed. Canon calls the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 the slimmest and lightest EF-S lens the company has ever produced. Like the 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 it includes a stepping motor for quiet autofocus performance.

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM will be available in November for $6899. Also available in November, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM will cost $149.99. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will be available in December for $599.99.

New Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro

Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro.

This weather-proof lens offers a field of view equivalent to 80-300mm, an advanced dual-linear motor focusing system, and internal zoom so the length of the lens never changes.

Another feature is the lens hood, that collapses onto the lens using a twist-locking system instead of forcing you to screw and unscrew it.The lens is set to arrive in November and will be priced at $1,400.

Just Announced – Canon 7D Mark II

The long awaited successor to the Canon 7D was just announced at Photokina. The EOS 7D Mark II features a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, increased from the 7D’s 18MP. It also uses the next-generation Dual Pixel AF, 65 all cross-type points, as well as shoots at 10 fps burst shooting rate.

Also included is 1080/60p HD video recording and a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor. ANd like the original, has a pop-up built-in flash.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II will be available in November body-only for $1799. Bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM it will cost $2149.

New Hyper-Telephoto Zoom Lenses from Sigma

Today at Photokina, Sigma has announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lenses that celebrate significant optical and build advancements. The two lens designs vary in size and use, and add to the company’s impressive roster of Contemporary and Sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.

The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.

Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature dust and splash-proof features, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography. Two new switches were added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance. An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF. The lenses are compatible with Sigma’s newly announced lineup of Global Vision teleconverters, which are effective up to F/8.