Sony has revealed a new G-Master 100-400mm zoom, as an ideal complement to the new superfast sports camera A9 which was launched today. To answer the need for longer focal-length lenses for its new £4500 mirrorless camera, the new zoom will be available in June for approximately £2500. The variable maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6 is slightly disappointing, but it means the price and weight can be kept down. Sony's official information says:
Zeiss has added a new 135mm f/2.8 lens to its Batis family of full-frame autofocus optics for Sony E mount. There’s built-in optical image stablisation and an OLED display in a metal housing which is weather resistant. The lens will be available in May for £1749.99/ $1999. Zeiss’ official information says:
Legendary German manufacturer Leica has unveiled a range of nine lenses suitable for the largest sensor cameras. Available in a PL mount, the new Thalia lenses are based on Leica’s medium format stills camera lenses and have super-smooth bokeh due to their unique lens iris design. Prices haven’t yet been announced, but they aren’t going to be cheap! The full information says:
The new Schneider-Kreuznach Cine-Tilt lenses allow you to capture images you simply can't by any other lens, as you can tilt the plane of focus. What does that mean in practice? Well, check out their official launch video and see for yourself!
We'll be bringing you a test of one of the new Cine-Tilt lenses in the next Pro Moviemaker magazine, too. The official information reads:
Schneider-Kreuznach introduces Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt lenses to enhance today’s dynamic cinematography. These groundbreaking new lenses combine a similar form factor and capabilities as the company’s popular full-frame primes with an added tilt function up to ±4°. By sustaining the field of view during focus and tilt actions, the new cine-tilt design means that previously unimaginable images can be taken by moving and tilting the focus plane.
The new lenses make it possible to capture out-of-focus areas in the frame, especially when using tilt with a large aperture. A 4° tilt angle on the sensor plane corresponds to an 80° focal plane, which varies according to the selected focal length and aperture setting.
Like Schneider-Kreuznach’s standard Xenon FF-Primes, the new version answers today’s practical needs for full-frame imagery beyond 4K in a lightweight and compact, uniform housing. The color-matched lenses feature minimized breathing and a bokeh reminiscent of classic Hollywood. Designed and built in Germany, the new design incorporates sophisticated mechanics for smooth and accurate tilt action. The tilt of the lens is controlled via a high-precision ring with 120° rotation that is as intuitive to operate as pulling focus. Thanks to the common 0.8 module gear, the Cine-Tilt can be used with standard follow-focus systems.
Schneider-Kreuznach’s Cine-Tilt lenses offer the multifold benefits of standard Xenon FF-Primes plus tilt functionality, so there is no need to swap lenses during a shot. With the tilt set at 0°, the Cine-Tilt lenses provide identical images to the standard FF-Primes. The homogenous set comprises focal lengths of 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm – all with T2.1.
Schneider-Kreuznach’s Cine-Tilt FF-Primes will be available in a Sony E-mount this spring, either individually or as a set.
Thieves broke into Veydra’s offices in California last night and made off with more the 200 Mini Prime cinema lenses – virtually all the company’s stock.
“We are offering a reward for any information leading to return of Veydra Mini Prime lenses from our inventory. This many lenses should be noticeable so if you see any crazy deals on Veydra, help us recover our stolen goods,” said a Veydra statement.
Veydra say lenses will be available again soon but warns there may be delays as the build up their stocks again.
The bare shelves of Veydra's stockroom after the theft
Los Angeles-based cinematographer Jay Holben attended the Hollywood launch of Fujifilm’s ground breaking new MK lens family and he sent Pro Moviemaker back this exclusive report from the event.
Fujifilm is targeting independent filmmakers with a pair of high-tech E-mount cine lenses that are smaller, lighter and promise to be more affordable than their premium broadcast cine lens range.
Best known for its stills-based cameras and very high-end Fujinon cine lenses, the Japanese firm has come up with a pair of manual focus zooms that retain the optical quality of their bigger brothers but are smaller and more affordable. The US price of the first lens to be launched, the MK18-55mm, is $3799. No UK price has yet been set.
The lenses are the MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm, both with a maximum speed of T/2.9 right through the whole zoom range. They will be available in the Sony E mount but a Fuji X-mount version will follow in the future. Initially the 18-55mm will hit the shops first with the 50-135mm out in the summer.
Both lenses are for Super 35 rather than full-frame cameras, so are ideal for cameras like the Sony FS7 and FS5. The official press release reads: