Nikon Corp. has released a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens, AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR for full-frame D-SLR cameras. The lens employs a stepping motor to the AF drive to realise high speed and quiet shutter release, also important to videography. The lens is equipped with optical vibration reduction (VR) function giving about 4.5-step advantage. It is also equipped with a SPORT mode to photograph fast-moving subjects. The lens consists of 18 elements in 14 groups, including one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element to correct chromatic aberrations. The closest shooting distance is 1.2m for the entire zoom. The lens is also designed as ‘antidust and antisplash’. The maximum diameter is 80.5mm, length 146m and weighs about 680g. Suggested list price: 94,000 yen.
Venus Optics recently announced the launch of Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. Currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens in the market, it is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. Weighing around 500g (~1.1 pounds), the lens is 8 cm long and comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extralow dispersion elements. It provides an extreme 110° angle of view and ultrafast f/2 aperture. The lens provides a super close focussing distance of 15cm and is specially designed to remove the optical distortion commonly exist in wide angle lenses at infinity focus. The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers at an approximate retail price of USD 849.
India’s first online digital platform ‘Pixlent.com’ was launched on the occasion of World Photography Day in Pune by landscape & fine art photography expert, Lalit Deshmukh at Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium. Pixlent.com is conceptualised and designed by Dr. Yashodhan Joshi. In the inaugural speech he said, “The main motive behind this concept is to develop the skills behind the lens and to bring aspiring photographers and passionate photography experts together for the sole purpose of professional photo reviews and critiquing”. The first segment of the launching event had a group discussion amongst Pixlent experts who are also some of the best names in photography. It was moderated by Prashant Desai. The topics for the discussion were: What goes into taking a good shot and how to give your photo the extra edge. The experts also shared their stories and talked on the journey of Film Photography to Digital Photography. The second segment of the program contained Live Photo Critiquing On Pixlent.com by Lalit Deshmukh and fashion and glamour photographer Sameer Belvalkar. Experts also answered the questions asked by the audience. The program ended with the vote of thanks given by Sameer Belvalkar. The show was hosted by Tejashri Dharane.