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 unveiled the Laowa Magic Shift Converter (MSC) for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. The Laowa Magic Shift Converter is a lens adapter built with a patented optics system, which expands the image circle of the ultra-wide angle lenses. The shift mechanism on the adapter takes advantage of the enlarged image circle and shifts the camera sensor along the axis. The MSC is specially designed for the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens and it converts the lens into a 17mm f/4 Zero-D lens with +/- 10mm shift capability. It comes with a close-to-zero distortion feature. Additionally, the MSC comes with a 360° rotation structure which allows the user to shoot in both horizontal and portrait orientation. The lens structure includes 5 elements in 4 groups. Its dimensions are 69.6 x 44.1mm and weighs about 360g. The Laowa Magic Shift Converter's Canon variant is currently available on the official website of Venus Optics (http://www. venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. The shipment of its Nikon variant is expected in two months.
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.