Canon has a new batch of rebates including their top L grade lenses you can buy. The Canon 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses are excellent and versatile pieces of glass - sharp, excellent in low light and a pair of lenses coveted by wedding, event and portrait photographers. The Canon 100mm Macro is a close-up dream lens for macro shots such as rings, product photography, and can still do portraits if you're in a pinch. Check the B&H rebates page out, Canon has deals on these lenses and more!
Sony has introduced a new full-frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens for their E-mount camera system.Additionally, Sony has released pricing and ship timing for the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens, 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters plus their new wireless lighting control system.
Full-frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA
Keeping track of Sony's 50mm-ish lenses? We now have this 50mm f/1.4 (retailed $1500), 55mm f/1.8 (so sharp and $998) and the newish Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens ($248.00)The new one does offer on lens aperture control and like the 85 G master f/1.4 I expect this to be very sharp even wide open. Interestingly that 55mm is VERY sharp wide open too and cheaper and lighter. And finally the newish budget friendly 50mm f/1.8 that I personally haven't tested but also hear that most opinions are positive. Which would you pick and why?Pricing and Availability – FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens. Teleconverters and Wireless Lighting Control SystemSony has also released pricing and ship timing for the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens, 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters plus their new wireless lighting control system. All products were introduced earlier this year.The Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens takes its place as the flagship telephoto zoom in the Sony lens lineup. Featuring built in Optical Stead Shot (OSS) and a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture across the zoom range- This lens will ship this July for a retail price of $2,600 US and $3,300 CA.Designed exclusively to fit the 70-200mm F2.8 G Master lens, the new 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters (models SEL14TC and SEL20TC) will both be sold for the same retail price of about $550 US and $700 CA, and will ship this July. More info and Official Press release belowSony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime LensA quintessential wide-aperture 50mm “normal” lens, the new ZEISS® Planar F1.4 offers high resolution, high-contrast and overall exceptional performance SAN DIEGO, July 11, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL50F14Z).This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS® brand. It produces these consistently strong qualities throughout the entirety of the frame – from center to corner – and at all aperture settings, even while shooting wide open at F1.4. The cutting edge optical structure includes high-precision AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that reduce spherical and chromatic aberration, as well as a ZEISS® T* Coating that minimizes flare and ghosting creating the classic ZEISS® clarity. Additionally, its Planar design ensures minimal distortion.The large F1.4 maximum aperture of the FE 50mm F1.4ZA lens provides a level of brightness and speed that are advantageous for dimly lit indoor shots, night scenes, and portraits, while its 11-bladed circular aperture allows for stunning “bokeh”, or background defocus, in images. The lens also features an aperture ring with an adjustable ON/OFF switch, an AF/MF focus mode switch, and a dust and moisture resistant design¹, further increasing its functionality.The new lens is also equipped with a ring drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system, which allows it to efficiently lock focus with speed, precision and in near silence, making it particularly useful for shooting movies.Pricing and Availability – FE 50mm F1.4 ZA LensThe new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July for a retail price of $1,500 US and $1,950 CA. The new FE interchangeable lens will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.Pricing and Availability – New FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens. Teleconverters and Wireless Lighting Control SystemToday, Sony has also released pricing and ship timing for the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens, 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters plus their new wireless lighting control system. All products were introduced earlier this year.One of the most eagerly anticipated lenses of the year, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS G Master lens takes its place as the flagship telephoto zoom in the Sony lens lineup. Featuring built in Optical Stead Shot (OSS) and a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture across the zoom range, the lens will be an ideal fit for nature, sports, travel, fashion, beauty and wedding photographers. This lens will ship this July for a retail price of $2,600 US and $3,300 CA.Designed exclusively to fit the 70-200mm F2.8 G Master lens, the new 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters (models SEL14TC and SEL20TC) will both be sold for the same retail price of about $550 US and $700 CA, and will ship this July.The versatile new wireless flash and control system – comprised of the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver – was designed to meet the growing demands of professional Sony photographers. With a maximum range of 30m (approx.. 98 feet) and the ability to control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in 5 different groups, it offers a flexible wireless flash shooting experience with exceptional performance.The FA-WRC1M commander will be sold for about $350 US and $480 CA. The FA-WRR1 receiver will be sold for about $200 US and $280 CA. Both products will ship this August.The new lenses, teleconverters and wireless lighting system will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America. Direct links to their product home pages on sony.com can be found below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQNEd7tJaksWhile we wait for the Sony 70-200 f/2.8 G from Sony I share my thoughts on the f/4 version which I have found to be an excellent all around lens for Sony's full frame cameras.Follow me on instagramBuy the Sony 70-200 F/4 from B&H Photo $1498Buy the Canon 70-200 F/4 from B&H Photo $599Buy the Metabones T EF to FE Mount Adapter $399Support our work- buy from B&H Photo
Sample Sony 70-200 F/4 Shots
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70-200 Bokeh differences at F/4 vs F/2.8
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I recently posted about a price drop for the 70-300 IS USM lens on Amazon. As of this post it is selling for $400 or just under. This is the best price I have ever seen this lens sell for. That prompted a few questions, comments and emails with thoughts and questions about the 70-200 f/4 L that is just a bit more. The 70-200 f/4 L is selling new for just under $600 and you can buy a used copy for just under $500. 70-200 f/4 L lens is a nice lens. It is an excellent value, very sharp and renders colors so nicely. The 70-300 is very nice too, but it isn't L glass, it does however provide you with an extra 100mm and Image Stabilization (IS). So which would I buy?[Photo samples coming soon]If I was a wildlife shooter on a budget or someone that wanted a zoom to carry around all day/on hikes/walkabouts I would pick the 70-300 IS USM. It is the lightest of the bunch at 1.39 lbs and having that extra 100mm is really nice where wildlife is concerned. It still won't feel like enough if you are trying to get those amazing national geographic like shots but it does a good job and the IS can be very helpful, it is even possible to shoot some video and use the IS for smoother action. One bummer, the lens is USM but not full time manual focus, this is a lens you really want to use with back button focusing. Buy the 70-300 IS USM from Amazon, your purchase helps support this site.If I was a portrait or wedding photographer on a budget the 70-200 f/4 L USM is an excellent lens to take people photos, any photos really but at 1.55lbs it is starting to get heavy and won't be much fun to carry around all day. Buy the 70-200 f/4 L USM from Amazon.There is also the 70-200 f/4 L IS USM, the difference between the lens above is IS, 1/4 pound heavier and about $600 more for a total of just under $1200. I believe it is slightly better optically but I have never actually shot with this lens so I can't say for sure. Again, IS is useful in these longer lenses and this could be used by a sports photographer or a wedding photographer on a budget, though some might scoff at the idea that this is a budget minded lens. Buy the 70-200 f/4 L IS USM from Amazon.And one more lens, because Luke asked ;), the 70-200 f/2.8L USM , we are now getting into dreamy territory. Not a huge amount of image quality difference from the 70-200 f/4 but you get the constant f/2.8, excellent for indoor sports photographers and wedding photographers. But this lens is HEAVY, weighing in at 2.89 lbs with a giant filter size of 77mm. It also cost over $1200. Buy the 70-200 f/2.8 L USM from Amazon.And for another $1000 on top of that you could pick up the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM II lens or the original for slightly cheaper. Both are excellent lenses, though very heavy and very expensive. There are also third party lenses like the Sigma and Tamron 70-200 but I have not been happy with the quality of any of the copies I tried. 70-300 IS USM - $40070-200 f/4 L USM - $60070-200 f/4 L IS USM - $120070-200 f/2.8 L USM - $120070-200 f/2.8 L IS II USM - $2100