300mm News

News 300mm

Firmware Friday goes mega: Updates for 12 cameras, including Canon T5i, Panasonic GH4 and Pentax K3!


 
 

Have you been waiting patiently for some new firmware for your camera? If so, this week's Firmware Friday roundup may be just what you're after! Turning up all at once like a fleet of long-awaited buses, we have news of no less than 12 camera updates this week from Blackmagic Design, Canon, Olympus, Panasonic and...

Nikon goes small, announces retractible telephoto zoom and lightweight, pro-level ‘Phase Fresnel’ 300mm f/4 VR lenses

 
 

Announced alongside their new Nikon D5500, the Japanese imaging company announced a pair of new lenses: a new compact, affordable DX-format telephoto zoom, and a big (but not too big) full-frame, professional telephoto prime.

Designed as a companion lens to the recently updated, retractable 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX...

Sony launches four new lenses, and hints at a fifth, to complement its new cameras

 
 

Sony couldn't introduce two new, exciting interchangeable lens cameras without introducing some serious glass to go with them. The just-announced Sony Alpha A99 seems a perfect match for a bright new super-telephoto fixed lens, while the Sony NEX-6--along with the company's other E-mount cameras--gets a lightweight...

Save big on Pentax SLR and mirrorless cameras, even medium format!

Fancy picking up a new camera or lens from Pentax, and live in the United States? If so, you're in luck! The company has just announced a series of price cuts and instant rebates that will stretch your buying dollars quite a bit further, whether you're buying pro gear or an entry-level model. All told, there are savings of up to US$2,600 on offer; in the real-world it'd be fairly...

Canon service program for tele, super tele lenses improves AF performance

Canon's EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens. Photo provided by Canon Inc.Canon USA has today published a service advisory detailing a firmware update on four of its telephoto and super telephoto lens models for the pro market. In all four cases, the firmware updates autofocus algorithms for better responsiveness and more precise focus, especially when using AI servo AF to track irregularly-moving subjects.

The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF...

Tokina’s lightweight 300mm tele ships soon, includes free donuts

One of the main advantages of mirrorless camera designs such as those pioneered with Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds format is that they allow more compact bodies and lenses than would be the case with a standard SLR camera. There's only so much that can be done, though, and longer lenses can be fairly bulky even for mirrorless models.

The Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MF MACRO lens on an Olympus camera body. Image provided by Kenko Tokina Corp.At the CP+ show last February,...