Photography News Issue 24 absolutephoto.com
Wide eyes The upgrade to Canon’s EF 35mm f/1.4L USM has arrived and with the users asking for more advanced optical technologies, that’s exactly what you’ll get with the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM. It’s the first Canon lens to incorporate its Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics. These work on a molecular level to reduce chromatic aberration. Also helping achieve top results is Subwavelength Structure Coating that improves contrast and minimises flare. You’ve got a fast f/1.4, nine-blade aperture for total control over the depth-of-field aswell as helpingwith shooting speedier subjects when working in lower light. Add to that an ultrasonic AF motor and weather sealing and you’ve got a fast worker that can autofocus near silently, in any weather. You’ll have to hold off until October to get your hands on this lens; expect to pay £1799.99.
Fixed and fast Tamron’s long established SP family of top class lenses has gained two additions Designed for full-frame DSLRs and compatible with APS-C format models, the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD has a ten-element, nine-group construction using two aspherical elements, one LD (Low Dispersion) and one XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) element. The SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a fixed focal standard lens with a ten-element, eight-group construction, using two aspherical elements and one LD element. The aspherical elements compensate for spherical and chromatic aberrations for uniformity throughout the frame, whilst the LD and XLD elements help to deliver crystal clear images without any residual colour fringing. Both feature Tamron’s lens coatings to suppress ghosting and flare and each has high-speed AF with an Ultrasonic Silent Drive for quiet, quick shooting. A fluorine coating repels water and helps keep fingermarks at bay, whilst the moisture-resistant construction keeps your kit protected. Both will be available as of October in Nikon and Canon mounts, with Sony mount release dates to follow. Guide price of each lens is £579.99.
TLE Expo 2015 The date for the very first TLE Expo is 27 September and it all happens in Andover, Hampshire. The day is jam-packed with all things photographic, from seminars with leading brands like PermaJet and Photoshop whizz Guy Gowan, through to a range of photoopportunities, includingperiodsetswithvintage cars, to practise your technique on. Steve Comber, one of the world’s top aerial photographers, will also be there giving a presentation on his experiences capturing everything from heritage aircraft to fast jets
and iconic airplanes, and he’ll also be available for a Q&A session, so come armed with questions. The usual line-up of photo-related firms will be showcasing their wares too, from Canon and Nikon to Hähnel and Cactus. Tickets are £25, but you’ll get a voucher to the same value on arrival to use against a purchase made on the day. You haven’t got much time so book your place right now.
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