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Z series 28-400mm superzoom released Nikon has introduced a far-reaching superzoom which could mean you never need to change lenses again. The Nikkor Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR offers an enormous 14.2x zoom range, giving Z series users the chance to tackle any subject – from landscapes to sports. optical image stabiliser that provides a five-stop benefit. Those with Z series cameras boasting a Synchro VR capability can extend this to 5.5 and 1.2m at 400mm. Plus, weather sealing means you can shoot with confidence in inclement weather conditions. The zoom also features a customisable control ring. Despite its range and versatility, the 28- 400mm weighs a modest 725g, making it the lightest lens in the Z line-up extending to 400mm. Commenting on the launch, Zurab Kiknadze, product manager at Nikon Europe, said: “It’s easier to handle than a super- telephoto prime. It’s perfect for people who want to carry just one lens and be ready for any photo opportunity, whether near or far.” Available now, the Nikkor Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR costs £1399. New Sony wide-angle zoom As well as offering such a versatile range of focal lengths, the Z 28-400mm also features an stops, based on CIPA standards. Autofocus, meanwhile, is claimed to be fast and near- silent thanks to the use of a stepping motor. Close focusing distances are very usable – the lens can focus to 0.2m at the 28mm setting

Sony has grown its line-up of full-frame Alpha E-mount lenses with the FE 16-25mm f/2.8 G wide-angle zoom. The lens will pique the interest of photographers and videographers with its versatile wide angle, consistent aperture performance and portability. Despite its constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the 16-25mm zoom range, the lens cuts a compact form. When combined with a bearable weight of 409g, the FE 16-25mm f/2.8 G is sure to appeal to landscape, architecture and astrophotographers. Optically, the FE 16-25mm f/2.8 G boasts three ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and four aspherical lenses, including one ED aspherical lens, along with optimised spherical aberration control – so high quality should be expected. Additionally, the 11-blade circular aperture promises pleasing bokeh effects. AF efficiency is driven by two linear motors, which are designed to increase speed and precision while reducing noise. According to Sony, this means the lens supports smooth tracking at the 20fps continuous shooting speed and 240p video frame rate achievable with the A9 III. External features on the lens include a focus hold button, an adjustable aperture ring as well as a switch to toggle the aperture click. The lens is also constructed to be dust- and moisture- resistant, featuring a fluorine coating applied to the front element for added protection in repelling contaminants.

Sigma announces Canon RF mount lenses

As the RF mount is universal across sensor sizes, the lenses can also be mounted on full-frame cameras within the same system, although the effective field of view will be adjusted due to the crop factor. The rollout of these new lenses will commence in July 2024 with the 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary. This will be followed by five more lenses in autumn: the 10-18mm f/2.8 DC DN, 16mm f/1.4 DC DN, 23mm f/1.4 DC DN, 30mm f/1.4 DC DN and 56mm f/1.4 DC DN.

Six new lenses have been announced by Sigma for Canon RF Mount APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lenses will be compatible with cameras within the EOS R System, such as the EOS R7 and EOS R10. The news should please Canon RF users who stand to enjoy access to a broader range of lens options. Sigma says the lenses have been designed specifically for the Canon RF mount to ensure quick AF capabilities, continuous AF as well as in-camera image stabilisation. Each lens also includes a rubber seal to improve weather resistance and durability.

The FE 16-25mm f/2.8 G is set to be priced at around £1250 and will be available through Sony-authorised dealers.

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