Newest Olympus’s fast and wide lens , Olympus 12mm f/2.0 now in-stock at many retailers including Amazon, B&H and Adorama. The micro four third lens available for $800 ! Not a cheap one but considering its effectiveness for low-light conditions, the lens may tempting some people.
Great new for macro lovers ! Nikon just announced new affordable macro lens , the Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mmF2.8. Like other macro lenses , this lens offers true 1:1 magnification and sharp images. It has minimum working distance of 5cm , make it only useful for static objects eg: flowers , food photography. You still can shoot bugs or insects , but you’ll have to get very closer and not to try scare them at the same time. Nikon D3100 and D5100 owners will appreciate the new lens since it has AF-S technology which is enable them to use autofocus with the lens.
According to Nikon , the lens should be ready for shipping in August 2011 for suggested retail price : $280, half the price of Nikon AFS 60mm .
From AmateurPhotographer UK interview with one of Panasonic manager , we learned that Panasonic is going to release the Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.4 lens this year . The lens , equal to 50mm in 35mm format , will add more arsenal to current Panasonic’s fast lenses. Right now they have only two fast lenses : Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 and Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 G .
Sounds like a great street lens to me ! lets hope that Panasonic put an affordable price tag for the lens.
Photozone.de just reviewed the Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM DT , lens kit for Sony Alpha DSLR. Overall , the lens is generally a very good performer except for its mechanical parts. The lens body is made of plastic down to the lens mount.