The Bower 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift lens now in stock at B&H Photo Video, and early pre-orders starts shipping. The price for this lens $949, a little cheaper than Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift lens. Available for Canon mount, Nikon mount, and Sony A-mounts.
Panasonic has announced the Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH, a revised version of its classic fast pancake lens for Micro Four Thirds. The H-HS020A, as Panasonic likes to call it, features a metallic exterior and slightly reduced weight, and will come in a choice of silver or black finishes. The optical design appears to be unchanged, with 7 elements in 5 groups including 2 aspheric elements; not a bad thing as its predecessor is one of our favourite lenses.
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After the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens was discontinued, the new version of this 20mm f/1.7 II pancake lens now leaked on the web, and it will be announced soon.
Fujifilm has introduced the XF 27mm F2.8, a compact ‘pancake’ lens for its X-system cameras. It’s just 23mm thick and weighs only 78g, making it by far the smallest X-mount lens. This means there’s no space for an aperture ring, so X-Pro1 and X-E1 owners will need to update their firmware to allow aperture setting from the camera’s rear control dial.
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Cosina has announced that its Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm F0.95 lens will be in stock in August, 2013. This ultra-fast short telephoto ‘portrait’ lens is for Micro Four Thirds cameras only, and will offer similar photographic characteristics to an 85mm F1.9 lens on full frame in terms of angle of view, depth of field control, and background blur. It has a 10-bladed diaphragm, and features manual focus and aperture operation – the latter can be made clickless for movie recording.