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Cokin NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System Now Available

Cokin NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System Now Available

Cokin has designed a filter system optimised for wide-angle lenses and created with long exposure landscape photography in mind.

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NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

Photography filter manufacturer Cokin has introduced a new NX-SERIES Filter System specifically for wide-angle lenses such as the popular 16-35mm zoom.

The NX-SERIES filter holder is made from premium aluminium, is lightweight/compact and can also be used with Nuances filters as well as Cokin L-size adapter rings and other 100mm filters made by other manufacturers.

 

NX-SERIES System Features: 

  • 100mm wide filter-holder system with protective frames, optimised for wide-angle lenses such as 16-35mm zooms
  • Compatible with COKIN NUANCES Extreme filters in L size and 100mm filters with 2mm thickness, made by other manufacturers
  • The dedicated NX-SERIES polarising filter has a slim mount and only absorbs 1 f-stop
  • Premium design, manufactured in CNC precision-machined aluminium
  • Compatible with COKIN CREATIVE adapter rings in L size, available from 49mm to 95mm

 

Pricing & Availability

The NX-SERIES system is available in 5 different kits:

  • Starter Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one frame 100x100mm, one frame 100×143.5mm. This kit is ideal for users owning some NUANCES Extreme filters. SRP is £225. 
  • Long Exposure Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one neutral density  NUANCES Extreme ND1024 10-stop filter (mounted in its frame ready to use). SRP  is £277. 
  • Landscape Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one neutral density  NUANCES Extreme ND1024 10-stop filter and one graduated neutral density filter  S-GND8 soft, both mounted in their frames, ready to use. SRP is £370.
  • Expert Kit: Take a Landscape Kit and add two additional NUANCES Extreme filters. One reverse-graduated filter R-GND8 (max 3-stops) and a brand new graduated neutral density filter with a “Hard” transition of 3-stops max. This filter is particularly efficient for short focal lengths which increase the length of filter transition into the picture (the “hard” graduation has a shorter transition area on the filter). SRP is £555. 
  • Professional Kit: Combines the Expert Kit plus two NUANCES Extreme full neutral density filters ND8 (3-stops) and ND64 (6-stops) mounted into their frame. The  Professional Kit has a total of 7 filters. SRP is £710

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

From Holdan: 

Holdan, a specialist distributor to the professional video, broadcast and photography sector, has today announced the long-awaited arrival of Cokin’s new NX-SERIES 100mm filter system. It is exclusively distributed by them in the UK and Ireland.

COKIN has been developing creative filter-holders and systems since their invention by founder, Jean Coquin back in 1978. Since then, millions of professional and amateur photographers and videographers have been able to explore the creative possibilities offered by these systems.

The 100mm-wide filter format has become Cokin’s most popular size since its launch in 2005 and the radical new NX-SERIES holder system allows 100mm filters to be used on ultra-wide-angle lenses of 14mm, or wider in some cases. The filter-holder is made from premium aluminium and is both compact and lightweight.

T he NX-SERIES filter holder system is compatible with Cokin Nuances Extreme filters, Nuances Clearsky and Infrared IR720, as well as COKIN adapter rings in ‘L’ size (also known as Z-Pro). COKIN has also extended compatibility to 100mm filters made by other manufacturers, provided they have a common thickness of 2mm.

 

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

 

The NX-SERIES filter-holder uses metal frames which has enabled COKIN to increase the angle of view of the filter-holder and consequently reduce the risk of vignetting, even with ultra-wide lenses. These frames are available in 3 sizes:

  • 100x100mm (for square filters)
  • 100×143.5mm (for Nuances Extreme graduated filters)
  • 100x150mm (for graduated filters from other manufacturers)

The metallic frames offer additional protection to the filters and allow easy handling, even when wearing gloves. The NX-SERIES filter-holder uses ball-bearings which exert gentle pressure to guide the frames in their slots, for smooth and precise operation.

The NX-SERIES has a dedicated polarising filter which is placed closest to the lens and can be rotated precisely using the adjustment wheel integrated into the filter-holder, regardless of the orientation of the holder. Recessed areas in the filter-holder are provided for easy insertion and extraction of the polarising filter using gentle simple pressure. The NX-SERIES polarising filter is highly efficient and only absorbs 1 f-stop of light. It is provided with an individual protective pouch.

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

 


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Is It Worth Upgrading to the New Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens?

Is It Worth Upgrading to the New Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens?

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM was one of the most respected lenses in its DSLR line, offering top image quality, impressive image stabilization, and no-fuss autofocus, all at a very reasonable price that made it a top pick for wedding, macro, and portrait photographers. The new RF version promises a range of improvements and new features, and this excellent video review takes a look at if they are worth the price. 

Coming to you from Katelyn James, this great video review takes a look at the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, particularly in comparison to the venerated EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens. The RF version is a bit of a strange bird, offering improved magnification (1.4x versus 1x) and spherical aberration control, but coupled with a fair amount of focus breathing. Personally, while the additional magnification would be nifty, 1:1 magnification is already enough for everything I do, and my EF version has no issues keeping up with the resolution demands of the EOS R5 sensor; in addition, the autofocus is just as good (perhaps even better) with Canon’s EF-RF adapter. Check out the video for James’ full thoughts. 

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2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

If you’re looking to get into macro photography, the first party lens options can seem too expensive for a lens with a more niche use, particularly on the latest Z and R mounts. Laowa, however, has a very promising 100mm lens that even exceeds those other 100mm options in one notable way. hould it be the lens you choose when shooting up close?

The Lens

I’ve always enjoyed reviewing Laowa’s lenses, as they certainly offer something unique compared to many other third party lens makers, who seem to just imitate the typical lenses that are already on the market. If you’ve not heard of Laowa before, you might still have seen one of their more unique lenses, the wild looking 24mm f/14 probe lens. While some of their other lenses are a bit tamer, it still seems that their philosophy is to create optics that are unique to the market, or at least bring a unique feature set to a traditional focal length.2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 1

In the case of the 100mm f/2.8, this lens is more towards the “unique feature set” end of the spectrum. All the major brands offer a 100mm macro lens, with both Canon and Nikon having DSLR mount and mirrorless versions of the lens, and Sony offering an A mount and E Mount version. What sets Laowa’s version apart is the ability to go to 2:1. Translated from macro terms, this means that something can be represented on the sensor twice the size it is in real life. As a result, you can get incredibly close to your subject, and represent it with a ton of detail — no cropping required.

Additionally, this lens is designated as apochromatic. An apochromatic lens is designed to converge the different wavelengths of light (read: different colors) onto the same point. That should translate to reduced color fringing and visual artifacts, which can be particularly helpful when shooting focus stacks, high contrast subjects, or when reproducing art and text.2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 2

The body of the lens is metal, and it’s quite long. The version I tested was set up for the Z mount. There aren’t significant differences beyond the mounts between the different versions, although one Canon model does come with the ability to pass aperture information to the camera. The lens is roughly in line with the size and weight of other 100mm macro lenses, although mirrorless-native versions may have a slight edge when compared to adapted EF or F mount lenses. The construction and engraving are of good quality, and the focus ring is quite generous, a big plus for a manual focus and macro-oriented lens.

The Performance

In use, the Laowa 100mm is competitive with other 100mm macro lenses. At 1:1, I found that it matched the performance of my F mount 105mm macro, and was somewhat behind the Z mount 105mm. Of course, neither of those can do 2:1, so if you need that degree of magnification, this lens would have superior performance over cropping an alternate lens or using a diopter filter.2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 3

Sharpness is very good, with performance being consistent across the range of focus distances. At very close distances, camera shake, focus accuracy, and occluding the light on the subject are all going to be more of a limiting factor than the actual sharpness of the lens itself.2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 4

Vignetting isn’t a major problem. It can be slightly more prominent at very close distances and very wide apertures. Even still, it can be corrected quite easily, although you’ll have to do this manually, as the lens doesn’t pass aperture or focus distance information to the camera.2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 5

Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, as the APO designation would indicate. Even at f/2.8 (marked) and at 1:1, there’s basically no chromatic artifacting, even at 45 megapixels. That’s really nice to see, as I find CA to be particularly problematic with many macro subjects. Whether you’re shooting product photos on a seamless backdrop, or just have to accurately reproduce colors and edges, this feature is very nice to see, especially at the price point.2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 6

Manual focus is easy, thanks to the large ring. The rate of change in focus distance may be the only issue. For some applications, like studio work, a greater degree of precision may be preferred, while field use may require a quicker shift between focus distances. In combination with focus peaking, I didn’t have an issue finding focus, although I did end up with a few more missed shots compared to the Z 105mm.

For focus stacking, a common macro practice, this lens is a good option. Between being apochromatic and exhibiting little focus breathing, it’s quite easy to stack the resulting images. One downside is the lack of autofocus, as I’ve really grown to enjoy the automated focus stacking available with AF lenses on the Z bodies. Still, focus stacking performance overall is quite good, and is almost a necessity at 2:1, as the depth of field is incredibly slim, even stopped down.

Conclusion2x Macro at Half the Price: Fstoppers Reviews Laowa’s 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 7

The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X macro lens is a very interesting value proposition. Compared to the 1st party macro options, it offers dedicated macro photographers a lot of performance at a good value. If you’re looking to shoot true macro, or go beyond 1:1, this lens is a great option. For those a little less dedicated to macro, one of the 1st party lenses might be a better option, even at the higher price. Without autofocus, this lens is less able to serve dual purposes as a portrait lens or short tele, and the slower speed of operation with manual aperture and focus control is more of a problem.

On the image quality front, the lens performs very well, especially for the price point. At 45mp, it held up well, with little chromatic aberration — the APO designation isn’t just pure marketing. Nailing focus will be a bigger factor in image quality than the actual sharpness of the lens, as at near macro distances, depth of field can be very unforgiving. There was some vignetting at f/2.8, but it corrects easily and is drastically reduced when stopping down. If I hadn’t already picked up the Z 105mm, I’d strongly consider this lens. If you don’t already have a macro lens, I’d recommend this lens over a 50 or 60mm macro option. The performance, capabilities, and skill ceiling is just much better, making this a lens you won’t outgrow nearly as fast when learning macro photography.

What I Liked

  • Strong price to performance ratio
  • 2:1 macro ability is unique
  • Good quality construction

What Could be Improved

  • Autofocus would make this lens more versatile
  • Focus throw speed may be too fast or too slow for some applications

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Cokin introduces premium NX-Series 100mm filter holder

Cokin introduces premium NX-Series 100mm filter holder

Cokin is a name that’s synonymous with square filters, but the firm has perhaps seen its star wane in recent years with the rise of brands such as LEE. Now it’s seeking to take a chunk of the high-end market with its new premium NX-series 100mm filter holder.

Cokin introduces premium NX-Series 100mm filter holder 8

The system’s slimline design is designed to eliminate vignetting with lenses as wide as 16mm (or equivalent)

This new system is designed primarily for landscape photographers, and specifically to be used with 16-35mm wideangle zooms without vignetting, even when the holder is positioned at an angle. Key updates compared to the firm’s current EVO holder include a rear-mounted polariser that can be operated from behind the camera using a wheel on the side, and a foam gasket on the holder to prevent light leakage during long exposures.

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The holder boasts a foam gasket for use with ND filters, while the rear-mounted polariser is adjusted using a wheel on the side

The system also employs aluminium frames to protect fragile neutral density (ND) and ND graduated filters from handling marks and accidental drops. This also allows the holder to be made wider, which reduces the risk of vignetting. Frames are available in a choice of three sizes: 100 x 100mm for NDs, 100 x 135mm for Cokin Nuances Extreme ND grads, and 100 x 150mm for third-party ND grads.

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ND and ND grad filters are protected by aluminium frames, which are available in a choice of three sizes: 100x100mm, 100x135mm, and 100x150mm

Cokin says the NX-Series filter holder is compact and lightweight, being constructed from aluminium alloy. It also employs the same lens rings as the firm’s existing Z-size holder, which are available in sizes up to 82mm. The system is compatible not just with the firm’s own Nuances Extreme mineral glass filters, but in principle also with any 2mm-thick 100 x 100mm and 100 x 150mm filters from other brands.

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The holder fits onto the lens ring via a pair of silver clips

Due to be available from late May, the NX-Series filter holder will cost £99.99. But you’ll need to add a matched polariser, which costs £79.99, along with frames for all your filters at £17.99 each. Various bundles will also be available, ranging from a Starter option with all the essential components for £219.99, up to a Professional kit that includes seven filters for £689.99.

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How Cokin’s new NX-Series filter holder fits together

For full details of the NX-Series filter holder including all available components and kits, see www.nx-series.com. It’s a promising-looking design, and we’re hoping to get our hands on one for a full review in the next few months.

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Cokin launches NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

Cokin launches NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

Photography filter manufacturer Cokin has introduced a new NX-SERIES Filter System specifically for wide-angle lenses such as the popular 16-35mm zoom.

The NX-SERIES filter holder is made from premium aluminium, is lightweight/compact and can also be used with Nuances filters as well as Cokin L-size adapter rings and other 100mm filters made by other manufacturers.

 

NX-SERIES System Features: 

  • 100mm wide filter-holder system with protective frames, optimised for wide-angle lenses such as 16-35mm zooms
  • Compatible with COKIN NUANCES Extreme filters in L size and 100mm filters with 2mm thickness, made by other manufacturers
  • The dedicated NX-SERIES polarising filter has a slim mount and only absorbs 1 f-stop
  • Premium design, manufactured in CNC precision-machined aluminium
  • Compatible with COKIN CREATIVE adapter rings in L size, available from 49mm to 95mm

 

Pricing & Availability

The NX-SERIES system will be available from late May 2021 through all leading photographic retailers. Items in the NX-SERIES filter-holder system will be available individually with the following suggested retail prices: 

  • NX Filter-holder: £99.99 
  • NX Polarising filter with individual pouch: £79.99 
  • NX Wallet (enables carrying of the complete system with 6 filters and frames): £35.99 Individual NX frames (choice of 3 sizes): £17.99 
  • Duo-pack of 2 NX frames: £31.99 
  • (Frames are sold with a small screwdriver to install the filters, as well as stickers to note the model of filter, in case there is no indication marked on it)

From launch, the NX-SERIES system will also be available in 5 different kits:

  • Starter Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one frame 100x100mm, one frame 100×143.5mm. This kit is ideal for users owning some NUANCES Extreme filters. SRP is £219.99. 
  • Long Exposure Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one neutral density  NUANCES Extreme ND1024 10-stop filter (mounted in its frame ready to use). SRP  is £269.99. 
  • Landscape Kit: Includes filter-holder, polarising filter, one neutral density  NUANCES Extreme ND1024 10-stop filter and one graduated neutral density filter  S-GND8 soft, both mounted in their frames, ready to use. SRP is £359.99.
  • Expert Kit: Take a Landscape Kit and add two additional NUANCES Extreme filters. One reverse-graduated filter R-GND8 (max 3-stops) and a brand new graduated neutral density filter with a “Hard” transition of 3-stops max. This filter is particularly efficient for short focal lengths which increase the length of filter transition into the picture (the “hard” graduation has a shorter transition area on the filter). SRP is £539.99. 
  • Professional Kit: Combines the Expert Kit plus two NUANCES Extreme full neutral density filters ND8 (3-stops) and ND64 (6-stops) mounted into their frame. The  Professional Kit has a total of 7 filters. SRP is £689.99 

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

From Cokin: 

For over 40 years, COKIN has been conceiving, developing and manufacturing filter holders and systems since their invention by Jean Coquin, its founder, in 1978. During this time, millions of professional and amateur photographers have been able to explore the scope of creative possibilities offered by these systems. 

The CREATIVE Z-Pro filter-holder was launched in 2005 and since then, the 100mm-wide filter format has become the most popular size. In 2017, following the introduction of the new range of NUANCES Extreme mineral glass filters, COKIN upgraded its CREATIVE Z Pro filter-holder into the new EVO version, optimised for long exposure photography. 

Now, in May 2021, COKIN is pleased to announce the release of its new filter-holder system, called the ‘NX-SERIES’. This was conceived and optimised for wide-angle lenses such as the 16-35mm zoom and long exposures, which are both highly popular in landscape photography; a field in which the use of filters is important and recommended. The NX-SERIES filter holder is made from premium aluminium and is both compact and lightweight. 

As always, COKIN has made a point of developing a system that allows its loyal customers to re-use their existing equipment. COKIN prefers them to invest in photo excursions and adventures, rather than spending their entire budget on new equipment. 

 

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

 

Therefore, the NX-SERIES filter holder system is compatible with NUANCES Extreme filters, NUANCES Clearsky and Infrared IR720, as well as COKIN adapter-rings in L (Z Pro) size. COKIN has also extended compatibility to 100mm filters made by other manufacturers, provided they have a thickness of 2mm. This value is not yet an industry standard but it is very common, for example with the Little and Big Stoppers from LEE  Filters.

The NX-SERIES filter-holder uses metallic protective frames for such filters and these are  available in 3 sizes: 

  • 100x100mm (for square filters) 
  • 100×143.5mm (for NUANCES Extreme graduated filters) 
  • 100x150mm (for graduated filters made by other manufacturers)

 

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

 

The metallic frames offer additional protection to the filters and allow for easy handling,  even with gloves. The NX-SERIES filter-holder uses ball-bearings that exert gentle pressure to guide the frames in their slot, for smooth and precise operation. The metallic frames also enabled COKIN to increase the angle of view of the filter-holder and consequently to reduce the risk of vignetting, even with ultra-wide lenses such as 16mm. 

Tested with the SONY FE 16-35mm F2.8 on a SONY A7RII body or with the CANON EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM on an EOS 5D MkIII body, there is no vignetting visible at 16mm, even with the complete configuration, including the polariser and two filters in frames. Note: This is still the case, even if you rotate the filter holder by 45°. The same positive result was obtained with a FUJIFILM XT3 and the 10-24mm F4R OIS. 

NX-SERIES 100mm Filter Holder System

The NX-SERIES dedicated polarising filter is placed closest to the lens and can be rotated precisely using the adjustment wheel integrated into the filter holder, regardless of the orientation of the filter holder. Recessed areas in the filter holder are provided for easy insertion and extraction of the polarising filter using gentle simple pressure. The NX-SERIES polarising filter is highly efficient and only absorbs 1 f-stop of light. It is provided with an individual protective pouch. 

Full information about COKIN products and stockists can be found on the Intro2020 website.

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Canon Intros Three RF Lenses: 100mm F/2.8 Macro, 400mm F/2.8 and 600mm F/4

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Canon introduced three new RF lenses this morning: the Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM. The Canon lens announcement coincided with news the company is developing a new pro full-frame mirrorless camera called the EOS R3.

Here’s a rundown of what we know about the new RF lenses, which are designed to pair with the forthcoming Canon R3.

Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM

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The new Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens

According to Canon, the RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM lens is not only the company’s first RF lens designed specifically for macro photography, it’s also the world first medium telephoto macro lens with maximum magnification of 1.4x

“The new lens, designed for both advanced photo enthusiasts and professionals, takes macro photography expression to the next level with the introduction of a spherical aberration (SA) control ring,” Canon said.

“The SA control ring allows users to change the character and appearance of the bokeh and obtain a softer focus effect with a simple turning of the ring to the desired result. ”

Additional features of the Canon RF100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM include:

  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to five stops of shake correction.
  • When combined with a camera featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer, up to eight stops of shake correction is possible with coordinated operation of Optical and In-Body Image Stabilizer.
  • Hybrid IS helps to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during macro shooting.
  • High-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with dual nano USM.
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design.

Canon RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM

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The new RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM lens. The RF600mm F4 L IS USM is shown at the top of this story.

According to Canon, the RF400mm F2.8L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM “are both designed to be optically identical to their EF counterparts.” The RF400mm and RF600mm weigh in at 6.37 and 6.81 pounds with a minimum focusing distance of 8.2 and 13.8 feet, respectively.

  • Designed for a variety of shooting situations, including sports, aviation, trains, automotive, and wildlife, such as birding.
  • Optical Image Stabilization with up to 5.5 stops f shake correction. Including three IS Operation Modes — still subjects, panning, and irregular movement.
  • Proprietary Canon lens coatings, Super Spectra Coating (SSC), and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help minimize ghosting and flaring. Lens placement and coatings are optimized to provide users with clear, high-contrast images even when there is a bright light source.
  • Lenses include fluorite and super UD lens elements arranged in such a way to help correct chromatic aberration and make the models more compact. Like the latest Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses, released in the fall of 2018, weight on these RF-series super-telephotos has been significantly reduced vs. previous-generation Canon super tele designs.
  • Compatible with Canon RF 1.4x and 2x extenders, and feature a customizable electronic focus ring, with manual focus capability during SERVO AF.
  • A nine-blade circular aperture provides users beautiful bokeh and ideally blurred backgrounds when the aperture is stopped down.
  • For added convenience when on a shoot, two focus presets are available. Users can instantly return to one of two memorized focus distances.
  • Rugged Canon L-series dust and water-resistant design with vibration and shock resistance. The front element has been dressed with a fluorine coating for easy cleaning.
  • Infrared reflective pigments with high reflectance and titanium oxide lens barrel coating with silica provide excellent UV weather resistance and heat reduction.

Canon RF Lenses Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, Canon RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and Canon RF600mm F4L IS USM are scheduled to be available in July 2021 for an estimated retail price of $1,399, $11,999 and $12,999, respectively

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 13

Venus Optics has announced that the 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro lens originally announced in 2018 and has seen updates to multiple mirrorless mounts including Canon RF and Nikon Z is now available for Canon EF with a stepless aperture ring and finally on Pentax K.

This announcement makes for two different versions of the optic available for Canon EF.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 16

Venus Optics had previously launched an EF version of the lens with automatic aperture control via the camera, but this iteration brings a stepless aperture ring specifically with videographers in mind. “Stepless aperture control is one of the most advantageous and essential features for videography. It allows a smooth transition between each aperture level,” Venus writes in the press release. “The clickless aperture ring allows videographers to adjust the aperture smoothly and quietly. Additionally, there are 13 aperture blades assembled in the manual aperture version, giving a very softly diffused out-of-focus rendering.”

According to the original launch information, the lens was supposedly being made available to Pentax K mounts at the time, but that does not appear to have happened. Venus should now actually support the mount, though.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 19

Photographer Thomas Shahan published a review of the 100mm f/2.8 lens in August specifically for Pentax K mount:

Laowa says that the 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO in Pentax-K mount is assembled with the automatic aperture coupling lever, which allows aperture control via the body of the camera. You can either use the manual aperture ring or park the focusing ring at the “A” symbol and adjust the aperture via the camera. Exif data would be stored in the metadata as well.

Below are a few sample images Venus provided as examples of what can be produced with the lens:

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 25

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 28

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 31

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 34

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 37

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 40

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 43

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 46

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 49

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 52

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 55

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 58

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro Now Available in Pentax K and Stepless on Canon EF 61

The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro is available for $449 in some iteration on seven mounts. You can view all the options here.

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Out and About with a 100mm Lens

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I’ve done quite a few reviews of lenses for ePHOTOzine so I’ve decided to have a second look at some, not to much from the point of view of testing or commenting on the lens again but more from the point of view of processing some of the images and enjoying what the type of lens has to offer. When the reviews are done the image samples are unprocessed, the idea being that the reader can download them and have a play in their own favourite program. Now I’m going to do my versions of images from a few lenses. This does not mean that I am selecting favourite lenses, but I might be selecting favourite focal lengths.

First up is the 100mm lens, which has always been a favourite of mine. I feel the 135mm is a bit too long for a short telephoto and the 85mm a bit too short, although 85mm lenses are in general much faster and have their own advantages. This lens is the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS used with the Sony A7R II. Clearly, it spoke to me Flowers and Plants! It also is a great focal length for portraits and landscapes, but for today this is what I pulled out of the sample images that I shot for the review, processed afresh using Photoshop CC.

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Favourite Focal Lengths – 100mm

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Some photographic norms just happen by accident, or at least because of unrelated factors. One was the use of 26x24mm format for 35mm cameras. It just happened to be an exisiting movie filmstock, so there it was. The first telephoto of many photographers was the 135mm, an odd choice of focal length, but actually the longest that could be focused on a Leica rangefinder more accurately than on an SLR. As a consequence, 135mm lenses were everywhere; high volume manufacture meaning low cost. I always found it a bit too long, and not focusing quite close enough. Many focused down to about 5 feet, very unsatisfactory. The 135mm for the Voigtlander Bessamatic down to 13 feet…….needing a close up attachment for everyday use.

So what is an ideal short telephoto. I always liked 100mm (90mm and 105mm are close enough) and for years used a gorgeous little SMC Pentax-M 100mm f/2.8. Now most 100mm lenses are macro lenses, which is fine, because they certainly focus close enough, and other choices tend to become slightly exotic in price as well as size and weight. So I like the perspective when using a 100mm, I find it gives me just the right distance for portrait photography and it’s great for selective landscapes. These days lenses are not necessarily small and light, and today’s images are with the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4, which compared to that tiny Pentax lens is an absolute monster. However, it also out performs it and still gives that lovely 100mm look.

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