Friday, November 16, 2007

Four new lenses are announced this week

In what was a mild surprise perhaps, four new lenses were announced this week, two from Shiguma (Sigma) and two from Tokina.

Details on these lenses from Japan at, and from dpreview, Imaging Resource, Photo.Net, etc, etc.

The Tokina lenses are:

  • AT-X M35 PRO DX 35mm F2.8, APS-C sensor size for Canon and Nikon. This will ship in late December in Japan for 71400 yen.
  • AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8, APS-C sensor, Nikon and Canon. It will ship in late February in Japan for 94500 yen.

    The two Shiguma lenses (computer-translated for Sigma) are both fish-eyes. After all a fish has two eyes ;-)
  • 10mm f2.8 EX DC fisheye HSM, for Canon, Nikon and Sigma, 95000 yen in Japan with a December release.
  • 4.5mm (four point five, not a typo) f2.8 DC EX circular fisheye HSM, for Canon, Nikon and Sigma, 120000 yen whenever it is released (unspecified release date).

    Quick Updates
    In other quick news from Japan according to, the Canon big daddy (1Ds Mark III) will go on sale in Japan at the end of November for 900,000 yen, while the Panasonic-Leica 14-150 f3.5-5.6 lens is pushed back one month because of supply issues. The new (tentative) release date is late December for 171,000 yen.

    From Photo.Net, and many other places, the Adobe CEO talks to CNet about his "retirement". Can I please have 10% of his golden parachute retirement/severance package? :-)

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