Surprisingly compact and lightweight for a fast, full-frame compatible wide-angle zoom, the Sigma 16-28 f/2.8 DG DN |C became the latest in the company’s ‘Contemporary’ line-up of lenses, available in Sony E and Leica L mount options. The zoom range makes it ideal for landscape photography, while the fast f/2.8 constant aperture makes it similarly suitable for architectural interiors and even astrophotography.
Big news from Nikon was the impending release of the Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S (opens in new tab). Much smaller, lighter and affordable than the Z 400mm f/2.8 lens that features a built-in teleconverter, this was the launch of a more ‘everyman’ lens. It still features up-market attractions and pro-grade build quality, and is also compatible with separate Nikon Z 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters, for venturing further into super-tele territory.
Taking an entirely different angle on photography, Venus Optics launched the Laowa 24mm T14 2x PeriProbe. It’s literally a macro probe lens that can shoot around corners, at 90 degrees to the host camera body. It also gives up to 2x macro magnification, reproducing small objects at twice life-size on the image sensor.
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Fujifilm released a new roadmap of upcoming XF lenses, signalling its intention to grow the range to 42 lenses in total. The closest three along the route would be the XF56mm F1.2, XF8mm F3.5 and XF30mm F2.8 Macro, covering the bases for portraiture, landscape photography and standard/macro shooting. Other news for Fujifilm shooters was that the impressive Tamron 17-70mm F/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD (opens in new tab) for cameras would also be released in Fujifilm X-mount, delivering a useful effective zoom range of about 26-105mm.
Following on from our review of the Nikon Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S (opens in new tab) in May, we tested the Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S (opens in new tab) in June, and were highly delighted by its image quality and all-round performance, as well as the relatively lightweight construction, utilizing a Phase Fresnel element. The combination of the 2,385g weight and highly effective Vibration Reduction makes this an 800mm super-tele that works really well for handheld shooting, rather than having to rely on a monopod or tripod.
Going from super-telephoto to wide-angle, the next lens on our June review list was the Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4, which is available in Fujifilm X, Nikon Z and Sony E mount options. As an APS-C format lens, it gives an ‘effective’ focal length of 20mm, combining a wide viewing angle of 94.1 degrees with a fast f/1.4 aperture, making it ideal for landscapes, architecture and astrophotography.
Next up were a pair of new Sony wide-angle lenses, also for APS-C format cameras. These included the Sony E PZ 10-20mm F4 G with its video-friendly power zoom facility, and the Sony E 15mm F1.4 G, a fast prime with an effective focal length of 22.5mm. Both got entirely favorable reviews, the latter earning a top-notch 5-star rating.
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