Lenses galore!

2017 has been a pretty big year for new lenses, so we thought we’d put together a quick (and by no means definitive) run down of some of this year's releases.

The year began with Panasonic releasing the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 as a kit option for the (then) newly announced Lumix GH5. Sony further bolstered its lineup of full-frame E-Mount lenses with two mid-telephoto releases, the FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS and FE 85mm F1.8 and the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom, while Tamron were updating their lenses for Canon & Nikon DSLRs with the 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lenses releases. IRIX launched the 15mm Blackstone, a metal bodied lens with full weather sealing, and Firefly, a lighter, semi-weather proofed option, lenses in January, followed closely by the 11mm versions in March. 

Meanwhile, Sigma was busy adding to their ART range of lenses with the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | A, the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | A and the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | A, and then Fujifilm threw everyone a curve ball when they announced their new MK range of Cine-zoom lenses for E Mount cameras (with X Mount to follow at the end of 2017).

Continuing the trend for new E Mount lenses, Samyang released the third lens in their autofocus range, the AF 35mm F2.8 FE while Zeiss introduced a 2.8/135 Batis lens for Sony’s A7 camera range. Fujifilm was also back in the act, this time with a pair of new GF lenses to accompany the three that were launched with the GFX 50S. The GF 110mm F2 R LM WR and FUJINON GF 23mm F4 R LM WR and Panasonic continued the development of their LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT Series with the  LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH.

A slew of new cine lenses were announced at NAB in April. Zeiss introduced a brand new range of compact cine lenses - the CP.3 and CP.3 XD, while Canon debuted their CN-E70-200mm Cine-servo lens and Sigma released details about two new FF High Speed Prime lenses - the 14mm T2 and the 135mm T2.

Tamron brought a new ultra-zoom lens to the market, the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD, and Sony kept up their lens releasing pace with the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large aperture wide-angle zoom lens and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra-wide angle zoom lens. Nikon introduced the AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR expanding their offering for sports and wildlife photographers.

Things slowed somewhat over the summer, but picked up again at the end of August with four new L-Series lenses from Canon - the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO and from Fujifilm, a new XF80mm F/2.8 Macro lenses and GF45mm F/2.8.

We will hope to have most of these lenses, and more, available to test, compare and buy at CameraWorld LIVE, so if you are planning to invest in some new glass in the near future, there’s only one place to be on Saturday the 28th of October! Sign up here to receive updates and special offers from CameraWorld LIVE.



Katie Teesdale-Ward