From cheap pancakes to pricey Loxia, we're treated to a buffet of new lenses from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, and Zeiss and more.
This is the second generation of its 400mm DO lens -- that version came out in 2001, though -- and features significantly updated image stabilization and coatings and a relocated diffractive optical element to reduce flare. It's slated to ship in November 2014 for $6,900.
This slow but relatively inexpensive lens was designed for full-frame cameras; the pro f4 "L" version costs $1,150 compared to this model's $600 price tag. It's the first of Canon's full-frame lenses to incorporate a quieter stepping motor (STM). We expect to see this one in December 2014.
This cheap ($150) pancake prime designed for APS-C cameras has an effective focal length of about 38mm, a nice angle of view for street photography. There's no image stabilization, though. It will be available in November 2014.
This fast, weather sealed Micro Four Thirds-mount lens incorporates two voice-coil motors that Olympus claims makes it fast and quiet. It also uses internal focus. It will run $1,500 and be available in November 2014.
This slow, collapsible general-purpose Micro Four Thirds lens, with a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 70-200mm, provides an inexpensive ($400) alternative for those who can't afford $1,500 for the f2.8 version or want something more compact to go with their GM series camera. Availability is yet to be announced.
The second in its line of premium lenses, the NX-mount 50-150mm f2.8 offers a dust-and-splashproof build with a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 77-231mm. It'll run you $1,600 when it ships. Availability has not yet been announced.
Sigma's 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM supertelephoto zoom will come in two flavors: a ready-for-anything $2,000 Sports edition and a slightly more compact standard edition (price TBD). They'll come in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts. Sigma hasn't announced availability yet.
Rounding out its Zeiss line of full-frame E-mount lenses, Sony introduces a dust-and-moisture resistant wide-angle zoom. Note that the FE-mount lens line still doesn't have a fast zoom; they're all f4. And -- yay! -- someone realizes that you still need stabilization at wide angles. It will run $1,350 and ship this November.
The Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD (model A012) is geared for full-frame shooters who appreciate a fast aperture and image stabilization. It will come in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
Following on its technical success with a 55mm f1.4, Zeiss announced the Otus 1.4/85 (shown here with and without its lens hood). It will cost a for-pros-only $4,490 and come in versions for Canon and Nikon cameras.
Sony's FE mount gets another pair of fast Zeiss primes, this time manual-focus only. The $950 Loxia 2/50 will be available in October 2014, and the $1,300 Loxia 2/35 near the end of the year.