Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4 and more


Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4

Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4

  • Leica M Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Multi-Layer Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Retractable Lens Design
  • 1:2 Magnification with Macro-Adapter-M
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.6′
  • Filter Thread: 39mm

The Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90mm f/4 Lens is a prime telephoto lens featuring a retractable design to maintain a compact, portable form factor. The 90mm focal length and manual focus design is well-suited to portraiture applications, as well as for reportage from greater distances. When working with close-up subject matter, the lens is able to achieve a minimum focusing distance of 2.6′ with a reproduction ratio of 1:6.7.

The simple lens design incorporates four elements within four groups, and each element has been coated with a multi-layered anti-reflective coating to reduce lens flare and ghosting for color neutrality and increased clarity.

When coupled with the optional Macro-Adapter-M and used on a camera featuring live view, this lens is also able to achieve a minimum focusing distance of 16.1″ with a reproduction ratio of 1:2. The lens’ retractable design also enables it to maintain infinity focus when used with the Macro-Adapter-M.

  • Telephoto prime lens is well-suited to portraiture applications and features a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:6.7 with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6′.
  • Retractable lens design (1.6″-long when collapsed) helps to maintain a compact form factor during traveling.
  • A multi-layered anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual lens elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting for color-neutral, contrast-rich imagery.
  • An optical design comprising four elements within four groups delivers edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination throughout the aperture range.
  • When paired with the optional Macro-Adapter-M, and used on a camera featuring live view functionality, a minimum focusing distance of 16.1″ is possible with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2. Additionally, infinity focusing is still possible when used in combination with the Macro-Adapter-M.
    


Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4

Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4The Minolta Maxxum 70-210 f/4 telephoto is presently the most sought after medium telephoto in the Maxxum line up. It has obtained a “cult-like” status amongst Minolta photographers and is affectionately known by Minoltians as “The Beercan”. The lens is well designed with high quality optics and the durable build of Minolta’s legendary 1st generation vintage lens line up. It has been rumoured to have a Leica-influenced design and to have cost more to build than the sales price. Performance, vignetting, and distortion (wide open and stopped down) as well as color, flare, AF speed and build are all considered. The f/4 is the highest rated non-APO medium telephoto lens in the database, and for the most part, the rest of the available lenses that do rate higher will retail at $1000-2000. The build of the “beercan” is second to none. Most newer versions in the 70-210mm focal range sport a smaller maximum aperture and increased use of plastic components, both cosmetically and internally. Inside the f/4 version, die cast metal gears, parts and threads are found and the body is a solid metal casing with a beautiful enamel finish and wide rubber zoom grip. This construction does add to the weight of the lens, but for overall durability and a stable and more distinctive feel.

Reviews

Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 Review by kurtmunger.com

This lens performs much the same as the far more expensive Sony 70-200mm F/2.8 G. The only real difference other than the extra stop of light is the Minolta has more color fringing at full zoom

    

Pentax HD Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited

Pentax HD Pentax DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited

  • Pentax K Mount
  • 31.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.2 to f/22
  • Compact Pancake-Style Design
  • High-Grade Multi-Layer HD Coating
  • Super Protect Lens Coating
  • Quick-Shift Focus System
  • Seven-Blade Rounded Diaphragm

The Pentax HD Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited Lens from is a compact pancake-style prime wide-angle lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 31.5mm. The broad 68° angle of view is well-suited to all-around shooting for both interior and exterior locations. A high-grade multi-layer HD coating has been applied to lens elements to help minimize flare and ghosting for enhanced contrast, clarity, and color fidelity and a seven-blade diaphragm contributes to an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, an SP Protect coating has also been applied to the front lens element to effectively protect it from dirt, oil, and finger prints.

  • The compact form-factor of this lens integrates Pentax’s Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows manual focus control over the lens at any time, even in AF mode, for precise handling over the focal plane.
  • Prime wide-angle lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 31.5mm, covering a broad angle of view of 68°.
  • Compact, thin pancake lens design measures just 1″-thick.
  • High-grade multi-layer HD coating minimizes lens flare and ghosting to enhance contrast and color neutrality.
  • Quick-Shift Focus System enables manual focus control at all times for precise handling that is well-suited to selective focus imagery.
  • Super Protect coating helps to protect the front lens element from dirt and finger marks.
    


Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR

Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR

  • Pentax K Mount
  • 84.5-460mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • High-Grade Multi-Layer HD Coating
  • Super Protect Lens Coating
  • Quick-Shift Focus System
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Rugged Metallic Lens Mount

The Pentax HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR Lens is a portrait-length to telephoto zoom lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 84.5-460mm. This extensive zoom range is complemented by the inclusion of two extra-low dispersion glass elements, which work to minimize chromatic aberrations and enhance overall image sharpness and clarity. A high-grade multi-layer HD coating has been applied to lens elements to help minimize flare and ghosting for enhanced contrast and, additionally, an SP Protect coating has also been applied to the front lens element to effectively protect it from dirt, oil, and finger prints.

The lens features a weather-resistant construction, which helps to prevent moisture and dust from entering the lens and affecting its performance and a highly durable metallic mount ensures a secure connection between the camera and lens. Pentax’s Quick-Shift Focus System has also been incorporated into the design, which permits quick changing to manual focus control at any time, even in AF mode, for precise handling over the focal plane.

  • Portrait-length to telephoto zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 84.5-460mm, covering an expansive zoom range that is suitable for a wide variety of subjects.
  • High-grade multi-layer HD coating minimizes lens flare and ghosting to enhance contrast and color neutrality.
  • Quick-Shift Focus System enables expedited switching to manual focus control at all times for precise handling that is well-suited to selective focus imagery.
  • Super Protect coating helps to protect the front lens element from dirt and finger marks.
  • Weather-resistant construction protects the lens from dust and moisture for ensured use in inclement conditions.
    

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

 

  • 24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1,229k-Dot RGBW Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX II 51-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 6.5 fps
  • 91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Time Lapse Shooting & Exposure Smoothing

Championing a multimedia approach to photography, Nikon’s D750 DSLR is an FX-format camera well-suited to both still imaging and video recording. Featuring a 24.3MP CMOS sensor, along with the EXPEED 4 image processor, this camera is capable of producing high-resolution imagery with smooth color gradations, low noise, and sensitivity to an expandable ISO 51200, at a continuous rate of up to 6.5 fps. In regard to video recording, full HD 1080p/60 is supported, along with the ability to record uncompressed video to an optional external recorder. Working from high and low angles is possible due to the tilting 3.2″ 1,229k-dot LCD monitor or, for remote shooting, the D750 also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Designed for the contemporary image-maker, this DSLR is poised to benefit still photographers and videographers alike with the versatility and performance to match any working situation.

Benefiting the imaging capabilities of the D750, an equally apt 51-point AF system, with 15 cross-type points, is available and can be configured to utilize five AF points as a single focusing point in the Group Area AF setting for heightened initial subject recognition. The 3D Color Matrix Metering III system, along with the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, also benefits the focusing abilities as well as provides accurate exposure metering to suit a vast array of subjects and lighting conditions. Furthermore, benefitting creative applications, the D750 supports in-camera creation of time-lapse movies with automated exposure smoothing, and a range of Picture Control profiles can be applied to refine the color and tonal handling of imagery.

24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 4 Image Processor

The 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor works in close collaboration with the EXPEED 4 image processor to produce rich image quality accentuated by low noise and notable sensitivity to a native ISO 12800, which is further expandable to ISO 51200. The sensor and processor combination further work together to realize a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6.5 fps and full HD 1080p/60 video recording. The sensor can also record imagery in DX format and will automatically switch to and support the use of DX-dedicated lenses when attached.

Full HD Video Recording

The EXPEED 4 processing power extends beyond still imaging performance to benefit full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps. During recording, fully manual control is possible over shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings, along with the ability to utilize Auto ISO adjustment in manual mode. Zebra stripe highlighting can be applied to aid in controlling overexposure during recording, too, along with in-camera Picture Control profiles, custom tone curves, and a flat profile to benefit color grading applications. Additionally, multi-area mode allows you to narrow your effective field of view during recording, in FX and DX settings, to offer greater perspective versatility during shooting.

Recording to an optional external recorder is possible in order to gain uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit output through the HDMI port and, when recording externally, use of the camera’s LCD monitor for live view monitoring is possible. Power aperture control is supported during external recording, too, as well as when recording to internal memory cards. Simultaneous recording to both memory cards and an external recording device is possible for instant backup and duplication of files, and 2MP 16:9 still images can also be recorded simultaneously during video recording. In-camera video trimming is possible as well, along with the ability to select the movie’s saving destination.

In regard to audio recording, an in-camera stereo microphone can be used or, alternatively, an input is available for utilizing an optional external stereo microphone. Sound levels can be adjusted across 20 levels prior to and during recording, along with the ability to monitor audio via the headphone output.

51-Point Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF Sensor
Supporting the exceptional imaging capabilities of the D750 is an apt autofocus system that employs up to 51 distinct points, with options available to use 9, 21, or all 51 points depending on the situation, with AF detection sensitivity down to -3 EV. 15 cross-type points are also integrated within this array to provide even greater accuracy to centrally-located subjects. Benefitting the use of telephoto lenses and teleconverters, 11 of the focus points are also sensitive down to an aperture value of f/8. 3D Tracking, a part of the intelligent Scene Recognition System, also works to benefit maintained focusing on moving subjects for greater accuracy when shooting at high continuous shooting speeds.

For even faster initial focusing and subject recognition, five AF sensors can be used together as a single focus point with the Group Area AF setting. Furthermore, Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF (with 9, 21, or 51 points selectable), 3D-tracking (using all 51 points), and Auto-area AF modes are also available.

When working in live view, for either still or movie shooting, a contrast-based AF system is employed to acquire focus precisely and can function in continuous, full-time servo mode to better-suit working with moving subjects. Four distinct AF-area modes are available when using the contrast-detection focusing method: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, and Subject-tracking AF.

Scene Recognition System and Exposure Metering
The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering III utilizes a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance. Additionally, benefitting working in difficult lighting conditions, a highlight-weighted metering setting can be used to maintain faithful highlight reproduction.

Camera Design Features

  • A large 3.2″ 1,229k-dot LCD monitor is incorporated into the D750′s design, and features a tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. Additionally, the screen features an RGBW color array to enhance visibility in bright conditions, and can be custom color balanced to match additional external monitors.
  • A bright pentaprism optical viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage and incorporates an organic EL display system to clearly display shooting information for seamless adjustment over camera settings without removing your eye from the viewfinder.
  • A built-in pop-up flash can be used to provide additional illumination to scenes and can also be used as a flash commander to wirelessly communicate with other Nikon CLS-compatible Speedlights. Additionally, a hot shoe is available for utilizing optional external flashes.
  • Dual SD card slots are available to extend file saving capabilities by permitting either overflow recording or in-camera file duplicating. Additionally, optional HDMI-connected external recorders are supported for recording uncompressed video and time lapse sequences.
  • A unique monocoque body design helps to lessen the overall weight and size of the camera for more comfortable use during long shooting sessions. The front of the camera and front cover are constructed from carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastics, and the rear and top covers are magnesium alloy to present a well-balanced mixture of both durability and sleekness.
  • The included EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack provides up to approximately 1230 shots or up to 55 minutes of recording per charge (based on CIPA standards).

Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Supporting a wealth of sharing and tagging possibilities, the D750 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to enable seamless transfer of imagery as well as remote shooting capabilities. Once the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app has been installed on an Android or iOS mobile device, you can use that device to browse the contents of the memory card, select images, and seamlessly transfer files between devices for immediate sharing online. Additionally, the mobile device can remotely trigger the shutter and display a live view image from the camera to enable working from a distance.

  • Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
  • Communications protocols: 802.11b – DSSS/CCK; 802.11g – OFDM
  • Operating frequency: 2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11)
  • Range (line of sight): Approx. 98.4′ / 30m (assumes no interference; range may vary with interference)
  • Data rate: 54 Mbps (maximum logical data rates)
  • Security: Authentication – Open system, WPA2-PSK; Encryption – AES
  • Wireless setup: Supports WPS
  • Access protocols: Infrastructure

For faster wireless performance, the D750 is also compatible with the optional WT-5A Wireless Transmitter and UT-1 Communication Unit, which can transmit image files via FTP.

Other Camera Features

  • Pairing video and still imaging capabilities, in-camera time lapse shooting is possible using the built-in intervalometer to record up to 9999 consecutive exposures at variable intervals. Exposure smoothing can also be applied to groups of sequentially-recorded images in order to produce a naturally-appearing time lapse straight from the camera.
  • Dedicated Photo Shooting and Movie Shooting menus aid in easily accessing dedicated settings and controls depending on the medium you are working with
  • Special Effects modes can be applied to both still and video files for in-camera creative enhancement.
  • Auto ISO sensitivity control allows you to select a minimum shutter speed at which camera shake can be controlled from and then will automatically set the ISO value in order to best render the scene. A maximum sensitivity level can also be set in order to maintain overall noise levels.
  • Spot White Balance control for live view shooting makes setting the white balance as easy as pointing to the area in the frame that should be white.
  • Picture Control modes allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera and include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, Flat, and user-customizable settings.
  • Special Effects modes allow you to creatively enhance imagery in-camera: Night Vision, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, and Low Key.
  • A range of scene modes can be employed to base exposure settings on pre-defined, detected scene types: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, and Food. Playback functions: Auto Image Rotation, Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar), Highlights, Histogram Display, Image Comment , Movie Playback, Movie Slideshow, Playback with Zoom, and Slideshow.
  • In-camera image editing: Color Balance, Color Outline, Color Sketch, D-Lighting, Distortion Control, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Perspective Control, Quick Retouch, Red-Eye Correction, Resize, Selective Color, Side-by-Side Comparison, Straighten, and Trim.
    


More Recent Articles


Click here to safely unsubscribe from "myLensDB.com." Click here to view mailing archives, here to change your preferences, or here to subscribePrivacy