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As the only lens reaching 400mm currently in the lineup, the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS is an important addition for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras such as the action-oriented A9 and some A7 variants. It will also appeal to owners of such cropped-sensor APS-C models as the A6000, on which it offers nearly the equivalent field of view of a 200-600mm lens.
Renowned German lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss’s latest Milvus range of DSLR lenses for Canon and Nikon are marketed as offering high-quality optical performance in a similar price bracket to such high-resolution options as Sigma’s Art range or Canon’s L-series lenses. The manual-focus Milvus range offers an all-metal dust and splash proof construction, a large rubberized focus ring, smooth manual focus control, as well as engraved focus distance and depth of field scales. The Nikon version also offers a manual control aperture ring that can be switched to de-click mode for video work.
Canon has launched the 3rd iteration of its popular EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide-angle zoom lens, predominantly for full frame press, sport and action photographers. Significant improvements to outer field sharpness on the new $2199 EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III also make it a viable option for landscape or astrophotography on the 50Mp EOS 5DS R, as well as wedding or event photography on the EOS 5D Mark IV. Although headline specifications are basically the same as its predecessor, improvements to the new lens’s durability, including water and dust resistance, equip the new lens better for the hammer of pro shooting in fast-paced, all-weather environments. Despite being specifically intended for use on full frame Canon DSLRs, the new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III also remains compatible with Canon APS-C sensor cameras, such as the 7D Mark II, where it offers a less wide-angle and less useful 26-52mm equivalent focal range.
Nikon’s latest flagship FX-mount, full-frame DSLR — the D5 — is a performance powerhouse, featuring a new 153-point autofocus system and 12 fps burst shooting of up to 200 14-bit RAW files. Designed for the traditional customer base of sports, press and wildlife pros demanding top performance, the D5’s increased 20.8Mp resolution and enhanced low-light capabilities has further broadened the D5’s appeal. As well as boasting enough pixels for advertising, magazine, and even landscape photography, the D5’s image quality improvements at the mid-ISO 1600–12,800 range will interest a range of professionals looking for great results in low light.
The Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX (Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8) is a wide-angle to short telephoto, fast-aperture standard zoom for use on full-frame Canon or Nikon DSLRs. Great lens metric scores from Tokina’s latest affordable, pro-grade, standard zoom for Nikon full-frame DSLRs.
Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses has been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first new lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.
A wide-angle is a must-have lens for landscape and architectural photographers, with a versatile wide-angle zoom often favored by those shooting press, weddings, events, or street photography. That there are different DSLR sensor sizes (35mm full-frame or cropped APS-C) means that it’s important to buy a lens designed specifically for each format. This is especially true for wide-angle zoom lenses, because although a full-frame format wide-angle will still work on APS-C, the crop means it’s not really wide-angle.
Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses have been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and the 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.
Announced in September 2015, the $599 Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8) is a standard focal length prime lens for Nikon, Canon, and Sony full-frame cameras. Offering a fixed focal length with a field of view similar to human vision (excluding peripheral vision) and a large maximum aperture, the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 is a good option for a range of uses, including street photography, portraits, low-light and all-round general shooting.
In Part 2 of “Best lenses for the Nikon D750” we’re looking at the performance of primes on Nikon’s latest full-frame DSLR. We’ve analyzed over 60 fixed-focal-length lenses on the D750, including Nikon’s own Nikkor brand and third-party alternatives. Covering focal lengths from 14mm through to 600mm, the scores include some of the best results our technicians have ever recorded.