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New this month
Hama Optic HTMC Photo Cleaning Set, 4-partHama Optic HTMC Photo Cleaning Set, 4-part
Hama Optic HTMC Photo Cleaning Set, 4-part
One year UK Warranty30 sheets of lens paperLens brush with air blowerGlass bottle of HTMC-Special lens cleaner, 12mlMesh storage pouchNew this month

in stock Good Stock

£9.90
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Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter A
Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter A
One year UK Warranty Converts Canon EF/EFS to EOS R Maintains AutoFocus and image Stabilisation Includes a drop in variable ND filter to modify exposure and create effects Easy to adjust without removing the camera from your eye Get Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Limited Stock

£449.00

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Canon Extender RF 1.4x
Canon Extender RF 1.4x
One year UK WarrantyExtend your visionThe Extender RF 1.4x is the perfect choice for any photographer seeking more magnification from their RF lenses.Boosts focal length by 1.4x with the loss of just one f stopGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Low Stock - more due this week

£559.00
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Canon Extender RF 2x
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Canon Extender RF 2x
£20.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyExtend your reachThe Exender RF 2x is the natural choice for the person looking for the maximum magnification from their RF systemDoubles the focal length of any lensIdeal for nature photography in good light Get Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£719.00 £699.00

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Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USMCanon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
0% FinancePre-order now with a £100 depositOne year UK Warranty100-400mm zoom - Great flexibility for wildlife and sport5.5-stop Optical Image Stabilizer- Excellent stability for hand-held shotsCompact, lightweight design. 635g and 164.7mm longNano USM - Smooth, quiet and fast focusingUD glass - Outstanding aberration control with Super Spectra Coating for rich, natural coloursLens Control Ring - Intuitive control of settingsNew this month

Available to pre-order now - First delivery expected on the 14th October

£699.00
Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM lensCanon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens
Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyThe telephoto zoom with extra power100-500mm focal length range5-stop image stabilisationL-series build qualityPerformance and image quality like no otherUD lens elements and ASC coatings for unrivalled contrast and sharpness Get Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock. Deliveries trickling in from Canon UK for customer pre-orders every two or three weeks. Pre-order now for the earliest delivery

£2,979.00

Pre-order now for £100
Canon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lensCanon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens
Canon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens
0% FinancePre-order now with a £100 depositOne year UK WarrantyThe world’s first AF macro lens with 1.4x life-size magnificationStunning close-up imagesExquisite portraitsGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock on site. Deliveries are trickling in for customer pre-orders. Pre-order yours now for £100 to get your name on our list for the earliest pos

£1,479.00
Pre-order now for £100
Canon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens, Pre-order depositCanon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens, Pre-order deposit
Canon RF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM lens, Pre-order deposit
See the main product to confirm the price, full details and specification. Pay the balance of £1379 when we have stock ready to supplyOne year UK WarrantyThe world’s first AF macro lens with 1.4x life-size magnificationStunning close-up imagesExquisite portraits

Stock trickling in for customer orders. Pre-order now for the earliest delivery.

£100.00

12 months 0% Finance
Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM lensCanon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM lens
Canon RF 14-35mm F4L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyNew RF Wide angle Zoom lens

in stock Limited Stock

£1,749.00
Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8 L IS USM lensCanon RF 15-35mm f2.8 L IS USM lens
Canon RF 15-35mm f2.8 L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyCanon's fastest ultra-wide-angle zoom and part of a trinity of essential Pro lensesSuperior performanceNano USM motor5-stops of image stabilisation3 Aspherical and 2 UD elementsStunning image sharpnessGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£2,389.00

Pre-order now for £100
Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STMCanon RF 16mm F2.8 STM
Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM
Pre-order now with a £100 depositOne year UK WarrantyUltra-wide 16mm - Perfect for vlogging and all creative contentF2.8 aperture - Great in low light, ideal for smooth bokehCompact, lightweight design - 165g and just 40.1mm longSTM Motor - Smooth, quiet and fast focusingAspherical elements for outstanding image qualityNew this month

Available to pre-order now - First delivery expected on the 14th October

£319.00
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Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens
Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyPractical for travel and for covering multiple locations and eventsPowerful 5-stop optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding image clarityFast, silent, Nano USM technologyProduce images full of sharpness and colour with reduced chromatic aberration thanks to UD lens elementsLightweight and compact (700g)Get Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock. On back order with Canon UK. No delivery date at present.

£1,149.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM lensCanon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM lens
Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 IS STM lens
One year UK WarrantyAddition to the RF lens lineupGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Limited Stock

£479.00
Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 24-240mm f4.5-6.3 IS USM lensCanon RF 24-240mm f4.5-6.3 IS USM lens
Canon RF 24-240mm f4.5-6.3 IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyA versatile Full-Frame 10x zoom lens for the EOS R Mirrorless systemGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock. On back order with Canon UK. No delivery date at present.

£959.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 24-70mm f2.8 L IS USM lensCanon RF 24-70mm f2.8 L IS USM lens
Canon RF 24-70mm f2.8 L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyAspherical and UD elements for outstanding colour and sharpnessPowerful 5-stop optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding image clarityFast, silent, Nano USM technologyL-series build quality and weather-sealingGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock. On back order with Canon UK. No delivery date at present.

£2,389.00
12 months 0% Finance
Canon RF 400mm f2.8L IS USM lensCanon RF 400mm f2.8L IS USM lens
Canon RF 400mm f2.8L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyUltra-fast focusingUp to 5 stops of image stabilisationSensational Image QualityExcellent low-light performance and depth-of-field control

in stock Limited Stock

£12,449.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM lensCanon RF 50mm f1.8 STM lens
Canon RF 50mm f1.8 STM lens
One year UK Warranty STM Motor Wide f/1.8 aperture Aspheric lens element > Super Spectra Coating Focus / lens control ring43mm filter sizeGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£219.00
£20 Discount
Canon RF 600mm f11 IS STM lensCanon RF 600mm f11 IS STM lens
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Canon RF 600mm f11 IS STM lens
£20.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantySuper-compact, super-telephoto lens15x magnificationPowerful image stabilisationCompact, lightweight designIdeal complement to the new EOS R cameras with their exceptional low-light performanceGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£769.00 £749.00

Pre-order now for £100
Canon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lensCanon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens
Canon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens
0% FinancePre-order now with a £100 depositOne year UK WarrantyUltra-fast focusingUp to 5 stops of image stabilisationSensational Image QualityExcellent low-light performance and depth-of-field control

Available to pre-order now. First delivery expected August/September

£13,409.00
Canon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens, Pre-order depositCanon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens, Pre-order deposit
Canon RF 600mm f4L IS USM lens, Pre-order deposit
One year UK WarrantyUltra-fast focusingUp to 5 stops of image stabilisationSensational Image QualityExcellent low-light performance and depth-of-field control

Available to pre-order now. First delivery expected August/September

£100.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM lensCanon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM lens
Canon RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£2,729.00
£20 Discount
Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM lensCanon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM lens
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Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM lens
£20.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK Warranty f4 constant maximum aperture Dual Nano USM focusing motor L-series quality UD elements and ASC coatings 5-stop Optical Image Stabiliser Dust and water-resistant seals Lens Control Ring77mm filter sizeGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£1,719.00 £1,699.00

£20 Discount
Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM lensCanon RF 800mm f11 IS STM lens
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Canon RF 800mm f11 IS STM lens
£20.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantySuper-compact ultra-telephoto lens20x magnificationPowerful image stabilisationCompact, lightweight designIdeal complement to the new EOS R cameras with their exceptional low-light performanceGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£999.00 £979.00
Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 85mm f1.2 USM DS lensCanon RF 85mm f1.2 USM DS lens
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Canon RF 85mm f1.2 USM DS lens
£50.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyThe RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS is Canon's ultimate lens for flattering portraits, producing elegant and detailed results with a pleasing perspective and no distortion plus a DS coating for superb bokehCompatible with the EOS R mirrorless rangeProfessional L-series lens, designed for portrait, wedding and fashion photographyGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£3,299.00 £3,249.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM lensCanon RF 85mm f1.2L USM lens
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Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM lens
£70.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyAn extremely fast 85mm f1.2 L-series prime lens for the Canon EOS R systemGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£2,869.00 £2,799.00
Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM lensCanon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM lens
Canon RF 85mm f2 Macro IS STM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyMore than just stunning portraitsCompact, lightweight RF prime lensBeautiful detail – and so much moreGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£649.00

In stock
Kenko Extension Tube set, 10+16 for Canon EOS RKenko Extension Tube set, 10+16 for Canon EOS R
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Kenko Extension Tube set, 10+16 for Canon EOS R
£20.00 Discount One year UK Warranty Supports full-frame sensors Tubes can be used singularly or together Each extension tube is equipped with electrical contacts for communication between camera and lens Fully-automatic aperture diaphragm coupling Maintains TTL metering  

in stock Good Stock

£219.00 £199.00
Pre-order now for £100
Pre-order Deposit for Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USMPre-order Deposit for Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
Pre-order Deposit for Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
See the main product for details and specificationOne year UK Warranty100-400mm zoom - Great flexibility for wildlife and sport5.5-stop Optical Image Stabilizer- Excellent stability for hand-held shotsCompact, lightweight design. 635g and 164.7mm longNano USM - Smooth, quiet and fast focusingUD glass - Outstanding aberration control with Super Spectra Coating for rich, natural coloursLens Control Ring - Intuitive control of settingsNew this month

unavailable Available to pre-order now - First delivery expected on the 14th October

£100.00

Pre-order now for £100
Pre-order Deposit for Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STMPre-order Deposit for Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM
Pre-order Deposit for Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM
See the main product for details and specificationOne year UK WarrantyUltra-wide 16mm - Perfect for vlogging and all creative contentF2.8 aperture - Great in low light, ideal for smooth bokehCompact, lightweight design - 165g and just 40.1mm longSTM Motor - Smooth, quiet and fast focusingAspherical elements for outstanding image qualityNew this month

unavailable Available to pre-order now - First delivery expected on the 14th October

£100.00
12 months 0% Finance
Samyang AF 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon EOS RSamyang AF 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon EOS R
Samyang AF 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon EOS R
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyEnd of line - available while stocks last

unavailable No stock on site. Awaiting delivery of new order from Samyang UK. ETA subject to UK availability

£599.00

Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 lens for Canon EOS R
Samyang MF 14mm f2.8 lens for Canon EOS R
One year UK WarrantyImage Sensor size: Full frame 35mmFocal length: 14mmMaximum aperture: f/2.8End of line - available while stocks last

in stock While stocks last - One only

£359.00
£100 Saving
Samyang MF 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon EOS R
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Samyang MF 85mm f1.4 lens for Canon EOS R
£100.00 September Saving subject to availability One year UK WarrantyImage Sensor size: Full frame 35mmFocal length: 85mmMaximum aperture: f/1.4Filter Diameter: 72mmAngle of view: 28.3 degreesEnd of line - available while stocks last

in stock Available while stocks last

£319.00 £219.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM lens
Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyA fast-aperture standard zoom lens for the Canon EOS R system 5-stops of image stabilisationFast, smooth, quiet Nano USM focusingGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock on site - Back order overdue. Please contact us for any update on eta from Canon UK

£3,109.00
Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 35mm f1.8 Macro IS STM lens
Canon RF 35mm f1.8 Macro IS STM lens
One year UK WarrantyFast f/1.8 aperture gives you a lot of creative options for depth of fieldideal for street, travel and close-up photographySuper Spectra Coatings to prevent ghosting and flare5-stops of image stabilisationGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

in stock Good Stock

£529.00

Free Canon 48 hour Test Drive
Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM lens
Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyA high-performance 50 mm f/1.2 L-series prime lens designed for the Canon EOS R systemRemarkable low-light performanceAspherical and UD elements to eliminate optical issues such as chromatic aberrationL-series image quality and build qualityGet Hands On with a FREE 48HR TEST DRIVE courtesy of Canon UK

No stock. On back order with Canon UK. No delivery date at present.

£2,389.00
In stock
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
One year UK WarrantyConverts Canon EF/EFS SLR lenses to use on an EOS R series mirrorless camera bodyCustomisable Control RingMaintains the original AutoFocus and Image Stabilisation performance

No stock on site - Back order overdue. Please contact us for any update on eta from Canon UK

£239.00

In stock
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
One year UK WarrantyConverts Canon EF/EFS to EOS RMaintains AutoFocus and image StabilisationTripod mount with standard 1/4 inch thread

No stock on site - Back order overdue. Please contact us for any update on eta from Canon UK

£119.00
In stock
Kenko Extension Tube set, 10+16 for Nikon ZKenko Extension Tube set, 10+16 for Nikon Z
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Kenko Extension Tube set, 10+16 for Nikon Z
£20.00 Discount One year UK Warranty Supports full-frame sensors Tubes can be used singularly or together Each extension tube is equipped with electrical contacts for communication between camera and lens Fully-automatic aperture diaphragm coupling Maintains TTL metering  

in stock Good Stock

£219.00 £199.00

£20 Discount
Nikon Mount Adapter FTZNikon Mount Adapter FTZ
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Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ
£20.00 Discount One year UK WarrantyFull-frame, FX format lens for Z-series mirrorless camera

in stock Good Stock

£269.00 £249.00
£100 Discount
Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f2.8 S lensNikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f2.8 S lens
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f2.8 S lens
£100.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyNew Low Price

in stock Limited Stock

£2,499.00 £2,399.00

£50 Discount
Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f1.8 S lensNikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f1.8 S lens
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f1.8 S lens
£50.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyThis bright, ultra-wide 20 mm prime lens makes an exciting choice for wide-angle photography. With advanced optics and extensive weather sealing, this bright 20 mm full-frame mirrorless lens is ready to take on any view. Ultra-sharp from edge to edge and brilliant in low light, it renders every component of a scene with exceptional clarity. The wide Z mount, and the f1.8 rounded 9-blade aperture enable thrilling performance in any light.

in stock Limited Stock

£1,049.00 £999.00
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR lensNikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR lens
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyThe NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR joins the Nikon Z family as the perfect travel lens with which to capture richly detailed stills and moviesOne of the most compact telephoto zooms available todayEasily fits into smaller kit bagsThe large Z mount allows a unique design that places larger lens elements to the rear for superb balance and handling

in stock Limited Stock

£849.00

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f4-6.3 lensNikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f4-6.3 lens
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f4-6.3 lens
One year UK WarrantyLaunching alongside the Z5 full-frame mirrorless camera is the portable NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3The shortest and lightest full-frame zoom lens available at launch.The perfect partner for the Nikon Z 5 and a great option for any Nikon Z user who wants a truly portable full-frame zoom lens.

in stock Limited Stock

£439.00
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f2.8 S lensNikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f2.8 S lens
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f2.8 S lens
£20.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyFull-frame, FX format lens for Z-series mirrorless camera

in stock Limited Stock

£2,019.00 £1,999.00

£20 Discount
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S lensNikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S lens
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S lens
£20.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyFull-frame, FX format lens for Z-series mirrorless camera

in stock Limited stock - please contact us to confirm

£899.00 £879.00
12 months 0% Finance
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S lens, in plain boxNikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S lens, in plain box
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S lens, in plain box
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyFull-frame, FX format lens for Z-series mirrorless cameraEnd of line - available while stocks last

in stock While stocks last - One only

£799.00

£130 Discount
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24mm f1.8 S lens
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24mm f1.8 S lens
£130.00 Discount 0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyProfessional lens with compact buildAdvanced opticsExceptional close-up quality to .38mExtensive weather sealing

in stock Limited Stock

£1,049.00 £919.00
12 months 0% Finance
Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S lensNikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S lens
Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S lens
0% FinanceOne year UK WarrantyFull-frame, FX format lens for Z-series mirrorless camera

in stock Good Stock

£799.00
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All Lenses

 

What are the types of camera lenses?

  • Camera lenses are defined by two key factors.  The first is the focal length.  You can check the focal length of a simple lens by pointing it towards the sun with one hand and using your other hand to find the point at which the sun's rays come together to cause the maximum pain. It was a favourite of science teachers in the more boring days after the Blitz.  
  • The second is the width or diameter.  A stronger lens, ie one with more bend to it, has a shorter focal length.  It will bring the sun's rays together more closely and hurt more.  Short, or 'wide angle' lenses produce a brighter image than lenses with a longer focal length which spread out, or magnify, the image across a wider area.
  • To save a lot of re-calculation when you change lenses, their diameter is expressed as a fraction of the focal length - eg focal length/2 or f/2.  This figure is the relative aperture and defines the brightness of the image formed by any lens.  An f/1 lens is as wide as it is long. A 100mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 will be 100/2 i.e. 50mm wide.  It will have a thread at the front to accept a UV or protector filter which will need to be slightly larger than that - maybe 62 or 67mm
  • Camera lenses are generally classified according to their angle of view and whether this is fixed or variable. A standard lens is one that has much the same angle of view as our own eyes which is around 55 degrees. Anything with a wider view is called a wide-angle lens.  It includes more of the subject area in the picture and so everything is smaller than in a photo taken with a standard lens.  A more restricted angle takes you through portrait lenses, useful to fill the picture with the just the head and shoulders of your subject to telephoto lenses which act in much the same way as a telescope.
  • Lenses which can change their angle of view were originally called Vari-angle lenses but have now become Zoom lenses.  They can be Wide-Angle zooms, Mid-Range Zooms, Telephoto-Zooms or even Ultra-Zooms.
  • Interchangeable lenses became popular in the 70s when the 35mm films and cameras of the time became good enough to challenge the supremacy of larger formats. They were popularised by the likes of David Bailey and slogans like 'Just hold a Pentax'.  The image captured and recorded on 35mm film was 24x36mm, a format that has continued into the digital era on top-end cameras with a 'full-frame' sensor. 
  • A standard lens is one that equates to the diagonal of the image, in the case of 35mm film, or full-frame digital, 43mm.  Originally, they mostly came with a slightly longer 50mm standard lens and latterly a mid-range zoom, maybe from 28-70 or 24-100.  The focal lengths that were popular then have stuck in photographer's minds ever since and are often quoted on compact cameras as "35mm equivalent". For enthusiasts with a full-frame digital camera, the old lenses perform exactly as they did in film days which was 'not as well as the latest versions'.
  • Cameras with smaller sensors will crop off the edges of the frame and so produce the same effect as cropping, or blowing up the centre of the image, in post-production. They are therefore a good tool for extreme wildlife or sports photography, creating the final image in-camera faster and using less memory.
  • Early digital cameras used a reflex mirror and screen to view the image in the same way as a 35mm SLR. In recent years years, all the major manufacturers have gone 'mirrorless' with ranges of cameras that rely totally on digital imaging to both view, review and record the image. Doing away with the mirror allows mirrorless cameras to be slimmer.  Therefore, 'mirrorless' lenses are slightly longer and SLR lenses can be used with an optional adaptor.  The Sigma MC-11 that adapts Canon EOS SLR lenses to any Sony Alpha proved extremely popular prior to Canon's launch of its own mirrorless R system and their own series of EF to RF adaptors.