The season of gifts is upon us – which becomes immediately apparent every time you walk into a store and are overwhelmed with Whamageddon. If you want to avoid Christmas music and prefer to shop online, then fear not, DIYP’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guides are here to save you with some of our favorite new releases of the year, plus a few old ones. favorites that always seem to find a place in our gear bags.
In this article, we’ll take a look at lenses, but keep an eye out for upcoming guides featuring lighting, tripods, sliders and gimbals, and other accessories and gadgets and be sure to check out our previous guide. on the best of this year’s new cameras.
It took Sony a while to refresh its original 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS, but now they finally have it, promising “next-gen AF performance” and claiming to be the “largest telephoto zoom world’s lightest aperture”, which will definitely help your wrists and arms when shooting with this thing all day! It’s 29% lighter than its predecessor and it’s also quite small, measuring just 200mm in length.
Canon has completely redesigned its 100mm f/2.8L to take it from Canon’s EF DSLR mount to its new RF mirrorless mount. The new design comes with different optics and a spherical aberration control ring to help adjust the shape and character of foreground and background bokeh. Canon’s previous EF 100mm f/2.8L model was pretty legendary and from what I’ve seen so far, this one seems to live up to the expectations set by its predecessor.
Despite its small size of 70×45.5mm, the Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 is a full-frame Z-mount lens. A budget alternative to the “nifty fifty” so commonly used throughout history on most brands, the 40mm offers a slightly wider field of view that is often more useful for things like street photography or like general walking purpose while on vacation. This lens also has a price to match, coming in at under $300.
Mitakon Speedmaster 90mm f/1.5 – RF, FE, ZM (ZYOptics) – $599
This is the latest lens in Zhongyi Optics’ Mitakon range. Billed as “a budget alternative to the legendary Leica Summilux-M”, this lens slashes the price of the classic Leica lens by $13,600, bringing it down to just $599. It is available in native Sony FE, Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts as well as a Leica M mount which can be adapted to almost anything. You’ll even get autofocus with the Megadap MTZ11 and Techart TZM-01/LM-EA7 adapters
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE II-FE (Samyang) – $749
It seems only fitting that Samyang is updating their 50mm f/1.4 FE for their 50th anniversary and they did just that. Like Sony, it boasts of being the smallest and lightest of its lenses for the full-frame Sony E mount, measuring just 88.9mm long and weighing 420g. A 9-blade aperture delivers smooth bokeh, and linear stepping motors make the autofocus system fast and virtually silent for videographers.
This APS-C lens from 7artisans is available in just about every mirrorless mount option you could hope for. All of them, basically, including the oft-ignored Leica L, the soon-to-be-obsolete (?) Canon EF-M, and the sometimes overlooked Micro Four Thirds. With a very wide f/0.95 aperture, this thing loves low light. This 25mm focal length provides a similar field of view to around 32.5mm on full frame and on Micro Four Thirds cameras it should act much the same as a standard 50 “nifty fifty”. mm f/1.8 on full frame – but with 2 stops more light.
Canon isn’t the only company to refresh its macro telephoto lens in its new lens mount format this year. Nikon has also released its new Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S macro lens. It took Nikon a while to update this one, but they are finally here. The previous Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR and 105mm f/2.8D AF both versions were very popular due to their sharpness and clarity, and this one should be able to easily meet the needs of its users.
The Samyang 12mm f/2 AF marks Samyang’s entry into the world of autofocus lenses for the Fuji X mount system. Also available in Sony E flavor for APS-C cameras, this lens offers a fairly wide aperture, a very a wide field of view and a very short focusing distance that allow him to feel as at home indoors in small spaces as he does photographing the breathtaking views of the great outdoors. It’s a small lens too, measuring just 70 x 59.2mm and weighing a hair over 200g.
As far as weird lenses go, Canon certainly takes the cake this year with the new Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye. Designed to shoot immersive 3D images and high-resolution VR content with cameras like the Canon EOS-R5this lens offers a pair of 5.2mm fisheye lenses to provide a wide 190° field of view for both left eye and right eye views to deliver an immersive 180° VR experience that looks more like human vision.
Sirui 50mm T2.9 1.6x Full Frame Anamorphic – RF, Z, FE, L (Siru) – $1,199 (limited price)
Sirui is also no stranger to producing cool and unusual lenses. This year they brought us the 50mm T2.9 1.6x Anamorphic full-frame lens for Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE and Leica L mounts. The 1.6x Anamorphic perspective offers an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 2.8:1 (or 2.4:1 with a 3:2 sensor) for super wide cinema shooting. Sirui says this provides a viewing experience “as premium and immersive as IMAX”.
M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 Pro OM System – MFT (B&H) $799
And how could we complete this list without including the first lens released under the new OM System brand? The artist formerly known as Olympus has had quite a year, moving to a new company and a new name, but we finally have the company’s first real new product. The M.Zuiko 20mm f/1.4 Pro lens. Hopefully this is the start of many new products to come!
Here is our list of lenses for this year. There were so many weird and wonderful goals this year that it was impossible to include them all, but this list represents some of the new goals that stood out to us the most this year. What new lenses did you receive in 2021? Will you add any of these to your list for Santa Claus?
Keep an eye out for more guides to come over the next few days covering lighting, tripods, sliders and gimbals as well as accessories and don’t forget to check out our previous guide which reviews the best of new devices picture of this year.