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I know, I know...
Photography isn't just about gear.
But despite that, I always try to keep an eye out for upcoming photography gear that's worth getting excited about.
And I've got a couple of lenses that certainly fit the bill.
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art
Up first is the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens.
Sigma has been rocking it out the last few years, with lens after lens that seems to blow away the competition.
Their Art series of lenses is definitely at the top of my list of must-have lenses if you're a serious photographer.
Their new 14-24mm f/2.8 is currently available for pre-order, with shipments expected sometime in March.
Granted, this lens is a cool $1,299, so it's not going to be within everyone's budget. However, if you've got the money, this lens is well worth it.
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For starters, it costs about $600 less than the comparable 14-24mm f/2.8G from Nikon. It's $700 cheaper than Canon's closest comparable lens, the 16-35mm f/2.8L III.
Better still, the Sigma lens was designed for today's super high-resolution cameras with sensors that have more than 50-megapixels. That means if you've got a high-dollar rig, this lens can wrest all the detail possible out of the sensor.
It's got a closer minimum focusing distance - by almost a full inch - and it's weatherproofed, as you'd expect from a professional-grade lens.
On the downside, this lens is a beefy thing, weighing up to 30 percent more than the Canon and Nikon lenses spoken of above.
That extra weight is thanks to three fluorite low dispersion elements, three special low dispersion elements, and three aspherical elements.
Nevertheless, this lens should be on your list if you want fast, sharp, high-performance glass for your high-performance camera.
Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens
For those of you that want a solid zoom lens but don't want the bulk of a heavier f/2.8 telephoto, Tamron's upcoming 70-210mm f/4 might be worth a look.
Not only is it expected to be lighter in weight, but it should also be more compact than f/2.8 telephotos, which as a landscape photographer, I know I appreciate.
The biggest feature of this lens is its amazing maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1.
Additionally, the Tamron will have a new internal zoom design, a USD autofocus motor with override for manual focus, and vibration compensation that gives you up to four stops of added stability.
On top of that, this lens is water resistant.
At just $799, this rig is certainly worth the price for a huge focal range and top-shelf construction, as seen in the graphic above.
You can pre-order yours today for Canon or Nikon mounts.
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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD
Up to this point, Tamron's selection of lenses for Sony full frame cameras has been, well, slim.
But that seems to be changing with the upcoming 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD standard zoom lens.
If you're a landscape photographer, you'll like the water-resistant construction and the Fluorine coating on the lens element.
If you're a video enthusiast, this lens's rapid extra-silent stepping drive (RXD) will likely be a favorite feature.
Something else to keep an eye on is this lens's excellent minimum focusing distance.
On the wide end, it can focus at 7.5 inches. On the wide it, that mark is at 15.3 inches.
That means this standard zoom gives you plenty of flexibility not only in focal length, but also in how close you frame your shots. The f/2.8 aperture will be nice for low-light shooting as well as getting gorgeously blurry backgrounds.
The price has not yet been released on this lens, but I would suspect that since Tamron typically prices their lenses quite competitively that it won't be an outrageous sum.