Panasonic UK interview: Says GH4 is a huge success in UK. Mirrorless sales growing worldwide.


Photokina 2014 – Panasonic-GH4-Matt-Frazer about the GH4
from Personal View on Vimeo.

Photographyblog interviewed Barnaby Sykes and Dai Mukai from Panasonic. Here are some key info:

– Whether we’re looking at volume or value, CSC shows very strong growth.
– (in UK) We actually had more orders than we forecast for the GH4 and ran out. We got some more in from Japan and ran out again. We’ve just put another order in.
– The GM5 is not called GM2 because it’s a major step up from the GM5 and will not replace the Gm1 (has EVF, improvement in AF speed and also burst shooting).
– LX100 also doesn’t replace the LX7
– Cameras with built-in Viewfinders are a really hot trend on the market
– premium compact camera (fixed lens) market is growing

Sounds like Panasonic is finally on the right path!

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

Olympus confirms the E-M5 successor is coming soon!

DC.watch interviewed Mr Haruo from Olympus Imaging. And there are a couple of interesting info:

1) smartphones did eat up the compact camera market with exception of models having those characteristic: Good Low Light performance, larger zoom range and weather proof cameras.

2) This year Olympus system camera sales went up + 140-150%!

3) Successor for the E-M5 is ready to be launched as next!

That’s great news for Olympus…and us 🙂

 

First Zyoptics MFT lens hands-on and 42.5mm f/1.2 image samples

ePhotozine posted a full set of pictures with four MFT lenses. Two of them are the newly announced 24 and 42,5mm lenses. These are all four lens details:

24mm f/1.7:
Minimum focus distance of 15cm. 9 elements in 8 groups and uses ED lenses in order to minimise chromatic aberrations. It weights just 246g. Price $289.

35mm f/0.95
This is a relaunch of the already known Mitakon 35mm 0.95 (here on eBay). The lens features 10 elements in 7 groups, with 10 blades and 30cm min focus. It will be available for 799 USD.

42,5mm f/1.2
7 elements in 9 groups. Price $349.

50mm f/0.95
It will be available for 899 USD.

Some image samples taken on the GH2 with the new 42,5mm lens can be seen at Zyoptics.net.

Terada interview: Says Fast Aperture Prime lenses are in the works!

The spectacular f/1.0 MFT lens patent from Olympus (article here).

Pen And Tell interviewed Mr Terada from Olympus. Here are the translated key info:

– Olympus will keep the three lines of OMD cameras
– release cycle between cameras will become longer
– Olympus recognize the need of very fast aperture lenses
– 4K will not come on the E-m1. But maybe on future cameras (on previous Pen And Tell post)

Sounds all goot to me! Can’t wait to see that patented 12 or 14mm f/1.0 lens 🙂

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

New Photokina news recap!


Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 and Silver EM1

Some LX100 pics at Joefaraceblogs.
Nokton 10,5mm images at Dcwatch.
Panasonic CM1 Shutter Aperture Control by PersonalView on Vimeo.
Michiharu Uematsu Interview at PersonalView on Vimeo.
Japanese video about the 10.5mm Nokton at CapaCamera.
Photokina 2014 – Michael Guthmann – Olympus at PersonalView on Vimeo.
Spanish LX100 hands-on at DSLRmagazine.
Interview with Panasonic managers at DC.watch (mostly about CM1).
Many images and one video on Lensvid.
CM1 hands-on at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.
Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (Dpreview).
Panasonic Lumix GM5 First Impressions Review by Cameras.Reviewed.
Hands-on: The New Olympus 40–150mm f/2.8 Lens by Cameras.Reviewed.
Panasonic Lumix LX100 First Impressions Review by Cameras.Reviewed.
Photokina Tidbits by Admiringlight.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK, Topshot and Fotomundus.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.