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November 26, 2014
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The patents roundup: Olympus super fast f/1.0 primes, Panasonic 1.8 lens series and more…

The lats months I posted many Olympus and Panasonic patents. Some of them may show in what direction the companies are working. For example: we already know also from Manager interviews that fast primes are high on their priority list and there are plenty of patents of such lenses. So here is the roundup of the latest most interesting patents:

Built-in LED light flash for cameras (article here).
Global shutter (article here).
12-50mm f/2.8-4.0 lens (article here).
Lens Reversing Ring for MFT (article here).
12mm f/1.0 lens (article here).
250mm f/5.0 mirror lens patent (article here).

three RGB sensor Micro Four Thirds camera (article here).
Hybrid OVF/EVF (article here).
12mm f/1.2 MFT lens (article here).
f/1.8 prime lens series (article here).
100mm f/2.0 and 34mm f/1.8 lens (article here).

P.S.: Crossing my fingers for that 12mm f/1.0 lens :)

November 26, 2014
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Lensbaby announces the Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 for MFT.

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Lensbaby announced the Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 for MFT. Here is the official press release:

Lensbaby Circular Fisheye Lens 185-Degree View Sets New Standard for Creative-Effects Photographers/ Now Available in New Mounts for DSLRS

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Nov 24, 2014) – Lensbaby, providing lenses to creative-effects photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the availability of new mounts for the 5.8mm 185 degree Circular Fisheye lens. The company now offers the lens in Sony A and E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Pentax K, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. Launched to rave reviews in April, extreme sports photographers and Google Sphere shooters are among the growing number of serious hobbyists with crop sensor cameras bringing new life to wide angle shots using this unique lens.

Digital Trends noted that with the incredible 185-degree view, the Circular Fisheye lens is able to look slightly behind itself. The reviewer concluded that the lens creates a perfectly circular image with a spectacular panoramic view. Popular Photography also noted the extremely wide field of view as well as a reflective internal barrel, which produces interesting reflections, flares, and light spills in a halo around the main image.

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The Circular Fisheye is great for capturing the scale of endless landscapes and big events, fun self-portraits, quirky shots of pets or friends, creating extreme perspective, and experimenting with unique lens flare. This manual lens has built-in aperture control ranging from f/3.5-22 and features an ultra-wide 5.8mm focal length. It is capable of capturing a 185 degree angle of view and focusing from 1/4 inch in front of the lens to infinity. That extreme close-focus paired with the incredibly wide 5.8mm focal length produces other-worldly distortion with exceptional sharpness throughout.

“Serious hobbyists and professional photographers need innovative photography products to stand out from the crowd, to be different and unique, to create something imagined,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “The Circular Fisheye furthers our mission to lead the market in developing innovative new products. We’re looking forward to being blown away by what photographers create with the most versatile fisheye lens ever made.”

Circular Fisheye lens
Specs and Features

5.8mm focal length
185º angle of view
Focus type: Manual
Polished internal barrel for creative flare & reflection outside the image circle
Focus distance scale & hyperfocal scale to aid in focusing
Available for Sony A and E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Pentax K, Canon EF and Nikon F camera mounts
Size/Weight: 2.75″ (7cm) high x 3″ (7.6cm) wide / 10.5oz (298g)

Circular Fisheye retails for $299.95 (MSRP). The lenses will be available in all mounts listed above beginning 11/28/14 through, B&H, Adorama and Amazon, and from select photo specialty stores worldwide.

About Lensbaby
For a decade, creative-effects photographers have relied on Portland, Oregon based Lensbaby to provide lenses that ignite their creativity and highlight their unique personalities. The company’s latest innovations transform a smartphone camera- LM-10 Sweet Spot lens, expand the Lensbaby ecosystem for optic swap-Sweet 50, and bring new life to wide angle shots for extreme sports photographers and Google Sphere shooters- Circular Fisheye. Lensbaby products are sold and distributed worldwide. Visit

November 25, 2014
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A bit of everything…

LUMIX LX100 | Behind the scenes of a photo shoot on the streets of Berlin

Panasonic Lumix LX100 review at Admiringlight.
GH4 review at Camerahoarders.
Mirrorless Photography, Learning to Fly (Fridaysushi).
Kowa Promiser group on Facebook.
Daniele Ceva “Assaggaiazioni” (Vimeo).

Daniel:Your readers might be interested in my recent work with polar bears and my first test of the 4K Photo Mode with the GH4 and 100-300mm zoom. Here’s a link:

Sam:New APS-C 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens user review:

Heather & Mat:I thought you might be interested in our recent interview with Andre T. Nygen who uses the GX7 to shoot up-and-coming actors and actresses in Los Angeles. His work is absolutely gorgeous.

Anonymous:I have had my copy of the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens for three days. I mounted the lens on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera body [with firmware V2.1], and I quickly discovered a bug in the AF. If you focus on a subject a few feet away, the AF will work fine, but if the next shot is a distance subject, AF will fail until you have tried it [i.e. pressing the shutter release halfway down] as many as three times. Doing these steps in reverse, that is, distant subject to near subject has the same problem. I was about to report this bug to Olympus when I discovered that they now have a new camera firmware release V2.2. I installed V2.2 in my E-M1 camera and tested the AF again. Amazingly, the problem was fixed. Bravo to Olympus for staying on top of their firmware fixes.

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