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September 19, 2014
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Olympus interview at BestMirrorlessCameraReviews: Confirms they will focus also on video.


Image courtesy: PersonalView.

BestMirrorlessCameraReviews interviewed MR Terada, Mr Fandrey, Mr. Guthmann and Mrs Beckmann from Olympus. These are some of the key info we got from them:

1) The OM-D line is somehow easier to promote than the PEN line.
2) According to research, many people are using smartphones. Some are interested in interchangeable lens cameras, not compact cameras, because they already have a compact camera in their smartphone.
3) Olympus recognizes that photographers nowadays are also interested in video capabilities. Terada said: “Maybe 4K or new technology is something that stimulates our photographic users, and we should follow the market I think.
4) At this moment Olympus has no plan to make a LX100 alike camera.
5) 300mm f/4 and the 7-14mm f/2.8 are coming in 2015. And so new OMD and PEN cameras.

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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.

September 19, 2014
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Panasonic goes fashion: GM1 Art editions for show at Photokina.


Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

I don’t know what’s the purpose of this but Panasonic displayed some special “Art edition” GM1 cameras. Don’t think these will go for sale. Or is Panasonic trying to check if they can follow Leica and Hasselblad route of special limited edition camera sales?

September 18, 2014
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Good news! Schneider confirms MFT lens development. 14mm f/2.0 will cost “over” 1.000 Euro.


Image courtesy: ePhotozine

ePhotozine posted the first hands-on pictures with the two new Schneider MFT lenses. And also has good news to report:

They advised us that the company is still planning on releasing the Micro Four Thirds lenses, after originally being delayed, and were able to show us working samples of the lenses. The price and release dates are not yet finalised, however they are in talks with retailers at the moment to get them into stores. The price is likely to reflect the premium quality of the German made lenses, with the 14mm lens likely to be over 1000 euros.

Interesting. You see the 14mm f/2.0 and the 30mm f/2.4. UPDATE: We have been told the third lens, the 60m macro is still on roadmap!

Note: Both lenses have full AF and electronic Aperture control!


Image courtesy: ePhotozine

September 18, 2014
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Olympus and Panasonic Photokina videos and images!


The orange GM5 pictured by Admiringlight

If you cannot go at Photokina but wanna see how it looks like being at the Olympus and Panasonic booth just check out those videos:

Olympus:
Open Concept camera (Youtube).
First look on new Canon and Olympus stuff (Youtube).
Hands-on at Admiringlight.
Olympus Stand Report (Dpreview),
Hands-on pics at Pen And Tell.

Panasonic
Hands On: Panasonic LX100, GM5, Voigtländer 10.5mm f/0.95 and more (Admiringlight).
Photokina 2014 All Day Live (Part 3: Panasonic LX-100 & GM5) o Youtube.
Hands-on with the ultra-compact Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens (Imaging Resource).
Panasonic stand report by Dpreview.
CM1 hands-on in Spanish (Youtube)
Panasonic presentation at Photokina (Youtube) (it’s part one and more parts will follow)

September 18, 2014
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Samyang announces a 50mm f/1.4 lens for MicroFT and also for Four Thirds!


Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

I finally have a good news to report for “Old” Four Thirds users too! You just got a new lens from Samyang! The enw 50mm f/1.4 lens comes for both MicroFourThirds and FourThirds mounts! No official info on pricing yet but price should be around $549 just like the Cine version (Click here).

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