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May 27, 2013
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Olympus patent discloses new 3D camera and lens.

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You still remember the huge 3D advertising campaigns? They are now almost gone. We even had a 12.5mm f/12 Micro Four Thirds 3D lens from Panasonic but after it nothing new camera for the MFT system. But at least on “patent-paper” research and development is continuing and Egami (translation here) spotted that new Olympus 3D lens and camera patent. The lens design of the 25mm f/2.8 and 24-41mm f/4.5-5.6 3D lens is made for Four Thirds sensor camera. But I really doubt we will see these lenses for real any time soon…don’t you think?

May 25, 2013
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Sigma says they will not design lenses for MFT only.

Mr. Kazuto Yamaki from Sigma has been interviewed by ePrice Taiwan (google translation here). He said that there is no plan to develop and design lenses purely for the Micro Four Thirds system. They will keep designing them to cover the ASP-C sensor area and adapt the mount for both the NEX and MFT system. Smart move? Don’t know, it certainly keeps the costs of the lens very low.

These are the current Sigma MFT lenses:
Black Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Silver Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Black Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Silver Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon and Bhphoto.
Black Sigma 60mm f/2.8 at BHphoto.
Silver Sigma 60mm f/2.8 at BHphoto.

Thanks Miroslav!

May 22, 2013
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Look at this: The GH2 using an original WW2 bomber lens!

During the WW2 the US military used the Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm f/2.5 on bombers to photograph German military and industrial facilities. PolygonSandwich blog owner (Click here) made the impossible possible and uses this lens to take pictures with the Panasonic GH2! That is definitely the biggest lens ever used for a digital mirrorless camera. You cna see image samples on his blog. There is also a how to guide if you want to do something like this too.

The lens itself costs around $600 used on eBay (Click here).

May 20, 2013
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Next Olympus Glass patent…

Egami (google translation here) spotted the next Olympus Glass patent with built-in camera. The camera features a 1/2.3 inch sensor with 27mm equivalent lens. A while ago I spotted another patent where the Olympus glass actually acts as a sort of viewfinder of compact or mirrorless cameras (Source freepatentsonline):

There is a lot of talk about the Google Glass. And it seems that Olympus only has patented similar devices. But can a small company like Olympus battle against a giant like Google?

P.S.: The Gogole Glass device isn’t for sale yet but the plenty fo domains containgin “glass” or “google” are for sale on eBay (Click here). The most expensive one is GlassEyeware.com for $75.000!!!

May 20, 2013
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a little bit of everything…

Ungraded Blackmagic Pocket CInema Camera – Market from John Brawley Tests on Vimeo.

The Olympus E-M5 design patent at Freepatentsonline.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera test at Focus Numerique.
E-P5, accessories and lens price in france (Lepidi).
New Quenox grip at Enjoyyourcamera.com
Sigma 60mm review at lcap.tistor.com.
20% of all cameras produced today are system cameras (Digitalcamerainfo).

Fabrys:I just want to share with you my last video shot with the OMD E-M5 in Berlin: https://vimeo.com/66480595

Daniel:No rumor. Just an update on tests I’ve performed with the GH3 in predictive AF mode. Take a look to see a real world test that unfortunately the GH3 won’t be giving Nikon and Canon any trouble real soon in the action arena. http://www.naturalexposures.com/corkboard/panasonic-lumix-gh3-predictive-af-tests/

Aaron: “I’d like to share with you a short film I shot at film school with the GH3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHyvCQW7RGU

Lance:Just wanted to let you know that we’ve just updated our FilmConvert film stock emulator, which now includes direct profile support for Nikon D800, D7000, Panasonic GH3, Canon 600D and 550D cameras – fun for everyone! Folks can grab a copy off our website here: http://filmconvert.com/download/

Larry:I just received a Rode SmartLav and I wanted to test it against the GH3 camera audio so I did a quick audio test: http://youtu.be/hkyBZUgFrE8

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