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March 14, 2012
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Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 shipment postponed to April 29th!


If the price wouldn’t be that high this would certainly be the ONE lens I would always use on my Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic GH2. Today Cosina announced that the new Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 lens will start shipping from April 29th (via The lens sale shipment was due for March but because of an exceptional high preorder demand the shipment had to be postponed! I am surprised to hear that the lens had such a high demand. The price is high (120,000 yen or 1.299 Euro), currently no website did post any image samples, there is no preview, and even bigger stores are not offering any preorder option. In fact there is zero Marketing around that lens! My guess is that the lens promotion is ongoing “underground” at the very basic Internet user level. The specs are amazing, Cosina is also known for making good quality lenses. Maybe that’s enough to push you guys to buy the lens.

The only two image samples that I found on the Internet are on Flickr (Click here) and (Click here). Europenas can preorer the lens at Digitalhandel (Click here) and Bayern Fotoversand (Click here).

P.S.:A cheaper alternative is the Schneider 17mm f/0.95 (Click here to see it on ebay) C-mount lens.



March 6, 2012
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For all film users. No more Kodak slide film in future.

I guess that many of you still own or even use a Film camera. I still use the Mamiya 7 on almost daily base. And even the OM-3Ti sometimes. So this is a very bad day for all of us because Kodak dropped and already removed all(!) slide films from their stores. The E100VS (here on eBay), E100G (here on eBay) and the Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 (here on eBay).

Is this the end of Film? I don’t think so, but it could be the end of Kodak :(

And I never asked you that questions:

Do you still use Film Cameras?

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I am so curious to know how many of you are like me…still a bit of “old” time photographer :)

March 5, 2012
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Canonwatch: Finally a little bit of help from a friend!

Back In December (Click here t read) I told you a bit about my current life situation and the intense work on 43rumors and MirrorlessRumors. It’s now three years that I work on 43rumors in almost every single free time I have. It’s an immense passion and joy to work with it but what started for fun become a real second job with lots of hours of work.

And it’s now time for me to find some help. In my “real life” I do travel a lot and have some major project to accomplish. I tried to find some help in the past through the “Online-friendhips” I made via 43rumors but somehow this never worked. I work as Photographer and Documentarist and starting from end 2011 I asked all my friends and colleagues if someone would help me on my websites. I needed at least one person that would help me to cover the daily news while I would keep being the only one working on rumors with my own anonymous sources.

In September 2011 I got a surprising call from “Frank”. He is a good friend of mine that studied with me Philosophy back in early 2000. He than kept studying Informatics and than Artificial Intelligence(!) He worked as professor at the University and he has been always a Canon shooter…hey nobody is perfect ;)

He heard that I was looking for some help and he proposed me this. I would promote his Canonwebsite and he would help me out whenever I would be busy at work. I accepted the offer and I am also curious to see what a man with his knowledge would do on a website like this. He has some crazy ideas that he will realize with his knowledge in informatics and artificial intelligence programming. But I will not tell you more. Here are the details of the deal:
– For the start I link from my website to his new website and for the moment he is using the same theme I have on 43rumors.
– He is the complete alone writer and administrator on CanonWatch. Just to let you know that I have no influence there.
– The website name is CanonWatch (Click here). It’s a news website less focused on rumors and more on creative content and news/reviews coverage.
– When I will unavailable for a couple of days Frank will cover the daily news on 43rumors. I will of course let you know when this happens and he will of course use his name to sign the posts.

Now I really invite you to visit CanonWatch (Click here). Not only because of the Canon news, but to know him as a person. He will need your help and feedback to check if what he does is alright. In particular you might be interested to see the full Canon 5DmarkkIII news coverage (Click here).

Something else:
Frank is not the only one that is interested to do “something” with my websites. My biggest wish is to add a creative section where good work done with m43 cameras can be easily shown. It’s often confusing to find interesting reportages and videos on social websites like Flicker and Youtube. And during my double life (as Photographer and Blogger) I learned that often non professional people I met through 43rumors have an immense talent and nice stories to show. This is my wish for 2012. To create a new room for your work. We talk a lot about cameras every day, but at the end isn’t your creativity what really matters? :)

Un abrazo
Ale (43rumors admin)

March 4, 2012
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New SLRmagic Pinhole lens (And new Leica 25mm review)

If you really need to travel light than it really doesn’t get smaller than this. SLR magic announced a new Toy Lens Pinhole Lens for m43 that is already available for $49.99 on eBay (Click here).
UPDATE: There are three reviews of this lens at, Fuzzeyeballs_1 and Fuzzeyeballs_2.

You can find some image samples on the same ebay page. This is not the first time I see such pinhole lenses. You can find many of them on eBay and sold by asian stores:
– Skink Pinhole Pancake Pro Lens Kit for Olympus PEN on eBay (Click here).
– Pinhole Cap Lens for m43 on eBay (Click here).
– Skink Pinhole Pancake Creative Kit for Four Thirds on eBay (Click here).

One more news: Kirk Tuck reviewed the Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens at TheOnlinePhotographer: “The 25mm Summilux is quickly becoming the anchor in my small system. I’m loathe to take other systems out anymore. The addition to a product line of an exceptional optic (or three) can make all the difference in the world.“…couldn’t agree more :)
Leica lens price check at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

March 3, 2012
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We need you! New Sonnetar POLL!

The Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 prototype lens on the Olympus E-PM1.

It is a great honour for me to write this post! As you know a couple of days ago I told you that the great and very innovative lens designer Mr. Miyazaki realized a new lens prototype for the m43 system. Yesterday his staff contacted me to ask me and in particular YOU a great favour. They are a very small team and the lenses they make like the Leica Triplet lenses (Click here to see them on eBay) are actually handmade! So they want to know if you would REALLY would buy the lens if they would take the huge effort to produce them on larger scale. They sent me a couple of images I posted here and some images samples can bee seen at KTF-turbo (Click here) and KTFdesign (Click here). This is a prototype lens so there can still be some improvements until the final production version. The lens will cost around $650 like the Pentax Q version. Please try to be honest…you really have to buy the lens if you answer yes ;)

Would you buy the Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 lens?

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My personal two cent: What I like most about the lens is the incredibly tiny size for such a fast aperture. But image quality wide open is not 100% convincing. The picture below also show the lens on the Olympus E-M5. Click on them to enlarge!

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