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September 21, 2011
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POLL: What Four Thirds Sigma lens would you love to see “converted” as a Micro Four Thirds lens?

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We got some rumors from Sigma sources saying that some of the current Sigma Four Thirds lenses would be redesigned for the Micro Four Thirds system. It’s time to ask you what lens you would like to see on your Micro Four Thirds camera!

Select a maximum of three lenses you woul love to see in a new m43 version!

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P.S.: The percentage near the answers shows how many of ALL voters selected the lens. As you can vote more than one lens the total percentag will be higher than 100%.

 

And those are the eBay links to the lenses:

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 24mm f/1.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3
Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Sigma 105mm f/2.8
Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6
Sigma 150mm f/2.8
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

September 21, 2011
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Discussion: New Nikon cameras announced. Big lenses for small sensor?


Nikon just announced the new J1 and V1 mirrorless cameras with new 2,7 crop sensor. You can read the full news coverage at MirrorlessRumors.com. Nikon doesn’t offer a small normal kit lens like the Panasonic 14-42mm X lens. And the pancake is small yes, but neither fast (f/2.8) nor smaller than the 14mm f/2.5 lens. If the purpose of Nikon was to use a smaller sensor to have smaller lenses than at first quick look I can say they completely failed. Of course the Nikon strengths  the huge advertising power and retailer network. Maybe they will sell well anyway. But there is nothing from that systems that makes me say….”WOW”! Also the price (599 for the J1 and 869 for the V1) is very high!

Is the new Nikon system a worthy Micro Four Thirds competiton?

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September 19, 2011
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Short Panasonic X lens news roundup

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Quesabesde (Click here) posted a Panasonic X lens hands-on: “the new 14-42 mm zoom has managed to surprise us

More pictures of the upcoming 12-35mm and 35-100mm Panasosnic X lenses at Focus Numerique (Click here).

Panasonic 14-42mm X preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
Panasonic 45-175mm X preorder search links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

September 18, 2011
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Which new mirrorless camera from the competition is the “nicest” m43 competitor?

After the Olympus PEN and Panasonic GF3 announcement in back in June we had three new mirrorless cameras from the competition.
I am now curious to hear which one caught your attention, which one is a camera you would love to see with a Micro Four Thirds mount! I added the Fuji X10 camera as option on the poll. It has a fixed lens but it’s certainly an interesting mirrorless camera!

What camera (from the competition) do you like more?

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There are some interesting positive aspects on almost any I mentioned here: The Fuji X10 controls, the NEX-7 built-in OLED viewfinder, the Sony NEX-5n sensors. I left out the NX200 because I really don’t know what to like about that camera!

P.S.: On Wednesday Nikon will announce their new mirrorless system!

 

 

September 16, 2011
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Why Olympus didn’t succeed against Nikon and Canon… (Thom Hogan)

The US$399 DSLR” from Thom Hogan (Click here): “Olympus made no in-roads to beating the Canon/Nikon duopoly with their 4/3 DSLRs and about three years ago put their eggs instead into the m4/3 basket. Every now and again we see older m4/3 cameras on clearance hitting the US$399 kit price, but interestingly, even at that price those cameras don’t climb to the top of the interchangeable camera sales list. What sits up there? The low-end Nikon and Canon models most of the time. Even in mirrorless-happy Japan that’s the case.

Thom analyzes the price war between DSLR and Mirrorless and explains why the DSLR price didn’t drop at all. The only ongoing change is that you have more margins on Mirrorless cameras than you have on DSLR’s: “So prepare for more mirrorless cameras. As I’ve noted previously, it’s been a mirrorless summer already (Olympus with three, Panasonic with two, Sony with three, Samsung with one new model announced and/or shipping). But don’t prepare for the US$399 interchangeable lens camera. The camera makers haven’t been pressured to get there yet. The price of entry is pretty much US$599, same as it ever was.

I am sure the future is “Mirrorless” but it will probably be a slow change at least in “western” countries. There is no single m43 camera that are inside the top 40 of the Amazon rankings :(
Click here for the US ranking.
Click here for the UK ranking.
Click here for the DE ranking.
Click here for the FR ranking.

In western countries: Why are DSLR cameras still more popular than Mirrorless cameras?

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