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February 7, 2013
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Blackmagic MFT camcorder now shipping. Kipon still not.


There is a MFT camera announced at Photokina that still ins’t in Stock yet. It is the Blackmagic MFT camcorder. The good news is that John Browley posted that image of the just received Blackmagic MFT camera (discussion at forum.blackmagicdesign / found via Slashcam).  If you preordered the camera you may receive it soon too!

Something that isn’t shipping yet is the Kipon adapter with full electronic control. Don’t know why there is a delay and I see only the manual adapters listed on eBay (Click here).. You got some info about that?

February 6, 2013
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Nokton 42,5mm f/0.95 to ship this summer.

Small update about the new Nokton lens. Unlike the Panasonic 42,5mm f/1.2 lens (that is likely to hit the market in early 2014 only) Voigtlander-Cosina will ship the lens from this summer. Price is yet unknown although we can easily guess it will be priced at around $1200 like the current 17mm lens. Save this search on Slidoo to be notified when the lens will be available for preorder on eBay.

Reminder: These are for now the only image samples I found on the web. Please let me know if you can find more of them. Thanks!

For the record. These are the five f/o.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).
SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).

February 6, 2013
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The German IBE Optics announces a new 26mm f/1.4 lens.

The German company Ibe Optics announced a new 26mmf /1.4 lens. You can download the Lens – Datasheet, German (2347kB) to read more about the specs. And yes, this is the same company that created the Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 lens with Kenko.


February 5, 2013
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What is needed to redefine the Panasonic G series?

As you have read Panasonic is considering to make some serious changes in the future of the G camera series. Now I would like to you to come up with your suggestions for the future Panasonic camera and lens strategy. I just make some example of what could be done:

– GX series should have an integrated viewfinder…
– Launch a larger FF sensor system with new FF lenses that are compatible on MFT cameras too
– Get rid (or simplify) the G, GF, GH, GX definitions.
– Make entry level GH and high level GH cameras.
– Create fully and fast-af electronic adapters for Nikon and Canon lenses to allow Canon-Nikon pros to easily switch over to G cameras.
– Offer cameras with hybrid OVF and EVF viewfinders.
– Tighten the partnership with Leica and create a real Leica-Panasonic camera with a few real Leica lenses
– Follow Fuji’s route and create a “old style” designed camera.
– Create a pro service and network of pro photographers to advertise it.
– Focus effort on a partnership with Sigma to further develop the Foveon sensor

These are just examples. But please let me know your key strategy points and I will put the on vote in a poll I am going to post in a few days. Thanks!

February 4, 2013
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Panasonic Interview at Dpreview.

Panasonic Mangers Michiharu Uematsu and Yoshiyuki Inoue have been interviewed by the DPreview team (Click here). Here are some interesting points:

1) It is not possible to add Focus Peaking and Zebra Pattern on the GH3: “We haven’t been able to offer it – because of the limits of resources and of the Venus Engine processor.

2) And Panasonic also admits that they are rethinking the whole G product strategy. Something I suspected after the “non-GX2 release” in late 2012: “We are considering the next GX, that’s all I can say. It’s been better received than the GF series in European countries. Our first thought was that the people who would want our cameras were step-up users from compact cameras. Outside of Japan this hasn’t been true and some high-end amateurs have accepted the cameras.

3) About the future compact camera strategy: “Maybe we should have a premium model, maybe with  bigger sensor. However, that takes engineering resources and you have to worry about price and the extra quality it will offer people – if we can sell 100,000 or 200,000, we will make it

4) And than some very honest words about marketing: “We have to consider how to market image quality. Other people can say “we have a bigger sensor,” but a combination of a not-so-big sensor and a brighter lens can be maybe better, but you have to explain F-number – it’s very difficult.‘”

Yep, we know it…it’s hard to make people understand that sensor size is just one of the many factors that do matter for image quality. I believe that usability and well thought features are now more important than a tiny difference in image quality. But as a filmmaker and photographer I can say that even most of my so called (pro) colleagues do not really understand this. And they keep wondering when tey see me using the Olympus E-P1 with a Nokton 25mm lens!


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