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A reader sent me the image comparison on top to “prove” that the 12-35mm X lens could have a constant f/2.0 aperture. The theory says that if the Olympus Zuiko 14-35 with f/2.0 aperture has the same size of the Zuiko 7-14mm with f/4.0 aperture, than the Lumix 12-35mm could have the same f/2.0 aperture as it has the same size of the 7-14mm m43 lens. Easy or not?
Meanwhile Trustedreviews (Click here) spotted the two lens prototypes of the 12-35mm and 35-100mm pictures: “The lenses were still very much in prototype phase, with no word on aperture ranges, no lever for the powered zoom and even the focal ranges were stickers, but it was strongly suggested these would be the basic designs for future lenses in the range. The prototypes also didn’t appear to fold flat as on the 14-42mm X lens.”
Black 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
Silver 14-42mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
Black 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
Silver 45-175mm X lens is available for preorder at Amazon (Click here).
Black GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Red GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
White GF3 with 14-42mm X lens at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic gives you the chance to participate to the Q&A session at the IFA event in Berlin. You can submit your questions here: http://ifa.panasonic.eu/en?questionid=q_1315231134248
And there is a video for every single answer! The video on top for example contains the answer about the next firmware upgrade. It sounds like there will be no immediate 25p support for the Panasonic GH2.
Below you can see a selected list of questions that do link to the Panasonic video answers (Click on them to open a new tab):
When will the new X Series start shipping to the US?
Why is the GF3 more user friendly?
Are images stabilized in the lens or in the camera?
What Lumix between G3 and GF3 is more silent?
Which are the most important differences between the new optical Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 D.G. and the above?
Will the new compact X-series lenses be bundled with the GH2 camera?
Is Panasonic planning to make zoom lens within the X-series with mroe versatile focal lengths?
Does the focus and/or zoom rings rotate on the powered X lenses when you use the levers like on large bulky DSLR lenses?
Are there plans for the successor of the LX5?
Why doesn’t Panasonic ome up with a camera that let’s me upload pictures to social networks?
Samyang just announced the full specs, price and availability of the new Samyang 7.5mm manual fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds.It will cost 300 Euro, that’s less than a half of the Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye. It’s a manual lens only but I like it more than the Panasonic lens because the Samyang is really compact! It will be available in silver and black from mid September.
Here is the press release:
Delta company, the exclusive representative and distributor of Samyang Optics in Europe, is proud to report that the lens announced in March, Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT will be available from the middle of September this year. The lens will be available in two colour versions: silver and black. Estimated retail price is EUR 299.
Panoramic photography with Samyang fish-eye lens
Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT offers an exceptionally wide angle of view, up to 180 degrees diagonally, which makes it a very useful tool for making panoramic photographs. You can enjoy the example panoramic photos in the form of a virtual tour around Krakow on our specially created website: www.samyang.pl/75mft All these panoramic photographs were taken with Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 Fish-eye UMC MFT and PEN Olympus E-P1.
Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is an ultra-wide-angle manual lens with 7.5 millimetre focal length and 1:3.5 aperture ratio, providing 180 degree angle of view. Despite its small size, the new Samyang successfully combines the best features of the popular model with 8 mm focal length offering highest quality optics closed in a compact and visually attractive casing. Samyang 7.5mm 1:3.5 UMC Fish-eye MFT is the first model from the new family of lenses developed specifically for Micro Four Thirds system.
P.S.: All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
Hands on: Olympus E-PM1 PEN Mini at the US Open (Electronista).
Twice.com (Click here) interviewed the big companies (including Oly and Pana). What it’s clear for everyone here is that the trend goes for Mirrorless, Mega-Zoom and Waterproof cameras!
Compact System Camera Image Quality (Luminous Landscape).
Panasonic Develops New Compact, Twin-Lens 3D Digital Camera with HD Video Capability (Panasonic.net).
Olympus E-PL3 unboxing (Mobile01).