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February 3, 2013
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Mr. Terada interview at Dpreview.

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Well known Olympus Manager Toshi Terada got interviewed by the Dpreview team (Click here). Here are just a few interesting points:

– The OMD helped to increase sales in the yet not so mirrorless enthusiast US market.
– He also said “Direction-wise, we’d like to produce products for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds within this year. Because we have to provide a product for users with SHG and HG lenses. And there are people using E400, 500 and 600-series DSLRs, we have to provide products for them to keep enjoying their photography.
– A future high end compact camera from Olympus may have an 1″, 1/1.7″ sensor. Certainly not APS-C because it’s impossible to make a compact camera with that sensor size.

As you can read no real big news here. I still have my very personal suspect that Olympus could merge FT into the MFT system soon. And there may be just one High End camera by end of the year merging the advantages of the two systems. Compact size and full reliable and fast autotofocus for all MFT and FT lenses.

February 3, 2013
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“Full Frame Equivalence” and Why It Doesn’t Matter (Admiringlight)

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How many times did we read these endless Full Frame vs Micro Four Thirds equivalence discussions? And I am sure they will come back again and again and again. But next time we may all be more prepared when discussing about it thanks to the great article posted by Jordan Steele on Admiringlight (Click here): “I’ve heard many times “Yeah, your 75mm f/1.8 is crap – it’s like a 150mm f/3.6.”  No, it’s not, it’s a 75mm lens with an f/1.8 aperture and a field of view that is the same as a 150mm lens on full frame.

It’s a must read! Thanks Jordan!

February 3, 2013
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Unusual auction: Apefoscope Anamorphic lens copyrights for sale.

Apefoscope Anamorphic Adapter – The Project from apefos on Vimeo.

Adriano Apefos:  informed me that “I am selling the rights and technical specifications for the Apefoscope Anamorphic Adapter. I decided to sell the rights and technical specifications for a company which can do a better finishing and better lens quality. please take a look on that eBay auction (Click here). You can become the manufacturer and sell units worldwide.
You can see a video example shot with the GH2 on top of this post. And you can watch more videos here: http://vimeo.com/user327710

Too bad Adriano can’t keep going on with this projects :(

 

February 1, 2013
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Panasonic displays the 42,5mm and 150mm MFT lens prototypes at CP+

DC.watch (translation here) posted these pictures of the Panasonic lens masp with the two future lens included. There is no info about price and exact release date. Only little curiosity is that the 42,5mm f/1.2 actually got a 43mm mark on the lens. Yeah I know, nothing worth to be mentioned. I would be one of the potential buyers for the 42,5mm lens. But I hope Panasonic will not exaggerate with the price. It’s always difficult to compare lenses but the Canon 85mmf /1.2 has a 2000 Euro/Dollar price tag (eBay price here). I hope the price is somewhere between $1000 and $1200. If it’s higher I would go for the cheap Olympus 45mm f/1.8 instead.

February 1, 2013
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The CP+ roundup (E-P5, Nokton 42.5mm and more).

Images via DC.watch.

The CP+ show in Japan started today and it’s time to make a roundup of the news concerning our Micro Four Thirds system. And finally we got some more interesting news than last days reworked “old” lens announcements :)

New Olympus E-P3 successor:
Olympus (not) showed the E-P3 successor which has been covered with a blue tissue. It’s said tome this year and no other info has been shared. We suspect this PEN has the new integrated Epson viewfinder. The E-P3 is discontinued at BH and from what I heard the camera should come in Spring/Summer. By the way, the new 75-300mm is now availbale for preorder at BH.

New Olympus 2013 roadmap with E-P5, E-5 successor, new OMD and new high end compact:
Olympus anticipated what will come this year. Not only the new PEN (the E-P5?) but also a new OMD model, a new E camera and a new High End compact camera are on roadmap for 2013. There is no other info about these cameras. The high end compact camera may have a large 1 inch or Four Thirds sized sensor. And while unlikely I still believe there is a chance that the next OMD and E camera may be the same camera :)

New Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95:
It’s a surprise to see Voigtlander-Cosina announce a lens with that focal length knowing that Panasonic will release a 42.5m f/1.2 lens later this year. Voigtlander didn’t unveil a price and time release info yet. All we know is that minimum focusing distance is 23cm, maximum magnification ratio 1:4. And there is no aspherical lens. While waiting to get more news about it you can save this Slidoo eBay search to get notified when preorders will be up.

Tamron 14-150mm f(3.5-5.8 Di III VC:
There are some pics of the new Tamron zoom at DC.watch.

Panasonic…
Noticed something? No real Panasonic news! Where is our GX2? Or the 150mm and 42.5mm lenses? All we see at the Panasonic CP+ booth is the new upgraded 14-42mm lens (Pictures at Focus Numerique).

 

 

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