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March 30, 2011
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Press release: Zeiss CP.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds

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We were all very excited when Zeiss announced that they will become part of the Micro Four Thirds group. But I do hope they will go much further with their “intentions” because those CP.2 lenses aren’t really what we amateurs are waiting for. These manual lenses ideal for professional filmmakers but also to expensive for us amateurs. One more thing, they are not designed from scratch for m43 cameras. They “only” made a new adapter to make it fit on professional cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100.

Check the availability (and huge price) of those lenses at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

That’s the official press release (via Dpreview)

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.03.2011. : During the NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas from April 9-14, 2011, Carl Zeiss will present two new mounts for the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses: the E mount and the MFT mount. The MFT mount is particularly suitable for the new corresponding professional camcorders, while the brand-new E mount is perfect for the new Sony cameras like the Super 35 mm NXCAM camcorder. The MFT mount has been available since March.

The new E mount is expected to be available beginning in June. Exactly a year ago, Carl Zeiss introduced the Compact Prime CP.2 series during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. They are the first lenses with interchangeable mount developed specially for filming with HDSLR cameras. Since then, there has been significant demand for these lenses among cinematographers and still photographers adding new video services. Carl Zeiss is now adding a new chapter to its Compact Prime CP.2 success story.

“With these new mounts, we respond to many of our customers’ wishes asking to use the lenses on these new HD video cameras,” said Holger Sehr, Product Manager for Cinematography lenses at Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lens Division. “Thanks to the interchangeable mounts, now for five different camera systems — PL, EF, MFT, F and E mount — our Compact Prime CP.2 lenses deliver superb flexibility, can be used in many different market segments, and are attractive for both end-customers and rental houses.”

With the interchangeable mount and the 24×36 mm full-format image circle illumination, these latest members of Carl Zeiss compact lens family are extremely versatile. During the NAB Show, Carl Zeiss will present all nine fixed focal lengths of Compact Prime CP.2 series from 18 to 100 mm, which thanks to the new mounts can be used for a wide range of cameras — from SLR to professional camcorders through to professional cine and television film cameras. Moreover, the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are highly compact with a robust construction, so that they can withstand any demand of cinematographers and photographers on the set.

March 30, 2011
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SLRmagic announces (an expensive) 11mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens.

UPDATE: Sorry guys, I had the wrong links on the lens. If you click now you will land on the correct ebay page. Thanks!

SLRmagic announced a new 11mm f/1.4 wide angle lens with Micro Four Thirds mount. But there is a big disappointment. The price is incredibly high…$210!!! It would be a fair price if the lens would have at least a decent optical performance. But from the first images we have seen on eBay (Click here) we can see heavy vignetting and unsharp results.

If you really need a fast wide angle lens get the Computar 12.5mm F1.3 which is much cheaper (Read the review at EosHD).

March 24, 2011
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Zeiss CP+ lenses for Micro Four Thirds to start shipping this week

Via Twitter (Click here) Zeiss announced that “We’ll ship our Compact Prime CP.2 lenses w. F and MFT to our customers this week“.  Zeiss AG joined the Micro Four Thirds System group and the first products are the adapted CP.2 lenses. They are very expensive and meant for professional movie work. Check price at .

You can see the first image samples at Flickr. Taken with the Panasonic GH2 and Compact Prime CP.2 85mm/T2.1 Cine Lens.

 

Via Photorumors

March 24, 2011
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a little bit of everything (Coca Cola uses the E-PL1 for the latest commercial in Malaysia)

The commercial on top has been shot entirely with the Olympus E-PL1: “We initially considered using a Canon 7D but due to the weight factor, that idea was scrapped early in pre-production. We also tested the GoPro HD and ContourHd but the results were not good enough for broadcast.
I suggested we use the Olympus Pen E-PL1 due to its small form-factor and decent image quality, After some testing, we decided that it produced good enough results for the commercial.
Director: Farouk Aljoffrey
Cinematographer: Eric Oh
Production Co.: Planet Films

The E-PL1 is currently discounted in many stores (because of the E-PL2 release). Check price atAmazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 / ZS10 review (Cameralabs).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5 Review (Steve Digicams).

Aputure Gigtube Wireless Review (Megapixel).

New Panasonic GF2 waterhousing (Recsea).

Panasonic to resume production in some jaapnese plants (DC.watch)

March 20, 2011
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What happened with Noktor??? Did you hear something?

What happened with Noktor? A year ago they launched their Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds but the lens is out of Stock since May of last year. I tried to contact them but I didn’t get any answer. So I am asking you if you were able to get some news. It’s impossible to find that lens on eBay (Click here) or in any other store. The website itself hasn’t been updated since a long time! it’s a bit pity because they really had a good start with a lot of viral advertising on forums and blogs. It was the first non Olympus/Panasonic lens with Micro Four Thirds mount and it has that amazing f/0.95 aperture (although the image quality is low). I am surprised to see that they stopped to ship the lens without any explanation.

Check out: http://noktor.com/

There are many other 50mm f/0.95 lenses on eBay but you need an adapter to use them and they are expensive:
– Navitron 50mm f/0.95 for $700 eBay (Click here)
– Canon 50mm f/0.95 for $2500 on eBay (Click here)
– Schneider 50mm f/0.95 for $4500 on eBay (Click here)
– Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M for over $10000 (!) on eBay (Click here)

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