Close look: The new Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens

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Let’s have a closer look on the new Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens. The lens can be preordered now at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
It is the first f/1.2 lens from a new line of lenses. More lenses will be released in 2017. The full presentation page of the lens can be found at GetOlympus (Click here).

Three Olympus Visionaries tested the lens:

Review by Robin Wong.

The Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm F1.2 PRO lens is an incredibly high performing lens, delivering high level of contrast and sharpness even shooting at wide open F1.2. The bokeh is smooth and creamy, rendering images with great depth and 3D look. Lens technical flaws are well suppressed and controlled, exhibiting almost no trace of distortion, chromatic aberration or flare issues. Having a minimum focusing distance of 19.5cm from the front of the lens can create some dramatic close up shots. 
I foresee size and weight to be a popular complain, but honestly, it is almost impossible to create a compact-sized F1.2 lens that is super sharp at F1.2 with superbly fast autofocus. Also, price will be an issue, and this is a subjective comment which I will avoid. 

Lens test in Cuba of Oly 25mm and 12-100mm by Neil Buchan Grant:

Its combination of extreme sharpness, contrast and creamy bokeh means that you end up with consistently beautiful results. Using it, I certainly felt I could do justice to my subjects better than with any other lens I’ve previously used.

Lars Johnson writes:

I shot some of these photos with manual focus because focusing in auto mode was difficult having a see through curtain covering the models face. Worked very nicely even the depth of field is super narrow at f/1.2.I’m very happy with the sharpness even at aperture wide open. Also nice tones and good contrast.

Few more image samples got at Dpreview. A chinese review can be read at Sapphire Kerr. And below the official introduction video:

Olympus preorders:
E-PL8 at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de. ParkCameras.
25mm f/1.2 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
12-100mm f/4.0 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
30mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
FL-900r flash at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.de. ParkCameras.

Panasonic preorders:
G85: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
FZ2500: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
Lx10: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.

 

Leica DG 100-400mm tested by CameraLabs: “classy addition to the Micro Four Third catalogue”

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100-400mm image by CameraLabs.

CameraLabs (Click here) posted their final Leica DG 100-400mm f4-6.3 review:

If you want the flexibility of a zoom with top quality optics, build and features, the Leica 100-400mm is the way to go. Like other Leica / Panasonic collaborations, it’s priced at the premium-end, but you’re getting a step-up over budget zooms in almost every regard: range, sharpness, contrast, focusing, stabilisation, weather-sealing, zoom lock and tripod mounting options. As such it’s a classy addition to the Micro Four Third catalogue and fills an important gap for a high-end super-telephoto zoom.

Leica 100-400mm store links: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

A closer look on the new Panasonic G80….or G81….or G85….

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the G80 by by Richard Wong

Before we start:
Panasonic really has to get rid of that weir way of naming a camera in multiple ways: G80 in UK, G81 In Germay, G85 in USA…really?
G8o/85/81 preorders: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.

And now let’s talk about the G80 (that’s how I call it from now on):
With all the fuzz about the new GH5 and E-M1II I didn’t post a lot about that camera. It’s basically an “almost” GH5. This means it does everything you really need for a much lower price (I guess the GH5 will cost quite a bit more).

So let’s share few thoughts expressed by the G80 reviewers:

Richard Wong. writes:

The G7 was not a bad camera at all but now with the addition of in body image stabiliser, larger EVF, weather seal, and no shutter shock issue make the G85 a much more versatile camera for either photo or  video shooters. And probably perfect for those of you who shoot both photos and videos regularly.

Jacon James:

I’m a convert. I think the G80 is the best all round camera Panasonic have made to date. It’s responsive, fast and versatile when shooting stills. It’s equally as good for video. Unless you need 10bit external recording, 96fps or timecode, then I think the G80 makes a lot of sense. It’s cheaper, lighter and internal recording quality with the Dual IS stabilisation is an improvement over the GH4.

Milan Šurkala at Extrahw. shared some RAW files you can download:

Overall, Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 is the camera I would highly recommend. Without any serious flaws and many interesting advantages you can hardly find a better balanced camera in this category.

ePhotozine:

The 16-megapixel sensor combined with the latest image processing from Panasonic, gives impressive image quality, with very good levels of detail possible. Noise performance is also rather impressive, giving good results up to ISO3200 and above. Image stabilisation works with 4K video recording, which means you can record steady, high-quality 4K (UHD) video even when using the camera handheld.

And here are many more G80 previews:
Preview by CameraLabs.
Hands-on and First Impressions (Mirrorlessons).
Sample gallery at Dpreview.
Hands-on at Dpreview.
Intor at Explora.
Toma de contacto DSLRmagazine.
And introduction video by Panasonic on Youtube.
Panasonic G85/G80 First Look (Dpreview Video).
Hands On with the Panasonic GH5, G80, LX15 and FZ2000 (cinema5d on youtube).
Panasonic GH5, FZ2000, LX15 and G80 | Photokina 2016 (WexUK Youtube video).
Panasonic New Release at Photokina 2016 by Photogear on Youtube.
G80 preview by ePhotozine.
Panasonic Lumix G80 – Prueba de campo (DSLRmagazine).
German G81 hands-on video.
Italian GX80 hands-on video.

Olympus preorders:
E-PL8 at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
25mm f/1.2 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
12-100mm f/4.0 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
30mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
FL-900r flash at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.de.

Panasonic preorders:
G85: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
FZ2500: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
Lx10: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.

 

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G85 vs the G7 predecessor (courtesy of CameraSize).

New “M1” Micro Four Thirds camera info and hands-on reviews

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Yitechnology posted the full english presentation site of their new M1 MFT camera. And here you have few more info:

Dpreview posted an M1 First Impressions Review:

The M1 is definitely an impressive first step into the world of mirrorless ILC technology for YI. I think a number of these issues could be addressed through firmware updates, and being that this is a prototype, some of these issues may be addressed in the final release. Although we can’t officially release any sample images, my initial impressions are that the DR is quite impressive in the Raw DNG files – you can push the files to around +3EV with minimal issues. The JPEG engine does a fairly nice job with the images shot at low ISO’s, but the noise reduction in the higher ISO photos is fairly aggressive. I found the super fine JPEG processing to be the most visually pleasing.

ePhotozine had the chance to play a bit with the camera and also published a few image samples. At the end they write:

With simple graphical icons, and swiping the way you change modes, the camera is definitely something you can quickly pick up and start using. We found the Yi-M1 felt quite good in the hand, with a rubberised front grip on the camera. The camera is also surprisingly light, being made out of plastic (with a metal lens mount), and weighing just 280g. The Yi-M1 is being introduced with two Yi lenses, the 42.5mm f/1.8 portrait / macro lens, and a 12-40mm zoom lens. The two lenses have a plastic construction, with glass elements.

Few more M1 hands-on shots have been posted at Personal View.

Triple E-M1II hands-on by Matt Granger, Imaging Resource and Cinema5D

We got three new E-M1II hands-on reports. Above you can watch Matt Granger’s take on the camera. On the video below Cinema5D videogrpahers opinion. While Imaging Resource writes:

The camera’s performance, while hard to definitively judge with an early prototype at a press event, seems very fast and quite nimble. The AF felt much faster than the E-M1, even in the extremely dark conditions at the press event. The 15fps mechanical shutter-based continuous burst shoot was amazingly fast and sounded stunning. The shutter sound itself is significantly different than the predecessor. It’s much lighter and softer-feeling, and less of a solid “click” than on the original.

Olympus preorders:
E-PL8 at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
25mm f/1.2 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
12-100mm f/4.0 PRO at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
30mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, GetOlympus. Amazon.de.
FL-900r flash at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.de.

Panasonic preorders:
G85: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
FZ2500: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.
Lx10: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon. ParkCameras. WexUK.