I didn’t know that you can actually buy a lens that has square aperture blades. This allows you to create a “Square Bokeh” effect. If you think this has to be look stupid well you might be proven wrong. Just watch the video from Mathieu Stern!The lens you have to buy to get that effect is the Componar 75mm f4.5 (here on eBay).
Max Yuryev tested the new Panasonic 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens and also explains why he is not buying it.
The German folks over at Photozone tested the Olympus 12-100mm lens:
There are many ways to judge the results of the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO. If you want to phrase it in a negative way, you may call it a jack of all trades and a master of none. However, that’s unfair really. You could also argue that it doesn’t show any true weakness and that’s quite something considering the range. More so than the charts, the provided sample images may show that you can use this lens at pretty much all relevant settings with very good results at the wide end and still good results at the extreme long end. Lateral CAs are no issue. Vignetting and distortions are handled nicely (albeit somewhat lossy) via image auto-correction. And the quality of the bokeh is pretty decent for a zoom lens.
The lens gets Highly Recommended!
Kai writes about the camera:
Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, a miniaturized Super 16mm, professional digital film camera that is designed to be operated remotely and capture action anywhere! A revolutionary built in expansion port has PWM and S.Bus inputs so you can use a model airplane remote control to operate the camera wirelessly. Imagine adjusting focus, iris and zoom wirelessly! The Micro Cinema Camera is a true digital film camera that features built in RAW and ProRes recording, 13 stops of dynamic range, and an MFT lens mount. You get a true digital film camera that can go where no other digital film camera can!
The BMCC is available for $995 at Bhphoto.