Olympus 75mm gets DxOmarked. It’s the best MFT lens yet.

DxOmark (Click here) tested the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens and writes that this is the “best lens DxOMark have tested for the Micro Four Thirds hybrid camera system.“. The only downside is the relatively high price: “If the high cost of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 is out of reach then Micro Four Thirds photographers will be pleased that the cheaper $400 Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 is a good alternative. As we’ve seen it’s not as sharp as the 75mm version and edge sharpness is inconsistent, but it represents better value if budgets are squeezed.

I guess nobody here had ever a doubt that this is the best available MFT lens. The real annoying part may be the high price of the extra hood. But that’s an easily to solve inconvenience. Just buy a third party hood at n US ($7 on amazon), US ($32 better quality), Germany (ebay) and Hong Kong (ebay).

The lens itself can be found at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Olympus 75mm f/1.8 Lens alternatives (if you don’t care about the missing autofocus and electronic contacts):
1) Dallmeyer 75mm f/1.9 (Here on eBay). This is an extremely expensive lens and I don’t know why it is so. Only crazy guys would buy that :)
2) Leica Summilux 75mm f/1.4 (Here on eBay). Extraordinary high quality lens for an extraordinary price (although it’s still less expensive than the mysterious Dallmeyer). It’s the fastest of all 75mm lenses
3) Zeiss Biotar 75mm f/1.5 (Here on eBay). Fast and also a bit exotic lens made for the Exacta series.
4) Leica Summarit 75mm f/2.5 (Here on eBay). High quality and relatively compact lens. A bit slow compared to the Olympus (f/2.5).
5) Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 (Here on eBay). Probably the best alternative of the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens. Same aperture, superb high quality and cheaper.
6) Fujinon 75mm f/1.8 (Here on eBay). This is a very cheap TV lens and I don’t expect the quality to be very good. I wouldn’t buy that unlike your really need that focal length and you have a very low budget.

Amarcord: Olympus 35 SP

 

We now know that Olympus will release a new Micro Four Thirds camera within the next 1-2 months. As they always took inspiration from the past let’s check back some of the Olympus historical cameras. Today I make a short intro to the is the Olympus 35 SP.

Like so many Olympus cameras also that one marked a point in the camera history. Launched in 1969 it had a unique feature: It was the first Rangefinder camera with a dual metering system (spot or centerweighted readings). It has a high quality 42/1.7 fixed G.Zuiko lens. Yep, there is a “G” letter before the “Zuiko” because it refers to the seventh letter of the alphabet to signify the seven elements of the lens construction. And according to Andrew from UTexas: “It truly matches or surpasses many prime lens available today.“.

But there are many unique features on that camera. a controls (including exposure modes and timer) are on the lens!
Really, you have to read the wonderful written article at Utexas (Click here) to understand all the greatness on this jewel. One more interetsing article is also available at Cameraquest.

The camera itself is of course available on plenty of acutions on eBay (Click ehre to see them). Great camera that (unlike all digital cameras) will likely work fine for all the rest of our long life :)

Is the SLR magic 25mm f/0.95 better than the Nokton?

Andrew Reid tweeted the first image comparing the new SLR Magic 25mm f/0.95 vs the Nokton 25mm f/0.95. I have to say the results of the SLR Magic lens are stunning! I already posted a similar comparison back in May (Click here to read that article). But the lens used by Andrew is the final production version that should come on market in February for $799. But there will be a special rebate at launch and the real price will be $649. That’s $550 less than the Voigtlander Nokton lens!

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here)

Blackmagic MFT video sample…

Sunset from John Brawley Tests with Blackmagic MFT and Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 and SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6.

There is not only the GH3 if you need an advanced Micro Four Thirds video camera. The video on top has been shot on the Blackmagic MFT camera which promises to be a very nice tool for low budget productions.It has been shot with the superb Nokton 17.5mm 0.95 (here on eBay) and the SLR Magic 12mm f/1.6 (here on eBay). Would love to see a comparison with the GH3 one day, and I am pretty sure the Blackmagic will top the Panasonic camera.

The body only is in Stock for $3000 at IDSMgroup (Click here) and (out of Stock) at BHphoto (Click here).

(UPDATED) More About Polaroid’s Mirrorless Camera

Interchangeable lenses and Android 4.1. If that wasn’t enough to be an innovator, now we know that Polaroid’s (oddly named) iM1836 camera has the sensor built into the lens (it’s a 1″ sensor). Though this was done in the past by Ricoh (with the GXR). Moreover, Polaroid says that there will be adapter modules that can take Nikon F, Pentax K and Micro Four Thirds lenses. If I got it right than the camera itself has no sensor and the sensor will fit within the Micro Four Thirds adapter.

dvice (via fstoppers) has some more information about the Polaroid’s features. PetaPixel is also worth a read. DPreview also posted an article.