First video samples shot on the new Laowa 7,5mm MFT lens

Back at Photokina Venus Optics announce the Laowa 7,5mm f/2.0 MFT lens. This is the “World’s Widest f/2 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Camera”. The lens will be available in early 2017 and there is ye no info on the price. But today Venus Optics posted that video sample. Looks good so far!

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Reeperbahn with the Panasonic LUMIX GX8 By Thomas Ludwig

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Reeperbahn with the Panasonic LUMIX GX8
By Thomas Ludwig

The Panasonic LUMIX GX8 has some impressive specs and comes along in a rangefinder style body. As it is not the smallest mirrorless camera and hence a bit more eye-catching, I was curious to see how it works in the streets. As usual I had my focus also on how it fits in a CAMSLINGER bag when hiking a city for a day.

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The amazing E-M1II Antarctica pictures from Álvaro Sanz

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Álvaro Sanz just sent me this:

I’m Álvaro Sanz, photographer, film director and Olympus Visionary.
Since 14th of november I have been photographing southern Chile and the antarctic lands with the new Olympus camera OM-D EM-1 MarkII. I will continue my trip for one more week testing this new camera and enjoying one of the most remote places on the planet. Attached to this email you can find a dossier with more details.
I’m travelling with one more videographer equipped with another EM1 MkII. Our aim is to create a small documentary to test this camera and some of its new features. If you want to see how it works, you can view a teaser recorded in the Drake Passage, the most dangerous sea in the world: https://vimeo.com/193866270

The full picture gallery (And spanish text) can be seen at antarctica.esolympus.es

That’s the kind of story that tells I like to see more than any camera review!

Olympus E-M1II preorders:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, GetOlympus and Adorama.
In Europe at ParkCameras. WexUK. Digitech.ch.

The 12-100mm PRO lens is now shipping in USA (and a new review)

Readers informed me that their preorders are now shipping out via BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonFocusCamera, GetOlympus. Amazon.de. PCHstore.

Photographyblog tested the lens and writes:

The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro makes a great all-in-one travel partner to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera, forming a fast, well-built, weather-proof system that delivers excellent image quality, not to mention featuring the most advanced image stabilisation system of any camera/lens combination currently available.
Optically, it’s not quite a perfect lens though. While both centre and edge sharpness are very high throughout most of its focal length range, the performance drops off a little at the 100mm focal length, where you need to stop down to get acceptable results. Otherwise it’s all good news. Chromatic aberrations are almost completely absent, vignetting is not a real issue, and distortion is very well auto-corrected through software algorithms.
The Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS Pro is a great choice for those users who want an all-in-one solution to their everyday photography and videography needs, covering a very versatile focal range whilst featuring both a fast f/4 aperture and an amazing image stabilisation system. Highly Recommended!