Olympus Tough TG-Tracker Hands-on First Impression by Digitalrev and CameraLabs.

It’s not a MTF camera but certainly one very cool action camera from Olympus! On top you can watch the video review by Digitalrev. And on that CameraLabs article you can read the full action camera review:

On the whole the TG-Tracker tells you more about the environment you’re using it in than any other action camera I can think of. Whether you actually need it all and how useful it is is another question. The GPS worked faultlessly (even on the London underground, which was pretty impressive) and I like that you can log when you’re not taking pictures at the flick of a switch. The other sensor data – direction, altitude, temperature and vertical distance travelled is novel and very accessible from the camera. It’s fun to have, but probably not all crucial for most people.

Green TG-Tracker at BHphoto. Amazon. GetOlympus. Adorama.
Black TG-TRacker at BHphoto. Amazon. GetOlympus. Adorama.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 MFT lens gets DxOmarked: “Good value for money”


DxOmark tested the new Sigma 30mmf /1.4 MFT lens. And as you can see from the score below the lens is as good as the Panasonic-Leica 25mm lens:

Boasting a fast maximum aperture and short minimum focus distance, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DN is a good standard prime option for MFT shooters. Sigma’s precision engineering ensures the good transmission, distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberration results you’d expect from a prime. Sharpness isn’t outstanding, but it’s on par for a lens of this type, with the best results achieved at f/2.8 and f/4. The own-brand Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 does offer slighter greater and more uniform resolution at mid-aperture settings, but it distorts more than the Sigma, and fringes a little more in the very far corners, too. What’s more, it costs almost twice as much as the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DN, making Sigma’s third-party alternative the better value-for-money option.

You can buy the Sigma on thos elinks at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Jessops and Calumet Germany.

Leica 12mm F/1.4 Test and Samples by Daniel Cox: “amazing details”


Daniel Cox posted his short test with the new 12mm f/1.4 Leica lens on Naturalexposures (full size sample on Dpreview):

“I love the amazing details that are easily seen from the center of the lens all the way to the extreme corners, even when shot wide open. It’s build feels as robust as any lens I’ve ever handled. As much as I love this new wide angle option we’ve been given, it really is a specialty lens for most photographers. The Lumix Vario 12-35mm F/2.8 also covers the 24mm range. Having a zoom can be a big advantage, especially one as sharp as the 12-35mm Vario. But if you want to shoot the Milky Way or any other scenes after the sun has gone down, this is by far the best lens we have for Micro Four Thirds users.”

12mm f/1.4 at BHphoto. Amazon. Adorama. Panasonic US. WexUK. ParkCameras.

Panasonic 100-400mm reviews by Admiringlight and Lenstip

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We got two new Panasonic 100-400mm lens reviews. Spoiler: Admiringlight likes the lens while Lenstip thinks it’s overpriced.

Admiringlight writes:

In all, though, the complaints are fairly minor and the upside to the lens is outstanding. The compact size, outstanding reach and good optical stabilizer combine to make this truly a handholdable supertelephoto option, something that is rare in the photography world. If you like to shoot birds, wildlife or sports from a distance, this lens should definitely be on your short list.

Lenstip writes:

The physical dimensions are undoubtedly the main asset of this lens. Its range of focal lengths and the fact that in the frame centre it is able to provide photos of a quite sensible quality mean you can take it for long hikes without worrying that you’ll overexert your spine. Add to that very solid workmanship, a very efficient autofocus and good correction of the majority of optical aberrations.

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