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June 14, 2015
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(Guest Post) T/S photography by lb_supertec.

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T/S photography by  lb_supertec.

Hi,
since my first m4/3 camera i was waiting for a super wide angle shift lenses for architecture photography. In post processing it is easy to make perspective corrections. But sharpness and resolution goes down and it is always a risk if you do not see the final image while shooting.

Therefore I decided to go for a T/S adapter. The optic should be a sharp super wide angle zoom with a large image circle for a wide rang of shifting. Furthermore I wanted to have control over the aperture.

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My choice went for the Sigma 8-16mm for Nikon and the Kipon T/S Adapter for Nikon G Mount Lens to M4/3. This is one of the rare combinations which allows you to handle the aperture manually on a contemporary lens. The built quality of the kipon T/S adapter is good. it allows tilt, shift and 360° rotation, and there are 5 operation buttons positioned around the adapter. For a comfortable handling it’s recommended to use a lightweight and front side flat camera like the GM1. All the pro grade bodies with front side sticking out flash or EFV will cause problems. Some can not even be mounted (EM1, EM5…) others operate only with limitations (GH3). An other problem of this pro bodies is the large weight compared to the compact M4/3 cameras.

The 8-16mm is a super wide angle zoom and therefore ideal for architecture photography, and it is sharp. The cons of this lens (CA, distortion and vignetting) can be solved with some clicks in post processing and aren’t a issue for me. Out of the box the 8-16mm offers only limited shifting due to the built in lens hood. Therefore I decided to cut off the lens hood to get access to the entire image circle of the lens. trough this it is possible to shift unrestricted in any direction until the border of the image circle. Shifting of my sigma is now on par with the canon 17mm T/S and even better than the canon 24mm T/S!

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Furthermore i built a tripod ring mount for the lens. This way it’s the body which moves and not the lens, and obligation if you are planning to stick panorama images out of two or more shots. And its much easier to move a 203g camera (GM1) instead of the 555g lens. the last piece i built was a kind of compendium. That’s highly recommended since the front lens sticks out that much.

Compared to the heroes in the T/S world (canon 17mm and 24mm T/S) this solution is lightweight (928g), relatively compact and much cheaper (1’000 bucks plus one day in the workshop).

During the last weeks i did two city walks and two jobs with this T/S lens and i am thrilled. in short: i own now a easy to use and sharp super wide angle M4/3 T/S zoom lens!

Attached a detailed description and some sample images. the images were shot in RAW and they passed post processing in Bridge. means WB, CA, distortion and vignetting are corrected.
enjoy!

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June 11, 2015
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Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye review at CameraLabs.

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Gordon from CameraLabs (Click here) posted the full Olympus 8mm PRO lens review:

Ultimately the Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye may be larger and higher-priced than rivals, but it’ll out-perform them on the feature-front, particularly in terms of aperture. If you’ll exploit these features, it’s well worth spending the extra and comes highly recommended. I also commend Olympus on pushing the envelope here and producing a lens that’s truly different from anything that’s come before for any format. It’ll be a reason for some photographers to select Micro Four Thirds as their next format.

Olympus Preorders:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.

Panasonic Preorders:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.

June 8, 2015
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7-14mm lens test at CameraLabs. 8mm fisheye reviewed by Robin Wong. 30mm macro test by SLRgear.

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The Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 lens got reviewed by Gordon from CameraLabs:

The major benefit of the Olympus over the Panasonic is a brighter focal ratio: f2.8 vs f4. In my tests the Olympus also generally performed very well out-of-the-gates at f2.8 whereas the Panasonic often needed to be closed to f5.6 to deliver similarly sharp results. So in terms of aperture, the Olympus actually enjoys between one and two stops over the Panasonic if you want each lens to perform at its best.
The second benefit of the Olympus over the Panasonic is build quality. The Panasonic may be a premium lens optically, but feels quite plasticky. In contrast the Olympus is built like a tank with smoother rings and weather-sealing.

Robin Wong tested the new Olympus 8mm PRO lens and writes:

After spending two weekends shooting with this Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO lens, unexpectedly, I have come to fall in love with it. Not because of the technical excellence, it is not the sharpest Olympus lens around, and surely not the fastest. The lens is just so fun to use, and it has forced me to change my shooting style, the way I approached my subjects, the way I considered my composition and the more thoughts I needed to put in before I clicked the shutter button. It is also the most challenging lens I have used so far, and that added in the fun factor.

The Panasonic 30mm macro lens got reviewed at SLRgear:

If you’re looking for a convenient and simple macro lens (that can do double-duty as a compact portrait lens) to throw in a bag without needing a tripod, the Panasonic 30mm ƒ/2.8 Macro is a good choice; its implementation of image stabilization will let you get down to 1/8th of a second. However, if you’re looking for a macro lens with more features suited to that kind of work, it’s hard to recommend this lens over the Olympus 60mm macro, which has a more useful macro distance as well as features that are specifically suited to macro work.

Panasonic Preorders:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.

Olympus Preorders:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
Titanium E-M5II: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK.
Accessories:
7-14mm Olympus LC-79 Lens Cap at BHphoto.
Olympus PPO-EP02 Dome Port for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus PPZR-EP05 Focus Gear for 8mm at BHphoto.
Olympus POSR-EP10 UW Anti-Reflecting Ring for 8mm at BHphoto.

June 7, 2015
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Olympus 7-14mm lens tested at Focus Numerique and Photoreview.

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Focus Numerique (translation here) tested the new Olympus 7-14mm PRO lens and that’s their PROS and CONS list (google translated):

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And also Photoreview (Click here) tested the lens:

The 7-14mm f/2.8 lens is an impressive performer and a worthy addition to the Olympus M.Zuiko PRO range. The relatively high price tag reflects both the build and optical quality of this lens. Neither comes cheap but if you’re prepared to pay the price and you need an ultra-wide zoom lens for your OM-D camera, you’re unlikely to regret it.

Olympus Preorders:
7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,
8mm f/1.8 PRO lens: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, GetOlympus, WexUK, AmazonUK, AmazonDE,

June 4, 2015
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Panasonic G7 reviewed by ePhotozine.

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ePhotozine (Click here) published the full Panasonic G7 review and the camera gets the editor’s choice award:

The Panasonic Lumix G7 delivers excellent image quality, 4K video, and a high resolution electronic viewfinder, all at an impressive price point.

Panasonic Preorders:
Black G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Silver G7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.
Black G7 with 14-140mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. In EU at Jessops, WexUK.

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