Photokina press event on September 19: Panasonic press event at 12:30 and Olympus at 18:00.

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These are the official press events from Olympus and Panasonic at Photokina:

  1. Panasonic on September 19 at 12:30
  2. Olympus on September 19 at 18:00

Both will announce new cameras and lenses:
– Olympus E-M1II
– Panasonic G80 (final name unconfimred. Could be G81 or G85 too)
– Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 PRO lens
– Olympus 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens
– Olympus 30mm f/3.5 macro

It’s unclear yet if Panasonic will announce the GH5 and Olympus the E-PL8.

(FT4) Two f/1.2 prime lenses for Olympus to be announced this year

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A couple of months ago I reported that Olympus developed a new series of f/1.2 PRO Zuiko prime lenses. One of them would be the 25mm f/1.2. The launch of that lens got slightly delayed (from early summer to late summer before Photokina).

Now a source reports that Olympus will launch two of those f/1.2 fast primes within the second half of the year. I don’t know the exact specs yet but so far four more MFT lenses are expected to be announced this year:

12-100mm f/4.0 zoom
25mm f/1.2 PRO
30mm f/3.5 macro
another f/1.2 fast prime

Exciting!

Bit of history: Olympus OM system had two f/1.2 lenses: The 50mm f/1.2 (here on eBay) and the 55mm f/1.2 (here on eBay).


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(FT5) Panasonic G80 launch postponed to September 19!

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Very important news! In very last-minute Panasonic decided to postpone the launch of the new G80 from August 22 to September 19. This news has been confirmed via two trusted source and a new source (Thanks M.!).

I am not certain about the reason of the delay but it seems that it could have to do with sensor shipment delays from Sony…

One more thing: On September 19 also Olympus will have an announcement. And we will get the new E-M1II


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Panasonic patent proves they designed the Leica SL 90-280mm Full Frame lens!

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Both Olympus and Panasonic are patenting new Full Frame lenses. Egami just spotted the latest lens patent from Panasonic which describes the design of the 90-270mm f/2.8-4 OIS Full Frame lens. But before you get excited about the idea that Panasonic might make a new FF camera system hold on!

This is highly likely the design of the existing Leica 90-280mm SL lens. It’s quite a surprise to learn that this $6,395.00 lens has been developed by Panasonic!