Olympus lens patent (8mm f/3.5 fisheye that will never come’)

The japanese blog Egami (Click here) found a couple of new lens patents. There is no surprise. These are the lenses:
8mm  f/3.5 fisheye
10mm f/2.8
12mm f/1.8
12mm f/2.0
12mm f/2.8

It’s easy to guess that the 10-12mm lenses are just different variant of the current Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. And if you look back at the early 2011 Olympis roadmap it contained an 8mm fisheye lens. But I doubt this lens will come any time soon. We already have a Panasonic 8mm fisheye and a super tiny and nice Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 (Click here to get them on eBay) and an almost unknown Madoka 180 degree fisheye.

The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Panasonic lens costs around 600-700 dollars/Euro and is available at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).

Panasonic AF301 prediction from Philip Johnston (4:2:2 processing).

This years NABshow will be held in mid-April. It’s the  largest international digital event for audio, video, film, broadcast and communication. And it’s very likely that Panasonic will show a new successor of the AG-AF101 Micro Four Thirds camcorder. And there is a first “prediction” coming via Philip Johnston from HDwarrior: “The AF301 a direct poke at Canon C300 will have 10bit, 4:2:2 processing as seen on the HPX250 and will swap over to P2 giving us AVC Intra, I don’t see Panasonic going away from micro Four Thirds as they have invested far too much development on lenses. I hope we see a far better viewfinder and far higher resolution on version two (1000 lines +).

P.S.: Search links for the current AG-AF100 at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Rumors roundup: New Panasonic/Oly lenses and wather sealed camera

Finally new rumors are coming in and the next two months will bring us may new Micro Four Thirds lenses (and a camera too?). Let’s make a short recap of what we heard these last weeks:

There will be soon a new Olympus zoom lens that starts with 12mm and has no constant aperture. It coule be a m43 re-edition of the current Four Thirds 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens (here on ebay). Then we will have two or three new Panasonic X lenses. The two weather sealed 12-35mm and 35-100mm f/2.8 (or faster?) lenses for $1.000-$1500. There is also a rumor saying there could be a third X lens, a new 35mm f/2.4 macro pancake X lens. If we have weather sealed lenses than a weather sealed camera should also follow soon.

And now the question. If all rumors turn out to be correct. Than what is THE one product you are would be interested to buy?

Chose the one SINGLE product you could buy:

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(FT3) New Panasonic X 35mm f/2.4 macro lens coming soon?

A source that gave me once a correct “rumor” just told me that he found an image of a new Panasonic 35mm f/2.4 X macro lens! It will cost LESS than the current Pansonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro (Current price is 700 dollars/Euro on eBay). The 35mm is not a Leica branded lens. I have no direct contact to the source but if he is reading the message feel free to send me the image you found ont he web at 43rumors@gmail.com. You can also use “anonymous” tools like wetransfer.com or imageshack.us. Thanks!!!

P.S.: other sources can confirm that the lens really exists???
Links to the current Panasonic macro: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

For our readers:

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UPDATED: Panasonic manager talks about the upcoming X lenses. Price around 1300 Euro?

UPDATE: Google translation tool made a mess because the questions were made in nrowegian and the answers are written in swedish (what the heck?). Thanks to all readers sending me the correct info!

We are receiving more and more bits about the upcoming Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses. We know they will have a constant aperture (f/2.8 or faster), we know the lenses are weather sealed. The info get’s a backup by Mac Berggen, a Norwegian Panasonic product specialist He revealed at akam.no:
1)The new lenses will definitely be the best thing we ever did“…”the best performance of all Pany lenses”
2)The aperture will be great“.
3)The price will be high“. UPDATE: The price will be lower than the 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms from the competition. Note: Canon (Click here to check that price on eBay) and Nikon (Click here to check that price on eBay). He susggests the price could be around 10.000 Norwegian Krone which is 1.300 Euro ($1700).

Thanks Davey for sending me this.