(UPDATED) Lens poll reloaded!

UPDATE: You have a few hours left to add your lens selection. After that I will start the poll. Thanks!

A year ago we made a lens poll. We asked you what kind of Micro Four Thirds lenses Panasonic and Olympus should develop. The most requested lens was the 25mm f/1.4 and that lens is now coming from Panasonic.
We thought it would be good to create a new lens poll because we now have a much larger reader base that can participate the voting. We also know companies are constantly looking for new ideas and we may can give them a little help ;)

Comment this post to suggest your lenses (primes and zooms). It would be very useful if you could describe the characteristic of the lens you want…like price, wide open performance, size, video optimized lens, in-lens stabilization etc. Please try to give a realistic description. For example: if you want a 12mm f/1.4 lens you can expect a high price and a huge size. We will take into account all your suggestions and start the poll in a few days.

Reminder: The website Four-Thirds.org shows the complete Lens selection and a has nice matching simulation!


P.S.: The new 100-300mm lens is in Stock at Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK.
The 14mm lens is almost in Stock at Amazon Deutschland.

(FT5) Panasonic to create two new “categories” of Micro Four Thirds (video/photo) cameras (in 2011)!

According to my very best sources Panasonic will create two new categories of Micro Four Thirds cameras (within 2011). Not GH, not GF and not G cameras! The sources didn’t gave me any further details about those new products. But we received rumors from other (new) sources saying that Panasonic could launch an affordable Micro Four Thirds video-camera.

I tried to imagine what kind of new “camera category” could be developed (That part is my own speculation):

1) The compact Rangefinder styled Micro Four Thirds camera. Like the Leica M9 (Click here to see the design) but with EVF or Hybrid Viewfinder. We already saw a Panasonic patent of such a camera. That could become the High-end compact camera (the real GF1 successor?) we were waiting for. In my opinion there is a high-chance this is going to happen although I would expect that camera to be named GF3…

2) A fixed lens Micro Four Thirds camera. Like the Sigma DP1/DP2, Leica X1 and the future awesome looking Fuji X100 (Click here to see the design). But I see a very low chance that this is ever going to happen. From a logical point of view it doesn’t make sense to promote that camera as a Micro Four Thirds product. But from a marketing point of view Panasonic could advertise it as a fixed lens camera with Micro Four Thirds sensor. Ok I know…it doesn’t sound right :)

3) A modular Micro Four Thirds system. OK, that is an extreme speculation. I haver never received any rumor about that. But isn’t that one of the future killer-features of digital cameras? To be expandeable, upgradeable without the need to buy a complete new camera?

4) A high spec camera (weather sealed and robust camera) like that nice Panasonic LC1 (Click here to see the camera design). Probably this is the product most of us are waiting for. A real professional photographic tool featuring the best Panasonic sensor, best AF, no AA filter, super imaging processor and all the stuff a semi-pro or pro photographer needs.

5) A video camera more affordable than the AG-AF100 (Reminder, preorder available on BHphoto!). Sony already has the NEX-VG10 so it makes a lot of sense for Panasonic to create an affordable MFT camcorder. In my opinion that has a high-chance to be announced in 2011.

I am “running out of imagination”…so If you have more ideas feel free to share it by commenting this post. I repeat, I don’t know what’s exactly coming from Panasonic but the sources that gave us that info are from a very very and very top level!

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a little bit of everything…

It’s a long time since I posted the latest ” a little bit of everything” post. Thanks all our readers for sending me links to news and videos. I will try to post your videos during the next weeks. And here you have the very long news list:

24Mbit AVCHD versus 100Mbit AVCHD-Intra on the Panasonic AF100 by Crews.tv (EosHD) and Mini resolution test – Hacked Panasonic GH1 versus AF100 in 1080p (EosHD)

Micro 4/3 vs Full Frame (Dpreview forum)

Olympus mju 9010 Review (Trustedreviews)

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS vs Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 vs Lumix FZ100 Real-life resolution (Cameralabs)

New Olympus E-PL1 deep blue kit (ForumOlympusFrance)

Our Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 Review (Steves Digicams)

Canon PowerShot S95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 y Samsung EX1 (Quesabesde)

FF vs micro 4/3 (Dpreview forum)

Lumix 20mm compared with Sigma 30mm (m43photo.blogspot.com)

New firmware update for the Lumix DMC-FZ100 superzoom (Panasonic.japan)

Pinwide cap for Micro 4/3 at Wanderlustcameras: 11mm f/96 (22mm equivalent). Price US $39.99

Samples from an Infrared Olympus EP1 at Photo Plus 2010 (ThePhoBlographer)

Panasonic GF2 to start shipment on December 03, 2010 (in Japan)

Panasonic Japan just announced the Panasonic GF2 will start to ship in Japan from December 03, 2010. The expected retail price of a single body around 60,000 yen. The 14mm kit costs 80,000 yen and the double kit (14mm +14-45mm) 90,000 yen.

As usual the rest of the world has to wait 1-2 months more before to get the GF2 :(
Amazon UK already confirmed that the GF2 is due to be released on January 24, 2011. Amazon US and BHphoto have no delivery date.

Hmmm, maybe we will see the GF3 announcement before we have the GF2 in Stock? :)

(FT5) New battery grip for the GH2 to be announced by early 2011

According to some of our very best sources Panasonic will announce a new battery-grip for the new GH2. The sources could not share us any specs but I was told that the grip should be announced within a few months (February?).
Editors note: The picture on top shows a reworked grip for Panasonic cameras sold on eBay.