(UPDATE) SLRmagic 11mm Toy lens

Image on top shows the current 26mm f/1.4 ToyLens.

A short update about the upcoming new Toy Lens from SLRmagic. We have been told that it is a fast 11mm wide angle lens. Don’t know yet how fast the lens is. I guess there will be soon more news on their Twitter (Click here).

SLRmagic currently offers to manual, cheap not high quality lenses. They have the (only) advantage that you can use them without the use of any adapter:
35mm f/1.7 (Click here to see that lens on eBay).
26mm f/1.4 (Click here to see that lens on eBay).

(FT4) Panasonic G3 and new lens release in late April

According to last minute rumors we got from our trusted sources the new Panasonic G3 will be announced in late April. Earlier rumors “speculated” with a release in late March/early April. For some reasons (earthquake?) the announcement has been delayed for a few weeks. We have been told the G3 will be in Stock in May. Take that rumor with a grain of salt even if it is coming from our very good sources. The recent earthquake disaster could change everything again and of course this doesn’t matter right now. It’s by far more important that Panasonic and Olympus employees can have the time to overcome the shock. And It’s so good to know that no Panasonic/Olympus employee has been hurt!

P.S.: The 25mm f/1.4 should be announced along the G3 but unlike the Four Thirds version the lens will not be Leica branded and cost a little bit less ($700 instead of $850).

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

New SLRmagic lens to be annonced soon (testers required)


An image sample I have taken with the 26mm f/1.4 ToyLens.

Panasonic in April and Olympus in May/June should announce new Micro Four Thirds lenses. In the meanwhile we can have some fun with another cheap SLRmagic lens. On Twitter (Click here) they announced the testing of a new Toy lens: “Looking for 3 volunteers to test our new Fast Wide Angle Toy Lens. Pls send us a link to your wide angle work. Top three keeps the lens!” This is not the pre announced 12mm lens, it’s a new Toy lens. SLRmagic is currently offering one Toy lens only, the 26mm f/1.4. You can get it on eBay only (Click here). A few image samples can be seen here at 43rumors.

SLRmagic currently offers to manual, cheap not high quality lenses. They have the (only) advantage that you can sue them without the use of any adapter:
35mm f/1.7 (Click here to see that lens on eBay).
26mm f/1.4 (Click here to see that lens on eBay).

Last week rumors summary

Before to start the new rumors and news week let’s make a short summary of all last weeks rumors:

1) Panasonic 16mm f/1.4 and more prime lens specs (Click here to read the article). The latest Panasonic patent shows a list of possible compact wide and prime lenses.
2) Panasonic UK confirms the 25mm f/1.4 is coming this summer (Click here to read the article).
3) Olympus PEN pro camera in 2-3 years (Click here to read the article).
4) Samyang announces the development of a new compact Fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds (Click here to read the article).

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(patent) Panasonic 16mm f/1.4 and more prime lens specs!

Image on top: The current popular Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens you can get at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

43rumors just found a new Panasonic patent that discloses full details about new fast primes for Micro Four Thirds (United States Patent Application 20110052181 via freepatentsonline). Let’s start with the official patent description:

It has conventionally been difficult to reduce the size of a fast lens system having an F number of about 1.4 to 2.4.“…”Each of lens systems according to Embodiments 1 to 11 of the present invention has an F number of 1.4 to 2.1, and includes, in order from the object side toward the image side, a front unit including two lens elements, i.e., a positive lens element and a negative lens element, and a rear unit having a positive power. The rear unit includes at least one negative lens element and at least one aspheric surface. A diaphragm A is disposed in a widest air space in the lens system.”

The patent unveils all details about the lenses including the spherical aberration, astigmatism and distortion data!!! Those are the lenses:

1) 17.5mm f/1,75 (lenght of the lens 5cm)
2) 17mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 5cm)
3) 17mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 4cm)
4) 20mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 4cm)
5) 16,7mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 4.1cm)
6) 21mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 4cm)
7) 17mm f/1.83 (lenght of the lens 4cm)
8 ) 16mm f/1.7 (lenght of the lens 5.6cm)
9) 14,4mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 4.3cm)
10) 14,4mm f/1.75 (lenght of the lens 5.5cm)
11) 16,4mm f/1.43 (lenght of the lens 5cm)

Those info are very detailed and do proof that Panasonic has working prototypes with those characteristics. I hope Panasonic will really bring them to final production! The most interesting lenses are the 14mm f/1.7 (faster and larger than the current 14mm f/2.5 lens), the 16mm f/1.4, the 17mm f/1.7 (faster and larger than the current Olympus 17mm f/2.8). We already have the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 described in the patent (or at least a similar version). Interesting, Panasonic announced the development of the 25mm f/1.4 but that lens isn’t mentioned here!

I simplified the lens list and made a short poll

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The Micro Four Thirds system currently offers three compact primes:
Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus 17mm f/2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct