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February 27, 2012
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Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 Prototype spotted!

Great news guys! The genius Mr. Miyazaki realized the first prototype of the Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 for Micro Four Thirds! For those of you not knowing who the creator is you have to know that he has a long history of handmade and nice quality M-mount lenses. An example, he made that super nice and compact Leica Triplet lenses (Click here to see them on eBay). The sonnetar protoype has a multi-coated lens, is only 25mm thick and weights 67g only! That is the design of the lens:

KTF-Turbo (Click here to read the google translation) is now testing the lens and you can already see the first image samples (Click here). I let you judge the image quality. I find the bokeh very… harsh :)

The lens you see here on top is a not available for purchase yet and price is unknown although I suspect it will have the same price of the Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 for Pentax Q mount ($650 here on eBay).

One more news: Photoshop launched the new App for the iPad (Click here to see it on iTunes). This really sounds like an amazing app!

February 27, 2012
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Patent: New Olympus 17mm f/2.8 II coming? (Photoshop for iPad)

The japanese blog Egami (Click here for the google translation) spotted that new Olympus patent describing an updated version of the current 17mm f/2.8 pancake lens. The lens has an improved optical performance. Egami also noticed that usually Olympus announces 6-12 months after a patent has been published. This means the lens could be announced within the year.

One more news: Photoshop launched the new App for the iPad (Click here to see it on iTunes). This really sounds like an amazing app!

February 24, 2012
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Yasuhara plans to make a crazy Vest Pocket Kodak lens for m43!

Yasuhara will make a m43 vintage lens like the one you see here from the Vest Pocket Kodak!

Yasuhara announced that the new Madoka 180 degrees fisheye lens will ship in late March. And there is also one more crazy surprise: They also plans to make a modern version of the Vest Pocket Kodak camera lens for m43 (Click here to see that cam on eBay). If you think that’s a joke read the press release at (Click here for the google englih translation). We will get a nice foldable lens…I really love that!

Here is the Madoka 180 fisheye press release:
Yasuhara announced a new fisheye lens for Mirrorless cameras Sony, Olympus and Panasonic with Sony NEX (E-mount) and micro 4/3 mount. It will be called “Madoka 180” (180 degrees). Links below direct to two image samples you can find on page in full size version.
Madoka 180 image sample No. 1
Madoka 180 image sample No. 2

Here are the basic specs of the Sony E-mount version:

  • The lens will have f/4 aperture
  • Compact  size
  • Length: about 40mm
  • Diameter: about 60mm
  • Weight: about 200g

The first Yasuhara Madoka will be released for Sony E mount this spring. Madoka will be available for sale on page at the end of March – begining of April 2012. The company is planning to release also a special software for the images taken with Madoka lenses.

P.S.: Really nice fisheye lenses have been made by Samyang/Rokinon:
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).



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