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January 15, 2015
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(FT3) Panasonic GF7 to be released next week?

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There may be a good reason why the GF6 kit now sells for $349 only at Amazon US (Click here). According to one source the Panasonic GF7 will be announced mid of next week already! It will have the 12-32mm as kit lens. Price is yet not know and exact specs unclear. All we know i that it will not record 4K like the LX100 does.

NO info yet on possible new MFT lenses.

On the other side Olympus will announce theE-M5II,14-150mm R and hopefully the7-14mm PRO lens during the first week of February.


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January 15, 2015
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(FT5) First images of the new Olympus E-M5 and 14-150mm F4-5.6II lens!

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Those are the very first images of the soon to be announced new Olympus E-M5II! Specs:

Same E-M5 16MP sensor
Update processor (improves slightly the IQ)
No PDAF
New sensor shift shooting that allows to combine 8 pictures in one to create a 40 Megapixel image
Improved 5 axis stabilization
It does have clean hdmi-out
all common frame rates and video optimized af-algorithm.
50Mb/s all 1080p (no 4K recording)

Reminder: The new Olympus camera coming during the first week of February will be called Olympus E-M5II (or E-M5 Mark II). And the big new feature of the camera is “sensor shift” shooting. The camera has a 16 Megapixel sensor that can shoot up to 40 Megapixel by shifting the sensor (in up to 8 frames of single shots).

The sources didn’t explain me in very detail how it works but my guess is that it works in a similar way of the Hasselblad H5D-200c. Hasselblad (Pdf file here) describes the tech in that way:

High precision piezo-electrical actuators control movements of the sensor in ½ and in one pixel increments. By combining six shots, offset by a combination of both ½ pixel increments and one pixel increments, the colors, Red, Green and Blue of each point are obtained with a double resolution in both the X and Y directions. The result is an astonishing 200Mpixel full color image with no artifacts, such as moiré.
The Bayer Mosaic filter pattern covers the pixels of the sensor. Moving the sensor in one pixel increments between shots, allows for the exact R, G, B values to be captured in every pixel. The multiple captures are then assembled to deliver the correct colors and ultimate definition of detail. Adding captures, each offset by a ½ pixel sensor movement, creates space for extending the sensor resolution from 50Mpix to 200Mpix. The outstanding definition of color and detail is maintained

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And here is the image of the new 14-150mm F4-5.6II lens:

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There is a good chance Olympus will also announce the pricing of the new Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens (here at BHphoto).

Image courtesy via Digicameinfo. Specs by 43rumors.


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January 14, 2015
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(FT5) What’s coming in 2-3 weeks: E-M5II, GF7 for sure and 7-14mm, 8mm fisheye likely.

Olympus recently registered the name of two compact fixed lens cameras and the new E-M5II.

The CP+ show will start in February 12 and we have a pretty clear idea about what’s coming from Panasonic and Olympus. Here is the list of cameras and lenses and please tell us what you will consider to buy:

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Possible surprises: I still have no clear info on new Panasonic MFT lenses. And Olympus may show first mockups of the super fast prime lenses like the patented 12mm f/1.0!


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January 13, 2015
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(FT4) 7-14mm Zuiko lens to be released at CP+.

Along the new E-M5II Olympus will also finally launch the new 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens! The other PRO lens, the 300mm f/4.0 will ship the second half of 2015. Both lenses are already listed at BHphoto without pricing info:

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens (here at BHphoto).
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f/4 PRO Lens (here at BHphoto).

I am yet not 100% sure if the 8mm f/1.8 fisheye will be unveiled at CP+ or  1-2 months later. But it’s going to ship for sure this summer. AT CP+ we will also get a new 14-150mm “R” version.

I yet have no solid info on new Panasonic MFT lenses but I hope to get them soon ;)


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January 11, 2015
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These are the first images of the Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 lens.

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As you know Samyang often design Full Frame DSLR lenses and then offers it in different mounts like Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds. It’s not really the best solution for us because it makes the lens unnecessarily bigger. But on the other hand their lenses do deliver a very high optical performance for a very low price.

So it’s good to know that they will soon announce a new 135mm f/2.0 lens and you can read specs and see more images of the lens on that eBay Hong Kong page (Click here).

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