New Konica patent discloses a possible future Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 MFT lens design

A new Konica-Minolta lens patent describes the construction of a new 50mm f/1.4 lens design for the Micro Four Thirds system. It is well-known that Konica designed some of Panasonic MFT lenses. So it is likely that this design will become a real product branded as Panasonic or Leica.

Konica designed the following “Panasonic” lenses:
Leica 45mm f/2.8 (patent here)
Leica 8-18mm f/2.8 (patent here)
Panasonic 150mm lens (patent here).


At last!!! Panasonic GH5 Preorders will start at 1PM Wed Jan 4 !!!


Hurray! The Panasonic GH5 will be available for preorder oin January 4th!

The info we can share in advance is that:

– The GH5 has the in sensor stabilization just like the G80
– The camera has 2 SD card slots
– No more limit about the duration of recording. 29 minutes in Europe.
– The audio XLR microphone hotshoe mounted I/O interface will be compatible with the DMC-GH4.
– It has full size HDMi
– The main sizes are identical of the GH4. Advantage : You can use ANY same accessory like Cage, Etc. from your previous GH3 or GH4.
– Panasonic plans to start shipping out the GH5 in March/April!
– Body only: Price will be between 1 800 € and 2 000 € in Europe for the DMC-GH5.
– Price will be ± 2 900 € for the DMC-GH5 + the new Panasonic Leica 12-60 Lens (not the older 12-60mm lens!)

Stay tuned and join the GH5 facebook group for more news!

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(FT5) The new Leica 12-60mm lens will ship in March/April


Highly trusted sources confirmed the new Leica 12-60mm lens will ship in March/April along the new GH5. Price has yet to be determined.

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Choose the camera you would like to be announced in 2017

We got plenty of new cameras in 2016. On paper 2017 should be less exciting. But there’s always hope that Olympus and Panasonic will make something unexpected!

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Note: I did not add the GH5 as it got announced in 2016. I added the Full frame options because we found plenty of Olympus and Panasonic patents describing FF lenses. So maybe it’s not impossible to think they could release such a camera.