(FT5) Panasonic 8-18mm MFT lens and TZ90 images and specs leaked

On top you can see the first image leak of the new final production version Leica 8-18mm MFT lens. Here are the lens specs:

Lens composition: 15 groups of 10 lenses (3 aspheric lenses, 1 aspheric ED lens, 2 ED lenses and 1 UHR lens)
Shortest shooting distance: 0.23 m
Maximum shooting magnification: 0.12 times (converted to 35 mm format 0.24 times)
Filter diameter: 67 mm
Maximum diameter × length: 73.4 mm × 88 mm
Weight: Approx 315 g
Nano surface coating
Dustproof / drip-proof specification, low temperature (-10 ° C) compatible
Metallic exterior
Expected release date: May 25, 2017
Suggested retail price: 158,000 yen + tax (around $1450)
Mass store sales price: around 136,500 yen (including tax)  which is around $1250


And here are the images of the new TZ90 compact camera:


  • Available in Black or Silver
  • Newly developed 20.3 M high sensitivity MOS sensor
  • 24mm Wide angle with Optical 30 times Leica DC zoom lens
  • Touch panel type and 180 tilt-degree LCD screen
  • Built-in viewfinder equivalent to about 117,000 dots
  • “4K Photo” “4K Selphie” “Focus Select & Focus Composite”
  • Expected release date: June 15, 2017

Both the lens and the TZ90 will be announced tomorrow (April 19) at around 6am London time!

via Nokishita

(FT5) Panasonic will announce the new 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 lens on April 19

Panasonic will announce the new 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 lens and the TZ90 compact camera on April 19! The lens is Leica branded. Pricing is still unconfirmed but the lens will ship sometimes this summer.

Panasonic will also announce new camcorder this Sunday (April 23) at 2pm Las Vegas time.

via Nokishita

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Panasonic is working on “anamorphic de-squeeze modes for the GH5” (to be released this summer)

Last week I did report about the new Gmonitor APP. Today the developer contacted me to report some surprising development:

“I’ve got some very positive feedback from some Panasonic Employees about my brand new app GMonitor (you already published it, thanks a lot for it). They really like the added Anamorphic Desqueeze option which I provided as an update. Here some information about upcoming GH5 update (original quote!).

“…We put pressure to our devs to put a proper de-squeeze for the anamorphic modes in the GH5 (let’s hope for it in the summer firmware update that’ll bring 6K anamorphic)…”

It is like my Focus Bracket app – they are killing my business :-)

Until then you can work with the new release of my app which brings different anamorphic desqueeze factors – and the ability of 1:2.35 crop marks for the video shooters without anamorphic lenses. Update is uploaded to App Store and should be available soon.

The app can be found here:


Some new screen shots attached – as I don’t own anamorphic lenses you just see the stretched image. But as reported on Facebook it really works!

Olympus officially registered two new cameras (One is a Stylus and one the new E-M10III)

Olympus registered two new camera models with the code “IM005” and “IM006”. We can share some more info through our sources:

  1. The “IM005” is a new Stylus camera as in previous documents we saw it uses the LI-92B battery.
  2. The “IM006” is probably the new E-M1oIII camera. Our sources said this is the next system camera Olympus will announce this year.

Once registered It usually takes a couple of months before these cameras get officially announced.