UPDATED: New SLR Magic 25mm f/0.95 lens!


The new SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 lens is in the middle between the Voigtlander and the Leica.

So here we are with the next super fast f/0.95 lens! After the Hyperprime 50mm and the two Voigtlander 25mm and 17.5mm SLR magic will develop another 25mm f/0.95 lens! It will very likely arrive on market by end of the year and have an extimated price similar of the Hyperprime 50mm lens (here on eBay).

They also send me some image samples which they told “are representative of 70% of what our final lens can produce. We noticed some purple fringing and we will try to address that issue before the production model“. They will show that lens at Photokina in September (Hall 3.1 at booth B059).

Below you can find an f/0.95 image comparison (Click on them to enlarge). On the left the SLRmagic and on the right the Voigtlander. The SLR Magic lens has thinner DOF. It is because it is a T0.95 lens and not a f/0.95 lens. Images may look blurry in some comparison photos but it is just because of thinner DOF. You can see the thin plane of focus is actually quite sharp. The ISO was 200 and shutter speed was 1/15 on a manfrotto portable tripod with WB at 3000K.

Comparison at f/0.95

Comparison at f/1.4

The advantage of the SLRmagic lens over the Voigtlander is the smooth aperture ring (perfect for cinematographers), it’s sharper wide open, and less purple fringing.

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This would become the fourth m43 lens with f/0.95 aperture. The other three are the:
Nokton 25mm (here on eBay) Nokton 17.5mm (here on eBay) Noktor SLRmagic 50mm (here on eBay)


New GF5 and GX1 review (with new GH2 cage)


I am not a big cage expert or fan but this one looks pretty good! It’s sold by the korean company Gini and there is one single GH2 cage on auction on eBay (Click here to check it out).

Now let’s focus on other two Panasonic cameras:
Panasonic GX1 review at Photographybay (Click here): “In the end, the compact size, speed and image quality deliver enough for most photo enthusiasts.  It’s in the same vein of Sony’s excellent NEX line on all fronts.  Those wanting more out of a camera need to consider stepping up to a larger and more expensive option.
GX1 price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Panasonic GF5 review at Techradar (Click here): “The low price makes the Panasonic GF5 one of the best compromises on the market between compact size and high image quality. It’s one of the only cameras that is truly (jacket) pocketable and portable enough to be carried around on a daily basis, while still managing to offer fantastic image quality and a solid feature set.
GF5 price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Reminder on super m43 USA deals. I order them from the cheapest to the most expensive:
Olympus E-PL1 body for $149 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic 45-200mm lens for $199 at Amazon (Click here).
Olympus E-P2 body for $229 at Amazon (Click here).
Olympus E-PL1 with kit lens for $272 at Amazon (Click here). Actually it is also the most sold m43 camera at Amazon (here is the ranking).
Panasonic 45-175mm for $382 at Amazon (Click here).
Panasonic GX1 body for $549 at Amazon (Click here).


The two new Olympus lenses already within the M43 system pdf!


Last week I told you that Olympus is sending out the 75mm f/1.8 lens for testing to journalists and photographer. Today we have the next good sign for a not so far away lens announcement. The Micro Four Thirds pdf catalog (Click here) has been updated and now includes the lenses. I hope Olympus will announce them in June along the new XZ-2! The 75mm f/1.8 is particularly intruiguing also because Olympus states that this is the “highest imaging performance M.Zuiko” lens. It means it beats the already very good Olympus 12mm f/2.0!

Curiosity: The Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm X lenses are NOT included in the pdf.

Via Four-thirds.org



Olympus E-M5 review roundup!


I keep finding links about new E-M5 reviews and test. So it’s time for a new roundup:
Steve Huff (Click here) finished his E-M5 review: “To all of those who feared M4/3 in the past, fear no more. The E-M5 is versatile, capable, fun, serious, well built and offers everything we can ask for in a take anywhere camera. BRAVO OLYMPUS!
Full E-M5 review by Pocket-Lint (Click here): “We like it, we like it a lot. But with a taller asking price than the Nikon D7000, and at just £200 shy of a Canon EOS 7D kit, there’s a lot to consider.
New E-M5 review at E-P1.net (Click here).
A bit weird OM design thought at Minimallyminimal (Click here).
Olympus OM-D E-M5: mise au point manuelle at Lepidi (Click here).
E-M5 versus GX1 by Petter Magnusson (Click here).
10 minute video of OMD E-m5 video on a quadrocopter flying around a skate park, showing how good the video is and how well the IBIS works on Vimeo (Click here).
Hungarian E-M5 review by Pixinfo (Click here).
Silkypix RAW quality comparison by DSRLcheck (Click here).
Jérôme:Here’s a fresh video from my OM-D E-M5 using best Zuiko & Panasonic lenses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Mv6j88vPA
And a direct link to download the Full HD movie: http://dl.free.fr/bXvQsUZFK
Vittore:Here you can find ( https://plus.google.com/u/0/105314449991381543946/posts ) a first little impression from a professional photographer with OM-D E-M5 here my portfolio if you want to know who I am: http://photographer.photoshelter.com/

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

Bestseller list. Check the list (changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 10/13/18/19 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 11 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 4/12 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 3/6/16 (Click here).