May 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Imagine Panasonic would have done this: Fixed lens camera with Slow zoom and for 2450 Euro :)


The new Leica Mini M (with behind the existing X2)

Sometimes we are very harsh in criticizing Panasonic and Olympus new cameras. Now imagine they would do this: Launch a fixed lens APS-C camera with slow 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4 zoom for 2450€! You would say no company would ever do this….but indeed there is one…Leica! I published specs and images here:

I post this because some websites speculated that this camera could have been made in collaboration with Panasonic. And indeed the Leica Digilux series (here at Amazon) is based on Panasonic camera design and tech. But that new Digilux Mini M camera is a Leica own designed camera…and they did a pretty bad job :)

May 29, 2013
Posted in news

New Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens!


After the 16mm f/2.0 announcement Samyang just showed the picture of this new Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 Lens on facebook.. This is the NEX version but there will be a MFT version too. Sales will start in July and price is set at $299. Going to buy it?

This isn’t their first Mirror Lens. They already sell the 500mm f/6.3 lens on eBay (Click here). To get notified when the lens will be o auction on eBay save this search on Slidoo.

May 29, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Olympus manager says: More DSLR to come, More Sony sensors to be used in future.


Olympus manager Hiroyuki Sasa has been interviewed at Toyokeizai (Google translation here). And there are quite some interesting infos! I ask my Japanese readers to correct me if there are some errors. The Google English translation tool doens’t really make a very good job. Anyway, here are the hottest news:
1) Olympus will reduce investment in the compact digital camera business and focus on niche products with clear identity (example Tough series).
2) Mirrorless is doing well in Asia (Japan, Singapore and Thailand for example). Still not so good in Europe and USA.
3) We will supply our tech to Sony (example lens design knowledge)
4) We will use more Sony sensors in future.
5) We plan to launch new DSLR cameras in future.
6) We do not plan to quite the digital camera business even if it it not profitable yet. Because it drives the technology development that is helpful for our medical business too!

Great news! It confirms what we posted the last few weeks. Olympus is helping SOny in their 400mm f/4.0 A-mount lens design and the soon to come new OMD camera(s) will feature a brand new Sony sensor with phase detection pixel on sensor.


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