POLL: What Four Thirds Sigma lens would you love to see “converted” as a Micro Four Thirds lens?


We got some rumors from Sigma sources saying that some of the current Sigma Four Thirds lenses would be redesigned for the Micro Four Thirds system. It’s time to ask you what lens you would like to see on your Micro Four Thirds camera!

Select a maximum of three lenses you woul love to see in a new m43 version!

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P.S.: The percentage near the answers shows how many of ALL voters selected the lens. As you can vote more than one lens the total percentag will be higher than 100%.


And those are the eBay links to the lenses:

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 Sigma 24mm f/1.8 Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 Sigma 55-500mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Sigma 135-400mm f/4-5.6 Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6

Discussion: New Nikon cameras announced. Big lenses for small sensor?


Nikon just announced the new J1 and V1 mirrorless cameras with new 2,7 crop sensor. You can read the full news coverage at MirrorlessRumors.com. Nikon doesn’t offer a small normal kit lens like the Panasonic 14-42mm X lens. And the pancake is small yes, but neither fast (f/2.8) nor smaller than the 14mm f/2.5 lens. If the purpose of Nikon was to use a smaller sensor to have smaller lenses than at first quick look I can say they completely failed. Of course the Nikon strengths  the huge advertising power and retailer network. Maybe they will sell well anyway. But there is nothing from that systems that makes me say….”WOW”! Also the price (599 for the J1 and 869 for the V1) is very high!

Is the new Nikon system a worthy Micro Four Thirds competiton?

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Full Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm and Panasonic 8mm fisheye reviews.


ThePhoBlographer (Click here) tested the newest of all Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Samyang (Rokinon in USA) 7.5mm fisheye: “I want to recommend this lens to everyone simply on the matter that the build quality is something that everyone should experience and that this lens is truly how Micro Four Thirds manual lenses should be created. The lens exhibits exceptional sharpness, color rendition with no fringing, little to no vignetting, and meters well with the camera. It’s a lens that everyone would ask for.
You can find plenty of image samples taken with the lens on his website!

P.S.: The lens is already in Stock on eBay:
Click here to buy the Black Samyang 7.5mm lens.
Click here to buy the Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens.

And ePhotozine (Click here) tested the much more expensive Panasonic Lumix G 8mm Fisheye Lens: “The compact size, and excellent optical performance of this fisheye optic will make it certainly worthy of consideration if the distorted fisheye effect is what you’re after.“.
You can click these links t check price and availability Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.


Two small info, Nikon and me busy at work.


Before to get back to regular m43 news I want to share two small news:
FIRST: Tomorrow (Wednesday) Nikon will announce their new Mirrorless system. As Thom Hogan writes “we have three very distinct choices:

  • Samsung and Sony have chosen a large (APS) sensor. While the cameras are compact, the lenses tend to be the same size as those for consumer DSLRs. These competitors have chosen a quality advantage for a size disadvantage.
  • Nikon has apparently chosen a small (2.7x) sensor. This should result in an advantage in size at the disadvantage of quality. (Pentax also picked small, but they picked “too small.” )
  • Panasonic and Olympus, who really kicked off the craze, are right in the middle, with a sensor (m4/3) that is one notch below consumer DSLRs in size but one notch above Nikon’s choice. Technically, that position compromises size and quality compared to different competitors, but represents a possible Goldilocks choice (“just right”).

What we have here is a marketing opportunity. Each group has something that they can point to that distinguishes them from the others. The question is thus “who’s going to be the best at marketing their advantage?”

Read the full article on his website (Click here). I will follow and write about the Nikon announcement tomorrow on MirrorlessRumors.com.

SECOND: I am again travelling around the world. I have scheduled some news on 43rumros so that you will (almost) not feel that I am actually NOT online. If I miss to post some news or if I miss to answer your mails don’t get angry. On Sunday I will travel back at home and try to answer you all as soon as I can! Thanks!


Full Olympus E-PL3 review at Dpreview


Dpreview (Click here) posted the complete Olympus E-PL3 review. So what they think after the 22 pages of testing? With an overall score of 73% the camera earns a respectable Silver Award: “We find the PEN Lite to be a well-thought out attempt to lure compact-camera upgraders to both higher image quality and the opportunity to explore manual controls while providing a day to day handling experience that will be far from intimidating.

For me the real question is why Olympus didn’t simply make one camera instead of splitting it into two, the E-PL3 and E-P3. Hmmm…

Those are the search shop links to all three new PEN cameras. Click on it to check price and availability:
Olympus E-P3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PL3 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
Olympus E-PM1 Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.