Adorama also rund big savings on Lexar and Sandisk cards (Click here).
Photoscala.de (google translation here) analyzed the latest Schneider financial report. Like so many other companies also Schneider announced that they will step out from the compact camera (fixed) lens business. And they confirmed that they want to focus on producing high quality lenses for Full Frame and for Mirrorless system cameras. As we reported before here on 43rumors their three MFT lenses will hit the market with at least a six month delay because of production problems. I think they should skip the 60mm f/2.4 macro release. We already have a good Olympus 60mm macro lens. It would be much better they do a MFT version of one of their great existing primes:Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
My favorite would be the 16mm f/1.2 Xenon! Great for street photography!
We had two new Panasonic announcements this week:
Akihabaranews reports that Panasonic is releasing a micro SDHC memory card with 6 “Proof” performances: waterproof, static electrical resistance, magnetic resistance, X-ray resistance, and heat resistance on July 13. It also has “fuse” function that protects the device from heat and fire generation if the micro SDHC memory card happens to generate anomalous heat.
Image Sensor World reports about a new Panasonic 2k4k/60fps Sensor.
Not as exciting as the Fuji sensor partnership but these super proof micro SD cards are really nice!
The E-P5 superkit with lens and VF-4 which was scheduled to ship…now changed status and will ship in 1-2 months according to Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic GF6 will ship in mid August only according to BHphoto (Click here).
Hopefully the G6 will not be delayed. It’s marked as Temporarily out of Stock at Amazon and shipment on June 28 according to BHphoto.
Small good news: Blackmagic Cinema Camera for MFT in Stock at BHphoto.
Reminder: Right now Sunset Electronics is selling the E-M5 body for $869.95 (Click here) and the E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1,109.95 (Click here). That’s $50 less than the current price at Amazon and BH. Of course it ships for free.
Image courtesy Photozone.
Photozone is busy testing new MFT lenses and just posted the next review: The Olympus 12-50mm lens (Click here to read it). And the conclusion isn’t great:
“Unfortunately we didn’t really fall in love with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ. The zoom range is surely very attractive but performance-wise it has its issues.”
It’s definitely time for Olympus to release the long rumored high quality f/2.8 zoom!