What’s next? Olympus and Panasonic announcement roadmap!


An imaginary GL1 based on the Four Thirds Lumix DMC-L1 camera.

Yesterday we had that big Schneider rumor and news coverage. It’s already time to look forward about what’s coming next. This summer will not be a quite time for us:

First we have new Panasonic/Olympus announcements in July. I am pretty sure there will be the new Panasonic G5 and Olympus will maybe show us the XZ-1 successor (with larger sensor?). There will be no PEN and no GH3 yet…but…

Late August/early September
…less than three months from today we will have a massive announcement party. The GH3 is coming for sure along the 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens and other new Panasonic lenses. Plus the LX6 (with larger sensor). Olympus will announce a completely new PEN lineup, new lenses (like the 60mm macro prototype) and maybe one more surprise (will let you know about it later).

Third party companies:
I expect new lens announcements from Sigma and maybe from Tamron. Schneider will show us the final 14mm f/2.0 prototype lens and maybe give us a hint about the two other m43 lenses that will arrive in 2013.

Canon will probably announce a mirrorless system with Four Thirds sized sensor while Olympus may release a new Four Thirds camera. And what about a Lumix DMC-L1 camera styeled m43 camera?

As you see I have a lot of work to do to get specs and images of the new products. I am already working on it and got some rumors I will post the next days and weeks. All this I have to do while I am moving to my new house in France where I will live for some time in the middle of nowhere high on the Pyrenees. But that’s another story I may tell you in a little post on a boring weekend :)


New Olympus 75mm lens already shipping next week (preorders requests low?)


A couple of dealers contacted me to say that the new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens will ship next week in Asia and Europe (no info about USA yet). From the chats I had with dealers it sounds like there weren’t so many preorders requests and unlike it is happening with the E-M5 there will be no delay. While the lens has a superb quality the price and maybe the focal length are not for everyone needs. You can check the price and preorder the Olympus 75mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon Germany and Amazon UK.

The same dealers said that they had many more preorders on the new Panasonic 12-35mm X lens (Preorder at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev).


(UPDATED) Schneider 14mm has AF and costs less than €1.500. Two more m43 lenses in 2013.


The German Fotomagazin (Translation here) and Photoscala had a chat with the Schneider Kreuznach managers.  The just announced 14mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds lens has autofocus and nano surface coating. It’s made of 10 lenses and four of them are aspherical. It’s made in Germany (a guarantee for top quality) and it will be priced at less than €1.500 ($1800). That’s a less than the price of the Angulon lenses made for Nikon mount which do cost over $2,000 at Amazon (Click here to see it – has T/S). The lens will ship in early 2013. And Schneider also said that they will announce two more m43 lenses in 2013.

Back to the 14mm f/2.0 lens. Don’t know if it can compete against the other lenses like:
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 (Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay). 2mm wider but with high image quality I doubt Schneider will beat it to justify the price difference (if my guesses price is correct).
Panasonic 14mm f/2.4 (Price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay). Slower lens and certainly the Schneider will have a much greater image quality. But the real advantage of the Panasonic is the pancake size.

Anyway, thanks Schneider for joining the system! It’s great to have so many wide angle lens options!


Schneider announces the new Micro Four Thirds lenses!


Finally Schneider announced the first Micro Four Thirds lens, it is the 14mm f/2.0 Super Angulon and it looks great on these picture! :)
The lens will be available in Autumn.  Schneider also said that they plan to release more m43 lenses next year. The 14mm lens will be made in Germany. The lens has to compete against the 2mm wider Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens. There is no info about price but usually Schneider Angulon lens price is really high…over $2,000 at Amazon (Click here to see it). But this m43 version has no T/S and I am sure it will be much cheaper.

Press release at Photoscala (Click here for the english translation), Fotointern (Translation here) and SystemKameraForum (Translation here).

Is that lens a nice addition to the m43 lens line?

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(FT3) One of the Schneider lenses may be a 14mm f/2.0 high quality wide angle.

The Leica-R version of the Schneider 28mm f/2.8 lens.

It’s 10am here in Germany and in 1-2 hours Schneider will announce the new Micro Four Thirds lens (or lenses). I just got a possible spec about one of the lenses. It’s a 14mm f/2.0 Super Angulon (the specs are unconfirmed so there is a 50% the info is correct). It’s a completely newly designed lens. Schneider made some similar lenses in the past for different Full Frame systems. It’s a 28mm f/2.8 (See them here on eBay). You see an image of the Leica-R version on top. I don’t know if it has autofocus or not. But I have been told the new lenses are all very top notch high quality lenses. Be prepared, there will be no cheap lens :)

Stay tuned on 43rumors! And let me know if you find some last minute leak!