Olympus announces a Silver XZ-1 with special cap.


Olympus announced a silver version of the popular Olympus XZ-1. The more interetsing news is that it has a new lens cap which opens automatically when you POwer on the camera. The XZ-1 will ship in December.

XZ-1 price check: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

One more thing: The price of the white XZ-1 dropped down to $399 at Amazon (Click here).


SLRmagic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6 lens officially announced (Bye bye Noktor)



The new SLR Magic Hyperprime 12mm f/1.6 has now been officially announced. As you see the “Noktor” name is gone and so the not so nice green ring you always saw on the lens (now it’s black).

NEW: THE SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6
SLR Magic expands its micro four thirds lineup with new ultra wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (November 11, 2011)  – SLR Magic expands the micro four thirds lens lineup with the new SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 ultra wide angle lens. With this latest addition, the portfolio of lenses for the micro four thirds system is now comprised of five focal lengths. The world’s fastest lens in this focal length, the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 will be available in November 2011.
The field of view of this new HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 24mm lens in 35mm format and this ultra fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. Additionally, an ultra fast max aperture of F1.6 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 ideal for available-light photography.
We place our highest priority in the development of all HyperPrime lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 is solid and reliable.
The SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6 will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers end November 2011.

Technical Data of the SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm F1.6
Lens Type: Ultra Fast wide-angle lens with three Tantalum glass elements to ensure superior cinematic performance.
Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
Optical Design: 12 elements in 10 groups
Distance Settings: Distance range: 0.15m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 12 aperture blades (circular), Lowest value 11
Bayonet: micro four thirds
Filter Mount: internal thread for SLR Magic 58/77 RING (optional) lens hood for 77mm filter; filter mount does not rotate.
Lens Hood: SLR Magic 58/77 RING (optional)
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Length to bayonet mount: approx. 73/81mm (approx. 2.87 /3.18in) (without/with lens hood)
Largest diameter: approx. 60/79mm (approx. 2.36 / 3.11in) (without/with lens hood)
Weight: approx. 330g (approx. 11.64oz)

Andrew Chan
Product Manager

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Video test by Adam Troup from Scotland

Video test by Bob Gundu from Canada:

Video test by Seb farges from France:
Video comparison with Olympus 12mm f2: http://vimeo.com/30233622
Day Test: http://vimeo.com/30097165 Night test : http://vimeo.com/30165718

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).


Olympus scandal affecting camera sales?


Believe me, I really live in the middle of the nowhere on a high placed town in the alps. And even the local magazine posted the “Olympus scandal” news on the first page. That negative publicity is going around all over the world. And more negative media reports are coming out every day. Olympus delayed once again the release of the financial report and is facing the possibility of being delisted at the Tokyo Exchange (Source: Bloomberg). And ex-Olympus officials face prison if fraud can be proved (Source: Bloomberg).

Is that kind of news affecting current camera sales? I asked a couple of dealers what they are experiencing in their stores. There is indeed a perception form some potential buyers that you should avoid to buy an Olympus camera. But sales are still constant. So there is nothing to worry about it yet. But I really hope Olympus will take action to convince us and the market that they will do the “right things”. I think that kind of moments can be very positive if you learn the lesson. I still have faith. The history of many companies showed that sometimes bad moments helped to create a new success (See Apple history)


(FT3) Is the new GH2 video feature nothing else than “Progressive Segmentes Frame” recording?

As you know Panasonic announced a “new video mode which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate (24Mbps)“. But what does it mean exactly? Sources from the German website Slashcam said that this is nothing else than a 1080/25p signal recorded as 1080/50i with 24Mbit/s. If you want you can easily convert that 50i video in 25p. De facto this means you can now record 1080/50p in 24Mbit/s. That “trick” is called “Progressive Segmentes Frame” recording.

P.S.: The GH2+14-140mm price recently dropped down to $1299 at Amazon (Click here). More price checks at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Reminder: A new GH2 firmware update is coming in December. There are many new features and fixes:

  • – New video mode which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate (24Mbps)
  • – New functional option with Power Zoom Lens ([DISP FOCAL LENGTH (Display of Focal Length)], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED] and [ZOOM RING*])
  • – Full area enlargement of AF area setting
  • – Improvement in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket
  • – Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting
  • – [EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording
  • – More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash
  • – Improvement in the AF performance in video recording
  • – Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME]
  • – New [HALF-PRESS RELEASE] function
  • – Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting
  • – ON/OFF control of the touch-screen

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


First 14-42mm X lens in Stock. Leica 25mm and Olympus 45mm also in Stock.


For the first time the Silver 14-42mm X lens is in Stock for almost the normal price at Amazon (Click here). UPDATE: The Leica 25mm lens is finally in Stock for the normal price at Amazon (Click here) !
And also other highly requested lenses are in Stock:
The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 at Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
The Nokton 25mm f/0.95 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
A non m43 deal. The Fuji X100 had a price drop at Amazon (Click here). Now in Stock for $1156.