(FT4) Two f/1.2 prime lenses for Olympus to be announced this year

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50mm12 Image on top shows the OM 50mm f/1.2 lens (here on eBay)

A couple of months ago I reported that Olympus developed a new series of f/1.2 PRO Zuiko prime lenses. One of them would be the 25mm f/1.2. The launch of that lens got slightly delayed (from early summer to late summer before Photokina).

Now a source reports that Olympus will launch two of those f/1.2 fast primes within the second half of the year. I don’t know the exact specs yet but so far four more MFT lenses are expected to be announced this year:

12-100mm f/4.0 zoom
25mm f/1.2 PRO
30mm f/3.5 macro
another f/1.2 fast prime

Exciting!

Bit of history: Olympus OM system had two f/1.2 lenses: The 50mm f/1.2 (here on eBay) and the 55mm f/1.2 (here on eBay).


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In Stock: Olympus 300mm PRO lens at KenmoreCamera and Samys

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A couple of 300mm PRO lenses are in Stock on eBay via Samys (Click here) and KenmoreCamera (Click here). Another bunch is in Stock at KenmoreCamera online store.

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(FT5) Panasonic G80 launch postponed to September 19!

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Very important news! In very last-minute Panasonic decided to postpone the launch of the new G80 from August 22 to September 19. This news has been confirmed via two trusted source and a new source (Thanks M.!).

I am not certain about the reason of the delay but it seems that it could have to do with sensor shipment delays from Sony…

One more thing: On September 19 also Olympus will have an announcement. And we will get the new E-M1II


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Amsus:I have successfully changed the 4k video frame rate from 25fps to 30fps on the GX80 using this recipe: http://blog.quindorian.org/2016/05/panasonic-g7-25fps-30fps.html/
Instead of using the [DISP] button, you should use the [PLAY] button.
1) Set your camera to P and switch it off
2) Hold down WB PLAY and AF/AE while turning on the camera
3) Press Playback (->)
4) In playback, press ISO and AF/AE lock at the same time while turning off the camera.

From now on the camera will display a a yellow exclamation mark every time you turn it off and you can record in 30fps.  Using this “hack”, I shot the following test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmKGS4gUr1g

The video also tests the low light high ISO capabilities of the GX80. The darkest candle lit scenes are shot at ISO 6400 30fps f2.0. All footage uses i.Dynamic setting of HIGH, which leads to some ghosting on some of the scenes. Especially the close ups of the meat roasting on a stick. I think it is advisable to use a lower i.Dynamic setting when shooting at high ISO and consider using the 24fps mode in dark scenes to allow for some more exposure time (1/25 of a second is the longest exposure time at 24fps)

Switching to 30fps seems to remove a lot of the “Jitter” from the GX80, since almost all displays run 60fps natively and 30/60=1/2 while 25/60=5/12. I don’t understand why Panasonic chooses to lock the frame rate to 25fps, I guess nobody uses a 25fps PAL CRT TV to watch 4K!   

You can switch your camera back to 25fps if you want to, follow the link above.

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