May 28, 2011
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Yasuhara will make two more lenses for Micro Four Thirds!

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The image on top shows a Yasuhara M-mount camera (Click hee to see camera and lenses on eBay).

Yesterday Yasuhara announced the new Nanoha macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. One of our Japanese readers wrote that nice and short history about the Yasuhara company:

The company made film camera once in ’90’s. And the employee is only one (and he is the president:-) who can be seen on the article. The price (of the macro lens) is expected to be lower than 50,000 yen (450 Euro) and will be in the mass-production on late June (now development is in the final stage). It’s included with 5 dedicated target holders that is customizable in some degree (can be seen as pictures of a black plastic frame in the article) The lens has white LED light. The image circle is for APS-C, but there is no plan for DSLR, because the lens is designed specifically for mirrorless systems (short flange focal length). In the interview, Mr. Yasuhara seems to like mirrorless system very much. Beside this “Nanoha macro”, there will be two more lenses until march ’12. One is ordinary, but one is very extraordinary.
NANOHA – (nano – hu[t]) double meaning: nano-meter and leaves of greens, esp. rape blossoms’

http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/nanoha/ (japanese website)
http://www.yasuhara.co.jp/index-e.html (english website)
http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/special/20110527_448563.html (lots of image samples taken with the new Nanoha macro lens)
Yasuhara products on eBay (Click here).

Thanks Ogawa

May 27, 2011
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After Panasonic also Olympus announces that it will cut jobs!

As we told you a couple of days ago Olympus financial results are pretty bad (Click here to read the article). Yesterday the new CEO from Olympus (the brit Michael Woodford) said “he will cut jobs to achieve his mid-term cost targets and reverse what he said was an unacceptable slump in earnings, but would avoid forced redundancies in Japan for cultural reasons.“…”He said that he planned to cut expenses by 30 billion yen (100 yen = RM3.75)in four years, describing this as a target that took into account Japan’s conservative culture.” (Source: btimes.com.my).
Hmmm, I think cutting jobs is the worst way to save a company. The real problem from Olympus is the camera division which is doing very bad. The rest of the company is quite healthy. That kind of news sounds like, “hey we don’t know what to do with our camera business and that’s why we will cut the expenses to save our ass”. What about making better products instead of cutting jobs???

P.S.: A month ago Panasonic announced that it will cut 35,000 (overseas) employees (Click here to read that article).

May 27, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) More E-P2 out of production reports…

I got that message from a dutch dealer (Thanks!):

Our Olympus account manager told us that the Olympus E-P2 is out of production. We see a price fall in the XXX now. You can buy a EP-2 for 399 euros now.
The replacement will be announced in about two weeks. There will be a 2nd camera announced. So there will be 3 camera’s in the new line up.
E-PL2, EP3 and a new camera. I’m not sure if it will be placed in between or above these camera’s.
I hope above offcourse.

Check those links for more E-P2 deals: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

 

May 27, 2011
Posted in news

(UPDATED) Yasuhara announces the new Nanoha macro lens for m43 with 5x magnification.

The Japanese manufacturer Yasuhara announced a new macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. As you see from the image on top it looks more like a machine gun! On Nonoha’s website you can find a description written in English: “The magnification is much more than ordinary macro lens. The magnification is up to x5. It means 1 pixel on the picture is about 1 micrometer on the shooting target. With NANOHA, you can find small wonders easily without using microscopes. And we added some patented features for your good shooting.
UPDATE: Yasuhara made some really nice lenses in the past liek the MC 50mm/f2.8 (Click here to see that lens on eBay). The company went bankrupt or something around 2004 I think, and this is new starting project. (Thanks Mice for sharing that info). Yashuhara also said that the mass-production lens would be far better both in the shape and image quality.

It’s really amazing what that lens can do. Take a look at the image samples posted on DC.watch (Click here). I don’t know when the lens will be available, but price should be around 450 Euro. But those are the specs:

Product name NANOHAx5(E)
Lens mount SONY E
Dimensions Diameter 61mm, Length 86mm(From the lens mount to the top of lighting unit)
Weight 320g(with lighting unit)
Product name NANOHAx5(M)
Lens mount Micro fourthirds
Dimensions Diameter 61mm, Length 84mm(From the lens mount to the top of lighting unit)
Weight 320g(with lighting unit)
Magnification x5 to x4
F number F11,F16,F22,F32
Electrical contact No(Set the camera body to “release without lens” mode.)
Lens construction 7 groups 10 elements

Hope to get soon more details about the lens! If you are in business for a cheap macro lens take a look at the macro reverse adapter you can find on eBay (Click here). The adapter allows any 52mm mft lens to become a marco lens.

May 26, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) New US deals roundup (GH2 in Stock, GF2 and Panasonic lens massive discount!)

UPDATE: All GH2 kits are in Stock at Adorama:
Silver GH2 with 14-42mm lens (Click here).
Black GH2 with 14-42mm lens (Click here).
Black GH2 with 14-140mm lens (Click here).

The GH2 with 14-140mm lens is also in Stock at Amazon (Click here). All GH2 kits or body only options are going in/out of Stock all the time. So keep checking at Amazon (Click here).
The Silver GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

There are two $100.00 Instant Savings at B&H (Offer ends UN 25 ’11):
The Panasonic GF2 with 14-42mm lens sells for $499 at BHphoto (Click here). And if you add the Panasonic 45-20mm lens Along the GF2+14-42mm kit you will pay only $149 more! The lens is here at BHphoto (Click here). In summary you can get the GF2+14-42mm+45-200mm lenses for $649 only!

The Olympus XZ-1 is in Stock for $449 at Adorama (Click here). But you have to use the Coupon Code “S8476632″ to get the $50 discount.

The Fuji X100 is in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here). But you have to pay a nice extra for it!

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