March 16, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Panasonic X lenses will not arrive any time before summer :(

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One of my good sources just told me that the new Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 and 35-100mm f/2.8 X lenses will not be in Stock any time soon. Not yet, not in late spring not in early summer :(

As you know Panasonic showed this lenses for the very first time in September 2011. While it’s ok for me if Panasonic shows mockups at shows it’s pretty frustrating to wait so much time until they get finally announced. This means that if you need a fast zoom lens now you have to go for the amazing Olympus 14-35mm f/2.0 (here on eBay) and the 35-100mm f/2.0 (here on eBay) Zuiko lenses.

I don’t know the reason for the delay, all I know is that Panasonic (like many other companies) is facing serious financial losses and this may have slowed down the product release roadmap.
One more thing: These lenses are weather sealed and so will be the new GH3 which will be announced at the Photokina event in September.

March 15, 2012
Posted in Rumors

New Panasonic 12-60mm f/4.5-5.6 patent.


Egami just discovered a new Panasonic lens describing a quite unspectacular new micro Four Thirds lens. It is a 12-60mm f/4.5-5.6 with inner focusing, inner zoom and O.I.S. zoom. While the zoom range is certainly interesting I don’t get it why Panasonic wants to make it that slow. The only reason would be if the lens would have the size of the 14-42mm X pancake but it’s it not the case here (lens length is 10cm!). Pana/Oly just try to get inspiration from the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 (here on eBay) if you don’t know how to do it right :) The lens is that much loved that is has an average review of 5 stars out of 5 at Amazon US (Click here).

March 15, 2012
Posted in news

Your new M43 lens suggestions!

Over one year ago we conducted a POLL to see what kind of lens would be needed for the new Micro Four Thirds system (Click here to see the results from the December 2010 poll). During that time (December 2010 until today) Panasonic and Olympus announced many new lenses:
The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4
The Panasonic 14-42mm X lens
The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens
The upcoming new Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X lens
The upcoming new Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens
The Olympus 12mm f/2.0
The Olympus 45mm f/1.8
The upcoming new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens
The upcoming new Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Time has come to prepare a new poll. Please comment this post with your Micro Four Thirds lens suggestions! To facilitate my job I kindly ask you to use a uniformed format that will allow me to easily copy and paste your lens description:

XXmm f/X.X -> price info (can be “low price”or don’t write anything if it doesn’t matter for you), size info (can be “pancake”, “collapsible”, “compact” or don’t write anything if it doesn’t matter for you), features (“high optical quality, “power zoom”, “smooth aperture ring”, “weather sealed”, “macro”, “manual focusing” or anything else you want to write.).  I make you an example by writing my own wish-list:

10.5mm f/3.5 -> low priced,pancake.
12mm f/1.2 -> high optical quality, weather sealed.
12-50mm f/2.0 -> powerzoom, smooth aperture ring.
17mm f/1.4 -> pancake, high optical quality.
25mm f/3.5 -> low priced,pancake, macro
42mm f/1.4 -> high optical quality.

You got it? Than start with your list!!!

March 15, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Sonnetar 25mm f/1.1 image samples


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KTF-Turbo posted many new image samples of the SOnnetar 25mm f/1.1 Micro Four Thirds lens: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktf_turbo/28265046.html. As you can see the image quality drmatically increases at f/1.4 aperture. F71.1 has a creamy effect and may be used for emrgency (or creative) reaosns only. I think it’s an impressive performance for such a tiny lens.

Reminder: The designer of the lens is designer Mr. Miyazaki. He is the creator of the well known Leica Triplet lenses (here on eBay) and already made a Sonnetar lens for Pentax Q mount which costs $650 on eBay (Click here)

March 14, 2012
Posted in deals

Special US/Canada deal: Buy the new E-M5 and get one accessory for free!


Good news for USA/Canada folks. Olympus is now offering a free accessory of your choice between the FL-300R wireless Flash, the MMF-3 or the MMF-2 adapter. It works like that:
1) First you buy the new Olympus E-M5 at your preferred store. Here are some of my usual links t the most known ones: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Than you have to download that form: http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/rebates/e-m5_accessory_mir_form.pdf
3) Fill it and send it to Olympus!

In UK and Japan the battery grip comes for free with the E-M5. Now I hope that also other countries can enjoy some deal like these!

More USA deals:
The most sold m43 lens ever is now finally back in Stock at Adorama (Click here).
The E-P2 is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here) for $249 only.
And the E-PL1 reigns supreme at Amazon ranking (Click here).

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