Small surprise: New Rokinon with MFT mount launched and in Stock!

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Samyang/Rokinon quietly introduced two new MFT mount version of some of their lenses. They are already available at BHphoto:

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC (Click here to see it at BHphoto).
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC (Click here to see it at BHphoto).

These are lenses designed for Full Frame DSLR cameras. The only thing that they did change is the mount. That’s why the lenses are big. But what the heck, $299 for a very good quality 85mm f/1.4 lens is a no brainer if you don’t care about the size!

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(FT5) Small bad news for European readers: Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and new pancake zoom to cost 399 Euro!

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Last week we learned the price of the new Olympus 25mm f/1.8 lens and the new pancake zoom would be 35,000 yen in Japan. By using the current currency conversion the price would be 250€. Well the last two days I got confirmations from one trusted and one new source that Olympus will price the lens much higher than that! It will cost 399 Euro!

These are the prices:
Olympus 25 f/1.8 will cost 399€
Olympus 14-42 will cost 399€
Fisheye lenscap will cost 99€

Once again EU citizen have to pay more than US or Asian countries on camera and lenses!

For me this means I will wait for a refurbished deal at Olympusmarket to try to get them for a lower price :(

 


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Full Kodak S-1 Micro Four Thirds camera specs released.

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Kodak released the full specs for the KOdak PixPro S-1 Micro Four Thirds camera. Here they are:

Manufacturer Kodak
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4640
Pixels (H) 3480
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Micro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width) 17.3mm
Sensor Size (height) 13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 920k dot
Touch Screen No Data
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Fixed
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 200 – 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp +/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution No Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 5fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080
  • 1280×720 720p
  • 640×480 VGA
Video FPS 30p
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-Ion LB-070 7.4V 1000mAh
CIPA Rating 410
Box Contents
Box Contents Kodak Pixpro SZ ED 12-45mm f/3.5-6.3 AF Lens unit, Battery, P10 flash unit, AC adapter, USB cable, Neck Strap, CD-Rom, Service card, Warranty card, Manual
Dimensions
Weight 290g
Width 115.6mm
Height 68.4mm
Depth 35.6mm

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SLRgear reviews the Nocticron and says it’s “a phenomenal lens”

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SLRgear (Click here) posted the full Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 lens review and writes:

All in all, the Panasonic 42.5mm ƒ/1.2 ASPH POWER OIS Leica DG NOCTICRON is a phenomenal lens; one of the best we’ve ever tested. It’s definitely not your everyday pocket prime (the $1,600 price tag can attest to that) but I can definitely see this being the go-to lens for wedding, portrait and studio shooters, as well as concert photographers who need a fast-focusing, artistic lens with excellent bokeh and low-light capabilities all while producing stunningly sharp photos.

You can also see more image samples at Photographyblog and at at Sulanto Blog.

In USA the lens can be preordered at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In UK at Wexphotographic (Click here)

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Competition rumors: First image of the Fuji OMD alike camera!

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Over at Mirrorlessrumors (Click here) you can read the news about the new Fuji X-T1 camera. And as you can see from that official Fuji teaser image they are going to launch a new “OMD” styled X-mount camera on January 28 which is exactly the day before the E-M10 announcement (Jan 29).

I think it’s great news for us to have some strong competition. It will force Olympus to make an even better OMD camera for less money :)

You can follow the Fuji announcement at 6am London time on January 28 (next week) at MirrorlessRumors (Click here). it’s my official sister site where you can follow all the Mirrorless News and Rumors from the camera industry. Small note: The site is completely new and in beta stage. You can become a member and write directly your own articles for it! Test it!

And now the question. Read the rumroed specs on MR and than let me know:

Do you think the Fuji X-T1 is a strong competitor of the E-M1?

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