Current Olympus/Panasonic US deals roundup…

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Current Panasonic/Olympus/Sigma/SLRmagic US deals:
$100 off on the Leica Nocticron got a $100 off at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$100 off on the Leica Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$40 off on the Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux at Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto.
Tamron MFT lens at Adorama in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here) and at BHphoto in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here).
$200 off on the Panasonic GX7 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The Panasonic GX1 with 12-42mm X lens sells for $499 only at Amazon (Click here).
Preorders of the Handevsion 40mm f/0.85 lens at BHphoto (Click here) and German eBay Store (Click here).
$30 of on the 19mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$30 of on the 30mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens,II Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Mount at Adorama.
SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Lens Micro Four Thirds Mount at Adorama.
$100 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Current Olympus deals can be seen at GetOlympus (Click here) and Amazon Olympus page (Click here).

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Kodak S-1 MFT camera hands-on at Dpreview.

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The Kodak S-1 (Image courtesy: ePhotozine).

Dpreview (Click here) posted the Kodak S-1 MFT camera first impression review. This is probably the strangest MFT camera to date. The camera has been made by JK Imaging Ltd (they just licensed the Kodak name). Dpreview doens’t say a lot about the camera (a part of the specs we already mentioned here months ago):

JK Imaging tells us that the Pixpro S-1 will be available in white or black, either body-only or in a twin-lens kit. Pricing is still to be confirmed, but should be very competitive with similarly-specified entry-level mirrorless cameras.

The interesting part is their hands-on with the three new MFT lenses from JK Imaging:

– The 12-45mm gives a 24-90mm equivalent angle of view. Despite having a retracting design, it’s about 63mm / 2.5″ long when packed.
– The telezoom offers an 85-320mm equivalent range, uses a near-silent internal focus mechanism. Extensive use of plastics in their construction, including the mounts. This does mean that the camera and twin-lens kit is easy to carry around all day without stressing your shoulder.
– The 400mm F6.7 is something of an oddity. It’s a simple fixed-aperture manual focus design, and focuses down to about 9m/ 30 ft. It has a rotating tripod collar, reflecting the fact that at 800mm equivalent, it’s not very practical to shoot hand-held

If the price is very low this camera could become interesting. Although nowadays you can get Panasonic and Olympus cameras for a very low price like:
GF3 for $156 at 6ave (Click here) E-Pl3 for $187 at 6ave (Click here)

So will the Kodak be able to beat them?

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Panasonic patent discloses f/1.8 prime lens series.

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The recently published Panasonic United States Patent 8749893 discloses a lens design description for a f/1.8 prime lens series. The mentioned lenses are:
12mm f/1.8
16mm f/1.8
26mm f/1.8
30mm f/1.8
50mm f/1.8

All have a similar kind of design and inner focusing. As usual with patent it’s hard to say if these lenses will ever become real products.

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a little bit of everything…

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Anamorphic GH4 4K video by Mario Mele.

Olympus Magazine June Edition at Olympusmag.co.uk.
Metabones Speed Booster for Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Mount – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Edition (EosHD).
Olympus smartphone patents for transmissive display (Egami).
E-M1 review at Sansmirror.
6 Rules for Buying Legacy Lenses for the Panasonic GH4 (Suggestionofmotion)
Nissin i40 unboxing pics at Flickr.

Heather:Here is an interview we held with the wonderfully talented landscape photographer Steve Gosling. He discusses his landscape photography, some useful tips and tricks, and of course, the flagship OM-D E-M1 and how he uses it for his work. Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.com.

Rob: I thought your readers might be interested in a short documentary I filmed entirely on my Olympus OMD EM-1. Link is below. A brilliant camera for filming and for timelapse! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW3Tidn0NSU

David:I thought you might like to see two “different” lenses for MFT, reviewed in my MFT lens list at: http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/MFT-Lenses.htm
Specifically, the PC (shift) lens is here: http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/MFT-Lenses.htm#D
And the description of the shift-device is here: http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/MFT-Lenses.htm#T
The tilt lens is described here (which took a GH4 body for it to be practical to use): http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/MFT-Lenses.htm#U

Brian:GH4 Leica Macro footage with new Cinelike V profile: https://vimeo.com/98460090

Rui:I just made this post about a fix for a spring on the Olympus HLD-6 that you might wanna have a look. http://www.lightingmods.blogspot.pt/2014/06/diy-spring-your-batteries-on-olympus.html

Duncan:A short blog post on using the Olympus 14-54 II as a mid-priced MFT zoom: http://www.duncanmartin.com/blog/2014/06/olympus-14-54/

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Black Olympus 12mm discontinued.

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While checking the new lens deals I noticed that the Black Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens has been marked as discontinued at BHphoto (Click here). I guess the “limited edition” premium strategy from Olympus didn’t work out. Changing color isn’t a “premium” thing unless your company name is LEICA :)

Current Panasonic/Olympus/Sigma/SLRmagic US deals:
$100 off on the Leica Nocticron got a $100 off at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$100 off on the Leica Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$40 off on the Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux at Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto.
Tamron MFT lens at Adorama in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here) and at BHphoto in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here).
$200 off on the Panasonic GX7 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The Panasonic GX1 with 12-42mm X lens sells for $499 only at Amazon (Click here).
Preorders of the Handevsion 40mm f/0.85 lens at BHphoto (Click here) and German eBay Store (Click here).
$30 of on the 19mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$30 of on the 30mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens,II Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Mount at Adorama.
SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Lens Micro Four Thirds Mount at Adorama.
$100 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Current Olympus deals can be seen at GetOlympus (Click here) and Amazon Olympus page (Click here).

 

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