April 1, 2011
Posted in deals

US: Panasonic GH2 supply problems have ended (not a fool days news!).

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At least one good news that is not a fool news! We noticed that US shops like Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto are now getting more and more GH2 cameras in Stock. Today Adorama has all three different kit in Stock:
Black Panasonic + GH2 14-140mm (Click here)
Black Panasonic + GH2 14-42mm (Click here)
Silver Panasonic + GH2 14-42mm (Click here)

I guess we can now safely say that there are no more GH2 supply problems in US stores.

P.S.: You can now preorder the Fuji X100 at J&R (Click here).

March 31, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT2) Olympus 50mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens to come by end of May?

The image on top shows the Olympus lens mockup

We know from trusted sources that Olympus is going to announce new m43 lenses in May/June. Tonight a new anonymous source sent me a “rumor” claiming to know that Olympus will announce a 50mm f/1.4 and a fast 12mm wide angle Micro Four Thirds lens by end of May. I repeat, that info is from a new and anonymous source…take it with a grain of salt!

If that rumor turns out to be true than both lenses will be faster than the Panasonic 45mm f/2.8 and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lenses.
I hope some of my trusted sources can confirm or deny the rumor during the next hours. Thanks!

Reminder: Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

March 31, 2011
Posted in Rumors

General Electric will make “Micro Four Thirds alike” cameras…

A few readers sent me the link to CNET Asia. There is an article about General Electrics who said that “GE is looking to introduce its first Micro Four Thirds-like camera before the end of 2011“. This doesn’t mean they will join the m43 group. They will make a mirrorless camera and stop. By the end of the year 2011 almost every big company will have their own mirrorless camera and we will finally know if some of them will join m43. Those are the companies that still have to decide what to do:
– Sigma
– Fuji
– Canon
– Epson
– Cosina/Voigtländer (already in with lenses, but no details about cameras yet)

Interesting to know that Epson already made a digital mirrorless (or better “rangefinder”) camera, the Epson RD-1 and Cosina is well known for their analogue BESSA cameras. Both companies are using the Leica M-mount. Sigma and Fuji officially expressed their intention to make a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. But we have no details about their strategy. I do believe that Leica, Nikon and Pentax will make their own systems and not join m43. What about Canon? They said they don’t need to develop a mirrorless camera (and they don’t think the Fuji X100 will sell well-> Source Quesabesde).

 

March 31, 2011
Posted in deals

A Noktor 50mm f/0.95 o eBay

UPDATE: Sorry I had the wrong link. I corrected it.

Last week where questioning what happened with the Noktor lens. You can’t get it on their website nor on any other store I know. And now I found one on eBay (Click here). It’s the first Noktor auction since November! A wonder what the final winning bid will be…
P.S.: I am a happy owner of the Noktor. Where I do use it most is for video productions. For stills the image quality at f/0.95 is insufficient but at least I can take pictures in very dark situations.

March 30, 2011
Posted in news

Press release: Zeiss CP.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds

We were all very excited when Zeiss announced that they will become part of the Micro Four Thirds group. But I do hope they will go much further with their “intentions” because those CP.2 lenses aren’t really what we amateurs are waiting for. These manual lenses ideal for professional filmmakers but also to expensive for us amateurs. One more thing, they are not designed from scratch for m43 cameras. They “only” made a new adapter to make it fit on professional cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100.

Check the availability (and huge price) of those lenses at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

That’s the official press release (via Dpreview)

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.03.2011. : During the NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas from April 9-14, 2011, Carl Zeiss will present two new mounts for the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses: the E mount and the MFT mount. The MFT mount is particularly suitable for the new corresponding professional camcorders, while the brand-new E mount is perfect for the new Sony cameras like the Super 35 mm NXCAM camcorder. The MFT mount has been available since March.

The new E mount is expected to be available beginning in June. Exactly a year ago, Carl Zeiss introduced the Compact Prime CP.2 series during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. They are the first lenses with interchangeable mount developed specially for filming with HDSLR cameras. Since then, there has been significant demand for these lenses among cinematographers and still photographers adding new video services. Carl Zeiss is now adding a new chapter to its Compact Prime CP.2 success story.

“With these new mounts, we respond to many of our customers’ wishes asking to use the lenses on these new HD video cameras,” said Holger Sehr, Product Manager for Cinematography lenses at Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lens Division. “Thanks to the interchangeable mounts, now for five different camera systems — PL, EF, MFT, F and E mount — our Compact Prime CP.2 lenses deliver superb flexibility, can be used in many different market segments, and are attractive for both end-customers and rental houses.”

With the interchangeable mount and the 24×36 mm full-format image circle illumination, these latest members of Carl Zeiss compact lens family are extremely versatile. During the NAB Show, Carl Zeiss will present all nine fixed focal lengths of Compact Prime CP.2 series from 18 to 100 mm, which thanks to the new mounts can be used for a wide range of cameras — from SLR to professional camcorders through to professional cine and television film cameras. Moreover, the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are highly compact with a robust construction, so that they can withstand any demand of cinematographers and photographers on the set.

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