Nokton 42,5mm: Interview with Panasonic developer team and new review.


In less than one month the new Nocticron 42,mm f/1.2 lens will ship at Amazon (March 20) and BHphoto (mid March). And if you want to learn more about the lens (google translation here) interviewed the team who designed the Panasonic Leica Nocticron lens. Focus is definitely on blur characteristics but there are also other interesting tidbits:

– Panasonic designed the lens and Leica approved it.
– If there is a demand Panasonic will do a Leica branded zoom lens too.
– During the development Panasonic also considered to make it faster (f/1.0) but the size was too big.
– Curiosity: When asked about a f/0.7 aperture Panasonic said that would be possible but very difficult to make
– If there is a demand for it Panasonic will make more lenses with aperture ring.

And Photoreview (Click here) tested the lens and writes:

For photographers who really need this performance level from a very fast lens that provides excellent depth-of-field control the asking price would probably justify the investment.
It is also among the most solidly built lenses available for the M4/3 system and comes with effective stabilisation, a pleasant-to-use aperture ring and a deep cylindrical lens hood made of sturdy metal. All contribute to making it decent value for your dollars.


Olympus talks about the 12-40mm (non-issue), Sony relation and the one million OM-D they want to sell.


Image courtesy: Lensrentals

Imaging Resource (Click here) interviewed the Olympus manager. Main focus of their interview was the Stylus 1 compact but there are also some bits of info about other interesting stuff:

1) Olympus answer about the 12-40mm lens breakage reports is:

There have been only two instances of breakage reported with, at that time, 5,000 to 10,000 lenses shipped worldwide. To us, that doesn’t constitute a known issue.

2) Sony partnership:

In answer to your question about the Sony partnership, we don’t have any kind of exchange of technologies. However, we do have a supplier-buyer relationship on some certain devices that we provide to Sony, and that Sony provides to Olympus.

3) Future camera development goals:

First, polishing the technology of the basic functionality of the camera — whether it’s exposure, whether it’s white balance, auto-focus, everything.
Second, we want to provide not only easy uploading of your images or videos to the Internet, but good communication with networked devices or the cloud.

And also Photoreview (Click here) had the pleasure to interview many Olympus managers and the goal they set for the near future is:

to sell one million OM-D cameras with marketing focused primarily in 70 cities worldwide where disposable incomes are high.



New Panasonic GH4 image samples on Flickr.


The GH4 is currently being shown at Kenmore Camera grand opening event this weekend (Facebook).

We saw plenty of videos shot with the GH4 but not so many image samples. A couple of new full size images have now been posted by Wasabi Bob on Flickr (Click here). He had the pleasure to test a preproduction camera. The shots were taken with the Panasonic 35-100 lens and the Kenko extension tubes.

P.S.: Still no preorder option at Amazon and BHphoto pages.