SLRmagic and Cosina watch this: f/0,85 MFT lens coming from Kenko-IBE!

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You remember the time when we were excited about all these new f/0.95 lenses? Now we have five of them (3 Nokton and 2 SLR magic). It’s time to set new frontiers, we want it all and we want it faster! Guess what? It’x coming…the IBELUX 40mm f/0.85! This lens has been co developed by the Japanese company Kenko and the German IBE. The lens will be priced at around 1,000 Euro or Dollars and hit the stores in July. It’s a long time til July and you may save this Slidoo search to get notified when it will be available on eBay.

There is yet no image samples or specific info about the lens design. I wouldn’t expect a stellar performance wide open. And good luck when trying to focus on the right spot!

 

For the record. These are the five f/o.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).
SLRmagic 50mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 (not in Stock yet, save this search for notification).

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E-M5, GH3, E-PL5 and new MFT lens reviews.

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Let me catch up with some major new MFT reviews:

The video on top shows an EM-5 Battery Grip Review & Test by WhatDigitalCamera. And Thom Hogan posted his review of the E-M5 at SansMirror.com.

SLRlounge posted the first part of the “Big Panasonic GH3 Review”. Also Naturalexposures posted a new chapter about the GH3.

E-PL5 review at Digital-photography-school.

CameraLabs (Click here) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens: “The Olympus 45mm f1.8 is arguably one of the best lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system, whether you’re using an Olympus or Panasonic body. This lens is so small and light you’ll hardly know you’re carrying it around, yet is capable of delivering industry-leading performance with pin-sharp details across the entire frame right into the extreme corners.

Fotopolis (translation here) posted the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 review. The English version should be online soon on their partner site Lenstip.

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Mr. Terada interview at Dpreview.

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Well known Olympus Manager Toshi Terada got interviewed by the Dpreview team (Click here). Here are just a few interesting points:

– The OMD helped to increase sales in the yet not so mirrorless enthusiast US market.
– He also said “Direction-wise, we’d like to produce products for Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds within this year. Because we have to provide a product for users with SHG and HG lenses. And there are people using E400, 500 and 600-series DSLRs, we have to provide products for them to keep enjoying their photography.
– A future high end compact camera from Olympus may have an 1″, 1/1.7″ sensor. Certainly not APS-C because it’s impossible to make a compact camera with that sensor size.

As you can read no real big news here. I still have my very personal suspect that Olympus could merge FT into the MFT system soon. And there may be just one High End camera by end of the year merging the advantages of the two systems. Compact size and full reliable and fast autotofocus for all MFT and FT lenses.

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“Full Frame Equivalence” and Why It Doesn’t Matter (Admiringlight)

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How many times did we read these endless Full Frame vs Micro Four Thirds equivalence discussions? And I am sure they will come back again and again and again. But next time we may all be more prepared when discussing about it thanks to the great article posted by Jordan Steele on Admiringlight (Click here): “I’ve heard many times “Yeah, your 75mm f/1.8 is crap – it’s like a 150mm f/3.6.”  No, it’s not, it’s a 75mm lens with an f/1.8 aperture and a field of view that is the same as a 150mm lens on full frame.

It’s a must read! Thanks Jordan!

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New Olympus deals on cameras (E-M5 and PEN) and MFT lenses.

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Olympus launched four new rebate programs you can see at Amazon (Click here). Here is the list:
1) E-M5, E-PL5, E-M2 and XZ-2 got an up to $100 discount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Save $100 on Qualifying Olympus Lenses at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) Save up to $50 on Qualifying Olympus Flashes at Amazon (Click here).
4) $20 rebate on Olympus Point-and-Shoot Cameras (list here at Amazon).

More Panasonic and Sigma MFT deals:
GF5 with X zoom for $349 at Amazon (Click here). GX1 body for $300 at Uniquephoto (Click here). Sigma 19mm for $99 at Uniquephoto (Click here). Sigma 30mm for $99 at Uniquephoto (Click here).

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