November 14, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) From unknown source: Upcoming X zoom lenses with f/2.8 constant aperture.

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As you know Panasonic will announce two new X zooms in January. The 12-35mm and 35mm-100mm zooms. A “person” just sent me this (Thanks!):

don’t know if this is new but a UK Panasonic sales rep was demoing the GX1 locally –one of only two in the country. Of more interest to me though was a copy of the lens map he showed me. This clearly states 12-35 and 35-100 are both fixed f2.8 with power OIS. If this is final (and surely at this stage it is) then I reckon folk will be fairly pleased about the 35-100 at any rate though some had hoped for a bit faster with the 12-35.

That the lenses would have constant apertures is not a surprise. And also not that it would have f/2.8. For a lens that was pre announced that it would be “bright” this is really the minimum. But I was hoping for a faster aperture like the amazing Olympus lenses the 14-35mm f/2.0 and the 35-100mm f/2.0. But’ let’s wait. This is not a rumor coming from a very known trusted source.

Here are the links to the two amazing Olympus Four Thirds zooms:
Zuiko 14-35mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay
Zuiko 35-100mm f/2.0 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

November 14, 2011
Posted in news

Olympus scandal news roundup

Finally I can give you some positive news about Olympus. Koji Miyate, Senior Exectuvie Managin Officer from Olympus toke action in defense of Olympus employees. He created the website olympusgrassroots.com and wrote the following text:
To All Olympus Employees,
I cannot sit by passively and witness the demise of a company that I love. My perspective outside the company affords an objective view of the depth of the crisis that Olympus faces. It also offers a glimpse of the very real potential for overcoming the present adversity. Please join me in expressing your support for concrete measures to revitalize the company that we all love.
Koji Miyata
koji@olympusgrassroots.com
Former Senior Executive Managing Officer, Olympus Corporation
Former President, Olympus Medical Systems Corporation

I wish all Olympus emplyees the best and I am sure Olympus has the chance to recover from the crisis!

More Olympus “fee scandal” news:
The Shareholders Foundation is collecting info about Olympus (pr-usa.net).
Corporate Japan Rocked by Scandal at Olympus (New York Times).
Falsche Bilanzen bei Olympus (Spiegel.de).

November 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

SLRmagic reviews from the production version.

SLR Magic HyperPrime 12mm / F1.6 (black ring version) – short review from Hacky on Vimeo.

Helge Hackbarth form 3D-kraft sent me the link to his SLRmagic 12mm f/1.6 review. Why is it important? Unlike all other reviewers he tested the final production lens which is less affected by flare issues. YOu can read the full review at 3D-kraft. HIs conclusions are quite positive. This is definitely the first seriously good and interetsing SLR Magic lens!

P.S.: Ther eis one more review of the production version lens at theeditman.

Other SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).

November 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

New reviews roundup (E-P3 wins award in UK)


Cameralabs (Click here) posted the full Olympus E-PL3 review: “And though the extension of the ISO sensitivity range enhances the E-PL3’s low light capabilities, the lack of composite modes made popular by Sony’s NEX is something Olympus is going to have to address in the future. But those are fairly minor points that do nothing to dim an otherwise shining performance from the Pen Lite E-PL3 and one thoroughly deserving of our Highly Recommended award“. And a spanish review of the E-Pl3 is available at Quesabesde (Click here).
The E-PL3 price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

There is a new E-P3 review written by David Lee Tong (part one and part two): “I do not hesitate recommending this to any serious buyer who’s looking for a better-than-point-and-shoot camera that offers interchangeable lenses, fast focus, and great out-of-the-box image quality. If you’re after a travel camera where all you need to do is to put the camera in the right metering mode and ISO, you’re bound to get a lot of keepers with the Olympus E-P3 Digital PEN camera.“. And Amateur Photographer (Click here) reports that the E-P3 won the Staff Gadget Award.
The E-P3 price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

There is a new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Zoom Lens Review at ePhotozine (Click here): “The performance of the lens is good too. Although it isn’t the highest performing lens Panasonic make, it is certainly adequate, producing sharp contrasty images“.
100-300mm lens price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

And there is one more Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens Review again at ePhotozine (Click here): “Many look to this lens as a better quality alternative to the current 14-42mm lens and although it does turn in better sharpness across the frame, and lower distortion, the difference isn’t massive. As the other lens is much cheaper when bought as a kit with the camera, that makes the decision between them much harder to make“.
14-45mm lens price check links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

November 11, 2011
Posted in deals

New need for speed lens: Canon 77mm f/1.1

“jieying-usa” reworked the Canon 77mm mount to fit native (without the use of any adapter) on Micro Four Thirds cameras. The question is, how does that extremely fast lens perform on m43 cameras? I didn’t find any image sample of that lens attached on m43 cameras. Have you any idea? Could be a cheaper alternative of the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens.

The 77mm Canon costs $600 on eBay (Click here) while the Noktor costs $1.070 on eBay (Click here). WOuld be nice to see is there is any quality difference. Drop me a message or comment this post if you can send me some test!

P:S.: “jieying-usa” also offers a Kowa 50mm f/1.0 lens with m43 mount on eBay (Click here).

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