UPDATED: Panasonic officially announces the Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens! Coming in June!


UPDATE: BHphoto is the first worldwide store accepting preorder of the new Panasonic-Leica 15mm f/1.7 in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here).

It’s finally official! The new Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens will ship from early June! There will be a Black and Silver version. It will come in standard GM1 package for £999.99 while the lens only will be £549.99. A bit strange to see that only Panasonic UK unveiled the news (and therefore only price in Pounds is available). UPDATE: This is the official lens page at Panasonic UK (thanks Dicahub for sharing this). UDPATE_2: Presentation page is now up at Panasonic Germany too.

Here is the full press text:

Panasonic Announce New F1.7 High Speed Leica Summilux 15mm Lens to Allow Photographers to Capture Fashionable Defocused Reportage Pictures

24th March 2014 – Panasonic has unveiled a new digital interchangeable lens, the H-X015 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. (35 mm camera equivalent: 30 mm) for the LUMIX G range, based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, which is both compact and lightweight.

The new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. allows photographers to capture supreme daily life pictures with beautiful bokeh.  Exceptional optical performance is assured with certification granted from the world-renowned LEICA.

The new lens system comprising of 9 elements in 7 groups uses 3 aspherical lenses. The aspherical lenses suppress spherical aberration and distortion effectively while enabling the lens unit to be made smaller.

Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology is adopted to minimize the reflection at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) resulting in the super clear picture quality by avoiding ghost and flare.

The lens incorporates a superior inner focus system, which enables excellent resolution and contrast from close-up to infinity. The inclusion of a newly developed stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth, silent and quicker for use in both photo and video recording.

Notably the performance of AF is by far superior to the phase-difference AF when fast lenses with a smaller F value are used. It is also compatible with the sensor drive at max.240 fps to take maximum advantage of the high-speed AF of LUMIX G cameras.

The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. comes equipped with aperture ring and AF/MF switch for direct, intuitive operation.  Furthermore, the robust metal design of LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH., including the hood, is highly reliable and durable for repeated exchange of the lens.

New GM1 kit, DMC-GM1L

The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH. is the perfect companion for Panasonic’s recently released LUMIX DMC-GM1 and will be available with this camera in a new kit (DMC-GM1L) giving the photographer a sophisticated style with the ‘Got To have It’ camera enabling creative high quality photography.

The GM1 kit will be available in black from mid June priced £999.99 while the lens only will be £549.99 arriving early June. The lens will be available in black and silver.


New GH4 videos (including a comparison with a $40,000 Arri Alexa).


Panasonic GH4 4096×2160 vs Alexa 2048×1152 24P

Cinematographer Sittipong Kongtong compared the performance of the $1,700 GH4 vs the $40,000 Arri Alexa. The GH4 footage looks a bit under exposed and cannot match the Arris dynamic range. Videofilmaker.com analyzed the results and writes:

Despite this (lower DR), the GH4 definitely holds its weight compared to the Alexa. For the most part it looks smooth with little to no motion blur when pausing. Although, the jagged movements on those reflectors being swung around (in the first vid) really screams DSLR; something you’ll need to consider if your film calls for action scenes. The results show that in daylight the GH4 is absolutely worth the price tag and a bit of a godsend for indie filmmakers. Whether or not it does as well in low light conditions will be another matter entirely.

And here are some more GH4 news and tests:
Panasonic GH4 4K 4096×2160 24p, night in available light on Youtube.
Nick Driftwood product release video on Youtube.
4K Panasonic GH4 Aerial Shot Test on Youtube.
Panasonic GH4 & Interface Unit: First Look by Videomaker on Youtube.
More information on 10bit 4K 4:2:2 via micro HDMI on the GH4 without external box (EosHD).

North American GH4 preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at TheCameraStore (Click here) and Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

European GH4 preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.


Kodak shows the PixPro 1 MFT camera (again).


Kodak is again displaying their soon to come new PixPro1 Micro Four Thirds camera. Photographyblog (Click here) posted 60 hands-on pictures of the camera with the new 12-45mm, 42.5-160mm and 400mm fieldscope lenses.

Dpreview (Click here) also had the chance to see the camera and writes:

This is the Pixpro S-1, an entry-level Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It will come with a 12-45mm F3.5-6.3 kit zoom that retracts when not in use for improved portability. There’s also a 42.5-160mm F3.5-5.9 telezoom and a slightly eccentric 400mm Fieldscope lens, which is manual focus and has a fixed aperture of F6.7. JK Imaging says that while these were originally designed for the Asian market, it plans to sell them in Europe too.

P.S.. Full camera specs at ePhotozine.



Watch this: Blackmagic Cinema Camera….explodes!


Blackmagic makes some great MFT and EF mount Cinema cameras but this one from Forest Gibson just got…exploded! Watch the video if you don’t believe this can happen :)

Petapixel reports:

It’s worth noting that this seems to be a one-time deal. No other Blackmagic cameras have done this that we or planet5D can find and BM has responded to the situation quickly and professionally to make sure that it isn’t a more widespread problem.