Patent: Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8!

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As I told you weeks ago Olympus may introduce a contsant f/2.8 lens soon. Specs are yet unkown but Egami spotted a new Olympus patent that may describes exactly what’s coming. Basically the patent is about the sam lens but in two different variations:

1) 12-40mm f/2.8-40 lens:
39.100mm – f = 12.247 focal length
Fno 2.88 -. 4.08
31.11 ° – 2ω = 88.03 angle
BF 18.407 – 27.202mm
133.86mm – 136.25 Length
Mod 0.35m
15 sheets of 13 group lens configuration
Three six-sided aspherical
3 ED glass sheets

2) 12-40mm with constant f/2.8 aperture.
39.081mm – f = 12.249 focal length
Fno. 2.88
30.85 ° – 2ω = 85.27 angle
BF 16.194 – 16.192mm
131.16mm – 140.24 Length
Mod 0.35m
13 images in 11 groups lens configuration
5 three aspherical surface
3 ED glass sheets

 

That lens will be certainly weather sealed and a real competitor of the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens.

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SLRmagic 25mm f/0.95 lens now shipping!

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Bradford at night – An hour at T0.95 from PThirteen DigitalMedia on Vimeo.

Richard just sent me the following message: “I ordered a SLRMagic 25mm hyperprime CINE for MFT on March 12th direct from their website. Even though it says Pre-order on the website, it was in stock in Hong Kong and shipped on the 13th, and I am getting it today! I am in California.” And as I told you before there is a rebate of $150 if you preorder it now (you will pay $650 instead of the original $799 price).

You can order the lens at http://slrmagic.com/products.php

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The new GX1 price drops. LX7 sells well.

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If we look at the recent GX1 deals than a GX2 may be really coming soon! Today we have some new price drops (again):
1) GX1 with 14-42mm X lens for $489 at Amazon (via third party reseller).
2) GX1 with 14-42mm lens (non -X) and a huge amount of accessories for $454 at Amazon (via third party reseller).

That said the LX7 is Panasonic’s bestseller according to Amazon Ranking (Click here).

P.S.: The GF5 with 14-42mm lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).

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(FT5) Three announcements in one month!

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According to multiple top sources we will have at least three announcements between early April and early May:
1) First announcement form Panasonic in early April
2) Second announcement from Panasonic in late April-early May
3) Another announcement from Olympus in late April-early May

Panasonic is likely going to announce a new G and a new GF model. I am still not sure about a possible new GX model although the recent massive price drops suggest that a new camera may be on the horizon. The 42,5mm f/1.2 and the 150mm f/2.8 lens are NOT going to hit the marked for the next 6-8 months.

Olympus is likely to announce the new E-P5 (with no built-in EVF), a new fast f/2.8 zoom, a Black 17mm f/1.8 lens and a new external viewfinder with 2,44 million dots.

What else can we expect? Maybe a new Blackmagic MFT camera with full electronic support, maybe one of the preannounced Schneider lens. Zeiss is NOT going to release a MFT version of their three new primes for the NEX and Fuji X system.

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

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New image samples of the Voigtlaender Nokton 42,5mm lens.

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The German Blog Photography-YouAndMe (Click here) posted some brand new image samples taken with the new Voigtlaender Nokton 42,5mm f/0,95 lens. The author writes: “Feeling as good as the two before but I felt it is much better in image quality. Even with open aperture it has a wonderful sharpness an bokeh. Death of field is outstanding. But this was preseries.

The first images we posted on 43rumors were from Kakaku: f/0.95 image, f/1.4 image and f/2.0 image.

The lens price is still not know. But shipment is scheduled for summer. Save this search on Slidoo to be notified when the lens will be available for preorder on eBay.

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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