February 6, 2012
Posted in news

HOT! Voigtländer announces the new (amazing!) 17.5mm f/0.95 lens!


Hot! After the superb Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95 Cosina just (officially!) announced the new Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95! The German press release is online at Photoscala (click here to read the horrible google translation). The main difference with the 25mm version is that the aperture ring can be switched from “Click stops” to “Clickless stops” using the ring in the front of the aperture ring. That’s perfect for video use! And the lens should have a superb bokeh too! That beauty is priced at 1299 Euro and will be ship in March. And here are the specs:

Specifications Nokton 0.95 / 17.5 mm aspherical MFT
Focal length 17.5 mm (35 mm corresponding to small picture)
Connection MFT (Micro Four Thirds)
Maximum aperture 0.95
Minimum aperture 16
Lens construction 13 elements in 9 groups
Angle 64.6 °
Diaphragm Blades 10
Shortest Distance setting 0.15 m
Macro area 1:4,0
Max diameter 63.4 mm
Length 80 mm
Weight 540g (without hood)
Filter Size 58 mm
Color black
Other Snap off hood, sun visor with a second cover
Price € 1,299 (MSRP)

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February 6, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) UPDATED! New Voigtländer 17.5mm f/0.95 coming in May!!!


If I would have to pickup one lens (and one lens only) for my E-P1 than I would definitely pair it with the current Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 les (here on eBay). But if that rumor turns out to be true than holy sh..it! The Australian store Mainlinephoto (Click here) “leaked” an info about an upcoming Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens! According to them the lens is due in May approx price $1095.

UPDATE: Actually the picture on top shows the new lens!!! As you can see there is a difference on the focusing scale between that lens and the 25mm Nokton. As noticed by our readers (thanks) there is also an extra ring. So this lens is REAL!

P.S.: Check all Nokton 25mm auctions on eBay (Click here).

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

February 6, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New (precious) Olympus E-M5 info!


A super european source (Thanks Lady D.) sent me some precious info about the new E-M5 camera (Thanks!). This is her text:

1.) E-M5 has Super fast AF and “3D tracking” for “moving objects” .

2.) The camera comes with an external GN10 flash called FL-LM2, which is “weather sealed” and can be used as remote trigger (just like E-P3)

3.) There is a E-M5 Diving box coming this summer (name PT-E08). It goes 45 Meters under water, and you can use the 14-42mm II, 14-42MM IIR  or MZD 9-18mm lens. Yuo can also use MF lenses like the Zuiko ED 8mm f/3.5, the ZD 50mm f/2.0. The (exteranl) Flash that comes with the E-M5 can also be used.

4.) The MMF-3 adapter is weather sealed and has a “detachable” tripod mount. There is no info about the  focusing speed…

5.) We will be able to view the IS effect through the new EVF, and the EVF has sensor when you get close to 18mm it turns on (turns on very fast according to OLY), you will also be able to see the shutter speeds and aperture stuff just like the E-5 at the bottom of the EVF

6.) There will be two more art filters ->Dramtic Version2 and a new Version of a current filter…

7.) Video format is  MOV (MPG4 AVC, H.264). Sound is PCM. They still have the AVI (motion JPG), still not sure if the E-M5 can record at 60p, let’s also cross our fingers on this one.

8.) The two extra Fn buttons on the horizontal battery grip can be set for different functions other than the one on you have on the camera. The battery grip uses the same kind of battery of the E-M5. It’a new battery with 1220 mA! The grip can connect to an AC adapter.

9.) The FL-600R flash is a GN50 flash with much faster recover than the current FL-36R or FL-50R. It also has an extra LED light for “recording mode”, it can also fire short flashes to help focusing in low light

As I told you yesterday I was hoping for some kind of adapter for the wonderful OM lens collection. You might not know it but I counted 69 different OM lenses. Click here to see the lenses on eBay. I give you just a short version of the list with some of the nicest pieces of Glass:
21mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/3.5 lens
24mm f/2.0 and 24mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/3.5 shift lens
28mm f/2.0 and 28mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/3.5 lens
35mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 shift lens
40mm f/2.0 lens
50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.0 macro and 50mm f/3.5 lens
55mm f/3.5 macro lens
85mm f/2.0 lens
90mm f/2.0 macro lens
100mm f/2.0 and 100mm f/2.8 lens
135mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/3.5 lens
180mm f/2.0 and 180mm f/2.8 lens
200mm f/4.0 and 200mm f/5.0 lens
250mm f/2.0 lens
300mm f/4.5 lens
350mm f/2.8 lens
400mm f/6.4 lens
500mm f/8.0 lens
600mm f/6.6 lens
1000mm f/11 lens

That an amazing list or not? Anyway, stay tuned until Wednesday (feb 8). The camera will be announced at around 2-3 am in the morning (London time).

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

February 5, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) New E-M5 image with the new 75mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses!!!


On that leaked picture you can finally see the upcoming new E-M5 in all possible angles and with the new external flash (there is no built-in flash!). And for the first time you can see the new 75mm f/1.8 and 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses!!! As I told you days ago, only the macro lens is weather sealed. All new Olympus accessories, Battery grip, Four Thirds adapter and external flash are weather sealed! The camera has the fastest autofocus of all digital interchangeable market currently on market! (yeah even faster than a $5000  Nikon D4) It shoots 4fps or 9fps without that powerful AF in action. Shutter speed is 60-1/4000sec. It has an innovative five axis image stabilization, a 16 megapixel sensor (probably the same from the Panasonic GX1). It uses the powerful Truepic VI engine. ISO range goes from 200 up to 25,600 ISO. Unlike the Fuji X PRO 1 (the current preorder king) the E-M5 has a 1.44 Million dot EVF placed in the middle of the camera. The 3 inch OLED touch screen is tiltable . It records in Full HD MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264) format (no AVCHD 2.0). Camera dimension without grip: 122mm x 89mm x 43mm and weight 369 grams. Price of that beast: 1100 Euro or $1200.

The camera will be announced on Wednesday ( I guess it will be announced between 2-3 in the morning London time!). Stay tuned on 43rumors! You can join our group on facebook and follow our tweets. As you know I am going to sum all links to news and reviews in one single post. I will make it easy for you to not miss any interesting detail of the new camera.

One more thing: The camera with grip looks very close to the OM-4T camera (here on eBay). I would have expected Olympus to announce a “special” adapter for OM lenses (here on eBay) but this is not going to happen :(

Oh, and second more thing :) I am surprised to read that almost two third of all readers like the new E-M5 design. That score probably beats the Fuji X PRO 1 :)

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February 5, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) First Full size pictures of the E-M5!!! (via Amazon Japan)


Click on picture to enlarge!

Finally that small image leak madness is over. This is the first full size picture of the upcoming new Olympus E-M5! As you see there is an external battery grip attached. It has an OM-4T like design. And here is the picture of the back (Click on it to enlarge):

This picture have been found at Amazon Japan (Click here). There is even a picture of a person with the new camera (Click here) on a polish forum!

Design opinion: As I told you yesterday the back of the camera looks a bit clunky. At the same time it looks very solid and “DSLR professional” alike. It’s a complete different approach than a Fuji X PRO 1 rangefinder design. The question now is:

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