Has the best MFT lens (the Olympus 75mm) been designed by Sigma?

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Most of you will agree with me when I say the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is the best MFT lens yet. But has it been really designed by Olympus? Egami (translation here) spotted a Sigma patent describing exactly the 75mm lens. And by comparing the lens design images I posted on top it’s easy to guess that the lens has been indeed designed by Sigma!

I am really surprised to see that, and I am wondering what this Sigma-Olympus partnership will bring us in future. My secret hope is that Sigma will also share the Foveon tech :)

P.S.: Store links to the Olympus 75mm lens: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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(FT5) New Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 lens to come in 2014.

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Along the E-M1 and 12-40mm f/2.8 Olympus will also announce the new 40-150mm f/2.8 lens. But the mid range zoom will be released in 2014 only. There are no pictures and price info yet. But we will know more about it on September 10-11 when Olympus will announce the new MFT products. But I expect the price to be in the range of the 50-200mm SWD lens (Around $1200 here at Amazon).

P.S.: There may be a new high end compact camera too. But I am not 100% sure yet and I am working to get some more details.

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FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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(FT4) E-M1 user report (Very fast AF, 12-40mm lens comes with hood included)

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There is a E-M1 test report over at omuser.com. A 43rumors reader sent us the translation:

1) The focus speed of the new Olympus 12-40mm feels faster than the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens.

2) The Phase detection autofocus of the E-M1 is better than the E-5 with “slow lenses” like the Olympus 50mm f/2.0.

3) The grip feels good and the battery used by the E-m1 is the same as the one used by the E-M5.

4) Since the 12-40mm lens is marked as “PRO” it will come with hood included. 43rumors’note: Finally they got it!!! :)

 

I also got a feedback from one of my sources. He confirmed that focus with FT lenses is as fast as with “native” MFT lenses.

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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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(UPDATED) Olympus launches the official E-M1 teaser. Covers what we have already seen :)

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Olympus just launched that teaser site (Click here). On this site you can share your email to get notified when the camera will be unveiled (likely on September 10). Obviously there is nothing to hide right now. We saw the E-M1 from every possible angle. But there is still at least one small surprise to come. Stay tuned on 43rumors. I am double checking these little” secret” and waiting for a FT5 confirmation!

UPDATE: There is also a Olympus Europe teaser (Click here).

Meantime another source confirmed that the body only price will be close to $1,500. If that is over your budget check out the new E-M5 deals at Sunset Electronics:

Body only can be bought for $799 (Click here) and with 14-42mm kit lens for $899 (Click here). An E-M5 successor is expected to come in late 2014 only.

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