January 10, 2012
Posted in news

Panasonic announces four lens converters for m43.


Panasonic announced four new Micro Four Thirds lens converters. They will work on the 14mm pancake and 14-42mm zoom lens. Only the tele converter will nto work on the 14mm lens. Here are the specs via Panasonic

Wide Conversion Lens DMW-GWC1 Attachable to H-PS14042 and H-H014*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables capturing dynamic scenery in wider angle of view
  • Extends the focal length of wide-end from 14mm to 11mm by just attaching it to the front of the lens.
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042 and H-H014
  • Helpful in shooting from dynamic landscapes to indoor group portraits

Tele Conversion Lens DMW-GTC1 Attachable to H-PS14042*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables capturing distant subject up close
  • Extends the focal length of tele-end from 42mm to 84mm by just attaching it to the front of the lens.*
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042
  • Helpful in shooting from travel to street snapshots

* Attachable when the lens is at tele-end.

Macro Conversion Lens DMW-GMC1 Attachable to H-PS14042 and H-H014*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables shooting macro shot easily
  • Features closest focusing distance of 0.14m by just attaching it to the front of the lens.*
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042 and H-H014
  • Helpful in shooting delicate, descriptive subject such as flowers or insects

* Closest focusing distance is 0.14m with H-H014 and 0.16m with H-PS14042. Longest Focusing Distance is 0.23m with H-H014 and 0.26m with H-PS14042.

Fisheye Conversion Lens DMW-GFC1 Attachable to H-PS14042 and H-H014*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables shooting unique images with rounded effect
  • Features 120-degree angle of view by just attaching it to the front of the lens.
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042 and H-H014
  • Suitable for shooting characteristic, impressive images unique to the fisheye lens
January 9, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) Hot! Two new Sigma m43 lenses coming soon.


And here we are! I just “found” the two images of the new Micro Four Thirds lenses from Sigma! The bad new is that…I don’t like them. I would have preferred to see a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 (it already exists for FT) and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (also available for Four Thrids).

Here is the press release text:

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN: When used on a Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera, Sigma’s new 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has the effective FOV of a 38mm lens on a full-frame DSLR, which should appeal to street photographers and photojournalists.  Regardless of your choice of camera, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN features eight elements in six groups that include three aspheric lens surfaces to correct optical distortions, color aberration and unwanted field curvature. The new lens also sports an internal focusing system and Super Multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghosting while maintaining high contrast levels even when set at wider apertures. Other features include a new linear AF motor that eliminates mechanical gears or drives for quicker, near-silent focusing, seven rounded diaphragm blades for an attractive blur in out-of-focus areas, a 46mm filter thread, and a minimum focusing distance of 7.9″ (20cm).

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN: Extending a mere 1.5″ (38.6mm) from the front of the camera is Sigma’s new 30mm f/2.8 EX DN. This lens has a full-frame equivalent FOV of a 60mm lens when used on a Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera. The new Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN features seven elements in five groups including dual aspheric lenses and a double-sided aspheric lens that help control edge sharpness and chromatic aberration. As with Sigma’s new 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens, the new 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens includes Sigma’s newly developed linear AF system for smoother and quieter operation, Super Multi-Layer coating for optimized contrast levels and reduced flare, a 46mm filter thread, internal focusing and a minimum focusing distance of 11.8″ (30cm).

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January 9, 2012
Posted in Rumors

(FT4) Olympus will launch an OM alike Micro Four Thirds camera!


Image on top shows an “old” Olympus OM photocamera.

Surprise! What Olympus is going to announce the second week of February is a new OM styled Micro Four Thirds camera! Unlike the upcoming Fuji X PRO 1 camera that is going to be announced soon (follow MirrorlessRumors for that) the new Olympus camera will have a new type of viewfinder placed in the middle of the camera. The camera has a super high body quality and while I don’t have 100% reliable specs now I have been assured that it has super new kind of viewfinder. I think Olympus decision to revive the OM camera history is good news. I always liked these cameras. There are many versions of it you can still find on eBay (Click here).

Olympus will catch up with the Fuji PRO 1 regarding the body quality and viewfinder technology. Let’s see what they can do with the sensor…

P.S.: List of Olympus OM lenses on eBay (Click here).


To rumor sources: If you want to send me some rumors use the anonymous contact form on the right sidebar. Please use a sort of “fake name” so that I can recognize you in future. Thanks!

January 9, 2012
Posted in news

Woodford sues Olympus. And Olympus sues ex japanese managers involved in the fee scandal.


A short update to give you one more messy news about Olympus. The day after Woodford abandoned the plan to be re-instaed as CEO he sued Olympus. “I will most definitely be suing Olympus,” Woodford said Friday at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo. And the “The Kyodo News Agency had heard that the panel would advise the company suing over 10 existing and former executives for a total equivalent to $1.2 billion for hiding losses for 13 years” (Electronista).

What else can I say? It’s a mess and it’s pity that there is no way to solve the problem in a fast way.

January 8, 2012
Posted in Rumors

Follow the Fuji announcement tomorrow on MR. Amazon accepting preorders!


Img src PhotoRumors.

UPDATE: You can right now start to preorder the Fuji X PRO 1 body at Amazon (Click here to see and believe and preorder). UPDATE_2: Page has now ben removed.

Let me make some advertising to my sister blog :)
You will follow the Fuji announcement tomorrow at 9pm London time (21:00) at MirrorlessRumors.com. I guess it’s interesting for many m43 user to see how Fuji new mirrorless system will be. And there is a last minute super leak too:

P.S.: I am again flying over Europe. Will be offline for a couple of hours. Amazon may will remove those links in the meanwhile…



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