Patent surprise! Is Konica-Minolta going to release the first m43 lens soon? A 43mm f/1.4?

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The patented Konica-Minolta 43mm f/1.4 lens design.

Egami spotted a patent with a surprising content! Konica Minolta patented the design of a 43mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens! The patent has been filled in 2011. Right now Konica-Minolta is not part of the (Micro-) Four Thirds group but this could change soon. Konica and Minolta have a long history of lens design for rangefinder cameras. Konica designed the Hexanon M-mount Lens series (here on eBay). That includes the superb Hexanon 50mm f/1.2 (here on eBay). Minolta made the famous Rokkor M-mount lens series (here on eBay). That includes for example the 40mm f/2.0 pancake (here on eBay).

This is just to say that Konica-Minolta would add a very high value to the whole Micro Four Thirds system! So let’s hope this is one of those few patents that will make it into…reality 🙂

Here are the images of the 40mm lens (left) and 50mm Hexanon (right):

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Blackmagic announces a new Micro Four Thirds Cinema Camera!!!

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The current Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF model.

As you may know Blackmagic released a fantastic little camera that shoots in 12-bit RAW, ProRes and DNxHD Formats (Price and specs here at BHphoto). Until now the camera was available in EF and ZE Lens Mount but today Blackmagic issued a new statement saying that they will soon release a “second model of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that features passive Micro Four Thirds lens (MFT) mount“. Passive means that there is no electronic control of the lens and you can use manual aperture and focus only.

Click the link below to read the full press release:

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Shirota (Olympus): “development of unique lenses with ever greater focus on high image quality”

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Eiji Shirota responsible for product planning of M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses wrote a short text on facebook (Click here). He also hints that: “We are currently involved in planning and development of unique lenses with ever greater focus on high image quality and usability.” I hope he was not thinking on the 15mm f/8.0 lens when writing this 🙂

P.S.: The Olympus 75mm lens is in Stock in UK at Wexphotographic and in France at PhotoVideo.

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Zeiss will release AF lenses for mirrorless systems in 2013 (And Fuji X-E1 announcement)

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Zeiss makes fast lenses for mirrorless systems:
There is an interesting new press release from Zeiss (Click here): “Another highlight will be the presentation of a design study, with which Carl Zeiss will offer a sneak preview of a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) that will most likely be available in mid-2013. Due to their performance and high speed, these new lenses will be ideal for deliberate photo composition, making them perfect for more sophisticated photographers as well. Carl Zeiss plans to initially offer fixed focal lengths in the wide angle and standard range as well as a macro.

Zeiss currently offers high quality and expensive “video-optimized” lenses, the CP.2 for Micro Four Thirds (a list is here at BHphoto). I hope the new lenses will have the quality and price of the famous ZM lens range (here on eBay).

New Fuji X camera/lenses:
Meantime today we have a new announcement from Fuji. The X-E1 camera (Click here) and the 14mm and 18-55mm X lenses have been announced. A full coverage with reviews is available at MirrorlessRumors.com (Click here).

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(FT4) E-PL5 will be priced at around 599 Euro/Dollars with kit lens (and there will be a “large kit”)

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Image on top: The current Olympus E-PL3.

As you already know the new E-PL5 (and E-PM3) will have the same Olympus E-M5 sensor. A source shared some more E-PL5 info. The camera plus 14-42mm kit lens will be priced at around 599 Euro/Dollars which is exactly the price of the current Olympus E-PL3 (Click here to check). The source also “heard” that there will be a “large kit” version and it’s easy to guess that this will include the soon to come 15mm f/8.0 lens too! The major changes on the E-PL5 are the new sensor and a better ergonomy.

For my European colluegues: If you don’t care about getting the latest stuff and want to save some money there is a new bunch of refurbished PEN cameras at Olympusmarket. This includes for example:
Olympus E-P3 with lens (CLick here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL3 with lens (CLick here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PM1 with lens (CLick here to see the auction).
Olympus E-P2 with lens (CLick here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL2 with lens (CLick here to see the auction).
Olympus E-PL1 with lens (CLick here to see the auction).

P.S.: The E-PL1 is used by my friend Elena to tell you stories about the greek life (greekdiaries.com).

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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