Schneider confirmes development of lenses for mirrorless system.

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Photoscala.de (google translation here) analyzed the latest Schneider financial report. Like so many other companies also Schneider announced that they will step out from the compact camera (fixed) lens business. And they confirmed that they want to focus on producing high quality lenses for Full Frame and for Mirrorless system cameras. As we reported before here on 43rumors their three MFT lenses will hit the market with at least a six month delay because of production problems. I think they should skip the 60mm f/2.4 macro release. We already have a good Olympus 60mm macro lens. It would be much better they do a MFT version of one of their great existing primes:

Xenon 16mm f/1.2 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 25mm f/0.95 (Click here to see on eBay).
Curtagon 35mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Componon 50mm f/1.4 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenon 50mm f/1.9 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 50mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 75mm f/3.5 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).
Xenar 180mm f/2.8 (Click here to see on eBay).

My favorite would be the 16mm f/1.2 Xenon! Great for street photography!

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Two new Panasonic announcements: 2k4k/60fps Sensor and superproof micro SDHC memory cards.

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We had two new Panasonic announcements this week:

Akihabaranews reports that Panasonic is releasing a micro SDHC memory card with 6 “Proof” performances: waterproof, static electrical resistance, magnetic resistance, X-ray resistance, and heat resistance on July 13. It also has “fuse” function that protects the device from heat and fire generation if the micro SDHC memory card happens to generate anomalous heat.

Image Sensor World reports about a new Panasonic 2k4k/60fps Sensor.

Not as exciting as the Fuji sensor partnership but these super proof micro SD cards are really nice!

 

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E-P5 superkit and GF6 US delivery delay in US :(

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In theory three MFT cameras should ship any time soon in US. But it looks like there are some (un)expected delays.

The E-P5 superkit with lens and VF-4 which was scheduled to ship…now changed status and will ship in 1-2 months according to Amazon (Click here).
The Panasonic GF6 will ship in mid August only according to BHphoto (Click here).
Hopefully the G6 will not be delayed. It’s marked as Temporarily out of Stock at Amazon and shipment on June 28 according to BHphoto.
Small good news: Blackmagic Cinema Camera for MFT in Stock at BHphoto.

 

Reminder: Right now Sunset Electronics is selling the E-M5 body for $869.95 (Click here) and the E-M5 with 12-50mm lens for $1,109.95 (Click here). That’s $50 less than the current price at Amazon and BH. Of course it ships for free.

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Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm tested at Photozone.

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Image courtesy Photozone.

Photozone is busy testing new MFT lenses and just posted the next review: The Olympus 12-50mm lens (Click here to read it). And the conclusion isn’t great:

“Unfortunately we didn’t really fall in love with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ. The zoom range is surely very attractive but performance-wise it has its issues.”

It’s definitely time for Olympus to release the long rumored high quality f/2.8 zoom!

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a little bit of everything…

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF6 Product Introduction Video

Samyang 16mm f/2.0 and 300mm f/6.3 Reflex lenses announced (Dpreview).
GF6 review at Techradar.
Panasonic Lumix LF1 review at Trustedreviews.
Olympus Lens Cap 15mm f/8 – Review at Photozone.
Panasonic LF1 First Shots at Imaging Resource.

ThePhotoSoup: “I just received my copy of the new Olympus 75mm f1.8 in black. I’ve posted a couple of [cell phone] images on my Google+ Panasonic GH3 community here: https://plus.google.com/communities/110723552030778537272 . Also, as I just mentioned in the previous sentence, we have an active community on Google+ dedicated to the Panasonic GH3. Maybe you can let your readers know.

Ainga:I am a street photographer running a photography site called: aingaframes.com. Recently, a collection of photos were uploaded taken by the often forgotten Panasonic GF2. Although the camera is obsolete in comparison to some of today’s best M43 offerings, this little beast is still capable of very high quality images.  I think your readers will be delighted to learn the quality and the capabilities of a tiny, inexpensive M43 Panasonic camera. The images from this link are all taken with a GF2 and the 20mm 1.7 pancake lens in the great city of Hong Kong: http://aingaframes.com/blog/2013/5/28/hong-kong-photographic-journal-by-photobomb

Anonymous: There aren’t many Steadicam Merlin 2 tests with the GH3, and some people may be wondering how it turns out. Check out my video while really testing it out for the first time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96sUTUtJL6o I also used the Bower 7.5mm fisheye, but applied the Fisheye Fixer originally created for the GoPro cameras (in Final Cut Pro X). If anyone wants to know how it turns out, the above video is an example of how it lineates the Bower lens curvatures.

Nick:Hey mate, I thought you and your readers might be interested in two galleries of work I shot a few nights ago in Taksim, Istanbul, using the EM5 and CV Nokton 25mm (plus a couple with the m.ZD 45mm. This is by far the most challenging conditions I’ve ever shot in – almost all the shots are at 3200/6400iso and f0.95, not to mention very nervous and twitchy subjects and the obvious heavy police presence… Luckily the night I was there stayed non-violent and Gezi had more of a carnival atmosphere than anything else; even the riot police were willing to chat with demonstrators. Hopefully it stays that way…
In colour: http://peopleandotherstrangecreatures.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/the-colour-of-taksim/
In B&W: http://peopleandotherstrangecreatures.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/the-shades-of-taksim/

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