October 4, 2011
Posted in news

New Madoka 180 fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds (from Yasuhara)


Yasuhara (Click here) announced a new fisheye lens for Mirrorless cameras (and I bet they meant Micro Four Thirds too). It will be called “Madoka 180” (180 degrees). The image on top shows on of the two image samples you can find on their website. Click on image to view the full size version.

So after the Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens, after the amazing tiny Samyang 7.5mm fisheye lens we will get our third fisheye from Yasuhara. Hm, is it not to much? Good that Olympus dropped the fisheye lens they had on the 2011 m43 lens roadmap :)

The Panasonic lens costs around 600-700 dollars/Euro and is available at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
The Black Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).
The Silver Samyang 7.5mm lens is available on eBay (Click here).

October 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

Two new Panasonic X 45-175mm lens reviews.

Video on top: 45-175mm X lens Powerzoom smoothness test

The new 45-175mm X lens will be in Stock this month (October) and so it’s time to read some reviews :)

The Clubsnap forum (Click here) tested the lens. The lens is as sharp as the 45-200mm lens, with very good color reproduction, accuracy and contrast. It has some vignetting wide open but no chromatic aberrations at all. The lens has been tested on the Olympus E-P3 so there is no auto correction like on Panasonic cameras. According to the reviewer the Power OIS is very effective (more useful than the built-in IS from Olympus!). You can read the full conclusions form the reviewer on page two of the thread.

Also ePrice (Click here) tested the same 45-175mm X lens. The review is written in Chinese and contains many image and video samples. From what I understood the reviewer liked the lens a lot! :)

You can preorder the 45-175mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.
And the amazing 14-42mm X pancake preorder links at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

October 3, 2011
Posted in Rumors

(FT3) Panasonic LX5 successor with larger sensor?

This is not a Micro Four Thirds related news but I think it’s worth the rumor to be posted here.

Techradar (Click here) interviewed Yoshiyuki Inoue (Panasonic Senior Engineering Planner): “he said that although the LX3 had been very successful, its replacement the LX5 had not sold as well as Panasonic had hoped.” And to appeal enthusiast photographers “one aspect that is being given serious consideration for the camera that replaces the LX5 is increasing the size of the sensor, Panasonic’s Mr Uematsu even joked that it could have a 1in sensor like the new Nikon V1.

The real question should be if there will be ever a sort of Fuji X100 camera with Micro Four Thirds sensor. That would be something interesting!

October 2, 2011
Posted in reviews

Olympus and Panasonic reviews…(45mm lens review by Steve Huff)

Steve Huff (Click here) posted the full Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review: “This lens gets my highest recommendation if you are a Micro 4/3 owner. Anyone who knocks this lens (don’t think there will be any) has never tried it or had a defect“.
I couldn’t agree more with Steve. This is a must have lens. Click those links to check if the lens is in Stock or not: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

More reviews:

Which One? Olympus EPM1 vs Olympus EP2 Comparison Review (ThePhoBlographer).
SLRclub (Click here) posted a very long Olympus 12mm f/2.0 review. As you know it is in korean and impossible to translate via google tool because (as usual) SLRclub posted the review as a long series of jpg images.
Teh thai website Gadget4thai (Click here to read the translation) tested the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens.
The polish website Optyczne (Click here to read the translation) tested the Panasonic GF3.


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