No surprise: Sigma will not make a Four Thirds mount 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. And no future lenses too?


An important store owner contacted me to tell me about a chat he had with a Sigma manager. The manager confirmed that there will be no Four Thirds version of the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. And he also to him that from what he know there is no plan to adapt present and future DSLR lenses for the Four Thirds mount. That would be really bad news if confirmed. That said, even Olympus lately didn’t release any new FT lens. And with “lately” I mean something like 3-4 years :)

For now only Samyang released some new FT lenses. All can be found under different brand names on eBay: Samyang , Walimex , Rokinon , Opteka , Falcon , Vivitar andBower .


Readers stories: Using MFT for fashion (by Niels).


Image courtesy by Niels (Click on pictures to enlarge the size)

Editor’s note: After four years of existence I decided to finally create some space for all MFT camera ownsers. You can now write articles for 43rumors by submitting them at This is the first article of the new series written by 43rumors reader Niles (



I’ve been using MFT since the moment I started photography a couple of years ago (first an Olympus E-PL1, now a Panasonic GH2). Primarily to make fashion photos and videos of my girlfriend for her fashion blog. In this streetstyle/fashion world there is one dominant style of photography: fast lenses wide open to make the subject really pop out of the street.

To push this style to the max a lot of fashion bloggers use a full frame camera and I had set my mind on getting one myself until I had a chance to borrow a Canon 5D mkIII for a couple of days and did some comparing. The results of this comparison were actually surprising to me.

Because, like a lot of bloggers, I only really use the photos for web and never print, I decided to make the comparison as practical as possible and non scientific. I put down a tripod, took a shot with my Voigtlander 25mm f0.95 (wide open) on the GH2, then the same shot with the Canon 50mm f1.2L wide open on the 5D mkIII and then scaled both images down to the resolution I use on the web. I kept the images as raw as possible and only made slight color changes to make them match better.

There is a difference in depth of field noticeable but it really did make me think again if it was worth the extra thousands of euros. There are some obvious advantages to an expensive camera like the mkIII, the auto focus of the f1.2L was a welcome feature for photography compared to my Voigtlander, the low light quality was great and in full resolution the sharpness and details were noticeable but I also came home with a sore wrist after walking around with the mkIII in my hand for a day where as the GH2 is relatively light weight and compact. And scaled down to a web resolution the images start looking alike more and more.

I decided to stick with MFT for the time being. I’m also curious to see what effects Speedbooster solutions could have on the depth of field. But to the millions of fashion bloggers out there who feel they can only make blog photos with a full frame camera: a mirrorless camera with a fast lens might just do the trick for you for a fraction of the price and weight.

If you’re curious for more MFT fashion material: last year I made this short film on the GH2 using the Voigtlander 25mm f0.95, the SLRmagic Hyperprime 12mm f1.6 and a vintage OM lens:

Kind regards and thanks for the great blog!


Editors’s note: Some topics I am interested in:

– Professional on field reviews. Unlike DxO or Dpreview what I want is to learn more about the real life use of cameras and lenses! No charts or pixel peeping needed :)
– Testing of little known lenses
– Funny stories around the use of MFT
– System comparison: Example,  switching from DSLR to MFT system


Olympus body cap lens comes in three new colors. And gets tested at Dpreview and ePhotozine


In case you didn’t know it the Olympus Body Cap Lens now will come in White, Silver and Red too (Source: Olympus Global). I see you jump off chair for joy :)

And if you are considering to buy it than read the two brand new reviews:

Dpreview (Click here) writes:

“It certainly won’t be for everyone, but photographers who are able to accept, and even exploit its limitations could find it a useful piece of kit. At the end of the day I’ve personally rather enjoyed shooting with it”

ePhotozine (Click here) writes:

“For quick results, and a relatively low price, the body cap lens delivers reasonable results, and with an Olympus camera, delivers bright saturated colours, which will look great when shared on the web.”

The body cap lens now sells for $39 at Amazon US (Click here).


Kodak MFT camera release postponed to next year?


As you know a couple of times Kodak stated that the new S1 MFT camera would be released the second half of this year. But now ePhotozine reports that Kodak “aims to release a Micro Four Thirds compact system camera some time in 2014.“.

It’s still unknown what the final specs will be. But at least we know how it looks:


First Nikon G Speed Booster testing…


Metabones Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster test with Blackmagic camera from Philip Bloom Reviews & Tutorials on Vimeo.

The new Nikon to m4/3 speed booster already got tested by Ed on DVXuser (Click here):

“I can tell you I LOVE that with this adapter I’m getting closer to what the original FOV is on the lens. Now that each lens is a bit wider- my 28mm “looks” more like what I remember it’s supposed to. The m4/3 crop factor is now not so much of an issue with my old Nikkor primes. And of course the extra stop of light never hurts!!”

found via Nofilmschool.

The OM adapter will now come as next!

Click on the link to check the OM lens price and auctions on eBay: 21mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/3.5 lens, 24mm f/2.0 and 24mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/3.5 shift lens, 28mm f/2.0 and 28mm f/2.8 and 28mm f/3.5 lens, 35mm f/2.0 and 35mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2.8 shift lens, 40mm f/2.0 lens, 50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.0 macro and 50mm f/3.5 lens, 55mm f/3.5 macro lens, 85mm f/2.0 lens, 90mm f/2.0 macro lens, 100mm f/2.0 and 100mm f/2.8 lens, 135mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/3.5 lens, 180mm f/2.0 and 180mm f/2.8 lens, 200mm f/4.0 and 200mm f/5.0 lens, 250mm f/2.0 lens, 300mm f/4.5 lens, 350mm f/2.8 lens,, 400mm f/6.4 lens, 500mm f/8.0 lens, 600mm f/6.6 lens, 1000mm f/11 lens.