The bad news: Fuji announced that due the huge amount of preorders the Fuji X100 cannot be delivered in time. That remind us the issue Panasonic has with the GH2 delivery but there is a small and very important difference. Fuji released an official press release to apology and to promise to increase the production. Panasonic should learn from them! Source: Fuji Japan.
Image courtesy: Megapixel
Olympus gave an Interview at Megapixel (Click here). There is one big surprise statement:
“We see the mirrorless system as the future of digital photography. In 5-10 years reflex cameras will be a niche or will not be there at all. So we believe that PEN in the long run will also be in the professional market – but that will take maybe 2-3 years. In 2011 you will see more PEN products and more lenses (beyond what was discussed in the presentation).”
According to Olympus DSLR will become a niche market within 5-10 years. Interesting that Olympus says “PEN-type” cameras instead of “mirrorless” cameras
There are a also a few more info about 3D (they don’t plan to support the Panasonic 12.5mm 3D lens) and the new Olympus XZ-1 (it will not create a new line of cameras). Editor’s note: The “good weapons” Olympus is talking about are the new Olympus E-PL2 and accessories.
So dear readers….what do you think about that news? Are you surprised? The good news is that Olympus plans to enter the PRO market. The issue here is to define what is a “PRO” camera. We have been told that an advanced Olympus m43 model will be announced within 2011. It will not replace the Olympus E-5 but as long as it has built-in EVF, a solid body, a new sensor and fast AF this will be PRO enough for me
What is your opinion on that? What defines a PRO camera? What should Olympus do to satisfy your professional needs?
There are not many videos out there which have been shot with a f/0.75 aperture lens(!) and a Micro Four Thirds camera. The maker of the video is seelling that Kowa 44mm f/0.75 on eBay: “This is a very unique and beautiful lens that produces a soft blur due to its fast aperture.I tried it also with the HD video mode on my Panasonic GF2 and the result was stunning. This lens can be adapted to almost any camera as far as you buy the right adapter for it, I previously used it on my Canon 50D and on a Sony NEX 5. I can say that due to the sensor size and distance from the back of the lens, you will get better results with the NEX but any mirrorless camera (EVIL camera) is good to use with that ultra fast lens.”
Click here to see the Kowa 44mm f/0.75 auction on eBay. That lens is very cheap compared to the De Oude Delft 50mm f/.075 which usually sells for over $2000 on eBay. You can’t find anything faster than that (there was once a Zeiss f/0.7 but that’s impossible to find).
Image source: Photorumors
Samyang announced the development of a new 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens for m43 during the Focus on Imaging Show (via ePhotozine): “The Micro Four Thirds System has been developing extremely dynamically lately, which was proved by the growing interest in lenses constructed based on this system. To embrace true needs of photographers, Samyang Optics company, using a wealth of it’s experience in production of the high quality concept version of the fish-eye lens with 7.5mm focus is one of the most impressive outcomes of the works carried out. This ultra-wide-angle lens may become the most compact and optically perfect Micro Four Thirds System lens providing 180 degrees field of vision.”
Hmmm, I am not a fisheye fan but at least we will have a much cheaper alternative of the currently (overpriced?) Panasonic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens. Click here to check the price of that lens: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay
Message to Samyang. Make some decent compact and fast primes and I bet you will sell tons of them!
P.S.: Samyang just released the 35mm f/1.4 for Four Thirds. All Samyang lenses for Olympus can be found on eBay only and under seven different brand names (Click on it to see all Four Thirds lenses from the specific brand!):
There is a new Olympus E-PL2 review at CNET (Click here): “A great interchangeable-lens model if you’re looking for better photo quality and/or a more advanced feature set than your current point-and-shoot offers, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 still doesn’t satisfy for photographing active kids and pets.”
Also Enticingthelight (Click here) tested the E-PL2: “Olympus have built a beautiful-image maker with this E-PL2; if you like shooting JPEGs, you’ll love this camera. It is also a camera that is simple to operate, yet can be customised in hundreds of ways, thus appealing to both the newbie and the experienced shooter.”
The Japanese website DC.watch.impress (Click here) tested the three new E-PL2 converters. There are many full size image samples you can analyze!
The new Olympus E-PL2 accessories are on auction at eBay and in Stock in some stores:
– MAL-1 Led Light at eBay, Amazon US, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.
– PenPal bluetooth module at eBay, Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France.