BIG shift lens is actually a Voigtländer lens

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Two readers and Digitfoto had a talk with the guys from the German B.IG. company that developed the BIG shift lens. They confirmed that the lens is indeed directly based on the Voigtlander Heliar 15mm f/4.5 (here on eBay).

Reminder…these are the specs:

Specifications BIG Shift Lens 4,5 / 15 mm MFT
Focal length 15 mm (equivalent to 30 mm film)
Luminosity 4.5
Minimum aperture 22
Lens construction 8 elements in 6 groups
Focus Limit 50 cm
Diameter 65 mm
Length 45.5 mm
Weight 200 g
Filter thread 52 mm
Lens hood integrated
Price 999, –
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GH3 image samples, E-PL5 review and Olympus 60mm tests.

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Good Morning (at least here in Europe)! Let’s start the new day with a roundup of news about the recently announced Panasonic/Olympus stuff. On top you can watch a commercial uploaded by Panasonic.

Panasonic GH3:
GH3 image gallery at Popphoto.
First three hours impression by Wasabi.

Olympus E-PL5:
Ming Thein posted the first Olympus E-PL3 review: “Ultimately, success at this end of the market will depend heavily on the camera’s price point. The rich feature set and overall refinement in operation make me curious to see what will succeed the E-P3; now if only they’d make one with a built-in EVF like the NEX-6…
An E-PL5 hands-on has been posted on DC.watch (Tranlsation here).

Olympus 60mm macro:
Quick Look at the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro at Lensrentals. They compared it with the 45mm Panasonic macro and said that: “the resolution of the two lenses is identical.
First impression review by Admiringlight.

One more thing: A new article about the next generation viewfinder likely going to be used by Olympus in next generation cameras at ePhotozine.

Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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So, was the Olympus 15mm cap lens a good idea?

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Sometimes companies try to do things differently and Olympus is known for being very innovative. Back in early August the 15mm cap lens rumors I posted on 43rumors initiated huge discussions about the (non-)utility of such a lens. Now the lens is here for real and hands-on and/or first pictures have been posted at Popphoto, Photographyblog, Thedigitalstory and PetaPixel. The lens is now available for preorder at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). But the question is:

Do you like the 15mm lens cap?

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Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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Olympus: There will be an E-P3 successor.

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Olympus keeps sending messages about the future development. In an interview made by DigifotoPRO Toshiyuki Terada from Olympus confirmed that there will be an E-P3 successor. At that point I remind you that trusted sources that the E-P series as it was is will not continue. The new camera will be very different. Of course the first idea that will come into your mind is a PEN with integrated viewfinder. Taking inspiration from the past we can expect a sort of digital Olympus PEN EM (they are here on ebay). A camera like that would have to compete against the very good Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6.

The question is, what would you expect from a high End PEN camera to be competitive against the Fuji/Sony?

 


Panasonic and Olympus Preorder Links with specs and price:
Special GH3 page at Amazon (Click here) and a full Olympus presentation page at Amazon (Click here).
GH3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Wexphotographic UK (horrible price in UK!).
35-100mm X lens at Amazon (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
E-PL5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
E-PM2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here). In EU at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Amazon France,
XZ-2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
60mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
12mm Black prime lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
15mm cap-lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

 

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Also Hasselblad cheats on the Micro Four Thirds sensor size :)

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We saw this many times. And it happens always again. The companies competing with the Micro Four Thirds system are often cheating on the Micro Four Thirds size. And this time Hasselblad really invented a new kind of MFT sensor with soemthing like 27:9 size. Funny or not? Don’t think this kind of advertising will help them to sell that super expensive Nex-7 alike camera.

Source: Hasselblad-Lunar.

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