Olympus working on a sort of Speed Booster adapter too?

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The Speed Booster adapter created quite an excitement on the web but it seems that Metabones wasn’t the only one having that smart idea. AN Olympus patent just posted on Egami shows how Olympus is working on a very similar adapter! Now, I don’t know if Olympus will or can ever do this. Metabones also patented the idea and there may be a conflict if Olympus goes into mass production with this…

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Nikon goes Four Thirds :)

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A tiny bit over a month from now Panasonic will announce the new Micro Four Thirds cameras. But the competition already started with the new 2013 camera announcements. Sony released the smallest APS-C mirrorless camera (the NEX-3n) and there is a small interesting news on the new Nikon D7100 (here at Amazon). It uses an APS-C (1.5x crop) sensor that has an additional 1.3x Crop Mode. In short the camera will have exactly the same 2.x crop mode of our FT and MFT cameras. Nikon writes: “the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.

To bad the camera doesn’t take FT lenses, it would have become a nice FT camera! ;)

P.S.: Thanks anonymous sender for pointing me out this new feature!

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Speed Booster reviews roundup. MFT version coming in March.

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The very first stock of NEX Speed Boosters is shipping on the Metabones site and on eBay. What about the MFT versions? Manual focus lenses such as Nikon, Leica R, Contax C/Y, Contarex, ALPA and Rollei will be supported in March, 2013. To get notified when the MFT version will be available you may also save this eBay search on Slidoo (you can change the search country in settings).

Metabones writes that the m4/3 version also reduces focal length by a 0.71x factor. So, the combined focal length multiplier of a m4/3 camera and Speed Booster is 1.4x. (2x from camera x 0.71x from Speed Booster.) The optics are optimized for the smaller sensor size.

That said there are plenty of new tests you have to read to learn more about the quality and features of the new adapter. Dpreview (Click here), EosHD (Click here) and Lensrentals (Click here) tested the Booster. And Robert from LR writes: “The Speed Booster does what they said it would do, much to my shock and surprise“. Overall from what I have seen now the adapters delivers what it promises. And personally I hope they will also make the OM Speed Booster. Suddenly my small collection of OM lenses will be faster…that’s so cool!

Short question:

Will you buy the Speed Booster MFT adapter (for OMD, Alpa, Canon EF or other mounts)?

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List of OM prime lenses. Click on the link to check the 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.

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Serial numbers of the possible European E-M5 defect cameras.

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Lepidi (translation here) reports the serial numbers of the European E-M5 cameras affected by the crack issue:
– Black: BEK501001 til BEK508887
– Silver: BF4501001 til BF4503865
Contact your local Olympus agent if you have that crack issue and they will fix it for you.

Something else: Olympus to Attend Focus with Damian McGillicuddy (Photographyblog).

And finally for EU readers: New refurbished Olympus cameras are on auction at Olympusmarket. This includes some of the latest cameras:
E-M5 auction 1, auction 2, auction 3, auction 4.
E-PL5 auction.
E-PM2 auction 1, auction 2.

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