Full Nokton 17.5mm review at DSLRmagazine.

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The Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 is one of the nicest Micro Four Thirds lenses and it just got reviewed by the Spanish DSLRmagazine (Click here for the google translation). The reviewer Valentin Sama is impressed by the lens quality. Already at full f/0.95 aperture the resolution is very good. You get the highest resolution at f/5.6. The lens has no weakness, it means center and border resolution are on high level at all apertures. A weakness may be the high vignetting at full aperture which is not surprising for such a fats lens. Vignetting almost disappears from f/2.0 upwards. Distortion is negligible if the subject is distant from the camera. Closer you get to the subject more distortion you will see. There is little CA (Chromatic Aberration) and little Astigmatism. In sumamry it’s a pretty soldi lens that is even better than the (alreayd good) Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95.

I think Voigtländer deserves a lot of praise for the two lenses they made for the m43 system! it’s really not easy to find lenses like this (with a high quality and decent price) in any other system (DSLR or Mirrorless)!

So, where to find the 17.5mm lens in Stock? First look at eBay (Click hee to see all acutions). You can find plenty of stores selling the lens. Also BHphoto (Click here) has it in Stock (from June 1st).

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Olympus to cut 2,500 jobs?

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Like so many other Japanese companies also Olympus may have to cut jobs in order to save on costs. Reuters reports that “The job losses, equal to about 7 percent of its total workforce, will come mainly from Olympus’s loss-making camera business and by consolidating its overseas plants, the Nikkei business daily said. They would be revealed on June 8, it added. Sony and Panasonic are the leading contenders to pump fresh equity in Olympus, the Asahi newspaper said, adding that the successful

There were so many rumors about possible partnerships that we really have to be careful with those kind of news. I for sure hope it will not become true. I Cross the fingers for all Olympus employees!

 

P.S.: Not all companies are facing hard times. Fuji is doing well and I posted about that on MirrorlessRumors.

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USA: New Panasonic June rebates! (UPDATED with GH2 deal)

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Our USA readers can enjoy some new priced drops offered by Panasonic USA. Here is the list:
1) The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens is now in Stock for $299 at BHphoto (Click here). For $282 at Samys (Click here). And at the moment of writing the white version is in Stock for $289 via Samys at Amazon (Click here).
2) The 14-42mm normal lens (not X!) is in Stock for $99 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
3) The 14-42mm X lens is in Stock for $328 at Amazon (Click here).
4) The Panasonic 45-200mm lens sells for $199 at Samys (Click here).
5) The Panasonic 3D lens sells for $49 only at Samys (Click here).
6) The Black GX1 with X kit lens is in Stock for $739 at BHphoto (Click here) and $619 with the 14-42mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
7) Panasonic GF3 lens with 14mm pancake for $379 at Amazon (Click here).
8) UPDATE: The Panasonic GH2 with 14-42mm lens is in Stock for $799 at Amazon (Click here). Panasonic GH2 with 14-140mm lens for $1,179 at Amazon (Click here).

New Lens Preorders:
The Olympus 75mm lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And Adorama has also the accessories: Olympus LH-61F, Metal Lens Hood (Click here) and the Olympus LC-61, Metal Front Lens Cap (Click here).
The Panasonic 12-35mm X lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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Olympus announces a new E-M5 double kit.

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Most of us still didn’t get their preordered E-m5 cameras that Olympus just announced the new E-m5 double kit (via DC.watch). It will be released in July.

More E-M5 news:
ThePhoBlographer posted the full E-M5 review: “Olympus took what many have said about them and their sensors for years and threw it upside down on its head. The new sensor is terrific and renders images with low noise at higher ISOs. But to be honest, all of their fast primes allow you to not need to shoot at such volcanic ISO settings. The RAW file quality is just like film…nuff said.
An E-M5 test by Rob Knight. A new handmade E-M5 leather case on eBay (Click here).

E-M5 (Pre)order links (Click on store name): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

The E-M5 keeps to be present in the Amazon Bestseller list(changes hourly!):
USA: E-M5 on position 5/13/15/20 (Click here)
UK: E-M5 is on position 5/13 (Click here).
Germany: The E-M5 is on position 2/13 (Click here).
France: not available (Click here to see rankings anyway).
Japan: E-M5 on position 11 (Click here).

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Olympus refused the Fuji partnership proposal?

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The German journal “Frankfurter Allgemeine” interviewed the Fuji president Komori. He admitted that Fuji send a partnership offer to Olympus. He says literally that “we were” (and not we are!) interested in Olympus. He uses the past because he said that Olympus is trying to remain independent and to solve their financial problems in house instead of joining a partnership. Komori adds that he “understands” Olympus decision. Anyway, nothing is over yet, the new Olympus board has still to meet in June and decide if it’s possible to avoid any partnership that would kill their independence.

Of course Fuji’s main interest is the Olympus medical division. Just yesterday Olympus announced the world’s thinnest industrial videoscope, packs HDR (video on Engadget). Also Sony and Panasonic are candidates for a partnership (latest news here at Marketwatch).

P.S.: Meantime the battle between Michael Woodford and Olympus is over. He settles with Olympus for a rumored amount of £10m (Source: Telegraph).

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