(UPDATED) Patent: Konica Minolta 150mm f/2.8 MFT Lens (likely for the Panasonic 150mm).

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This could be the next Konica Patent likely for the Panasonic branded Micro Four Thirds lens. Egami spotted the design of the 150mm f/2.8 MFT tele. As you know the Panasonic will be released in 2014. UPDATE: A highly trusted source just told me that the previously rumored $3000 price tag for the lens is plain wrong. It will cost much less!

Some specs from the patent:
β = 0 – 0.0214 – 0.1429
Focal length f = 146.32-144.30-133.80mm
Angle of view 2ω = 8.60-8.72-9.40
BF 38.48
Total length 133.49mm
Fno. 2.91
Image height Y = 11.00mm
14 images in 11 groups Lens construction
Two super ED glass
Positive and negative positive negative
(3 group and the second group) inner focus
(Part of the fourth group) anti-vibration

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New GM1 reviews (Pier says GM1 video seems to have more resolution than the GH3)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Video Sample Movie | Walk in Paris Montmartre from Pier-Yves Menkhoff on Vimeo.

Pier-Yves sent me the following video and text:

If the overall grip of the DMC- GM1 is nice, it is not easy to film with the Panasonic. The slightest movement of fingers active the wheel, the menu, touch screen, etc. It is very unpleasant. Also, ity is impossible to use a tripod. Except if you have the Panasonic Lens 14 mm or 12-32 mm. During the editing, I am amazed by the resolution of the image. It seems better than the one of the DMC- GH3.

CameraLabs (Click here) tested the GM1 and writes:

Where the GM1 really shines though is compared to rival enthusiast compacts like the Sony RX100 II. Even if you never remove the GM1’s kit zoom, the combination enjoys a lot of advantages over the Sony, which for me personally make it a more flexible and usable camera.

More GM1 test at Pixelmania,  DC.watch and at Itmedia.

GM1 store links:
In US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Amazon Germany, Wex Germany, Amazon UK, Fotohanskeuzekamp, Cyberphoto Sweden and Wex UK.

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Super US deal: E-PL5 with 2 lenses and extras for $499. E-PM2 double lens kit for $349.

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UPDATE: E-PM2 two lens kit for $349 at BHphoto (Click here).

There is a great E-Pl5 deal at Adorama and BHphoto:

1) BHphoto sells the Olympus E-PL5 superkit (Click here) for $499 and you get:
– Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 II Lens
– Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40mm-150mm f/4-5.6 “R” Lens
– Ruggard Streak 15 Shoulder Bag (Black with Yellow Accenting)
This runs for the Black (Click here), Silver (Click here) and White (Click here) E-Pl5!

2) Adorama sells the Olympus E-PL5 superkit (Click here) kit for $499 and you get:
– Olympus E-PL5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5 II Lens
– Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40mm-150mm f/4-5.6 “R” Lens
– Olympus Mini-Messenger Bag with Shoulder Strap
– SanDisk 32GB Class 10, Extreme Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card
– 4% Back in reward
This runs for the Black (Click here), Silver (Click here) and White (Click here) E-Pl5!

More new US deals:
Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 Mirror Camera Lens for $229 at Groupon (Click here).
Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens for $229 at Groupon (Click here).

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a little bit of everything…

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A Review And Look At The Panasonic Lumix GX7 Micro Four thirds Camera

Panasonic GX7 Notes: Two Wheels Are Better Than One (TheOnlinePhotographer).
Review: Lomography Micro Four Thirds Experimental Lens Kit (ThePhoBlographer).
Lecteur – Testeur Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Focus Numerique).
Paris: journées portes-ouvertes Olympus (Lepidi).
Must be the first E-M1 in Antarctica! (Facebook).
Introducing superior Amaran Halo LED ring flash (Aputure).
Fun High ISO comparison between the GX7 and the X100s, using Turin’s Luci D’Artista (Artist’s Lights) as a backdrop (Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews).
Stylus 1 test at DC.watch.
Fast Glass Showdown: f/0.95 Schneider, Voigtlander & Leica Square Off (EatTheBlinds).
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A MFT Lens test at Photoreview.

From our friends from Thephotochannel.pro:

We noticed over at The Photo Channel this month they’ve introduced a group of new Premium Education content with 2 titles specifically about mirrorless cameras with “The Insider’s Guide to the Lumix GH3” and it’s SuperFeatures explained with what scenario to use them.  There is also a new one from Hybrid Coach and Innovator Will Crockett on “Why You Will be Shooting Mirrorless sooner than you think”. ThePHOTOchannel is the latest photography education site on the scene set up in a classroom structure with Classes in Hybrid Photography, Lighting, Audio, and much more planned. Each class is only $9.99 for 90 Days or they have a monthly subscription available for $15.  New education classes are being continually added and the past library of content from ShootSmarter.com and Friday Photo School is available too.

Why you will be shooting mirror less sooner:
https://thephotochannel.pro/media/why-you-will-be-shooting-mirrorless-sooner-than-you-think/5091

GH3 Superfeatures:
https://thephotochannel.pro/media/the-insider’s-guide%3A–lumix-gh3—part-1/4559

Superfeatures Promo Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzHrLk7JH6o

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New E-M1 reviews (Andrzej Wrotniak is back)

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em1 + 12-40 unboxing by 43rumors reader Aaron

After four years of a very long silence J. Andrzej Wrotniak is back on line and reviewing the E-M1:

Aaron:Hey, I’ve created some videos, basically an unboxing of the em1, its grip, and videos comparing the sizes of the em5 to the em1, do share them if you think it’ll benefit others
em1 + 12-40 unboxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeMxXWi7Fuc
em1 grip hld7 unboxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyXlbirsgcs
em5/pana1235 vs em1/oly1240 comparison, with and without jb designs em5 grip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQg6JWD8oSo
em5 vs em1 body only comparison, with and without jb designs em5 grip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKg0e0prbgA
panasonic 12-35 vs olympus 12-40 size comparison and overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0cfrX7xLMs

E-M1 Store Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto, Amazon DE (via DL), Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL), WexUK, Topshot FI, CameraWorldUK.
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, AmazonDE (viaDL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-40mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK and CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus E-M1 with 12-50mm Lens kit at Amazon DE (via DL), WexUK, CameraWorldUK, Amazon UK (via DL), Amazon ES (via DL).
Olympus EP-13 Eyecup for E-M1 at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus HLD-7 Battery Grip for E-M1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LC-62D Metal Front Lens Cap for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus LH-66 Lens Hood for 12-40mm at Adorama and BHphoto.

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