Lens reviews (Olympus 75mm, Nokton 17.5mm, Tokina 300mm and more…)


It’s weekend time and I am on the way on a long one day trip. Before to go I link you to a list of new lens test….enjoy!

Olympus 75mm:
First impression report at Admiringlight: “It’s not perfect, but it’s darn, darn good. The lens is well built and feels great in the hand, and autofocus is very fast. I was even able to use C-AF to pretty good effect with this lens. Bokeh is nice and the images are quite sharp.
Another brief review with images at Pattayadays.
Ryan: “I was lent the 75mm lens so I used it in low light applications (at a wedding specifically) to see how it did in low light. If you’d like to use it you certainly may (Video on Vimeo).
Preorders and price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Panasonic 12-35mm X:
Frugalfilmmakers reviewed the Lumix X 12-35 F2.8 I.O.S.
Preorders and price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Nokton 17.5mm:
Complete Nokton 17.5mm lens test at Lepidi.

Tokina 300mm:
Tokina 300mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens for Micro Four Thirds at Luminous Landscape.
Review at Camerastuffreview (Translation here).

Pentax 110:
Use Pentax-110 24mm Lenses On Micro 4/3 Cameras (Diyphotography).

Samyang fisheye:
Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fisheye Lens Review at ePhotozine.
By the way, Samyang will also (very likely) announce new m43 lenses with at photokina. The current fisheye links:
In USA it’s named Rokinon 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
In Europe it’s named Samyang 7.5mm and you find it on eBay (Click here), Amazon (Click here),
In UK it’s named Walimex and you find it on eBay (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).


Third part of the Zacuto shootout (with GH2)


The second part of the Zacuto shootout (the one with Coppola voting for the GH2) created quite a buzz and there is a must read article written by Art Adams on ProVideoCoalition. Zacuto now made a more equilibrate shootout you can watch here: http://www.zacuto.com/shootout-revenge-2012/revenge-of-the-great-camera-shootout-part-three

Meanwhile the GH2 is getting cheaper and cheaper right before the GH3 announcement: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

P.S.: a reader sent me this: “Check out this short film shot w/ the GH2. The color grading and overlook is insane! Could pass for a higher end camera, for sure: vimeo



Akira Watanabe: “Olympus working on new body for top-pro lenses”!!!


This is an official(!) Olympus press release (Source: Olympus UK).

Olympus working on new body for top-pro lenses
Interviewed today, Akira Watenabe said that active development is under way. No other details yet. Immediate Release Olympus working on new body for top-pro lenses:
Akira Watenabe, manager of Olympus Imaging’s SLR planning department, confirmed today that the company is definitely working on a body to deliver the focusing performance expected by users of the Top Pro lens series like the ground breaking 90-250 f2.8 fixed aperture zoom (Editor: Click here to see). Watenabe has been delighted with the success of the OM-D which has pushed the boundaries of performance for system cameras but acknowledged that it did not deliver with the legacy high end lenses from the E-System. Whilst further information were not forthcoming, he was keen to emphasise that Olympus is actively developing a solution and will announce more details in due course.

So there is really an E-7 with E-M5 sensor coming soon ;)

P.S.: Meantime the 35-100mm lens got an up to $450 discount when purchased along the E-M5. Search(!) Links o the current E-5 camera: Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

Press release also posted on Four Thirds UserWhatdigitalcamera and more…


(FT3) New 15mm comes combined with new E-PMx model…


An anonymous source just sent me this: “New cheap olympus M43 body on his way and goes along with the cheap f8 lens, maybe a dual lenses combo“. I take the chance to ask him (and other sources reading this) if the E-PM is going to be announced next week along the 60mm macro or in September. Thanks :)

Anyway, as I wrote before I am really curious to see that lens on the new E-PM2 (or E-PM5).  It’s defintiely one of the weirdest rumors I ever received :)