New Panasonic MFT camera patent (it is not the GM1)

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Egami spotted a new Panasonic patent showing a yet unseen MFT camera design. I asked my sources and they said this is definitely NOT the GM1 design. Nevertheless this could be one of the next cameras to come in 2014. It has built-in EVF right in the middle of the camera. It could be a new Panasonic GX camera variation?

Reminder: All newest Panasonic MFT cameras got a discount in USA:
GX7 got $100 off at Amazon, Adorama, Samys and BHphoto.
GH3 got $200 off at Amazon, Adorama, Samys and BHphoto. A special mention goes to Samys because they also give you a Lowepro case, 32GB SD and a $50 gift card for free!
G6 got $100 off at Amazon, Adorama, Samys and BHphoto.
GF6 got $100 off at Amazon, Adorama, Samys and BHphoto.

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New SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens announced

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SLRmagic just announced a new MFT lens. Here is the press text:

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Hong Kong, China (Oct 8, 2013) – The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear is a mechanical upgrade over the original SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 with optional lens gear. Due to popular request for the optional lens gear we have redesigned the mechanical design to better suit cinema needs and to match the design concept of the current SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 25mm T0.95, SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE II 35mm T0.95, and SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 CINE II. There is no change in optical design.

The field of view of this HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 24mm lens in 35mm format and this ultra fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape cinematography and photography. Additionally, an ultra fast max aperture of T1.6 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear is ideal for available-light photography.

We place our highest priority in the development of all HyperPrime lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear is solid and reliable.

The SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers end November 2013.

Upgrade program details: Owners of the original SLR Magic 12mm F1.6 (Not SLR Magic CINE 12mm T1.6) may send in their lens (regardless of user condition) to Hong Kong + $250 to upgrade their lens to the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear by contacting support@slrmagic.com.

Technical Data SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 w/ Gear
Lens Type: Ultra Fast wide-angle lens with three Tantalum glass elements to ensure superior cinematic performance.
Compatible Cameras: All micro four thirds mount cameras
Optical Design: 12 elements in 10 groups
Distance Settings: Distance range: 0.15m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 12 aperture blades (circular), Lowest value 11
Bayonet: micro four thirds
Filter Mount: internal thread for SLR Magic 58/77 RING (optional) lens hood for 77mm filter; filter mount does not rotate.
Lens Hood: SLR Magic 58/77 RING (optional)
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Length to bayonet mount: approx. 73/81mm (approx. 2.87 /3.18in) (without/with lens hood)
Largest diameter: approx. 60/79mm (approx. 2.36 / 3.11in) (without/with lens hood)
Weight: approx. 370g (approx. 13.05oz)

Andrew Chan
Product Manager

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Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic Cine 12mm T/1.6 Lens at Adorama (Click here).
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 at Adorama (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here) SLR Magic Pin Hole Lens at Adorama (Click here)..

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(FT5) New GM1 is Panasonic answer to high end compact cameras with fixed lens.

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We will soon see the new Panasonic GM1 MFT camera and a new 12-32mm lens. I am still unsure about the exact announcement date. The camera biggest feature is actually….the size! It’s said to be very thin and small and still very useable…not a toy like the Sony QX :)

Sources told me that this will be Panasonic’s answer to the high-end compact camera and fixed lens camera market. It’s smaller than most of them (around the size of an RX100) but has a mount for interchangeable lenses. And the new 12-32mm lens is incredibly small. The finish of both camera and lenses is of very high quality and the camera uses a new kind of shutter. This will be the first MFT camera that really easily(!) fits in your pocket with a zoom lens.

I am not sure yet about the sensor but I think it should be the same of the GX7 camera (updated: It’s GX7 and not G6 sensor). But like I said… specs here do not matter a lot. It’s all about size! So please…watch out for leaks! Can’t wait to see it!

P.S.: MU43 (part one and part two) has seen the GM1 and is excited about the new camera

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GM1 rumor correction: Announcement likely on October 17

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Sorry dear readers if I am using this space to make a direct question to my sources. Two trusted sources just gave me two different dates for the GM1 announcement. It may be that one of the two made a typo. My question to all sources is: Will the GM1 be announced on Thursday this week or on Thursday next week? And I need the time in GMT (Greenwich) :)

Thanks for your help!

UPDATE: I already got a first answer and it looks like the GM1 will be announced on October 17!

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New Olympus E-M1 tests…

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Desert Ireland [OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1] from emeric on Vimeo.

Here are a couple of new E-M1 tests:

The video on tp is part of the full E-M1 review at Hybridcams (google tranlsated). Pcmag posted the 12-40mm lens test (Click here) and E-M1 review (Click here). E-m1 review at Atmtxphoto. Hands-on at Forumsee. And below you can watch the fist impression and thoughts (with FourThirds and microFourThirds lenses) by Knut Ivar Skogland

Preorder 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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