September 8, 2010
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(FT3) Panasonic will demonstrate a new technology (?)

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Weeks ago a very good source wrote me a text: “stay tuned for the upcoming surprises by panasonic ;-)

I asked him if he was talking about the GH2 and the answer was: “No, we will definitly see a demonstration of a new technology, but I won’t tell you ,-)

It doesn’t sound like he is talking about the 3D technology and it is certainly related to photography. I tried to get some more information (also from other sources) but I didn’t find anything. That’s why I ask you here if you heard something about the “mysterious” new tecnology. I am sure there is something because that source always gave me correct informations in the past!

So please help us ;)

P.S.: Dear readers, feel free to start your own speculation :)

September 8, 2010
Posted in Rumors

Carl Zeiss will make MicroFourThirds cine lenses!!!

Carl Zeiss will soon offer the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 mount.!!!!!! Those lenses are very expensive $3.900 each at BHphoto (Click here) or eBay (Click here) :(

Official press release (Source Zeiss.de):

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08.09.2010.
In 4th quarter of 2010, ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 lenses will be available with F-mount. The Compact Prime CP.2 series, presented last April, were the first lenses developed especially for shooting with HDSLR cameras. Since then, the lenses have been highly sought after by cinematographers and film photographers alike. In addition to the PL-, EF- and F-mount, Carl Zeiss will soon also be offering the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 and A-mount.

The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses’ inter- changeable mount means the lenses can be used for many purposes. The lenses have a compact and robust build so that they can handle any demand on the film set.

“With the new enhancement of mounts we want to meet the needs of our customers”, says Michael Schiehlen, Head of Sales of Carl Zeiss AG Camera Lens Division. “The possibility of using our CP.2 lenses flexibly for three different camera systems is not only interesting for new customers. Stores that rent cameras and camera equipment also benefit from the lenses’ enhanced flexibility.”

Just in time for the IBC in Amsterdam, Carl Zeiss has announced two new focus lengths that will also be available with F-mount: Compact Prime CP.2 50 mm/T2.1 Makro and CP.2 100mm/T2.1 CF. They complement the seven focal lengths from 18 to 85 millimeters that are already available.

Current CP.2 lenses are:

Super Wide Angle Aperture CFD AOV Weight EF PL F
CP.2 18mm/T3.6* T3.6 – 22 0.3 69° 900 g
CP.2 21mm/T2.9 T2.9 – 22 0.22 60.9° 1000 g
Wide Angle ZE ZF ZF.2
CP.2 25mm/T2.9 T2.9 – 22 0.17 52.2° 900 g
CP.2 28mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 0.24 47.4° 1000 g
CP.2 35mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 0.3 38.5° 1000 g
Standard ZE ZF ZF.2
CP.2 50mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 0.45 27.3° 900 g
Tele ZE ZF ZF.2
CP.2 85mm/T2.1 T2.1 – 22 1 16.7° 900 g
Check out the current prices of the compact Prime CP.2 lenses on eBay (Click here)

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September 8, 2010
Posted in Rumors

The need for speed: The Voigtländer 35mm and 40mm f/1.4 lenses

Image courtesy: Cameraquest

Voigtländer joined MicroFourThirds and we hope that they are going to make many more lenses soon! Two of the nicest (and fast) lenses are the Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4 and 40mm f/1.4 pancakes. They are M-mount lenses (not m43!). I will soon start a poll soon to ask you what MicroFourThirds lens you want from Voigtländer.

The Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4:

Image samples:
– Taken with the GF1 (Flickr)
– Taken with the E-P1 (Flickr)
Video samples:
– Taken with the E-P1 (Youtube)
Camera porn:
– The lens attached on the GF1 (Flickr)
– E-P1 (Flickriver)

Check out current 35mm f/1.4 lens auctions on eBay (Click here)
Check the 35mm f/1.4 price on Amazon US (Click here)

The Voigtländer 40mm f/1.4:

Image samples:
– With the E-P1 (e-p1.net)
Video samples:
– Taken with the E-P1 (Youtube)
And again a little bit of camera porn:
– The lens attached on the G1 (Clubsnap)
– GF1 (mu-43.com)

Check out current 40mm f/1.4 lens auctions on eBay (Click here)
Check the 40mm f/1.4 price on Amazon US (Click here)

September 7, 2010
Posted in deals

Preorder the new Olympus lenses. Adorama sells the Olympus E-PL1 for $479.95

Adorama is making some kind of mistake: If you visit select the Black Olympus E-PL1 cameras they say the camera costs $549.99. But add it to the cart and the real final price is  $479.95!
UPDATE: Amazon is selling the blue E-PL1 for $499.

You can preorder the new Olympus lenses:

1) the Olympus 75-300mm lens at BHphoto and at Amazon Deutschland.

2) The Olympus 40-150mm lens at BHphoto and at Amazon Deutschland

September 7, 2010
Posted in Rumors

(FT5) The new GH2 has a 18 Megapixels multi aspect sensor (16 effective Megapixels)

It took a long time to get reliable infos about the upcoming Panasonic GH1 successor. We already told you that the Panasonic GH2 will be announced on Tuesday September 21 (the first day of Photokina).

And finally we know the resolution of the new sensor!
The GH2 will have a new 18 Megapixel multi aspect sensor. Like the Canon 7D and Canon T2i (550D) this is the highest resolution sensor available for non-fullframe cameras (APS-C or FourThirds). But because it is a multi-aspect sensor the effective resolution will be 16 Megapixel. It is the highest resolution sensor ever used for a (Micro-)FourThirds camera. The new Olympus E-5 (to be announced on September 14) will not use that sensor.

We need your help to confirm the other GH2 camera specs we received. If you know something feel free to share your knowledge using the contact form on the right sidebar (you can avoid to give me your name or email address if you want to keep yourself anonymous). Or contact us at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

In the meanwhile the GH1 is becoming cheaper and cheaper almost eveywhere (Click here to check the current price). But keep in mind that the Gh1 hack doesn’t work anymore with the newest Panasonic firmware!

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