I got small bits of info about the upcoming Leica 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens. The lens has the same diameter as the current 20mm f/1.7 pancake which is 63mm. And the length opf the lens is 54,5mm. On the picture on top you can see a comparison with other lenses. The new Leica is 1cm shorter than the current only Leica m43 lens, the The Panasonic 45mm macrolens. The big lens is the Four Thirds 25mm Leica which uses the 43 to m43 adapter. The camera is the old nice Panasonic GF1.
There is one more info I got that need to be double checked with other sources. One source “heard” that the new Leica will be cheaper than the rumored 700-800 dollar/Euro price range. Let’s hope this is true because if the lens costs around 500-600 dollars/Euro (and the image quality is top notch) I am sure it will sell like hotcakes! Reminder, the “old” Four Thirds 25mm f/1.4 had a price tag of $1100 dollars/Euro. As you know that lens has been discontinued and you can still find some Four Thirds 25mm lenses on eBay (Click here).
P.S.: Someone can send me a picture of the lens? Thanks!
Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct
Panasonic G3 in Paris (made by Hybridcams.fr).
That tiny G3 is really surprising me. It’s getting a very positive feedback from reviewers and also the image samples do look very good!
The latest review is form Jeff Keller from DCresource (Click here). The first impression is very good: “The camera can be held and operated with one hand, with the most important controls within easy reach of your fingers.” but “controls are more cluttered…that led to lots of accidental button-pressing“. “Highlight clipping seemed improved over previous models…Overall, the Lumix DMC-G3 produces very good quality photos“. “The camera tends to slightly underexpose, usually be 1/3 stop. That’s easy to fix with bracketing or by just increasing the exposure compensation up a bit.”
Final words: “All things considered, the DMC-G3 retains the features that made the G-series a favorite of mine, which is why this latest iteration earns my recommendation.”
First preorders are now available on eBay too (Click here). According to Amazon UK (Click here) the G3 will be released on 17 June 2011! You can preorder the camera at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon Germany (Click here).
I want to thank all the people that sent me links to news, deals and reviews in those last days. I write this because I didn’t post most of the things they sent me. I had no time because I am working full time on rumors (it is a LOT of work to get good rumors!). It’s is important that you know that I really appreciate your help and I ask you for a bit of patience. I will post everything you sent to me as soon as I can!
A second message goes to all sources that sent me info during the last month. Thanks for your help! As you have noticed (you sources) I didn’t post most of the rumors I received. I have done this because I always try to doublecheck the info. Also in that case thanks for your patience! It’s important you know that I got your messages and the good news is that I now have been able to verify most of the rumors you sent to me. It was good to take time before to post the rumors because some of the rumors I received were incorrect (like for example the rumor about the PEN with built-in viewfinder).
To cite Steve Jobs: There is “one more thing” for our readers: There are now many good rumors coming (FT5!). And most of the news are very exciting. I am particularly happy about the upcoming lenses. It well help to push the Micro Four Thirds system much more than any other Mirrorless system (See NEX and NX). But also the upcoming PEN and G3 cameras and the rumors about the cameras coming in September are very intriguing. be prepared to discuss some hot rumors soon! Are you ready?
The new 12mm f/1.6 Noktor lens (Click on image to enlarge!). P.S.: The bulge is not a lens hood. its part of the lens.
I have been contacted by the guys from SLR Magic which are now also the owner of the Noktor company. We had a long chat and they were so kind to send us the very first pictures of their upcoming new Noktor lens. It is a 12mm f/1.6 manual and native Micro Four Thirds lens! Unlike the 50mm f/0.95 Noktor the 12mm lens has been designed from scratch for the m43 system!
SLR Magic told me that: “In August last year we asked on some forums what kind of lens people want. The conclusion was many want a wide angle prime that is fast, sharp, and round aperture. We hope this is what everyone wanted and we want to thank everyone for their suggestions.”
SLR Magic had a thread on dpreview.com in August 2010 asking for the “Most wanted micro four thirds lens” To thank those who participated in the thread for the making of this lens they have a friendly price offer for them. All they need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with their dpreview username and mention their interest in buying this lens. They have a record of those who participated in the thread and only those people will be eligible.
As you can see the lens is smaller than the mount itself. The product manager from SLR Magic told me that if the lens would have been f/2.0 the lens would have become noticeable shorter. But they wanted to make it as fast as possible: “We made it to target professionals. As we are a full manual lens, we aimed to have low distortion with no software correction for best quality” And the lens has been optimized for video: “It has stepless aperture as smooth manual focus. We put in the cinema lens design into it with the 12 aperture blades.“. The Noktor HyperPrime 12mm will have an 58mm filter thread and even the built-in flash light does not get covered by the lens.
As you know Slrmagic already makes three lenses (but they are not as good as the new Noktor):
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (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)