New Olympus patent describes improved phase detection AF tech.

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Egami (translation here) spotted an Olympus patent describing a new on sensor phase detection tech. The idea is simple. With an addition of a second layer every single pixel can be used to enable phase detection AF. if it works we basically would have the best solution ever…even better than the Dual AF Pixel solution from the Canon 70D. But we all know there is usually a huge time gap between patents and real application on final mass products.

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First time in Stock in US: New Panasonic 14-140mm lens

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After many months of waiting the brand new Panasonic 14-140mm lens version is in Stock for the first time in US via KenmoreCamera on eBay (Click here). The lens is more compact than the predecessor and a tiny bit more faster.

More deal news:
G5 with kit lens for $329 at MZgamers (Click here).
GX7 with kit lens will ship tomorrow at Amazon US (Click here).
Canon wireless Gold Box deal at Amazon (Click here).

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Mr. Terada interview (no more FT lenses, E-M5 successor coming, focus on still quality).

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Our friends over at Bestmirrorlesscamerasreviews interviewed MR Terada, Mr Guthmann and Mr Fandrey from Olympus. These are just some of the key points:

– Asked why the E-M1 lags behind the GH3 when it comes to video quality Mr Terada says: “We are concentrating on priority matters, specifically establishing nice still image quality. This is our priority as a camera manufacturer and our reputation on the market is for still.
– He confirms again: “no plan to make new FT lenses
– “The E-M1 is not the successor to the E-M5.” And there will be deifnitely an E-M5 successor.
– Regarding the FF vs APS-C vs FT sensor size matter he says: “I also feel that the balance of portability and IQ is what puts MFT above APS-C. The image quality is almost the same but the portability is totally different. Then, if you compare the lens size – DSLR, APS-C, and mirrorless APS-C – their lenses are much bigger than ours. I don’t think everyone will go to FF; only those who really need it will. But many journalists say that the E-M1 covers a lot. Somebody said 99% can be covered.

Thanks BMCR for sharing the interview content!

Preorder Links:
Olympus E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama and BHphotoAmazon 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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Two new Nokton 42,5mm lens reviews.

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

Soon Panasonic will officially launch the new 42,5mm f/1.2 Nocticron Lens. But don’t expect it to be cheap! If you don’t care about not having AF than you may jump on the great Voigtlander Nokton 42,5mm f/0.95 lens!

DSLRmagazine (translation here) just published the full test results and in short these are their findings:
– The center of the image is very sharp at f/0.95 already.
– You will start to have a top performance of both center and corner sharpness at f/2.0 aperture.
– Vignetting is acceptable at f/0.95 and disappears from f/2.0 towards.
– There is almost zero distortion
– The overall performance has been improved compared to the first Nokton 25mm lens.

There is another review of the lens at Admiringlight (Click here) and DSLRmagazine (translation here):

At smaller apertures, the Nokton 42.5mm is extremely sharp across the frame with great color and contrast. At wider apertures, there is a glow due to spherical aberration, though resolution is still relatively good. The spherical aberration becomes more problematic at closer focus distances and wide apertures and the lens can display rather heavy longitudinal chromatic aberration. Overall, though, the images out of the 42.5mm f/0.95 are of very high quality, and the speed and subject isolation you get with this lens is more akin to the look you get from a full frame camera than typical Micro 4/3.

Really a great lens from Voigtlander!

All search links to Nokton f/0.95 lenses:
17,5mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay 25mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay 42,5mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay

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UPDATED: Panasonic GX7 now in Stock in US (Kenmore).

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For the first time the GX7 is in Stock in USA via Kenmorecamera on eBay (Click here). It will be in Stock aftertomorrow in other US stores like Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama and Samys.

UPDATE: And the 12-35mm X lens is available for $949 at MZgamers (Click here). It’s the lowest US price ever seen.

GX7 links:
Silver GX7 body at Amazon US, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK , Amazon JP.
Silver GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Samys, Henrys, Wex Deutschland, WexUK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 body at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Black GX7 with 14-42mm lens at Henrys, Wex Deutschland, Wex UK, Amazon UK.
Black GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.
Silver GX7 with 20mm lens at Henrys, Wex UKAmazon UK, Amazon Japan.

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