MicroFourThirds user will probably be more interested in knowing more about the new Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 (check out leicarumors). Does this mean the “older” Leica 35mm f/1.4 will become cheaper? It’s a Leica! Forget it!
Auto Focus Performance
This update will improve camera AF performance when shooting both stills and videos with the E-P1, E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when using any Micro Four Thirds or Four Thirds lens. Auto Focus Lock time when shooting stills is improved by 15%. Auto Focus tracking accuracy when shooting movies is also improved.
Viewfinder/LCD Simultaneous Playback Function
This upgrade also brings additional display functionality to the E-P2 and E-PL1 cameras when fitted with the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder. Photographers using these combinations can now view menu and recorded images on the LCD while the VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder is in use.
Movie-Still-Compatible (MSC) Lens Compatibility
This update also ensures that like the E-PL1, the E-P1 and E-P2 camera models are fully compatible with and able to take advantage of two recently announced and soon-to-reach market lenses; the M. Zuiko Digital™ ED 9–18mm F4.0–5.6 and M. Zuiko Digital ED 14–150mm F4.0–5.6 lenses. Olympus is designating these two lenses as MSC, or Movie-Still-Compatible. They are optimized for shooting high definition video with accurate and silent autofocus.
Few days ago we told you about the new Panasonic patent which discloses a new adapter for MicroFourThirds. The adapter camera ads a mirror and phase detection on MicroFourThirds cameras.
Zone-10 and EOSHD analyzed the patent and found something interesting:
Zone-10: “What is specifically significant about this adaptor is the 0.5x optics which effectively halves the focal length of a legacy lens placed on the camera.”
EOSHD: “The result is a ‘blur-free image’ with a full frame focal length.”
A fake image of the E-5
Finally some new rumors about Olympus!
You will remember that we told you that the Olympus E-5 release has been delayed because of the MicroFourThirds success. Olympus seems to not have enough production capability for MicroFourThirds and FourThirds stuff. Acoording to one of our known and trusted sources “there are new late changes being made to the E-3/E-30 replacement duo as we speak“. Interesting is the fact that he says E-3/E-30. Could the E-5 be considered as the replacement for both cameras?
He also told me that “there is some confusion right now as to what we want to do with the 400-series E-System group because it is possible that the Pen range could take up the slack here”
P.S.: We are 99% certain the Olympus E-5 will be announced soon (between June and September).
26 cameras of the 80 most sold DSLR (during the last week) listed on BCNranking are Panasonic or Olympus cameras.
From the most sold 80 DSLR:
17 are Canon cameras
14 Olympus cameras
12 Panasonic cameras
12 Nikon cameras
10 Black Panasonic GF1+20mm
15 White Panasonic GF1+20mm
16 White Olympus E-PL1 +14-42mm
20 Red Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
22 White Olympus E-PL1 (double kit)
30 Silver Olympus E-PL1 +14-42mm
35 Black Olympus E-PL1 +14-42mm
35 Silver Olympus E-PL1 (double kit)
40 Black Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
41 Black Olympus E-PL1 (double kit)
44 Black Panasonic G1 (double kit)
47 Red Panasonic GF1+20mm
48 Silver Panasonic GF1+20mm
61 Olympus E-620 (double kit)
61 Black Panasonic GF1+14-45mm
64 Silver Olympus E-P2 +14-42mm
65 Olympus E-P1 (double kit)
66 Black Olympus E-P2 +14-42mm
66 Blue Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
70 Gold Panasonic G1 +14-45mm
71 Silver-Brown Olympus E-P2 +17mm
74 Olympus E-620 +14-42mm
74 Panasonic GH1 +14-140mm
77 Silver Olympus E-P1 +17mm
79 Red Panasonic G1 (double kit)