Egami just discovered a new Panasonic lens describing a quite unspectacular new micro Four Thirds lens. It is a 12-60mm f/4.5-5.6 with inner focusing, inner zoom and O.I.S. zoom. While the zoom range is certainly interesting I don’t get it why Panasonic wants to make it that slow. The only reason would be if the lens would have the size of the 14-42mm X pancake but it’s it not the case here (lens length is 10cm!). Pana/Oly just try to get inspiration from the Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 (here on eBay) if you don’t know how to do it right :) The lens is that much loved that is has an average review of 5 stars out of 5 at Amazon US (Click here).
Over one year ago we conducted a POLL to see what kind of lens would be needed for the new Micro Four Thirds system (Click here to see the results from the December 2010 poll). During that time (December 2010 until today) Panasonic and Olympus announced many new lenses:
The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 The Panasonic 14-42mm X lens The Panasonic 45-175mm X lens The upcoming new Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 X lens
The upcoming new Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 X lens
The Olympus 12mm f/2.0 The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 The upcoming new Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens
The upcoming new Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Time has come to prepare a new poll. Please comment this post with your Micro Four Thirds lens suggestions! To facilitate my job I kindly ask you to use a uniformed format that will allow me to easily copy and paste your lens description:
XXmm f/X.X -> price info (can be “low price”or don’t write anything if it doesn’t matter for you), size info (can be “pancake”, “collapsible”, “compact” or don’t write anything if it doesn’t matter for you), features (“high optical quality, “power zoom”, “smooth aperture ring”, “weather sealed”, “macro”, “manual focusing” or anything else you want to write.). I make you an example by writing my own wish-list:
10.5mm f/3.5 -> low priced,pancake.
12mm f/1.2 -> high optical quality, weather sealed.
12-50mm f/2.0 -> powerzoom, smooth aperture ring.
17mm f/1.4 -> pancake, high optical quality.
25mm f/3.5 -> low priced,pancake, macro
42mm f/1.4 -> high optical quality.
You got it? Than start with your list!!!
KTF-Turbo posted many new image samples of the SOnnetar 25mm f/1.1 Micro Four Thirds lens: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktf_turbo/28265046.html. As you can see the image quality drmatically increases at f/1.4 aperture. F71.1 has a creamy effect and may be used for emrgency (or creative) reaosns only. I think it’s an impressive performance for such a tiny lens.
Reminder: The designer of the lens is designer Mr. Miyazaki. He is the creator of the well known Leica Triplet lenses (here on eBay) and already made a Sonnetar lens for Pentax Q mount which costs $650 on eBay (Click here)
Good news for USA/Canada folks. Olympus is now offering a free accessory of your choice between the FL-300R wireless Flash, the MMF-3 or the MMF-2 adapter. It works like that:
1) First you buy the new Olympus E-M5 at your preferred store. Here are some of my usual links t the most known ones: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
2) Than you have to download that form: http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/rebates/e-m5_accessory_mir_form.pdf
3) Fill it and send it to Olympus!
In UK and Japan the battery grip comes for free with the E-M5. Now I hope that also other countries can enjoy some deal like these!
More USA deals:
The most sold m43 lens ever is now finally back in Stock at Adorama (Click here).
The E-P2 is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here) for $249 only.
And the E-PL1 reigns supreme at Amazon ranking (Click here).
Robin Wong (Click here) finalized his long and very discussed Olympus E-M5 review. No matter how much you like Robin work, you should give him a nice credit for doing a job that none of the big websites has done! In short what he liked about the E-M5 is the image quality, the 5 axis IS and the handling. But he also listed some smaller issues. Interestingly the viewfinder gets foggy when shooting in rainy conditions, 3D tracking misses a lot of focus points and the electronic viewfinder still is not on par with the “real light” experience of the optical viewfinder.
Meantime Damian MCGilliCuddy had to return the Olympus E-M5 to Olympus but he now keeps shooting some nude portraits with the Olympus E-PL2 (Click here to see his pictures here). Those are nice shots taken with the supertiny 17mm f/2.8 and the super good and cheap priced 45mm f/1.8 lens. Amazing what you can do with these two little cheap lenses!
E-M5 preorders (Click on the names of the stores to see the product page):
Black E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Warehouse UK, Redcoon Germany, and Amazon Japan.
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and J&R.
Black E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Redcoon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.
Silver E-M5 body with 12-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, J&R, Jessops, Amazon UK, Amazon Deutschland and Amazon Japan.