Olympus 12-200mm MFT lens officially announced

Preorders:
12-200mm lens at GetOlympus and Bhphoto.

Previews:
Image samples at Dpreview. Press text at Explora.

Press text:

OLYMPUS ANNOUNCES M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL ED 12-200mm (35mm EQUIVALENT 24-400mm) F3.5-6.3 LENS

Powerful 16.6x Zoom is the Highest Magnification Available on an Interchangeable Lens for Mirrorless Systems

CENTER VALLEY, PA., February 13, 2019 – Olympus is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 (35mm equivalent 24-400mm) super telephoto zoom lens. Conforming to the Micro Four Thirds® System Standard, this lens features the highest magnification zoom available on an interchangeable lens for mirrorless systems at 16.6x . Users will experience excellent depictive performance across the entire focal length from wide-angle to telephoto, making it the perfect travel companion, packing high-speed and high-precision autofocus into an amazingly compact, lightweight form. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens features a dustproof and splashproof construction, making this lens durable enough to withstand the toughest shooting conditions, especially when paired with a weathersealed Olympus OM-D® camera body.

When shooting wide, the closest focusing distance is approximately 22 cm (approximately 10 cm from the end of the lens) from the main subject for capturing the subject along with an expansive background. When shooting telephoto, the maximum magnification of 0.46x (35mm equivalent) for close-up photography and for significant background defocusing. This do-it-all lens is perfect for close-ups of children’s expressions, indoor and outdoor situations and a variety of other subjects.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens features the same reliable dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO lens series. When combined with a dustproof and splashproof camera , it can function in the most punishing of environments.

This lens is equipped with the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism, an advanced inner focusing mechanism providing fast, smooth, quiet and accurate auto-focusing, ideal for video shooters. Users will enjoy a short shooting time lag, so split-second photo opportunities are not missed. Amazingly high-speed, precise autofocus performance on this high-magnification zoom lens will provide comfortable, fun shooting.

ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating, Olympus’ cutting-edge thin-coating technology, cultivated from multilayer film disposition technology used in microscopes, has been applied to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens to drastically reduce ghosts and flares, contributing to a clear, high-contrast image.

Separately Available Accessories

LC-72C Lens Cap: Equipped with a 72mm filter diameter that can be attached and removed without the need to remove the lens hood.

LH-76B Lens Hood: Protects the lens and reduces unnecessary light entering the lens when shooting in backlit conditions.

LSC-0914 Lens Case: A pouch-style lens case that protects lenses with three-layer construction. Lenses can be stored with the lens cap, protection filter and lens hoot (stored) attached.

ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter: A lens filter equipped with ZERO coating and blackened glass edges, used to suppress flares and ghosting caused by reflections. The frame consists of a satin finish black aluminum. This filter is also compatible with other lenses of a 72mm filter diameter.

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Company names and product names contained in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens has an expected availability of late March 2019 with suggested retail pricing of $899.99 (USD) and $1,149.99 (CAD). The LC-72C Lens Cap will retail for $14.99 (USD & CAD). The LH-76B Lens Hood will retail for $49.99 (USD) and $64.99 (CAD). The LSC-0914 Lens Case will retail for $31.99 (USD & CAD). The ZUIKO PRF-ZD72 PRO Protection Filter will retail for $79.99 (USD & CAD).

Product images (Click on them to enlarge):

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2018 camera market Infographic shows how bad things are going…

Lensvid published this new Inforgaphic based on the 2018 CIPA data:

The bottom line is very bad though. We are below 20 million units per year and mirrorless cameras don’t gain as much traction as you might think (2% increase per year vs. 12% decrease in DSLR). For the first time, interchangeable lens cameras surpassed the sales of compact cameras (not surprising, to be honest). If you look at the entire decade you see an unbelievable drop of 84% from 2010 to 2018 in the number of cameras sold/made per year.

The lens market is also going down (except interestingly in the Americas where you have a small increase). Maybe the most important thing and something that we have been looking at for the first time is prices (it isn’t a direct number – CIPA gives the number of cameras/lenses and the amount of money these products were sold for – but it is not clear sold to whom – since the manufacturers do not sell directly to people and there are sometimes a lot of middle man in between).

Anyway – for what it is worth we see a trend which we already know of in the numbers – in 2018 fewer cameras were sold but for more money, it is even more obvious in lenses – the companies reported more money coming in from lenses in 2018 than in 2017 despite selling fewer lenses so you can do the math on what this means for lens camera/lens pricing and what will probably happen if the market will continue to shrink in 2019…

Click on this image to see the full size infographic:

I wonder how all these camera manufacturers will survive if things will go even worse the next couple of years…

Full article on Lensvid.com!

Eija Shirota from Olympus: We are considering applying the “Deep AI” to additional cameras

Digitaltrends interviewed Eija Shirota from Olympus. There is a lot of tech about the new tech but also a clear confirmation from Olympus that the new Deep AI tech will be built-in on future Olympus models too:

Question: Do you see using more deep learning algorithms on future cameras?
Answer: Yes, we are considering applying this technology to additional cameras. But, the current challenge is that this camera has two engines. We need big power to run this algorithm, and this can’t be achieved by all the models, so we have to consider which models will receive this technology. But the answer is yes.

E-M1X Preorders:
Olympus E-M1X in USA at Amazon, GetOlympus, Adorama and BHphoto.
Olympus E-M1X in Europe at Calumet Germany, ParkCameras, Jessops, WexUK.

New Kamlan 7.5mm f/3.2 lens announced

Kamlan announced this new lens that should be available soon on on Amazon:

FS 7.5 mm F 3.2

Focal length: 7.5 mm
Maximum diameter: F3.2
Minimum aperture: F16
field angle of 160 degrees
format compatibility: APS-C
Lens construction: 6 groups seven
shortest focal distance: 10cm
Focus: manual focus (MF)
Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Dimensions: 48 x 58 mm
Weight: Approximately 250 g
* Filter installation impossible
Shop front estimate price: around tax 25,000 yen

via DC.watch

a bit of everything…

Portrait of a Soviet Lens; JUPITER 8 “RED-P” Version

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Does Micro Four Thirds Really Need a New Camera Manufacturer? (ThePhoBlographer).
Soligor 1.33x Panasonic GH5 with 25mm f1.7 // Anamorphic lens test with AF// Chung Dha
Teru Kuwayama: What is Photography? (Explora).
Canon CEO thinks the digital camera market will shrink further the next two years until we finally hit the bottom (Mirrorlessrumors).

Jan: “Here is an example (in German) of what the Lumix LX100 can do as a compact travel camera. It is still a great camera if you want to travel light.
https://youtu.be/eaumBL5656c

Share your best pictures on our new Instagram MicroFourThirdsGallery.

Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

Olympus financial report released: Imaging Business reports big loss in revenue

Olympus released the Q3 financial report. And while the company as a whole is doing ok the Imaging Business reported a major revenue loss. Also the forecast had to be revised down:

Part of the loss lies in “The impacts of ceased operations at the Chinese manufacturing subsidiary”. So this should be a one time loss only. But another more important cause of the loss is the “intensified competition“.

We have to keep in mind that Olympus did not announce new products at last years Photokina and this certainly had a big impact on their financial results. I hope the new E-M1X and the next new product launches will invert this trend.