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Helsinki By Night – [Photo Session with Mitakon 17mm f0,95]

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es
Is the Hasselblad True Zoom a model for a new compact m43 camera body? (Jim Chung).
Rokkor 28mm lens tested on the Olympus PEN-F (Mapcamera).
Recommended External Hard Drives for Photo, Video, and Audio Production (Explora).
Die OLYMPUS M.Zuiko Weitwinkelobjektive (Olympus Germany).

Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

OM Digital has announced the new Four Thirds website

You can now see the new Four Thirds website at www.four-thirds.org/en/

Here is the press text:

Tokyo, Japan, April 2, 2021 – OM Digital Solutions Corporation1 and Panasonic Corporation2 co- released the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008, and promoted its adoption throughout the camera industry. The Four Thirds System Forum Secretarial Office3, which operates and manages this standard, proudly announced today that the official Micro Four Thirds website (https://www.four-thirds.org/en/) has been redesigned to coincide with Four Thirds Day, April 3, 2021. The redesigned site uses the latest technology to enhance the overall user experience. It is equipped with a search function for Micro Four Thirds products, making the website easier for customers to use, and offers mobile-friendly compatibility for responsive viewing of images and content that render beautifully, across all popular devices, such as PCs, tablets and smartphones.

As a shared standard, Micro Four Thirds has facilitated the development of a diverse range of lineups and systems that transcend the boundaries of manufacturers, expanding the potential for enjoyment and application of images, and is currently supported by 56 companies, including companies focusing on BtoB operations. Offering high image quality, our compact, lightweight systems have won support from many customers, and in 2020 became the best-selling4 lens by mount in the Japanese interchangeable lens camera market. Through this website, we will provide content such as product information and convey the merits of Micro Four Thirds to more customers, continuing to promote the Micro Four Thirds System standard.43rumors

Major points of update

  1. Easy-to-view appearance compatible with a variety of devicesA responsive web design has been adopted. This optimizes the display of content in response to the screen size of the device used, such as smartphones or tablets, resulting in design that is easy to view and use.
  2. Search function for Micro Four Thirds products addedA search function has been added that allows users to find equipment that meets their needs from among a wide range of products from participating companies, without being constrained by the limits of any particular manufacturer. This function also features direct links to the websites of each company so that users can obtain more detailed information with ease.

OM Digital and Panasonic share thoughts about the future. OM Digital says there will be “something” worth the wait

On today’s big MFT youtube event both Panasonic and OM Digital shared their thoughts about the future of the system. Here are some key info:

OM Digital:

  • We’ve tried designing an f/1.0 lens, but it’s hard to deal with the autofocus system.
  • We are developing a new kind of product family
  • There will be a product something worth the wait
  • PEN-F didn’t sell well…but a successor isn’t excluded yet
  • We will not go into the Full Frame market
  • We will not join the L-mount system

Panasonic:

  • We are developing both MFT cameras and lenses
  • Lenses with 800+ range are being discussed internally