Camera Market in July: Camera unit sales as good (or as bad) as last year.

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It’s still too early to be really be sure of that but it really looks like the camera market stabilized after years of fall. The latest July camera shipment report form the Japanese CIPA association seems to confirm that. More detailed charts can be seen at Personal View.

There is yet no info about the specific Olympus and Panasonic sales in those months but from the CIPA report we know mirrorless sales are slightly growing.

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WOW-Lens: Zhongyi (Mitakon) about to release a f/0.95…Pancake(!) for MFT!

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What you see on the image above is a new Zhongyi (Mitakon) protoype lens. And on paper this really looks like a killer product: It’s a 25mm f/0.95 pancake(!) MFT lens! The fastest most compact lens of the world yet!
There is yet no info on the exact release date but the lens will come in Black (no Silver version). The price will be about the same as the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm lens (here on eBay). But the developer said the optical quality will surpass that of the Voigtlander Nokton competition. It has a 11 lens design and great close up effect. These are the very first image samples. Click on the image to see a larger version:

Looks very godo to me..what do you think?

Zhongyi-Mitakon already have two MFT lenses for sale on eBay:
Mitakon 42,5mm f/1.2 on eBay (Click here).
Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 on eBay (Click here).

Olympus stops the E-M10II sales because of a manufacturing issue.

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Olympus Japan just issued a statement explaining that it will “pause” the E-M10II sales because of a manufacturing issue. There is yet only a Japanese press text that google translates as follow:

This time, in the digital single-lens camera “OM-D E-M10 Mark II”, in the case of installing a replacement lens of plastic mount on the camera body, we find that there are things the lock is easy to come off.
Now, so we have to consider the improvement, we will meanwhile, was temporarily suspended sales.
The timing of sales resume, we will again guide you in this site to aim the end of September.

Regarding already your response to this was customers who received your purchase, because the very trouble …. was a dedicated window below, we would appreciate your inquiry.

That I apologize the inconvenience to our customers, and apologize.

The camera is still for sale in US&EU:
Black E-M10II at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus, AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUK
Silver E-M10II at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus, AmazonDEAmazonUK, WexUK
Black E-M10II with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus, FocusCamera, AmazonDEAmazonUK, WexUK
Silver E-M10II with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympusFocusCamera, AmazonUK, WexUK

a bit of everything…

Mirrorless vs DSLR – what’s the real issue?

Panasonic GX8 Review (Digitalcameraworld).
Panasonic GX8 ISO tests with the Leica 25mm and the Leica 42.5mm Nocticron (Flickr).
Footless Fish spotted an issue introduced issue with the latest firmware for the Olympus EM-5 MII
Personal View FOTGA Monthly Contest (Personal View).
Race the Train 2015 – Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Sample Image Gallery (Mirrorlessons).
Panasonic GX8 + Image App (Soundimagesplus).
The 42,5 and 45mm lens comparison at
CAMSLINGER Streetomatic: