Olympus about the Four Thirds future “you’ll have to trust us on that”.

Toshiyuki Terada from Olympus gave a new interview on fourthirds-user.com.

Key points:
– “it’s not difficult to work out that much of this work would be focused on the higher end of the E-System product line
– “Many technological developments are common to both” (FourThirds and MicroFourThirds)
– There is “a difference in the expectations of Micro Four Thirds by Olympus compared to Panasonic
– “future Olympus DSLRs would feature HD video, and he understands the aspiration for higher resolution LCD screens and improved autofocus performance

Thanks FourThirdfs-user.com for publishing such an interesting Interview!

The need for speed -> De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75 on Ebay!

Oh we all love our Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 Lens. But admit it we always wanted it faster. And if you thought that the f/0.95 aperture of the Noktor is as fast as you can get you were wrong!
On Ebay we just found the extream rare De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75 lens (click here). The M-mount lens cost US $1,500.00 and you have to tolerate the fungus on the glass :(
But guys that’s a 50mm f/0.75!

If you want it faster you need to find the Carl Zeiss 50mm f/0.7. It is a Limited production lens built for the NASA space program- Stanley Kubrick used it on a 35mm movie cameras for some candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon! Story of the Zeiss lens is available here: http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/sk/ac/len/page1.htm

Let’s have some fun. Use your Nintendo DS to control the E-P1 :)

Did you know that you can jailbreak your Olympus software? Once you do that you will be able to use your Nintendo DS to capture timelapse shots with a built-in alarm and triggering the shutter by clapping your hands instead of pressing the button (Yeah I know it is exactly the feature we were all looking for).

You need to install the Open Camera Controller (which is Open Source).

Your camera will now have following features:
* Unlimited AEB
* Sound Trigger
* Motion Sensing
* Timelapse
* Sun-/Moonrise aware

A complete description of the software is available here: http://www.hdrlabs.com/occ/index.html

A youtube video (test on Canon DSLR) is available here: canonwatch.com

Imaging Resource Interview: Yoshiyuki Inoue, Panasonic

Imaging Resource had a chance to talk with Yoshiyuki Inoue (senior camera planner from Panasonic Corporation).

Key points of the interviews:

– The main people buying the GH1 are enthusiasts and some pro movie editors.
– When asked if  the future GH1 successor will have a strong video focus Yoshiyuki says that “maybe our video cameras will be improving in this direction.” (in the direction of higher-end videographers) because “Our G-series is aimed at more the average customer.
– Panasonic wants to focus on the production of new lenses.
– He also says the GH3 or a GF3 may having different AF in movies.
– “I want to make an absolutely “mechanical-less” camera” -> No more mechanical-shutters

Very interesting!