UPDATED -> New 3D Lens for your MicroFourThirds camera

The LOREO 3D Lens

UPDATE: The only place I found where you can buy Loreo lenses is on Ebay (click here)

I was told that Loreo will soon have their Loreo 3D lens available for MicroFourThirds cameras!
UPDATE: The 3D Lens for FourThirds mount is already available since months.

Text from their website: “The new subframe 3D Lens in a Cap 9005 (patent pending), in development since 2007, is a sports and portrait 3D lens. The lens has a focal length of 40mm and a stereo base of (interocular distance) of 90mm.” … “On Olympus and Panasonic Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds digital SLR cameras, the 2:1 FOV crop factor brings the effective focal length to 80mm on the vertical side of the image frame, making it a telephoto 3D lens. With a pair of 1.45x converters, the effective focal length on 4:3 format units becomes 116mm. The wide image pitch (90mm) allows excellent 3D photographs to be taken from 5 meters or more away.

The 3D effect: “The 3D effect is achieved by transposing two images through a matched pair of focusing lenses and a reflector housing with four mirrors. Beam splitters designed in the 1960s for SLR cameras have a pronounced keystone effect. The new 3D Lens in a Cap 9005 eliminates the keystone effect. It is a self-contained, integrated mirror assembly and lens system that mounts directly onto the camera body and does not need any supporting lens. This means that it does not work with SLRs which do not have interchangeable lenses, such as the Olympus E10, E20 series of digital cameras.

The 3D Lens in a Cap 9005 takes full advantage of the accurate viewing, exposure control and wide range of shutter speeds that SLRs possess. Excellent print and digital 3D images can be produced with this lightweight 3D Lens. Processed 3D prints are ready for viewing with Loreo Deluxe or Lite 3D Viewers. They can also be viewed on computer screens with a Loreo Pixi 3D Viewer.

More infos here: http://www.loreo.com/pages/products/loreo_3dlenscap9005.html

Amazon worldwide rankings

Today I show you the Top 3 and the 5 most sold Panasonic and Olympus cameras in amazon bestseller rankings.

If you compare the rankings you can notice that:
1) Classic Olympus FourThirds still rules in Germany and France
2) In Amazon UK Panasonic beats Olympus cameras
3) In Japan MicroFourThirds sells extremely well
4) In Amazon US the Panasonic GF1 is since months the best ranked Panasonic-Olympus camera

Click on the camera name to jump to the amazon camera page

Amazon US
Position Product
1 Canon XSi
2 Nikon D90
3 Nikon D3000
12 Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens
23 Panasonic GH1 + 14-150mm Lens
27 Olympus E620 with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lens
28 Olympus E-PL1+14-42mm Lens (Black)
30 Olympus E-PL1+14-42mm Lens (Silver)
Amazon UK
Position Product
1 Nikon D3000
2 Nikon D5000
3 Canon 450D
8 Panasonic GF1 20mm Lens Kit – Black
11 Panasonic G1 – Red
16 Panasonic G1 – Black
18 Panasonic G1 – Blue
21 Panasonic GF1 20mm Lens Kit – Red
Amazon Germany
Position Product
1 Canon 1000D
2 Canon 500D
3 Nikon D90
9 Olympus E-520 inkl. 14-42mm & 40-150mm Objektive
30 Panasonic G1 inkl. 14-45 mm Objektiv
45 Olympus E-620 inkl. 14-42mm & 40-150mm Objektive
46 Olympus E-520 inkl. 14-42mm Objektiv
48 Olympus E-P1 inkl. 14-42mm Objektiv
Amazon France
Position Product
1 Canon 500D
2 Canon 7D
3 Canon 450D
23 Olympus E-520
40 Olympus E-620 Double Kit Objectif ZUIKO 14-42 + 40-150
47 Olympus – E-520 KIT
63 Panasonic G1 Noir
70 Olympus E-620
Amazon Japan
Position Product
1 Canon 7D
2 Canon X3
3 Canon 7D kit
18 Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Aspherical Lens (RED)
20 Olympus E-P2 +14-42mm Lens
22 Panasonic Gf1 +14-45mm Lens (Black)
23 Olympus E-PL1+14-42mm Lens (White)
26 Olympus E-P2 (Body Only)

Continually updated: The new Noktor 50mm f/0.95!

Finally the lens has been unveiled! You can preorder the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens on their official website: http://noktor.com/index.php

I am in touch with the sales manager of Noktor. He is very friendly. If you have some questions comment this post and he will answer you!

UPDATE 4: Quick link to fullsize image samples -> http://www.flickr.com/photos/theleggett/

UPDATE 3: Steve Huff and Philip Bloom will will soon publish their reviews.
UPDATE 2: via the awesome website noisycamera.com we learned that theleggett.com made some testshots!

UPDATE 1: We added the vimeo testvideo! (scroll down a little bit and you will find it)

Price: 750 Dollar
Ships April 15

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture F0.95 – F16
Autofocus No
Min. Focus Distance 0.6m
Lens (Elements) 8
Lens (Groups) 7
Weight 480g
Mount Type m4/3
Filter Size 62mm

Noktor – Shoot Wide Open from Noktor on Vimeo.

Shot with Noktor 50mm F0.95 HyperPrime on a Panasonic Lumix GH1. 60 frames per second, 1/120 shutter speed and 800 iso.

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Image samples!

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