The need for speed: Four crazy 90mm f/1.0 Lenses

Most über-fast lenses (with f/1.1 or faster aperture) do have a focal length between 25-50mm. But there are some (crazy) exceptions. Take a look at the follwoing four items (clicking on the link will show you the lens on eBay):

1) FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0FJW Industries Lens 90mm f/1.0

2) Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0Leica Leitz 90mm f/1.0

3) Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0Varo Optical Inc. High Speed Lens 90 mm f:1.0

4) Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0Canon XI 90mm f/1.0 -> Images samples on flickr

I found image samples for the Canon lens only and I don’t know if you can use all of them on a MicroFourThirds camera. Let us know if you ever used one of those lenses on your camera!
Thanks!

Olympus E-P1 is camera of the year 2010

The “CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2010” jury has choosen the Olympus E-P1 as “Camera of The Year“. And The E-P1 also won the “Readers Award“! Last time Olympus won the price was in 1998 and with the “OLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400LOLYMPUS CAMEDIA C-1400L“!!!
Source: http://www.cjpc.jp/gra/2010/grandprix10E.html

Panasonic G2 shipment started.

First Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers)Panasonic G2 cameras are now for sale on eBay (sold by japanese dealers). And Amazon Japan will have the camera in Stock tomorrow.

Amazon Deutschland says “versandfertig in 2 bis 5 Wochen
Amazon UK says that “This item will be released on 1 Jun 2010
Amazon France says “Bientôt disponible
No news in Amazon US (it says preorder only)

List of latest G2 reviews:
trustedreviews
DCwatch
DCresource
Imaging Resource
CNET
Ascii.jp (google english translation)
Quesabesde

The Maitani modular system

Yesterday (read here) we told you that the Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3Olympus E-3 successor could become Olympus first “modular” camera.

With the help of our readers we discovered that our Olympus guru Maitani had already developed such a prototype long time ago (for film cameras).

You can find more about it here: maitani-fan.co.cc
The MDN prototype was the first Olympus SLR designed to be a full-featured, multi-functional system that could be used for a wide range of purposes by assembling different units, each with a single function. It was developed before the OM-1.
For example, the film is in a single film pack, and the shutter provides just the focal plane shutter function. The mirror is a mirror and has just one function. The user can combine the desired functions to create a single camera.
In designing a system that can be put together in any configuration, it is extremely difficult to design the mounts used to connect the items.
There is also a cheap, mass-market camera as one of the units in the system. Three units are combined together to create a camera. This is the MDS. This camera is made first and later becomes the M-1 or OM-1.
M=Maitani, D=dark box, N= normal, S=simple

43rumors wants to thanks the Maitani Fans for mantaining such an important website about our legendary inventor!

An open letter to Panolympus (by Tyson Robichaud)

Our friend Tyson Robichaud analyzed the current situation of MicroFourThirds and in general mirrorless system. He ends his post with an open request to Panasonic and Olympus:

My plea to both Panasonic and Olympus:
Panasonic: Now offering 3 different “small” dSLR style body lines that are barely smaller than a Rebel? Really? This is ludicrous in my mind….Please continue to advance the GF platform
Olympus: Please oh please have someone redesign your menus and interface.
To both (my rant): For the love of all that is holy, get some new, fast, reasonably affordable, small lenses to market to compliment the kit lenses you’ve already released.

I do agree with his “analysis” and you?

Read the article: tysonrobichaudphotography.wordpress.com

New Adobe Camera RAW adds support for the Olympus E-PL1, E-600, Panasonic G2 and G10

Download the Adobe Camera Raw 6.1 Plug-in: http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Camera_Raw_6.1

Reminder: The new Adobe CS5 suite is now shipping! On photoshopuser.com/cs5 you can see a very well done list of the new features.

USA:
Adobe CS5 suite on Adobe US / Amazon / BHphoto / Amazon Canada

Europe:
Direct links to the pre-order page on Adobe UK / Adobe Deutschland / Adobe France / Amazon Deutschland / Amazon UK / Amazon France

Asia:
Amazon Japan