The need for speed…and the need for cheap :) SLRmagic 35mm f/1.7

If you need a fast lens but you don’t want to spend a lot of money this lens is probably the right lens for you! The SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens only costs you $79.99!

And the image quality is not bad at all…check out following post on dpreview (click here). Does one of our readers own the lens? Are you satisfied?

You can find the SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

Ruy sent us those links where he explains how to get a similar lens for $15 only!!! (japanese)

The reason why Leica didn’t join MicroFourThirds (+ Leica lens test on the E-P2)

Popsci tested the Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 lens ($2,400) on the Olympus E-P2 ($850 body-only) using the Novoflex’s Leica M-Mount Micro Four Thirds adapter ring ($270). They also shot with the Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens ($275) for comparison.

Christian Erhardt, Leica’s VP of Marketing tells why that combination doesn’t work very well:

Our lenses our designed to work best with full format, the light can hit different pixels of the sensor at a very extreme angle–once you have that, the image may be slightly out of focus, or not as bright around the edges.”.

But he also explained why Leica choosed to not join the MicroFourThirds alliance: “One reason why we’ve decided not to move into Micro Four Thirds is that we have looked at the sensor size and realized that it cannot produce the image quality that we need. Therefore we decided to stick with the full format in addition to APS-C. It’s all about the ratios“.

Do you really think the Leica X1with fixed lens(!) that sells for $1,995.00 is a better solution?
By the way, Popsci came to the conclusion that the price difference doesn’t justify the use of the Elmarit instead of the Olympus 17mm lens :)

Source: Popsci
Found via: Noisycamera

New Panasonic 7-14mm, Olympus 14-150mm and Leica lens on PEN review!

Image courtesy: @forumolympusfrance

Forum Olympus France tested the Panasonic 7-14mm lens on the Olympus E-P2. Pleas notice that you can read the review in Français, English and Español (you can choose the language on the top of the article)

SLRclub tested the new Olympus 14-150mm lens. Translation is not available because they post their articles as Jpegs(!!!). But there are videos and a lot of image samples and comparisons.

PEKKA POTKA: Leica lenses on Olympus PEN. Interesting to see the same lens perform on the Leica M9 and then on the Olympus E-P2

Put a 10.900$ lens on the Panasonic G2!

You are not going to see such a combination very often. “Mister Le” has taken some image samples with the Panasonic G2 (which costs $799.00) and the über-expensive Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens (£11,099.00 on Amazon UK)Canon EF 800mm 1:5,6L IS USM Lens (12.568,98 on Amazon Deutschland!)Canon EF 800mm 1:5,6L IS USM Lens (12.568,98 on Amazon Deutschland!)Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 (EUR 12.434,99 on Amazon France!)Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens (over 10.00o$…Click here to see it for yourself !!)Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens (over 10.00o$…Click here to see it for yourself !!)

The funny thing is that he used a 2x teleconverter on it…that makes 800mm x2 (converter) x2 (FourThirds) = 3.200mm!!!

Click here to see the image samples: Canonmonster on Flickr (Thanks Mister Le)