(FT3) New E-M1 II firmware to be released within two weeks? Here are the rumored improvements…

“Somebody” :) just told me that Olympus will release a new E-M1 II firmware update within two weeks. If anyone can confirm this and share more details about the possible improvements drop me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

A second source told me this:

Major E-M1 Mark II firmware upgrade that will add some video functions (probably flat profile, unfortunately no 120fps FHD) and expand AF work to -5 or -6 EV (I don’t remember, I think it’s -6 like the E-M1x) with the f/1.2 lenses.

(FT5) New leaked images of the 10-25mm f/1.7 lens and full press release. Costs 1999 Euro!

A French website publsihed the full french press text of the new Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 lens. Here you have the google translation

The arrival of a new optics in micro 4/3 is always an event in itself. A fortiori when it covers a wide-angle beach and / or it claims a constant opening. This is the case of the new Leica 10-25mm optics which equates to a focal range of 20 to 50 mm (35 mm equivalent) and which, above all, offers a constant opening of F1.7. This opening should be very interesting for videographers with a rendering that Panasonic describes as “cinema”, in any case that should favor bokeh, and low light conditions.

The new Leica optics (actually Leica licensed), consisting of 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses, 4 ED lenses, and 1 UHR lens, works according to Panasonic “as the assembly of several lenses with fixed focal lengths , favoring dynamic landscapes like portraits “. The optics, which remains compact but not so light (690 grams), would reduce chromatic aberration and spherical distortion.L-rumors.com

Compatible with a sensor up to 240 images / s maximum, it allows to obtain a rapid autofocus. On the other hand, it is not stabilized, which however is not a major concern if the sensor is stabilized on its side.

In addition, the focus of the internal focus of the new lens is silent, thus favoring video recording. This silence is achieved by a continuous open ring notched and a stepper motor.

The Leica would also benefit from a mechanism that eliminates pumping out of focus, a problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for photography only.

The optics are announced as robust, and tropicalized, that is to say more specifically can withstand splashing and dust. The diameter of the filter is 77mm.

Reference / Price / Availability

Reference: LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-x1025)
Price: X-1025E: 1999 €
Availability: July 2019

via Nokishita

Note: Also the Panasonic S1H press release has been leaked and can be read on L-rumors.com

Livestream: New Panasonic S1H and 10-25mm f/1.7 announcement this Friday!

Just a reminder than on Friday Panasonic will have a video livestream from the Cinegear show. I will embed the livestream on 43rumors  (see video below)

What’s going to be announced:

  1. New Panasonic S1H L-mount Cine Camera (Full specs on L-rumors)
  2. New 10-25mm f/1.7 MFT lens ($1,797)
  3. New 1.4x and 2.0x L-mount teleconverters

No idea yet if Panasonic will also announce some new GH firmware update. But I have been told the 10-25mm f/1.7 preorders will officially open once the press event is finished!

(FT5) Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 specs leaked. Costs $1,797

Note: Post has been updated.

The Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 will cost and below you can read the full specs. At $1,797 I am sure it’s going to sell very well!

Specs:

  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 4 ED lenses, 1 UHR lens)
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount
  • Focal length: f=10-25mm (35mm camera equivalent 20-50mm)
  • Aperture type: 9 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
  • Maximum aperture: F1.7
  • Minimum aperture: F16
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.28m / 0.92′
  • Maximum magnification: Approx. 0.14x / 0.28x (35mm camera equivalent)
  • Diagonal angle of view: 94° (Wide) – 47° (Tele)
  • Dust and splash resistant: Yes*
    • *Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.
  • Recommended operating temperature: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
  • Filter size: φ77mm
  • Maximum diameter: φ87.6mm / 3.45″
  • Overall length: Approx. 128mm / 5.04″ (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
  • Weight: Approx. 690g / 24.34oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)
  • Model number: H-X1025

 

Press text:

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 Lens – H-X1025

LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. H-X1025 from Panasonic is built for mirrorless Micro Four Thirds mount cameras and enables F1.7 aperture brightness throughout the entire 20-50mm (35mm camera equivalent) zoom range with exceptionally high optical performance clearing the stringent LEICA standards. Suitable not only for photo shooting but also for video recording to satisfy both professional photographers and videographers.

LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX

LEICA Camera AG’s strict quality standards optimized for photo/video has been developed into this ruggedized mirrorless Micro Four Thirds mount lens.

F1.7 Full Range

F.17 high-speed aperture brightness is available across the entire zoom range of 10-25mm (35mm camera equivalent of 20-50mm).

Lens System

Comprising 17 elements in 12 groups, the lens system features three aspherical lenses and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that effectively suppress the axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Spherical aberration and distortion are also corrected by the aspherical lenses for stunningly high resolution. The use of aspherical lenses and the optimum design of the lens system results in a compact size and light weight despite its outstanding optical performance.

Performance

Compatibility with a maximum 240-fps high-speed sensor drive realizes high-speed, high-precision autofocusing. Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the stepless “de-clicked” aperture ring and micro-step drive system in the aperture control section help the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimize image shifts during zooming. Adoption of a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing. The lens also excels in video recording performance with a mechanism that suppresses focus breathing, which was a fatal problem of all interchangeable lenses designed for still image photography.