(FT5) First picture of a fullframe Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens (don’t know the mount yet)

I just found that image in my mailbox. It’s the picture of a new upcoming fullframe 50mm f/0.95 Noktor lens that I have been told will have an impressive image quality and can be adapted for us on Micro Four Thirds too! From the photo it seems to have a slide out hood and round aperture openning. I have no more details yet…

Reminder: As you know SLRmagic is the new owner of the Noktor company. They already made some lenses for m43:
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here) Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here) SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here)

(FT5) Panasonic double announcement. GF PRO coming, but in very late 2011!


Image on top: The Panasonic L1 with built-in viewfinder.

I am currently working on the next “set” of rumors. I know now from top sources that like Olympus also Panasonic will have two more major Micro Four Thirds announcement this year. One in late August and one by very end of the year. Our sources also told us that the GF PRO announcement has been delayed to end of the year 2011. So do not expect it to be announced in August!

I should soon get more info about the August announcement and about the GF PRO. I am still not sure if it will have built-in viewfinder like the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay) or be more like the old popular GF1 camera.

If can help me send me a text at 43rumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form you can see on the right sidebar. Thanks!

 

P.S.: Keep sending me your renderings of the future PEN PRO and GF PRO cameras! And take some inspiration from the past:
See the Zeiss Ikon ZM (Click here to see it on eBay).
The amazing Contax G2 (Click here to see it on eBay)….very innovative camera!
The Konica Hexar RF (Click here to see it on eBay)…this was a better copy of the Leica M6!
The Minolta CLE (Click here to see it on eBay)…so small!

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

(FT3) More Fuji rumors…

Just got this from a new source. As usual take it easy. I am still not sure if Fuji will join m43.

Fujifilm’s Micro FourThirds prototype isn’t that dissimilar with their x100 by the way. Many of the technologies will migrate to their maiden M43 camera. If everything goes according to plan, it is quite possible to expect an official announcement by Fujifilm before the year’s over. I’m fairly certain of this now although I cannot get confirmation about this

UPDATE: The source is well known, I trust him a lot. But this is his first rumor! That’s why it is FT3 only…for now!

Fuji X100 camera links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

P.S.: I am still working on rumors. If all works fine I can give you soon some hints about the upcoming new Panasonic GF PRO camera which I hope will be similar to the Panasonic L1 (Click here to see that cam on eBay).

Reminder -> Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

(FT5) Full VF-3 specs leaked at Olympus America!

Without having it yet officially announced Olympus America does list the new VF-3 viewfinder with full specifications! Here is the official text:

Electronic Viewfinder VF-3 (Silver)
The VF-3 is a compact viewfinder that easily slides onto the accessory port and hot shoe of the Olympus PEN and XZ-1 to provide 100% field of view and .97x magnification. The VF-3, which is compatible with all PENs that have an accessory port, is quite useful for outdoor shooting, low-angle shooting or telephoto shooting.

Specifications:
Resolution: Approx. 920,000 dots
1.00″ (W) x 1.7″ (H) x 1.75″ (D) (25.6mm x 43.5mm x 44.7mm)
Approx. 1.0 oz (30g) without cover
100% field of view
Approx. .97x magnification (-1m¹, 50 mm Macro, at infinity)
Eye-point: Approx. 17.4mm (-1m¹)
Diopter adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0m¹)
Shoe-lock mechanism

(FT4) Olympus 50mm macro lens for Micro Four Thirds coming by end of the year!

As you can see from the roadmap on top Olympus has the plan to release a 50mm macro lens for Micro Four Thirds. We now have been told by our sources that Olympus delayed the release of that lens til end of the year to anticipate the release of the just announced Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens. I think that was a good move made by Oly because we already have a 45mm macro lens from Panasonic. We have been told the 50mm macro will be on a very high level. Don’t know what you think, but Olympus is making a damn good job with lenses now! And I know there will be more lenses coming soon!

In the meanwhile check if the new lenses are available for preorder:
Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 search page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 page at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.