New 85mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds lens announced by Samyang

The Korean company Samyang just released this new 85mm f/1.8 manual focusing Micro Four Thirds lens:

Samyang unveils the MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C crop sensors

Samyang Optics launches a new manual-focus lens for mirrorless shooters: The MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS is designed for use with APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras in the following mounts: Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon M, and Micro-Four-Thirds. It is competitively priced and light-weight. This medium telephoto lens inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s manual focus series and also boasts beautiful out of focus bokeh and availability for a variety of cameras.

Ideal portrait lens, with a fast, bright maximum aperture…

This manual-focus 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS lens is a medium telephoto lens, with a similar angle of-view to a 135mm lens when compared to full-frame cameras. The Samyang MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS is designed with 9 lens elements in 7 groups and it delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. A high-refractive and an extra-low dispersion element, along with Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC) help minimise chromatic aberrations and deliver clear, vibrant images. This lens is ideal for portraits, with beautiful bokeh from its floating-element system. Its low-light performance and shallow depth-of-field are especially useful features. mirrorlessrumors

Wide range of uses, with crystal-clear resolution…

The compact and light-weight design offers the portability and comfort needed for a long day’s shooting. This lens would be the ideal choice for keen photographers who want to capture everyday moments in high-resolution. The Samyang MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS has a host of features including its outstanding optical performance. Its wide range of uses include portraits and other close-ups such as food, as well as landscapes and many other situations.

More fun with Manual Focus lenses…

The MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS lens is perfect for shooters who want to have more involvement and express their own characteristics through their images. The Samyang MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS weighs in at just over 300g and measures approximately 8cm long (without the hood and lens caps). Photographers can expect superb, emotional and unique images from this compact companion.

Price: suggested retail price £319.99

Availability: from September 2018

via Photographyblog

(FT3) Unconfirmed rumor about a new Panasonic G90 with same GH5s sensor…

I now got two new sources claiming that Panasonic will announce a G90 by end of the year. The second source shared some more details:

Pana might release the new G90/95 as an answer on the BlackMagic pocket.
The new G90 will have the sensor of the GH5s, have a good IBIS and a price around 1200-1300

From trusted sources we know Panasonic will announced the new LX100II on August 23. Would be nice if Panasonic would still give us this new “mini-GH5s” version at Photokina too!

(FT5) Panasonic LX100II announcement on August 23!!!

Good news folks! Trusted and new sources told us the very same thing: Panasonic will announce the new LX100II on Agust 23! Yes this is the very same day of the Nikon FF mirrorless and DJI Mavic PRO announcements.

I have no specs yet…but I hope to get them soon!

(FT3) Panasonic rumored to further streamline the portfolio down to GX and GH line only

The new GX9 and the GH5 (via CameraSize).

I just got this info from a reliable source:

What I heard so far is that Pana will further streamline the portfolio. Essentially there will remain the GX and the GH line only. For GH it will be discussed that you can buy software keys to enable different features for video or photo but hardware will remain the same

It’s not clear if that’s just an ongoing discussion at Panasonic or if that decision has been already taken. But it makes sense to me that Panasonic reduces the number of different cameras. Nowadays you only make money with high end products. It makes more sense to keep the production of older generation GX and GH cameras and sell them as entry level models.

What I don’t like is the “software key” strategy…

(FT5) Confirmed: New Olympus super high end camera will be launched in very early 2019!

Finally I can give you good news: Highly trusted sources confirmed Olympus new super high end camera is a real thing and it will be on market by early 2019. They confirmed the new camera will outperform the E-M1II. They also said Olympus is unlikely to tease this camera at Photokina.

We have no specs yet but there are three possibilities:

1) This is the new E-M5III. But I wonder if Olympus would relley make this camera outperform the E-m1II (it would kill the camera sales)

2) This is a new kind of Micro Four Thirds camera. Maybe more video oriented.

3) This is a camera with new sensor format

I hope sources can tell me soon which of the three options it is…