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Camera or Lens –Which to UPGRADE?

Today Gold Box deals at Amazon US, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
E-M1III – Hidden Gems III (Pen And Tell).
Tough TG-6 at Home with Olympus Guru Lewis Speight (Imagespace).
3 Legged Thing Announces Premium Legends Series of Tripods (Explora).
Olympus ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO test by Tomoyasu Senda

Plenty of news on the facebook OMD group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

 

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You can now buy the new Mitakon Zhongyi Creator 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens for MFT at Adorama

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It’s available for preorder at Adorama (Click here).

The Mitakon was back in November:

Zhongyi Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens has a wide magnification range (from 1X to 5X) allowing photographers to capture subjects at different sizes. Users no longer need to DIY or use any extension tubes to reach high magnification shooting. The lens is also designed to have one of the longest working distance for ANY super macro lens. The closest working distance at 5x magnification is 3.93” (10cm) and 10.7” (27.2cm) at 1x magnification. This working distance is so much longer than traditional macro lenses in the market. Photographers can now start shooting macro objects without getting too close and scare them away. The extended working distance also implies lighting can get to the subjects easier. It is also more friendly to use on video shooting. This new super macro lens also has a near telecentric performance which is a big advantage when it comes to macro image stacking photography or industrial usage.

The new 1x-5x Super Macro lens incorporates a 12 elements in 8 groups structure which delivers impressive resolution from corners to corners. The chromatic aberration is also controlled to the minimum (APO design). Weighing merely 1.65 lbs (750g) and 6.7cm long, it is a perfect companion for both wildlife or indoor lab shooting. It is relatively compact in its class which allows photographers to capture extremely fine subjects or patterns with different sizes. Greater magnification can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes or bellows. The high magnification is extremely useful for scientific purposes. The lens can only be used in macro distances and cannot focus to infinity. A 58mm filter thread is also available.

The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts are available.

Sample Images

5 years warranty only covers the lens but NOT the accessories (i.e. tripod collar & LED light)

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Robin Wong: How Covid-19 Impacts Photography Industry – Will The Camera Companies Survive?

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It’s a worrisome time and camera companies are suffering a terrific decline in sales. Here is Robin Wongs opinion on this:

Covid-19 pandemic has caused most parts of the world to be under lockdown. Businesses are forced to shut down and many have predicted the coming global economic crisis. I want to discuss what happens to the photography landscape from multiple point of views – from the camera makers to professional photographers and then the overall community in general. The most alarming question I have been asked, and quite frankly I have asked myself – will the camera companies survive?
For those of you who prefer to read than watch me rant on screen, here is an accompanying blog article: https://robinwong.blogspot.com/2020/0…

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Save $100 on Vogitlander MFT lenses

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The new Voigtlander 60mm f/0,95 lens is available for preorder at BHphoto and Adorama. And all other current Voigtlander MFT lenses got a nice discount:

Links to current Voigtlander f/0,95 lenses:
Save $100 on the Voigtlander 10.5mm f/0.95 at Amazon, BHphoto.
Save $100 on the Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 at Amazon, BHphoto.
Save $50 on the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 at Amazon, BHphoto.
Save $100 on the Voigtlander 42.5mm f/0.95 at Amazon, BHphoto.

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Panasonic reports “sluggish” digital cameras sales in Europe

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Panasonic published the full 2020 financial report. There is nearly no mention about the camera business. All they say in the “Appliances” segment is this:

Sales decreased by 6% to 2,592.6 billion yen from a year ago. Despite increased sales such as room air-conditioners in Asia and large-sized air-conditioners in Japan, overall sales decreased due mainly to sluggish sales of TVs and digital cameras in Europe. Operating profit decr eased to 55.7 billion yen from a year ago due mainly to decreasedsales and restructuring expenses.

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