First Capture One 21 sneak peak preview


We knew little about the upcoming new C21 version. But today Phase One releases this sneak peak video! Moreover if you now buy the current C20 version (Click here) you will automatically get the C21 version for free once it’s released!

If you already do own C20 you can  now preorder the new Capture One 21 on this page (Click here) with a 20% discount. It’s a bit tricky to preorder it so here I explain how to do it for C20 owners:

  1. Login to Capture One
  2. Go to the upgrade page and enter your license number
  3. Upgrade to C21 and get the 20% discount using the checkout code “PREORDER2020

And here is Peters test of the new Luminar AI (test their effect sliders here):


World’s fastest photographic lens: Voigtlander 29mm f/0,8 officially announced!


Cosina Japan officially announced the Super Nokton 29mm f/0,8 MFT lens! Preorders will be available in December for around $2,000.

Main specs:

This is th google translated press text:

The Nokton 29mm F0.8 is a standard lens designed exclusively for Micro Four Thirds. Achieves the brightest F0.8 * as an interchangeable lens for photography currently on the market. The angle of view of the diagonal 42.75 ° (equivalent to a 58mm lens in the 35mm format) is the same as the standard lens with a large aperture of the past, and you can enjoy shooting with a large blur due to the ultra-large aperture of F0.8.

Main features:
● Amazing large aperture With a large aperture with an
open F value of 0.8, it is possible to shoot with just “as is light” even under extremely low light conditions. It is also the best lens for shooting with shallow focus and beautiful bokeh when the aperture is open.

● Ultimate lens design
By adopting a uniquely developed GA (grinding aspherical surface) lens for the optical system, it is possible to design with a high degree of freedom using a glass material with a high melting point that cannot be used with a glass mold aspherical surface. While achieving an ultra-large aperture of F0.8, high image quality can be obtained from the widest aperture, and a compact size and weight that are easy to handle are achieved.

● Various expressive power When the
aperture is wide open, the straightforward and gentle bokeh emphasizes the focused motif and creates a three-dimensional effect. If you stop down the aperture, you will get a very sharp image, and you can express a variety of photographs with a single lens. The number of apertures is 12, and the out-focus part of the point light source is depicted in a neat shape.

● Aperture click switching mechanism
With the newly designed aperture switching mechanism, it is possible to open and close the aperture ring steplessly without generating a clicking sound. This eliminates the need to worry about picking up the aperture ring operation sound when recording movies, and also enables severe depth control by fine-tuning the aperture ring.

● Dedicated lens hood included
A metal lens hood with excellent light-shielding effect is standard equipment.

● Micro Four Thirds dedicated mount
Compliant with the Micro Four Thirds standard, the optics and mechanism are specially designed. While covering the image size of the image sensor, high image quality is achieved by optimizing it for the Micro Four Thirds sensor.

● Manual focus that enables reliable focus operation
By adopting an all-metal helicoid unit that has been processed and adjusted with high precision and high-quality grease that produces an appropriate torque, focusing with a smooth operation feeling is realized. Allows for delicate focus adjustment.


Here are the image samples:



Press Text: Olympus 150-400mm PRO lens!


Olympus 150-400mm lens at BHphoto, GetOlympus, Adorama.

Press text:


Introducing the M.Zuiko® Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO Lens

Center Valley, PA, November 17, 2020 – Olympus is pleased to introduce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO, a high-resolution, super telephoto zoom lens, delivering unrivaled portability, imaging power and all-weather performance. Equipped with a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, this lens covers a powerful focal length of 300-1000mm equivalent1, and is only 4.1lbs and 12.4 inches in length. Leave the tripod at home. The high-performance 5-Axis Sync IS delivers the world’s most effective 8 shutter speed steps2 of compensation, enabling up to 1000mm equivalent1 handheld super telephoto shooting. When paired with the optional M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, this Micro Four Thirds® System ultra-zoom lens is capable of up to 2000mm equivalent1 super telephoto shooting. For detailed product specifications, visit:

Ultimate Super-Telephoto Optical Performance
Lens construction consists of 28 elements in 18 groups, including a newly developed large-diameter EDA lens3 and four Super ED lenses4, reducing flares and color bleeding across the entire zoom range, and delivering superb edge-to-edge resolution and clarity. Olympus’ renowned Z Coating Nano technology is employed to suppress reflective light and provide sharp, clear image quality, even in difficult shooting environments, such as backlit scenes. The lens body features a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, maintaining high optical performance while enabling up to 1000mm equivalent1 handheld super telephoto shooting, simply by flipping down the teleconverter. Additionally, the lens is compatible with optional M.Zuiko Digital MC-14 1.4x and MC-20 2x teleconverters. When paired with the MC-20, this lens is capable of up to2000mm equivalent1 super telephoto shooting. This lens features a close focusing distance of 1.3 m across the entire zoom range and close-up shooting performance with a maximum image magnification of 0.57x1, which increases to 0.71x1 when using the built-in teleconverter, for those who enjoy tele macro shooting.

Focal length
35mm equivalent
Max aperture
Max image
35mm equivalent
M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO 300-800mm
F4.5 X0.57
With Built-in 1.25x Teleconverter 375-1000
F5.6 X0.71
With Built-in 1.25x Teleconverter and optional MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter 525-1400mm
F8.0 X1.01
With Built-in 1.25x Teleconverter and optional MC-20 2x Teleconverter 750mm-2000mm
F11 X1.43

Unrivaled Portability and Weather Sealed Design
The lens barrel is designed using magnesium alloy and the lens hood with a lightweight carbon fiber to ensure that the center of gravity of the lens does not shift, due to imbalance, when the lens hood is used. Use of optimal materials in each area of the lens maintains strength and precision while delivering a compact, lightweight design with a length of 12.4 inches and weight of only 4.1 lbs.5, for unprecedented mobility. Pairing this lens with the superb dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof performance of the Olympus OM-D® E-M1X enables the user to continue shooting in punishing environments such as rain and snow with peace of mind. Compared with the black coating on conventional lenses, the heat-resistant coating of this PRO lens efficiently reflects the infrared rays of sunlight, keeping temperatures inside the lens from rising, even in blazing hot weather, for stable optical performance. The front element of the lens features a fluorine coating to provide a smooth and scratch resistant surface and allows easier cleaning for better maintenance.

Powerful Image Stabilization and Fast, High-Precision Autofocus
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens supports 5-Axis Sync IS, and at 300mm equivalent1 delivers the world’s most effective 8 shutter speed steps2 of image stabilization, and at 1000mm equivalent1 delivers up to 6 shutter speed steps6 of image stabilization, when using the built-in teleconverter. This powerful image stabilization is also available in the super telephoto range, up to 2000mm equivalent1, when paired with the optional MC-20 Teleconverter. High image quality hand-held shooting is possible, making it perfect for wildlife, birding, nature photography and more. Olympus proprietary high-precision lens thinning technology makes the focusing lenses lightweight, delivering fast and precise focusing across the entire zoom range.

Other Features

  • Inner zoom system maintains the original length of the lens, even when increasing zoom magnification
  • Constructed with rubberized zoom/focusing ring, for comfortable operation
  • Preset focus function allows the user to set and recall favorite focal positions
  • Tripod base plate in a shape and size that is easy to carry
  • Strap eyelets are installed to improve transportability and reduced load on the lens mount
  • Rubber lens end cover, designed to prevent scratches on the front of the lens
  • Compatible with Focus Stacking7, allowing the user to create composite images with crisp focus from front to back

Zuiko PRF-ZD95 PRO Protection Filter (sold separately)
This protection filter features ZERO Coating to suppress flares and ghosts from reflections and easy-to-clean, fluorine-coated, black-edged glass. The filter features a satin, glare-reducing black aluminum frame.
MSRP: $324.99 (US)/$429.99 (CAD)

LH-115 Lens Hood (included)
This lightweight carbon fiber lens hood boasts excellent durability. A flocked finish on the inside of the hood prevents internal reflection.

CSS-P121 Lens Strap (included)
This lens strap is for exclusive use with a super-telephoto lens. It is made of mesh material to prevent discomfort, has excellent cushioning, and an anti-slip texture.

LC-115 Lens Cap (included)
This cloth cover-style lens cap is easy to attach and remove for quick shooting.

LSC-1642 Lens Case (included)
This purse-string lens case features three-layer construction that protects the lens and can be used to store the lens with lens hood, lens cap, protection filter, and teleconverter attached for safe storage and travel.

Pricing, Configurations, Availability & Specifications
The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens comes packaged with the LH-115 lens hood, CSS-P121 lens strap, LC-115 lens cap and LSC-1642 lens case. It is available for pre-order now for $7,499.99 USD and $9,999.99 CAD at participating local authorized retailers, or at, and will begin shipping in late January, 2021.

1 35mm equivalent
2 According to CIPA standards. When attached to OM-D E-M1X, with yaw and pitch applied to camera, half-press IS: Off, and focal length set to 150mm (35mm equivalent f=300mm), As of November 17, 2020
3 Extra-low Dispersion Aspherical lens
4 Super Extra-low Dispersion lens
5 Excluding lens cap, lens rear cap, and lens hood
6 According to CIPA standards. When attached to OM-D E-M1X, with yaw and pitch applied to camera, half-press IS: Off, and focal length set to 500mm when using the built-in teleconverter 1.25x (35mm equivalent f=1000mm)
7 Visit the Olympus website for compatible camera information


Olympus also announces a new E-M10IIIs and the new E-M1X firmware update with RAW video and Bird Eye AF


There are two more Olympus news to report today

  1. Olympus announced the E-M10IIIs. Dpreview writes: “The OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIs is the OM-D E-M10 Mark III with a new silent shooting mode and a new ‘Instant Film’ art filter mode. Aside from these two small updates, the camera is otherwise unchanged from its predecessor. Absolutely nothing, inside or out, has changed, including the 16 Megapixel sensor, 5-axis sensor-shift IS and 121-point contrast-detection autofocus.
  2. New E-M1X firmware update with RAW video and Bird Eye AF

(FT5) Olympus 150-400mm PRO lenswill be announced tomorrow and cost $7,499 according to BHphoto


Two details make it likely that the new Olympus 150-400mm PRO lens will cost $7,499:

  1. If you go on this BHphoto search page you will find that BH only find the lens if you set the price at $7,499.
  2. Our reader John spotted this: The lease life shows that the lens would cost you $9600 over the term of the lease.  If you back out the interest cost on the lease, it brings the price of the lens down to $7500.

Announcement tomorrow?

Oly Forum will hold a live chat with Olympus tomorrow at 19:00 Berlin time. They teased that there will be info about something that is now still “confidential”.