Panasonic patent discloses f/1.8 prime lens series.


The recently published Panasonic United States Patent 8749893 discloses a lens design description for a f/1.8 prime lens series. The mentioned lenses are:
12mm f/1.8
16mm f/1.8
26mm f/1.8
30mm f/1.8
50mm f/1.8

All have a similar kind of design and inner focusing. As usual with patent it’s hard to say if these lenses will ever become real products.


a little bit of everything…


Anamorphic GH4 4K video by Mario Mele.

Olympus Magazine June Edition at
Metabones Speed Booster for Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Mount – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Edition (EosHD).
Olympus smartphone patents for transmissive display (Egami).
E-M1 review at Sansmirror.
6 Rules for Buying Legacy Lenses for the Panasonic GH4 (Suggestionofmotion)
Nissin i40 unboxing pics at Flickr.

Heather:Here is an interview we held with the wonderfully talented landscape photographer Steve Gosling. He discusses his landscape photography, some useful tips and tricks, and of course, the flagship OM-D E-M1 and how he uses it for his work.

Rob: I thought your readers might be interested in a short documentary I filmed entirely on my Olympus OMD EM-1. Link is below. A brilliant camera for filming and for timelapse!

David:I thought you might like to see two “different” lenses for MFT, reviewed in my MFT lens list at:
Specifically, the PC (shift) lens is here:
And the description of the shift-device is here:
The tilt lens is described here (which took a GH4 body for it to be practical to use):

Brian:GH4 Leica Macro footage with new Cinelike V profile:

Rui:I just made this post about a fix for a spring on the Olympus HLD-6 that you might wanna have a look.

Duncan:A short blog post on using the Olympus 14-54 II as a mid-priced MFT zoom:


Black Olympus 12mm discontinued.


While checking the new lens deals I noticed that the Black Olympus 12mm f/2.0 lens has been marked as discontinued at BHphoto (Click here). I guess the “limited edition” premium strategy from Olympus didn’t work out. Changing color isn’t a “premium” thing unless your company name is LEICA :)

Current Panasonic/Olympus/Sigma/SLRmagic US deals:
$100 off on the Leica Nocticron got a $100 off at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$100 off on the Leica Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
$40 off on the Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux at Amazon US, Adorama and BHphoto.
Tamron MFT lens at Adorama in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here) and at BHphoto in Black (Click here) and Silver (Click here).
$200 off on the Panasonic GX7 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The Panasonic GX1 with 12-42mm X lens sells for $499 only at Amazon (Click here).
Preorders of the Handevsion 40mm f/0.85 lens at BHphoto (Click here) and German eBay Store (Click here).
$30 of on the 19mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$30 of on the 30mm f/2.8 ART at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
SLR Magic 25mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens,II Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Mount at Adorama.
SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Lens Micro Four Thirds Mount at Adorama.
$100 off on the Panasonic 12-35mm X lens at Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G Vario Zoom Lens at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Current Olympus deals can be seen at GetOlympus (Click here) and Amazon Olympus page (Click here).



(Rumor corrected) Panasonic LX8 comes NOT(!) with the same 1 inch sensor as the FZ1000. Specs roundup.


The 1 inch sensor of the FZ1000.

UPDATE: There was a miscomunictaion between a source and me. The new LX8 will not feature the same 1 inch sensor of the FZ1000!!!! It will be very “different”.

Thee are the specs I got so far from another source:
– 24-90mm f/2.0-2.8 Leica lens
3% larger than the LX7
– Swivel touch screen with touch to focus and capture features
– Updated processing engine enhancing JPEG output
– built in EVF and no hotshoe (just like the Sony RX100m3).
– Automatic Lenscap
– built-in 3 stop ND filter
– 4K recording

One more thing: I think the chance is great Olympus will use the same sensor for their Trip-D camera. The camera should have a design reminiscent of the Olympus Trip 35 filmcameras (here on eBay).

P.S.: Panasonic FZ-1000 preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In Europe at WexUK (Click here).

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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


(FT4) GH4 firmware upgrade will add gamma log! (And Dave Dugdale leaves Canon for the GH4).


GH4 Review by Dave Dugdale

According to a very good source Panasonic will release a firmware update which adds Gamma Log on the GH4. The source didnt tell me when exactly the fw will be announced.

And we have to welcome Dave Dugdale who just sold his Canon stuff to join the MFT world because of the GH4. Just watch his 45minutes GH4 review I embedded on top or read his review at Learningdslrvideo to learn why he switched to MFT!

GH4 North American store links:
GH4 camera at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Ritz Camera and Panasonic. Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek.
GH4 camera with interface unit at Adorama and BHphoto. Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Panasonic. Price: $1,998

GH4 Europen store links:
Germany: Wexcameras,
UK at Wexphotographic, CameraWorld, UKdigital, CVP, TipTop.
Holland at Fotohanskeuzekamp.
Belgium at Fotokonijnenberg.
Norway at Fotovideo.
Sweden at Cyberphoto, Skandinavianphoto.
Finland at Telefoto, Topshot, Verkkoauppa.
France at Photocineshop.
Spain: Fotoboom.

Asian store links:
Digitalrev and Digidirect Australia.

4K cards
Kingston 16-32-64 GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sandisk 16-32-64 GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-II Memory Card at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Transcend 64-128 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Panasonic 16-32-64 GB SDHC-UHS-I U3 Card (90MB/s) at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).