New Panasonic lens patent: 100mm f/2.0 and 34mm f/1.8 and more!

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United States Patent 8693110 discloses a couple of Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lens designs:
25mm f/1.4 (current Leica 25mm lens?)
34mm f/1.8 (could become a 35mm f/1.8)
43mm f/1.4 (could be the current 42,5mm Nocticron)
64mm f/1.8 (could become 65mm f/1.8)
98mm f/2.0 (could become a 100mm f/2.0)

Obviously what you see on a patent don’t mean it will get into production. But…

what kind of lens would you like Panasonic to realize...for real?

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First mini epic Gh4 4K video by Nick Driftwood.

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Le Cas GH4 – A mini epic in 4K from Nick Driftwood on Vimeo.

The video you see on top is the first mini epic movie shot on the Panasonic GH4 in 4K by NIck Driftwood Nick will be talking about the GH4 and movie making with it at the inaugural Hungry Eye Film presentation, conversation & networking event: hungryeyemagazine.com.

More GH4 tests:
Review of GH4 DFD Predictive AF Capabilities by Naturalexposures.
Slow motion GH4 test at Frugalfilmmakers.
Iamstill:Hey I shot Tori Amos on tues with the GH4 in 4K. The internal mic was used and is much better than the gh3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HJcaan3LQI

North American preorders, shipping date and price:
GH4 camera at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,698. In Canada at Vistek (Click here).
GH4 camera with interface unit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). Price: $3,298
Interface unit only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Panasonic (Click here). Price: $1,998

Europen preorders, shipping date and price:
Germany: Wexcameras, Marcotec-shop.de.
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.

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Hot 24 hours deal: Olympus E-Pm2 with kit lens for $199! GH4 in Stock at Ritz.

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This is the 24 hours deal of the day: You can have the White E-PM2 with kit lens for $199 only at eBay US (Click here). This is the official deal of the day on eBay! This is one of the best MFT deals I have ever seen in these years. THey should always sell the E-PM2 line for that price :) Well, we know the E-PM3 is on the horizon. let’s hope it will not be too expensive!

UPDATE: The Panasonic Gh4 is in Stock at Ritz Camera (Click here).

More US deal:
Lexar 2 pck card deals on Adorama (Click here).
Black Panasonic GM1 body for $583 on eBay US (Click here).
All current Olympus US deals can be seen on that GetOlympus page (Click here).

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March 2014: Small increase of shipments for both Mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

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Graph courtesy: Personal View.

Cipa released the full Japanese camera shipment data for March 2014. And you can se plenty of great graphs at Personal View. These are some of the key changes that happened:

– Small increase in shipments for both DSLR and Mirrorless. But the results could be a influenced by the fact that Japan will soon increase the VAT on all products. So Japanese internal market shipment increase may not be a constant factor.

– The bad news is even with the small increase the situation is quite worse compared to previous years:

– Mirrorless is still not doing well in American and European markets. It’s mainly Asia that loves them :)

In summary: The next 2-3 years we will see who will survive this crisis. There are so many challenges I think no one really know’s with 10% certainty what needs to be done to make money with system cameras. And there is the fact that new kind of photo devices are coming out every year, Not only smartphones and tablets but now we will have Google Glass and other super portable and “always connected” stuff.

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