Nocticron preorders at Amazon US! And new reviews at CameraLabs, Photographyblog and Focus Numerique.


These are the pros and cons from Cameralabs

It took a while but now you can preorder the new crazy good and a bit crazy expensive Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 lens at Amazon US (Click here). And these are the new lens reviews:

Cameralabs (Click here) writes:

Unlike many fast primes that have come before it for various systems, the Nocticron is not about delivering a dollop of creamy bokeh at the cost of soft details once you move away from the center. It’s not about suffering from slow autofocus, nor having to worry about camera shake. It’s not about having to stop-down to achieve the sharpest results. No, the Leica Nocticron is about having your cake and eating it – and what a delicious cake it is too

Photographyblog (Click here) says:

$1599.99 is undoubtedly expensive for an 85mm lens for any system, but given the excellent image quality, creamy bokeh and snappy performance, we feel that it’s just about justified and a good investment for Micro Four Thirds users who require a fast portait prime lens.

And we also have a test by the French site Focus Numerique (google translation here):

The first results with this new 42.5 mm are quite good without being outstanding. The images are crisp and stitched in the center at full aperture of f / 1.2. This sensation of sharpness fades as one approaches the edges.

In USA the lens can be preordered at Amazon US (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). In UK at Wexphotographic (Click here)


(FT5) Olympus will also launch a new E-M5 and 12-40mm kit and three new compacts.


Next week on January 29 (6am London time) Olympus will not only announce the E-M10 and the three new MFT lenses. There will be also a new E-M5 with 12-40mm lens kit and three new compacts.The kit will be available only with the Black E-M5.

Digicameinfo reports there will be three new compacts too:
– STYLUS SP-100EE estimated retail price of about 55,000 yen
– STYLUS TG-850 Tough estimated retail price of about 35,000 yen
– STYLUS TG-835 Tough estimated retail price of about 33,000 yen

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FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct


E-M5 vs E-M10 size comparison (by Toor)


43rumors reader Toor (Source: Twitter) created that E-M5 vs E-M10 size comparison to display the differences. If you care about small size cameras you will be happy to see the new E-M10 is quite a bit smaller!

As you know the camera will be announced on January 29 at 6am London time. Be sure to be online at that time on 43rumors to follow the event live!


Small surprise: New Rokinon with MFT mount launched and in Stock!


Samyang/Rokinon quietly introduced two new MFT mount version of some of their lenses. They are already available at BHphoto:

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC (Click here to see it at BHphoto).
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC (Click here to see it at BHphoto).

These are lenses designed for Full Frame DSLR cameras. The only thing that they did change is the mount. That’s why the lenses are big. But what the heck, $299 for a very good quality 85mm f/1.4 lens is a no brainer if you don’t care about the size!