(FT5) Official Panasonic Nocticron specs. Hope it gets priced like the new Fuji F1.2 lens!


Image on top shows the Nocticron and the Fuji XF. Both lenses have f/1.2 aperture and hopefully similar pricing.

These are the official Panasonic Nocticron 42,5mm f/1.2 Asperhircal Power OIS lens specs via Digicameinfo:

– Lens construction: (one ED lens, one UHR lens, two aspherical lens) 14 pieces in 11 groups
– Focusing: inner focus
– AF motor: screw integrated stepping motor
– Equipped with aperture ring
– Image Stabilizer: POWER OIS
– Barrel: Metal
– Aperture blades (circular aperture iris) 9 pieces
– Minimum focusing distance: 0.5m
– Maximum magnification: 0.1 times (0.2 times in terms of)
– Filter size: 67mm
– Height: 76.8mm
– Maximum diameter: 74mm
– Weight: 425g

The lens will be announced the next days but one important info is still missing….the price! I hope it gets a similar pricing like the today announced Fuji 56mm f/1.2 lens which costs $999 here at Amazon. Ok, this lens has no stabilization and likely doesn’t focus as fast (Panasonic AF is known to be better compared to Fuji).

Fingers crossed guys!


(FT5) One rumor to rule them all: Olympus E-M10, Panasonic GH4, and new lenses.


We are now ready to start into the next MFT camera and lens announcement period. Starting from late Janaury and til June we will see a couple of new cameras and lenses. And now let’s talk about the thing we know that will be announced:

1) Olympus E-M10 to be announced in late January (or early days of February at last). It will succeed the E-M5 (althaugh the E-M5 will keep remaining for sale for a longer time). Same E-M5 sensor but with new E-M1 imaging processor. Expect it to have most of the E-M1 features without the E-M1 extra grip and buttons (and not freezeproof body).
2) Olympus will announce two new lenses along the E-M10. The 25mm f/1.8 and a new compact zoom lens
3) Panasonic is likely going to finally introduce the Noctirocron 42, 5mm f/1.2 in February
4) The Panasonic GH 4K camera is likely going ot be launched in Spring. I have no exact timing but NAB show in Las Vegas (April) seems to be the right place for it.

But there is more to come: We can expect a new GF camera (see patent images), new G camera and new PEN cameras too.

The surprise: I got the feeling there will be some suprises this year. Particularly on the Sony-Olympus partnership front.


Robin Wong shoots with a new Olympus cameras. Is it or not the E-M10? UPDATE: Nope, it’s the Stylus :)


Image courtesy: Robin Wong.

Robin Wong just posted a couple of images shot with a “new Olympus” camera. He doesn’t share any details about the camera but this could be (or not be) images taken with the soon to be announced OMD E-M10 cameras.UPDATE: He just said the “new camera” he used is the Stylus 1 :)


As I told you many times before this cameras will come within the next couple of weeks and feature the same E-M5 sensor with E-M1 imaging processor. Now it’s your guess to say if that could be the E-M10 :)


The next (stupid) financial analysis predicts (again) that Olympus will disappear in 2014.


Screenshot of the “stupid” predition from 247wallst.

247wallst (Click here) predicts that Olympus will disappear in 2014. Now , honestly, I can’t understand why this BS is floating around the web almost every year. It’s now the fourth or fifth time I heard from analysts saying that Olympus will close the coming year. That “prediction game” is so old that it’s likely that the only thing that disappeared are some of these financial analyst guys :)

link found via TheOnlinephotographer.

Addendum: By the way, two months ago I read plenty of reports about the coming European winter being one of the coldest in history. Guess what, it’s hot as hell here and no snow anywhere (expect on higher mountains). This is just to say how much people wants to spread news just for the sake to get viral :)




a little bit of everything…


Belvilla’s Seasonal Inspiration: Summertime from Hugo Goudswaard on Vimeo.

Best 20 Pictures of 2013 and Stories Behind Them (Samudranil).
E-M1 is camera of the year at TheOnlinePhotographer.
TimeLapse-SunSet in Korea 2013″ from kooi-Park Kyoung Kyun at Dicahub.
Abstract work with the E-M1 at Sergiomuscat.com

Jon:If you like, feel free to share my E-M1 gallery, all shot with the E-M1 and the 17mm f/1.8 and 12-40mm f/2.8.   I’ve had the E-M1 for 2 weeks now and I’m extremely happy with it (I also have the D600 and X100S, just so you know where I’m coming from). Here’s the gallery: http://www.openbloom.com/CAMERAGEAR/Olympus-OMD-EM1-Gallery

Tomek:Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5, Live Time and… Christmas Time ;-) http://youtu.be/HAdXyQxk-j0

Martin:Not a rumor but I bet this is what all Panasonic video shooters would love to have: http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/218923/83767197.gif

Nicholas:The mounting plate of my M.Zuiko 12-40 PRO lens broke off, just as others have reported. Three of the four scores sheared. This happened while mounted on an E M-1(with Battery Holder) in a padded Lowe Pro Bag. The bag fell off a bed onto a heavily padded hotel carpet. It was such a minor fall that I didn’t even look inside the bag when it happened. I only realized the lens was damaged the next morning when I took the camera out of the bag.
I called Olympus and they acknowledged there was “an issue,” and assured me that warranty would cover the repair. Perhaps most troubling: The technician iI spoke with admitted that they do not have a fix. He encouraged me to keep checking the website for updated information.