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Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Preview

Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Preview | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-G6 - the latest in its mass market series of DSLR-styled mirrorless cameras. The G6 gains considerably improved movie capabilities, including full exposure control, an external mic socket and the sensor from the GH2. It also adds the NFC-aided Wi-Fi for simple remote control and image download that we first saw in the GF6.


We've just posted our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 preview, covering Panasonic's newest Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

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Sakar launches Android-based, modular, Polaroid-branded camera system

Sakar launches Android-based, modular, Polaroid-branded camera system | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Sakar International has formally announced the distinctly Nikon-esque iM1836 - a modular camera system wearing Polaroid branding. Details are scarce - with the company able to give little information (and some of that being improbable), but the first model is said to be an Android-based, Wi-Fi-connected camera with Ricoh GXR-style interchangeable modules with the sensor built into the lens. Further adapter modules are promised to allow use of Pentax K, Nikon F and Micro Four Thirds lenses.


The Android-based iM1836 is due to go on sale during the first quarter of 2013. It will run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and features a 3.5" touch screen on the back of the body to operate it. Peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity will allow the camera to upload its images to other devices.


However, as with the Ricoh GXR system, the body doesn't contain a sensor, instead the company says there will be an 18MP 1" sensor in the lens module that mounts on the front. This 10-30mm module (that again looks lawyer-pleasingly similar to Nikon's 1 System kit zoom), will offer a 27-81mm equivalent range.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8 review

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8 review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The Lenstip editorial office received the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm f/1.8 lens already on the day of its launch courtesy of Olympus Poland. Such a fast reaction mobilized our team to test the device as soon as possible and today we can present its full review. Enjoy!

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Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH POWER OIS - Review / Test Report

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH POWER OIS - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Micro-Four-Thirds (MFT) is undoubtedly the mirrorless system with the biggest footprint in the market today. However, so far the system focused primarily on consumer- and prosumer-grade products and ignored the professional arena but during the recent months we are seeing indications that this is going to change. Olympus released the popular OM-D camera and a high grade 75mm f/1.8 lens and Panasonic is also placing some bets into the higher end of the market.
In this review we'll have a look at the Panasonic Lumix X 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH Power OIS - the first fast standard zoom lens of the MFT system. In full format terms the field-of-view is equivalent to 24-70mm. While it is, of course, a f/2.8 lens regarding its speed potential, the depth-of-field capabilities are actually not quite as impressive. In MFT land you are "losing" about 2 f-stops here which obviously reduces the creative potential of the lens quite a bit.


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Panasonic G X VARIO PZ 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. P.O.I.S. Review

Panasonic G X VARIO PZ 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. P.O.I.S. Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Panasonic-G X VARIO PZ 14–42 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. P.O.I.S. is a new „kit” lens produced by Panasonic and a quite specific construction at the same time. We were very curious how such a construction performs in practice and we have decided to test this lens. Today we would like to present our review. Enjoy!"

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview: Digital Photography Review

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Our hands-on preview of the Olympus 75mm F1.8 for Micro Four Thirds. The 75mm is Olympus' premium grade portrait lens for the joint Olympus/Panasonic mirrorless system. We've had a pre-production example in the office for a couple of days and have prepared a hands-on preview, to which we'll add a samples gallery when the promised production example arrives."

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Some Mirrorless 5X Macro Fun. (Too much fun, actually).

Some Mirrorless 5X Macro Fun. (Too much fun, actually). | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"I generally don’t write separate reviews on items. I put a ‘take’ up on most items we rent, letting people know what I think about it. That lets me be neutral because it doesn’t make me any difference what people rent as long as they’re happy with it: the return on a $10,000 lens and a $200 lens is the same to us. So if I think a product isn’t good I’ll suggest something else.
Every once in a while, though, I’ll evaluate a piece of equipment as a possible rental item and really be impressed with it. Impressed enough to write something about it even though we don’t even stock it for rent (yet). That happened today. We received a Nanoha Ultra Macro lens for mirrorless cameras that I’d ordered to evaluate as a possible rental item. Let me start by saying my expectations were low. The lens is made from a microscope objective so it has a maximum f/11 aperture. It has some LED lights on the front which I usually think of as something cheap and ineffective. If you Google Nanoha you get 42 pages about a female Anime character. But they had some nice images on their site, and I thought it might, might be worth a look."

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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH OIS. - Review / Lens Test

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH OIS. - Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"If we take a closer look at the micro-four-thirds lens lineup we will find five telephoto zoom lenses - 2x Olympus and 3x Panasonic lenses including our test candidate. The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. belongs to the new premium d “X” series. The Panasonic lens features an electric zoom lever and an optical image stabilizer ("OIS") as well as 2 ED lenses which are supposed to reduce optical aberrations.
You should be able to find one for around 400EUR which is not cheap in absolute terms but this is roughly in line with comparable offerings from other original manufacturers."

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Kenko-Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 compact telephoto for Micro Four Thirds

Kenko-Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 compact telephoto for Micro Four Thirds | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"enko-Tokina has added the mirrors back into mirrorless with the launch of an ultra-compact Reflex 300mm F6.3 for Micro Four Thirds. This fixed-aperture, manual focus lens revives the catadioptric lens design that was especially popular in the 1970s and '80s for producing small high-magnification telephoto lenses. With a 55mm filter diameter and weight less than 300g, this is possibly the smallest lens of this type that's ever been made for stills cameras. The spec is rounded-off with a minimum focus of 0.8m and 0.5x maximum magnification, making the lens potentially interesting for chasing insects and the like, just as long as you can hold it steadily enough.

The catadioptric design allows long effective focal lengths in small packages but does give characteristic 'doughnut bokeh' patten of sharp-edged rings in defocused areas."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds camera review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"It's no surprise that the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera category is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. These compact, pro-featured ILCs undoubtedly have a strong future, with mass consumer appeal and a widening assortment of price points. We're particularly taken with the technology's compact footprint -- we're focusing our camera reviews on mirrorless models, and even outfitted our entire CES team with Sony's NEX-C3. But long before the likes of Sony and Fujifilm launched their first cameras, Olympus and Panasonic dominated the then-infant mirrorless category, developing the Micro Four Thirds sensor standard, that, for better or worse, has failed to catch on among other manufacturers. Surprisingly, Panasonic's pioneering days were far stronger than those of recent past, with the company's GF1 melting the hearts of compact-seeking professionals. But following that successful first model, Panasonic opted to take the GF series in a different direction, launching a dumbed-down GF2 (and later GF3) in what was likely an attempt to appeal to the much larger amateur category. This left the GF1 faithful without a worthy successor -- until now."

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Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses for Micro Four Thirds camera

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses for Micro Four Thirds camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Two new Micro Four Thirds lenses from Sigma will be announced tomorrow..."


Not very exciting BTW...

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Mirrorless camera roundup 2011

Mirrorless camera roundup 2011 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
We've rounded-up the latest Mirrorless cameras, breaking them down into user groups and highlighting the standout models. Having used all the current crop of cameras extensively, we summarize their main strengths and weaknesses.
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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 - Review / Lens Test

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm f/1.8 - Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The lack of pure speed is no longer an argument against micro-four-thirds (MFT) as more and more lenses like the the Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH or the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2 ED have entered the market. However, the system wasn't really blessed with dedicated "portrait" lenses ... till Olympus announced the M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8. Its field-of-view is equivalent to about 90mm in full format terms so it fits perfectly into that category. The maximum aperture of f/1.8 is certainly fast with respect to light gathering, but in terms of depth-of-field you are are effectively "loosing" about two f-stops in this respect compared to the classic full format. However, this is still sufficient for quite shallow depth-of-field images especially for portrait photography from short distance. Fair enough, let's have a closer look at the lens."

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Olympus M.ZUIKO 75mm f/1.8 ED - Review / Lab Test Report

Olympus M.ZUIKO 75mm f/1.8 ED - Review / Lab Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The micro-four-thirds (MFT) system may be the most complete of the mirrorless systems. However, it mostly tackles entry to medium level users but slowly but steadily we are seeing more ambitious offerings. The Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED is certainly among them. It has a fairly "unusual" focal length equivalent to a 150mm lens on classic full format cameras. As such it is a moderately long tele lens suitable for applications such as portrait and still-life photography. At f/1.8 it is very fast by MFT standards but keep in mind that in terms of depth-of-field is behaves like a "150mm f/3.6" (full format). While this may not be highly impressive it is usually "good enough" for many if not most scenarios in this focal length class.

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Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED R MSC - Review / Test Report

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 ED R MSC - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The Olympus M.Zuiko DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 4-5.6 R MSC may not be the hottest lens around in terms of generated excitement. However, it is certainly one of the most sold lenses of the micro-four-thirds (MFT) system - simply due to the fact that it is usually sold as part of camera-lens kits (either with a black or silver color finish). Given its specs it is a mid-range tele zoom lens suitable for a variety applications such as basic wildlife or portrait photography. The "R" model is an improved version of the initial 40-150mm - if you count in the Four-Thirds variants this is even the 4th incarnation.

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Voigtlander Nokton 17.5 mm f/0.95 Aspherical review

Voigtlander Nokton 17.5 mm f/0.95 Aspherical review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Today we would like to present our review of a very interesting, unique and extremely fast lens, designed for Micro 4/3 system, which is the Voigtlander Nokton 17.5 mm f/0.95 Aspherical. Enjoy!

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Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.

Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm is a member of Panasonic's new premium “X” series. It is probably the smallest zoom lens in the whole industry. However, this compactness is achieved by a trick - out of the box (in its "transport position") the lens is not ready for shooting - it needs to be extended to its working mode similar to a digicam lens. Nevertheless, in working mode it is still shorter than e.g. the directly competing Panasonic G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6.
The compact allrounder offers an equivalent focal length of about 28-84mm in full format (35mm) terms. The lens is offered both as part of camera-lens kit and individually. In the latter case is available for around 350 Euro which is certainly a bit expensive for a lens in this class but its "pancake" style character just doesn't come for free.


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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"There was a time where fast lenses were scarce in Micro-Four-Thirds land but things have changed quite a bit during the last 2 years. Among the first high-speed lenses was the Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH which filled the "standard lens" gap in the system. Its maximum aperture of f/1.4 is certainly fast with respect to light gathering, but in terms of depth-of-field you are effectively "loosing" about two f-stops in this respect compared to the classic full format but this is still sufficient for quite shallow depth-of-field images especially for documentary photography. You should be able to find one for around 500EUR so it is far from being a budget item considering the typical prices for standard prime lenses in the DSLR market."

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Sigma 19 mm f/2.8 EX DN review

Sigma 19 mm f/2.8 EX DN review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"In January 2012 the Sigma company presented two new lenses designed for mirrorless cameras - the Sigma 30 mm f/2.8 EX DN and the Sigma 19 mm f/2.8 EX DN. One month ago we have published our review of the first one of them. Today the time has come for the second. Enjoy!"

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Panasonic Lumix GF5 vs Panasonic Lumix GF3

Panasonic Lumix GF5 vs Panasonic Lumix GF3 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Please enjoy our ISO comparision between Panasonic Lumix GF3 and pre production model of Panasonic Lumix GF5.
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Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) - Review / Lens Test

Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (MFT) - Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"During recent years fisheye lenses have seen quite a renaissance. However, they tend to be rather expensive beings - just take e.g. the Panasonic Lumix G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 as an example (~650EUR) - and most users will be shy of investing big money on such a niche lens. There is an interesting exception to the rule though - the Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC fisheye is offered for an incredibly low price of under 300EUR.
The Samyang 7.5mm is the first model of a new family of lenses developed specifically for the Micro-Four-Thirds system."

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Tamron and Tokina join Micro Four Thirds

Tamron and Tokina join Micro Four Thirds | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Tamron and Tokina have joined the Micro Four Thirds group, meaning all three major third-party lens makers are likely to produce optics for the system. No further details of their intentions have been given. The announcement comes just after Sigma announced its first lenses for both Sony's E-mount and Micro Four Thirds - both lenses that we think make more sense on APS-C than the Micro Four Thirds format. It will be interesting to see whether Tamron and Kenko Tokina develop lenses specifically for the smaller format. Meanwhile high-end video manufacturer Astrodesign has also joined the consortium, and released a Micro Four Thirds mount 4K video camera head."'

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Yasuhara Madoka: the first 180 degree circle fisheye lens for mirrorless cameras

Yasuhara Madoka: the first 180 degree circle fisheye lens for mirrorless cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Japanese company Yasuhara (the maker of the Nanoha macro lens) is going to release a new lens called Madoka - the first 180 degree circle fisheye lens for mirrorless cameras.."

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Olympus E-P3 Review by Thom Hogan

Olympus E-P3 Review by Thom Hogan | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Olympus E-P3 review by Thom Hogan...


"If this were Microsoft, the third version would be the one where they got it right."

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Olympus launches M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom

Olympus launches M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ power zoom | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Olympus has announced a weather-sealed 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 motor zoom lens with macro capabilities. The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ covers the 24-100mm equivalent range and is optimized for video capture. It offers multi-speed powered zooming with a manual zoom option. It also has an AF-hold button (marked as L-Fn) that suspends AF to avoid re-focusing on the wrong object. It is the first Micro Four Thirds lens to feature the same level of sealing as the company's high-end SHG lenses for Four Thirds DSLRs."

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