Venus Optics Announces Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT Lens with Automatic Aperture Control

Venus Optics has announced an updated version of its Laowa 7.5mm f/2 Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens that has electronic aperture control.

This lens is currently the widest rectilinear lens available for Micro Four Thirds. It gives a field of view equivalent to a 15 mm lens on 35 mm sensors. This allows MFT users to enjoy an impressive 110° ultra wide angle of view for a broad range of shooting.

The new lens features the same optical construction as its fully-manual predecessor (13 elements in nine groups), but adds an electronically-controlled aperture at the cost of reducing the number of aperture blades to five.

Designed for the MFT system, Laowa 7.5mm f/2 lens with electronic aperture control costs $549. Venus Optics lenses are sold atAdorama and B&HYou can view a gallery of full-sized sample images on Venus Optics’ Flickr album.

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New Firmware Updates Released for Olympus E-M5 Mark III & E-M1 Mark II

Olympus released a new firmware version 1.5 for the Olympus E-M5 Mark III camera and also updated  the Olympus E-M1 Mark II with the firmware version 3.5.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Firmware Version 1.5:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Firmware Version 3.5:

Download link: New Firmware Updates for Olympus E-M5 Mark III & E-M1 Mark II

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New Micro Four Thirds Camera : Olympus PEN E-P7

OM Digital Solutions has announced the Olympus PEN E-P7 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera.

The Olympus PEN E-P7 is a new mid-range Micro Four Thirds System camera that combines a class design with powerful photographic features such as Colour Profile Control, a 20 megapixel Live MOS sensor and in-body 5-axis image stabilisation.

It’s the first full-sized PEN model since the PEN-F, released in January 2016, but it appears to be more affordable and less prestige-focused than the E-Px models.

Price and Availability

The Olympus E-P7 will be available from mid-June 2021 in two colour combinations, white & silver or black & silver, as body only priced at £749 or as a kit with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens for £849.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4 Pro will be available in July for $1099Pre-orders are available at BHphotoAdorama.

For an alternative here is the already popular 7-14mm f/2.8 lens which costs $1300 at B&H. Continue reading “New Micro Four Thirds Camera : Olympus PEN E-P7”

Olympus Unveils M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro Micro Four Thirds lens

Olympus unveiled a new wide-angle zoom lens to its ‘Pro’ lineup of high-end Micro Four Thirds lenses: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4 Pro.

This is Olympus’ first collapsable Pro lens, and its 411 gram (14.5 ounces) weight makes it easy to carry around.

The 8-25mm PRO has a 35mm-equivalent field of view of 16-50mm and an F8 equivalent aperture. The lens has numerous special elements, including a ‘DSA’ (dual super aspherical) element to reduce sagittal flare or comatic aberration (commonly referred to as ‘coma‘). A special ‘ZERO’ coating helps prevent flare and ghosting.

The 8-25mm PRO has a minimum focus distance of 23cm (9.1″) across its focal range, and a maximum magnification of 0.42x on its telephoto end. A clutch on the lens barrel makes it easy to switch between auto and manual focus.

Price and Availability

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4 Pro will be available in July for $1099.

Pre-orders are available at BHphotoAdorama. For an alternative here is the already popular 7-14mm f/2.8 lens which costs $1300 at B&H.

First Impressions:
8-25mm hands-on by Dpreview. 8-25mm gallery by Dpreview. Continue reading “Olympus Unveils M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro Micro Four Thirds lens”

Full Olympus 8-25mm f/4 PRO Lens Specs, Price to be $1,099

OM Digital will announce the new E-P7 camera and the 8-25mm f/4.0 PRO lens. The official announcement is expected to happen on June 9 and the 8-25mm lens will be released on June 25. When  it comes to the price, the wide-angle zoom Micro Four Thirds lens will cost around $1099.99 (the LH-76E lens hood will be $34.99).

Olympus 8-25mm f/4 lens designed for Micro Four Thirds system mirrorless cameras. The focal length of 8-25mm and constant aperture of f/4 is intended for the most important range of wide angle shots. For an alternative here is the already popular 7-14mm f/2.8 lens which costs $1300 at B&H.

Here are the detailed Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO Lens specifications: Continue reading “Full Olympus 8-25mm f/4 PRO Lens Specs, Price to be $1,099”

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO Lens Specifications

Here are the first set of specifications of the upcoming Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 PRO lens.

The wide-angle zoom lens will be officially announced along with the new Olympus PEN E-P7 camera on June 9, 2021. The US price of this lens will be $1099.99 (the LH-76E lens hood will be $34.99). Shipping is scheduled to start on June 25.

Olympus 8-25mm f/4 lens designed for Micro Four Thirds system mirrorless cameras. The focal length of 8-25mm and constant aperture of f/4 is intended for the most important range of wide angle shots. For an alternative here is the already popular 7-14mm f/2.8 lens which costs $1300 at B&H.

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Sony New 20MP Four Third and 40MP Full-frame Sensor

Dpreview forum members spotted a new Sony 4/3 image sensor IMX472-AAJK on Sony’s website.

There is a 20MP M4/3 Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor as well as a Brand new 40MP Fullframe Sensor is also surfaced.  Let’s discuss the 20MP M4/3 format sensor first. The sensor is designed for digital cameras. However it’s unlikely this sensor will be used for the GH6 as the resolution isn’t enough for the teased 5.6k video recording. Continue reading “Sony New 20MP Four Third and 40MP Full-frame Sensor”

Tokina 25-75mm T2.9 Lens for PL, Canon EF, MFT, Sony E, and Nikon F

Tokina has announced the launch of its new 25-75mm T2.9, a parfocal lens that the company calls “the pinnacle of modern video zoom lens design”. The Tokina Cinema 25–75mm T2.9 lens is available to preorder starting today for PL, E, EF, MFT and Nikon F mount camera systems for $4,999.  The lens fits between Tokina’s 11-20mm T2.9 and 50-135mm T2.9 cinema zooms.

Designed from the ground up by Tokina’s cinema division, the 25-75mm T2.9 is a modern cinema zoom lens design, with features usually reserved for higher-cost cinema zooms.  It is a constant T2.9 throughout the range, with parfocal and excellent zoom tracking with minimal image shift. Lens breathing, distortion, and aberration are all highly controlled. Continue reading “Tokina 25-75mm T2.9 Lens for PL, Canon EF, MFT, Sony E, and Nikon F”

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Review : Gets 81% Overall Score and Silver Award

DPReview has published full in-depth review and test results for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. The medium format camera achieves an excellent 81% overall score and Silver Award from the experts at DPReview.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is the entry-level model in the company’s Micro Four Thirds cameras. It’s a step up from the beginner-focused E-PL series, offering more controls, better build quality and a broader feature set. It sports a 20MP Four Thirds sensor, in-body image stabilization, flip-down touchscreen with a simple interface and 4K video capture.

Below you can find the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review with details. Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses for Olympus and Panasonic Cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV body: $699 at B&HAdoramaAmazon Continue reading “Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Review : Gets 81% Overall Score and Silver Award”

New Firmware Update V3 for Olympus OM-D E-M1X Coming Soon

New firmware update version 3.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1X is expected to arrive soon. This will be a major upgrade as the Olympus E-M1X firmware version 3.0 is scheduled for June 2021.

On the other hand there are some talks about the successor to the E-M1X. Even it is too early to talk about but the possible E-M1X Mark II coming in the first months of 2022.

$1,000 off on Olympus OM-D E-M1X: $1,999 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$100 off on Olympus E-M1 Mark III: $1,699 at AmazonB&H

See also : Best Lenses for Olympus E-M1 Mark III and Best Memory Cards for Olympus E-M1 Mark III.

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