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 for Panasonic GH5S, G9 and G100

Panasonic has released new firmware updates for the GH5SG9 and G100 cameras.

  • Panasonic GH5S Firmware Version 2.0
  • Panasonic G9 Firmware Version 2.4
  • Panasonic G100 Firmware Version 1.2

$300 off on Panasonic GH5S body: $1,797.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$300 off on Panasonic G9: $997.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama

$150 off on Panasonic G100 with 12-32mm Lens: $597.99 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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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.

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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:
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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.

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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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Panasonic GH5 II Availability & in Stock Tracker

Looking for the Panasonic GH5 II availability? Here is our free Panasonic Lumix GH5 II pre-order, availability and in stock tracker.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II mirrorless camera was officially announced on May 25, 2021. Boasting updated video capabilities and a refined design, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II is now the company’s most video-focused Micro Four Thirds camera and it provides a professional-quality imaging platform for shooters who demand versatile video and stills capabilities in a single compact camera. Featuring a 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor with AR Coating, the Panasonic GH5 II achieves C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video recording and simultaneous output of 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI during 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording. With the pre-installed V-Log L, it is easy to match the color tone with the footage recorded in V-Log of S1H/S1 and V-Log L of GH5/GH5S. The Panasonic GH5 II Body Image Stabilizer (I.S.) is further advanced to achieve stable handheld shooting and making it possible to use a 6.5-stop slower shutter speed. So, with a few significant performance improvements and a competitive price, the Panasonic GH5 Mark II is a value option for video shooters or as a tool for hybrid shooters who need a good solution for both stills and video.

The Panasonic GH5 II is scheduled to start shipping on June 30, 2021, and it is expected to be one of the best selling video-focused mirrorless cameras in 2021. So, if you are interested or want to get as far to the front of the list as you can, you should probably go ahead and pre-order now. All the authorized Panasonic dealers will not charge your card until they actually ship the item to you, and you can cancel it anytime.

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Panasonic GH5 II First Impression Reviews

Let’s have a look at the Panasonic GH5 II First Impression Reviews. In this post you’ll find several hands-on video reviews of the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera.

With a few significant performance improvements and an affordable price, the new Panasonic GH5 II is a value option for video shooters or as a tool for hybrid shooters who need a good solution for both stills and video.

Featuring a 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor with AR Coating, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II (Amazon,B&HPhotoAdorama) is capable of unlimited video recording in various settings and can record DCI and UHD 4K with the full sensor area and can output 10-bit 4:2:0 internally up to 60p, or 4:2:2 at 30p.  Take a look at the Panasonic GH5 II hands-on reviews.

Price and Availability

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II will be available in late June with an MSRP of $1699 for the body and $2299 kitted with the 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens.

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TTartisan 17mm f/1.4 APS-C Mirrorless Lens Announced

The TTArtisan 17mm f/1.4 lens now officially announced. The Manual Focus Lens is available for Sony E, Canon EOS-M, Fuji X, MFT Mounts. You can get the lens from Amazon.

TTArtisan 17mm f/1.4 only weighs 247g which is very portable. That makes it can be used to record beautiful scenery during the journey and complete environmental humanistic creation in a narrow space. The large aperture of F1.4 ensures the high-speed shutter shooting in the street at dusk or low light situation can be achieved.

The large aperture makes it easier to contrast the portrait with the environment and show the structure curve of the portrait. The portraits with strong perspective effects make the photo more story-telling.

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