Olympus Announces the Development of 20mm F1.4, 40-150mm F4.0 PRO Lenses

OM Digital Solutions has announced the development of two new Micro Four Thirds lenses: M.Zuiko Digital ED 20mm f/1.4 PRO Lens and M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0 PRO Lens. The launch date and pricing have yet to be announced.

In addition to the development announcement, OM Digital Solutions also released the latest lens roadmap for the Olympus M.Zuiko lens range.

As for the updated lens roadmap, Olympus teases three more lenses with no specs:

  • One macro between 75–150mm focal length range
  • Two telephoto rooms in the 50–200mm lens range

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens Officially Announced

Panasonic today officially announced the new Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens for the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The US price is $1,797.99 and it is now available for pre-order at B&HAdorama. Shipping is scheduled to start at the end of August 2021.

Versatility within a short telephoto range, the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH., from Panasonic, is a 50-100mm-equivalent zoom for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. Ideal for portraiture, fashion, events, and other mid-range subjects, this lens pairs the useful focal length range with an impressively bright constant f/1.7 maximum aperture, advanced optics, and a portable form factor. Continue reading “Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens Officially Announced”

Panasonic GH6 Camera Registered Online

Panasonic GH6 camera surfaced at Bluetooth certification agency. The Panasonic GH6 camera will support Bluetooth 5.0.

According to latest rumors, the upcoming Panasonic GH6 camera  will use a Hybrid AF sensor.

The Panasonic GH6 flagship camera of the LUMIX G Series will be commercialized for its release to world markets by the end of 2021. The Panasonic GH6 is already listed at B&HPhoto. Full article on Explora (Click here).

Panasonic GH6 Key Features:

  • New Micro Four Thirds Sensor
  • Updated Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 5.7K 60p Video, 10-Bit Sampling
  • DCI 4K 10-Bit 4:2:2, Unlimited Recording
  • UHD 4K 120p with 10-Bit HFR
  • Approximately $2500

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Panasonic GH6 Rumored to Feature Phase Detection Autofocus

According to latest rumors, the Panasonic GH6 sensor will feature phase detection autofocus. The camera will have a Hybrid AF system. However we don’t have details about the number of AF points that GH6 will feature.

Thew Panasonic GH6 flagship camera of the LUMIX G Series will be commercialized for its release to world markets by the end of 2021. The Panasonic GH6 is already listed at B&HPhoto. Full article on Explora (Click here).

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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.

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”