Use Sigma’s DP1/2M lenses on Sony NEX and Micro Four Thirds!

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 for NEX and MFT

Now this is interesting! According to this post on 43rumors, the recently announced 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/2.8 lenses for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX are the very same lenses that Sigma is using in their re-vamped DP models, the DP1M and DP2M (announcement at The Phoblographer).

I think this is a very bright move from Sigma. This way, the newly developed optical formulas can be used in two ways: in their DP cameras and in interchangeable lenses for mirrorless cameras. For the same amount of research, Sigma will get twice (or even more) the revenue. Chapeau for a clever marketing strategy!

Why the Olympus E-M5 has such a big hump

Finally. The truth has been uncovered. Now the endless forum discussions can end.

Camera news: Canon G1X, Fuji X-Pro1, Sigma lenses

Only a quick update, as I’m currently at work and don’t have time to write a full article. Two interesting new cameras have just been announced, one that has long been rumored, another one that comes as a surprise. Also, Sigma has announced two interesting new lenses.

Canon G1 X

The Canon G1 X

The Can0n G1 X is the latest iteration of Canons acclaimed G-series enthusiast’s compacts that started with the G1 back in 2000. Traditionally, the G-series models have been advanced point-and-shoot cameras with small sensors, medium-fast lenses, a complete range of knobs and dials for fully manual operation as well as integrated optical viewfinders. The G1 X continues in that tradition, with one major exception: it features a completely new, almost DSLR-sized 14 megapixel sensor that measures 18.7 x 14 mm and is thus slightly larger than even (Micro) Four Thirds sensors.

You can find the complete press release as well as all relevant information on the new G1 X at Imaging Resource. A preview of the camera can be found on dpreview. Continue reading Camera news: Canon G1X, Fuji X-Pro1, Sigma lenses

New M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens announced

Olympus today announced a new Micro Four Thirds zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3. The lens covers a range of 24-100mm in 35mm full-frame terms, which is 2mm (4mm-eq.) wider and 8mm (16mm-eq.) longer than the current kit lens offering, the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6. On the downside, the initial aperture at the long end is only f/6.3, which is only usable in good light or with a flash.

M.Zuiko Digital 12-50mm f/3.5-5.6

The lens adds the powerzoom feature already known from Panasonic’s new X lens series, which means the zoom is operated via a rocker instead of via twisting the zoom ring. As a bonus, the lens has macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 20 cm / 0.66 ft. It is also completely weather sealed — something which many Micro Four Thirds users have been waiting for, although this would make most sense on an equally weather seales body, which is not available as of yet.

The estimated retail price of the new lens is US-$ 499, with shipping commencing early 2012. The lens will be available in black and silver colours.


My photographic christmas wishlist

These days I’ve been thinking a lot about stuff I’d like to treat myself with for christmas. Alas, the budget for new toys roughly equals zero this year. Still, being the gearhead that I am, here’s a list of what I would have Santa bring me :-)

  • M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 — Olympus’ latest Micro Four Thirds lens offering, equivalent to a 90mm portrait lens / short tele in 35mm terms. Being raved about by everyone who has it, and generally getting quite favourable reviews. This would complement my Lumix 20/1.7 nicely for a two-lens kit.
  • Voigtländer Nokton 40mm f/1.4 — The fastest 40mm lens for 35mm photography, and conviniently this comes in M-mount. Since its über-fast sibling, the Nokton 35/1.2, is not only two to three times as expensive, but also two to three times as large and heavy, this would make for a nice carry-anywhere 50mm-equivalent available-light lens on my M8.
  • Leica CL 35mm rangefinder camera — the camera that almost killed the M series. Much smaller and lighter than its M siblings, the CL was manufactured by Minolta and features 40, 50 and 90mm framelines. It’s one of the smallest M-mount cameras, has an integrated light meter and would nicely lend itself at being used with the 40mm Nokton. Also, it’s beautiful!
  • Leica M Thumbie — a less expensive and less obtrusive alternative to the Thumbs Up grip by Match Technical. The Thumbie is attached to the back of your Leica M by adhesive tape, and thus keeps the hot shoe free for accessories. It’s also smaller than the Thumbs Up and only half the price.
  • Leather half case for the Leica M8 — there are many varieties of this very useful and very good-looking accessory. I would want one in light brown (“cognac”) with an integrated grip, preferrably the Mr. Zhou version. Protects the camera, makes it look nice and provides grip.

What would you like Santa to bring you for christmas?