News and Articles | May 26th, 2011

Another round of news and articles, this time a little late as I was pretty knocked out for more than a week sind last week, and have only just really recovered.

Noktor is dead! Long live Noktor!
Remember Noktor, a couple of chaps, operating from a shed somewhere in the U.S., retrofitting and rebranding Japanese CCTV lenses for Micro Four Thirds? They made quite a stir last year when they announced a 50mm f/0.95 high-speed lens with native m4/3 mount, but it turned out to be low quality and overpriced. Just recently, Noktor announced their death, just to announce their rebirth a couple of days later. As it seems, they have merged with SLR magic. We’ll see what that is going to bring to the Micro Four Thirds world!

How diffraction limits resolution …
… and what this means for technical implementation as well as actual photography. If you’re fluent in German, here’s an interesting article on the topic by photoscala.

How do instant cameras work?
Ever wondered about the magic behind your dad’s old Polaroid? Well, here’s a simple, easy to grasp explanation of how the Polaroid instant pictures work. Simple and effective, yet fascinating nonetheless!

The Sigma SD1’s Foven sensor analyzed
Here’s another interesting technical article, this time about the new 15 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor of Sigma’s latest DSLR flagship, the SD1. (Which, by the way, will shortly be available!)

Fujifilm X100 giveaway by PhotoRumors and Adorama
Do you want a Fujifilm X100, but don’t have the money to buy one? Well, here’s your chance to get one FOR FREE! Fantastic, isn’t it?

Fujifilm X100 vs. Leica X1
Steve Huff has put both the Leica X1 as well as the Fujifilm X100 through their respective paces, and has now taken the additional effort to compare the two in terms of looks, build quality, usability, fun-factor and — chief of all — image quality.

The challenge of the 24mms
And another one for those fluent in German :-) Photoscala has put together (or is putting together) a big challenge of high-speed 24mm lenses for various systems. The series has only just begun, but in the coming weeks the following lenses will undergo meticulous tests and will be compared to each other:
AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 G ED (for Nikon)
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Macro (for Nikon)
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L (for Canon)
Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM (for Sony)
Leica Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH. (for Leica)

That’s it for today!

EOSHD on C-mount lenses

I just found out about this article, but it is in fact already a couple months old.

As EOSHD is a community for HDSLR movie shooters, naturally the topic of C-mount lenses — which are mainly cinema and TV lenses, hence “C(inema)-mount” — isn’t that far-fetched for them. That also explains why they would mention the use of the latter on a Panasonic GH1, at the time of the writing of that article the only Full-HD capable Micro Four Thirds camera.

The article covers the general issues with C-mount lenses on Micro Four Thirds and talks about a number of brands and lenses that can be used on Panasonic and Olympus bodies via an adapter. It also features a very neat table that compares sensor sizes all from 1/6″ up to medium format — very handy!

All in all a very nice little article that shouldn’t be missing in your collection of C-mount and Micro Four Thirds related articles!

EOSHD: “Is this the best value camera lens in the world?”

Photkina 2010: A report in pictures

As I previously announced, yesterday I spent the day visiting photokina 2010 in Cologne, and I brought back with me a huge load of impressions, pictures of latest models, of prototypes, and other stuff. So without much ado, here’s my report on the fair — by manufacturer, in alphabetic order.

Photokina 2010 south entrance

General impressions from the fair will be posted in a seperate gallery soon.

CAUTION! Massive amount of pictures ahead! Make sure your connection is fast enough, and that you have enough time! :-)

Continue reading Photkina 2010: A report in pictures

Article on CCTV lenses for MFT at The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer has written a small article on CCTV lenses for Micro Four Thirds, mentioning, among others, the new Noktor 50/0.95 HyperPrime and the legendary Cosmicar/Pentax 25/1.4. They have also included a list of CCTV lenses which they recommend to any MFT user who likes to shoot manual.

Check it out here!

Two more articles on legacy lenses with m4/3


The first one is from August 2009, by, written in Spanish and English. It’s mainly about C-mount lenses (including a nice list of usable lenses between 8 and 75mm), but also mentions some old M39 and M42 screw-mount glass.

The second one is more recent, by, written in French (but easily translatable via Google translate). This one also mentions C-mount lenses, but also covers a broader field of legacy lenses and adapters.

Have fun!