Panasonic announces Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH lens

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Early in the morning Panasonic has announced the Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH MFT lens. It is already available for preorder at Amazon and other online shops. The MSRP in the US is $1,299. Considering that this lens is almost as expensive as the Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH you can expect a similarly high level of build and image quality.

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A batch of photos with 25mm f1.4 CCTV C-mount lens and Olympus OM-D E-M10

This is probably the last batch of photos I will ever take with the 25mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens. I don’t enjoy using it, partly because of focusing ring and aperture ring positions and partly because of bad image quality. In the next couple of days I will write a micro 4/3 centric review. Expect a very negative verdict.

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Panasonic to announce Leica Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH tomorrow

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According to digicame-info.com Panasonic is going to announce a new LEICA DG SUMMILUX 12mm / F1.4 ASPH. [H-X012] lens tomorrow at 5-6am London time. There is no word yet on pricing and availability, but I’m guessing that it won’t be a cheap lens. The only other two lenses with Leica Summilux branding (15mm 1.7 H-X015 and 25mm f/1.4 H-X025E) cost around $600 / €500, and this being a very wide and very fast wide-angle lens it is almost certainly going to cost even more. The only info available at this moment is the closest focusing distance of 20cm and the filter thread diameter of 62mm.

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Comparison: Marumi DHG200 +5 vs Raynox DCR-250

Achromatic close-up lenses are one of the most popular options among photographers who want to get a taste of macro photography without breaking the bank. They are a special kind of close-up lenses with multiple lens elements instead of just one. This minimizes chromatic aberration and ensures better image quality at the borders of the frame.

Two highly regarded achromatic lenses are the Marumi DHG200 +5 and Raynox DCR-250. They cost almost the same, around 50-55 bucks. I own both of them and I’m more than satisfied with their build and image quality. That being said, there are some differences that will make you prefer one over the other, unless you want to own both. 😉 So let’s get to it!

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Review: 50mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens [Micro 4/3]

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Note: I have already reviewed the 50mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens on my Nikon 1 V1 – you can read that review here. Because of vastly improved image quality on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 I have decided to write this review, in course of which I will be analyzing its performance on Micro 4/3.

As I’ve said in my original review of the 50mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount, this lens is very cheap (less than 30 dollars/pounds/euros), yet capable of amazing results. Technical image quality (as in lack of aberrations, flare, vignetting, etc.) isn’t what this lens is about, although it isn’t bad in that regard either. What it’s really good at are image rendition and bokeh. Read on to find out what I think about its build quality, usability and image quality.

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Meike announces four new lenses for mirrorless cameras: 25mm F0.95, 28mm F2.8, 35mm F1.7 and 50mm F2

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Meike, a Chinese company best known for its camera accessories, has announced four new lenses for Micro 4/3, Nikon 1, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Sony E mounts: 25mm f/0.95, 28mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.7 and 50mm f/2.0.

Most of them are already available at Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon DE. The 25mm f/0.95 is undoubtedly the most interesting lens of the bunch, but it’s also the most expensive one with a price tag of $660. The other three cost between $80-90.

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Be careful when buying a C-mount adapter for M4/3 and Nikon 1

I must confess that I was naive when I bought my first set of C-mount adapters for my Nikon 1 V1 and Olympus OM-D E-M10. I assumed that it was very easy to make a so called “dumb adapter” – meaning an adapter that doesn’t pass through electrical signals from the camera to the lens and vice versa. Boy was I wrong! As it turns out it is quite a challenge to get the design right, in order to ensure compatibility with as many lenses as possible. At least it seems to be a challenge for manufacturers like “Kiwi”. I posted a couple of images down below, so you can identify the adapters in question.

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C-mount to Nikon 1 adapter made by Kiwi

C-mount to Micro Four Thirds

C-mount to M4/3 adapter made by Kiwi

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Looks like Olympus will announce a new 30mm macro lens

A trusted source has supposedly told 43rumors that Olympus is going to announce a new 30mm macro lens this year. To be perfectly honest I don’t consider that particular (short) focal length very useful for macros I like to shoot. Which are macros of living, breathing insects and arachnids. And there is already a 30mm macro lens for the system, the Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f/2.8 macro ASPH OIS.

What I think the system really needs is a much longer macro lens. One with 90mm or even 100mm. Now THAT would be really exciting. What do you think?

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 & 50mm f1.4 CCTV lens: it’s time for some C-mount action!

Do you know that feeling when you fall in love with somebody or something anew? Well, I loved the cheap 50mm f/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens on the Nikon 1 V1 – not so much the ease of use on the N1 camera but the bokeh and its unique rendering. And now using it on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 – with exposure metering, IBIS, focus peaking and magnification – I find that I’m falling in love with it again. 🙂

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