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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Meyer-Optik Görlitz announces Kickstarter campaign to reinvent the Trioplan f2.9/50

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Today German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Görlitz announced a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a new and improved version of its Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 lens. Despite the campaign going for thirty-four more days the community has already pledged more than twice as much money Mayer-Optik was asking for.

If you’ve never heard of Meyer-Optik, it’s best known for its Trioplan series of lenses with the “soap bubble bokeh”. The 50mm f/2.9 will be available in almost all mounts, including micro 4/3, and it will cost $449. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative: the classic Trioplan 50mm f/2.9 is going for around $150 on eBay.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80/GX85 announced!

Panasonic has just announced its Lumix DMC-GX80 (GX85 in North America), a lower end model of the GX camera line. Judging by the MSRP of $799 including the 12-32mm kit lens, it is meant to be a competitor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10II and Sony A6000.

The GX80/GX85 sports a 16 MP sensor without an AA filter, a new shutter mechanism for reduced shutter shock and 5-axis Dual IS. According to Panasonic the absence of an AA filter increases resolution by 10%. Like Panasonic’s latest cameras the GX80/GX85 also offers 4k/UHD 30p video and video related features, such as 4k Photo and Post Focus.

On the live view side of things there is a 2.76 M-dot EVF and a 3” 1.04 M-dot touch screen monitor, which tilts up by 80° and downward by 45°.

There is a black and silver model, both of which will go on sale at the end of May.

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